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THE LUCKY WONDERS - LAY DOWN MY ARMS

Lay Down My Arms

The Lucky Wonders
Lay Down My Arms

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I'll Be Fine (Digital Single)

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I'll Be Fine (Digital Single)

Anyway (Digital Single)

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Anyway (Digital Single)

Thirteen O'Clock

The Lucky Wonders
Thirteen O'Clock



Released Tuesday 10th July 2012

The acclaimed songwriting team of Emma Royle and Jessie Vintila have released Lay Down My Arms, a second collection of diverse, superbly crafted songs, securing their place amongst the growing ranks of fine Australian indie/folk artists. With the two previously released singles from the album Anyway and I’ll Be Fine winning places in the International Songwriting Competition finals, being named “Gig of the Year” by Rhythms Magazine, and the countless rave reviews for their 2010 debut Thirteen O’Clock, the bar has been set high for album number two from the Byron Bay band. 

Says Jessie: “We went into the studio this time with more awareness of the sonic ideas we wanted to explore. With Thirteen O’Clock we took a pretty folky approach and kept it really simple. By a last minute twist of fate we ended up working with Govinda Doyle, who was a co-producer on Angus and Julia Stone’s Jetplane. He really understood the lush, atmospheric, warm sound we wanted to bring to this album. We’ve been listening to a lot of great stuff coming out of the Aussie scene like Whitley, Oh Mercy, and Boy and Bear, and except for a few tracks the ukulele pretty much gave way to Emma on electric guitar. We also wanted to use some richer and stronger vocal tones.”

Emma: I think it’s a natural journey for a band making their second album, you learn a lot along the way, and I think we’ve come out sounding less naïve. There’s still a lot of love and optimism, but the new songs show us being a few years older and in some ways a lot more relaxed. These songs are about trust and acceptance of self, of life, of the challenges we face, and about counting our blessings and how hard that can be.”

Let Me Forget, the single, is a moody, atmospheric journey set in a stormy landscape, about overcoming the desire to hold something or someone you love so tightly that it pushes them away, finding enough trust in your own self worth to let go.

The Regina Spektor-esque Valium and Your Arms is the unbelievable but true story of Emma’s recent brushes with mortality. Emma: Those serpents in that song are not a metaphor! I had three snakebites in two weeks, and it freaked me out. And I saw so many snakes, it was all feeling like some mysterious archetypal fable that would all make sense at some point, but it didn’t. It just made me feel very attached to being alive.”

Surrender is a stunning ballad with a heart-wrenchingly honest vocal performance from Jessie. ”It’s about being willing to make the first move to the peace we all want. In a fight, if we find out what the other person needs, it unravels the whole fruitless game of everyone trying to win, which has got humans into a lot of trouble, in relationships, in the world, everywhere.”

Touring as a four-piece band, The Lucky Wonders are hitting the road again over the coming weeks, heading to some fine venues in Darwin, Victoria and New South Wales, with European, Queensland, and WA dates still to be announced. Called “Darwin’s favourite musical visitors” by Off the Leash, the band should be expecting a warm reception from  a growing loyal following around the country.



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Rory McCartney, BMA Magazine

The Lucky Wonders recently battled through rainstorms for four-and-a-half hours (dodging road accidents) to play at The Merry Muse to promote Lay Down My Arms. Those braving the icy Canberr...more