NEWS

January 6th, 2020

‘LIFE WAS BETTER’ reissue 


Now available on limited edition black and orange coloured vinyl & DSPs for the first time! Also available in special reissued CD digipak. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE / STREAM – LIFE WAS BETTER REISSUE

VINYL available at the following record stores but hurry because it’s selling out quick!

BEATDISC RECORDS

BOOK GROVE

CLARITY RECORDS

DIABOLIK BOOKS

DISCREPANCY RECORDS

GREVILLE RECORDS

HISS AND CRACKLE RECORDS

HOWL AND MOAN RECORDS

JB HI FI

LANDSPEED RECORDS

MUSIC FARMERS

MY VINYL REVOLUTION

OH! JEAN RECORDS

PLUS ONE RECORDS

POISON CITY

PREHISTORIC SOUNDS

READINGS

RED EYE RECORDS

REPRESSED RECORDS

ROCKING HORSE RECORDS

ROCKSTEADY RECORDS

RUE MORGUE RECORDS

SANDYS MUSIC

STRANGEWORLD RECORDS

STREETLIGHT MUSIC, FILM AND BOOKS

THORNBURY RECORDS

TOMMY GUN RECORDS

URBAN RECORDS

In partnership with Remote Control Records, we are proud to release the reissue of Life Was Better. Life Was Better was originally released in November 1994 on CD and has long been out of print. This is the very first time Life Was Better has been available on vinyl and to stream on DSPs. 

 After the release of Signs Of Satanic Youth in 1993 and a succession of touring with the likes of Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins, Beck and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Magic Dirt weathered the hysteria of the next big thing tag by breaking up and getting back together four times. After regrouping for good and hiring help in the way of management and an agent, Magic Dirt swiftly reconvened in the middle of 1994 to record their big breakthrough EP, Life Was Better.
 
Debuting at No. 1 on the Australian alternative music chart and staying on that chart for a whopping 75 weeks, Life Was Better sold 20,000 copies, received four ARIA nominations in 1995, topped nearly every radio, alternative press and record store chart in the land, garnered the band a national spot on the Big Day Out, supports with Hole, Silverchair and Dinosaur Jr in 1995, and landed them a major record deal with Warner Music US.
 
The album cover and the overall aesthetic of Life Was Better was heavily influenced by Aussie cult movie, ‘Puberty Blues’, which the band were obsessed with so much so that after the EP release they headlined the now infamous Wanda Beach gig in Cronulla (a NSW coastal location featured in ‘Puberty Blues’). Dean said at the time, “…We didn’t book any security, there was no stage and we only had a vocal PA…It was meant to be for maybe 80 to 200 kids. We only did it because we wanted to make a poster that said, ‘Return To Puberty Blues with Magic Dirt’.”  (SMH, Sep 2005)
 
Aaron Curnow, from Spunk Records, who promoted the show says, “…I have so many crazy memories from that night. The fact that we sold 200 tickets to the show and 1500 people showing up did make it quite memorable. I remember people were so desperate to get in that they were climbing in the windows…one guy skated off a table in the kitchen and split his head open in front of me… also David Fricke (senior editor of Rolling Stone, US) was there. A few years later he voted the show in his top 10 shows of all time in a Rolling Stone article. I think it came in at #4. Patti Smith at Max’s Kansas City might’ve been #1 so to make it in there was incredible!”
 
Recorded by Lindsay Gravina at Birdland Studios assisted by Michael Alonso. Remastered by Lindsay Gravina at Birdland Studios.

Life Was Better Reviews
 ‘Geelong‘s favourite sons (and daughter) do it again, with five tracks of pure alterno magic… this is a guaranteed indie hit and one of the archetypal Australian releases of the year.’ OTS – Nov 1994
 
‘…marvellous, scuzzed out, surreal ramalama…’ Murray Engleheart – Drum Media 1994
 
‘It’s clear that Magic Dirt take their lessons from a combination of the punk of new indie mixed with the roots of older alternative rock…What rises up is hard, heavy, contagious rock ‘n’ roll – a new breed.’ Tracey Grimson, OTS – Jan 1995
 
“It ‘sounds’ like something sweet, like The Bangles…as covered by an air conditioner and a cement mixer…Amoxycillin… a four-minute song…followed by 10 minutes of feedback. Play that on the radio, creeps!” – Nazz, Rip It Up – Dec 1995

“…the kind of feedback-laced gutter pop to knock the loneliness out of your head…” D.D. Forte – Dec 1994

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SUPPORTING COLD CHISEL NATIONALLY 2020

We are beyond excited to be supporting the legendary Cold Chisel on their ‘Blood Moon’ Tour in Summer 2020.

For more info click on the posters below. Ticket links and full show list in TOUR DATES section. Can’t wait to see you there!

     

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Today ten years ago, we lost our dear friend and band mate, Dean Turner. The sense of loss and the pain has not diminished in any way and we carry his memory with us always, and everywhere in whatever we do, but it is not the grief and sadness that we want to share, because Dean was a bright and beautiful man that always tried to bring light and joy to the world. So today we want to express our gratitude and love for him, and for the gifts that he imparted to us with his friendship. His love for the music that is Magic Dirt, his drive and persistence in the face of difficulty, his passion and patience, his love of Australian artists, the championing of anything different, special, unique and underrepresented, his rooting for the underdog, and his integrity as a human being and a musician. Those are the things he taught us and we would not be who we are without them.

Today is the 10 year anniversary of Dean’s passing, we miss him more than ever, but we are so happy that his music continues to give people joy and happiness, so now when we play and look out to the crowd, we see Dean’s love and music radiating out, still touching people, still beating, rockin’ and snarlin’, it’s really, really hard sometimes but mostly it’s a massive overwhelming rush. 

Thank you Dean for your love, warmth and friendship, we miss you and always will.

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