V96 ex-member of I Heart Hiroshima – Mel goes solo.
“Jane Woody â which is actually the solo outfit name for Mel Ralph, former drummer and singer in Kicks and then I Heart Hiroshima â doesnât write long tracks. But they are pretty amazing. Track one, Coblers Pegs â which is missing an apostropheâgrrrrr! â goes for only 47 seconds. But in that time we are treated to something fun, a bit Murmurs and a great introduction to the girly, light yet gritty rocky tunes that follow.
âHello, are you there? / I had to explain the reasons why I care / Iâve compiled a list if you can just give me a minute / I may be able to rescue this.â Havenât we been there? The title of this gem is Youâve Fucked It Now Entirely. Fab.
Itâs very electronica for a drummer.
Ode To Depeche Mode is a great example. I donât know if I like the lyrics (which are all really ideas-based and true to life) or the micro sounds better. Itâs not a mind blowing album, but itâs painfully and brilliantly familiar, cosy and cute yet impressive. I think Miranda July would like this CD.
I have a friend who does crazy things like sneak seeds into peopleâs gardens. âWhy do I have a pumpkin growing in my roses?â sort of style. She also dresses as a pirate sometimes. For the hell of it. I think Jane Woody goes well with her style. But you donât have to be that kooky to be into it.
I love this CD. I love that sheâs an Aussie, I love the music, the words, the smartness of it. I even love the cover art. And while I wish that the songs went for a little bit longer, Iâm glad they donât. It wouldnât be the same.”