“Whether you’re looking to fall in love this summer or pine away unrequited, you won't find a better soundtrack than this.” – Rolling Stone
We are pleased to announce that rock and roll brats, Bleached will bring their sunshiney, West Coast vibes to Australia for the first time this October.
Sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin, developed their craft within Mika Miko - a rough around the edges DIY punk group that guaranteed a wild live set and was greatly appreciated by regulars of The Smell. Retiring to focus on Bleached now with added bassist, Micayla Grace, Jennifer as lead vocalist and Jessica as lead guitarist they released Ride Your Heart in 2013.
The much-hyped band were soon rewarded with recognition and a taste of fame among West Coast musical circles. Unfortunately, the rock and roll lifestyle dominated, with partying and drinking leading to emotional drain and personal trauma. The remedy? Writing and recording masses of material in the desolate Joshua Tree desert, surrounds perfect for creative clarity and a welcome escape from LA vices. The resulting ten-track LP, Welcome the Worms, released earlier in 2016 displays confidence and positivity from the holistically renewed artists.
Bleached are sure to bring an energetic show, loaded with strong musical arsenal that’s sure to please with raw power and a heady dose of rock and roll oomph.
After seven years absence, Popfrenzy are delighted to announce that Canadian rock transformers, Black Mountain are returning to Australia this October. Uniting longhaired music nerds and hemp soaked psych dabblers, Black Mountain are sure to put on a spellbinding performance, armed with their latest genre-blending epic, IV.
After relocating to sunnier West Coast climates, and taking time for alternate projects (like scoring the film Year Zero in 2012) the five piece returned to recognition with IV. It is the product of close collaborations with Sunn O))), Wolves In The Throne Room, Marissa Nadler and producer Randall Dunn and has already received enthusiastic positive response from press and patient fans.
Black Mountain channels Sabbath’s harshness via Floyd’s soundscapes in IV. Harnessing the fundamentals of 70’s hard rock, laced with fuzz and psychedelics. They demand attention with gargantuan bass riffs thanks to master bassist, Arjan Miranda and dueling guitarist Stephen McBean. Bringing celestial tones and lusty harmonies so effortlessly is vocalist Amber Webber, who proves her vocal dexterity throughout IV. The backbone via percussion is drummer, Joshua Wells, with finishing touches to Black Mountain’s pastel drone clan, from the multi-coloured synth wizard Jeremy Schmidt.
It is with great pleasure that we announce the debut Australian tour from Cate Le Bon. The Welsh trailblazer of avant-pop will tour the country in support of her fourth record, Crab Day, a harvest of psych musings that was released in early 2016.
With an ear for outsider alternative Welsh acts that share her mother tongue, like Super Furry Animals and Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci and a soft spot for gritty B-movies, Le Bon finds solace in the weird for her creative palate. Her records are as musings on the menial, like the effect of her pet deaths (an alternative title for Me Oh My) or ceramic cluttered apartments that could be likened to “Mug Museums”. Le Bon continues to document her whimsical outlook on Crab Day; Filled with her trademark childlike, pastoral delivery with tipsy, nonsensical lyrics ““I wanna be your motion picture… My heart’s in my supper”- taken from track, “Wonderful”). She leads with magnetism and confidence through the often-absurd passages generated from her lucid contemplations.
With sounds combining the marching band accuracy and upbeat jangle of The Beatles paired with the grating guitars and psychedelic deviations of The Velvet Underground, Cate Le Bon’s mastery of controlled chaos is not something to be missed live.
It is with great pleasure to announce the debut Australian tour of The Soft Moon this October. Converting sounds into the live realm will be a full live band to accompany instrumentalist, singer, producer and founder of The Soft Moon, Luis Vasquez.
Taking key notes from post-punk and dark pop pioneers like Joy Division, Bauhaus, Suicide and Nine Inch Nails, Vasquez’s sound has garnered a cult following since his first release in 2010. Last years’ Deeper is a spacious affair with all the favourable lo-fi bells and whistles that we became acquainted with in the s/t LP and the widely praised, Zeros. The resulting record is a merit to Vasquez’s personal development, delivering tracks that aim to confront depression and overwhelming feelings of oblivion.
The Soft Moon’s ubiquity rests with Vasquez’s ability to restrict and mechanize the poppier moments that mesh together his soundscapes. This is achieved through looping precise thuds of bass, enlisting buzz-saw guitars and littering tracks with menacing synth screams.
A show from The Soft Moon promises to be a high energy, hypnotic, multi-sensory experience and is surely not one to be missed.