Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Announce New Album Tearing at the Seams

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American roots rock band Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats have just announced plans to release their highly anticipated new album Tearing at the Seams on the 9th March this year.

The album is the follow up to Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ highly successful self-titled debut.

“For the first record, I demo’ed everything up and created most of the parts,” said Rateliff. “This time, I felt like we’ve all spent so much time on the road that we should all go off somewhere together. We should all have that experience together.

“I want — and I need — everybody to feel like they’re a part of this band. I want them to feel like they’re contributing artistically and emotionally to the experience of writing and creating this music. We’ve all had to make sacrifices to be in The Night Sweats and I want them all to know that it’s worth something.”

The first taster of Tearing at the Seams is the track “You Worry Me”. Check out the video below:

Watch The New Vance Joy Video “We’re Going Home” Plus Details of Upcoming Album

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Vance Joy this week released his epic new, banjo driven single and video “We’re Going Home”. The track is the latest helping from Vance Joy’s upcoming album Nation of Two which is due for release on the 23rd February.

“We’re Going Home” is a typical Vance Joy anthem with a cinematic video directed by previous Vance Joy collaborator Mimi Cave – check it out here:

Nation of Two is set to feature 13 new tracks from Vance Joy.

Nation of Two describes a perfectly self-contained couple; their world beginning and ending at the bed they share, the car they ride in, or any other place where they’re together,” Vance Joy explained. “The idea that their love for each other gives them their bearings; a point of reference that makes sense of life.”

The full track listing for Nation of Two is below:

1. Call If You Need Me
2. Lay It On Me
3. We’re Going Home
4. Saturday Sun
5. Take Your Time
6. I’m With You
7. Like Gold
8. Alone With Me
9. Crashing Into You
10. One Of These Days
11. Little Boy
12. Bonnie & Clyde
13. Where We Start

The Low Anthem Announce New Album The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea

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Indie-folk favourites The Low Anthem have announced plans to release their brand new album The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea on the 23rd February.

The concept album was birthed following a tour van crash which wiped out band member Jeff Prystowsky for several weeks and wreaking a bunch of of the band’s gear and instruments.

“One second you’re dozing off in the passenger seat on the way to a gig, and the next, there’s fire and hell flames and black smoke and your face is bleeding and you can’t see, and you can’t process information, and you think it’s all over,” Prystowsky explained.

The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea is in part inspired by John Cage’s biography Where The Heart Beats, by Kay Larsen. Ben Knox Miller from the band became transfixed by the salt doll fable he came across in the book which tells the story of a doll that wants to know itself, and what it’s made of. A teacher tells it, “salt comes from the ocean,” so it goes to the sea. When the doll puts its toe in, it knows something, but loses its toe. Then it puts its foot in, knows even more but loses its foot … and so on, until it’s completely dissolved, never to return to the shore.

The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea is a concept album with a story arc weaving through the songs like a constellation,” Jeff Prystowsky said. “It’s an underwater circular journey to the bottom of the sea following the salt doll who, attempting to measure the sea (and thus, know its true origins), in the end, becomes part of it. Along the way this non-human, conscious chemical compound, encounters all kinds of fantastical oceanic things.”

Below is a track listing for The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea along with a really sweet album trailer:

1. Bone of Sailor, Bone of Bird
2. River Brine
3. Give My Body Back
4. Drowsy Dowsing Dolls
5. The Krill Whistle Their Fight Song
6. Toowee Toowee
7. Coral Crescent
8. Dotwav
9. Cy Twombly By Campfire
10. Gondwanaland
11. To Get Over Only One Side
12. Final Transmission From The Diving Umbrella

Watch the New First Aid Kit Video “Fireworks”

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Swedish Americana duo First Aid Kit have just released the wonderfully 80s video for their new track “Fireworks”.

The song is taken from First Aid Kit’s upcoming album Ruins which is due for release on the 19th January.

Check out the video for “Fireworks” below:

First Aid Kit will be in Australia this April for Bluesfest and a handful of sideshows supported by Stella Donnelly. The full list of shows are here:

Thursday 29th March to Monday 2nd April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 3rd April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th April – Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th April – Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 7th April – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Timber and Steel Premiere: The Ahern Brothers’ singles “There’s A Light” and “Passing Through”

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After a huge 2017 harmony singing folk duo The Ahern Brothers are getting ready to hit the road one last time before they take a well deserved break.

The Ahern Brothers released their amazing self-titled debut album in 2017 to much acclaim – we described it as “a pure delight” and picked it as number three in our top albums of the year – and now they’ve announced plans to release two more singles and a cover before they hit the road.

The two singles, “There’s A Light” and “Passing Through”, will be released next Monday 15th January but Timber and Steel has been given the opportunity to give you a sneak preview.

The songs were written while The Ahern Brothers toured late last year.

“”There’s A Light” is the first song we wrote together after the release of our first album,” Josh Rennie-Hynes explained. “We were getting ready to begin our debut album tour and had a few days to kill in Queensland so we decided to make the most and write – that’s how it was born.”

“It’s a strange and wonderful song, largely inspired by Jim Carey’s parody song “Cold Dead Hand”,” Steve Grady adds. “In the studio we decided to just throw everything at it, full band production, however at the heart of it we still recorded us singing and playing together. That’s the number one rule for The Ahern Brothers – no matter what we add on top of it, we have to be able to perform it solely as a duo.”

Take a listen to “There’s A Light” and “Passing Through” below:

In addition to the new tracks, The Ahern Brothers also recorded a cover of Ryan Adams’ song “Prisoner”.

“We decided to record “Prisoner” by Ryan Adams as a tribute to the influence he’s had on us as artists,” Grady explained. Because the original recording has a full band production we wanted this one to be stripped back to our two guitars and voices.”

Watch a video of “Prisoner” here:

The Ahern Brothers head out on tour this week, kicking things off at the Cygnet Folk Festival. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 12th to Sunday 15th January – Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS
Friday 19th January – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 20th January – Rous Mill Hall, Rous Mill, NSW
Sunday 21st January – Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, VIC
Wednesday 31st January – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 1st February – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 2nd February – 63 First Ave, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 3rd February – Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 4th February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 8th February – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 9th February – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 10th February – Major Toms, Kyneton, VIC
Thursday 15th February – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd to Monday 5th March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA
Friday 9th to Monday 12th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC

Joan Baez Announces New Album Whistle Down The Wind

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Folk music legend Joan Baez has announced plans to release her new album Whistle Down The Wind on the 2nd March this year.

The album gathers material from some of Baez’s favourite songwriters and composers, with the singer reinterpreting tracks from the likes of Tom Waits, Josh Ritter, Mary Chapin Carpenter and more.

The full track listing for Whistle Down The Wind is below:

1. Whistle Down The Wind (Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan)
2. Be of Good Heart (Josh Ritter)
3. Another World (Anohni)
4. Civil War by (Joe Henry)
5. The Things That We Are Made Of (Mary Chapin Carpenter)
6. The President Sang Amazing Grace (Zoe Mulford)
7. Last Leaf (Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan)
8. Silver Blade (Josh Ritter)
9. The Great Correction (Eliza Gilkyson)
10. I Wish The Wars Were All Over (Tim Eriksen)

Joe Mungovan Announces East Coast Tour

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Kiama based singer-songwriter Joe Mungovan has just released his brand new EP Another Night, A Distance From Here, written while he was traveling on his recent national tour.

“I got back into the writing/recording cycle again at the end of last year,” Mungovan explained. “I had just finished a massive year of touring and was really keen to get some new music out. My initial idea was to release an album, so I demoed about 30 songs but ended up scrapping them all. I kept recording and touring throughout this year and my sound started to grow and move in a bit of a different direction. I’ve ended up with this 7 track EP that I’m super proud of. The songs are all about the hazy memories of drunken nights: from dreams and nightmares to relationships and anxiety.”

The EP contains the single “Steppin Outta Line” which was released earlier this year:

To celebrate the release of Another Night, A Distance From Here Joe Mungovan is heading out on an east coast tour this February – the full list of dates are here:

Friday 23rd February – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 24th February – Rad Bar, Wollongong NSW
Sunday 25th February – Rad Bar, Wollongong NSW
Friday 2nd March – Bloodhound, Brisbane QLD
Thursday 15th March – The Gaso, Melbourne VIC

Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont Announce Album and Tour

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Australian country music giants Adam Eckersley (Adam Eckersley Band) and Brooke McClymont (The McClymonts) are coming together with the announcement of their self titled duo album Adam & Brooke, due on the 9th February.

The husband and wife duo recently released their debut single and video “Train Wreck” which you can watch here:

To celebrate the release of Adam & Brooke, Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont are heading out on a huge tour through the first half of 2018, with more dates still to be announced. The full list of shows announced so far are below:

Friday 9th February – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW
Saturday 10th February – Coast Hotel, Budgewoi, NSW
Friday 23rd February – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Saturday 24th February – Southern Cross Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 2nd March – Armidale Ex Serviceman’s Club, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 3rd March – Southwest Rocks Country Club, Southwest Rocks, NSW
Thursday 8th March – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 9th March – Lone Star Tavern, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 10th March – South Acacia Sports Club – Brisbane, QLD
Friday 16th March – The Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW
Saturday 17th March – The Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW
Friday 6th April – Young Services Club, Young, NSW
Saturday 7th April – Civic Theatre, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Thursday 12th April – Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 13th April – York on Lilydale, Mt Evelyn, VIC
Saturday 14th April – Gateway Hotel, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 26th April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 27th April – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th April – Oaks Hotel, Albion Park Rail, NSW
Friday 11th May – Brothers Leagues, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 12th May – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Sunday 13th May – Mt Pleasant Tavern, MacKay, QLD
Tuesday 15th May – Glenmore Tavern, Rockhampton, QLD
Wednesday 16th May – Hervey Road Tavern, Gladstone, QLD
Thursday 17th May – Melbourne Hotel, Bundaberg, QLD
Friday 18th May – Caloundra RSL, Caloundra, QLD
Saturday 19th May – Highfields Tavern, Toowoomba, QLD

Alanna Eileen Announces New EP Keepsake

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Melbourne based singer-songwriter Alanna Eileen has just dropped the news that she will be releasing her new EP Keepsake on the 13th December.

The EP was recorded at folk-music mecca The Sitting Room in Lyttelton, New Zealand with Ben Edwards (Marlon Williams, Nadia Reid) and features five beautiful tracks including the single “Knowledge” from earlier this year.

Check out the full track listing plus a stream of “Knowledge” below:

1. Stay
2. Knowledge
3. In Time
4. Elias
5. Legacy

BATTS Announces New EP 62 Moons

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Melbourne based singer-songwriter BATTS this week announced that she’s signed to the newly announced THAA Records and will be releasing her new EP 62 Moons on the 29th November.

The EP features BATTS’ 2017 singles “For Now” and “Little White Lies” and cements her new stripped back sound. The album was recorded with band mates Lachlan O’Kane, Hayden Calnin, Ross Beaton and Brendan Tsui in Geelong and was engineered live by Isaac Barter.

“When NASA began to release the sounds of space it blew my mind,” BATTS explains of the EP’s title. “Saturn has always been my favourite for many reasons but when I first heard the sound of Saturn’s rings, it really connected. In that moment, I had the thought of combining the music we create as humans, with the natural music of things out in space that have existed for billions and billions of years. I want to instill knowledge of space within music to people, but not via lyrics – via sounds.”

To celebrate the release of 62 Moons, BATTS has announced a launch show in a secret Melbourne location on the 13th December – for more information on how to get tickets check out her Facebook page here.

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