NEW MUSIC: Route 33 ‘Last First Kiss’

Following the recent announcement of their appearance on the Telstra #LIVEANDLOUD event at Tamworth Country Music Festival in January, Route 33 drop their single ‘Last First Kiss’. The Queensland boys also confirm the release date of their debut The Switch on Friday February 17th 2017. ‘The Last First Kiss’ is available as an instant gratitude track when fans pre-order The Switch on iTunes. The idea for ‘Last First Kiss’ was of young/first time love that lead vocalist and keyboard player Trent McArdle was working on but found himself struggling with the theme for the song for quite a while.  Trent says, “It wasn’t until we were at a wedding, when the groom said in his speech ‘who would have thought that kiss on that night would be my last first kiss’.  It was this line that grabbed my attention and helped me create the ‘hook’ that eventually set the theme to the song.  The lyrics quickly took shape from there and it didn’t take long at all to throw together this fun upbeat tune.” ‘Last First Kiss’ is the first video clip either of the boys have been involved with. Filmed in Yandina, a small laid back town behind Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.  Guitarist Jock Barnes says, “We knew the location well, as Coolum Beach is where Trent spent most of his childhood growing up.  The night time filming was shot at Yandina Station, a very popular wedding venue on the Sunshine Coast and a location that we have played at many times in the past.” Produced by Josh Favaloro a talented cinematographer made the duo very comfortable on what was an extremely foreign experience for both Especially for Trent, who is not a fan of the lime light. Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Route 33 ‘Last First Kiss’

NEW MUSIC: Small Feet ‘Liar Behind The Sun’

It seems baffling that a songwriter as adept as Stockholm’s Simon Stålhamre, the gentleman behind Small Feet, only released his debut From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean last year. Things apparently don’t get finished when one’s interest is always sprinting to the next experiment, and Stålhamre’s stumble towards discovery began around the time he was 15, when he decided to quit school. Though he was – and remains – possessed of a natural intelligence and a gift for music, he was also shuffling a pack of demons that provoked an increasingly reclusive lifestyle. So, instead of attending school, he employed TV as his academic mentor – learning English from the American shows that dominated his small country’s schedules – while, all the time, building up a catalogue of songs.

After years of writing songs for himself and keeping tapes stored in a closet in his parents’ home, Stålhamre connected with ex-pat American Jacob Snavely and drummer Christopher Cantillo to form Small Feet.  The band recorded their debut From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean in a home studio located in one of a cluster of historically protected, 18th century cabins on Södermalm, an island in central Stockholm. Owned by the government, the cabins are leased to artists in a typically Swedish gesture of social democracy, and Stålhamre’s uncle passed his contract on to his musical nephew. Just like his predecessor, Stålhamre calls it Kvastis – a contraction of its original name, Kvastmakartrapan, which refers to the broom makers who once occupied the cabins – and converted the humble building into a recording studio.

Released in 2015 on Barsuk Records the album received rave reviews and the band toured both Europe and the United States. While working on their follow-up (to be released in early 2017) the band revisited a few unfinished gems from the From Far Enough Away.. sessions to bring us the Dreaming The Dream EP.

Like Jason Molina, Stålhamre has a voice that can swim out of a sinking heart. His emotional subtlety calls upon the dry humour of Bill Callahan, and there’s a buoyancy to his language that floats his warm tenor, while at the same time allowing him to echo Daniel Johnston’s inspired innocence.   Tracks like the opener “Hymn”, which comes in at barely over a minute, show Stålhamre’s ability to state a simple beautiful truth with stunning minimalism.  While “A Winter Coat On Bare Bones” could have very well been a recently discovered Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere outtake.

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NEW MUSIC: Bry ‘You’re Alright’

‘You’re Alright’ is the second track from Bry’s eagerly awaited eponymous album. Following a sold out European tour supporting Twenty One Pilots, the debut album has now been released. Bry will also be going on tour in the UK next February, with a handful of Irish dates scheduled for December 2016 – Tickets on sale at www.bryontour.com

Bry’s story begins in down at heel Dublin pubs and clubs where he performed in a succession of bands before taking a notion to travel to every single country in the world. Setting up a YouTube channel (BriBryontour) to let family and friends know how he was getting on his travels, one late night abroad he uploaded a video of himself playing one of his own songs and everything changed.

Hundreds, then thousands, then hundreds of thousands new subscribers tuned in to hear his music. Forging a very real connection with his followers through personalised videos, Question and Answer web chats and specially curated online sessions, his confidence grew and his repertoire expanded.

The inaugural album from Bry is available to download and stream now.

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