20 Big Ones – live and on record!

October 26th, 2012


The courier just dropped off boxes and boxes of 20 Big Ones, Chapter’s 20th birthday compilation. This gorgeous, 20 song, limited edition, double vinyl album (on pink and green vinyl, no less!) features rare and unreleased tracks by Twerps, Crayon Fields, Fabulous Diamonds, Dick Diver, Pikelet, Laura Jean, Primitive Calculators, Kath Bloom, Bum Creek, Small World Experience, Minimum Chips, Hit the Jackpot and many more.

It’s just in time for the 20 Big Ones parties Chapter is throwing next month to celebrate our 20th birthday. On Saturday November 17, Chapter is taking over the whole of North Melbourne Town Hall for an all day spectacular, co-presented with Melbourne Music Week, including Crayon Fields, Twerps, Beaches, Pikelet, Primitive Calcualators, Laura Jean, Clag, Bum Creek, Standish/Carlyon, Jonny Telafone, New Estate and more. We’ve also just had comfirmation that we can run the show ALL AGES, ie stiff drinks for the over 18s and soft drinks for the under 18s – so bring your kids, younger siblings, cousins, nephews, nieces…or just bring yourself if you’re a tasteful teen!

Then on Saturday November 24 we head up to Sydney for a slightly smaller but no less thrilling show at GoodGod Small Club. Unfortunately NZ garage-punk terrors Coolies have had to pull out of their upcoming Australian tour dates, but we have replaced them with not one, but three acts! The Sydney show will now feature Crayon Fields, Laura Jean, Standish/Carlyon, Guy Blackman and Jonny Telafone.

Saturday November 17

Melbourne – North Melbourne Town Hall

ALL AGES, 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 from Moshtix

co-presented with Melbourne Music Week

Saturday November 24

Sydney – GoodGod Small Club

with Crayon Fields, Laura Jean, Standish/Carlyon, Guy Blackman and Jonny Telafone.

tickets from Moshtix

The 20 Big Ones 2LP will be available at these shows only. Don’t miss out!

Tenniscoats Aus tour starts tonight!

October 11th, 2012

tenniscoatsIconic Japanese folk-psych-pop duo Tenniscoats arrived in Australia yesterday, here for three shows over the next week, including an appearance at the This Is Nowhere festival in Perth on Sunday Oct 14, alongside Tortoise, Xiu Xiu and many others.

Their first show, though, is in Sydney tonight (Thurs Oct 11) at the Square! Then they take off to Perth, and finish off in Melbourne next Tuesday Oct 16 at the Toff In Town.

Chapter released new Tenniscoats album All Aboard! in June, recorded with legendary drummer Ikuro Takahasi (High Rise, Fushitsusha, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Nagisa Ni Te etc). You can grab a copy at one of the shows, or from the Chapter webstore!

Full tour details are:

Sydney – Thursday October 11 – The Square, Haymarket

with Seaworthy and King Tears Mortuary. Tickets $15 on the door

Perth – Sunday October 14 – This Is Nowhere Festival

Tenniscoats on stage 3.30pm

Melbourne – Tuesday October 16 – Toff In Town

with Mad Nanna and Superstar. Tickets from moshtix

New reissue by Sydney psych icons Tully

October 4th, 2012

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Chapter Music is extremely excited to announce the next in its series of reissues by Australian psychedelic icons Tully. Following on from 2010 live album Live At Sydney Town Hall 1969-70, Chapter can now begin reissuing the band’s three acclaimed studio albums, starting with solemn, dreamy 1971 surf soundtrack Sea Of Joy.

Sea Of Joy documents a period of massive change of the band. For the previous two years, they had been arguably Australia’s most dynamic rock group, renowned for their wild, largely improvised concerts. Their rise was meteoric, from Sydney house band for tribal love-rock musical Hair in 1969, to starring in six-part ABC TV series Fusions and performing Peter Sculthorpe rock opera Love 200 at the Sydney Town Hall. By 1970, when they released their self-titled debut album, Tully were rock stars of a very rare order in Australian music, feted by highbrow critics and teenage groupies alike.

Within a year, however, almost everything changed. Showstopping drummer Robert Taylor departed the band, swiftly followed by vocalist Terry Wilson, and the remainder of Tully joined forces with members of gentle, exploratory folk group Extradition. Suddenly Tully were rockers no longer.

Flautist, clarinetist, saxophonist and de facto band leader Richard Lockwood had approached surfing director Paul Witzig after his now iconic 1969 film Evolution (for which Tully had contributed some music alongside Sydney colleagues Tamam Shud), offering to record an entire soundtrack to his next film. Witzig had agreed when Tully were a towering rock band, driven by Michael Carlos’ massive Hammond organ and Lockwood’s exploratory reeds, but by the time Sea Of Joy came to be recorded, they were a drummer-less, contemplative folk-psych outfit, dedicated to spiritual guru Meher Baba.

Although unexpected, the results were luminous. Sea Of Joy radiates a serene purity, miles removed from what people generally think of as surf music, but as Witzig wrote on the back cover, “Tully are not surfers, but there proved to be many things common to both our worlds: a feeling for peace, beauty, simplicity and freedom.”

New member Colin Campbell contributes I Feel the Sun, also recorded by Extradition for their lone, celebrated album Hushin 1971. The miraculous voice of Shayna Stewart is also heard for the first time on the Lockwood- penned title track. As an added bonus, a hissy radio interview tape from 1971 reveals the band’s thoughts on HairSea Of Joy and more, as well as illustrating the true extent of their early 70s reputation.

Humble, disarming and sublime, Sea Of Joy is a record like very few others in the Australian rock canon. Along with Tully’s other albums, it has had to wait far too long to be rediscovered. Happily, Chapter Music is now able to redress this situation, with reissues of debut album Tully and third album Loving Is Hard due in early 2013.

20 Big Ones – Chapter Music’s 20th Birthday Parties!

September 19th, 2012

CH100 20 Big OnesMIDBeginning as a cassette label in Perth, Western Australia in 1992, Chapter Music has spread its wings over the last two decades, relocating to Melbourne in 1995 and becoming one of the nation’s most enduring and respected independent labels. Releases from the likes of Twerps, Crayon Fields, Pikelet, Laura Jean and Dick Diver, and reissues from Primitive Calculators, Essendon Airport and the Can’t Stop It! compilation series, have cemented the label’s reputation for bringing Australia’s most adventurous pop, experimental and psychedelic music-makers to the world.

To celebrate our 20th birthday, and the release of double vinyl anniversary compilation 20 Big Ones, Chapter is putting on a series of parties around the nation, including panels, bands and videos at Newcastle’s Sound Summit Festival, an all day show at North Melbourne Town Hall as part of Melbourne Music Week, and a wild party in Sydney!

20 Big Ones is a lavish 20 song double vinyl album, with incredible cover art from Twerps bassist Rick Milovanovic (pictured above), featuring unreleased tracks by Twerps, Crayon Fields, Dick Diver, Pikelet, Fabulous Diamonds, Laura Jean, Minimum Chips, Small World Experience, Coolies, Primitive Calculators, Bum Creek, Kath Bloom, Sleepy Township and Hit the Jackpot, plus rare from-the-vault tracks from early Chapter artists such as Sulk, Mustang!, Molasses, Gus, Readers’ Wives and Double Chin. Strictly a limited-edition, vinyl only release, 20 Big Ones wlll be available at the Chapter birthday parties in Melbourne and Sydney in November.

Details of the upcoming celebrations are:

Newcastle Sound Summit

Twerps – Friday September 28, with High Wolf (France), Radio People (US) and more
The Cannanes – Saturday September 29 (afternoon), with Lower Plenty, Day Ravies, Eastlink
Primitive Calculators – Saturday September 29 (evening), with Blues Control (US), MIST (US), Mad Nanna and more

tickets + info on Chapter 20th panels + videos at www.soundsummit.com.au

20 Big Ones – Chapter Music’s 20th Birthday Party – Melbourne
for Melbourne Music Week

Saturday November 17, 3.30pm
North Melbourne Town Hall
with Crayon Fields (only Melb show for 2012), Twerps, Beaches, Clag, Pikelet, Laura Jean, Primitive Calculators, Bum Creek, Standish/Carlyon, Jonny Telafone, New Estate and more!
tickets from moshtix
facebook event
melbourne music week

20 Big Ones – Chapter Music’s 20th Birthday Party – Sydney

Saturday November 24, 8pm
Goodgod Small Club
with Crayon Fields (only Syd show for 2012), Coolies (NZ), Standish/Carlyon and more
tickets from moshtix
facebook event

New Twerps single and US/Aus tour dates

August 24th, 2012

Twerps2MIDTwerps have a new three song single out soon on Chapter Music / Underwater Peoples. Check out B-side “He’s In Stock” premiered on Stereogum!

They’re also touring the US in Oct/Nov including CMJ showcases, with a few Australian dates either side!

AUS Tour dates:

Sep 12 – Beach Rd Hotel, Bondi, with Melodie Nelson + Day Ravies

Sep 22 – Brisbane Festival show at Metro Arts Alleyway, with Kitchen’s Floor

Sep 29 – Sound Summit Festival, Newcastle

Dec 7-9 – Meredith Music Festival

US Tour dates:
10/14 – Purchase, NY @ SUNY Purchase*
10/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie*
10/16 – Baltimore, MD ­@ Baltimore, MD*
10/17 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat*
10/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly !
10/21 – Montreal, QC @ Le Cagibi *
10/22 – Toronto, ON @ Silver Dollar *
10/24 – Gambier, OH @ Horn Gallery-Kenyon College
10/25 – Chicago, IL ­@ Empty Bottle
10/26 – Northfield, MN @ The Grand Event Center
10/27 – St. Paul, MN ­@ Turf Club
10/29 – Missoula, MO @ Ole Beck VFW Post
10/30 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
10/31 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar$
11/02 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
11/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite

* = with Alex Bleeker
† = with Gap Dream
$ = with White Fang, Dignan Porch
! = Panache CMJ Showcase w/ Turbo fruits, Dent May, Dignan Porch, Mac Demarco, Vockah Redu

New single by Primitive Calculators!

August 16th, 2012


Check out C**t Life premiered today on Mess+Noise!

Only 33 years after their iconic 1979 debut single I Can’t Stop It b/w Do That Dance, Melbourne’s synth-punk snarlers Primitive Calculators are releasing their next seven inch single of new material.

Having reformed in 2009 at the invitation of the Nick Cave- curated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival, Primitive Calculators are making up for 30 years of lost time, working on their debut studio album to be released in early 2013.

Since ATP, Primitive Calculators have toured the nation with Lightning Bolt, performed at Old Melbourne Gaol for Melbourne Music Week, played with Psychic TV and had their vaults plun- dered by Canadian label Sweet Rot for an archival vinyl single. You can also expect vinyl reissues of the live album and first single by French label Desire in early 2013.

Now, however, Primitive Calculators are excited to release their first new studio efforts since a brief reunion in 1986. Sick Of Myself is a new song expressing all the self-loathing involved in being in a 50-something synth-punk, whille the charmingly-titled C**t Life is a 1977 classic originally performed by pre-PCs band the Moths, now finally recorded for posterity. These tracks were recorded by famed Melbourne personality Julian Wu, then mixed and mastered by Casey Rice.

For many years, Primitive Calculators’ sizeable legend thrived on their self-released 1979 single, a posthumous live album released in the early 80s, and their involvement in Richard Lowenstein’s 1986 film Dogs In Space, starring INXS’ Michael Hutchence. Primitive Calculators reformed for the film (based on the Little Bands scene they created in the late 70s), appearing in several scenes and recording bleak stomper Pumping Ugly Muscle for the soundtrack. The track was also released as a now very rare 12” single.

Chapter Music reissued their landmark 1979 live recordings in 2004, then followed up with Primitive Calculators And Friends in 2007, a compilation including the first single, the 1979 Little Bands EP and a host of bonus obscurities.

Now that the band is active again, Sick/C**t is an impressive, harshly hilarious signpost along the way to a new studio album due in early 2013 – their first ever!

Sick/C**t is out on Chapter Music on Friday September 7. Pre-order your copy from the Chapter webstore!

Fabulous Diamonds album launch shows

July 19th, 2012


A couple of weeks back, hypno-sensual Melbourne duo Fabulous Diamonds revealed Lothario, the shimmering first track from their new album Commercial Music. Premiered on Gorilla Vs Bear, the track was picked up by the likes of Pitchfork and the Fader, and has already had almost 14,000 listens on Soundcloud.

Recorded with Mikey Young of Eddy Current Suppression Ring/Total Control, Commercial Music is out on Chapter Music on Friday August 3, and Fabulous Diamonds are excited to announce album launches in Melbourne and Sydney.

In Melbourne they’re playing Curtin Bandroom, the very same space where they recorded the album late last year, while in Sydney they’re playing at new basement venue The Square in Haymarket. These shows will be your last chance to see the band before keyboardist Jarrod Zlatic leaves to spend six months living in Europe, so make the most of them!

Fabulous Diamonds – Commercial Music album launches

Saturday September 1 - Melbourne – Curtin Bandroom

supports to be announced – $12 door sales only

Saturday September 8 - Sydney – The Square

supports to be announced – $12 door sales only


New Fabulous Diamonds album – Commercial Music

July 6th, 2012

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Chapter Music is happy to announce the third album by Fabulous Diamonds, Commercial Music, due out on Friday August 3 on vinyl and CD. Check out lead track Lothario, premiered on Gorilla Vs Bear!

After two albums and an EP without song or record titles, the presence of names on Melbourne duo Fabulous Diamonds’ third album is probably going to be the first thing that people notice.

It‘s also the most irrelevant. What really matters is that Commercial Music is Fabulous Diamonds’ most textured, luxurious album yet. Whilst their first record was baby steps and stabs in the dark, and their second album reached for an under-produced liveliness, Commercial Music – titled with no hint of irony – is high-brow, young adult contemporary pop music

As with their last album, 2010’s Fabulous Diamonds II, the band recorded with Eddy Current Suppression Ring/Total Control guitarist Mikey Young, this time taking over the upstairs room in Melbourne’s John Curtin Hotel for four days in mid 2011. Photographic assistance again comes from the inimitable Karl Scullin.

But the deep shimmer of Inverted Vamp introduces a new all-enveloping sound, and later Wandering Eye and Lothario display a newfound ease with canny song construction. Drummer Nisa Venerosa and keyboardist Jarrod Zlatic’s lyrics deal with cynical social observations and bleak character portraits, but over the billowing music they take on a dreamy languor that makes them seem almost harmless.

And as always, Fabulous Diamond explore each of their ponderous grooves to its fullest, but now the weight is lifted by nuanced arrangements and seamless digital production. Commercial Music is both deep and feather light, the heaviest of transcendental pop.

Commercial Music is released by Chapter Music on Friday August 3.


Twerps announce Melbourne & Sydney shows

June 27th, 2012


Loveable pop janglers Twerps play their first Australian shows after a massive eight week US tour, which included a run of SXSW dates then a trek across the American nation supporting classy chillers and BFFs Real Estate. On the way, they recorded sessions for The Fader and Newtown Radio, and even jammed out a live cover of the Clean’s Anything Could Happen with Real Estate in Columbus, Ohio. At SXSW they were big-upped everywhere from Billboard, the Austin Chronicle and NME to the Irish Times. You can check out a picture gallery of Twerps’ US adventures on Mess+Noise.

Since getting home, Twerps have been bunkered down in the studio, so they’re getting pretty itchy to play some of their new songs live. In Melbourne, just one night at the Tote Hotel didn’t seem like enough, so the band have put together a weekend extravaganza taking in Friday & Saturday, August 3-4. For the Friday, they’ve invited buddies Peak Twins and Full Ugly to support, while Bushwalking and the Stevens join them on the Saturday.

In Sydney, Twerps are playing at Goodgod Small Club with special guests to be announced. Tickets for both cities go on sale on Friday morning!

In other news, Twerps are also playing a live to air for RRR’s Winter Warmers series next Wednesday, July 4 at 6.30pm, during Anita Alphabet’s excellent new show Test Pattern.


on sale Friday June 29, 9am

Wednesday July 4

RRR live to air, Melbourne, 6.30pm

listen in on 102.7FM or stream from rrr.org.au

Friday August 3

Tote Hotel, Melbourne, 8.30pm

with Peak Twins + Full Ugly

tickets $14+bf from oztix.com.au

Saturday August 4

Tote Hotel, Melbourne, 8.30pm

with Bushwalking + the Stevens

tickets $14+bf from oztix.com.au

Saturday August 11

Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, 8pm

with guests TBA

tickets $14+bf from moshtix.com.au




New Chapter release – Tenniscoats “All Aboard” CD

June 21st, 2012

Check out album track Mosha Mosha Mo via Ad Hoc blog!


Chapter is really pleased to be releasing a new record for Japanese mesmeric psysch heroes Tenniscoats. For more than 15 years the Tokyo duo have brought equal parts meditative intensity and whimsical humour to a series of acclaimed psychedelic albums, beginning with 2000’s The Theme Of Tenniscoats.

But Tenniscoats have rarely released music without collaborating with others. Most famously, they teamed up with Scottish indie pop legends The Pastels in 2009 for the wonderful Two Sunsets album on Domino Records.

They also worked with Swedish group Tape for 2007’s Tan Tan Therapy and followup Papa’s Ear (released in January this year), as well as US outsider pop icon Jad Fair for 2011’s Enjoy Your Life. Saya has also released an album with Satomi Matsuzaki from Deerhoof under the name One One, while Ueno and Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier occasion- ally perform live as Can Can. In fact, 2011 album Tokinouta is one of the few releases attributable to Tenniscoats alone.

New album All Aboard! continues the band’s collaborative tradition. Tenniscoats have joined forces with legendary Japanese drummer Ikuro Takahashi, active since the mid-70s and revered for his work with experimental and psych-folk icons like High Rise, Fushitsusha, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Nagisa Ni Te and Che Shizu.

Takahashi first played with Tenniscoats a decade ago when they visited his hometown Sapporo, the snowed-in capital of Japan’s icy north island Hokkaido. So in 2005, when they began to record with Australian expat Richard Horner in his Sapporo studio Black Snow- flake Sound, they naturally asked Takahashi to join them.

The result, pieced together over years of annual visits to Sapporo, is an album that presents Tenniscoats at their most relaxed and most compelling. Nominally their “rock” record, if only because they often perform drummerless, All Aboard! is warm, loose and sprawling, while retaining those hypnotic Tenniscoats melodies.

It is their first album for Chapter Music since concert opus Live Wanderus in 2005. The band have toured Australia numerous times since then, playing the Perth and Brisbane Festivals in 2009 and most recently touring with Deerhoof in 2010.

All Aboard is released on Friday July 6, but available for pre-order now from the Chapter webstore!