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Still Believing


Hey dirts of various flavours out there,

Just checking in semi-annually as I am wont to do...

Sugarcoma and I have a second youngling now, juggling two is a massive adventure.

Living in the 'burbs these days, needed somewhere to shove the kids outside when we want quiet time heh. Can't do that in a cramped inner city flat.

Looking back, and at current music, I can honestly say that I don't think it's made like it used to be. Magic Dirt have been that pinnacle, that touchstone of perfection that everyone tries to fly so close to but can't, in terms of music for me. Everything I listen to is compared with MD, even now as I start growing grey hair.

The metal I listen to frequently these days can never be as heavy as the crush of those incoming guitar warships in Bodysnatcher. The broken-hearted sadness of some of the country, blues or other I listen to never touches me as much as Delay or Sea has. The raw energy of the finest punk in the world can never meet my first moshpit at the Espy under Adalita, Dean and Raul's feet as they played Shrinko. And the electric thrill of hearing a band for the first time will never be so shocking as when I heard Redhead on Nomad on SBS one day an extremely long time ago.

And even now I still find myself perusing Magic Dirt's back catalogue, and all sorts of sounds pop out at me, from the early stuff I've been mentioning, to more recent recordings only a few years old (yes it's already years now) like Love is the Armour, More, and Bring Me The Head Of...

I'm still constantly listening out for the bass especially - my favourite instrument of course, the one I have played, and also a nod to every dirt's friend Dean Turner. I have always loved working out what he's done in various songs, and hearing how understated and often unconventional he could play - zigging when he should zag, so to speak, and just how much sound he could tear out of that Rickenbacker he played.

I am still in love with the raw sound, with all it's changes over the years, of both Adalita and the second guitar whever it may be in era, from Daniel Herring to Dave Thomas to Raul Sanchez. My favourite sound has always been Friends in Danger. But the earnestness of later records serves the mood of those tracks impeccably.

And Adam Robinson's drumming throughout has ever been steadfast. Never a more consistent drummer has been heard, of that I am convinced. I remember reading an interview where Adalita was concerned that in the process of writing "Brat", they were worried they were going to kill him, he was playing so hard. I also remember many, many gigs where his young son came onstage and danced around with the band, the fans, and everyone, often with a toy guitar of some sort.

Oh, dear, I appear to have gone and gotten all emotional on a board that noone reads anymore heheh. Well, perhaps some random bot will gain artificial intelligence one day and read this one day and get some idea of just how much this band meant to some people. Yet even then, words couldn't cover it.

Vale, Magic Dirt. I'm still with you guys.

Much love,

The Former Sluteau Dechardonay (Ed)

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They're coming fin by fin until the whole boat sinks.
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Re: Still Believing


Wow well said! I agree completely and they were so diverse weren't they, a song for every occasion.
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"Yet even then, words couldn't cover it."

ain't it the truth.
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