NEWS: Rough Church Announce New Album and NZ/AU Tour

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Rough Church is the moniker of Los Angeles-based musician Greg Franco and he’s releasing his new album Shhhh this month on the Auckland, NZ label Powertool Records. The other strong NZ connection is that Franco recorded the album with Tom Bell at Chick’s Hotel in Port Chalmers. He was also able to use the talents of two of the country’s most influential musicians in David Kilgour (The Clean) and Robert Scott (The Bats, The Clean) on guitar and bass respectively.

Franco is bringing out his band for a tour of both AU and NZ through February and March.

TOUR DATES

  • 20th Feb @ Woodcock Festival, Tauranga
  • 21st Feb @ UFO, New Lynn, Auckland (+ Joed Out, Fyodor)
  • 25th Feb @ The Old Bar, Melbourne (+ Gold Medal Famous, Mia Schoen, Elli & Bev, Sarah Mary Chadwick)
  • 26th Feb @ Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne (+ Mucus Kids, The Olsen Twins, Levitating Churches)
  • 28th Feb @ The Tote, Melbourne – Kaleidoscope World Series (+ Gold Medal Famous, Mucus Kids)
  • 3rd Mar @ The Edinburgh Castle Hotel, Adelaide
  • 4th Mar @ The Gasoline Pony, Marrickville, Sydney
  • 5th Mar @ Town & Country Hotel, Sydney
  • 9th Mar @ Moon (+ VORN), Wellington
  • 10th Mar @ Golden Dawn, Auckland
  • 11th Mar @ UFO, New Lynn, Auckland – Andrew Maitais Birthday Party (+ Poppycock)

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NEWS: Thee Oh Sees Announce Australian Tour

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Thee Oh Sees have announced they’ll be returning to Australia in January for a run of shows on the back of their latest album Mutilator Defeated At Last along with a brand new lineup consisting of John Dwyer (vocals, guitar), Timothy Hellman (bass) and double drummers, Ryan Moutinho and Dan Rincon.

They’re also releasing a new limited edition deluxe vinyl pressing of Mutilator Defeated At Last on November 20th. You can pre-order the release HERE

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NEWS: PVT Announce First Australian Headline Shows In Two Years

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PVT have just reissued their album Make Me Love You on its tenth anniversary and they’ve just announced they’ll be playing two headline shows to make said anniversary.

The Make Me Love You – 10th Anniversary Edition is out now on limited edition 180 gram clear vinyl with original art, as well as digital release. As a bonus you can also get You Make Me Love – B-Sides & Demos 2003-2005, a whole album of previously unreleased tracks from the early years, free with the vinyl purchase or available on CD. Both are available now from pvtpvt.net.

THU 05 NOV  – Newtown Social Club, Sydney w/ Gold Class
MON 16 NOV – MMW Flagship Venue: The Former Royal Women’s Hospital w/ Kirkis & Pearls

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NEWS: Gold Class Announce Tour And Preview Stream Debut Album

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Gold Class came out of nowhere for me with their recent single ‘Life As A Gun’. Possessing a perfectly disaffected post-punk holler and tightly-wound dynamics it set the scene for a new promising act on the local Australian scene to right the balance and provide an antidote to the indie electro soul and generic radio-friendly indie pop and rock that has been polluting the airwaves in recent years. The good news is that the whole of their debut album is as invigorating and strangely alluring as the first single. They have the tension and biting, brisk melodic choppiness that made the debut Savages LP so great. Sure you can hear their influences, it’s a rarity to hear anyone new these days where you can’t draw a line back to any clear sonic precedent. Gold Class succeed because they they don’t overdo anything. Restraint is vital, that push and pull between the bass and drums, the free-agent licence for their guitarist Evan Purdey to slash and burn one minute and get drunkenly psychedelic the next. Of course Adam Curley’s voice is the gateway drug, the lighthouse beacon that pulls you into the music. It has that stentorian quality and tone that shifts the music into a place of majesty and mystery. Gold Class – It’s You… a breath of dark, visceral, claustrophobic, euphoric and poetic fresh air.

The band have a fine run of shows coming up including appearances at BIGSOUND in Brisbane next week and some opening slots for The Fall. Below those dates you can stream their album in full ahead of it’s release tomorrow via Spunk Records.

TOUR DATES
September 8 – Black Bear Lodge (Spunk / RIN Pre-BIGSOUND party) – Brisbane – free!
September 9 – BIGSOUND @ Ric’s Bar – Brisbane
September 24 – John Curtin Hotel (supporting The Garden) – Melbourne
October 20 – The Zoo (supporting The Fall) – Brisbane
October 21 – Metro Theatre (supporting The Fall) – Sydney
October 23 – Brighton Up Bar (album launch – supports TBA) – Sydney

TOUR NEWS: The Field Announces 2015 Australian Tour

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Axel Willner aka The Field is heading our way for a run of shows this October courtesy of Mistletone. One of our favourite electronic artists who has released a run of superb albums (Cupid’s HeadLooping State of Mind, From Here We Go Sublime and Yesterday And Today), EPs and remixes all with his signature mix of drone and hypnotic loops. Melancholic euphoria!

THE FIELD TOUR DATES:

  • SYDNEY: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22 @ Goodgod w/- Barker (Ostgut Ton / Leisure System – Berlin) + Noise In My Head (DJ sets). Early bird tickets on sale now from Moshtix. Presented by 2ser.
  • MELBOURNE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 @ Melbourne Festival Hub, doors open 11pm. Tickets + more information here.
  • PERTH: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 @ Jimmy’s Den w/- Barker (Ostgut Ton / Leisure System – Berlin) (DJ set) + Basic Mind. Co-presented by Camp Doogs. Tickets on sale now from Ticketbooth.

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TOUR NEWS: Shellac Announce Australian Tour Dates

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Chicago’s Shellac have announced their return to Australia for a run of shows this December. Steve Albini, Bob Weston and Todd Trainer will bring their post-rock/punk sound and legendary live show on the following dates:

Saturday 5 December – The Triffid, Brisbane
Tuesday 8 December – The Metro Theatre, Sydney
Wednesday 9 & Thursday 10 December – Corner Hotel, Melbourne 
Also Playing Meredith Music Festival.

Tickets on sale Friday 21 August, 9am

SONIC KICKS: Jamie Hutchings

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Earlier this year Jamie Hutchings (Bluebottle Kiss, Infinity Broke) marked twenty years in music with a retrospective solo show at Camelot Lounge in Marrickville. With a such a strong back catalogue that spans both solo and band releases it was an impressive and rewarding trawl through his discography and a remarkable overview of the evolution of his songwriting craft.

Hutchings chatted more than he probably ever has on stage, giving an insight into the genesis and inspiration of the songs and experiences that surrounded them with self-deprecating humour, dedications and some healthy sarcasm. That personal interaction was crucial to the success of the evening and connected Hutchings to his audience who showed genuine love and passion for his body of music.

The success of the evening has resulted in an invitation from the venue to repeat the event on Thursday, August 27th. This time Hutchings will be supported by his sister Sophie Hutchings, an acclaimed pianist and composer whose 2010 album Becalmed was a real favourite of ours.

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Jamie was kind enough to answer our Sonic Kicks Q&A plus a few other questions relating more directly to the upcoming show. Read on to find out which album inspired a switch from drums to guitar, the band that leaves him breathless, the soundtrack to his teen surfing years and his next musical plans.

The first album I bought.

Probably something by Split Enz. I was a huge fan from around nine years old and I started randomly buying their albums from there on in. I still dig Dizrythmia out sometimes. It’s pretty fantastic.

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An album that soundtracked a relationship.

Astral Weeks by Van Morrison. It makes me dizzy and reminds me of stuff.

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An album that inspired me to form a band.

I’d been playing drums in bands but it wasn’t until I heard You’re Living All Over Me by Dinosaur Jr that I felt I really had to teach myself to play guitar. I’ve never been as immediately effected by an album as that one. It just sounded like the best concoction ever and totally inspired me.

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An album that reminds me of my high school years.

Maybe the first Midnight Oil album. Everyone used to call it Powderworks or The Blue album, the first song has such a great high energy guitar riff, lots of surfers were into them and I was a pretty hardcore surfer so it was the perfect soundtrack. MI0001759825

An album I’d love to hear live and played in full.

Mariposa by Rein Sanction. They’re a lost early ’90’s Sub Pop band with an incredibly claustrophobic playing style. There’s some rough live footage on Youtube, I’d have loved to have seen them, I kind of forget to breath when I hear them.

My favourite album cover art.

Warehouse Songs And Stories by Husker Du. I bought it on gatefold vinyl back in the day, it look amazing. There’s no text on the cover which was pretty unheard of back then. The colours are so rich, crazy and explosive but it’s kind of ethereal too.Husker-Du-Warehouse-Songs-and-Stories-Front

A guilty pleasure album.

I don’t know…Tapestry by Carole King? It’s kind of classic AM radio stuff, such a amazing songs though.MI0001534574

The last album I bought.

Tea Time for Those Determined to Completely Exhaust Every Bit of This Body They’ve Been Given by Keiji Haino/ Jim O’Rourke/ Oren Ambarchi. It’s with the mail man but technically it’s my most recent purchase. They release a live album each year edited from an improvised set they perform annually. They really reach way out and bury me every time.BT012LP_CU

The next album I want to buy.

I’ve been trying to find the first Faust album on vinyl at a normal price which has been tough. When I do that’ll be it. I’m a huge Can fan but haven’t heard much of Faust, I recently watched a Krautrock documentary by the BBC and these guys really intrigued me.

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What are the BBK/solo/Infinity Broke songs that get requested or referenced most by fans?

It depends, when people are requesting stuff on social media or by email it tends to be album tracks or more obscure songs. At Infinity Broke shows people always want to hear ‘Monsoon’ which is fine because we love to play it. Solo if someone yells out stuff it’s usually stuff like ‘Fathers Hands’ or ‘Last Playboy in Town’. It really varies though, I think people that listen to my projects are pretty across most of the stuff which is nice.

If you had to choose between Neil Young, Tom Waits and Greg Dulli covering one of your songs, who would it be and which song would you be most interested to hear?

Geez…what a conundrum! Who to choose! Yes I’d allow Tom Waits to cover me I guess. I think he’d do a good version of ‘The Judas Hands’.

With a 20 year career, do you ever see your influence in younger bands on the Australian scene?

Not that I’m aware of, the best ones probably hide it I guess. On the rare occasions I have heard an overt influence I feel really embarrassed.

Playing a retrospective show, does that conjure up certain emotions, memories, people and places via the range of songs you play?

Not specifically or consciously, but there are some songs that suddenly put me in a spin out of nowhere emotionally and I have to try and hide it somehow. What I found about some of my really old songs when I was relearning them earlier in the year for my January show was how uncanny some of them were. It was like they were mini self-fulfilling prophecies.

How close is your songwriting style and process now compared to your 20 year old self?

I was very inside my songs when I was younger, often pretty earnest and naive which isn’t always the tastiest combo. Apart from becoming a better and hopefully more imaginative musician, the main difference is that I began to stretch myself way more lyrically. I began to feel like I could fly around and inhabit different worlds lyrically whereas in my ’20’s I was really stuck inside my own head. I still am a bit but I don’t feel disingenuous when I attempt to write outside of that little universe.

After looking back, what are the next steps forward for you musically?

Infinity Broke will hopefully start to play live again sometime, it’s been really difficult since our album tour to get everyone together, but it’s a blast when we do. I’ve been recording an album with Peter Fenton from Crow. We’ve got a collaborative project called The Tall Grass. We’re about two thirds of the way through. It’s been really humbling and refreshing working with him, sometimes we wonder where the music’s coming from! It’s sounding great. I’m also planning on recording a very bare solo album soon. Probably just acoustic guitar, double bass and vocals. Hopefully I’ll start working on Mark Moldre’s next album soon too.

NEWS: The 25th Annual Meredith Music Festival Announces Line-Up

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The 25th Annual Meredith Music Festival have today announced the first list of acts that will be appearing at the even held annually each December. Some of our favourites are on the line-up so as well as it looking like a top notch festival we’re hoping for a raft of great sideshows in the major cities.

Our pick of the bunch include Father John Misty, Goat, Jessica Pratt, Julia Holter, Moon Duo, Shellac, The Thurston Moore Band and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

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