Dust

Dust

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Dust are a 5 piece psychedelic folk rock/alt.country band from Melbourne. Dust describe their sound as �power-line pastoral�, combining the intensity of urban culture with psychedelic country melancholy. Dust create lush textures and harmonies, with a warm, nostalgic '70s folk rock feel.

Biography

Contact: nicoleskeltys1 at gmail dot com or 425 495 9262.

Dust formed in Melbourne in late 2004. The highly-experienced 5 piece includes Nicole Skeltys from femme-tech duo B(if)tek on vintage keyboards and vox and Mark Gardiner from �80s post-punk band The Scream on guitar and vox. Lead vocalist Ann Marie Sullivan is a classically trained singer, Gavin Vance (bass and vox) formerly played bass with post-rock instrumentalists Oneironaut and �Fancy� Dave Bower (drums and vox) is a cowboy drummer from Perth with a shady past he is still drinking to forget.

Dust�s debut album Songs journeys from emotionally intense country rock landscapes reminiscent of Neil Young and Crazy Horse, to gentle psychedelic folk madrigals, to �70s FM playlist �classic� pop songs and much more. Tinges of Pink Floyd, Lynchian soundtracks and Texan psychedelia combine to create an album rich in texture, melodies and dream-like atmospheres. Interspersed between tracks are �found sound� interludes, in which Dust have lured and trapped the dark ambience of Melbourne�s suburbia. Album instrumentation includes a harmonium, usually found in sacred Indian music, analogue keyboards from the 70�s alongside the more expected country twang of pedal steel.

�We wanted to create an album that was warm and nostalgic in feel, that generated the magical mood of old 1970s vinyl, but that was also new and ambitious � far beyond �retro�. Dust have worked hard to develop an original psychedelic folk/country rock sound and songcraft, unique in the Australian musical landscape. �

�Our songs seek to generate a heightened mystical aura. We are singing about love, heartache, death, the dark political times in which we live and the hope of redemption. The lyrics have several layers of meaning, and often express many of these themes at once�

Nicole is in the USA from May 2008 until the end of year, performing at venues and events around the country, doing versions of Dust songs as apart of a duo called The Jilted Brides.

www.myspace.com/dustsongs;
www.sonicbids.com/thejiltedbrides

Lyrics

The Message

Written By: Dust

Theres a bee singing hard at a flower
There are cows leaning two by two
Theres the rain deep down the horizon
Theres a message coming through

Theres a cricket starts to hum down the hallway
Theres a powerline that falls off the roof
Theres an angel detained by barbed wire
Theres a message coming through

Just like a bird
Circling round and round with nowhere to land
(Theres a message coming through)
You’ve probably heard
Most days you’ll find me with a drink in my hand
(Theres a message coming through)

There are long forgotten feelings
There are drive-ins in disuse
There is dust upon your picture
Theres a message coming through
Theres a message coming through

Just like a bird
Circling round and round with nowhere to land
(Theres a message coming through)
You’ve probably heard
Most days you’ll find me with a drink in my hand
(Theres a message coming through)

On the train to work each day
I feel my feelings drain away
Yes, I have the luxury
Of being my worst enemy
But when I look up high I see
A signature scribbled over me.

Turning Back

Written By: Dust


Its alright
We're turning back
Its all too much
We must retract
Reverse these days of darkness to a time before the tears
To a different life in a distant year To a distant life in a different year.

I lent on your gateway
I learnt your song
Swept along

We lost sight of
The dreams we had
Seeds gone bad

Its alright
We're turning back
Its all too much
We must retract
Reverse these days of darkness to a time before the tears
To a different life in a distant year
To a distant life in a different year.

The life we’ve led
Will all unwind
We’ll fall in love
Like the first time
No longer blind

Don't remain
In tears and shame
The meaning lost
We will regain
Reverse these days of darkness to a time before the tears
To a different life in a distant year
To a distant life in a different year.

Set Apart

Written By: Dust

Set apart
It’s a mystery deep inside your heart
It’s a feeling there right from the start
All alone, set apart
All alone, set apart

Once it felt good to look with scorn
To lie in wait for the fool’s remark
To wear with pride your crown of thorns
To be set apart.

Set apart
It’s a mystery deep inside your heart
It’s a feeling there right from the start
All alone, set apart
All alone, set apart

But times have changed and bullets rain
While TVs roar in suburban dark
Their hands are shakin’ & its you they’ll blame
‘Cos you’re set apart

Drink up, my darling stranger
Drink with me into the night
The morning will bring danger
But for now, your smile is bright.

Set apart
It’s a mystery deep inside your heart
It’s a feeling there right from the start
All alone, set apart
All alone, set apart

I'll Bear Witness

Written By: Nicole Skeltys

You still try day after day
To make them see what they desecrate
Alone in your house upon the hill
They shot your dog and they’re logging still.
I’ll bear witness to you
You think no-one cares
But I do.

Toil hard and long
Suffer’ cos you care
So often you feel
Caught in a spider’s web
Struggling to release
Everyone in there.

Night comes in the desert sky
Kids inhale whatever gets them high
You keep the stories of your Land alive
Try to give them some hope and pride
I’ll bear witness to you
You think no-one cares
But I do

Piece rates, casual pay
Bus to work takes hours each way
Always broke, but I’ve seen you give
Your last dollar to friends in need.
Toil hard and long
Suffer ‘cos you care
So often you feel
Caught in a spider’s web
Struggling to release
Everyone in there
I’ll bear witness
I’ll bear witness to you.

Discography

'Songs' - debut album. Released in Australia independently, distributed through Psy-Harmonics (August 2007).

Nicole is in the USA from May 2008 until the end of the year, looking for a home for 'Songs' with a sympathetic label.

Some excerpts from reviews of 'Songs':

Dust's debut album "Songs" is 'an intoxicating mixture of country twang, melancholy folk and urban scrawl, all with psychedelic overtones�all warmly nostalgic and atmospheric' " Terrascope.co.uk, July 2007

"The production, music, vocals/harmonies all sound fabulous....it is as psychedelic/folk/alt.country should be" Cheryl Byrnes, Country Music Capital News July 2007

"An assured debut album of psychedelic influenced folk/country rock, delivering spacious fragility and solid intensity in equally astonishing measures...Marvellous!" Thee Sonic Assassin, Sideways through Sound, 2NSB, Sydney, August 2007

Set List

The band has a large and varied repertoire, and can play two sets. In a typical headlining role at local venues, they play for an hour - about 11 songs. Dust's full set-up (including 4 keyboards) is powerful and emotionally intense - they have been compared to Pink Floyd and their sound easily fills a large venue; but for smaller venues, the band strips back to a lighter, more folk/acoustic sound, focusing on harmonies.

Nicole is in the USA from May 2008 until the end of year, performing at venues and events around the country, doing versions of Dust songs as apart of a duo called The Jilted Brides.