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Australian rock three-piece Ricaine played their first show in December 1994 and released their debut 7" single in early 1995. A six track ep "Intore: the cold grey rain" followed soon after and by 1996 their first full length album, "Regret is an Inevitable Consequence of Life" was released.
By this time the band was touring nationally on a frequent basis.
1997 saw the group spend a month in the United States, playing shows in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, as well as the South By South West music conference in Austin, Texas. While in Chicago they spent a week recording their second full length release with US engineer Bob Weston behind the board. This would become "The Clarity of Distance" record.
Following the release and subsequent touring to promote The Clarity of Distance the band decided a break was long overdue and all three members took time off only to become involved in an inevitable spate of side projects [Deer, Little General, Ruck Rover, Warped].
By 1999 the band was recording again, resulting in the "Silence is the New Sound" four track CD ep, released July 2000.
Ricaine played their final live show in 2001, later releasing a final full length album "Urbanity" through Unstable Ape records.

Clarity of Distance recording time by Neil Thomason (guitar, voice)

"Clarity Of Distance was recorded and mixed by Bob Weston over about a week in March of 1997. We did basic tracking at Chicago Recording Company in a couple of days. Vocals and mixing took place at Electrical Audio Recording, which at that time was still located at Steve Albini's old house in his basement and attic.

According to Bob we were the last band to work out of the old location before the studio was relocated to the new building it resides in today. I remember rows of outboard gear stacked up on the floor waiting to be carted away. Bob mentioned that he would rather be the last band to record at Steve's house rather than the first band at the new location, given that the new studio wasn't anywhere near finished and they apparently had a band booked to record in about a week.
Plus we got to meet Fluss the cat!
We also got to play a couple of shows, one at Lounge Ax and another at the Fireside Bowl, which I hear is not doing bands anymore. We were glad to have played when we were there.

The nineties was a fascinating and exciting time to be playing rock music, especially for those too young to have appreciated the original 70's punk explosion. Basking in the post-Nevermind euphoria, it was hard not to get swept up in the notion that dissonant guitar music was going to be huge, forever.
For me, the week in Chicago rates as a high point in the life of the band. Bob was a humble and generous host. I have nothing but fond memories of the time and still think about the experience of making that album on a regular basis.
To have travelled from the other side of the planet to make that record was an indulgent and thrilling experience. I'd do it again tomorrow if given the opportunity."

Neil Thomason
Melbourne, Australie 2005
Neil Thomason - guitar/vocals
Brett O‚Riley - bass/vocals
Tom Jackman - drums
2005 - The Clarity of Distance - CD - Ruminance Records
2001 - Urbanity - CD
1999 - Silence is the new sound - CD ep
1997 - The Clarity of distance - CD/LP [Rubber Records]
1997 - Mainlanders - CD single
1997 - Polevault - Ricaine/Midget - split 7"
1996 - Regret is an inevitable consequence of life - CD
1996 - Intore: the cold grey rain - CD ep
1995 - Run, run, run - Ricaine/Baseball - split 7"
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