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The album Broadway marks the coming together of three unique talents in music.
Art Rush was a driven and incisive songwriter and lyricist whose avowed ambition to write and perform fifty albums’ worth of material on fifty Sydney shopping centres was well under way in 2015 when work began on Broadway, intended as the tenth instalment in the series (‘This guy fucking rules...’ Vice declared in 2007, ‘sounds like a young RnB inspired Billy Joel making love to Beck’).
Claire O’Meara, a talented and enterprising guitarist and songwriter, was between bands and concentrating on a degree majoring in indigenous studies – coincidentally, the same interest Art was pursuing in his degree. Claire had previously been a key member of Melbourne band Slight of Build, praised in 2010 by radio station JJJ for the ‘vast sonic landscapes and tense immediacy’ of their music.
David Nichols was drummer for Sydney indie band The Cannanes until 1996 and a key member of early 21st century groups Huon, Driving Past and (with Architecture in Helsinki’s Kellie Sutherland) Fog & Ocean. He additionally facilitated the revival of 1960s star Pip Proud’s late 1990s career (four albums on the Emperor Jones label, as well as three reissues of older material) and is author of Dig: Australian Pop Music 1960-85 (Verse Chorus Press, 2016).
Sounds like: the satirical observations of The Fall or LCD Soundsystem crossed with Simple Minds, Lloyd Cole and Machinations.
The trio are very aware of: Robert Palmer, Joni Mitchell, Dolly Mixture, Prince, Can.
Shortly after recording these tracks Art Rush announced his transition to a female identity, and is now known as Joni Nelson Rush. JNR believes many of the songs on Broadway are unconscious flags to this change.