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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Ben Lee Reunites with Former Bandmates


Aussie singer/songwriter Ben Lee is getting his old band back together. This music vet has already released seven solo albums at the ripe old age of 30, but his latest musical venture is a team effort. Noise Addict, the group Lee formed in Australia when he was 13 years old, has recorded a new album.

Lee went solo in 1996, leaving his band Noise Addict to do so. It's been 14 years since Lee and Noise Addict released an album, but the band reunited to record It Was Never About the Audience, released this week. The album is available to download for free on the band's web site.

Lee is not the only notable member of Noise Addict. The band also includes Lou Barlow of Dinosaur Jr./Sebadoh and Lara Meyerratken of El May.

The 15-track About the Audience opens with "That's How it Goes," which includes this self-fulfilling prophecy: "Bands make music / writers write about it / sometimes people like it / sometimes they don't." Hmm. The theme of this album is lighthearted and up-tempo with songs like "Lasagne," a track Lee co-wrote with his seven-year-old step daughter. It's only appropriate to have an elementary-school-aged kid writing songs for a band that played together before they were old enough to drive.

-Kristen Callihan
currently listening to "Coda (Lemon Tree)" by The Inner Banks

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