"In April 2016 the boys and I drove out to the beautiful little town of St Albans NSW, about 100kms north west of Sydney, to play at the annual folk festival they have there. We found the town to have a certain enchanting quality, unlike any where else we had been on our travels. Very remote, only accessible by the Wisemans Ferry crossing, and surrounded on all sides by misty mountains. The setting sent me into a spin of heady nostalgia. The song St Albans, came from the escapism the town had to offer, following my own relationship troubles and inspired by the stories of my friends going through similar breakups at the time. The pieces seemed to fall into place."
Fun fact: at the 2011 census, St Albans and the surrounding area had a population of 305 people
"When we got to the studio in Byron Bay, 'St Albans' was my newest song, and it was all I wanted to do. Then we ended putting a few more songs down, a couple of covers, and an other original of mine called 'Big River', which is sort of the opposite of 'St Albans' in that it's about coming back home to your loved ones. Home for me now is where the Wilson River meets Leycester Creek, Lismore."
This EP was recorded in Byron Bay, at the SAE Institute, on the 30th of September 2016. Tracked live with minimal overdubs, featuring boys from The Button Collective and The Job Seekers.
released November 17, 2016
All tracks performed by Ben Wilson and...
Ben Wilson - Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica
Jake Pember - Double Bass, Vocals
Brodie Buttons - Banjolin, Horrendous Yells
Isaac Vincent - Violin, Vocals
Tom Kemp - Banjo
Tracks 1&2 written by Ben Wilson, track 3 written by Buddy Holly, track 4 by Justin Townes Earle.
Recorded and mixed by Patty Smith at SAE Byron Bay with additional mixing by Shannon Loch, Braeden Carroll, Skye Moana, Luke Spaninks, Leigh Missen, Rangiemarie Fergusson and Aaron Keane.
Mastered by Michael Worthington at Soundworthy.
Illustrations by Brodie Buttons.
Sleeve Design by Jake Pember.
Ben Wilson would like to thank everybody who worked on this project. You're all poets.