Geoffrey O’Connor – new video and tour!

May 8th, 2012

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Melbourne’s leading synth sensualist is proud as punch to unveil his new single Proud, taken from his stunning debut album Vanity is Forever (click on the pic to check out the video). A melancholically breezy ode to a faded relationship, Proud finds Geoffrey backed by ghostly harmonies and the keening strains of that most underutilised of instruments – pan pipes. Geoffrey has directed his own video for the track, featuring cameos from Ben Montero and Esther Edqvist, members of Geoffrey’s live band.

To celebrate the release of Proud, Geoffrey and band will make some very special live appearances around the country beginning with a set at Australia’s most iconic venue, the Sydney Opera House. On June 2nd, Geoffrey will be appearing as part of Vivid LIVE 2012 on a sterling bill put together by the fine folks of Good God Danceteria. Catch Geoffrey live in the Opera House studio alongside an extraordinarily eclectic array of performers- Egyptian Lover, Nicky Da B, Prince Zimboo, Straight Arrows, No Zu, Donny Benet and some of Sydney’s finest DJs.

The following week Geoffrey will make appearances in Melbourne on June 8th at Bleachers at Liberty Social supported by Mildlife and The Murlocs and in Adelaide on June 9th at Plus One at the Ed Castle supported by Bad // Dreems, Major Crime and Wild Oats. Full details below.

GEOFFREY O’CONNOR PROUD TOUR

Sydney – Saturday June 2nd

Good God Danceteria in the Studio @ Sydney Opera House

Tickets available here

Melbourne – Friday June 8th

Bleaches @ Liberty Social

with Mildlife and The Murlocs

Doors sales only

Adelaide – Saturday June 9th

Plus One @ Ed Castle

with Bad//Dreems, Major Crime and Wild Oats

$10 pre-sale available from Moshtix from May 11th, $12 door sales

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TWERPS LP BACK IN STOCK!

April 26th, 2012

CH91TwerpsMIDRGBJust letting you know we have copies of the Twerps album on beautiful vinyl again now for Australian and New Zealand mailorder customers. And it comes with a download code, so everyone’s a winner.

Pick up your copy via the Chapter webstore.


Two new Chapter releases – Strong Love & New Estate!

April 19th, 2012

CH70StrongLoveChapter has two amazing new releases out next month! The first is Strong Love – Songs Of Gay Liberation 1972-81, a compilation documenting the first wave of openly gay songwriting emerging in the early 70s in the US and UK. Across 15 tracks, the compilation takes in disarmingly personal folk, uplifting soul, outsider country and dark synth-rock. Compiled by Chapter Music’s Guy Blackman, with an introduction from drummer RIchard Dworkin (who played with many of the comp’s artists and witnessed more firsthand), the album is a powerful tribute to pioneering artists whose music has been neglected for too long.

Check out some songs on the Strong Love Soundcloud.

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Then there’s Recovery, the new album from long-running scrap-pop wonders New Estate. Recovery presents a reinvigorated band, following the advent of new bassist Toby Dutton (ex Flywheel), making for their brightest, catchiest record to date. From ex-Sleepy Township keyboardist/guitarist Mia Schoen’s propulsive pop explosions, to the sprawling epics of guitarist Marc Regueiro-McKelvie (Teeth & Tongue, Popolice), Recovery shows a renewed dedication to New Estate’s ragged, intelligent pop, always with its centre of molten warmth.

Check out New Estate on Facebook.

Both records are out Friday May 4! Pre-order now from the Chapter webstore!


New Chapter release – Clag!

February 7th, 2012

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OUT MARCH 9 – PRE-ORDERS HERE!

Pasted Youth is the first digital-era re-examination of early 90s cult figures Clag, from Brisbane, Australia.

Formed around high school friends Bek Moore, Rachael Cooke and Alison Bolger in the very early 90s, Clag played a kind of psychotic kiddie punk, full of one note Casio keyboard solos and lyrics about cows, goldfish and gravy-covered hot chips. Their apparent innocence, however, was merely a front, disguising examinations of the human psyche that grew darker as the band progressed.

Live, the band would face away from the audience and play with masks taped to the backs of their heads, or dress in hospital gowns and bedeck the stage with fluffy Mr Men toys. Musically they were equaly confusing, staking out a bizarre middle ground between the Shaggs, Bikini Kill and the Banana Splits, In short, Clag were one of the most head-scratchingly strange bands in the world, and those who came across them either recoiled immediately or developed a lifelong obsession.

The band released three vinyl singles and were beginning to make an international mark, with releases on US and Canadian labels, before they disintegrated in the mid 90s. Clag members went on to play in bands such as Beaches, Panel Of Judges and Minimum Chips, but in the intervening years a considerable legend has grown up around their first musical venture. Copies of their original singles are now treasured artefacts.

This 23 track reissue comes with a 16 page booklet packed with photos and extensive liner notes. It includes all their officially released recordings, plus a whole raft of bonus material, including a live-to-air session on Brisbane’s 4ZZZ-FM, and a chaotic, foul-mouthed live recording from Melbourne’s Empress Hotel.

Finally, one of Australia’s oddest and most compelling bands is available on CD for the first time.

Pasted Youth is out on CD and digital Friday March 9! Availble for pre-order here.


Hey 2012!

January 23rd, 2012

Chapter Music had a huge 2011, our biggest year ever, with blockbuster, world-rattling releases from behemoths like Twerps, Laura Jean, Dick Diver and Geoffrey O’Connor. But we’ve got a sneaking suspicion that 2012 is going to be even bigger.

For a start, it’s our 20th birthday! That’s right, back in 1992 a pimply 17 year old Guy Blackman gave birth to Chapter Music with a compilation tape of Perth bands called Bright Lights, Small City. We’ve got a bunch of amazing things planned to celebrate our 20th, so stay tuned for more info in the months to come.

Right now, though, there’s a lot of news we wanna tell you:

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CHAPTER CURATES FINAL FRIDAY NIGHT AT EAST BRUNSWICK CLUB

For the final Friday night at the sadly soon-to-close East Brunswick Club, Chapter Music has curated an amazing lineup, a co-headline show for expansive poet-rockers Dick Diver and synthual slink-master Geoffrey O’Connor, who both released fantastic albums on Chapter late last year. They will be joined by relocated Canberra emo-rap visionary Jonny Telafone, and high-cheekboned pop sprites Velcro.

Friday, February 24

East Brunswick Club, Melbourne

Dick Diver, Geoffrey O’Connor, Jonny Telafone, Velcro

tickets $12+bf here

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TWERPS DO REAL ESTATE, GIRLS, SXSW, JESSICA ALBA

Twerps have a busy few months ahead of them, after their October debut album turned them into global shamble-pop sensations (including a recent Twerps-endorsing tweet by Jessica Alba to her more than 2 million fans!). In February they’re supporting US heroes Girls at their Melbourne show, then in March they pick up with sunny New Jersey buddies Real Estate for Melbourne and Sydney supports. All this before they head to US music mega-conference SXSW for some boozing and shmoozing, and then stick around until May for a huge US tour. More US details to be announced soon!

Wednesday, February 8

Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Twerps support Girls (US)

tickets $45+bf here

Friday March 9

The Standard, Sydney

Twerps support Real Estate (US)

tickets $42+bf here

Monday March 12

Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Twerps support Real Estate (US)

tickets $42+bf here

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GEOFFREY O’CONNOR NEW SINGLE, REMIX EP, LANEWAY ETC

To celebrate the release of Geoffrey O’Connor’s new single Proud (lifted from last year’s celebrated solo LP Vanity Is Forever), Chapter Music has teamed up with Sydney label Yes Please to release a digital EP featuring remixes by YP artists Oliver Tank, Guerre and the Townhouses. The Oliver Tank remix of Whatever Leads Me To You was premiered by Triple J’s Home & Hosed show last week, while Guerre’s take on Proud appeared on Pedestrian TV, and the Townhouses’s So Sorry remix can be downloaded from Sydney blog Life Aquatic. You can also stream the EP in full from Geoffrey’s bandcamp.

Geoffrey is, of course, as busy as a beaver with live shows too, having just come off a series of gigs with glittery pop kids Alpine. Next up he’s doing the national Laneway tour, as well as supporting US crash-pop stars Pains Of Being Pure At Heart in Melbourne.

Thursday February 2

The Hi-Fi, Melbourne

Geoffrey O’Connor supports Pains Of Being Pure At Heart (US)

tickets $45+bf here

Laneway Festival

Saturday January 28 – Brisbane

Saturday February 4 – Melbourne

Sunday February 5 – Sydney

Friday February 10 – Adelaide

Saturday February 11 – Perth

more details www.lanewayfestival.com.au

Friday, February 24

East Brunswick Club, Melbourne

Dick Diver, Geoffrey O’Connor, Jonny Telafone, Velcro

tickets $12+bf here

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www.facebook.com/geoffreyoconnormusic

www.facebook.com/twerpsmusic


Chapter album launch frenzy – last shows!

November 17th, 2011

Chapter Old Melbourne GaolIt’s been a crazy month of album launches for Chapter Music’s fine fillies and foals, one that we’ve cleverly dubbed Chaptember. Geoffrey O’Connor, Twerps, Dick Diver and Laura Jean have all been roaming the nation launching their respective new albums (which for some reason we decided to release all at the same time).

Now the month of musical madness is beginning to wind down, but there are still a bunch of shows left to play out, including the cherry on top, Chapter’s label showcase night for Melbourne Music Week inside the incredibly spooky Old Melbourne Gaol.

Here’s a list of what’s left to come:

Friday November 18 – Sydney – Geoffrey O’Connor and Twerps joint album launch – Goodgod Small Club – tickets here

Friday November 18 – Brisbane – Dick Diver joint album launch with Royal Headache – Woodland – tickets $10 on the door

Friday November 18 – Brisbane – Laura Jean album launch – Black Bear Lodge

Saturday November 19 – Melbourne – Dick Diver album launch, with the Harpoons and White Woods – Phoenix Public House – tickets here

Wednesday November 23 – Melbourne – Chapter Music showcase for Melbourne Music Week, with Primitive Calculators, Essendon Airport and Fabulous Diamonds – Old Melbourne Gaol – tickets here

Saturday November 26 – Adelaide – Twerps album launch with Hit the Jackpot, Old Mate and Matt Banham – Metro Hotel – tickets $10 on the door

Friday December 9 – Sydney - The Apartments single launch with Peter Fenton (Crow) – the Factory Floor – tickets here

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Geoffrey O’Connor – special CD offer!

October 31st, 2011

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To celebrate, Chapter is offering a special two-for-one deal. For a limited time, Australian customers who buy Vanity Is Forever on CD from the Chapter webstore will receive a free copy of Geoffrey’s 2007 CD Liquorice Night, released under the name Sly Hats!

Also check out this great remix of Vanity’s second single So Sorry, by Melbourne producer Hidden Suns.

Geoff’s tour dates are as follows:

Friday November 4 – Melbourne – Northcote Social Club – with Super Wild Horses, Forces and Evelyn Ida Morris – tickets here

Friday November 18 – Sydney – Goodgod Small Club – joint album launch with Twerps + Holiday Sidewinder – tickets here


Dick Diver and Twerps albums out today!

October 14th, 2011

TwerpsDickDiverChapter Music soul siblings Twerps and Dick Diver both release their long-awaited debut albums today, in a knock-em-dead two-hitter sure to leave fans reeling all over the globe. The two bands are very different, with Twerps all scrappy and drunk and loveable, and Dick Diver more sprawling and poetic, but together their albums Twerps and New Start Again form a picture of Melbourne DIY pop music in 2011 that’s pretty damn exciting.

You can hear Twerps tracks Dreamin and This Guy via Pitchfork. The album is a co-release with US label Underwater Peoples and will be released in the US on Tuesday October 18.

As of today, you can stream Dick Diver’s entire album New Start Again on Mess+Noise.

And you can get both albums now from the Chapter webstore!

Both bands are kicking off their album launch tours in Melbourne with instores at Polyester Records’ city store. Twerps’ is this evening at 6pm, while Dick Diver will play a stripped-back set next Friday, October 21.

TWERPS ALBUM LAUNCH DATES

MELBOURNE

Today, 6pm

Polyester Records instore – 288 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

all ages, free

MELBOURNE

Saturday November 12

Tote Hotel – 67-71 Johnston St, Collingwood

with Terror Of the Deep (NZ), Darren Sylvester, Peak Twins + DJ Dry White Toast

tickets $12 on the door

SYDNEY

Friday November 18

Goodgod Small Club – 53-55 Liverpool St, Sydney

joint album launch with Geoffrey O’Connor + more TBA

tickets $12+bf from Moshtix / 1300 438 849

ADELAIDE

Saturday November 26

Metro Hotel – 46 Grote St, Adelaide

supports TBA

tickets $10 on the door

DICK DIVER ALBUM LAUNCH DATES

MELBOURNE

Friday October 14, 6pm

Polyester Records instore – 288 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

all ages, free

ADELAIDE

Saturday November 5

Format – 15 Peel St, Adelaide

tickets $10 on the door, supports TBA

SYDNEY

Saturday November 12

Goodgod Small Club – 53-55 Liverpool St, Sydney

with the Harpoons and Max & Ella (Songs)

tickets via Moshtix / 1300 438 849

BRISBANE

Friday November 18

Woodland – Coniston Lane, Fortitude Valley

joint album launch with Royal Headache + more TBA

tickets $10 on the door

MELBOURNE

Saturday November 19

Phoenix Public House – 133 Sydney Rd, Brunswick

with the Harpoons and White Woods

tickets via Moshtix / 1300 438 849

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www.facebook.com/dick.diver


Twerps album launch tour!

October 6th, 2011

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Scrappy world-conquerors Twerps are taking off on a national tour to launch their self-titled debut album, a split release between Chapter Music and US label Underwater Peoples. They’re kicking it off with an instore at Polyester Records city store on the day of the album’s release.

Up til now, a large part of Twerps’ charm has been their rough edges. Recording to hissy four track tape, singing songs about enjoying the “occasional quiet drink” and then throwing up on your friends, the Melbourne pop foursome have released a series of loveably lo-fi vinyl singles and cassettes on labels around the world.

But now, with their self-titled debut album, there might just be a little bit of growing up going on. It’s definitely the biggest-sounding recording Twerps have ever done. Unlike their early manifestos, Twerps was recorded in a bona fide studio, with the help of engineer Jack Farley (Beaches, St Helens).

But it’s not just the sound, it’s the songs. Tracks like Through The Day and first single Dreamin (recently premiered by Pitchfork) contain instantly recognisably Twerps elements: the fascination with New Zealand’s 1980s Flying Nun era, as well as US bands like the Feelies and Galaxie 500. But they also contain a kind of Australian pop timelessness that harks back to the Go-Betweens, Paul Kelly and the Sunnyboys. This is something new for the band, and it’s deep and resonant.

Co-release label Underwater Peoples was recently listed as one of the “50 best indie labels in America” by Billboard Magazine, and is home to releases by the likes of Real Estate and Mountain Man. The album follows a 2009 EP for Chapter, plus subsequent singles on Underwater Peoples and New York label Group Tightener, and a cassette for Iowa label Night People.

TWERPS ALBUM LAUNCH DATES

MELBOURNE

Friday October 14, 6pm

Polyester Records instore – 288 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

all ages, free

MELBOURNE

Saturday November 12

Tote Hotel – 67-71 Johnston St, Collingwood

with Terror Of the Deep (NZ), Darren Sylvester, Peak Twins + DJ Dry White Toast

$12 door sales only

SYDNEY

Friday November 18

Goodgod Small Club – 53-55 Liverpool St, Sydney

joint album launch with Geoffrey O’Connor + more TBA

tickets $12+bf from Moshtix / 1300 438 849

ADELAIDE

Saturday November 26

Metro Hotel – 46 Grote St, Adelaide

supports TBA

$10 door sales only

Twerps self-titled debut album is out on Chapter Music/Underwater Peoples on October 14 (AUS) and October 18 (US)

Download first single Dreamin via Pitchfork

www.facebook.com/twerpsmusic

www.twerps.bandcamp.com


Dick Diver album launch tour!

October 4th, 2011
ddNSArecordingNew Start Again, the debut album by Melbourne foursome Dick Diver, combines widescreen Australian sweep, 70s New York edge with 90s indie-rock scratch, but transcends its influences to become something truly honest and exciting.

Recorded with Eddy Current/Total Control’s Mikey Young at an old homestead in country Victoria, the album sees Dick Diver sharing songwriting, swapping instruments, and introducing new sounds like pedal steel, piano and slide guitar. The result is warm and understated, shot through with casual grace and supported by real backbone.

Now the band, who feature members of Boomgates, Total Control and the UV Race, are taking off around the country to launch the record, starting off with a free all-ages instore at Melbourne’s Polyester Records city store.

MELBOURNE
Friday October 21, 6pm
Polyester Records – 288 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
all ages, free

ADELAIDE
Saturday November 5
Format – 15 Peel St, Adelaide
door sales only, supports TBA

SYDNEY
Saturday November 12
Goodgod Small Club – 53-55 Liverpool St, Sydney
with the Harpoons and Max & Ella (Songs)
tickets via Moshtix / 1300 438 849

BRISBANE
Friday November 18
Woodland – Coniston Lane, Fortitude Valley
joint album launch with Royal Headache
more details TBA

MELBOURNE
Saturday November 19
Phoenix Public House – 133 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
with the Harpoons and White Woods
tickets via Moshtix / 1300 438 849

New Start Again is released on LP, CD and digitally by Chapter Music on Fri October 14.