Bob Dylan, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, neil young, boy and bear
Jordan Merrick - Songwriter, vocals, Guitar, Harmonica Morgan Palmer - Guitar, Vocals Damien Tuffield - Drums Jonny Smith - Keys Louis Devereaux - Bass
Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Avett Brothers, Nick Cave, Rodriguez
Debut album 'Novella' - OUT NOW
“I am a fugitive and a vagabond, a sojourner seeking signs.” Annie Dillard’s, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
The quote from Annie Dillard’s book, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek sums up the band’s approach to music and is the inspiration behind the band name, Fugitive & The Vagabond. Industry news website Music Is My Muse say “Local blues rockers Fugitive & The Vagabond have gone from strength to strength in 2016”. Fugitive & The Vagabond started with the release of their EP 'The Lonesome', which received positive reviews from both fan and industry professionals alike. The single 'The Wild' had success on the Triple J Unearthed charts, peaking at second on the Roots charts and was in the top 8 nationwide. Since then they have released their debut album, Novella.
The power of storytelling lives on in the Brisbane band’s Novella, with tales about the pain of love and oppression, along with the sobering redemption that is the human conscience. Appropriately named, the album is filled with stories of loss, redemption, and hope. Singing to the defeated masses, the album touches on the many difficulties of modernity, of complicated relationships, and the fleeting nature that comes from temporary employment. The band use music as a soundtrack to images by local artist Stacey Bradley, to tell stories that captivate audiences nationwide. With the drawings delving into the meanings behind the music of Fugitive & The Vagabond.
“You better be listening to what I'm saying. If you listen close you might figure out who I'm playing.” Fugitive & The Vagabond, The Ephemeral Man
The first two singles off the album have been met with great success and praise. Both singles have received national radio airplay and have both reached #1 on Triple J’s Unearthed charts. The first single, ‘Time Travelin’ Blues is on nearly 3000 plays on Triple J Unearthed, while the second single, ‘My Girlfriend’ has had nearly 4000 plays. While the videos both have over 1000 plays each. Praise has come from industry professionals such as Saskwatch front-woman Nkechi Anele who said of ‘My Girlfriend’, “This song makes me laugh. It's really fun and puts a smile on my face”. Local media outlet, Moist Promotion, praised the song ‘My Girlfriend’ for its satirical approach to relationships. While Music Is My Muse said "You know a song is good when it gets stuck in your head and suddenly you know all of the lyrics. 'My Girlfriend' is one of those songs”.
Band members include, singer song-writer, Jordan Merrick, as well as Morgan Palmer, Damien Tuffield, Jonny Smith, and Louis Devereux. Jordan's music is poetic and has gained him nominations recently for Emerging Artist Of The Year and Song Of The Year at the Gold Coast Music Awards. He is also touted by industry experts as one the country's best, young songwriters. The work involved with their first album was quite a memorable experience for Jordan and the rest of the band. They recorded the album in one week, working tirelessly day to night. The future plans for Fugitive & The Vagabond include releasing the album worldwide, expanding into national gigs and play festivals, and get the music into as many ears as possible.
Through storytelling, passion and an absolute respect for their art, Fugitive & The Vagabond are fast becoming the leaders of the Brisbane (and Australian) folk and blues movement, all the while showing in their live performances that they are not afraid to push the boundaries of their sound. The unique raconteuring poetry of Jordan Merrick and his group of Vagabonds take Australian audiences on a journey only folk can.
“It's a fate-filled game we go and play. The road less traveled leads straight to your grave, you go. Like the puppets before you. Don't live with regret, live for a second chance.” Fugitive & The Vagabond, Talkin' City Blues.