THE LAST FROST || Yours & Owls Announce Massive Party || UOW Innovation Campus || Saturday August 19
Posted on July 7, 2017
Pre Release Code: STAYFROSTY
Violent Soho || Cloud Control || The Kite String Tangle || Cub Sport || Fazerdaze (NZ) || Sloan Peterson || Mookhi
Just when you thought you’d hibernate all winter, the creators of Yours and Owls Festival are ready to lure you back into the light with The Last Frost. Not just a warm up for Yours and Owls Festival, but a roaring, blazing fire to celebrate the approaching end of winter, The Last Frost boasts an eclectic and epic line-up of artists from Australia and New Zealand ready to throw a log on the fire and toast your marshmallows at the University of Wollongong’s Innovation Campus. The diverse line-up will warm those dancing limbs and put a smile on your face.
This tasty, all-ages musical treat coincides with the weekend of UOW’s Open Day and is just a hint of what’s to come for the warmer months ahead…
Seemingly out of nowhere, Violent Soho propelled themselves into the hearts, minds and stereos around the world with their wildly well-received LP Hungry Ghost, and 2016’s ARIA #1 Album and massive follow up WACO, an album thatspared no punches with hits‘Viceroy’and‘Like Soda’’, and finally swept the band up on a series of sold out dates on 2 x ginormous national tours. Breaking away from the studio for this special celebration, Wollongong audiences are about to be royally treated to the punk rock frenzied genius of this Brissy band as they sneak in one last ‘gong show for the year. Get sweaty!
Sydney psych pop outfitCloud Control have always been defined by happy chaos, ever since they formed on a whim for a university band competition in 2005 and went on to create the ARIA nominated first album Bliss Release. Since, the band have become internationally renowned for their dynamic live performances, lush layered harmonies, and now their grungy hit new single ‘Rainbow City’ which they’ll be bringing to the stage in Wollongong. With the forthcoming third full-length and self-produced album due out later this year — their first since 2013’s acclaimed sophomore, Dream Cave – the band are coming full circle and making their return to a uni campus ready to celebrate.
Just in time for The Kite String Tangle’s debut self-titled album to be released on July 14 and to properly get under your skin, the Brisbane based, ARIA nominated producer has already been treating your ear canals to singles ‘Selfish’ and ‘The Prize’, a return to pop tinged electronic and Danny Harley’s soulful vocals. Harley has enjoyed a great run since the release of his breakthrough single ‘Given The Chance’ in 2013 including sold out national tours and appearances at Falls Festival, SXSW and Splendour In The Grass under his belt, the highly anticipated debut album has been a long time coming with the ‘gong set to be amongst the first to experience it.
Brisbane’s Cub Sport had a career-defining 2016 with their dream-pop debut album This Is Our Vice. Featuring well-loved singles ‘Only Friend’, ‘I Can’t Save You’, and the massive hit ‘Come On Mess Me Up’, the record launched the band into the stratosphere and saw them come in at #24 in triple j’ Hottest 100. Having received critical acclaim internationally, the band spent the majority of 2016 on the road celebrating with their legion of new of fans. Amongst headline tours of Australia, North American, the UK and Europe, Cub Sport also joined The 1975 for their Australian arena tour after catching the attention of the group’s front man Matty Healy. Now, Cub Sport have finishedputting the final touches on album number two, set for release late 2017. The first single off the new album, gospel-inspired single ‘O Lord’, shows a band hitting their stride and truly making their mark. Check out their goosebump-inducing Triple J Like A Version cover of Kanye West’s ‘Ultralight Beam’ if you need any more convincing of their genius.
New Zealand indie darling Fazerdaze, aka Amelia Murray, has been preparing to take over the world with her new release Morningside, her first full-length record described aptly by NME as “elegant dream pop”. Mesmerizing and captivating audiences with every performance, Murray has already achieved so much in such a short time. She’s been praised by NME, played with Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Connan Mockasin, was invited to join the Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal, joined the line-up for The Great Escape Festival, and is rounding it all up with a short Australian tour this year featuring Wollongong!
Although only 24, Sydney’s Sloan Petersonlives by a soundtrack of ‘50s guitar pop and modern garage rock. Songwriter Joe Jackson is immediately influenced by everything from Elvis, to Wanda Jackson or the fashion statements of Nancy Sinatra and David Bowie – Sloan Peterson is the sum of these influences that adds up to so much more. Jackson’s music bursts with warmth that can be heard in new single ‘105’. With a self-titled album forthcoming in 2017 and a spot at Bigsound and Freedom 2.0 on the horizon this is clearly only the beginning with Jackson set for take-off.
Olympia Henshaw aka Sydney producer Mookhi, grew up in both Hong Kong and India where she absorbed her musical surroundings, favouring dark eastern-based scales, chords and melodies. From these exotic beginnings, Henshaw gained quick following as a complex and sophisticated beat maker. Mookhi delves into the genre of electronic hip-hop in the most seductive way, building lush tapestries of sound live that are unique with each performance. ‘Foul Play’ is Mookhi’s first single and unsurprisingly it’s already flying up the Triple J Unearthed charts complete with lush vocals from teaming up with the soulful Billy Fox.
Meg Mac Announces Album & Tour Dates – Playing UOW Unibar, September 21
Posted on July 3, 2017
MEG MAC’s full Australian tour dates have been unveiled today, as the mesmerising singer songwriter prepares to release her debut long player, LOW BLOWS, on July 14.
MEG MAC’s previously listed shows at The Enmore Theatre in Sydney and The Forum in Melbourne sold out very quickly. A second show at The Forum has already been announced and is selling out fast – full details of MEG MAC’s Australian tour presented by Triple J are listed below.
LOW BLOWS, set for release on littleBIGMANrecords on July 14, is a powerful set of dynamic, deep soul, exhortations that have an all-enveloping atmosphere and presence, distinctly and uniquely MEG MAC. It was recorded in Fort Worth, Texas with Niles City Sound, who produced and played on Leon Bridges’ album ‘Coming Home’.
The recording focused on capturing a great live vocal performance, driven by a dynamic rhythm section and punctuated by her piano. MEG MAC says, “Overall I wanted it to really feel like I was just singing in the room to you. So a lot of the vocal performances are live and unedited, I think it was important to do that”.
Kim Churchill Announces New Album & Tour Dates – Playing UOW Unibar, September 15
Posted on June 30, 2017
After releasing his breakthrough Album Silence//Win and touring the world, repeatedly – Kim Churchill returns to Australian audiences with his new album “Weight_Falls”.
At just 26, Kim Churchill has already made some incredible achievements in his time as a professional musician. Recognised as much internationally as in Australia, he has performed headline shows and festivals across the world including Falls Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Montreal Jazz, Telluride Blues and Glastonbury, as well as supporting acts including Billy Bragg and Leo Kottke.
It’s a long way from the beginning of his career, when he traversed Australia in a campervan, undertaking a musical journey to share and connect with the Australian musical landscape.
On the writing process for the new album Kim noted: “Creating ‘Weight_Falls’ was a process that started in a little beach hostel in Sri Lanka, travelled across to Montreal where I locked myself in a friend’s apartment for weeks and then to Europe while I toured the summer festivals. I recorded it over two and a half years and it was completed and then stripped back to nothing several times before I finally got it right in a small garage in Sydney with producer Ian Pritchett.
I was looking for a fresh era of colour and energy and wanted to express the surreal blur of excitement and extremes that is my life. I learnt that the ambition to enter a new era must naturally be followed by the death or completion of the old era. As this step took place I found myself confused and sad at times. ‘Weight_Falls’ became my reflection both on the passing of a beautiful chapter and an electrifying celebration of new beginnings. The ‘letting go’ of dead weight and ego and a blind leap of faith into the unknown.”
To express the songs on the record in a live format – Kim searched for a band of multi-instrumentalists who can continue his tradition of “one-man band” performances in a new way:
“I’ve dreamt for years of putting together a sound that reflects my love of melody and harmony, the excitement and energy of my years playing on the street, and the whirl and blur of the millions of colours I see in my head when I write a song. With Mikey and Tom (both primarily drummers and vocalists) on either side of my ‘One Man Band’ world I think I’m closer than ever before. We’ve taken the lighting and the stage theatrics to a really fun new level as well and I’ll be so proud to tour this show around Australia. It’s finally ready!”
July Edition Of Strawberry Boogie Announced – UOW Unibar, July 27
Posted on June 29, 2017
Strawberry Boogie returns for another month, this time for with our biggest headline to date. 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.
This July, we’ll be seeing Future Classic’s very own Panama headline our Unibar stage alongside Felix Lush, Tuppaware Party, Twelve Point Buck & Sampson.
Live creatives also soon to be announced so keep ya peeps peeled!
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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
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 millionstreams 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.
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.
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!