In 1918, Walter Burley Griffin created a master plan, sub-dividing it to accommodate a grand vision for an ancient and quiet corner of a vast estuary.

Although drenched in a sense of what might have been, North Arm is instead content and unaffected.

North Arm is also where Roderick Smith's family came to build a holiday house in 1981. Therefore, in Rod’s early childhood, North Arm became the epicentre of dreaming.  Freely roaming in forest and scrub, fashioning swords out of drift-wood, wearing tea-towels as capes.

It seems fitting that, in adulthood, Rod would revisit North Arm and wish to pay homage to it in some way.

Having been introduced to creative circles as the co-founder of Firekites and pursuing a keen interest in visual art, Rod is hungry to make a lasting impression.

Sifting through old hard-drives of sound penciled from 2008-2010, Rod found the energy and urgency of those early sketches impossible to ignore and steadily began reinventing them in a process that took on its own momentum.

Approaching the experienced ears of J. Walker (Machine Translations), Rod found himself collaborating with one of his songwriting idols.

The songs combine intricate guitar and vocal melodies with driving electronic and acoustic beats and percussion.  Released through Spunk on 26 April 2013, the Thought Lines EP is the first taste of material flowing from Rod’s new collaborations. A full-length debut LP is scheduled for release in late 2013 / early 2014.


Purchase the "Thought Lines" EP on iTunes or Bandcamp.

Released under license to Spunk Records

Full Length LP forthcoming



Hollow Days

Album Teaser


A taster track taken from the debut LP, coming in 2014

Locked Gate

Taken from the debut EP "Thought Lines" by North Arm, which is out now on Spunk Records.

Quietly Lightly

Taken from the debut EP "Thought Lines" by North Arm, which is out now on Spunk Records.

All footage filmed at North Arm Cove in 1985.

Video taken by Trevor Dixon.

This film clip is dedicated to the memory of Nicole Dixon (1971-1995).