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Album of the week – One of Us by Cash Savage and The Last Drinks

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‘One of Us’ by Cash Savage and the Last Drinks is Eastside Radio’s album of the week.

Last week we brought you an artist’s third release and this week it’s the same, that is what we love here at Eastside bringing you the people music that you might not of heard of by artists who are breaking down the barriers and creating new sounds that excite us. The album we are featuring for the week is ‘One of Us’ by homegrown Australian vocalist Cash Savage and the energetic band The Last Drinks hailing from Melbourne they bring us their own style of Rock, Blues and Country.

You might have come across these guys and girls before as they have played at numerous festivals nationwide such as the Meredith Music Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Dark Mofo and at the Australian World Music Expo. With all the festivals and several gig appearances they are all set to take on Europe all over again next month. After their show at the Out at the Weekend festival in Melbourne next weekend they are off to promote their latest album across the water, with shows lined up in Prague, Berlin, Vienna and lots more it is a given that they are on their way to where they want to be with a calendar this full.

Released on the 1st of July this year the album comes with 10 tracks that bring us their unique sound of rock, with a banjo and a fiddle backing up some deep deep vocals they are definitely a group that are standing out when it comes to bringing something different to the stage. Yes we have had the likes of ‘Mumford and Sons’ and ‘The Black Keys’ who are well known for their indie – rock and country sound but with Cash Savage she brings us even deeper raw sounds that have that energetic get up and shout rock vibe to them.

Making up The Last Drinks, a band that are able to bring us some heavy, fast, loud and mellow sounds all at once is Joe White on guitar, Rene Mancuso on the drums and percussion, Chris Lichti on bass, Brett Marshall with the banjo and last but certainly not least the powerful sound of the fiddle by Kat Mear. When you have such real artist’s together for their third album and a group that have spent time touring immensely together you can hear it in their latest release that they have gelled and found the formula for each of their influences to bond together and leave us with their best work to date. In ‘One of Us’ it is a record that we can all relate to as Savage has written songs that can touch all of us by reflecting on family, friendship, sleep and love. There is a real mixture of emotions throughout the piece but at the same time sticking with their energetic sound, giving us power to battle through on the deeper numbers.

With tracks such as ‘Song For a Funeral’ which expresses the feelings of losing a loved one it we get some gentle touches of the drums and vocals such as “Lets say goodbye to the hardest of times” letting us know that the hard times are in the past and it is onwards from here. The rocky blues hit ‘Rat-A-Tat-Tat’ which was recorded in Prague back in 2015 is definitely one of the more harder ones off the album that makes you just want to see these guys live. A personal favourite for myself is the ‘Sunday Morning’ track which starts of with the perfect instrument for a sunday morning play as the banjo gives us this sense of haze. Cash sings about nursing a heavy night before which I’m sure a lot of rock bands on tour could reflect to, a real sweet go easy tone to it. If you want an album that is out there on it’s own, that talks about real life situations and gives us them uplifting vocals to get through bad circumstances then this is one to look into.

Artist Listing 

Joe White on Guitar,

Rene Mancuso on the Drums and Percussion,

Chris Lichti on bass,

Brett Marshall with the Banjo

Kat Mear on Fiddle

Track Listing 

  1. Falling, Landing
  2. Run with the Dogs
  3. Sunday Morning
  4. Empty Page
  5. Rat-a-Tat-Tat
  6. Do You Feel Loved
  7. My Friend
  8. Song for a Funeral
  9. Port
  10. One of Us

You can follow Cash Savage and The Last Drinks career at cashsavage.com.au or via their FACEBOOK page. For an extended listen to the album, tune in on Thursday from 1.30PM – 2PM for ‘Album of the Week’ with Josh Crosbie. Don’t forget to also listen out for your opportunity to win a copy of ‘One of Us’ all week. You must be a supporter to win so make sure to sign up at http://eastsidefm.org/support-us-2/. You can also stream the station at WWW.EASTSIDEFM.ORG.

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