BEACHY HARMONIES & DRIVING RIFFS
Beginning as a solo project for Melbourne’s Rhea Caldwell, Baby Blue has since grown into a rocking, rollicking four-piece combining 60’s rock, folk, and pop.
Their first single, ‘Soccer Ball’, is just a taste of their already outstanding catalogue among somber murder ballads and sorrowful songs of unrequited love, known well by the audiences who’ve followed her entrancing live shows. Their following single ‘Bit Slow’ fleshes out the rock guts of the full band, veering from beachy harmonies to driving riffs, while ‘Save Yourself’ is a playful take on two people failing to extract themselves from a doomed relationship.
With an EP slated for MAY and already picking up heat from The Age, Tone Deaf, local blogs and community radio, Baby Blue is one to keep your eye on.
FOR THE LOVERS.
The last time PHANOSLAND graced The Golden Stage it was a setting of the bar, as to what a Golden Age gig should be. And i imagine this time will be no different as Phanos and his band set to amaze and abandon a jam-packed room once again.
Always offering a new experience, i have heard rumours of choirs, excessive use of wind instruments, experimentation with light, and possibly even Phanos himself hovering above the crowd. With so many crazy rumours flying about, its shaping up to be the most unmissable gig of the year!
FILM-NOIR INSPIRED ‘CRUEL MOON’ VIDEO LAUNCH!
Jep and Dep are will be launching their new single and film-noir inspired single & film clip ‘Cruel Moon’ at Sydney’s Golden Age Cinema!
The new single is taken from their upcoming second album – scheduled for an August release and showcases their new direction which see Jep and Dep slowly cruise down a more darker, atmospheric and beauty stricken Mulholland Drive.
Often compared to Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra meets Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue. Beautifully dark, dramatic and Cinematic.
Formed in 2012, the duo independently released their acclaimed debut Album ‘WORD GOT OUT’ in 2014 earning 4 out of 5 stars from the Sydney Morning Herald and Rolling Stone magazine.
SCUZZ-POP THROUGH THE GLOW OF 70’S SURF-MUSIC
Jade Imagine are about to hatch a love letter to low-fi, slacker-fuzz-dream pop bathed in the glow of ’70s surf-music with their debut EP What the Fuck Was I Thinking.
Jade McInally, Jade Imagine’s front babe and brains, has been a stalwart of the indie scene since circa 2004. After wending her way to Melbourne from somewhere consistently sunny, McInally cut her band teeth with her own electro project Tantrums. Since then she’s fleshed out scene favourites like Jess Cornelius’ Teeth and Tongue and backed the best on bass (you can still catch her onstage with Jess Ribeiro).
With some urging from mates in the know, at the end of 2015 McInally flexed her songwriting muscle, deciding it was time to play ringleader to her own band of musical-mischief makers again. “I’m a songwriter, and it took me so long to realise that,” McInally says. “I need to be writing, because that’s how I feel good.”
SHOGUN SHARES SOME UNHEARD SONGS
The sudden success of the punk band Royal Headache, which he joined more or less by accident. Royal Headache are a rock’n’roll band in too true a sense of the word, having a career punctuated by madness and disaster that caused the band to implode multiple times.
This year’s Vivid festival is an opportunity for Shogun to relax for a sec and share some unheard songs from the last 15 years of constant writing. Old and new Royal Headache material will be re-interpreted but he is most excited to perform songs written independently of the band which have a decidedly different aura altogether, being reflective, sad, and comparatively quiet. Rock’n’roll is ultimately a performance – it works best that way – but on this occasion, for once, he would like for the fourth wall to be dissolved and for the audience to see him as he is.
LO-FI SCUZZY-POP RECORDED ON CHEAP GEAR IN AN ATTIC(ALL TRUE)
“…a brilliant introduction to their brooding garage rock sound…”Ludlow” is a wide-eyed pop dream” – Rolling Stone
“Dreamy guitar and vocals blending beautifully. I think I have a crush. Keep ’em coming.” – Zan Rowe, triple j
“a magnificent slice of fuzzy guitar pop” – Hhhhappy
“It’s like mid-2000s indie filtered through a pedal that King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard would use and it bloody works.” – Pilerats
Body Type played their first show in late 2016, and have since been invited to support Cate Le Bon, The Coathangers, Big Thief, Frankie Cosmos as well as performing at Gizzfest, Sydney Festival and Secret Garden. ‘Ludlow’ and ‘264’ have received national airplay on triple j, RTRFM, FBi, Triple R, 2SER, 4ZZZ and more.
INTRICATE, IMMEDIATE & BEAUTIFUL
The Preservation label presents Head In The Trees, Heart On the Ground, the second album from Sydney’s The Singing Skies. Led by songwriter and guitarist Kell Derrig-Hall, Head In The Trees, Heart On The Ground delivers on the promise of The Singing Skies’ debut Routine and War, affecting a zone between Nico and John Cale’s stark , confessional style and the warm, plaintive way of Gene Clark and ‘70s period Dylan.
On Head In The Trees, Heart On The Ground, Derrig-Hall proves a gentle and knowing soul with an open-hearted lyricism where tenderness and wonder define his disarming nature. The music is similarly in tow to an earthiness in its rootsy melodic way, with the searching quality of classic country rock and ornate vintage pop folding through these intricate yet immediate and beautiful songs.
GLOWING, EARNEST & COMPELLING
What Lies in the Difference is an album built on the observation of the relationships that surround Tom Stephens. It is an exploration of the depths of decisions and consequence held together by intimately glowing instrumentation and an earnest, compelling vocal. The album was recorded on friend and musical collaborator Julia Jacklin’s farm in the Blue Mountains of NSW and produced alongside Ryan K Brennan.
‘Down to Rest’, the album’s lead single radiates with modest guitar, luscious backing vocals and Stephens’ authentically Australian voice. The track was well received by critics, having been awarded high rotation on Unearthed Radio and spins on 2Ser, Fbi and ABC Radio National.
Greta Now is the solo project of Sydney multi-instrumentalist and singer Greta Balog. Her debut single ‘Water Harvesting’ was made after laying eyes on the most beautiful truck she had ever seen before.
Her songs vary from instrumental documentations of mundane events to her interpretation of full blown pop. Musically, the album was inspired by artists like Madonna, R. Stevie Moore and Mike Oldfield and explores her obsession with trucks, water and insect populations.
Greta Now invites you to the launch of her album entitled ‘This Is Greta Now’ at the Golden Age Cinema.
70’S ITALIAN POP THAT MAKES THE CROWD GO WILD
With their name giving a sly nod to Dario Argento,Terza Madre are a collective of Sydney musicians taking their cues from the lavish orchestral arrangements of Ennio Morricone, the nostalgic star power of Italy’s female pop icons, and the synth ridden soundtracks of Giallo cinema.
Terza Madre will be bringing the melodrama and melancholy to the perfectly suited, Lynchian stylings of the mirrored stage at The Golden Age Cinema.
CONFESSIONAL & EXPLOSIVE
In the past 12 months, Sydney singer and composer Jack Colwell 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 Rolling Stone, The Guardian and more, 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, which he will preview in rare solo mode at Golden Age as part of VIVID Live.
WARMTH, NOSTALGIA & MELODY
This June Panama return with the Hope For Something EP, a five-track project brought to life by singer-songwriter Jarrah McCleary’s confessional storytelling. His richest and most moving work yet, the EP’s subject matter spans personal turmoil, making peace with your past and the loss of a loved one, but ultimately emerges optimistic.
Leading the EP is the triumphant title track ‘Hope For Something’, out April 21, a song McCleary wrote about his personal demons. “It’s about a battle with yourself,” he says. “This song was a bit like therapy for me as it helped me resolve some things I had been holding on to for a very long time. Writing it was like self-talk.” With a melody that soars, stadium-sized vocals and Panama’s trademark crescendos, the result is McCleary at his most energising.
LAYERS OF POP & PSYCHEDELIC UNDERTONES
Leah Senior’s second album Pretty Faces pays homage to her dark folk roots while hinting at layers of pop and psychedelic undertones. The blinds are drawn and the songs are covered in a fine layer of dust; yet there is sunlight peaking through the gaps, a silver lining to a dusky tone and a sense of humour behind the tragedy.
Leah Senior’s luminous folk forms are complemented with old-world piano (Jesse Williams) and dulcet sibling harmonies (Andi Senior). Leah Senior will also be joined by a full band.
“Her songs equally terrifying, joyous, sad and exciting. We get chills watch her perform” – King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard.