Melbourne band 2 Inch Tape spun to life in 2013, on a paddock adjacent to a tea tree farm near Byron Bay. Band founder Simon Rigoni was stirred from a fifteen year musical hiatus after a three day immersion in live music, culminating in what was to be an epiphanic performance by American band Wilco. The experience was a catalyst that would inspire Rigoni to write songs again and to form 2 Inch Tape.
Fast forward to 2019, with three well received albums to their credit and 2 Inch Tape presents their first EP, Nashville Wife. Rigoni (voclas and guitars) and key collaborator Fiona Broussard (vocals and keys) combine to deliver four duets with a strong dose of country flavour, exploring influences from Johnny Cash to Gram Parson to Wilco. Completing the line up is original members Mark Petrilli (bass) and greg Milton (Pedal Steel Guitar) whilst Julia Bebenek announces her arrival as a member of the band on drums. Long time 2 Inch Tape cohort Daniel van Horssen adds percussion whilst Samuel Cope (Hammond Organ) and Stu Thomas (Dave Graney & the Mistly, The Surrealist, Stu Thomas Paradox) completes the line up with a guest appearance on Trumpet.
Nashville Wife is a slight departure from the bands previous long play releases which unashamedly explored multiple genres. This EP endeavours to capture the sound of alt-country/ Americana with the inevitable Melbourne indie filter. Could this establish the sub-genre of Melbournicana? Nashville Wife will be released via CD, download and streaming on June 3 2019.