Acknowledging he’s a musician with quite the heritage, Mick Thomas is looking forward to an upcoming album with a fresh spin.
The former lead singer of Weddings, Parties, Anything is still working alongside long-time collaborator Mark ‘Squeezebox’ Wally, and said that’s he continues to be grateful that people associate the ARIA award winning Father’s Day with “certain periods of their lives”.
“We tend to play the songs which had some success, because there’s nothing like the sensation of getting into song and having a crowd respond,” Mr Thomas said.
“It’s something we do on any given night, so we play a fair bit of respect to our heritage as musicians together.
The music is sort of significant to people so you can’t scoff at that … but we’re about to go up and do a new album, and frankly we’ve spent longer out of Wedding than it in.Musician Mick Thomas
Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission is gearing up to play The Cabaret Club on May 5 at 8.30pm.
The band will record the new album in Memphis, Tennessee in June this year. But the recording process will also hark back to Thomas’ history with Weddings, Parties, Anything.
The classic band’s third album The Big Don’t Argue was produced in Memphis by maverick producer Jim Dickinson in the late 1980s.
Now, more than 30 years on, The Roving Commission will head back to the United States to work with Dickinson’s son, a music producer who continued the studio after his father’s death.
“We were signed to Warner Music Group at the time, and we thought they were sending us to the States to get something commercial out of the band that we couldn’t find,” Mr Thomas said.
“But any problems we had, Jim being such a maverick, were probably exacerbated.”
The new record will represent a change in Thomas’ writing process. So often writing the bulk of his old band’s songs, he said collaboration with singer Ayleen O’Hanlon meant far more co-writes and duets.
“It’s kind of going to be a different record for us, most of those records was myself with a large backlog of songs going into the studio,” he said. “But I though I’d like to go down a different road for the change … I’m just really enjoying the act of singing with another person.”
Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission will be supported by up-and-coming Brisbane blues guitarist and singer Dana Gehrman.
Fitting in the musical mould of Mia Dyson, Gehrman was recently nominated for a Queensland Music Award, and has spent the year on stage and in the studio with Tim Rogers.
Tickets from $30, doors 6.30pm, more information at thecabaretclub.com.au