Ernest Ellis has been forced to cancel his tour with Parades in October due to illness. After being diagnosed with a medical condition that affects his hearing, Ellis has been advised by doctors to avoid exposure to loud music for two months to avoid further complications and permanent damage. Refunds are available from point of purchase. We wish him a quick recovery and fingers crossed he’ll be back on the road soon.
I’m pretty sure every Australian music fan at some stage in their life has flirted with You Am I’s backcatalogue. It may just be one album that you totally got into, and maybe you haven’t listened to YAI for over a decade, but you still had a little sumthin’ sumthin’ with them. Even the fresh-faced Triple J listeners in grade ten probably know ‘Berlin Chair’ or ‘Cathy’s Clown,’ even if they can’t name the band.
Well, they’re back again with their 7th studio album, which is being put out by indie label Other Tongues this time around. It’s probably a good move for Tim Rogers and co, since I’m not too sure what a major label will really offer them at this point. No doubt the apex of their crowd-pulling potential is upon them if not slightly behind them and I imagine the bulk of their income is from their relentless touring on the back of each album. So it’s a positive move and probably and exciting one for both parties.
Above are the first two singles from the self-titles album. Check them out, yo.
Within a few hours of this track appearing in people’s inboxes, surrounded by countless other emails from bands and labels, this track had already appeared on a bunch of blogs and received spins on community radio and JJJ. I think that says something about the cache the name ‘John Steel Singers’ holds at the moment. They’re one of those bands that people drop things to check out.
John Steel Singers have been on the cusp of widespread appeal for a while – and they would have stayed in that grey, nearly-there area had they not continued to improve. A lot of bands have potential but squander it through a combination of laziness, break-ups, or a lack of gigs. The fact that JSS performances have continued to get tighter and louder – and the fact that these guys work their asses off touring the East Coast – has ensured they eventually overcame those obstacles and stumbled into the realm of recognition and popularity. As though to signal this shift in stature, the extended courtship between uber-indie Dew Process and JSS came to its conclusion with the former signing on to release the latter’s debut album, Tangalooma (produced by Robert Forster), in November.
‘Overpass’ is the latest single to be pulled from Tangalooma. You’ll be probably be able to catch it live at a shitload of festivals over summer.
So the Jagermeister Independent Music Awards are on next Friday. You may have known that. But you may not realise that this a public event that you can attend regardless of whether you sunglasses inside and have a grey ponytail*. You can get along to the award ceremony at The Forum in Melbourne and be in the same room as musician types you’ve heard on JJJ and feel the palpable excitement of a real awards ceremony – plus see live performances by bands like Cloud Control, British India, M-Phazes, Sally Seltman and Amity Affliction (40% of which are pretty cool). But seriously, apparently last year’s event was pretty fun.
Anyway, we have a double pass and Jagermeister pack to give away to a reader who’s keen to head along. All you have to do is email email@example.com by lunchtime next Tuesday, 28th of Sept with subject ‘AIR AWARDS’ to be in the running.