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Energetic folksters Perch Creek are back with a mischievous new single Gold Shop, a thrilling car-chase of a track, out March 23. The family band have also announced a hilarious, vintage-inspired clip to accompany Gold Shop, directed alongside Honey Editorial. This single is the second taste of Perch Creek’s new self-titled album, which is an eclectic and innovative collection of harmony-driven folk, evocative pop and offbeat soul, set for release on April 13. To celebrate the album, the group will be heading out on an epic national tour, kicking off on May 31 at Fly By Night in Fremantle, WA, then swinging through regional and metropolitan cities in NSW, ACT, QLD, SA and VIC.
Gold Shop is a serious groover – funky as all get out, but still hitting that pop song bullseye. It’s not only the irresistible music, but also that enjoyably perplexing storyline that makes you want to watch it over and over again. Perch Creek’s bassist and token non-sibling, James Chandler, explains, “It’s about [lead singer] Eileen’s moustachioed male alter ego bemoaning the woes caused by his own alter ego (a shady female) who is committing crimes and getting him/her into big trouble. Are we confused yet? It was inspired by the multitude of gold ‘souks’ in the world’s capital of bling, Dubai, where we spent a week performing at a shopping festival. It wasn’t exactly Golden Plains but we managed to have a great time nevertheless.”
The clip for Gold Shop is an out-and-out winner – imaginative, fun, and channeling the best bits of those brilliantly corny 70’s action flicks. The audience are kept on the edge of their seats, following the escapades of the group as Eileen tries her best to avoid the cops who are chasing her for a crime she didn’t commit. There’s dancing, bands in vans, bikini girls, court trials and clever chase scenes – all coming in at under five minutes! Reflecting on the clip, James says, “We came up with the general concept of a 70’s style action chase (inspired by the classic Beastie Boys film clip for Sabotage) featuring our Kingswood, maybe a fake moustache and the backdrop of the North Coburg industrial zone [in Melbourne’s north]. It wasn’t until we met Sasha, who directed and shot the film with Honey Editorial, that the screenplay really took shape. They capitalised on our comic acting and made full use of our vintage car and bike collection to create an epic, hilarious and at times confounding 4 and a half minute action flick. It’s definitely the coolest video we’ve done yet.”
Gold Shop is almost an anomaly on this diverse new album from Perch Creek. Recorded and produced by J. Walker (Paul Kelly, Jen Cloher, Machine Translations) and mixed in collaboration with Andy Stewart (Gotye), stunning arrangements and glorious harmonies abound, soaring particularly high across the divine album-closer Belle. Opening track Why Won’t You Come Home features brooding rock organ over lamenting vocals in the verses, breaking into a head bopping major-key chorus. The song is driven by pulsing bass lines that continue to groove their way through Mama Sings and the rest of the album. While vocal duties are shared amongst the group, and stylistic elements vary from track to track, there’s still a definite sense of cohesion throughout this intriguing release – these are clearly very skilled musicians, and their shared musical childhoods is evident in the way they can turn any genre into their own sound. In keeping with the creative process honed on previous albums, all the music and lyrics on this release were written in a five way collaboration beween band members. This album has been a long time coming and marks a distinct change in direction for the band, as James explains: “After our last album we felt that our folk/roots/jugband phase had come to a natural conclusion so when it came to writing this album we just jammed and let the music come naturally. Lyrically there’s some themes of disillusionment, a lot of reflectiveness plus a random song about a gold heist…” “(Finally releasing the album) feels like a Baywatch-style slow motion run toward the ocean that has lasted more than three years, but has finally reached the point where we are diving in and beginning to taste the salt water…”
The group are set to play a massive run of shows to celebrate the release of the album – expect to see and hear multiple lead vocalists, lots of sibling vocal harmonies and a lot more electric guitar than old fans may be used to, while still maintaining the band’s trademark mix of intensely high energy songs interspersed with atmospheric ballads.
Perch Creek is Camilla Hodgkins on keyboard and vocals, Lear Hodgkins on drums and vocals, Eileen Hodgkins on guitar and vocals, Christi Hodgkins on trombone, saw, harmonica and vocals and James Chandler on bass and vocals.
Gold Shop is set for release on March 23, and Perch Creek will available through MGM distribution on April 13.
PERCH CREEK AUSTRALIAN TOUR
With special guest Jumpin’ Jack William (excluding *) plus more TBA
All tickets available from www.perchcreek.com
THU 31 MAY | FLY BY NIGHT, FREMANTLE WA | 18+ *
SAT 2 – SUN 3 JUN | DENMARK FESTIVAL OF VOICE, DENMARK WA | ALL AGES *
THU 7 JUN | LIZOTTES, NEWCASTLE NSW | ALL AGES
FRI 8 JUN | THE METROPOLE GUESTHOUSE, KATOOMBA NSW | ALL AGES
SUN 10 JUN | SMITHS ALTERNATIVE, CANBERRA ACT | 18+
THU 14 JUN | BLACK BEAR LODGE, BRISBANE QLD | 18+
FRI 15 JUN | MIAMI MARKETTA, GOLD COAST QLD | ALL AGES * FREE SHOW.
SAT 16 JUNE | STAR COURT THEATRE, LISMORE NSW | ALL AGES
SUN 17 JUNE | PELICAN PLAYHOUSE, GRAFTON NSW | ALL AGES
THU 21 JUNE | THE WORKERS CLUB, GEELONG VIC | 18+
FRI 22 JUNE | THEATRE ROYAL, CASTLEMAINE VIC | 18+
SAT 23 JUNE | THE EVELYN, VIC | 18+
FRI 29 JUNE | JIVE BAR, ADELAIDE SA | 18+
SUN 1 JUL | THORNBURY BOWLS CLUB, MELBOURNE VIC | ALL AGES
FRI 6 JUL | MAJOR TOM’S, KYNETON VIC | ALL AGES
SAT 7 JUL | SANDY POINT MUSIC CLUB, SANDY POINT VIC | ALL AGES
Bank of Melbourne announces Tempus Sun as this year’s Melbourne Music Bank winner after a hotly-contested finale.
An expert panel crowned Tempus Sun the winner for their awe-inspiring track, Owls. The Moonee Ponds outfit has won a career-making prize worth over $60,000, including studio time with a producer, mixing and mastering engineers to record an EP, concept design, production, filming and editing of two film clips, 500 CD copies of the EP, a radio plugger, manager and booking agent, media training and styling, On The Map PR services for a month, an east coast tour and a spot at the renowned Beyond The Valley music festival.
“Congratulations to Tempus Sun – six fantastic artists with a unique sound who’ve scored a terrific boost to their musical career. Influenced by Coldplay, Fleetwood Mac and Mumford & Sons, they bring all the feels and just make you want to boogie!” says Jac Phillips, Bank of Melbourne’s Head of Brand & Marketing.
Victorians chose 12 semi-finalists from over 500 submissions that showcased a broad range of homegrown musical talent. The 4 finalists battling for the top spot – Birdhouse, Tempus Sun, Bloom and Anna Oliphant Wright – were selected by almost 10,000 voters.
The judging panel crowned the winners after a finale performance at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Hamer Hall. Judges included Bank of Melbourne’s Head of Brand and Marketing Jac Phillips, Beat editor Cara Williams, Emily Cheung from On The Map PR, manager Matt O’Connor, Damian Costin from 123 Agency and Frank Varrasso from Varrasso PR.
Bank of Melbourne, supporting local music makers.
Melbourne Music Bank is proudly created by Bank of Melbourne and supported by Arts Centre Melbourne, Beat Magazine, Pandora, Beyond The Valley, 123 Agency and Varrasso PR.
How a senior Medical lecturer at a Scottish University can write about a female detective agency in Botswana with such warmth, such skill, such characters amazes me.
The warmth and ambling read with no real pot boilers, no savage fighting, no super villains clothed in casualness, makes this read as calming as the red Leaf Tea Ma Ramotswe likes to drink to think things through. The thing is these characters are so real, that after going through a few of them, I’d like tot hink i couldf visit Botswana and go ther the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency and meet Grace, her erstwhile partner Grace Makutsi ( the now, J.B. Matakuni and Fanwell the apprentice, have some sea, maybe go out to the Children’s Orphanage from some wonderful cake and discuss the cases.
If there is a villian it is Violet Sepotho, if there is a hero it has to to be Mr. Polopetsi, this is a story about family about an adopted sister, about “not jumping the gun,” a missing sister and revenge of a mild and ingenious nature.
And for both ZMma Makutsi and Mma Ramotswe, the wise words of their mento Clovis Anderson – “the needle swings in confusing ways,” has never been more evident.
Bank of Melbourne today announced the finalists in its 3rd Melbourne Music Bank competition. Now it’s over to you: from today until 9 October, the public is invited to vote for their favourite entry. The four entries with the most overall votes will perform in a finale at the Arts Centre Melbourne’s Hamer Hall on 25 October, where a panel of industry experts will crown the winner.
The 12 finalists from a record 540 submissions showcase talent from all over Victoria in hip hop, alt-country, rap, folk, rock, pop, garage and soul. The finalists are: Sal Wonder from Brunswick, Anna Oliphant Wright from Lake Gardens, Ayyoob Meeragani from Fawkner, B Cardamone from Richmond, Batz from Collingwood, Birdhouse from Caulfield, BLOOM from McCrae, HeavyHeads from Balaclava, James Franklin from Dandenong, Sienna Wild from South Melbourne, Tempus Sun from Moonee Ponds and ZIIMUSIC from Fawkner.
Prizes are up for grabs for voters, including double passes to this year’s Beyond the Valley festival and Pandora subscriptions. Find your favourite finalist and vote at bankofmelbourne.com.au/melbmusicbank
“We’re thrilled with the record number of submissions this year. It confirms what we’ve known all along: that there’s an incredible amount of musical talent all over Victoria. We love supporting the arts and uncovering the next star to grace the Hamer Hall stage” say Bank of Melbourne’s Head of Brand and Marketing Jac Phillips.
Melbourne Music Bank asked Victorian bands, musicians, singers and songwriters to submit an original song for the chance to win more than $60,000 in prizes. Supported by industry heavyweights Pandora, Beat Magazine, Tone Deaf and Music Feeds, this year’s winner of Melbourne Music Bank will receive the ultimate toolkit to kick-start their music career: recording time at Melbourne’s The Studios In The City to record, mix and master an EP, two film clips, album artwork, printed CDs, styling, media training, and a photoshoot for the release. The winner also receives management and mentoring by Matt O’Connor, publicity by On The Map PR, radio plugging by Varrasso PR and gig bookings by 123 Agency, as well as the opportunity to tour the east coast of Australia, and perform at the renowned festival, Beyond The Valley festival.
Cast your vote at bankofmelbourne.com.au/melbmusicbank
Bank of Melbourne is #Forthe(Music)Makers
Yeo‘s new album Desire Path, out now, has received glowing reviews from online tastemakers and album features on Australian radio including Triple R, Radio Adelaide and PBS.
Lifted from the album, Yeo‘s latest Leavin’ is in his own words: “A sad song about losing a friend to terminal illness. It took awhile to unpack my grief, and I have deleted a lot of vocals in favour of space ‘n’ bass”
The music video accompanies this theme, as expressed by director and producer Greg Hodgson, “the music video is a character study of a man who has given up on or lost touch with reality due to some unknown trauma – maybe the loss of a loved one or a failure to cope with the worldly pressures we all encounter each day”.
Desire Path Tour kicks off this week, hitting 11 dates around Australia. With special guest Lonelyspeck (SA), a diverse line-up of locals and pop-up guests along the way. Full dates below.
DESIRE PATH TOUR
With special guest Lonelyspeck
Tickets on sale now from snackswithyeo.com
Sept 15 – Settlers, Margaret River* w Sun City
Sept 16 – Amplifier, Perth* w Feels + Angus Dawson
Sept 28 – Solbar, Sunshine Coast w Taylor Payne
Sept 29 – Foundry, Brisbane w San Mei
Sept 30 – Railway Club, Darwin*
Oct 6 – Rocket Bar, Adelaide w Allume + Take Your Time DJ
Oct 7 – Transit Bar, Canberra w ŠŁĄČK
Oct 13 – Worker’s Club, Geelong w Take Your Time + Small FRY DJ
Oct 14 – Howler, Melbourne w Eilish Gilligan + Alex Yabsley DJ
Oct 20 – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney w Commandeur
Oct 21 – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle w FROYO
*Lonelyspeck not appearing
Australian songsmith Noah Earp has today announced his new single The Raw and the Cooked, a broad, sweeping stroke of alternative folk-rock, October 7. To accompany the single, Earp has released a self-made film clip that endears the viewer with its undeniable quirk. The Raw and the Cooked is the first taste of Earp’s debut album Disinheritor, an enlightening collection of songs that demonstrates a rare ear for unexpected harmony. Disinheritor is out October 28.
The Raw and the Cooked rambles comfortably across its three and a half minutes, generating a sprawling acoustic soundscape that lifts and inspires the listener. Evoking thoughts of Father John Misty and Radiohead, the track nestles sweetly underneath Earp’s inimitable vocal, then climaxes in perfect chaos. Of the track, Earp says, “The Raw and the Cooked is about a person who is trapped in a bad scene. At first she seems really cynical, but actually the cynicism masks a certain naivete. We all have this to some extent – nothing is too neat and nobody’s perfect. I liked the idea of a love song that wasn’t…in the end this pretty love song fragments into a million pieces, because life is scary and chaotic.”
The clip for The Raw and the Cooked is lovingly homemade by Earp himself, and features charming characters, including Brisbane musician Laneous and band member Danny Cox, in iconic Melbourne scenes. Affectionately tongue-in-cheek, the clip was inspired by several wasted hours spent watching extreme sports and skateboard tricks on YouTube. Earp laughs, “I thought it’d be cool to grab some GoPros and film an extremely untalented person making an absolute mockery of themselves and the sport. I thought the album was serious enough…I have a habit of doing music videos myself. It’s not generally advised, but I like learning about filmmaking, and I’d rather learn about it by jumping in and giving it a shot.”
Earp’s debut album Disinheritor demonstrates the troubadour’s insatiable taste for poetics and symbolism, encompassed within a balanced acoustic/electronic environment. The result is tender, suffused with melancholy, marked by Earp’s delicate vocal tone and unforeseen tunings that unsettle as much as they ease. Recorded with Jonathan Dreyfus (Gretta Ray, Lester the Fierce), Jez Giddings (Kingswood, Dallas Crane) and Craig Harnath at Hothouse Studios, Disinheritor includes many pleasant surprises – even a duet with the 2016 winner of Triple J Unearthed’s Unearthed High competition, Gretta Ray. Of the record, Earp enthuses, “We’re not supposed to think about the fact that tomorrow we’re going be somebody else’s history book. So I guess all of these loose threads in the album – the love songs, the songs that play on religion, the songs that play on politics – they’re all set in the knowledge that this is just a flash in the pan. In some songs, that’s a vision of terror. In others, it’s where all the most important and beautiful things in life have their basis. It’s a debut album… but the irony is it all comes across as a swansong.”
Noah Earp, alongside a full band, will launch Disinheritor at an exclusive gig at renowned Melbourne venue The Toff in Town on October 27. Thrilled to finally put the record out into the world and to perform it live for the fans, Earp says, “I really enjoy performing these songs live, partly because I don’t do it that often, and partly because we always leave a bit of room to improvise. The band is solid and they know the songs so well, we really try and rein in on the moment using the words as the focal point. It’s a big sound – I like to think of us as oversized chamber music. Folk musicians don’t book us for gigs because we have too much stuff on stage!”
NOAH EARP ‘DISINHERITOR’ ALBUM LAUNCH
THU 27 OCT | THE TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE, VIC | 18+
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets
The Hiding have today announced the release of new single Dream Catcher’s Life, an ode to those who chose to chase their goals regardless of what society might say. To accompany the track, the group have also revealed a visually stunning clip, directed by Damian McLindon of Shoot films and featuring aerial artists Didj Wentworth and Phoebe Carlson. To celebrate the release, The Hiding will be playing an exclusive set at The Grace Darling on December 10 as a part of the renowned local festival Pennyfest.
Dream Catcher’s Life is an inspiring tune, characterised by The Hiding’s unique blend of ambient electronic, rock and pop influences and hurled into a new dimension by guest vocalist, Stewart Winchester. Acoustic guitar and percussive rhythms propel the song forward towards the soaring chorus, prompting the listener to seek out a dream catcher’s life; that is, to live a life pursuing your deepest aspirations. Anthony Salce, lyricist and lead guitarist for The Hiding, reflects on the writing process, “The song came about after we returned from New York City…it’s really just about living your dreams, not settling for the mediocre, and hoping that you have that special someone to share it with, someone who wants to share the journey with you.”
The clip for Dream Catcher’s Life follows the charming story of two industrial workers, and features a breathtaking aerial routine from the two lead actors. Expertly shot, with a spectacular use of light and darkness within the cramped, dusty environment, the clip encompasses the pensive, hopeful nature of the song. On the making of the clip, Salce enthuses, “Damian( McLindon) and I thought that aerial artists would just add to the story perfectly, and we searched high and low for the perfect team who could capture the storyline. We found that in Didj Wentworth and Phoebe Carlson.”
With their previous single Bonfire Lights being signed by Brooklyn Fire Records, notching up over 20,000 plays on Spotify and their Soundcloud playcount not far behind, it’s been a busy year for The Hiding. The band are thrilled to be back up on stage in December to celebrate the release of Dream Catcher’s Life, as Salce reflects on the last twelve months, “We’ve really pushed ourselves in terms of writing new songs. The Bonfire Lights collaboration (with producer Designer Drugs & vocalist Stewart Winchester) really opened our eyes to new possibilities, both in the studio and in our performances. We’ve aimed to create that ‘party’ vibe with every single show so that we’re achieving a connection with everyone!”
The Hiding is Anthony Salce, Chris Salce and Ryan Di Cecco.
THE HIDING PENNYFEST PERFORMANCE
SAT DEC 10 | GRACE DARLING HOTEL, COLLINGWOOD VIC | 18+
Tickets available from www.pennyfest2016.bigcartel.com
Multi-platinum selling artist, Nathaniel returns with his killer new single, Vapours, the anticipated first taste of new, original material and it has been well worth the wait. To accompany the sexy track, Nathaniel has also announced a hypnotic film clip, directed by Peter John of Epik Films (The Paper Kites, Simple Plan) and will be celebrating the release with a national VAPOURS tour beginning later this month.
Vapours is a soulful and thrilling club track with classic, irresistible RNB influences. Pulsing bass, driving synthesisers and Nathaniel’s unmistakable vocals are encompassed in the exciting track that reflects intriguing Middle Eastern musical characteristics. Produced in LA with Freshm3n III who’ve worked with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown and wilI.i.am, Vapours is a leap forward for this Aussie talent, pushing past the clean cut pop that he’s been best known for. “The song is about being intoxicated by somebody, whether that is with sex, love or lust. It’s a very sensual and unique song,” explains Nathaniel, “My headspace at the time was I just wanted something different, honest and a little rebellious, I wanted to experiment with different sounds and sonic landscapes.”
Sensual and unique are bang on, and this theme is maintained flawlessly in the film clip for Vapours. Shot in the otherworldly setting of a salt lake in rural Victoria, the clip is as smokey and ethereal as the music it represents. Excited to collaborate with Peter John on the project, Nathaniel enthuses, “I wanted a video clip that was as unique as the song. Something that really pushed the boundaries and that was edgy. It’s raw and undressed whilst appreciating the magnetism and power of a woman…Pete thinks out of the box and took it to another level. We bounced ideas off of each other and brought this incredible video clip to fruition.”
The release has been a long time coming for Nathaniel, who is pumped to announce an accompanying national tour that will continue from January through to March. “The feeling is still so surreal every time I release music. This time around though, is much more significant because I haven’t had a song out in over a year and it’s an independent release,” says Nathaniel. “I haven’t done a club tour before so it’s new territory for me. I’ll be making sure that it’s an epic show. You can expect to see something new and exciting and on a more intimate level with fans.”
Nathaniel first made an impact in Australia when he sailed through to the Top 6 of The X Factor with his soulful, soaring vocals. Following the breakout success of Top 10 hits You and Live Louder, and debut album Yours, Nathaniel has spent the last year living between LA and Melbourne, finding his own identity as an artist. Vapours signifies new momentum in Nathaniel’s career as the stellar performer becomes the arbiter of his own destiny. “I’ve been finding my own drive and vision,” he says. “I almost gave up on something that allows my heart and soul to speak. I want to be that person who you thought couldn’t make history.”
The dream is not over, it’s only just begun. So tie your shoelaces and get ready to move, because Nathaniel is back with the biggest urban track of 2017.
Vapours is out now.
NATHANIEL NATIONAL VAPOURS TOUR
THURSDAY JANUARY 26| HOLROYD GARDENS, MERRYLANDS, NSW | ** EXCLUSIVE AUSTRALIA DAY PERFORMANCE (NOT PART OF CLUB TOUR) ** http://www.holroyd.nsw.gov.au/australiaday/
FRIDAY JANUARY 27 | REEF CASINO BAR 36, QLD | 18+
SATURDAY JANUARY 28| REEF CASINO BAR 36, QLD | 18+
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10 | MS COLLINS (PHAT FRIDAYS), VIC | 18+
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11 | SUMMERSAULT FESTIVAL, VIC
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17 | I LOVE RNB FRIDAYS @ THE KEY CLUB, VIC | 18+
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18 | SEVEN NIGHTCLUB, VIC | 18+
SATURDAY MARCH 11 | SUNSET AT THE SOUNDSHELL, WA
Melbourne-based electronic duo, American Doubles have today announced their debut single The Swell, a luminous track steeped in blithe nostalgia, out March 17. To accompany the track, the pair have released a spectacularly have-to-see-it-to-believe-it video, co-directed by Daniel and Jarred Daperis of LateNite Films (RÜFÜS) and filmed almost entirely underwater.
The Swell is recommended listening for a long, cool drive, perhaps one which involves a Miami Vice-esque nighttime cruise sequence; characterised by knowing nods to the 80s and to more recent electronic pioneers Metronomy, The Swell is a soaring yet subtle, unbelievably memorable smash. One half of the duo, Rob Smith, reflects on the conception of the song, “I used to walk to St Kilda Pier and along the beach, which brought back memories of when I was growing up and spending summer holidays at our family’s beach house in Cape Patterson. One of those memories is swimming out with a friend past the breakers, floating on our backs for a while and then diving down trying to touch the sea floor. I wanted to try and capture some of that sense of freedom that can come with being in the moment, letting go and having fun.”
The video for The Swell must be seen to be believed. The underwater set is a feast for the eyes; an intriguing story plays out as a woman dives nonchalantly into the watery depths and finds herself in an aquatic bar scene. Patrons dance and drink, bartenders wipe the benches and the woman catches the eye of a man at the bar – all relatively normal, if it weren’t for the fact that the entire scene is performed silently and deeply submerged in a pool of water. The filming process was no mean feat, with everyone from marine biologists, architects, construction workers and freedivers getting in on the action – all of which is documented in an extensive behind the scenes video, filmed over the course of the recording. Proud of the ambitious, breath-taking clip, Smith discusses some of the issues that arose in the leadup, “We were contacting the various departments including underwater cameraman, lighting, set construction, scuba divers, and more, and the enormity of the project really started to dawn on us…for example, one of the issues with using regular actors for underwater work is that after a while, at the depths we were shooting, the veins in their head start to pop out! We wanted everyone to look relaxed and graceful moving around in the water so it was an obvious choice, in the end, to use freedivers.”
The Swell is a remarkable debut from American Doubles, one which refuses to leave the head after only a single listen.
The Swell will be released on March 17 and is available to pre-order now.