Steve Kilbey, bassist and lead singer from The Church, and Ricky Maymi, guitarist and founding member of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, have teamed up to release ‘The Wilderness Years by David Neil,’ an album of songs allegedly written by one David Neil, an “imaginary dead rock star from the past.” A press release stated:
“Who is David Neil? An enigmatic and ephemeral rock star from days past, who somehow slipped through time’s arbitrary clutches; his premature death (or triple death, as the coroners put it) seeing him drizzle down a clotted drain hole into a dank sewer, joining the collective waste and wonder of many a has-been and never-was. Lying there stagnant, his music could only be heard in ghostly whispers by sewer rats and underground junkies alike for decades, until, legend has it, his touring bassist Steve Kilbey (of The Church) dug it up.
“Until recently, however, he’d kept these in a locked valise, awaiting the genius creative accompaniment required to set them free. In a collaborative effort with The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s kaleidoscopic guitar maestro Ricky Maymi, Kilbey has brought his brainchild David Neil’s work out of the ether and into a tangible format; more specifically the form of limited edition blood red vinyl, entitled ‘The Wilderness Years’, by David Neil.”
‘The Wilderness Years by David Neil’ is set to be released on July 1 via Time Being Records. The album will be made available in various formats, including a limited edition blood red vinyl. Kilbey and Maymi will tour Australia in support of the album in July and August; their touring band will be rounded out by Australian musicians Shaun and Adrian Hoffmann. Providing support on many of the dates will be Jill & Alsy of The Triffids and Richard Lane of The Stems.
Check out two tracks from ‘The Wilderness Years by David Neil’ below, and head past that for the complete list of tour dates.
07/03 – Perth – Mojos *
07/06 – Syndey – Beach Road Hotel Bondi
07/06 – Sydney – Notes Live *
07/08 – Melbourne – Ding Dong Lounge *
07/08 – Melbourne – Cherry Bar ^ *
07/09 – Hobart – Republic Bar *
08/05 – Central Coast – Lizotte’s
08/06 – Sydney – Lizotte’s
08/07 – Newcastle – Lizotte’s
* = w/ Jill & Alsy of The Triffids and Richard Lane of The Stems
^ = w/ The Saddests