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Don McGlashan Shares Single 'Now's The Place'

Don McGlashan Shares Single 'Now's The Place'

Chris Cudby / Photo Credit: Diane Smithers / Friday 17th September, 2021 8:55AM

We've recently seen him tour the length and breadth of Aotearoa with his classic groups Blam Blam Blam and The Mutton Birds, so it's well past time for some brand new solo material from certified music legend Don McGlashan. The multi Silver Scroll-winning songwriter has unveiled this morning ‘Now’s The Place’, the lead single from his fourth solo album Bright November Morning, launching on 29th October and featuring contributions from his all-star band The Others — the team of Shayne P Carter (Straitjacket Fits, Dimmer), Chris O’Connor (SJD, Phoenix Foundation) and James Duncan (SJD, Dimmer). Touring with The Others on his Bright November Morning launch tour this November, the master storyteller revealed the origins of his time-twisting latest tune, which was written with his fellow Front Lawn bandmate Harry Sinclair...

“This song came from an idea Harry Sinclair and I had for the kids TV series Kiri & Lou. Most adults seem to live in the waiting room of what’s going to happen next. When you’re brushing your teeth, you’re thinking about getting in the car; when you’re in the car, you’re thinking about arriving at work, and so on. Before we teach kids that awful trick, they can still marvel at the ‘nowness’ of ‘now’.

Harry and I had a ball writing a one minute song about that called ‘How Did We Get To Right Now?’ for Jemaine Clement and Liv Tennet to sing in the show - but another song came out at the same time: a loud, trippy rock song about the exhilaration of experiencing each moment, free from what’s behind or what might be up ahead. Harry was into me using it on my album, so I sent a demo to the band. They went into Bob Frisbee’s studio in Auckland, and wailed away gloriously over my rough acoustic guitar and vocals.

I love the power and joy in every note that Chris, Shayne and James play on ‘Now’s The Place’. And I love the fact that, thirty-six years years after The Front Lawn started, there’s a brand-new Front Lawn song on this album.”

Don McGlashan & The Others

Bright November Morning Tour

Thursday 11th November - James Hay Theatre, Christchurch
Friday 12th November - Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin
Thursday 18th November - Toitoi Opera House, Hastings
Friday 19th November - Opera House, Wellington
Saturday 20th November - Theatre Royal, Nelson
Thursday 25th November - Totara St, Tauranga
Friday 26th November - Powerstation, Auckland
Saturday 27th November - Sawmill Cafe, Leigh*

*Tickets available HERE via UTR
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‘Now’s The Place’ is out now on major streaming services.


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Don McGlashan & The Others - Cancelled
Sat 16th Apr 8:00pm
Leigh Sawmill, Auckland