Tangled Thoughts of Leaving announced for Dunk Festival and confirm new representation

Perth experimental rock group Tangled Thoughts of Leaving have announced that they will be performing at next year’s Dunk! Festival in Zottegem, Belgium.

The alternative music festival is held March 29-31, 2013 and the lineup includes Maserati (US), My Empty Phantom (US), My Education (US), fellow Australians HEIRS and many more.

The festival will kick off Tangled Thoughts of Leaving’s maiden tour of Europe, with more dates and details yet to be announced.

Tangled Thoughts of Leaving’s latest album Deaden the Fields has seen the band develop a cult following worldwide. They have toured extensively across Australia during 2011 and 2012, including supports for Russian Circles, Boris, The Ocean, Dead Letter Circus, sleepmakeswaves, Grails and their own headline club tours with several sold-out dates in their home town of Perth.

The piano-driven progressive rock quartet have also announced new representation for Australia, with The Bird’s Robe Collective‘s Mike Solo (sleepmakeswaves, The Red Paintings, Pirate) coming on board the management team alongside Revert Entertainment’s Bradley Lindsay. Solo will also look after publicity for the band worldwide. Bookings in the UK and Europe will be handled by Belgium-based Frontal Noize agency’s Pieter Blomme.

Tangled Thoughts of Leaving will open 2013 by supporting 65daysofstatic (UK) at The Bakery in Perth on Sat Jan 5th, followed by a new release and national tour.

Personally, I consider TTOL to be one of the finest live bands in the country at the moment – it’ll be exciting to see the impact their live show has overseas. Significantly, TTOL and Heirs are only the 2nd and 3rd bands ever to play at Dunk Festival, after sleepmakeswaves’ co-headlining spot last year alongside 65daysofstatic, Pelican and This Will Destroy You. With PVT, Seekae, Meniscus and The Night Terrors also having toured Europe during the past year, it’s great to see Australian experimental music doing so well over there – we have some world-class talent at home, so get out and support them!

Tour Dates (More TBA)

Saturday, 5th January
The Bakery, Perth WA w/65daysofstatic (UK) + sleepmakeswaves http://www.tickets.lifeisnoise.com

Saturday, 30th March
Dunk Festival, Zottegem BE w/Maserati (USA) + My Empty Phantom (USA) + more http://www.dunkfestival.be

New Management:

Revert Entertainment – Bradley Lindsay brad@revertentertainment.com
The Bird’s Robe Collective – Mike Solo birdsrobe@gmail.com / 0404 937 095


AUS – Bradley Lindsay brad@revertentertainment.com
UK/EU – Pieter Blomme pieter.blomme@gmail.com

Publicity – Mike Solo birdsrobe@gmail.com / 0404 937 095

Watch: Tangled Thoughts of Leaving (live in Sydney)

The Red Paintings announce UK and Europe tour dates for November/December

Orchestral art rock group THE RED PAINTINGS have announced a massive 35-date tour of the UK and Europe, marking their first UK/European shows since supporting the Dresden Dolls on their sold-out theatre tour of 2007.

The innovative Australian band are well known for their unique and theatrical live show, combining live body painting on stage with visual projections and their emotional, biting alternative rock. Having recently completed an intimate Australian club tour, these shows will feature a brand new stage show focusing on the band’s passion for the natural environment and animal conservation.

The upcoming tour is the band’s first headline run in the UK and Europe, but will also include a support for The Memorials, the project of ex-Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen, in Hungary.

The Red Paintings rose to prominence when they were hand-picked by Amanda Palmer to support the Dresden Dolls on their sold out 2007 world tour. They have toured the US regularly over the past few years and have supported Mogwai, Mindless Self Indulgence, Atari Teenage Riot, Saul Williams and Alien Ant Farm, as well as performing at Great Escape, Big Day Out and Livid Festivals.

The Red Paintings will be showcasing songs from their forthcoming album ‘The Revolution Is Never Coming’, due for release in 2013.

TRP have also invited local artists and human canvases to join their creative circus on stage – to be involved, email artsubmissions@theredpaintings.com with 3 photos of your artwork or body.

The Red Paintings ‘Chinese Whispers’ UK and Europe tour Nov/Dec 2012

For full dates and details visit www.theredpaintings.com or www.facebook.com/theredpaintings

A brief history of Bird’s Robe…

Gilbert over at Echoes and Dust is a great supporter of Bird’s Robe and asked me to write a bit about the background behind how BRC and BRR formed and how it works – as well as where it’s going.

It’s only been 4 years since we kicked this thing off at the first show on June 6th, 2008 – but it feels like a lot longer. Took me quite a while to write this up, but hopefully it gives a bit of insight for anyone who’s interested.  There’s a lot of good events (and good people) I haven’t mentioned in this, but I’m sure I’ll get round to writing the complete collect histories of BR some day. In the meantime, here’s a “brief” introduction.

Hidden Currents – A Look Behind The Scenes of The Bird’s Robe Collective

65daysofstatic announce first ever show in Australia at Peats Ridge Festival

UK electro-post-rock titans 65daysofstatic have been announced for the 2012 Peats Ridge Festival, marking their first ever show on Australian soil.  They will bring in the New Year alongside John Butler Trio, Kaki King, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Deep Sea Arcade, The Herd and fellow UK musicians Krafty Kuts vs A.Skillz, amongst many others.

Over 5 albums, 65daysofstatic have established themselves as one of the most influential post-rock exponents in the world. Whilst their early EPs showed a band dabbling in electronica and dance-rock, the band was equally at home playing epic instrumentals and math-rock. The success of their 2004 debut LP The Fall of Math and the follow-up One Time For All Time earned the band a personal invitation to support The Cure on their 2007/08 arena tour around the world. Flowing into 2009, the band played to hundreds of thousands of people across the US, UK, Europe and Asia.

Their most recent records have seen the band shift into an electronic-based sound that has been compared to peers such as Battles and Aphex Twin. Straddling both rock and electronica, 65dos have created a hybrid sound that is truly unique. While their records showcase their ornate instrumentation and experimental sound manipulations, their live show is a rock and roll rave that has made them one of the most popular instrumental touring acts in the world.

Their latest EP, Heavy Sky, showcases their undefinable brand of danceable electro-post-rock and will be released as a deluxe package alongside their last studio effort ‘We Were Exploding Anyway’, featuring a guest appearance by Robert Smith (The Cure) as well as several previously unreleased tracks and a remix by Australian group sleepmakeswaves.

65daysofstatic will perform at the 2012 Peats Ridge Festival in Glenworth Valley, Australia.

General tickets go on sale at 10am Monday 20 August 2012 at www.peatsridgefestival.com.au

“We Were Exploding Anyway/Heavy Sky” is out August 12th on Bird’s Robe Records.

Listen to Tiger Girl (sleepmakeswaves remix) http://birdsrobe.bandcamp.com/track/tiger-girl-sleepmakeswaves-remix
Listen to unreleased track After San Francisco http://birdsrobe.bandcamp.com/track/after-san-francisco
Listen to Come To Me (featuring Robert Smith) http://birdsrobe.bandcamp.com/track/come-to-me

Pre-order here http://birdsrobe.bandcamp.com/album/we-were-exploding-anyway-heavy-sky-deluxe-edition

Watch 65daysofstatic live in Japan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzJAJXAgFzc

Meniscus re-release ‘Absence Of I’ and announce Australian shows

Sydney instrumental rock legends MENISCUS have announced they will re-release their debut EP ‘Absence Of I’ on May 4th, including previously unreleased material.

The band will hit the road to launch the record, along with showcasing material from last year’s excellent ‘War of Currents’ album. These will be their last Australian shows before they head over to Europe to perform at Germany’s Fusion Festival and tour throughout July.

Absence Of I http://birdsrobe.bandcamp.com/album/absence-of-i

War Of Currents http://birdsrobe.bandcamp.com/album/war-of-currents

Tour dates:

Fri May 4th @ The Bald Faced Stag, Leichhardt NSW w/Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving, Hawkmoth, Adrift For Days, Nihilore

Fri May 25th @ The Hi-Fi, Sydney NSW w/Dead Letter Circus, Fair To Midland, Twelve Foot Ninja

Fri June 8th @ Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne VIC  w/Laura, This Is Your Captain Speaking, Lunaire

Fri June 15th @ Sandringham Hotel, Newtown NSW w/Screens, Alithia, Solkyri.

Dumbsaint release new album ‘Something That You Feel Will Find Its Own Form’

Sydney’s post-metal trio DUMBSAINT have finally released their debut album ‘Something That You Feel Will Find Its Own Form.’

The band have just wrapped up their east coast album launch tour and will take a short break before heading back out on the road again.

You can purchase and stream the album in full from http://birdsrobe.bandcamp.com/album/something-that-you-feel-will-find-its-own-form

super FLORENCE jam + Toehider + Anubis on Edge Radio

3 of our favourite bands will be interviewed on Hobart’s Edge Radio on Sunday Jan 22nd from 6pm. You can listen online at www.edgeradio.org.au

You can pick up their latest releases here:

super FLORENCE jam http://superflorencejam.bandcamp.com/album/we-always-knew-it-would-come-to-this-ep

Toehider http://birdsrobe.bandcamp.com/album/to-hide-her

Anubis http://birdsrobe.bandcamp.com/album/a-tower-of-silence

Or if you’re in Europe, from www.justforkicks.de

sleepmakeswaves announce “(hello) Australia” national tour Feb/March 2012

(hello) Australia!

SLEEPMAKESWAVES have announced an extensive Australian tour, celebrating the recent success of their debut album ‘…and so we destroyed everything.’

The band’s “(hello) Australia” tour sees them visiting 6 states in February and March, before heading overseas to showcase at SXSW in Austin, Texas and then embarking on a headlining European tour, including co-headlining Belgium’s Dunk! Festival, alongside Pelican, This Will Destroy You and 65daysofstatic.

sleepmakeswaves’ debut album “…and so we destroyed everything” has gone from strength to strength since its release in late 2011 through independent label Bird’s Robe Records. After just 1 week of release, the album was the top selling record on Bandcamp worldwide and remains one of the highest selling Australian releases. The first single from the release, a driving melodic anthem titled ‘(HELLO) CLOUD MOUNTAIN,’ has been receiving airplay on Australian radio including Triple J, FBi, Edge, RTR and RRR and as far afield as the BBC.

Watch the video clip for (hello) cloud mountain here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVIYNQzAjwo

ASWDE was named ‘Record of the Week’ by KOOP radio (Texas) and Nowlikephotographs and featured in a diverse number of year-end lists, as well as glowing support from Drum Media, TheMusic.com.au, Sputnik Music and Metal Obsession.

“One of the best albums of the year and certainly the best instrumental album” – Chris Maric, Drum Media

“A band of cinematic proportions” – Fred Bevan, The Silent Ballet

“A really great take on the instrumental rock genre” – Dom Alessio, triple j

“sleepmakeswaves sound like what would happen if Jeff Buckley never sang on his records; full of emotion” – Jonno Seidler, whothehell.net

“more than any instrumental band I have ever listened to, sleepmakeswaves make me feel” – Daniel Roe, rockfreaks.net

sleepmakeswaves head out on their ‘(hello) Australia’ tour in Feb and March 2012. They will be joined by Sydney’s Solkyri (NSW, QLD, VIC only), Brisbane’s Mr Maps (QLD only) and Perth’s Injured Ninja and Apricot Rail (WA only).

Thurs 9th Feb @ Transit Lounge, Canberra ACT w/River of Snakes and tba www.moshtix.com.au

Fri 10th Feb @ Espy Front Bar, Melbourne VIC w/Quiet Child + Gatherer + Solkyri FREE ENTRY

Sat 11th Feb @ Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne VIC w/This Is Your Captain Speaking + Xenograft + Jarek www.moshtix.com.au

Fri 17th Feb @ Gaelic Theatre, Sydney NSW w/Dumbsaint (single launch) + Solkyri + Kasha www.oztix.com.au

Sat 18th Feb @ Great Northern, Newcastle NSW w/Lander Configurations (album launch) + I Am The Agent + Solkyri

Thurs 23rd Feb @ Crown and Anchor, Adelaide SA w/guests www.oztix.com.au

Fri 24th Feb @ The Bakery, Perth WA w/Injured Ninja + Apricot Rail www.nowbaking.com.au

Sat 25th Feb @ Prince of Wales, Bunbury WA w/guests www.heatseeker.com.au

Thurs 1st March @ Macquarie Hotel, Port Macquarie NSW w/guests FREE ENTRY

Fri 2nd March @ Neverland Bar, Gold Coast QLD w/The Matador www.oztix.com.au

Sat 3rd March @ Jubilee Hotel, Brisbane QLD w/Mr Maps + Solkyri + Screens www.oztix.com.au

“…and so we destroyed everything” is out now through Bird’s Robe Records:


WEB: www.sleepmakeswaves.com

Media enquiries:

Mike Solo
+61 404 937 095

Presented by Bird’s Robe Records and The Harbour Agency


Lander Configurations release ‘Of Smoke and Fire’

LANDER CONFIGURATIONS successfully launched their new record in Sydney on Friday December 2nd, alongside FOURTEEN NIGHTS AT SEA, HIRA HIRA and SOLKYRI at the Lansdowne Hotel.

The Newcastle-based band have spent close to 5 years perfecting their album, which promises to add to an already-phenomenal year for Australian post-rock and prog releases.

Their understated production and songcraft stands out amongst 2011 releases and is available now from http://birdsrobe.bandcamp.com/album/of-smoke-and-fire

Toehider release ‘The First Six’ and ‘The Last Six’

Melbourne’s TOEHIDER are Australia’s most prolific progressive rock act.  Between 2008 and 2009, songwriter Mike Mills wrote and recorded 12 EPs in 12 months, a project which became known as the ’12in12′.

To celebrate the success of band’s recent debut album release ‘To Hide Her’, all 12 EPs are now being released on CD, in 2 double disc formats. ‘The First Six’ and ‘The Last Six’ will be available internationally through Bird’s Robe Records, with distribution in Europe through Just For Kicks Music.

The albums are available in a limited edition and include the cover artwork of each individual EP.

The First Six is available from