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Model School


Sat 12 Oct 2013, 8:00pm

Where: Oxford Art Factory, 38-46 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, New South Wales

Restrictions: 18+

Listed by: info242

Sydney 4-piece The Model School’s eclectic evolution from masters of homespun suburban pop to purveyors of widescreen rock and roll continues after the release of latest video Streets I Left Behind with their third album Backwards Down the Highway, due out September 20, with an album launch show at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory on October 12.

The follow-up to 2009’s Memory Walls, the album was woven together over an 18 month stretch of time at Linear Recording in Sydney, completing the work at guitarist Elvis Castro's home studio in the Inner West. Mastered by the iconic Greg Calbi in New York City (Born To Run, Veckatimest), the record is a distillation of the band's unique oeuvre, an album of warmth, intrigue and pathos, with lyrics that deal with yearning for lost youth, mortality, and hope for what lies ahead, up around the bend. Songwriter Brendan Wixted’s odyssey through the highways and byways of Arizona in 2010, armed with nothing but a Dictaphone and a ¾ scale guitar, is a key player in the songs written and stories told, with much of the writing taking place under the desolate cover of the desert sky. What gaps were left were filled by Wixted’s return to Australia, to the silent place of the Blue Mountains, with its fathomless horizons and clash of perfect calm and the restless reckoning of nature.

The album embodies a full throttle trip through the heartland of classic FM rock, via a crooked detour past Laurel Canyon, early REM and Nebraska-era Springsteen, the songs twisting and turning through a landscape strewn with broken dreams, neon lights and faded summer memories. Backwards Down the Highway is due out September 20, with a gripping album launch taking place on October 12 at Oxford Arts Factory.