Album #2 from Melbourne surf, soul, garage punk rock band MONEY FOR ROPE is called “Picture Us” and was recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by the band themselves in a house by the sea in Victoria, Australia over summer ’15/’16.
This track, “Actually”, was the first track written for this record. We started it staying in a small Air BnB flat in Berlin owned by someone who worked for a music products company; there was an upright piano in a beautiful first floor apartment in an old building. We could spend our evenings in the middle of a hot summer heat wave playing battery amps and piano with the windows wide open listening to the sounds of Kruezberg below. We would wander around the city late at night, wondering how we became fortunate enough to be here, when the secret to ourselves was, just that we had always wanted to.”
“Picture Us” is set to be released March 2019 on German label Haldern Pop Recordings and Australian label Cheersquad Records & Tapes, with distribution in the UK by Forte & in the US by Cobraside.
Perth power pop trio Rinehearts have announced the release of their forthcoming single ‘Can’t Do Nothing’ and the companion video, set to be released through Cheersquad Records & Tapes on Friday December 7.
With an overall sound best described as a cross between The Replacements and Reigning Sound, Rinehearts have been delivering catchy tunes since forming in 2016. Long-time friends Guitarist and Vocalist Ben Ward, bass player Mitch Long and drummer Ross Di Blasio’s raw sound and memorable melodies quickly gained the attention of U.K label No Front Teeth Records who put out the band’s first 7” EP ‘Try Your Luck’ in December that same year.
This undeniably captivating latest single ‘Can’t Do Nothing’ is the band’s first new material since the EP release and is the title track from their forthcoming debut album, set to be released early 2019. The companion video was shot and edited by the band in November 2018 at Musgrove Studios Western Australia. ‘We shot the video on an old school Sony Hi8 camera that was fished out of a skip bin that was brand new in the box. It’s been a fun camera to use and has some cheesy in-camera effects that we messed around with.’
Australian alt/country/psych collective Immigrant Union have announced the release of their forthcoming single ‘New Win’ and companion Video, set to be released through Cheersquad Records & Tapes on Friday December 7.
Not a band to sit on one particular sound for more than an album, Immigrant Union’s self-titled first record was very much cemented in Americana music, while their second album ‘Anyway’ continued to contain similar elements but featured a large shift in song-writing style and instrumentation.
The band’s yet to be released third album‘Judas’ is arguably their most ‘different’ album to date. It still has slight tinges of Americana but generally the band describe it as ‘some weird ass rock album’. It’s also the first record that includes Ben Street and Paddy McGrath-Lester who joined founding members Brent DeBoer from The Dandy Warhols, Melbourne musician Bob Harrow and vocalist Peter Lubulwa after Courtney Barnett and co had to split due to Courtney blowing up in a huge globally massive way!
‘New Win’ is the first taste from the forthcoming ‘Judas’ album due for release in early 2019, and ‘is a song about the best times in life being squandered by not realising at the time how great they were and regrettably letting them slip away. Looking back, you feel you must have been insane to have not recognised how good you had it and vow to never make those same mistakes again.’
With that in mind, the band decided to make a video about Bob converting to Mormonism. Makes sense right?
Part one of the video shows the monotony of preparing for a good time. Grab some friends, grab some beers, order some pizza and settle in for an evening of weapons grade gum flapping.
Part two features some unexpected guests, and later, Bob’s reckoning. With a bit of a buzz on, Bob’s not only looking for some light-hearted philosophical nonsense, he’s looking for an epiphany. Just when he thinks he’s got it all figured out, he’s reminded that his new direction in life requires a few sacrifices. Is Bob willing and able to make those sacrifices? Will he turn his back on his hard-partying ways and take on a life of meditation, sobriety, and self-reflection? Or are there some sacrifices too near and dear to his very identity that he is unwilling to give up? Only Bob knows the answers to these hard questions.
Watch the clip for Immigrant Union’s brand new, smash hit single, ‘New Win’, and you too will know what Bob becomes. And what may become of Bob….
Tuxedo, the new collaborative album by Jasmin Kaset and Quichenight will be a fully visual album. Over the coming months Jasmin will release a video for every track on the album. Here are the videos released so far.
Cheersquad is excited to announce the release of Australian singer songwriter Nick Craft’s debut solo album ‘Minerva’ on Friday 23 November.
Perhaps best known as songwriter, musician and front man for the psychedelic rock band Sidewinder, Nick recorded ‘Minerva’ with his brother and former band mate, Martin. The brothers formed Sidewinder as teenagers in the 90s, before releasing several acclaimed albums, and constantly touring the Hume Highway live circuit and as a fixture on festival line-ups including The Big Day Out and Homebake.
This record marks the first time they have worked together since Sidewinder, this time in very different capacities. Martin took on the roles of producer and arranger, taking Nick’s lyrically-driven songs performed on an estate sale nylon strong guitar into a new realm with his understated and sophisticated string arrangements. These arrangements were recorded with a crack squad of musicians in Los Angeles, using players who are more used to working on film soundtracks or with high profile artists such as Father John Misty, Quincy Jones or Brian Wilson.
The first single from the release is ‘No Silver Lining’, which Nick suggests is: ‘a song that does its best to argue that we should maintain our optimism, even in the face of a world that suggests optimism never pays off. It’s somewhere between a love song from an optimist to a pessimist, and a work of self-help, depending on what time of day I listen to it…’
For this song and the remainder of the album Nick has drawn on a diverse and disparate array of influences. Of his musical influences, he says: ‘While I don’t think I’ve been a slave to any one example, I’ve certainly drawn on the canonic examples of Leonard Cohen or Nick Drake, trying to drive a deep and reflective channel with my lyrics, and move them as close to poetry as I’m able to do… which is perhaps odd, given that I started off in music wanting to work in the My Bloody Valentine tradition of wanting to obliterate the lyric…’
‘I’ve also been inspired by the quiet examples of singers who’ve laboured in obscurity and quiet domesticity–like Sibylle Baier singing into a tape recorder after work just for herself, or Anne Briggs who chose to live a life away from the microphone…’
Tracks from ‘Minerva’ will be accompanied by videos edited from old films that have lapsed out of copyright: ‘In the case of No Silver Lining, it’s shows a woman waking up, removing a skull from a cupboard and throwing it out of the window, only to find it’s returned to the same place. Which is pretty much a good analogy of the circuit this song is trying to break…’
‘Minerva’, the 9-track debut album from Nick Craft will be releasedon Friday 23 November, and is available for pre-order from 2 November from Bandcamp and online retailers.
As we hurtle rapidly towards the end of another lap around the sun, Melbourne’s favourite three piece is preparing to deliver the time-honoured, and traditional, XMAS EVEN shows. This year there’ll be two. The Melbourne show is at the Night Cat in Fitzroy on Saturday 22 December and the Sydney show is at the Lansdowne Hotel on Sunday 23 December.
MELBOURNE | SAT 22 DEC 2018 | NIGHT CAT | 8:00PM – 11:30PM | Buy tix here
SYDNEY | SUN 23 DEC 2018 | LANSDOWNE | 6:00PM – 9:00PM | Buy tix here
This year’s approach will be a little different, as you get to choose the setlist! Yes, it’s XMAS EVEN – BY REQUEST! The band will play anything from their extensive back catalogue, from debut EP ‘In Stereo’ to current LP ‘Satin Returns’. Head over to the EVEN website and vote for the EVEN songs that you’d most like to hear at XMAS EVEN. EVEN will be playing the whole concert over a couple of sets with special guest DJs in between. In Melbourne we have 3RRR’s FEE B-SQUARED and in Sydney DJ KAT MEZKO. Tickets are available now via Eventbrite for the Melbourne show and via the Lansdowne website for Sydney.
CHEERSQUAD presents Japanese 4 piece garage rock ’n roll band STOMPIN’ RIFFRAFFS who head to Australia for the first time ever with a whirlwind visit early November. Inspired by an invitation to perform at this year’s Viva La Gong Festival in Wollongong, the band said yes!!, a few more shows were booked and the band took a week off work!
Come and hear classics from the STOMPIN’ RIFFRAFFS album ‘A Man & Three Chicks’ and the singles Phantom Rock, Mondo Topless and Horror Show. Renowned for their wild live shows, some wild guests have also been booked to ensure these four shows are unforgettable.
You can catch the STOMPIN’ RIFFSRAFFS at:
Night Cat, Fitzroy (VIC)
w/ INTOXICA + Mesa Cosa
Vic On The Park, Marrickville (NSW)
+ Los Tones + Bone Graft
In their words…. STOMPIN’ RIFFRAFFS, formed in Tokyo in 2006, are comprised of three chicks—Rie (bass), Miku (keyboard and theremin), and Saori (drums)—and fronted by their man Nao (guitar and vocals). They have been regular fixtures of the Tokyo underground since their inception and regularly tour around their native Japan while still finding time to play internationally with regular frequency. STOMPIN’ RIFFRAFFS combine all the elements of the golden age of ferocious rock and roll without sounding simply derivative, providing irrefutable proof that despite their homeland being known for propriety, orderliness, and manners, these Nipponese can still hit as hard and fast as anyone else.
Who are they? Minibikes are a one-man band with 8 arms and 8 legs. Marcel Borrack calls the shots and his band pulls out the stops. What? Who cares! Marcel went on a mystical pilgrimage communing with wizards and learning the art of the silken song. Mixing up a cocktail of dolphin disco, the new single is a journey of love and redemption that’s ‘magical, physical AND spiritual’. With co-producer Tim Harvey (Jade Imagine), Minibikes serve up tidal synth textures layered with yearning guitars and a pinch of the Steely Dan’s.
At this time of year, it’s not unusual to read about songs that “ooze summer vibes” but this single comes with a serious warning…Slip Slop Slap! And watch out for falling coconuts.
Minibikes will be launching ‘Magic Happens’ on Saturday 3 November at The Merri Creek Tavern in Northcote. Free entry.
Cheersquad Records & Tapes are pleased to announce the release of Nashville songwriter Jasmin Kaset & QuicheNight‘s new album ‘Tuxedo’ on Friday November 2. Coming out on two continents: on vinyl on Cheersquad (AU) and on cassette on Yewknee Records (US). The album is available to pre-order now.
Jasmin Kaset is the daughter of acclaimed Nashville songwriter Angela Kaset and is also a member of synth-pop outfit You Drive, and Birdcloud, the unabashedly raunchy, pointedly provocative country duo currently touring Australia performing a handful of headline shows and also appearing at Out On The Weekend.
Jasmin Kaset’s new album ‘Tuxedo’ was written and tracked in 2017 and 2018 as a collaboration with prolific rock and roll musician, Brett Rosenberg of Quichenight. ‘Tuxedo’ is to be released as a fully visual record.