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  • SECOND PRIZE! ‘Waiting For A Spark’ At Radio Now!

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    The new album from Melbourne band Second Prize takes its name from the world of Pro Wrestling. The Heel Turn is the moment when a good guy (or a “face”) becomes a bad guy (or a “heel”).

    Many of the songs on the debut album inhabit that space – the grey area where male behaviour normally regarded as  drifts over into toxic masculinity.

    “At the moment I think we as a culture are engaged in this massive audit of masculinity – what do we keep; what do we chuck out?” says singer/ songwriter John Palmer. “When you look at a lot of the common topics in rock music, they’re fine as far as they go, but you don’t need to push them very far at all before you end up in wrongtown. I’m really interested in that dynamic.”

    He points to lead single Waiting for a Spark, which details a couple picking over their relationship, as an example. Other variations upon the theme include Sneak Around, which details an inept seduction attempt, and Try You On, which takes the cliché of a male narrator’s erotic fixation on an item of his girlfriend’s clothing to its logical conclusion. Musically, the songs by turns evoke the sleazy disco of Pulp, the mid-life-crisis scuzz-rock of Grinderman-era Nick Cave, and the hangover-weary tenderness of Lambchop and Sparklehorse.

    Palmer was previously the frontman of Half A Cow signing The Raylenes, and has more recently played guitar for Melbourne indie-pop auteur Georgia Fields. Chief collaborator Dave Rogers has played with Klinger, Ben Lee, Sophie Koh and Slow Fades.

    LISTEN TO ‘WAITING FOR A SPARK’

    The Heel Turn is released independently on March 22, and being launched on March 31 at The Workers Club with support from Magnets and Duke Batavia.

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  • In March 2019, Sleeper release their first album in 21 years, The Modern Age. It wasn’t meant to happen. In fact, the band had promised each other it never would. ‘I sold my drum kit two months before we reformed,’ Andy Maclure says, ruefully. ‘It was taking up too much space in the attic. A few weeks later, Lou comes off the phone and says, ‘we’re playing to two thousand people next month, you better go and buy back those drums.” 

    Sleeper enjoyed huge critical and commercial success in the mid 90s: achieving 8 Top 40 singles across 3 Top 10 albums with well over 1,000,000 sales. They garnered front covers across the music press and appeared numerous times on key music shows of the era; including Top Of The Pops; an episode of which Louise Wener presented.

    Together, they toured to sell-out crowds in the UK, US and Japan and played the main stages of Reading and Glastonbury. They toured with Blur, supported REM at Milton Keynes Bowl and toured the US with Elvis Costello, who later recorded a version of their top ten hit, What Do I Do Now? Their music was characterized by astute, observational lyrics and big, hook driven melodies. Wener was an iconic front-person, heading up a movement that brought women center stage in guitar music.

    Sleeper split In 1998 and  walked purposely away from the limelight. Wener carved out a career as a successful novelist, publishing her auto-biography, Different for Girls in 2010. Maclure and John Stewart – Sleeper’s guitarist – both became lecturers in music studies with Stewart recently completing his PhD.  

    In February, 2017 Sleeper were invited to headline the Starshaped Music festival: four gigs in four cities, a celebration of all things 90s and Britpop. ‘We’d get these offers every so often,’ Wener says,  ‘and I’d always ignore them. This time I didn’t. It was a timing thing. I’d just turned 50, and someone very close to me had just become very sick. I had a powerful sense of time passing. A sudden impulse to step out of my comfort zone. Four gigs and that would be that. I just wanted to know if I could do it. “

    With Kieron Pepper, previously of The Prodigy, joining on bass, Sleeper decided to play a few more dates. They followed their triumphant festival return with a sold out headline gig at Shepherd’s Bush Empire and a sold-out UK tour followed.  ‘The reaction was so joyful,’ Wener says of these dates.  ‘There was a strong sense of camaraderie in the crowd, it felt like we were all sharing a moment. Everyone in the band wanted to carry on playing  but we weren’t sure it made sense without recording new material.’  

    The band spent summer 2018 recording The Modern Age with  their long time producer, Stephen Street –  a relationship that clicked into place again right away.   They tracked live at Metway studios in their adopted city of Brighton, before decamping to Street’s studio in West London to add the finishing touches.

    Initially the plan was to re-work a tranche of material from the early post-Sleeper period when the band found themselves holed up in George Michael’s North London Studio, recording demos for an unreleased album. But Wener soon  decided the material needed to be brand new.  

    ‘I wanted this album to reflect a moment in time,’ Wener says, “the songs and lyrics needed  to reflect who I am now and the world we find ourselves in. First single, Look at You Now is a protest song. Initially it seems like it’s referencing our comeback, but it’s a howl for the politically homeless, in a landscape where reasoned debate has given way to vitriol. Musically we looked to fuse childhood 80s sonics with the quiet menace of a John Carpenter soundtrack.” In The Sun Also Rises Wener offers hope and positivity after personal loss, the music combining elements of 5th Dimension and The Happy Mondays, to give the record its most uplifting moment.

    ALBUM TRACKLIST:
    1.  Paradise Waiting
    2.  Look At You Now
    3.  The Sun Also Rises
    4.  Dig
    5.  The Modern Age
    6.  Cellophane
    7.  Car Into The Sea
    8.  Blue Like You
    9.  More Than I Do
    10. Big Black Sun

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  • FOUR TET! Sells Out Enmore Theatre Sydney Show in under 50 Minutes!

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    With his 2018 London shows selling 19,000+ tickets in less than two hours and his entire US tour selling out in just one day, Feel Presents are proud as punch to announce a one-off Australian show for pioneering UK electronic artist Four Tet. (UPDATE: All tickets SOLD OUT in under an hour).



    Four Tet a/k/a Kieran Hebden will perform ‘In The Round’ on the dance floor of Sydney’s iconic Enmore Theatre - a first for the theatre and an Australian first for Four Tet. 



    "For the first fifteen minutes of the show, we are walking on clouds. The music is pretty, rich, drifting. Then he drops the bass. This passive, dignify crowd leaps to its feet and the Opera House becomes a festival crowd, hollering for the peaks.” - Vice Magazine



    Four Tet – "Morning Side" (Live at Sydney Opera House)



    Tickets for the essential one-off appearance will go on-sale 7:00am sharp Friday March 1st. No pre-sale, no ballot, first in first served. See you there!



    Tickets: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=FOURTET19



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  • “Stop The World”, the new single from Dallas pianist Emmeline, rages with determination to rise out from the dark hollows of life before the loss of hope caves in. The single cathartically speaks to those feeling overpowered by life’s demons and reclaims complete control. “Stop The World” symbolizes both defeat and conquest, like a phoenix rising from the ashes. The track combines deep, descending bass lines with vivacious piano and electric guitar melodies. The single is from Emmeline’s upcoming album, RISE, which will be released March 15.

    “Stop The World” does not merely settle for survival, but dares to reach for a greater purpose as Emmeline emphasizes the power of choice. The single is sympathetic, yet fully charged with self-sufficiency. Emmeline’s spirited vocals stretch across the track like an arrow grips the strings of a bow, poised to strike its target. Electric guitars propel the song forward with similar precision. Layered vocals call out in the chorus, elevating the moment to the highest peak of sovereignty. Fervent percussion and piano accompany the vocals on an uphill climb. “Stop The World” understands that life’s incessant curveballs don’t mean a home run isn’t possible.

    Each song on RISE sings with its own distinct voice. The discoveries are endless, and the listener hears different stories each time a track is explored. Extensive production sets the album apart from Emmeline’s previous releases. Like “Stop The World” the instrumentation on the album builds and grows with an outpouring of emotions in times where one feels like they are truly being tested by the world. Five years in the making, RISE wasn’t completed without hindrance. Finishing the album felt like spraining an ankle in the last seconds of the race and limping determinedly towards the finish line. This perseverance permeates every track and ultimately inspired the album’s title. Emmeline states, “This record is about getting past your pain by working through it and realizing that there is so much joy on the other side.”

     

    RISE Track Listing

    1. Empire
    2. If You Can’t Love Me
    3. Rapunzel
    4. Superheroes
    5. Orlando
    6. Reasons
    7. On Your Side
    8. Stop The World
    9. Lead With The Hands
    10. I Will Wait
    11. Something More

     

    About Emmeline

    Emmeline is a singer-songwriter from Dallas, Texas who began her career as a pianist at age four. Her extensive classical training is what has her acclaimed as a "piano-centered Joni Mitchell" by Dallas's revered Ghost of Blind Lemon. Having honed her live skills in venues such as Dallas’s legendary Opening Bell Coffee, and the House of Blues, Emmeline has developed a stage presence as intimate and personal as the stories told in her musical repertoire. Consisting of four EPs, Early Morning Hours (2010), Someone to Be (2011), Ramblings and Rarities: The Live EP (2012), Beautiful Scars (2013,) and her upcoming album, RISE, out March 2019, Emmeline writes or co-writes every song under her name.

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  • "It Stays," the new single from London-based dream pop solo act, Dream Reporter, has been included in PopMatters' most recent edition of their "Brits in Hot Weather" feature. This feature showcases five different songs from British artists, and you can see Dream Reporter alongside four other artists by clicking here.

    Just in time for the Brit awards, Dream Reporter is being celebrated for her lush, dreamy sound and sits alongside four other female artists. PopMatters describes them all as "brilliant". 

    "On "It Stays" she creates a track that envelopes the listener in a glorious, dark shroud of haunting, atmospheric electronics." - Paul Carr, PopMatters

    Dream Reporter peeks its head behind every corner, both observing and creating a beautifully chilling atmosphere. Paul Carr describes the scene...

    "'It Stays' is an experience akin to finding yourself in a long, dark corridor, frantically opening doors that only seem to lead back to the same place."

     

    To hear more of Dream Reporter's hypnotic sound, be sure to follow her on Spotify, Facebook and Twitter!

     

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  • "It Stays," the new single from London-based dream pop solo act, Dream Reporter, has been included in PopMatters' most recent edition of their "Brits in Hot Weather" feature. This feature showcases five different songs from British artists, and you can see Dream Reporter alongside four other artists by clicking here.

    Just in time for the Brit awards, Dream Reporter is being celebrated for her lush, dreamy sound and sits alongside four other female artists. PopMatters describes them all as "brilliant". 

    "On "It Stays" she creates a track that envelopes the listener in a glorious, dark shroud of haunting, atmospheric electronics." - Paul Carr, PopMatters

    Dream Reporter peeks its head behind every corner, both observing and creating a beautifully chilling atmosphere. Paul Carr describes the scene...

    "'It Stays' is an experience akin to finding yourself in a long, dark corridor, frantically opening doors that only seem to lead back to the same place."

     

    To hear more of Dream Reporter's hypnotic sound, be sure to follow her on Spotify, Facebook and Twitter!

     

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  • The new single from Americana duo Silver Lake 66, about a well-worn heart and a broken relationship, is a modern take on California country, inspired by the ‘60s Bakersfield sound and performed by a stripped-down, just-the-facts backing band. Straight from the heart, Maria Francis sings about a hopeful love that doesn’t stop in spite of past mistakes and pain. The pedal steel guitar soars with an edgy telecaster adding fuel that makes the song go down like a smooth shot of bourbon. "Ragged Heart" is the second single and title track of Silver Lake 66’s latest album, and is available on all streaming platforms on February 25.

    "Ragged Heart" was inspired by the life of the late singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt and his struggles with addiction and mental health issues. Maria Francis, who sings the song, wrote it after watching a documentary on his troubled, turbulent life and those who loved him. In this song, the estranged couple is still in love but struggling. Moving forward means forgiving the pain of the past and letting go. In between the pedal steel fills, a 12-string guitar jangles while a telecaster barks, and the rhythm section provides the heartbeat to create a simple backdrop for that classic Americana twang that embodies love and loss.

    Silver Lake 66 is Maria Francis and Jeff Overbo, who weave classic country, folk, and blues throughout their music. To that, they add a cross-country sojourn and a double-lifetime’s worth of real-world experience that flavors their work. On their new album, Ragged Heart, rich, impeccable harmonies and bold guitar playing are a common thread, tying together a heart that is ragged around the edges but still beating strong. With Ragged Heart, Maria and Jeff continue to give us the truth of their experience through their music.


    Ragged Heart Track Listing

    1. Blue Earth County
    2. Ragged Heart
    3. Broken
    4. Faded Tattoo
    5. Tender
    6. Check Out to Cash
    7. Hard Thing to Do
    8. Like a River
    9. Broken Dreams and Cigarettes
    10. Such a Mess

     

    About Silver Lake 66

    Maria Francis and Jeff Overbo define modern Americana as Silver Lake 66. With an amalgamation of classic country, folk and blues, their songs have been hailed by numerous publications and radio stations. For nearly a decade through the 1990s, Francis and Overbo called Los Angeles their home. During that time, they fronted a band called The Ruby Trees. As The Ruby Trees, the couple performed in a slew of local LA clubs, which includes appearances at Ronnie Mack’s Barn Dance at The World-Famous Palomino Club. During this time, they also contributed a song to A Town South of Bakersfield, Volume 3 (Restless). They joined industry veterans Dale Watson, The Hellecasters and Harry Dean Stanton on the release. Silver Lake 66 was born after a musical hiatus and a move to Portland. The couple connected with like-minded Portland musicians who helped provide inspiration to get back into music. Silver Lake 66’s debut album, Let Go or be Dragged (2016) has been featured in The Huffington Post, No Depression, and For Folk’s Sake. Their upcoming album, Ragged Heart, is out April 2019.

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  • Silver Lake 66 brings the Americana spirit to Portland with their classic country sound and a bit of attitude. The Bluegrass Situation has premiered their newest single, "Ragged Heart", which you can read here!

     

    Be sure to follow Silver Lake 66 on Spotify and Soundcloud so you can stream "Ragged Heart" when it officially releases on February 25. Catch up with Silver Lake 66 on Facebook and Twitter!

     

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