With his swoon-worthy new single Don’t Cry Those Tears gaining traction at radio nationally, and its confronting film clip racking up nearly 9,000 plays on Vimeo and YouTube in two weeks, Jack Colwell is fast establishing himself as Australia’s next great musical rebel. On Friday, he released a five-track EP, Only When Flooded Could I Let Go, which features Tears alongside 2014 single Far From View and three new cuts. Today, he announces a stripped-back headline show in Melbourne plus an evening in Sydney presented by Rolling Stone.
It’s been a busy two weeks for Colwell. The buzz around Don’t Cry Those Tears was immediate: following the video’s premiere on Rolling Stone Australia’s website, he received coverage from i-D, Noisey, Manuscript, Attitude (UK), and a host of others. The video, which features a pained Colwell singing in a male sauna, was Rage’s Wild One of the week. At radio, Tears has been building steadily: it’s currently on rotation on FBi in Sydney, 3RRR in Melbourne, and Triple J Unearthed nationally, has received spot plays on Double J and Triple J, and currently holds the #1 spot on AMRAP AirIt Chart.
To celebrate the release of Only When Flooded Could I Let Go, Colwell will play special live shows in Sydney and Melbourne this month. On Sunday 20 September, he will perform an intimate set at Empty Gallery, a brand-new Melbourne venue, accompanied by bass and cello. Rising star Olympia will provide support. On Wednesday 23 September, Colwell returns to Newtown Social Club for a full-band extravaganza as part of Rolling Stone’s Live Lodge series. Joining him will be a multi-ARIA-winning vocal guest who is bound to set hearts racing. Sydney favourites Post Paint will provide support, with a third act to be announced.
After training at Sydney’s prestigious Conservatorium of Music high school, Colwell studied fine art at university and worked as a session musician and arranger for artists as diverse as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Architecture in Helsinki. He is a fiery live performer: shades of Bowie and Nick Cave colour his vocals, while the energy of Nineties icons like Tori Amos and PJ Harvey inform his piano and guitar playing.
JACK COLWELL LIVE SHOWS
September 20 – Empty Gallery, Fitzroy w/ Olympia
September 23 – Rolling Stone Live Lodge, Newtown Social Club, Newtown w/ Post Paint + Lupa J