What's Happening in April

Thursday, 09 Apr 2015

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Congratulations to all our WA APRA AMCOS members who featured in the recently announced WAM Song of the Year 2014 Awards. A big winner on the night was young electronic artist KUČKA. Taking out three awards including the major Grand Prize for her single Unconditional, it is sure to be an exciting 2015 for KUČKA.

The awards are judged by a panel of independent judges from across the music industry and cover a wide variety of music genres. The awards are presented by West Australian Music (WAM) the peak music body for the state, and are held annually  to celebrate West Australian songwriting.

WAM CEO Mike Harris commented, “WAM’s Song Of The Year competition is a standout event on WA’s music calendar, recognising the best songs and songwriters from the previous year. Judged independently by the music industry, the range and quality of submissions this year is a terrific testament to the depth and diversity of WA music… Thanks also to Song Of The Year’s key presenting partners RAC, Alberts, APRA AMCOS and City Of Fremantle.”

Check out all the winners and special playlist of the Song of the Year finalists: Winners and playlists


Aron Ottignon's new video clip is now online. Ottignon teams up with Yvo Sprey, Dutch graphic & sound designer, to capture impromptu performances of Waterfalls Piano piece, taken during time off his busy Woodkid tour. They hunted down over 40 pianos starting in the dark seedy bars of Amsterdam to catching a house boat on the London River Thames, a Eurostar back to Paris then up north to Berlin.

‘Waterfalls In Tanzania’ is the first track from his upcoming EP - Starfish releasing on April 15th, in collaboration with the talented Berlin based NZ producer/DJ Rodi Kirk. The sampled voices are the Children of the Tanzanian Wagogo Tribe recorded by Polo Vallejo who spent almost 20 years with the Wagogo people, transcribing, analysing & writing down their musical heritage in several works yet to be released.





The UK sounding, Melbourne loving, Sydney based, musical outlet of Sunshine Coast singer and songwriter Jordan Sturdee returns to begin 2015 with a new single. Out from relative hiding, after months of writing and collecting of thoughts, Battleships is ready to show off its first offering in quite a while.
‘In Time’ follows on from successful and critically acclaimed past releases; ‘In Retrospect’ (2012), ‘Your Words’ (2012), ‘Coming Back to You’ (2012), To You (EP –2012), ‘As You’d Begun’ (2013), ‘Take Your Rest’ (2013), and ‘You Can’t Change It’ (2014).
Boasting some fantastic music to its name already, Battleships extends on the exploration of the emotive and powerful. Drawing on thoughtful lyrics, delicate tones and expressive instrumentation, Battleships seeks to relate, convey and understand life, making music that will hopefully mean something amongst the white noise of our world.
2015 appears to be a big year, lookout for shows, festivals slots and an EP release looming. 

Watch Battleships ‘In Time’ Music Video.




The Bon Scotts' new single ‘Summer Tapes’, the second from their latest album Modern Capitalism Gets Things Done, is a nostalgic look at one particular summer. A summer of making mix tapes from songs stolen from the radio, drinking and falling in love for the first time, and most importantly, dreaming without the reality of tomorrow.

The song, recorded at Cubcave Studios, feels as rowdy as the time it remembers; a time full of contradiction, shouting, mischief and mistakes. Cowbells, trumpets, mandolins, saucepan smashing and guitar strumming are just a few elements within the third instalment from Melbourne septet The Bon Scotts.

The album is a mix of clattering, horn-blowing vibrations that has settled the album nicely amongst the forefront of the folk pop revival. The Bon Scotts have certainly struck the right chord with this album. Modern Capitalism Gets Things Done captures the bands’ distinct but somewhat quirky sound. Its alluring instrumentation and thumping drums keep on giving and with melodies so catchy they will have you singing along before the album ends.

The Bon Scotts are firmly at the vanguard of the folk revival, having absorbed traditional folk and elegantly bastardised it with stories and unceremonious sounds. Their distinct vibe, dazzling instrumentation, and undeniably wicked hooks take you from booming drums and foot stomping sing-alongs, to the whisper-like quiver of the violin. 

Stream the single here




Captivating singer-songwriter Casey Barnes has released his latest single ‘Hard Times’, which he penned with good friend and songwriting partner Rick Price.

The song was recorded last year in Nashville and mixed by Grammy Award winner Jason Lehning. Hard Times is out now on iTunes and is already gaining a positive response around the country with Casey performing it live on The Morning Show recently.

You can view the performance and interview here

Buy it on iTunes 

Casey has continued to go from strength to strength with a recent special guest appearance as support to US superstar Mariah Carey for A Day on the Green. Definitely a career highlight to date Casey explains ‘If someone had told me at the start of my career that I would get to open for the highest selling female artist of all time I would have most likely laughed in their face…..Supporting Mariah Carey I would say is by far one of my greatest achievements to date and an experience I’ll never forget. Such an amazing day and so thankful for the opportunity’.

Casey continues to dominate the Australian music festival circuit with more major festivals in the pipeline for 2015 and it sees him as one of Australia’s premier performers with a career truly on the rise.




Evocative Melbourne folksters, Forest Falls have announced the release of their new single, ‘Hounds’ (out April 6), as well as their sophomore EP of the same name, set for release on May 1.  The six-piece will be celebrating with a Hounds EP tour involving a Wednesday night Workers Club residency in Melbourne through May kicking off May 6, moving through Geelong and Sydney, finishing off in Melbourne on May 27.

Recorded and produced alongside five-time ARIA award winning producer, Wayne Connolly (Paul Dempsey, Josh Pyke and Cloud Control) at Alberts Studio in Sydney, lead single ‘Hounds’ is driven by exquisite five-part harmonies and transformative, liberating saxophone solos.

Filmed in Melbourne by An Architect Photographed My Undies (Vance Joy, Pierce Brothers, Oscar Key Sung), the clip for Hounds is open to interpretation, following the story of a pair of passionate lovers, complemented by the song’s lyrics, their two voices ricochet off each other in the heat of the moment.

With a well-rounded show that will surprise and entertain, fans can expect thrilling five-part harmonies, captivating chants, memorable hooks and a performance bursting with integrity and heart that will leave you wanting more.

View the clip for ‘Hounds’





Sydney based indie pop outfit Francisco’s Fortune have just released their latest film clip for single ‘The Bells’, and have announced a run of East Coast tour dates to celebrate the release of their upcoming EP Sans Inhibitus. ‘The Bells’ has already been added to the ABC Rage playlist, as well as over 100 radio stations across Australia.

Francisco’s Fortune is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and singer, Manik Mayadunne, who began writing, performing and recording songs in his bedroom as a teenager, and continued to refine his art through university whilst honing his striking live show through countless performances locally and abroad.

Mayadunne recently teamed up with ARIA-nominated sound engineer and producer, Lachlan Mitchell, to record his debut EP at the luscious Jungle Studios in Sydney. Francisco’s Fortune captured hearts and minds along the East Coast in late 2014 with a run of dates and are preparing to grace stages once more with their outstanding live show come May 2015.

‘The Bells’ is available for download on iTunes and is taken from upcoming debut EP Sans Inhibitus, which is set to be released later in 2015. 




Having recently shared stages with BB King, Los Lobos and Kenny Wayne Shepherd in the US, talented Melbourne blues/rock guitarist and prolific songwriter, Hamish Anderson has just recently finished up a run of SXSW Music Festival shows in Austin, Texas plus performances at the iconic Aussie BBQ Stubhub event.

Anderson was thrilled to be in on the SXSW action and was excited to be playing alongside his band for the festival comprised of veteran Austin talent, Johnny Radelat (drummer for Gary Clark Jr), John Branch (bassist for Spanish Gold) and Nate Basinger (organist for The Diplomats).

“For years I’ve been watching the emerging artists that play at SXSW and it was so great to be part of it this year,” said Anderson.  “It was an honour to represent Australia’s music scene abroad.”

Anderson is quickly becoming a fixture on the international circuit, having represented Australia with a number of showcases at last year’s CMJ Music Marathon in New York and will be following up his SXSW appearances this year with a number of additional shows in the US in May and June, followed by a showcase at Canadian Music Week also in May.

There’s also some exciting news for Aussie fans with a video for new single ‘Little Lies’ coming out in the next few months and a tour on home turf to follow later in 2015.





Following the success of his previous singles ‘When A Man's A Fool’ and ‘Red & Blue’, Harts’ newly released single, ‘Breakthrough’, has been added to Triple J rotation and was recently the most played track on Australian Alternative Radio.

‘Breakthrough’ is an up tempo, lyrically charged, edgy new rock track that contains everything we've come to expect from the one man music making machine. The Hendrix-esque guitar work and Prince-esque funk, coupled with lyrical themes of change, creates a powerful statement. As always, he wrote, recorded, played all the instruments and produced this track.

Harts has just wrapped up a local tour and played a couple of festival slots in support of the release but has further plans to tour USA and UK later in the year.

Watch Harts lyric video ‘Breakthrough’ on YouTube



After taking home the major prize in Bank of Melbourne’s Victorian music initiative, Melbourne Music Bank 2014, eclectic folk songstress, Héloise is set to release her winning single, ‘This Is Home’ on April 17.  Héloise will be launching her single at The Workers Club on Thursday April 30, supported by Julz Evans and Amber Isles.

‘This Is Home’ was inspired by Héloise’s journey as a musician leaving her homestate of Tasmania to move her life to the big city of Melbourne. Her organic and unfettered folk sound, alongside her unique, quirky vocals complement the lyrics that express the feeling of being a stranger in a new city.  “I absolutely love the creative culture in Melbourne and have been so inspired by this place I now call home,” she explains.

Off the back of her spot on the Falls Festival (VIC) line up and her winning performance at the Melbourne Music Bank finale (Melbourne Recital Centre), Héloise is keen to jump back on stage and show everyone what she’s been up to over the past few months.

Héloise is set to release her debut EP later this year.

View the clip for THIS IS HOME

Tickets to The Workers Club Melbourne show on April 30 are available now: get tickets here




Hockey Dad are excited to announce the release of their brand new single titled ‘Can’t Have Them’. Following on from the recent success of ‘I Need A Woman’, the track continues to highlight the band’s gritty but melodic brand of surf influenced rock. Fresh off the back of a national tour supporting DZ Deathrays, the band are also excited to announce they will be touring the east coast this coming June taking in headline shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Wollongong.
Click here to hear 'Can’t Have Them'
‘Can’t Have Them’ was recorded and mixed by Wade Keighran (The Scare, Wolf & Cub) and is out now digitally via Farmer & The Owl / Inertia before being released on vinyl as a AA side 7” in June.
It has been a big 12 months for Zach Stephenson (guitar/vocals) and Billy Fleming (drums). Their Tom Iansek (Big Scary, #1 Dads) produced single I Need A Woman’ saw the band achieving airplay on stations such as FBi Radio and Triple J, with the band eventually going on to win Triple J Unearthed awarding them a hotly contested slot on Falls Festival Byron Bay over the new year. This in addition to the band touring with the likes of DZ Deathrays,and Bad//Dreems has set the band up for a huge 2015.




Following on from 2013 Shards Of Glass, the new EP Only In Time unfurls a raw and organic verge of sincerity that lures you in with surreal and captivating euphonics. With classical and heavy blues-rock roots, Kiara's music has been profoundly inspired by artists like John Lennon, Sia and Pink Floyd.

Kiara Jack & the Jills, Gold Coast's emerging darling designer-of-melodiousness, are at the peak of their prowess. Don't turn a deaf ear to them. The elegant music clip for the leading single 'Makeshift Forest' was officially released on YouTube last month. 




‘The Rushing Dark’ is the first single from Lucie Thorne’s forthcoming album, Everything Sings Tonight. An exquisite collaboration between Thorne and her long time musical partner, legendary drummer Hamish Stuart, Everything Sings Tonight marks a bold and musically adventurous new direction for the pair.

The lead single, ‘The Rushing Dark’, features Thorne’s signature poetics and heartbreaking harmony, driven by the effortlessness of Stuart’s complex rhythms. Add to this the musical magic of heavy weight special guests Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown) and Chris Abrahams (The Necks), and you get a killer song.    

In the midst of a European tour late last year, Lucie and Hamish spent two days recording in Berlin. In this short time they recorded a body of work which traverses an expansive sonic palette; an album which chrysalises the pairs dynamic chemistry. With this at its core, Everything Sings Tonight also features cameo performances from Greg Brown, Dave Symes, Chris Parkinson, Pieta Brown and Tim Thorne. It’s a mighty ride.  

Purchase their single on iTunes

For upcoming tour details visit www.luciethorne.com and www.facebook.com/luciethorne.


Sydney based Surf Rock/Roots legends Mar Haze have just released their latest single ‘Here She Comes’, and are preparing for a run of tour dates across New South Wales.

Mar Haze recently teamed up with producer Ian Pritchett (The Beautiful Girls, Angus & Julia Stone, Boo Seeka) to capture the stunning new offering ‘Here She Comes’, which highlights their ability to craft a track reminiscent of soulful crooners from a time gone before.

Since forming, Mar Haze have enjoyed such honours as sharing the stage with the likes of Ash Grunwald, Bootleg Rascal and The Beautiful Girls, as well securing slots at Peats Ridge Festival, Festival Of The Sun & The Australian Surf Open. Mar Haze were received warmly by media outlets and fans throughout Australia with their debut EP Summer Sessions, achieving radio play from stations across the country. All the while developing a strong local following through relentless gigging, winning over hearts and minds with their infectious stage presence.

The lads from Sydney have since released their singles ‘Leave It To Me’ & ‘Free Rider’, which achieved airplay on over 200 stations throughout Australia and abroad. Both releases received positive reviews from blogs such as ToneDeaf, Vulture Magazine and Happy plus many more.

‘Here She Comes’ is available for download on iTunes.

See full run of tour dates at www.facebook.com/MarHazeBand.



Fresh off the back of a prestigious WA Music (WAM) Song Of The Year win last month, esteemed Perth alternative soul tunesmith and multi-instrumentalist, Morgan Bain has announced the release of his new single, ‘Why Don’t You Stay’, alongside a national tour. Kicking off on the main stage at West Coast Blues’N’Roots (Fremantle) on March 29, alongside two Perth shows in April, the tour will then move through Adelaide, Melbourne, Tasmania, Wollongong, Sydney, Newcastle and will finish up at Sydney Blues & Roots Festival (Windsor) on May 16.

Organ driven with rich and varied vocals, Bain’s self-described alternative moody soul sound is perfectly showcased in the new single, ‘Why Don’t You Stay’.  The track was recorded and produced at The Wastelands studio with ARIA award winning producer, Joel Quartermain.

With a song writing maturity well beyond his tender twenty years, Bain’s prolific songwriting talents have already been acknowledged on a global level several times this year, and a number of tracks off his latest EP, What You Believe (released mid 2014) are in this mix of accolades.

Working hard to make a name for himself and becoming known for his incredible vocals and live performances in his home state of WA, Bain is excited to take his show to a national audience. Hitting the road as a trio (guitar/keys/bass/drums), with funding from the WA Dept of Culture and The Arts, the tour will be “Jam-packed with alternative soul… it’s a pretty upbeat show, but does have light and shade.”

Further info on Morgan Bain’s ‘Why Don’t You Stay’ national tour is available from www.morganbain.com.au

Watch the video clip for: Why Don’t You Stay Listen: Why Don’t You Stay

Listen to the latest EP: What You Believe  Buy: What You Believe



Returning to the stage as a duo after performing a series of highly successful concerts on the east coast of USA last June, Phil Wiggins and Dom Turner join forces together again for Australian audiences to witness their unique blend of Piedmont, Delta, & Hill Country blues commencing with the Blue Mountains Folk Festival and ending with Bluesfest in Byron Bay throughout March and April.

America’s foremost harmonica virtuoso Phil Wiggins is no stranger to Australian shores nor to blues enthusiasts as he toured here extensively in the 1990s as one half of the Piedmont Blues duo Cephas & Wiggins tours that are now legendary in the minds of Australian blues enthusiasts. Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Dom Turner needs little introduction as one of this country’s most treasured blues icons, having played in the legendary blues act Backsliders for almost three decades.

The duo will be playing songs off their debut album entitled Owing The Devil A Day’s Work, due for Australian release to coincide with the tour, and available through Rocket Distribution and iTunes.

For full tour details go to: www.domturner.com.au/phil-wiggins-dom-turner



'Wrap Me in A Fever', the second single from Ruby Boots' forthcoming debut album Solitude, is built around a tender vocal from the song's writer and Ruby Boots' front woman Bex Chilcott. The gutsy redhead sounds like a woman teetering on the verge of falling apart, with her repeated plan to blame an absent lover for any ominous action looming on the horizon. This desperate - and classic - loneliness is balanced by an almost giddy rhythm capturing all the fresh lightheaded-ness of a heart that's newly in love. Heavenly sweeteners come in the form of backing vocals from Jill Chrisp and Richard Bradbeer, plus Joe Cope's organ and the playful steel of Lee Jones. Each component is instrumental in cleverly pulling the protagonist back to earth and ensuring the song strays nowhere near maudlin melodrama.
'Wrap Me In A Fever' was recorded in Melbourne's Sing Sing South with one of Australia's finest producers Anna Laverty and a slew of some of Australia's finest players including George Servanis (Mama Kin, Melbourne Ska Orchestra), Richard Bradbeer (New Gods, Eagle and The Worm), Joe Cope and Ben Blakeney.

Penned in her favourite cheap motel room in Newtown, Sydney, Chilcott says 'Wrap Me In A Fever' is a song that doesn't feel like its going to get old for her in a hurry.

The new single release follows the announcement of Ruby Boots' signing to label Lost Highway in January 2015, and is a masterful follow up track to the impassioned first single ‘Middle Of Nowhere’.

Ruby Boots debut album Solitude is out 24 April 2015 with tour dates to follow in mid May.



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