BEN ELY ‘Strange Tales of Drugs & Lost Love’ Album Review.

Words Mark Ireland.

Ben Ely is best known for playing bass with Regurgitator for over 20 years. The Gurge are well known for their irreverent sense of humour and pop punk tunes, so when I heard the first track ‘1988’, which is a beautiful dark tune about Ely growing up in Brisbane, it completely floored me. It’s a deep and personal story about Ely and his mates first adventures of going to punk rock shows and getting into fights with bouncers and thugs.

I was definitely not expecting this kind of album at all, and to be honest, Strange Tales of Drugs & Lost Love nailed me to the wall from the first track onward. Ely’s introspective story telling about his adolescent growing up in Brisbane is like an open wound, his personal honesty is incredibly raw and poetic. Continue reading

Melbourne Reclink Community Cup feat REGURGITATOR, Ross Wilson, Kram, Tim Rogers, Dan Sultan, Rhys Muldoon, Waleed Aly, Total Giovanni, Loose Tooth, The Sugarcanes, and more! Elsternwick Park, Melbourne. 26-06-2016.

Photos Suzanne Phoenix – Photos Punctuate My Life.


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