Here's a quick rundown on how the album came about.
When Powderfinger took a sabbatical in February this year I continued writing and adding to songs that I was putting together from the few months prior.
There was a bit of a creative burst from March through May, before setting off to record with Tchad Blake, at Real World Studios in the UK. Charming English countryside and a batch of mostly acoustic songs made for great bedfellows during a summery June in Wiltshire. Jerry Marotta (drums), Keith Duffy (bass) and John Bedggood (heaps) all came along for the ride and we had a ball putting the songs together in a very casual way.
Tchad was twiddling the knobs and, between meals, we managed to get it together and do some recording. The Bristol train was a 6am alarm clock each morning, in an otherwise beautiful studio setting. We laid rhythm beds for a week, tracked for two more, and mixed for a further week before finishing up at the end of June.
Ten of the tracks that were laid at Real World are present on Tea & Sympathy with four additional songs, (3,5,7,8) recorded at my home studio in Brisbane, but mixed by Tchad. The band on these songs is a ramshackle bunch of Brisbane musicians that now mostly make up the live band.