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
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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.


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

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