Phill McKenna & The Water Signs | Six Degrees from a Monkey

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Six Degrees from a Monkey

by Phill McKenna & The Water Signs

Lush Australian pop that tells stories of the landscape and the human experience, with riffs and harmonies that get into your head.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Once Twice
4:21 album only
2. You Know
5:01 album only
3. All Over Now
2:55 album only
4. Wattlebird
3:07 album only
5. Floating Girl
4:39 album only
6. Open Door
4:33 album only
7. Don\'t Give it Up
3:21 album only
8. Done Waiting
2:51 album only
9. Merimbula
3:15 album only
10. Wont Be Long
2:46 album only
11. Nowhere
3:59 album only


Album Notes
Announcing The Debut Album:
'Six Degrees from a Monkey'
Through 10 years of performing and touring from the mid 90’s
through to the mid 2000’s, iconic Australian band Those Bloody McKennas were an institution. From Woodford to Port Fairy,whether on their own or supporting the likes of The Waifs, Pete Murray, Xavier Rudd, TISM, Ash Grunwald, Mick Hart, David Bridie, Neil Murray or Archie Roach - they practically wrote the‘how to tour Australia’ rule book. Along the way, the 3 McKenna brothers (Phill, Ant and Danny) and flautist Clare Kildea gathered themselves a 5000 strong fan database, received strong dedicated Triple J, ABC and major community radio airplay and a hefty swarm of CD sales to boot.

Introducing ‘Phill McKenna & The Water Signs’:

When a band breaks up, let alone one full of brothers - how do you shift the loss? Phill McKenna & Clare Kildea took off
to the other side of the world, New York to be precise. The first six weeks overseas were about putting themselves back
together but then one day, convinced that he was going to quit song-writing and study another reality, Phill McKenna
found himself sitting alone on a New York subway train and something changed. From a new city, new images and new
people, without really looking for them, came new songs, the songs that would form the crux of Six Degrees From A
Phill and Clare holed up in a friend’s attic in Boston, and began working upon what would eventually become the first
solo release for ‘Phill McKenna & The Water Signs’.

Introducing “Six Degrees From A Monkey”:

Due for release in May 2009 “Six Degrees from a Monkey” is the debut album from ‘Phill McKenna & The Water Signs’.
“Six Degrees from a Monkey” was recorded in various home-built studios and lounge rooms in Melbourne and Brisbane.
Produced and performed by Phill McKenna & Clare Kildea and mixed by Machine Translations’ J. Walker, the album
features musical contributions from an impressive selection of Australia’s finest musicians including Danny McKenna
(Jeff Lang, The Verses), Grant Cummerford (Jeff Lang, The Audreys), Garrett Costigan (Mia Dyson, Tex Don & Charlie),
James O’Brien (The Boat People), John Bedggood (Bernard Fanning, The Wilson Pickers), Chris Pickering, Fi Claus and
many more.

Recorded over 2 years, the album showcases Phill McKenna as a truly Australian songwriter whose approach to creativity
goes to the very heart of his song writing. From the urban window sill to the stormy oceans that surround our island, to the wide open road that he has spent many years touring, Phill McKenna’s songs are full of Australian imagery and stories.

From the opening twanging electric guitar riff of the first single ‘Once Twice’, the album takes the listener through landscapes of lush string sections, layered with double vocals, guitars and flutes, and tempered with ambient sounds from the Australian bush as well as urban sounds such as the albums second track: ‘You Know’ which opens with the train that runs past Phill’s house in inner Brisbane. While many producers and engineers would curse such sounds for their interruptions,Phill simply produced them into his music.

In Phill’s own words:

“The breakaway from TBM was one that was full of mixed emotions. Suddenly I went from a group of five highly creative individuals who all had some form of input into the songs, to essentially just me making the final call. It was suddenly ok to assert that parts be played how I wanted rather than everyone pitching in. So in that respect it was totally liberating. I was suddenly faced with a recording that could go to my plan. In the process I feel like I’ve found a style that’s really unique to me. I’ve loved the opportunity to explore the subtleties of production on this album and we gave the songs a lot of space in between recording sessions to try and get perspective on the parts and arrangements.”

In Clare’s:

“When Those Bloody McKennas took a break in 2006, Phill and I escaped overseas. The time OS for us marked the beginning
of this new project. When we came back to Australia we moved from Melbourne to Brisbane wanting to keep that
feeling of freshness and newness alive and recorded the album between these two great music cities. Having our home
studio allowed us to work together on the arrangements, production and pulling these songs together in our own time. It’s been a couple of years in the making but it’s been a true labour of love. Over the few years we’ve been in the studio, the digital music world has really taken hold. We know how to flog the road and get white line fever from touring this huge country, burning fossil fuel as you do it, so I guess we’re keen to try something new, use the digital age to our advantage, even in a global sense and get our music out there that way”



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