Empire Of The Sun

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Empire Of the Sun

Empire of the Sun are the Australian success story of the year. Released in October 2008 their debut album has spawned the hit singles Walking On A Dream, We Are The People and Standing on The Shore, and has eclipsed platinum sales status in Australia and still rising. But that’s not where the story ends. The band has been equally well-received all over the world. AT the beginning of the year Empire of the Sun gained mainstream media attention for gaining fourth position on the BBC’s annual Sound if Music poll 2009. Since then, their album has gone on to pass gold status in UK where their recent single We Are The People was A-listed on Radio1, Radio 2, 6 Music, XFM and many other stations. Europe is not far behind and the US has recently come on board thanks in part to the band recently being featured in everyone’s favourite TV series Entourage.

Empire of the Sun have been invited to perform many festivals worldwide but to date the plan has been to keep it local. Empire of the Sun will be one of the main-stage headline acts at Australia’s Parklife Festival, touring between September 26 and October 5, 2009. These dates will mark the first ever live performance.
“The show is going to be epic, full of colours, dinosaur-teeth chomping at the valleys of future. It will be more outrageous than the scents of imagination and will take the audience on a journey to another world”, said front-man and vocalist Steel.

Littlemore, who does not perform in the live show, says “We created the music as a celebration, this is an exciting new chapter in the Empire journey”.

The Empire journey will next take the dynamic duo to Townsville, where they will headline the inaugural Full Noise Music Festival on October 24.


Please press play to hear the track - Walking on a Dream

 

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Empire Of The Sun

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The Grates

For The Grates’ debut album Gravity Won’t Get You High (2006), their signature animal was the giraffe. It was a fitting match: that year, the album towered over all other beasts, made mammoth strides, and won the affection of the people, both here and abroad. Two years later, The Grates present second album, Teeth Lost, Hearts Won: an entirely different animal altogether.

“If Teeth Lost, Hearts Won was a beast, I imagine it’d be like something from Where the Wild Things Are,” Patience says. “They’re big and scary. But they’ve also got this sensitivity, and pick up the little kid and protect him.” Alana thinks. “Or maybe the griffin in Alice in Wonderland,” she says. “He’s like a lion and eagle together, but a really gentle creature.”

Please press play to hear the track - Carve Your Name

 

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Ugly Duckling

Andy, Dizzy and Young Einstein deliver another musically different, totally independent, 12 plus track, boundary pushing record. This time the trio got a bit more personal but UD wouldn’t be themselves if they didn't inject the listener with some humor as well. The samples used on this record are just amazing...

Young Einstein was a music lover from an early age. He began experimenting with his mom's turntables as a boy-genius before moving to his first set of Technics. The legend of his beat digging abilities can be traced back to a time when his massive LP collection was just taking shape. As his spinning prowess grew Einstein came to accept his calling as the backbone of a classic hip-hop trio. Soon after, he would also embrace his role as owner and keeper of the group's un-official mascot, the dookie gold rope, value as yet undetermined.

Dizzy's MC career stretches back about as far as the eye can see. Having been fully immersed in hip hop culture from a young age, rhyming has always been second nature for Diz. Growing up on the north side of Long Beach gave him the chance to sharpen and hone his unique flow into a style that would stand the test of time. From the days of chillin on the couch in the back house to touring around the globe, Dizzy has turned a lifelong passion into his profession. As he once put it, "me without a mic is 23 without the Nikes."

There was nothing more affecting than music in the life of young Andy Cooper, with the possible exception of sports. Hours spent on the black top would offer exposure to rap music in it's infancy and lead to a near-compulsive devotion. Ed, Dre, and Fab 5 Freddy became familiar faces as Andy amassed a vault of cassettes and music videos that covered all areas of the developing new genre. He began experimenting with productions of his own and when he met Dizzy and Einstein the stage was set for the 3 piece Voltron-like concoction to form.

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Empire Of The Sun

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Ash Grunwald

It is too simplistic to describe Ash Grunwald as just a blues musician.

While it’s true that his music is steeped in the Delta blues tradition of the legendary acoustic musicians who proliferated in pre-World War 11 America’s deep South and the giants of electric blues who shaped rock and roll, it’s the young Victorian’s willingness to combine these influences with grooves and sounds common in contemporary music that sets him apart.

A soulful singer and guitar player, Ash immediately drew attention with the release of 2002’s ‘Introducing … Ash Grunwald’ a collection of originals and blues standards that included ‘Smokestack Lightnin’ (Howlin’ Wolf) ‘The Sky Is Crying’ (Elmore James) and ‘Rolling And Tumbling’ (Robert Johnson) recorded live with only acoustic guitar and foot percussion consisting of a stomp box and tambourine.

The album’s most revealing track is ‘Dolphin Song’, a true story of dolphins saving a surfer (Ash) from a shark attack.  The tale is exciting, humorous and real and in the context of a blues based album, liberating. 


Please press play to hear the track - The Devil Called Me A Liar

 

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Children Collide

Children Collide provided one of the biggest delights of the day – the local neo-grunge lads tearing the local stage apart on their way to slapping a surprised audience upside the head with a slab of incredible. Guitars went everywhere, hair flailed about and it was the most intense performance of the day – Beat Magazine (Big Day Out, Melbourne Jan 08)

Next are Children Collide and to gush some more, local music doesn’t come much better. Washed in a haze of blue, vocalist/guitarist Johnny Mackay is reminiscent of Kurt Cobain – sandy blonde hair covering his face, looking dishevelled in a sweatshirt while swinging his guitar carelessly around his neck. Though the music Children Collide create has been compared to Nirvana’s grunge rock, trying to allocate a genre to this band is impossible. Heath Crawley on bass is all in black, looking every part the rock star while dancing in his corner of the stage. With Ryan on drums the band captivate the audience going from guitar thrashing rock frenzies that threaten to send Mackay hurtling off stage, to ethereal magical riffs that Robert Smith could have penned… highly entertaining, talented musicians playing quality music.


Please press play to hear the track - Chozen Armies

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Grafton Primary

With sound histories in the musical realm, brothers Joshua (voice) and Benjamin (synths/keytar) manifest digital and analogue ideas; one part divine inspiration, one part machine translation. Together they create grand poetic electronica, with its own future echo. On stage drummer Robbie makes his own waves, and the trio is complete.

Grafton Primary began live performances in April of 2006 in Sydney. In 2007 things got more serious with national tours that covered venues both large and small. 2008 was a bigger year with more shows coast to coast, and appearances at Field Day, Big Day Out, Good Vibrations, Playground Weekender, Essential Festival and the Parklife national tour, all of which were welcomed with excitement by huge crowds. Grafton Primary saw out ’08 with another tour of Australia with festival spots at Homebake, Summerbreak and both Falls events. 2009 was welcomed in a capacity big top at Southbound followed by Playground Weekender in February.

In addition to the touring, Grafton Primary found time for studio work with remixes for Faker, Via Tanya and Dukes Of Windsor. The remix of Faker’s "This Heart Attack" received extensive radio and club play and led to an invitation to tour nationally with the band. More recently, Grafton Primary have remixed tracks for Jackson Jackson and Japanese electronica act Boom Boom Satellites.

Grafton Primary’s debut album ‘Eon’ received critical acclaim and support from radio, press and DJs around Australia and consolidated their growing legion of dedicated fans. Now, ‘Eon’ is reaching out to the World.

With numerous national tours under their belts including the recent “All Stars Tour” selling out wherever it stopped, Grafton Primary have just returned from a UK trip where they played a show at Cargo, London to launch the release of ‘Eon’ through Republic of Music. The band also traveled to Germany for a show in Frankfurt. Later this year a tour of Europe is planned followed by US West Coast dates and a festival in Mexico City.

 

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