Its not easy to describe where Cuthbert and the Night Walkers are coming from. The best we can do is to recall a review of a Flaming Lips show which likened the spectacle to a childs first birthday party organized by the parents while on acid. We wanted to be in a band like that.
With this idea firmly planted in our heads, the fresh and delightfully odd Cuthbert & the Night Walkers was born in mid-2005 with four boys and one girl on instruments and five girls in a choir.
Having recently won Triple J Unearthed, Cuthbert and the Night Walkers unleashed their live experience at The Great Escape festival over Easter 2007.
Cuthbert and the Night Walkers' unique and grandiose sound is harnessed by combining a traditional rock band (talented and handsome mind you) with a five-piece, all-girl choir. The result is an aural tussle that sounds like a glee club. After supporting Peter Bjorn and John (Sweden), Kate Miller-Heidke, Old Man River and Operator Please the ten-piece Sydney based band are developing a reputation for their energetic and joy provoking live shows. The band has also received radio support from Triple J and FBI. Having released their first two EPs in 2006 to much critical acclaim, Cuthbert and the Night Walkers launched a new 3 track CD at the Annandale hotel on May 3 in preparation for the release of their debut album in the second half of 2007.
We just finished a tour with Kate Miller-Heidke and we received this review which we thought was cool:
KATE MILLER-HEIDKE, CUTHBERT & THE NIGHT WALKERS
It's always bizarre to walk into the Tivoli and see a seating
arrangement, but when you think about it, it is a theatre and this
both looks stunning and suits tonight's performances perfectly.
Cuthbert & The Night Walkers open tonight's show and play a simple,
completely enchanting set. The look and theatrical feel of the group
falls somewhere between The Dresden Dolls and The Flaming Lips, while
the simple, quiet and off-kilter songs (tonight performed in acoustic
mode) are instantly lovable. A charming and top-hatted Cuthbert fronts
the band, while a sad clown/happy clown duo line the songs with
intricate xylophone and percussion parts. The four girls who comprise
The Night Walkers Choir are the most adorable thing about the set, and
their backing vocals are piped in from the heavens themselves.
Tonight is the launch of Kate Miller-Heidke's superb debut long-player
Little Eve, and she's clearly making most of the event with a distinct
step up in stage production and surprises. As the lights dim a big
apple is revealed, and violin plucks and finger clicks can be heard
from the darkness signifying an entrance from the divine vocalist. And
divine she is - sporting a sparkly new image, she instantly has the
crowd eating out of her hand as she and the band slip effortlessly
into 'Little Adam', a jaw-dropping piece of off-kilter rock goodness
that displays the outright diversity of this performer.
'Apartment' and the beautiful 'Make It Last' quickly follow, song by
song revealing a set-list that is both a reviewer's and a KM-H fan's
wet dream. The haunting 'Bored With Me' is simply stunning, as is the
now-classic 'Space They Cannot Touch' and the ought-to-be-a-single 'I
Got The Way'. An ode to her folks ('Mama') and the laughable but
scarily excellent tribute to Britney's current woes ('Toxic') both
generate massive cheers, as does the exceptional guitar-versus-violin
face-off between Keir Nuttall and Sallie Campbell. A solo from drummer
Steve Pope also goes down a treat, as does 'Australian Idol' and the
quirky 'Dreams/I Love You'. Tonight's set is simply brilliant and is
arguably the best KM-H set this reviewer has witnessed. Kate's level
of performance is really going from strength-to-strength, and makes
one think that if this is an example of what this young performer can
do at the launch of her debut album, then the future looks positively
BEN PREECE, Timeoff, Brisbane.
The Cuthbert & the Night Walkers tour continues....
July 7 National Melbourne with Kate Miller Heidke
July 18 Troubadour Brisbane with Old Man River
July 19 Vanguard Sydney with Old Man River
July 20 Vanguard Sydney with Old Man River
July 21 Manchester Lane Melbourne with Old Man River
We sound like a NU-age country/folk rockout at a choir girls house that has been influenced by Polyphonic Spree, Mississippi John Hurt, Bob Dylan, The Sound of Music, Sufjan Stevens, Dappled Cities Fly, Gram Parsons, Abingdon Road, Grease, Architecture in Helsinki, Godspell, Van Morrison, The Shellacs, Bright Eyes, The Crustaceans, Neil Young, White Stripes, Calvin Johnson, Children's Books and BARK!