The Stevens announce EP launches

March 27th, 2013

IMG_3392CROPSMLScratchy Melbourne pop foursome the Stevens re-release their debut EP on Chapter Music next week, and have teed up a couple of killer shows to launch it. They play Sydney’s Old Fitzroy Hotel on Saturday April 27, and return for a hometown launch at Melbourne’s Tote Hotel on Friday May 17.

Centred around guitarists Alex MacFarlane and Travis MacDonald, the young band released a 6 song EP in 2012 that was without doubt one of the catchiest non-Chapter releases of the year. Originally on CD-R and cassette, Chapter is now reissuing the self-titled EP as a handsome 7″ vinyl affair on Friday April 5, 2013. Check out Look Back on Chapter’s Soundcloud.

The EP comes in advance of a debut album, now in the process of being completed with ubiquitous rockstar engineer Mikey Young (Eddy Current, Total Control).


Saturday April 27, 8pm

The Old Fitzroy Hotel, Woolloomooloo

with Day Ravies and Adults

$10 on the door


Friday May 17, 8pm

The Tote Hotel, Collingwood

with guests tba

$10 on the door

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Beaches – new album and track premiere

March 9th, 2013

CH107 BeachesChapter Music is very pleased to be releasing the second album She Beats by Melbourne psychic rock fivepiece Beaches on May 3 2013.

To get you warmed up, here’s a new track “Distance” as premiered on Gorilla Vs Bear this morning.

The song is one of two on the album to feature guitar work by Michael Rother of Neu and Harmonia.

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Dick Diver – Melbourne album launch & instore

March 8th, 2013

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Much-loved Melbourne guitar slingers Dick Diver return with their second album Calendar Days, and announce a Melbourne album launch. They also play a free, all ages instore at Polyester Records’ city store next Friday (the day of the album’s release), and this weekend play at Golden Plains!

Previously known for their scratchy, dueling guitars and laconic delivery, Dick Diver throw a few curveballs on Calendar Days. The first sound on the record is the tick of a drum machine, and there are keyboards, saxophones, pedal steel and tinkling piano. It’s the sound of a band growing up, loosening their collars, and opening up.

Throughout the album, there‘s a beguiling, inquisitive eccentricity, combined with a non-flag-wearing Australian-ness, that makes Calendar Days something of a modern classic.

Word about the band is also spreading outside Australian borders. In May, Dick Diver will be sharing a vinyl single with one of bassist Al Montfort’s other bands Lower Plenty, as part of Matador Records’ 2013 singles club series.

The rest of the country will have to hold out until July to see the band, after multitasker Al Montfort returns from a US tour with two of his other other bands, Total Control and UV Race.

upcoming gigs in full:

Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre – Sunday March 10 – Golden Plains Festival

Dick Diver play at 11.10am

tickets sold out

Melbourne – Friday March 15 – Polyester Records (city store)

Dick Diver instore, free, all ages, 6pm

facebook event

Melbourne – Friday April 19 – The Tote Hotel

Dick Diver Calendar Days album launch

with Milk Teddy + more to be announced.

Tickets $10+bf from Oztix

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Calendar Days is released by Chapter Music on Friday March 15

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New single from Standish/Carlyon

February 14th, 2013


Check out the synthetic/fractured funk of Nono/Yoyo, just premiered on Stereogum.

Futurist dub pop duo Standish/Carlyon drop the first single from their upcoming debut album Deleted Scenes.

Comprising Conrad Standish and Tom Carlyon, both formerly of shadowy rock group Devastations, Standish/Carlyon recorded Deleted Scenes in London but are now based again in Melbourne.

Deleted Scenes continues the process begun on the final Devastations album Yes, U, moving away from full-band arrangments towards submerged electronic rhythms and late-night altered states.

It will be released on Chapter Music in Australia/NZ on Friday May 17, 2013. In the US/UK it finds a home on new label Felte.

Nono/Yoyo on Chapter’s Soundcloud.

Say hello to the Stevens!

February 8th, 2013

CarChapter Music is excited to announce a new signing to the label’s celebrated roster – please welcome scratchy Melbourne pop foursome the Stevens. Centred around guitarists Alex MacFarlane and Travis MacDonald, the young band released a 6 song EP in 2012 that was without doubt the catchiest non-Chapter thing we heard all year. Originally on CD-R and cassette, Chapter is now reissuing the self-titled EP as a handsome 7″ vinyl affair, to be released on Friday April 5, 2013.

If you can’t wait that long, the EP is also up now on Bandcamp for a bargain $5, so head over and pick yourself up a copy!

The EP comes in advance of a debut album, now in the process of being completed with ubiquitous rock star Mikey Young (Eddy Current, Total Control) at the helm. The album will follow later this year.

The Stevens’ upcoming shows include a show supporting the Wedding Present on Feb 27 at Northcote Social Club.

Wednesday February 27 – Melbourne – Northcote Social Club

The Stevens supporting The Wedding Present (UK)

tickets here

New Dick Diver single “Water Damage”

February 1st, 2013

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Check out the new Dick Diver single Water Damage, premiered yesterday on Gorilla Vs Bear!

Much-loved Melbourne guitar slingers Dick Diver return with second album Calendar Days in March this year, the follow-up to 2011 debut New Start Again.

In the lead-up here is new track Water Damage, the second single to be released from the album after last year’s punchy pop hit Alice (partly written in tribute to Alice Springs).

Water Damage sees the band in gentle, expansive mode, with multi-layered guitars drifting over a wry back-and-forth between guitarist Rupert Edwards and drummer Steph Hughes.

The new album was recorded, like its predecessor, by Mikey Young (of Total Control and Eddy Current Suppression Ring), this time at a beach house on Phillip Island in winter 2012.

Word about the band is also spreading outside Australian borders. In April, Dick Diver will be sharing a vinyl single with buddies Lower Plenty (featuring DD bassist Al Montfort) as part of Matador Records’ 2013 singles club series.

Calendar Days will be released on Friday March 16, 2013 by Chapter Music.

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Jonny Telafone record launches!

November 29th, 2012

photoCheck out amazing new single Spirit Man.

Jonny Telafone is a Melbourne-based bedroom auteur, responsible for a series of incredible cassette and digital releases over the last five years.

After destroying audiences at the 20 Big Ones shows in Melbourne and Sydney this month, we can now announce a series of launches for his new self-titled record on Chapter Music, a best-of taking the unusual form of a four song vinyl EP accompanied by a 20 track CD.

Unconcerned with genre boundaries, Jonny moves between slick r’n’b sex jams, outsider acoustic folk, and apocalyptic sci-fi mini-epics. On stage, Jonny presents his songs like a sedated Henry Rollins, but the recorded works are nuanced, sophisticated and infused with a bleak humour.

Already possessed of a cult following from his scattered cassette and digital releases, this new compilation reinforces Jonny Telafone’s position as a twisted genius of modern Australian music.

In Melbourne, he launches Jonny Telafone at the Gasometer Hotel, with support from Montero, Repairs and Zone Out. In Sydney he plays a joint launch with Bored Nothing at FBI Social, while Newcastles details will be announced asap!

Friday December 21
Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne
with Montero, Repairs & Zone Out
tickets $10 on the door
facebook event page

Friday January 4
Terrace Bar, Newcastle
details TBA

Thursday January 10
FBI Social, Sydney, supporting Bored Nothing
tickets $13.30 from Oztix
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Get the record at one of the shows, or via the Chapter webstore!

20 Big Ones on sale now!

November 20th, 2012

CH100 20 Big OnesRGBWe just had the Chapter Music 20th anniversary show in Melbourne on Saturday, as part of Melbourne Music Week, an amazing day of 12 bands, DJs, Raph burgers and Chapter Music cupcakes. It was also the first place you could get your hands on the 20 Big Ones comp, a double vinyl compilation of 20 tracks from the Chapter archives, featuring unreleased tracks from Twerps, Crayon Fields, Fabulous Diamonds, Dick Diver and many more.

For those who couldn’t make it to the show, or who won’t be at the Sydney version this Saturday Nov 24 at GoodGod, we’ve just put the record up on our webstore. There are limited quantities and we sold heaps at the Melbourne show, so you need to get in quick!

PS: Crayon Fields, Laura Jean, Standish/Carlyon, Guy Blackman and Jonny Telafone are all playing the Sydney 20th show this Saturday. Get your tickets here.

20 Big Ones – Melbourne show today!

November 17th, 2012

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Our 20th birthday concert 20 Big Ones is on today in Melbourne, as part of Melbourne Music Week! Tickets areavailable presale from Moshtix until midday for $25, after which they’re $30 on the door from 3.30pm.

We’ve got four rooms, running – the Main Hall with 11 bands playing from 4pm, the Supper Room downstairs with DJs and a mystery acoustic set, the Merch room upstairs with cheap LPs/7″s/CDs, artwork and cupcakes, and the Screening Room upstairs with an array of Chapter Music videos spanning the years 1979 to now!

What’s more, the first 100 merch purchases will receive a free Chapter back catalogue gem.

Saturday November 17

Melbourne – North Melbourne Town Hall

ALL AGES & LICENSED, doors 3.30pm

with Crayon Fields, Twerps, Beaches, Clag, Pikelet, Primitive Calculators, Laura Jean, Bum Creek, Standish/Carlyon, Jonny Telafone, New Estate and more.

tickets $25+bf from Moshtix until 12 noon, then $30 on the door. Children under 10 $15.

co-presented with Melbourne Music Week

Richard Lockwood 2CD out today

November 9th, 2012

p1+20OLCheck out Richard Lockwood’s Highest Of the High on the Chapter Soundcloud.

Across two discs, In the Doorway of the Dawn – The Chronicle Of A Song, Volumes 1&2, 1972-2012 presents almost 40 years of previously unheard songwriting from Richard Lockwood, renowned as the driving force behind early 70s Sydney folk-psych icons Tully, and for his work with the similarly revered Extradition and Tamam Shud.

In the process of working with Richard on the reissue of Tully’s landmark recordings (second album Sea Of Joy was released last month on Chapter, with first album Tully and third record Loving Is Hard due in 2013), Chapter discovered that the very private songwriter had never stopped recording after the end of his much-loved band – only that he had lost interest in making his beautiful, transcendental music available to others.

It took some persuading for Richard to agree to a solo compilation to accompany the Tully reissues, but In the Doorway Of the Dawn justifies the effort beyond measure. Mostly recorded to cassette four track, and played impeccably on every imaginable instrument by Richard himself, In the Doorway Of the Dawn reveals a singular songwriter with an unswerving focus.

Of the 33 songs presented here, virtually all are written in tribute to spiritual master Meher Baba, whom Richard disovered in the late 60s and whose influence wholly transfigured the remainder of his life. Suffused in equal parts with serenity and yearning, Richard’s songs have a grace that is almost unequalled.

Of special note are the settings Richard recorded of works by Australian poet Francis Brabazon, named “the poet of the age” by Meher Baba. Over the course of decades, Richard interpreted many Brabazon poems, of which five are presented here.

The span of these recordings begins with live solo performances in 1972 (just after Tully had disbanded and Richard had joined fellow adventurers Tamam Shud) and continues right up until late last decade, with home recordings made by Richard in Melbourne.

For 40 years, Richard wrote songs that could have been classics. But he was content merely to write them, sing them, sometimes record them, offer them to his Beloved Meher and then put them away in a box of cassettes in his cupboard.

Complete with extensive liner notes, lyrics and photos, In the Doorway Of the Dawn is a revelation, the life’s work of a rare talent, even rarer for his lack of concern with public recognition.

Sadly, Richard Lockwood passed away in September 2012.