Premiere: Rich Webb is walking down ‘Brunswick St’ – a streetwise and passionate tribute to the iconic Melbourne thoroughfare, with launch dates announced.

We are very pleased to premiere the vibrant thrum of ‘Brunswick St’ from troubadour Rich Webb. With traces of fellow Australian singer/songwriter Paul Kelly and an added steely spine augmented by fuzzy guitars and a driving rhythm, Webb creates his own visceral edge filled with an antipodean sheen – a sort of Bruce Springsteen stadium glow replete with an anthemic chorus and an infectious exuberance.

Webb says of the track:

It’s a story song. I was walking down Brunswick Street and randomly bumped into a pretty wild dude I used to run with back then, who I hadn’t seen for years. He was still going hard and it was great to see him. There was some common ground and a lot came flooding back. It’s about the way people and places change for you, but you also carry a bit of them forward with you too. I still get a tingle of excitement walking down there, and I think that’s because I experienced such a great time in my life on that bit of pavement. Always been a fun place for me, and I tried to catch that in the song. It’s still a cracking strip – get yourself over there!

The cool, laconic delivery walks step by step with the street itself – part of a Melburnian bohemian alternative buzz – with a lively, cantering instrumentation and an indelible melody. A touch of Australiana, a touch of indie insouciance and a whole lot of sincerity:

It’s a heartfelt paean to a street, a city and an attitude that positively glows like an neon light.

‘Brunswick St’ is out through All Killer Music on Thursday, 11 May 2023 and can be pre-saved here. You can catch Webb launching the single with two launch shows for ‘Brunswick Street’ slated for Melbourne in the coming weeks – including a matinee show at The Brunswick Ballroom on Saturday, 20 May, and an evening show at St Kilda’s George Lane on Friday, 2 June – details and tickets available here.

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