Jumping on stages across Australia since 2014, HURST have been winning over strangers with their brand of butt shaking, foot stomping rock. In their few years, the bands energetic and engaging live act has seen them showcase at Australian Music Week, rock on festival stages, and share bills with Kingswood, and Fuel (USA).
HURST have released three singles, “Whine”, “Tom”, and “All My Friends (Are Liars)”, ambushing community airwaves, and scoring airplay on Triple J, Triple J Unearthed, Triple M, Rebel FM, 4ZZZ and more.
Fans of post-punk are set to fall for their anthem “Rattle Kids”, aka the next addition to your summer playlist. Dabbling with pop melody mixed with nostalgia, “Rattle Kids” channels the feelings about the unhinging and release of falling in love, reclaiming youth, owning life and not giving a damn - all things that don’t have to end as you grow up.
“Love hearing this new crop of rock bands who're proudly wearing their influences from Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Paramore on their sleeves. This has a searing stack of energy and it whomps you with that chorus.” – Dave Ruby Howe, Triple J Unearthed. HURST grew up in deep Western Suburbs of Sydney and are cool with that.
James Bennet is an Alternative Roots/ Folk artist from Newcastle NSW.
No stranger to playing live, James incorporates six & twelve string guitars, Weissenborn lap steel, stomp box & harmonica into his performances & has been playing to audiences across the East Coast of Australia for the last seven years. He has supported for much loved Australian artists such as Diesel, Wendy Matthews, Ian Moss, The Black Sorrows, Rick Price & Dan Sultan.
James is an unsigned independent artist with a true passion for what he does that has to be witnessed to be believed. This show is part of James’s 2018 Tour playing 70 dates across Australia’s east coast including QLD, NSW, TAS & VIC.
Steve Tyssen - New album 'You're Gonna Feel It In The Winter' out May 11.
Although best known as a drummer (currently for hip-hop duo Deathbeat), Steve Tyssen's obsession with songwriting has led him to release an EP and four solo records - (the fourth full-length 'You're Gonna Feel It In The Winter' will be out on May 11th.
All ten of the new songs were written in ten days during his time recently spent in Portland and Seattle, and were quickly recorded and produced by Julian Schweitzer (Greenthief/Deathbeat) upon returning to Australia.
Having toured extensively throughout Australia, Europe, North and South America both solo and in various projects - Steve's travels and experiences have merged with his various music influences to create a truly unique sound which can be best described as alternative folk.
David Western’s bashful and winsome sensibility has fooled many. An explorer of personal space, soaring downcast rock and dimly lit folk tunes, he’s an old soul that writes with purpose - observing the norm and turning things inside out.
Performing unheard songs years in the making that sound one way and make you feel another, a provoked curiosity and lasting fascination is undeniable.
Raised in rural Australia, Teresa Duffy-Richards writes simple songs reflective of past and modern life via the means of long steeped folk music traditions. She draws on traditional music, classic 20th century folk, country, rock n roll and rhythm and blues troubadours among other things.
Gypsy Swing played by Melbourne's most recently constructed Manouche ensemble "Viper's Dream Swing Team."
Put together by local chromatic harmonica player Chris Maunders, the group's stella lineup of musicians have a unique blend of instrumentation as they bounce through energetic tunes from the 20's and 30's, the perfect sound to sink some early evening beverages to!
A celebration of the music of Scott Walker, performed by some of Australia's most exciting songwriters.
This special one off show will see each artist perform two Scott Walker songs from his incredible back catalogue. A crack team of backing musicians has been assembled to create a house band that will provide the foundations for each interpretation. The choice of songs have been left up to each performer and are a reflection of the influence and sheer impact that Scott Walker has had upon us all. Come and celebrate the music of one of the most intriguing, complex, and un-compromising artists of the last 50 years.
Alex Lashlie (Closet Straights)
Kelly Day (Broads)
Marley Wynn (This Morning Night)
Tilly Perry (Life Drawing)
and The 30 Century Men:
Rob McDowell - keys
John Guscott - bass
Luke Brennan - drums
Steve Hensby is a multi-faceted musician, in terms of both talent and experience. For his debut solo album, however, he had some simple objectives in mind.
“I wanted a very honest sounding recording,” he notes. “Most tracks of everything, whether it is rhythm section, guitar, accordion or vocal, is first or second take. Lyrically, I wanted to make a positive record that's a bit daydreamy and musically I wanted to have everything thrown in… including the kitchen sink.”
The kitchen sink part might not be as simple as it sounds, but Hensby got it in there and then some, and rather tastefully at that. It’s why his first solo release is a double album, brimming with a variety of genres, moods, arrangements, covers and humour throughout. The first disc features his full band while the second disc is Hensby on his lonesome.
He's been called many things in his short life, such as the 'Gentleman of the Bush' , 'The kid from Bourke', 'Young William' and a few profanities. William is most at home when close to a river and surrounded by the plants and animals that bring life to this country. William sings about the stuff of life - of love gone wrong (and right), living on the road, and working in the sun, he does this with both his original works and through the words of others. For William, folk songs are the perfect coupling of his twin loves of history and story-telling. If heart touching (breaking) tales from the Appalachian mountains interest you, or the stories told through early Australian and American country music inspire you, then perhaps William Alexander is your man.
Joining William on the stage both to perform solo and to accompany Mr Alexander will be the fiddle playin' banjo pickin' gentleman from North Carolina, Jeremy Marcotte.
Emily Soon is fitted with an unmistakable voice and songwriting to contest. Spending a memorable part of the last year crafting her own stories of growing up, her lyrics will have you captivated far beyond a song’s end.
Emily briefly graced the stage in 2017 with the wonderfully multi-talented Alex The Astronaut, as support on her headlining tour.
Going forward, she says, “For me, it’s about the song. There’s something really special about one person pouring their heart out on stage to a quiet room. I’d like to do more of that”.
In her first show for 2018, she'll be returning to Some Velvet Morning with special guest, Mel Taylor.
Blending the ethereal soundscapes of indie-folk with the lighthearted clutter of surf-rock, Fool Child’s dreamy tones walk the tightrope between meaningful and playful. Think: Angus Stone vocals splattered on a Foals-inspired backdrop, frolicking around on stage akin to a troupe of trouble-makers. The four-piece are unashamed about their wide-range of influences and entice their listeners with this amalgamation of genre, alongside their raucous live show.
Eliza Hull has a fascinating life story, which is told, in part, through her upcoming EP ‘How We Disappeared’, due for release in June 2018. These five new songs were written by Eliza on her piano, and then taken into the studio and recorded live with a band in Melbourne, bringing the songs to life organically with producer Jono Steer. The first taste of the EP is the upcoming single ‘Hard Way’ - a raw, gritty and bold song about learning to move on from a toxic relationship, where someone was trying to change you. Eliza Hull is known for her stirring lyrics and haunting vocals, recently Eliza's music has developed into a rich soundscape of indie, pop tinged tracks, which showcase her development as a songwriter. Eliza’s debut album ’The Bones of Us’ was named ‘one of the most anticipated local records of 2015’ by Tone Deaf and received national airplay within Australia. This show will be the first chance to see Eliza’s forthcoming EP ‘How We Disappeared’ performed live with a full band.
Tom is an instrumentalist (guitar). He writes evocative tunes that blend folk and soundscape.
He is a former member of Melbourne band Folding For Air (Jenny Hval) and current member of Victorian Goldfields band The Winter Berries.
Their music is mesmerising, cinematic and uplifting, with intertwining harmonies by Sarah McMaster and George Williams and intricate guitar by Tom McGowan. Originally from Melbourne they now live and write in the Central Goldfields, songs about places and people that humans love and androids don't.
Tuesday in April* with Kate Lucas (Coda Chroma) and Natalie Lewis playing unadorned, bare-faced versions of songs from Kate’s vast catalogue.
The first follow up to a successful Premiere last year at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival to great acclaim, Hue plays music along to conversations, sometimes making up new conversations along the way.
A little like watching a You Tube video in your own bedroom but in Some Velvet Morning instead.
Pauline, Trump, Samantha Ratnam, Martin Luther King Jr and many more.
Solo Piano and Speeches on Laptop - Hue Blanes
Faulty Circles are a duo consisting of Huw Charles-Walsh (Drums), and Kyle Muir (Guitar). They have been living together for the past couple of years playing, writing and exploring music together. Their imrovised shapeshifting music ranges from the sounds of Albert Ayler and Sun Ra to Captain Beefheart and pretty much anywhere between.
Tuesday in April* with Kate Lucas (Coda Chroma) and Natalie Lewis playing unadorned, bare-faced versions of songs from Kate’s vast catalogue.
Turbo plays lusciously haunting piano art. Thoughtful & spacious, she gently stirs a cauldron of classical-infused antifolk & poetic piano pop. Turbo’s brew is potent, her storytelling captivating, & leaves audiences drunk on song.
With a relaxed confidence and a natural instinct for entertainment, her voice brings to mind swinging Jazz sirens of days gone by with a quirky Joni Mitchell-like lilt and fearless spirit. Nitida’s infectious personality and warmth instantly removes the barrier between performer and audience and allows her sweet vocal control and innate sense of phrasing to shine.
City of Union is Matthew Campbell, a twenty something-year-old from Missouri, who grew up listening to The Beach Boys and singing in classic rock cover bands. But it wasn’t until he reinvented himself, as a young man living in Wellington, New Zealand that he became known as City of Union. Call him a solo artist in the vein of Beck, and also a performer whose honest tone pulls on your heart strings, as if he were Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam.
James Reardon is Melbourne singer-songwriter with new single, Fallen Mango available now
"There's a movie soundtrack feel to Luke Elliot's songs, the sort of widescreen storytelling you might find in a Sergio Leone tale with lonesome cowboys and the fight for survival in a harsh land" - THE AGE
"[Dressed For The Occasion] variously recalls Nick Cave, Tex Perkins, Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley both in vocal style and songcraft" - THE COURIER MAIL
"Dressed for the Occasion is one of those albums so striking and substantial that one can’t help but believe that future stardom is all but assured. A powerful presence, possessing both finesse and fury, Luke Elliot is an artist for all occasions." - NO DEPRESSION
2017 saw New Jersey born and bred singer/songwriter Luke Elliot release his debut album, Dressed for the Occasion to great acclaim in Australia. As well as touring internationally, the album produced by John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr.) saw Luke Elliot perform on Good Day New York and Paste Magazine which helped catapult his stardom to new heights. Elliot now returns with new single "Let It Rain On Me" and the announcement of his debut Australian Tour.
Playing alongside Deer Tick, The Murlocs and Angel Olsen at Boogie Festival, Australia can finally get a taste of the dark, enthralling storytelling that has made him a household name overseas. Luke Elliot will be showcasing his new album at headline shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane with Melbourne's Ben Mastwyk supporting.
Though he'd never been out of the USA - or even owned a passport –in 2016, Elliot found himself spending a whirlwind two years in Europe, embarking on sold-out tours, performing to thousands of new fans, appearing on major European TV shows, and drawing the praise of the European press. Germany's version of Rolling Stone wrote, "Luke Elliot's style is timeless, his songs tell stories and comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, or Tom Waits are therefore not uncommon."
Elliot's penchant for storytelling and fascination with topics a bit out-of-the norm is front-and-center on the debut album, and match the songwriter's rather unique trajectory. Signing with former Rihanna manager Christa Shaub lead to a chance meeting with an influential Norwegian journalist that would send his career on the fast-track. Elliot was soon signed to Norway's Indie Recordings, which released Dressed for the Occasion in 2016 throughout Europe. The album quickly made it to #7 Norway's iTunes chart. In 2017, Elliot signed to US label, Jullian Records and released Dressed for the Occasionworldwide.
Kerryn Fields is debuting her wild new band 'The Jimmie Deans' at Some Velvet Morning in March, bringing their sweet harmonies and razor sharp banter to Melbourne's favourite live music venue.
'Truly one of Melbourne's great voices' - Tim Thorpe, RRRFM
Winner of Melbourne’s Best Busker 2010-2012, the 5-foot-tall feisty guitarist, poignant pianist, blues harmonica squawker, and recovering chocoholic Jenny Biddle has just released her SIXTH album “Wild & Free”. Swaying between lyrically reflective to endearingly amusing, witty stage banter make for an electrifying live show. The striking female guitarist has hosted workshops at festivals throughout Australia. Now based in Scotland, she continues to tour internationally while practising the art of making a woodfire stove with wet wood.