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David Garnham & the Reasons to Live Look Like Truckers but Sing Like Angels

By Stuart Coupe.


David Garnham & the Reasons to Live look like truckers but sing like angels.

Despite coming from the tropical Northern Territories in Australia, these fellas are as dry as desert boots. Part larrikin, part broken bird, part bleeding heart, Garnham himself is awash with contradictions. His songs trail close behind in a mix of hope and hopelessness.

Last year the band cemented themselves as one of the top end's favourite acts with their track 'This Town' being voted number 7 in the Territory Sounds countdown, a poll on the best NT songs of all time, putting them alongside Yothu Yindi, Warumpi Band, Warren H Williams and the Mills Sisters in the top ten.

The track 'Miss the Pain' was recently named a semi-finalist in the International Song Competition and is the third single to come from their album 'Noise to Fill the Void' which is available only on Bandcamp, with the singles being serviced to streaming platforms.

"Garnham’s ability to voice the ‘everyman’ journey in stark yet dignified terms is a gift" - Foldback Magazine

David Garnham & the Reasons to Live recorded with Shane Nicholson at his Sound Hole Studio and for their album 'Noise to Fill the Void', with the single 'Miss the Pain' released May 24th. The band have also have teamed up with multi-media and performance artist Levin A. Diatschenko for a dark new film clip. Diatschenko received national coverage for his 2019 'Cocoon of Prayers' where he lived in a transparent dome in a Darwin art gallery for a month of endurance art, but in the wake of 2020 has focussed on animation and film making.


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