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The General Assembly

92 Monthly Listeners

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Posted By The General Assembly

“In the dark times

Will there also be singing?

Yes, there will also be singing.

About the dark times.” ― Bertolt Brecht

Inside a mysterious radio tower on the wild coast of Tasmania, a boy finds a book with his initials on the cover. To his alarm and fascination, it maps out his entire life – from birth to death.

As he reads, the radio beacon crackles to life and “a sea of voices fills the room”, calling him to see the power in his wildness, to give in to the wonder and confounding complexity of life.

That’s how it is in the world of Melbourne-based band, The General Assembly; mysterious books offer glimpses of the future, children give up on their human kin and return to nature, heroes and frauds alike are swallowed up by the sun, and disembodied voices sing vital truths. For singer/songwriter, Matt Wicking, “Lyrically, I’m particularly interested in the points where human and non-human nature connect, where the lines blur and dissolve.”

While the song-writing draws from the deep well of blues and folk storytelling, sonically the music soars. Reverb-drenched guitars, synth and mellotron create swelling soundscapes. Dynamic rhythms and moods are tied together by Wicking’s voice – shifting from whisper to howl, from soulful baritone to soaring falsetto. Combining Wicking’s words with the music’s cinematic sweep, The General Assembly offers fresh ways of seeing old landscapes.

Where people listen

  • 1.
    Melbourne, AU
    18 Listeners
  • 2.
    Sydney, AU
    4 Listeners
  • 3.
    London, GB
    4 Listeners
  • 4.
    Brunswick, AU
    3 Listeners
  • 5.
    Hawthorn, AU
    3 Listeners
  • 6.
    Perth, AU
    2 Listeners