Big City Low

by Billygoat & the Mongrels

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

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One of Sydney’s best loved country folk bands, Billygoat & the Mongrels, are ready to release their much-anticipated first album ‘Big City Low’. It’s been a long time between drinks for the folk/ country misfits, who have been working on this debut offering for the past 3 years. Having babies, going overseas, getting married, stolen guitars, drummers on the run, stolen pedals, broken instruments, ups, downs, and range of money troubles were just a few of the hiccups that this album production has seen over the past 3 years. Taking on a gutsy and ultimately worth it DIY approach to the album has lent it an earthy country twang that supports Billygoat’s songwriting perfectly. Bass player, Cat Colman, took care of the engineering, capturing the wild live mongrel energy that the band has become so famous for.

The album takes listeners on a voyage from country origins, to hillbilly disco, then deep down into the gloomy city swamp, and finally back to the couch with whisky in hand. Billygoat’s powerful, narrative style lyrics, combined with his guitar and banjo picking, are the heart of the ‘mongrel’ songs. His songwriting is set in country roots, with audible influences from Hank Williams to Tom Waits, making an interesting spectrum of sounds and songs. ‘Maddog’ Dave Perram’s versatile and delicate guitar arrangements glue the album together, while local folk head and aspiring poet, CJ Shaw, adds a new dimension to the songs with his wailing and chugging harmonica. Vocalist Brook Morgan gives the album a refreshing woman’s touch, and some guest appearances by the ‘drunken mongrel choir’ cap off this 9-track epic first album in true ‘mongrel’ style.

Track listing:
1. She Died at 25 in a Hotel on the Gold Coast
2. Things Gone Wrong
3. Big City Low
4. Dance like a Baby Deer
5. Dry Sunshine
6. Marie
7. Goin’ Back there Again
8. Janey
9. Telephone Song


released October 1, 2012

All Songs by Morgan Tucker except ‘Marie’ written by Townes Van Zandt
Engineered and Produced by Cat Colman
Recorded at Megaphon Studios 2010 - 2012
Mastered by Adam McElnea @ Sonamax Mastering
Cover photo by Morgan Tucker. All other Photography by Palwesha Yusaf
Logo Design by Tanya Cooper
Billygoat & the Mongrels would like to thank Rob, Gill, Camo, Geoff, Jane, David & Lyn, Louise, Palwesha, and Tanya for their support and generosity



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