Pair Of Rogues was recorded over 2016 and 2017 at Hive Studio in Preston (Melbourne). The process was both highly structured and improvised... The lyrical songs are the product of a detailed writing and development process. The lead vocal and instrumental were recorded as live performances and the prelude tracks are the product of pure improvisation – an exercise introduced during takes for the sake of bringing more atmosphere and spontaneity to the sessions. Fundamentally, these are live performances.
The title, Pair Of Rogues, refers to the type of characters that the lyric driven songs depict. That of ‘roguery’. One who, either physically or existentially, brings about their own destruction (and often others) through an obsessive belief in the power of some sublime delusion or conviction.
The songs conjure aural journeys and worlds through the merging of ancient, modern and original musical ideas and forms. Pygmalion depicts a tragic reimagining on the fate of the sculptor from Greek myth... Reid’s vocal narrates his plight while a heavily delayed old guitar drives the songs pulse. The haunting combination of Kirri Buchlers violin and Steph Brett’s backing vocals provide melodic layers that seem to reach through time and awaken some ancient memory. On He Eats Money, monolithic spires of bombastic synth crash with unrelenting waves of piano, while Pete’s grandiose vocals recount the seemingly hollow but picturesque existence of a man who’s learned to survive by eating piles of money. Framing these tracks are the instrumental preludes... improvised pieces that lull the listener down a mood soaked corridor, until they enter a space where the lyrical songs play out.
These are songs best experienced like lucid dreams, ideally as one reclines in a comfortable chair with the beverage of their choice, deep in the quiet of evening. He Eats Money can also work well if one chooses to pace back and forth like a caged beast.
Pair Of Rogues EP features performances by guest musicians and ongoing collaborators to Reid’s music. This Includes singer-songwriter Steph Brett, best known as the sultry voiced lead vocalist from disco- soul band Sugar Fed Leopards, violinist from Reid’s former band Pete and the Tar Gang Kirri Buchler (Hello Satellites), pianist Wayne Joseph Kington, and Addison Hunt on synth.
released February 15, 2018
Writing, vocals, guitar, percussion, arrangements, cover art and concept by Pete Reid, piano by Wayne Joseph Kington, violin by Kirri Buchler, additional vocal by Steph Brett, synthesizer by Addison Hunt.
Photos by Brigid Cara and Jeannie Brown, card art by Carmen Reid, graphic design by Catherine Scobie.
Recorded at Hive Studio with engineering assistance by Robbie Rowlands, mixed by Rohan Sforcina at Four Hundred Acres, mastered by Joe Carra at Crystal Mastering.
Thanks to Robbie and all at Hive Studio, all at Penarth Haven, Natalie Diamond and co’ at House Of Maximon.
Pete Lyrebird has been everywhere but belongs to no place. He has bound himself to a stone carved in the vague image of an ancient troubadour... From here he creates songs for our own times. Nice to have you drop by, traveller.
Every night he opens the door,
He takes a key and walks upstairs,
And with this key he opens the door
To a secret, secret room.
And when in there he crosses the room,
To a secret, secret safe.
He lifts his hand up to the dial,
And he enters a combination that only he knows!
And the safe opens its maw,
It swings its jaw, dumps on the floor,
A great mass of paper leaves,
And it closes its jaw back tight.
And then slowly he lies on the floor,
Opens his jaw, and like a python he swallows it whole!
He eats money! He eats money!
He’s learnt to survive on cash alone.
Da-da da-da dooo!
He is rotund, he wears a bowler hat,
His eyes are empty, his smile’s forgotten.
He has the tooth of a great white shark,
In a pocket close to his heart.
At night he dreams of being a child,
Who plays in a house that’s set on fire.
He’s lobbied for planets to bear his name,
He feels it’s less than what he deserves.
And he regurgitates any natural meal,
That he consumes to strike a chord with the people!
And when he dies he will be frozen,
So he can come back and live forever -
And eat money!
He’ll eat money!
He eats money!
He eats money!
He eats money…!