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/

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: