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THE AU REVIEW 7TH BIRTHDAY PARTY

Brisbane - September 11th at Black Bear Lodge - Facebook Event

7.20: Doors
7.50 – 8.20pm: Wasted Wanderers (Adelaide)
8.20 - 8.40pm: Astound Records DJ
8.40 – 9.10pm: The Lulu Raes (Sydney)
9.10 - 9.30pm: Fanny Lumsden DJ SET
9.30 – 10pm: Halcyon Drive (Melbourne)
10 - 10.20pm: HOWQUA DJ SET
10.20 – 11pm: We All Want to (Brisbane)

Tickets are $8 Presale / $10 on the door (if available). Those with BIGSOUND Delegate Badges will be able to get in for free on the day.

$6 Mountain Goat and $10 Fireball Whiskey Cocktails all night!

Please note that BIGSOUND Live wristbands will not have free access, and will have to pre-book tickets or buy on the door on the day.

DJING AT THE EVENT:

FANNY LUMSDEN (SYDNEY)


Photo Credit: Johnny Au

Equal parts sponge cake, red dirt and show pony, Fanny Lumsden sings it how it is. Hailing from a farm in western NSW and now based in Sydney’s Surry Hills, Fanny combines classic country songwriting with sass and honesty. With her band ‘The Thrillseekers’, made up of some of Sydney’s finest musicians, she tours regional country halls and inner-city music venues with the same charm and energy.

In September of 2015 Fanny releases her debut album Small Town Big Shot, produced by Matt Fell and crowd-funded through Pozible. It’s been named by the AU Review as one of the 15 most anticipated albums of 2015 and by influential folk/country blog Timber and Steel as one of the top 10 bands to watch for 2015. Small Town Big Shot is a celebration of family and life in regional Australia. The musicianship of the album is central, featuring pedal steel of the great Dan Dugmore (James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt), Fiddle by ex-pat Luke Moller, backing vocals by MAPLES and the fine skills of the Thrillseekers – Dan Stanley Freeman, Benjamin Corbett, Preston Peachey and Adrian Leighton.

https://www.facebook.com/fannylumsdenmusic

HOWQUA (MELBOURNE)

Creating a sound that is grounded by honest lyrics but lifted by resonant  percussion and melancholic reverb, HOWQUA gives even the most unseasoned of  gig-goers that feeling of witnessing an artist on the brink of something huge.  Carrying a certain enigma with his musical style, HOWQUA’s raw and compelling  lyrics draw you in, while his performance leaves you yearning to know his story.  Not one to shy away from baring his soul through his music, HOWQUA displays all  the traits of a phenomenal storyteller and performer.

HOWQUA made his international debut at Canadian Music Week where he played six official showcases (including Sound Gallery and The Aussie BBQ) and was signed to Adam Kreeft of The Agency Group for North American bookings. HOWQUA has just finished his debut Australian East Coast tour and will showcase at BIGSOUND before embarking on his first North American tour on a run of soon to be announced showcases.

https://www.facebook.com/howquamusic

PERFORMING AT THE EVENT:

WASTED WANDERERS (ADELAIDE)

Emerging from one of Adelaide’s most charming venues, Wasted Wanderers have already achieved a huge amount in a very short time. Formed on the stage of The Grace Emily early 2014 and fronted by one of South Australia’s most talented songwriters, Dusty Lee Stephensen, the trio have already released their debut single ‘God Damn Anything’, played several headline shows, packed out a September residency at The Grace Emily and been a major support for Mia Dyson and a recent main support for Donovan Frankenreiter.

With their debut EP set for release in the coming months there is not one aspect of the recording that hasn’t been crafted by the guys themselves. Recorded between Steve Salvi’s studio in Crafers and Vale Studios in Wynn Vale, the band are self producing the record with drummer Matt Birkin at the helm engineering. Their aim is to produce an album of which the atmosphere it was created in can be experienced through the speakers, so you can almost smell the vintage instruments and incense on the vinyl.

The music is diverse and can range from soul mowtown feels, to deep southern grooves, to obscure jam sections that can end up anywhere... but its always brought together by Dusty's unique way of piecing together a song and Ben and Matt's solid interpretations of the grooves.

As if the smooth harmonies of bass player Benny Morris weren’t enough, the band has followed influences like The Black Crowes and enlisted the vocals of Adelaide gorgeous sister duo Nikai. Supplying soulful backups, choreography and killer get up - the sound of all 5 voices working together is something that must been heard to be believed.

In a short amount of time the band has built an incredible following and secured their place in the vibrant Adelaide music scene. With an East Coast tour on the horizon it’s only a matter of time before this South Australian secret is out of the bag.

https://www.facebook.com/wastedwanderers/

HALCYON DRIVE (MELBOURNE)

Emerging from the creative melting pot that is Melbourne, the two halves of Halcyon Drive, guitarist/ vocalist Michael and drummer Max, are born innovators: sonic daredevils with a knack for the kind of intimacy that shakes at both the heart and the limbs.

Weaving together summer-soaked melodies and thriving rhythms, Halcyon Drive seamlessly meld garage-toned pop hooks with a unique blend of electronic sounds and intricate instrumentation. Halcyon Drive’s songwriting is both meticulous and organic with a sound that is forever peeking over the edge into a chasm of chaos; the spark that lights the fire, brimming with a rare, off-kilter energy.

Armed with a diverse arsenal of gear, Halcyon Drive’s live show is a fitting theatre for the realisation of a sound which has taken them everywhere from the east coast of Australia to the far-off stages of Moscow City. Scattered with layered live loops and shape-shifting dual drum segments, it’s an experience refreshing in it’s spontaneity, and completely captivating.

Halcyon Drive have only just begun their meteoric transcendence of the borders of the Australian scene.

https://www.facebook.com/halcyondrive

THE LULU RAES (SYDNEY)

The Lulu Raes are a four piece from Sydney who combine their love of commercial cheese and fist-pumping floor fillers to produce their own sun-soaked pop. The band take influence from artists like The Strokes and The Pixies as well as pop heroes Christina Aguilera and Macy Gray, attempting to land somewhere in the middle.

Having shared stages with The Vines, DMA's & Little Bastard, they have also completed national sold out tours with Brisbane's Art of Sleeping and fellow Sydney lads Sticky Fingers. The boys third musical effort, Swing Me On A Vine Of Sunshine, saw them recently head out on their debut national headline tour stopping off in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

https://www.facebook.com/theluluraes

WE ALL WANT TO (BRISBANE)

Boasting members from some of Brisbane’s best-loved bands, WE ALL WANT TO are essential on record and completely undeniable live. Their shows are a primal collision of poppy punk, sweet folk, gritty blues and grandiose soundscapes, swirled into singalong anthems and intimate whispers, at once powerful and fragile.

In the vein of Richard & Linda Thompson, or perhaps The New Pornographers, the voices of Tim Steward and Skye Staniford soar and then mesh perfectly, underpinned by a sympathetic rhythm section and embellished with multi-instrumental melodic detail.

They have their hearts set on making shimmering indie rock which is big on dynamics and uplifting melody.. one of the year's most promising debuts..

- Rolling Stone, November 2010

https://www.facebook.com/weallwantto

THE AU REVIEW 7TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
FEATURING LIVE PERFORMANCES FROM:
WE ALL WANT TO (BRISBANE)
THE LULU RAES (SYDNEY)
HALCYON DRIVE (MELBOURNE)
WASTED WANDERERS (ADELAIDE)
AND DJ SETS FROM:
HOWQUA (MELBOURNE)
FANNY LUMSDEN (SYDNEY)
...WITH MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

Tickets are $8+bf Presale / $10 on the door (if not sold out). Those with BIGSOUND Delegate Badges will be able to get in for free on the day. Tickets are on sale now.

http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=55446

Official event hashtag: #au7thbday