Richard Pike has scored his 3rd series, the comedy/drama Les Norton for ABC TV.
10 episodes aired nationally from 4 August 2019. It is adapted from the 1980 fiction books written by Australian author Robert G. Barrett and stars up-and-comer Alexander Bertrand as the protagonist Les Norton, alongside David Wenham and Rebel Wilson.
Set in 1985 it follows the exploits of Les Norton, a country bloke from outback Queensland, on the run from a troubled past. He arrives in Sydney, where he lands a job as a bouncer at an illegal casino, run by crime boss Price Galese (David Wenham). While desperate to return home, he is seduced by the city’s illicit charms and is dragged into the web of crime.
Richard was asked to avoid synths for the show, and went for a 1980s post-punk band set-up as the musical departure point. It heavily features drums, big electric bass, scratchy guitar, ambient guitar looping and the odd punk-jazz sax moment. Featuring his brother Laurence Pike and renowned London musician Seb Rochford on drums, as well as legendary Sydney saxophonist Matt Keegan.
Original TV Series Soundtrack for the ABC TV show Les Norton.
All music composed and mixed by Richard Pike
Guitar/Bass/Synth: Richard Pike
Drums: Seb Rochford and Laurence Pike
Sax: Matt Keegan.
Album mastered by Eric James at Philospher’s Barn, Norfolk UK.
Thanks to Roadshow Rough Diamond, Screen Australia, Create NSW and ABC TV.
Thanks to the crew:
Directors: Jocelyn Morehouse, David Caesar, Fadia K. Abboud and Morgan O’Neill;
Editors: Mark Perry, Nicole La Macchia & Julie-Anne De Ruvo;
Peter Powell; Sally Riley, Andrew Gregory at the ABC.
A special thanks to producers Dan & John Edwards for taking a risk on my weird music.