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The Go-Betweens’ Robert Forster announces “wild” solo album

The Go-Betweens’ Robert Forster has revealed that he’s in the middle of recording his first solo album in seven years. “It’s all analogue,” says the iconic songwriter, “and it sounds pretty wild.”

In a soon-to-be-published interview for FL, Forster talks about his long-awaited follow-up to 2008’s The Evangelist. Unlike his prior two solo albums, both recorded in London with a proper producer, this one is being cut in a Brisbane house half an hour away from Forster’s own. He’s being backed by bassist Scott Bromiley and keyboardist Luke McDonald from The John Steel Singers, drummer Matt Harrison (who toured with him behind The Evangelist ) and violinist/singer Karin Bí¤umler, who’s also his wife.

“It’s very performance-based and very fresh, I think,” says Forster. “We’re in a house making music.” The interview is around next month’s first volume of the Go-Betweens vinyl anthology G Stands For Go-Betweens, which spans the band’s first three studio albums – Send Me a Lullaby, Before Hollywood and Spring Hill Fair – and the years 1978 to 1984. Forster says there should be two more volumes to come: one covering the band’s three albums for Beggars Banquet (1984-89) and another covering their three post-reunion albums from 2000 to 2006. “Even without trying to think too hard,” he admits, “they fall into these categories.”

In the interview, Forster also discusses the band’s nomadic years in the early ‘80s, uncovering little-seen photographs for the box set, growing up in a suburban household much more concerned with sport than with music, and how the three-part anthology closes the book on documenting the beloved Brisbane band. He also opens up about his 16-year-old son Louis’s band, The Goon Sax.

G Stands For Go-Betweens – Volume One comes out in early January through Domino and EMI Music Australia. The interview with Forster will appear in the coming weeks on FL.