FOUR FOUR Welcomes Paddy McHugh To The Roster. Announcing Second Album ‘City Bound Trains’

Paddy McHugh has announced the release of his second album, City Bound Trains, an album depicting tales of a life in Australia, to be released on September 29 through FOUR | FOUR.

Raised in Tamworth, before moving to Sydney and now finally calling Brisbane home, Paddy McHugh is an alternative singer-songwriter who uses his music to tell a story. His honest and true approach has seen him invited to share the stage with some of the world’s top artists such as Sinead O’Connor, Damien Dempsey, Joe Pug and more. He believes simplicity is the key, with everyday life making the best stories, and in his hands the simplicity of his tracks come across powerfully raw and real.

I know there are many reasons why people listen to and enjoy music, but for me honesty was paramount when it came to the style of music I wanted to make. It had to be about something that I knew about or cared about.– Paddy McHugh.

The album, City Bound Trains, is no exception – consisting of stories from everyday Australian life, set to a musical score that both throbs with a visceral power and gently pulsates with a calmness and tranquillity. From the almost anthemic nature of Down to Sydney, with its electric build, to the gentle rocking of Rita, Paddy McHugh pulls it all together with a quiet aplomb.

An experienced performer, Paddy McHugh has performed at notable festivals such as The Gympie Muster, Woodford Folk Festival, The National Folk Festival and many more. To coincide with the release of City Bound Trains Paddy McHugh has announced a line-up of live show dates across Australia.

City Bound Trains was produced by Brendan Gallagher (Karma County) and with honesty at its core and everyday life its muse, the album is a neat and strong package that showcases Paddy McHugh’s ever-growing talent.

First single from the album ‘City Bound Trains’ is out now and available on all digital services HERE. 

Born Lion Return With New Single ‘EVIL K’ And Announce New Album ‘Celebrate The Lie’

“It’s a great one!”.
Josh Merriel – triple j (AUS)

“A raucous new slice of punk’n’roll”.
Emmy Mack – Music Feeds (AUS)

After what was an auspicious introduction, one of Australia’s most exciting punk-rock acts, Born Lion have made their return with new single ‘Evil K’, tour dates and announced the release date for their forthcoming and sophomore studio album titled ‘Celebrate The Lie’ (due late-October).

Produced by Jimmy Balderstone (Luca Brasi, High Tension, Grenadiers) and mixed by Ryan Hazell (The Drones, Green Buzzard), lead single ‘Evil K’ combines hard-hitting, razor-sharp punk’n’roll with unapologetic monstrous pop-hooks, taking cues from the likes of staple influences The Bronx, Converge and Queens of the Stone Age.   

Front man John Bowker describes the creative process behind ‘Evil K’:

“Evil K was the first song we wrote with our new drummer, Andres. It was such an exciting time and this song felt like the start of something really special. I penned the lyrics after watching a late night doco on these ageing stuntmen whose childhood hero was ‘Evel Knievel’”.

Since being crowned winners of triple j Unearthed’s 2013 Soundwave Festival competition, Born Lion have continually put out critically adored music, with three of their singles ‘D for Danger’, ‘Good Times Jimmy’ and ‘Good Dogs Play Dead’ all being added to rotation on triple j. Their 2015 debut album ‘Final Words’ was nominated for an ARIA for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal album. 

In the live arena, the band have traversed the countryside multiple times on their own headline tours and supporting the likes of The Hives, The Bronx, Royal Blood, Marmozets and Karnivool. To celebrate the release of ‘Evil K’ the quartet will head out on an East Coast run performing in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

In the coming weeks, Born Lion, will reveal an accompanying music video for ‘Evil K’.

‘Evil K’ will be available worldwide via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers on Friday August 18 through Four/Four.

BORN LION
EVIL K TOUR

FRI 15 SEP | WAYWARDS, SYDNEY NSW
w/ Special Guests Rad Island + Particles

SAT 23 SEP | THE REVERENCE, MELBOURNE VIC
w/ Special Guests Rad Island + Ships Piano

SAT 30 SEP | THE FLAMIN GALAH, BRISBANE QLD
w/ Special Guests Radolescents + Beth Lucas & Band

All shows are Free Entry

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THE SNOWDROPPERS – WE’RE CALLING IT QUITS TOUR SELLING FAST

The Snowdroppers Second Shows announcement Instagram
SYDNEY AND MELBOURNE SOLD OUT!
SECOND AND FINAL SHOWS ANNOUNCED!
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS GAY PARIS + THE STIFFYS
THE LANSDOWNE, SYDNEY, YAH YAH’S, MELBOURNE

2017 marks ten long years since THE SNOWDROPPERS first got in a room together to see if we could learn a handful of covers to play at a burlesque variety show… London, Pauly K, Cougar Jones and Johnny Wishbone – with no idea that it would dominate our lives for the next decade.

We’ve seen a lot of things come and go over the years- three albums and an EP, countless tours, festivals and support slots around Australia, several overseas trips, broken bones, more long drives and airport lines than you can shake a large Big Mac meal at, and have somehow managed to come out the other side sane and still kicking.

It’s this kind of milestone that tends to make a band look back with pride on all their accomplishments, thankful of all they’ve been able to experience and look towards the next ten years with renewed purpose and vigour!

…Not us though, we’re sick of it and are going to OFFICIALLY CALL IT QUITS after one last run of shows. This is it folks, we’re hanging up the suspenders, burning the banjo and putting London back in the cabinet!

To celebrate our tenth anniversary and say farewell – we’ll be playing Too Late to Pray in full and a selection of our other favourites. We’ll even be releasing a very limited number of ‘Too Late to Pray’ 12 inch vinyl.

We would love to see you all one last time – don’t miss it!

WE’RE CALLING IT QUITS TOUR – FINAL EVER SHOWS
PLAYING ‘TOO LATE TO PRAY’ IN FULL + GREATEST HITS

SAT 21 OCT – TRANSIT BAR, CANBERRA
With Special Guests The Barron Spinsters + Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers

FRI 27 OCT – YAH YAH’S, MELBOURNE [SECOND AND FINAL SHOW!]
With Special Guests The Stiffys + Keggin

SAT 28 OCT – NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE [SOLD OUT]
With Special Guests The Stiffys + The Sex Pills

SAT 4 NOV – JIVE, ADELAIDE
With Special Guests Kitchen Witch + Donnarumma 

SAT 11 NOV – BRIGHTSIDE, BRISBANE
With Special Guests Wolf!Wolf!Wolf + Flight Ibis

SAT 18 NOV – THE WICKO, NEWCASTLE
With Special Guests IVY

FRI 24 NOV – THE LANSDOWNE, SYDNEY [SECOND AND FINAL SHOW!]
With Special Guests Gay Paris + Born Lion

SAT 25 NOV – THE FACTORY THEATRE, SYDNEY [SOLD OUT]
With Special Guests Gay Paris + That Red Head + The Good Mornings

 

TICKET AND TOO LATE TO PRAY 12” VINYL:

$55 + booking fee on sale Monday 22 May 2017 available from www.snowdroppers.com

Damien Dempsey New Album ‘Soulsun’ Out Friday May 26

Seventeen years into an astonishing career, Damien Dempsey releases his seventh studio album, his most exciting work to date, Soulsun. 

The lead single and opening title track gets straight to the point. Soulsun is accompanied by a colourful and life-affirming video directed by legendary rock photographer Steve Gullick, who has shot iconic images of Nirvana, Beck and Nick Cave over the years, just to mention a tiny few.

“As ever, people can take their own meanings from it, but for me, it is about the sun that shines from within,” Dempsey explains.

Soulsun sees the man affectionately known as Damo team up with a stellar cast of female guest vocalists, who are referred to as ‘the mighty Celtic Warrior High Queens’.

Dido, who sold 21 million copies of her debut album, No Angel, sings on a tender love song entitled ‘Beside the Sea’. Fellow Dubliner Imelda May appears on ‘Big Big Love’ and ‘Pretty Bird Tree’ features Dingle singer Pauline Scanlon.

Soulsun was recorded in long-term producer John Reynolds’ studio in north London. The striking cover image was created by renowned Dublin graphic artist Maser, who Dempsey worked with on large-scale mural works.

Amidst all the plaudits Damo has won over the years, one of the most notable is contained in Morrissey’s Autobiography. The legendary singer describes Dempsey performing at a session in Dublin’s Four Seasons Hotel. “Damien captivates and enchants with all the love of one blessed and unselfish,” Morrissey writes. “I see myself crying at his funeral, missing him already.”

“I’m not sure exactly what I did to deserve such praise,” Dempsey says. “I had absolutely no idea I was in it until the book was published, but it’s nice to be appreciated by such an incredible artist and writer who’s unquestionably an absolute genius.”

Damien Dempsey doesn’t hesitate in identifying the most satisfying aspect of his career. “Seeing what the songs mean to people is mind-blowing,” he says. “People come up to me and say, ‘You saved my f**king life.’ At the start, it was about saving my own life and healing myself. There’s music for everything; getting up and dancing having a good time, music to think deeply to…you name it, absolutely everything under the sun. There’s music for all situations, but my music is about healing and hope.”

Damien Dempsey ‘Soulsun’ is out May 26th through FOUR FOUR Music

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Ozomatli Release New Album ‘Non-Stop: Mexico To Jamaica’

LA’s Ozomatli are celebrating their 20 year anniversary with new album ‘Non-Stop: Mexico to Jamaica’, an album of classic and contemporary Mexican hits reimagined with a Jamaican feel, which is released today.

‘Non-Stop: Mexico to Jamaica’ pays homage to the music that many of the band members grew up listening to, inspiring them to reconnect and reinterpret songs that defined their youth.

Produced by drum & bass reggae legends, Sly & Robbie (Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Madonna, No Doubt) and featuring various high profile guest vocalists, the album reflects the bands multi-genre influences as well as their travels around the world.

Originally conceived as a tribute to Mariachi and Norteño music, the band decided to expand the concept and include iconic and current artists and cover more eras. Pairing reggae, ska, rocksteady and dancehall rhythms with a variety of Mexican musical genres spoke to the band’s desire to do something unique for its 20th anniversary. It was also critical to include songs written by artists that represent the vast diversity of Mexico’s population.

Regular visitors to Australia having toured here an incredible 13 times, the “Dioses del Baile,” or “Gods of Dance,” have created one of the most exciting, captivating and flat-out fun live shows touring today. They continue to harness their musical instincts by conceiving new concepts and forging new sounds that keep fans on their toes and the world dancing.

Ozomatli ‘Non-Stop: Mexico To Jamaica’ out now!

Click here to listen. 

Tim Rogers Takes Over Double J Radio!

When Myf Warhurst heads to Ukraine to host this year’s coverage of Eurovision, she’s leaving the keys to the office to an old friend that we think you’ll know pretty damn well.

We all know You Am I frontman Tim Rogers can write one hell of a song. And anyone who has seen him play live in the almost three decades he’s been on the live scene has concrete evidence of his talents as an entertainer.

Fewer people know that he’s a bit of a gun footy player, had a decent crack at modelling and was, for a short time, a captivating TV host. But it’s all true.

Hell, he was even Double J Australian Artist of the Year in 2015.

Now, he’s adding radio to his disgustingly lengthy and varied list of talents, as he takes over Double J’s daily Lunch program while Myf is busy bringing Australian audeinces the glitz and glam from Europe.

Tim Rogers hosts Lunch on Double J from Monday 8 to Friday 12 May at 11am.