DICK DIVER- Calendar Days (used)

DICK DIVER- Calendar Days (used)

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Indie Rock from Melbourne, Australia

"The band sprung to life in 2008 from four talented songwriters & members of Melbourne’s (still) thriving DIY/Punk scene who sought inspiration in the precious, yearning chords & poetic lyrics of Brisbane’s Robert Forster and Grant McLennan of the Go-Betweens rather than the squall & 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 & 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." ~ Trouble in Mind Records 

To my ears, Dick Diver's music is organically Australian, a country-inflected guitar pop spiritually indebted to Paul Kelly, The Drones, The Triffids, and the Go-Betweens.  Musically, the pace is relaxed and there is plenty of jangle with layered guitars. Piano, keys and pedal steel flesh out the sound.  Dramatic scope, and tension where it exists, results from a finally-tuned lyric more than from the intensity of the arrangements.  But the melodies are top drawer and the performances contain myriad rewarding subtleties.  Lyrically, Dick Diver finds poetry -- and a nonthreatening melancholy -- in ordinary daily existence.  If you are looking for loud, hard-rocking jams, this isn't the album.    However, despite the laconic delivery, the songcraft is brilliant in its deceptive simplicity.  One doesn't know whether Calendar Days sounds so cohesive yet relaxed because the band is great and naturally relaxed, or because it is both great and well-rehearsed.  And of course, the answer doesn't matter.~When you Motor Away