November 18th, 2021

Pinch Points

Melbourne four-piece Pinch Points have signed with Mistletone Records (Australia/New Zealand) and Exploding in Sound (USA) for their new album Process, to be released on March 18, 2022. The band’s new single, “Reasons to be Anxious” will be released as a 7” single with “Boy” on the B-side.

Look for Pinch Points at December’s Melbourne Music Week.

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November 10th, 2021

Melbourne-based singer, songwriter, producer and accomplished stage actor Grace Cummings has released a new single and music video for “Up In Flames,” from her forthcoming, self-produced sophomore album. Storm Queen will be released on January 14th on ATO Records, and follows Cummings’ understated debut album Refuge Cove, which was released in 2019 via King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard’s Flightless Records. “I wrote this song on the day Notre Dame burned down. I like that I can trace this song back to the exact day with a little time stamp like that,” says Cummings of the new single. “It reminded me of a time I remember very well, standing on the sand at Jan Juc Beach looking into the ocean. Every wave that came in to the shore was thick and black. I went and looked closer at the water and it was full of scorched gum leaves.”

@gracecummingsmusic

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November 9th, 2021

Amyl & The Sniffers

Amyl & the Sniffers, the Melbourne, Australia rock band fronted by Amy Taylor, released their sophomore album Comfort To Me a few weeks ago via ATO Records/Rough Trade. Now, after a triumphant release from the world’s longest lockdown in Australia, Amyl & the Sniffers announce their long-awaited return stateside for a North American 2022 tour. In addition to the band’s previously announced show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in December which sold out in less than one day, the Sniffers will tour Spring 2022.

Comfort To Me, which was co-produced by the band and Dan Luscombe, is the follow-up to Amyl & the Sniffers’ critically acclaimed 2019 self-titled debut album, which won Australia’s esteemed ARIA Award for Best Rock Album and saw the band tour their anarchic and ridiculously fun live show internationally for the past two years. With its lyrics largely written during the Australian Bushfire season, when The Sniffers were already wearing masks to protect themselves from smoke in the air, Comfort To Me came together in a 3-bedroom apartment where the four band members quarantined together during COVID-19 lockdown. The result is a less spontaneous and more darkly considered record that masterfully captures the essence of the band like never before. “This album is just us — raw self expression, defiant energy, unapologetic vulnerability,” says Taylor. “It was written by four self-taught musicians who are all just trying to get by and have a good time.”

Tour dates

12/6/2021 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

4/26/2022 – Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas

4/27/2022 – Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas

5/6/2022 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall

5/ 7/2022 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall

5/9/2022 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Ballroom

5/10/2022 – Vancouver BC @ Rickshaw

5/11/2022 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile

5/13/2022 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line

5/14/2022 – Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium

5/16/2022 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall

5/ 17/ 2022 – Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe

5/19/ 2022 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel

5/21/2022 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts

5/22/2022 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live

@amylandthesniffers

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October 21st, 2021

Alex Lahey

Australian musician Alex Lahey returns with new single, “Spike the Punch,” out today on Liberation Records.  An explosive power pop track, propelled by Lahey’s knack for indisputable hooks and fiery, confessional lyrics, “Spike the Punch” marks Lahey’s first release since writing and recording “On My Way,” the theme song for Sony Picture Animation’s The Mitchells vs The Machines, now Netflix’s biggest animated release of all time.

Lahey produced “Spike the Punch” alongside John Castle, with Grammy Award winner Carlos de la Garza (Paramore/Hayley Williams, Cherry Glazerr, Best Coast) lending his mixing skills to the track.

“‘Spike The Punch’ is a song about the fun that comes with self-sabotage and reckless abandon. It’s big, it’s loud, it’s fun, it’s its own beast,” says Lahey. “There are some super sinister tones in there rubbing up against really bright anime style guitar harmonies (guitarmonies, anyone?..) and shout choruses. Spike feels like a raucous bookend to navigating these cruelly unpredictable times. Touch wood.”

The video for “Spike The Punch” was directed by Matt Sav and features a performance by Matthew Pope. Of the video, Lahey says, “The ‘Spike The Punch’ video is perhaps my favourite video I’ve ever been a part of. I’m incredibly grateful to Matt Sav and his team for pulling this together while I’ve been locked down in Melbourne. Matt and I spoke about how we wanted to capture a sense of freedom, fluidity and fun in this video along with hurtling forward momentum. Matt Pope, the brilliant performer who stars in the video, completely harnesses the direction and puts on a hell of a show. It gives me chills every time I press play.” @alex_lahey

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September 28th, 2021

Melbourne-based singer, songwriter, producer and accomplished stage actor Grace Cummings announces today that she has signed with ATO Records, who will release her forthcoming, self-produced sophomore album. Storm Queen will be released on January 14th on ATO Records.

In celebration of the album announcement, Grace Cummings shares the record’s first single and album opener. On the majestic “Heaven,” which was recorded in one take.

Cummings explains. “To me talking about God or Mother Mary is a way of labeling something beautiful that I don’t understand, something that’s not quite a part of the world we live in.

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May 28th, 2021

Earlier this month Melbourne singer songwriter Anna Smyrk revealed her first new music in almost two years with her wonderfully catchy pop-rock number “Human Condition.”

A song catalyzed by Melbourne’s lockdown, ‘Human Condition’ speaks to the feelings of isolation and detachment still lingering. The video exemplifies this with Anna and her friend – fellow artist Stav Shaul – sitting at a table attempting to reconnect whilst neither party is ever quite on the same page. Stav’s literal and metaphorical buffering is heightened by Anna’s fuzzy vocals, punchy drums and big, bold guitars, serving as a harsh reminder that each of us will recover from this at a different pace. Shoelace Creative director Ty Ridgeway explains, “We wanted to explore the relationship between two people existing on different wavelengths of time and emotion and the breakdown of communication that happens because of this.”

“This song was written during Melbourne’s 2020 lockdown, so the video is about that weird mix of isolation and claustrophobia. It all takes place in one small room, with two people trying and completely failing to connect with each other- much like a bad Zoom call. Working with Shoelace was great- they came up with this idea of representing the disconnection by showing each character moving at different speeds, which I loved.” – Anna Smyrk

https://www.annasmyrk.com/

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April 15th, 2021

Isol-Aid #52

https://www.isolaidfestival.com/

Sunday April 18, 2021

Forget the regular Sunday sports, it’s time for music.

Kicking it off will be CHARLEY – a Perth based soulful powerhouse whose dynamic vocal range and timbre haunt and allure all at the same time. Intensely authentic and powerful, this journey begins through Charley’s eyes for us.

https://www.instagram.com/itmecharley/?hl=en

Up next is KAIA KINGSLEY, an indie R&B artist born and raised in Melbourne, Australia who is redefining the world of modern music. Having grown up with music from an early age, her love and inspiration from music stems from genres all over, combining sounds of authentic soul like vibe, with touches of electronic and contemporary music. After recently performing at diverse events such as the NBL/WNBL finals and various festivals, it is clear that she is about to take the music world by storm.

https://www.instagram.com/kaiakingsley/?hl=en

LARISSA LAMBERT started in Ballarat – ironically a town that found gold. Larissa is on a journey of a similar nature – a golden voice that is leading to stardom. American artist Jeremih caught wind of her talent and she joined his tour in 2019 which lead to a growing profile and a cover of Weak by SWV of hers going viral. Stay tuned for this artist to hit the sky.

https://www.instagram.com/larissalambertt/?hl=en

Last but not least this week is CAP CARTER — Philippines-born, Western Sydney-based musician whose empowering songwriting is bound to blow up 2021. Cap’s style is R&B soul with an edge and grit that is unique and refreshing.

https://www.instagram.com/capcarter/?hl=en

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April 4th, 2021

April Sun

April 16 – May 2, 2021

ST Kilda Triangle, Melbourne

https://www.facebook.com/AprilSunAU/

https://www.livenation.com.au/festival/april-sun-tickets

For 4 weekends Australia rocks to an outdoor festival. It features G Flip, Sycco, , Marcia Hines, Eves Karysas, Hiatus Kaiyote, Kee’ahn and more

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March 16th, 2021

Hiatus Kaiyote announces their new album Mood Variant out June 25 on Brainfeeder Records/Ninja Tune with the release of the single “Get Sun.”

Hiatus Kaiyote is a Melbourne band made up of Nai Palm” Saalfield (guitar, vocals), Paul Bender (bass), Simon Mavin (keys), and Perrin Moss (drums). The have been nominated for Grammys twice.

The six year journey of the album originally began on the road, as they began to add new material to their live sets in while touring in support of Choose Your Weapon. By the fall of 2018, backing tracks had largely been laid, ready for Nai’s vocals. Then, during a brief swing through the U.S., Hiatus’s frontwoman was diagnosed with breast cancer. “That was a massive scare,” recalls Nai. Her mother’s death from the same disease was never far from her mind. Nai rushed back to Australia and into the hospital, where she underwent a life-saving mastectomy. As Nai recovered, the band turned back to their work with altered perspectives. Her lyrics, even those written before her illness, took on a prescient quality. It wasn’t until a trip to Rio de Janeiro in late-2019 to work with legendary Brazilian arranger Arthur Verocai on “Get Sun” that the vibe of the entire album shifted.

 

This is apparent in this first single Hiatus Kaiyote is sharing today, “Get Sun” featuring Arthur Verocai. The track came together during a session in Australia’s Byron Bay. “It was really exciting and fun to play at the time,” recalls Perrin Moss. The song took a transcontinental trip to finish. Perrin had introduced the band to the work of Brazilian arranger Arthur Verocai, whose self-titled 1970s album, Perrin says, “changed my world.”

Verocai agreed to add strings and horns and asked if the band would be attending the session in Rio de Janeiro. Nai Palm says: “We were like, ‘That would be amazing, but we could never afford it.’” The band eventually engineered a mini-tour to pay for the flights, and both the schlep and the expense ended up yielding a spiritual, tearful experience for the band— the kindness of Verocai and the alchemy of Brazil left them inspired to create two more tracks for the LP in an all-night session.

“When you think your life is going to be taken away from you, it makes you think about who you are,” Nai says. “I guess after the breast cancer scare I decided that I needed to prove to life that the offering I have is genuine. My only wish is to live and offer my experience of time and beauty.”

https://www.instagram.com/hiatuskaiyote/

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February 10th, 2021

Guthrie is Tess Guthrie from Melbourne. Her new single “Queenstown” was produced by Sophie Payten & mixed by Alexander O’Gorman with Isaac Barter mastering.

‘Queenstown’ explores the ideas of escapism, acting on impulse, reality vs fantasy, and above all – the importance of being fulfilled.

 “In the pre-covid times, I was driving to uni one day and feeling pretty trapped. A thought hit me really hard – ‘what’s really keeping me here?’. It felt important and I wanted to see how far that rabbit hole went. A few hours later I was on pretty much the first international flight I could get – to New Zealand.

It was utterly beautiful and helped me question some assumptions about my priorities and the importance of being happy. Of course when I got back my life was the same as I’d left it, and it would take much more work to integrate that sense of freedom into my everyday life.

So for me the song is kind of bitter-sweet and escapist. I think it maps nicely onto the story of a relationship that you wish was working, but it’s not. And deep down you know that the relationship would only work out in a fantasy world, which is nice to visit but you can’t stay there. You have to fly back home and deal with your reality, but doing the work and building a life you don’t have to escape from is totally worth it”

https://guthriesounds.com/

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September 17th, 2020

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September 5th, 2020

Melbourne artist Emma Vollard joined forces with a powerhouse crew including Allysha Joy, Elle Shimada, Bumpy Jordan Pereira, Lucky Pereira to create “Femininity.”

“As females, realistically we have all been subject to comments and actions that have belittled, stigmatised and diminished our sense of womanhood and integrity. In my case, this has seen me: being asked to “smile more” and wear more “feminine clothes” and asked “why don’t you wear makeup?” and most recently being told by a male photographer that said, “I usually take photos of hot skinny girls, so this is out of my comfort zone.”

“In the wake of recent events regarding a predatory male photographer and the rampant exploitation of women in the music industry, women are experiencing a collective trauma for those who have been affected by hyper-sexualised and belittling comments and actions. It has become clear to me that many men in the industry are using their power to take advantage of women in vulnerable positions. In no circumstance is this okay, systemic sexism and ignorance is no longer an excuse. We need to fight this together, we need men to be our allies not our gender’s undoing. This is not the case with all men – I would never want to discredit the men who are challenging social norms, facilitating discourse and fighting for equality. We need to support women and non-gender conforming people, but most importantly we need to support each other.” https://www.facebook.com/emmavolardmusic/

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