Released Friday April 28th,‘AnActor Repairs’ is Tim Rogers seventh secessionist recording.
The songs on the forthcoming album were written and re-written over two years as an accompaniment to a performance piece Tim was attempting, concerning the retirement from the stage of an elderly Actor. This latest album delves deep into human emotion via a set of songs which paint Rogers in a light perhaps not seen before – that of a man reflecting, considering, coming to terms with his own artistic mortality through the sphere of another.
‘Sex? Drugs? Sometimes all you want is a great story. They don’t make ’em like Tim Rogers anymore with “the spirit of Ollie Reed” he’s the last of the great rock stars, and there can be no denying he’s a great artist as well. An Actor Repairs is a masterwork.’ Stack Magazine
‘Piano, acoustic guitar, woodwinds, brass and double bass thread their way through most songs, giving them a late-night jazz club feel, with the skinny, wordy bard at the microphone soundtracking every heartbreak in the joint.’ Rolling Stone
‘The elder statesman gets more sartorial and sage-like with every album.’ Herald Sun
‘’The theatrical bent suits Rogers … his barroom bookishness conjures up sharp, sweet retorts … once again, another side of his talents.’ The Age
‘Rife with dense and beguiling imagery about growing old disgracefully, delivered with utmost grace.’ Rhythms Magazine
Tim Rogers will also be touring nationally this April and May playing songs from his twenty-eight years of recordings. With accompaniment by extraordinary musicians who should know better, the shows for the tour will take on a number of different incarnations owing to schedules and concentration.
Supporting in Canberra, Newtown, Milton, Geelong, Collingwood and Elsternwick, Steve Smyth returns to Australia specially to perform at these shows, and will be showcasing new material with his band.
Tickets are selling fast with shows in Milton, Hardys Bay, Newcastle and Old Bar already sold out.
Wednesday May 3rd – Macquarie Point, Goods Shed, Hobart Thursday May 4th –Street Theatre, Canberra * Friday May 5th – St Stephens Church, Newtown * Saturday May 6th – Milton Theatre, Milton * sold out Friday May 12th – Workers Club, Geelong * Saturday May 13th – Melba Spiegeltent, Collingwood * Sunday May 14th – Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick * Saturday May 20th – Yarraville Club, Yarraville Friday May 26th –Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay sold out Saturday May 27th – The Edwards, Newcastle sold out Sunday May 28th – Flow Bar, Old Bar sold out
Whilst You Am I have been bogged down in negotiations about a new group haircut, Tim Rogers has recorded his seventh secessionist recording ‘An Actor Repairs’, and pleads for your attention as he once again confuses hubris for artistry.
The songs on the forthcoming album were written and re-written over two years as an accompaniment to a performance piece Tim was attempting, concerning the retirement from the stage of an elderly Actor.
The scripted elements of the piece gave way as he began working with Clio Renner, Melanie Robinson, Xani Kolac, Davey Lane, Brett Wolfendon and especially Shane O’Mara on the songs.
Working with musicians so dextrous and wilful, more songs were written in a fever, throwing the script away to include songs of devotion and delusion to create the final 12 tracks on the album.
The first single to be lifted from the album is ‘Youth’.
Tim says ‘Youth’ is a song about a character lifting themselves by the elbows out of the well-spring and accepting the waters won’t cleanse them of their sins. It was written four times, first as a skiffle, then a torch, then a lament, ending as an enthusiasm. Brett Wolfenden commands on drums, Diamond Davey on bass, Xani And Clio as the Grecian Chorus, Rai Preirera on percussion and Shane and I shaking our heads in wonder. If this song came in a dream, knock me out forever.’
For your affection, Tim Rogers will also be touring nationally this April and May, and will be playing songs from his twenty-eight years of recordings. With accompaniment by extraordinary musicians who should know better, the shows for the tour will take on a number of different incarnations owing to schedules and concentration.
Friday March 24th – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide
Friday March 31st – Byron Bay Community Centre, Byron Bay
Saturday April 1st – Old Museum, R’R Writers Festival, Brisbane
Sunday April 16th – Spiegeltent, Wollongong
Thursday April 20th – Rosemount Hotel, Perth
Friday April 21st – Odd Fellow, Fremantle
Saturday April 22nd – Carine Tavern, Duncraig
Thursday May 4th –Street Theatre, Canberra
Friday May 5th – St Stephens Church, Newtown
Saturday May 6th – Milton Theatre, Milton
Friday May 12th – Workers Club, Geelong
Saturday May 13th – Melba Spiegeltent, Collingwood
Sunday May 14th – Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick
Saturday May 20th – Yarraville Club, Yarraville *on sale Thursday March 23rd
Friday May 26th –Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay
Saturday May 27th – The Edwards, Newcastle *on sale Thursday March 23rd
Sunday May 28th – Flow Bar, Old Bar
Brisbane indie heavyweights Screamfeeder are one of this country’s most-loved bands, capturing hearts and ears with their blissfully noisy pop-rock. Now they’re back, better than ever, with new album Pop Guilt set for release April 21st.
But first, some history. Screamfeeder are one of those bands you grew up with, whose songs are imprinted into the DNA of every music-lover who came of age in the 90’s and 00’s. A band of eternally-youthful fuzz-pop darlings who, however improbably, have continued to play together for over 20 years and somehow have not only gotten better, but have become even more respected.
Screamfeeder’s debut Flour came out way back in 1992, and they followed that with five more scorching albums including the undeniably-classic Kitten Licks in 1996. In 2005, they took a break from recording and touring, but continued to play shows when they felt the urge. Their records have continued to sell, so much so that their first five albums were re-released on vinyl in 2015 and 2016 by Poison City Records.
The band toured to support the re-releases, and it was a revelation – rooms filled with punters singing every word as testament to the abiding quality and ongoing love for the band. It was apparent that plenty of people still wanted to hear their music. That time spent on tour snowballed into brand new songs being written and recorded, and those sessions have resulted in a new album, due for release in April 2017.
The first singles ‘Alone In The Crowd’ and ‘All Over It Again’ gained airplay across the country. What better reason than to come out of hibernation? Writing together again came easily to Tim Steward and Kellie Lloyd, who sat down together and put together the bulk of the album’s songs. “It was like we’d never stopped.. we found ourselves
falling into familiar patterns of melody and structure again so easily”. Lyrically the album combines Kellie’s abstract and poetic stream-of-consciousness with Tim’s more literal – and literate – observations and personal purgings.
The new album was recorded in Brisbane but mixed mostly in America, the band choosing a dream-list of producers from their collection of indie-rock favourites old and new. Brad Wood (Veruca Salt, Placebo), Paul Kolderie (Dinosaur Jr, The Lemonheads, Radiohead), Dave Downham (Beach Slang) and Wayne Connolly (The Vines, Died Pretty) contributed mixes and their own signature styles to the songs.
Written by Tim whilst in London on the Grant McLennan Fellowship, the album opens with ‘Half Lies’ a track about the learning of the mechanics of falling in and out of love and the mistakes and heartache of youth, innocence and naivete.
Screamfeeder have toured Australia too many times to count, as well as the US, UK, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, France, Germany, Switzerland and Spain. Live, they’re a non-stop whirlwind of high-energy heavy riffs, caterwauling feedback and pulse-racing bass, Tim and Kellie entwining their vocals around the music, all anchored with the explosive power of Dean Shwereb’s drumming. They’re raw, grungy, fiery, effortlessly skillful yet loose at the same time, an exuberant and joyful wave of music filling every space in the room with pure radiant youth.
Screamfeeder still believe in writing good songs, and performing them like their lives depend on it. Who’s going to argue with that?
“…(their) ragged, infectious spirit evokes all kinds of glories: classic soul records, the early Who singles, the fire and fun of bands such as the Jam and the Replacements.” (Courier Mail)
04 San Diego CA-Get Shamrocked
05 Corona CA – M15 Bar
06 Los Angeles CA – Los Globos
07 Anaheim CA – Doll Hut
08 Phoenix AZ – Valley Bar
09 Tucson AZ – Surly Wench
11 El Paso TX – The Lowbrow
12 San Antonio TX – 502 Bar
13 – 19 Austin SXSW
21 Houston TX – Fitzgeralds
23 Tallahassee FL – Side bar
24 Valdosta GA –Ashley St Station
27 Atlanta GA – Masquerade
28 Nashville TN – Springwater
29 Cincinnati OH – Mad Frog
30 Indianapolis IN – Melody Inn
31 Chicago IL – Reggies
01 Detroit MI – PJ’s Lager House
04 Akron OH – Empire
07 Pittsburgh PA-Hard Rock Cafe
08 Long Branch NJ – Brighton Bar
09 Philadelphia PA- Voltage
11 NYC – Rockwood Music Hall
12 New Haven CT – Café Nine
13 Boston/Cambridge – O’Briens
14 Providence RI – Firehouse 13
15 Rochester NY – Montage
Melbourne Ska Orchestra (MSO) are still on a galactic sized high after what’s been a fantastic year for the much-loved big band. Their album ‘Sierra-Kilo-Alpha’ took out both the ARIA Award for Best World Album, and the Victorian Music Award for Best Global or Reggae Album.
The band toured the album both here and then the United Kingdom – where they debuted at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival – receiving rave reviews for their live shows. Their Splendour in the Grass performance was touted as “a genuine highlight of the entire festival (The Music) and their Edinburgh appearance as “virtuosic & high-octane” (Fringebiscuit.co.uk).
Determined to end 2016 with a bang, the time seems right to announce a run of spectacular SKA-BQ live shows for the new year (details below – early bird tickets on sale now), and to unleash SATURN RETURN, a full-length album of previously unreleased recordings from the ‘Sierra-Kilo-Alpha’ sessions. Not only big in numbers – MSO tend to do everything on a grand scale. When 35 MSO members graced the studio to record an album in late 2015, they came out with two albums worth! ‘Sierra-Kilo-Alpha’ could only fit 11 tracks and it’s now time to share the extra 11 tracks, recorded on the same mission.
Nicky Bomba, band leader & SKA-BQ head chef states: “These new tunes could not be released until now due to quarantine issues, scientific research, musical analysis and the now patented Skattertron distillation device that can only process 11 songs at any given time! The Orchestra is thrilled to share these new discoveries and fly the ska flag a little higher following the success of the ARIA and Victorian Music Award winnings for Sierra-Kilo-Alpha.”
All 22 tracks recorded were of the award winning standard of ‘Sierra-Kilo-Alpha’. SATURN RETURN expands on the eclectic and international journey which MSO embarked on. Stand out tunes include the beautiful trio of vocals on ‘Feel The Breeze’ the rock steady ‘No Show’, ‘Mercy Lord’, which features the legendary Owen Gray (Jamaica) and the Two Tone style of ‘No Friend Of Mine’, will hit the right note for ska fans.
SATURN RETURN will be presented in a Spaceship USB device containing songs, lyrics, pictures and extra vital information for the full cosmic experience! Hit below to check it out:
Download or stream the new album SATURN RETURN HERE
THE SKA-BQ TOUR
The live shows MSO will embark on in the New Year will be a run of SKA-BQ dates – taking it back to the old skool and embracing every element that emulates the Ska scene. With each event starting in the afternoon, punters can expect a mini festival vibe filled with smokin BBQ’s, drinks, scooters, a whole lotta Ska and of course skankin galore!
The dates will be launched in Melbourne on the Australia Day weekend, then followed up with 3 interstate shows in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide in March. Early bird ticket prices are on sale now.
Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s SKA-BQ Tour
SAT JAN 28 SHIMMERLANDS w/ Ska Vendors, NoNonsense, Project Ska Collective (Syd) and DJs Mohair Slim & Jesse I plus great food, great drinks and the Melbourne Scooter Club University of Melbourne, PARKVILLE
Tickets & info available from http://www.shimmerlands.com/show/ska-bq/ Early bird tickets available for limited time $38 +bf. General admission $45 +bf Gates open 3pm
Saturday 25th March The Triffid Special guests & more to be announced 9 Stratton Street, Newstead, BRISBANE Early bird tickets available for limited time $35 +bf, General admission $40 +bf Tickets from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=69329
Doors open 6pm
Sunday 26th March The Gov Special guests & more to be announced 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, ADELAIDE Early bird tickets available for limited time $35 +bf, General admission $40 +bf Tickets from http://thegov.oztix.com.au/?eventId=69226 Doors open 4pm
ABC Music/Four Four has carefully considered whether it should continue its association with The Rumjacks given the criminal record of their lead singer (Mr McLaughlin).
The management of ABC Music/Four Four does not wish to act in any way which downplays or condones the serious criminal behaviour, wrongdoing and harm committed by Mr McLaughlin against his former partner.
However, we have considered that Mr McLaughlin has served out his time in jail and has a right to pursue his life as a rehabilitated person. Mr McLaughlin’s remorse and his commitment to rehabilitation is expressed by The Rumjacks themselves in a statement on their website which can be seen here: http://www.therumjacks.com/blog/statement.
“The entire performance from Melbourne Ska Orchestra is an exercise in consummate showmanship, prodigious musicianship, and next-level audience interaction; a genuine highlight of the entire festival.”
“The Ampthitheatre’s sizeable stage looks veritably cramped as the many members of the Melbourne Ska Orchestratake their places, armed with an eye-popping array of instruments and a wonderfully dorky air of coolness. MSO conductor/bandleader Nicky Bomba is a pocket rocket of delight, skanking and bounding his way all over his domain while holding both his players and their delighted audience quite literally in the palm of his hand; over the course of a wide-ranging and unforgettable set that joyously bounds from the pseudo-sneak of Get Smart(during which Bomba conducts the crowd in a massive scat sing-along before finishing the song three times, each conclusion drawing larger and larger applause) to the insanity of He’s A Tripper, wherein Bomba repeatedly instructs the entire crowd to freeze mid-dance – and they do. It is a sightto behold. New single Sly Bootsalso proves a high point, as does Specials classic and ska staple A Message To You Rudy; hell, the entire performance from the whole orchestra is an exercise in consummate showmanship, prodigious musicianship, and next-level audience interaction; a genuine highlight of the entire festival.”
“We can’t dally for too long, though, because the Melbourne Ska Orchestra is about to start their set at the Amphitheatre. Before we get there, I see a friend and tell her that I am going to see the MSO; she scoffs because they have the word ‘ska’ in their name, but the joke’s on her, because this set is fucking unbelievable amounts of fun. Bandleader Nicky Bomba is a national treasure and consummate showman, and his gargantuan ensemble is an insanely entertaining group of performers. There’s no too-cool-for-everything pretense here; just super-dorky, eminently loveable musicians and their impossibly positive vibes. How can you not love that?”