Hairy Lemon

Hairy Lemon

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Song's that hook your heart in an instant, beats that pound your stomach, improv's that would put a smile on Miles' face, and originality in the truest sense of the word. 2004 SAMI ‘Most Outstanding Emerging Artist’. Dec/2005 R.U. National MusicOz Awards.

Biography

Keith Jeffery faced a tough decision in 1998 when he was offered a position at the renowned Adelaide Jazz Conservatorium. After serious deliberation, he came to the decision that the syllabus was too restrictive and set his sights on exploring his shared love of the broader musical spectrum with brothers Steven and Michael.

Coming from a musical family, the boys had shared an interest in music and performance since childhood, so by late 1998 they had built a repertoire and formed a band with the slightly eclectic name Hairy Lemon. And so it was, just as the Farriss and Young brothers did before them, these three siblings found a unique bond in their music.

Hairy Lemon is led by Keith, (guitarist/singer/songwriter), together with Steve Jeffery (Bass) and Mike Jeffery (Drums). Growing up in a household filled with music, the guys admit a wide range of influences, ranging from bands like The Police and The Beatles, to early-Chili Peppers, Sublime, and Foo Fighters.

Their first show was played in September '98 in their home town of Victor Harbor, South Australia. Although their initially apprehension about performing in public, the resounding success of their very first show confirmed that the brothers had long felt; that they had a natural musical synergy and that making music together was their calling.

Since then, Hairy Lemon has worked incessantly - playing more than 500 shows and holding down several residencies in Adelaide. Somebody once said: “The harder I work, the luckier I get” and the guys have taken that sentiment to heart, gigging hard while constantly honing their song-writing and on-stage abilities.

Confesses Keith: "Our whole life is music. When we work we're playing music, and when we aren't playing music were generally listening to it or writing new stuff. Stylistically, we try to keep it pretty diverse or we'd get bored too quickly.”

Almost seven years on, after releasing one EP and two independent albums, their relentless commitment is paying off, with impressive records sales and several prestigious awards to their name.

Last year saw the band pick up the award for 'Most Outstanding Emerging Artist' at the SAMI awards) and providing support for Aussie legends 'You Am I' and 'Jimmy Barnes'.

Eschewing the easy way out taken by Australia’s ubiquitous ‘cover bands’, Hairy Lemon have always aspired to writing and performing their own music, along with the occasional homage admittedly, but that has only endeared them to their huge Adelaide fan base. Their original material has garnered significant critical acclaim and attracted the attention of some of the Australian music industry’s heavy hitters.

Hairy Lemon take their music very seriously. They are a fiercely independent outfit, and as such have put together a tailor-made touring PA and lighting rig, (not content with hiring tired old equipment or using sub-standard in-house systems) as well as building a professional-standard recording studio and practice space near their SA home. After six years, the Jeffery brothers know only too well that to achieve the success they are seeking is a matter of taking a totally professional approach and sheer hard work.

To paraphrase the aforementioned Young brothers: “It’s a long way to the shop when you want a sausage roll!”

Their latest work, released on June 5th under the title 'incommunicado', consists of 12 original tracks recorded in their own studio earlier this year, with final post-production being completed in Sydney in March. The collection includes the crowd favourites 'Aching', 'Return to Marrakech', and 'Descending’ which are already the first calls when the shout for ‘encore’ goes out at the end of their final live set.

“Incommunicado” is very much a ‘live in the studio’ recording, faithfully reproducing their on-stage performances with a remarkably full sound for a conventional three piece band. Deliberately, no ‘singles’ were nominated, as the latest suite, although totally cohesive, offers such diversity and has such broad appeal, that fans are all finding their own favourites.

Hairy Lemon are currently working in the studio on a new album. Recently they were awarded '2nd place' in the 'Rock' category, Australian National MusicOz Awards.

Lyrics

Last Parade

Written By: Keith Jeffery

Here we go, just another parade
They’re dressing up but it isn’t the same
Things are missing but everything’s there
Like a painting on the wall, you just have to stare

These minds are so different now
Now they’ve had their own time
And I am one of them
We’re all just one of them

These are the days you don’t forget
Before you were nothing
Now you’re everything I am
These are the days you don’t expect
You never know if it’s the last parade

She’s reaching in cause she can’t find anything
He’s counting down. He knows it’s too late
Says it feels like she doesn’t know him anymore
Says to his face “You were just a mistake”

And things are so different now
Now they’ve had their own time
And he is one of them
And she’s just one of them

These are the days you don’t forget
Before you were nothing
Now you’re everything I am
These are the days you don’t expect
You never know if it’s the last parade

On & On

Written By: Keith Jeffery

The conversation has run dry
I could spend all my life
Trying to be you
Trying to leave me behind
Trying to get inside this 'waste' of your time

Everything she says sounds wrong
And she just goes on and on
She doesn’t stop to breath anymore
And every time I look her way
She doesn’t seem to be
The person I once loved anymore

You’re sticking needles in my back
As if I’ve got something you need
But I’m just happy to get out
Before you burn yourself out

Everything she says sounds wrong
And she just goes on and on
She doesn’t stop to breath anymore
And every time I look her way
She doesn’t seem to be
The person I once loved anymore

Some Nights

Written By: Keith Jeffery

So here I am
Strumming endlessly
Lamenting pains that be
Albeit just for me

All in all
Eye to eye
I die for you some nights

I’m understanding less
Almost every day
The bus of contentment
Has just driven away

You’re standing there
But I’m alone
Is this where I belong?

Explanation
You’ve got to give it to me
Feel our rhythm
It’s the way it’s got to be, but

All in all
Eye to eye
I die for you some nights

So here I am
Strumming endlessly
Lamenting pains that be
Albeit just for me

You’re standing there
But I’m alone
Is this where I belong?

Explanation
You’ve got to give it to me
Feel our rhythm
It’s the way it’s got to be, but

All in all
Eye to eye
I die for you some nights

Discography

'Incommunicado' 2004 (MGM) features:
- Premium Girl (played on Triple M Melb, PowerFM SA)
- On & On (played on Triple J)
- After We Burn (played on Triple J)
- Some Nights (included on soundtrack for 'Life In the Fast Layne' DVD (Layne Beachley)
- Aching (played on Triple M national program 'Planet Rock', PowerFM)

'Switch Off After Use' 2002

'Fluidity' 2000

'Unknown Zone' EP 1999

Set List

Typical Set - 45 mins

Should Be Someone
My Love
On & On
After We Burn
Aching
Some Nights
Descending
Last Parade
Premium Girl
Incommunicado
Return To Marrakech
Everything for Nothing
Monkey On My Back