“Ever seen a man scream through the bell of his saxophone amplified by 5000 watts? This is a band you must see.“
Australian Avant-Garde Rock quartet Pirate have announced they will re-release their 2009 debut album “Left Of Mind” as part of the Bird’s Robe Records 10th anniversary series.
Debut album “Left Of Mind” is the follow up to their critically acclaimed self-titled EP of 2009 and their 2007 demo which were widely circulated amongst Sydney’s underground – even ending up in the hands of Adrian Belew (King Crimson) and Billy Rymer (Dillinger Escape Plan).
The debut is a marked progression for the group, featuring their first use of melodic vocals, restrained and hypnotic Experimental Pop and layered soundscapes, with tracks like “In The Balance,” “Animals Cannibals” and “Finish” pushing in new directions.
Fans of Pirate‘s frenetic Technical Groove Rock will still be impressed – tracks like “Rough Shuffle,” “Time Minus Five” and “Left Of Mind” prove they are justifiably amongst the most fiercely Experimental and exciting of the Prog Rock scene in Australia.
It’s live on stage where the band shone brightest, however, blending fiercely constructed riffs with epic improvisational skills and a determined focus on experimentation.
Watch the official video for “Left Of Mind” through the YouTube player below:
The band are perhaps known by some fans these days for being the previous group of acclaimed drummer Tim Adderley, the long-time sticksman for Post-Rock heavyweights sleepmakeswaves.
But their legacy as one of the principal groups of The Bird’s Robe Collective and Bird’s Robe Records label is important to appreciate.
The band released three records “Demo” (2007), “s/t” (2008) and “Left Of Mind” (2009) and toured regularly up and down the east coast of Australia during these years, almost exclusively as part of Bird’s Robe promoted tours and events.
Pirate’s Eclectic Heavy Technical Groove with a Jazz-like touch quickly drew critical accolades across the globe and saw them tour with acts as diverse as Closure in Moscow, Twelve Foot Ninja, FloatingMe, The Crooked Fiddle Band and sleepmakeswaves. Inspired as much by the Technical Prog of King Crimson and The Mars Volta as they are by Jazz visionaries Miles Davis and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, the band continues to impress and inspire with their uniquely Progressive material.
Director of Bird’s Robe Mike Solo reflects on the band and their contribution to the Australian music scene: “Pirate are a band very dear to my heart. I discovered them playing at the now defunct Excelsior Hotel in Surry Hills, which back in 2007 was a hotbed of alternative and progressive music. They put on a fiery and technically brilliant show that was equal parts King Crimson and The Mars Volta and I quickly jumped at the chance to book shows for them around Sydney.
They were the first band I started officially managing and became mainstays of the Bird’s Robe circuit. Everyone wanted to play with Pirate, everyone who saw them walked away impressed and if ever I wanted to convince someone of the quality of the Sydney prog music scene, I would just show them Pirate and that was enough.
It wasn’t always easy – the band were always the same four lovely and personable guys, always supporting other artists and contributing their talents to collaborate, but they had to deal with injuries, months apart whilst various members relocated or travelled (or toured with sleepmakeswaves) and all kinds of various things that life throws at you.
I always wanted more for them and in hindsight I’m so glad they gave us as much as they did and achieved what they did – we have 3 amazing records to map their evolution, the memories (and videos) of some truly incredible live shows and now, another opportunity to share their music with the world.“
“Left Of Mind” will be released on January 14, 2022 on all digital platforms and CD format.
Purchase the album on Bandcamp: https://birdsrobe.bandcamp.com/album/left-of-mind
1. Left Of Mind
2. Animals Cannibals
3. Rough Shuffle
4. In The Balance
8. Time Minus Five