album launch sunday 17 november at 4th annual reservoir stomp

The verses of prolific Australian playwright and long-time Reservoir resident, Barry Dickins

Performed by Cheddar Road All-Stars – ‘Nowhere Else to Feel Rotten’

Capturing Australian Suburbia in Song

A highlight of the fourth annual Reservoir Stomp, returning to the Preston-Reservoir Bowls Club on Sunday 17 November, is the launch of the Cheddar Road All-Stars debut album‘Nowhere Else to Feel Rotten’.

The album is a collaboration between Reservoir-based songwriters Leo Francis (The Rechords), Cat Canteri (Kutcha Edwards)Justin BernasconiDanny Walsh (Danny Walsh Banned) and Emma Peel (PBS FM), and prolific Australian playwright and long-time Reservoir resident, Barry Dickins. It also features an array of special guest performers including Kit Warhurst (Rocket Science)Mick Meagher (The Putbacks)Brooke Penrose (Saint Jude) and Jorge Leiva and Claudia Escobar (Miss Colombia), among others.

‘Nowhere Else to Feel Rotten’ vividly captures the beauty, terror, humour and banality of everyday life in Reservoir during the 1950’s and 1960’s, as seen through the eyes of Barry Dickins. Each track unpicks the ‘Great Australian Dream’ and lays bare the realities of growing up in a working-class suburb on the outskirts of Melbourne. Lyrics sway between a deep love and a burning hatred of the place; A place which had such a stigma attached to it, you would never admit to anyone that you lived there. 

‘Nowhere Else to Feel Rotten’ was recorded in Reservoir at Captain B Studios. The first single, Cheddar Road’, is out now and available to download at: – Full album available.

The full album will be available for purchase at the Reservoir Stomp. It will also be performed live by the Cheddar Road All-Stars during the event.

Album Cover Artwork:Cuthbert Street Reservoir, in flood 1958.

The Reservoir Stomp features a jam-packed program of local artists from all walks of life, ranging from established musicians to newbies, to members of the community that often struggle to have their voices heard.

Date: Sunday 17 November
Venue: Preston-Reservoir Bowls Club, 75 Leamington Street, Reservoir
Line-Up: Remi, Cookin’ on 3 Burners + The Wolfgramm Sisters, Ponyface, Tek Tek Ensemble, Freya Josephine Hollick, Empat Lima, Madeline Lehman and The Desert Swells, Pico Sound System feat. Cumbia Cosmonauts, Barbarion, Rebetika Ensemble, Box Wars, Bongo Brothers, Outer Urban Projects, Rezza Rockers Primary School Band, all MC’d by Emma Peel, Danny Walsh and Talei Wolfgramm. There’s also Barefoot Bowling comps, the Reservoir Makers Market, local food trucks and cool stuff for the kids. 

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