In February this year Born Lion released their highly anticipated sophomore full-length album ‘Celebrate the Lie’ produced by Jimmy Balderstone (Luca Brasi, High Tension, Grenadiers) and mixed by Ryan Hazell (The Drones, Green Buzzard).
“This album will provide you with much gnarly enjoyment.” – The Music
‘Celebrate the Lie’ combines angsty punk-rock, frenetic hardcore and unapologetic monstrous pop-hooks, to deliver on what is quite simply a straight up, raucous, no bullshit, razor-sharp rock n’ roll record.
Now the band is back with the ‘Bigger Than Jesus’ tour. The run will include two mini festivals curated by the band themselves. Coming to Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne in February 2019, the line ups will feature acts such as Rick Dangerous and the Silkie Bantams, The Sinking Teeth, Dropping Honey, Fait Accompli Whispering Jackie, Ess-Em and a 10 year reunion set from Sydney’s Bitchslap.
SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY – OLD BAR – MELBOURNE
w/ The Sinking Teeth, The Quarters, Sophisticated Dingo
FRIDAY 8 FEBRUARY – BIGGER THAN JESUS FEST – CHIPPO HOTEL, SYDNEY
w/ Rick Dangerous and the Silkie Bantams, Fait Accompli, Whispering Jackie, Ess-Em
SATURDAY 9 FEBRUARY – BIGGER THAN JESUS FEST – SERVO FOOD TRUCK BAR
w/ Dropping Honey, Bitchslap, Fait Accompli, Whispering Jackie, El Bastardo
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
Sydney quintet The Rumjacks are set to release their third studio album Sleepin’ Rough on August 5 via FOUR || FOUR.
Recorded at Bomba Studios in regional Victoria, Sleepin’ Rough picks up where 2015’s Sober & Godless left off. Booming from the get-go with ‘Patron Saint Of Thieves’, a thundering punk aesthetic intertwined through the group’s Irish and Scottish musical heritage, this album is full throttle, all spit and bile, raucous and real.
Fans enjoyed a taste of the album from the melodic first single ‘A Fistful O’ Roses’, an emphatic protest at Sydney’s venue lock-out laws, with accompanying powerhouse music video directed by Josh Groom.
But don’t make the mistake of thinking The Rumjacks are just an angry bunch of punks. Far from it – their music, while hard and fast for the most part, carries with it an element of fun and frivolity, harking back to their Old Country roots, places where music is an integral part of community gathering, soundtracking the times with an almost savage joy.
The Rumjacks are currently on tour through the UK and Europe, smashing out 94 live dates over five months with sold out shows from Birmingham to Berlin and everywhere in between! They are also playing a host of major European festivals, and will take to the main stage at Woodstock in Poland by popular demand, with a crowd of 150,000 destined to attend! The band will then return to Australia to lift the rockin’ covers off this remarkable record and, with a massive national tour planned for the latter part of the year, showcase these new songs live.
Stories of life, love and loss, set to a throbbing beat, Sleepin’ Rough sees The Rumjacks in career best form. It’s what’s become vintage Rumjacks; it’s out the gate and straight down to business.
Legendary Irish singer / songwriter Damien Dempsey has had an incredible year, following the release of “Almighty Love” in October 2012.
To name but a few highlights: Damien sold out his Sydney Opera House St Patrick’s Day show followed by headline shows across Australia. The winter saw a support slot with Bruce Springsteen at Kilkenny Stadium, and his own headline show at Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens, whilst September brought Damien’s first US tour in 5 years, encompassing festivals and headline shows including a sold out Bowery Ballroom in New York.
Damien is undertaking a UK tour currently, before returning to Australian shores next month. He rounds off the year returning to Ireland for his late-November and December tour dates.
Damo has had an incredible career to date, releasing 6 albums since 2000. Early-2014 will see the release of Damien’s’ Best Of’ album, a celebration of Damien’s career to date.
Damien will be in Australia this November performing as part of the AWME festival and some select key shows also.
DAMIEN DEMPSEY – NOVEMBER TOUR DATES
Sunday November 10 – Sydney – The Vanguard (Sold Out)
Monday November 11 – Sydney – The Vanguard
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“Singer Damien Dempsey is a real working-class hero” – The Sunday Times
The Snowdroppers are heading out on the road with the mighty Screaming Jets!
See here for full tour dates that The Snowdroppers are playing at:
Fri Nov 8 Kinross Woolshed, Albury NSW
Sat Nov 9 Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC
Fri Nov 15 Entrance Leagues Club, The Entrance NSW
Sat Nov 16 Waves, Wollongong NSW
Sat Nov 23 Metro Theatre, Sydney NSW
Fri Nov 29 Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide SA
Sat Nov 30 Astor Theatre, Perth WA
Thurs Dec 12 Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle NSW