Peter Bibby has released Marge, his third studio album with the disruptive Dog Actis available digitally and on limited edition blue 12” vinyl now via Spinning Top Records | Caroline Australia. To mark the release, the West Coast musical cult figure shares the raw and languorous new single Calcium and gritty visual accompaniment.
Much like the record itself completes a trilogy of sorts, Bibby himself notes that the album is one that centres around its own trilogy: “My poor mental state, my battered heart and my frustration. All to the tune of fun rock music.” Naturally. “The album very nearly took my left eyeball from me. You can hear an audio recording of this towards the end of Side B,” he adds.
Featuring lead singles Oceans and Whyalla, Marge is an album of splintered, volatile Australiana. Recorded with “Strawberry Pete” Gower and drummer “Dirty Dave” Taylor – Bibby’s third LP is a soundtrack to a surf movie where there’s blood in the water; a dirt road leading to a dead end; the sounds of Diesels & Dust covered in… well, diesels and dust. “The Dog Act and I recorded this album in a week off in Perth between two Australian tours. We were match fit and full of beans. It features a selection of songs, some fun, some completely bloody miserable. It was made better by the involvement of the fourth Dog, Mitch McDonald, who engineered the record and offered endless energy and ideas. I love this record,” says Bibby of the album.
Peter Bibby’s rough-and-tumble approach and affable personality has gotten him plenty of mileage as a live act, performing at festivals such as Laneway, Falls and SXSW while also notching up his fair share of rowdy headlining shows as well. This has also translated into two well-respected studio albums: 2014’s Butcher/Hairstylist/Beautician and 2018’s Grand Champion. He’s an artist that has been celebrated as inherently working-class and wholeheartedly independent – as commemorated by the 2018 documentary Chasing Palm Springs, which followed Bibby on a literal cross-country journey from Perth to Melbourne in a temperamental van.