I hope you're well.
I am writing to you today to tell you I am not dead. Were there rumours? If there were rumours, understand that they were exaggerated.
I have moved back to Brisbane, Australia. When you first make this sort of international move, there are certain tasks that take priority: finding a house, finding a job, for example. Only once these essentials are sorted can one begin to truly contemplate Rock And Roll.
I will be back recording and performing as Big Strong Brute very soon. There is a pipeline, and things - plans - are literally in it.
In the meantime, here are some things I think are excellent:
There are several exhibitions at the State Library of Queensland at the moment related to the history of popular music in Brisbane, including this one. One of them includes a nifty web diagram connecting dozens of Brisbane bands through their shared members. This picture is part of the diagram. I'm not sure who did it, but I'd love to know. I bet they're awesome.
This a book I read recently. Laura Jean McKay is a Melbourne short story writer. I recommend you read her work, largely - in fact entirely - because it is excellent.
Here is a picture of me on the Dalmatian Coast with long hair. You're welcome.
If you're wondering where these little beauties have gone, and how you can get a hold of a copy, the answers to those wonderings would be a) my mum's house and b) by emailing or messaging or tweeting or Facebooking me. (Don't use PayPal right now. This is for the simple reason that PayPal is a somewhat frustrating enterprise with which to do business.)
OK, show-and-tell over. The short story: I will be playing in your town again soon. I hope to start working on the next Big Strong Brute record - maybe an acoustic thing, maybe an electronic thing, maybe something else? - really soon.
You've all been great friends. Thanks for your support.