Piano Bass Drums was the first live release from the band; a set recorded at the legendary Sydney club, The Basement, on their September tour of Australia in 1996. Like many of their releases, Piano Bass Drums consists of only the one track, Unheard.
The Necks in concert is a different proposition to The Necks in the studio; slowly building crescendos provide for a huge dynamic and emotional range as the group explores the various reverberant properties of the concert space. The only instruments used, as implied by the title, are acoustic piano, acoustic bass and acoustic drums - with no overdubbing.
Although recorded almost ten years after the formation of the group, Unheard is representative of an earlier live methodology in the group’s evolution, which featured the use of recognisable rhythmic “feels” and melodies.
The album was nominated for Jazz Recording Of The Year, ABC Classic FM Awards, and has been out-of-print in CD form for some years.
released June 16, 1998
Recorded September 25 1996 at The Basement, Sydney
Recording Engineer – Chris Peaken
Live Sound Engineer – Luke Rodwell
Mixed by – Peter Cobbin at Studios 301, Sydney
Mastered by – Daniel Segal at Sony Music, Huntingwood
Produced by – The Necks
Cover Painting – Emma Walker
Photo – Arunas
Graphic Design – Julia Biddle
Thanks to – the audience; Chris Richards, Bruce Viles and the staff of the Basement; Michael Snelling; Martin Jackson; Glenn Wright; Bettina Stone; and Mick at Billy Hydes Drumcraft