This album is a group of songs. There's no overall theme to them, they are just the ones that were finished so they were the ones that went on the album. Well, there were more but these were either newer or better.
I have used fades at the tops and tails of these tracks rather than noise reduction. The source tape is noisy but its unnoticeable when the music starts. Noise reduction was altering the sound too much to use. And, hey, it's real!
Cosmic St is in the Brisbane suburb of Robertson. It's clean and affluent. We loved the idea of the mix and just the name alone. But when Greg and his brother Ian went looking for it they could only find Cosmos St. Ian took a photo of Greg sitting at the street sign pretending to play the trumpet. Greg traced the photo which became the cover art.
The overall style is 60s guitar pop which was the big M.O. at the time for anything melodic and independent. Other influences like baroque music or Indian classical also weave in there but neither of those in any way goes against the 60s grain. The only real difference between us and other bands that affected a 60s sound was that we tended not to copy the formula too closely. We didn't wear paisely nehru jackets on stage and we didn't take twenty minute guitar solos with lots of fuzz 'n' wah. We looked standard post punque and kept the guitar sound clean or acoustic. We thought we were being anti rock.
The Gatekeepers formed in 1983 around the duo of Peter Jetnikoff (me), and Greg Wadley. We'd met while in another band, The Pits, and I had some songs that we recorded on 4-track at the end of 1982. In early 1983, I came back to Brisbane from uni holidays and we filled out the personnel and recorded some of those songs. All of these apart from Be Brave (which is recorded on Ian's spiffy Walkman) were done on 8-track. We started playing and recorded the rest on this album in the second half of the year, mastered all of that and this is the result. We were better recording than playing live (like most other bands at our level, we sneered at "professionalism" and recruited friends rather than players) and kept recording in the years after. I'll put those up as I see fit in times to come.
released October 1, 1983
All songs Peter Jetnikoff with the exception of Be Brave which was cowritten by Peter Jetnikoff and Greg Wadley
Peter Jetnikoff: Lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
Greg Wadley: Lead vocals, backing and harmony vocals, bass, keyboards, drums
Margot Hoyte: Backing vocals, keyboards
Greg Gilbert: Drums
Elizabeth Connolly: Drums
Recorded at Basement Studios and Peter Cavello's place, Brisbane 1983. Mastered at Basement Studios by the band and Ashley Keating 1983
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