Okkervil River announce more shows

Okkervil River have announced dates in Perth, Sydney and Brisbane to join their Melbourne Festival shows.

It will the band’s fifth tour to Australia and follows the release of their latest album ‘I Am Very Far.’

The dates are:

Wednesday 12th October – Capitol, Perth
Tuesday 18th October – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Wednesday 19th October – The Hi Fi, Brisbane
Friday 14th October – The Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Saturday 15th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan

Sunday 16th October – Toff In Town, Melbourne (Will Sheff solo show)

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Splendour 2011 Line-up

I’ma let you finish but Splendour in the Grass had the best line up of ALL TIME!

Ahem.

After months of speculation the official Splendour line-up has been released and looks a bit like this:

KANYE WEST (Only Australian show)
JANE’S ADDICTION
THE HIVES
PULP
THE LIVING END
THE MARS VOLTA
REGINA SPEKTOR (Only show for 2011)
BLISS N ESO
PNAU
MOGWAI (Only Australian show)
DJ SHADOW
GLASVEGAS
THE GRATES
DEVENDRA BANHART
MODEST MOUSE
THE MIDDLE EAST
KAISER CHIEFS
JAMES BLAKE
KELE
THE VINES
ELBOW
ESKIMO JOE
NOAH AND THE WHALE
CHILDREN COLLIDE
THIEVERY CORPORATION
CUT COPY
ISOBEL CAMPBELL AND MARK LANEGAN
BLUEJUICE
THE KILLS
BLACK JOE LEWIS & THE HONEYBEARS (featuring THE RELATIVES)
ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI
FOSTER THE PEOPLE
THE PANICS
FRIENDLY FIRES
JEBEDIAH
THE VACCINES
GOMEZ
BOY AND BEAR
GOTYE
DOES IT OFFEND YOU YEAH?
CLOUD CONTROL
MONA
SPARKADIA
WARPAINT
MUSCLES (Live)
FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS
THE JEZEBELS
DRAPHT
BRITISH SEA POWER
TIM & JEAN
LEADER CHEETAH
GROUPLOVE
SEEKER LOVER KEEPER (Holly Throsby, Sally Seltmann, Sarah Blasko)
YELLE
KIMBRA
PHRASE
OH MERCY
DANANANANAYKROYD
THE BLACK SEEDS
MARQUES TOLIVER
THE HOLIDAYS
GHOUL
LIAM FINN
THE HERD
YOUNG THE GIANT
GUINEAFOWL
HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY
JINJA SAFARI
WILD BEASTS
ILLY
CUT OFF YOUR HANDS
GARETH LIDDIARD
ALPINE
WORLD’S END PRESS
MOSMAN ALDER
LANIE LANE

Plus DJ sets

ASTON SHUFFLE
FLIGHT FACILITIES
D-CUP (WE NO SPEAK AMERICANO)
AJAX (MEGA JAM SET)
HOODRAT & DANGEROUS DAN
LIGHT YEAR
HOOPS
CASSIAN
WAX MOTIF
KATO
TONI TONI LEE
CHARLIE CHUX
TRANTER

Pretty good, right? Kanye would be mental, Regina Spektor would be lovely and Coldplay would magically cure insomnia.

I have one little gripe though: the price. I know running a festival is expensive. And I think it’s great that they include so many Australian bands as well as internationals. But $510 is a lot of money especially when a) you’re a uni student, b) there’s going to be a ton of horrible clashes and c) none of the bands made me squeal with excitement like a 15-year-old (If Guillemots were on this list, then yes, that’s exactly what would have happened).

For those of you who like what you see the tickets go on sale May 5.

 

Guineafowl Interview

Most musical projects that begin in the bedroom stay there, however for Sydney-based Gineafowl, it has led to radio play, a deal with Dew Process and the recently released Hello Anxiety EP which has seen good reviews from anyone that’s heard it. The band are currently on their first headline tour and I was lucky enough to get an interview with Sam Yeldham, the mastermind behind the entire project.

Electric Skeleton: How did Guineafowl start?

It started out as just me recording some demos in my living room, using my laptop as the only real bit of recording equipment. Some friends of mine heard the demos and urged me to put them online. Those demos got blogged about a bit and show offers started coming in. I realized that I couldn’t really play these songs by myself and so along with the help of those friends who urged me initially, we started a band.


ES: How would you describe your sound?

Indie pop. But to be honest I don’t think I am satisfied with one particular sound yet. Ask me in five years.

ES: How does playing in a group compare to playing solo shows?

It’s much better playing in a band than on your own. When you make a mistake on your own, everyone can hear it, your reaction is much more noticeable and pronounced, this is because you just have yourself to rely on. I realize this sounds like, it’s nice to have others to cover up your mistakes, but really it’s nice to rely on other people, trust them and know that you are not alone.

ES: How did the name ‘Guineafowl’ come about?

It was a nickname given to me in primary school. A teacher started calling me Guineapig because of the massive fringe I used to sport when I was a kid. Later that same teacher evolved it for no apparent reason to Guineafowl. When choosing a pseudonym, I just wanted something that meant something to me.

ES: You’re about to embark on your first headline tour. Can you tell us what to expect from your live shows?

Our live shows are pretty rambunctious. There are six of us, so we tend to crowd a stage and make a fair amount of noise. We are very excited about our first headlining tour as in reality we have only done two headlining shows before these ones!

ES: Do you have a favourite track from the Hello Anxiety EP?

People say naming your favorite song or work is like choosing a favorite child. I disagree, I think it would be much easier to pick a favorite child.

ES: You’re a relatively new band and you’ve already signed to Dew Process, been played on Triple J and released a very well received EP. Did you expect all of this to happen so early in your career?

Not at all, but we have a long way to go!

ES: Are there any local bands you think people should know about?

The bands that are supporting us on our E.P tour are amazing! We Say Bamboulee from Sydney and Kins from Melbourne especially are my personal favorites. But Readable Graffiti from Canberra and Goodnight Owl, also from Melbourne are Wicked.

Phoenix Australian Tour Dates 2010

Phoenix are one of those bands that are very hard not to like, especially after releasing Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix an almost flawless pop album that was also their most critically acclaimed release.

They came to Australia very briefly this year and are coming back for a tour(minus Adelaide) in March. Not too thrilled about the choice of Festival Hall, which is a bit of a shit hole but it should be good. The tickets go on sale December 10 and Miami Horror are supporting.

Monday March 1 – Brisbane Convention Centre
Tuesday March 2 – Sydney Hordern Pavilion
Friday March 5 – Melbourne Festival Hall
Saturday March 6 – Perth Belvoir Amphitheatre

New Video and Tour for Children Collide

What is it with bands choosing to release interactive videos? There seem to be quite a few coming out latley. Not that I’m complaining, they put a fun twist on the typical music video, although I’m not sure how they’ll go on Rage…

It’s no secret that I absolutley love Children Collide and was extremely exctited when I found out that their next single would be Chosen Armies, one of the best songs off their The Long Now album. The video is interactive and is a 360 degree panorama that lets you choose what you see. It can be found here.

The band is also embarking on an Australian tour. The dates are:

Thursday, September 3
Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

Friday, September 4
The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Saturday, September 5
The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Sunday, September 6
Hotel New York, Launceston, TAS

Wednesday, September 9
Roi Bar, Albury, NSW

Thursday, September 10
The Harp, Wollongong, NSW

Friday, September 11
The Gaelic, Sydney, NSW

Saturday, September 12
Coaster Festival, Gosford Show Grounds, NSW

Thursday, September 17
Fowlers Live, Adelaide, SA

Friday, September 18
The Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA

Saturday, September 19
Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Sunday, September 20
Newport Hotel, Fremantle, WA

Thursday, September 24
The Sands Tavern, Maroochydore, QLD

Friday, September 25
Miami Tavern, Gold Coast, QLD

Saturday, September 26
Sounds Of Spring, Brisbane, QLD

Sunday, September 27
The Step Inn, Brisbane, QLD

The B-52s Annouce Australian Tour

The “A Day At The Green” festivals are held at wineries each year and usually feature bands that play country music, mellow pop or acoustic music.  This year however, fun 80’s pop band The B52’s will be playing instead.

This is the first time that the band has done a full tour here since 1990.  They also have a couple of shows outside the days on the green.

I’m actually quite excited by this even though there is probably zero chance of me going. For those of  you who are lucky enough to be able to go the dates for their Australian tour are:

NOVEMBER
Saturday 21 -‘a day on the green’ BIMBADGEN ESTATE, HUNTER VALLEY NSW
Sunday 22 – ‘a day on the green’ SIRROMET WINES, MT COTTON QLD
Wednesday 25 – ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY
Saturday 28- ‘a day on the green’ ROCHFORD WINES, YARRA VALLEY VIC
Sunday 29 – ‘a day on the green’ CENTENNIAL VINEYARDS, BOWRAL NSW

DECEMBER
Wednesday 2 – COSTA HALL, GEELONG
Thursday 3 – THE FORUM, MELBOURNE
Saturday 5 – ‘a day on the green’ PETER LEHMANN WINES, BAROSSA VALLEY SA
Sunday 6 – ‘a day on the green’ SANDALFORD WINES, SWAN VALLEY WA

The Frowning Clouds

Who needs a time machine when bands are making music like this?

Young bands playing 60’s inspired music seems to be a bit of a trend at the moment and The Frowning Clouds are probably one of the best examples of this.

Hailing from Geelong, The Frowning Clouds are another young Australian band playing 60’s inspired music like they were there when it happend. Their sound is a mix of original r&b, garage rock and a touch of pyschadellica.While they might not be doing anything new, they do it so well that it doesn’t really matter. Thier frontman Zak has great snarly vocals, the guitars are jangly and the rythm section chuggs along in a way that makes you want to dance your arse off. In other words, they have everything you could possibly want from a retro band.

The Frowning Clouds-Time Wastin’ Woman

www.myspace.com/thefrowningclouds

*MP3 posted with permission