thewhiskeyarchive has emerged quietly over the last eighteen months bringing a special blend of smooth, smoky, nuevo-folk to a string of successful shows at The Zoo, Black Bear Lodge, Dowse Bar, Ric’s Bar, The End, Room 60, The Spotted Cow (Toowoomba), The Wesley Anne (Melbourne) and their debut EP release at the Old Museum.
Drawing on influences as varied as The Dirty Three, Radiohead, REM, The Cure, Townes Van Zandt, Justin Townes Earle, Portishead, The Saints and Paul Kelly, thewhiskeyarchive’s combination of ukulele songstress Jane Cameron and singer/songwriter Mark Bentley creates a vocal, musical and song-writing chemistry that is captivating.
Thewhiskeyarchive’s special blend of smooth, smoky, Nuevo-folk will intrigue the uninitiated - tantalising with a bluesy flavour, teasing with a hint of alt-country, tipping their hat to the punk and goth influences from Brisbane’s music scene of the 70s and 80s and all with sweet, poignant harmonies that shiver up your spine.
"There are truths that exist in the shared experience of this human life...stories that trigger recognition when you hear them - not of a specific place, time or person...it's a deeper recognition of who we are, who we become and what sits at the heart of our experience - love, loss, joy, frustration, hope...these are the stories that we strive for..." Jane Cameron.
Venture to one of thewhiskeyarchive 's gigs and you will be sure to find that, as their moniker might suggest, their live performances are something to be savoured.
Recorded at Black Box Studios by Matt Taylor Recording in April 2012, thewhiskeyarchive EP leads you through the catchy stalker pop of all the echoes raise ghosts, dark bluesy ballads like black bobs rivulet, hypnotic Beth Gibbons-style folk of now and sweeping storms of sound in losing the night.