Subculture Radio chats to Riccardo Da Silva from Sons Of Zoku before they head across to Melbourne to play at Holy Smoke 2018.
When John Butler strides onto the Sydney Opera House Forecourt for two special shows this February as part of his national tour to celebrate the release of his HOME album, it will be with an ARIA #1 Album award in hand after fighting off Cher and The Living End to take the crown on this week’s chart.
It’s a fitting accolade for Australia’s most successful independent musician to hit #1 for the first time since 2010’s ‘April Uprising’ in a year that has seen Australian independents take more #1 albums than ever before.
As one of the first artists of the modern era to prove that you can build an independent career on your own terms, it is yet another trailblazing moment made even more satisfying by the deeply personal and emotive content of the now-officially-hit album HOME.
“I can’t express how grateful I am to the Australian community of fans that went out and made this album number one,” said John Butler. “With so many massive artists releasing at the moment I really didn’t think we had a chance. I’m just absolutely awe-struck by the love this album is getting and the ever-strengthening relationship I have with my audience after almost two decades. WOW!!! Thank you times a million to all the fans and my amazing team.”
John Butler Trio’s victory lap will happen across January and February with shows across six states and territories, sharing the stage with good friend and fellow legend Missy Higgins, up and coming singer songwriter Stella Donnelly and special guests in each state including The Waifs, Dan Sultan, Baker Boy, The Teskey Brothers and more.
“These shows take on an even greater meaning to celebrate not only a #1 album, but also that my community of friends, fans and supporters have achieved this around an album that celebrates self-reflection, triumphs, anxieties, redemption and the lived experience of being human,” said John Butler. “I can’t wait to join Missy, Stella and our friends around the country to embrace our positivity and humanity.”
The album HOME is available now on CD, vinyl, download and streaming from: https://JohnButlerTrio.lnk.to/HOMEalbum
JOHN BUTLER TRIO
COMING HOME TOUR
All Shows with Missy Higgins except *
All Shows with Stella Donnelly except #
Friday 25 January – Wignalls Winery, Albany, WA – Also with Carla Geneve #
Saturday 26 January – Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River, WA – Also with Carla Geneve #
Friday 01 February – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA
Thursday 07 February – Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC – Also with Dan Sultan
Saturday 09 February – A Day On The Green, All Saints Estate, Rutherglen, VIC – Also with Dan Sultan
Sunday 10 February – Stage 88, Canberra, ACT – Also with The Waifs
Thursday 14 February – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15 February – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney NSW
Saturday 16 February – A Day On The Green, Bimbadgen, Hunter Valley, NSW – Also with Dan Sultan
Sunday 17 February – Park Beach Reserve, Coffs Harbour, NSW – Also with The Teskey Brothers
Wednesday 20 February – Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, Bundaberg, QLD *
Thursday 21 February – The Great Western, Rockhampton, QLD *
Friday 22 February – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD – Also with Special Guests *
Saturday 23 February – Tolosa Park, Hobart, TAS – Also with Baker Boy
Mighty Swedish Stoner force GREENLEAF just released their amazing and amusing music video for „Good Ol`Goat“.
Perth rockers (and burgeoning international superstars) The Faim have just released the video for their anthemic new single ‘A Million Stars’. The clip was premiered by influential L.A music site Ones To Watch. The video was filmed in Berlin, Germany and follows frontman Josh Raven as he reminisces over a past love interest. ‘A Million Stars’ also appears on the band’s debut EP, Summer Is a Curse, which serves as a prelude to their hotly-anticipated first full-length album, slated for release in 2019.
“ ‘A Million Stars’ isn’t only about appreciating the person you’re with or the location you’re in, it’s about being free of the world’s distractions and valuing the little details that make a memory unique. I believe we’re defined by our reactions to these moments,” says Josh. “This video represents the double-edged sword of sharing perfect memories, but being thrust into a situation where cherishing them might not ever be possible. It’s a reality anyone faces when you’re away from loved ones, friends or even a familiar place.”
In other news, The Faim are excited to announce their first ever U.S. tour, supporting fellow Aussies, Hands Like Houses, in November and December. The group will also share the stage with Emarosa, Devour The Day, andArlington. The trek begins and ends in California, kicking off in San Francisco on Saturday, November 10th and wrapping in Los Angeles on Sunday, December 9th. The run of dates also hits major cities including Chicago, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Nashville, and Atlanta.
The Faim are also currently on tour in Europe supporting Against The Current, which concludes in Paris next week on Thursday, October 11th. A full list of shows is included below.
Since the release of their new EP, The Faim have clocked an impressive 8+ million total global streams, as well as over 5.5 million globally on their smash single, “Summer Is a Curse.” The band’s music has also landed on notable Spotify playlists including New Music Friday, Rock This, The New Alt, Top of the Morning, The Scene, and New Noise.
The Faim Tour Dates:
^w/ Against The Current
* w/ Hands Like Houses
5th October- Trix Club, Antwerp, Belgium ^
6th October- Gretchen, Berlin Germany ^
7th October- Uebel & Gafaehrlich, Hamburg, Germany ^
9th October- Ampere, Munich, Germany ^
10th October- Batschkapp Frankfurt, Germany ^
11th October- Yoyo, Paris, France ^
10th November- Slims, San Francisco, California *
12th November- The Complex, Salt Lake City, Utah *
13th November- Marquis Theatre, Denver, Colorado *
16th November- Bottom Lounge, Chicago, Illinois *
17th November- Fubar, St. Louis, Missouri *
18th November- The Emerson Theatre, Indianapolis, Indiana *
19th November- Trixies, Louisville, Kentucky *
20th November- Magic Stick, Detroit, Michigan *
21st November- Skully’s, Colombus, Ohio *
23rd November- Brighton Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts *
24th November- Gramercy Theatre, New York, New York *
25th November- The Foundry at the Fillmore, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania *
27th November- Soundstage, Baltimore, Maryland *
28th November- Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, North Carolina *
29th November- Rocketown, Nashville, Tennessee *
30th November- The Masquerade, Atlanta, Georgia *
1st December- Soundbar, Orlando, Florida *
3rd December- White Oak Music Hall, Houston, Texas *
4th December- Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill, Dallas, Texas *
5th December- Alamo City Music Hall, San Antonio, Texas *
7th December- Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, Arizona *
9th December- Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles, California *
The stellar career of singer songwriter Bob Evans receives the Best Of treatment compliments of new album, Full Circle, released today. Full Circle also features brand new track ‘Drowning’ and is accompanied by a video filmed in studio by Arlo Cook during the recording of the track.
To mark the release, Bob Evans will hit the road for a national capital cities tour kicking off at Black Bear Lodge in Brisbane on October 19, and moving through to Sydney, Adelaide and Perth, before finishing up at Northcote Social Club in Melbourne on November 3.
Discussing Full Circle, Kevin Mitchell explains, “I didn’t want to approach this like a traditional Greatest Hits or Best Of. I like the idea of it being presented more like an introduction to my work if you had never heard of me. This would be the record for that person. So I didn’t want to just bundle the singles together or present the songs in the order they were released. Some singles didn’t make the cut, in favour of album tracks that have grown legs of their own and found some kind of special place of significance without ever necessarily being on the radio or anything … It was quite hard actually, trying to narrow 5 albums down to 14 tracks. But I’m happy with how it looks. I’m proud of what I’ve managed to create.”
Mitchell was already under the Australian music spotlight as singer/guitarist for indie-rock-darlings Jebediah when in 1998 he found a t-shirt in a Perth op-shop with the number 15 on the back, and the name ‘Bob Evans’ printed on the front. Coincidentally at this time he was embarking on his first solo shows in Perth and a random name on someone’s discarded basketball shirt took hold. He may have grown out of the t-shirt, but the name fit and has stayed for an impressive solo career.
“This Bob Evans guy has been hitching a ride in my life for 20 years,” Mitchell laughs. “It’s an unusual relationship to have with something that isn’t real.”
Mitchell recently co-founded Music with Mates, forming a new Australian non-for-profit organisation to help young migrants create new friendships by grouping them with locals to attend music concerts for free. The project aims to foster friendships and to help young migrants better integrate themselves into their local community. Tickets will be donated by musicians, agents and promoters. Artists who have already pledged their support for the project include Bob Evans, Josh Pyke, Busby Marou, Clare Bowditch and Paul Dempsey.
“Music is such a great way for young people from all walks of life to connect,” Mitchell says, “our aim is to create an inclusive, compassionate environment for new arrivals to Australia.”
For more visit www.musicwithmates.com
‘FULL CIRCLE’ TRACKLIST:
CD 1 (CD, Vinyl & Digital)
CD 2 (CD & Digital)
CATCH BOB EVANS LIVE IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
Melbourne indie outfit The Attics are excited to reveal their latest psych-pop jangle ‘Pastel Blues’ and announce a small handful of upcoming live shows. Following on from their previous single ‘Ultramarine’ and fun-as-all-heck single launch at The Grace Darling last month, the country-Victorian born four-piece will play a handful of intimate live shows to celebrate the shiny new release.
An introspective narration, the new single captures the ponderings of an escapist rotating through the daily 9-to-5. ‘Pastel Blues’ is much more opaque than its title suggests, beaming with bold hooks and playful arrangements that are captivating and instantly recognisable as their own. As with the dynamic ‘Ultramarine’, ‘Pastel Blues’ was once again recorded and mastered by Isaac Barter and co-produced with lead vocalistCameron Wade, with mixing by acclaimed engineer Steven Schram. Striking, fun and a little bit silly, the single is rapidly becoming a set list favourite at any live show, and is sure to be listed as a staple of many summer playlists to come.
“Pastel Blues is the least serious thing we’ve written in years. It’s a playful exploration of the phrase on repeat in the chorus, “wondering how it feels bad to be good all the time”. It’s a really dumb set of words, but a funny thing to think about in depth. So we’re exploring that with this kind of wandering commentary, reconfirming that life would be super bland if we only ever did what we were told we should. I think you can almost feel the music taking a few steps back and lazily fall into line with the idea…” – Cameron Wade, The Attics
After a recent run of shows opening for indie duo Slum Sociable, as well as past festival appearances at By The Meadow and Canada’s Indie Week Toronto, the four-piece have acquired a live show that is a joy to behold. With dreamy guitar hooks, driving bass lines and heart stirring percussion, The Attics will bring their signature feel-good vibes to Melbourne, Bendigo, Geelong and Abbotsford in intimate band rooms and outdoor stages over the next couple of months. Catch all the action at the below dates and remember to tie those dancing shoes tight!
Thursday 11 October
The Band Stand at Artlands, Bendigo VIC
Saturday 13 October
White Night, Geelong VIC
Thursday 8 November
Supporting Ben Panucci
The Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford VIC
Phoenix, AZ based, Dark Alternative Rock Band THE SPIDER HOLE has announced the launch of a Kickstarter Campaign to help support their upcoming LP and associated graphic novel, To The Monsters. The unique project is built around the LP with 11 original songs, each about a different monster, as well as a 100 page horror anthology graphic novel written and illustrated by vocalist Ethan Scott; each story in the novel is about a different band member over the course of one fateful Halloween night.
To celebrate the upcoming launch, the quartet has revealed their first single, “The Skeleton Wedding,” from the album.
Two versions of the graphic novel will be offered through the Kickstarter, the standard softcover edition, and a DELUXE hardcover edition, which includes 4 additional stories. The hardcover edition is only available to Kickstarter backers.
A quartet with frequent guest musicians, The Spider Hole performs songs meant to stir brains and rattle bones. Based in sun-scorched Phoenix, AZ, the band started banging sounds together in the late nineties, and has steadily developed an aural stew that is partly rock, partly cabaret, partly blues, and partly goth. Influences include Tom Waits, Oingo Boingo, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Primus, The Pixies, Frank Zappa, The Doors, and your face when you taste something unexpected. New music is being prepped for a new full-length album called To the Monsters, due near the end of 2018.