EMILY BARKER RELEASES POIGNANT NEW SINGLE WILD TO BE SHARING THIS MOMENT

Emily Barker

EMILY BARKER

RELEASES POIGNANT NEW SINGLE

WILD TO BE SHARING THIS MOMENT


After living in the United Kingdom for more than two decades, Emily Barker – the prolific, award-winning contemporary singer-songwriter best known for composing and performing the theme for Wallander, the BBC’s hugely successful crime drama starring Kenneth Branagh – returned home to Western Australia to begin a new musical chapter with her latest single, ‘Wild To Be  Sharing This Moment’, out now through Everyone Sang/Kartel Music Group and embarking on a national tour with UK artist, Frank Turner.

 

I see a thousand worlds in the window
Of a train as it passes me by
Each one plugged into an orbit
Their own pain, their own lullaby.

 

While waiting for the train at London’s Kings Cross station, inspiration struck. Emily quickly plucked a notebook from her bag to document her musings. “I was people watching and thinking of how vulnerable we all are, with our own stories and secrets, all sharing this same moment in time and space,” she recalls.

 

Emily had been at a birthday party celebrating a friend’s son turning one and a wave of nostalgia washed over her for a simpler time living on a narrowboat in London. “I’d had a couple of G&Ts,” she quips.

 

 

 

 

On the train, “there were passengers sleeping at awkward angles, some reading, some playing games on their phones, some with masks, most without, some listening to music and tapping a foot, children clinging to parents.

 

“I found myself questioning where empathy has gone,” Emily remembers. “The song is about compassion. The war in Ukraine had just started and it was all feeling very intense, much like it is right now.”

 

How can we study the wounds of our history
and still send our children to war?

 

“I’m an advocate for keeping conversation alive across divides,” Emily stresses, “for trying to approach each encounter as an opportunity for connection. We must find our common humanity in order to make the world a safer, better place for us all to live in.”

 

 

Arresting drums and sparse, plaintive synths and guitar usher in Emily’s lilting, pensive vocal as a sustained undercurrent creates a sense of forward momentum. ‘Wild to be Sharing This Moment’ unfurls gradually, propelling the listener towards a vast, cinematic climax, each additional verse bringing new meaning to the instantly memorable chorus.

 

Isn’t it wild to be sharing this moment
The same very thimble of time.

 

The song’s accompanying music video, created by Headjam, zooms in on a formative moment: a group of teenage girls on school photo day, with Emily playing the role of photographer. “We don’t know anything about them, but we have this snapshot of a key moment in their lives and are left to wonder about their hopes and fears and who they might go on to be,” she explains.

 

Of the apposite timing of her latest single, Emily acknowledges, “Songs sometimes reveal a life of their own — the world changes around them, but they still speak to the moment.”

 

Truth is a hope to hold onto
And where it blooms we will go.

 

Alongside the release of ‘Wild To Be Sharing This Moment’, Emily Barker embarks on a tour opening for her long-time friend and collaborator, Frank Turner.

 

 

 

 

17 Nov – WELLINGTON Hunter Lounge
18 Nov – AUCKLAND Studio
21 Nov – CANBERRA The Basement
22 Nov – SYDNEY Enmore Theatre
24 Nov – BRISBANE The Tivoli
26 Nov – MELBOURNE The Forum
28 Nov – PERTH Astor Theatre
29 Nov – ADELAIDE Hindley Street Music Hall

 

Emily & Frank Turner will also appear at Queenscliff Music Festival on 25 and 26 November.


 

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VIRGIN MARY DISCO DISH OUT INFECTIOUS NEW SINGLE ‘FOR FREE’

VIRGIN MARY DISCO DISH OUT INFECTIOUS NEW SINGLE ‘FOR FREE’

VIRGIN MARY DISCO

DISH OUT INFECTIOUS

NEW SINGLE

FOR FREE


The year is not yet over, and Virgin Mary Disco are taking no prisoners. 2023 has seen the release of two brand spanking new singles from the up and-comers, and they continue the onslaught with the new painfully catchy ‘For Free’.

 

 

 

Coming in at well under 3 minutes, the track stays true to the band’s ethos of delivering short, sharp, punchy nuggets of musical gold. Steady verse, powerful chorus, strong guitars, propulsive drums, and crowd heaving energy; all boxes are well and truly ticked. The track was recorded at Head Gap in Preston with Rohan Sforcina (Little Ugly Girls, Mildlife, Rolling Blackouts C.F.)

 

It’s been a massive year for the band who released their debut single only 8 months ago. Their previous two singles (‘Modern Man’ and ‘Automation’) have been garnering praise from media and fans alike, with ongoing support from radio such as PBS, 4ZZZ and 2XX, and sold out
single launches. In more recent news, the band have also just announced that they will be supporting Amyl and The Sniffers at their Frankston show on November 25th.

 

 

 

“The song is about the experience of employment in the modern workplace and capitalism. The lyrics for ‘For Free’ came from my own mishearing of the song ‘Making Flippy Floppy’ by Talking Heads. When Byrne sings ‘Business and pleasure, lie right to your face’, I always heard
‘Business IS pleasure’, a contradiction I could identify with, and the lyrics grew from there. Many companies today present themselves as supportive, community environments (some may even be genuine in their pursuit), but at the end of the day they continue to thrive on a system based on the extraction of cheap resources and cheap labour, leaving us to pay the true cost of their greed.”

Spencer Morris, Virgin Mary Disco

 

 

“The music for ‘For Free’ originally came from a spontaneous jam at practice several years ago. Liam had a bassline, and I came up with the guitar part and chorus pretty instinctively. The vague intention I had with the guitar part was somewhere between surf rock and The Smiths.
During recording I told Rohan my original intent of sounding surf rock and he lent me his vintage 60s fender jaguar, a staple of surf rock classics, to give the guitar solo a distinctly dry and tremolo heavy tone. I think there is still some Smiths influence in the funky bass line and clean tone and it has a very danceable feel.”

Duncan Callaghan, Virgin Mary Disco

 

 

Artwork by Liam Spicer-Quinn. Photograph by Jonah Scotti.

 

“A rollicking cut of upbeat, new wave inspired indie sounds, rapid-fire guitars and swirling synths in the mix alongside sing-a-long inducing vocals, all of which reaches a climax as the song ends in an all too satisfying instrumental freak-out.”

Pilerats

 

 

“Automation builds subtly throughout with a massive drop towards its final stand, giving off those goosebumpy epic vibes, the ending is truly epic and is beyond their years.”

AAA Backstage

 

 

“Virgin Mary Disco’s debut single, ‘Modern Man’, complements perfectly their mission statement: angular, thumping garage rock mashed with frenetic, bluesy guitar licks and a DIY brashness bristling with enough ‘tude to match any Grumpy Cat meme.”

Scenestr


 

 

Virgin Mary Disco are playing the following shows:

Single Launch
Cactus Room
Saturday 11th November
Supported by Licklash and Worker & Parasite

 

 

Amyl and The Sniffers

Pier Bandroom
Saturday 25th November
with Dumb Punts

 

 

Virgin Mary Disco is – Spencer Morris (vocals) Liam Spicer-Quinn (bass)
Duncan Callaghan (guitar) and Jackson Spessot (drums).


 

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FLEETING PERSUASION RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘STILL DARK’

FLEETING PERSUASION RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘STILL DARK’

FLEETING PERSUASION

RELEASE NEW SINGLE

STILL DARK

 

FOR FANS OF: The Cure, My Bloody Valentine, New Order


Fleeting Persuasion release their second single for 2023, another stellar collaboration between the band’s James Harrison and musician Tobey Doctor.  

 

Shared ideas, and mutual musical inspiration is the name of the game for Fleeting Persuasion’s James Harrison (guitar/vocals). Following a string of well-received singles through 2021/22, written and recorded with producer Josh Whitehead during the pandemic years, James then began flexing his creativity with ex-Sounds Like Sunset drummer Tobey Doctor (drums/bass).

 

The latter contributed drums, bass and studio chops to their 2022 single ‘Etched‘, a song that twitched and surged with chiming indie rock melodies and angular post-punk shapes, before they released ‘Slipped‘, which further explored their minimal and deeply emotive music.

 

There’s a collection of songs I’ve been working on with Tobey,” says James. “He’s got quite the producer’s brain and so the drums, bass lines and production have been his vision. I haven’t needed much convincing as we both love similar sounds and textures!

 

Through their prolific writing and recording sessions, ‘Still Dark‘ emerged as an outlier that sits apart from their forthcoming album yet it became an essential Fleeting Persuasion track that the pair felt needed to be released as a standalone single.

 

The single possesses both a sparkling, bright musical optimism and woozy melancholic guitar sounds that jar and unsettle beautifully, like that Midas touch of My Bloody Valentine when they sonically subverted guitar rock in the 80s.

 

 

 

We were having an awfully miserable time of it in the studio,” James recalls. “So we decided to try and write the most absurd and upbeat song we could. We didn’t really get to a truly happy song, but then again look what happened to Icarus.

 

Fans of New Order, MBV, The Cure and music that thrives on both melody and melancholy will find much to like about the latest release from the endlessly intriguing Fleeting Persuasion.

 

 

 

 

https://fleetingpersuasion.bandcamp.com/track/still-dark

‘Still Dark’ is out now on Bandcamp, streaming services and AMRAP for our community radio friends across Australia.

 

 


 

FLEETING PERSUASION
Fleeting Persuasion is the latest project of prolific Melbourne-based creative James Spencer Harrison who has also released several well-received albums, singles and EPs under the J M S Harrison moniker. The last of which, 2017’s Traced Out, was leading James towards a denser and richer full-band sound. That inspired a change of name and Fleeting Persuasion was born.
In 2019 Fleeting Persuasion released the album Forever Caught, capturing a set of songs that possessed echoes of The Cure, tightly woven post-rock and Australian acts such as Bluebottle Kiss filtered through his own brand of heart-on-sleeve melancholia. It was certainly indie rock but the kind that resides in the shadows, always carving out new angles and creating interesting dynamics. Now, in 2023, there are a further two Fleeting Persuasion albums in the works.

Splitting his time between Fleeting Persuasion and solo pursuits has established Harrison as a regular fixture on the live music scene, opening for renowned artists including Painters & Dockers, Steve Kilbey (The Church), Jamie Hutchings (Bluebottle Kiss), Peter Fenton (CROW), Hermitage Green (Ireland), The Clouds, China Crisis and She Wants Revenge,


PRESS
 There is very much an early The Cure sparseness and melodic thrust, with a refrigerated edge that sends shivers up the spine.”
Backseat Mafia on ‘Still Dark’
…a moody post-punk number anchored by propulsive drums and a prominent bass line that utilises a chorus effect a la Peter Hook and Simon Gallup.”
Music Feeds video premiere for ‘Etched’

“‘Hollow’ is a track that gets under your skin. With dark synths, melancholic vocals and moody guitars, it’s reflective and moving… enchanting and riveting.”
the AU review

“Dripping with a melancholic nostalgia that is hard to capture, ‘Night Arrives’ is a captivating combination of brightly textured instrumentation, brooding melodies, and big 80s snare drum echo/delays, all woven neatly together with smooth-like-butter production.”

Forte on ‘Night Arrives’

“Fleeting Persuasion have put themselves on the top shelf with this release. A warm and thought provoking track.”
AAA Backstage on ‘Passed Through’

“It’s a compelling atmosphere that somehow exists within two seemingly opposing sonic spaces – with its sleek electronic touches blended against his usual shadowy guitar interplay and looming melodies.”
Trouble Juice on ‘Eternal’


 

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GOLD COAST INDIE ROCKERS CHAVEZ CARTEL ‘NO ONE’S WATCHING OVER’

GOLD COAST INDIE ROCKERS CHAVEZ CARTEL ‘NO ONE’S WATCHING OVER’

GOLD COAST INDIE ROCKERS

CHAVEZ CARTEL

NO ONE’S WATCHING OVER


With hazy propulsions and billowing soundscapes, the new single No One’s Watching Over out now from the Gold Coast’s Chavez Cartel is a cool, calm and deeply collected outing, shifting tack slightly from the group’s earlier 2023 EP Man’s Best Friend, but still undeniably Chavez Cartel. Also accompanied by a new music video, complete with an imposing mansion and sharp aesthetics, No One’s Watching Over amalgamates the building blocks of Chavez Cartel’s sonic DNA while also building towards a new EP release in 2024. Unfurling as an effortless and authentically charming journey, No One’s Watching Over will also undoubtedly be a fixture on the band’s setlist at The New Colossus Festival in 2024 following their invitation to perform at the event in New York next year.

 

 

 

Amongst its woozy guitars, driving beats and creamy vocals No One’s Watching Over revels in moody aesthetics and harder-hitting moments. Like a modern jolt merged with The Velvet Underground & Nico, No One’s Watching Over’s origins quickly evolved during a well-timed jam session, with the hypnotic track seamlessly flexing the band’s trademark HBO soundtrack-worthy swoon alongside themes of feeling lost in the moment, as the band explain, “No One’s Watching Over is about feeling lost and having a fair assessment of where you’ve gone wrong in life (and right) to get you to where you currently stand. It’s about being harsh but being fair. It’s about being held accountable but accurately accountable. It’s not about getting to the answers though. That stage where we have more clarity comes after this song. This song is about the feeling of going round in circles when we don’t know what to do with ourselves. It’s the first step towards repair but we can’t even see that yet. The hazy sounds of the song really do paint the picture so well of the hazy feeling of not feeling all there. The song was written in a time of self-work after a heavy break up.”

 

Teaming up once again with ARIA Award-winning producer Govinda Doyle to bring No One’s Watching Over to life, Chavez Cartel also sought to actively step beyond their comfort zones when it came to creating the perfect accompanying video for their latest release, pursuing more artistic territory with Direct Entertainment’s Anthony Brown at the helm of the band’s creative vision. And fluidly balancing the old with the new, the band’s team and lack of creative barriers proved to be the pivotal spark to lead Chavez Cartel into this new chapter. Govinda Doyle did everything that we could not,” says the band. “We worked together on our last record, and we started to feel things changing for us and we want a lot more of the same. ‘Don’t fix what isn’t broken’ as they say. We also wanted a more arty video than anything we’d done previously, relying less on performances and making it more of an artistic introduction of the band. We hired the perfect location while we were away on tour earlier in the year – a really old mansion full of art, history, books and character, and the storyboard just sort of wrote itself. Once AB, our video guy, had familiarised himself with the property, we just let him do his thing. All we did was dress accordingly and get drunk on set. He did the rest. We always try to give our collaborators as much freedom as possible so that they can get into the project as if it were their own. I mean technically it is their own, so once we’ve outlined the concept and explained our style, we really do just hand the rest over. It’s important for creatives to be authentic and have their stamp on things, otherwise what’s the point?”

 

Releasing two EPs in 2019, Lucky Lucky and Confidence Is All I’m Taking Home, Chavez Cartel bunkered down during the pandemic years, turning their gaze and full focus into sharpening their sound and songwriting. The end result was their 2023 EP release Man’s Best Friend, which was unveiled after the group signed with End Of The Trail Records. Following Man’s Best Friend, Chavez Cartel embarked on an extensive East Coast headline tour, with 2023 also finding the group supporting The Reytons for their What’s Rock N Roll Australian Tour, as well as their first ever UK show, ticking off headline shows in Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham alongside performances at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton and at the End Of The Trail Creative Showcase in London.

 

 

 

 

Gaining support from BBC Radio while across the pond earlier this year, Chavez Cartel have also recently appeared at Rockhampton River Festival, as main support for The Delta Riggs, and will trek back overseas in 2024 after being officially invited and scheduled to play at The New Colossus Festival in New York next March. And for Chavez Cartel, the prospect of another imminent international adventure is one that affirms that the sky is the limit for this talented Gold Coast collective. It was sort of like a before and after moment in our career thus far,” shares the band. “Looking back, before that UK tour, we were half the band we are now, and we owe it all to the vital experiences that tour gave us. There’s something really boosting about getting on planes and being received well at the other side of the world for doing your thing. The top up of self-belief and surety we got from that tour was an acceleration that we’ve never felt before; or at least not at the pace we felt it. It just goes to show that there are some things you just have to do to move forward, and that first international tour was one of those for us. Playing at a showcase event too was great for us because it wasn’t just new fans that we picked up, industry personnel also bought into us which again gave us more confidence in what we are doing. It’s like if the moguls see potential then it adds to the argument that there’s a career to be had here. We picked up some New York connections which shows as the next showcase event we were invited to play at happened to be in New York. Funny how things work out, isn’t it? A band from Gold Coast playing shows around London and picking up festivals in America. What a ride!”

 

 

CHAVEZ CARTEL – UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

6-10 MARCH 2024 | THE NEW COLOSSUS FESTIVAL | NEW YORK, USA | 21+
Tickets available from Dice.fm

No One’s Watching Over is out now.


 

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BWS KEEPS YOU COOL WHILE THE LINE-UP IS HOT!

BWS KEEPS YOU COOL WHILE THE LINE-UP IS HOT!

BWS KEEPS YOU COOL WHILE THE LINE-UP IS HOT!

BWS Cool Room returns with ARMANI WHITE,
LIME CORDIALE & MEMPHIS LK


As the Aussie Summer prepares to deliver the heat, BWS is preparing to bring the cool with the highly anticipated return of BWS Cool Room music series. And the best bit? Fans can apply to be part of these very special gigs for FREE by entering the ballot.

 

The chilled-down-not-out live music events will pop-up in Sydney, Newcastle and Melbourne and feature a stellar line-up of Australian and International talent inside a custom built BWS Cool Room (yes, they’re really fridges) across the eastern seaboard.

 

Among this year’s line-up of hot artists, global hip-hop superstar, Armani White will touch down in Australia for the very first time in Victoria, with surf-rock legends Lime Cordiale and electronic sensation Memphis LK leading the charge for Sydney and Newcastle.

 

The BWS Cool Room is a multi-sensory live music experience – a giant, purpose-built stage-come-fridge that invites fans to step through its fridge doors and into a gig like nothing else. We know the world has been wondering what a music gig would feel like if it were in a larger-than-life fridge, and now fans can feel it for themselves. Once again, the artists are turning up the heat and this year BWS are turning up the surprises.

 

Headlining the Victorian BWS Cool Room stage is Billion-streaming U.S Rapper and social media music sensation, Armani White who catapulted to stardom with his viral hit record, ‘Billie Eilish’ which reached over 15M Spotify streams alone. This will be his first ever performance in Australia.

 

 

The US star says he’s ecstatic to get the call up for the exclusive BWS event.

 

“When I got the call to perform inside a huge BWS inflatable cool room, I just had to say YES! The creativity and the concept for something like this is extremely impressive and it is what I am about musically. As an artist I am all about pushing the boundaries but still making sure my music is for all of those who appreciate it.

 

“I have never been to Australia before and I really want to be amongst a crowd that bring the vibe and the energy.”

 

 

As part of the inaugural SXSW® Sydney calendar of events, BWS has partnered with Lime Cordiale who will kick-start the 2023 Cool Room series with a bang at Central Park, Sydney as part of the festival of music and innovation on 19 October 2023.

 

“We’d been looking for a way to play a meaningful part of SXSW Sydney and the BWS Cool Room is giving us a distinct and fun way for us to do just that, we’re thrilled to be kicking-off the series of events this October,” said the band.

 

The infectious five-piece band recently released their latest single. ‘Imposter Syndrome’ and landed four songs in Triple J’s Hottest 100 of 2022 including ‘Holy Moley’, which featured a collaboration with the multi-talented British actor, DJ, and musician Idris Elba.

 

 

“Music is a truly authentic way for us to connect with young Aussies and the BWS Cool Room is the perfect platform for us to do this,” said An Le, Head of Brand Marketing at BWS. “After seeing the impact of BWS Cool Room last year, we’re excited to continue to evolve our unique voice in music and to reach more communities over Summer. We have bold ambitions to go bigger and are thrilled to unveil our line-up of artists for this year!”

 

 

BWS COOL ROOM 2023 ARTISTS, DATES & LOCATIONS:
• Lime Cordiale – Central Park, Sydney, NSW – 19 October 2023
• Memphis LK – Empire Park, Newcastle, NSW – 23 November 2023
• Armani White – Point Ormond Reserve, Elwood VIC – 7 December 2023

 

To attend, music fans must sign up via the BWS website to receive their entry into the ballot. Fans will also automatically go in the draw to win a Golden Ticket; 2 double passes to attend Armani White’s show in Victoria including flights, accommodation and a meet and greet with the artist himself. These are sure to be the hottest music tickets of the summer festival season.

 

All details can be found at bws.com.au/the-drop/cool-room


 

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IllENIUM (USA) – 2ND SYDNEY SHOW ADDED TO MEET DEMAND

IllENIUM (USA) – 2ND SYDNEY SHOW ADDED TO MEET DEMAND

IllENIUM (USA)

2ND SYDNEY SHOW ADDED TO MEET DEMAND


Following hot demand for tickets Frontier Touring are pleased to announce a second Sydney show for GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist/producer ILLENIUM.

 

With his previously announced Sydney show at Hordern Pavilion on Saturday 25 November now officially sold out, the second Sydney show will take place on Sunday 26 November – making it two shows back-to-back at the iconic venue.

 

Tickets for this just-announced Sydney show will go on sale to the public Friday 4 August (1pm AEDT) via frontiertouring.com/illenium.

 

ILLENIUM LIVE touches down in just four months, lighting up the hotly anticipated Sydney dates, Melbourne’s John Cain Arena on Friday 1 December and Brisbane’s Fortitude Music Hall on Saturday 2 December – tickets are selling fast!

 

‘A legendary show not to miss’ – CULTR

 

‘A mind-blowing audio-visual spectacle’ – Best Before

 

Listed by Billboard as one of the world’s Top Dance/Electronic Artists, recognised by Forbes’ coveted ‘30 Under 30’ list and with over seven billion streams to his name, ILLENIUM is a force to be reckoned with. As the explosive live show lights up the US this month, the dance music superstar broke records this week with his Trilogy: Colorado show becoming America’s biggest-selling EDM headliner event ever!

 

 

Self-titled album ILLENIUM was released earlier this year to major acclaim, featuring the likes of Teddy Swims, Vera Blue, Nina Nesbitt, and Avril Lavigne.

 

 

With a whole new live stage production and mega tour show, get ready to experience ILLENIUM like never before!

 


 

ILLENIUM
​With special guests SAID THE SKY & ANNIKA WELLS
​AUSTRALIA
​NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2023

​Presented by Frontier Touring

 

 

NEW SYDNEY SHOW
​GENERAL PUBLIC ON SALE

​Begins: Friday 4 August (1pm AEDT)

 

ALL OTHER SHOWS ON SALE NOW via: frontiertouring.com/illenium

 

ALL SHOWS 18+

Saturday 25 November
​SOLD OUT
​Hordern Pavilion | Sydney, NSW

 

 

Sunday 26 November
​NEW SHOW!
​Hordern Pavilion | Sydney, NSW

​18+
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Friday 1 December
​John Cain Arena | Melbourne, VIC

​18+
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Saturday 2 December
​The Fortitude Music Hall | Brisbane, QLD

​18+
ticketmaster.com.au

 

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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