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Ancient Free Gardeners
If you asked Ancient Free Gardeners to describe themselves in four words they would say ‘Melbourne indie quartet’, and they would save one word for later use. They know many more words, and some of them are employed in their songs, which waltz along happily, sometimes sadly, and on occasion with some level of anger. Granted, the concept of angry waltzing defies logic, but this is art.Read More
he band has been formed, reformulated and reformed since 2006 around a growing collection of artistic, folkish indie-rock tunes penned and sung by James Milsom. Callum Barter first entered the scene as producer/engineer, but took up his drum sticks when the kit was unattended. From the smoking carcass of extinct Melbourne rockers The Scapes came bassist Gautam Raju and ivory-baron Steve Morfesse.
Debuting in 2007 with a self-titled independent EP, the band has released two single selections thus far, attracting airplay on Triple J as well as strong national and international community radio support. A full length album is slotted for 2008. Sound comparisons – if you must have them – include Augie March, The Frames and Art of Fighting.
And the name?
In Melbourne, the Elizabeth Street tram rolls down the hill from Carlton, past a giant flagpole and plateaus out in the CBD. Just before the city shoots up around you an old building flashes past advertising its tenants as the Ancient Free Gardeners. No member of this band has ever been there, aside from the singer, who was quickly handed a tie and badge set, told it was a secret society, and shepherded out the door. Just weeks later the local papers ran a story about it citing a ‘friendly society’ that had shut up shop and quietly slipped out of town. They weren’t that friendly…