“I think I’ve only come across two people who hate this record, which means I must hang out with a lot of like minded musicians! As a work, this record inspired me immensely. The melodies are, in my opinion, some of the greatest ever written, yet lyrically and musically it stands up just as brilliantly. It’s this trifecta of excellence that brings depth to the greatness of Grace” – Jon Stockman (Karnivool)
Celebrating its 21st birthday this year, Jeff Buckley’s Grace still remains an absolute legacy. It’s an album that was not just born great, but grew even more magnificent over time as it gained in potency from Buckley’s death in 1997. Grace is an album that doesn’t age. A timeless masterpiece created by a man with a depth of talent that oozes strength and emotion.
Grace suggested that Buckley was one of the most talented musicians of his generation – as a songwriter and as an artist. Breathing a fearless beauty and brilliance about its sound, Grace remains one of the most engaging and most inspiring records ever made.
The Newport Hotel’s exclusive Record Club recognises some of Western Australia’s most beloved musicians and the albums that never left their turntables. The next chapter of season 3 pays tribute to Jeff Buckley’s brilliantly perfect Grace with the boys from Karnivool and The Siren Tower. You can read more about The Newport Record Club and Co-Founders’ Steve Parkin and Malcolm Clark’s insight into the juicy details here.
The Boys Behind the Band
“After managing to get approval from Steve to do Grace, I quickly formed a lineup featuring Mark Hosking, Steve Judd (Hope Here Gone, Besides The Point), Dave Parkin and myself”, explains Stockman.
“It might came across as a lazy choice, seeing as the three of us are Karnivool members, but what tied us together is mainly our mutual love of this record; which I knew we shared. Unfortunately, Dave had to pull out, but Clayton Smith from The Siren Towner has agreed to help is out in his place. Clayton started off in Operation Beehive, then with The Siren Tower for a couple of years and Ruby Boots until 2013. The Siren Tower have also blessed us with vocal help from their frontman, out long-time buddy Grant McCulloch (ex Heavyweight Champ). Another equally important part of this vocal accompaniment is our good friend Nick Di Lena who has previously sung for The Arsonists, with Steve Judd on drums”.
The Greatness of Grace
“Decades ago, when I first heard Grace, there were 3-4 songs that spoke to me in a way that made me wish that I had written them. Apart from this, the record forms part of a unique history between Hos and myself. Around the time we first met, I watched Hos perform Grace on an acoustic guitar with the slightest glow of intoxication. It was the first time I’d heard him play – either guitar or sing, and I was amazed at how well he handled what is hardly an easy choice for karaoke…”
“So, after being involved with Radiohead earlier this year, I wanted more than anything to give this record a try so that Hos could share that same experience with as many people as possible in what is arguably the perfect format – The Newport Record Club”.
Rediscovering Jeff Buckley’s Brilliance at The Newport Record Club
“The Newport Record Club is amazing. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever done in such a refreshing and authentic way. I can honestly say I’ve never tried to put as much work into anything musically that comes close to The Newport Record Club and yet somehow, I still find myself wondering if I should do more! I think that’s what the gig seems to inspire for the musicians doing it – a sense of obligation to make the show the best reproduction possible for every record chosen”.
Jeff Buckley’s Grace will be performed in all its entity Thursday 23rd July at The Newport Record Club. For details and ticket information make sure you visit the event page here. The Newport Record Club have a total of 14 live shows for season 3 and we’re only at number 5! So much more great music to feature including The Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Marley, Queen and the Sex Pistols. You can get the full line up here, or follow The Newport Record Club on Facebook for all the latest updates.
“There will be more guest appearances by members from bands not mentioned, but the main focus will be on performing the music from Grace, true to sound of the record which turned 21 this year. If you are a fan of Grace, as we are, come share this mutual appreciation under the same roof next Thursday”.