Songman Daniel Champagne is slowly winding up his final Australian tour for the year, a tour which began back in March. While most five-year-olds are running around committing felonies, Daniel had a guitar in his hand. It has pretty much been there since. Writing songs from the age of 12 and classically trained throughout his teen years, the young songman left school at the age of 18 with an eye cast on the big open road.
Remember the 2001 Australian hit comedy The Man Who Sued God? It starred Billy Connolly and was pretty darn funny. Well, Borat helmer Larry Charles has signed on to write an American remake. Charles also wrote several Seinfeld and Mad About You episodes. At this stage it looks as though Charles’ take on the film will veer from the original premise. Eh, keep an open mind, I guess.
The Kills’ Alison Mosshart recently spoke with Nashville Scene, a local publication in Mosshart’s hometown, about the band’s fifth release. She said: “We’re trying to make a record that’s completely different. Anything that sounds like it could have sat quite easily on any of the other records will probably get scrapped or reworked…” Bandmate Jamie Hince has apparently turned to dubstep and reggae for inspiration.
Armed with their new album Volition, Canada’s Protest the Hero are set to return to our shores shortly. Volition, their fourth effort, was released last year and was entirely funded by their fans through an Indiegogo campaign. The album features Lamb of God’s Chris Adler on drums, following the departure of founding member Moe Carlson. The band started life as Happy Go Lucky in 2001. The Hi-Fi – September 6.
Through fusing toe-tapping country dance hall fun with urban blues and folk-rock, Bellarine Peninsula’s Murdena have created a sound that tips its hat to the likes of Justin Townes Earle, Shovels and Rope and Mason Jennings. And it would seem the music world is taking notice, with the band taking out top honours in the Foot in the Door competition at Queenscliff Music Festival in 2012, as well as winning the Tamworth Music Festival’s Battle of the Bands Competition in 2013.
Can The Preatures top the year they had in 2013? A year which saw their single ‘Is This How You Feel?’ find love everywhere? Which saw the same single land an ARIA nomination and a ‘Song of the Year’ gong from Sydney’s FBi? Yeah, I reckon they can. The band is thrilled to welcome new single ‘Two Tone Melody’ – and they’re itching to take it on the road. The Corner – July 12.
As Dr. Seuss wrote – ‘A person’s a person, no matter how small’. There is a joy found in children that is so free that it is utterly infectious. Plus, they are the coolest toys you could have. They don’t even need batteries. So why shouldn’t kids have a festival just to themselves?
Thin Lizzy, Mötley Crüe, The Angels – Adelaide’s Laced in Lust have been likened to bands with some serious rock credentials. The band performed their first show in 2012, finding success early when they took out the Rocking Angel Bourbon Encouragement Award. The prize money allowed the band to self-fund and release their debut single ‘Fire’.
Norwegian pop outfit Highasakite will play a couple of shows on what will be their debut tour of Australia a little later in the year. Fronted by Ingrid Helene Håvik, who has drawn comparisons to Björk and Lykke Li, Highasakite was personally invited by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon to tour with the band after he caught a live performance. The band has released two albums, with Silent Treatment their latest. Howler – September 20.
Multi-platinum Irish folk band The High Kings will hit Australia shortly for a healthy run of shows across September and October. The band is the combined talents of Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden, four men from accomplished musical pedigrees.