Port O’Brien return with the follow up to their rapturous album All We Could Do Was Sing with the more introspective, beautiful, sophmore release, Threadbare. The first taste of this gorgeous record is ‘My Will Is Good’, a feel-good track that describes the feelings of liberation following the band’s decision to make changes to their lives following a major tragedy. Listen to the track at Stereogum now.
The band released All We Could Do Was Sing in 2008 to a rapturous response from Australian audience off the back of the joyous singalong single, ‘I Woke Up Today’ which featured on that doggie commercial for Dulux. It was one of the most played tracks at Triple J and saw the live audience at Laneway Festival invade the stage for a stomping good time.
What started as a generally light-hearted and loose follow up to All We Could Do Was Sing ended up being a more introspective and dense work that Port O’Brien used to cope with an overwhelming feeling of loss. With the passing of a dear loved one at the start of the year, heartache lingered throughout the recording of "Threadbare". They recorded half of the album in San Francisco, in friend Jason Quever's living room studio, which added the warmth the band wanted to create in the more introspective songs.
Threadbare features two relatively distinct sets of songs. One portion of the record deals with tragedy, remorse, and bitterness head on, while the other half focuses on a new sense of identity, purpose, revelry and ambition. After Port O’Brien had spent weeks recording in San Francisco, they felt that they had purged themselves of a lot of the things that were holding them back, and could record some songs in a more open space. The band then worked with Aaron Espinoza in Los Angeles to record the more celebratory and rhythmic songs that helped round out the other set of tunes. "My Will is Good" is one of these celebratory tracks.
"Threadbare" is released on September 25th, 2009 through Dew Process. ‘My Will Is Good’ is released digitally on September 4th.
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