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by McSherry O'Brien

McSherry O'Brien are an eclectic group from Melbourne Australia playing original music with country, jazz and rock influences
Genre: Country: Alt-Country
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1. City to Live In
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2. See the Place
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3. American Hotel
3:48 $0.99
4. Donna
3:13 $0.99
5. Wash Me Away
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6. Could've Done With Christmas
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7. Promise of the Music
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8. Lifelined
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Album Notes
The album the album the album …...McSherry O'Brien present...3
The difficult third album...yeah I know it's meant to be the difficult second album but our second was a ripper ...from the personnel to the reviews...everyone who heard it liked it ...the feedback was terrific...
here's comes the third album!
I have a backlog of songs and O'Brien is the same so it gives us the luxury of trying out too many and then pairing them down to 11 tracks..
However our dilemma was this...
the previous album was recorded in Western Australia at our great friends James Blackwell's house on 35 glorious acres near Denmark on the coast and the players were from the West...the plan was to use the same players again and get them to come to us in Melbourne which we knew would be expensive and potentially problematic as recording times would have to fit within all the other commitments
Then in a moment of inspiration we played a couple of gigs with local players who turned our heads around...David Jones (DJ) who had played as a guest on the aforementioned album was happy to play with us he brought a fresh approach to our music and put piano and organ into the front of our sound...then the bass of Tony Watt and the drums of Rob Nicholson locked in and we had a strong combination...
It was hard but we let the old band know we were going to record with new musicians...but I let them all know and read a couple of sad emails and had a long conversation with James Blackwell
So I saw it... here it is...
We can record here in Melbourne with our brilliant engineer Dave McCluney...
and so it happened...
more songs more inspiration more coffee more challenges...
We did the rhythm tracks at Newmarket studios in North Melbourne and whipped through 11 songs in two days...
from there to Dave's studio at home
and finally into his new set up at James Court in beautifully industrial Tottenham...
sounds like fun and it is most of the time..
I have a love hate relationship with my voice...mostly I can't stand it...but I recognise it sounds good with harmonies and there are a few songs where I have tapped into the emotional core...
but it does provide endless entertainment for Dave and POB (Paul O'Brien) as they get stuck into me when I'm singing...

what does that mean
what are you trying to say
you're not convincing me...
what the hell does that mean...
oh that's so obvious
oh pleeeease try that one again

the longer I try things the worse they get so I'm much better when I get it first or second take...but sometimes they torture me and make me do it over and over until they get what they want...
take American Hotel for example...
it's my talk-sing style in it's essence so I endeavor to put forward a relaxed detached style but the lads don't like it so I find myself doing it again and again and again until for me it loses it's wit charm and spontaneity...
but to their credit it starts to sound better and better so I surrender to it
and heed their advice and eventually we're all happy
Let's make it clear tho'
I do like this album...
we've added pedal steel to a few of the tracks courtesy of Tim J Fry and he's a great player add to that some trumpet via DJ's nephew Daniel Jones and we have some interesting songs...the cream was provided by the unique Marcus Sturrock who returns as our virtuoso guitarist on a few tracks ...can't thank you enough Marcus!

O'Brien's process is different to mine...he's thorough and a perfectionist and gets so far into the recording that he finds it difficult to detach...eventually he gets so close that he can't tell if it's in his own words ”any good anymore”
put simply in my opinion he's a one off...a unique the harmonies and love the guitar playing

Here's the run down of the songs

1. City to live in
a ode to the town of Melbourne
2. See the place
a story of loss and being unable to forget a true love
3. American Hotel
political jazz inspired by those who were coerced to join terrorist groups and those who exaggerate their involvement as reporters in conflicts...what if they met?
4. Donna
pure pop catchy and a souffle out for the AFL footy reference in the last verse chorus
5. Wash Me Away
It's been raining for a week now and there's no end in sight...sometimes the weather reflects and echoes what is happening in your life
6. Christmas
there is an inherent joy and an inherent sadness that Christmas brings...this piece captures both
7. Promise of the music
from boyhood to adulthood we have been obsessed with music it's always been right beside us
8. Lifelined
this song contains one of the great rhymes on the album...trojans and theologians

It's our third album...and it's worth a listen

all the best...

Paul McSherry



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