The Good Ship

Daz Gray - vocals/guitars/mandolin/banjo   |   John Meyer - vocals/guitars   |   Geoff Wilson - mandola/mandolin/ship's bell/lagerphone   |   Ben Drodovskii - violin/piano/organ/accordion   |   Janey Mac - electric & stand up bass   |   Kat Cooke - trumpet/auxilliary percussion   |   James Lees - drums

100 Songs Recordings 

The Good Ship - Ghost Ship

Recorded on Day 5 in Gasworks Studio C.

Engineer: Phil Graham
Mix Engineer: Phil Graham
Executive Producers: Phil Graham and Julian Knowles
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Let's get one thing straight: the good ship is a very bad ship.

Drawing inspiration from fellow denizens of the deep like Nick Cave, The Decemberists and The Pogues, The Good Ship's tunes explore the seedier side of humanity.

Since forming only 12 months ago, their rousing live shows have seen them quickly snag a strong fan base and score some sought-after supports in their hometown of Brisbane including Skipping Girl Vinegar and Mick Thomas. While risque lyrics certainly grab the punters' attention, it's the rich layers of folk, rock, country and pop textures that keep them coming back for more.

Live, The Good Ship are a seething maelstrom of decadent musicality, with up to nine members on stage at any one time and a whole heap of archaic instrumentation from mandola, lagerphone, fiddle and trumpet to accordion. This sense of joy and anarchy hasn't been lost on audiences and after only a short time, the crew have gathered a loyal following throughout Australia.

They have just released their debut album "Avast! Wretched Sea", recorded over a long hot summer with Neil Coombe (John Steel Singers, Go Betweens) and Jamie Trevaskis (Wilson Pickers, Texas Tea), and it's a triumph of dark, sweaty, heaving beauty, featuring the Good Ship's trademark blend of sweet melodies and debauched lyric. The success of their debut album and national touring in 2010 saw them garner spots at Woodford Folk Festival and Illawarra Folk Festival, as well as a large haul of rave reviews from around the country.

Not content to be just another live act, The Good Ship embrace the theatrical, putting on large scale events that combine music with visual elements. These include: the recent successful "Murder Ballads" series at the Judith Wright Centre; "The Cannon Ball", a pirate themed masquerade ball in Byron Bay; and "Seven Seas", a story told through songs, orchestral pieces and visuals.
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