It does not get much more conspicuously Australian than naming your jangly indie-pop band after a famous Kylie Minogue soap opera plot line
. But because Brooklyn continues to be a musician-sucking super magnet, plucking bands from all over the globe, it's our fine borough that songwriter Craig Dermody currently calls home. Tomorrow, his band Scott and Charlene's Wedding release their second full-length album, Any Port in a Storm
, on the British label Fire Records. It's a super charming record stuffed with funny and nakedly vulnerable lyrics in the tradition of big-hearted neurotics like Jonathan Richman. Dermody's songs paint a vivid picture of a dude in flux, tossed about by a new city he can't quite get the hang of (its title is a reference to Superstorm Sandy, but also being wind-tossed emotionally
). It's full of catchy tracks about feeling homesick and generally uneasy, finding comfort in music even when your weird leg wounds just won't quite heal.
In the middle of touring the UK, we asked Craig to take a second to pick a couple of his favorite songs from the close-knit Melbourne rock scene he left behind, and a couple from the Brooklyn scene he's moved into, and then we touched on a few of his songs for good measure.