MOONLOVER RELEASES VIDEO FOR 'MEKONG DELTA BLUES' AND HOSTS ALBUM LAUNCH AT 'OLD BAR' ON NOVEMBER 3RD

Watch the video for 'Mekong Delta Blues' here

Melbourne songsmith MOONLOVER has today released the beautiful video for track 'Mekong Delta Blues', paying homage to his Vietnamese heritage.

“Hi all,

This is the last film clip that I’m gonna make for Thou Shall Be Free. PHEW!

This one I sliced together from all sorts of different bits.

The song is called ‘Mekong Delta Blues’. I started secretly recording conversations with my father because he’s getting old and his stories about the old country and his life are really important to me. What you hear at the start is an excerpt of one of those chats. 

It’s a very strange thing to miss a place you never grew up in. I miss Vietnam, even though I was born in Australia. I grew up in mainly white schools and hung around with mainly white kids and always felt disconnected from being Vietnamese. It’s only in the past 5 years or so that I’ve properly realised how deep Vietnam runs in me and how magical it is to me. Something as simple as getting a banh mi in Footscray and speaking to other Vietnamese cats in Vietnamese gives me great delight and great melancholy at the same time. Oh the pang!

To all the Vietnamese people out there, I hope this clip might help you connect with your culture. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, culture is a beautiful thing and I feel very lucky to be a tiny little thread in such a rich tapestry.'

Thanks 

Q"

Moonlover is also very excited to be taking his full band along to Old Bar in Melbourne for a big ol' celebration of his debut LP 'Thou Shall Be Free' on Saturday night!
This will be Moonlover's last full band gig in Melbourne for 6 months as they are already making album number 2! As they never did a full band album launch for 'Thou Shall Be Free', here it is. 
Supports confirmed as Hobsons Bay Coast Guard and Yukumbabe. $12 on the door!

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.


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

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