With just a couple of months to go until Jack Ladder marks the tenth anniversary of his third album, Hurtsville, the Sydney artist has announced a new reissue and live dates to honour the record’s original release.
Released under the Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders moniker back in June of 2011, Hurtsville saw Ladder heading into a rural NSW mansion to record a powerful follow-up to the shuffling soul of 2008’s Australian Music Prize shortlisted Love Is Gone.
Featuring production from Burke Reid, the record saw Ladder recruiting The Dreamlanders – consisting of Kirin J Callinan (guitar), Donny Benét (bass), and Laurence Pike (drums) – for the first time, resulting in widespread acclaim, and another shortlist for the Australian Music Prize.
Originally shared via the Spunk Records label, 2021 has seen Ladder sign with the newly-minted Endless Recordings, with a new anniversary reissue set to take place next month. Issued on limited edition vinyl, the record will be accompanied by Ladder’s original Hurtsville demos, along with Hurt Book, a collection of never-before-seen photos, lyrics, and other ephemera, combined with essays and testimonials about the album from the likes of Sharon Van Etten, Lloyd Cole, and Alex Cameron.
To celebrate the impending reissue, Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders will also be taking to the stage to revisit the record for the first time since its release. Featuring original band members, the group will perform two headline dates in Melbourne and Sydney this May, with Sarah Mary Chadwick serving as a special guest.
The tenth anniversary of Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders’ Hurtsville will be released on April 23rd via Endless Recordings, with pre-orders available now.
Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders – Hurtsville Revisited
With special guest Sarah Mary Chadwick
Thursday, May 6th
The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday, May 27th
Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW