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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NEW MUSIC: Suzie Stapleton – You Were There

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Suzie Stapleton has been based in London for the last two years, playing shows, recording and collaborating with like-minded artists. Now we get to hear the fruits of her labour with the exquisite new single ‘You Were There’, a slow, swaying, atmospheric wander of a song. There’s dark intent at play, a sense of past events just outside the perimeter of one’s memory. The rhythm section anchors the song perfectly, an ominous slow march with sombre, heavy bass, snare cracks and ringing cymbals as Stapleton intones her lyrics in restrained gothic blues style.

The song was recorded with Gavin Jay (Jim Jones Revue/The Righteous Mind) on bass, Ian White (Gallon Drunk) on drums, and engineer Drew Smith (PJ Harvey/Ed Harcourt) at the wheel.

Head over to https://suziestapleton.bandcamp.com for a free download of the song.

NEW MUSIC: 2nd single from The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project: Axels & Sockets

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Glitterhouse Records are about to release the third volume of The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project where incomplete or unrecorded Pierce songs have been finished with a superb cast of singers including Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Deborah Harry, Thurston Moore, Mick Harvey and many others. Axels & Sockets is out May 2nd in USA/Europe and locally in Australia shortly after May 5th.

‘Constant Limbo (Constant Rain)’ is the second single from the new album performed by Cypress Grove and Crippled Black Phoenix with a deep and dusky call and response section between Mark Lanegan, Bertrand Cantat, and Suzie Stapleton (Melbourne, VIC) who we’ve featured previously on DS.

“It all came about because Cypress Grove was invited by a friend of a friend to my show at London’s 12 Bar Club where I’d been squished onto the beginning of a metal line-up. My previously booked show had fallen through so it was better than not playing London at all. Pretty lucky I guess – particularly as Mark Lanegan has been a prime influence on my music. Though all the musicians involved are incredible – it’s a real honour to be a part of the project” – Suzie Stapleton

01 Nobody’s City – Iggy Pop with Nick Cave (feat. Thurston Moore) 
02 Kisses For My President – The Amber Lights with Debbie Harry 
03 Mexican Love – Black Moth
04 Weird Kid Blues – Julie Christensen
05 Ain’t My Problem Baby – Slim Cessna’s Auto Club
06 Constant Limbo (Constant Rain) – Crippled Black Phoenix and Cypress Grove (feat. Mark Lanegan, Bertrand Cantat & Suzie Stapleton) 
07 Into The Fire – Nick Cave And Debbie Harry 
08 Thunderhead – Kris Needs Presents…Honey 
09 Desire By Blue River – Mark Lanegan and Bertrand Cantat 
10 Kitty In The Moonlight – The Amber Lights with Xanthe Waite
11 Secret Fires – Ruby Throat
12 Kisses For My President – Andrea Schroeder 
13 Body And Soul – James Johnston 
14 Goodbye Johnny (Andrew Weatherall’s Nyabinghi Noir Mix) – Primal Scream 
15 Break ‘Em Down – Hugo Race 
16 My Cadillac – Cypress Grove
17 The Journey Is Long – Lydia Lunch and Jeffrey Lee Pierce
18 Shame And Pain – Mark Stewart And Jeffrey Lee Pierce (feat. Thurston Moore)

 

NEW MUSIC: Suzie Stapleton | Obladi Diablo

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Melbourne musician Suzie Stapleton has only just come onto our radar but it only took 30 seconds of the first song we heard to get drawn into her dark and moody sound that equally draws on gothic blues and swamp rock, mixing it all up in a contemporary rock miasma. The thing that anchors it all is her jaw dropping voice with its rich and raw tone, not afraid to dig down to the low notes or reach skywards with an open-throated howl. Think Marianne Faithful, Chrissy Amphlett and Renee Geyer. There are clear musical influences like Nick Cave, The Dirty Three and The Drones at play but Stapleton easily creates her own distinct and emotionally-charged musical identity.

Her EP from October 2012 Obladi Diablo is available via her Bandcamp page for the price of your choice plus you can also pick up her 2009 EP 45 Revelations Per Minute.