Sydney based Indie Electro artist MOTIONER has just released his debut album ‘Black Wave’ and will be touring the east coast over the next month.
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Take Your Time is Angela Schilling (Swimming, Oliver White) and Lee Hannah (The Townhouses, Sessility) from Melbourne. Together they hang out, drink coffee and make their own brand of diva house ready for the kind of club that serves cappuccinos. Having just joined local favourites Yeo and SAATSUMA on an east-coast tour, the duo are excited to present their debut 7″ release featuring singles ‘Sleep In’ and ‘I Feel It Everyday’.
‘Sleep In’ is about loving and believing in your pals. It’s really heartbreaking seeing your friends/loved ones struggle and be mistreated, when you know that they’re full of potential and deserve better – ‘Sleep In’ is like a big warm embrace for your loved ones, letting them know that you’ve got the time to give them what they need.
Mastered by Simon Lam, Take Your Time’s debut 7” will be released October 28 via Neat Lawn.
Neat Lawn is a record label founded in 2016 and based in Melbourne. Established by Gab Strum (Japanese Wallpaper) and Will Evans (Zero Through Nine), with an emphasis on community, independence and identity; we hope that the music we share reflects these ideals.
Aussie dream-folksters, The Paper Kites have today delivered their most aesthetically pleasing video yet for their hazy heartwarmer, Renegade, directed by the renowned Dan Huiting (Bon Iver). To celebrate the clip, and the success of their critically acclaimed LP, twelvefour, the band have also announced their Midnight national tour, kicking off at Enmore Theatre in Sydney on June 23, moving through Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and wrapping in Adelaide at the Norwood Town Hall on July 2.
Off the back of a #8 ARIA album and #1 ARIA Australian album chart debut for their all-nighter of an album, twelvefour, The Paper Kites are thrilled to complete their Midnight video trilogy of late-night stories with the nostalgic, Renegade. Also including ethereal videos for two other tracks off the album, Electric Indigo and Revelator Eyes, the trilogy portrays stories that are set between the hours of 12 and 4am; different cities, different people, but all taking place within this transient timeframe.
Adhering to the theme, Renegade follows a gang of kids who break into an aquatic cinema, La Cinequatic, in the early hours of the morning. Taking inspiration for the video trilogy from imaginary places and those late-night hours, lead singer Sam Bentley says, “It’s been really cool actually seeing these places on screen in the videos and people watching and asking us where they can find them – I think the idea was to create places that we would love to go to.” The vibrant concept was brought to life by director Dan Huiting and his team, alongside a real-life gang of kids as the video’s cast. Bentley enthuses, “He has such a great team (Joseph McMahon, Harry Reynolds) and they all just tackle every challenge with such enthusiasm… he knew a local skate crew of young kids that he wanted to use for the video – it worked out perfectly.”
To celebrate the clip, The Paper Kites will be bringing their theatrical Midnight tour to major venues across the country. Further cementing the relationship between music and film, the Midnight tour is set to be an immersive experience unlike any other, a journey through the midnight hours, as Bentley describes, “We perform the music and behind us are a group of apartment windows. Through the windows, a series of stories play out in the lives of different people…we provide the soundtrack to a single night, the audience watching through the dim lit windows and seeing these stories progress, eventually fading to darkness.”
The Paper Kites are Sam Bentley, Christina Lacy, David Powys, Josh Bentley and Sam Rasmussen.
THE PAPER KITES NATIONAL ‘MIDNIGHT’ TOUR
THU 23 JUN | ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY NSW (ALL AGES)
Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au | 132 849 | All Ticketek Outlets
FRI 24 JUN |ATHENAEUM THEATRE, MELBOURNE VIC (ALL AGES)
Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au | 132 849 | All Ticketek Outlets
SAT 25 JUN | THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE QLD*
Tickets available from www.ticketmaster.com.au | 136 100 | All Ticketmaster Outlets
*U18 can attend with parent/guardian
FRI 01 JUL | ASTOR THEATRE, PERTH WA*
Tickets available from www.astortheatreperth.com | 1300 111 369| All Ticket Group Outlets
*U18 can attend with parent/guardian
SAT 02 JUL | NORWOOD TOWN HALL, ADELAIDE SA (ALL AGES)
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets
Forged in Sydney, classical pop songstress Wren is a luscious writer that mixes a dynamic palette of instruments to yield impressionable songs with strong artistic merit. As a solo composer it can be difficult to mastermind tracks that deliver such breadth and intricacy as Wren’s debut EP ‘Raw’.
Following up from the successful two singles ‘Alive’ and ‘Here’ in 2014 which received widespread praise, the EP is a powerful compilation of 5 tracks displaying clever and crafted musicianship.
Spreading her wings to tour the East Coast in jubilation of the release of the Raw EP, it would be interesting to be a fly on the wall and watch the reactions of those unfamiliar with her work. Picturing the atmosphere I can sense a silent crowd and faces in awe of what is transpiring from on stage. The point of captivation within Wren’s work is the strong emotive overtones, one can imagine are designed to align listeners with the powerful imagery residing within her mind. At times it feels like you are immersed in the sound track to a fixating film filled with twists and turns of tragedy and triumphs in personal reflection and understanding.
‘Here’ slowly begins this journey, a track with a sweeping progression from a pulsing beginning into a chanting chorus, we become acquainted with the diversity of Wren and her dense character. The string arrangements and marching drum beats are used minimally at what seems to offer a glaze over what is predominantly a piece that uses soft yet striking vocals to deliver a message of deliverance and letting go. ‘Kindred’ takes a tone that swings between slow searching verses broken between harmonic cries that reverberate a kind of heartache. You feel as if Wren is taking on a persona that is perhaps not her own but rather mystical in nature. The marching beat returns here drawing us into a dark brooding interlude, harrowing string lines piece the lurking darkness. This draws us to an important consideration of Wren’s work, whiles delivering weighty themes they are never presented as ugly, there is a kind feminine touch to them that makes them feel archaic and something to be marveled rather than feared.
The third single to be released, ‘Soldiers’, follows on taking the record down a few rhythms and introducing a sad tone. The lyrics ‘can I keep you safe from harm’ is answered by ‘no’ which explains this ballad describing loss and an insecurity to protect oneself or each other. It is a track that illustrates nicely the diverse canvas Wren works with. In a sense the EP becomes deeper as it progresses, ‘Alive’ takes us on a path that feels along the lines of philosophy, it is a song that describes evolution and development. It is of the same kind as ‘Here’ with its progression however there is an elegant instrumental break midway through the piece which lends it to a more uplifting vibe. We then arrive at the title track ‘Raw’ which starts with an overshadowing dominant bass accompanied by piercing violin reminiscent of a renaissance period. The song builds to its peak midway shredding various churning instrumental transitions, a wind stirs and we feel as if we are on a sail ship drifting toward ominous and violent sea. A fitting close to what has unfolded as a bold, powerful and yet elegant release.
Unlike fellow contemporaries something poetic and brilliant shines through Wren’s music. She isn’t afraid to fortify her writing with symbolism that is dark and alluring evoking patterns of thought that are complex and metaphoric in nature. You can’t help but feel like you are listening to someone who has experienced a lifetime of emotion and is sharing an intricate part of themselves through a delicate and unique form of music. Both strong yet fragile, ‘Raw’ is an EP that can be explored time and time again, each listen you find new connections and new meanings behind the veil that is the artist Wren.
– Reviewed by Morgan O’Brien
Cinematic alt-folk group, Lazy Colts have today announced the release of their brooding new single, Twenty Two, the second taste of their debut LP, Trojan, set for release on August 5. They’ll be hitting the road in August to celebrate the new LP, kicking off in Melbourne on August 6 and moving on to Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney then wrapping up in Katoomba on September 4.
Twenty Two is a reverent and reflective ode to youth and the naivety that dictates the relationships formed during that time. Emphasised by the pulse of young blood that dictates the arc of the song, the organic nature of the drums, piano and violin resonate under lead singer Lacey Cole’s effortless vocals. Acoustic and raw, Twenty Two encompasses country and folk influences to illicit a rich blend of sound that is lush and satisfying. Of the single, Cole remarks, “Essentially, Twenty Two is about the grand ‘undying’ sentiments that hallmark your first cracks at a serious relationship. It’s about perspective, initially, the lack of it, and then the revelation that the reason you’re in your situation – however great or bad it is – is also the reason you will get through it: you’re only 22 years old.”
Directed by Sarah Adamson (The Preatures, Gideon Benson, Matt Corby), the video clip for Twenty Two is a filmic representation of both the vulnerablilty and the joy of being young. Starring New Zealand-based model Evelina Milward, the film seeks to balance the song’s morosely tragic male dialogue with a feminine depiction of happiness and beauty. The tone is both nostalgic and immediate; an authentic depiction of youth’s resilience and wonder. Speaking about the clip, director Sarah Adamson says, “I saw this great opportunity to lovingly poke fun at the sincerity of the song. I had this picture in my head of a girl listening to this love song some boy had written her but not really caring as much as he thought she would. She’s doing all these other funny and weird things a 22 year old girl might do when bored at home by herself. She is only 22. She knows there’s nothing to really worry about.”
Lazy Colts’ debut album, Trojan is a fine example of the state of Australian songwriting. Broad, triumphant, and satisfying, yet devastating, emotive and raw, the group have put a mirror to the human experience and Trojan is the result. Mixed by renowned engineer, Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire, Timber Timbre), the release has been two years in the making and calls upon a variety of influences including The National, Nick Cave and Bruce Springsteen. Recorded in part inside a local church, Cole reflects on the process, “I’m not sure if the songs would sound the same if they were written and performed in a living room or garage. There is definitely a reverence or awareness of the space and the mood the empty church sets which lives on in the album…Trojan is set against grand backdrops of religion, myth, violence and politics, but the songs themselves are more personal, focusing on relationships and the fleeting moments between people.”
Lazy Colts will be hitting the road on a national tour in August to celebrate the release of Trojan. Giving fans a taste of what to expect from the shows, Cole enthuses, “Audiences can expect energy, passion, dynamic arrangements and musicianship. The rest of the band bring an element of sophistication and skill which strikes a nice balance with my more unhinged vibe. All in all, it’s a good time, it’s like rays of light through storm clouds.
Lazy Colts is Lacey Cole, Micheal Bridges, Sinj Clarke, Craig Collier and David Keys.
LAZY COLTS ‘TROJAN’ NATIONAL TOUR
SAT 20 AUG | THE BEARDED LADY, BRISBANE | 18+
SAT 27 AUG | FRANKS WILD YEARS, THIRROUL | ALL AGES
SUN 28 AUG | THE OXFORD CIRCUS, SYDNEY | 18+
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets
SUN 4 SEP | HOTEL BLUE, KATOOMBA | ALL AGES
Tickets available from www.loungesessions.com.au
Indie folksters The Winter Gypsy have today announced their soaring new single and video for Took Me By (out July 8), the first taste of the band’s debut EP, Page I which is set for release on August 5. To celebrate their new tunes, the Adelaide six-piece will be heading out on the road in August, kicking off in Melbourne on August 28 and moving through Adelaide, Sydney and Canberra, before returning to Adelaide for another home town show to end the tour at The Exeter on September 17.
Took Me By is a drifter, progressing through ambience to defiance and charactarised by delicate vocals and a strong pulse. Deliciously reverberous and subtle electric guitar riffs magnetise to the folky environment in which the song exists, meshing genres with effortless ease. Of the single, lead vocalist Tushar Singh says, “The song itself is also about the uncertainty and fragility of situations that are out of your control. Despite the minimal lyrics, the song resonates this message through the specific choice of words.”
To accompany the track, the The Winter Gypsy have also announced a breathtaking video clip that was directed by Gerard Wood (Timberwolf) and filmed in Mount Barker, South Australia, providing a magnificent backdrop to the quirky eeriness that charactises the visual. A group of young people congregate at an abandoned railway, moving only in slow motion and partaking in behaviours as yet unexplained by the band. Singh describes, “I wrote this song about a period of time wherein my mum was battling cancer – I felt helpless because there was nothing I could do to make her better. I wanted to portray that thought into having a visual of someone restrained and ‘crying out for help,’ but having everyone run past me through the tunnel because there’s nothing they can do to help me. I also wanted to place these random ideas into the video so that other people can depict their own story. Is everyone running away from a train? Do I get hit by a train at the end? Where did the live chicken come from? Who knows.”
Took Me By is the first single lifted from The Winter Gypsy’s debut EP. After garnering praise and play from Triple J, the group have pulled out all the stops to harvest this stunning collection of songs. Produced by Hugh Atkinson, and in the works since 2012, the EP encompasses all that is great about indie folk music in 2016; it remains true to the acoustic origins of the genre, yet embraces a varied array of different sonic influences. Page I deals with themes of friendship and community, as Singh explains, “We aren’t just a band; we think of ourselves as much more of a family. The six of us recording together brought us even closer, and we all motivated one another to keep reaching for new heights.”
The Winter Gypsy will be hitting the road to celebrate the release of Page I, heading up the east coast of the country in August/September. Excited to play for new audiences, Singh says, “We love performing live and fans can definitely expect a lot more energy compared to what they might usually hear on our EP or other recordings. There is a much greater build-up to either the intro or outro of our songs which really creates a fuller sound. We feel as a band that not only do we enjoy jamming these instrumentals, but it really pulls our audience together and draws them in for each song that we play.”
The Winter Gypsy is Tushar Singh, Max Lambert, Dave Thompson, Isaac Kerr, Jonny Kotts and Sean Helps.
THE WINTER GYPSY EAST COAST TOUR
SUN 28 AUG | BAR OPEN, FITZROY MELBOURNE | 18+ | Tickets available at the door
SUN 4 SEP | THE JADE, ADELAIDE | AA | Tickets available at the door
THUR 8 SEP | PLAYBAR, SURRY HILLS SYD | 18+ | Tickets available at the door
SAT 10 SEP | SMITH’S ALTERNATIVE, CANBERRA ACT | AA | Tickets available at the door
SAT 17 SEP | THE EXETER, ADELAIDE | AA | 18+ | Tickets available at the door
Bob Evans, the ARIA winning alter ego of Jebediah frontman Kevin Mitchell, has today announced an extensive national Australian tour, hitting up capital cities and regional towns across April, May and June, letting fans know he’ll be treating them to a complimentary six track EP, Zeroes To Heroes, of unreleased material for all tickets purchased from his website and online outlets. After the release of his critically acclaimed LP Car Boot Sale, and following a packed out co-headline tour alongside Josh Pyke in late 2016, the Lonesome Highways Tour will kick off at Front Bar in Canberra on April 20, before moving through Newcastle, Central Coast, Katoomba, Sydney, Cronulla, Bulli, Toowoomba, Bellingen, Brisbane, Rye, Melbourne, Geelong, Adelaide, and wrapping in Castlemaine at the Bridge Hotel on June 9.
Gracing the Australian music scene for more than two decades, Mitchell is a self-confessed romantic who has written some of the country’s most beloved songs. Under the alias of Bob Evans, Mitchell has released five albums, all of which showcase the versatility and skill of this talented songsmith. Gentle, acoustic melodies prevail, enveloping the classic folk storytelling and strong emotional pull that charactises Mitchells’ substantial body of work. Reflecting on his remarkable career, the ever-humble Mitchell says, “I never could have forseen where all of this was going to lead way back when I was a teenager just starting out, making an almighty racket with Jebediah. I have been gifted a pretty amazing life and career and I still get such a huge buzz out of it. Knowing there are people out there who have been supporting me for years and years just blows me away and makes me want to be better.
To give fans a taste of what’s coming, Mitchell has today released a live acoustic video of My Matilda, a track from this exclusive package of unreleased material. “The Golden Age of Showbiz” and “My Matilda” are both songs that just missed out on being recorded for ‘Goodnight, Bull Creek!’ back in 2008 and ‘Car Boot Sale’ just last year. I just like ’em and wanted to give them their moment.” Speaking on the complimentary six track EP for online ticket buyers, Mitchell generously offers, “I have so many songs that have almost made it on to records in the past but have just missed out for one reason or another and I’ve always wanted to share them with people and I thought this would just be a good way to say thank you to the people who support me.”
Continuing to champion young female artists, Mitchell will name an all-female cast of main supports across each leg of the tour. Thrilled to embark on such a wide-ranging tour, Mitchell still cherishes the special connection experienced between the performer and the audience, enthusing, “I’m still really drawn to getting up on stage in front of a room full of strangers and giving myself over to that experience, and trying to create something out of nothing for us all to share. I’ve honestly been doing it for such a long time now that I wouldn’t know what else to do with myself. A lot of the time, I feel more comfortable and more myself when I’m onstage than off of it and the feeling of statisfaction I get from playing a good show is unbeatable.”
And what is to be expected from this run of shows? Mitchell hints at what’s in store for excited audiences, “These are all going to be intimate shows so it will be very up close and personal. I’ll be playing songs from across all of my records, a few covers too… I’ll take requests and then screw them up. We’ll all be firm friends by the end of the night.”
Tickets to the Lonesome Highways Tour will go on sale on March 10 at 10am and all ticket purchases from www.bobevans.com.au and other online outlets will receive an exclusive six track EP of unreleased material.
BOB EVANS LONESOME HIGHWAYS TOUR
THU 20 APR | FRONT BAR, CANBERRA ACT | 18+ no supports
FRI 21 APR | LIZOTTES, NEWCASTLE NSW | 18+ w/ Amy Vee
SAT 22 APR | HARDY’S BAY CLUB, CENTRAL COAST NSW | 18+ no supports
WED 03 MAY | CLARENDON GUEST HOUSE, KATOOMBA NSW | 18+ no supports
FRI 05 MAY | CAMELOT LOUNGE, SYDNEY NSW | 18+ w/ Bree De Rome
SAT 06 MAY | BRASS MONKEY, CRONULLA NSW | 18+ w/ Bree De Rome
SUN 07 MAY | HERITAGE HOTEL, BULLI NSW | 18+ w/ Hannah Park
THU 11 MAY | THE SPOTTED COW, TOOWOOMBA QLD | 18+ w/ Bree De Rome
FRI 12 MAY | 5 CHURCH ST, BELLINGEN NSW | 18+ no supports
SAT 13 MAY | BLACK BEAR LODGE, BRISBANE QLD | 18+ w/ Bree De Rome + Royal & The Southern Echo
THU 01 JUN | BAHA, RYE VIC | 18+ w/ Alana Wilkinson + TBA
FRI 02 JUN | THE CROXTON FRONT BAR, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+ w/ Alana Wilkinson
SAT 03 JUN | WORKERS CLUB, GEELONG VIC | 18+ w/ Alana Wilkinson + Rachael Brennan
THU 08 JUN | GRACE EMILY HOTEL, ADELAIDE SA | 18+ w/ Bec Stevens
FRI 09 JUN | BRIDGE HOTEL, CASTLEMAINE VIC | 18+ no supports
For tickets and details head to www.bobevans.com.au
‘Limousine’ is the first song to be cut from the singer-songwriter’s forthcoming cheerily titled EP, ‘Views Of Solitude’ (set for release sometime later in 2016), and this chilled-out track, in particular, was written, performed and mixed entirely by LLC himself.
LLC – an abbreviation of the multi-instrumentalist’s name, Lorenzo La Cava – is definitely one for City & Colour, Dashboard Confessional, and This Wild Life crowds. Since starting his solo project back in 2012, he released his debut EP, ‘Shortcuts To Success‘ in the same year, and he most recently released his ‘Acoustic Covers EP’ back in 2014. So this new EP of his has been a long time coming!
But enough about all of that, go check out ‘Limousine’ below, as well as his solid cover of Bowling For Soup’s ‘1985‘ over here.
Re-posted from KillYourStereo.com
Today we had the pleasure of reviewing the brand new EP ‘View OF Solitude’ from Sydney acoustic pop punk artist LLC.
LLC is the moniker for multi-instrumentalist Lorenzo La Cava, who pens soulful acoustic pop punk that draws influence from the likes of City & Colour, Dashboard Confessional and This Wild Life.
‘View Of Solitude’ opens with catchy acoustic pop track ‘Limousine’. The song touches on a sense of isolation and loneliness, and the salvation that true human connection can bring.
Next up is melancholic love song ‘Home Sweet Home’, which will have you reflecting on your relationships of past (and possibly shed a tear or two…not that we did or anything like that…) Oh, and did we say this is catchy as hell?
‘Vertical Optimism’ provides a change of musical dynamic, taking a slighter darker tone.
Our personal favorite is the final track of the EP ‘Week, Month, Year. The female vocal feature in the chorus is the icing on the cake.
Overall this EP is an absolute cracker! We recommend for fans of Kisschasy, Dashboard Confessional, Horsell Common and City & Colour. Check it out below!
Avant-garde duo Ginger And The Ghost have today announced their impressive new single Glow, a progressive, futuristic pop anthem characterised by a spontaneous chorus, out March 24. An accompanying video for the track has also been released, featuring the pair adorned in exquisite body painting and enveloped in stunning, celestial special effects. To celebrate Glow, Ginger And The Ghost will be playing an exclusive run of shows kicking off at the Museum of New and Old Art (MONA) in Tasmania on the 18th of March, and wrapping up in Sydney at The Nest Creative Space on April 21.
With mountainous praise from taste-makers around the world, not to mention from the platinum hit-maker Diplo himself, Ginger And The Ghost’s new single Glow certainly lives up to the hype. Intricate, with cutthroat production by Ian Barter (Paloma Faith, Amy Winehouse) and idiosyncratic vocal phrases that recoil and expand with ease and skill, everything propels towards the chorus; sweeping electronics ascend and blissfully explode into the ether where the voice is chant-like; “Glow! Glow! Glow!” Vocalist and one half of the enigmatic duo, Missy Gilbert, reflects on the meaning of releasing such an empowering track in today’s global environment, “The feeling is indescribable because we know it’s just the start of our new sound and vision. We have been making this body of work for over two years and right now what we have to say is aligning with the global consciousness as a call to action. This is a pivotal time as an artist to be bold, to connect and to voice your passions, concerns and align yourself with what you believe in.”
The clip for Glow is as unique as the song it accompanies. The title motif is construed quite literally as both the costumes and effects are ethereal and lustrous. The duo are impassioned and it is left to the audience to interpret whether they are in combat with the ‘glow’, or allied with it. Co-directed by the band themselves and noted director Polly Snowden (Mamakin, Tinpan Orange), the clip is powerful and ominous. Multi-instrumentalist Daniel Bourne explains, “The story depicts us floating in space, masked and stagnate. We find enough energy to remove our masks and so begins the transference of energy between one another until it becomes so big it overwhelms us. Only after succumbing to it do we realise that this energy is an extension of ourselves and we can in fact harness its power.”
A Ginger And The Ghost live performance encompasses their own art installations and costumes as well as the music itself, so there is no more appropriate venue for the duo than MONA in the beautiful surrounds of Hobart, Tasmania. The pair will end the tour with a hometown show in Sydney, and are thrilled to bring their music to life on the road, as Missy enthuses, “Ginger And The Ghost performances are a hyper real, immersive and interactive experience with an Australiana aesthetic. We have many top secret collaborations coming together and we are so excited about the people who are involved artistically and musically.”
Ginger And The Ghost are Missy Gilbert and Daniel Bourne.
Glow is set for release on March 24.
FRI 21 APRIL | THE NEST CREATIVE SPACE, SYDNEY