READY TO PLAY: Artists Bill Jacobi and Frank Corby are local duo Method.
READY TO PLAY: Artists Bill Jacobi and Frank Corby are local duo Method. CONTRIBUTED

There's Method to their music

METHOD duo will bring their alternate country stylings and rootsy acoustic grooves back to The Northern Rivers this weekend.

Featuring Bill Jacobi (Shane Howard, Floyd Vincent) on stringed instruments and vocals and Frank Corby (Bondi Cigars, Chris Wilson) on drums, percussion and vocals, these evergreens are equal parts bush honesty and pop sensibility.

The two singer-songwriters met and started playing music together in The Blue Mountains during the early nineties.

Together they make music that is an eclectic amalgamation of swamp / roots, alternative country and hillbilly funk that somehow manages to look back at a wealth of musical tradition, have a good poke around and then turn it into something both original, contemporary and quintessentially Australian.

Their fourth album, Tales From The New Frontier, kicks up plenty of dust and is a rootsy, down to earth collection of songs that reflect the joys and perils of everyday life.

Originally under the name The Rhythm Method, the duo's live performances became popular from the start.

Stripped back and raw by nature, and empowered by an intoxicating groove and passionate songs that both lifted and resonated with their audiences.

Built on the skeletal combination of amped up acoustic guitar, drum kit and vocal harmonies, this was a powerful rhythm section with the ability to take their music from a whisper, to a growl to a roar.

Drawing on a wealth of swamp/roots, blues and deconstructed hillbilly funk, they released their first EP, Rythmetho, in 1996.

As seasoned sidemen, their commitments to other touring acts have meant that Method has always been a sporadic musical affair.

The two now live at opposite ends of NSW but continue to tour and make records when the opportunities arise.

Their first full-length album, Grits, was launched in 2001, featuring guest performances from a number of their musical cohorts, making this release a bigger more fleshed out album.

Times Like These followed in 2007, marking a return to a more roots-based sound, and their latest, Tales From The New Frontier (2015), sees the addition of lap slide and banjo to the mix.

  • At The Rails, Byron Bay, today from 7pm and at Hotel Brunswick, Brunswick Heads, tomorrow 7pm. Also at Sphinx Rock Cafe, Mt. Burrell, this Sunday from 12 noon.

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