JOHNNY HUNTER ANNOUNCE THEIR FIRST NATIONAL HEADLINE TOUR HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM ‘WANT’ OUT 24 JUNE

JOHNNY HUNTER ANNOUNCE THEIR FIRST NATIONAL HEADLINE TOUR  HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM ‘WANT’ OUT 24 JUNE

JOHNNY HUNTER

ANNOUNCE THEIR FIRST
NATIONAL HEADLINE TOUR

HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM

WANT

OUT 24 JUNE


Sydney cult heroes Johnny Hunter have today announced their first national headline tour, which will see them play nine dates around the country in July. The shows will celebrate the release of the four-piece’s highly-anticipated debut album Want, out 24 June via Cooking Vinyl Australia.

 

Tickets are on sale HERE. Pre-order the album HERE.

 

Renowned for their raucous performance style, Johnny Hunter will kick off the Want tour on the Gold Coast at Vinnies Dive on Friday 1 July, before making their way down the East Coast via Brisbane and Newcastle. The post-punk powerhouses will settle in for a hometown gig at Sydney’s beloved Oxford Art Factory, before touching down in Adelaide for the first time. They’ll continue with stops in Melbourne and Perth before wrapping up in Hobart – another first appearance. The tour comes off-the-back of the band’s double residency, which saw them fill Sydney’s Botany View Hotel and Melbourne’s Old Bar twice a week throughout March.

 

Emboldened by life’s uncertainties, Johnny Hunter’s forthcoming debut Want is a reminder that we all share what it is to be human, and must embrace our whole selves on the journey to self-actualisation. Every song is a challenge we faced as a band and as individuals in realising who Johnny Hunter is and ultimately who we truly are”, shares frontman Nick Hutt. Produced by Jack Moffitt (The Preatures) and mixed by critically acclaimed engineer Adam Greenspan (IDLES, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), Want reimagines the sound of new wave and new romantics for the 21st century, fusing them into a surging 10-tracks that are as poetic as they are anthemic; as ferocious as they are vulnerable.

 

From the cathartic ‘Life’ to darkly hypnotic ‘The Floor’ or thunderous ‘Clover’, the theme of human connection underscores the entire album. “No matter how different we may seem…unbeknownst to what it is we want, we have all been naive, we have all strived to find our version of life, we all fear change, fear sadness, all amidst our own collective fading eternity.”

 

 

 

Rousing the listener to confront the inevitability of change head on, the most recent single ‘Dreams’ was featured across Best New Music lists and single reviews from the likes of Atwood Magazine, Earmilk, Purple Sneakers, Music Feeds and Ticketmaster AU. The track has been added to rotation on 2SER, and received airplay across 2XX, 4ZZZ, 979fm, FBi Radio, Radio Adelaide, triple j and triple j Unearthed to name a few.

 

Since emerging from the shadows of Sydney’s grim nightlife in 2019, Johnny Hunter have quickly risen to underground cult favourites, selling out rooms across Australia’s East Coast and winning audiences over supporting the likes of Jack White and The SaboteursCity Calm Down and Polish Club to name a few. Their debut EP Early Trauma (2020) garnered critical praise and airplay around the country, citing influences and drawing comparisons to The Smiths, Joy Division and The Cure. Though their sound is rooted in nostalgia, their furiously honest songwriting and explosive live shows are undeniably made for now.

 

 

 

JOHNNY HUNTER
Want National Album Tour

Tickets on sale now HERE

Friday 1 July – Vinnies Dive, Gold Coast
Saturday 2 July – The Brightside, Brisbane
Thursday 7 July – The Gal, Newcastle
Friday 8 July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Saturday 9 July – Uni Bar, Wollongong
Friday 15 July – Jive, Adelaide
Saturday 16 July – The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne
Saturday 23 July – The Sewing Room, Perth
Friday 29 July – Republic Bar, Hobart


JOHNNY HUNTER – Want [LP]
Out June 24 via Cooking Vinyl Australia

Available to pre-order HERE

 

 

Tracklist:
1. Want
2. Endless Days
3. The Floor
4. Life
5. Dreams
6. Fracture
7. Cry Like A Man
8. Eternity Fades
9. Take Off
10. Clover


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EVOL WALKS PRESENT THEIR LATEST SINGLE ‘DRAG ME DOWN’

EVOL WALKS PRESENT THEIR LATEST SINGLE ‘DRAG ME DOWN’

EVOL WALKS

PRESENT THEIR LATEST SINGLE

DRAG ME DOWN


Frenetic, energetic Australian heavy rock and rollers Evol Walks have today released their second single of their highly anticipated second album. 

 

Originally formed in Los Angeles, CA by flame haired Aussie vocalist and songwriter, Leah Martin-Brown, Evol Walks have made it their business to have their music heard. The 5 piece have played across 3 continents and sharing stages with the likes of Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Black Label Society, Nancy Wilson, Johnny Depp & Members of the Hollywood Vampires, Nita Strauss, Everclear and many more. 

 

 

Over the past 12 months, Lead vocalist and songwriter for the band- Leah Martin-Brown, has been steadily writing and recording their upcoming album all the way in Stockholm, Sweden.

 

 

Their latest release ‘Drag Me Down’ is a hard-hitting, melodic rock and roll anthem showcasing Martin-Brown’s dynamic vocal range and control. 

 

 

 

 

 

Recorded across 3 continents (Sweden, USA & Australia), co-written with Eric Young (Crashdiet), produced by Chris Wetterstrom with vocals recorded in Gold Coast, Australia- this single truly packs an International punch whilst staying true to the 5 piece’s rock and roll roots. 

 

“Drag Me Down is an exploration of a destructive relationship- whether it be a person or a substance is up for interpretation. Both have the potential to be toxic and both have the power to destroy”

 

 

Drag Me Down’ is out now across all major platforms.


 

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I BUILT THE SKY ANNOUNCES BRAND NEW STUDIO ALBUM ‘THE QUIET PLACE AWAY’ + LAUNCH SHOW AT NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB ON JUNE 24TH

I BUILT THE SKY ANNOUNCES BRAND NEW STUDIO ALBUM ‘THE QUIET PLACE AWAY’ + LAUNCH SHOW AT NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB ON JUNE 24TH

I BUILT THE SKY

ANNOUNCES BRAND NEW STUDIO ALBUM

THE QUIET PLACE AWAY

+ LAUNCH SHOW AT NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB ON JUNE 24TH


Labelled “Prog Titans” by Guitar World Magazine, Rohan ‘Ro’ Stevenson’s‘ I Built The Sky’ presents a brand new shiny studio album… but with a twist. Titled ‘The Quiet Place Away’ the album is entirely acoustic, but is far from a stripped back release that likely comes to mind when hearing the words ‘acoustic album’.

 

The album is a thoroughly progressive 10 track body of work that explores a wide range of soundscapes sure to transport any avid progressive music fan through a unique journey unlike any other.

 

 

Introducing new album ‘The Quiet Place Away’. (Out June 3rd)

 

 

2022 will see ‘I Built The Sky’ release the fully-fledged 10 track album ‘The Quiet Place Away’, but not one to rest on his laurels, Stevenson has also produced a documentary of the recording process, directed 4 videoclips (including immersive artwork from acclaimed artist Pat Fox), and after dominating three shows across Australia’s ‘UNCAGED’ Festival nationally, has just announced a home town Melbourne headline album launch featuring two full sets, one from the new release featuring guest musicians on strings, piano and percussion as well as a  set with all the riffy, shreddy goodness fans already know and love. Tickets are on sale now

About the Sound: Love prog but bored of the norm? come and visit ‘The Quiet Place Away’ and experience something new innovative and oh-so satisfying.
The album features gorgeous string arrangements throughout, curtesy of Jake Willson (UK),Piano/Keys/Synth’s performed by Australia’s own Ian Peres(Wolfmother, Ash Grunwald, Xavier Rudd) production, mixing and mastering by none other than Forrester Savell who has worked with the best in prog/rock and metal worldwide (Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, Animals As Leaders, Twelve Foot Ninja and more) all lead by Rohan’s exceptional guitar lead compositions.
From the delicate to the dense, the album has it all. Some standout tracks being ‘The Quiet Place Away’ which kicks off the album, a definite mood setter from the get-go, lush strings engulfing Rohan’s smooth guitar textures that provide a very chilled out and satisfying ride. Moving through the album, the next notable track is also the first single called ‘Let Yourself Dream’ which showcases some of Rohan’s more intricate guitar playing with a gorgeous video clip to growth it in which Rohan claims “Was a dream I actually had, so I thought I’d re-create it for the video”.

 

As we continue on the songs become more elaborate and begin to really push the boundaries of acoustic music, feeling more like… Progressive Acoustic? is that a thing?? we don’t know but it should be. ‘The Visitor’ encapsulates this perfectly starting out very chill, but soon blooms with the most glorious of harmonics that just wash across you, the song continues to build and grow reaching some really unexpected harmonic lines, ear catching piano licks, and strings that feature the most pleasing of arrangements, all in all a strong feature from the release.
‘ This Is Astral Travel’ introduces some 5/4 time signature goodness but in the most hookiest of ways, this is going to be one of the tracks that won’t leave your head after hearing it, the way the song kicks in is glorious a proper musical journey to escape into. ‘Time Travel Experience’ starts of quite sweetly with a nice melodic riff which leads into some more odd time fun and melodic layering and interesting chord progressions, this song is very dynamic from subtle to absolutely huge, weird to say that for an acoustic song, but listen through for the pay off when ‘that bit’ at the2:30 mark kicks in, almost haunting in nature. The last track ‘See You Next Time’ leaves us with amore stripped back track and an uplifting mood to end on after such a wild journey from previous tracks. A great finish that proves adding all the bells and whistles is not always needed to produce a great song worthy of a place on the album.
About the Art: The artwork is also a large reason why we can see that Rohan ain’t playin so to speak, commissioning artist Pat Fox who has worked with such high-profile artists including Tash Sultana, Northlane, The Amity Affliction, Taking Back Sunday and many more, to literally create ‘The Quiet Place Away’ Pat loves to work with real world concepts, so after discussions took place about artwork direction for the album, the decision was made to create and bring to life ‘The Quiet Place Away’.
As the album roll out continues with 2nd and 3rd singles being launched the artwork captures the moods by venturing into different times of day and scenes with Rohan, wife and doggo’s featuring as they go about their day at ‘The Quiet Place Away’. Each piece includes Insane details over 12unique scenes.
                                     
The 10 Song Album is set for independent release on June 3rd with Pre-Orders available now.
Pre-Order the album here:https://listen.ibuiltthesky.com/tqpa
Be first in line for new single and video clip for ‘Let Yourself  Dream’ here: https://youtu.be/_hEXZQtxJko (Premiering on Youtube May 13th)
See it live in Melbourne on June 24 that Northcote Social Club

tickets available by clicking HERE


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MO•LOUIE RELEASES NEW SINGLE ‘AWAKE’

MO•LOUIE RELEASES NEW SINGLE ‘AWAKE’

MO•LOUIE

RELEASES NEW SINGLE

AWAKE


There’s no falling asleep with Mo•Louie’s new single ‘Awake’. The single follows the release of ‘Body’ which saw the Melbourne producer and singer nominated as a semi-finalist for the International Songwriting Competition as well as being shortlisted as Music Victoria’s Best Producer. With ‘Awake’ originally written 4 years ago with Phoebe Gunson (Your Girl Pho) and Ven X (Dirty Versachi), a few years later Mo•Louie picked the track back up and revived it, adding new instrumentation by Moses Carr with additional production and mixing by Mo herself.

 

Known for her music and live shows having cinematic elements whilst still living in a pop-electronic world, ‘Awake’ is no exception to the theatrics, with its anthemic and intricate vocals woven on top of lush bed of sound. The powerful song has a relatable message and deeper meaning to the artist’s own personal struggles.

 

“The message is something I think everyone can relate to, and that is having an overthinking mind so much so that you cannot sleep. For me personally, I have an extremely overthinking mind that keep me awake a lot. It can be anything from planning an artistic project or me catastrophizing a situation that happened that day, all these thoughts surface at night for me. On a deeper level, I had a major depressive episode (psychosis) where I suffered from severe sleep deprivation and started hallucinating. I felt like I was living in a dark, scary, fantasy world and that time in my life was extremely frightening. I wanted to reclaim that experience and turn it into art, that is why the artwork and the press shots for this release are really dark and moody as I wanted to reflect that.”

 

 

 

 

To aid in bringing ‘Awake’ to life, Mo•Louie worked with incredible photographer Laura Du Vé. Mo had the idea of doing a Victorian inspired shoot which saw Mo donned in garments by local designers Anna Cordell and Ange Wilkins, bringing a modern twist to the look, all of which you can see in the visualiser accompanying the single.

 

To celebrate the release of the single Mo•Louie will be playing an intimate show at LongPlay on May 20th where she will re-create the visualiser for a live setting.

 

 

MO•LOUIE LIVE SHOWS
‘AWAKE’ Launch
May 20th @ LongPlay
Rya Park ‘Generational’ EP Launch
June 10th @ The Leadbeater Hotel
with Rya Park, Frank Gonzo & Mo•Louie

 

 


 

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GENES leads the next wave of Aussie pop with euphoric single ‘CRUMBLE’. The solo project of esteemed songwriter Maddy Rowe.

GENES leads the next wave of Aussie pop with euphoric single ‘CRUMBLE’. The solo project of esteemed songwriter Maddy Rowe.

GENES

leads the next wave of Aussie pop with euphoric single

‘CRUMBLE’.

The solo project of esteemed songwriter

Maddy Rowe.


With over 50 million global songwriting streams, 180k+ streams on her last single ‘Kind of Bi’, 5.5k tiktok followers and major Spotify editorial playlisting success (Fresh Finds Pop Global, Fresh Finds AU) it’s fair to say Genes is the next wave of Aussie Pop. Her latest release ‘Crumble’ soars to effervescent highs, filled with all the vibrancy and fun Genes has been known to bring with each release.

 

Celebrating the euphoric joy of light-hearted pop, Genes provides a potent exploration of the early and sometimes disorienting stages of enamored love. Singing from her chest “rollercoaster take me over till my stomach drops” Genes’ elegant lyricism explores the addictive cocktail of anxiety and excitement we experience when first falling in love. Produced by regular collaborator Ben Oldland (KYE, Ula), ‘Crumble’ features a compelling retro-tinge of pulsing synths that will have you hitting repeat.

 

 

 

 

 

“It’s about that overwhelming feeling right before the fall, before you crumble into someone for the first time. Do I catch myself in it, or do I let myself tip completely over the edge? It’s exciting and exhilarating and completely terrifying all at the same time. But, to Crumble is the best part.” Genes

 

‘Crumble’ is Genes’ most honest song to date. Noticeably darker, her self-assured sound in this single sees her step into her boundless creative power. Featuring a stripped-back first chorus, Genes vocals shine, ultimately building throughout the rest of the song into a powerfully cathartic final chorus. It’s edgy, crunchy, and filled with unparalleled confidence.

 

In a similar vein to Carly Rae Jepsen, Wafia & Broods, Genes is well on her way to joining these music powerhouses. Having already played main support for Sheppard and Eves Karydas, Genes is set to support Aussie icons Client Liaison in Brisbane on May 6th as well as performing at the Broncos halftime show in June. 

 

In 2019 Maddy launched the Genes solo project, utilizing her strong foundation and experience behind the pop scene to step into her own spotlight. Boasting an impressive song-writing resume under her belt with the likes of Young Franco, Kilter, Will Sparks and Nicky Romero, you can hear her extensive experience in her own music. Since then she has released a string of singles like ‘Kind of Bi’, ‘Super Single’ and ‘Cherry Lips’ as well as her debut EP ‘Super Single’ in late 2021.

 

 

Frustrated by the delays and uncertainty of behind-the-scenes songwriting, this pivot to a solo project allowed her to showcase her songwriting and vocal prowess, through a new and more personal lens. 

 

 

Named as a nod to how her appreciation for music runs so deep within her that it’s nearly ingrained into her DNA, Genes’ only way forward is through her music. Tapping into her own unique and utterly captivating blend of multidimensional pop writing, Genes’ future prospects are as bright as they are dazzling.

 

 

With brilliant lyricism of crystal-cut clarity,  addictive vocals and electrifying production –  it’s clear that Genes is the future of pop. Her extensive behind-the-scenes resume sets her apart, positioning her to bolt out of the gate, onwards and upwards. She’s young, immeasurably talented and her passion is unparalleled. 

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS

Friday May 6 playing support for Client Liason Triffids, Brisbane Tickets

 

Saturday June 11 playing at the Broncos halftime show at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

 

 

 

 

PRAISE FOR GENES

“One of Australia’s most exciting new popstars… I’m kind of obsessed with her.”

Ash London

 

“There’s bound to be plenty on the way with Genes… and if the work to come is even only a fraction as fun [of ‘Super Single’], it’s still going to be brilliant.”

Pilerats

 

“Put Genes in the vanguard of new Aussie pop makers.”

Dave Ruby Howe, triple j

 

Crumble is out now!


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ABROAD SHARE HYPNOTIC NEW SINGLE ‘COFFEE’

ABROAD SHARE HYPNOTIC NEW SINGLE ‘COFFEE’

ABROAD

SHARE HYPNOTIC NEW SINGLE

‘COFFEE’


An effervescent ode to new beginnings and positive motivators, driving Sydney duo Abroad return  with a fresh and frothy new single, Coffee. An ongoing favourite for the indie-electronic team-up between Jack Dawson and Will Cruger, Coffee marks the first new music for Abroad since the pair’s 2021 EP Sydney charmed airwaves and further established a grounded sonic amalgamation of the likes of Foals, Hayden James, Flight Facilities and beyond.

 

Self-produced and mixed by Abroad’s very own Will, with mastering courtesy of Dale Becker (Rüfüs Du Sol, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez), Coffee is a smooth addition to 2022 and will also be celebrated in style via some upcoming NSW shows, with Abroad taking over Park House at the Mona Vale Hotel on April 29, before heading to Beach Road Hotel in Bondi and La La La’s in Wollongong in May.

 

Coffee simultaneously adheres to and breaks free of its caffeinated moniker, bubbling with hypnotic synths alongside dark and moody drum and bass, flitting between emphatic choruses and sparse instrumentation. Gifting a track that would equally fill a dancefloor or blissfully soundtrack a cosy afternoon chill, Coffee also sets creamy vocals over proceedings, detailing an analogy for motivation that sparks excitement in your day. Elaborating on the stimulating tune, Jack says, “’Coffee’ is like having a fresh start and that exciting time when everything is new. Getting that burst of energy to get up and rip into what is in front of you.” Echoing Jack’s sentiments, Will says, “’Coffee’ is really an analogy for the person that gets you out of bed in the morning. The person that gives you energy just being in your life. I’ve worked in the specialty coffee industry longer than Abroad has been around. It’s always fuelled my creativity.”

 

A fateful creative union between Jack and Will, the seeds for Abroad began after the pair met at university in Wollongong, with another chance encounter between the two quite literally abroad in London years later. With Jack on synth and vocal duties and Will syncing the backing tracks and also on vocals and guitars, Abroad have released multiple EPs and singles over the years while also amassing over a million streams on Spotify, with their releases fittingly named for the relevant city that they were written in.

 

And while the Abroad journey is already set to bloom even brighter in 2022, the pair are firmly fixed to offer a live show equally as captivating as their tunes, with three NSW shows on the cards, starting at Park House on Sydney’s Northern Beaches on April 29. Ecstatic to be playing live, Abroad are set to showcase their passions and their technical chops, as Will explains, “This is why we create music. Jack and I both sing and play instruments, so we really try to do as much as we can live. The set we’ve been working on since the start of 2020 has continually evolved, we’re playing a range of instruments and making the entire performance engaging to our audience.”  And alongside the euphoric tunes, there’s some visual and aural beautiful surprises lying in wait for NSW audiences, as Jack explains, “We want to create a show that blows people away. As well as sounding crisp, we want the full show of lights and atmospheric energy to keep the audience present and engaged.”

 

 

 

 

 

ABROAD ‘COFFEE’ UPCOMING SHOWS

FRI 29 APRIL | PARK HOUSE, MONA VALE NSW | 18+ (free)

 

FRI 6 MAY | BEACH ROAD HOTEL, BONDI NSW | 18+ (free)

 

THUR 19TH MAY | LA LA LA’S, WOLLONGONG NSW | 18+
Tickets available from moshtix

 

 


 

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Darren Hayes releases new club anthem Do You Remember? Touring Australia in February 2023

Darren Hayes releases new club anthem Do You Remember? Touring Australia in February 2023

Darren Hayes

releases new club anthem

Do You Remember?

Touring Australia in February 2023

 

HEADLINE PERFORMANCE AT 2022 SYDNEY GAY & LESBIAN MARDI GRAS PARADE.


Ahead of his triumphant Australian return, a headline performance at the 2022 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade, award-winning songwriter and performer Darren Hayes shares a brand new single in ‘Do You Remember?’ from his long-awaited new solo record – his first in a decade!

 

A reminder of love and lust found under neon spotlights, to soundtracks of pulsating drum machines and synthwaves, ‘Do You Remember?’ drops at the most perfect of times: as Australia’s LGBTQIA+ community comes together to celebrate unity and strength, and as Darren’s fanbase prepares to see the iconic performer return to a stage near them in the near future, with national tour dates announced for summer 2023.

 

 

 

‘Do You Remember?’, following on from the strikingly personal single ‘Let’s Try Being In Love’, is a song that has been tailor made for the club; a burner of a tune that is ready for bodies to get sweaty and lose their inhibitions through.

 

‘Do You Remember?’ is accompanied by a colourful retro inspired lyric video which was shot by Darren’s husband Richard Cullen.

 

 

 

Written and recorded in Darren’s home base of Los Angeles, ‘Do You Remember?’ is another strong example of his re-energised talents as a solo songwriter, arranger and producer. From the top down, each element of the track was conceptualised and executed by Darren himself, with mixing and mastering completed by Trevor Yasuda (Dua Lipa, Lana Del Rey) and Mike Bozzi (Childish Gambino, Janet Jackson) respectively.

 

The song itself is a gleeful deep dive into Darren’s love for records by the likes of George Michael and Prince, while in the rhythms and synth progressions, fans of artists like Vulfpeck and Jungle will find common ground. Lyrically, ‘Do You Remember’ is a retelling of Darren’s first gay kiss, an event Savage Garden fans will remember he detailed on the band’s 1999 tune ‘Chained To You’.

 

Here, Darren presents a retelling of what was such a transformative event, now through an out and proud perspective. The song itself is an addictive listen; the confidence in Darren’s vocals adding to its overall insatiability.

 

“From a production point of view this is what I have always wanted to do but never had the skills until now.  It reminds me of what I loved about songs from George Michael’s ‘Faith’ and some of my favourite Prince records from the late 80’s. It’s all about the groove.  

 

I spent ages trying to tune a Linn drum machine to sound like those snare drums.  In doing so I went down this amazing rabbit hole of vintage synth sounds – understanding what it is I loved about 80’s tech like the Synclavier and the Fairlight.  I let my voice wander and stretch – and I had so much fun with trippy keyboards and big fat square bass patches.”
DARREN HAYES

 

 

Do You Remember? single artwork

 

The release of ‘Do You Remember?’ coincides with the announcement of Darren’s Australian tour dates, scheduled for February 2023.

 

With his performance at last week’s Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras set to introduce this Darren Hayes 2.0 to longtime fans and newcomers alike, the national run next year will be a full love in, celebrating his acclaimed career with Savage Garden, as well as his well-established solo career that has stretched over ten years.

 

“You never know how much you love something until it’s taken away from you,” Darren Hayes said. “After almost a decade out of the spotlight and all this time in lockdown I found myself really missing the electric feeling that only a live audience can bring. After 25 years in the music industry, I feel like we’ve grown up together. To sing these songs again after all we’ve been through is going to feel like a family reunion. I’m beyond excited to return.” 

 

 

 

DARREN HAYES AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
Tickets available through www.darrenhayes.com

 

Tuesday, January 31st 2023 RAC Arena Perth
Monday, February 4th 2023 Sidney Myer Music Bowl Melbourne
Wednesday, February 7th 2023 Aware Super Theatre Sydney
Thursday, February 8th 2023 Entertainment Centre Newcastle
Saturday, February 11th 2023 Entertainment Centre Brisbane
Sunday, February 12th 2023 Convention & Exhibition Centre Gold Coast

 

‘Do You Remember?’ is released via Powdered Sugar Productions on March 10 2022


 

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Nick Cave & Warren Ellis live at Hanging Rock (VIC) | Fri 25 & Sat 26 Nov 2022

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis live at Hanging Rock (VIC) | Fri 25 & Sat 26 Nov 2022

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

live at Hanging Rock (VIC)

Fri 25 & Sat 26 Nov 2022

 

+ with special guest Courtney Barnett


Nick Cave & Warren Ellis today announce two shows at the iconic Hanging Rock in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges, performing on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 November. These limited capacity seated shows are presented by Always Live, Frontier Touring and Supersonic, and will be the first dates on their upcoming Australian Carnage Tour.

 

The VIC show news comes off the back of Cave & Ellis’ acclaimed 2021 album CARNAGE, as well as a run of phenomenal performances across the UK and Europe, and a current North American tour. Tickets are on sale Thursday 17 March (12pm local time) via frontiertouring.com/nickcavewarrenellis, with Frontier Members pre-sale on Tuesday 15 March (see website for full info).

 

 

Cave has already announced, via The Red Hand Files, that the full Australian Carnage Tour will run from mid-November to mid-December. Details on those shows will be announced soon. (**Media: please see contact below for any full tour enquiries.)

 

Also just announced, Andrew Dominik’s film This Much I Know To Be True featuring Nick Cave & Warren Ellis will be in cinemas worldwide on Wednesday 11 May, following its critically acclaimed world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.

 

While Cave & Ellis have composed and recorded many soundtracks together, and Ellis is a long-term member of The Bad Seeds, CARNAGE is the first album of songs the pair have released.

 

Cave & Ellis’ creative chemistry is rooted in their long history of music making, both as collaborators and as individual artists. They first crossed paths in 1993, when Ellis played violin on several songs for the Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album, Let Love In, before going on to join the band as a full-time member. The two have also recorded as Grinderman, formed in 2006, and have composed and recorded numerous, film, TV and theatre soundtracks together.

 

Joining Nick and Warren at both shows is Courtney Barnett. In the hands of Courtney Barnett, fragments of everyday life become rich and riveting. A deft lyricist and virtuosic guitarist, she is an emblem of millennial wit and one of Australia’s most successful musical exports. Barnett is also a powerhouse live act, playing slots at festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Governor’s Ball, Primavera, and Lollapalooza. In 2021, she released album Things Take Time, Take Time.

 

The shows are part of the ALWAYS LIVE program, a new state-wide celebration of contemporary live music supported by the Victorian Government through Visit Victoria. Ticketholders can also access further information regarding Hanging Rock travel, accommodation and other FAQ’s at www.hangingrockconcerts.com.

 

‘…an unexpected and powerful collection of songs from Cave and his long-term musical partner Warren Ellis…’ – The Age

 

‘Working together in a shared state of intuition, the two have never sounded quite so unfettered by expectation – either theirs or ours.’ – The Australian


 

NICK CAVE & WARREN ELLIS
With special guest Courtney Barnett
NOVEMBER 2022
Presented by ALWAYS LIVE, Frontier Touring and Supersonic

 

FRONTIER MEMBERS PRE-SALE 
via frontiertouring.com/nickcavewarrenellis
Runs 24 hours from: Tuesday 15 March (12pm AEDT)
or until pre-sale allocation exhausted, visit website for more details

 

GENERAL PUBLIC ON SALE
Begins: Thursday 17 March (12pm local time)

Friday 25 November
Hanging Rock | Macedon Ranges, VIC
Licensed All Ages
Ticketmaster.com.au | T: 136 100

 

Saturday 26 November
Hanging Rock | Macedon Ranges, VIC
Licensed All Ages
Ticketmaster.com.au | T: 136 100

 

 

Patrons are advised to purchase tickets only through authorised ticket sellers. We cannot guarantee any ticket purchase made through any means other than the official ticketing agents listed on the Frontier website.

 

 

         


 

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New Gang Of Youths ‘angel in realtime.’ – OUT TODAY

New Gang Of Youths ‘angel in realtime.’ – OUT TODAY

New album 

angel in realtime. is out now
Featuring new single

‘spirit boy’


Gang Of Youths have today released their new album angel in realtime. via Mosy Recordings / Sony Music Entertainment Australia. The album’s release caps a remarkable few months for the band including ‘angel of 8th avenue.’ coming in at #6 on triple j hottest 100, ‘in the wake of your leave’ added to playlists at Radio 1 and Radio  2 in the UK, being the cover artists on the February issue of NME and announcing their biggest Australian headline shows to date and two festival dates for A More Perfect Union as part of the run.

 

 

Listen to ‘angel in realtime’ here.

 

Inspired by the loss of frontman Dave Le’aupepe’s father, it’s a record which channels its emotional intensity and existential questions into an exploratory sonic tapestry that touches upon everything from Britpop and post-punk to American minimalism and contemporary classical. It also pays tribute to Le’aupepe’s family heritage, with samples and original instrumentation from the Polynesian islands and the wider South Pacific.

 

The album features all the big moments that have sound tracked Gang of Youths’ rise, including ‘the angel of 8th ave.’, ‘unison’, ‘the man himself’, ‘tend the garden’ and ‘in the wake of your leave.’ The album’s previously unreleased tracks provide plenty more, with an experimental hybrid of contemporary American minimalism, and electronica on ‘you in everything’, the 2-step and big beat rhythms of ‘the kingdom is within you’, and the cathartic conclusion provided by the sweeping, multi-textured ‘goal of the century’.

 

 

 

 

New single ‘spirit boy’ is the beating heart of angel in realtime. The song features Shane McLean, a musician specialising in Taonga Pūoro (the traditional instrumentation and music culture of the Māori people) and contributes spoken word. Le’aupepe recalls:

“We were fortunate to have Shane McLean, an outstanding musician and Taonga Pūoro facilitator, write and perform a spoken verse in Te Reo Māori. A wonderful Māori woman performed “rongoā” on me — a sacred healing practice. It was a transformative experience, and I’m still not quite sure why. There was a moment when this wonderful woman looked at me and said “you’re a wairua boy” — wairua in Te Reo means something like “spirit.”

 

Dave Le’aupepe has channelled every drop of emotion into Gang of Youths’ most personal album to date. For the band, which features multi instrumentalists Jung KimTom HobdenMax Dunn and Donnie Borzestowski, the decision to rent an old warehouse space in Hackney, London and self-produce the record was absolutely vital.

 

To pay tribute to Le’aupepe’s family heritage, firstly the band made a pre-pandemic trip to Aotearoa to record with Pasifika and Māori instrumentalists the Anuanua Drummers from the Cook IslandsShane McClean and the Auckland Gospel Choir. These recordings, together with the extensive sampling of composer and explorer David Fanshawe’s late 1970s field recordings of indigenous Pasifika music give the record a distinctive sense of time and place. When you add to this the 42-piece string section Hobden and Le’aupepe travelled to Budapest to record, the album effectively spans 50 years of collective recording and as many as 7 countries.

 

Dave Le’aupepe says, “I hope the record stands as a monument to the man my father was and remains long after I’m gone myself. He deserved it.”

 

angel in realtime. is available to buy here. A special edition of the vinyl in yellow has been added to the band’s store.

 

 

 

Gang Of Youths will headline shows in Australian and Aotearoa in support of angel in realtime. presented by Handsome ToursTEG LiveWME and triple j. The shows will be held in Australia’s most spectacular arenas in July and August 2022, kicking off at Perth’s RAC Arena, then to Adelaide Entertainment Centre and Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, before heading to Melbourne’s iconic Rod Laver Arena. The band also return to Auckland and Wellington for their first Aotearoa headline shows in five years.

 

Additionally,  the band are excited to announce the return of A More Perfect Union: a festival experience curated by the band, featuring some of Australia and the world’s most exciting artists, presented by triple j. Carefully crafted from top-to-bottom, the festival will take place in Hobart and the Sunshine Coast, boasting two completely unique line-ups in some of the country’s most stunning outdoor venues.

 

The Hobart (TAS) instalment of A More Perfect Union 2022 will take place at the Regatta Grounds on Sunday 14th AugustGang Of Youths will be joined by none other than Arlo ParksCub SportGretta RayAdam Newling and The Lazy Eyes.

 

The Sandstone Point (QLD) instalment of A More Perfect Union 2022 will take place at Moreton Bay’s Sandstone Point Hotel on Saturday 20th AugustGang Of Youths will be joined by Matt CorbyMiddle KidsBudjerahBLESSEDBecca Hatch and Romero.

 

Gang of Youths consists of Dave Le’aupepe (vocals, guitar), Max Dunn (bass), Jung Kim (guitar, keyboards), Donnie Borzestowski (drums) and Tom Hobden (keyboards, guitar, violin).

 

 

 

 

Handsome Tours, TEG Live WME and triple j present
GANG OF YOUTHS
angel in realtime. tour

AUSTRALIA
Perth: Sat 30 July 2022 @ RAC Arena, WA
Adelaide: Wed 3 Aug 2022 @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre, SA
Sydney: Sat 6 Aug 2022 @ Qudos Bank Arena, NSW
Melbourne: Fri 12 Aug 2022 @ Rod Laver Arena, VIC

AOTEAROA
Wellington: Tue 16 Aug 2022 @ Hunter Lounge, NZ
Auckland: Wed 17 Aug 2022 @ Powerstation, NZ

 

‘A MORE PERFECT UNION’
Hobart: Sun 14 Aug 2022 @ Regatta Grounds, TAS
Featuring GANG OF YOUTHS, ARLO PARKS (UK), CUB SPORT, GRETTA RAY, ADAM NEWLING and THE LAZY EYES

 

Sunshine Coast: Sat 20 2022 @ Sandstone Point Hotel, QLD
Featuring GANG OF YOUTH, MATT CORBY, MIDDLE KIDS, BUDJERAH, BLESSED, BECCA HATCH and ROMERO

 

General sale: Friday 25th February @ 10AM AEDT
Tickets available via amoreperfectunion.com.au

 

 

 

 

angel in realtime. tracklist
1. you in everything
2. in the wake of your leave
3. the angel of 8th ave.
4. returner
5. unison
6. tend the garden
7. the kingdom is within you
8. spirit boy
9. brothers
10. forbearance
11. the man himself
12. hand of god
13. goal of the century


 

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BLOODMOON RELEASES DEBUT SONG ‘DISARM’

BLOODMOON RELEASES DEBUT SONG ‘DISARM’

BLOODMOON

RELEASES DEBUT SONG

DISARM


INTRODUCING BLOODMOON
THE NEW PROJECT FROM
DOUGY MANDAGI
WITH DEBUT SINGLE ‘DISARM’

 

Indonesia-born, now Berlin-based electronic producer and vocalist BLOODMOON (aka Dougy Mandagi of Melbourne’s The Temper Trap) today releases his debut single ‘Disarm’ via Liberation Records and in partnership with Future Classic and the newly launched UK label Eat Your Own Ears Recordings. Dougy co-produced the track with Jono Ma, founding member of the prolific duo Jagwar Ma, adding great depth to his emotive vocals.

 

 

 

 

A poignant introduction to BLOODMOON’s sonic world, ‘Disarm’ sees Dougy master the emotive, electronic landscape of his adopted hometown of Berlin. Accompanied by a neo-futuristic video from acclaimed director Alex Massey, ‘Disarm’ marks a progressive and experimental new era for Dougy.

 

Drawing on local influences such as Moderat, Frankey & Sandrino and Impérieux, the track sounds very much like a beautiful marriage of Dougy’s present and past, with lyrics that speak unconsciously to the bold transition he was making in his musical life. Swelling basslines and skipping drum patterns from Jono are paired with arresting lyrics by Dougy in a composition that sounds both intense and alluring. It came together as effortlessly as The Temper Trap’s signature hit Sweet Disposition, which has sold more than three million copies globally. Dougy says of ‘Disarm’:

 

“Sometimes I find when writing you throw your line in and patiently wait for a bite. This song however felt like a fish that just shot out of the water and landed in the boat. I’m always working on melodies and took this to Jono Ma who I’ve collaborated with on a number of tracks and I believe we’ve created something really fresh and special. Disarm came together so easily both musically and lyrically for me. It is deeply personal and came from the bottom swimming upwards until it finally broke through the surface.”

From the Indonesian kid who grew up in America, to the teen with the thick American accent at high school in Bali, and then one of the only Asian singers in Australia’s homogenous early-2000s indie rock scene, Dougy always felt like an outsider. After The Temper Trap cemented themselves as one of Australia’s biggest exports of the decade, with 1 million worldwide album sales, US & UK platinum certifications, a BRIT nomination and 2 ARIA #1 albums and 4 ARIA awards at home, Dougy went on hiatus in 2016 and found himself on the hunt for something rejuvenating and his own. He moved from London to his now-beloved home Berlin, and BLOODMOON was born. After a few life-changing experiences in the notorious club Berghain – he embraced the pulsating beats of his electronic passions.

 

With an abundance of fascinating stories and alternate perspectives, through BLOODMOON Dougy Mandagi hasn’t just found his latest musical iteration – he’s found himself.

 

 

 

BLOODMOON – ‘Disarm’

Out now through Liberation Records

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THIS IS JUST A TRIBUTE FESTIVAL – FESTIVAL FIRST: AUDIENCE TO PICK THE SETLIST FOR THE ARTISTS

THIS IS JUST A TRIBUTE FESTIVAL – FESTIVAL FIRST: AUDIENCE TO PICK THE SETLIST FOR THE ARTISTS

THIS IS JUST A TRIBUTE FESTIVAL

FESTIVAL FIRST:

AUDIENCE TO PICK THE SETLIST FOR THE ARTISTS

 

EASTER LONG WEEKEND 
16TH & 17TH APRIL 2022 LAKE JINDABYNE SNOWY MOUNTAINS, NSW


THIS IS JUST A TRIBUTE – Australia’s first-ever family friendly outdoor festival experience featuring some of the world’s best tribute artists – is coming to Lake Jindabyne, NSW on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of April 2022, this Easter long weekend!

 

Starring ICONIC Australian artists who are paying homage to the world’s biggest band and a line-up of internationally acclaimed Tribute Acts, they will be belting out nothing but bangers from the greatest artists of the last four decades. The soundtrack to your life just got a whole lot better with masterpieces created by The Beatles, Queen, U2, Fleetwood Mac, Oasis, David Bowie, ABBA, INXS, Crowded House, Pearl Jam and more! Faithfully performed and recreated live by musicians such as Australian Rock Collective, Killer Queen, Achtung Baby, Live Baby Live!, Running In The Shadows Of Fleetwood Mac, FABBA, NOASIS, The Bowie Unzipped Band, The Crowdies and The Australian Pearl Jam Show who love the music just as much as you do. At Australia’s first-ever major multi-day outdoor music festival dedicated to Tribute Acts.

 

THIS IS JUST A TRIBUTE will feature a first for music festivals by having YOU choose the setlists of these iconic acts. Like the old stuff better than the new stuff? No problem. Choose your top ten tracks for each artist and help curate the ultimate festival songbook. The bands will play the songs you vote for, so choose carefully. Head to thisisjustatribute.com.au now to cast your votes, and find out Easter Long Weekend if your favourite track has been selected.

 

 

CHOOSE THE TRACKS FOR EACH ARTIST’S SETLIST HERE

 

 

Purchase your Early Bird tickets now for $69 before sales end on Monday 28th February (or if sold out earlier) via thisisjustatribute.com.au.

 

THIS IS JUST A TRIBUTE has been created for multiple generations of music lovers to enjoy. Delivering a brand new world-class and inclusive festival experience with an emphasis on the word FUN! Fun for you, fun for your friends and your family to come along and dance, throw your arms in the air and sing along to songs you know and cherish. Pay your respects to the band, the era and the tracks you’ve grown up with (or seen on Youtube!), whilst dressed up in your best vintage rock attire, at a purpose-built festival stage on the shore of Lake Jindabyne, in the beautiful Snowy Mountains, NSW.

 

Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres said, “This is Just a Tribute is a fantastic addition to our regional events calendar, which will provide enormous social and economic benefits for Jindabyne, with thousands of additional visitors in town, injecting more dollars into the pockets of local businesspeople and creating more local jobs. Giving the audience an opportunity to pick the playlists will take this new festival to another level and is a great example of taking an innovative approach to boost the Snowy Mountains visitor economy.”

 

THIS IS JUST A TRIBUTE is supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW and the Regional Events Acceleration Fund.

 

 

DISCOVER LAKE JINDABYNE SNOWY MOUNTAINS, NSW

 

FULL LINE UP BELOW:

AUSTRALIAN ROCK COLLECTIVE
KILLER QUEEN
THE U2 SHOW – ACHTUNG BABY
LIVE BABY LIVE!
RUNNING IN THE SHADOWS OF FLEETWOOD MAC
FABBA
NOASIS
THE BOWIE UNZIPPED BAND
THE CROWDIES
THE AUSTRALIAN PEARL JAM SHOW

 

 


 

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Jack White releases new track + self-directed video for ‘Fear Of The Dawn’

Jack White releases new track + self-directed video for ‘Fear Of The Dawn’

Jack White

releases new track + self-directed video for

Fear Of The Dawn

 

‘LOVE IS SELFISH’ B/W ‘FEAR OF THE DAWN’ LTD ED
TRI-COLOUR 7″ AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT
THIRD MAN RECORDS STOREFRONTS FROM FEB 13

 

FEAR OF THE DAWN + ENTERING HEAVEN ALIVE
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW
+ THE SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES TOUR UNDERWAY


Jack White has shared ‘Fear Of The Dawn‘, the title track from his first album to be released in 2022. LISTEN HERE .

 

Fear Of The Dawn‘ is the b-side to the recently-released ‘Love Is Selfish’, which appears on White’s second album of the year, ENTERING HEAVEN ALIVE. The ‘Love Is Selfish‘ b/w ‘Fear Of The Dawn‘ limited edition tri-colour 7″ will be available exclusively at Third Man Records Nashville and Cass Corridor Detroit this Saturday, February 12, as well as at Third Man London on Saturday, February 19.

 

 

 

White recently announced the first dates of The Supply Chain Issues Tour, with shows in North America, Europe, and the United Kingdom. Produced by Live Nation, the tour – which features White’s first headline shows in four years – begins with two sold-out FEAR OF THE DAWN album release shows, set for April 8 and 9 at Detroit’s Masonic Temple Theatre, and then continues through late August. A limited number of VIP packages will be available for each show. For all tour dates, tickets and more information, please visit jackwhiteiii.com/tour-dates.

 

Fear Of The Dawn‘ is out now, buy/stream it here.

 

 

JACK WHITE
FEAR OF THE DAWN LP
8 April 2022
PRE-ORDER HERE

 

ENTERING HEAVEN ALIVE LP
22 July 2022
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RADICALS UNLEASH IMMENSE NEW SINGLE ‘FALLING FASTER SLOWLY’

RADICALS  UNLEASH IMMENSE NEW SINGLE ‘FALLING FASTER SLOWLY’

RADICALS

UNLEASH IMMENSE NEW SINGLE

FALLING FASTER SLOWLY


Sydney-based alternative-rock trio RADICALS have revealed their thundering new single ‘falling faster slowly’ – produced by Daniel Antix at Def Wolf Studios (Pist IdiotsSCABZClay J Gladstone).

 

Igniting with colossal drums and commanding guitars, ‘falling faster slowly’ explores the frontiers of grunge and alternative music in a stimulating manner. Lead vocalist Brandon Wade pilots the melody above vigorous drum and bass, before lurching into a captivating chorus. Taking cues from Royal Blood and The Black Keys, the vivacious song’s lyrics dive into themes of mind alteration.

 

“The song is based around the feeling/experience of taking drugs,” commends Brandon. “We wrote the song while on drugs and thought it would be the perfect time to write and encapsulate what and how we were feeling. It was a wild experience and we’re stoked the song turned out the way it did.”

 

Complimenting the single is a psychoactive accompanying video – filmed, directed and edited by Nelson Faulds from Level 48 Visuals. Shot at Huxley’s in Caringbah, the video alters between live performance footage and feverish animations, using quick cut editing and psychedelic effects to encapsulate the lyrical themes of the track.

 

 

 

 

“We shot the music video live which we thought was pretty cool,” continues Brandon. “No one had any idea what the song was about or how the music video was going to turn out. We all just rocked up and went nuts. The director Nelson knew what the song was about and did a sick job with his FX skills.”

 

To support the release, RADICALS will play a run of live shows throughout New South Wales, including an upcoming appearance at Yours & Owls Festival in April. In the live arena, the group have previously sold out headline shows at The LansdowneOxford Art Factory and Vinnie’s Dive Bar, as well as supporting homebased favourites Ruby FieldsLOSER and The Dead Love.

 

Previous singles have been supported by the likes of Apple Musictriple j UnearthedThe Faction4ZZZSYN FMRadio AdelaidePBS FM, and WXRY Discovery (USA). They’ve also received online praise from New Noise Magazine (USA), Hysteria MagazineAAA BackstageRawing In The PitMilkyUngrained Magazine and LivewireAU. Their music video for ‘i hate myself’ was added to rotation on ABC’s rage.

 

 

 

‘falling faster slowly’ is available worldwide now


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FRI 11 FEB | THE CHIPPO, SYDNEY NSW
FRI 25 FEB | HIJINX ALLEY, SYDNEY
SUN 13 MAR | THE STAG AND HUNTER HOTEL, NEWCASTLE NSW
SAT 19 MAR | RYANS HOTEL, THIRROUL NSW
SAT 2 APR | YOURS & OWLS FESTIVAL, WOLLONGONG NSW
SAT 9 APR | HUXLEY’S, SYDNEY NSW


 

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PERTH SINGER/SONGWRITER, HELEN SHANAHAN DELIGHTS WITH NEW SINGLE ‘CANVAS’, ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM + PERTH LAUNCH

PERTH SINGER/SONGWRITER, HELEN SHANAHAN DELIGHTS WITH NEW SINGLE ‘CANVAS’, ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM + PERTH LAUNCH

 HELEN SHANAHAN

DELIGHTS WITH NEW SINGLE

CANVAS

ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM + PERTH LAUNCH


Perth-based singer-songwriter Helen Shanahan has announced her new single Canvas, an emotional and vulnerable track about allowing oneself to be completely taken over by another person, out now.  The soulful artist has also released a powerful video to accompany the track, following the life of a young girl as she grows up, learning to lessen herself to suit others, made in collaboration with filmmaker and photographer Jane Tionowidjaja

 

 

Canvas is just a taste of what is to come ahead of the release of Helen’s new album of the same name, to be released on March 4 – fans can pre-order now. Helen will be celebrating the album with a local launch show at Night Owl Studio in Morley, WA on March 5.  

 

 

Canvas is evocative of Ladies of the Canyon-era Joni Mitchell, Kacey Musgraves, and Australian superstar Missy Higgins – what Helen shares with these impressive women is an innate understanding of songwriting – how to weave a story and set it to the perfect melody, the most poignant chords.  She’s at her best on Canvas; soft, acoustic guitar travels steadily beneath her unique, buttery voice.  Canvas is quite a sad song, but introspective, reflective as well – like a person in their 30s may look back on their behaviour during their late teens.  Speaking about the song, Helen says, The single was inspired by a theme from a songwriting group (I Heart Songwriting Club) I joined in 2018.  The theme was ‘lessons’, and it made me think about how I learnt to make myself small and essentially a doormat for a particular group of people.  The song brought up lots of mixed emotions, as it unravelled how that relationship effected my adult life and how I had to ‘unlearn’ my feelings of low self-esteem and worth.” 

 

The video encapsulates this inspiration perfectly.  The viewer follows a young girl – eventually, a young woman – who has learnt to make herself small to suit the people in her life.  The video demonstrates the sadness that follows, and the confusion that occurs when you’ve spent so long making other people happy you’re not quite sure how to do it for yourself, as the clip’s director Jane Tionowidjaja explains, The music video revolves around the concept of what it means ‘to be’ and how we become a summation of our own life experiences.  It’s what we learn over time but also what we decide to tolerate when we relate to those we love. 

 

 

 

Making an album during a global pandemic is no mean feat – but Canvas, the upcoming album, is nothing short of a triumph.  Helen’s songwriting prowess has always been impressive, but Canvas sees her reaching new heights; previous single and album opener Deer In Headlights powers ahead with a killer chorus, the reflective and contemplative No seethes amidst a bed of strings and percussion, while the edgy Chemical Help takes influence from the pop world.  Recorded in Perth with Jon Clements, and produced remotely by Brad Jones in Nashville, Canvas takes influence from the likes of Taylor Swift while still staying true to Helen’s country singer/songwriter roots. 

 

 

Speaking on the themes of the album, Helen says, “…a lot of the songs on the album ended up pertaining to my high school years where I developed a lot of anxiety and low self-worth.  Now in my 30’s, I am in more stable relationships, and able to observe how these relationships made me behave- and how they made their mark on my mental health.  While there are a lot of darker themes on the album, the opening and closing tracks celebrate the ‘better times’ and positive relationships.”  

 

Excited to bring the songs of Canvas to the stage, Helen will be playing an album launch show at Night Owl Studio in Morley in WA on March 5.  Thrilled to be playing for live audiences once again, she says, I am so excited to perform these songs with my wonderful band.  We are set to perform the album in full at Night Owl Studio, where we will also aim to live stream the event.  The audience can expect a faithful representation of my recorded work, and some of my older songs too.” 

 

 

HELEN SHANAHAN ‘CANVAS’ LAUNCH SHOW 

SAT 5 MARCH | NIGHT OWL STUDIO, MORLEY WA | ALL AGES 

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Darren Hayes returns with new music after 10 years, headline performer at 2022 Mardi Gras Parade

Darren Hayes returns with new music after 10 years, headline performer at 2022 Mardi Gras Parade

Darren Hayes

returns with new music after 10 years,

headline performer at

2022 Mardi Gras Parade


Iconic Australian musician Darren Hayes has announced his first new music in a decade and the beginning of a brand new chapter of accomplishments. Leading with the effervescent new single ‘Let’s Try Being In Love’, Hayes strikes out strong with a reminder of his natural songwriting talent and charm.

 

More than a comeback, ‘Let’s Try Being In Love’ is a rebirth.

 

It signals that Hayes’ most personal music is around the corner. For the first time ever, his new project is entirely arranged, produced, composed and performed by Hayes himself, and the single teases an era that is set to represent Darren Hayes at his most artistically fulfilled.

 

 

 

 

Darren will return to Australia and celebrate his first live performance in a decade at the 2022 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on March 5.  Tickets here

 

“I couldn’t be more excited to return to Australia to headline the 2022 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.  Last year, I was in awe, along with the rest of the world, as Australians united and came together safely to celebrate our vibrant and resilient community. I decided in that moment, if this could happen again in 2022,  I was going to do everything within my power to come home and celebrate with you.  You can imagine how thrilled I am, truly, to have been chosen to close what I know will be an unforgettable and necessary night of pride and joy.  I’m so looking forward to spending time together after so much time apart.” 
Darren Hayes

 

 

 

 

 

“This Mardi Gras, an Australian queer icon returns home to join us for a night of celebration and pride. We’re incredibly pleased to have Darren Hayes join us as a headline performer for the 2022 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Local fans have been waiting a long time for this, and we know the audience are going to love what he has planned for the night!” 
Albert Kruger, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO
Inspired by queer icons like Patrick Cowley and Shep Pettibone (Madonna, George Michael), ‘Let’s Try Being In Love’ has the obvious romanticism threaded beautifully throughout, while 2017’s Call Me By Your Name also gave special inspiration for how Hayes approached this particular song. Thematically, ‘Let’s Try Being In Love’ (and the video in particular), serves as a reflection from a man on life, love, regret and realisation.

 

“I’ve been married to Richard (Cullen) for almost 17 years, I’m in this really comfortable place in my life. But at the same time at mid-life I’m grieving the fact I never got to celebrate who I really was at the period of my life where I was most famous.

 

“I look at this world we live in now where someone like Lil Nas X can push forward his true self, full of pride and self-love and have the chance to be loved for who he truly is. I was realising with great sadness that I didn’t get that experience. A lot of the time I was my most famous, I was deeply sad.”
Darren Hayes 

 

 

The music video for ‘Let’s Try Being In Love’ adds further emotional depth to the song. Directed by Andrew Putschoegl, written and art directed by Darren Hayes, and starring Madeleine Coghlan and Scott Evans (brother of Hollywood star Chris Evans), the visual narrative follows Hayes’ character as he navigates two opposing sides of himself.

 

Astonishingly for the first time in his career he’s the love interest in his own clip – as well as sexual tension and bedroom scenes there’s a sweaty dance routine, inspired by New York’s ballroom culture and voguing.

 

“In the music video I’m looking back on that first period of my life where I’m married to a woman. I’m realising that in order to be free I have to destroy something beautiful and innocent. Scott’s character represents the freight train of my future sexuality and that’s gonna emerge no matter what.”

 

 

“I wanted to show I love the feminine in me, be proud of the gay me,” Darren says.
“There’s a dance scene that is so passionate, everything’s alive and thriving and blooming. That’s how I feel in general about music. And that’s a hugely sharp contrast to how I felt 10 years ago. 

 

 

“I didn’t have plans to make music, it just kind of happened in a really wonderful, organic way. This whole period of being away from the public eye, taking time out was a choice.” Darren Hayes

 

 

 

The release of ‘Let’s Try Being In Love’ at the beginning of this year kicks off a huge year for Hayes. 2022 marks Hayes’ 20th year as a solo recording artist, as well the 25th anniversary of Savage Garden’s acclaimed debut, self-titled album.

 

As one half of Savage Garden, Hayes has sold over 30 million records worldwide, and has been named one of Australia’s 50 Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone Australia and is also the recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to music as a songwriter and performer. Having sold out shows around the world, as well as some iconic venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House and New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, Hayes’ status as an Australian music icon has simply continued to strengthen as years go by.

 

With more exciting announcements still to be revealed, ‘Let’s Try Being In Love’ is the perfect way to kick off this new chapter for not just Darren Hayes, but for the dedicated global fanbase who will celebrate this next phase too.

 

 

‘Let’s Try Being In Love’ is out now via Powdered Sugar Productions


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