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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Watch The Protomen live

The Red Paintings announce new US tour dates supporting …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

The Red Paintings have announced new US tour dates supporting seminal cult legends …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead.
Kicking off in July, the tour will see the orchestral art rock group returning to the US after a successful sold-out run of theatre shows with Mindless Self Indulgence earlier this year.
The success of that tour earned the band an invitation to join MSI on their massive UK & Europe tour in November & December, as well as a run of UK summer festivals including Y Not Festival & Rebellion Festival, creating a jam-packed international schedule for the Geelong-formed group.
The news comes following the recent international success of their ‘You’re Not One Of Them’ single & video, which hit #40 on the US FNQB sub-modern chart and is currently sitting at #90 at German college radio. With airplay including Australia’s Triple J and UK’s XFM, the track was also the #9 most ordered track for airplay this week through AirIt’s community radio NOW chart and also earned Feature Album status on Melbourne’s PBS radio.
Know for their incredible live performances, The Red Paintings have just wrapped up their ‘You’re Not One Of Them’ tour of Australia, the first of four incredible stage shows the band has build to support the release of their critically-praised debut album ‘The Revolution Is Never Coming.’
Watch the video for ‘You’re Not One Of Them’
Preview ‘The Revolution Is Never Coming’ on iTunes
‘There is nothing to fault in this extraordinary debut and it will no doubt bring further international acclaim to the Australian band. 10/10.’ – Tone Deaf
‘Like a thrilling manic descent on a violent helter-skelter ride its grandiose absinthe-soaked delirium never wavers. 4/5.’ – Rolling Stone
‘The Red Paintings and their debut album The Revolution Is Never Coming is phenomenal. There is no other word to describe the sheer majestic, dynamic, out of this world orchestral sound and nature of this Brisbane quintet.’ –

The Red Paintings USA tour w/Trail Of DeadJuly 10 @ Spaceland Ballroom, Hamden CTJuly 11 @ Metro Gallery, Baltimore MD
July 12 @ Rex Theatre, Pittsburgh PA
July 13 @ Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
July 15 @ Firebird, St Louis MO
July 16 @ Record Bar, Kansas City MO
July 18 @ Double Door, Chicago IL
July 21 @ Pike Room, Detroit MI
July 22 @ Grog Shop, Cleveland OH
July 23 @ Maxwell’s, Hoboken NJ
The Red Paintings UK festivals
Aug 3 @ Y NOT Festival, UKAug 9 @ Rebellion Festival, Blackpool UK
The Red Paintings UK & Europe tour w/Mindless Self IndulgenceNov 14 @ Hansa, Munich GERMANY
Nov 15 @ La Laitterie Club, Strasbourg FRANCE
Nov 16 @ Luxor, Cologne GERMANY
Nov 17 @ Magnet, Berlin GERMANY
Nov 20 @ Moscow Hall, Moscow RUSSIA
Nov 21 @ Avrova, St Petersburg RUSSIA
Nov 22 @ Nosturi, Helsinki FINLAND
Nov 24 @ Klubben, Stockholm SWEDEN
Nov 25 @ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen DENMARK
Nov 26 @ Knust, Hamburg GERMANY
Nov 28 @ Concorde 2, Brighton UK
Nov 29 @ Koko, London UK
Nov 30 @ Waterfront, Norwich UK
Dec 1 @ Liquid Room, Edinburgh UK
Dec 3 @ Wulfrun, Wolverhampton UK
Dec 4 @ The Ritz, Manchester UK
Dec 5 @ Anson Rooms, Bristol UK
Dec 6 @ Melkweg, Amsterdam NETHERLANDS
Dec 7 @ La Trabendo, Paris FRANCE
Dec 8 @ Batschkapp, Frankfurt GERMANY
‘The Revolution Is Never Coming’ is out now through Bird’s Robe Records

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
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!/events/243710209087326/

sleepmakeswaves announce Australian tour for June/July

Sydney ambient/melodic post-rockers SLEEPMAKESWAVES have announced a massive national tour for June & July. Taking in 6 states (and 1 territory) the ‘…and so we played everything’ tour will take the band’s epic and climactic live show around the country, in their only headline tour for 2013.
The shows follow a massive 2012, which saw them tour Australia, the US and Europe; and even an ARIA nomination for their debut album, “…and so we destroyed everything.”
Their jam-packed international touring schedule follows the success of their debut album which has been featured on national and international radio including triple j, the BBC and spending 7 weeks on CMJ’s Top 200. It was also named in year-end lists including Drum Media and Sputnik.
Most recently, the band have released a collection of remixes, featuring contributions from 65daysofstatic, Rosetta, Kyson, Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, Serious Beak, Atlantis, Glasfrosch and Klue. The album is cheekily titled “…and then they remixed everything”
with the remixes from Kyson & 65daysosfstatic featuring on Triple J, FBi, RTR, 4zzz, PBS and community radio nationwide.
The latest remix to hit radio is True Vibe Nation member Klue’s funky breakdown of ‘to you they are birds, to me they are voices in the forest’ which features the epic track converted into a danceable jam.
The aptly titled ‘…and so we played everything’ tour will also see sleepmakeswaves premiering a host of fresh new material, following intense writing sessions over the past few months. With alternating sets each night and a brand new light show, this will be the band’s only Australian headline tour of 2013 and comes ahead of further international touring announcements – and then finally, the recording of their much-anticipated second album.
sleepmakeswaves “…and so we played everything” Australian tour June/July 2013
Fri June 21 @ ANU Bar, CANBERRA ACT
Sat June 22 @ Town Hall, WOLLONGONG NSW
Fri June 28 @ Annandale Hotel, SYDNEY NSW 
Sat June 29 @ Cambridge Hotel, NEWCASTLE NSW
Sat July 6 @ Evelyn Hotel, MELBOURNE VIC 
Sun July 7 @ Evelyn Hotel, MELBOURNE VIC
Thu July 11 @ Port Macquarie Hotel, PORT MACQUARIE NSW (free entry)Fri July 12 @ Tempo Hotel, BRISBANE QLD
Sat July 13 @ The Northern, BYRON BAY NSW (free entry)Thu July 18 @ Mojo’s, FREMANTLE WA
Fri July 19 @ Amplifier, PERTH WA
Sat July 20 @ Crown and Anchor, ADELAIDE SA
Sun July 21 @ Crown and Anchor, ADELAIDE SA Fri July 26 @ Annandale Hotel, SYDNEY NSW
“…and so we destroyed everything” “…and then they remixed everything”
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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:
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.

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:

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 –
Written by: Matt Harvey & Gwendolyn Jimenez
Original concept: Matt Harvey
Director of Photography & Lighting: Aleksei Vanamois –
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

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
Wed 20 March @ Annandale Hotel, Sydney NSW
Thurs 21 March @ Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
Fri 22 March @ Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
Sat 23 March @ Rosemount Hotel, Perth WA
Sun 24 March @ Crown and Anchor, Adelaide SA

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

Watch This Will Destroy You live at Dunk Festival 2012: