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Coasting : Issue 13 July 2010
9 www.coastingtoday.com.au COASTING MUSIC of Despair WITH a debut EP to spruik, plenty of touring and gigging on their itinerary and spade work to do on their debut album, local rock band Illusion of Despair is busy. So it will come as a surprise to learn that when the band's founder and guitarist James Browne thinks about getting busy, he hits the sack. Browne, 25, of Umina, does most of his best work while he's asleep. "I dream the melodies to songs," he said, matter of factly. "I'll wake up with a tune and that forms the basis of what will become one of our songs." And forget about having a pen and paper at the ready on the bedside table for those bursts of inspiration that might hit in the middle of the night. That's not how Browne rolls. "Everything I dream about, I'll remember the next day. I never force it, though. It just seems to flow for us this way. I guess it's the magic of music." Browne said he has developed the seeds of almost 300 songs in his short but prolific career, and most of them have come from the land of nod. Once he has developed the genesis of a tune, he'll take it to the other four members of the band -- guitarist Mick Baker, bass player Clint Banks, drummer Dave Pardy, and finally singer Davey Round. "We might put down the drums and bass and other guitar parts, then we always leave the lyrics until last," Browne said. That's when front man Davey Round kicks in. "Davey is a magician with lyrics. Some of his work is just unbelievable." Browne said the band's sound had already started to evolve since the release of the debut EP Reflections. "Our sound has always had touches of progressive and epic rock, but there are elements of even creepy sounds on the EP," Browne said. "Since we recorded and released Reflections we've found that our sound has become even more unique. It's more progressive, more dreamy and alternative. A bit more like The Butterfly Effect." Illusion of Despair has set aside April of next year for recording their debut album at Loose Stone Studios, in Burleigh Heads, Queensland. Sleeping on the job By David Stewart FRONT MAN: : Illu- sion of Despair singer and lyricist Davey Round. Picture by Aaron Brown. Feel the despair w Illusion of Despair's debut EP, Reflections, is available at HMV, Sanity, JB Hi-Fi, and leading independent record stores. It's also available on iTunes. w Go to www.myspace.com/ illusionofdespairrock to sample their music, learn more about the band, and preview upcoming gigs. w See the band perform at Hyper-Fest, featuring seven bands, at Umina Beach PCYC, from 4pm on Saturday, July 31. One Stop Shop for All Your Motoring Needs KNOW YOU RE ALIVE EXPERIENCE THE LUXURY OF ALFA ROMEO $37,490 DRIVEAWAY FROM M i To SPORT 114k W 1.4L TURBO 5 STAR SAFETY DNA DRIVING SYSTEM 7 SRS AIRBAGS Brooks Avenue, NORTH GOSFORD // Ph: 4328 2888 // Fax: 4 32 9 1111
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