"The Jokes of Gottensbury" is a tribute to a band of the same name that existed 2009-2011 in the bottom of beer cans and at shed and loungeroom parties. The Jokes (or even "JOG" if we were really lazy) were/are (who the hell knows) an Adelaide metal/rock band consisting of Jeremy Ashley, Josh Lamont and Joe Byrnes. While the songs were mostly complete(ish) and nearing a point where perhaps one day the guys would actually play a proper gig, the band were put on indefinite hiatus when Byrnes relocated to Sydney. There was the other problem of not having an official drummer - iDrummmer 3000 doesn't count.
The songs here are an acoustic re-working of the songs from that band, some following the original structure more than others, which have been re-crafted by Byrnes following the release of the "Prelude" (2014) and "Drawings"/"He Sells Shit-Bits By The C-Side" (2015) material. Byrnes, in an effort to purge/destroy all older works from his back catelog through acoustic "re-imaginings" (bashings/tinkering/explorations) has recorded the full JOG set as part of the historical time capsuling and at some point he will actually complete the new (actually new! but not anymore?) material he started writing 3 years ago.
This is Byrnes' 5th release as a solo artist and 2nd under his own name, bringing the released track count to around 50 in 2 years. Thought that wasn't too bad.
Although the material on this release is for the most part a rehash of older material from The Jokes of Gottensbury band (Ashley/Lamont/Byrnes), the songs are new to most - including Byrnes, who is actually still in the middle of writing and arranging them. Hence more tracks from this release to come.
J. Byrnes 2016
Parks Project Recordings
released December 24, 2016
Recorded and produced by Joe Byrnes 2016 at Rear Window, Summer Hill.
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