“I’ve been drinking coffee since I was eight years old”, says Lachlan Bryan. “I found it counteracted the valium and always kept me focused. My grandfather taught me to drink it black as pitch and hot as hell, and I’ve pretty much lived my life by that philosophy”.
Black Coffee is the brand new, undeniably uplifting new album from country singer/songwriter Lachlan Bryan, recorded this year with his own ragged group of Melbournian alt-country misfits The Wildes. It’s a genre-defying collection of songs, tracked live in the studio and fusing elements of old-school country, rockabilly, folk-balladry and gospel-tinged rockin-soul.
Since emerging in 2009 with The Wildes’ first LP Ballad of a Young Married Man, Bryan has earned a reputation as a serious songwriter with a unique gift for plunging the depths of despair, only to emerge with a heart full of hope and tongue placed firmly in cheek.
Recently he’s shared stages with legends such as Steve Earle and John Hiatt, and appeared at major festivals from Byron Bay’s famous Bluesfest to Gympie’s infamous annual Music Muster.
In 2012 Lachlan released acclaimed solo album Shadow of the Gun, and embarked upon an epic 23 State tour across the USA. It was on this tour that he wrote most of what would become the new record, inspired by run-down hotels, roadside diners, desert landscapes and cheap, supermarket six-packs. The title track, for instance, was written at 9am on a napkin at a Mexican restaurant outside of Chicago.
The Wildes – aka Mat Duniam (drums), Shaun Ryan (bass) and Andy Wrigglesworth (guitar) – began playing together again last summer, and immediately embraced the new songs. On the album they are joined by Bill Chambers, Texan pedal-steel wizard Tommy Detamore, soul-diva Zoë Rinkel and banjo-extraordinaire Rod McCormack. Special mention should be made of Melody Pool, Bryan’s longtime ‘surrogate sister’, who sings backing vocals on seven of the tracks and duets on album-closer Forty Days and Nights.
A few words from the press:
“…whilst Lachlan has his influences, he is the one that the next generation of artists will be compared to «««««” Chris Snow, Joy FM
“…imagine Nick Cave fronting Steve Earle’s band The Dukes and you’ll have gone some way towards understanding The Wildes «««««” Jason Walker, musician and author of Gods Own Singer: A Life of Gram Parsons
““Lachlan Bryan is an extraordinary songwriter. His songs are dark and layered expressions of human frailties and foibles, fragile hopes and possibilities” Sue Jarvis, Capital News
“staying within the realms of warm, real country music with a kick, because that’s what The Wildes do, to great effect” Samuel J Fell Sydney Morning Herald