Mick Thomas is one of those Australian artists that are etched into your memory more than you think. Soundtracks that have hovered through family rooms, overseen summer barbeques and filled the silence of long car trips seem to always include Mick Thomas’ familiar voice. As a young idiot I was too focussed on whatever Channel V was pushing to realise that the ‘background music’ was actually the backbone of Australia’s music scene. And what a music scene it is.
Mick is perhaps best known for being the front man and chief songwriter of iconic Australian folk-rock band Weddings Parties Anything. Responsible for tracks such as Father’s Day, Monday’s Experts and Away, Away, along with my personal favourite For A Short Time. But Mick’s career spans far wider than Weddings, forming a successful solo-career as well as several outfits from Mick Thomas and the Sure Things to Mick Thomas and the Roving Commission, as well as countless song writing credits.
We swung by Mick’s place one brisk Thursday morn and were welcomed into a home. I say home because it was littered with books, instruments, nice rugs and more books. Coffee was brewing away on the stove, it had a lot of character which matched the man himself, so it worked. We met him out the back chatting to the builder who was working on the studio renovations. He was down to earth, funny and clearly good at his trade. Think his named was Paul but I can’t be sure. Mick showed us around before settling into a few yarns about the music industry and explaining the history (through stories) of some of the instruments that adorned his walls. His tales were entertaining, tongue in cheek and offered an insight to the years of touring and music life he’s experienced. It was refreshing to hear an honest perspective on the highs and lows of what it’s like to live a life of music. We stuck around for an hour or so before allowing Mick to return to the renos.
A special thanks to Mick for letting us come around!