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Official Splendour Side Show ft. Catfish & The Bottlemen | Bishop Briggs | Bec Sandridge | The Vanns – UOW Unibar, July 25

Posted on June 22, 2017

 

Secret Sounds and Yours Owls are joining forces to present to you an Official Splendour Sideshow in the ‘Gong with our favorite international acts Catfish And The Bottlemen and Bishop Briggs.
We are chuffed to bring an eclectic mix down south, including handpicked home grown buzz artists Bec Sandridge and The Vanns joining the show.

 

Catfish & The Bottlemen

It’s set to be a pretty big year for Catfish And The Bottlemen. After incredible sets at Falls Festival that left everyone wanting more, the boys will back to take on Splendour and have announced two massive side-shows in Sydney at Hordern Pavilion and Melbourne at Festival Hall.
Heralded as the most exciting new guitar band to break through in the UK this decade, Catfish And The Bottlemen, debut album “The Balcony,” gained platinum status in Britain. The year 2016 saw the band’s second album, “The Ride,”Featuring hit singles ‘Soundcheck‘ and ‘7‘, debuted at No. 1 in the UK and sold an incredible 40,000 copies in its first week alone – now claiming gold status. In Australia, ‘The Ride‘ debuted at #6 on the ARIA charts as well as scoring triple j feature album and three entries into the Hottest 100.
Elected this year at the Brit Awards as Best Band in the UK, Catfish And The Bottlemen certainly showed that the fans were right in choosing 

Bishop Briggs

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Bishop Briggs

LA based singer/songwriter Bishop Briggs is a buzz artist impossible to ignore. Not many new artists can say they’ve scored over 40 million Spotify plays without dropping an album, but it’s thanks to her wholly unique sound on hit singles ‘River’, ‘Wild Horses’ and more recently ‘The Way I Do’ which The FADER calls “a mix of trap-indebted drums and vocals burning with the fire of Dusty Springfield”.

Bishop Briggs’ rise to success may seem to have happened overnight, but the rising star has been perfecting her singing and songwriting since she was old enough to carry a tune. Her voice has grit and heft, putting her in the lineage of female vocalists such as Janis Joplin, Florence Welch, Aretha Franklin, and Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard.

Bec Sandridge

A nomadic pop/punk logomaniac, Bec Sandridge has a guitar swagger reminiscent of St. Vincent, and the delivery of new wave icons like Deborah Harry and David Byrne. Her most recent single ‘High Tide’ has landed high rotation on triple j and was a fan favourite on her recently wrapped Australian tours alongside The Rubens and Highasakite.

2017 has already included tours alongside The Rubens, Highasakite and The Naked & Famous, appearances at Secret Garden Festival, The Hills Are Alive and Mountain Sounds Festival with Groovin’ The Moo, Big Pineapple Music Festival and Yours & Owls Festival still to come. Possibly the most adorable person on social media, be sure to keep an eye on her Facebook to stay updated.

The Vanns

Rambunctious rock’n’rollers, The VANNS are the lovable reprobates that’ll give you a good time and a heavy hangover.

Already having 2 EP’s under their belt and following on from the recent release of “Skinny Legs”, the band are now showcasing a mature sound – subtly taking their frenetic rock and adding a touch of refined sophistication to their songwriting. With the a new EP around the corner, it’s time to start getting excited with some new tunes set to hit the airwaves.

 

Tuesday, July 25

Tickets: $59.90 + BF – here.

Drunk Mums Release New Single and Announce Tour – Playing Rad Bar, August 19

Posted on June 20, 2017

Melbourne rock outfit Drunk Mums return with a new single ‘Ode To Death’ The first single of their forthcoming EP Denim. The track continues from their recent homage of hard rock and punk heard on their latest release Leather. Taking influence from Johnny Thunders and The Stooges the band takes a step back with this one, or so it seems, considering the lyrics have a pretty bleak undertone. Don’t let that fool you though, it is still something you could probably show ya parents and hell they’d probably like it too.

‘Ode To Death’ is true to the Drunk Mums rock, punk, garage sound which has been witnessed in previous tracks ‘Plastic’ and ‘Nanganator’. Following the release of ‘Ode To Death’ Drunk Mums will roll out a small Australian tour with some of their favourite bands in support.

The four piece, have built a reputation for their rowdy shows over the years, having played at many of the country’s finest festivals: Cherry Rock, Party in the Paddock, Paradise, Sounds of the Suburbs as well as with the likes of Jake Bugg, Dune Rats and Rich Ramone.

Catch ‘Ode To Death’ live in August when Drunk Mums take their Aussie garage rock on the road.

“Delivering a dizzying blast of garage punk direct to the cranium, Drunk Mums whip up a potent frenzy of sick fuckin’ riffs in their ode to sharehouse living’s most vital appliance.” – Beat Magazine

 

Saturday, August 19

Tickets: $12 + BF – here.

Vera Blue Announces Debut Album + Releases Video For ‘Mended’ – Playing UOW Unibar, August 31

Posted on June 15, 2017

Unstoppable singer-songwriter Vera Blue will release her debut album, Perennial, on Friday July 21st. Today she shares the new video for her current single ‘Mended’ and announces details of what is becoming the most highly anticipated debut album of the year.

Directed by one of Australia’s most exciting emerging artists Cloudy Rhodes, the powerful ‘Mended’ video is a celebration of love and womanhood. Cloudy explains, ‘I wanted to make a film where we witness the triumph of a young woman rising-up to the experience of love. I wanted Vera to be the protagonist of the film who falls from the night sky, out of the darkness into the light – her falling is a metaphorical representation of ‘falling in love’.  Mended to me is all as about the female experience and that’s what I tried to convey through the visuals in this clip.’

An intensely personal record, Perennial traces the circular pathways between love and loss across its 12 tracks. The album is arranged into three chapters, which chronologically trace the development of Vera Blue; from her very first week writing, raw after the breakdown of a relationship, towards a place of renewed strength and vivacity.

Included on the album is first single ‘Private’, with currently over 2.2 million streams worldwide, and ‘Mended’. The new album introduces a fully-formed Vera Blue, seamlessly synthesizing her folk past with a bold, electronic pop future.

‘“Perennial” is a term for plants that come back year after year, and I like to relate that to memory, feelings and emotions,’ says Vera Blue. ‘It’s what the record is all about; relationships can be very cyclical, or never-ending, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s just part of life.’

Recorded between Los Angeles and Sydney, Perennial was written with longtime collaborators Andy and Thom Mak (Boy & Bear, Bertie Blackman, Silverchair) as well as engineer Jackson Barclay. It’s the product of countless hours spent crafting songs in the studio as a team and despite its new sonic elements, the album is underpinned by the classic songwriting that has defined Vera Blue’s musical growth.

Produced by Andy Mak, and most recently co-produced with Grammy-nominated founder of Deep Well Records Adam Anders, Perennial arrives on the eve of Vera Blue’s fast- selling national tour, including her second appearance – and first as a solo artist – at the sold-out Splendour In The Grass in two years.

Vera Blue’s debut EP Fingertips was released in 2016 and peaked at #3 on the iTunes Album Chart, garnered 3 x Top 100 ARIA Chart Singles and has been streamed over 32 million times world-wide to date. The lead track Hold’ has reached over 19 million streams and peaked at #1 on the Spotify AU Viral Chart, Top 5 UK/US and Global Spotify Viral Charts.

Perennial sees Vera Blue finding arresting new ways to channel a voice Australia has already fallen for. Unflinchingly honest, it’s the album she had to write, with a sound that is entirely her own.

Thursday, August 31

Tickets: $30/$35 + BF – here.

Camp Cope Announce Headline Tour With Worriers (USA) – Playing UOW Unibar, September 20

Posted on June 9, 2017

Following two dazzling sold out shows at Sydney Opera House as part of Vivid LIVE, and before they leave on a jet plane to play their first international shows, Melbourne indie-punkers CAMP COPE are stoked to announce a handful of headline club shows supported by New York’s WORRIERS around Weekender Fest this September. Camp Cope and Worriers will also be touring the US together next month.

It’s easy to say that there is something special about watching three punks from Melbourne walk off stage after their second sold out show of the night, to a rapturous standing ovation at Sydney Opera House. What makes it even more special, is watching it happened a little over a year after they were playing to 100 people in pubs around Melbourne.

Over the past 15 months Camp Cope have become a force in modern music, a wholly independent band who will only do things on their terms, and never compromising on their values. The ongoing impact they have on their fans is evident, from the overwhelming support seen on the ground, to the current online whispers about a new, unrecorded song they have been playing live: a song which tackles how women are treated in the music scene head on. A song which had audience members at Vivid LIVE and their recent shows with Against Me! yelling cheers of agreement at the end of each lyric line sung.

“it’s another man telling us we can’t fill up the room /

it’s another man telling us to book a smaller venue.”

Camp Cope are heading to the U.S. of A next month to play their first international shows as a full band. Georgia Maq played a handful of shows solo in the US late last year, including a date at Fest in Gainesville, Florida, last October which had a library full of people singing along to every word.  They will be touring down the East Coast with Cayetana, who toured with Camp Cope in Australia last year, and down the West Coast with Worriers.

Worriers are a Brooklyn-based melodic punk band whose music is centred around the song writing of singer Lauren Denitzio. Following a splattering of EPs between 2011 and 2014, Worriers released their debut album Imaginary Life in 2015 which was produced by Laura-Jane Grace of Against Me! to critical acclaim, with NPR stating “Denitzio and crew manage to turn ambivalence into an asset… an admission of fear transmuted into a battle flag.” and Consequence of Sound saying it’s “a snappy, lean record that hones in on the space where the personal falls under the shadow of the political.“ Lauren Denitzio recently supported Julian Baker across her headline shows in Europe.

 

Wednesday, September 20

Tickets: $22 + BF – here.

Dope Lemon Announces Tour Dates – Playing UOW Unibar, July 14

Posted on June 9, 2017

Following up from the release of his EP ‘Hounds Tooth’, Dope Lemon (Angus Stone) has announced a run of tour dates covering the East Coast of NSW which will include him stopping by our infamous Wollongong Unibar. Tickets on sale 11am June 9!

Friday, July 14

Tickets: $26 / $30 + BF – here.

Strawberry Boogie Announces End Of Exams Party – UOW Unibar, June 22

Posted on June 8, 2017

Music: Betty & Oswald + Klue + Vacations + The Dardi Shades + Totty

Live Creative Line-up:

Photography Exhibition: lu.peachy

Live Art & Exhibition: Ollie Chaseling

Independent Fashion Showcase: Seedy Mo Co.

Jewellery Design: seawhitch

DJs: Sam Confetti // Roscosmos DJs

Visual Mixing: Tyler Rose

Strawberry Boogie – str b( )ri/ bu i/ 1. ‘A celebration of local creative culture’

Strawberry Boogie returns for another month! For anyone who hasn’t attended a Boogie before, we have two core aims. One, to celebrate the melting pot of creativity that exists within our local realm. Giving a platform to exhibit these art forms in front of like-minded rabble, we have welcomed everything from live art, cinematography, visual mixing and independent fashion to interactive concept installations.

What’s equally as important to us though, is bringing music from all around Aus and delivering it locally, putting these bands in front crowds that we know they deserve, but the word might be a little slow getting out so far.

Join us to celebrate and assist the growth of this thriving creative culture that we’re currently lucky enough to be immersed in.

+++ Strawberry Visions+++

Thursday, June 22

Tickets: $15 + BF – here.

Tonight Alive Announce Tour Dates + Support Comp For Female Musos – Playing UOW Unibar, November 1

Posted on June 6, 2017

Sydney’s own TONIGHT ALIVE are heading home and to celebrate they’ve announced a very special Australian headline tour. Kicking off on October 31 at The Basement in Canberra, this run of dates will see Tonight Alive go back to where it all began and revisit all the rooms they used to play when they first started. Joining Tonight Alive upon their return will be their new friends in The Beautiful Monument.

Tickets go on sale at midday this Thursday, June 8.

Yours & Owls subscribers can be among the first to secure tickets during the pre-sale beginning 10am Wednesday, June 7 – Sign up here!

Currently dominating stages at Slam Dunk Festival in the UK, the Back To Beginnings Tour comes off the back of the exciting announcement Tonight Alive have found a brand new Australian home at UNFD, where they dropped their latest single, “World Away”.

Last spied Down Under playing arenas with A Day To Remember in December 2016, Tonight Alive want to celebrate their homecoming by giving the next generation of Australian talent a leg up, but with a twist. Tonight Alive will be running a competition that gives local bands the opportunity to win the opening slot in each city on the tour. And the twist? To apply, the band must have a female member.

“We have toured with plenty of awesome bands around the world, and we’ve noticed more bands have female members and the number of women getting involved is growing too! The rock genre, and music in general, is male dominated for no good reason at all. Women are awesome and we want to celebrate that. So for this tour we want to know who the best rock bands in Australia with female members are. We’re running a competition in each city to find new and exciting bands to open our shows.” – Tonight Alive

Tonight Alive is composed of vocalist Jenna McDougall, lead guitarist Whakaio Taahi, rhythm guitarist Jake Hardy, bassist Cameron Adler and drummer Matt Best. The voice of their generation and a force on the global music scene, Tonight Alive have released a trio of successful albums with The Other Side (2013) and Limitless (2016) debuting on the Australian ARIA Chart at #5 and #6 respectively.

Wednesday, November 1

Tickets: $48.80 + BF – here.

Major Leagues Announce Debut Album & Tour Dates – Playing Rad Bar, August 24

Posted on June 1, 2017

In support of their debut album ‘Good Love’ (out June 16 via Popfrenzy), Brisbane garage pop four-piece Major Leagues today announce a national tour for August. The eight-date tour will see the band perform material off their forthcoming, Jonathan Boulet-produced debut album ‘Good Love’. In conjunction with the announce the band are proud to reveal the music video for the album’s title track.

Over 2013’s ‘Weird Season’ EP and 2016’s ‘Dream States’ EP, Major Leagues have become synonymous with their unique brand of DIY pop characterised by stunning vocal harmonies, crisp lo-fi production and nostalgic undertones.  Singles such as ‘Endless Drain’, ‘Someone Sometime’, ‘Better Off’ and ‘Teen Mums’ have been championed by radio stations such triple j, triple j Unearthed, FBi 94.5FM, Triple R, RTRFM and 4ZZZ. ‘Silver Tides’ also caught the attention of iconic indie rock outfit The National who featured the song on their ‘Infinity Radio’ playlist.

Major Leagues have toured relentlessly in between releases, recently performing headline shows in Sydney and Brisbane. Prior to these dates the band have played alongside an exceptional lineup of international and local talent including Beach Fossils (USA),  Alvvays (CAN), Wild Nothing (USA), Wye Oak (USA), San Cisco,  The Preatures and DMA’s.

Thursday, August 24

Tickets: $15.00 + BF – here.

Vera Blue Releases New Single & Announces National Tour – Playing UOW Unibar, August 31

Posted on May 26, 2017

Following the release of ‘Private’, which scored over 2 million streams worldwide, incandescent singer-songwriter Vera Blue today releases her arresting new single, ‘Mended’ – available here – and announces dates for a major national album tour this July through September.  Her three previous Australian headline tours all sold out and tickets to the upcoming ‘Mended’ tour are expected to go just as fast. Tickets will go on sale Monday 29th May at 10am local time from  www.verablue.com/tour

The nakedly honest ballad was premiered yesterday on triple j’s Drive show with Veronica and Lewis, and details the aftermath of an intense relationship. ‘Mended’ was penned with longtime collaborators Andy and Thom Mak (Boy and Bear, Winterbourne, Bertie Blackman) and marks the beginning of a new sonic and personal journey for Vera Blue.

“‘Mended’ is a very special song,” she says. “It was about a relationship that I had a few years ago. It had been a little while since we’d ended it and we hadn’t made amends, said we were sorry. It’s funny because you think the song is going to be about resolution, but we haven’t quite made it there yet.”

“She doesn’t put songs out that don’t come from her heart,” adds co-writer Andy Mak, “so I wanted to make sure we captured the rawness and emotion of the lyrics in the way the song was produced. We wrote the song in a couple of hours and recorded a vocal and acoustic and then built the production around that. When Thom and Celia are in the zone the songs can flow really quickly.”

Born from a Malibu writing session during Vera Blue’s first American trip in 2016, ‘Mended’ sees the 23-year- old expressing a raw emotion in her music which now comes naturally. From its sparse opening, it blossoms into a gorgeous torch ballad well overdue for such a powerful and unique voice.

“I like relating to people and making them feel what I feel. It’s where I’ve grown to as an artist,” she says. “That vulnerability is very special in music, being able to open up to your listeners is incredibly important.”

Intensely personal, ‘Mended’ is a song that Vera Blue has been waiting to share with her fans for a long time. It’s got big notes, to be sure, but it comes from an even bigger heart. “I just love it. I love performing it and can’t wait to give it to the world and let them feel how I feel.”

Co-produced by Andy Mak and Grammy-nominated founder of Deep Well Records Adam Anders, and mix engineered by the multiple-Grammy winning Manny Marroquin (Rihanna, Sia, Kanye West), ‘Mended’ will be supported with a national tour. It will also include Vera Blue’s second appearance (but first full set) at the sold-out Splendour In The Grass festival.

Saturday, August 31

Presale: $30/$35 + BF – here.

Thy Art Is Murder Announce ‘Death Sentence’ National Tour – Playing UOW Unibar, Aug 3

Posted on May 26, 2017

Confidently attracting a potent mix of young death metal acolytes and older vintage thrashers alike, Thy Art is Murder’s unrelenting aggression has made them a hallmark of heavy music worldwide. The stunning domestic success of their third LP ‘Holy War’ included landing at #7 on the ARIA Charts, the highest chart position for a domestic extreme metal act. Thy Art is Murder have nailed down the exceptional skill of combining riffage tailor-made for huge stages with fearless lyrical themes careering from terror to death, existential crises, to the end of humanity itself. It’s epic stuff. And it promises to destroy both your hearing and have you questioning your existence, as the band chew through venues the nation over.

Fans of gettin’ their souls shaken by truly, deeply, awesomely heavy death metal are going to stoke out on this gargantuan all-Aussie line-up.  This nation-wide conglomeration of excellent heavy music talent includes…

Melbourne’s ALPHA WOLF. Recent signings to Josh Merriel & Ash Hull’s Greyscale Records, these guys are righteous and dissonant. Alpha Wolf released their shattering tune “#104” back in March and they’re currently staring down the barrel of a huge winter tour with Aversion’s Crown and Boris the Blade.

Perth metalcore lords CURSED EARTH bear shades of Black Breath and Entombed, and utterly shred on stage. Bastions of the Western Australian scene, these guys recently sharpened their teeth on tour with Killswitch Engage and The Black Dahlia Murder.

Also joining the fray are fellow Greyscale alumni DEADLIGHTS, hailing from Brisbane. These guys front up with an energetic brand of powerful alternative hardcore. Their debut album “Mesma” hit us last month to huge fuss amongst local heavy media and punters.

Do not miss Thy Art is Murder, killing it across the nation through July and August as they charge up to reveal more kick-ass career developments very soon. Ears to the ground.

Thursday, August 3

Tickets: $25.00 + BF – here.