We’re pleased to premiere ‘Molly Meldrum’s Eyes’, the latest single and first video clip from Paul Andrews & Family Fold‘s new album Ashfield Skyline (with Nashville producer Brad Jones), due out on October 5th.
The song has that wonderful wistful sound where alt-country meets astute and intelligent pop songwriting. It exists in the same realm of Elvis Costello and Wilco with hints of Dylan and The Band in the harmonica and piano interplay. A breezy, whimsical and rollicking tune.
Paul wrote ‘Molly Meldrum’s Eyes’ when he was 25 and only rediscovered the song in 2016. “I was clearly pining for the old days when I was in my 20s! My old band Lazy Susan did an online release in 2016 of a couple of unreleased/demos/live albums and I rediscovered ‘Molly Meldrum’s Eyes’ when I was sorting through old boxes of tapes and CDs. I thought it was too good to throw away on a demos album, so put it aside for consideration for Ashfield Skyline and it ended up making the cut.”
In the lyrics for ‘Molly Meldrum’s Eyes’, Paul namechecks two other Australian performers of the era – John Paul Young (JPY) and Cheetah – both members of the Alberts stable of artists. “I just remember seeing JPY on Countdown in his sailor’s suit or punching Molly in the nose and it was just revelatory. ‘Who is that guy with the bad perm being rude to Molly?’ Seeing Cheetah sing ‘Spend the Night’ on Countdown was a revelation of a different sort. I must have been around 10 years old when that came out and it was like, “Whoa…this is going to make my brain explode.”
The video for ‘Molly Meldrum’s Eyes’ is a gentle nod of tribute to the Cold Chisel film clip for ‘Cheap Wine’ and was filmed in a 1970s fibro house in western Sydney to capture the vibe of the era. The clip also features an original copy of a Sale of the Century board game, which Paul won when competing on the show as a 16 year old.
Andrews is best known for his work as a founding member and the chief singer/songwriter in Sydney band Lazy Susan who released four albums, six EPs, and countless national and international tours in the 00s.
Family Fold have a run of shows coming up in Sydney, Melbourne and the Hunter Valley:
- Saturday September 15 – Gasoline Pony, Marrickville, Sydney – ‘Molly Meldrum’s Eyes’ Single Launch
- Sunday September 30 – Dashville Skyline Festival, Belford, NSW
- Thursday October 4 – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne – Ashfield Skyline album launch
- Saturday October 13- The Noble Hops, Redfern, Sydney
- Sunday November 25 – The Union Hotel, Newtown, Sydney – Ashfield Skyline album launch