The Story So Far...
Central Rain is the antidote to autotune: no-frills, melody-drenched indie rock that Blurs The Church, Neil Young, R.E.M. and the Go-Betweens. The first solo project for Melbourne musician Luke Thomas, the songs are written from the heart and produced without bells, whistles or studio trickery. New album Kick The Moon takes Thomas away from the lush pop of 2015 EP Flying Information and down a heavier, guitar-based road. “A lot of these songs are fairly upbeat,” he says, “and it's good fun having a bunch of tunes you can shake your ass to!” It’s still a typically eclectic affair, however; punchy, dynamic tracks ‘Mind Division’, ‘California Felt’ and first single ‘Hurricane Stan’ are interspersed with the jangle of ‘People Are Wrong’ and ‘Sailin’ Alone’, the dreamy, otherworldly ‘Geometry Drippings’ and beautiful, introspective ballad ‘Conversations’.
Thomas cut his musical teeth while still in his teens playing bass in Brisbane band Lavish, then relocated to Melbourne and joined You Am I guitarist Davey Lane’s band The Pictures. Over the years they released several lauded EPs and two albums and shared stages with The Killers, The Libertines, Jet, The Posies, Teenage Fanclub, Sloan, the Black Keys and Evan Dando. As guitarist, lead vocalist and producer of his own band, Deserters, Thomas stepped out of Lane’s shadow to showcase his own evocative, well-crafted songs, and their two EPs and two full-length albums earned high praise from reviewers nationwide.
Kick The Moon was recorded direct to 2-inch tape in two days at The Aviary studios in Melbourne with bandmate Dean Willoughby contributing drum tracks and Thomas responsible for everything else. “It's too easy to chop and change parts on a computer and I got tired of that process,” says Thomas. “I wanted to get back to when I first started making records and do all the tracks live without any editing. When I initially came to Fraser (Montgomery) and Nick (Edin) at the Aviary with the idea, I think they thought I was a bit crazy and two days would be spreading it a bit thin, but we did it, and it was a very fun and rewarding process in itself.” Recording to tape also gives the songs a warmer sound compared to something going in and out of a computer. “You get that classic sound like a lot of those old records you love. There hasn't been much around in the last 10 or so years that has that quality and warmth and I think you can recognise it when you hear it.”
Kick The Moon is released nationally on August 11, 2017 on Off The Hip Records.
“Thomas writes seemingly effortless pop/rock tunes, all low-key retro guitar gems and sweetly coated with gorgeous harmonies… The overall effect is one of warmth, clarity and impressive simplicity; just pure playing, confident songwriting and a no-frills approach which is totally disarming… One can only hope such talent doesn’t fly under the radar…”
- EJ Cartledge, Inpress Magazine
"Depending on where you came in, this is the latest band guise for Luke Thomas — he formerly of Lavish/The Pictures/The Deserters. If aware of any of the above, you'll realise he knows his pop history which comes through in the drenched melancholy of Cold Turkey On Christmas Day, or Give It All Up Tonight's best thing Blur never wrote. Thomas works mostly as one-man band... [and] the six tracks of this are a handy sampler of his sometimes sentimental take on the craft of pop-song writing."
- Ross Clelland, themusic.com.au