LEADFINGER: Just four average guys who love making music. They launch their fifth album at Bulli Herit age Hotel on July 23. Picture: Supplied
Some men play golf, some go fishing, others invest their spare time in cars, but for Stewart Cunningham playing in a rock band is his hobby.
The gardener from Helensburgh startedLeadfingerin 2007 as his creative outlet and avenue for “adventure”.
Nearly a decade on and four-pieceof men aged around 40are about to release their fifth album, Friday Night Heroes, with a launch party at Bulli Heritage Hotel on July 23.
Cunningham reckons they’ve lasted thislong because they’re grounded people and don’t let the band take over their lives, keeping it “real”.
It’s the first time an image of the group has featured on an album cover, something that Cunningham admits was a tough decision.
“We’re not movie stars,” he said. “We’re real people and this is real music.”
They chose not to Photoshop their imperfections on the imageso to expose their“raw grit”, emulating the“soul bearing” songs.
Cunningham, who’s the lead songwriter of the group, faced the sudden death of his mum during recording and said there was a lot of emotion poured into the mix as a consequence.
The result, “down the line rock’n’roll” said Cunningham.
“There’s no money in it,” he said. “But when we get together we know we have areally good time.”
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