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Reid: Gerling Not Looking Back

News posted Thursday, July 28 2011 at 03:00 PM.
Related: Gerling, Darren Cross, Betty Airs, Burke Reid, ELF.

Despite the recent spate of ’90s revivals, one band that looks unlikely to join the likes of Hummingbirds, Clouds and Tumbeleweed on the comeback trail is Sydney’s Gerling.

The trio went on hiatus in 2007 following the release of the Ethan Johns-produced 4, and haven’t looked back since. Darren Cross now divides his time between electro project The E.L.F and surf rock act Betty Airs, Paul Towner (aka Presser) dabbles in collage, while Burke Reid has become Australia’s producer de jour, working on recent records by Gareth Liddiard, Jack Ladder, The Mess Hall and Liam Finn.

In a soon-to-be published interview with M+N, Reid said they’re all too busy “doing our own thing” to consider a comeback.

“I think when we left it, it was a good place to leave it,” Reid said. I don’t know if Gerling is really one of those bands [to reunite]. It was a really fantastic, special time. But the way we came to the end of its road, the car stopped and it was a good landscape to look back on. Rather than try to see if you can get a few more miles out of the fumes left. It’s more exciting now for all of us, going forward rather than trying to go back.”

Currently back in his native Canada – he’s shifted to Toronto indefinitely with his girlfriend – Reid spent an hour on Skype with M+N contributor Doug Wallen. He discussed mixing recent albums by Ghoul and Seekae; stumbling upon the Yass estate where Liddiard and Jack Ladder recorded Strange Tourist and Hurtsville, respectively; and how he stitched together The Drones’ ‘Your Acting's Like the End of the World’ from different sessions.


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Coz  said about 4 years ago:

Death to the Apple Gerls really is a great song.

Dexter Ramone  said about 4 years ago:

This news is the worst news ever. I'd love a Gerling reunion show

sknight186  said about 4 years ago:

This makes me really sad! Way to ruin my everything!

hermajesty  said about 4 years ago:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I only ever got to see them once! And it was amazing!

PS: If anyone has a copy (any format) of Deepfryer, I've been looking for it forever. Please halp.

mathieson  said about 4 years ago:

4 was their best album.

registradus  said about 4 years ago:

So no bands not reuniting is news. what is this crazy town?

registradus  said about 4 years ago:


goldfoot  said about 4 years ago:

In other news, m+n confirms Michael Hutchence won't be touring again any time soon.

registradus  said about 4 years ago:


labrish  said about 4 years ago:

mathieson said 18 minutes ago:
4 was their best album.


oldtimer  said about 4 years ago:

this genuinely fucking sucks.

josejones  said about 4 years ago:

it's not news though, so don't even think about engaging with it!

LoadMyRig  said about 4 years ago:

sarcasm mathy?

oldtimer  said about 4 years ago:

what's with the 4 hate? i love 4.

iamthewalrus  said about 4 years ago:

It's about time someone bucked this tiresome trend.

Good one, Gerlog.

the power of 666  said about 4 years ago:

Ah man, that's a real shame, but I back em in the bucking. Just wanna see Jimmywah Crowbar again, is all.

ladyinred  said about 4 years ago:


But then i have awesome memories of seeing them perform so I think i'm ok with this. ... JUST.

fozzie  said about 4 years ago:

When's this interview getting published? Looking forward to reading it

Mess+Noise  said about 4 years ago:

very very soon!

hedgehog  said about 2 years ago:

Hmmm, based on that Fellaheen thread, couldn't help but ask if many photos, articles or recordings exist of Gerling pre-first EP (which was 97?). They seemed to have gone back as far as '93 and must have changed their sound quite significantly over the years up until their first album... Such a great band!!

electricsound  said about 2 years ago:

there was a spunk fanzine from '95 which came with a tape that had an early early version of jimmy wah crow bar on it (this one) but i don't recall off the top of my head if it came with an article..

unvisible  said about 2 years ago:

They had a demo tape with mostly earlier, rougher versions of songs from the 1st EP. I think the version of Jimmy wah on the Spunk tape is from the demo. (I used to have a copy of the demo but I gave it away years ago.)

hedgehog  said about 2 years ago:

Yes, I have that cassette somewhere... the whole damn thing is awesome!!!

national_highway_31  said about 2 years ago:

I saw them at Summersault (Macquarie University, NYE '95) and at an instore launch for the mini-album at Waterfront (early '96). As far as I'm aware, at the time there was only the Spunk compilation track and the polycarbonate 7'', but there is a track on one of the Circumstantial Evidence zine compilations (possibly called ''All the Rivers Have Ears'') that was from the pre-mini-album. I have a radio set they did on 2SER in 1996 on cassette somewhere, which included a long acoustic improv where they sand about spastic monkeys. Will try to find it for you...

national_highway_31  said about 2 years ago:

They had a demo tape with mostly earlier, rougher versions of songs from the 1st EP.

I stand corrected. Is it available for d/l anywhere?

MarsAudiac  said about 2 years ago:

I thought the title was ''Reid Gelding - Not looking back'' which is kind of funny if you know that guy Reid Gelding.

Hi Reid, if you ever Google yourself.

ghostpatrol  said about 2 years ago:

does anyone have a GERLING BACKPACK that they would like to sell? I so desperately want one!!! Name your price.

GOD  said about 2 years ago:

Saw these guys at the Empress a zillion years ago and wasn't that impressed, but am giving them a chance now and I've changed my tune. They should totally reform.

Dexter Ramone  said about 2 years ago:

Currently wearing my new Gerling beanie. Wish I could find my backpack.

ghostpatrol  said about 1 year ago:

@national_highway_31 did you end up finding the cassette with the Gerling 2SER radio set?

PS: After years of spamming various online forums, I eventually found and bought a Gerling backpack off eBay this year. Will treasure it forever!

goingblank  said about 1 year ago:

Maybe it's just me, but I feel like Gerling's influence can be felt in the new generation of Sydney bands. There's that band called Bachelor Pad, and I hear a bit of the early Day of Research twin guitar squall in bands like Yard Duty.

huwzey  said about 1 year ago:

but I feel like Gerling's influence can be felt in the new generation of Sydney bands. There's that band called Bachelor Pad

you are actually the first person to make the connection between my shitty band and gerling

now if only i could write a tune like them...

huwzey  said about 1 year ago:

also i've got mp3's of all gerling's b-sides and early eps that i found on the web on an ipod that's slowly dying, does anybody know how to get an ipod to connect to a computer after the little port thing has shat itself?

mule  said about 1 year ago:

if you get another ipod and replace the hard drive that'll do it. alternatively there will be somewhere in chinatown that will rip everything on it to another hard drive for ya.

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