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Deadmans Pocket

by Mrs Wainwright

From rockin' trash to tragedy by ballad, big rock anthems to country ditties and scratchy blues ... 'Mrs Wainwright' admits, embraces and flirts with fusion. purists beware. This is smart pop from a trio of experts.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Deadmans Pocket
4:27 album only
2. Dreams are Soft
4:21 album only
3. Story Writer
2:46 album only
4. Oh Louis, My Louis
6:19 album only
5. CDRom Deadmans Pocket
34:55 album only


Album Notes
Mrs Wainwright's 'Deadmans Pocket' comes complete with video clip to whet your appetite. Later 2006, the full feast. But, for now, quake to the mystery of 'Deadmans Pocket', swoon to the lovesick 'Dreams are Soft', ponder the brat in 'Story Writer' and feel the power of 'Oh Louis, My Louis'.

This first offering from 'Mrs Wainwright' was recorded with Mick Thomas in his studio. The title song was added to and mixed by Craig Pilkington at Audrey Studios Richmond where the audio was mastered. The video was filmed and edited by Adam Moore (Evenmore) with artistic direction from Hannah Palmer (HUP design). The whole kit comes to you courtesy of CROXTON RECORDS. Trish and the lads will be back in the studio soon working again with Mick and Craig to put together a full length album...stay tuned.

This is smart pop from a trio of experts.

Pete's years of country lickin' combine with Shorties blues and Trish's americana roots history giving Mrs Wainwright a clear roots origin....and yet?

Trish Anderson (Git) brings a taste of things to come with the introduction of sample soundwork along with burning electric guitars and sweet powerful vocals.

'Diesel' Pete McKenna's (Monogamous Dog) spent youthful years in the country music circuit and moved later to doing his own eclectic style of truckin' country which he brings with mad flair to Mrs Wainwrights sound.

Anthony 'Shortie' Shortte (Collard Greens and Gravy) has accumulated a bizarre blend of things to belt creating a drum sound that ain't the same. In fact this stuff is different.

From rockin' trash to tragedy by ballad, big rock anthems to country ditties and scratchy blues ... 'Mrs Wainwright' admits, embraces and flirts with fusion. purists beware!

Go on. Try it!

At the core of Mrs Wainwright are great songs. Trish Anderson and Pete McKenna grab fleeting emotions that often have no name and articulate them for us. Anthony Shortte creates rhythmic atmosphere with understatement to match the songwriters' subtle power. Trish has that vocal intimacy that gently engages the listener and draws them into her world. Listen to Dreams Are Soft and you will know what I mean. Mrs Wainwright's debut ep is a highly crafted, highly original CD.
Chris Wilson (Spiderman,Crown of Thorns) 2005

...Trish Anderson writes great songs: sassy numbers with tongue-in-cheek lyrics, and serious pieces too. ...Both ....droll wit and on the other hand...full of pathos.
Tony Hillier, Rhythms 2003

'Trish Anderson is a great songwriter and I just love 'Deadmans Pocket', it's a wonderful record!'
Jeff Lang 2005



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David Dawson Beat Magazine May ‘05

“Trish Anderson’s energetic vocal gymnastics surface on Mrs Wainwright’s Deadman
“Trish Anderson’s energetic vocal gymnastics surface on Mrs Wainwright’s four song debut Deadman’s Pocket (Croxton). Theres even a hint of Jefferson Airplanes Grace Slick in her atmospheric title track....It’s a ...the haunting beauty of ...Dreams are Soft”
Guitarist Pete McKenna borrows from a crime narrative genre tilled by artists diverse as Tom Pacheco, Charlie Robison and Robert Earle Keen in Story Writer.”

jpol - Friday, Jul 01, 2005. 10:53

...take a chance on acts like Mrs Wainwright.
The past few years have seen a number of unusual suspects rise to the top of the Australian music scene. Kasey Chambers, the John Butler Trio and The Waifs can all lay claim to multi-platinum albums. Perth's Little Birdy are beginning to taste similar success.

These artists have achieved success on their own terms, for the most part playing music which would not usually be embraced by mainstream radio and audiences.  This will hopefully encourage radio stations to take a chance on acts like Mrs Wainwright.
Deadman's Pocket is a four track EP encompassing everything from country to rock, back to the blues and a healthy dose of American roots music. The title track relies heavily on the latter, the hypnotic vocals of Trish Anderson duelling for supremacy with some spookily atmospheric guitars.  Dreams Are Soft has a timeless quality to it; upon first listen I could have sworn I'd heard it before.  A slow-burning country lament, it sounds vaguely like something the late Johnny Cash might have recorded in his later years.  Story Writer, the rockiest of the buncg, both musically and vocally lends itself to comparisons to both R.E.M and Midnight Oil.

Closing track Oh Louis, My Louis represents the only misstep on what is a promising EP. It's not a bad track by any means; perhaps its status as the weakest of the four is indicative of the quality of the other songs on offer. 

Highly recommended for anyone who has found themselves in possession of albums by The Waifs or Kasey Chambers.

Jarrod Watts ABC on Line

......the spooky alt-pop of "Deadman's Pocket"......
“What does this mean to the listener? It means tasteful, spacious compositions ranging from the spooky alt-pop of "Deadman's Pocket", a countrified lover's lament in "Dreams Are Soft", broken-down rock in "Story Writer" and finishing with a country tribute to a big rural bloke in "Oh Louis, My Louis."

All songs are written by the band and the pure, passionate voice of Trish Anderson sits up front in the mix - she can sing it rough, she can sing it dirty, but here she maintains that vocal fragility that can be all breathy and sultry in one song and down-home and strident in another.

It's tasty stuff that begs the question: when's the album
come out?”

Jarrod Watt 5 April 2005 ABC on line

Karen Bennett Sept 05

....dominant instrument here however is Trish Anderson’s voice.
A different country

Alt-country seems to be the musical wave du jour at the moment. As such, Deadmans Pocket is a timely EP release from Melbourne outfit Mrs Wainwright. The curiously named band consists of Trish Anderson (from Git), Pete McKenna (Monogamous Dog) and Anthony Shortte (Collard Greens & Gravy).

The music on Deadmans Pocket reflects a range of country influences, from the anguished wails of the title track to the lilting sway of Dreams are Soft and the country-rock of Story Writer. Their sound satisfyingly crosses borders, being equally at home in Tamworth or at the Espy. As their publicity notes suggest, purists may be a little dismayed at the group’s cross-overs, but hey, it works for me.

The dominant instrument here however is Trish Anderson’s voice. Reminiscent of Trisha Yearwood or even Sheryl Crow, Anderson keeps the EP rocking along, even on Story Writer, where McKenna takes lead vocals.

Overall, Deadmans Pocket is a promising appetiser for Mrs Wainwright’s promised full-length album.

Kim Porter, Forte Magazine. 30 Jun 2005

title number is an intriguing mix of alt-rock and spooky, southern, redneck, swa
Deadmans Pocket... is really a 4-track EP (with bonus video clip), but Trish likes each tune so much she prefers to think of it as a quadruple a-side single. And she has every right to - the songs really are that good. The title number is an intriguing mix of alt-rock and spooky, southern, redneck, swamp creepiness, which carries an electric aura of foreboding right from the opening line, “she laid her head upon the coffin lid...” Second Track ‘Dreams are Soft’ ...almost makes it into Mazzy Star territory, although perhaps a step or two closer to country than alt. Guitarist, ‘Diesel’ Pete McKenna, sings his own ‘Story Writer’ with a quite convincing Stan Ridgeway/Wall of Voodoo vocal take, as he takes us through the doomed tail of a modern Bonnie and Clyde. ‘Oh Louis, My Louis’ features lovely jangling guitars and an equally fine vocal from Trish. Deadmans Pocket is a great little collection of songs that leaves this reviewer at least, gagging for the group’s debut album.

Kim Porter. Forte Magazine, 30 Jun, 2005