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Electric Trails From Nowhere is the debut album by Melbourne (via Perth) band The Golden Rail but it is also the culmination of a 30 year writing partnership between principal song writers Ian Freeman and Jeff Baker. The pair met and started performing in Perth in the mid-80's running through a string of bands either together or as side players in The Palisades, The Rainyard, Header, Summer Suns, DM3 and more recently with their Off The Hip/ Pretty Olivia release by The Jangle Band.
After a couple of line-up manoeuvres the band has settled as a 4-piece with former Header guitarist Dave Chadwick on bass and Saki Garth on drums. The album is the sound of a new band reflecting on the longer musical and life experiences of its members with the flash of those golden Australian indie pop years (think The Triffids, Died Pretty, the Go-Betweens and the Apartments). “I think we are still writing songs with the same heart as those earlier days,” say the band. “we just seem to make more sense of them now.” “We still wanted to retain the wide-eyed wonder of making music for the first time and so we adjusted the line-up and approach sideways a little to keep that edge.”
The album has a classic rock/pop combination of guitars, bass and drums with some generous harmonies and occasional keyboard flourishes. It's a reading of 60's and 70's pop sounds through an indie-rock prism with a subtle Australian bent. The Golden Rail’s first promotional single, “Oh My!”, was issued independently earlier in 2017 and features on Electric Trails From Nowhere. The album itself was recorded over several months in 2016 and 2017 at The Aviary Studios in Abbotsford with Fraser Montgomery and Nick Edin.