New Settlement Road
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New Settlement Road


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New Settlement Road, Self Titled EP, 2008



Introducing New Settlement Road - a four-piece band from Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula on the south-east coast of Australia. Their music is a collection of folk-inspired tunes with a strong focus on storytelling. Renowned music manager Larry Tyler describes New Settlement Road as “having something that a lot of their contemporaries just don't get – the ability to capture the imagination of the listener in an honest and meaningful way”

The band is currently rehearsing tirelessly, bringing together new songs as part of pre-production work for their upcoming album. The album will be the groups second offering, with the band evolving substantially since the self-titled EP release of 2008. With the addition of a rhythm section, the bands sound has expanded. With a broader dynamic palette at their disposal, New Settlement Roads' sound had become more sophisticated, while maintaining that slightly nostalgic spirit and warmth that harks back to the days when vinyl ruled the music world.

Late in 2007, brothers Warren Clark and Gavin Butcher decided to get together and write some songs. “We wrote some pretty average material to begin with while we tried to find our thing” says Butcher. “None of the songs were even worthy of names”. Despite the early writer's block, the boys persisted and soon had their first song complete with a title. The Streets where I am Bound is a gripping ballad that follows a young man's struggle with alcohol addiction. Clark's poetic depiction of the focal character's relationship with the bottle shows great empathy and is complimented wonderfully by a rolling acoustic guitar and intermittent piano that has the listener firmly entrenched at the end of the bar as witnesses to the spiralling demise of this one-time family man.

Butcher and Clark were put on the musical path at a very young age, listening to their mother’s old Bob Dylan recordings. “The soul that exists in those songs and recordings is something that has influenced me greatly” says Clark. “For me, the song and the story have always taken precedent over any sort of technical prowess” he added. It was with this mantra that the lads began their search for a rhythm section. After countless auditions, they struck gold. Drummer Paul Ryan and bass player Michael Tonkes joined the band and New Settlement Road now had four self-proclaimed servants of song ready to hit the ground running.

To be continued.......