Jack Ladder is a singer / songwriter / composer from Sydney, Australia. His music is characterised by his baritone voice and poignant observations on love and death, often featuring a gallows humour.
Since 2005 he has released three albums Not Worth Waiting For (Spunk 2005), Love is Gone (Spunk 2008) and HURTSVILLE (Spunk 2011/Holloweyed 2012). Love is Gone was short listed for the Australian Music Prize where it also won the Red Bull Music Award for recognition of outstanding potential. It was also selected as Album of the Year by Who Weekly magazine.
In 2011 Ladder released HURTSVILLE. Following its release he was nominated in The Melbourne Age EG Music Awards in multiple categories including Best Male Artist, Best Song and Best Album. Lead single "Cold Feet" was crowned "Song of the Year" by leading Australian music site Mess & Noise and HURTSVILLE was again garnered Jack a shortlisted album for the Australian Music Prize.
HURTSVILLE will be released in North America via the Holloweyed label and Germany/BENELUX via Skycap in July 2012.
On the surface, Hurstville is a clean and tidy suburb of red-brick houses in Sydney's southern suburbs. But Jack Ladder's HURTSVILLE is a dark and moody place where hearts are broken and love and life are doomed. Like Paul Kelly's Darlinghurst, it hurts in Hurtsville. Recorded at a 19th-century homestead in Yass, in the windswept NSW southern tablelands, Hurtsville is rich in atmosphere and, of course, Ladder's exquisite and rare baritone. That deep voice echoes into the high ceilings of the Yass manor, accompanied by the sound of The Dreamlanders; featuring Kirin J. Callinan's (ex Mercy Arms) reverberating guitar, drummer Laurence Pike (PVT) and all-rounder Donny Benet. Despite the album's firm roots in its surroundings, there's an otherworldliness and sexiness about its sound - stirring electric guitar, chanting choruses and the faint whisper of a cold wind and crackling fire that would be a neat match with the images and themes of filmmaker David Lynch. Ladder's version of dying romance is almost Proustian, when he laments on Cold Feet that "my whole life I have waited for you to come to me and now that you're here with me, I want to leave".
Praise for HURTSVILLE:
“Hurtsville sounds like Hurtsville – It's honest, rich & like nothing else” Inpress
“Ladder continues to thrill, frustrate and intrigue” Beat magazine
“A terrifying wasp-factory novella of disgust” The Age
“Taking subversion to another level. 9/10” Vice
5 stars Timeout
Jack Ladder has performed throughout Australia and internationally, making appearances in London, Berlin, New York and Los Angeles. He has shared stages with John Cale, The Horrors, Bill Callahan and Okkervil River for whom he contributed to The Stand Ins project. He also features on the live Bill Callahan record Rough Travel For A Rare Thing (Drag City 2010) playing bass guitar.
He has appeared on the Fox breakfast show Good Day New York in 2008 performing "You Won't Be Forgotten (When You Leave)" and on popular Australian celebrity music quiz show Rockwiz performing "The Barber's Son" in 2009. His song "Two Clocks" appears in the season finale of Australian crime drama Underbelly (Nine Network 2009) and in 2011 Ladder recorded his own version of "The 12 Days of Christmas" for iconic Australian underwear manufacturer Bonds for a successful television campaign (www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2IpET_ydUg).
Jack Ladder recently composed the soundtrack for a new sketch horror show (the first of its genre) titled Watch With Mother released internationally in 2012 via the iTunes and Google Play.