THE ALBUM - THE BEGINNING IS AT THE END
The Beginning is at the End is a mellowed treatment of themes dear to Houston's heart. It swerves like an old Holden across the desert, careering from the angst of the travelling songwriter to the troubles of our dear heaving continent. Aboard nine tracks of folked-up psyche rock we’re given the digestible banquet of a travelling bard’s global misgivings.
House for Sale hits a Dave Graney groove as one part of a trilogy exploring the relation of Homer’s Iliad to divorced dads musing over a BBQ. Suburbia written by Mick Burkett is a tribute to the talented Melbourne actor and songwriter no longer with us. The song is a piece of savage dystopian pop that brackets the pairs friendship and staunch disdain for the conservative mainstream, while Another Night Alone salutes the voyagers across the starlit streams of the subconscious.
THE ARTIST DAVE HOUSTON
Dave Houston presents two rabble-rousing releases in association with his Full On Theatre company. His debut solo album The Beginning is at the End is accompanied by a punk EP, Alternative Holster, adding extensive musical chops to his three-decade theatrical portfolio.
Best known around Australia for his work with The Bongo Brothers, in that freewheeling act he’s fused cabaret with kids comedy and a musical groove that delivers a message harder than Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five.
In The Beginning is at the End and Alternative Holster, he’s dropped the cabaret schtick to concentrate on a purely musical and lyrical axis, hammering themes of indigenous dignity and anger at white imperialism with sharp, incisive songs that weave in elements of Greek tragedy and wry pisstaking.
THE EP -ALTERNATIVE HOLSTER
Alternative Holster leans on Husker Du-style punk rock to unleash some hefty doses of lyrical brimstone. A sidelong wink to Irish punks Stiff Little Fingers gives weight to the themes of this short, sharp political onslaught. Shoot a Redneck, America and Troops are Moving North embody the fast grind of the punk ethos, rebelling against just about everything the post-Trump world holds dear.
It Is What It Is' explains itself - a mix of musical styles, instruments, musicians, political concerns, social commentary, and languages.
'House of Tunes is Dave, Nick, and Chris Houston, as well as Dominic Hein and Banu Senay. Their mother Marjorie Houston featured on a piano track.
The album includes a poem in Turkish by the Kurdish poet Arif Dirlik, a tribute to the late Ian Curtis, music about Australia's colonial violence, a traditional Armenian folk tune, Pachelbel's canon, a love song or two, and a Ba Ba Ba Baaaa. It has Banu Senay playing the ney, in a sufi-punk first.
Produced by Christian Pyle, SS Prawn and Spanner