Smallgood Things Must Come To An End
News posted Tuesday, June 26 2012 at 03:00 PM.
Port Fairy’s finest ever ’60s-inspired pop band has called it a day.
After 12 years and three albums, including Half A Cow debut Listen To The Radio (2003) and Down On The Farm (2007), The Smallgoods have finally reached their expiration date, succumbing to the many projects they’ve successfully spawned including Cut Copy, Architecture In Helsinki, Lost Animal and The Zebras. They played their final show supporting Mirah on her maiden Australian tour in 2010.
“Everyone's busy with other commitments,” frontman Ben Mason told M+N. “It's just too hard to get us all in the same room, let alone the same stage or studio.”
Hailing from Port Fairy in Victoria’s south-west, the band was founded by Ben Mason, Shags Chamberlain and brothers Gus and Lachlan Franklin. They initially called themselves Lukewerm, becoming a fixture on the Warrnambool pub scene in the late-1990s, before moving to Melbourne for the release of the Paul Thomas-produced Listen To The Radio.
"I hated the name,” Mason said of Lukewerm. “It came about because we shopped this demo around and someone gave us a gig and we needed a name and it just kind of came out. The Smallgoods is a '60s-ish kind of name and we're a '60s-ish kind of band. It kind of stuck, even though it means 'meat products'.”
In addition to festival performances at Meredith, Queenscliff and, of course Port Fairy, The Smallgoods played alongside the likes of The Shins, Iron And Wine, Spoon, The Folk Implosion, Jolie Holland, The Church, Ben Kweller, Built To Spill and “just about every other great indie band”.
As Dave Nichols wrote, in his review of Down On The Farm: “Thank you, Smallgoods, for what you have made.”
Related: Citizenship – Smallgoods
UPDATE: The Smallgoods will play a send-off show at The Toff In Town in Melbourne on August 11 with Mid-State Orange. Tickets here.