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- October 2008
In this issue...
In September, Q Music held its 7th annual BIG SOUND: Music Industry Summit and Showcase in Brisbane. BIG SOUND is positioned as Australia's most internationally focused conference, producing three days of panels, workshops and artist showcases for local, national and international music industry representatives. With over 40 bands artists and 500+ music industry executives participating from around the world, 2008 was one of the strongest BIG SOUNDS to date. Highlights include an all star line- up of top music industry panellists and breakout performances from some of the brightest emerging Aussie talent including The Temper Trap (Melbourne), The Boat People (Brisbane), The Red Paintings (Brisbane), The Seabellies (NSW) and many more. With over a dozen talented and diverse Aussie artists set to journey to New York City for the CMJ Music Marathon in October, we're expecting a strong and impacting Aussie presence!
Melbourne's The Temper Trap have emerged as a story packed full of irresistible promise. Following an acclaimed debut EP & tours with Modest Mouse, Kasabian, Cold War Kids, Howling Bells & The Dears, the band entered the studio with UK producer Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Placebo, UNKLE) earlier this year to record a full length album. The results are stunning to say the least as the band have built on their rich indie guitar foundations with washes of keys, strings & choirs to create an album equally ambitious as bold. First single Sweet Disposition has already won the band legions of fans around the globe and is currently scoring spins on Indie103 in Los Angeles. The Temper Trap have been receiving significant label interest on both sides of the Atlantic & will showcase at MUSEXPO in London on Oct 28th before heading stateside for shows in NY on Nov 3rd and LA on Nov 5th.
Former vocalist and keyboardist for the acclaimed Aussie indie electronic band Decoder Ring, Lenka has stepped out as a solo artist and is making major waves. Born in the bush and raised in Sydney, the self described "punk-ass art school student" released her self titled debut solo album on Epic Records in the US on September 23rd to rave reviews. She kicked off her album release with a performance of her first single "The Show" on the venerable NBC show Late Night with Conan O'Brien. She's since earned the prized "Single Of The Week" slot on iTunes and the coveted Vh1 "You Oughta Know" selection for her brilliant self directed video. Lenka continues her extensive touring with US and Australian dates throughout October and November.
Fearless and fun. Those were the words that kept coming up when ARIA nominated Kate Miller- Heidke was dreaming up her 2nd album. Kate and long time collaborator Keir Nuttall recorded her highly anticipated 2nd album titled Curiouser in LA with guru producer Mickey Petralia (Flight of the Conchords, Beck, Ladytron) and takes inspiration from Queen to Cyndi Lauper, from the Divinyls to Devo and everything in between. Curiouser, set to be released in Australia on October 18th on Sony Music, radiates a unique mix of strength, exuberance and certainty from the very first song and takes you on an eclectic journey of 80's synth, timeless radio pop, operatic interjections and throws in a few simple songs of pure, translucent emotion. Her first single "Can't Shake It" is currently being used as the bed track for the national NOVA advertising campaign and instantly added on high rotation to the station's national radio network. Currently on a national acoustic tour of Australia opening for Colbie Callait, Kate Miller-Heidke will be bringing Curiouser live with her full band to her adoring Australian fans in November with her sights set on the US in '09.
Sydney's Angus & Julia Stone form two halves of a musical act whose similarities include words and music that reveal a pure and genuine love of music, and a talent for telling beautiful and beguiling stories. The brother and sister duo were taken under the wing of Fran Healy, lead vocalist for Travis, who invited them to his house to play some demos, which eventually became a part of their debut full-length. Angus and Julia will open for Martha Wainwright on a 23-date UK and European tour at the end of this month, have also built a sizeable live following by constant touring in Australia and the UK, along with a great deal of critical acclaim. Recently signed to the Nettwerk Music Group, the acoustic folk pair brings their intimate melodic pop to North America with the digital only EP release of 'Just A Boy', available now. A full-length album is set for release in March 2009 with US shows schduled for LA on Nov 18th, SF on Nov 19th, and NY on Nov 22nd.
Gin Wigmore is a distinctive singer/songwriter, whose sound is driven by a startling voice; her delivery succinctly described by a critic as "whiskey and dry" and whose self-penned songs provide a refreshing new take on life as a "20-something" and yet relate across the generations. Vocally she runs from Macy Gray to Blondie to Edith Piaf. Musically she moves between Feist and Broken Social Scene to Neil Young and Fiona Apple, while lyrically she moves from sorrow to sunshine. The 21 year old Sydney-based Gin has taken her life's ups and downs, held them up to the light, and crafted songs which speak to a universal experience of fear, hope, love and joy. Her Island Records debut EP "Extended Play" featuring the straight-from-the-heart single "These Roses" was released in Australia in early August. Gin will be performing at the fabled Viper Room in Los Angeles on 14 October in anticipation of her US release on Universal Motown Records in November.
Brisbane indie pop duo An Horse recently signed with the fledgling US label Mom & Pop Music. The band comprised of Kate Cooper of Iron On and Damon Cox of Intercooler caught the attention of the New York - based label, headed by A&R veteran Michael Goldstone, through their Australian touring partners Tegan and Sara. An Horse will be touring throughout the US in October and November with a performance at the CMJ Music Marathon on October 22nd. The band's highly anticipated full length album is due out in early 2009.
Formerly known as the Newtown rock band The Follow, members re-launched themselves as THEART and recently released self titled EP THEART as a teaser for fans, while currently recording their full length album. Producer Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) has teamed up with the band, releasing their EP on his own label Stick It To The Man. Fusing art rock with harmonies to awaken your spirit, THEART dominate any stage they take with their unconventionality and defiant independence. Now playing special engagement shows around Los Angeles.
THE BOAT PEOPLE - Brisbane's indie pop-meisters have drawn comparisons to The Shins and The Talking Heads. With a string of nine alternative hits on Triple J, US radio is paying attention with airplay from their sophomore album Chandeliers on influential stations Indie 103.1 (LA), KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic (LA) and KFOG (SF). The Boat People arrive in Los Angeles to play a live set on KCRW (Oct 16) and shows at The Viper Room (Oct 17) and Spaceland (Oct 18) before heading to New York to play 3 shows at The CMJ Music Marathon. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
CUT COPY / THE PRESETS - Modular's electropop/electronic stalwarts Cut Copy (Melbourne) and The Presets (Sydney) wrap up their wildly successful and consistantly sold out United States tour this week. The groups then head their separate ways on headline dates around the globe including stops Colombia, Mexico, Europe and back to Australia in late November.
AustralAsian Music Industry Directory - Available Now! The 41st Edition, September 2008, is a comprehensive online and print sourcebook for all the contacts in the Australian music markets plus Asia/Pacific Regional Offices--over 5000 listed companies & individuals in 70 categories updated twice yearly. All highly detailed listings consist of addresses, phone, fax and mobile numbers, emails & URLs, complete staff rosters & enhanced details on many listings. A valuable asset.
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