A message from Martin Frawley of Twerps

November 19th, 2013

Chapterfest 21 is tomorrow night, and here’s a message from Marty Twerps to get you excited!

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Wednesday November 20

The Residence, Birrarung Marr

CHAPTERFEST 21 for MELBOURNE MUSIC WEEK

tickets $20+bf from melbourne.vic.gov.au/mmw

Playing times:

Doors 7pm

7.45 – 8.15 The Ancients

8.30 – 9.00 Darren Sylvester

9.15 – 9.45 The Stevens

10.00 – 10.30 Bushwalking

10.45 – 11.15 Geoffrey O’Connor

11-30 – 12.30 Twerps & Dick Diver collaborative set


Chapterfest 21 is next week! Playing times announced.

November 14th, 2013

TDDMIDChapter Music’s 21st birthday party for Melbourne Music Week is almost upon us, and everyone’s getting pretty excited! The Residence, MMW’s purpose-built dome venue extravaganza is taking shape now, and looking amazing. Twerps and Dick Diver have been jamming out their collab set, but still keeping everything under pretty tight wraps, so who knows exactly what they could come up with!

Plus Geoffrey O’Connor is match fit after his recent US tour, andBushwalkingthe StevensDarren Sylvester and the Ancients are all ready to blow your socks off!

Playing times are announced below.

Tickets are selling fast to this one, and we expect the show will sell out on the night, so pick up a presale ticket via the link below and make sure you don’t miss out!

Wednesday November 20
The Residence, Birrarung Marr
CHAPTERFEST 21 for MELBOURNE MUSIC WEEK

tickets $20+bf from melbourne.vic.gov.au/mmw
Playing times:

Doors 7pm
7.45 – 8.15 The Ancients

8.30 – 9.00 Darren Sylvester
9.15 – 9.45 The Stevens
10.00 – 10.30 Bushwalking
10.45 – 11.15 Geoffrey O’Connor
11-30 – 12.30 Twerps & Dick Diver collaborative set

PRIMITIVE CALCULATORS and THE STEVENS ALBUMS TOMORROW + LAUNCH DATES

October 31st, 2013
StevensPrimCalcsThe end of the year is upon us, and Chapter Music has had a veritable big one, with 11 albums to be released this year, and one lone EP. Released tomorrow, Friday November 1, the final records to make up our big 12 for 2013 are debut albums by two very different groups, of very different ages.

Young scratchy pop foursome The Stevens (featuring Twerps drummer Alex Macfarlane and Boomgates member Gus Lord on bass) release A History Of Hygiene, an impressionist whirlwind of song fragments and frenetic anxiety-pop classics, sequenced almost without pause in a heady 24 song, 44 minute rush.

Meanwhile synth punk pioneers Primitive Calculators release their debut studio album The World Is Fucked, only 35 years into their long and ferocious career. Pulling no punches across its nine one-word songs, The World Is Fucked is the ultimate aural statement of ageing, despair and futility. Surprisingly, it’s really fun to listen to!

The Stevens are also excited to announce details for their Melbourne album launch, with interstate launch details to follow shortly. Primitive Calculators’ recently announced album launches are also below.Get Primitive Calculators and the Stevens albums via Chapter’s Bandcamp, or via the Chapter webstore.

THE STEVENS – Melbourne album launch

Friday December 20
Melbourne – the Tote Hotel
with Lower Plenty + Nth Wheel
tickets on the door

PRIMITIVE CALCULATORS – Album launch dates
Saturday December 7
Melbourne – Toff In Town
with Little Bands supports
tickets $12+bf from www.thetoffintown.com

Saturday January 18
Sydney – Red Rattler
with supports TBA
tickets $12+bf from www.moshtix.com.au

Saturday February 1
Hobart – Brisbane Hotel
with supports TBA
tickets $12+bf from www.oztix.com.au

for more info on any of this, please contact us at Chapter Music

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Stevens instore, Prim Calcs launches, Ancients + Darren Sylvester supports!

October 24th, 2013

Chapter has had a crazy good year, our biggest ever, and at the start of November we release our two final albums for 2013 – the Stevens’ A History Of Hygiene and Primitive Calculators’ The World Is Fucked. Here are some album launch details for them both, plus fellow Chapter stars Darren Sylvester and the Ancients.

THE STEVENS

Scratchy pop foursome the Stevens release their debut album A History Of Hygiene on Friday Nov 1, and to celebrate they’re playing a Polyester Records instore the following afternoon at the city store. Proper album launches will be announced v soon!

Saturday November 2, 2pm
Melbourne – Polyester Records instore
free, all ages

DARREN SYLVESTER

Uber-smooth art star Darren Sylvester announces supports for his Melbourne launch for amazing new album Off By Heart. He will be ably supported by soft-rock supergroupers Montero and the sultry urban experiments of Fatti Frances. The Melbourne show will also mark Darren’s first ever show with a backing band, with album collaborators James Cecil, Jojo Petrina and Biddy Connor joining him on stage.

The Sydney launch is just Darren himself, playing a special late night set at intimate new bar/cinema Golden Age.

Friday November 8
Melbourne – Kelvin Club
with Montero + Fatti Frances
tickets $12+bf here

Saturday November 16
Sydney – Golden Age Cinema
very limited capacity!
tickets $14+bf here

PRIMITIVE CALCULATORS



Snaggle-toothed synth-punk heroes Primitive Calculators, who first formed in 1978, are releasing their first ever studio album The World Is Fucked on Friday Nov 1. They’re excited to announce album launches in Melbourne, Sydney and Hobart.

For the Melbourne launch, Primitive Calculators are revisiting the legendary Little Bands idea that they created in the late 70s, asking a bunch of friends and fellow artists to form one-off little bands to play a series of 15 minute sets before Primitive Calculators take the stage. Expect the unexpected!

Saturday December 7
Melbourne – Toff In Town
with Little Bands supports
tickets $12+bf from www.thetoffintown.com

Saturday January 18
Sydney – Red Rattler
with supports TBA
tickets $12+bf from www.moshtix.com.au

Saturday February 1
Hobart – Brisbane Hotel
with supports TBA
tickets $12+bf from www.oztix.com.au

THE ANCIENTS



Solemn, dreamy psych-pop high achievers the Ancients announce supports for their upcoming Night Bus album launches in Melboune and Brisbane! Sydney supports still to be announced!

Saturday November 30
Melbourne – Northcote Social Club
with Milk Teddy + Inevitable Orbit
tickets $12+bf from www.northcotesocialclub.com

Thursday December 5
Brisbane – Black Bear Lodge
with Martyr Privates + Black Vacation
tickets $10 on the door

Friday December 13
Sydney – Brighton Up Bar
supports TBA
tickets $10 on the door

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THE ANCIENTS “NIGHT BUS” RELEASE DAY + POLYESTER INSTORE!

October 18th, 2013

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Dreamy Melbourne psych-pop band the Ancients return with third album Night Bus, released on LP (with download code), CD and digital on Friday October 18 on Chapter Music.

Melbournites can head to Polyester Records city store at 6pm today (Oct 18) to see a free, all-ages instore!

Their first record for Chapter Music, Night Bus is an elegant, expansive guitar epic with twinges in all the right emotional places. Baby-faced fretwizard Jonathan Michell’s eerie, often falsetto murmurings are set against swirling, soaring psych-pop, impeccably recorded by John Lee (Pikelet, Lost Animal) and Neil Thomason (My Disco, the Slits).

The six minute Molokai, a sweeping guitar symphony in miniature, was premiered in July on Impose Magazine. New single Hey Now is probably the catchiest thing Chapter Music has released all year, while the gentle, introspective title track sees Michell musing over a trip on one of Melbourne’s infamous late night buses.

The Ancients were formed in the late 2000s by Michell after his tenure in celebrated supergroup Mum Smokes, who played a Dirty Three-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties in 2007, and whose 2009 double albumEasy/House Music became an Australian underground hit.

LLB_8171MIDThe band’s lineup has shifted around Michell over the years, but on Night Bus it includes keyboardist Yuko Kono (of Japanese band My Pal Foot Foot), drummer Julian Patterson (a former Mum Smokes cohort who has also played in Kes Band and Minimum Chips, amongst others), and bassist Georgina Ward (Function Group, Moon Dice, also the painter of the album cover). Matt Nicholson of Function Group also plays banjo on the wistful House Of Cards, while guitarist Hamish O’Neill (Moon Dice, Isle Adore) has recently joined the band, but doesn’t play on the album.

The band self-released a split single with buddies Twerps in 2010, while previous album The Ancients 2 was relased on the Sensory Projects label in 2010, and first album The Ancients was released in 2009 by UK label Moteer.

Night Bus is the Ancients’ grand statement, an embarrassment of aural riches and diffident, endearing lyrical honesty.

Pick up a copy from the Chapter webstore, or you can also stream/buy a digital copy via the Chapter Bandcamp.


New videos for the Ancients and Darren Sylvester

October 10th, 2013

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Overnight, two new red-hot videos by Chapter recording megastars the Ancients and Darren Sylvester premiered on uber-hip online culture portals.

The Ancients go all Lord of the Dance on the high-entertainment-value video for snappy single “Hey Now”, from their upcoming third album Night Bus. Click on the video still to check it out, or read the kind words direct from the Spin website!

Night Bus comes out Oct 20 on LP, CD and digital on Chapter Music. Don’t forget the Ancients’ upcoming launches:

Fri Oct 20, 6pm – Melbourne – Polyester city store – instore, free, all ages

Sat Nov 30 – Melbourne – Northcote Social Club – tickets here

Thurs Dec 5 – Brisbane – Black Bear Lodge – tickets $10 on the door

Fri Dec 13 – Sydney – Brighton Up Bar – tickets $10 on the door

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Darren Sylvester’s dreamy video for latest single Don’t Do That To Yourself has also premiered overnight on Flavorwire. His album Off By Heart came out last week on LP, CD and digital (including a deluxe version with postcards and tote bag).

Check his album launch dates too:

Fri Nov 8 – Melbourne – Kelvin Club – tickets here

Sat Nov 16 – Sydney – Golden Age cinema – tickets here

Both acts, of course, are also playing Chapterfest 21 for Melbourne Music Week on Wednesday November 20 at the Residence. More info from melbourne.vic.gov.au/mmw.


CHAPTERFEST 21 FOR MELBOURNE MUSIC WEEK featuring TWERPS + DICK DIVER COLLABORATION!

October 3rd, 2013
TWERPSDICKDIVERChapter Music turns twenty-one in 2013, so to celebrate our coming of age, we’ve curated a night of new and unexpected pleasures for this year’s Melbourne Music Week, aptly entitled Chapterfest 21! At the Residence, MMW’s custom-built festival hub at Birrarung Marr, Chapter flagship bands Twerps and Dick Diver will come together for a special collaborative set, which could involve covers, instrument swapping or all-in jams, but could be just about anything really!
Suave pop-meister Geoffrey O’Connor will also preview songs from his forthcoming second album, while the rest of the lineup showcases Chapter’s freshest new signings, namely medieval power rock trioBushwalking, psych-pop dreamers the Ancients, swanky art star Darren Sylvester and scratchy pop genii the Stevens.

So come help us celebrate our 21st birthday in awesome Melbourne Music Week style!

CHAPTERFEST 21
Wednesday November 20, 7pm
The Residence, Birrarung Marr
Twerps + Dick Diver collaborative set, plus Geoffrey O’Connor, Bushwalking, the Stevens, Darren Sylvester, the Ancients
tickets $20+bf from melbourne.vic.gov.au/mmw

Co-presented with Melbourne Music Week
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OTHER CHAPTER BANDS PLAYING MMW

Also announced today is the Nihilistic Orbs show for MMW, with Chapter stars Primitive Calculators and Jonny Telafone playing alongside the likes of Repairs, Nun, Forces, Four Door and more.

And as previously announced, Beaches are playing Polyfest, Polyester Records’ 30th birthday celebrations, while Standish/Carlyon are playing 100 Million Nights, a MMW show for Modular.

Saturday November 16, 12pm-7pm
Melbourne – the Residence, Birrarung Marr
Beaches with Chris Cohen (US), Personal & the Pizzas (US), Terrible Truths, Songs and more.
tickets via melbourne.vic.gov.au/mmw

Thursday November 21
Melbourne – Liberty Social
Primitive Calculators and Jonny Telafone with Repairs, Nun, Forces, Four Door and more
tickets via melbourne.vic.gov.au/mmw

Thursday November 21
Melbourne – the Residence, Birrarung Marr
Standish/Carlyon with Canyons & Daniel Boyd, Roland Tings, Andras Fox, Shining Bird and more
tickets via melbourne.vic.gov.au/mmw


Darren Sylvester launches + deluxe packaging!

October 1st, 2013

Sylvester_LP_deluxeSuave Melbourne art star Darren Sylvester announces launch dates for his acclaimed second album Off By Heart.

Darren will play an instore at Polyester Records on the album’s release day, this Friday Oct 4, before heading to Sydney the following night for Goodgod Small Club’s third birthday party (alongside the likes of Standish/Carlyon, Montero and more). Then in November his official headline launch shows take place at two rather swanky venues – Melbourne’s exclusive private club the Kelvin Club, and boutique Sydney cinema The Golden Age.

Off By Heart is released this Friday on LP, CD and digital, and to celebrate we have a limited edition deluxe version of the album that includes a set of four glossy postcards and a custom-made tote bag! Every CD or LP ordered from the Chapter webstore comes with the postcard set (while stocks last) while the special deluxe LP edition (25 copies only!) includes the tote bag too.

DARREN SYLVESTER ALBUM LAUNCHES

Friday October 4, 6pm
Melbourne – Polyester Records city store
free entry, all ages

Saturday October 5
Sydney – Goodgod Small Club 3rd Birthday
with Standish/Carlyon, Montero, Bed Wettin Bad Boys, Major Napier and more
tickets $20+bf here

Friday November 8
Melbourne – Kelvin Club
album launch with guests TBA
tickets $12+bf here

Saturday November 16
Sydney – Golden Age Cinema
album launch with guests TBA
very limited capacity!
tickets $14+bf here


The Stevens – new single and new album!

September 27th, 2013

CH116StevensMIDRGBCheck out the new Stevens single Hindsight, just premiered on Ad Hoc! And pick up a copy of your own from the Chapter Music Bandcamp.

The most exciting new band we at Chapter Music have come across in the last few years is Melbourne scratchy pop foursome the Stevens.

Earlier this year we reissued their 2012 self-titled EP, six insanely catchy songs that haunt your ears for much, much longer than the record’s 13 minute duration.

Now we’re very excited to announce A History Of Hygiene, the Stevens’s debut album.

Hygiene is markedly different to the EP, an impressionist whirlwind of song fragments and frenetic anxiety-pop classics, sequenced almost without pause in a heady 24 song, 44 minute rush.

Chapter Music will release the Stevens’ A History Of Hygiene on LP, CD and digital on November 1, 2013. Get excited!

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New Primitive Calculators song and album!

September 24th, 2013

reedsMIDCheck out Dead, premiered this morning on TinyMixTapes! And get your copy from the Chapter Bandcamp!

35 years after they first crawled out of dark, suburban Springvale to spew their synth-punk filth over Melbourne and beyond, Primitive Calculators have made their first ever studio album.

Stuart Grant, Denise Hilton, Dave Light and Frank Lovece formed Primitive Calculators in 1978. They existed in bitter antipathy and vile hedonism until 1980, reforming briefly to appear in the 1986 film Dogs In Space (starring Michael Hutchence), and then reconvened more permanently in 2009, at the invitation of the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival at Mount Buller.

Their original releases, classic synth-punk single I Can’t Stop It/Do That Dance in 1979 and a posthumous live album in 1982, are now holy grails for collector scum around the world. French label Desire Records recently reissued both records in limited vinyl editions. Despite their vicious reputation, Primitive Calculators actually nurtured a thriving community of impromptu bands around them, now renowned worldwide as the Little Bands scene, including groups like Thrush & the Cunts, Too Fat to Fit Through the Door, and the incredible The Take.

35 years later, bleaker, harsher and more desperately hilarious than ever, Primitive Calculators present The World Is Fucked – the ultimate aural statement of ageing, despair and futility. Surprisingly, it’s really fun to listen to!

The World Is Fucked comes out on LP, CD and digital via Chapter Music on November 1, 2013.

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