Tom Morgan – Taste for Blood – 7″


Fire Records are delighted to announce that they will be releasing the brand new solo album from Australian songwriter Tom Morgan, best known for his contributions to Smudge and The Lemonheads. ‘Orange Syringe’ is due out in February 2013 and includes ten perfectly formed stripped-back pop songs saturated with Australian indie’s finest traditions, with just the right amount of jangle and an instantly comforting hook. The album showcases Morgan’s skills as a master story teller and lyricist, delving in to very personal and sometimes melancholy subject matter, swathed in melodic hues and moods ranging from the bright to the very, very dark.

The first single to be taken from the album is “Taste For Blood”. The most accessible song on the record, it is also a brilliantly prescribed pop tune with slightly sinister leanings. The b-side “One True Love” is a is a stunning ballad telling a yearning love story.

Tom Morgan has played in a plethora of bands and fronted Aussie stalwarts Smudge, a tremendous ‘slacker pop’ trio who he formed in 1991 with drummer Alison Galloway. They quickly became known for the melodic, mini-pop masterpieces of Tom Morgan with colourful lyrics and their low-fi approach to recording, releasing three albums (plus a collection of B sides and unreleased covers), a mini-album, a handful of singles, and appearing on several compilation albums. The albums Real McCoy, Wrong Sinatra and Manilow have been recently reissued by Fire Records.

Tom Morgan established himself as one of the finest lyricists of a generation, which was brought to wider attention when he paired with Lemonheads frontman Evan Dando for the albums It’s a Shame About Ray and Come on Feel The Lemonheads. With Tom’s lyrical dexterity and ear for a perfect pop song, their meeting proved timely when Evan was looking for inspiration as he began the more ‘pop’ direction of his career. Some Lemonheads songs of that era were direct covers of Smudge songs, such as single b-side and live classic “Outdoor Type”. Morgan wrote “It’s a Shame About Ray” with Dando and the two of them collaborated more extensively on “Come on Feel The Lemonheads”.

Following the success of The Lemonheads, Smudge continued in various guises before splitting in 1999 only to get together to play shows a few years later. Morgan has been continuously working and creating. The new album sees him recording with his wife Leticia and producing some of the best work of his career. Time to sit up and take notice of the pop songwriting masterclass that is “Orange Syringe”, where finally Tom Morgan can take centre stage and receive the recognition he deserves.

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