The Snowdroppers Are Calling It Quits

Final Tour Poster
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 – only available when you buy a ticket!

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

WE’RE CALLING IT QUITS TOUR – FINAL SHOWS…….EVER

PLAYING ‘TOO LATE TO PRAY’ IN FULL + GREATEST HITS

W/ VERY VERY SPECIAL GUESTS TBA

SATURDAY 21 OCT – Transit Bar​ CANBERRA (CLICK FOR TIX)

SATURDAY 28 OCT – Northcote Social Club​ MELBOURNE (CLICK FOR TIX)

SATURDAY 4 NOV – Jive​ ADELAIDE (CLICK FOR TIX)

SATURDAY 11 NOV – The Brightside​ BRISBANE (CLICK FOR TIX)

SATURDAY 18 NOV – The Wickham Park Hotel​ NEWCASTLE (FREE ENTRY)

SATURDAY 25 NOV– The Factory Theatre​ SYDNEY (CLICK FOR TIX)

TICKETS AND VINYL ON SALE 9AM MON 22 MAY. DON’T MISS OUT!

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.

Tim Rogers New Album ‘An Actor Repairs’ is out now

Released Friday April 28th, ‘An Actor 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.

Special Edition record and ticket packs available from http://www.timrogersmusic.net

See Tim Rogers performing the following shows:

Wednesday May 3rdMacquarie 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

*Supported by Steve Smyth & Lowlands

Tim Rogers – An Actor Repairs – Out April 28

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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.’

Listen to ‘Youth’ HERE

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.

Special Edition record and ticket packs available from www.timrogersmusic.net

See Tim Rogers performing the following shows:

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

Tickets On Sale Now – All ticketing HERE

Tim Rogers ‘An Actor Repairs’ out Friday April 28th. through FOUR FOUR Music

Screamfeeder Announce New Album & Tour

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)

Pre-order Pop Guilt Here: http://abcmusic.lnk.to/PopGuilt