It was just a few years ago – Edward Guglielmino was a struggling musician, playing shows, uploading DIY demos to his MySpace, usually as the sun was coming up after a long night of working/partying at Brisbane’s best and most notorious venue The Troubadour. It was a story book-lifestyle, just not one of the fantasy kind. He was shopping at Cash Converters, trading albums for food, working three jobs, DJing on weekends and sub-leasing his own apartment while couch-surfing with friends, just to get by.
A debut album – Late At Night – emerged from these hazy experiences in 2009 and instantly swelled his underground fanbase and awarded him a credibility he wasn’t prepared for but one he perhaps ultimately felt was owed. His travels overseas saw him form a niche international fan base as he educated pockets of diehards in New York, London, Berlin and Prague. Back home the show offers also began to roll in, leading to the following year and half being a heightened version of his previous existence – now on the road with a colourful host of couches being called home. Then almost overnight, life started to change – all beginning at a Nick Cave gig.
The bad boy, outspoken troublemaker of old began to grow up, he got himself one of those proper jobs he had heard so much about, started a real relationship, decided to finish his Masters of Research Arts and joined forces with producer Jamie Trevaskis (The Wilson Pickers, Timothy Carroll, Texas Tea, The Gin Club) to make what would eventually become his most accomplished and realised piece yet – second album Sunshine State.
“Sunshine State is to contrast Late at Night and a tongue in cheek joke around the cultural cringe around Queensland and its conservative culture and politics.Brisbane is actually one the hippest cities on the East Coast, people haven’t figured it out yet. Florida is also a sunshine state – I’ve been there it’s like Queensland, just with alligators and Americans.”
Sunshine State is the product of a direct lifestyle shift – you can almost hear the joy in a newfound routine on first single ‘In The Morning’, the frustration of a slacker friend in ‘You’ll Be The Death Of Me’ and a newfound appreciation for parental figures in ‘Mothers’. All of these songs are laced with a chamber pop aesthetic that was realised once his new band The Show was solidified and, of course, are indebted to the magnificent, unconventional ear of Trevaskis.
“In Brisbane there is Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Nick Bloomfield and David Lynch. Who would you rather direct your movie? I choose David Lynch by miles, but maybe one day I will be ready for Spielberg! I really respect Nick Bloomfield, but I am not ready to be documented exactly as I am (other than in a live context).”
Essentially a solo artist for much of his inception, Edward’s newfound penchant for playing with other musicians led to gathering a handful of friends to make up The Show – drummer/multi-instrumentalist Sam Schlencker (Skinny Jean), bassist/guitarist Rowley Cowper and multi-instrumentalist Kirsty Tickle (Little Scout) led to a lot of extra instrumentation on the album. Brass was added by The John Steel Singers’ Scott Bromiley, extra vocals by Mel Tickle (Little Scout) and producer-friend Matt Redlich, Shem Allen (Skinny Jean) played some extra guitar while strings, saw, bowed guitar, clarinet, samples and effects were all added to the fold.
But despite the extended collaborative vibe, Sunshine State is still ultimately an Edward Guglielmino record through and through. His unique outlook to the world presented before him lends itself to savvy lyrics and themes that only he could muster. Throw them down on his uncanny knack for penning a remarkable song, gather them together and you have yourself another Edward Guglielmino masterpiece.
“I’m no longer playing the part of Edward Guglielmino, I am Edward Guglielmino in all his glory and all his horror, I cannot pretend anymore. I’ve realized that songs go through you, rather than being from you, it’s like being an antenna for something rather than writing something – the ideas come from someplace else. I know what I am doing now, I have a methodology. I have also realized that most people have no fucking idea what they are doing, so they talk a lot about how to do things the right way – they are still on a path, because when you have truly arrived somewhere you don’t need to explain yourself.”
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|Sunshine State (Album)
Released May 2012
|Settle Down With Me (Single)
Released January 2009
01. Settle Down with Me (Radio Edit)
|Tacky (A Very Tacky EP) (EP)
Released November 2006
01. Tacky Song