Dan Brodie & the Grieving Widows present, RUN YOURSELF RAGGED EP,
a rough and tumble dose of Aussie rock n roll!
After being diagnosed with cancer in early 2013, Brodie was forced to postpone the release of his solo album, “Deep Deep Love” to undergo 10 months of treatment, during which time the lyric “run yourself ragged” presented itself as a mantra for Brodie; “a little rhyme I made up to get me through the long days and nights of sickness, boredom and fatigue.”
During recovery, Brodie entered St Charles Recording Studio in Northcote with Grieving Widow’s Dave Nicholls (Escape Committee) on drums, and Chris Brodie (Dallas Crane) on guitar to record a song from their live set, a cover of Ian Rilen’s (Rose Tattoo/Love Addicts) “Booze to Blame”. Three more songs of original material quickly followed. This proved the best way to creatively use the pain of his recent experience: to put some of the suffering into his lyrics and stare it down. People can judge for themselves what came of it, for Brodie it was a creative struggle he had to win and leave behind.
Kicking off with Rilen’s classic of lost love and regret, “Booze to Blame”, the Grieving Widow’s announce their intent with a horn filled blast of good time four-to-the-floor riffage, providing a link with their 2011 release, MY FRIEND THE MURDERER.
With the epic “No Warning”, a simple guitar riff builds and builds, culminating with the sorrowful lament of “being with you once upon a time used to be like a drug high”, before rebounding with with help from Spencer P. Jones (Beasts of Bourbon/Escape Committee) on the cautionary title track,“Run Yourself Ragged”, before finally letting it all hang out in an ode to rock n roll debauchery and good times in “Let’s get fucked up (and dance)”… “tonight we’re embryonic, tonight we’re crapulent, we’re making histrionic, it’s all so elegant!”
Combining big drums, tough guitars and sassy brass with Brodie’s signature dark and wry lyrical observations of people and their relationships,
the result is RUN YOURSELF RAGGED EP .
released September 16, 2014
2014 All songs Dan Brodie
Except 1. Booze to Blame
(Jones S/Rilen I/Universal Music Publishing)
Recorded by Blake Strickland and David Nicholls
at St. Charles Recording Studio
Northcote, Australia, June 2014
Mixed by Glenn Hewer
Mastered by David Briggs
Dan Brodie: Guitar, vocal, piano, organ and bass
Chis Brodie: Guitar
David Nicholls: Drums
Spencer P. Jones: Guitar on “Run Yourself Ragged”
Martin Schilov: Saxophone on “Booze to Blame”
Hayden ‘Junglejim’ Smith and Ricki Dee: backing vocals
on Let’s get fucked up (and dance)
Photograph: Richmond Club Hotel, circa 1991, Anon
Design: Dave Larkin