Pirate release new video for ‘In The Balance’

Sydney-based experimental rock group PIRATE have released a new video for their track ‘In The Balance’, taken from their debut album ‘Left Of Mind.’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDY5jbce6OQ

Directed by Paul Cook of POP Films, it was filmed at Sydney’s Troy Horse studio, with an array of visual effects and lighting.

Reflecting the minimimalist nature of the track, the video is suitably stripped-back.

Pirate have toured their fiercely experimental avante-garde rock since the release of Left Of Mind, including supports for FloatingMe, sleepmakeswaves and Sydonia, as well as featuring on both Sydney and Melbourne Progfest events and headlining their own club shows.

They will cap off the year on the Bird’s Robe label showcase tour, taking in the Annandale Hotel in Sydney on Dec 22nd and Curtin Bandroom in Melbourne on Dec 23rd, alongside sleepmakeswaves, Meniscus and Toehider.

Left of Mind is available now from www.birdsrobe.bandcamp.com (Australia/US) or www.justforkicks.de (Europe)

Squat Club release ‘CORVUS’ remixed and remastered

Prog supergroup SQUAT CLUB have finished remixing and remastering their debut album CORVUS.

One of the most hotly-anticipated local releases for some time now, this re-release has been a long while coming.  This is what we had to say about the album in our year-end list for 2010:
 
Better to burn out than to fade away? The boys in Squat Club thought so. Officially together for only 8 short months before disbanding, this group felt truly momentous. As anyone who had the opportunity to see them live would agree, it seemed incredibly important that these four gentlemen existed at just the right time to collaborate together and it’s a damn shame they couldn’t have wowed more of the world in doing so. Luckily, within this period of time, they recorded a spectacular full length album. Equal parts Secret Chiefs 3, Can, Battles and King Crimson, their songs are sometimes heinously complex – yet achieve a level of melodicism rare in most numbers-and-effects focussed groups. In two words: very special.
 
For fans of Isis, Meshuggah, Battles, King Crimson and Periphery.
 
CORVUS is available now from www.birdsrobe.bandcamp.com

sleepmakes​waves confirmed for Dunk! festival, Belgium

We’re very excited to announce that Sydney group sleepmakeswaves will be performing at next year’s Dunk! festival in Zottegem, Belgium as one of the Sunday night headliners.
 
The alternative music festival is being held April 6-8, 2012 and in the past has featured artists including This Will Destroy You, Caspian, Junius, Maybeshewill, God is an Astronaut and more.  The rest of the lineup is yet to be announced.
 
The festival will kick off sleepmakeswaves’ maiden tour of Europe, with more dates and details yet to be announced.
 
sleepmakeswaves’ latest album “…and so we destroyed everything” is available now through Bird’s Robe Records at www.birdsrobe.bandcamp.com or through Just For Kicks in Germany www.justforkicks.de
 
They will also be performing at this year’s Peats Ridge festival in Sydney, Australia, Dec 29-31, 2011.

BRR showcases announced for Sydney and Melbourne, feat. sleepmakeswaves

Independent label Bird’s Robe Records has announced 2 intimate end of year showcases in Sydney and Melbourne, featuring dynamic instrumental rock group SLEEPMAKESWAVES.

Set to take place on December 22nd at the Annandale Hotel in Sydney and December 23rd at the Curtin Bandroom in Melbourne, there will be limited tickets available. The shows will feature Sydney-based post rockers SLEEPMAKESWAVES, with support from underground legends MENISCUS and experimental four piece PIRATE. Melbourne’s eclectic prog-pop sensation TOEHIDER will open proceedings. All acts have enjoyed significant success with new album releases this year.

sleepmakeswaves’ debut album “…and so we destroyed everything” has seen their star rise rapidly, with continued Triple J and community radio play, invitations to play the Peats Ridge festival (NSW) and Dunk! festival (Belgium) as well as topping worldwide sales on Bandcamp just 1 week after its release. The band have toured extensively in 2011, supporting international acts including Mono and Russian Circles and headlining their own packed club tour. They will travel to Europe for their first international shows in 2012, capitalising on the extensive buzz following the album’s release. www.sleepmakeswaves.com

Meniscus’ debut ‘War of Currents’, has received positive critical reviews, with Drum Media proclaiming them “absolutely enthralling.” A packed album showcase earlier this year at Sydney’s TONE was followed by offers for international distribution through Oxide Tones (Germany) and local distribution through BRR. The Melbourne show will be the band’s official album launch for ‘War of Currents’. www.meniscusband.com

Pirate’s “Left Of Mind” has cemented the saxophone-led group’s position as one of the most fiercely experimental rock groups in Australia. The album’s blend of technicality, noise-rock and experimental pop has resonated with an international audience, earning distribution through Just For Kicks Music in Germany and an invitation to tour with prog supergroup FloatingMe during October. www.facebook.com/piratewastaken

Toehider’s album ‘To Hide Her’ follows a whopping 12 EPs released in 12 months by singer-songwriter Mike Mills. After selling out multiple pressings via pre-order, the album release was timed perfectly, coinciding with a personal invitation to tour with one of Australia’s biggest prog rock exports UNITOPIA during September and October. Combining the power and precision of prog-rock with a pop sensibility reminscent of Queen, the band continue to attract praise both at home and abroad for their distinctive sound, as well as enjoying Triple J and community radio play. These shows will be accompanied by the re-release of all 12 Toehider EPs through BRR. www.toehider.com

Both shows will feature the bands performing both new and old material, showcasing their live performance and rounding off their Australian shows for 2011. Punters will be able to purchase copies of all new Bird’s Robe releases on the night, including those from Squat Club, Mish, The Bird’s Robe Collaboration Band, Captain Kickarse and the Awesomes, Ruins-alone, Vampillia, Anubis, Lander Configurations and more.

A limited number of presale tickets are available to the public until sold out.

Thurs Dec 22nd @ Annandale Hotel, Sydney
Presales from www.annandalehotel.com.au

Fri Dec 23rd @ Curtin Bandroom, Melbourne
Presales from www.moshtix.com.au

www.birdsrobe.bandcamp.com
www.birdsrobe.com

Facebook event here http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=182107551871432

Anubis top German independent store chart

Very excited today to see that Sydney prog rock band Anubis are on top of the sales chart for Just For Kicks Music, an independent distributor based in Germany.
 
The band’s latest album ‘A Tower of Silence’ is sitting ahead of the new albums from Steven Wilson, Unexpect and fellow Australians, Adelaide’s Unitopia (with whom they recently completed an Australian tour), having sold 200 copies in the past 3 days alone.
 
The new record was released on September 23rd, with the band now into their second pressing. It follows their debut ‘230503′ which was released in 2009.
 
This latest success comes after labelmates sleepmakeswaves topped worldwide album sales on Bandcamp back in July.
 
Other Bird’s Robe artists have also recently secured distribution through Just For Kicks – sleepmakeswaves’ “…and so we destroyed everything”, Pirate’s “Left Of Mind” and Toehider’s “To Hide Her” (which is currently featured on the JFK home page).
 
Sydney instrumental act Meniscus are also distributing their debut ‘War Of Current’ in Europe, through Oxide Tones
 
Here is the link to the Just For Kicks Music homepage http://www.justforkicks.de/default.asp?sid=1704402M218N185N56N210&uid=0&lid=1
 
and Oxide Tones http://shop.oxide-tones.com/2011/10/meniscus-war-of-currents/
 
 
All BR artist releases can be ordered in Australia and internationally from www.birdsrobe.bandcamp.com

sleepmakeswaves added to Peats Ridge festival lineup!

Sydney instrumental rock group sleepmakeswaveshave just been announced for this year’s Peats Ridge Festival, alongside Gotye, Jim Ward, The Rescue Ships and more.

The band’s debut album “…and so we destroyed everything” was released through Bird’s Robe Records in July and has received a positive response from Australian and international radio, media and fans.

SMW have just wrapped up a national tour, including a series of headline shows along the east coast and support slots for USA’s Russian Circles and Japan’s MONO and are particularly stoked to be playing at one of the country’s most environmentally sustainable arts festivals.

The video for ‘(hello) cloud mountain’ can be viewed here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVIYNQzAjwo

The new album is available to stream from www.birdsrobe.bandcamp.com

Welcome to 2011 – the year of prog

So it’s been a while since I last blogged you but it’s for good reason – in that time the Bird’s Robe label has been set up and what with 50+ shows, a multitude of releases and publicity… it’s been hard to find the time to chat!

Anyway – over the past few months it’s become apparent that 2011 is the most exciting year for progressive music in recent memory. And it’s really VERY exciting.

First, let’s take a look at the outstanding depth and quality of the post-rock scene, even just here in Sydney – in 2011, we’ve already seen amazing releases from post-rock heavyweights SLEEPMAKESWAVES and MENISCUS; GRUN have poured their hearts into their first full-length since their Greenland days; newcomers SOLKYRI have burst onto the scene in style and what’s more, PANZER QUEEN and LANDER CONFIGURATIONS both have long-overdue releases on the way.

That’s not to mention the fact that Perth’s TANGLED THOUGHTS OF LEAVING have already dropped a superb full length, as well as Brisbane’s NIKKO, Melbourne’s LAURA, THESE HANDS COULD SEPARATE THE SKY and THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN SPEAKING all set to unleash new music later this year. Brisbane’s MR MAPS also have a fantastic bunch of material circulating.

They may not squeeze it in before year’s end, but work has already begun on recording for CAPTAIN KICKARSE AND THE AWESOMES, HAZARDS OF SWIMMING NAKED, DUMBSAINT, ADRIFT FOR DAYS and SCREENS’ forthcoming releases. CLOSURE IN MOSCOW also have a new album on the way, with a new lineup. Their debut album ‘First Temple’ is one of my all-time favourites so I have high hopes for their second. Let’s hope that their regular touring partners SECRETS IN SCALE finally release their long-awaited debut soon too. Their track Monkey Island is catchy as. BREAKING ORBIT and TWELVE FOOT NINJA continue to work on their albums as well.

But this is only the tip of the iceberg!

PIRATE will finally drop their debut ‘Left Of Mind’ this September, after a nearly year-long wait that suffered many setbacks, including bassist Ben’s surgery and recovery.  I’ve had to keep the long-finished albums in a secret compartment under my desk this whole time, but the select few to have heard the album know that this will be one of the best in a packed year.

Perth’s INJURED NINJA released Vs Skylazer earlier this year after blowing minds at SXSW and their buddies ELEVENTH HE REACHES LONDON have begun work on their next release too.  They are all packing out shows in Perth’s ever-impressive live scene.

The Melbourne prog underground is also threatening to explode – and this is the real deal folks.  Anon Islet Records (dare I call them a sister label??) have collected the works of a number of up and coming local heroes including XENOGRAFT, A LONELY CROWD, FRITZWICKY, JUSTIN ASHWORTH/GLASFROSH and ENNIS TOLA – who together have been selling out the Evelyn Hotel on a regular basis for their series of launch shows. We all know Melbourne is the king city for live music and sure this helps, but serious props have to go to these guys for consistent high quality shows – and to the fans for supporting great music.

Seriously though, there is MORE – one of my personal favourite musicians Mike Mills and his TOEHIDER project has joined BRR and will release the first Toehider album with us this September (yes, it’s really only their first album, following 12 EPs in 12 Months).  Everyone who is familiar with Mike’s work with Toehider, Template and solo will know this is going to be crazy good. No pressure dude. Plus, his killer live band featuring Ricky Evensand, Amy Campbell and Lachlan Barclay is probably one of the most fun prog bands you will ever see.

Fellow proggers ANUBIS will release the follow up to 2009’s critically lauded 230503 with a their second album ‘A Tower of Silence’. These guys have been working their tails off to top their last record – and they will do it.  They take their show on road to Melbourne in September – I challenge anyone not to be affected after seeing them perform ‘The Collapse’.

Another huge release on the way is the debut album – indeed, the debut anything – from Brisbane’s THE KIDNEY THIEVES. These guys have been flying the funk-prog flag high for over 7 years and I’m drooling over the possibility that I’ll get to finally figure out the breakdown section from that song (you know the one?) so I can air-drum with precision. Speaking of funk-prog FUJI COLLECTIVE and ROCKETHEAD have also put out new releases this year! And the SICARIA EP is finished and hopefully out soon too.

In metal land, MISH finally drop their long-awaited debut album in October – and NEOBLIVISCARIS may well have their debut done soon, as soon as JENS BOGREN finishes the mix. Internationally, DREAM THEATER, HAKEN and OPETH also have new toons on the way, whilst MECHANICAL BLACK’s video for ‘Speed Spider’ freaked us out a bit – and they have now begun work on their second album.

Folk-prog is expanding wildly too – THE CROOKED FIDDLE BAND’S ‘Overgrown Tales’ is certainly at the forefront of bringing this to the masses, along with their hardworking brethren THE BARONS OF TANG and DAVE CARR’S FABULOUS CONTRAPTION. Not really folk, but the Japanese operatic-circus-metal merchants VAMPILLIA have not one, but TWO new albums, which have the Pitchfork seal of approval and will see an Australian release soon!

Collaborations are running hot – BEN WEINMAN of DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and THOMAS PRIDGEN of THE MARS VOLTA announced they are working together on a studio progject; and after the success of last year’s Musodynamics, THE BIRD’S ROBE COLLABORATION BAND will release a full length album this year, entitled STILL SCORES and produced by Nick Soole of SLIMEY THINGS fame. Oh and of course SLIMEY THINGS have also begun work on their next album already!  Furthermore, an improv collaboration between CAPTAIN KICKARSE AND THE AWESOMES and SUPER FLORENCE JAM is currently being polished by MIKE MILLS (TOEHIDER/TEMPLATE) and will surface later in the year.

Whilse we don’t get to dabble in it as often as we’d like (because the bigger indie labels keep their acts close to their chests) the experimental pop scene is exploding at the moment – not only have PVT and SEEKAE both dropped new records and gone onto to even greater success, but the hard-working MY DISCO have finally started blowing up and those kids from GHOUL keep kicking goals… or scoring dunks… you know. MEGASTICK FANFARE finally released ‘Grit Aglow’ and consistently land choice supports and glitch bros. KAROSHI are following in their footsteps, methinks, whilst KYU just dropped a brand new video for ‘Pixiphony.’

Which reminds me of another band beginning with ‘K’ – check out Canberra kids KASHA (how’s that for alliteration?) – whose math-indie-rock stylings place them as firm FBi favourites but also all-round good dudes. Yes, they just dropped a new EP too. BRACKETS also have a new single out and seem to finally garnering much-deserved attention, whilst JOSH GIBBS will release another home-produced gem soon.

Even as I write this I realise there is yet more – MOUNTAIN STATIC’s debut album RESEARCH arrived mid-year, featuring Simon Gibbs (ex-TTT) and I had the pleasure of joining him on drums for his Sydney launch. His live band featured Oliver Hunter from O+O and Daphne Shum from RAT VS POSSUM. RVP have also completed a new album, recorded with NAO ANZAI and promise to enchant us all with their indie-prog jams.  Although the press considers them ’in’ with the indie scene/crowd (and look), frankly they are much more interesting and they give a good interview too.

Speaking of prog with tight jeans and fashion sense, whatever happened to FOVEAUX? I liked those guys.

Noise-improv-churners FORENZICS released their third album ‘Build Ruins’ with the excellent support of NEW WEIRD AUSTRALIA which is run by STU BUCHANAN of FBi, whose radio support of the experimental scene is superb and much appreciated – as is FENELLA KERNEBONE’S championing of everything from electronic experimentalists to post-rock artists on TRIPLE J SOUND LAB and ANDREW HAUG’s sneaky prog spins on THE RACKET.

The gorgeous wafting of VALAR’s new release will hit in August.  I know many have been waiting for this for a while.

SEX ON TOAST launched their Live at the Toff EP recently and CODA drummer JARED UNDERWOOD has a new project BATTERIE which will be revealed soon. And we’re still waiting for more new news on projects from SHANGHAI and GODSWOUNDS but with luck, they will be done this year too.

SQUAT CLUB will re-issue Corvus through BRR (remixed by Josh Head) and up and their pining fans can further rejoice with the news that supergroup SERIOUS BEAK will drop their debut full length in November.

Seriously – can you believe this? It’s utterly ridiculous BUT SO SO SO AWESOME.  If you’re not excited by now, go listen to ‘(hello) cloud mountain’ again and come back and you will be.

And that’s just the releases – the gigs have been better than ever -

Already we’ve had the classic HAWKWIND and JETHRO TULL tour, plus PRIMUS, COHEED AND CAMBRIA and THE MELVINS for Soundwave – as if that wasn’t enough, RUSSIAN CIRCLES, MONO and ALCEST are all coming this Spring.

Plus, WATER TEMPLES toured in Feb, PERIPHERY have sold out their short tour in July and MOGWAI and THE MARS VOLTA swang by for Splendour in the Grass.

Plus plus – UNITOPIA’s first Australian tour has got followers of InsideOut and epic prog fans in a general tizzy that there is finally a seriously awesome prog tour happening.

Add to that the fact that the legendary TATSUYA YOSHIDA (RUINS/ZENI GEVA) headlined FEATHERFEST with UMLAUT then enjoyed a packed club tour with Captain Kickarse and the good times keep rolling.

Locals sleepmakeswaves, Pirate, Anubis, Toehider, Meniscus, Solkyri, The Kidney Thieves and Shanghai have all completed (or are in the midst of) successful tours that continue to build upon their past successes and the juggernaut that is PROGFEST continues to expand with an east coast run this year as well.

Even despite the torrential rain in Sydney the past month, both Meniscus and sleepmakeswaves packed out Tone in Surry Hills – as well as Dan from Meniscus providing one of the best quotes of the year that tugged at our collective prog-heart strings:

“”When we started this band, people would say, ‘it was good but where’s your vocalist?’
And I’d reply ‘that’s our sound…it’s just us’.
Then they’d say, ‘well, why would you do that?!’
Well, it’s because… in the middle of July, when it’s freezing and pissing down rain and you can still fill a room with 4 instrumental bands… I’d say it’s worth it.”

- Dan, Meniscus, July 15th 2011.

*fist in the air, the other clutching shirt* yeah!

So in summary, the releases already out or due to arrive in 2011 (I’ll add titles later):

A LONELY CROWD ‘User Hostile’

ANUBIS ‘A Tower of Silence’

BATTERIE

BATTLES ‘Gloss Drop’

BIRD’S ROBE COLLABORATION BAND ‘Still Scores’ and ‘Panda Diplomacy’

ENNIS TOLA

EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY ‘Take Care, Take Care, Take Care’

FUJI COLLECTIVE

JOSH GIBBS

KAROSHI

GHOUL

GRUN ‘Greenland’

LAURA

LANDER CONFIGURATIONS

MEGASTICK FANFARE ‘Grit Aglow’

MENISCUS ‘War of Currents’

MOGWAI

MOUNTAIN STATIC ‘Research’

PANZER QUEEN ‘When All Our Fathers Worshipped Stock and Stone’

PIRATE ‘Left Of Mind’

PVT

RAT VS POSSUM

ROCKETHEAD

SEEKAE ‘+Dome’

SEX ON TOAST ‘Live at the Toff’

SOLKYRI ‘No House’

SLEEPMAKESWAVES ‘…and so we destroyed everything’

TANGLED THOUGHTS OF LEAVING ‘Deaden The Fields’

THE CROOKED FIDDLE BAND ‘Overgrown Tales’

THE KIDNEY THIEVES

THESE HANDS COULD SEPARATE THE SKY

THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN SPEAKING

TOEHIDER ‘Toe Hide Her’

VESSELS ‘Helioscope’

XENOGRAFT ‘Exit’

Works in progress:

ADRIFT FOR DAYS

BREAKING ORBIT

CAPTAIN KICKARSE AND THE AWESOMES

CLOSURE IN MOSCOW

DUMBSAINT

GODSWOUNDS

MECHANICAL BLACK

SECRETS IN SCALE

SHANGHAI

SLIMEY THINGS

TWELVE FOOT NINJA

WEINMAN/PRIDGEN ETC.

Needless to say – competition for a spot in our year-end favourites list will be VERY tough!!

In the meantime, do yourself a favour and start packing home lunches so you can afford to purchase and see live as many of the aforementioned releases and shows as possible.

New BRR releases are up as always at www.birdsrobe.bandcamp.com and shows are on the gig guide.

Seriously, did I miss anything?

Rather than embarassing me publicly, let me know and I’ll edit this thing to include it:  birdsrobe@gmail.com

Pirate announce ‘In The Balance’ single and tour, debut album release date

Sydney’s avant-garde wonder kids PIRATE have announced they will release their debut album ‘Left of Mind’ on Friday September 2nd 2011. The first single from the release is a tilt at experimental pop/rock, titled ‘IN THE BALANCE.’

After a momentous 2010, which saw the band tour nationally as part of the travelling MENAGERIE festival and score back-to-back spots on Sydney experimental festivals FeatherFest and Progfest, Pirate settled down to put the finishing touches on their debut LP.

Recorded and mixed at Sydney’s BJB Studios and the band’s own home studio, the first pick off the album is a glimpse at the eclectic nature of the record.

‘In The Balance’ features the first significant use of melodic vocals by the band and evokes shades of experimental acts such as My Disco and PVT. Its mellow and hypnotic groove is punctuated by the power and precision that are Pirate’s strengths – and the urgency of its execution results in an artistic triumph. Mastering from Don Bartley of Benchmark Studios adds depth and clarity to the band’s mix.

Pirate’s eclectic mix of technical groove rock with a delicate jazz-like touch has drawn accolades across the country and earned them supports with acts as diverse as Closure in Moscow, The Crooked Fiddle Band, Sydonia and Darth Vegas. Inspired as much by the epic, intricate prog of King Crimson and The Mars Volta as by jazz visionaries Miles Davis and Mahavishnu Orchestra, the band continue to produce uniquely progressive material.

“Every now and then you might be lucky enough to hear a band that totally reinstates your faith in music: a band that reminds you why you fell in love and were inspired by music in the first place. Pirate are one of those bands.” – 65 Degrees Music Café

“A thrilling journey.” – Danielle O’Donohue, Drum Media

“Pirate set the new standard…leaving other bands in awe.” – Krystal Brinkley, Music Feeds

Pirate’s debut album will be released Friday Sepember 2nd 2011 through Bird’s Robe Records.

The band will hit the road for the ‘In The Balance’ tour in August and September:

Sat August 13th @ Annandale Hotel, Sydney NSW w/Laurenz Pike (PVT) + Meniscus + more

Sat September 3rd @ The Espy, Melbourne VIC w/Sydonia + Twelve Foot Ninja + more

Sat September 10th @ Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney NSW w/Captain Kickarse and the Awesomes

Sat September 24th @ The Patch Hotel, Wollongong NSW w/sleepmakeswaves + Lumiere + more

IN THE BALANCE can be downloaded free from Bird’s Robe Records

www.birdsrobe.bandcamp.com or www.birdsrobe.com

Web links: www.myspace.com/piratewastaken / www.facebook.com/birdsrobe

sleepmakeswaves release debut album “…and so we destroyed everything”

Sydney based instrumental rockers SLEEPMAKESWAVES today release their debut album ‘…and so we destroyed everything.’ The culmination of two years writing and enduring numerous setbacks, the album sees the band at a creative high point.

The first single from the release, a driving melodic anthem titled ‘(HELLO) CLOUD MOUNTAIN,’ has been receiving airplay on Australian radio including Triple J and FBi, as well as generating considerable anticipation.

The album is a dramatic showcase for the band – glittering melodic hooks are embossed by Dax Liniere’s lush production and the band’s heaving musicianship. With an array of memorable and climactic sequences, “…and so we destroyed everything” signals the band’s continued desire to push into new musical territory.

Formed in 2006, the young group found initial success within Sydney’s burgeoning instrumental and progressive/post rock scene – with a bold approach to the genre, their captivating live show has earned them high profile international supports with the likes of Pelican, Russian Circles, Signal Hill and Unitopia, as well as festival appearances including Menagerie and Progfest. They have independently released three EPs and their cinematic production and ambitious songcraft has seen airplay nationally and internationally, including Triple J and the BBC, as well as considerable goodwill amongst progressively-minded listeners and journalists online.

Despite early success, the band weathered a difficult couple of years: Founding guitarist Tom Binetter departed (on amicable terms) in 2009, which saw the group contemplating their future. Pooling their resources, they found new life with guitarist and friend Otto Wicks-Green, at last settling down in 2010 to write and record their debut LP. Yet just before heading into the studio a large amount of cash and equipment was stolen from the band’s Sydney home, which saw recording plans thrown awry and further complicated efforts to deliver the long-awaited album.

The studio session, when it came, provided an idyllic escape from the problems that had preceded it. The album was recorded over eight days within a secluded house nestled deep in Wingello State Forest. The band constructed their own makeshift studio (documented online) and bunkered down to record with producer Dax Liniere from Puzzle Factory. Mastered in Los Angeles by industry veteran Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, U2, MUSE, Deftones, Tom Waits, Smashing Pumpkins), the album is evidence of the powerful results.

sleepmakeswaves will support their debut album with an extensive Australian tour in 2011, before heading to Europe and Asia for their first international shows in 2012. Tour dates (more to be announced):

Thurs 21st July @ TONE, Surry Hills NSW w/These Hands Could Separate The Sky + Karoshi + beaufields

Fri 22nd July @ East Brunswick Club, Melbourne VIC w/This Is Your Captain Speaking + These Hands Could Separate The Sky + Lunaire

Thurs 1st September @ The Zoo, Brisbane QLD w/Nikko + Tangled Thoughts of Leaving + The Rational Academy

Fri 2nd September @ The Bald Faced Stag, Leichardt NSW w/Tangled Thoughts of Leaving + Nikko + Solkyri + dumbsaint

Sun 11th September @ Hermann’s Bar, Darlington NSW w/RUSSIAN CIRCLES + more, 5pm – 8pm show only.

Sat 24th September @ The Patch Hotel, Wollongong NSW w/Lumiere + Pirate + Basil’s Kit + Reactionary Fri 30th September @ ANU Bar, Canberra ACT w/Mornings + Meniscus

Sat 1st October @ The Factory Theatre, Marrickville NSW w/UNITOPIA + Anubis + Toehider (Sydney Fringe Festival)
“…and so we destroyed everything” is out now through Bird’s Robe Records: www.birdsrobe.bandcamp.com