The Wrights (Australian band)

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The Wrights
OriginAustralia
GenresRock
Years active2004, 2005, 2007
Labels
Associated acts
Past membersNic Cester
Chris Cheney
Davey Lane
Mark "Kram" Maher
Pat Bourke
Daniel Vandenberg
Bernard Fanning
Warren "Pig" Morgan
Harry Vanda
Phil Jamieson
Dan Knight
Louise Anton
Chris Cester

The Wrights were a one-off Australian rock music "supergroup". They consisted of Nic Cester (of Jet), Bernard Fanning (of Powderfinger), Phil Jamieson (of Grinspoon), Kram (of Spiderbait), Chris Cheney (of The Living End), Davey Lane (of You Am I and The Pictures) and Pat Bourke (of Dallas Crane). They are named after Australian music legend and former Easybeats frontman Stevie Wright, the original performer of the song-trilogy "Evie" which was the group's feature song.

Background[edit]

Their first and only single was a cover version of Stevie Wright's song "Evie", an 11 minute song consisting of three parts. "Evie (Pt 1)" was first performed at the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) awards in 2004. They performed the whole trilogy live for the first time at the Sydney Cricket Ground as part of WaveAid, and it was released as a single in February 2005. "Evie (Pt 1)" featured Nic Cester as the vocalist, while Pts 2 and 3 featured vocalists Bernard Fanning of Powderfinger and Phil Jamieson of Grinspoon. The profits for the single were donated to Stevie Wright and the Salvation Army to improve drug and alcohol rehabilitation, as well as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement for the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.

The three-part single by The Wrights, "Evie Pts 1, 2 and 3", is available on the double-CD album Easy Fever: A Tribute to the Music of the Easybeats and Stevie Wright. (Sony BMG, 2008)

The original single debuted at No. 2 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart in the week of 2005-03-07.

Reunion[edit]

The Wrights made a one-off reunion at "Roosistence", a concert organised by Australian musician Tim Rogers (of You Am I) in a bid to avoid the relocation of the North Melbourne Football Club, an Australian rules football club, which was under pressure from the Australian Football League (AFL) to move to the Gold Coast in Queensland at the time. They played Rose Tattoo's famous song "We Can't be Beaten" (from their album Scarred for Life) alongside other Australian acts including You Am I, Tex Perkins, Something for Kate, Mick Thomas and Rob Clarkson.[1]

In August 2005 the Wrights provided their rendition of "(Let's All) Turn On" for Stoneage Cameos, a tribute album for Hoodoo Gurus, with individual tracks from that group's debut album, Stoneage Romeos (March 1984), covered by fellow Australian artists.[2][3]

Personnel[edit]

"Evie" Part 1 - "Let Your Hair Hang Down"[edit]

"Evie" Part 2 - "Evie"[edit]

"Evie" Part 3 - "I'm Losing You"[edit]

Backing vocals[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Harry Vanda and Glenn Goldsmith[3]
  • Mixed by Daniel Vandenberg

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rohan Connolly [1], The Age, Accessed: 29 November 2007
  2. ^ Holmgren, Magnus. "Stoneage Cameos". Australian Rock Database. (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b Holmgren, Magnus. "The Wrights". Australian Rock Database. (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2016.

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