Luke Thomas’ Deserters are busy in the studio recording the follow up to their acclaimed debut Pale Morning.
New York based producer Victor Van Vugt (Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, The Panics) has mixed their killer, early Radiohead-esque, single Stars Burn (listen below), which also features backing vocals by Sydney-sider Elly-May Barnes (youngest daughter of the legendary Jimmy). Stars Burn will be released on iTunes this September and on a AA-side EP in October with the follow up single Lemon Kicks. The five-piece Melbourne band’s sophomore album will then be available early 2012.
The Melbourne-based songwriter is probably best known as the bass-playing half of The Pictures (in collaboration with You Am I’s Davey Lane). As guitarist, lead vocalist and producer of his own band, Deserters, Thomas steps out from Lane’s shadow to shine the light on his own evocative, well-crafted songs, rich with melody and a turn of phrase that reaches into the influential well of writers such as Steve Kilbey, Neil Finn and Grant McLennan, Thomas’ intuitive writing technique captures a classic Australian quality.
Deserters will be launching Stars Burn at Melbourne’s The Retreat Hotel on Friday September 16th.
Deserters – Stars Burn