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Time Is Golden

by Big Smoke

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

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    Having sold out of our gold vinyl, we now have a run of black heavyweight vinyl. It comes in a beautiful gatefold package featuring gold foil stamped album title.

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    Own Big Smoke's beautiful album 'Time Is Golden' on physical/digital. The packaging is designed to imitate the gatefold vinyl.

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  • GOLD Vinyl 12" Gatefold
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    This is the one. Beautiful heavy gold vinyl in an equally beautiful gatefold package which features Gold foil stamped album title. A record that we've dreamt of putting on a turntable and holding in our hands.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Time Is Golden via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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about

Big Smoke was formed in 2009 by lead singer and songwriter, Adrian Slattery. The band became a beloved staple of the Melbourne music scene, building a reputation as a group of phenomenal players with an exceptional command of classic rock ‘n’ roll song-writing.

In early 2015, Adrian was diagnosed with terminal oesophageal cancer. Despite significant health obstacles and the knowledge his cancer was incurable, Adrian was determined and the band was unstoppable, continuing to tour and eventually tracking their debut album between a four-month regimen of chemotherapy and brain surgery in November 2015 (at Soundpark Studios with engineer Nao Anzai). Working tirelessly, the band continued to produce overdubs at The Aviary Studios in Abbotsford from late 2015 to early 2016.

Adrian died from oesophageal cancer in May, less than a year after his diagnosis. Throughout his illness, he was determined to leave behind a legacy – for his family, his friends and the world. That legacy is Time Is Golden, the debut album from Big Smoke and the record Adrian always wanted to make.

The album features 10 songs written by Adrian over the period of a decade, with additional arrangements by band members Luke Brennan (drums), Alex O’Gorman (bass), Tim Baker (guitar) and Joe Cope (keyboards).

“Given my terminal diagnosis, I have a profound sense of urgency and gravitas about what I want to achieve in my career and the completion and release of the Big Smoke album is paramount to this,” Adrian said during the recording process. “The songs on the album were written in the time period following the dissolution of my marriage and diagnosis with terminal cancer, pairing these lyrical themes with our established musical sensibility for rock ‘n’ roll, pop, country and soul.”

Before he died, Adrian and the band had earmarked engineer Shawn Everett to mix the record. They wanted a sound modern yet timeless and believed Shawn – who won a Grammy for his work on Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color – was the best person for the job. Shawn flew to Melbourne in August and mixed the bulk of the album at St Charles Studios in Northcote. The remainder was done in LA the following week – including an additional guitar arrangement by Blake Mills. Luke, Alex and Adrian’s ex-wife and best friend Paige Clark were heavily involved in the process, acting as creative decision makers in Adrian’s absence. They worked 12-hour days, from midday to midnight, turning Adrian’s grand vision into a bold, beautiful reality.

The result is Time Is Golden, a testament to the band’s determination and vision that lives out Adrian’s wish to create an enduring, major work. But this tale isn’t a tragedy. As Adrian himself said, “This is not the story of heartbreak or of illness, it is the story of living and all that it entails.”

Time Is Golden is a lasting tribute to Adrian’s immense talent, extinguished too soon.

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released October 28, 2016

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Big Smoke Melbourne, Australia

Adrian Slattery was a dynamo. A staple of the Melbourne music scene for over 10 years, he formed Big Smoke in 2009 as a collection of several of Melbourne’s finest players.
Adrian died from oesophageal cancer in May, less than a year after his diagnosis. Throughout his illness, he was determined to leave behind a legacy – for his family, his friends and the world. That legacy is Time Is Golden.
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