Sep 252014
 

AT LAST!  GLENN TILBROOK HAS ANNOUNCED NEW TOUR DATES IN OZ!

Squeeze’s iconic frontman returns for this first time since 2007 for a December tour of Oz with his brand new studio album, Happy Ending, on limited edition vinyl, CD, and digital bundle.

“stuffed with ludicrously catchy melodies” — Mojo Magazine * * * *

 

As half of the iconic songwriter team Difford and Tilbrook of beloved pop legends Squeeze, Glenn Tilbrook has written some of the most enduring pop classics of ’80s UK New Wave with such global hits as “Tempted” and “Pulling Mussels (From the Shell).

With more recent performances in the States on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Live from the Artist’s Den, Squeeze has proven itself to be relevant and enduring as new generations of fans discover the band’s incredible songbook.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Tilbrook is back — ducking and diving, bobbing and weaving — with his fifth non-Squeeze album, Happy Ending, available now digitally and as a limited edition vinyl through www.glenntilbrook.com,  iTunes and Amazon.

Inventive, witty and stuffed with a twinkling treasure trove of brand-new melodies, Happy Trails proves that the man’s musicality and sense of craft are as fresh and energised as ever. The album sprang out of a quiet period in the writing of a brand new Squeeze studio album.

Says Tilbrook, “Momentum’s very important. It went a bit quiet at Chris Difford’s end, so I thought, ‘you know what? I’ll just get on with my own thing and make my own momentum.'”

The result is a revelation. To begin with, it’s an acoustic album — a multi-instrumental, layered acoustic album.

“What I’ve tried to do is just strip my writing back to guitar or piano and start out from there. One of the next goals I have is to make a sparse record, because I’m very good at putting in detailed information. I just like doing it.”

But the details make this even more delightful. Beside Tilbrook on masterly bass and guitar (plus iPad keys and “atmospherics”), there are kazoos, sitar, Indian harmonium, ukuleles, bongos, Chinese drums and a full string arrangement by Lucy Shaw.

There’s assistance from Squeeze drummer Simon Hanson, multi-instrumentalist Chris McNally and Nine Below Zero guitar man Dennis Greaves. Tilbrook’s offspring Leon (aged 10), co-wrote track “Bongo Bill” and both he and seven-year-old Wesley assist on vocals.

Tracks include the poignant orchestral story-song “Persephone”; “Rupert”, a pean to Mr Murdoch that’s far more appealing than he deserves; the infectiously jaunty “Kev and Dave”, about two brothers who run a pub; and a tender meditation on Beach Boy Dennis Wilson. Tilbrook is yet again in top form when co-writing with his old friend Chris Braide (currently working with Beyonce and Lana Del Ray) on the acerbic but funny dig at big businesses’ lack of accountability in “Everybody Sometimes”; and there’s a good old knees-up at the end. Lyrics are all by Tilbrook.

“I’m really, really vibed up on what I’m doing now,” says Tilbrook. “To me, this record takes its place alongside [Tilbrook and The Fluffers’] Pandemonium Ensues and [Squeeze albums] East Side Story, Argybargy and Cool for Cats, which are my favourite records that I have made. So that’s five albums that I’ve thought, ‘Yes! I’ve actually done that properly now’…”

Happy Ending? Hardly an ending — with something this buoyant, brainy and brilliant, Tilbrook’s just getting going!

 

Praise for Happy Ending:

“The stories he tells on Happy Ending are cleverly-wrought and full of easy English charm and wit.”R2Magazine ****

“An unqualified triumph.”DailyMirror ****

“…the ambitious sounds and clever arrangements are matched by Tilbrook’s serious lyrical themes.”Guitarist present Acoustic

Visit Glenn at http://www.glenntilbrook.com

For sounds/pics/interviews please ring Karen on 0400 527 365 or email karen@karenconradpublicity.com

 

TOUR DATES

Thu 4th Dec Lizottes, Kincumber, NSW

TIX AT http://www.lizottes.com.au

 

Fri 5th Dec Lizottes, Dec Dee Why, NSW

TIX AT http://www.sydney.lizottes.com.au/live

 

Sun 7th Dec Lizottes,  Newcastle, NSW

TIX AT http://www.newcastle.lizottes.com.au

 

Thu 11th Dec  Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

TIX AT http://www.spottedmallard.com

 

Fri 12th Dec Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC

TIX AT http://www.caravanmusic.com.au

 

FURTHER SHOWS TBA!

 

Please say hello to Glenn at www.glenntibrook.com

GTLORES

Sep 252014
 

It’s a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World!

The Pollydevlins release their debut single ‘ (Can’t) Give You Love!’
at Gasometer Hotel, Smith St, Sun 19 October, special matinee show – 4pm
with
The Sons of Mod & Lara Travis
The Grand Rapids
and MC Andrew McCulloch – direct from Liverpool, England
Tickets $10 on the door

Energetic, raw and genuine, The Pollydevlins have been ripping up the Melbourne and Adelaide soul-blues/rock scene with their original, hard-driving garage mod sound, fronted by the astonishing vocals of Kaliah Alice.

Channelling mid-60’s British Mod bands with lashings of US West Coast psychedelia with a nod to 60’s era women of rock Grace Slick and Janis Joplin, the Pollydevlins have blended these ingredients into a unique recipe for groove.

Now they’re launching their first single ‘(Can’t) Give You Love’, available as 7” vinyl single in a full-colour groovy jacket!
The tune, Kaliah says, “Is something of an homage to party girls and floozies.  ‘(Can’t) Give You Love’ is a song about a flirtatious girl who wants to hear all your secrets and go to parties, but when it comes to the crunch, her love is not on offer…but the groove and passion are available by the bucket load!”

Hard-driving and funky, the track is a perfect showcase for the free-style fire of Kaliah’s vocals and David Glavich’s virtuoso rock-blues guitar licks, driven by the powerhouse rhythm section of Amr Zaid’s bass and Mentor Ejupi’s drums, with delectable keys from Dan Webb.

The Pollydevlins were founded one spring night when Kaliah (formerly of SAMIA award winners Munchkin) and Amr (Triple J darlings Ratcat) got together in the fading hours of an 18 hour house party in Adelaide and spontaneously started writing songs. They continued writing, developing a unique mix of soul/pop substance with style, based on Kaliah’s ability to really, truly sing the blues, along with Amr’s love of 60’s garage, blues and soul, and strong and original pop instrumentation and arrangements.

The band have just returned from wowing them at the 50 Years of MOD fest in Adelaide and are about to launch themselves at ya at The Gasometer, 19 October. Doors open 4 pm.
Check them out on youtube here:  http://youtu.be/LO9pcJbhPeg
Get your mod on and get your bod on over to Gasometer to celebrate the 7″ vinyl release ‘(Can’t) Give You Love’ with the Pollydevlins!
Sep 172014
 
The Acfields launch debut album ‘The Acfields’ with four state tour on September 25 @Toff In Town!

The Acfields launch debut album ‘The Acfields’ with four state tour on September 25!   Acclaimed brother and sister duo, The Acfields (Dan and Hannah) are launching their self-titled album with the single ‘No Ups Or Downs’, a sweetly rocking, wry observation of self-contained emotional distance:   “I feel nothing at all Like a straight line to the [more]