“A wet-season postcard from Psychoville, N.Q.”
- Michael Dwyer, Rolling Stone Magazine
Out of the depths of the estuarine tidal swamps, the fetid groundwater of snake-infested cane fields, and down with the driving tropical rain of their home country come North Queensland’s finest young psychos, The Broken Needles. The Townsville-based band’s long-awaited debut album, Terra Nullius , digitally released on Apr 20, 2012
Borne out of the tropical wasteland of the region,Terra Nullius is a muscle car ride from the desolate, empty landscape of the band’s hometown to the southern capital cities of Australia, filtered through lead-singer Mick Galloway’s decadent and depraved mind.
The debut album – produced by the band themselves in their North Queensland studio and mastered by Chicago indie veteran Casey Rice (Liz Phair, Tortoise, Dirty Three, Gastr Del Soul) – is a ghost story about life in the North; a journey through the seedy seaside caravan parks, salt flats, flood plains, cyclone damage and sordid characters that dot the landscape.
The cryptic lyricism, throat-tearing vocals and literally frightening displays of duo-guitar ferocity make The Broken Needles sound like a 19th Century bush poet has been thrown in front of a rock & roll band and told to regurgitate his sordid life; juxtaposing baritone country balladry against punk rock throat-stompers throughout Terra Nullius.
Featuring a litany of musical guests throughout – including a demented guitar solo by fellow North Queenslander Jordan Ireland (ex The Middle East) on lead single "Saltflat Baby", and eerie string arrangements from Tender Bones’ Amy Galloway – Terra Nullius is all at once a lyrical homage, love letter, suicide note and death threat to their home country.
Don’t be afraid..