Sep 272013


Melbourne based singer songwriter Delsinki Records (aka Craig Johnston) is pleased to launch the second single from his debut EP on Sunday, October 6 at Toff In Town from 7pm.

He will be joined in a rare Melbourne appearance by Sydney troubadour Karl Broadie, who is launching his long awaited new album and by pirate shred specialist Citrus Jam.

Burnt Out by the Light was written in memory of Johnston’s former band mate and harmonica player Sonny Lewis who passed late last year and you can view the companion animated video clip here:

Delsinki Records is the first solo ep Johnston has released and earlier this year he took it on the road, playing Hobart, Sydney and Melbourne, also appearing at the Adventure Bay Blues & Roots Festival and the inaugural Leaps & Bounds Music Festival.

The four song ep also contains three other tracks – In Over My Head, Sanchez and What You Dream Is Not Your Fault, Each track has a corresponding film clip, which will be shown at the Toff as part of the multimedia presentation to launch Burnt Out By The Light.
Prior to Delsinki Records, Johnston was the founding member of a band called Gretchen Lewis (2002), still a going concern whose high-octane sound continues to captivate Melbourne audiences.

Last year he performed at the Sydney Opera House, The Perth Concert Hall and the Wool Shed (Gnaraloo) as part of the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s The Reef – a creative collaboration between Richard Tognetti, Mick Sowry & Jon Frank. This trip was the inspiration for some of the material on this EP.

Craig also sang along side Brian Ritchie from (The Violent Femmes) as a part of the 2013 The Reef Australian/Hong Kong Tour, which started in Brisbane and finished up in Sydney at the Opera House before finishing with a flourish in Hong Kong.

Tix $10 on the door at Toff In Town, Second Floor, Curtin House, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne on Sunday, October 6 from 7pm.


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Sep 202013

Once Upon a Time:

Around six years ago – a tall, shy teenager with a Lyle Lovett circa 1985 haircut ambled into Pure Pop Records store. He shuffled about looking at this and that before introducing himself properly as an aspiring musician to proprietor Dave Stevens. Naturally Dave promptly offered him a gig playing in the intimate confines of the Pure Pop Courtyard that very Friday night.

When the very young, very shy Alex Lashlie opened his mouth that first night, he revealed a stunning Buckley-esque voice and a lyrical sensibility that belied his tender years and enthralled the crowd. He was invited to play again and again. And again.

And so it began.

Alex played every Friday for the next 18 months and became one of Pure Pop’s favourite artists. Audiences watched in wonder while his raw talent developed over the months. He made lots of musical friends through Dave and through his performances at Pure Pop and was invited to play more gigs, even scoring a coveted guest spot on one of Melbourne’s best musical events, Charles Jenkins’ Winter Ball 2012.

Then Alex went to Europe and played gigs there and wrote a bunch of songs, as you do when you’re 20 and you’re in Europe. When he returned to Oz he formed the band Alex & The Shy Lashlies with Etta Curry and Jeff May and took this tightly knit troupe into the studio to record two new songs for the newly reborn Pure Pop Records label.

Ancient history lesson:

Pure Pop Records began life as a record label run from a spare bedroom and released a number of CD’s up until 2005 when Dave bought the Pure Pop Records store.

“The label was put on hiatus, but we’re back. It’s absolutely fitting and proper that the first release on the reborn label is Pure Pop homeboy Alex Lashlie with Alex & The Shy Lashlies’ stunning double-A side 7″ vinyl single. I know this is the beginning of great things for Alex and for my label, too,” he said.

Alex & The Shy Lashlies and Pure Pop Records are thrilled to present Eleven Hours/While You Were Sleeping

Get it through Pure Pop Records now here:

You can get an ear full here:

Here’s the Triple J Unearthed link:

And catch up with the band on Facebook here:

Alex & the Shy Lashlies Tour Dates:

Wed Oct 2 – Sydney – Folk Club @ The Soda Factory

Thu Oct 3 – Newcastle – The Lass O’Gowrie Hotel

Fri Oct 4 – Erina – Six String Brewing Co

Sat Oct 5 – Sydney – My Bondi Riot

Wed Oct 9 – Canberra – The Front Gallery

Thu Oct 17 – Adelaide – Grace Emily Hotel

Fri Oct 25 – Hobart – Brisbane Hotel

Sun Nov 10 – Maroochydore – Sol Bar

Thu Nov 14 – Brisbane – Beetle Bar

Sat Nov 16 – Byron Bay – The Treehouse

Wed Nov 20 – Melbourne – The Toff In Town


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