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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Pikelet – new single Combo + album launch dates!

July 18th, 2013


Check out new single Combo, premiered today on Indie Shuffle! Get your own copy via Chapter’s Bandcamp!

Melbourne exploratory synth-pop adventurers Pikelet announce launch dates for third album Calluses, due for release on Chapter Music on 16 August 2013. The follow-up to 2010’s Australian Music Prize-shortlisted Stem. Calluses is a darker, denser beast than its predecessors, recorded, mixed and mastered with John Lee (Lost Animal, Mountains In the Sky). From the post-apocalyptic eeriness of Pressure Cooker, to the 60s Euro space-jazz of Forward Motion, to the frenetic introspection of first single Combo, the album is bold, ambitious and layered, a record that rewards repeated listens with subtle details and hypnotic depths.

Friday September 13
Sydney – Goodgod Small Club
supports TBA

tickets $11.70+bf from Moshtix

$15 on the door if available

Saturday September 14
Newcastle – Terrace Bar
supports TBA
tickets on the door

Saturday October 5
Melbourne – Curtin Bandroom
supports TBA
tickets $13.50+bf from
$15 on the door if available

Cannanes album Howling At All Hours – out today!

July 5th, 2013

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Check out A Bigger Splash and Not Camping Out on Chapter’s Soundcloud.

Formed in Sydney in 1984, international DIY pop icons the Cannanes last released an album in the year 2002, but that all changes today!

In the years since 2002’s album Trouble Seemed So Far Away, the band have definitely been busy, touring the world, designing their own limited edition Converse sneakers and getting their music featured in Julian Assange telemovie Underground (amongst other things), but for one reason or another they haven’t made an actual album – until now!

Released today on CD, digital and beautiful gatefold sleeve vinyl, new album Howling At All Hours begins appropriately enough with the words “well, here we go again”, and sees the band reunited with drummer and founding member David Nichols, in his first Cannanes appearance since the late 90s. In fact the album is subtitled A Love Affair With Nature II, a follow up of sorts to the band’s classic 1989 second album.

It’s been a while between drinks for the band called “Australia’s secret pride” by Village Voice and “kings of the do it now” by NME (and even included in Kurt Cobain’s infamous diary list of his favourite bands!) but luckily Howling At All Hours is as engaging and idiosyncratic as anything the Cannanes have ever done.

Pick up your copy of Howling At All Hours from your local record emporium, from our Bandcamp page or from the Chapter webstore.

Standish/Carlyon announce album launches

June 19th, 2013


“A heady swirl of falsetto and intricately layered keyboard-gasps”
- Stereogum
“Our favorite record of the year to date…futurist melodies over some of the densest dub-influenced low-end sounds you’ll ever hear.”
- Flavorwire
“Conrad Standish and Tom Carlyon have proved masterfully adept at sluggish, sexy, subtly wonked vocal dance music.”
- The Fader

Futurist dub pop duo Standish/Carlyon announce album launch shows in Melbourne and Sydney in July/August for their acclaimed debut albumDeleted Scenes. These come after their upcoming dates supporting Kirin J Callinan on his national tour.

Conrad Standish and Tom Carlyon, both formerly of shadowy rock group Devastations, continue the process begun on the final Devastations album Yes, U, moving away from full-band arrangements towards submerged electronic rhythms and late-night altered states.

The atmosphere throughout is one of surreal chic. In rich baritone or impressive falsetto, Standish intones dark, absurdist lyrics over the band’s shimmering take on dub, a sensual, ultramodern gloss disturbed by deep vibrations.

There’s the pulse-quickening progression of Moves, Moves, the spectral faux-soul of Feb Love (featuring vocals from Standish’s wife Jonnine, one-half of HTRK), the icy grind of Gucci Mountain, the synthetic/fractured funk of Nono/Yoyo or the deviant denouement that is 2 5 1 1, a collaboration with Benjamin John Power of Blanck Mass and Fuck Buttons.

Standish/Carlyon have played Belgium’s Sonic City Festival (curated by Liars), as well as All Tomorrow’s Parties sister festival I’ll Be Your Mirror, alongside the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Pere Ubu and Einsturzende Neubauten.


Saturday July 27
Melbourne – Shebeen
with guests TBA
tickets $10.70+bf via Moshtix

Friday August 9
Sydney – Goodgod Small Club
with guests TBA
tickets $10.70+bf via Moshtix

New Cannanes album – SPIN premiere and pre-order!

June 13th, 2013

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Check out first single “A Bigger Splash” as premiered on Spin.


Chapter Musc is excited to announce Howling At All Hours, the new album by international DIY pop icons the Cannanes. First forming in Sydney in the mid 1980s, they have released ten albums on labels all around the world, toured the US, UK, Mexico, Japan and Europe innumerable times and been immortalised in books and documentaries by devoted fans.

The Cannanes have always done things their own way. Their first two albums African Man’s Tomato (1988) and A Love Affair With Nature(1989) were self-released on no label at all, but the band subsequently became stalwarts of iconic 90s US indie imprints like K Records, Ajax and Feel Good All Over. They began touring the US and UK regularly, achieving the distinction of becoming one of the best-known unknown Australian bands inter- nationally.

Chapter Music released a Cannanes single in 1996 and the album Living The Dream in 2000. In 2002 their Trouble Seemed So Far Away album earned considerable Triple J support, and their clip for single You Name It was chosen to be the first song played on Rage to welcome in the new millennium. Howling is the first new album since Trouble, but admittedly the band have been distracted by side projects, recording, regular gigs and touring in Australia, USA, Japan, USA, Mexico, headlining the New York Pop Fest in 2008, playing the UK Indietracks Festival in 2010, and various other pursuits. In 2012 a Cannanes song was featured in the TV film & DVD Underground, about Julian Assange’s early years, and the band even recently got to design their own limited edition Converse sneaker!

But now it’s high time to release upon the unsuspecting world some new recordings…New EP Small Batch, on the Cannanes’ own Lamingtone label, got an ecstatic response on its release earlier this year, and now the same lineup that recorded A Love Affair With Nature has regrouped – in fact the new album is subtitled A Love Affair With Nature II.

Vocalist Fran Gibson, guitarist Stephen O’Neil and prodigal drummer David Nichols are the core trio, but Howling also features cameos from sometime Cannanes members James Dutton (Flywheel, Deep Country ), Mia Schoen (New Estate, Sleepy Township) and Fran Bussey (Nice, Dusken Lights). After such a long wait, it’s reassuring to discover that Howling At All Hours is as engaging and idiosyncratic as anything the band have ever done.

“The Cannanes have returned and showed us why they deserve to be regarded as true innovators of indie pop” - CMJ 2013

“Kings of the do it now” – Simon Reynolds, NME

“Australia’s secret pride, and the most casual indie-pop band anywhere” – Village Voice

“The Cannanes are, without a doubt, Australia’s best-kept musical secret.” – SF Weekly

“They have inspired more groups world-wide than you and I have had hot dinners” – InPress Magazine