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All Carr & The Strong Arm + Luke Brennan (ex-Big Smoke)

A couple of years back Al released an EP with help from some old band mates and friends. It was engineered by Clinton Kraus (Paul Dempsey, The Peep Tempel) andfeatured some great musicians lending a hand like Davey Lane (You Am I) and Louis Macklin (Jet, 67 Special).

The EP was well received and a few folk seemed to like it…

‘The EP, six tracks of alt-country rock possesses a real late night barroom feel – it sounds clean but rustic at the same time…. Macklin’s keys end up providing a thread through the recording, making one imagine Carr and company recording this EP late at night with whiskey glasses atop of pianos and amps….. his voice sounds like the bastard child of Mick Jagger and the Go-Betweens Robert Forster’ – Garry Westmore, Beat Magazine

Vocally, Carr scowls, reaches a crescendo, pulls the reins back when needed and never overplays his hand/voice/intention…. There’s plenty here to suggest that a full-length record would sit rather nicely, and proudly, among Melbourne’s roots elite when, and if, the chap takes the next step. – Nick Argyriou,, Rhythms Magazine

During late 2016 Al got the band back together and began rehearsing a new batch of tunes. The material sounded looser and louder than the previous EP and a plan was hatched to get the songs recorded as soon as possible. Clinton Kraus put his hand up to engineer, produce and mix the album again and over a 6 month period the songs were recorded intermittently above a bar in North Melbourne.

The resulting album Gutter Truth comprises nine songs ranging from the raucous attention grabbing opener (Gutter Truth), to humorous reflections on struggling to be a full time stay at home Dad (Stay At Home Daddy Blues), to more narrative driven story telling (First Love, Will the Light Start Staring Down).