The ever evolving Angie continues to impress and intrigue
One of our most exciting musicians, whose guises include Circle Pit, Southern Comfort, Ruined Fortune and Straight Arrows and with 2 solo LP’s already under her belt, Angie is back with yet another brilliant record titled Shyness, set for release on March 24.
Although fixated on exploring and expanding the rock and roll genre in the 21st Century, Shyness is a quiet aside to an ever expanding body of work from Sydney based Artist and Musician Angela Garrick.
Opening track ‘A Ring’ is the first offering from Shyness and is “a response to non-physical utterances, strange coincidences, objects as emotional metaphors, and spaces in between events and people” explains Angie. The song leads from a loop of three chords, and returns to it time and time again, like a cyclical thought that is calming but slightly haunting. The piano comes to dominate the conclusion, and was improvised in the studio at the suggestion of my amazing engineer and producer Jonathan Hochman.
NOIRE are Jessica Mincher and Billy James, following up their self-released EP Baby Blue in 2015, NOIRE have just announced the release of their debut album ‘Some Kind of Blue’, due September 29 via Spunk Records.
Growing up in the small regional town of Gympie, QLD before moving to Sydney where they formed in 2014, NOIRE craft dark, melodic and tenderly sculptured pop songs that traverse shoegaze, reverb heavy blues and indie rock.
Some Kind of Blue was produced by Wayne Connelly (Underground Lovers, You Am I, The Vines). Citing inspiration from Air, Mazzy Star, David Lynch, Wim Wenders and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, ‘Some Kind of Blue’ is a cinematic soundscape charting the fluidity of love and loneliness.
“What a dream.” – Zan Rowe, Triple j
AN ECSTATIC MUSICAL SPACE
Regarded by many as one of the finest drummers of his generation, Laurence Pike is probably best known for his groups PVT and Triosk, as a member of Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders, Szun Waves, and for his work with Sarah Blasko, D.D Dumbo and collaborations with the legendary pianist Mike Nock.
Alone at the instrument Pike is developing a singular language, using the sampler to expand the physical and sonic potential of the drum kit in addition to his already virtuosic ability.
Drawing from his diverse output, this is music aiming to explore an ecstatic musical space, where conventional notions of time and the role of the drummer are placed in the bin.
“A percussive force of epic proportions” THE BRAG, Sydney
“Whoever programmed him should be mighty proud” The Wire, UK
At the beginning of 2017 Donnelly released her debut EP ‘Thrush Metal’ and was met with critical acclaim. The five-track release was written over the space of two years; a musical undertaking resulting in a bold and unapologetic repertoire of songs which has forged Donnelly to the forefront of the new guard of Australian songwriters.
Donnelly’s brutally honest and witty observations of people and relationships are transformed into blissful poems and lyrical punch lines on her standout debut EP ‘Thrush Metal’. Donnelly’s relatable way of writing is her lens to the world in which we live, a glimpse into what it’s like to be a millennial woman in the age of Trump, Tinder and third wave feminism.
A JOURNEY OF TRANSFORMATION
Fresh from his triumphant Golden Age performance in July – which was hailed by The Guardian as “a journey of transformation from joy to rage to magic” – Sydney’s enfant terrible Jack Colwell returns to the Golden Stage for an intimate show. Jack will treat audiences to material from his forthcoming debut album “Swandream” alongside fan favourites and covers.
In the past 12 months, Jack has emerged as one of Australia’s most compelling musical voices. His dramatic blend of 90s alt. rock, confessional singer-songwriting and classical music has won him rave reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone, and he has developed a cult-like fanbase both here and abroad.
In 2016, he toured Australia in support of Sarah Blasko, then embarked on his own headline run, concluding with a sold-out performance at the Sydney Opera House accompanied by a string ensemble. After two EPs and a string of singles – including the radio hit ‘Don’t Cry Those Tears’ – Colwell is now working on his explosive debut album.
“He is a musician who can throw himself against the music like an animal trying to break out of a cage and moments later change again, weaving delicate magic…” – The Guardian
SHOGUN RETURNS TO THE GOLDEN STAGE!
Better known as Royal Headache’s spellbinding singer Shogun, Tim Wall has been performing a suite of solo material recently. Drawing from a long history of “obsessive compulsive songwriting” he will share some of his more exposing work and deliver a glimpse into 15 years worth of gems and failures when he takes to the mirrored stage at Golden Age Cinema and Bar.
Punk heroes Royal Headache have glided on waves of fan-adoration and frequent implosions that lead to several band break-ups and make-ups. Their unmissable live shows were largely attributed to Tim Wall’s captivating, roaming performances. An inimitable style he is now flogging with a self-described different aura, showing the audience a more reflective, sometimes sad and comparatively quiet side, with that same distinctive vocal gusto.
After being born, which she totally nailed, Sadie grew up in New York City, toured internationally with a professional children’s choir, then bounced around Massachusetts before eventually landing in Philadelphia “like every other feminist punk.” She has an MFA in poetry from UMass Amherst, likes comics WITH AN ALL-CAPS PASSION, has written for Nylon and Spin, and is mega-beloved for her rock band Speedy Ortiz.
Most recently, finding herself disillusioned with a lifetime of misogynist radio pop and yearning for the megalomaniacal autonomy of a solo project, Sadie/Sad13 churned out Slugger in a two-week fury.
FULLY FORMED & SELF-ASSURED
Bus Vipers’ output extends back to 2013, when Ahern started writing in solitude from his Canberra bedroom. “I always used to wish I could just clone myself, and have myself playing a number of different instruments”, says Ahern. “Then I realised you kind of could do that, at least in a recording setting”. Ahern, who started playing the piano at age four, plays every instrument on the EP including the drums, which he taught himself for this record.
Federal Highway’s lead single ‘CSIRO Weeds’ showcases Ahern’s gift for multi-layered, textured and richly melodic songwriting. On ‘Palace’ his falsetto is crisp and clear, while at other times on the record it sounds as if he could be submerged in water. ‘Fluid’ paints an eerie picture of deep sea creatures before breaking into an undeniable pop chorus, and ‘Daniel’s Exercise’ is driven by a confident strut, unlike anything else on the EP.