Forty years after the release of one of the great Australian debut albums of all time Ed Kuepper returns with a brand-new band and a brand-new contender for the title.
When the heavily lauded, heavily influential first incarnation of The Saints split in 1978, Ed Kuepper, the sonic architect and primary songwriter of the original band and their three albums: the proto-punk classic (I’m) Stranded (1977), the r’n’b infused Eternally Yours (1978) and the brass-laden genre-defying Prehistoric Sounds (1978) left behind a plethora of unreleased material, however, rather than attempt to salvage what could have been Kuepper chose to move on forming the legendary Laughing Clowns performing and recording in Australia and the U.K. from 1979 through 1984 before embarking on an ARIA award winning solo career that has kept him touring and recording steadily since 1985.
Come 2017 though, and the 40th anniversary of The Saints seminal debut Kuepper was persuaded it was time to revisit and celebrate the music of his youth. Recruiting like-minded souls in Sunnyboys bassist Peter Oxley, drummer Paul Larsen Loughhead (The Celibate Rifles / The New Christs), jazz pianist Alister Spence and trumpeter and brass arranger Eamon Dilworth the band performed as The Aints! Play The Saints (’73 – ’78) covering Kuepper’s tenure with the band and all the classics including This Perfect Day, Know Your Product, Swing For The Crime and (I’m) Stranded to large crowds and a hugely appreciative response. But rather than purely recycle those formative songs Kuepper began to introduce the new-old material to an audience eager to hear what else Kuepper had been sitting on since 1978. A further positive response from the music department of the ABC saw these two iconic Australians join forces and bring to light what is in essence, the long lost fourth album by The (original) Saints.
”Things had started to move fairly quickly once The Saints recorded Stranded (Fatal Records) in mid ’76. We recorded three albums over the next two years as well as doing a fair it of touring, and for a while things were looking very promising, however, business problems, compounded by personal and artistic differences meant the band didn’t get around to recording all the material I had lying around….so forty odd years later it occurred to me that these songs might well have made up a hypothetical 4th album….The Church of the Simultaneous Existence…..the songs that refused to die….performed in much the way they would have had the band not split up in 1978’’ – Ed Kuepper
From the glorious slash and burn of Stranded-era track SOS ’75 via the horn-driven Red Aces (the mooted follow up to 1977s classic 7″ Know Your Product) to Winters Way, recorded and released by the Laughing Clowns for their 1984 swan song LP Ghosts Of An Ideal Wife but written in 1975 and presented here closer to it’s original form.
Meanwhile Goodnight Ladies (arguably the albums centerpiece) draws from three songs written in the period, the earliest being from 1969 when Ed had just entered high school and which he describes as ‘‘a kind of overture of my pre-Saints stuff.” Elsewhere Country Song in G can standproud next to Kuepper’s 1990s solo classics The Way I Made You Feel , I’m With You and Wish You Were Here though its inception dates back to late 1977.
Produced by Ed Kuepper. Co-Produced by Peter Oxley and Tim Pittman.
Recorded at Electric Avenue Studios, Sydney. Engineered and mixed by Phil Punch.
Album Out Globally Friday September 21st, 2018 through ABC Music.
Watch the clip for Red Aces here:
The Church of Simultaneous Existence Track Listing:
2.The Church of Simultaneous Existence
3.You’ll Always Walk Alone
4.You Got the Answer
5.Country Song in G
6.Elevator (A Song For Barking Lord Jeff)
7.This Is Our Summer
10.Demo Girl Part 2
11.Good Night Ladies (I Hear A Sound Without)
12. The Rise And Falls Of James Hoopnoch Eefil
Australian Tour 2018
Friday 26th October Coolangatta Hotel Coolangatta QLD
Saturday 27th October The Triffid Brisbane QLD
Friday November 2nd Caravana Music Club Melbourne VIC
Saturday 3rd November Theatre Royal Castlemaine VIC
Monday 5th November The Croxton Melbourne VIC
Friday 9th November The Factory Sydney NSW
Saturday 10th November The Cambridge Newcastle NSW
Friday 23rd November Rosemount Hotel Perth WA
Saturday 24th November Settlers Tavern Margaret River WA
Sunday 25th November Mojos Fremantle WA
Also appearing at:
Dec 7 & 8 & 9 Meredith Music Festival Meredith VIC