FOUR FOUR is super excited to be releasing the brand new album from The Cambodian Space Project!
“They’re a great band, the singer is amazing, really beautiful, the guitars really jump out at you, very affecting, great stuff.“– Nick Cave
Her name is Channthy, she’s a Khmer diva in a swinging ‘60s mini dress, they’re a Motor City sound loving South East Asia group. No, it’s not a scene from Kill Bill. It’s The Cambodian Space Project, a critically acclaimed Aussie Cambodian band that is equal part ‘60s Cambodian rock’n’roll and trippy psychedelic Khmer soul.
The Cambodian Space Project was founded in 2009 by Australian Julien Poulson and Cambodian female songstress Channthy Kak in Phnom Penh. They have collaborated with Paul Kelly, Ozi Battla and American Motown juggernaut legend Dennis Coffey. Their unique sound is musical rocket fuel that is part Motown, part Velvet Underground, and a smattering of Khmer pop classics.
This extraordinary band has been at the forefront of an astonishing cultural revival in Cambodia, singing life back into the lost divas and rock n roll legends of Cambodia’s golden age of music.
Spaced Out in Wonderland is the 5th full length long player by The Cambodian Space Project and it’s got all the cosmic goodness of that this Aussie-Khmer outfit’s earlier work is renowned for but heads into a new realm of sonic goodness.
Tracks like Down from the Mountain show Channthy’s folksy roots with her incredible a cappella vocals opening the whole shebang before the album blasts-off into full-blown psychedelic pop – there’s a heavy dose of Motor City Blaksploitation funk on 5 Lady Cows – where she sings about joining a rock’n’roll band and making money to buy cows for here village – through to cosmic reworkings of the Vietnam War soundtrack classics Proud Mary and an ominous, mystical version of Paint It Black.
The groups original songs like Never Fall Down are almost reggae but with a haunting, spacey undertone and finally the album closes (like something else entirely, is beginning) with an incredible interpretation of Iggy Pop’s The Passenger.
This LP is a full vibrancy, cosmic trip through ethnic Khmer styles, psych-rock, motor city funk and Motownesque pop to the new – totally spaced-out – grooves of South East Asia today.
Spaced Out In Wonderland is out now through FOUR FOUR / ABC Music!
1. Down from the Mountain
Following the LP release of ‘An Actor Repairs’, a pile of You Am I touring, and the release of his first book ‘Detours’ to critical acclaim; Tim Rogers will wrap it all up, drop it in this bundle and play a series of solo shows in November and December to cap the year off.
‘The year was set aside to do a thesis on (Canadian maestros’) Rush and their divisive “keyboard” era and learn how to tie my own shoelaces, but I got waylaid by a love of reading and the ever- shifting notion of “cocktail hour” and wound up writing a book. What a bloody nerve. What a cheek. What an editor…. If this is to be my reaction to writing and recording an LP I’m exceptionally proud and feeling it disappear into the ether then God and Satan save us all. ‘’An Actor Repairs’ was an LP made with love and not a lot else despite a reliance on enthusiasm and the ability to stretch a budget under a charlatan’s smoke- cloud of enthusiasm. After taking ‘What Rhymes With Cars And Girls’ to some regions over the next months, I’m going to go out and play songs about repairing actors and unfixable humans. Because that is what we do. Us repairing humans. In human form, Rogers repairs forthwith and foreheaded’. Tim Rogers
TIM ROGERS DETOUR-ING DATES & VENUES
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 10TH – Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury – Tickets HERE
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 11TH – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh – Tickets HERE
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16TH – Byron Community Centre Theatre, Byron Bay – Tickets HERE
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17TH – Old Museum Concert Hall, Brisbane – Tickets HERE
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18TH – The Basement, Circular Quay, Sydney – Tickets HERE
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 23RD – The Edwards, Newcastle – Tickets HERE
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 24TH – Hardy’s Bay Club, Hardy’s Bay – Tickets HERE
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 25TH – The Basement at Panthers Port Macquarie – Tickets HERE
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 26TH – Flow Bar, Old Bar – Tickets HERE
FRIDAY DECEMBER 1ST – Fly By Night, Fremantle – Tickets HERE
SATURDAY DECEMBER 2ND – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide – Tickets HERE
Tickets for all shows are on sale Friday September 8th
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.
“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.
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
The Rumjacks have just announced another HUGE tour of Europe in 2017 through August, September, October, November and into December!!
For all ticketing details and updates keep tuned to the bands Facebook page and website: http://www.therumjacks.com/shows
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
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