THE FINCH CYCLE is a music production for Brad Murray (ex-owner of Wireless Records, and plays in the band Sunny Disposition), a project in which Brad invites guest musicians to get together and create something – something that ultimately sounds unique, as it is something that is the result of many influences. In the near future, Brad plans to bring other groups of musicians together to create more sounds, which at times, may include vocals. For now, we’re pleased to give you his debut single “Forty Minus Zero”, along with special first-hand commentary from Brad, revealing some details about his work, new single, as well as his takes on Black Lives Matter, COVID-19, and local post rock scene in Melbourne.
Forty Minus Zero was recorded in a single day, in a converted barn on a farming estate in Hillcrest, Rochford, regional Victoria, Australia. This is the debut single from Forty Minus Zero which was produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Brad Murray. Musicians performing in the debut single are: Brad Murray – Guitar, Andrew McLaughin – Guitar, Brendan Bartlett – Trombone, Daniel Zugna – Guitar, Kirsty Letss – Guitar, Joe Magee – Bass, Michael Evans-Barker – Drums.
The band is really just me, at this stage anyway. In late 2019, I booked out this enormous house in regional Victoria, in Australia, for a weekend to celebrate my birthday. This house was a short drive from a place called Hanging Rock. This farming estate had an old bluestone barn, which had been converted into a small function space. I invited 6 close friends along for the weekend – I sketched out a song and we jammed it out, recording it in a day. I initially had no intention of doing anything with the recording, rather it just being a snap-shot in time. However, the strange and unusual situation we all find in our selves in now, as a result of COVID19 has resulted in a creative outburst and I decided to give the track a name, I came up with the name ‘The Finch Cycle’, and here we are! In my 20s my whole life revolved around music, I ran a record label called Wireless Records, in Australia for a decade, which was distributed in Australia and New Zealand by The Groove Merchants. I also managed and booked bands, as well as playing in a band myself, called Sunny Disposition. Music was put on hold for a while, but being in a COVID lockdown has inspired my creative side.
This track is hopefully the first of many to come. I have recorded a handful of demos during this most recent pandemic lock down, and I can’t wait to bring more people together to create something new.
𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑎𝑖𝑛 𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑎 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑗𝑒𝑐𝑡 𝑖𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑛𝑠 𝑡𝑜𝑔𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑡𝑜 𝑐𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑠𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑠𝑐𝑎𝑝𝑒𝑠, 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑎𝑖𝑚 𝑜𝑓 𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑟𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒 𝑜𝑟 𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑞𝑢𝑒 𝑙𝑜𝑐𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠, 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑝𝑎𝑐𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑎𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑒𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑛𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑐, 𝑒𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑟𝑢𝑚𝑠. 𝐼’𝑑 𝑎𝑙𝑠𝑜 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑙𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑣𝑜𝑐𝑎𝑙𝑠 𝑎𝑠 𝑤𝑒𝑙𝑙, 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝑠𝑖𝑡 𝑎𝑠 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑖𝑥, 𝑟𝑎𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛 𝑑𝑟𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑡.
BLACK LIVES MATTERS
In recent weeks, I certainly hope that the world takes stock of where we are at as a civilisation. We are not where we should be, and the fact that many governments of the day are extremely conservative, we still have a very long way to go. This single track, ‘Forty Minus Zero’ will be appearing on a compilation, based in the UK, where all proceeds will be going towards the George Floyd Memorial Fund. This will be released via Bandcamp on June 26.
Melbourne music scene
Back in the 2000s, there was an explosion of post rock in Melbourne, Australia. I would often go and see a post rock band every week or two, as there was always something on. I went on to spend almost 8 years managing a 2-piece post rock band called Radiant City, and I released all of their music through my then label, Wireless Records. I also was the band booker for International Karate for a brief time. However, I now live in regional victoria, and am not as in touch with this small underground scene as I used to be, however, there was a ‘post-rock reunion’ show a little while back, at the Gaso, a small venue in Collingwood, in the inner north of Melbourne, which saw the bands Laura, Because of Ghosts and International Karate play once again, it was a brilliant night. My good friend, Andrew, who was the guitarist for Radiant City has a new project called Champion Motorist, and I highly recommend checking it out. You can find it on Bandcamp and all of the major digital platforms.
As for me, locally in the regional city of Ballarat, an hour west of Melbourne, there is a small music scene – we have two music venues for indie bands – Volta (previously known as the Karova Lounge) and The Eastern, which is just near where I live. It is actually nice that you can go and see live music most nights of the week here, and for me, Melbourne is just an hour away anyway.