Love and its opposing demons. Fighting with friends. Cocaine and sex. Rejecting an American war and laying your politics down. Walking through a sunshower thinking of the beauty might be possible in life. Finding fresh beginnings in an old town you’ve returned to.
Looking for the Sun is one of those great albums that exists on a precipice. Its very breath is alternately life-weary and recklessly bright; its music possessed by the same abandoned sense of possibility, and the redemptive skills of the great musicians delivering it.
It's hard not to be impressed by The Kelly Gang. Looking back, they seem like gold dust compacted into a mythical nugget you can't believe was ever there at all.
The band was formed exactly 15 years ago by Sydney singer songwriter Jack Nolan and Rick Grossman, bassist for The Divinyls and Hoodoo Gurus.
Nolan and Grossman were joined live and in the studio by fellow Hoodoo Gurus guitarist, Brad Shepherd; Midnight Oil drummer Rob Hirst and guitarist Martin Rotsey; and Ian Miller (now sadly deceased), a versatile guitarist in his own right, and a one-time accomplice of Vanda and Young, as well as a former Australian Producer of the Year.
Their music was enhanced on Looking for the Sun by the artwork of Sidney Nolan (1917-1992), Kindly used with the permission of his estate. The great Australian painter's famous Kelly Gang paintings provided further inspiration for a brand of outlaw rock 'n' roll that was likewise edgy and dreamlike.
Looking for the Sun was critically adored – but it fell through the cracks as major band commitments swept the musicians away again.
Along with his new solo album, Our Waverley Star, Jack Nolan has returned this powerful and subtle Australian gem to see how it might shine again today. The Kelly Gang’s Looking for the Sun will soon be re-released to celebrate its 15th anniversary, a lost classic revitalised by Jack Nolan with the help of the American engineer Mike Poole (Robert Plant, Patty Griffin, et al) and "a Nashville remix".
The Kelly Gang's Looking for the Sun still a secret like treasure today.
- Jack Nolan — Vocals & Guitars
- Rick Grossman — Bass & Backing Vocals
- Rob Hirst — Drums & Backing Vocals
- Scotty Aplin — Keys & Backing Vocals
- Martin Rotsey — Electric & slide guitars
- Ian Miller & Brad Shepherd — Additional Guitars