Cheersquad Records and Tapes are releasing a remastered vinyl version of Underground Lovers’ 1990 debut album, Get to Notice.
Originally self-titled on its release in Australia in 1990, the album was then put out in the UK in 1991 under the new title Get to Notice. The 1991 version contained updated artwork and a different track listing.
The 2022 vinyl re-release (remastered by John Ruberto) contains the original nine tracks that the band recorded for the album with producer Simon Grounds.
Recorded after the band had played only five gigs together, Get to Notice sounds like a new band finding their feet. It has a certain early-90’s appeal, and brilliantly chronicles the original line up of Underground Lovers in their first few months as a band.
Although less intense than the bands’ live sound at the time, Simon Grounds’ production on the album captures the unique beauty and intrigue of Underground Lovers’ earliest songs and gives space to singer Vincent Giarrusso’s early lyrical experiments. The intriguing blend of the band being recorded live in the studio, along with hypnotic acoustic guitar overdubs and tasteful electronic effects, give the album a distinct 70’s feel with 90’s eclecticism.
The reaction to the album in 1990 was positive and Underground Lovers accomplished live shows saw them garner a strong following in Melbourne and Sydney. An ARIA award for best new talent in 1991 cemented the bands’ reputation and gave them the confidence to make the next big step in preparing for their classic sophomore album Leaves me Blind.
The re-release of Get to Notice captures an important time in the career of Underground Lovers and highlights the unique charm that captured the attention of music followers and the industry. The early Underground Lovers’ logo (designed in 1990 by Grant Rutherford and popular for the past 30 or more years on various versions of the bands’ t-shirts), takes pride of place on the cover of the re-release. Designer Carl Breitkreuz has embellished the original 90’s influenced art with some contemporary design elements for the 2022 release.