MUSKITO IS A SOUNDTRACK FOR A AUSTRALIAN MOVIE 'MUSKITO'
A CONCEPT ALBUM BY THE BEARDS AND JULIEN POULSON.
LABEL: METAL POSTCARD RECORDS (HONK KONG/AUSTRALIA)
AVAILABLE FROM 5 OCTOBER 2012 ON CD, VINYL AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.
SPECIAL GUEST: AARON 'PROFESSOR LOUIE' HURWITZ (LEGENDARY PRODUCER OF THE BAND/BOB DYLAN, MERCURY REV and FIVE GRAMMY AWARD nomination 2010) AND MISS MARIE.
Once upon a time in lawless Van Diemen’s Land, Michael Howe, leader of a wild banditti, roams with impunity. Howe is a killer who keeps a ‘dream diary’ written in blood on dried animal skins. At one point Howe’s banditti is so powerful he taunts Lieutenant-Governor Davey and declares himself ‘Governor of The Ranges’. In Hobart Town, Lieutenant-Governor Davey responds by hoisting the red flag of defiance and declares marshal law. Soldiers and bounty hunters are dispatched into the wilderness. At the same time, Davey hires Muskito, a psychotic aboriginal bounty hunter, removed from black wars in New South Wales, and promises Muskito his freedom should he track Howe down. With a £100 reward on his head, soldiers, trackers and bounty killers in pursuit, Howe is soon ambushed but a desperate bid to evade capture he shoots his pregnant wife Mary and leaves her for dead. Black Mary, a young aboriginal woman vows revenge.
The Film Score:
The Muskito soundtrack is a collaboration between The Beards (Venice, Italy) and Julien Poulson (Tasmania, Australia) based on the idea of creating a weird soundtrack inspired by the music of Spaghetti Western Movie.
Muskito is a story of three displaced characters whose paths become strangely entwined in a drama set against the Tasmanian wilderness. For a moment these ultimately doomed characters are bonded by their mutual displacement but this brief engagement soon disintegrates in a spectacular trajectory of violence, vengeance and despair.
Describing events of extreme violence, Poulson’s screenplay is sparse yet expansive, with an often-biblical quality and frequent religious references. Much of Muskito is based on an account of bushranger Michael Howe’s six-year reign as leader of a powerful banditti and based on the book Michael Howe: The Last and Worst of the Bush-Rangers of Van Dieman's Land by Thomas E. Wells.
About the project:
Julien Poulson began writing Muskito while living in Italy on an Italy Artist Residency awarded by the Alcorso Foundation. It is his second screenplay based on characters of Tasmania’s frontier history – set at a time when the island of Tasmania was known as Van Diemen's Land, Britain’s most far-flung penal colony.
EMANUELE MARCHIORI: VOCALS, PIANO, ORGANS, DRUMS, ACCORDION, MELODICA, PERCUSSION, PIANO TOY, GLOCKENSPIEL, GUITAR
MASSIMILIANO MAGRO: VOCALS, GUITARS, DRUMS
JULIEN POULSON: VOCALS, ACOUSTIC GUITARS
PROFESSOR LOUIE: BCK. VOCALS, PIANO, ORGANS, ACCORDION
MISS MARIE: BCK. VOCALS, PERCUSSION
MARTINA ZORDAN: VOCALS
ANDREA TOLIN: BASS
PRODUCED BY THE BEARDS AND FRANCESCO 'FRANZ' FABIANO
MUSKITO IS A CONCEPT BY JULIEN POULSON.
RECORDED FROM 20 / 27 JULY 2010 AT VILLA WIDMANN, MIRA, VENICE.