Macombee & The Absolute Truth
In the face of disease, death and exploding double D’s, finally, after 6 long years Macombee & the Absolute Truth’s album No Man’s Land is here.
We’ve heard before bands talking about what a long hard slog it’s been getting their album out there; the trials and tribulations, the obstacles they’ve had to encounter… the emotional roller coaster. Few could claim the re emergence of a disease front woman Sarah Macombee thought she had cured. Or the tragic untimely death of their very talented producer Ben Stockwell followed by the death of Sarah’s Mother. We’ll get to the exploding double D’s later…
“So many things seemed to conspire against this album seeing the light of day.” Explains Macombee. “Ben heard a couple of the songs I had in demo form and asked if he could make the album. He knew I didn’t have any money but loved the songs. His belief in the material was that strong he said he’d reap his rewards when the album was released. I finally agreed."
Not long after I started working on the album I discovered that my Multiple Sclerosis had returned. Difficulty balancing, walking, staying awake, remembering things and excruciating pain stopped everything in its tracks for a while. I had to retire the show and my amazing band, as gigging had become really difficult.
Ben and I kept going on the album when I was well enough and he had time between work. Then the terrible news he had died unexpectedly. A huge shock. Everything stopped whilst we tried to come to terms with what had happened. He was so instrumental in it all it was hard to imagine the album without him…what on earth was going to happen now?
Ben’s close friend Louis Bernstone said he wanted to take over recording the album - an extraordinary gesture. Once again he believed in the songs enough to take the project on. About a year in to us working on it, I heard my Mother was dying of cancer. I flew back to England to help nurse her. She died a few weeks in to my stay. I came home to New Zealand grieving and feeling disconnected for a time from the album… so much had happened. I took a small break and felt compelled to start working on the musical I’d always dreamt of writing. I wrote the beginning instalment as a one-woman show called Put Up and Shut Up.
Inspired by my trip back to England to nurse Mum as she said goodbye, her story began to come to me… we meet her in a song called Dizzy and find out more about her in another called Limbo. Her story continues…”
Stories are hugely important to Sarah Macombee. The writing and performing of them is transformative, as we are soon to discover with the release of No Man’s Land on December 5th 2014.