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Even As We Speak is an indie band from Sydney, Australia. Formed in the mid 1980s, founding members Matthew Love (guitar, banjo, vocals) and Mary Wyer (vocals, guitar) were later joined by Rob Irwin (bass) Anita Rayner (drums, banjo, mandolin), Paul Clarke (guitar, vocals) and Julian Knowles (keyboards, guitar, production). After a series of vinyl releases on Australian independent labels including Phantom Records, and success on the Australian indie scene, the band got the attention of UK audiences and began a relationship with UK indie label Sarah Records. The band released several singles and an album on Sarah Records, three of which reached the Top 5 of the Melody Maker and New Musical Express UK independent music charts in 1992 and 1993. The band's music is an unusual hybrid of accessible pop and more experimental elements.

Links To Peel

The band came to the attention of BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel who started to play the band's 1987 indie guitar cover of New Order's Bizarre Love Triangle on his show. This brought them to the attention of UK audiences and began a relationship with UK indie label Sarah Records, who they eventually signed to. Between 1992 and 1993, the group recorded three sessions for John Peel and one session for Mark Goodier for BBC Radio 1. They were among the few Australian bands to record Peel Sessions – others were Birthday Party, Triffids, Go-Betweens and Laughing Clowns. These sessions were released as the album 'Yellow Food: The Peel Sessions' in June 2014.

Sessions

Even As We Speak - Suddenly Peel Session

Even As We Speak - Suddenly Peel Session

The band's three sessions were released on Yellow Food: The Peel Sessions (16xmp3's, Not on label, 2014)

1. Recorded: 1992-01-09. Broadcast: 16 February 1992

  • Falling Down The Stairs / Stay With Me / Straight As An Arrow / Sailor's Graves

2. Recorded: 1993-01-31. Broadcast: 20 February 1993

  • Air / Blue Eyes Deceiving Me / Cos I Like It / The Revenge Of Ella May Cooley

3. Recorded: 1993-07-18. Broadcast: 22 October 1993. Repeated: 23 April 1994

  • Suddenly / Everywhere I Go / Until Tomorrow / 30 Miles

Other Shows Played

Even As We Speak - Bizarre Love Triangle

Even As We Speak - Bizarre Love Triangle

1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
2001

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