Melbourne based Gold Class just finished their first US tour that was booked around the massive SXSW festival and now they continue their tour in Europe – no breaks – kicking off on Wednesday. NME called them “a class of their own” after seeing them in Austin:
“Aussies Gold Class proved themselves to be in a class of their own at Beerland. Still new enough that their name doesn’t even come up first in Google rankings when you search them, they made me think of, variously: early Interpol, Richey-era Manics, Royal Headache, At The Drive-In and Depeche Mode. Frontman Adam Curley is born to be onstage, and there’s something compelling about the band as he wraps his mic cord around his neck and interrogates the audience with a hint of Johnny Rotten about him. ‘Life As A Gun’ is a taught, powerful set closer, drummer Mark Hewitt driving them on with Topper Headon-esque flair.”
As said, this Wednesday, they kick it off, see all tourdates here:
06-04-2016: London (UK) @ Lock Tavern
07-04-2016: Glasgow (UK) @ the Hug and Pint
10-04-2016: Bristol (UK) @ Start The Bus
12-04-2016: Brussels (BE) @ Trone
13-04-2016: Liege (BE) @ Phoque Aime All
16-04-2016: Venlo (NL) @ Sounds (RSD instore)
16-04-2016: Haarlem (NL) @ Patronaat
18-04-2016: Bern (CH) @ Les Amis/Wohnzimmer
19-04-2016: St Etienne (FR) @ Thunderbird Lounge
20-04-2016: Zurich (CH) @ Keller
21-04-2016: Freiburg (DE) @ Swamp
22-04-2016: Braunschweig (DE) @ Eule
23-04-2016: Berlin (DE) @ The Acud
As they are still new enough that their name doesn’t even come up first in Google rankings here some more background info about the band:
Gold Class formed quickly. Guitarist Evan James Purdey recruited fellow creative-writing students Mark Hewitt (drums) and Adam Curley (vocals) to elaborate on guitar ideas he’d recorded to a Dictaphone over the course of a summer. Jon Shub, who worked late-night bar shifts with Purdey and Curley and who builds and fixes guitars out of a workshop in northern
Melbourne, made an instrument for himself and joined on bass. The initial philosophy was simple: each member would write his own parts with reverence given to the whole.
“We write everything together in a small room, which is a recipe for tantrums, but we also look out for each other’s interests and we’re pretty dedicated to that way of working,” Curley explains. “The album was intended to be a document of the live set we wrote in a short amount of time, recorded quickly and released soon after. It’s our opening statement as a band in a way.”
In the autumn of 2015, Gold Class went into Melbourne’s Head Gap Studio for four days with producer Simon Grounds (GOD, Twerps) to record ten songs to tape. The result is the band’s debut album, It’s You, led by first single ‘Life as a Gun’, with its firing lyrical offering, “You can hold your finger on the trigger.” Elsewhere on the record, political protest meets Australian kosmische; proud perversion rubs against lo-fi jangle, and outsider longings become rallying choruses as Gold Class play out the push-and-pull of their first album’s title.
From sold out arena’s in Germany to tool sheds in Kentucky. Outlaw Bob Wayne plays everywhere. Bob was invited to join German superstars The Boss Hoss (marked with *) on their spring tour throughout Germany. Starting TODAY Bob Wayne will hit nine gigantic stages and there is a select number of headline shows in April as well.
Besides this tour we’re happy to announce the first heap of headline shows for this summer. Starting in July and running all the way to the end of September (peanuts for Bob Wayne). Scroll down to find all announced dates, a whole LOT more are to follow.
Remember? Singer-songwriter, storyteller and traveling musician Bob Wayne lost a bet. When he missed shooting the apple and accidentally shot the midget instead his stake was recording a cover of one his best friend’s choice. While Bob was convinced that this cover would get him into serious trouble, his record company felt differently and the result is “Hits The Hits”, an album full of countrified songs which are the world’s biggest hits. See this new video to get a taste:
31-03-2016: Nürnberg (DE) @ Arena *
01-04-2016: Stuttgart (DE) @ Schleyer-Halle *
02-04-2016: München (DE) @ Zenith *
03-04-2016: Essen (DE) @ Freak Show Bar
06-04-2016: Cologne (DE) @ Sonic Ballroom
07-04-2016: Darmstadt (DE) @ Bessunger Knabenschule
08-04-2016: Leipzig (DE) @ Arena *
09-04-2016: Frankfurt (DE) @ Jahrhunderthalle *
10-04-2016: Berlin (DE) @ Max-Schmeling-Halle *
11-04-2016: Potsdam (DE) @ Sham Rocks Irish Pub
13-04-2016: Karlsruhe (DE) @ Alte Hackerei
14-04-2016: Klaaswaal (NL) @ Blazer Parts
15-04-2016: Hannover (DE) @ Swiss Life Hall *
16-04-2016: Hamburg (DE) @ Sporthalle *
17-04-2016: Oberhausen (DE) @ Koenig-Pilsener-Arena *
27-07-2016: Bladel (NL) @ Totaalfestival NEW!
02-08-2016: Torino (IT) @ Blah Blah NEW!
05-08-2016: Stuttgart (DE) @ Goldmarks NEW!
06-08-2016: Waarschoot (BE) @ Roadkill Festival NEW!
08-08-2016: Manchester (UK) @ Gullivers NEW!
09-08-2016: Glasgow (UK) @ O2 ABC2 NEW!
10-08-2016: Oxford (UK) @ O2 Academy2 NEW!
11-08-2016: London (UK) @ Boston Music Room NEW!
12-08-2016: Leeuwarden (NL) @ Neushoorn NEW!
17-08-2016: Mariehamn (SWE) @ Dino’s Bar & Grill NEW!
18-08-2016: Turku (FIN) @ Gong NEW!
19-08-2016: Helsinki (FIN) @ On The Rocks NEW!
20-08-2016: Lempäälä (FIN) @ Rock of Idea NEW!
21-08-2016: Stockholm (SE) @ Capitol NEW!
25-08-2016: Borlänge (SWE) @ Liljan NEW!
27-08-2016: Eksjö (SWE) @ Backarp Kulla NEW!
30-08-2016: Hamburg (DE) @ Knust NEW!
02-09-2016: Berlin (DE) @ Cortina Bob NEW!
06-09-2016: Vienna (AT) @ Viper Room NEW!
07-09-2016: Nürnberg (DE) @ K4 NEW!
08-09-2016: Jena (DE) @ Rosenkeller NEW!
11-09-2016: Zwolle (NL) @ Hedon NEW!
13-09-2016: Krefeld (DE) @ Kulturrampe NEW!
20-09-2016: Nijmegen (NL) @ Merleyn NEW!
22-09-2016: Amstelveen (NL) @ P60 NEW!
23-09-2016: Groningen (NL) @ Vera NEW!
24-09-2016: Leiden (NL) @ Gebr. de Nobel NEW!
25-09-2016: Eindhoven (NL) @ Altstadt NEW!
You may know cultartist Dan Sartain for his crazed, rockabilly-inflected low-fi punk but on his new album, “Century Plaza”, he’s put down the guitar and picked up a keyboard. After garage, punk, Ramones’ rock & roll, americana, blues and even hiphop now it’s time for darkly nuanced electro-pop.
Staring out from the cover with (non-artificially) blackened eye, paranoid android Dan Sartain goes back to the future. The album was released last February via One Little Indian. NME wrote “Sartain has been making Jack White look about as corporate as Madonna for over a decade now.”
Today we’re happy to announce a couple of NL tourdates. On this tour he will combine his older work with work of the new album.
Solids‘ 2014 debut LP “Blame Confusion” (Fat Possum/Dine Alone) was lauded for its revved-up take on alt-rock from the early ’90s. Its poppy melodies set against a dense, relentless soundscape pointed to guitarist Xavier Germain-Poitras and drummer Louis Guillemette‘s formative years in the hardcore scene.
Their forthcoming Else EP, out on Topshelf/Dine Alone Records in April 2016, sees the band checking in after a year of near-endless touring. Having played more than 200 shows in 2014-2015 with the likes of Pity Sex, Makthaverskan, Nothing, PUP, Single Mothers and METZ, the EP reflects that road weariness with a group of songs that vibrate at a lower frequency. These tracks document the waiting, the bleary-eyed confusion and the blur of days that come with life on the road.
The EP serves as a melancholic deconstruction of the ’90s slacker ethos explored on their first LP. But it also charts Solids’ transition into a wider and more experimental sound, borrowing strands from Dinosaur Jr., Hum and Unwound and coiling them into an anxious, alienated sound that’s all their own. The final product is a snapshot of a band that’s travelled 5000 miles in 19 minutes; a band that’s chained itself to the road in search of inspiration.
And in case you were worried, even with their recent successes and ambitious new approach, Solids still jam econo. In May and June Solids will come back to Europe again to promote Else. We are happy to announce their tour dates today including three shows as support for METZ. Also we are happy to announce this time the band will come over as a three piece.
25-MAY: Oviedo (ESP) @ Lata de Zinc
27-MAY: Madrid (ESP) @ Festival GetMad
28-MAY: Barcelona (ESP) @ La  de Apolo
30-MAY: Heerlen (NL) @ Nieuwe Nor with METZ
31-MAY: Rotterdam (NL) @ Rotown with METZ
01-JUNE: Groningen (NL) @ Vera with METZ
03-JUNE: Bordeaux (FR) @ El Chico
04-JUNE: Poitiers (FR) @ Less Playboy Is More Cowboy
06-JUNE: London (UK) @ The Old Blue Last with Birdskulls
07-JUNE: Sheffield (UK) @ The Picture House with Birdskulls
08-JUNE: Brighton (UK) @ The Hope with Birdskulls
09-JUNE: Oberhausen (DE) @ Druckluft
10-JUNE: Leipzig (DE) @ Zoro
12-JUNE: Darmstadt (DE) @ Oetinger Villa
13-JUNE: Prague (CZ) @ Cafe v lese
Mike Savino is not your grandaddy’s banjo player, and Tall Tall Trees is definitely not your average indie-folk outfit for NYC. Mike Savino = Tall Tall Trees. Savino has released two records on his own label Good Neighbour Records: “Tall Tall Trees” (2009) and “Moment” (2012) and has toured extensively, mystifying audiences with his innovative banjo technique.
Savino runs his instrument, dubbed by fans as the “banjotron”, through a slab of effects and loopers, bowing, drumming, and strumming out multi-textured arrangements on the fly to support his lyrically driven songs. Most recently, Tall Tall Trees has been touring the world collaborating with beatboxing violinist Kishi Bashi.
This week Tall Tall Trees will play three shows in the Benelux. Find them right here:
15-03-2016: Wevelgem (BE) @ Avenue De Polka
17-03-2016: Middelburg (NL) @ Het Hof
18-03-2016: Asten (NL) @ Martinus Plak