Katie Noonan and Vanguard take us on a journey
THE first full-length album by Katie Noonan's new band, Vanguard, is out, and it's called Transmutant.
Ahead of her gig in Byron Bay next month, Noonan explained that the album's inspiration was two-fold.
First, as the album title suggests, it personifies a shift, a change.
It's the musical realisation of a journey, of the personal changes that she's gone through over the past few years.
"These songs have my most private lyrics to date; Transmutant is a very personal album," she said.
Noonan actually 'lost' one of the songs on this album, and it was thanks to a fan that she was able to get the song back.
"The song is called Unwinnable Race and it's about having someone close to you that is quite unwell and how everyone deals with that in different ways," she said.
"I did it as a very random demo at a gig with my guitarist at a place in Perth called The Ellington. I jammed the song with him and forgot about it.
"When I was getting ready for the pre-production of this record I thought this song would fit it, but I had no record of it.
"Then a fan sent it to me as a link on YouTube, so then I went to re-learn my own song from that YouTube link."
At the Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson Street, Byron Bay, on Friday October 23 at 7.30pm. $43.