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April Uprising

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2010
  • Label: Ato Records
  • UPC: 880882170325
  • Catalog Number: 86
  • Sales rank: 10,663

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Butler Trio Primary Artist
John Butler Indexed Contributor, 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)
Kirsty Hilton Violin
Nicky Bomba Percussion, Piano, Accordion, Drums, Ukulele, Vocals, Steel Pan
Michael Caruana Piano, Theremin, Clavinet
Jennifer Hoy Violin
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
Polly Armstrong Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob Ludwig Mastering
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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