Kevin Mitchell, erstwhile front man of much-loved, Perth indie band Jebediah, is now an ARIA award-winning, singer-songwriter performing under the name BOB EVANS over three critically acclaimed albums, Suburban Kid, Suburban Songbook and Goodnight, Bull Creek! With Goodnight, Bull Creek!, however, he has left the landscape of his suburban childhood behind.
Bull Creek is the name of the southern suburb of Perth where Mitchell grew up. Mitchell says the suburb represents a lot of things he was using on the last album in terms of innocence and naivety and simplicity - all the things he associates with his childhood. The first song, ‘Someone So Much’, states Mitchell’s intention to leave the suburbs behind even though he was expected to do one more suburban record. “It’s my intention to venture out into the world and express something greater than my own little existence,” he explains.
Teaming up again with Songbook producer Brad Jones (Josh Rouse, Yo La Tengo, Sheryl Crow) and recording in the same Nashville studio, with a group of crack Nashville musicians including drummer Ken Coomer (ex-Wilco), who also played on Suburban Songbook, in-demand guitarist Will Kimbrough, Jones on bass, and vocalist Melissa Mathers.
Fans of the singer-songwriter greats - Elvis Costello, Elliott Smith, Neil Finn, Tim Rogers, even Neil Diamond, will find much to admire in Goodnight, Bull Creek! The album’s sound is reassuringly familiar yet bolstered with sophisticated arrangements and instrumentation including organ, flutes, strings, a toy piano and Moog.
Lyrically this album is heavier and deeper than the last record. It’s more twitchy and uncomfortable and maybe a little more restless, which sums up the way Mitchell was feeling leading up to making it. But it maintains the gentle beauty and harmonies of the BOB EVANS sound loved by fans on Suburban Songbook.