Australia’s heavy music scene received a massive blow earlier in the year with the tragic passing of Sean Kennedy, bassist for I Killed The Prom Queen and Deez Nuts. While words cannot comprehend the sadness felt across the country (and the world), Agnes Manners founder/frontman Matt Gravolin today steps into the light with a dedication to his close friend, SK in the form of two-track EP One As Beautiful As You.
‘One as Beautiful as You’ is dedicated to the memory of our late friend Sean Kennedy. I started writing ‘Quiet Ire’ a month before he passed, at a time when many of us were concerned about his wellbeing. The song was and is a paean to his fortitude and a token of my sympathy.
It had seemed to me that Sean was well on his path to stability when I started writing ‘Free’ – the world was well and I was falling for someone at the speed of light; I was enraptured in that burgeoning love when I got the call informing me that Sean was gone.
We had studio time coming up and I couldn’t bring myself to write about anything other than SK but didn’t know how to articulate what I was feeling and how sharply the week had pivoted. Plummeting from the vertiginous height of new affection to the fathomless gorge of bereavement. I decided to continue chronologically and keep writing ‘Free’ from where I’d left off, picking it up from the second verse.
Many of us were quite literally worried sick about SK for the better part of last year and the start of this one – I had written his ballad, in the form of ‘Quiet Ire’, with the belief that he’d get better. He didn’t and he died and I know he wouldn’t have wanted another ballad. Sean is free of the trauma that followed him since he was a boy and he is free of the depression and anxiety that hunted him as a man; I wanted to write something melodically and lyrically reflective of that for his second song.
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Stream One As beautiful As You here
Agnes Manners – One As Beautiful As You tracklisting
1. Quiet Ire
2. Free (SKF)