TEST REGION Riverboats Music Festival

CASH SAVAGE & THE LAST DRINKS

"There's a pain that rattles the core of Cash Savage's third album...full of blues grunt and country groove that holler badass one minute and banjo tinged mellow the next" - THE AGE 4.5 stars ★★★★☆

“Savage comes at us with gruff, dirty-fingernails countryrock like her life depends on it” – HERALD SUN ★★★★

Rat-a-tat-tat might be unmatched as the best Aussie single of 2016. Savage gloriously steers a charged vocal ensemble into the next world" – THE BIG ISSUE ★★★★

One of Us seems to stir up all the emotions that normally herald last drinks at the pub, with songs that making you cry, laugh and sing.” – MYF WARHURST, DOUBLE J

Ask Cash Savage how last year was and she’d tell you: “it was fucking awesome, but fucking hard”. It’s a statement that’s been instilled into the Melburnian’s growling alt-country for years, but never so strongly as on her newest album, One Of Us. In it, Cash Savage explores beauty, freedom and the darkness that seep into even the supposedly safest of realms: family, friendship, sleep and love.

One Of Us is a record of duality, one that marks another stage of growth for Cash Savage and the Last Drinks. The ecstatic highs and devastating lows of 2015 would shape One Of Us, Cash Savage and The Last Drinks’ debut album for new label, Mistletone Records. There was her marriage, a European tour and the loss of a few close friends and family to suicide. After a long spell from writing, allowing these emotional events to sink in, Cash Savage grabbed a six-pack, headed off to the studio, turned her guitar up to 12 and began composing the songs that would form One Of Us. Produced by Nick Finch and recorded by Nao Anzai at Head Gap in Melbourne, One Of Us follows on from 2013’s critically acclaimed, The Hypnotiser and is packed tight with the kind of well-crafted, country and blues ear candy the band has become known for.

In the end, Cash fulfils the promise many heard on the first two albums and brings her most realised effort of songwriting and lyricism to fruition. The songs on One Of Us reflect the grieving that comes from loss and embrace the new road ahead. This new effort is bound to be regarded as Cash’s most intricate work to date.

Playing Friday, February 17