Liam Finn Tour

It’s been a while since Liam Finn released his fantastic debut album I’ll Be Lightning and his follow-up record FOMO  it’s nothing short of brilliant if the reviews are to be belived. It’ll be released on June 17, although word is that it’s already leaked on the internet if you’re that way inclined.

To launch the album, he’ll be embarking on a six date tour along the East Coast. Tickets are already on sale and it’s best to get in quick, because they’re likely to sell out.

Friday 19th August – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Saturday 20th August – Jive Bar, Adelaide
Wednesday 24th August – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
Thursday 25th August – ANU Bar, Canberra
Friday 26th August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Saturday 27th August – The Zoo, Brisbane

 

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Silverchair on ‘indefinate hibernation’

In a move makes them sound like woodland creatures, Silverchair have announced their ‘indefinite hibernation’ after almost 20 years together.

A statement released by the band today said:

We formed Silverchair nearly 20 years ago when we were just 12 years old. Today we stand by the same rules now as we did back then … if the band stops being fun and if it’s no longer fulfilling creatively, then we need to stop.

Therefore after much soul searching we wanted to let you know that we’re putting Silverchair into “indefinite hibernation” and we’ve decided to each do our own thing for the foreseeable future.

We assure you that this decision has not been taken lightly. In fact we’ve been struggling with it for quite a while now.

Back in 2009 we went into the studio to start work on a record. Initially things were going well and as a result we did some shows in 2010 to maintain creative momentum. However, over the months that followed in the studio it became clear to us that we were moving in different directions. Despite our best efforts over the last year or so, it’s become increasingly clear that the spark simply isn’t there between the three of us at the moment.

As a result we’ve decided to put the band into ‘a deep sleep’ while we all do other things that we find more inspiring right now. This means that Silverchair won’t be making music together or playing shows any time soon. It also means that the three of us won’t be working together unless and until it feels right again.

We understand some of you may be disappointed by this news but we really see it as a liberating and positive step for us at this point in our lives.

We also want to make it really clear that this decision has been made with the best possible intentions. We’ve always tried our hearts out to make the best music we could possibly make at the time – regardless of commercial consequences.

The three of us still truly care about each other. At the moment Ben’s busy in the studio recording his own music, Chris is working on various business, musical and charitable ventures while Daniel is creating a film soundtrack and working on other musical projects. We hope you’ll continue to take an interest in our individual work over the years ahead.

In closing we’d like to acknowledge all the people ‘behind the scenes’ who’ve helped us keep this train on the tracks since we first started playing in a garage. There are too many to name but they know who they are and we truly appreciate all their love and hard work.

Above all though we want to thank you for all your support in good times and bad. You’ve put up with our long breaks between albums, our constantly changing musical styles and lots more. The unbelievable loyalty we’ve been shown by you our audience, and our friends, has never gone unnoticed or unappreciated. That’s why we wanted to tell you first.

With Sincere Thanks For Your Understanding.

Sweet Dreams.

Daniel, Ben and Chris

While fans will probably be upset by the news, it’s almost surprising it didn’t happen earlier. With both Powderfinger and now Silverchair broken up (oops, I mean hibernating), it will be interesting to see how it affects festivals such as Homebake. In a way, it might see more support for lesser-known bands, which can only be a good thing.

Goodnight Owl name change


Name changes can always cause a bit if confusion, however for Melbourne band Goodnight Owl it signifies a change in direction.

From the 2nd of July they will be known as Love Migrate. With the electronic glitches of their EP replaced with a fuller sound, their newer tracks are catchier that anything they’ve ever released.

On July 2 the band will play their final show as Goodnight Owl and their First as Love Migrate at the Grace Darling Hotel in Melbourne.

You can buy tickets here.

Georgia Fair @ Southbank 19/05/11

Southbank is usually home to seedy footballers, annoying buskers and restaurants that you can only afford if you take out a second mortgage. But on Thursday night, it became an outdoor music venue, with a performance from Georgia Fair to promote Big M’s Weekender on Wheels competition.

Southbank worked surprisingly well as a music venue. The Big M bus was more than noticeable, however instead of being gimmicky, it felt oddly like sitting in someone’s living room, with the small crowd and heaters creating a cosy environment. And free flavoured milk helps.

The one downside to the event’s location was the aforementioned buskers. Being an acoustic duo, it was east for them to get drowned out by a persistent saxophonist but underneath the woodwind, the band sounded great. Their newest single Marianne sounded just as good without Boy and Bear or Lisa Mitchell and Picture Frames held its reputation as the perfect milk-drinking song.

Georgia Fair are playing a free in store at Pure Pop on the 29th May. They’ve also announced a tour with Daniel Lee Kendall, which will be all kinds of amazing.

WEDNESDAY 15 JUNE – OTIS BAR, WOLLONGONG
THURSDAY 16 JUNE – NOTES, SYDNEY
FRIDAY 17 JUNE – BRASS MONKEY, CRONULLA
SATURDAY 18 JUNE – THE LOFT, NEWCASTLE (ALL AGES)
THURSDAY 30 JUNE – RIC’S BAR, BRISBANE
SATURDAY 02 JULY – THE LOFT, GOLD COAST
SUNDAY 03 JULY – RAILWAY FRIENDLY BAR, BYRON BAY
WEDNESDAY 06 JULY – FRONT GALLERY & CAFE, CANBERRA
WEDNESDAY 13 JULY – THE TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE

The Weekender on Wheels competition runs for a few more weeks and the bus can be seen at few Melbourne locations over the next week.
Tuesday 24th May – Swinbourne University – 10am – 4pm
• Friday 27th May – Queensbridge Square – 8am – 2pm
• Sunday 29th May – Southern Cross Station (football) – 12pm – 6pm

New Bon Iver track

The words ‘long awaited’ don’t even come close to describing the upcoming release of Bon Iver’s second album, which is due to be released on 20 June. Since he released For Emma, Forever Ago, which was famously recorded in a log cabin, he’s toured the world, released a Volcano Choir album and an EP and has featured on Kanye West’s My Dark Beautiful Twisted Fantasy. Despite all this, it will be the first time fans have heard a new  Bon Iver album in quite some time and all signs point to it being amazing.

The first track to be released from the album is Calgary. It’s been compared to Coldplay because of its bigger production and atmospheric synths, but don’t let that put you off. Justin Vernon’s falsetto is just as effective and the build up towards the end is nothing short of brilliant. You’ll soon find yourself hitting the repeat button.Multiple times.

You can download the mp3 here.

The Panda Band interview

It seemed like The Panda Band dropped off the face of the earth. They’re now back with a new single and will be embarking on an Australian tour in June. I was lucky enough to ask the band a few questions about what they’ve been up to during the past few years and  their upcoming album Charisma Weapon.

It’s been a few years since we’ve heard from you guys. What have you been up to since then?

After we toured Australia for the last album we lived in America for 6 months. It was a bit of an adventure. We lived in New York for the most part but we drove right across the country. We played Chicago, Seattle, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and many places in between. And we spent Christmas in Florida that was not even close to white. We had pool that was getting a good work out.

Since we arrived back we’ve just put a lot of work into new songs and hope to get the next album out next year if we can, as we have a lot of material ready to finish off for that. This album was slow coming out for a bunch of reasons that are painful to retell.

How did the American tour go?

The tour was modestly epic as we covered a lot of miles. It was such a great time. We played with a lot of different bands of different styles. Touring the US is tough, you never know what to expect when you turn up to a show. But folks are usually especially friendly and accommodating when they find out how far away from home you are. They really appreciate the effort.

How do American audiences differ to Australian audiences?

I’m only guessing but it feels like they are very open to watching all the bands on the bill. They don’t just give their attention to the band they’ve heard of, or just the headline band. They seem very curious and  hungry for new music.

You’ll be releasing your latest album Charisma Weapon in June. Can you tell us a bit about that?

It feels to me to be a bit darker than the last. When I think about what the songs are about, what we’ve put into them, it feels quite heavy. Quite deep and existential. We worked very hard on the lyrics and melodies on the album. I think it will be quite a rich and fulfilling album to listen to.

Did you approach it differently to recording your first album The Vital Chapter?

We tried to. There’s more collaboration on this album. David and I wrote a few more songs together this time, and Chris and I wrote the last track on the album, ‘Cliff Dweller’, together. I definitely knew I didn’t want to mix it this time, so we went up to Magoo’s studio in the hills outside Bribane to finish it off. That was still pretty intense, but Magoo was right into it, he was great.

What are you plans for the near future?

Really, we just hope people embrace the new songs and we can tour as much as we possibly can. We can’t wait. We’ll probably be off to the UK and USA towards the end of the year around October. Then hopefully we can hit the summer festivals back in Australia if all the timing works out. I have a good feeling that this album is going to appeal to a lot of folks, the response to the first single has been amazing so far.

The Panda Band are touring in June. The dates are:

Thurs May 19th – Endeavour Tavern, Lancelin WA

Fri May 20th – Jurien Bay Bowls Club, Jurien Bay WA

Sat May 21st – Discovery Centre Ampitheatre, Dalwalinu WA

Sun May 22nd – Civic Centre, Wongan Hills WA

Sat May 28th – Northbridge, Perth WAMI Festival WA

Fri June 3rd – Beetle Bar, Brisbane QLD

Sat June 4th – The Lansdowne, Sydney NSW

Sun June 5th – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

You can also grab their new single The Fix for free from their Bandcamp page.


Charisma Weapon
will be released on July 15.

Sebadoh announce Australian tour

American lo-fi band have announced their first australian tour in fifteen years. Featuring Lou Barlow from Dinosaur Jr, the band will play Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane in September.

Friday 16th September – The Rosemount, Perth

Sunday 18th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Wednesday 21st September – Metro Theatre, Sydney

Thursday 22nd September – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane

Tickets on sale Friday 27th May