JULIA JACKLIN

Wednesday Jul 27, 2016

Doors open at 7pm

“These new lines on my face, spell out ‘girl pick up your pace’, if you want to stay true to what your younger self would do.”
–Motherland

Julia Jacklin thought she’d be a social worker.

Growing up in the Blue Mountains to a family of teachers, Jacklin discovered an avenue to art at the age of 10, thanks to an unlikely source: Britney Spears.

Jacklin chanced upon a documentary about the pop star while on family holiday. “By the time Britney was 12 she’d achieved a lot,” says Jacklin.”I remember thinking, ‘Shit, what have I done with my life? I haven’t achieved anything.’ So I was like, ‘Mum, as soon as we get home from this holiday I need to go to singing lessons.’

Classical singing lessons were the only kind in the area, but Jacklin took to it. Voice control was crucial, and Jacklin flourished. But the lack of expression had the teen seeking substance, and she wound up in a high school band, “wearing surf clothing and doing a lot of high jumps” singing Avril Lavigne and Evanescence covers. It wasn’t much but she was hooked.

Jacklin’s second epiphany came after high school. Travelling in South America she reconnected with high school friend and future foil Liz Hughes. The two returned home to the Blue Mountains and started a band, bonding over a love of indie­Appalachian folk trio Mountain Man and the songs Hughes was writing.

“I would just sing,” says Jacklin. “But as I got my confidence I started playing guitar and writing songs. I wouldn’t be doing music now if it wasn’t for Liz or that band. I never knew it was something I could do.”

Inspired, Jacklin began educating herself. From Fiona Apple she learned to be bold with words; from Anna Calvi, the cut and presence of electric guitar; and from Angel Olsen, that interpretation triumphs over technique. Now living in a garage in Glebe and working a day job on a factory production line making essential oils, the 25­year old found time to hone her craft – to examine her turns of phrase, to observe the stretching of her friendship circles, to wonder who she was and who she might become. That document is Jacklin’s masterful debut album, Don’t Let The Kids Win ­ an intimate examination of a life still being lived.

Recorded at New Zealand’s Sitting Room studios with Ben Edwards (Marlon Williams, Aldous
Harding, Nadia Reid), Don’t Let The Kids Win courses with the aching current of alt­country and indie­folk, augmented by Jacklin’s undeniable calling cards: her rich, distinctive voice, and her playful, observational wit.

You can hear it in opener ‘Pool Party’, a gorgeous lilt bristling with Jacklin’s tale of substance abuse by the pool; in the sparse, ‘Elizabeth’, wrestling with both devotion and admonishment of a friend; in detailing the slow­motion banality of a relationship breakdown in the woozy ‘L.A Dreams’; and in her resolve to accept the passing of time on the snappy fuzz of ‘Coming Of Age’. The album hums with peripheral insights, minute in their moments but together proving an urge to stay curious.

“I thought it was going to be a heartbreak record,” says Jacklin of Don’t Let The Kids Win. “But in hindsight I see it’s about hitting 24 and thinking, ‘What the fuck am I doing?’ I was feeling very nostalgic for my youth. When I was growing up I was so ambitious: I’m going to be this amazing social worker, save the world, a great musician, fit, an amazing writer. Then you get to mid­20s and you realise you have to focus on one thing. Even if it doesn’t pay­off, or you feel embarrassed at family occasions because you’re the poor musician still, that’s the decision I made.”

In person Jacklin is funny, wry, quick to crack a joke. It makes the blunt honesty and prickly insight laced through her songwriting disarming, a dissonance she delights in. “Especially coming from my family,” says Jacklin. “They don’t talk about feelings at all. I love writing songs about them and watching them listen and squirm. To me that’s great. I enjoy it.”

The title track was the last song Jacklin wrote for the album. “My sister’s getting married soon,” she says of the closer. “And it hit me – we used to be two young girls and now that part of our lives is over. Seeing her talking about wanting to have a baby and…it’s like, man I can’t believe we’re already here.”

Don’t mistake this awareness for nostalgia. “It’s not that I want to go back to that time at all,” says Jacklin. “It’s trying to figure out how to be responsible when you don’t identify with who you were anymore.”

“All my friends at this age are freaking out. Everyone’s constantly talking about being old. “Don’t Let The Kids Win” is saying yeah we’re getting older but it’s not so special. It’s not unique. Everyone has dealt with this and it’s going to keep feeling weird. So I’m freaking out about it too but that song is trying to convince myself: let’s live now and just be old when we’re old.”

Supported by Middle Kids & Alex L’Estrange

Tickets here.

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GREENTHIEF

Friday Jul 29, 2016

Doors open at 7pm

Melbourne’s Greenthief are excited to announce the release of their brand new album ‘Tremors’. The album showcases Greenthief’s unique take on psych rock that has enchanted audiences across Australia and more recently Europe. ‘Tremors’ takes the listener on a journey drawing influences from the likes of Queens of The Stone Age and Pink Floyd.

The band will also be embarking on a national tour taking their heavy hitting psych rock to Hobart, Melbourne, Warrnambool, Adelaide, Perth, Bunbury, Ballarat, Geelong, Brisbane, Noosa and Sydney.

Greenthief evoke an intrepid honesty and intensity in their sound that nods lustily at bands such as Radiohead and Fuzz in a boiling pot of musical vices.’ -Happy Music Blog

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VULTURE CIRCUS

Saturday Jul 30, 2016

Doors at 7pm

Vulture Circus are returning after a lengthy break with the release of two new singles ‘Burlington’ and ‘What Is It like To Be Alone?’. The band will be playing their 3rd show of the year at Black Bear Lodge on the 30th of July.

Vulture Circus will be joined on the night by Vacations (Newcastle) and Ultra Material.

FREE ENTRY | 30th of July | BLACK BEAR LODGE

Free!

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HOLLIE SMITH

Sunday Jul 31, 2016

Doors open 7pm

Powerhouse soul singer Hollie Smith visits Australia for a series of intimate shows performing songs from her new album “Water Or Gold” set for release in Australia June 17, and also will perform songs from her back catalogue including the hit “Bathe In The River” which launched her into stardom and then iconic status in her home country.

With performances around the world under her belt including the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival in 2014, where a reviewer described her performance as “…powerhouse performance captivated thousands” (Jazz Times), this will be a show not to miss.

Water Or Gold” hit #1 in New Zealand in April 2016 receiving rave reviews, and Australian audiences will get to see why this artist and album is so special.

www.holliesmith.co.nz

Listen to Water or Gold

Tickets available through OZTIX

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VOIID

Thursday Aug 04, 2016

Open at 7pm

Voiid, is a 4 piece all girl garage punk band who’s here to bring people a tasty serve of thrashed musical sounds ensured to annoy the heck out of the neighbours. With a heavy interest in the power that females can bring to rock and roll, Voiid aim to create an empowering atmosphere as well as music that is great to make out to, cry to, skate to and guaranteed to hit the g spot in your brain. 

https://soundcloud.com/voiid-455317937 

Dangerpenny is a 4 piece merged together to generate an overwhelming breed of alternative music that embodies rage, rebellion, love and passion. Taking the spirit of the 90s under their wings, Dangerpenny is a rising menace that is determined to drive the modern music scene to its limits.

https://soundcloud.com/dangerpenny/tracks 

Beat around the bush are four fellas who feign good times and playing music. 

https://www.facebook.com/beataroundthebushband/ 

$10 entry on the door

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HEY GERONIMO – CRASHING INTO THE SUN ALBUM TOUR

Friday Aug 05, 2016

Doors open 7pm

Brisbane outfit Hey Geronimo are set to give live music fans their first chance to hear the explosion of music from their debut album, ‘Crashing Into The Sun’ out 1st July 2016.

The short run of four live shows follows over fifty thousand views online and strong radio support across triple j for the album’s debut track, “Boredom”:

Since forming in Brisbane’s burgeoning indie scene, Hey Geronimo has developed the reputation of having a formidable live show. As UK tastemaker magazine, Record of the Day said of their 2016 BIGSOUND performance, “They deliver their live set of razor-sharp pop with an instantly engaging get on board, or get out of they way attitude.”

Lead singer and guitarist, Pete Kilroy says, “As music fans ourselves, there’s nothing we dig more than seeing a band playing new songs live and really nailing the performance. Hopefully, that feeling is something people will experience during this set of shows.”

The run of shows also marks the debut tour for the band’s newest member, Sydney’s pop-wizard Pluto Jonze, who has now permanently joined the group on keys.

Audiences should expect a dizzying night of warped rock when Hey Geronimo hit the stage. New album tracks are intertwined with previous stand-out hits including, Lazer Gun Show and Carbon Affair, in a set which is guaranteed to work up a sweat and leave live music fans wanting more.

Further details and ticketing information are available at www.heygeronimo.com

HEY GERONIMO plays BLACK BEAR LODGE Friday 5th August

 

PRESALE TICKETS AVAILABLE !! HERE !!

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HEY GERONIMO

Friday Aug 05, 2016

Doors at 7pm

Brisbane outfit Hey Geronimo are set to give live music fans their first chance to hear the explosion of music from their debut album, ‘Crashing Into The Sun’ out 1st July 2016.

 

The short run of four live shows follows over fifty thousand views online and strong radio support across triple j for the album’s debut track, “Boredom”.

 

Since forming in Brisbane’s burgeoning indie scene, Hey Geronimo has developed the reputation of having a formidable live show. As UK tastemaker magazine, Record of the Day said of their 2016 BIGSOUND performance, “They deliver their live set of razor-sharp pop with an instantly engaging get on board, or get out of they way attitude.”

 

Lead singer and guitarist, Pete Kilroy says, “As music fans ourselves, there’s nothing we dig more than seeing a band playing new songs live and really nailing the performance. Hopefully, that feeling is something people will experience during this set of shows.”

 

The run of shows also marks the debut tour for the band’s newest member, Sydney’s pop-wizard Pluto Jonze, who has now permanently joined the group on keys.

 

Audiences should expect a dizzying night of warped rock when Hey Geronimo hit the stage. New album tracks are intertwined with previous stand-out hits including, Lazer Gun Show and Carbon Affair, in a set which is guaranteed to work up a sweat and leave live music fans wanting more.   

 

Further details and ticketing information are available at www.heygeronimo.com

$15 on the door

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PRE-EKKA WREKKA

Tuesday Aug 09, 2016

Doors open at 7pm

Every August we all get a day off to look at large vegetables and eat questionable hot-dogs. No one wants to spend their Ekka sober, so start your pre-drinking early and come get wrekked with Brisbane’s finest live acts. INTRODUCING THE INAUGURAL PRE-EKKA WREKKA Brought to you by the good folks at Sailor Jerry, come on down and try your luck at Black Bear Lodge on August 9th. Featuring performances from Shady Bliss, The Dollar Bill Murrays, Bixby Canyon, and Nice Biscuit, all the night before the Ekka Day Holiday.

Tickets available from: http://preekkawrekka.eventbrite.com.au/

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JACKALPAC

Thursday Aug 11, 2016

Doors open at 7pm

Jackalpac is ready and willing to release their newest single at Black Bear Lodge August 11, with good friends to showcase their energetic and cohesive sound reflecting the driven group dynamic in the band. After developing their new sound live within the Brisbane music scene over the last year, Jackalpac has forged new music from their live set, hours spent in the jamroom and fun and games experimenting with production in their project studio. Jackalpac invites all local music lovers to come and enjoy a night of psychedelia soaked, thoughtfully heavy synth-grooves.

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KLLO

Friday Aug 12, 2016

Doors at 7pm

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With the release of their highly-anticipated sophmore EP Well Worn quickly approaching, Melbourne duo Kllo (Simon Lam & Chloe Kaul) today announce a national Australian tour in celebration of the impending new record. Featuring celebrated singles ‘Bolide’ and ‘Walls to Build’, the progressive and constantly evolving new material speaks of the promise that has been growing since they debuted their first material back in 2014.

Within days of its release, ‘Bolide’ had been added to rotation on Triple J, received spins on BBC Radio 1, and has become one of the most talked about tracks in the world as tastemakers once again scrambled to champion this exciting, fresh project. ‘Walls to Build’ followed soon after, with the likes of Pitchfork, the Fader and Stereogum celebrating the newest cut off Well Worn.

Energetic and captivating, their live-show has also developed considerably, pairing Lam’s jack-of-all-trades production paired with Chloe’s contrasting, enchanting siren-like vocals and lyrics. After a string of festival performances both locally and overseas (the Great Escape, Primavera Sound), they’re bound to add to their legion of fans with an appearance at Splendour in the Grass later this month.

Playing new material yet to be heard from even their most dedicated followers, as well as favourites from the duo’s recent releases, this is a tour that will showcase one of Australia’s most exciting acts.

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THE LAMPREYS

Thursday Aug 18, 2016

Doors open at 7pm

Proudly based in Kallangur, Brisbane, ‘The Lampreys’ formed a little while after Dan Lean (guitar and vocals) and Paul Redfern (violin, banjo, and mandolin) began busking together in early 2016. Dan had previously written a bunch of songs, which developed into what would eventually become their debut LP. After a few open mic nights at a local bar, they realised that they liked what was happening, and decided to actually be a band. Whatever that even means.

Their first album, ‘Songs I Hate’, was the result of a week away up the coast, where the boys recorded, ate, and drank during all hours of the day and night. The result is a defiantly stark album; at times beautiful, at times depraved, but always sincere. The sounds you hear have been deliberately left unpolished, choosing to rely on the strength of songwriting rather than the production.

They Lampreys are excited to debut their music and start gigging regularly.

Tickets on the door: $10.

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GO VAN GO

Friday Aug 19, 2016

Doors at 7pm

“Kill City: Switchblade is a party that’s alive and buzzing… Kill City: Renegades will be the after party we’re gonna be keen to tear up.”

Wezley Pitt – AMNplify

Go Van Go are stoked to announce the release of their brand spanking new EP Kill City: Renegades this August. Promising plenty of explosive riffs & tuneful rock n roll intensity, these dudes make a hell of a big sound for a two-piece.

Go Van Go have kept a rapid pace of movement since incepting their captivating brand of Rock in 2013. The lads have played multiple Australian tours and have received airplay from the likes of Triple J, Triple J Unearthed and Triple M whilst constantly building their ever-growing fan base and stepping up their standard of release.

The boys are joined by the mad sonic rock n roll grooves of Electric Suede & local alternative upstarts Dangerpenny, taking the spirit of the 90s infusing it with their own rage, rebellion, love and passion.

Dangerpenny 7:50 – 8:20pm

Electric Suede 8:50-9:30pm

Go Van Go 10-11pm


* set times are an approximation only and may differ slightly on the night.
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GORDI

Wednesday Aug 24, 2016

Open at 7pm

Following a string of much-talked about performances overseas, Gordi marks her return to local shores with the announcement of east coast tour dates for Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney this August. She also shares the stunning video for single ‘Wanting’.

 

‘Wanting’ was directed by talented Melbourne based director Nicholas Carlton and premiered by local site Fasterlouder. The song has been a regular on alternative radio locally for the past couple of months, taken from Gordi’s debut EP Clever Disguise, which reached #2 in the iTunes Alternative Chart.

 

“‘Wanting” is about wanting more from yourself. The song deals with the disappointment of constantly ending up at the same place, despite feeling like you should have come so much further. The film clip echoes this idea in that a young girl is looking at what she hopes is not her own reflection, because though it’s years in the future, she’s in exactly the same place once again.” – Sophie Payten aka Gordi

 

SEE THE VIDEO FOR ‘WANTING’ HERE

 

Gordi has spent the better part of the last month wooing international audiences throughout the UK and US – performing at The Great Escape and Sasquatch Festivals, supporting Norwegian indie-popstars Highasakite and also headlining her own tour dates from San Francisco to New York. She can now count Bon Iver and Troye Sivan as her newest fans, with both musicians singing her praises to the masses on social media following the recent trip.

 

Brand new label mate that is really crushing music: G-O-R-D-I – Bon Iver

 

I sound like a broken record but Gordi’s EP is so so special. Do urself a favour n give it a listen – like I just had a legit tears in eyes moment to it. – Troye Sivan

 

Gordi was also recently announced as one of six recipients of an APRA/ PPCA grant, winning a $15,000 sum to use on the continued pursuit of her art.

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ARPIER & YEAMAN SHORE

Thursday Aug 25, 2016

Doors open at 7pm

Winter is almost over! That means there’s no better time to come thaw out with Arpier! this year has seen the lads Liam (Guitars) & Robert (Vocals / Guitar)  joined by James (bass) & Amy (drums) while they advance their careers with their second single release, ‘Sailing Borderlines’. They’ve just dropped another single titled ‘Two’ and are gearing up to release their debut EP later this year. No matter the occasion, Arpier are always ready to put on a show. Supported by Beach Pop babes Yeaman Shore and Acoustic heartthrob Ollie Wightman (In his debut show), you can expect to hear everything from Jazz to Rock.

With a lineup like this, it’s Thursday night at Black Bear Lodge you won’t want to miss!

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TORA

Friday Aug 26, 2016

Doors open 7pm

In a country that boasts an ever growing and internationally acclaimed electronic music scene, Byron Bay based TORA have earnt their place as one of Australia’s most promising young acts.

Having spent the last 6 months touring the Northern hemisphere, performing at Glastonbury, Fusion Festival and over 70 other festivals and headline shows across Europe, America, Mexico, and Canada, TORA have returned home to join RÜFÜS on their enormous national tour, before settling down to write their debut album.

But before that happens, they will be hitting the road for their own headline tour, the first in over 18 months. After selling out the cap cities on their last headline tour, and since then performing at Falls Festival, Woodford & Strawberry Fields, these are shows you won’t want to miss!

TORA plays BLACK BEAR LODGE Friday 26th august. Listen on soundcloud HERE

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BANFF X CAITLIN PARK

Friday Sep 02, 2016

Doors open at 7pm

The duo of Banff and Park are extremely excited to announce that they will be teaming up and hitting the road for a co-headline East Coast tour this August, with shows in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane. Performing songs from each of their respective catalogues, including BANFF’s 2015 Future Self EP and Park’s critically acclaimed second album The Sleeper, the couple will also be showcasing a few of their newly collaborative tracks, which are guaranteed to make you swoon.

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JEFF MARTIN

Wednesday Sep 14, 2016

Doors at 7pm

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Jeff Martin, lead singer of the iconic Canadian rock band, The Tea Party, has been labelled everything from “child prodigy”, “virtuoso guitarist”, and a “singer with perfect pitch”.  He is an artist that transcends typical musical genre’s, and has become somewhat of a musical healer for fans across the globe. Martin’s life has vastly been an exquisite journey immersing himself in many cultures, and learning to play the traditional instruments from those cultures from the masters of the craft… in particular the Middle East, and sub continents of India. His home and studio are filled with ancient instruments he’s collected during his travels- all of which he plays fluently.

Jeff Martin’s live solo performances sell out very quickly due to his powerful stage presence and phenomenal ability to captivate and mesmerize his audience. His deep respect and gratitude towards his fans is more than mutual and therefore continues to make an evening with Jeff Martin a magickal music experience.

 

Armed with his new EP ‘ Live & Acoustic’,  some rarely seen instruments including the Hurdy Gurdy and Maton double neck acoustic guitar and some recently recorded new material this promises to be a Jeff Martin show not to miss.

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GAVIN JAMES

Thursday Sep 22, 2016

Doors at 7pm

Troubadour Music Australia & Music Feeds proudly present…

 

For the very first time in Australia- International breakthrough artist- Irish singer songwriter, Gavin James.

 

Last year was a blast for Gavin James, but it was only the beginning for the down-to-earth Dubliner. Named as a ‘Spotify Spotlight Artist of 2016′, his heavenly voice and habit of jumping in to audiences to start sing-alongs has won an army of adoring admirers from across the globe. His world tour follows an enormous year of highlights for the Choice Music ‘Irish Song of the Year Award’ winner. Touring with the likes of Sam Smith, opening for friend and fan Ed Sheeran in Dublin in front of 164,000 people, and opening for Taylor Swift in Hyde Park, his star continues to rise internationally. Australian fans are in for a treat as he brings his heart-felt songs from the eagerly awaited debut album Bitter Pill to our shores this September.

 

The 24 year old honed his craft playing raucous Dublin pubs, and in 2013, aged 21, independently released single ‘Say Hello’ winning the Meteor Choice Award for Song of The Year. An EP led to several of his songs become radio hits, but his success in Ireland didn’t immediately translate abroad.

 

In summer 2014, a chance meeting with Ed Sheeran in a pub in Dublin saw the pair sit up jamming and drinking whisky all night and Sheeran tweeting that record labels were missing out if they didn’t sign his new mate. A publishing deal soon followed, before Gavin recorded Live At Whelan’s. By the time of its release in January last year, deals with Sony in Europe and Capitol in the States were in place.

 

What no one expected for the live album to take off in America, where its only cover, a haunting version of Magnetic Fields’ ‘The Book Of Love’, became a radio staple. Gavin found himself on the US TV chat show circuit – Dancing With The Stars, Jimmy Kimmel, twice on super-fan James Cordon’s show. Then Sam Smith heard his music and took him on tour and everyone from One Direction to Ryan Tedder jumped on the Gavin bandwagon.

 

“The crazy bit is that ‘Book Of Love’ wasn’t supposed to be on the album,” says Gavin. “It was just my warm-up song. But when I’d finished the encore and the crowd was leaving, for some reason, I ran back on stage, called people back in and added it to my set.

“It was a real ‘fate’ moment. And funny – because I said I’d quit doing covers then my only cover takes off.”

 

But you won’t hear Gavin complaining.“Never,” he says. “I’m loving every minute of this. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted and I can’t wait to know what comes next.”

Tickets: http://blackbearlodge.oztix.com.au/?Event=64220

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THE LULU RAES

Friday Sep 30, 2016

After releasing their brand new single ‘Never Leave’ and traversing the countryside with The Jungle Giants, Sydney-based indie-pop gurus, The Lulu Raes, are excited to reveal the video for an acoustic version of their latest cut and supporting tour dates for their forthcoming debut EP ‘All Our Parents Are Divorced’ (due Aug 5).

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The ‘All Our Parents Are Divorced’ tour will see the band largely showcasing songs from the new record and performing in six cities, which includes stops in Melbourne and Sydney where they’ve stepped up venue capacity considerably after selling out the last tour. The group will also make their way to Adelaide, Brisbane and are excited to be visiting the Sunshine Coast and Canberra for the first time.

Since their inception in 2014 the band have released standout singles ‘The Way Life Runs’, ‘Reputation’, ‘Swing Me On A Vine Of Sunshine’, ‘Burnout’ and ‘Infinite Paradise’, which have collectively received full rotation on triple j, FBi and other community radio stations. ‘Burnout’ peaked at #3 on the AIR ‘Independent Radio Chart’ and finished up in triple j’s ‘Most Played’ weekly chart on two occasions.

The band have also graced stages with the likes of Sticky Fingers, Dune Rats and DMA’s, and appeared at mainstay and boutique festivals Groovin’ the Moo, Blurst Of Times, Secret Garden, Lost Paradise and Festival Of The Sun.

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THE COATHANGERS

Friday Oct 07, 2016

Open at 7pm

The Coathangers return to Australia off the back of their Billboard cracking’ new album ‘Nosebleed Weekend’, and a national US tour with global punk heavy weights Refused.

‘Nosebleed Weekend’ came hot on the heels of The Coathangers highly praised and raucous 2014 release ‘Suck My Shirt,’ but with a difference. Nosebleed Weekend is the first album The Coathangers have made outside of their native Atlanta, and with this expanded location has come broadened horizons musically. The Coathangers new release still manages to contain the simmering vocal intensity, serrated but catchy instrumentation and neo- grunge tone beloved by their fans, while incorporating more sophisticated song writing, expanded musical concepts with a shine of maturity.

The new album shows that 10 years on The Coathangers are still rocking, stronger than ever.

Recorded in North Hollywood at Valentine Recording Studios with Nic Jodoin,(Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Nightbeats), ‘Nosebleed Weekend’ contains something for every Rock n Roll and Coathangers fan new and old.

The Coathangers will make their Australian festival debut at Yours & Owls Festival, along side five shows across the east coast of Australia and for the first time, appearing for two shows in New Zealand.

Tickets: http://eepurl.com/b5E805


* set times are an approximation only and may differ slightly on the night.
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