Late Model European is a songwriting and music collaboration between John and Tones; two life-long best friends who grew up together in a sleepy little village in Scotland.
After spending a few months in their home studios bouncing tracks back and forth from island to island, they had crafted a bunch of demos. Along with their dreams and Producer, Ben King (Goldenhorse/Grand Rapids), they headed into Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios. Ben pulled in the cream of NZs session musicians to play on the songs; a gem of a debut album was born out of these Roundhead Studio sessions. The songs were then sent to Sydney where Don Bartley – revered for mastering the likes of INXS ‘Kick’ and, the most highly praised remastered release of Sergeant Peppers – worked his mastering magic on the tracks.
Drawing on influences from iconic artists that have inspired them on their musical journey – The Beatles, The Stones, Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Dire Straits, The Jam, Elvis Costello, U2 through to Crowded House/The Finns, Goldenhorse, Oasis, Stereophonics, Elbow et al – it’s no surprise that Late Model European’s debut LP is a genre-busting body of work that is sure to appeal to a broad audience. There’s something for everyone on this record. It’s time to step out and write their story and share these songs with the the world. They invite you to join them on this journey of musical kinship