Sunday, 27 May 2012

To be idle is a short road to death

This blog is idle. And no-one likes an idle blog.

Since other General Assembly sites seem to serve its purpose better, we have moved our activity elsewhere. We suggest you do the same.

  • To connect with us for regular updates and events, visit us on Facebook and Twitter
  • For a blog full of creative reflections with themes that tie in with those in our music, see Huckleberry Mockingbird (created, updated, curated by MW, The General Assembly's singer and songwriter)

Huckleberry Mockingbird

Thanks for your interest.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Launch: 'Dark Mountain Music'

We launched our debut, Dark Mountain Music, to a packed room at The Toff in Town on Saturday September 25, 2010. A great gig!



Thanks to Stephen Colquitt for the photos.

Monday, 17 October 2011


With the recording wrapped, we set to making CD packaging ourselves. Our aim to minimise the environmental impact of our music-making led to a unique and beautiful end result (IMO).

We used old books, otherwise bound for landfill, to house the discs. We printed on used paper and only made a small run. Once our initial batch of CDs is sold out, that'll be it.

The process wasn't all easy, though. The minimum disc pressing was more than twice the number we wanted. When we told the CD pressing company that we just wanted half their 'minimum' number of copies (the idea of piles of leftover albums forever stored in boxes didn't sit well), the only way they'd agree was if we still payed the full price. So we said ok.

But, even though they knew the reason we were making this choice, right before they were about to hit print we discovered that they were still going to press the full amount and were just planning to scrap the other half! Useless. Needless to say, we worked it out - but clearly sometimes it isn't smooth sailing going against the grain of a system that has waste at its core.

Sunday, 17 July 2011


David Johnson took the controls for the recording of our debut cd. Weeknights and weekends in 2010 were spent in his Surrey Hills studio. The process helped us to refine and expand our sound and the final record exceeded expectations.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Residency at The Workshop

For most of 2009 and 2010 we had an ongoing residency - with a monthly gig at The Workshop in Melbourne. It gave us the chance to stretch out and experiment with our sound, improve our live performance and develop the songs that became Dark Mountain Music.

Some gig posters

Thursday, 28 April 2011

The General Assembly

The General Assembly is a band based in Melbourne, Australia.

Our songs have been described as everything from 'bewitching...imaginative and evocative" (Inpress) to "fucking great" (Amanda Palmer - former Dresden Doll).

We add ambience, loops, beats and bass to a more traditional guitar-based line-up.

Describing sounds with words is not easy, nor always necessary - listen for yourself here