Night Radio formed in Sydney in the year 2000 and have released five albums.
Their fifth, QUEEN OF THE BEES, was released online in July 2017.
Vocalist Darrell Archer’s songs are set deep in this country’s landscape, and range from a kind of Australian Gothic right through, via music informed by Folk, Americana and Methodist hymns, amongst others, to the quirky charms of the Australian vernacular.
Their first album, GHOST STORIES, was released in 2003. It is a dense, atmospheric and slow burning affair, and remains the unheralded blueprint of their methods. Songs such as ‘Rabbit Trapper’, ‘Down to the River’ and ‘Miss Pennsylvania’ told long, slow to unwind stories about individuals pinned down by their burdens in the Bush. The thoughtful engineering and production by Jack Rôbin allowed every instrumental nuance to be heard.
2006 saw the release of TELLURIC. Recorded and produced by Tony Dupe on the South Coast, and put out on his HEAVY label, it presented a set of quiet and intimate songs with a more acoustic vibe, and with an ambience evocative of the cottage it was recorded in. Dupe’s calm touch allowed the images in the songs to shine through…a car crash, a boy learning to climb a tree, Christmas bikes, a drunken all-‐ nighter, a man and his thoughts as he drives from Sydney to the Snowy mountains. Tracks such as ‘Black Clouds Appear’, ‘Timber Town’, ‘Hardwood’, ‘Since We Parted’ and ‘Lilly’ may well have led Bernard Zuel to giving this album 3.5 stars in his SMH review.
BACKROADS was launched in 2008. It was recorded in a rented house in the Hunter Valley. While undeniably a logical progression for the band it is an album that throws it’s net far and wide. No two songs are alike but repeated listening rewards the listener with a plethora of tales, images and musical possibilities. Stand out tracks include ‘The Ballad of Holly Katzu’, ‘Maps in the Sky’, ‘Outside the Boundary’, and ‘O Bloody Dream’.
VOCALS, GUITAR Darrell Archer
GUITAR David Rae
DRUMS Michael Ward
BASS Jerome McClintock, Jack Rôbin
PIANO, ORGAN John Sandow
CELLO, DOUBLE BASS, BANJO etc Robin Dixon.
Plus an assortment of talented guests.