SINGLE HOLD MY HEAD UP HIGH RELEASED TO RADIO ON FRIDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2014
It’s not always an easy task to find a new true Aussie rock band, whose sound and ethos hark back to the classic days that put the Australian pub genre on the map. However, Queensland rockers Dogwood Crossing certainly embody that spirit and if the success they’ve garnered since their 2011 debut release is anything to go by, they are already etching themselves in Oz rock history. Now the band are back with not only a full length album of all new material – Here Lies Freedom – that was released through MGM / Green and Waterfront Records at the start of September, but also with a new single – Hold My Head Up High – that is guaranteed to endear them to rock fans everywhere.
Dogwood Crossing‘s music gives a nod to classic Aussie rock bands such as The Screaming Jets, Butterfly Effect and Powderfinger to name a few, while still putting their own originality in everything they do. They smashed onto the Australian music scene with their 2011 release Fear of Change. The album not only earned them acclaim internationally but also saw them nominated as finalists in the coveted Music Oz Independent Music Awards (2012).
They’ve already received incredible radio support from some of the country’s most reputable radio stations and this success looks set to continue with their latest album. The singles previously released from the record have all hit some great charting success. Little Birdie made its debut at #22 in Triple J’s Unearthed Top 100. It also hit #4 in the charts, and the subsequent singles also peaked in the Top 5, with Silence hitting #1 and Fight sitting at #2. The album is a hard-hitting stand-up mix of ghostly ballads and fast paced rock, with a sprinkling of dirty blues thrown in for good measure.
The new single Hold My Head Up High is a perfect representation of what this band can do, both lyrically and musically. It sticks in your head from the outset and is one of those tracks that will find its way onto music lovers’ playlists on high rotation. Singer Tim Earle says the track was actually written in a Gold Coast Hotel at 2am one morning, over the phone with a mate who was going through a tough time.
“It’s about how amazingly resilient and strong someone can be in the darkest of hours and keeping your head up through all the s**t,” he says. “It was probably the most difficult to write lyrically speaking because we were trying to piece it together with very limited time while on the road to play a big show in Surfers Paradise. I finished writing the last verse on the phone with our friend at 2am the night before the show.”
It took the band a while to get the perfect balance for the track in the recording studio. It’s evident from listening to the song though that they’ve achieved it perfectly. From the smooth intro to the killer chorus, it’s the perfect rock song. “With this song we started with the intro riff,” says Tim. “We spent days finding the right tone, which drove the producer Robert Mackay insane, because we only record one way – flat out loud.”
The new album was recorded over a 12-month period at Pacific International Music in Hervey Bay. “This album still has the Dogwood feel of the previous one,” says Tim. “The main difference is the group songwriting has given us a more structured approach to building our songs and mixing up genres and tempos for a stronger backbone for the message and lyrics. This album reflects our current thoughts and feelings about the government, religion, the USA gun issue and war.”
Dogwood Crossing are Tim Earle [lead vocals] | Damien Veness [acoustic guitar] | Ryan Ether [lead guitar] | Chris Shevelling [bass guitar] | Jason McNabb [drums].
Dogwood Crossing’s single Hold My Head Up High is released to radio on Friday 19th September 2014. The band’s second long player was released through MGM/Green & Waterfront Records on Friday 5th September 2014.
For more information, please visit www.dogwoodcrossing.com.au