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City’s Calling Me is the brand new album from Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission – out April 30 – and nothing is going to stop them getting around the country to play to people who have been hanging out for fine live music all year. Sure the Bluesfest cancellation was a kick in the guts but it only served to make the honest troubadours of this world more resolute there is work to be done and shows to be played.  Squeezebox Wally – check, Brooke Rusty Russell – check, Franz on bass? Folley on the tubs? Check! Check! It’s the full line-up of the Roving Commission and they are raring to go. Time to get Out and About folks!

Mick Thomas’s Roving Commissions’ new album City’s Calling Me, which is out April 30, started life as a simple covers record, but as Melbourne’s second lockdown of 2020 took hold, it grew into something more substantial. Something that the Dutch might identify with.  Mick saw his own chance to illustrate the hidden city inside all Melbournites’ – indeed all Australians’ – imaginations. With a selection of songs from some of his favourite local songwriters – Van Walker, Sally Kimber, Marcel Borrack, Charles Jenkins, and Peter Lawler (with the latter two both providing previously unreleased songs) – as well as a left field pick from local grunge rockers Legends of Motorsport, Mick had the basis for his own collection of Jordaanlied- equivalents. Of course, Mick’s own back catalogue holds swathes of suitable material so a few of his own were dusted off for reinterpretation too, including “Under the Clocks”, which was recorded in what would have been Grand Final week in Melbourne; “It just seemed such a sad time,” says Mick.

Before long, Mick had formulated an album to honour the city of our hearts. The inclusion of Barry Humphries’ poem “The Suburbs in Between” – which came after Mick thought the album was done – iced the cake, even if it did hold back release until the new year. Mick knew of the poem, which highlights rarely spoken of Melbourne suburbs like Deepdene and Hawksburn and identified with how it spoke of those who fell between the cracks. With the help of journalist Catherine Lambert, he was able to get Humphries’ approval to record it, and a copy of the rare complete text. With the Roving Commission providing the soundtrack, the poem was wonderfully read by Rockwiz’s resident Suburban Boy Brian Nankervis, and it provides the album with a delightful centerpiece as well as a contextual touchstone for those who need it.   “I think it was worth the wait,” say Mick. “It was originally in my head as the cornerstone of the whole record.”


1/7/21 Smiths Alternative, Canberra – Tickets
2/7/21 Camelot, Marrickville – Tickets
3/7/21 Camelot, Marrickville – Tickets
4/7/21 Lizottes, Newcastle – Tickets

9/7/21 Kings Beach Tavern, Caloundra – Tickets
10/7/21 Wallaby Hotel, Mudgeeraba – Tickets
11/7/21 Lefty’s Music Hall, Brisbane – Tickets

15/7/21 Wheatsheaf, Adelaide – Tickets
16/7/21 Wheatsheaf, Adelaide – Tickets
17/7/21 Navy Club, Fremantle – Tickets
18/7/21 Oxford Hotel, Perth – Tickets

23/7/21 Theatre Royal, Castlemaine – Tickets
24/7/21 Volta, Ballarat – Tickets
25/7/21 Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon – Tickets

30/7/21 Memo Music Hall, St Kilda – Tickets
31/7/21 The Brunswick Ballroom, Brunwick – Tickets

6/8/21 Pub Rock Diner, Devonport – Tickets

7/8/21 Royal Oak, Launceston – Tickets

8/8/21 Longley, Hobart – Tickets

Watch “Keeping All The Cannons Clean” video

City’s Calling Me will be released April 30 on vinyl, CD and download out on Brickfielders Recording through Rocket Distribution and on Bandcamp at:


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