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.
There is also a persistent theme of Melbourne culture, most notably that of the inner city, as seen in frequent references to Melburnian placenames and themes. For examples, see the song The Sandringham Line, and many others. The Lucksmiths are also renowned for their creative use of language. English idioms and proverbs are referred to, played with and utilised to create poetically spontaneous verse. The songs virtually define clever lyricism. Whilst many of the idioms and references are distinctly Australian, their coupling of fantastic narrative lyrics with melody makes them so internationally accessible. Further, their songs almost always maintain a solid narrative with sensible and relevant choruses. When the narrative is abandoned, it is with good cause and in support of a more simple point (see T-Shirt Weather).
Marty Donald’s lyrics in particular are filled with wordplay and puns, in particular the device of twisting a common phrase or cliché. In Frisbee, he says “that was the winter of my discount tent”. “The Chapter In Your Life Entitled San Francisco” refers to “the non-specific northwest”. Untidy Towns says “I got some mail I didn’t open / It’s an unread-letter day”. Sometimes this can go a bit overboard, as in ‘Synchronized Sinking’, which contains the lines “why don’t you let go of your boy and see / You’ve lost none of your bouyancy”; but that song also contains “Silhouetted in the smoke / From the shipwrecks at the bar / of the Anchor and Hope”, which is, what many would refer to as poetic and skillful use of the English language.
Their musical setup, however, remains unusual and refreshing in a world of drum machines, synthesisers, and other elaborate gear. Tali sings and plays a minimal drum kit standing up at the front of the stage, with Marty to his right, Mark to his left, and Louis behind. This is often seen as a novelty, but nonetheless works perfectly, with their live performances being incredibly tight.
The Lucksmiths have been critically associated with indiepop, anti-folk and retro-pop. However, the band and their fans would consider The Lucksmiths as simply a pop band. This is a much fairer (and accurate) assessment.
In 2009 the band announced their breakup, with their final shows played in August.
* First Tape (1993)
* The Green Bicycle Case (1995)
* What Bird Is That? (1996)
* A Good Kind of Nervous (1997)
* Happy Secret (1999)
* Why that doesn’t surprise me (2001)
* Where Were We? (2002)
* Naturaliste (2003)
* Warmer Corners (2005)
* First Frost (2008)
* Boondoggle (1994)
* Staring at the Sky (1999)
* A Little Distraction (2003)
* The Chapter in Your Life Entitled San Francisco (2005)
* A Hiccup In Your Happiness (2006)
* Greatest Hits (?)
Edited by sunsetparade on 27 Dec 2009, 04:40
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- Martin 'Marty' Donald (1993 - )
- Taliesyn 'Tali' White (1993 - )
- Mark 'Marky' Monnone (1993 - )
- Louis Richter (2004 - )
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