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The Triffids, Wide Open Road, The Best Of... Album Review


The Triffids were born, post Punk fest in Perth's Leederville Town Hall, after a day long existence as Logic, and following on from their formative multimedia based early life as, firstly, Daisy and then Blok Music. 1978 saw the band start in earnest after some of their early work had met with generally unfavourable responses. The driving force behind The Triffids, David McComb, was determined the band would succeed, even to the extent of trying to pursued band members to sideline their education for the good of the band. The early years were spent gigging extensively, clocking up many miles travelling between Sydney, Melbourne and their home town of Perth.

From 1978 to 1983 they managed to gain a following through putting out 6 independently produced cassettes which they sold at gigs and local record stores. Up until '83 however they only had limited label backing, releasing two EP's and a single. Their debut album was to arrive in November 1983 and was titled 'Treeless Plain'. From here on in until their last studio release, the Stephen Street produced 'Black Swan', is where The Triffids grew, where they gained their reputation and where David McComb, the main songwriter and front man with 'the voice of an outback preacher', shone.

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