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!

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

Co-presented with Melbourne Music Week


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

Thursday November 21
Melbourne – Liberty Social
Primitive Calculators and Jonny Telafone with Repairs, Nun, Forces, Four Door and more
tickets via

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

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.


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!


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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Geoffrey O’Connor ‘Jacqueline’ Premier On Brooklyn Vegan

September 17th, 2013

GeoffreyJacqueline.1 Previously known as the frontman for euphoric pop quartet Crayon Fields, Geoffrey O’Connor stepped out from behind his guitar in 2011 with solo album Vanity Is Forever, an assemblage of high-production dance hits, suave funk joyrides and modern synthetic power balladry.

New single Jacqueline is the first taste of his solo follow-up, out now via Bandcamp and on Fri Sep 20 via iTunes and other digital music stores. Geoffrey plans to return to the US next month for CMJ, with shows to be announced soon.

Jacqueline was premiered last Friday on Brooklyn Vegan, touting the song as elegant and ‘glammy’. Check it out here.

Geoffrey’s new solo album is due to emerge on Chapter Music in 2014. Hardworking as ever, he and his Crayon Fields bandmates are also at work on a long-awaited new album.

Twerps + Mac Demarco (Canada) co-headline shows!

August 22nd, 2013
TwerpsMacMelbourne’s bittersweet jangle-meisters Twerps team up with Canadian garage-pop crooner Mac Demarco for a couple of truly egalitarian co-headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney in December.
Twerps have charmed their way through the US, Canada, Australia and NZ in recent years, winning fans and releasing much-loved records on labels around the world. They’re heading back into the studio next month to work on album number two, and will be previewing a bunch of new tracks at these shows.

Here for Meredith Music Festival, Canada’s Mac Demarco wraps his seductive baritone around 50s rockabilly, 60s garage, 70s glam and 80s new romantic for a charisma-heavy swagger through pop history. After the classic charm of 2012 single Baby’s Wearing Blue Jeans, second album Mac Demarco 2 has just been released locally on Spunk Records.



Wednesday December 11
Melbourne – Corner Hotel
with supports tba
tickets $20+bf here

Thursday December 12
Sydney – The Standard
with supports tba
tickets $20+bf here

for more Mac Demarco dates (without Twerps) in other cities, please click here!

New tour announcements – The Cannanes, Bushwalking, Pikelet, Darren Sylvester!

August 7th, 2013

BWCannPikeDSWith a bevy of releases still to come this year (from Pikelet, Bushwalking, Darren Sylvester, the Ancients, and more yet to be announced) it’s a veritable whirlwind of new singles, videos, instores and launches at the moment at Chapter HQ. So here’s a round-up of gig news from our ever-expanding stable of auteur savant genii!


Sydney-via-Bendigo DIY icons the Cannanes announce launch dates for their first album in more than a decade, Howling At All Hours, which came out last month on Chapter. The Melbourne launch will include two sets from the band (who celebrate their 30th anniversary next year), featuring a glittering array of Cannanes members past and present!

listen to first single A Bigger Splash

Friday September 20
Bendigo - Newmarket Hotel
with supports tba
tickets $10 on the door

Sunday September 22, 3pm
Adelaide - Metropolitan Hotel
with Summer Flake + more TBA
tickets $10 on the door

Saturday September 28
Melbourne – Toff in Town*
with the Stevens
tickets $11+bf via Moshtix
*Cannanes play two sets at this show

Friday October 4
Sydney – Goodgod
with Beef Jerk + Destiny 3000
tickets $11.70+bf via Moshtix

Sunday October 6, 3pm
Canberra – Polish Club
with Day Ravies + Waterford + Bacon Cakes
tickets $15 on the door ($10 concession, $8 Canberra Musicians Club members)


Eerie, hypnotic Melbourne/Sydney trio Bushwalking announce launches for their second album No Enter, which comes out on Chapter on September 6. The band comprises Nisa Venerosa of Fabulous Diamonds, Ela Stiles of Sydney band Songs and Karl Scullin of Kes Band, and matches Venerosa and Stiles’ psychic harmonies to Scullin’s piercing guitar tones.

listen to album title track No Enter

Friday Oct 11
Sydney – Red Rattler
with supports to be announced
tickets $10.70+bf via Moshtix

Saturday October 12
Melbourne – John Curtin Hotel
with supports to be announced
tickets $12.50+bf via


Melbourne synth-pop adventurers Pikelet are back with dazzling third album Calluses, out August 16 on Chapter. Launches in Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle were announced last month, and now a bunch of supports, plus two more shows in Hobart and Brisbane, have been added to the tour. They’ve also announced a Melbourne instore at Polyester Records’ city store for the Friday August 16, the album’s release date!

listen to first single Combo

Friday August 16, 6pm
Melbourne – Polyester Records city store
release day instore

Friday September 13
Sydney – Goodgod Small Club
with Horse MacGyver + more TBA
tickets $11.70+bf from Moshtix
$15 on the door if available

Saturday September 14
Newcastle – Terrace Bar
with supports to be announced
tickets on the door

Friday September 27
Hobart – Brisbane Hotel
with supports to be announced
tickets $11.70+bf via Oztix

Saturday October 5
Melbourne – Curtin Bandroom
with the Ancients + more TBA
tickets $13.50+bf from

Friday October 11
Brisbane – Black Bear Lodge
with Primitive Motion + Per Purpose
tickets $11.70+bf via Oztix


Melbourne one-man sauve fest Darren Sylvester is launching his new single Dream Or Something Like That on Saturday August 24 at Boney (the new venue where infamous late night dive Pony once stood). He can now announce fantastic supports in Geoffrey O’Connor and Early Woman (stay tuned for exciting Geoffrey O’Connor news soon)!

Dream is the first single from new album Off By Heart, which comes out on Chapter Music on October 4.

listen to Dream Or Something Like That

Saturday August 24

Melbourne – Boney

with Geoffrey O’Connor + Early Woman

tickets $11.50+bf via

The Ancients – new album Night Bus, teaser track “Molokai”

July 31st, 2013

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Check out the Ancients’ Molokai, as just premiered on Impose. Or pick up your own copy from the Chapter Bandcamp!

Chapter Music is honoured to announce the upcoming release of Night Bus, the third album from Melbourne band the Ancients. The astoundingly beautiful track Molokai, a sweeping guitar symphony in miniature, has just been premiered on Impose.

Chapter will release Night Bus on October 18, 2013. Recorded with John Lee (Pikelet, Lost Animal), the album is pure close-listening joy, a layered psych-pop epic with twinges in all the right emotional places. Stay tuned for more tracks and videos in the coming months.

Darren Sylvester – new single and launch

July 26th, 2013

Sylvester_DreamOrSomething_MIDCheck out Dream Or Something Like That, premiered yesterday on Flavorwire! Pick up your own copy from Chapter’s Bandcamp.

Melbourne art star Darren Sylvester returns with high sheen new single Dream Or Something Like That, the first taste of upcoming second album Off By Heart. He also announces a Melbourne single launch at new venue Boney for Saturday August 24.

Renowned for his multidisciplinary practices in photography, sculpture, video, performance and music, Sylvester applies a polished, highly referential aesthetic to everything he does.

His musical investigations began with videos of himself performing as David Bowie or Kate Bush, and progressed to re-building the Carpenters’ Los Angeles garden for a 2009 exhibition. He made his self-titled debut album as part of Optimism, an exhibition at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art in 2008, and played his first live shows that year.

Darren Sylvester may exist in a world bedazzled by slick pop heroes, but his music is no shallow pastiche, and irony doesn’t enter into it. In fact, Dream Or Something Like That is a deep, rich and dazzling new offering from an artist at the height of his powers.

Darren Sylvester – single launch
Saturday August 24
Melbourne – Boney
with guests tba
tickets $11.50+bf here / $14 on the door if available

Off By Heart is out October 4 on Chapter Music.

Bushwalking announce new album and premiere title track

July 24th, 2013
BWPhotoMEDCheck out epic title track No Enter, premiered today on Noisey! Pick up your own copy from the Chapter Bandcamp.

Chapter Music is excited to announce that Melbourne/Sydney trio Bushwalking will release their second album No Enter on Chapter on 6 September 2013.

The band comprises Nisa Venerosa of Chapter Music artists Fabulous Diamonds, alongside Ela Stiles of Sydney band Songs, and Karl Scullin of Kes Band.

Bushwalking were formed in 2011 when Stiles was planning to record a solo album and enlisted friends Venerosa and Scullin to back her up. Quickly they realised what they were creating went beyond the solo-artist-plus-backing-band archetype, and decided to form an entirely new band.

The result was the eerie hypnotic rock of 2012 debut album First Time, which matched Venerosa and Stiles’ psychic harmonies with Scullin’s piercing guitar tones. The album was released on vinyl via US label Army Of Bad Luck, run by then Deerhunter bassist Josh Fauver. Despite the lack of a local release,First Time became a Triple R album of the week and made many end of year best-of polls.

Bushwalking return in 2013 with No Enter, a bigger, harder record than the debut. The band’s almost medieval edges are now diamond-sharp, with Venerosa and Stiles’ voices inextricably entwined, singing disarmingly direct lyrics over pounding, tom-heavy drums and screaming guitar histrionics.

2013 has also seen Bushwalking perform at Golden Plains festival and support artists such as Catpower and Wild Nothing.


“Bushwalking root their dreamy, folk-leaning songs in the realities of everyday life…an enticingly earthy proposition” The Quietus

“Meditative and pretty…squiggly ’60s-style guitars are nice, too, as is the moaning chorus that comes in and out, chanting like Gregorian monks” The Fader

“Open, droning jams over tightly regimented songs…a loose-ended experience that also happens to be steeped in undefinable spookiness.” Mess+Noise

No Enter is released by Chapter Music on Friday September 6, 2013.

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