MOONLOVER RELEASES VIDEO FOR 'ON THE DAY THAT I WAS BORN' FROM ALBUM 'THOU SHALL BE FREE'

Melbourne psychedelic pop songsmith MOONLOVER is stoked to release the video for ‘On The Day That I Was Born' – the latest of a string of videos taken from his acclaimed debut album Thou Shall Be Free. The ‘On The Day That I Was Born’ video was animated by May Krason-Plarre, and edited by Moonlover – aka the musical project of Quang Dinh, formerly of Little Red. The video is released this morning to coincide with his recent full band tour announcement, which will be taking him to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Thirroul, Canberra, Wollongong and Hobart, as well as performances at Kyneton Music Festival and Gizzfest 2018 - all of which will be kicking off later this month.

Speaking about the new video for 'On The Day That I Was Born', Moonlover enthuses "A friend of mine fortuitously put me in touch with May Krason-Plarre, a local claymation specialist. I looked at some of her graduate work that she'd done and was blown away by it, so I asked her if I could cut it up and use some of it. She made some brand new stuff which is in there too. I think the clip speaks for itself. It's my favourite clip of the vid clips we've released for the album."


'Thou Shall be Free' is an eclectic record that tells stories through the fantasy of surreal psychedelic songs across to the great reveal of romance. Called “surreal” by Pilerats, the album is a collection of batty psychedelia, midnight moon pop and dreamy water ballads, including title track ‘Thou Shall Be Free’ that was gifted to Dinh by the late, great David Bowie, who came to him in a dream. The entirety of the album was recorded, produced and performed by Moonlover in his personal oasis Pink Slime Studios, sharing impressive recording credits with John Lee (Lost Animal, Beaches, Emma Russack) who was on mixing duties, with mastering by Joe Carra (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Courtney Barnett, Eddy Current Suppression Ring). 'Thou Shall Be Free' has received praise from fans and media alike, with The Music noting “It’s pop music, certainly – but has the self-awareness that it doesn’t want to be too obvious about it” and Speaker TV calling it a "cosmic adventure."

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MOONLOVER FULL BAND TOUR

Friday, October 26 | Kyneton Music Festival
Kyneton
TICKETS

Saturday, November 3 | Old Bar
Melbourne
$12 ON DOOR

Thursday, November 8 | The Bearded Lady
Brisbane
$10 ON DOOR

Saturday, November 10 | The Homestead
Hobart
$10 ON DOOR

Saturday, December 1 | Gizzfest
Melbourne Showgrounds
TICKETS

Friday, December 7 | Botany View Hotel
Sydney
FREE SHOW

Saturday, December 8 | Frank's Wild Years
Thirroul (afternoon show)
DONATION ON DOOR

Saturday, December 8 | The Phoenix
Canberra
$10 ON DOOR

Sunday, December 9 | North Wollongong Hotel
Wollongong
FREE SHOW

WAY DYNAMIC - NEW SIGNING TO OUR GOLDEN FRIEND

ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF DEBUT EP + SHARES FIRST SINGLE 'LOSING TOUCH'

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Our Golden Friend are incredibly excited to announce the newest signing to their label family in the form of Melbourne six piece outfit Way Dynamic. The band’s first single Losing Touch received it’s worldwide radio premiere last night on Melbourne’s 3RRR FM via Simon Winkler and Lauren Taylor on their drive time program Breaking and EnteringLosing Touch is a bright and poppy introduction to the incredible songwriting and musical composition of 22 year old multi-instrumentalist Dylan Young. Hailing from Ballarat and now firmly rooted in the Melbourne Music scene Young has played in several of Melbourne most beloved bands including Totally MildEmma RussackHollow EverdazeEmma Russack & Lachlan Denton, Precious Earth and Great Outdoors.

Click below to listen to Losing Touch by Way Dynamic 

Losing Touch is the first single released from Way Dynamic’s debut EP entitled What’s It All For Now which is set for release digitally and on limited edition bright red cassette tape on Friday 16th November 2018What’s It All For Now features five tracks written, recorded and produced by Young over the space of just a few days in the lounge room of his home in Carlton, Victoria. Way Dynamic are influenced by the classic and offbeat songwriting of yesteryear (Carol KingBrian Wilson respectively), and yet their sound is strangely refreshing and modern. Young’s songwriting and composition combine oddball arrangements with lyrical poetism that is both introspective and engaging. In it’s current formation the Way Dynamic live band features members of Totally MildTam VantageThe Ocean PartyGreat OutdoorsESC and Emma Russack, the group are unified by their love of music and of each other. 

Losing Touch is available on all digital music services today and you can pre-order your copy of the What’s It All For Now EP on limited edition rubine red cassette tape over at the Our Golden Friend bandcamp page right HERE. Stay tuned for more music and exciting news from Way Dynamic in the not too distance future.

WAY DYNAMIC
UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS


Friday 26th of October 
The Eastern, Ballarat, Victoria 
Supporting Jade Imagine & Culte
Tickets

RVG Announced as support for KURT VILE Australian Tour!

 
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To polish off an already gleaming 2018, RVG are incredibly excited to announce they will be joining Kurt Vile and The Violators on their six-date Australian tour in April 2019! RVG and Kurt Vile will be sweeping through Australia, visiting Sydney, Woolloongong, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Full details below with all ticket links -

Monday 15th April
Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW
TICKETS

Tuesday 16th April
Uni Bar, Woollongong NSW
TICKETS

Wednesday 17th April
Anu, Canberra ACT
TICKETS

Monday 22nd April
The Forum, Melbourne VIC
TICKETS

Saturday 27th April
The Gov, Adelaide SA
TICKETS

Sunday 28th April
Rosemount Hotel, Perth WA
TICKETS

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JADE IMAGINE ANNOUNCE END OF YEAR TOUR

October & November
VIC, NSW, QLD

Jade Imagine, fresh back from a run of stellar shows at BIGSOUND in Brisbane, are excited to announce their Australian End Of Year Tour to say goodbye to 2018! As part of the tour announcement Jade Imagine are excited to share that they are the very first band to be announced as playing Brisbane's End of the Line Festival to be held on Saturday the 10th of November. The End of the Line Festival is a free street festival which aims to showcase and celebrate the unique Brisbane precinct of Woolloongabba. Keep your eyes peeled for the announcement of the rest of the lineup which will follow next week.

With new music on the horizon, Jade Imagine (presented by Our Golden FriendNew World Artists and Milk! Records) will perform shows throughout October & November up and down the east coast of Australia including stops at regional centres including Ballarat, Castlemaine & Byron Bay. In Melbourne the band will play a free show in the car park of the Northcote Social Club for the Closing Party of the Darebin Music Feast.

Sydney-siders are in for a very special treat as the Milk! Records family pack up their van and hit the road bound for Leadbelly on Friday 9th of November where they will host a Milk! Records Showcase featuring Jade Imagine, East Brunswick All Girls ChoirLoose Tooth & Evelyn Ida Morris.

Jade Imagine had an impressive run of shows in Brisbane during BIGSOUND, performing five shows in total throughout the week including absolutely packing out Brisbane's Black Bear Lodge for their official showcase on Wednesday night. Grain Magazine were super impressed and reviewed their shows, you can read what they had to say below

✨Full details of the Jade Imagine - End of Year Tour✨

Friday 26th Oct 
The Eastern, Ballarat VIC
Tickets

Saturday 27th Oct 
Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Free entry

Sunday 28th Oct 
Darebin Music Feast Closing Party, Northcote Social Club Carpark, Melbourne, VIC
Free entry

Friday 9th November 
Milk! Records Showcase, Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW 
Tickets

Saturday 10th November 
End Of The Line Festival, Jurgens Street, Brisbane, QLD
Free entry

Sunday 11th November 
Byron Bay Brewery
, Byron Bay, NSW
Free entry

ELIZABETH RELEASES VIDEO FOR DEBUT SOLO SINGLE ‘BURN IT ALL’

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Watch the 'Burn It All' video here

"a hauntingly spare torch song that showcases Elizabeth's flawless, elastic voice and heartbreakingly caustic lyrics." – Shaad D'Souza, Noisey

"an intimate and vulnerable song that absolutely shines with depth and heart." – Larry Heath, The AU Review
 
"this is just wonderful." – Bobby Townsend, Something You Said

Ahead of her debut showcases at BIGSOUND 2018 in September, Melbourne’s Elizabeth has released the video for her first ever solo single ‘Burn It All’. Filmed against the stunning backdrop of the South Coast of NSW, ‘Burn It All’ is the debut single from the Totally Mild singer’s solo project and is available to listen to now via Our Golden Friend / Island Records.

On ‘Burn It All’Elizabeth sings of tensions in relationships, and how it might feel easier to walk away and forget you were ever in love than it is to stay and work it out. The video for ‘Burn It All’ is a collaboration between Elizabeth & Xanthe Dobbie, and filmed on Elizabeth’s birthday. It is, in her words, “a Cruel Intentions-style romance between me and a blue convertible. Even a relationship between woman and car is tumultuous; full of desire one minute, detached, angry and confused the next. While Elizabeth’s songwriting has weaved through Totally Mild’s music for years now, it’s finally come a time for it to create a tapestry of its own. She teases out thematic tension between the loving and the lacklustre, the domestic and the deluxe. Her voice is crystal clear, layered against immaculately considered instrumental arrangements.

‘Burn It All’ was released earlier this year as part of Split Singles Club series 2, finding a home with airplay from the likes of Double JTriple RFBi Radio, who added it to B RotationEdge Radio and 4ZZZ. It was named ‘Single of the Day’ on The AU Review, in Something You Said’s ‘Top 10 Tunes of the Week’, in ‘Best New Music’ on The Ripe and Elizabeth was featured as part of ‘8 incredible Australian Artists You Need to Hear’ on Tone Deaf. Next week Elizabeth will head to BIGSOUND solo for the first time to play a string of showcases including the JBCM Party and Our Golden Friend Day Party, official showcases and Biground. Full details are below.
 
Elizabeth has been firmly cemented in Melbourne’s music community for over 7 years, best known as lead singer and songwriter of Totally Mild. Through her leadership, Totally Mild have had a hugely successful spell touring extensively locally and internationally, most notably throughout Europe and UK. They have supported bands like Best Coast, Perfume Genius, Belle & Sebastian and Real Estate, and played to enraptured audiences at the Meredith Music Festival. A songwriter in her own right, Elizabethwas a finalist for the APRA Personal Development Award last year, with Totally Mild’s second album Her released earlier this year to critical acclaim.

ELIZABETH @ BIGSOUND 2018
Tue 4th Sept: JBCM Party @ Bloodhound Bar, 5:50pm – 6:20pm
Wed 5th Sept: Official Showcase @ Black Bear Lodge, 8pm - 8:30pm
Thu 6th Sept: Our Golden Friend Day Party @ Black Bear Lodge, 2:45pm – 3:15pm
Thu 6th Sept: Official Showcase @ Laruche, 10:40pm - 11:10pm
Fri 7th Sept: Biground (songwriters in round) @ Blute’s time 3:00pm – 3:30pm

MOONLOVER RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR ‘WEDDING DAY’ AND ANNOUNCES SOLO EAST COAST TOUR DATES

 
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“what a deliriously delightful trip into the surreal the album is” – Pilerats

“It’s pop music, certainly – but has the self-awareness that it doesn’t want to be too obvious about it.” – The Music

Melbourne psychedelic pop songsmith MOONLOVER is stoked to release the video for‘Wedding Day’ – the latest of a string of videos taken from his acclaimed debut albumThou Shall Be Free. The ‘Wedding Day’ video was animated and produced byMoonlover – aka the solo project of Quang Dinh, formerly of Little Red – himself, and was released this morning together with the announcement of four solo shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Hobart kicking off later this month.
 

Watch the video for ‘Wedding Day’ here. Moonlover is touring throughout August and September, full details below.

 
‘Wedding Day’ stylistically pays homage to 50s pop with clean arpeggio guitars, close harmonies, Leonard Cohen-esque lyric and Beach Boys-esque flow that’s built to slow dance to. On the ‘Wedding Day’ video, Moonlover explains, “After making ‘The Ooiee’ film clip and handling the animation of the ‘Queen of Sheba’ clip, I set out to make a fully animated clip for ‘Wedding Day’. I figured DIY or die. I was inspired by the work of Lotte Reiniger, who pioneered silhouette animation. I drew some stuff, cut shapes out of cards, scanned a few things and then manipulated it and animated it.” And that he did, the visuals swimming between butterflies flying from open books, a thoughtful letter being composed, hiding from the rain and lovers kissing under wedding bells.
 
This will be the fifth video taken from Moonlover’s debut Thou Shall Be Free, following visual accompaniments to ‘The Ooiee’‘Queen of Sheba’‘Thou Shall be Free’ and latest ‘Lazy Daisy’Thou Shall Be Free takes the listener on a daring journey through 10 eclectic songs born from dreams, the subconscious and Dinh's hermitic winters. It’s the kind of complete record that tells stories through the fantasy of surreal psychedelic songs across to the great reveal of romance. The entirety of the album was recorded, produced and performed by Moonlover in his personal oasis Pink Slime Studios, sharing impressive recording credits with John Lee (Lost Animal, Beaches, Emma Russack) who was on mixing duties, with mastering by Joe Carra (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Courtney Barnett, Eddy Current Suppression Ring).
 
Moonlover has played a plethora of shows in recent months, including supporting Angel OlsenSaskwatch and Cloud Control, plus festival slots at Gizzfest and Changes Festival. As with any Moonlover set, audiences are taken through a cascade of batty psychedelia, midnight moon pop and water ballads led by Dinh's characteristic whimsical charm, freeblowing harmonica and untempered croon. These solo shows will seeMoonlover perform songs from his debut album, plus new and unreleased music. 

MOONLOVER SOLO TOUR

Thursday, August 16 | The Dock
Sydney
w/ Swansea Hit and Run
FREE SHOW

Friday, August 17 | The House Dining
Sydney
FREE SHOW

Wednesday, August 22 | Junk Bar
w/ Tiarne and Jo Davie
Brisbane
TICKETS HERE

Saturday August 25 | Some Velvet Morning
w/ Dave Western
Melbourne
FREE SHOW

Sunday, September 2 | Republic Bar
Hobart
FREE SHOW

RVG PERFORM LIVE SESSION AT BBC’S PRESTIGIOUS MAIDA VALESTUDIOS

 
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LISTEN TO THE LIVE SESSION HERE

“All I can say about this band is - listen to the lyrics” - Huw Stevens

A Quality of Mercy has the distinct whiff of future classic about it”
– Graeme Thomson, Uncut Magazine

Four-time AIR Award nominated post-punk band RVG have made their debut in the historic BBC Maida Vale Studios in London for Huw Stevens show on BBC Radio 1. Performing a three-song session with tracks taken from their critically acclaimed debut A Quality of Mercy, Melbourne’s RVG join the list of artists who have recorded inside the prestigious studios, which doubles up as the home of the BBCSymphony Orchestra, alongside the likes of Led ZeppelinDavid Bowie and Oasis, and recent contemporaries HaimArctic Monkeys and Florence and the Machine.

Listen to RVG in session at BBC’s Maida Vale Studios here.

The live session shows RVG in all their glory as they tear through ‘A Quality of Mercy’ – with a sneaky lyric swap to hit the UK audiences – ‘I Used to Love You’ and ‘That’s All’ with unrelenting passion and power. The session was recorded whilst RVG were on tour in the UK and Europe for a second time this year throughout July. As well as shows in London, including an instore at the iconic Rough Trade East,RVG performed incredible festival sets at Roskilde Festival in Denmark, Festival Les Escales on the west coast of France, plus a string of headline shows across the rest of England and France.


RVG – Romy Vager (vocals, guitar), Reuben Bloxham (guitar), Angus Belle (bass), Marc Nolte (drums), known less formally as the Romy Vager Group – deliver a refreshing kind of honesty and intelligence that you don’t hear in your everyday garage band. The eight songs on A Quality of Mercy traverse through the myth of the tortured artist, the isolation of self discovery, falling in love with a computer and the feeling of awaiting your fate on death row. Earlier this year, RVG headed overseas for the first time to showcase at SXSW and The Great Escape festivals before touring across Europe with UK buzz band Shame, and subsequently signed with Fat Possum who re-released their debut album A Quality of Mercy in the UK at the start of July.

You can catch RVG live at WinterWild in Apollo Bay later this month, and Kyneton Music Festival in October. Romy will be in conversation with Rob Snarski as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival Duets series this year, and at Melbourne Festival as a special guest as part of 16 Lovers Lane.


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RVG live at Maida Vale Studio // photo credit Trish Yourkevitch


UPCOMING RVG SHOWS

Saturday, August 11 | Winter Wild
Apollo Bay, Victoria
TICKETS HERE

Sunday, September 2 | Melbourne Writer's Festival*
Duets: Rob Snarski & Romy Vager
Melbourne, Victoria
TICKETS HERE

Saturday October 6 | Melbourne Festival*
16 Lovers Lane
Melbourne, Victoria
TICKETS HERE

Saturday, October 27 | Kyneton Music Festival
Kyneton, Victoria
TICKETS HERE


*solo shows

RVG announce details of UK release of their debut album 'A Quality of Mercy'

 
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Line of Best Fit premieres stream of 'Vincent Van Gogh' to UK audiences,announces release date of AQOM through Fat Possum

Following the recent announcement of their signing to Fat Possum Records, Melbourne's RVG have shared details of the UK release of their debut album A Quality of Mercy, which is out on Friday July 6th 2018. Read about it here

Originally self-released in Australia last year (and re-released through Our Golden Friend/Island Records), the concise 8-track album has a stark, raw intensity to it, recorded live off the floor, at iconic rock'n'roll pub The Tote and while leaning on the band's heroes - the Go-Betweens, the Soft Boys, the Smiths - these are songs that never sound like homage or pastiche hitting that sweet spot between light and dark, employing guitars both angular and jangling.

Having previously shared the title track of the album just prior to their breathtaking shows at this year'sGreat Escape Festival, the band have now unveiled the album track Vincent Van Gogh.

RVG – Romy Vager (vocals, guitar), Reuben Bloxham (guitar), Angus Belle (bass), Marc Nolte (drums) and known less formally as the Romy Vager Group – deliver a refreshing kind of honesty and intelligence that you don’t hear in your everyday garage band.

Their songs, which already sound like classics, traverse through the myth of the tortured artist, isolation and lonliness, falling in love with a computer and the feeling of awaiting your fate on death row and are played with wit, compassion, and commitment, evident in singer Romy's delivery.

All of the songs on A Quality of Mercy find Vager trying to move beyond ego, beyond the simple confessional of the songwriter, hoping to find perspective on both world and self. In such, these songs are at once personal and universal, intimate and grang, timely and timeless. And there's eight of them, adding up to a perfectly formed debut that says so much, yet gets out in under half-an-hour.

FInally, RVG made their debut in Europe supporting Shame in May of this year and later at this year'sGreat Escape Festival where they played a handful of astonishing performances, and they return to the UK in July.

Grab your copy of A Quality of Mercy here

UPCOMING RVG SHOWS

Wednesday, July 4 | The Tote
Our Golden Friend Showcase @ Changes
TICKETS HERE

Saturday, July 7 | Roskilde Festival
Roskilde, Denmark
TICKETS HERE

Monday, July 9 | Shacklewell Arms
London, UK
TICKETS HERE

Wednesday, July 25 | Grand Parc
Bordeaux, France
w/ The Liminanas and XYZ
TICKETS HERE

Thursday, July 26 | Theatre de la Mer
Sete, France
w/ Pete Doherty and Sugar & Tiger
TICKETS HERE

Friday July 27 - Friday July 28 | Festival Les Escales
Saint Nazaire, France
TICKETS HERE

Saturday, August 11 | Winter Wild
Apollo Bay, Victoria
TICKETS HERE

TOTALLY MILD SHARE NEW VIDEO FOR 'TAKE TODAY' + ANNOUNCE TOUR SUPPORTS

 
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TOTALLY MILD SHARE NEW VIDEO FOR 'TAKE TODAY'
PREMIERING NOW ON PILERATS

Announce stack of supports for national album tour
including Jaala, Spike Vincent, HTMLflowers,
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Check it out here

"A shining talisman for the heartbroken."
Pitchfork

"Engorged, engaged, empowered bedroom sulk music." 
The Guardian

"Sweet, harmony-rich, pointedly concise jangle-pop."
NPR

"Skewed pop gold."
Noisey

"An ethereal voice...lovely songs and just-so jangly arrangements."
BrooklynVegan

Fresh from headlining a packed show at the Melbourne Museum over the weekend and in the midst of touring with Belle & SebastianTotally Mild have today shared the video for single 'Take Today', premiering now on PileratsCheck it out here.

Filmed and cut together by leading lady Elizabeth Mitchell, the video shows Totally Mild's journey over the past two and a half years - a visual love letter to the band and all of the adventures they have been on in Australia and overseas. 

Liz says of the video: "This video is a special treat, a Totally Mild retrospective.The good, the bad and the hysterical. It’s behind the scenes footage from past tours and from the recording of Her, featuring the romances and breakdowns that happened in the background of those times.

'Take Today' comes from their recent album Her, a beguiling collection of songs that the band will be touring around the country later this month. Totally Mild have invited a veritable party's worth of friends to join them on the road, with a different bill in every city and special guests including JaalaHTMLflowers and Spike Vincent. Details below. 


TOTALLY MILD
HER
AUSTRALIAN ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR

Thursday, May 24 | Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane QLD
with s>c>r>a>p>s>, Orlando furious
TICKETS HERE

Thursday, May 25 | Union Hotel, Sydney NSW
with Spike Vincent, Jack Colwell
FREE SHOW

Friday, May 26 | Howler, Melbourne VIC
with Jaala, HTMLflowers, Sweet Whirl
TICKETS HERE

Thursday, May 31 | Mojo's, Fremantle WA
with Telete, Terrible Signal
TICKETS HERE

Friday, June 1 | Prince Of Wales, Bunbury WA
with Erasers, Terrible Signal
TICKETS HERE

Saturday, June 2 | The Bird, Perth WA
with The Bird Flossy, Oosterbanger
DOOR SALES ONLY

Wednesday, June 6 | Crown & Anchor, Adelaide SA
with Fair Maiden, Wing Defence
FREE SHOW

RVG sign to Fat Possum Records (UK/EU) and announce their first U.K. release!

 
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RVG SIGN TO FAT POSSUM RECORDS (UK/EU)

Melbourne's RVG are thrilled to announce their signing to Fat Possum Records (UK/EU), who will be releasing their debut UK track, A Quality Of Mercy, on clear 12” vinyl on Friday 25th May 2018.

The exciting announcement of the Fat Possum signing comes just days before the band head overseas for their UK/European debut, supporting Shame on their 10 date tour, as well as supporting US Girls in London and showcasing at The Great Escape in Brighton!

Prior to jetting off RVG will play two very special shows; a headline show at The Curtin on Thursday May 3rd with Taipan Tiger Girls and Sweet Whirl, and additionally on Friday May 4th the sublime OurGolden Friend x Melbourne Museum edition of Nocturnal with Jade Imagine, Jess Ribeiro andTotally Mild.

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RVG's astonishing debut album 'A Quality Of Mercy' borrows from the band’s heroes —the Go-Betweens, the Soft Boys, the Smiths— whilst never sounding like homage or pastiche hitting that sweet spot between light and dark, employing guitars both angular and jangling. 

RVG – Romy Vager (vocals, guitar), Reuben Bloxham (guitar), Angus Belle (bass), Marc Nolte (drums) and known more formally as the Romy Vager Group – deliver a refreshing kind of honesty and intelligence that you don’t hear in your everyday garage band.

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RVG
UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS


03. 05.18 - The Curtin Hotel - w/ Taipan Tiger Girls + Sweet Whirl
04. 03.18 - Melbourne Museum x Our Golden Friend 'Nocturnal' 
w/ Jade Imagine, Jess Ribeiro + Totally Mild
09.05.18 - Munich – Orangehouse - w/Shame
11.05.18 - Zurich, CH – Dynamo - w/Shame
12.05.18 - Bologna, ITL - Covo Club - w/Shame
14.05.18 - Barcelona, ES – Sidecar - w/ Shame
15.05.18 - Madrid, ES - La Boite - w/Shame
16.05.18 - London – Scala – w/US Girls
17.05.18 - Brighton - The Great Escape - ACT Live Showcase
19.05.18 - Brighton - The Great Escape  - The Aussie BBQ
19.05.18 - Brighton - The Great Escape - The Hope & Ruin
20.05.18 - Lille, FR – Aeronef - w/Shame
21.05.18 - Cologne, DE – YUCA - w/Shame
22.05.18 - Brussels,BE – Rotonde - w/ Shame
23.05.18 - Hamburg, DE – Molotow - w/ Shame
25.05.18 - Berlin, DE – Badehaus - w/ Shame

Split Singles Club Releases Are Underway!

 

SPLIT SINGLES CLUB SERIES 2
curated by Poison City Records and Our Golden Friend

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Milk! Records and Bedroom Suck Records joined forces last year with the simple aim of bringing together and documenting the community of musicians & creativity that surrounds them every day. They founded Split Singles Club, a vinyl subscription service that delivers six double-sided 7” singles to your door – with one side curated by each label. As well as featuring artists from each label’s family of artists,Split Singles Club also aimed to shine a light on some newer, upcoming bands from Australia's thriving underground.
 
Milk! and Bedroom Suck have passed the torch on to fellow Melbourne-based labels and friends Poison City Records and Our Golden Friend to curate Split Singles Club Series Two. And in what will come as no surprise, they have selected an exceptional list of artists. The 2018 edition of Split Singles Clubfeatures previously unreleased songs from Poison City artists Mere WomenHarmonyBench Pressand MOD CONOur Golden Friend artists RVG and 808s & Greatest Hits, plus tracks from bands that they love – Stella DonnellyMoody BeachesElizabeth (Totally Mild)Michael BeachWay Dynamicand Bitch Diesel. Each artist features once across the six 7” singles, delivered to your door over the course of three months.
 
Series Two Subscriptions are now open and are strictly limited. Sign up here

All cover artwork is a series of original collages by renowned artist Stephen Tierney.


Split Singles Club - 7" #4

HARMONY - 'Daisy Cutter'

MERE WOMEN - 'Skin'

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Split Singles Club - 7" #3

MICHAEL BEACH - ''sessin'

BITCH DIESEL - 'Power'

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Split Singles Club - 7" #2

BENCH PRESS - 'Baby Steps'
MOODY BEACHES - 'Guns'

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Split Singles Club - 7" #1

MOD CON - 'Kidney Auction Blues'
RVG - 'Asteroid (demo)'

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Still to come...

Split Singles Club - 7" #6
featuring

Stella Donnelly
Elizabeth (Totally Mild)

Split Singles Club - 7" #5
featuring

808s & Greatest Hits
Way Dynamic


Poison City is an independent record label and skateboard / record store based in Fitzroy. Founded in 2003 by Andy Hayden, Poison City is the label behind bands like Camp CopeCable TiesMOD CONClownsHorror My FriendHarmonyBatpiss and more, as well as the annual Weekender Fest that takes place across multiple venues in Melbourne each September.
 
Our Golden Friend is an independent record label and management collective currently based in Thornbury. Founded in 2015 by Lorrae McKenna – who signed acts including Methyl EthelCourtney Barnett and Gabriella Cohen during her tenure at Remote Control – Our Golden Friend boasts exciting rosters including RVG and Moonlover on their label, and Jade ImagineTotally Mild and Jess Ribeirofor management.
 
Series One of Split Singles Club featured tracks by Milk! co-founder Courtney Barnett and label-matesJade Imagine and HachikuBedroom Suck artists Blank Realm and Dag, plus tracks from bands they love – LA MoodPrimo!Cable Ties and more.


SPLIT SINGLES CLUB: SERIES TWO
CURATED BY POISON CITY RECORDS AND OUR GOLDEN FRIEND
Subscribe here
 

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Featuring previously unreleased music from:
Harmony | RVG | Mere Women | Stella Donnelly
Elizabeth (Totally Mild) | MOD CON | Bench Press | Bitch Diesel
Michael Beach | 808s & Greatest Hits | Moody Beaches | Way Dynamic

OUR GOLDEN FRIEND x MELBOURNE MUSEUM

 
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Our Golden Friend x Melbourne Museum team up to bring you a very special 'Nocturnal' featuring Jade Imagine, RVG, Jess Ribeiro, and Totally Mild

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Melbourne label and artist management collective Our Golden Friend has teamed up with Melbourne Museum for a very special edition of Nocturnal

For the first time at NocturnalTotally Mild bring their re-imagined lounge pop to stage with delectable glamour. This alt-pop four piece are armed with dreamy yet drenched in melancholy tracks fresh from their highly-anticipated second album, Her (out now via Chapter Music).  Produced by James Cecil (Architecture in Helsinki, Super Melody) expect heart-pulling woozy ballads thanks to vocalist / guitarist and songwriter Elizabeth Mitchell, Zachary Schneider (guitar), Lehmann Smith (bass) and Dylan Young (drums). Her has been met with rave reviews, sending the band on a whirlwind USA and UK tour (including showcasing at the prestigious SXSW) and an Australian tour to follow in May and June.

Continuing the powerful vocal poignancy, Jess Ribeiro will bring to the stage compassionate self-conscious narratives, musically traversing an incredible range of genres. Her debut album Kill It Yourself(out now via Barely Dressed Records) was produced by the acclaimed Mick Harvey (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey) and was shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize in 2016, as well as earning Ribeiro two nominations in The Age Music Victoria Awards. Fresh off the heels of a successful stint at SXSW, Ribeiro is prepping to release her follow-up album later in the year.

Since performing at Nocturnal in August 2017, RVG have re-released their debut album A Quality of Mercy (out now through Our Golden Friend/Island Records) to critical acclaim and received four nominations in The Age Music Victoria Awards. Soaring even higher in 2018, they've conquered the influential SXSW Music Festival and been nominated for four AIR Music Awards.  Centred on singer-songwriter and namesake Romy Vager, this four-piece band including Reuben Bloxham, Angus Bell and Marc Nolte are back to kill it again with their witty and existential post-punk influenced rock.

Rounding out the evening will be Jade Imagine, a stalwart of the indie scene with their What The Fuck Was I Thinking (out via Milk! Records) released in April 2017.  Fronted by Jade McInally (previously Tantrums, Teeth & Tongue and Jess Ribeiro), the band currently features Liam ‘Snowy’ Halliwell (The Ocean Party) on bass, producer/guitarist Tim Harvey (Emma Louise, Real Feelings) and James Harvey (Teeth & Tongue) on drums. Along with their showcases at SXSW this year, the band has scored some exciting support slots with The Pretenders, Angel Olsen, and Benjamin Booker. 

Merging music with science and humanities, Nocturnal welcomes everyone 18+ to tour the exhibitions (with drinks in hand!), gaze upon collection treasures and speed-meet Museum experts who will be scattered across the gallery spaces. 

For those brave enough, the Museums Victoria Live Exhibits team will have on display golden silk orb-weavers and other impressive species demonstrating all-things-bling. Richard Marchant (Senior Curator, Terrestrial Invertebrates) and Simon Hinkley (Collection Manager, Terrestrial Invertebrates) share sparkly examples from the galaxy of entomology and join Dermot Henry (Deputy Director Sciences) as he showcases the geology of GOLD.  Learn how scientists use gold to scan microscopic creatures from beneath the sea with Lupita Bribiesca (PhD Student, Marine Biology) and Ricky-Lee Erickson (Assistant Collections Manager, Vertebrates) revealing golden marine invertebrates, including worms and sea stars. 

Revellers can also head downstairs to worshippers of gold in Vikings: Beyond the Legend, an exhibition from the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm which features more than 450 original artefacts telling the true story of these often-misunderstood Scandinavian celebrities. Pick up a ticket when you purchase your early bird Nocturnal ticket from the Melbourne Museum website.

Explore the entire Museum with galleries open till midnight, including the next innovative superstars from VCE and VET with Top Designs 2018, and a look at Australian fashion which has defied convention with You Can’t Do That  (presented by the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival).

Nocturnal invites guests to rediscover wide-eyed wonder, unearth stories and revel on the dance floor at Melbourne Museum.  

Nocturnal
Friday 4 May, 7pm to midnight
Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton
Tickets: Nocturnal - Early Bird $25 / On the Door $35 (+ bf)
Nocturnal + Vikings - Early Bird $39 / On the Door $49 (+ bf)
Discounts for concessions

Grab your tickets here: https://museumsvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/whats-on/nocturnal//tickets/

For more information visit: museumsvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/whats-on/nocturnal/

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RVG ANNOUNCE MELBOURNE HEADLINE SHOW AT THE CURTIN BANDROOM

 
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Melbourne's RVG are today excited to announce their first Australian headline show since returning from the USA. The band will play a very special show in their hometown of Melbourne at The Curtin Bandroom on Thursday 3rd of May immediately before they head overseas again this time bound for the UK & Europe. The band will be joined by special guests Taipan Tiger Girls and Sweet Whirl. With no pre-sales, you'll have to eagerly get yourself to The Curtin on May 3rd as tickets will only be available on the door.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/341512659704458/ 

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RVG took their music overseas for the first time last month at Austin's SXSW, where they undoubtedly left an impression playing gripping showcases to packed-out rooms. Continuing on with their shimmering streak, this week RVG were announced as being nominated for four AIR Awards. In less than a month the band will support UK upstarts Shame on their 13 date European tour as well as playing The Great Escape Festival in Brighton.

RVG – known less formally as the Romy Vager Group – released their acclaimed debut album A Quality of Mercy in 2017. Self-recorded live off the floor at The Tote, and engineered by their bassist Angus Belle, the eight songs on A Quality of Mercy traverse through the myth of the tortured artist, the isolation of being trans, falling in love with a computer, the feeling of awaiting your fate on death row. Each song is played with wit, compassion and commitment, evident in singer Romy’s delivery, her “fierceness, her flow, and how clear it is she’s singing about what she knows” (The Guardian). The Fader called the album “a much-needed plea for kindness” with Triple R calling it “emotionally engaging”, whilst awarding their Album of the Week.

RVG signed with Our Golden Friend who re-released their album in October, which led into a much-hyped BIGSOUND set and four nominations at The Age Music Victoria Awards – for Best AlbumBest SongBest Band and Best Emerging Act. Their set at Meredith Music Festival was one of the most talked about over the weekend, and they went on to support Camp Cope, and then Future Islands, at The Forum – one of, if not the most iconic venue in Melbourne. RVG have since signed with Isla Angus at ATC Live for bookings in the UK/EU and Lucy Beach at Paradigm for North America. All this growing from a band whose first release of their debut album came with no photo, no press release, no plan.
 
Together, RVG – Romy Vager (vocals, guitar), Reuben Bloxham (guitar), Angus Belle (bass), Marc Nolte (drums) – deliver a refreshing kind of honesty and intelligence that you don’t hear in your everyday garage band.

RVG RECEIVE FOUR AIR AWARDS NOMINATIONS

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Praise for A Quality of Mercy

RRR Album Of The Week
PBS Feature Album
RTR FM Feature Album
"A Quality Of Mercy is a much needed plea for kindness" - The Fader

“RVG evoke 80s Australian bands that crammed garage rock cred with sun-dappled hooks, such as Sunnyboys or the Go-Betweens. What makes these songs so moving is not Vager’s voice itself but her delivery. Her fierceness, her flow and how clear it is she’s singing about what she knows.”
 - Kate Hennessy, The Guardian
 
"A Quality Of Mercy, an eight-track collection of tight, incisive post-punk/retro-pop infused with a liberal dose of downcast catharsis, confessional lyrics and downright infectious hooks."
– The Music
 
"A Quality of Mercy" is the debut album from Melbourne’s RVG, led by songwriter Romy Vager: a powerful LP of emotionally engaging work that draws inspiration from post-punk and new wave pop styles.” – Simon Winkler, RRR
 
“A Quality of Mercy is the title of RVG’s gripping, post-gothic, charcoal sounding album. Television’s Marquee Moon and Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures are influencing current bands just a Rumours did three years ago”. – Mikey Cahill, The Herald Sun (listed album 7 in 10 ten albums of 2017 so far)
 
“A Quality of Mercy – the debut album from Melbourne’s RVG, is a collection of sharp, driving pop songs that draw equally from the goth palette of early 4AD and the literary proto-punk of Television.” – Who The Hell
 
“RVG deliver a world-class first release. Prepare yourself to be thrown back and feel all your feelings.” – Beth AQ, PBS Breakfast Spread


RVG have received an incredible FOUR nominations in this year's AIR Music Awards. Nominations are in the categories of Breakthrough Independent Artist of the YearBest Independent Album or EP (forA Quality of Mercy), Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy, or Punk Album (for A Quality of Mercy), andBest Independent Single (for 'A Quality of Mercy'). Winners will be announced July 26 at the Australian Independent Record Labels Association Awards Ceremony.

RVG – known less formally as the Romy Vager Group – released their acclaimed debut album A Quality of Mercy in 2017. Self-recorded live off the floor at The Tote, and engineered by their bassist Angus Belle, the eight songs on A Quality of Mercy traverse through the myth of the tortured artist, the isolation of being trans, falling in love with a computer, the feeling of awaiting your fate on death row. Each song is played with wit, compassion and commitment, evident in singer Romy’s delivery, her “fierceness, her flow, and how clear it is she’s singing about what she knows” (The Guardian). The Fader called the album “a much-needed plea for kindness”  with Triple R calling it “emotionally engaging”, whilst awarding their Album of the Week.


UPCOMING RVG SHOWS
 

UK
Thursday 17 May – Great Escape Festival – Brighton UK

EUROPE
(all dates w/ Shame)
Monday 7 May  – Café V Lese, Prague, Czech Republic
Tuesday 8 May - Chelsea – Vienna, Austria
Wednesday 9 May - Orangehouse – Munich, Germany
Friday 11 May – Dynamo – Zurich, Switzerland
Saturday 12 May - Covo Club – Bologna, Italy
Monday 14 May – Sidecar – Barcelona, Spain
Tuesday 15 May - La Boite – Madrid, Spain
Sunday 20 May – Aeronef – Lille, France
Monday 21 May – YUCA – Cologne, Germany
Tuesday 22 May - Rotonde – Brussels, Belgium
Wednesday 23 May – Molotow – Hamburg, Germany
Friday 25 May - Badehaus – Berlin, Germany
Sunday 29 July - Festival Les Escales – Saint Nazaire, France

MOONLOVER RELEASES VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘LAZY DAISY’

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“A great Australian artist that paves the way for a promising 2018 of Australian music” – The Wandering Lamb
 
“veers between psychedelia and pure pop songcraft in the best tradition of ‘60s acts” – Courier Mail, U on Sunday

Watch the video for 'Lazy Daisy' here

Fresh off the back of shows with US artist Angel Olsen in Melbourne, Melbourne’s mystic psychedelic rocker Moonlover is psyched to release the music video for new single ‘Lazy Daisy’ as premiered onThe AU Review and announce a single launch at the Old Bar in April with special guests to be announced. ‘Lazy Daisy’ is the latest cut from Moonlover’s debut album Thou Shall Be Free, out now through Our Golden Friend / Island Records.

The video for ‘Lazy Daisy’ shows Moonlover – aka Quang Dinh formerly of Little Red – wandering through a picturesque park and observing the simple things in life. Old friends playing a game of bowls, two lovers watching the clouds, a father and son walking by the pond. On the video, Dinh says, "I was 30 days sober, and feeling like a bit of the fog had lifted, it was a Sunday, the sun was bright and clear, and the people were feeling good."
 
In tune with his occult pseudonym, Dinh releases all of his music in synergy with the Lunar Calendar. The video for ‘Lazy Daisy’ has been released together with March’s second Full Moon, with his debut albumThou Shall Be Free released on its first Full Moon at the start of the month.
 
Thou Shall be Free is the kind of proper record that tells stories through the fantasy of surreal psychedelic songs across to the great reveal of romance. Called “surreal” by Pilerats, the album is a collection of reinterpreted nuances from the universe, including title track ‘Thou Shall Be Free’ that was gifted to Dinh by the late, great David Bowie, who came to him in a dream. The entirety of the album was recorded, produced and performed by Moonlover in his personal oasis Pink Slime Studios, sharing impressive recording credits with John Lee (Lost Animal, Beaches, Emma Russack) who was on mixing duties, with mastering by Joe Carra (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Courtney Barnett, Eddy Current Suppression Ring)Thou Shall Be Free has received praise from fans and media alike, with The Music noting “It’s pop music, certainly – but has the self-awareness that it doesn’t want to be too obvious about it” and Speaker TV calling it a "cosmic adventure."

UPCOMING MOONLOVER SHOWS

Saturday April 7
Northcote Social Club
supporting Cloud Control w/ Hachiku\
SOLD OUT

Saturday April 14 (solo)
The Old Bar
w/ Ded Square

Wednesday April 25
The Old Bar
'Laisy Daisy' single launch
supports TBA

RVG PREMIERE POWERFUL ‘EGGSHELL WORLD’ VIDEO ON LA WEEKLY AS THEY WRAP UP FIRST U.S. TOUR

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“a passionate expression of identity and desire.” – LA Weekly

“There’s a reason why RVG are one of the most outstanding Melbourne bands around; something effortless in being on stage, something magical in frontwoman Romy’s voice. Guitars shimmer behind powerful vocals, surging with the urgency of 80’s new wave.” –The AU Review

Acclaimed post-punk band RVG have premiered the special and raw music video for ‘Eggshell World’ on LA Weekly today, as they wrap up their inaugural USA tour which included multiple SXSW showcases and shows at Rough Trade NYC and The Bootleg in LA. Taken from their acclaimed debut album A Quality of Mercy‘Eggshell World’ shows singer Romy Vager in a single take, singing of her desire to split herself into two separate people to appease those around her.

 

RVG – Romy Vager (vocals, guitar), Reuben Bloxham (guitar), Angus Belle (bass), Marc Nolte (drums), known less formally as the Romy Vager Group – deliver a refreshing kind of honesty and intelligence that you don’t hear in your everyday garage band. Hailing from Melbourne’s northern suburbs, they released their acclaimed debut album A Quality of Mercy in 2017 which was self-recorded live off the floor at The Tote. The eight songs on A Quality of Mercy traverse through the myth of the tortured artist, the isolation of being trans, falling in love with a computer and the feeling of awaiting your fate on death row. Each song is played with wit, compassion and commitment, evident in singer Romy’s delivery, her “fierceness, her flow, and how clear it is she’s singing about what she knows” (The Guardian).
 
They four-piece signed with Our Golden Friend / Island Records who re-released their album in October, which led into a much-hyped BIGSOUND set and four nominations at The Age Music Victoria Awards – for Best AlbumBest SongBest Band and Best Emerging ActRVG have since signed with Isla Angus at ATC Live for bookings in the UK/EU and Lucy Beach at Paradigm for North America, and are touring the UK and Europe this May with UK band Shame.

UPCOMING RVG SHOWS
 

UK
Thursday 17 May – Great Escape Festival – Brighton UK

EUROPE
(all dates w/ Shame)
Monday 7 May  – Café V Lese, Prague, Czech Republic
Tuesday 8 May - Chelsea – Vienna AT
Friday 11 May – Dynamo – Zurich, Switzerland
Saturday 12 May - Covo Club – Bologna, Italy
Monday 14 May – Sidecar – Barcelona, Spain
Tuesday 15 May - La Boite – Madrid, Spain
Sunday 20 May – Aeronef – Lille, France
Monday 21 May – YUCA – Cologne, Germany
Tuesday 22 May - Rotonde – Brussels, Belgium
Wednesday 23 May – Molotow – Hamburg, Germany
Friday 25 May - Badehaus – Berlin, Germany
Saturday 26 May - Strom – Munich, Germany

TOTALLY MILD ANNOUNCE INSTORE AT ROUGH TRADE EAST AND MORE UK DATES

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"Led by Elizabeth Mitchell, the Australian quartet match off kilter guitars to some striking melodies, and fascinating lyricism." Clash
 
"Her is a gorgeous lush pop album that bristles with personal messages." God Is In The TV

"On the surface it sounds totally innocent, rendered in bright twanging guitars, bubblegum melodies and sing-song vocals. However, digging further into the actual words of the song and paying attention to Mitchell's careful inflections in her mellifluous voice, gives us a deeper and more resounding picture of someone dealing with the struggles of maintaining quotidian relationships." - The 405 (on "From One Another")


"Engorged, engaged, empowered bedroom sulk music." The Guardian
 
"A shining talisman for the heartbroken." Pitchfork

"Sweet, harmony-rich, pointedly concise jangle-pop" - NPR

"Skewed pop gold" - Noisey

Following the release of their new album Her via Chapter Music and hot-on-the-heels of shows at SXSW, Totally Mild head to the UK for a string of shows this week, starting with the Popular Culture club night at The Finsbury this Friday, a headline show at The Shacklewell Arms on Saturday 24 March and a newly announced Rough Trade East instore at lunchtime on Tuesday 27 March.

Totally Mild is a lush pop quartet led by songwriter Elizabeth Mitchell, with the addition of guitar magician Zachary Schneider, bassist Lehmann Smith and new drummer Dylan Young. With Her, the band's quasi-psychic intensity, surging forward or pulling back in seamless unison has been captured in crystalline form by producer and one-time Architecture In Helsinki member James Cecil.

As always, Elizabeth's voice is a thing of unearthly beauty, capable of soaring and swooping in shiver-inducing ways. As a songwriter she is equally arresting, addressing desires and dreams with affecting frankness.

About the new album, Mitchell says "Her is a record of failure and victory, new desire, stale romance, queer domesticity and what comes when the party is over. I was torn between a new domestic life and the impulse to tear it all away with bad choices. I fell in love, but I wrestled for independence. I was always trying to prove that I didn't need anyone; my wife, my friends, my band. Her is a document of a woman struggling with the idea of potential. We are told that we could be limitless, but we wrestle with unseen personal and structural walls."

TOTALLY MILD UK DATES


Friday March 23
The Finsbury, London
w/ Castorp and Life Models
TICKETS HERE

Saturday March 24
The Shacklewell Arms, London
w/ Champyons
TICKETS HERE

Tuesday March 27
Rough Trade East 1pm
Instore and signing
FREE

POPPONGENE ANNOUNCE 5-WEEK APRIL RESIDENCY

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POPPONGENE is the dreamy pop solo project of Sophie Treloar (also of Melbourne outfits Sunbeam Sound Machine and Field Maps). POPPONGENE’s music recalls tranquil summer days, full of warmth and lush with reverb, bordering on the psychedelic with hints of 60s pop vibes.

Joining them throughout April will be some of Melbourne’s finest - Champion RacecourseSunbeam Sound Machine (solo), Field MapsReal LoveNo LocalBabeyWay DynamicGirlatonespting, and Tram Cops (solo).

After taking a short break, POPPONGENE is playing the Tote front bar every Sunday in April, debuting a fresh new line up and some brand new songs! The new lineup consists of Skube Burnell on drums (808s and Greatest Hits), Chris Goff on guitar (Them Swoops, Hungry Kids of Hungary), Gemma Helms on bass (Mares) and Deanna Rumsaviche on keys (Oh Deanna).

Join them each week to get a sneak peak of the songs featured on POPPONGENE's forthcoming EP and to help extend those warm summer vibes a little bit longer! x

POPPONGENE APRIL RESIDENCY
THE TOTE FRONT BAR

Facebook event here

Sunday April 1
w/ Champion Racehorse & Sunbeam Sound Machine (solo)

Sunday April 8
w/ Field Maps & Real Love

Sunday April 15
w/ No Local & Babey

Sunday April 22
w/ Way Dynamic & Girlatones

Sunday April 29
w/ pting & Tram Cops (solo)