April Uprising

April Uprising

by John Butler Trio


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The John Butler Trio, Australia's biggest contribution to the jam band movement, gets a serious makeover on 2010's April Uprising. Butler dissolved the previous lineup one year before this album's release, hoping to keep things fresh with a change in personnel. Newcomers Byron Luiters and Nicky Bomba (Butler's brother-in-law) make their debut here, and the band further reinvents itself by sticking closer to the alt-rock camp than ever before, with Butler trading his fingerplucked guitar arpeggios for electric riffs and power chords. He's not entirely done with the genres that fueled his earlier albums -- reggae, folk, pop, and acoustic soul chief among them -- and songs like "Don't Wanna See Your Face" are familiarly funky, with grooves specifically designed for the festival crowds that sustain the John Butler Trio every summer. Even so, April Uprising signals a change in direction, with a newfound emphasis on rock textures and political lyrics ("Sometimes I do wonder how we do sleep/Serving the dodgy companies we keep") that make the band sound like a flashier, Aussie equivalent of State Radio.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/2010
Label: Ato Records
UPC: 0880882170325
catalogNumber: 86
Rank: 87258

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Butler Trio   Primary Artist
Kirsty Hilton   Violin
John Butler   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Percussion,Drums,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar,E-bow,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Guitar (Baritone)
Nicky Bomba   Percussion,Piano,Accordion,Drums,Ukulele,Vocals,Steel Pan
Jacqueline Cronin   Viola
Michael Caruana   Piano,Theremin,Clavinet
Jennifer Hoy   Violin
Kirsty McCahon   Double Bass
Melanie Robinson   Cello
Elizabeth Neville   Cello
June Mills   Sampling
Stephen King   Viola
Michelle Martinez   Vocals
Byron Luiters   Bass,Percussion,Piano,Electric Bass,Drums,Vocals,Double Bass,Synthesizer Bass,Wurlitzer,5-string Bass
Compound Party Crew   Hand Clapping
Polly Armstrong   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Tom Walker   Layout
John Butler   Composer,Lyricist,Layout
Nicky Bomba   Composer,Lyricist
Scott Aplin   Engineer
John Butler Trio   Arranger,Producer
Robin Mai   Engineer
Melanie Robinson   String Arrangements
Byron Luiters   Engineer

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