PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS ANNOUNCE WOLLONGONG SHOW – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, APRIL 21
Posted on March 29, 2018
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are excited to be hitting up UOW UniBar in Wollongong alongside their national support for Royal Blood.
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets came together in 2014 and have been described by The Music as “resembling Jimi Hendrix fresh off the end of a light globe”. The quartet have spring-boarded off the back of 2016’s momentum, releasing debut effort High Visceral (Part 1) to critical acclaim. Having supported local mainstays such as King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and Canada’s Black Mountain, as well as touring nationally, the group are in no danger of slowing down.
Renowned for their crowd surfing inducing, mosh pit embracing live show the four-piece have sold out multiple headline tours, including a national tour in December 2017 in support of their High Visceral B-Sides release.
THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN TOUR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, JUNE 10
Posted on March 29, 2018
Iconoclastic purveyors of drone-laden psychedelia, The Brian Jonestown Massacre make their long-awaited Australian return in June, 2018. With their brand new album Something Else and an exclusive invitation as guests of Vivid Sydney, the band have extended their trip with dates right across the country.
“The Brian Jonestown Massacre are a wildly original and thrilling live band who have built a career out of prioritising art over commercial compromise, ” explains Vivid Sydney’s Stephen Ferris. “This maverick approach continues to sustain their relevance to a generation of music lovers making it a no brainer when it came to inviting them to be part of Vivid Sydney.”
Lead by prolific outlier Anton Newcombe, The Brian Jonestown Massacre have ploughed their own fertile furrow in the field of neo-psychedelia, yielding an impressive harvest of 15 acclaimed studio albums across 28 years, including the brand new long player Something Else, which returns to the classic BJM reduction of swirling retro-hued guitars, washed over droning, hypnotic primal rhythms and Newcombe’s trademark edifying and biting social commentary.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre have built a devoted fan base in Australia, galvanised by electrifying live shows across multiple tours since the mid 2000’s and nourished by an impressively constant flow of exciting new recorded music. BJM fans know that each time they strap in for another journey with the band, whether on record, or in mortal flesh they are in for one hell of a f#@king trip.
MOOSE BLOOD ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN TOUR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, SEPTEMBER 5
Posted on March 23, 2018
Bursting on to the scene in 2012, Canterbury quartet Moose Blood solidified themselves as one of the UK’s hottest exports. With an absolutely exceptional clutch of new songs under their belt, Moose Blood are thrilled to announce their eagerly-awaited return to Australia touring nationally in August/September with special guests, Southern Californian post-hardcore, emo four-piece, Movements.
In an era where a majority of musicians seem to view writing good songs as low down the list of attributes required for a successful career, Moose Blood are that rarest of things: a band who let the songs do the talking.
2016’s ‘Blush’ took the best of American mid-west emo and updated it with a quintessentially British twist, proved to be a breakout success, crashing the UK top 10 and propelling the band on to the main stages of Reading and Leeds Festival and Lollapalooza as well sold out shows at L.A’s legendary Troubadour, New York’s Bowery Ballroom and London’s KOKO – to say nothing of the Kerrang! and Alternative Press Music Awards nominations they’ve picked up on the way.
Their 2018 release ‘I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore’ (out now via Hopeless Records) was recorded in Los Angeles with long-time collaborator Beau Burchell. It’s an LP which delves into the most complexly emotional territory they’ve ever explored.
Music and emotion share a timeless physiological, psychological, and spiritual bond. A chord, a melody, or a lyric can lift spirits and inspire. Movements achieve that sort of reaction on their full-length debut, Feel Something (out via Fearless Records). That musical empathy quietly launched Movements on an upward trajectory in 2015.
Formed by longtime friends, the group landed a deal with Fearless Records after just one local gig. Acclaimed by the likes of Alternative Press and New Noise Magazine, songs like “Nineteen” and “Kept” each respectively amassed over 800K Spotify streams and counting as they have toured nonstop. Ultimately, Movements bring emotion to life in each note.
Taking in the biggest venues Moose Blood have ever tackled, the four-piece look set to be helping a lot more fans, old and new so get along to one of the shows.
THE LULU RAES ANNOUNCE ALBUM TOUR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, MAY 18
Posted on March 12, 2018
When Eddie was a teenager, one of his friends gave him a CD with 4 harmony-infused demos Taras had made using the inbuilt microphone on his old computer. The two had never met but Eddie listened to the songs non-stop. At the same time, Taras coincidentally stumbled upon mp3’s of Eddie’s first band and his unorthodox singing style intrigued him. Although they had a web of mutual friends, it would still be a year before they would finally meet at a party.
But before they wrote music together, they joined a cult. They had befriended the cult leader in the surf one day, and it was during one of their many trips to India they met Tom’s sister at an ashram. She told them that her brother was a drummer, so when they returned to Sydney and heard him play the piano and bass they realised they needed this multi-instrumentalist, and promised him that when they started a band he would be in it. A little while later (immediately after the dissolution of the cult) the final seeds of the band started coming together. Taras met Marcus at the beach, and due to Marcus’ funny haircut and massive scar over his heart, he was hired before they even heard him play bass. Angus joined soon after, although no one really knows or cares the where’s or how’s of his entry.
After recording a few demos in their friend’s Croydon Park shed, and a couple of practices in an artist shared-collective space, they formed The Lulu Raes. Having released a string of singles, including triple j favourite ‘Burnout’, the band released their ‘All Our Parents Are Divorced’ EP. Touring with Sticky Fingers, The Jungle Giants and Polish Club, as well as playing a bunch of festivals across Australia, the band have recently released their latest singles ‘Fake It’ and ‘Fade Away’ — ‘Lulu’, their debut album drops May 4th.
Electro-skank-hop 2-piece, Gold Member, will be bringing their 80’s synths and hooks along for the ride with other remarkable guests to be announced.
BOO SEEKA ANNOUNCE WOLLONGONG SHOW – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, APRIL 13
Posted on March 8, 2018
BOO Seeka’s synths and beats keep the energy sizzling like a neon sign on the Miami strip. The Sydney hip-hop-psych-soul project begun an outlet for a couple of musical experiments, a testing ground for new sounds. And it’s growing, multiplying and producing delicious sounds.
A combination of pulsating synth sounds that bed down layered textures of electronic bass and percussive beats. Influenced by the layerings and experimental beats of Major Lazer, the cool swagger of DJ Shadow and The Seed 2.0’s Cody Chestnutt’s soulful vocal delivery. BOO SEEKA snaps up melodies and bounces them off hip-hop/R&B driven grooves and beats that vibe.
To date, the duo have accumulated over 11 million Spotify streams and dominated national airwaves with their singles ‘Oh My’, ‘Deception Bay’ and ‘Fool’. Their 2015 debut ‘Kingdom Leader’ peaked at #6 on the Australian iTunes Electronic chart, and was premiered and featured as Song of the Week on HillyDilly.com . The track made blog and radio waves abroad with features on The Music Ninja and LaBelle Musique and received airplay on KCRW (California), and on XFM in the UK. BOO Seeka’s follow up single ‘Deception Bay’ reached #50 in triple j’s 2015 Hottest 100 edition and snagged the outfit a J Award nomination for Unearthed Artist of the Year in 2015.
BOO Seeka’s infectious live performance have seen multiple sold-out headline tours and festivals in Australia and abroad, including appearances at Groovin’ The Moo, Splendour In the Grass, Party in the Paddock, The Big Pineapple Festival, The Great Escape (UK) and SXSW (Austin TX, USA) earlier this year. They’ve supported the likes of Sticky Fingers, SAFIA, DMA’s, Jarryd James, Cherub (USA) and North East Party House to mention a few. More recently, they’ve sold out headline shows in Amsterdam, 2 shows in London, San Francisco and New York, proving that they’re songs and infectious rhythms travel beyond their breeding grounds.
Their debut album, ‘Never Too Soon’ was released August 4th, 2017 (through Sureshaker and Warner Music Australia). Working with producer and long time collaborator, Ian Pritchett ( Bootleg Rascal & Lyall Moloney ), expect development in the duo’s sound, with band member Sammy Seeka describing Never Too Soon as: “This album best reflects our recent life experiences, encapsulating all we’ve encountered over the past two and a half years. Our recording process for the album followed no structure; we recorded vocals in carparks, tour buses and our studios in Sydney. One vocal loop was recorded into an iPhone on stage in a theatre in America. Ultimately every idea and piece of music we had come together in my bedroom studio, we then took it to our producer Ian Pritchett’s garage studio and that’s where the songs came to life.”
‘Never Too Soon’ placed at #1 on the Australian iTunes Album Charts on the day of release and debuted at #8 on the first week ARIA Album Charts. It was also chosen to be Triple J’s feature album of the week, the week after its release.
Their most recent singles, ‘Does This Last’ & ‘Turn Up Your Light’ navigates through a bed of spacey synth and string layers. Building on their eclectic soul-tronic sounds. Both singles have been placed on high rotation on Triple J and have been featured on a few Spotify AU/NZ playlists (including 5 weeks on the Indie Mixtape playlist). With a freshly developed sound and an impressive live show to follow, 2017 cemented the duo as a force to be reckoned with.
PACIFIC AVENUE RELEASE NEW SINGLE & ANNOUNCE TOUR – PLAYING GARDEN PARTY, MARCH 23
Posted on March 6, 2018
Based on the South Coast of New South Wales, Pacific Avenue is a four-piece alternative rock band, blending authentic rock and roll with today’s modern sound. As the name states, there’s a heavy influence from surf culture, and the inspiration community and location provide. Birthed in early 2017, the boys have found themselves supporting artists such as San Cisco, British India, and The Belligerents. Their debut single ‘In Your Arms’ became a familiar track in their set, reaching #1 on Triple J Unearthed a week after release in early May. Pacific Avenue also played 2017’s Sounds of the Suburbs festival in Sutherland. 2018 has already proven to be exciting as the band followed Tyne-James Organ as main support on his ‘Watch You Go’ Tour in February. Their first headline tour after a year on the scene sees them kick things off at home, appearing at UOW UniBar’s Garden Party alongside Allday, Northeast Party House, Ruby Fields & more.
‘Sally’ is a love song written by singer Harry O’Brien. The track exposes the band’s range, as punchy riffs take a seat and vocally driven melodies become the core emphasis. The lyrics tell a classic tale of boy meets girl, daydreaming and falling in love. We’ve all experienced the hypnosis of love at first sight, imagining a life with a person, but coming to the realisation that you don’t know a thing about them. A climatic chorus eventually meets the song’s progressive build up, as the boys do what they do best – belt it out. Pacific Avenue are more than delighted to bring you ‘Sally’.
DANIEL CHAMPAGNE ANNOUNCES AUSTRALIAN TOUR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, JUNE 6
Posted on March 5, 2018
One reviewer recently wrote – ‘Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical’ (themusic.com.au)
The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road.
The next several years saw him traversing North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and of course, his homeland Australia playing such festivals as California WorldFest, Winnipeg Folk Fest, Vancouver and Mariposa Folk (Canada), Belgium’s Labadoux Festival and Australia’s Woodford, Falls Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and the legendary Byron Bay Bluesfest. He has toured and shared stages with Jake Shimabukuro, Jesse Cook, Roderigo Y Gabriela, Richard Shindell, The Ragbirds, The Waifs, Lucinda Williams, Judy Collins, INXS, John Butler, KT Tunstall and Ani DiFranco.
As one reviewer recently wrote, “still in his early twenties, the distances he has been would be more frequently associated with veterans of the Folk scene” (The Dwarf).
Daniel has accomplished all of this while writing, producing and independently releasing two Eps, Gypsy Moon Volumes 1 and 2, his first long player ‘Pint of Mystery’ (2011) ‘My Own Design’ (2009), ‘Wide Eyed and Open’ (2010), ‘Real Live’ (2012), and ‘The Heartland Hurricanes’ (2014). His latest release “Fault Lines” is available now, and is receiving airplay and accolades globally.
A review of his two Gypsy Moon releases said the following: ‘Champagne has gone a step further this time, it’s like he’s realized his own potential, his confidence is sky-high and he’s truly ready to explore’ – Australia’s roots music bible Rhythms Magazine
Now regarded as a leading light in acoustic music, with a firm reputation for making festivals buzz, holding crowds in his palm, dropping jaws and breaking guitars wherever he goes. Daniel Champagne has relocated to North America where he continues his exciting career as an international touring and recording artist.
COSMIC PSYCHOS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND TOUR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, APRIL 5
Posted on February 27, 2018
Australia’s greatest export since Crocodile Dundee, Cosmic Psychos have announced the release of their 11th studio album, Loudmouth Soup on April 4. They’ve also got a ripper new vid for your eyes to devour. After singing about beers for a solid three decades, it’s no surprise that the Psychos have finally delivered a song about the hangover from hell in the form of ‘Feelin Average’
Having sent their previous record labels broke, Loudmouth Soup will drop on April 4 on the band’s own label GO THE HACK Records. The LP was recorded last year on Knight’s storied farm in Spring Plains, and produced by long time collaborator Silvia Vermeulen. Flown into to the mossy fields of Eastern Victoria especially for the gig, Vermeulen has been their live engineer in Europe for longer than they can remember.
Testament to their status as seasoned road dogs, the Psychos will hit the road shortly after album release, taking in just about every damn venue that can provide a cold beer and corner to play in.
DONNY BENET ANNOUNCES AUSTRALIAN TOUR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, APRIL 28
Posted on February 27, 2018
They all lead to…
After numerous classic albums, “D” grade celebrity entertainer Donny Benét brings you his latest taste of life – The Don.
After touring the world the last few years, Don locked himself in the infamous Donnyland studios and didn’t leave until he’d written and album of stone cold hits.
Teasing audiences in 2017 with a few tastes, Don is back tonight and ready to give you the full album experience, launching the new album The Don.
Backed by his powerhouse band, The Donny Benét Showband, you’ll be guaranteed an unforgettable night of entertainment once they take to the stage to officially launch the new Donny Benét album, The Don.
The Don can’t wait to share this special night with you.
SET MO ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN TOUR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, MARCH 29
Posted on February 27, 2018
Described by i-D magazine as “Australia’s most optimistic band… they love what they do and it shows,” Set Mo is an electronic music duo from Sydney. Bonding over a fondness for burgers, pho, sneakers and beer (not necessarily consumed simultaneously — and in the case of the kicks, certainly not taken orally), Nick Drabble and Stu Turner first came together as a DJ combo in 2012 and soon progressed into producing tunes.
Their best-known release to date is the blissed out, sunset-on-the-beach house beauty “White Dress” (featuring Deutsch Duke), which was big all over when it broke in 2014 and has been played a good 18 million times on Spotify since. But they’ve made numerous equally lovely tunes you’d be well advised to give an exploratory spin. Try “I Belong Here” or “Nightmares” for a start. Goes great with a burger and a frosty beverage. (Side serve of Adidas is optional.)