From the ashes of almost famous Melbourne ‘90s pop act the Earthmen come Strip For Cash. The wilderness years have seen frontman Nick Batterham continue to refine his clever mix of inspiration and ideas. More loose and laid back than the Earthmen, Strip For Cash’s debut album was recorded in three days. It was a productive 72 hours, capturing the country-tinged lament rock of Love Won’t Desert You, and the spritely What You Don’t Know channels ‘70s AM radio. The weary but wonderful Don’t Give Me Love shows Batterham’s pop sensibilities remain sharp. If they were a hip US band they’d be fawned over. Instead, you’ll have to discover SFC yourself.
Cameron Adams – Herald Sun, Hit Magazine, 11th May 2006
Their name rings bawdy, but this Melbourne five-piece's multi-hued debut wavers between clever pop and country-tinged balladry, with a pinch of melancholia for credibility. Opening to clarinet flourishes, the album really takes shape with the ambling roots of Love Won't Desert You and the Travis-like radio-song Don't Give Me Love. Intimate guitar ballad Steady On Anne deepens the mood too brooding, before SFC plunge into exquisite bleakness with The Way Ahead. Frontman Nick Batterham's voice quavers gently throughout, his songwriting distinguished by refreshing instrumental bridges. Lovely. Key Track: Hyphenation captures SFC's nous for developing a track from sparse vocals through to soaring chorus and grainy guitar finale.
Alexandra Roginski - The Sunday Age, Preview, 28th May 2006
The Earthmen were one of Melbourne’s finest bands in the '90s. Unfortunately, they released just one full-length album, 1997’s Love Walked In. Eight years after they split, Earthmen guitarist and co-songwriter Nick Batterham has returned with a new band, Strip For Cash, which also includes two other Earthmen members – guitarist Nicholas Murray and drummer Craig Mitchell. They’re in fine form on the self-titled debut. The opening cut, the glam-tinged What You Don’t Know, should be a hit, while Love Won’t Desert You and Hyphenation show some serious songwriting talent. A great debut.
Jeff Jenkins - JB Hi-Fi Music Australia Guide, 26th June 2006
released January 1, 2006
All songs written by Nick Batterham
Produced by Nick Batterham & Jimi Maroudas
Recorded & mixed by Jimi Maroudas
Mastered by Ross Cockle
Cover drawings by Darcy McFall
SFC logo by Joanne Birtchnell
Nick Batterham : vocals, guitar, keyboard
Jethro Woodward : bass, mandolin, backing vocals
Nicholas Murray : guitar, backing vocals
Jake Cartwright : clarinet, whistling
Craig Mitchell : drums
Andrew Batterham : trombone