Brett Thompson has been the guiding force in the Australian band Rand & Holland for nearly fifteen years, but it’s been a tumultuous and often torturous ride. Widespread love for their lo-fi folk debut led to a polished pop follow up that furthered their critical acclaim whilst also setting in place a chain of events that led to the band conducing an artistic volte-face. They recorded a dark, intense and experimental third album, polarising audiences at a short series of live shows before abruptly breaking up.
Four years later, in 2015, the fabled album posthumously saw the light of day, and in this episode, Brett Thompson gives a rare interview, explaining the background to the album and the breakup, and revealing that Rand and Holland is, in fact, far from over.
Originally broadcast on ‘Out From Under’ on Resonance Extra, 25 August 2016.