Matt Love has a solo project that explores primitive country and hillbilly music.

Julian Knowles has a bunch of projects from post rock to solo ambient electronica including Forestville, a studio collaboration with Tim Bruniges and David Trumpmanis.  He is also a member of experimental electronic outfit Social Interiors – with Shane Fahey (Makers of the Dead Travel Fast, Scattered Order), and is active as an media and sound artist.

Mary Wyer has side projects, most notably Her Name in Lights, featuring members of Smudge and The Hummingbirds.

Now does all of that make sense?  It does to us….


We’re not entirely sure why, but a couple of guest performers on Feral Pop Frenzy somehow went missing from the credits on the album cover. Better late than never we say…  Alannah Russack (ex The Hummingbirds) sings beautiful backing vocals on ‘Swimming Song’ – her voice is instantly recognisable.  Even As We Speak and The Hummingbirds shared a record label for a few years (Phantom Records) before the Sarah period and played many shows together. And the late James Cruickshank (ex The Cruel Sea, Widdershins) plays the atmospheric slide guitar on ‘Sailors Graves’. They Sydney music scene at the time was thriving, and there was a swift trade in people guesting on each other’s records.


And for those of you interested in the guests we invited in for our Peel Sessions, here are some leads.

Younger Youth (from London)

Younger Youth we found somehow in the estates of South London. He is an incredible vocal performer.  The Goodier Session version of Falling Down the Stairs (1993) was performed pretty much in one take with YY and Mary singing around the same mic.

Louise Elliott (ex Laughing Clowns)

Louise had an amazing pedigree as a wildly inventive sax player. We knew her work through the Laughing Clowns (Ed Kuepper’s band post The Saints). Louise had relocated to London some years earlier and can be heard on the studio and Peel Session versions of (All You Find Is) Air. The Laughing Clowns were such an influential band for us, growing up in a great period for Australian music.

Stevie Wishart

Stevie is a well known early music performer and composer, originally from the UK, who spent some years living in Australia. Stevie works across both early music and new/experimental music and Julian had worked with her before in the experimental music group Machine for Making Sense and also as a collaborator on her solo album ‘Wish‘. Stevie plays hurdy gurdy on 3o Miles (Peel Session) and violin on Suddenly (Peel Session).