New Blood – Heavy Water 1999


Debut album for this seminal Melbourne trio, featuring Ben Carr and Will Guthrie fresh from their tertiary studies, along with a slightly more established Simmons. An acoustic mix of styles from free jazz, new music, thrash metal and minimalism was explored, along with a desire to break away from the normal instrumental roles. Try and imagine this trio playing to a Geelong pub audience going off, busking at Circular Quay or at the Jazz Albury/Wondonga jazz club where they went off the crazier the music got – and imagine that happening in 1999.


released 30 January 2000
Ben Carr – tenor/soprano saxophones, rainstick, bells
Will Guthrie – drums, percussion
Adam Simmons – baritone/tenor/soprano saxophones, bells

Tracks 1, 2 and 11 written by Ben Carr
Tracks 3, 4, 5, 6 ,7 ,8, 9 and 12 written by Adam Simmons
Track 10 written by Carr, Guthrie and Simmons

Thanks to Temby Australia for the use of their Temby baritone saxophone

Recorded July 20th, 1999 by David McCluney, Atlantis Studios
Mastered by Michael Hepworth, Atlantis Studios
Photography by Tim McNeilage
Design and layout by Vicki Simmons