Armed with his trusty white Gibson Flying V and his corkscrew hair, Perth-born, Melbourne-based power pop boy wonder Wesley Fuller releases his debut album Inner City Dream. Coming a year on from the brash debut EP, Melvista, Fuller wrote, recorded, mixed and produced almost all of Inner City Dream by himself at various studios in Melbourne. Bassist Brendan West and guitarist Liam Hopkins from Fuller's live band and vocalists Cate Woodfield and Simone Kieruj added sweeteners to some tracks. Inner City Dream features 12 tracks of swirling psych, jangly pop and punchy, crunchy glam that show off Fuller's broadening sonic palette and his progression as a writer and producer.
He explains: "Melvista was really my first solo expedition and I was learning as I went along. I think by the time I came to record the album I had a better technical knowledge of what I was doing. There's probably a wider span of influences on the album. I wanted to showcase every aspect of my sound."
As well as his steady diet of 70s junk shop glam and bubblegum, Fuller's regular DJ slots around the Melbourne rock scene's favorite dive bars produced a new fascination for the polyrhythmic ways of Talking Heads during their late-70s/early-80s peak. It inspired Fuller to make tunes of his own that would make people boogie. Lyrically, Fuller has also progressed. Moving on from the teenage lust of much of Melvista, Inner City Dream presents the worldview of a young man trying to come to terms with his place, both physically and symbolically.