Meet Me At The Beach is the 2nd album by A Bad Suburb, a duo formed in Dunedin in the mid-90s comprised of guitarists Mark Lightbourne and Mark Williams. With a wind-blasted palette of tones and drones, Meet Me At The Beach evokes less a seaside idyll than a visit to the wintry coast of the Otago peninsula; on this occasion an excursion enlivened by a successful hunt for tropical fungus.
A Bad Suburb was only ever a studio project. Recorded in the mid-1990s while Williams and Lightbourne were both in Wellington, what became Meet Me At The Beach was mixed, re-mixed and then abandoned. In 2015 Williams transferred the original 4 track tapes to digital, as an alternative to throwing them away. The tracks were finalised via email between Wellington and Santiago, Chile where Lightbourne now lives and works.
Despite the 20 year gap between recording and release, Meet Me At The Beach and it's predecessor A Walk into Town (2012, pseudoarcana) make the most sense in the context of their making; - a victorious dole day car ride towards the twin satellites of ‘town’ and/or the unswimmable, freezing ‘beach’ of South Dunedin, followed later by a conversation about the comparative merits of cheap booze. In musical terms, Meet Me ... evokes fellow '90s sonic travellers Surface of the Earth and Flying Saucer Attack.
As for the actual recording itself, Williams has only one memory, that of recording his guitar part, walking out to the lounge, feeling quite pleased with himself, and Lightbourne making the disparaging comment; 'Sounds like Jimi Hendrix'.
released October 12, 2016
A Bad Suburb - Meet Me At The Beach
Mark Lightbourne, guitar
Mark Williams, guitar
Recorded Finnimore Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand 1996
Mastered by Dean Collett, Coburg, Victoria, Australia 2013
Thanks to Bryce and Mike for the 4 track, Dean for mastering.
A Burning Log release 2016
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