It is April 2007 and I am at The Adelaide in Wellington, New Zealand, playing a solo guitar set opening for The Idle Suite. A disgruntled punter who has already brandished a bar stool at me comes and stands very, very close to me and menacingly whisper-shouts in my ear, “Do you think you could play something a bit more fuckin’ … tuneful?” A more insightful fellow near the back shouts out the best/worst heckle ever: “Your music’s like your haircut!” I make a mental note not to play here again without a machete lashed to my guitar’s headstock. Towards the end of their set the main act invite me to join them onstage as some kind of compensation and I agree to do so (safety in numbers). Jump ahead to April 2015: Idle Suite guitarist Mark S Williams (also of Cookie Brooklyn, A Bad Suburb, MarineVille, Bad Statistics, etc.) and I are having our next onstage meeting. We are playing a guitar duo set at The Pyramid Club in Wellington and … nothing bad happens! The freewheeling music flows beautifully and as a bonus the audience members do not wish to kill us. The Friendly Road collects the very best bits from this live performance, a rehearsal/recording session earlier that week and a perverse micro-session from 2017. 30 copies.
released November 11, 2018
Mark S Williams - guitar, editing
Ben Spiers - guitar, editing, cover
Recorded in Wellington, NZ:
Ya-Ya, 13/04/15 (1,2,6,7,9) & 05/04/17 (3) and
live at The Pyramid Club, 15/04/15 (4,5,8).
supported by 5 fans who also own “The Friendly Road”
It's just so easy for Martin Phillips, innit? Even after more than 30 years, he's writing the kind of effortless melodies that most songwriters would kill for. So this is just another perfect pop record to add to their discography. This will easily be a top 10 of the year.
supported by 4 fans who also own “The Friendly Road”
Thanks Mark, love both records - couldn’t choose between them - the best of both worlds of the music you make. What would be equally as cool would be to see you dive into your New Zealand heritage on your next double record! Surely just as much history and music to be had there too. Cheers rse1985