After almost a decade of playing their own style of rock’n’roll, Wollongong/Sydney based Leadfinger release their 5th album… the desire remains as the journey continues with the same 4-piece line-up that has stuck solid since 2008. Over the years Leadfinger have built a reputation for dynamic, twin guitar rock and heart on sleeve delivery of quality songs and on Friday Night Heroes they have pushed their musicianship, sound and writing into new realms by bringing in some guest players and changing the method of writing to a more direct ‘in the rehearsal room’ approach.
The songs for Friday Night Heroes were recorded in mid to late 2015 (after 18 months of songwriting and development) at Sydney’s Linear Recording with Wade Keighran (Wolf & Cub, Steve Smyth Band) behind the controls. Half way through the recording though, Leadfinger’s leader and songwriter Stewart Cunningham was faced with the sudden death of his mother but continued on with the project, partly as a tribute to the woman who gave him his love of music and words and partly as a way of making some sense from the loss.
Guests on the album include singer/songwriter Leah Flanagan on backing vocals and renowned Sydney bassist Andy Newman (The Visitors/Decline of the Reptiles et al) makes a cameo on the keys but it is Doug Hazell’s Saxophone bursts on Heart on My Sleeve, the haunting Raining in the Dark and closing track My Own Road that have the most impact, bringing a Springsteen like urgency to the album. The title song however is the album’s epic heart, inspired in part by Cunningham’s love of playing live and the unpredictability of venues, turnouts and reactions… the song showcases the band’s intricate guitar interplay and ability to weave a rock’n’roll story.
Dillon Hicks – Drums and percussion
Michael Boyle – Electric guitar and backing vocals
Reggie Screen – Electric bass guitar
Stewart Cunningham – Vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, tambourine
Doug Hazell – Saxophone
Leah Flanagan – Backing Vocals
Wade Keighran – Shaker, Backing Vocals
Steve McCarthy – Tambourine
Bulahdelah Boomerang’s RLFC – handclapping, foot stomping and various background noises
Recorded and mixed by Wade Keighran at Linear Recording, Leichardt Australia
Assisted by Mac Robillard & Dorny Hayes
Additional recording by Steve McCarthy and Stewart Cunningham at Keira Sound Music, Wollongong, Australia
Produced by Wade Keighran and Stewart Cunningham
Mastered by William Bowden/King Willy Sound