HARVEST SMOKE, are a gang of four, part Perth born / part Melbourne born, who fell into the same room late 2010 to play some music for main man BENNY J WARD's freshly written songs that had been penned on six month road trip that he and his wife Nici undertook around Australia.
The trip was a sabatical of sorts having spent the majority of his post high school years rockin' and rollin' with his be...st mates in the Screwtop Detonators on numerous tours, shows, recordings, a re-location to Melbourne, and all the other general punk rock shenanigans the youth of yesterday undertook.
So, having driven a million kilometers through red dirt and redneck country towns, the red man himself - and one time 'Lone Ranga', (look it up) - stopped in Melbourne, called his Screwtop buddy LEROY FRENCH and roped him in to join him.
So looking to enlist a bass player and a drummer he called upon good buddies STU (Manchu) BANKO and PUGS LYNGCOLN (aka Knuckles) from Sons of Lee Marvin and before you know it HARVEST SMOKE was born. A few rehearsals and a couple of shows later, all of a sudden they're in A SECRET LOCATION studio in Melbourne's inner north east with Paul Maybury smashing out their debut album 'A MINOR INDUSTRY'. Covering power-pop to punk rock to country balladry, the album is a finely polished piece of work.
Singing songs about a CAT AND A DOG being in love to a violent thug protesting he AIN'T SUCH A BAD GUY after all, and even penning lyrical magic about the combined nasal flavored stench of BUSHFIRE AND EGGS of the drummers' beard, the album is now done and is ready to drop. It's set to be released on JULY 23 through Off The Hip (physical) and Bridge Sounds (digital).
released July 23, 2011
BENNY J WARD - vocals & guitar
LEROY FRENCH - guitar & b.vox
STU Manchu BANKO - bass
PUGS LYNGCOLN - drums
NICI BLUE EYES, MON MIETUS, DENISE DE MARCHI, JAMIE COGHILL - backing vocals
RYAN TANDY - lap steel
Recorded & mixed by PAUL MAYBURY at A SECRET LOCATION, Fairfield, Melbourne, VIC, AUSTRALIA in April 2011.
Mastered by ERNIE.
Physical version out through OFF THE HIP records.
Digital version out through BRIDGE SOUNDS (BS 014)