RELEASED MAY 8, 2015
Having forged a unique path with his spoken/sung tales of Australian life and landscape over two acclaimed albums with The Aerial Maps (plus earlier outfit Modern Giant), Adam Gibson and his new band The Ark-Ark Birds are pleased to announce the release of new album ‘Australia Restless’.
The new album sees Adam chasing a true sense of Australia, trying to get under the country’s skin and tell a version of its story. These are stories about of loves, lives and houses lost ... of coastal nights and desert days, obscure towns linked by empty roads and the static of AM radio crackling through damaged car speakers.
“There’s a restlessness in the heart of many Australians; a need to move, to shift, to see different scenes, new horizons, better places,” says Adam. “Lured by the road or simply influenced by the great weight of our land, we strike out for sunlit fields, small town pubs, empty beaches, the black miles of bitumen. It’s an urge to feel the land, to know it. It’s a psychological yearning: I call it ‘Australia Restless’ … and I have it bad.”
Through his life and travels, Adam – who's father Bob was the musical arranger of the iconic 'Happy Little Vegemites' tune – has sought to articulate this sense of Australia. In research for the writing of the Aerial Maps' second album, Adam drove solo coast-to-coast across Australia and the earlier manuscript for his first novel was shortlisted for the Australian Vogel Award.
"Australia Restless” was co-written with his brother Simon Gibson and produced by former Hummingbirds main man Simon Holmes.