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The Lucksmiths

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Melbourne, Australia (1993 – 2009)

The Lucksmiths were an influential band from Melbourne, Australia which formed in 1993. The members are Martin ‘Marty’ Donald (Guitar), Taliesyn ‘Tali’ White (Vocals, Drums), and Mark ‘Marky’ Monnone (Bass) and in 2004 they acquired mid state orange’s guitarist Louis Richter on second guitar. Whilst originating from beach-side Melbourne, the original three members of The Lucksmiths moved to inner Melbourne and fell in love with its charms. The songs Under the Rotunda, The Cassingle Revival and Tmrw Vs Y’day all demonstrate as much. In the early 90’s, they met Chris Crouch who had founded Candle Records. Crouch consequently began releasing their records, and they began to play the Melbourne indie circuit, most notably the Punters Club. This venue clearly holds a special place in The Lucksmiths’ history as seen in the song Requiem For The Punters Club, written after its conversion to hipster bar Bimbos. While the others still reside in various inner Melbourne suburbs, Mark now lives in coastal Tasmania. This has not harmed the quality of The Lucksmiths’ work nor is it a reflection of intra-band tension.

The Lucksmiths are noted for their simple melodies rich in humour and ironic verse. The majority of songs are written by Marty Donald. Although, both Tali White and Mark Monnone have written some of the band’s finest songs. Many of their lyrics are based on the eccentricities of the everyday. Several songs also deal with the more usual pop-song issues of romance in relationships, but in a unique, gentle and easy-to-relate-to way.

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