Monthly Archives: April 2015

EAST INDIA YOUTH New Album Culture Of Volume Out Now

EAST INDIA YOUTH – New Album Culture Of Volume Out Now

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East India Youth - Culture Of Volume is out now via XL Recordings / Remote Control.

Over the last year, London-based East India Youth has combined strikingly original music with euphoric live performances and has quickly become recognised as one of the most experimental and captivating artists around.

Culture Of Volume is a dizzying achievement, especially given that it was — much like his debut — mainly recorded on his own, in his bedroom at home in London. He explains: “I always wanted to make quite sophisticated music using very unsophisticated means.” (It should be said however, that he got by with a little help from his friends.

Some of the tracks feature string parts laid down by Hannah Peel; legendary producer for the likes of British Sea Power and These New Puritans, Graham Sutton, is credited with mixing the album and visual artist Dan Tombs created the artwork inspired by Andy Warhol’s experiments with computer technology.)

When William Doyle first performed live as East India Youth in November 2012 to a dozen people in a tiny Dalston basement venue, it was remarkable that he made it through the entire 25 minute gig without incident. He was using a knackered Macbook with a malfunctioning USB port, an antiquated mixer and a Casio MT45 keyboard bought off eBay for £15.

Over the next years he moved on from that first performance as he released the Hostel EP in 2013 and then his critically acclaimed debut album Total Strife Forever in January 2014, which would go on to be nominated for the Mercury Prize. He went on tour with Factory Floor, supported These New Puritans and by the Summer of 2014 became a big festival draw in his own right.

It was time for East India Youth as a project to step out of the shadows and into the light; it was time to leave the hinterland and claim the centre stage space as his own.

East India Youth – Culture Of Volume is out now via XL Recordings / Remote Control. 

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD – ANNOUNCE MELBOURNE GIZZFEST & VIDEO FOR ‘THE RIVER’

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD – ANNOUNCE MELBOURNE GIZZFEST & VIDEO FOR ‘THE RIVER’

Chuck says if you can get yourself to these gigs, do so, awesome line ups!!

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The band will announce the venue, date and supports for GIZZFEST in each a different capital city in what will be their most ambitious tour yet. Keep an eye out on their Facebook for more details. Expect the best kind of chaos. Today, the Gizz are excited to announce the Melbourne details for GIZZFEST. Melbourne GIZZFEST will involve three shows of multi-stage mayhem at the Corner Hotel in Richmond with one all ages show and two 18+ shows featuring 28 killer bands and a bunch of other fruity accompaniments to suit.

MELBOURNE GIZZFEST

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SATURDAY 2 MAY
CORNER HOTEL (All Ages) 1-5pm

featuring in no particular order
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard | Dreamin’ Wild | Love Migrate | Atolls | Sleep Decade 
Tix from www.cornerhotel.com

SATURDAY 2 MAY
CORNER HOTEL (18+) 6pm-1am

featuring in no particular order
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard | The Murlocs | Babe Rainbow | Scott & Charlenes Wedding | Sewerside | Contrast 
The Kremlings | Sagamore | The SMB | Crepes |Drunk Mums | Destrends

Tix from www.cornerhotel.com

SUNDAY 3 MAY
CORNER HOTEL (18+) 5pm-12pm

featuring in no particular order
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard | Dave Graney & the Mistly | Harry Howard & the NDE | The Pink Tiles 
Fucking Teeth | Tiny Giants | White Bleaches | Mangelwerzel | Davey Lane |Zig Zag | ORB | The Dead Heir

plus visuals and other stuff we haven’t worked out yet
Tix from www.cornerhotel.com

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have released their new video for ‘The River’ . The single features on their forthcoming LP ‘Quarters’ out Friday 1st May via Flightless / Remote Control Records. On top of that, the band have been kept busy by creating the insane album launch tour GIZZFEST.

 

WATCH  THE VIDEO FOR ‘THE RIVER’ HERE 

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THE CHURCH ANNOUNCE UNIQUE AUSTRALIAN CONCERT TOUR

THE CHURCH ANNOUNCE UNIQUE AUSTRALIAN CONCERT TOUR

+ SXSW PANEL WITH

US ROLLING STONE VETERAN DAVID FRICKE

+ PRIMAVERA SOUND PERFORMANCE

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It’s a unique band that finds itself cherished as a bona fide legend in the ARIA Hall of Fame while not only remaining a virtual enigma to the world that knows its name but also remains as consistent and as relevant as any band even half their age.

 

This year sees the church celebrate their 35th year of making music and it’s nothing short of incredible to consciously consider what this band has seen, done and where they find themselves sitting in a comfortable place in the otherwise fickle industry today. For example, how many Aussie bands (or any band for that matter) can boast the aforementioned South By South West performance and interview (with legendary US Rolling Stone Editor David Fricke), and a coveted slot at Spanish tastemaking festival Primavera Sound after 35 years of making music? How many bands can boast an accidental signature tune and certified classic while releasing an equally relevant and universally-acclaimed 25th album and then embarked on a near sold-out US and European tour? How many bands can boast a star-swollen guest list of famous fans like The Smiths, The Killers, The Smashing Pumpkins, Afghan Whigs and Brian Jonestown Massacre?

 

All these accolades and all these fans are the beyond-crazy culmination of 35 years of trials and tribulations and, most recently, the triumphant release of their 25th studio album Further/Deeper.

 

Now, the band – along with newest member, guitarist Ian Haug of Powderfinger – are excited to announce the once-in-a-lifetime national concert tour presented by TheMusic – Further Deeper – The Blurred Crusade this July to all five major cities in Australia.

 

the church will play two sets – the first revisiting one of the band’s most notable and loved albums The Blurred Crusade and the second a monster contemporary set of highlights from the future classic Further/Deeper album, plus a few other favourites.

 

The Blurred Crusade features some of the band’s most defining songs including ‘Almost With You’ and ‘Don’t Look Back’. Frontman Steve Kilbey explains the idea behind highlighting The Blurred Crusade again as part of this historical time in the band’s life.

 

“The Blurred Crusade was where the church turned into themselves. Lushly produced by Bob Clearmountain, this album is obviously one of our early highlights and still remarkably sounds fresh 33 years later.”

 

In another first, the band have just capped off their SXSW with a featured speaker spot hosted by legendary US Rolling Stone Senior Editor David Fricke. The interview was a rare opportunity for both fans of the band and Fricke alike to look back on the how both parties continue to stay relevant in a world full of fleeting trends. A gallery can be found here.

 

Tickets for Further Deeper – The Blurred Crusade are on sale Thursday April 16 and eager fans can sign up to a presale (starting Tuesday April 14) via the church mailing list at www.thechurchband.net.

HARD-ONS ANNOUNCE ‘PEEL ME LIKE A EGG’ SHOWS

HARD-ONS ANNOUNCE ‘PEEL ME LIKE A EGG’ SHOWS

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A staggering 30 years after their inaugural live concert at the Vulcan Hotel in Ultimo, Sydney, the Hard-ons have delivered to the world a mesmerising document of their current incarnation. Witness: PEEL ME LIKE A EGG.

An unusual Hard-ons album to be sure, PEEL ME LIKE A EGG is a concise (13 tracks, 30 minutes) explosion of mega-rock riffage (“Burning up on Re-entry”), epic black metal (“Ain’t got no guardian angel”), moody and lush pop (“Close to the ground”), new-wave pop (Clumsy little oaf I am”) and (perhaps the Hard-ons’ most famous trait) volatile and catchy power-pop (“Shadow Shelf”).

PEEL ME LIKE A EGG is the Hard-ons’ first album with current drummer Murray Ruse. Incredibly it also features original drummer/vocalist Keish de Silva on backing vocals. Together they contribute in turn propulsive, unhinged and exciting rhythm and lush melodic elements. Paradoxically, PEEL ME LIKE A EGG is the Hard-ons’ most adventurous yet accessible album to date – precisely because of the serious lack of fluff. Every note, every roll, and every crackle is made accountable on this album, and every contribution is completely unwasted, no doubt due to the ridiculously experienced nature of Blackie’s monolithic song-writing and the band’s musicianship, as well as the explosive and dynamic production from award-winning producer Chris Townend (Silverchair, Portishead) with whom the boys have had a relationship that spans over two decades.

The 30 minutes of power-punching is housed in a glorious and surreal sleeve designed by the artist-in-residence, bassist Ray Ahn. PEEL ME LIKE A EGG is a diamond hard documentation of perhaps the most unusual and long lasting underground rock career in Australia. Show-casing bare-chested glory AND clear, concise studio concepts, PEEL ME LIKE A EGG is yet another essential check-point in an utterly unique and superb talent that is the Hard-ons.

Now, even BETTER news. Back from an incredible sojourn of Buenos Aires where the band played to over 800 fans over two shows, the Hard-ons are launching the above-mentioned album over two glorious nights. Show-cased will be tunes from their entire career with highlights sure to be tracks from the brain-melting “PEEL ME LIKE A EGG” opus!

Friday, 24th April 2015
Brisbane, Crowbar – QLD
guests: Goon On The Rocks & Walken

Satruday, 25th April 2015
Melbourne, The Tote Hotel – VIC
guests: Chainsaw Hookers, Batpiss, Flour
 

COURTNEY BARNETT RELEASES VIDEO FOR ‘KIM’S CARAVAN’ FOR RECORD STORE DAY + OZ TOUR STARTS

COURTNEY BARNETT RELEASES STUNNING VIDEO FOR ‘KIM’S CARAVAN’ IN CELEBRATION OF RECORD STORE DAY + AUSTRALIAN TOUR STARTS

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Courtney Barnett has released the devastatingly beautiful and poignant video for ‘Kim’s Caravan’ from her debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, an album which recently debuted at number #10 on the US Billboard album sales charts and #4 on the ARIA charts at home in Australia . ‘Kim’s Caravan’ will be released as a special Record Store Day 12″ and is paired with a gorgeous and intimate recording of John Cale’s ‘Close Watch’ as the B-Side.

Check It Out HERE!

Courtney tells us some background about the track which is written in part about environmental concerns for the Great Barrier Reef saying ‘Kim’s Caravan‘ is an apocalyptic tale of our world painted black with oil and soot, painted red with blood and greed. The song was born when blessed with time to reflect, feeling the frustration and helplessness of the destruction of my environment and the litter of humans within it. It was partly inspired by watching Black Rain Falls, a documentary about Midnight Oil’s concerts out the front of the Exxon building in NYC in 1990″. These issues and concerns are also depicted in the cover art drawn by Courtney especially for this release.

Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit is out now in Australia via Milk! Records / Remote Control Records.

COURTNEY BARNETT
AUSTRALIAN ALBUM TOUR MAY 2015
SUPPORTED BY TEETH & TONGUE**

FRIDAY APRIL 24 
Wrestpoint, Hobart TAS
w/ Tiger Choir (**Teeth & Tongue not appearing in Hobart)

THURSDAY APRIL 30 
The Gov, Adelaide, SA

FRIDAY MAY 01 *SOLD OUT*
The Gov, Adelaide, SA

SATURDAY MAY 02 *SOLD OUT*
The Bakery, Perth, WA

SUNDAY MAY 03 
The Bakery, Perth, WA

THURSDAY MAY 07 
The Metro, Sydney, NSW

FRIDAY MAY 08 *SOLD OUT*
The Metro, Sydney, NSW

SATURDAY MAY 09 *SOLD OUT*
The Hifi, Brisbane, QLD

THURSDAY MAY 14
The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

FRIDAY MAY 15 *SOLD OUT*
The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

SATURDAY MAY 16 *SOLD OUT*
The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

SOAK Shares new video for ‘Blud’

SOAK Shares new video for ‘Blud’

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SOAK has unveiled a video for the official release of forthcoming-single ‘Blud’, ahead of the arrival of her debut album via Rough Trade / Remote Control. Before We Forgot How To Dream is due Friday 29th May. Watch ‘Blud’ here
Filmed between Derry, London and her nationwide tour of skate-parks, the video to ‘Blud’ documents SOAK’s whirlwind start to 2015 (and the go-karting track, mini-golf course or basement house-parties waiting back at home).  Lyrically, it’s a tender but timeless snapshot of a relationship in distress: ‘Blud’ was actually written shortly before SOAK’s parents separated, after Bridie lay on the floor in an attempt to listen in on an argument. An early version of the track was released by CHVRCHES’ singles-label last year, with singer Lauren Mayberry writing for NME at the time: “I was struck by the quality of SOAK’s songwriting, the individuality of her voice and the depth of her lyrics. Age be damned – talent shouts louder.”

‘Blud’ has since become a focal point of SOAK’s forthcoming debut album, Before We Forgot How To Dream – already compared with the likes of Laura Marling and Beach House, it’s a record which traces Bridie’s extraordinary journey in her career thus far, and also tackles those more universal themes of friendship, family or what to do with your future. She started writing songs at the age of thirteen, before an early demo of ‘Sea Creatures’ lit a fuse which picked up the attention of BBC Introducing and also saw A&R board the next flight to Derry (parking up outside the unsuspecting Monds-Watson household). Yet SOAK rushed into nothing, continuing to find her confidence as an artist and as a young woman. Having toured in the school holidays – Tegan & Sara, George Ezra – got her first tattoo (of 19) and completed her studies, things moved forward in 2014, when the soft-release of ‘Blud’ won widespread acclaim and ultimately led to a deal with Rough Trade the same summer most of her friends got their A-Level results.

On its surface, Before We Forgot How To Dream may initially appear nostalgic – romantic, even – towards a more innocent time. But despite the tumultuous tone which actually lingers beneath the record, there is still a persistently uplifting element to SOAK’s music. People grow up and nobody believes in Magic anymore, or you’re told to lower your expectations and that certain behaviour isn’t appropriate. This album is definitely about that time when you believed a bit more in things. You’d venture that belief will take SOAK further yet in her career, though ultimately her debut album seems to explore those joys and fears we take with us through life, from adolescence into adulthood – but simply get a little better at hiding.

SOAK – Before We Forgot How To Dream is out Friday 29 May via Rough Trade / Remote Control.

http://www.soakmusic.net/
http://www.remotecontrolrecords.com.au/

PEARLS PREMIERE VIDEO FOR ‘PRETEND YOU’RE MINE’

PEARLS – PREMIERE VIDEO FOR ‘PRETEND YOU’RE MINE’

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+ SUPPORTING OH MERCY IN SYDNEY & MELBOURNE

Melbourne’s Pearls have today released the new video for album title track ‘Pretend You’re Mine’. The track is lifted from their debut album Pretend You’re Mine which was released worldwide in February 2015 via Dot Dash / Remote Control Records.
Of the clip the band’s Cassandra Kiely (vocals/keyboard) says:

“The first spark of inspiration for the clip came by way of a hazy hangover, with the girls watching the Marc Bolan TV show in bed after a night out. It was the perfect comedown, Bolan in his bright pink satin suit, struttin around singing ‘Ride A White Swan’. The ladies adored the visuals and wanted to replicate that kind of sleazy, 70’s, tongue in cheek feel. The boys agreed and thus, the concept was put to Nicky White; director and close friend of the band. Nicky loved the idea of making a set in homage to the show and we roped in a bunch of darlings to help make it happen. Alden Epp stars in the clip as our bands mascot, the Pearls angel glitter baby! Nicky really did the rest, he ran wild with the concept and we are so happy with how it turned out. If you look closely you can see a white swan in the film clip for Pretend You’re Mine. Its our little ode to the wizard of glam, he ain’t no square with his corkscrew hair, the one and only Marc Bolan!”

 

CLICK TO WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ‘PRETEND YOU’RE MINE’

 

Melbourne three-piece Pearls formed in 2011 and since have made shimmering sounds that float above their peers. In their time as a band Pearls have supported the likes of Kurt Vile, Marnie Stern, Sons & Daughters, and a myriad of local bands including Crime and City Solution, Sunbeam Sound MachineTotal ControlNew War. In 2013 Pearls released a split 7” on Glaswegian label RE:PEATER Records and recorded a cover of The Standells’ ‘Dirty Water’ for an Australian 40th Anniversary Nuggets compilation. Pearls’ self-titled debut EP was full of reverb-drenched, ethereal vocals and a hefty dose of beautiful noise.

Pearls will join Oh Mercy as main support on their upcoming ‘Sandy’ Single Launch Tour playing Sydney on Wednesday April 22nd at the Newtown Social Club and in Melbourne on Saturday 25th April at The Gasometer.

https://www.facebook.com/pearlsband
http://www.remotecontrolrecords.com.au/

MANY THINGS New video ‘Holy Fire’

MANY THINGS  New video ‘Holy Fire’ 

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n alien from outer space, an injured bride, an amputee-hipster and zombie army soldier make up some of the fascinating mismatch of characters symbolising society in Many Things’ video for new single ‘Holy Fire’.

The apocalyptic clip is set in a postindustrial dystopian wasteland and was filmed in Amsterdam under the guidance of director Simon Green (XX Teens).
WATCH ‘HOLY FIRE’ HERE 

 

Many Thing’s Macks Faulkron explains “The idea began with the birth of the gold alien coming to earth to preach the lyrics of ‘Holy Fire’.  It came to life after many long chats with Simon and from our wacky imaginations and enjoyment of playing around with music and image”.

A barrage of electro sounds, driving percussion and call-and-response chants, ‘Holy Fire’ was inspired by Jon Hopkins’ notion of envisioning mixes as 3D shapes in infinite environments. The single is the first taste of their much-anticipated debut album “Burn Together” to be released in 2015 via Dew Process/Universal Music Australia.

Many Thing’s forthcoming debut album “Burn Together” follows last year’s ‘What We Are’ EP

Teeth & Tongue Share Video for New Song ‘Cupcake’

Solo project / five-piece-band Teeth & Tongue return with video for new song ‘Cupcake’. 

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Jess Cornelius has spent the past two months at the Nes Artist Residency in Iceland working on new material. Originally recorded in Melbourne, ‘Cupcake’ was a bit of a trans-atlantic affair.
“The recording needed vocals and a few extra bits, but by that point I was in Skagastrond surrounded by miles of ice and snow, and my shared concrete work space wasn’t really appropriate for recording. I did a call-out to the Icelandic villagers for foam and cardboard, and managed to build a really ugly-looking vocal booth, then took over the residency assistant’s office for a few days to track the vocals and synths. Jade recorded her backing vocals at home in Melbourne and sent them to me in Skagastrond, and I sent the whole lot back to Melbourne to Gareth Parton for mixing”.

 

Most of the video for ‘Cupcake’ was shot out of car and bus windows while driving around North Iceland, in Skagastrond and at the residency.

“I met a Canadian graphic novelist there, and she’d taken some  similar footage, so we put it together and made projections of it. She set up her camera and filmed me with the projections against the wall of the studio one evening, with all the other artists doing their own work in the background as I mimed along. Then I sent a great pile of footage back to Sunny Leunig in Melbourne for editing”.

 

LISTEN TO THE VIDEO FOR ‘CUPCAKE’

 

Teeth & Tongue hit the road later this month supporting Courtney Barnett on her national album tour.

UPCOMING SHOWS
Supporting Courtney Barnett

THURSDAY APRIL 30 
The Gov, Adelaide, SA

FRIDAY MAY 01 *SOLD OUT*
The Gov, Adelaide, SA

SATURDAY MAY 02 *SOLD OUT*
The Bakery, Perth, WA

SUNDAY MAY 03 
The Bakery, Perth, WA

THURSDAY MAY 07 
The Metro, Sydney, NSW

FRIDAY MAY 08 *SOLD OUT*
The Metro, Sydney, NSW

SATURDAY MAY 09
The Hifi, Brisbane, QLD

THURSDAY MAY 14
The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

FRIDAY MAY 15 *SOLD OUT*
The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

SATURDAY MAY 16 *SOLD OUT*
The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

Teeth & Tongue – ‘Cupcake’ is out now via Dot Dash / Remote Control.

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