Aug 152014
 

No Love Lost, the highly anticipated new album by former Glide guitarist Andy Kentler, will be officially released at Yah Yah’s on Saturday 11th October.  

Andy Kentler and band will be joined by the enigmatic Brian Henry Hooper (Beasts of Bourbon, Surrealists) and the moody and emotive Rachel Shaw Band. Doors open at 8pm.

Tix available at Yah Yah’s: 99 Smith St Collingwood.

‘No Love Lost’ contains 11 original songs written and produced by Andy Kentler. The LP was tracked to 2” tape by Rob Long and mixed by influential mixer/producer Lindsay Gravina (Rowland S Howard, Magic Dirt, The Living End) at Birdland Studios. The album features Jon Shannon guitar, Nick Blanch bass, Alex Deegan on drums and guest spots by Dave Moll (St.Kilda stalwart), Don Ely (Shivers,Gamma Rays) and the legendary Ed Bates (The Sports) on pedal steel guitar.

As a musician Andy Kentler is known for his work with highly revered Sydney band Glide (sadly disbanded after the death of William Arthur), as bass player with surf/soundtrack instrumental band The Gamma Rays and for his acclaimed debut album ‘Move On’. Here on his second LP he ropes in a bunch of old friends, liquors them up and produces a bunch of well-crafted, memorable songs of varying styles.

Early reviews cite influences as diverse as “ …Tom Petty, Lou Reed, Springsteen and Ray Davies – Getting’ On Home’ is in Petty mode, with slide guitar in the chorus and the Smokey blues style of ‘Invisible’ has a touch of Pink Floyd in its DNA.  He excels with story-styled melodies like ‘Marnie & Stan’, ‘Walk Out On Me’ and the memorable ‘Nobody’s Fool’. There is plenty here to recommend, so I would add this to your list of artists to keep your eye on.”
— Powerpopholic

“His music is a fusion of Tom Petty, The Kinks and Big Star and there are plenty of standout tracks here. ‘Gettin’ on Home’ opens the album in Petty style, tough and melodic. ‘Big Hits & Misses’ is brash, radio-ready power pop with a big hooky chorus, and ‘Marnie & Stan’ tells the story of a couple on the run in rocking fashion (with ‘ooh-la-la-la’ backing vocals). Kentler saves the best for the latter part of the album, with ‘Walk Out on Me’ pure power pop in the vein of the aforementioned Chris Richards, and the catchy ‘Nobody’s Fool’ closing things out.

— absolutepowerpop.blogspot.com.au

Andy has played venues large and small over the years, toured Australia and America with Glide playing a premier show at South by South West and supporting international acts such as Blur, The Posies and Luna. He is very excited to launch ‘No Love Lost’ at Yah Yah’s on 11th October

‘No Love Lost’ LP available now on limited edition coloured vinyl, CD and digital download.

Visit Andy at:
andykentler.bandcamp.com

Further dates TBA.

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Aug 132014
 

 

Austin Texas native Thomas Hugh will play songs from his sparkling new ep Sum = at Wesley Anne at 8pm on Friday 26 September.  Tckets are $15 on the door and the door price includes a copy of the 5 song ep.

Sum = is a combustion of new-folk and indie pop, with old time storytelling and the occasional grand flourish thrown in for good measure.

A recent import to Melbourne, Thomas relocated in 2008 and the five songs on ‘Sum =’  are a rich blend of the influences of the two colourful musical cities Thomas has inhabited for most of his life.

Thomas said “I’ve been away from Austin for a few years now but the first thing I do when I get there is hit a cool blues bar like the Continental Club and drink beer made in Texas.  There’s nothing quite like it, but Melbourne is a great city with its own character.  Of course, the traffic is just as bad.”

Thomas has relased three albums Always Going Somewhere, Welcome to Yikesville and Strange Company, over the last six years but says, “I had the most amazing time recording the new EP.  I wanted  to really strip it back.  I wanted the songs to sound as if we were playing them in your lounge room…bum notes and all.  I wanted to keep it honest so we did just a few takes of each song and that was it.”

Sum = was recorded with Roger Bergodaz (drums), Dean Addison (bass) and Shannon Bourne (guitar).  It creates a sound that hints at a solid blend of excellent musical influences and a natural affinity for melody and telling a twisted tale.

A stylistic sampler, Sum = features the emotive, poignant Them Dams Never Break, the breezy 70’s California echo of Chrome Bike and the spooky harmonica tinged ode to a girl with Dylan posters Where All the Spiders Crawl, to a journey through to country life with Little Things (Sting)

The first single to be lifted from the EP is the harmony infusedbittersweet love song Canterbury Road:

She bloodied my blue skies 

but kissed me when we’d drive 

down Canterbury Road

Thomas plays gigs large and small around Melbourne town and beyond and this ep was inspired by a gig at Maldon Festival, which Thomas says, “…really opened the floodgates and these songs just rolled out, as sometimes happens after a particularly inspiring gig.”

Don’t miss Thomas Hugh playing songs from  Sum = at Wesley Anne at 8pm on Friday 26 September with support from Dan Lethbridge.

Visit Dan Lethbridge at www.danlethbridge.com

Visit Thomas Hugh at www.thomashughmusic.com

facebook.com/thomashughmusic

soundcloud.com/thomashugh

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