Apr 232014

Jo Meares is pleased to announce a string of live performance dates to celebrate the release his latest album ‘King of the Crystal Mountain.’

Produced by Charles Jenkins, ‘King of the Crystal Mountain‘ features the sublime work of guitar virtuoso Jeff Lang and ethereal backing vocals recorded in a church in Finland by an all-girl choir.  Reuben Alexander‘s eerie harmonica and Kari Pihl’s majestic piano work feature throughout this haunting album, telling stories of outsiders, loss, confusion, love and hate.
This is Jo’s third solo album. His first collection of words and sounds ‘A Handful of Smoke‘ was awarded Australian album of the year on the highly respected “Outpost” show on Radio 2SERJo’s second solo album ‘One More Time‘ was made with The Honeyriders with a sixteen piece string section, layered backing vocals and lush guitar sounds.
Clem Bastow described his music as “The melancholia of wide open plains and corrugated iron, caressed by occasionally passing heavenly choirs of grievous angels and chain gangs.”
Jo will be performing at his Sydney album launch, June 6 at The Vanguard with a six-piece band featuring Madelaine Lucas and Robert Irish, two members of the Sydney outfit Devotional. Support on the night will be provided by one of the finest songwriters on the planet, Charles Jenkins.
Jo plays most years in FranceSpain and Finland and is gradually building his following there. His June 2014 release of the album ‘King of the Crystal Mountain‘ in Australia will be followed by an extensive tour of Europe throughout FranceSpainHollandFinland and Germany.
Tour dates:
Friday May 9th – Crate Records, Sydney, album preview and limited edition vinyl release with full band
Friday May 23 – The Armidale Club, Armidale (solo)
Thursday June 5th – The Vanguard, Sydney, album launch with full band, support Charles Jenkins.
Friday June 13th – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, album launch with full band
Sunday June 15th – Pure Pop Records, 4pm
Sunday June 22nd – Club Liberte, Helsinki, Finland
Thursday June 26th – Henrys Pub, Helsinki, Finland
Wednesday July 2nd – Ben’s Café, Paris, France
Saturday July 5th – Trinkete, Gernika, Spain
Wednesday July 9th – Wharf 73, Madrid, Spain
Thursday August 14th – Django Bar, Sydney
Sunday Sept 7th – Brisbane Powerhouse, 3.30pm
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Apr 222014

Marilyn Rose and the Thorns are pleased to present their fandangled debut five track CD “Blood.

Recorded with music legend Ash Wednesday (Einstuerzende Neubauten/The Models) and Hamish Marr in their home turf of the murky swamp known as St Kilda in early 2013.

After planning laboriously for the last few months behind closed doors, Marilyn will be llaunch ‘Blood’ at Cherry Bar on May 4th with support from guitar virtuoso, fuzz queen, sonic chanteuse, primal mistress of pop Penny Ikinger and The Falling Standards; a female powered rock trio featuring the unique, sensual, moody and lyrical songs of Melanie Harrison, Leila Boakes and Ruby Harrison.

Marilyn Rose and the Thorns emerged from the St Kilda live music community circa 2010. Vocalist Marilyn Rose Veil (Veil), guitarist Leon Storch (Smoke Machine), guitarist Rusty Tulek (Cold Harbour), bassist Colin Holst (Cold Harbour/Scourge) and drummer Jim Richter (Death Sentence/12FU) first met at the Greyhound Hotel in St Kilda during the front bar glory days. Together this is a rare and sensual explosion of vocals and a melting pot sound of unique rock and roll styles.

The band’s sound is emotive, dramatic and sorrowful, full of darkness and cabaret with elements of pop and avant-garde. Psychedelic guitars and a powerful rhythm section lay the foundation for Marilyn’s one of a kind vocal style. Imagine a combination of Shirley Bassey and Siouxsie Sioux….

The Thorns have played on stages large and small to enthusiastic crowds around Melbourne’s renowned live music scene at venues such as The Esplanade Hotel, The St Kilda Bowling Club, The Greyhound Hotel, Yah Yah’s, The Lyrebird Lounge, The Town Hall Hotel and The Great Britain Hotel as well as appearing on the local female band showcase gig known as “Goddess”.

Prepare to be seduced by the hypnotic vocals of leading lady, Marilyn Rose and rocked by the dark and dazzling musicianship of her band of Thorns as well as an assemblage of musical nomads at Cherry Bar on May 4th. Doors open at 8 o’clock and free entry.

Visit Marilyn Rose on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marilyn-Rose-and-The-Thorns/218888508159483?fref=ts

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Apr 212014

Introducing Callum   Brothers and sisters, Join us as we welcome multi-instrumentalist and travelling snake oil salesman Callum with his dusky debut album – 8 songs, self produced and mixed by Wayne Killbourne at Out of Tunes Studios.   Containing seven new songs written by Callum and friends, including the dark and somber “Misty Forests” [more]

Apr 172014

  J. Robert Youngtown is pleased to release ‘Maybe Tomorrow,’  the first song to be lifted from his forthcoming 10-song debut album ‘Moderate Aspects.’ Conceived in Launceston, recorded in Manly, Marrickville, Paris and Los Angeles and mastered in Seattle, the 2014 debut album by J. Robert Youngtown is a testament to the tyranny of distance not being a [more]

Apr 092014
J. Robert Youngtown releases film clip and debut single 'Maybe Tomorrow'

  J. Robert Youngtown is pleased to release ‘Maybe Tomorrow,’  the first song to be lifted from his forthcoming 10-song debut album ‘Moderate Aspects.’ The Tasmanian artist formerly known as James Dilger (front man for The Reactions and power-pop trio Sole Stickers), has now amassed something of a supergroup, featuring You Am I drummer Rusty Hopkinson, The Posies’ singer & songwriter Jon Auer and Redd Kross/OFF! bassist Steven McDonald. This feat is even more [more]