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!
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.
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.