TOUR NEWS: Suzie Stapleton returns to Australia

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Sydney-born alternative artist Suzie Stapleton is heading to Australia in March for a long awaited homecoming tour. This is Stapleton’s first time back to Oz since relocating from Melbourne to London in 2015. Over the past three years she has been captivating UK & European audiences with her electric live performances, midnight vocal, and guitar-driven noir soundscapes whilst touring with artists such as Mark Lanegan, Mick Harvey, and Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind.

The tour coincides with the release of new single “Negative Prophet”, an isolated protest in an oversaturated world where the powerful feed on the powerless. Spurred on by Stapleton’s delicate, blues- tinged guitar lines the song builds with layered ebow and loops, along with bass and bowed double bass performed by guest musician Fred Lyenn Jacques (Mark Lanegan Band / Lyenn). As the cathartic din reaches a crescendo Stapleton howls “Oh God, do you believe in me?” – a sentiment of hopelessness that reverberates loudly in the current sociopolitical climate. The track was recorded and produced by Stapleton in her home studio and mixed by engineer Drew Smith (PJ Harvey, Ed Harcourt).

Stapleton’s Other recording credits include appearing as guest vocalist on Lydia Lunch & Cypress Grove albums “Under The Covers” (2017) and “Twin Horses” (2014) as well as ongoing involvement in The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project (feat. Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Debbie Harry, Thurston Moore +). Stapleton first appeared on the project’s 2014 album “Axels & Sockets” and a fourth and final album in the series is currently in production.

These shows will be solo performances though an album is anticipated later in the year with Stapleton’s UK band which features bassist Gavin Jay (Jim Jones Revue/Righteous Mind) and drummer Jim Macaulay (The Stranglers).

“An unmissable opportunity to see one of the most exciting emerging talents on the London scene before she hits the big time” Louder Than War (UK)

“What she actually sounds like – more than anything – is Suzie Stapleton. The emerging wave of assertive and gifted female artists is both urgently needed and one of the few bright spots in an otherwise ever more worrying world.” Tom Robinson, BBC/Fresh On The Net (UK)

“The truth is that Suzie Stapleton is streets ahead of so many singer/songwriters that success seems inevitable. I can only assume the majors are scampering with intent toward her right now.” I-94 Bar (AUS)

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James Harrison is a busy musical man. When he’s not writing, recording and performing solo or with bands Charm and Old Etiquettes he’s putting together great bills for tribute shows (Bowie, The Smiths, PJ Harvey). He’s about to release his debut solo LP Tales Surround The Lighthouse Lamp and to celebrate that he’s heading up the Hume to play a show at The Vanguard on Friday, April 8th on a superb bill that also includes The Tall Grass (Jamie Hutchings + Peter Fenton), Peg and Sam Shinazzi and Mark Moldre with full bands. Harrison kindly took the time to answer our Sonic Kicks Q&A ahead of the Sydney show this weekend.

The first album I bought…

I started off buying lots of singles as a kid that I don’t care to mention, high school was a little blurry but probably the Deftones album Adrenaline was the first. After high school the first album I bought was XO by Elliott Smith. Things really changed from there…


An album that soundtracked a relationship…

Automatically I’d say The Cure’s self-titled album. Renewing a love flame around 2004 that still remains. I think it was ranked their 2nd worst album by Stereogum but I was 19 at the time and a new fan so I loved it and still do.

An album that inspired me to form a band…

Dead Air by Heatmiser inspired me in my first band Charm. Funny how Elliott Smith inspired me to pick up both an acoustic guitar AND an electric guitar.

An album that reminds me of your high school years…

Given all the Brandon Boyd comparisons I got definitely Make Yourself by Incubus.

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

One of my favourite shows ever was seeing Something For Kate do their 10 year anniversary for Q&A with Dean Martin so think I’m sorted!


My favourite album cover art…

Hmmm big fan of Doubt Seeds by Bluebottle Kiss artwork. And Come Across. I’ve always loved Drive-By Truckers artwork as well.

My guilty pleasure album…

I’m a sucker for Belinda Carlisle’s greatest hits!


The last album I bought…

Had to buy The Smiths’ album The Queen Is Dead because I’d lost my old copy. (Shameless plug…I’m putting on a 30 year anniversary show for that album Friday April 29th at Corner Hotel)

The next album I want to buy…

Richmond Fontaine – You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing To Go Back To. I can’t wait to get my hands on their last album.


NEWS: Thee Oh Sees Announce Australian Tour


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



NEWS: PVT Announce First Australian Headline Shows In Two Years


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

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: Peter Bibby announces Australian tour

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photo by Tahlia Palmer

Fresh from a successful visit to SXSW Peter Bibby has announced a run of national dates through May. He’s also recently released the clip for ‘Goodbye Johnny’, one of the many highlights of last year’s Butcher/Hairstylist/Beautician LP which is now available in a limited run of vinyl at shows and via Spinning Top.

Thurs 14th May // Newtown Social Club – Sydney
With The Dandelion 
Fri 15th May // Northcote Social Clubb – Melbourne
With Orlando Furious and Tanzer
Sat 16th May // The Ed Castle – Adelaide
Double headline with Nicholas Allbrook
Thur 21st May // Black Bear Lodge – Brisbane 
With Good Sports and Donny Love
Sun 24th May // Mojo’s Bar – Fremantle
With HAMJAM and Rabbit Island


NEWS: Glide tribute show for Melbourne feat. members of The Church, You Am I, Crow, Bluebottle Kiss and Even


On Saturday Dec 20th a tribute to Sydney band Glide will be happening at The Workers Club in Melbourne. Like the excellent Sydney event a few months ago this will be an all-star show remembering the band’s singer, guitarist, songwriter William Arthur who passed away fifteen years ago.

Perfoming will be:

  • Steve Kilbey (The Church)
  • The Croons (early Glide lineup)
  • Jamie Hutchings (Bluebottle Kiss, Infinity Broke)
  • Peter Fenton (Crow)
  • Davey Lane (You Am I)
  • Ashley Naylor (Even)
  • Andy Kentler (last Glide member)
  • Paul McDonald (Charlie Horse, Glide)
  • JMS Harrison
  • The Void (Morning After Girls members)
  • D.A Calf
  • Sean Whelan



TOUR NEWS: Nick Cave announces solo 2014 Australia & New Zealand Tour


Nick Cave has today announced he’ll be heading back to Australia and New Zealand in November and December for a run of solo theatre shows backed by a small ensemble of musicians. Cave has been quoted as saying “The aim is to try to create a unique show for Australia – something special and out of the ordinary.”

Tour Dates

November 27 & 28 – Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth

November 30 – Festival Theatre, Adelaide

December 3 – Brisbane Convention Centre, Brisbane

December 4 – Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, Gold Coast

December 6 & 7 – Civic Theatre, Auckland

December 8 & 9 – St James Theatre, Wellington

December 11 & 12 – State Theatre Sydney

December 16 – Plenary, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Melbourne

Tickets on sale 3rd July , All tickets and information:

WATCH: Mark Moldre | Where Will I Be?

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Mark Moldre has released the second single from his recent sophomore solo album An Ear To The Earth and it is accompanied by a very cool black & white clip steeped in gallows humour and a distinct old-Australia rural feel. I love the gang backing vocals on Where Will I Be?, make sure you check out the rest of the album (listen and buy on Bandcamp)and also catch him at one of his upcoming shows (tour poster below) which will feature the line-up that played on the record.