The Crooked Fiddle Band join Bird’s Robe Records

Experimental folk-rock quartet THE CROOKED FIDDLE BAND have signed with Sydney-based label Bird’s Robe Records.

One of Australia’s most intense audio experiences, the band have announced the release of a double A-side single ahead of their upcoming second LP, Moving Pieces Of The Sea, which was recorded in Chicago with the legendary Steve Albini (Nirvana, The Pixies, Gogol Bordello, Joanna Newsom).

‘The Vanishing Shapes of a Better World’ is an epic and compelling instrumental, vast in scope and wide in breadth, while ‘Deepwater Drownings – Part I’ (radio edit) opens with folding tidal darkness and foreboding overtures before giving way to a spare and crystalline ‘Crooked Fiddle’ vocal. The double A-Side release hints at the shift in direction taken by Moving Pieces Of The Sea towards something cinematic, expansive and epic in scale.

They have now announced an extensive run of Australian shows supporting the release of their album on October 1st.

For more info visit www.crookedfiddleband.com

Meniscus announce new tour dates with Twelve Foot Ninja

Sydney instrumental rock legends MENISCUS will support prog rock trailblazers TWELVE FOOT NINJA on their NSW and ACT tour this month.

Meniscus are coming off a well-received return to the stage in Sydney and Melbourne last month, after their debut European tour last year and captivating Peats Ridge Festival performance over New Year’s. The band will showcase new material on these dates ahead of more studio in the works.

For more info visit www.meniscusband.com

The Barons of Tang join Bird’s Robe Records

Explosive chainsaw-folk outfit THE BARONS OF TANG have signed with Sydney-based label Bird’s Robe Records.

One of Australia’s most hard-working bands, The Barons of Tang have announced the release of their debut album, Into The Mouths of Hungry Giants.

Showcasing their compelling mix of gyspy swing, oddball groove and raucouos singalongs in the same breath as complex time signatures and showstopping musicianship, the album is a long-awaited studio release for fans.

The release follows an incredible touring schedule for the band, most recently coming off a two-month UK & European tour, taking in Fusion Festival (Germany), Womad in Spain & the UK, Jamboree in London and Hootananny in Brixton. The band have played some of the world’s biggest festivals in recent times, including the 2012 Roskilde Festival in Denmark. Indeed, 2012 was a break-out year for the band, who completed a massive 34-date North American tour, before heading straight into the European festival season.

This year sees them capitalise on the buzz around the band, with their debut album release and a string of Australian shows this spring & summer, leading into another packed international itinerary in 2014.

For more info visit www.thebaronsoftang.com

Featherfest returns in 2013, feat. The Protomen (USA)

Featherfest, the colourful one-day showcase of experimental and innovative music hosted by The Bird’s Robe Collective, has announced its return for 2013.

Taking place on Sunday July 28th at the Annandale Hotel in Sydney, the 2013 event will be headlined by US operatic-rock icons THE PROTOMEN, along with locals SHANGHAI, GODSWOUNDS, Melbourne’s TOEHIDER and American comedic hip-hop act MC FRONTALOT.

Established in 2009, the annual event has hosted the likes of DARTH VEGAS, UMLAUT, RUINS-ALONE (JPN) and many more. Taking a break in 2012 due to a crowded touring schedule, its return provides impetus for the rising surge of innovative musical talent in Sydney and beyond.

Currently touring Australia for the Melbourne-based PAX event which has sold out, THE PROTOMEN are on their first visit down under, showcasing their cult status as geek-friendly, theatrical rock and rollers, with a reputation for epic, larger-than-life shows.

Featherfest 2013
Sun 28 July
Annandale Hotel
17-19 Parramatta Road
Tickets on sale now http://www.annandalehotel.com/anh/eventdetails.asp?id=3429

Watch The Protomen live https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8al7Dk_2mxI

sleepmakeswaves announce licensing deal with Monotreme Records (and vinyl!)

Sydney post-rock group SLEEPMAKESWAVES have announced that their ARIA-nominated album “…and so we destroyed everything” has been licensed for overseas release by legendary UK label Monotreme Records.
 
The Monotreme release will feature the band’s first ever vinyl print, as well as a 2-CD deluxe edition of the album that includes the recent remix record ‘…and then they remixed everything’ featuring contributions from 65daysofstatic, Rosetta, Kyson, Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, Serious Beak, Atlantis, Glasfrosch and Klue.
 
Based in the UK, Monotreme Records celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2012 and boast a roster including US post-rock giants This Will Destroy You, electronic acts Nedry, Stumbleine and English experimental rock icons 65daysofstatic.
 
Initially released through Australian independent label Bird’s Robe Records in late 2011, “…and so we destroyed everything” launched the band on a busy touring schedule across Australia, Europe and the US which has seen the band’s profile rise rapidly, culminating in a 2012 ARIA nomination.
 
Pre-orders are available here http://monotremerecords.limitedrun.com/categories/sleepmakeswaves
 
The band have just announced an extensive Australian tour premiering new material and will announce further international touring in 2013 before decamping to write and record their next album.
 
Full tour dates online here http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/243710209087326/

The Red Paintings release new single & video ‘You’re Not One Of Them’

Orchestral art rockers THE RED PAINTINGS have released a stunning new video for ‘You’re Not One Of Them,’ the first single from their debut album The Revolution Is Never Coming.
 
The track’s biting alternative rock also features a 35-piece string orchestra brought together in Brisbane for the recording of the album.
 
You’re Not One Of Them has already picked up steam overseas ahead of the release, having been added to over 100 stations across the UK & Europe, including spins on XFM, Kerrang and the BBC.
 
The incredible performance art-focused video clip for the track was self-produced and self-directed. It features mind-bending special effects and costumes, with all set pieces hand-made by the band and their fans. The video follows a series of award-winning clips from the band which have been screened at film festivals worldwide.
 
The video was recently premiered here on Triple J’s Home & Hosed:
http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/homeandhosed/blog/s3733451.htm
 
youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6NSmhxn9V0
 
The Red Paintings have recently been tapped as main support for popular punk group Mindless Self Indulgence on their forthcoming US theatre tour, prog rockers The Pineapple Thief on their sold out UK tour and will return home in 2013 with their debut album, The Revolution Is Never Coming in Australian stores on June 7th, independently through Bird’s Robe Records. The band will be touring Australia mid year, with dates to be announced.
 
www.facebook.com/theredpaintings
www.theredpaintings.com

We Lost The Sea release new video for ‘Barkhan Charge’

Experimental post-metal group We Lost The Sea have released a new video clip for their track ‘Barkhan Charge’, taken from their 2012 debut LP ‘The Quietest Place On Earth.’

Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaHcApRD06Q

The release comes a month after after the band played an emotional support set for US post-rock act This Will Destroy You at Sydney’s Annandale Hotel, following the recent passing of singer Christopher Torpy.

The band’s guitarist Matt Harvey released the following statement with the announcement:

“This video is dedicated to the memory of Chris Torpy. Rest in peace brother.

After much blood, sweat and tears, cab, bus, train, bike, tram, plane rides all over the city and country, jumping fences and 5am finishes, spiders, leeches, warehouses and an email word count of pleases and thank yous that will remain unspoken: the We Lost The Sea ‘Barkhan Charge’ video is finally finished. A very large thank you to everyone involved.

This is my first project as director. We are really proud of this product, especially me. Everyone was stoked on it from the get go including Chris and he helped out a lot on set, was super excited with the result and even got me to write something for him to add to his application to get into SAE to do film making. So what we ended up with was a great immortalised tribute to our mate. 

The theme of video itself is really abstract. Most of the inspiration came from Chris’ lyrics. I even plotted out the scenes on a graph of intensity vs time and tried to time certain ideas in the script to emotional parts in the song. Basically it’s about moving on to another realm. The Barkhan Charge is a mythical idea or place about moving sand dunes that roll and move through the desert like giant waves and a man’s journey through that. So the video is about a guy who wakes up in his own insanity and walks through his own mind through certain scenarios from his past or future or whatever. The external shoot represents him going through the journey of his own madness, and the internal shoot has him trapped in his head at the same time and the events parallel what he sees on the outside until finally he moves on or actually just falls into a loop. 

As for the status of the band, I would like everyone to know that we are not breaking up. I think that there are some of us that are at a loose end and are obviously heavily emotionally affected by this and have messed up their heads a bit, but as a whole, the band continues in some form or another. Mark and I are keen to find a new singer and start writing and touring like we always wanted to. We are already writing for a new record and also are in discussions for a separate special project that we will firm up and give more details on later in the year. 

So for now – we hope you enjoy the clip. Please share it around and we will see you soon.“

Directed by: Matt Harvey – graphicatharsis.com
Written by: Matt Harvey & Gwendolyn Jimenez
Original concept: Matt Harvey
Director of Photography & Lighting: Aleksei Vanamois – sharpshooter.com.au
Gaffer & Data Wrangler: Aleksei Vanamois
1st Assistant Camera: Jono Moore, Arzu Gokyokus
Producer: Gwendolyn Jimenez
Costumes & Props: Gwendolyn Jimenez
Art direction: Matt Harvey
Starring: David E. Woodley, Ruth E Mortimer
Extras: Gerardo Jimenez, Michael Frazer, Chris Torpy, Nathaniel D’Ugo, Mat Kelly, Matt Harvey
Make up: Prue Roberts, Hayley Anne Jamieson, Elise Yalden
On set assistants: Chris Torpy, Nathaniel D’Ugo, Nguyen Tong
Locations: Shane and Pim Grogan, Mat & Jules
Editing: Rodney Meier
Colour and grade: Tom Meares
VFX: Mike Gibson

Reviews of ‘The Quietest Place On Earth’:

The compositions are thoughtful, the performances faultless. This all adds up to an aural journey packed with emotion, tension, drifting highs and intense, crushing lows that treads an unexpected path. – This Is Not A Scene

Certainly shortlisted for the best of 2012, and essential for any fans of Cult of Luna, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Isis, Rosetta, Russian Circles - or anyone who likes intelligent, cinematic music – Metal Obsession

We Lost The Sea create an album that stands out in the world of post-metal, and the music scene in general. Highly recommended – Sputnik Music

‘The Quietest Place On Earth’ is out now through Bird’s Robe Records

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www.welostthesea.bandcamp.com

This Will Destroy You announce first ever Australian tour

US ambient rock group This Will Destroy You have announced their first ever Australian tour for March 2013.

The band rose to worldwide prominence with the release of their debut ‘Young Mountain’ and since then have seen their popularity explode with a series of EPs and follow up albums ‘S/T’ and ‘Tunnel Blanket’

Australian fans have long been angling for a tour since the release of Tunnel Blanket through Australian independent label Hobbledehoy. A chance meeting at SXSW 2012 introduced the band to sleepmakeswaves’ management The Bird’s Robe Collective and started the ball rolling towards the tour.

TWDY will visit Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth & Adelaide in March 2013, with special guests to be announced.

Tickets on sale now.

Tues 19 March @ The Zoo, Brisbane QLD www.oztix.com.au
Wed 20 March @ Annandale Hotel, Sydney NSW www.oztix.com.au
Thurs 21 March @ Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC www.northcotesocialclub.com
Fri 22 March @ Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC www.northcotesocialclub.com
Sat 23 March @ Rosemount Hotel, Perth WA www.tickets.lifeisnoise.com
Sun 24 March @ Crown and Anchor, Adelaide SA www.oztix.com.au

Presented by The Bird’s Robe Collective, Street Press Australia, Life Is Noise & Hobbledehoy.

Watch This Will Destroy You live at Dunk Festival 2012:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCJEsreeF1M

65daysofstatic release ‘The Fall Of Math’ deluxe edition

Following a successful maiden tour of Australia, 65daysofstatic now have copies of their 2004 debut ‘The Fall Of Math’ available in stores around Australia (and on iTunes, Spotify etc.)

The 2-disc deluxe edition features the electronic-post-rock act’s signature track ‘retreat! retreat’ as well as early highlight ‘Hole’ and a plethora of rare bonus material including the superbly crafted gem ’The Major Cities Of The World Are Being Destroyed One By One By The Monsters’ and the entirety of the 7-track Hole EP.

The band’s momentous live show and their influential hybrid of electronica, post-rock and prog, have earned them a cult following worldwide and a dedicated fan base.

65daysofstatic are currently working on their forthcoming 6th studio album, due for release in late 2013.

‘The Fall Of Math’ is available now through Bird’s Robe Records

BRR http://birdsrobe.bandcamp.com/album/the-fall-of-math-deluxe-edition

JB Hi Fi http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/music/alternative/fall-of-math-the-deluxe-edition/677854

65daysofstatic release ‘One Time For All Time’

UK experimental rock legends 65daysofstatic have released their seminal 2005 record One Time for All Time in Australia, featuring signature tracks Radio Protector and Drove Through Ghosts to Get Here as well as hard-to-find bonus cut Asphalt & Trouble.

The record showcases the influential UK band’s unique combination of adrenalin-charged electronic rock with the pummelling build and dynamics of post-rock.

The success of One Time for All Time upon its initial release earned 65daysofstatic a personal invitation to tour with The Cure on their 2007-2009 arena tour around the world, and since then they have enhanced their incredible live reputation with hundreds of shows across the US, Europe and Asia.

The band recently announced their first ever tour of Australia, with full dates available here.

One Time for All Time is out now through Bird’s Robe Records.

One Time for All Time (deluxe edition):

http://birdsrobe.bandcamp.com/album/one-time-for-all-time

Drove Through Ghosts to Get Here (music video)

Radio Protector (live)

The album was also recently selected as the feature album on RTR FM in Perth!