Greetings from Unumgar!

we are delighted to announce that our new single Alice heads out to radio and streaming on Tuesday 14 May!


Alice is a highway love song, written by Geoffrey Bates, and inspired by his many years of driving trucks on the Australian highways. 

The song's hero Alice is free-spirited, well-intentioned, and doesn’t always make the best choices. Her truck-driving friend cares deeply from a distance, nursing a secret hope that they will find each other again. They move independently on parallel highways, headed toward a future in which their paths may one day intersect.

Geoffrey Bates sings lead as the narrator, with featured artist Thor Phillips on keyboards, bass, and soaring guitars. Kym Watling plays harmonica and sings backup, while Marcus Schintler masterfully completes the work on  drums.  

Production notes

Thor Phillips played a huge role in this production, tracking his guitars, bass, and keyboards at his Ridgeline Studio in Horse Station Creek NSW, and recording Marcus Schintler's drums at Comrade Rock Studio in Kyogle, NSW. Vocals were recorded by Geoffrey Bates at our Unumgar Studios.

Alice was produced by Geoffrey Bates, with final mix and engineering by Scott French of Lovestreet Studios, Currumbin Qld and mastering by Paul Blakey of 12th & Vine Post, Broadbeach, Qld. 

The cover photograph and design by Kym Watling features a photographic self-portrait from a time when Watling & Bates were on their own parallel paths and yet to meet.  

How to find Alice

If you're a streamer Alice will be on your favourite service from 14 May. You can presave and access a range of streaming platforms from this link.

MP3s are always FREE to folks on our mailing list, simply reply and request in your preferred format of 128, 192, or 320 kbps. Alice will also be available to download and stream from our website upon release.

Radio presenters can download studio quality files through AMRAP, Blue Shamrock Music, CRS Publicity, and Stuart Coupe Publicity. We are always grateful for AMRAP downloads for a chance of making the regional charts!

Dark Middle Period - Release date 6 August

Our Dark Middle Period album is now complete and set for release on August 6!

The album features nine songs including Alice and previous singles Coolatai Waltz, Prophets, Black Ducks, & Love Was, with two more singles in the pipeline. 

The album showcases instrumental contributions from Thor Phillips, Marcus Schintler, Nick Peterson, Christopher Ridgway, and Scott French, with John Willsteed (Halfway, Go Betweens, Disgraceland) soundscaping the album-only track Mama Don't Be Cruel as a featured artist.

The album was produced by Watling & Bates, with final mix and engineering by Scott French at Lovestreet Studios and mastering by Paul Blakey of 12th & Vine Post. 

A limited run of CDs with liner notes and lyrics will be produced, so please let us know if you would like us to put one aside for you. The price will be $20, which includes postage within Australia.

Stuart Coupe

We are thrilled to be working with Stuart Coupe on our Dark Middle Period album release. 

Stuart Coupe is an author, journalist, lable manager, rock historian, and presenter of 2SER's Dirt Music program in Sydney. His biography at Penguin Books includes a link to his latest work Shake Some Action, a memoir in which Geoff is currently engrossed, hot on the heels of Stuart's previous works Roadies and Gudinski: The Godfather of Australian Rock'n'Roll.  

Click on the links to read some fine reviews of these works, including one by the aforementioned John Willsteed. Stuart Coupe will be discussing his most recent work at the Brisbane Writers Festival 2:30 pm Fri 31st May.

That's it from us until next time. Hope you are all keeping well and happy!

Cheers, Kym & Geoff

Watling & Bates



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