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Situation Normal by Roger Marshall

Cover painting by Jack Marshall


Situation Normal was recorded at Ellamy Studios in Blockhouse Bay, Auckland, engineered by Louis Bernstone. Louis also adds flourishes on keyboards and bass. I asked Shimna Higgins to add violin which she has done beautifully, the outro to Shifting Sands is fantastic, and also some lovely backing vocals. My friend Stuart Grimshaw added brilliant bass on a couple of tracks and two drummers, Jono Sawyer and Adam Toebeck added perfect drums.

The military acronym SNAFU is obviously where Situation Normal comes from. I am generally pessimistic, seeing the world in a mess, especially an environmental one. Lifeblood is about the catastrophe of the Aral Sea. Last One Alive is the last living northern male white rhino. Since writing the song and making the recording he has died. So the "sad old day" has, inevitably, come to pass.

Shortly before recording my beautiful sister Hilary became sick and passed away; the album is in memory of Hilary (1952-2016).

The art work of the cover is a painting by my son Jack Marshall. The original canvas, which is 120 by 105 cm hangs, in my house.

Situation Normal won album of the month award at a US indie site Divide and Conquer Indie Music Their review here

Review by Amy Maynard in NZ Musician. "It is not often that you stumble upon an artist who makes you stop and listen, really listen openly and wholeheartedly to every word, every phrase and every breath. Roger Marshall's new album does just that, making Situation Normal anything but normal". Full review here

Reviewed by NZ Graham Reid of Elsewhere "..he has a voice and a vision which is all his own . . . These are sharp, observational and thoughtful songs of experience."

Play Situation Normal songs (notes above):


See You When I See You

Longest Night


Undress Me

Shifting Sands

Doing Life

Woman In The Mist

Talking To Myself

Life Blood

Last Letter

Situation Normal

Last One Alive

Three Candles

Lyrics to Situation normal

Video for "Last One Alive"

Recorded at Ellamy Studios, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
Produced by Roger Marshall and Louis Bernstone
Engineered and mixed by Louis Bernstone at Ellamy Studios

Roger: vocals, guitars (acoustic, electric, 4-string tenor, slide), harmonica
Louis Bernstone: keyboards, bass
Shimna Higgins: violin, vocals
Stuart Grimshaw: bass
Jono Sawyer: drums
Adam Toebeck: drums

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