Australian indie-folk outfit The Paper Kites return to North America for several headlining dates and summer festivals; including the famed Ottawa Blues Festival and Festival D’ete in Quebec. This is the band’s first return to North America since their debut last fall, which included support dates for City And Colour.
Below is the most ambitious video concept for album track “Young,” from their debut album States out now (Nettwerk Records). Oh Yeah Wow, an award-winning film and animation company, photographed 400+ different faces, each person was shot multiple times in a variety of facial poses, replicated various mouth shapes in accordance with the lyrics. Using stop-motion animation, the video cycled through the hundreds of people, who when edited together, sang the song. The video was featured by Yahoo!Music, Mashable, Huffington Post, MTV, Wall Street Journal, College Humor, Stereogum and more.
“The funkified body grooving power of this French Horn Rebellion remix is undeniable. Big elastic bass mix with waves of gritty synths for the indie-dance jam of the week!” – The Burning Ear
Brooklyn-based duo Savoir Adore have stepped off of the road and back into the studio to begin work on their next full-length album. In the meantime, the band is sharing their final artistic pieces to the Our Nature puzzle. On April 29, they’ll release Our Nature: The Remixes, which features remixes of three stand-out tracks from 2013’s Our Nature ("Beating Hearts," "Regalia" and "Dreamers") from the likes of French Horn Rebellion, Dreamtrak, Sombear and Xaphoon Jones.
With a successful run at SXSW and a sold-out spring headline tour, including NYC’s Bowery Ballroom and LA’s The Troubadour, already under their belts for 2014, Australia’s Boy & Bear have announced additional North American summer dates around their already confirmed appearances at the Firefly Music Festival (June 21) and Forecastle Music Festival (July 19). The band will bring their vibrant melodies and rich harmonies to a handful of new cities starting with Nashville on June 24 (full set of dates is below).
While lead single “Southern Sun” remains Top 10 on the Triple A Top 30 Radio Chart, the band has also unveiled a new video for album track “Bridges,” which was shot in Melbourne by local visual collective OH YEAH WOW, who have created stunning visuals in the past for Gotye, Aloe Blacc and The Paper Kites. This video features the five band members occupying a miniature house, full of miniature things all handcrafted by OH YEAH WOW.
The Pack A.D. just put the wraps on a very successful coast-to-coast Canadian tour, immediately took off across the pond for a string of European dates, and are now making plans for another national tour, this time with Alice in Chains. Beginning August 8, the pair will make stops across the country from BC to Nova Scotia supporting the iconic rock band.
The momentum from Pack A.D.’s latest album continues too. For 10 weeks in a row their fifth studio album, Do Not Engage, was named the #1 album in the country, breaking !Earshot’s previous college radio record of 9 weeks. In addition, Pack A.D.'s "Animal" was #1 this month on the CBC R3-30 chart, while album cut "Big Shot" peaked at #2 and "Battering Ram" at #4! "Big Shot" also made it to #5 on CBC R3's year-end Top 103 Songs of 2013 Chart!
Released on Nettwerk RecordsDo No Engage is the follow-up to their JUNO Nominated 2011 release Unpersons. Produced by Jim Diamond (White Stripes, The Mooney Suzuki, Dirtbombs) and recorded in a former Motor City chicken-processing plant, Do Not Engage has been met with immediate acclaim.
Nettwerk Music Group is excited to announce the signing of Australian singer-songwriter Stu Larsen to its label roster. Stu will release his debut full-length album, Vagabond, July 15th (pre order May 13).
Vagabond was recorded at Sydney’s esteemed Linear Studios and was co-produced by Chris Vallejo and friend/label-mate Mike Rosenberg (aka Passenger). A few years ago, Stu left his small town in Queensland, Australia and embraced a life as a bit of a vagabond himself, exploring and embracing opportunities as they came. He has been touring, recording, driving friends tour vans and pretty much anything else that allows him to continue his travels. The album expresses the dichotomy of Stu’s life on the road – his amazing journeys and beautiful observations along the way; contrasted with an inevitable sense of loneliness. He attracted new fans in North America and beyond during his extensive run as support for Passenger in 2013.
Passenger recently stopped by the Billboard studio for an interview and performances of latest single "Scare Away The Dark" and hit single "Let Her Go." See the full session here. Passenger's new album, Whispers, will be out June 10, with a North Americanheadline tour to launch August 2 in Atlanta. Visit Passenger on Facebook for all dates and more info.
"Harsh, droning, sinuously catchy, and awash in Murphy’s ink-black croon, ‘Hang Up’ is not something you ought to disobey.” – The A.V. Club
Peter Murphy has released lead single “Hang Up” from his forthcoming tenth solo album, Lion, out June 3 (available for pre-order now).
Produced by Youth (Killing Joke, The Verve), Lion is comprised of 11 tracks that possesses an elegant master of tone – bass heavy, stark, shimmering and symphonic. It sustains a heart-in-throat tension from start to finish.
In addition to the impending release of Lion, Murphy also launched a PledgeMusic campaign for his upcoming live DVD, Mr. Moonlight Tour: 35 Years of Bauhaus, filmed in July 2013 at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. Through this pledge campaign, fans have the opportunity to pre-order the DVD and gain exclusive access to a series of free bonus content and special items. Visit Murphy’s PledgeMusic page for details: http://bit.ly/1e634EZ.
Nettwerk is celebrating Record Store Day (April 19) with two special, limited-edition releases from current label artist Peter Murphy and catalogue artist (but Nettwerk-managed) fun.
Peter Murphy will release an exclusive 7" Metallic Silver Vinyl featuring a dub mix of the track "Hang Up," which is the lead single off of his upcoming studio album Lion. It will also feature B-side "I'm On Your Side."
fun. will release an exclusive 10" Rainbow Splatter Vinyl featuring previously unreleased demos from the band's debut album Aim & Ignite. The band, who are all vinyl lovers themselves, oversaw the packaging, which features Aim & Ignite era styled artwork housed in a gatefold package with a bonus poster.
Candian quartet The Trews release their self-titled, Nettwerk debut digitally in the U.S. next Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The album is an electrifying punch of 70s rock with tight vocal harmonies and you can preview the record in full over at Performer Magazine, along with a Q&A on the recording of the record. The Trews is now available for pre-order HERE.
The band will be touring the U.S. for a month-long run of shows starting in Pittsburgh on June 4, hitting the Northeast (Buffalo, Boston, NYC, Philadelphia, DC) and Midwest (Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Louisville), ending in Toledo on June 28. A full list of tour dates can be found below.
Produced by Gavin Brown (Metric, Billy Talent, The Tragically Hip) and guitarist John-Angus MacDonald (The Trews,The Glorious Sons), The Trews is the band’s maiden release with new label Nettwerk. Blazing lead single "What's Fair Is Fair" is out now on iTunes with the accompanying lyric video on YouTube and stream at Soundcloud - Feel free to post and share.
Savoir Adore premiered the video for "Beating Hearts" on Esquireearlier this week.
Of the video, Savoir's Paul Hammer told Esquire, "'Beating Hearts' is the last song we wrote for Our Nature. It represents the peak of the love story in which our two characters actually fuse together and see the world as one. It is both literally and metaphorically a fusion of bodies, minds, and hearts. We shot the music video in Los Angeles last summer while on tour. Bryan Dos Reis, who shot and directed the video, came to us with this treatment and we loved it instantly. The story follows two characters on a journey through a mystical scavenger hunt in which they collect enough magical artifacts to bring us to life and into the world. It again represents the magic and supernatural potential of connection and union. The video was a blast to shoot, although hilarity ensued when Deidre and I had to embrace each other for many takes on a giant spinning Lazy Susan surrounded by flowers.”