• dick diver Calendar Days (LP, £20.75)

    label: Chapter Music

    Building on the promise of their debut, "Calendar Days" a truly communal album with each band member contributing hit after hit, from the punchy first single "Alice" (penned by bassist Al Montfort) to Al McKay & Rupert Edwards' elegant ditties & pop bangers like "Water Damage" "Calendar Days" & "Lime Green Shirt". The real highlight is drummer/guitarist Steph Hughes whose vocal duties on the Edwards-penned title track & duet on "Two Year Lease" add a melodic richness. Not to mention her absolute classic tune "Gap Life" a beguiling & charmingly casual take on "Australian-ness", cementing "Calendar Days" as an unquestionable modern classic. People started to take notice too, as the band was nominated for The Age's Music Victoria Awards for Best Album & Best Band. Tracks: 1. Blue & That 2. Alice 3. Calendar Days 4. Water Damage 5. Boys 6. Two Year Lease 7. Lime Green Shirt 8. Gap Life 9. Bondi 98 10. Amber 11. Languages of Love

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