Wayward Johnson and The Adjustments released four-track EP, ‘State We’re In’, last month. They will be performing live at the Bayswater Street Festival on the 31st of March and at the Bassendean Hotel on the 17th of April.
Around The Sound sat down for a coffee with Phil Barry, vocalist with Wayward Johnson and The Adjustments, at a Leederville eatery on a warm and busy Saturday morning.
“Originally, I was gonna have it as a recording project, and what I wanted to do was get some friends in to help me record it. People like Ben Franz from The Waifs and things like that. We we’re just doing it at home and somehow, it morphed into a band. So, I can’t even tell you how it happened. It was all just a natural progression.”
Barry stepped away from the music scene for a while to be a stay-at-home Dad to his daughters. Playing “rock n roll with a twang” was an idea he came up with before getting back into the musical saddle.
“Wilco and Jeff Tweedy, for me, are definitely the ones that I’ve carried and who I absolutely love. I guess my musical taste sort of spread from Bob Dylan through to The Replacements. I’ve been writing songs for years in other bands as well, but this EP doesn’t necessarily have a theme to it. It’s four individual songs. ‘State We’re In’ is related to the position that we hold in the world and the state that we’re in. It’s a bit of a mess.”
If you like a bit of mess with your twang, check out Wayward Johnson and the Adjustments. They’ve got it!