Dick Diver Calender Days on Limited Edition Colored LP + Download
Reissue of Melbourne-Based Band's Critically Acclaimed Second Album / First Domestic Release
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One year after releasing Dick Diver's third full-length effort, Melbourne, Florida, Trouble In Mind is pleased as punch to make the revered band's first two studio albums - 2011's New Start Again and 2013's critically acclaimed Calendar Days - finally available domestically on vinyl for eager and discerning listeners.
The band sprung to life in 2008 from four talented songwriters and members of Melbourne's thriving DIY/punk scene who sought inspiration in the precious, yearning chords and poetic lyrics of Brisbane's Robert Forster and Grant McLennan of the Go-Betweens rather than the squall and feedback of Aussie punk forefathers The Saints or the ugly, brutish pummelling of feedtime or the Cosmic Psychos. The band's lyrics speak to a very real and present Australian existence, often referencing everyday slices of life and utilizing native turns of phrase, congealing it all into rich earworms with casual, affable, scrappy charm.
It's almost cliché these days to say an album finds a band at the "top of their game," but Calendar Days does just that. Building on the promise of their debut, presenting a truly communal album with each band member contributing hit after hit, from the punchy first single "Alice" (penned by bassist Al Montfort) to Al McKay and Rupert Edwards' elegant ditties and pop bangers like "Water Damage" "Calendar Days" and "Lime Green Shirt" (whose palpable sense of ennui and desperation make it a standout track).
The real highlight is drummer/guitarist Steph Hughes whose vocal duties on the Edwards-penned title track and duet on "Two Year Lease" add a melodic richness. Not to mention her absolute classic tune "Gap Life" a beguiling and charmingly casual take on "Australian-ness," cementing Calendar Days as an unquestionable modern classic. People started to take notice too, as the band was nominated for The Age's Music Victoria Awards for Best Album and Best Band.
For those who'd just discovered the band via their US debut Melbourne, Florida, or for those who missed out initially, Trouble In Mind presents the missing pieces of the puzzle from this truly essential and important band. Re-released in North America on vinyl, housed in (nearly identical) artwork by Hughes, a full color inner sleeve and includes a download code!
"Dick Diver is the best living band in Australia." - Courtney Barnett