Amy Meredith
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Amy Meredith


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Amy Meredith EP - 2008
Untitled debut LP - November 2008

'Black Eyes' from Amy Meredith EP received strong spin across Australia on indy radio

First single from the new LP being released in early October 2009



Amy Meredith bio
A journey is a fitting way to describe the last two years of life for Amy Meredith. From shaping their sound in a rehearsal room in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire to industry showcases in Hollywood, all before the melodic synth-rock act even had half a dozen songs to their name, their rapid rise has been paralleled by a sharp learning curve. And if there’s any truth in the old adage that the journey is always half the fun, then Amy Meredith have one hell of a ride ahead of them as they ready for the release of their debut album.
But to get to the now, it’s important to first look at the past. The Amy Meredith fire was lit when singer, keyboardist and songwriter Christian Lo Russo found common musical ground with local guitarists Joel Chapman and Cam Laing and bassist Wade Osborn. Enlisting Queensland-born drummer Elliott Hammond, the creative spark spread like wildfire. With an eclectic love of music, from The Beatles to The Cure and The Smiths, the quartet found their feet in synth-driven melodic rock that would evolve over the years but retain a core sound all their own.
“We believe so much in each other’s talents. We’re very supportive of one another,” Lo Russo explains. “We wanted to make a band that was extremely talented and could go the long haul, rather than people who weren’t necessarily good at their instruments trying to make a buck or trying to tour. We wanted to be accomplished musicians first – before we decided to take on the world!”
It seemed the world wasn’t going to wait for Amy Meredith, though. After just two shows and half a dozen songs penned, the quintet found themselves pursued by A&R from every major label, plus imprints and management teams. Eventually signing a progressive deal with Tsubi/Ksubi and jetting to the US to showcase their wares, Amy Meredith returned home and took a step back on their path to global domination. They left the label, released a set-up self-titled EP and retreated from the spotlight to focus on writing great tunes.
“We’ve had such an interesting journey,” Lo Russo says. “There was a stage we went through where we were so focused on being this ‘cool’ band. Every band goes through that – until you realise that all you want to do is make great music that’s going to reach the greatest amount of people.”
So throughout 2008 they pieced together about 60 songs, some of which dated back to their initial jams in the Shire. Reconvening at a farmhouse in January where they rehearsed on its patio for two weeks, Amy Meredith cut the list in half, finally whittling it down to 15 songs. Then, over six weeks at The Grove Studios on the NSW Central Coast, they withstood the appeal of the site’s tropical swimming pool, quad bike and driving range to lay down their debut.
The result is an accomplished set that showcases Amy Meredith’s ear for great pop hooks and their ability to traverse styles yet still have a heart and soul all their own. There’s the sexy, dark swagger of “Lying”, the spacious, melodic anthems “Young At Heart” and “Start All Over”, the fun, upbeat pop-rock of “Porn Star”, a dose of dirty rock in “Faded White Dress” and the irresistible sunny ’60s pop of piano-driven “Highest Walls”. Solid synth lines, pounding rhythms and gorgeous guitar melodies combine brilliantly, while thoughtful arrangements ensure the setting is never cluttered.
“I love having a wall of sound, Phil Spector-style, but it’s about finding balance and giving it space,” Lo Russo explains. “We went for just enough space and instrumentation that it turned out right. That’s something we feel a real sense of accomplishment about, that it doesn’t sound too compressed and too compact.”
Rob Connolly guided the band each step of the way as producer, working alongside Grammy Award-winning US engineer Brian Paturalski (Aerosmith, OutKast, Silverchair). And with the 15 tracks laid down, the band scored a coup in securing the mixing talents of LA native Mark Needham (Killers’ Hot Fuss, Hot Hot Heat).
“Instead of pitching it to a lot of people, we thought we’d just pitch it to Mark to see what he thought. He heard a couple of songs and he was on the phone to us the next day, saying, ‘You’re really onto something.’ He wanted to be a part of it as much he could,” Lo Russo recalls. “He brought something new to the table in terms of giving the music the space we wanted, finding less compression and bringing up the bits that needed to come up, and bringing out the synths.”
And at the heart of the band’s sound are Lo Russo’s words, at times oblique and at other times strikingly direct and emotional – but always universal in scope.
“I always try to write from a place of honesty, a place of truth. If I write a concept, I like to be able to relate; that’s where I want the lyrics to be honest and I want people to relate to them,” Lo Russo states. “If someone is going to judge our band based on the lyrics and say they’re too honest or we’re wearing our heart on our sleeve, then so be it