Pre-order The Doomed Bird of Providence’s fourth album – A Flight Across Arnhem Land

The Doomed Bird of Providence present their fourth album, A Flight Across Arnhem Land. It marks a significant departure from the band’s last album, 2017’s Burrowed into the Soft Sky. Where that album was two extended instrumental pieces exploring early Australian colonial times, the new release is a collection of 16 short pieces that all contain vocals.

Found text was used as the starting point for every song. The texts themselves were sourced from Australian newspapers from the 20s and 30s. Thematically the album sits around stories drawn from this period in Australia. Band leader Mark Kluzek looked for stories that were open-ended or unresolved. Common themes started to arise, missing airplanes, cold case murders and curious, out-of-the-ordinary incidents.

The album artwork was by Judi Dransfield Kuepper who has done, amongst other things, most of the artwork and design for Ed Kuepper and Laughing Clowns.

The release is available as a download and a limited physical release which includes a CD, 14 page booklet and news report image on card sitting in a sliding matchbox style case.

Pre-order the release today over at Bandcamp

Release date July 1, 2022

The Doomed Bird of Providence – Ransoms for Cars

The Doomed Bird of Providence have released a new single called Ransoms for Cars on 10 to 1 Records.

It’s been a while since the band have released something new. Soon after 2019’s Rumbling Clouds was released though, work started on new songs. The songs were built around newspaper articles from Australian papers in the 1920s/30s.

The end result is a single released today called Ransoms for Cars and an album that is planned for release in the next 3-4 weeks called A Flight Across Arnhem Land. This will be the band’s fourth album.

Have a listen to the single over at https://thedoomedbirdofprovidence.bandcamp.com/

This is available as a 2 track download and a 4 track 7″ lathe cut single. The two additional tracks won’t be available digitally. This is limited to 25 copies and includes an additional art print.

Artwork by Australian artist Judi Dransfield Kuepper. Known amongst other things for her work on Laughing Clowns and Ed Kuepper releases. Her website is here: https://judikuepper.com/

A video has also been made for the song which can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOV_I2gns2I . It’s loosely based on the newspaper article but the characters are a little inspired by Blinky Bill.

The Doomed Bird of Providence – Ransoms for Cars

On Wednesday 25th May, The Doomed Bird of Providence will be releasing a new single called Ransoms for Cars on 10 to 1 Records.

The lyrics are from a 1930’s Australian newspaper article about a car ransom scam in Melbourne.

The single will be released as two tracks digitally as well as a limited lathe cut with four songs. This will be followed by the band’s fourth album, A Flight Across Arnhem Land.

A Blinky Bill inspired video has been created for the single:

Burrowed Into The Soft Sky

Burrowed Into The Soft Sky was the third album by The Doomed Bird of Providence and was the last release on Manchester label Front & Follow. It was also the first release on vinyl. Two songs, both almost twenty minutes long, that explored two contrasting but related themes. One was the savagery that frequently accompanies colonialism. The second was the occasional empathy that takes place in such a context. Although the empathy in this case was based on a work of fiction (Voss by Patrick White).

“The first composition, ‘Burrowed into the Soft Sky’, takes its cues from Patrick White’s novel Voss, based on the fateful final journey of German explorer Ludwig Leichardt. It’s a song that depicts a man’s doomed fate in his desire to explore and conquer the unforgiving lands of the Australian interior. Starting off as pastoral haze of pastoral woodwind sounds and strings that scrape and wheeze, the piece stretches out into the shimmering heat of the sun, alternating between stark minimalist folk violins and the noisy outburst of a primitivist take on post-rock designed to emphasise the swing in moods and the sweeping rawness of the environment, as the maw of the Australian landscape first captivates, then traps the characters in adversity and despair.

The second composition, ‘The Blood Dimmed Tide Is Loosed’, is a much more ominous affair, with a tense and foreboding opening of grinding cellos and piercing violin squeals that takes its lead more from horror soundtracks than post-rock instrumentals. Taking the title from one of the chapters of Exclusion, Exploitation and Extermination (and in turn from WB Yeats’ ‘The Second Coming’), there is a prelude of fear that only sets you up for a violent denouement. A crashing blast hurls the band into a maniacal frenzy. Huddled around a cascading riff that seems to go on forever while smearing and defiling their playing with squalls of feedback and the clattering of drum kits and various objects, the noise they throw out attempts to portray the sweeping tide of debased violence and virulent evil of various atrocities by white colonials committed to wiping out entire communities of aboriginals and various alien communities in the hope that “the n—-r will disappear…”. The aftermath of such barbarism sees Doomed Bird play in an almost shell-shocked manner, as cold drones waft over the carnage. But towards the piece’s climax, the apocalyptic dirges, drones, and screams rear their head again to remind the listener that there is no happy ending, or reckoning of justice. All there is is the continuation of violence and brutality.”

(The Quietus)

This is the final F&F released work that we are putting here. Going for a song at

https://thedoomedbirdofprovidence.bandcamp.com/album/burrowed-into-the-soft-sky

Interesting Fact

One thing rarely mentioned with the vinyl release is that we put a locked groove on one side. Possibly influenced by Sonic Youth’s Evol and Melbourne band No‘s first EP.

The Doomed Bird of Providence – You Brought the Knife

You Brought the Knife was a 2015 EP by The Doomed Bird. It followed the story of Maria Murray who was brought to Van Dieman’s Land after stabbing someone. The lyrics are based on court transcripts, and the huge help of a researcher in Tasmania who was writing an essay on the ship Maria Murray was transported on – The Borneo. Maria Murray was the mother of Fedicia Exine who featured on the first Doomed Bird album Will Ever Pray.

The artwork was by Australian artist Peter Aldrich.

There is a very limited number of physical items available also on Bandcamp plus pay what you like digital DL.

https://thedoomedbirdofprovidence.bandcamp.com/album/you-brought-the-knife

The Doomed Bird of Providence – Blind Mouths Eat

Blind Mouths Eat was the band’s 2nd album. As much as the first album dealt with grim subject matter the 2nd was perhaps worse in some respects. The material was drawn from two main sources. One was Unearthed: The Aboriginal Tasmanians of Kangaroo Island by Rebe Taylor. One thing Taylor looked at were the horrendous ‘pirates’ that loitered around parts of the southern coast and their atrocious treatment of local indigenous Australians. Another source was a privately printed diary of a women who lived on coastal Western Australia and who gradually dies of tuberculosis whilst describing her (deteriorating) day-to-day life.

The album received a very good critical response, including a full page review in Wire Magazine by Clive Bell:

“Sometimes cussedness is an essential virtue for musicians. The Doomed Bird Of Providence’s Mark Kluzek oozes cussedness like sweat. He’s an Australian in exile, assembling a group of Brit players to realise his singleminded vision, which involves Kluzek barking out blacker than black tales of horror and misery from Australia’s early history. Blind Mouths Eat is his second bulletin from the festering underbelly of 19th century Oz.”

It is now available to download here:

https://thedoomedbirdofprovidence.bandcamp.com/album/blind-mouths-eat

Justin from Front & Follow has also managed to locate a few physical items which are available to buy also.

In addition to this, three of the releases are available as a bundle to buy for cheap:

https://thedoomedbirdofprovidence.bandcamp.com/merch/rumbling-clouds-cd-blind-mouths-eat-cd-burrowed-vinyl

John Hannon RIP

What genuinely shocking news it was to hear that such a unique figure like John Hannon had passed on. As well has producing great music himself under various guises , he also ran No Recording Studio through which so many artists have walked and have been guided by his very thoughtful, intelligent but understated approach. He bent over backwards to help the Doomed Bird do the last EP and if it sounds good it is because of him working his magic. His whole approach really made an impression on me. So it was unexpected and it makes you think that there isn’t a great deal of rhyme or reason to how things happen. Very sad news.

The Doomed Bird of Providence – The Bell of the Jardines/The Death Flurry

The Bell of the Jardines/The Death Flurry single is now available as download only on The Doomed Bird of Providence’s Bandcamp page. This was released as a very limited cd on Front & Follow with Peter Aldrich’s wonderful image on the front. The Death Flurry was the first Doomed Bird song proper but didn’t show up on the first ep or album. The Bell of the Jardines has the wonderful viola and voice of Rachel Laurence.

The Death Flurry was originally inspired by Harry Robertson’s song Norfolk Whalers from the 1971 album Whale Chasing Men. It also took some inspiration from the Oswald Brierly painting The Death Flurry.

The Bell of the Jardines was inspired by the story of Frank Jardine and the ship’s bell he used to attract passing ships from the very remote location of Somerset in north Queensland.

listen/buy here

The Doomed Bird of Providence’s debut album Will Ever Pray on Bandcamp

Will Ever Pray was released in 2011 and was the band’s debut LP. Released on Front & Follow, it was a carefully put together work (in terms of the recordings and Justin Watson’s effort to do something quite unique with the design of the cd) that received very positive reviews. The reviews, fairly typically, remarked on how dark/grim the music was which was fair. It also received some very solid BBC6 airplay courtesy of Tom Ravenscroft.

As Front & Follow have winded down, we are putting the album up for download if you didn’t get it the first time around and would like to now.

Listen/buy here: https://thedoomedbirdofprovidence.bandcamp.com/album/will-ever-pray