The Triffids | DNO268 | Released: 07/19/10

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Continuing with the Triffids reissue program that we started in 2006 with the release of the band’s classic Born Sandy Devotional album, and which has seen Calenture, In The Pines, Black Swan and Treeless Plain all remastered and released as deluxe CDs with additional music and sleeve notes, comes the 18 track Wide Open Road - The Best of the Triffids compilation. This is a tremendous introduction to a band with an impressive body of work.

(words from the sleeve notes by John O Donnell)

"...Eleven years after his death (in February, 1999), the songs of David McComb and the music made by The Triffids still lives and breathes and resonates. As evidenced here...For me, The Triffids had the perfect arc...They remind me of that great line by Jack Kerouac in On The Road where he says 'the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centrelight pop and everybody goes "Awww!"'... With The Triffids, the middle of the arc, the blue centrelight pop, where everybody goes "Awww!" is the song "Wide Open Road", which is why it’s right that it’s the lead-off and title track of this collection...

But all around and before and after "Wide Open Road" were great moments of wildly varying colour and kind. Forming in Perth, Western Australia in the late 70s, around drummer Alsy McDonald and David McComb on guitars/vocals, the Triffids mutated through a number of different lineups as they released a handful of crude cassette 'albums', compiling more than 80-90 songs. Graduating to vinyl, their 7" singles were naive gems, tracks like "Reverie" and "Spanish Blue" full of pop smarts and sharp lyrics but with a clumsy, awkward charm. "Beautiful Waste" was their first great song. By the time of their debut album Treeless Plain, they had settled on their lineup of David McComb (vocals/guitar), Alsy McDonald (drums, vocals), Jill Birt (keyboards, vocals), Robert McComb (guitars, violin, vocals), Martyn P Casey (bass) and 'Evil' Graham Lee (pedal and lap steel, guitars, vocals) was to complete the definitive version of the band shortly after Treeless Plain...

The studio albums and the songs end up being the lasting document and the Triffids stand proud and tall on this measure. Their live shows are simply burnt in my memory, as visceral, brilliant, intelligent, haunting, pretty, dark, petulant, sloppy, irresistible...kind of like 'fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centrelight pop and everybody goes 'Awww!'"


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CD-DNO-268 | Domino | Out now

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  • 01. Wide Open Road
  • 02. Red Pony
  • 03. Reverie
  • 04. Beautiful Waste
  • 05. Hell Of A Summer
  • 06. Property Is Condemned
  • 07. Raining Pleasure
  • 08. The Seabirds
  • 09. Lonely Stretch
  • 10. Stolen Property
  • 11. Kathy Knows
  • 12. Bury Me Deep
  • 13. A Trick Of The Light
  • 14. Jerdacuttup Man
  • 15. Too Hot To Move
  • 16. Goodbye Little Boy
  • 17. New Years Greetings
  • 18. Save What You Can