Apr 242015

2015 sees the return of one of Australia’s best loved pop outfits, ICECREAM HANDS.

Formed in Melbourne in 1992, the band downed tools in in 2007 having notched up 6 albums, 2 ARIA nominations, countless miles and many memorable shows.

Since the last ICH shows in 2008, frontman and songwriter Charles Jenkins has continued to delight new and old fans alike with 6 acclaimed albums as a solo performer and with his band The Zhivagos.

Now, 16 years after the release of the critically acclaimed ARIA nominated “SWEETER THAN THE RADIO”, Charles reunites with Derek G Smiley and Douglas Lee Robertson and very special guest guitarist Davey Lane to play the album in it’s entirety in a string of special performances mid 2015

To commemorate this rare re-grouping, ICH will release a re mastered VINYL collector’s edition of this watershed album. One of the first recordings to be produced by the talented Wayne Connolly, SWEETER THAN THE RADIO boasts crowd favourites like DODGY, NIPPLE and YELLOW AND BLUE.

Ice Cream Hands play ‘Sweeter Than The Radio’

Saturday July 11

The Evelyn Hotel, Brunswick St Fitzroy

As part of the Leaps and Bounds Music Festival

Tickets on sale now via leapsandboundsmusicfestival.com


Apr 232015

Austin Texas native Thomas Hugh will launch his new single ‘Them Dams Never Break’ and a companion film clip from his new ep ‘Sum =’ at The Post Office Hotel in Coburg on May  7th and at The Bridge Hotel in Castlemaine on May  8th.

‘Them Dams Never Break’  is the second single to be lifted from ‘Sum =’ and the accompanying clip is more like a mini-film, shot in the glorious Mornington Peninsula wine country in atmospheric sepia tones.

Thomas says, “I remember where I was when I wrote ‘Them Dams’…in a real mood down on the peninsula in the quiet of the day wondering how certain things happen to some people…good or bad.. and not others, as if every single thing we do is fate. Perhaps it is.”

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

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 = also features the harmony infused bittersweet Canterbury Road, 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)

Thomas plays gigs as a solo troubadour and sometimes accompanied by friends  all around Victoria, New South Wales and in the US when he travels there.