WHEN Romy Church, aka e4444e, spotted a galah tea towel while working at the Lowlands Bowling Club, he knew he’d found his album cover. The slice of classic Australiana represented everything he wanted to achieve on Mr Dover and The Endless Rovers.
Church’s aim for the seven experimental tracks was to mimic the sounds of nature – in particular Glenrock Reserve – using electronic music.
“I wanted to have something that looks like Australiana, but looks out of place,” Church said. “I think that’s the feeling of the album. It’s natural, but it’s kind of alien.
“I like that it isn’t what you’d expect.”
Church is also taking the album launch to an unexpected venue.
Surry Hills’ Golden Age Cinema will host the launch on September 15 and Church hopes to design a new video visual for the performance. Stay tuned for details on e4444e’s next Newcastle show.
HOLD THE SAUCE
YOU probably remember him as Mr Sauce, but Bodie Werleman has returned and rebranded himself as simply Bodie.
To celebrate the name change the reigning University Of Newcastle band competition winner released his latest single Tell Him on Wednesday. It marks a shift towards a more soulful jazz direction.
Bodie launches Tell Him at Lizotte’s on October 3.
NEWKULELE Festival organisers have landed social media stars Honoka and Azita for its fourth edition on October 19 and 20.
The two Hawaiian teenagers Honoka Katayama and Azita Ganjali are virtuoso ukulele players and their performance videos have attracted millions of streams on YouTube.
Veteran Canadian bluesman and ukulele player Manitoba Hal will also perform at the festival, alongside Ukastle Ukestra, Lucy Wise, The Loveys, The Ukulele Death Squad, Tyrone and Lesley, The Montgomery Brothers and Coconut Kids.
While the aforementioned artists will perform at ticketed events at Newcastle City Hall, there’s also a host of free performances held throughout the two-day family festival.
LA punk kings The Bronx were in Australia last month for Splendour In The Grass and it turns out they loved us so much they’re heading back for a national tour in October.
The Cambridge Hotel will host the Knifeman and Heart Attack American band on October 23, with support from Melbourne band High Tension.
THOSE sexy Perth stoner-rockers Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are also heading to Newcastle this spring.
The colourful four-piece are about to release their new single Social Candy and to celebrate they will kick-off their national tour at the Cambridge Hotel on September 28.
SUBSONIC’S 10-year anniversary has been given a banging boost with Brazilian tech-house producers Victor Ruiz and Alex Stein, New York techno powerhouse Volvox and Belgian avant garde sound sculptor Peter Van Hoesen signing on for the Barrington Tops festival.
Check out the full line-up for the November 30 to December 2 party at Riverwood Downs at www.subsonicmusic.com.au.