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The Green Bicycle Case

by The Lucksmiths

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Motorscooter 02:59
Spond 02:43
Two Storeys 04:22
Mezzanine 02:05
Aviatrix 02:02


released October 1, 1995

Recorded and mixed by Mark Adams at Happy Valley, North Fitzroy (which is nowadays the antique shop next to the Moroccan Soup Bar).

Originally released on CD by Candle Records in 1995.

"While most twee bands embodied overcast English winters, the eternally sunny Lucksmiths were a cloudless Australian afternoon. The effervescent Melbourne trio introduced its bubbling rhythms and witty wordplay on early lo-fi records but refined its approach on The Green Bicycle Case. An endearing mix of danceable pop songs and down-tempo ballads, the album abdicated twee's security blanket without abandoning its wide-eyed wonder. Name-checking Rita Heyworth while slyly nudging Sgt Pepper on "Only Angels Have Wings", frontman Tali White's conversational tenor resembled a more tuneful, Victorian-tongued John Darnielle." — Noah Bonaparte Pais, Magnet ("75 Lost Classics" feature)

"With First Tape and Boondoggle under their belts, the Lucksmiths approached their first real album, per se, with well-deserved confidence and came up trumps. Named after a notorious murder from some 100 years previous, The Green Bicycle Case again showcases the band's virtue for getting things done without wasting time -- 12 songs in just over half an hour, nearly all of them winners. The recording quality isn't all that different from Boondoggle and neither is the general presentation -- the minimal arrangements give all that's needed song for song, while the extra touches (mandolin here, bodhran there) add a bit of flair without distracting from the songs themselves. White's performances seem to get better and better on each album -- his lead turn on "Motorscooter" is really inviting and compelling, for all that he sings once again in a light tone of voice. As for his drumming, there hasn't been a better worker of a minimal setup in years -- he never needs to pound and often refrains from playing entirely -- while he's not bad on the occasional recorder turn either. Donald's guitar playing (and fine lyrics: he wrote them for all but one of the songs) and Monnones bass conjure up one delightful song after another -- it's seemingly effortless, but that does them a disservice to how well they avoid repeating themselves. It's no surprise based on hearing such songs as "From Here to Maternity," the punning title disguising a sharp portrait of a woman about to give birth without the father around, and "Thomas and Martha," detailing, in surprisingly affecting fashion, the tale of a hangman who put a woman to death, that Belle & Sebastian proclaimed themselves fans. Yet somehow the Lucksmiths just have that much more going for them, something truly inviting and affecting that reaches beyond the Scottish group's studied classicism." — All Music review


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The Lucksmiths Melbourne, Australia


Marty Donald: guitar
Mark Monnone: bass
Louis Richter: guitar
Tali White: vocals, drums

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