Pikelet – new single Combo + album launch dates!

July 18th, 2013

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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 http://www.johncurtinhotel.com/
$15 on the door if available

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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.
www.cannanes.com
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Standish/Carlyon announce album launches

June 19th, 2013

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“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.

STANDISH/CARLYON ALBUM LAUNCHES

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

www.facebook.com/standishcarlyon


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.

ALBUM OUT 5 JULY 2013, PRE-ORDERS HERE.

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

ALBUM OUT 5 JULY 2013, PRE-ORDERS HERE.


Twerps LP white vinyl repress!

May 17th, 2013

photoJust in today – a new white vinyl repress of Twerps‘ instant classic debut album from 2011!. Aus/NZ customers can get your hands on a copy via all good record stores as of next week, or now via the Chapter webstore.

Overseas customers can get the record via Underwater Peoples.


New Pikelet track Pressure Cooker!

May 15th, 2013

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Melbourne psych pop wonders Pikelet return with the first evidence from their upcoming third album Calluses. Premiered today on Spin, teaser track Pressure Cooker is an eerie, loping marvel – six minutes of dark, dreamy post-apocalyptic shuffle – apocalysmic disco? It’s a sure sign that third album Calluses, due out on Chapter Music in August, is gonna be worth the wait since 2010’s AMP-shortlisted album Stem.
While not in the studio, Pikelet have spent the last few years playing with the likes of Beirut, Shellac, Dirty Projectors, Broadcast and Ariel Pink, while band focal point Evelyn Morris has drummed for the Boredoms at Melbourne Interational Arts F and even shared private jets around the country with Leonard Cohen (as a member of Clare Bowditch’s band).
Pikelet are also launching Pressure Cooker at the Tote Hotel on Friday June 7, with support from Gold Tango and Superstar.
Friday June 7
Melbourne – the Tote Hotel
with Gold Tango and Superstar
tickets $10 including booking fee from Oztix
Facebook event page here

Standish/Carlyon – Deleted Scenes pre-order + Quietus stream + Kirin J Callinan tour dates!

May 8th, 2013

CH97 StandishCarlyon RGBFuturist dub-pop duo Standish/Carlyon release their amazing debut album Deleted Scenes on Chapter Music Friday May 17, but you can now pre-order your own copy via the Chapter Music webstore! Digital pre-orders can be made via the Chapter Bandcamp.

As of today, you can also stream the album in full via the wonderful folks at the Quietus!

They’ve also been invited to tour the countryside supporting Kirin J Callinan in late June/early July. Tour dates are:

Wednesday 26 June –  Yours & Owls, Wollongong
tickets available via http://oztix.com.au
Thursday 27 June – Terrace Bar, Newcastle
tickets available via http://oztix.com.au
Friday 28 June –The Standard, Sydney
tickets available via http://www.moshtix.com.au
Sat 29 June – The Zoo, Brisbane
tickets available via http://oztix.com.au
Thursday 4 July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
tickets available via http://northcotesocialclub.com
Friday 5 July –  Jive, Adelaide*
tickets available via http://www.moshtix.com.au
Friday 19 July, The Bakery, Perth*
tickets available via http://nowbaking.com.au
Saturday 20 July – Mojos, Fremantle*
tickets available via http://oztix.com.au

* Adelaide and Perth shows not with Standish/Carlyon


Beaches album out today + launch supports announced + video!

May 3rd, 2013

photoShe Beats, the second album by Melbourne psych-rock megastars Beaches, comes out today on LP, CD and digital via Chapter Music! Pick up your copy from the Chapter webstore, your local record store, iTunes etc etc.

The band have also announced supports for their upcoming album launch tour, which begins at the end of this month.

Friday May 31
Hobart – Brisbane Hotel
with Native Cats + Catsuit
tickets $10 on the door

Saturday June 1
Melbourne – Northcote Social Club
with Bushwalking + Early Woman
tickets $15+bf from NSC / $18 on the door

Friday June 14
Brisbane – Black Bear Lodge
with Per Purpose + Occults
tickets $10.70+bf from Moshtix / $14 on the door

Saturday June 15
Sydney – Goodgod Small Club
with Songs + the Friendsters
tickets $10.70+bf from Moshtix / $14 on the door

Also, check out the amazing new video for first single Send Them Away, directed by Ben Montero and edited by Rosie Adams.

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www.twitter.com/beachesband


Dick Diver – Big Tour Announced!

April 18th, 2013

DDtourBannerIt’s true that Melbourne deep pop thinkers Dick Diver are launching their fulsomely-praised second album Calendar Days this Friday April 19, with one sold out show at Melbourne’s Tote Hotel, supported by Milk Teddy and Free Time. But where does that leave the band’s hordes of rabid fans who aren’t among the 300 or so lucky enough to get their mitts on a ticket? Don’t Dick Diver care about their fans in other parts of the country, or even the ones who were a bit slow off the mark in Melbourne?

Well never fear, because Dick Diver care about each and every one of you. So they’ve organised the Calendar Days Big Tour for July, taking in no less than six towns around the countryside. In Melbourne they’re playing a huge show at the Corner Hotel presented by Triple R, with very special guests Twerps and the Stevens. Then they head off in all directions, playing Castlemaine, Geelong, Sydney, Perth and Canberra with supports still to be announced. Hold on to your hats!

DICK DIVER – CALENDAR DAYS BIG TOUR!

Friday July 5
Melbourne – Corner Hotel
presented by Triple R
with special guests Twerps and the Stevens
tickets $14+bf from the Corner Box Office / $17 on the door if available

Saturday July 6
Castlemaine – The Bridge Hotel
with guests TBA
tickets $12 on the door

Friday July 12
Geelong – the Barwon Club
with guests TBA
tickets $12 on the door

Saturday July 13
Sydney – Red Rattler
with guests TBA
tickets $11.70+bf from Moshtix / $14 on the door

Saturday July 20
Perth – the Bird
with guests TBA
tickets $15 on the door

Saturday July 27
Canberra – Transit Bar
with guests TBA
tickets $8.70+bf from Moshtix / $12 on the door

www.facebook.com/dickdiverband

www.twitter.com/dick_diver


Beaches – new single and album launch tour!

April 10th, 2013

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Sprawling Melbourne psych-rock quintet Beaches reveal new single Send Them Away, and announce launch dates for their second album She Beats, due out on Chapter Music on May 3.

Gorilla Vs Bear premiered crazily catchy new single Send Them Away today. Click here to check it out!

It’s been five years since debut album Beaches, which was shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize and made it into 2010 book 100 Best Australian Albums. In the intervening years, the band have toured the US twice, played All Tomorrow’s Parties at the invitation of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, released an EP for NYC label Mexican Summer, shared stages with the likes of Roky Erickson, Deerhunter and Wooden Shjips, and even celebrated the birth of beautiful twin daughters to guitarist Alison Bolger.

But a second album was always on the cards. For She Beats, Beaches have once again joined forces with producer Jack Farley (Twerps, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding). And like its predecessor, the album reflects a love for 60s pop, 70s psych, shoe-gaze, prog, southern boogie and Krautrock. But She Beats is bigger, bolder and more ambitious than the debut.

Teaser track Distance, one of two on the album to feature German guitar icon Michael Rother (Neu, Harmonia), emerged last month and has already racked up more than 30,000 Soundcloud plays. Tracks like Out Of Mind, Runaway and new single Send Them Away are upfront, glorious pop. Elsewhere, Veda sees the band extending hypnotically eastward, while droning cello scrapes introduce Tanzanite. All up, She Beats is rich, confident and layered, a multi-dimensional sonic world to get lost in over and over again.

Tour dates in full:

Friday May 31

Hobart – Brisbane Hotel

supports to be announced

tickets $10 on the door

Saturday June 1

Melbourne – Northcote Social Club

with Bushwalking + Early Woman

tickets $15+bf from NSC / $18 on the door

Friday June 14

Brisbane – Black Bear Lodge

supports to be announced

tickets $10.70+bf from Moshtix / $14 on the door

Saturday June 15

Sydney – Goodgod Small Club

supports to be announced

tickets $10.70+bf from Moshtix / $14 on the door
www.facebook.com/beachesband

www.twitter.com/beachesband