Soul infused four piece, Electric Empire, return to Australia after another sell-out tour of Japan, taking to the east coast in support of their recently released EP Changin’.
The band have come a long way, travelled some miles and kept some good company along the way. They’ve played some of the UK and Europe’s most renowned stages, shared mics with WoS favourites Aloe Blacc and Ben L’uncle Soul, and are now back home putting the final dates on their month long tour of the nation, bravely bringing soul back to Australia.
We caught up with Jason Heerah, drummer for Electric Empire to discuss the new EP and all that’s lead to up its release:
As a band it feels like you guys have overcome some huge milestones, and whilst it could appear to the untrained eye that locally your hard work has gone (almost) unnoticed- elsewhere you guys have gone gangbusters! Is that a fair comment and how does that make you feel?
It feels great to be in the position were in at the moment. Were still completely in control as an independent band and we are very mindful of the fact that all our hard work songwriting to the creative direction, producing, recording and mixing has paid off. This work ethic is still the driving force into the next phase of writing and recording for us. The live aspect of what we do is equally as important as we feel that after every gig abroad we are scooping up new fans.
You’ve played alongside some amazing artists such as Aloe Blacc and Mayer Hawthorne, have there been any stand out moments and how has that helped your sounds and they way you work?
Yes we have been blessed to have been given these opportunities to help break overseas and to even a new market. I’d say this experience has helped by seeing how these acts like Aloe Blacc, Mayer Hawthorne, have found a way to release on a much larger scale commercially and still be in that soul bracket. Bringing vintage skills into today’s world.
Wanted to update this post from the weekend as the gig has now passed and there is a new clip to be added! In a fitting end to a weekend that began with Faith Lee joining me for breakfast on the Walk of Shame it ended with a few of us visiting the single launch in the sprawling bohemium of Hibernian House.
The gig was beautiful with Tim Hart & Patrick James both putting in sterling performances ahead of Faith Lee. The intimate setting of Hibernian House a buzz with excitement as the lass took to the stage backed by banjo’s, keys, drums and bass from some well know faces.
The new single sounded rich and full of life and as her unique vocals danced above the candlelight. Songs entwined with story telling to create a musical tapestry full of the imagination of a life well travelled.
Make sure you don’t miss out on her next gig on 12th of November in the same venue. Grab the details, together with a free download here.
Check out the beautiful clip for Faith Lee’s new single – Life Long Friend below.
[August 2012: Fast forward a year and Faith Lee has just released her debut EP Damascus. She joined me back in the studio to tell me all about it... More details]
Skipping Girl Vinegar have released the official clip to their euphoric clip You can last week and it is a beauty!
The band are currently touring the epic new album Keep Calm and Carry the Monkey which was put together both here in Australia, Canada and the States. I caught up the bands lead singer Mark Lang to chat about their new music and what it was like to be back on the road as one of Australia’s favourite new bands:
Matt Amery of Sydney wonder-group Tin Sparrow joined me last week on The Walk of Shame, sharing new tracks form the upcoming EP, ahead of the tour which starts this week: The Brass Monkey in Crunulla has the first show this Wednesday 29th June before reaching the Vangaurd on Friday 1st July and onto Brisbane thereafter.
All shows are supported by the lovely sounds of Charlie Mayfair, one of the upcoming acts to watch for 2011. Together with headliners Tin Sparrow the night looks set to be a formidable folk frenzy with the later blowing away crowds at the recent FBi Social gig a few weeks back! As first act on stage that night Tin Sparrow held their own against Husky and The Fall, that night, to the point where many wondered if they were about to upstage the other acts.
Chatting with Matt you could really grab the sense of anticipation, excitement and trepidation about what the future will hold for Tin Sparrow now that can finally promote a full EP. Their sound is unmistakeably indie folk, reinforced with great big textures and a range that can seem them flow from spaghetti western to acoustic folk and back again without sounding forced or disjointed.
Matt joined me for the last quarter of the show, below is a round up of what went down… Don’t panic the dodgy porno music that is too loud in the background soon ends. For the real thing get to The Vangaurd this Friday!
The chaps from Montpelier joined us one Saturday morning live on air via the wonders of modern telecommunications. Tim and I caught up with Dave to have little chat about their upcoming Sydney gigs and the new single – The Last Boat.
If you missed the live chat have a listen to the Walk of Shame interview via Soundcloud and be sure to check them out at World Bar, Kings Cross, this Friday.
If you’re in need of refresher, we featured Montpelier a while back on the Polyphonic Three, check out the link for more info.
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