Jack Ladder Sings 20 Golden Greats
Jack Ladder will perform a series of solo shows starting in September, which will delve into all five albums that he’s released to date. Performed within intimate settings, Ladder will for the first time reveal the “true” stories behind some of his most admired songs.
Off the back of acclaimed solo shows in Europe and the USA, Ladder’s baritone croon, enveloping narratives and extraordinary stage-presence will make these shows something unique. Were songs like “Cold Feet”, “Susan” and “Come On Back This Way” inspired by actual people and events? Or were they all works of fiction from one of Australia’s most respected and literate songwriters?
In the thirteen years since his debut album, Ladder’s fascinating musical journey has been notable for perpetual reinvention between albums, but it has always been connected by a singular and influential songwriting talent.
Arriving with the predominately acoustic Not Worth Waiting For in 2005, Ladder then jumped to the taut soul charged stomp of 2008’s Love Is Gone. 2011’s HURTSVILLE was a left turn into an atmospheric collection of tales of desolation and unease, described by The Age as “a terrifying wasp-factory novella of disgust”. Polarising upon release, HURTSVILLEhas over time developed a devoted following, inspiring the likes of Alex Cameron who recently wrote about its impact on him and his songwriting.
2014’s Playmates managed to seamlessly blend a dizzying range of sounds, from stark synthpop, to pedal steel guitar and marimbas, to industrial thud and art rock, while it’s lyrical themes spanned love’s redemptive power to the millstone of notoriety. The self-produced Blue Poles, released in May 2018 has proven to be the perfect culmination of Ladder’s musical trajectory so far, receiving critical acclaim both in Australia and overseas.