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I’m Wanita at the Melbourne International Film Festival

July 13, 2021

Jaw-dropping new Australian documentary “I’M WANITA” will have its Australian Premiere at next month’s Melbourne International Film Festival, it was announced today.

”I’M WANITA” is the story of a chaotic, flamboyant force of nature & her lifelong odyssey to realise her childhood dream – sometimes at the cost of those dearest to her. It’s a searing portrait of a complex and controversial personality – the self-proclaimed “Australia’s Queen of Honky-Tonk” best known as ‘Wanita’. The film, shot over several years, chronicles her quest to travel to Nashville to record her definitive album and asks- “Can Wanita keep her date with destiny?”

The Australian launch follows the film’s International Premiere in May at Canada’s prestigious Hot Docs Festival, where Screen Daily listed it as “one of the 15 docs to look out for this year”, and reviewers lavished praise on the film and its one-of-a kind heroine.

Directed by Matthew Walker, “I’M WANITA” was produced by Carolina Sorensen and Clare Lewis through their People Productions banner, in association with Tait Brady’s Acme Film Company.

Wanita’s new album, also titled “I’M WANITA” is released in Australia this week via Cheersquad, and features the tracks recorded in Nashville during the making of the film, produced by Nashville legend Billy Yates.

I’M WANITA screens at MIFF across August 7 – 14th, including sessions in Melbourne, Bendigo, Geelong and Castlemaine – before releasing in cinemas nationally in September/October, through Label Distribution.

Tickets: https://miff.com.au/program/film/im-wanita

More information about the movie: http://wanitathemovie.com.au

Buy the album: https://www.cheersquad.com.au/releases/im-wanita/

Wanita - I'm Wanita - red vinyl
Wanita – I’m Wanita – red vinyl
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EVEN shows moved to late August

June 15, 2021
EVEN - August 2021 dates
EVEN – August 2021 dates

Indie rock trio EVEN set out to play four shows across the Queen’s Birthday holiday weekend at great venues in the inner North, South, East and West. Regretfully, due to Melbourne’s lockdown, these shows had to be moved to late August. The new run takes place in the same four venues and tickets for the shows remain valid. (Refunds can be arranged at the point of purchase for those who are unable to attend on the rescheduled dates.)

EVEN Save … EVEN Save The Queen’s Birthday Weekend” is a celebration of the great rock’n’roll city that is Melbourne.

These shows are gonna provide some right royal rocking with four hand-selected support acts adding a unique flavour to each show.

They start off with Melbourne indie-songsmith Cahill Kelly at the Gershwin Room on Friday the 27th of August.

From then, it’s the très glam Imperial Leather, featuring entities from both RRR and PBS-FM at the Westwood on Saturday the 28th.

Melancholy and melodious young trio of singer-songwriters the Folk Bitch Trio on Sunday afternoon the 29th at the Northcote Social Club. This show is a matinée and under-18’s are allowed in if accompanied by an adult.

Stranded Mississippi-based Canadian-Australian bluesy country singer-songwriter Meghan Maike on Sunday evening the 29th at the Leadbeater.

That is four great line-ups and a real celebration of Melbourne music, so we suggest you grab tickets to all four shows, explore the length and breadth of rockin’ town and make a proper weekend of it!

Oh, and Even would also like it known that we’ve been working on album #8, and it’s coming along nicely.

EVEN
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ESPY – GERSHWIN ROOM
Friday 27 August, 8pm
With Cahill Kelly
Tickets here
Facebook event

HOTEL WESTWOOD
Saturday 28 August
With Imperial Leather
Tickets here
Facebook event

NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB
Sunday 29 August, matinée
With Folk Bitch Trio
Tickets here
Facebook event

THE LEADBEATER HOTEL
Sunday 29 August, evening
With Meghan Maike
Tickets here
Facebook event

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World upon a Shelf, new video by Cahill Kelly

May 20, 2021

Melbourne indie-folk-rock revivalist Cahill Kelly‘s first offering of his debut album Classical and Cool Jazz, is the single ‘World upon a Shelf’, a track filled with swagger and sentimental musing. Using objects on his mantelpiece as a source of lyrical inspiration, ‘World upon a Shelf’ sees Kelly reflecting on the notion that all our encounters throughout life contain profound meaning beneath the surface.

“When writing ‘World upon a Shelf’, I was trying to see if I could write a song about even the most mundane of subjects while still evoking some kind of narrative and emotion,” says Kelly.

“At the time I had a number of sentimental trinkets from various countries on a mantelpiece above my desk. I ended up finding deeper meaning in the song, reflecting on the idea that everything we come across in life, be it places, people, objects, ideas, once you take a deeper look there’s always so much more to the story.”

This is reflected in the video, directed by revered local filmmaker and photographer Gil Gilmour, which presents solitary objects as surrealist symbols against an otherwise blank backdrop, but ultimately hints at a deeper, more profound meaning to what we are seeing.

“Cahill Kelly’s ‘World Upon a Shelf’ is one hell of a surrealist trip. Distorted snakes, upside-down spinning salt rock lamps, and falling pianos are just some of the things that feature in this wild music video.” – Beat Magazine

Originally from far North Queensland, a young Kelly grew up on a diet of Crowded House and Tom Petty. Later, he channelled his heroes in his first musical projects, The Broken Needles and Willow Darling. With the latter seeing him assume the role of a natural frontman, Kelly developed a knack for writing songs about everyday life with sparkling detail and depth, delivered with casual grace.

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Meanies Desperate Measures Tour

May 19, 2021
Meanies Desperate Measures Tour
Meanies Desperate Measures Tour

“Howdy folks in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Ballarat, Macedon, Wollongong, Sydney, Narrabeen, Newcastle, Geelong and Canberra who were hoping to see us old age teenagers live in concert in July; It ain’t gonna happen. We’re sincerely sorry, but this Covid shit is continuing to fuck with everything, and we need to postpone to August/October/November. Current ticket holders will be able to use those tickets. Refunds will be available if you can no longer attend.

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The Meanies take desperate measures, finally!

Melbourne punk rock legends tour their new album a year late; with national ‘better late than never desperate measures tour’ .

Byron’s Dicklord open most shows!

Better late than never, and in the midst of their part in the national Spring Loaded tour with a few old buddies,  Australia’s punk-rock heavyweights The Meanies announce their ‘better late than never desperate measures tour’. The tour is a belated celebration of their ‘new’ album Desperate Measures, which is out now on Cheersquad Records and Tapes.

Desperate Measures is a hard, fast and catchy onslaught of hard-hitting Meanies mayhem. It evokes the classic sound that made the band a household name in all the worst houses back in the ’90s, and which has influenced generation after generation of young punks ever since.

Joining The Meanies as they take their desperate measures are one such group of rowdies, the mighty DickLord, whose album ‘It’s Soooo Boring’ is out now on Valve.

 

RESCHEDULED:

Saturday 21 August (rescheduled)
Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC *
+ Poppin Mommas + Eyeroll (no Dicklord)
Tickets here

Saturday 16 October (rescheduled)
Jive, Adelaide, SA
+ Cull The Band
Tickets here

Friday 22 October (rescheduled)
The Tote, Melbourne, VIC
+ Persecution Blues + Cheeky Geezers
Tickets here

Saturday 23 October (rescheduled)
The Tote, Melbourne, VIC
+ Super American Eagle + Sidesplitter
Tickets here

Friday 5 November (rescheduled)
The Eastern, Ballarat, VIC
+ Dicklord + The Dawdlers
Tickets here

Saturday 6 November (rescheduled)
Railway Hotel, Macedon, VIC
+ Dicklord + Persecution Blues
Tickets here

Friday 12 November (rescheduled)
The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Tickets here

Wednesday 17 November (rescheduled)
The Basement, Canberra, ACT
+ Charlotte & the Harlots
Tickets here

Thursday 18 November (rescheduled)
Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
+ Blitz Babiez
Tickets here

Friday 19 November (rescheduled)
Narrabeen RSL, Sydney, NSW
+ Tshitaki
Tickets here

Saturday 20 November (rescheduled)
Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
+ I Hate People
Tickets here

Sunday 21 November (rescheduled)
La La La’s, Wollongong, NSW
+ Ape Rib
Tickets here

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Thirty Four, new video by Nick Batterham

May 5, 2021

Rich, evocative, haunting, beautifully harsh, ‘Thirty Four‘ is a bruising affair, a tender, raw, at times simmering indie rock journey drenched in wonderfully emotive piano. It’s a song that evokes the comparisons Nick Batterham has had to Elliott Smith and Nick Drake; you can add Ken Stringfellow to the list as well.

Formerly involved with bands such as Blindside, The Earthmen and Cordrazine, Nick has teamed with photographer, videographer Thuy Vy to create a music video for ‘Thirty Four’ themed around Polaroid photos.

“I love Polaroid film and have wanted to make a clip with it for a very long time,” Nick says. “I used to scan my Polaroids as they developed, with the intention of animating them. This was labour intensive and time consuming. Thuy suggested filming them time-lapse and setting them in locations that helped to tell the story.”

“The video is an extension of a long fascination with photographing my friends,” Nick adds. “I like that a photograph captures one perspective of a moment in time, yet in Polaroid form, remains ephemeral. They take time to appear then can fade over time. A romantic relationship is a collection of shared moments and experiences, which can be well communicated by photographs. They also capture the fractures within a relationship before either person can see it for themselves. My dear friends Nick and Tiara were amazing to work with. So honest and generous, as well as being ridiculously good looking! I can’t thank them enough for their presence and patience.”

Nick Batterham - Lovebirds Album Launch

‘Thirty Four’ features on Nick’s new solo album ‘Lovebirds’ that he will launch at Melbourne Recital Centre on June 25th. Go here for more information on the album launch.

“Nick is a wonderful musician, composer, sound designer and lyricist,” Thuy Vy says. “The more I listened to his music and read his lyrics I found that our works share a similar sensibility. We’re both concerned with ideas of love, melancholy, preservation of memory, vulnerability and fragility of feelings. This video is a distillation of our shared interest in photography as a personal way to hold onto time. And our love of Polaroids as a medium, in particular a Polaroid as an only copy of a moment and the preciousness that it holds.”

Pre-order Nick Batterham’s beautiful new album Lovebirds on limited edition red vinyl, black vinyl, CD or digital here.

Nick Batterham - Lovebirds - red vinyl
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Even Save The Queen’s Birthday Weekend

April 16, 2021
EVEN - Queen's Birthday Weekend
EVEN – Queen’s Birthday Weekend

While dumped PM Gough Whitlam might as well have been auditioning for the Sex Pistols when he said on November 11, 1975, “Well may we say ‘God Save the Queen’, because nothing will save the Governor-General!”, Melbourne’s royal rock’n’pop trio Even, who did include a stonking cover of the Sex Pistols’ “Pretty Vacant” on their recent Down The Shops covers collection, reckon that the Queen’s birthday at least is worth celebrating. Indeed, they reckon it is their Antipodean duty to do so, especially given that Prince Philip is now no longer around to start the party.

But with four shows across the holiday weekend at great venues in the inner North, South, East and West, “Even Save The Queen’s Birthday Weekend” is not just a celebration of a fabulous public holiday; it is also a celebration of the great rock’n’roll city that is Melbourne.

Even’s Friday to Monday run is gonna provide some right royal rocking with four hand-selected support acts adding a unique flavour to each show. New Cosmic Country queen Freya Josephine Hollick opens proceedings at the Gershwin Room on Friday the 11th. From then, it’s the tres glam Imperial Leather, featuring entities from both RRR and PBS-FM at the Westwood on Saturday the 12th; stranded Mississippi-based Canadian-Australian bluesy country singer-songwriter Meghan Maike on Sunday the 13th at the Leadbeater; and melancholy and melodious young trio of singer-songwriters the Folk Bitch Trio on Monday the 14th at the Northcote Social Club. Monday’s show is a matinée and under-18’s are allowed in if accompanied by an adult.

That is four great line-ups and a real celebration of Melbourne music, so we suggest you grab tickets to all four shows, explore the length and breadth of rockin’ town and make a proper long weekend of it!

Oh, and Even would also like it known that we’ve been working on album #8, and it’s coming along nicely.

ESPY – GERSHWIN ROOM
Friday 11 June, 7:30pm
With Freya Josephine Hollick
Tickets here
Facebook event

HOTEL WESTWOOD
Saturday 12 June
With Imperial Leather
Tickets here
Facebook event

THE LEADBEATER HOTEL
Sunday 13 June
With Meghan Maike
Tickets here
Facebook event

NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB
Monday 14 June, matinée
With Folk Bitch Trio
Tickets here
Facebook event

EVEN taken by Jay Hynes
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Nick Batterham ‘Turbulence’ video

March 24, 2021

Accomplished Melbourne composer and songwriter Nick Batterham is excited to reveal the second taste of his forthcoming solo album Lovebirds with the stunning new track ‘Turbulence’. The release follows from Nick’s recently lifted single ‘No Perfect Man’, switching out its predecessor’s hauntingly subdued sounds for a cacophony of rock elements, overlaid with the same melancholic sentiments Nick has come to be known for. The single comes with the announcement that Nick’s new album Lovebirds is ready to be released via Cheersquad Records & Tapes on Friday 21 May with album pre-orders now available via the label’s Bandcamp.

As an album opener, ‘Turbulence’ kicks off Lovebirds with a goodbye, typifying the album’s extravagance as a simple piano ballad breaks loose into a soaring cinematic epic. Scheduled to be released Thursday 11 March, ‘Turbulence’ highlights the sheer brilliance of Nick Batterham’s intricate songwriting. A continuous build of atmospheric strings, horns and guitars propel the song from seemingly unassuming love song to a heart wrenching orchestral production of great heights.

“An attempt to be gracious in defeat, a farewell blessing to a runaway lover. “May everywhere you fly from here be safe and smooth, high up above my turbulence…” The song has gained new meaning since we can’t fly anywhere anymore” – Nick Batterham

Director James Teh:
“The initial idea for this music video came from Tina Fey interview I saw one day on a BBC streaming channel. She told a story of how her kids had overheard her and her husband reminiscing about how much they missed air travel since the lockdowns had begun. Much to their surprise their children treated them by cooking dinner and seating and serving them as if they were on an airplane.

Nick Batterhams song Turbulence whilst warm and fuzzy on the surface carries a dark undertone. I wanted to reflect this in Nick’s music video. Parents on the brink of disaster possibly being brought back together by their childrens creativity and love.

“Myself and a director buddy Vittorio Badini Confalonieri shot this film on a sunny Saturday in Bangkok. The cast are mostly non-actors and real family members which led to some nice moments. I am very happy with the results and was very grateful to put some moving pictures together to such a beautiful song.”

A stalwart of the Melbourne music scene for the past 25 years, Nick Batterham is a prolific artist who has lent his immense musicality to beloved local acts The Earthmen, Blindside, Cordrazine and most recently, The Bell Streets, as well as regular compositional collaborations with renowned visual artist RONE. Nick’s upcoming sixth studio album, Lovebirds bristles with spiky observations and raw emotion, delivered with the world-weariness of Elliott Smith or Nick Drake, while the production nods to Phil Spector at his most opulent. Promising a lavish feast of orchestral pop that explores love’s dizzying highs and soul crushing lows, Lovebirds is now available for pre-order with instant access to Nick’s first two singles ‘No Perfect Man’ and ‘Turbulence’.

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NEWSLETTER: Chris Wilson is #1

February 5, 2021
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We are so enormously excited and proud that the new and expanded edition of Chris Wilson’s ARIA-nominated 1994 Australian Blues & Roots classic ‘Live at the Continental’ has debuted #1 on the ARIA Vinyl chart, #1 on the ARIA Jazz & Blues chart, #2 on the ARIA Catalogue Album chart, #6 on the ARIA Australian Artists album chart, and #19 on the actual ARIA Album chart! Not to mention #1 on the Australian iTunes Blues chart and #2 on both the AIR 100% Independent Album Chart and the AIR Independent Label Album Chart!

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NEWSLETTER: New Nick Batterham single out today!

January 28, 2021
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Nick Batterham‘s beautiful single ‘No Perfect Man‘ is out today! It is the first single of Nick’s forthcoming album ‘Lovebirds’, coming out this May on Cheersquad Records & Tapes. Available digitally on your preferred platforms and for sale through Cheersquad. Have a listen, watch the video and buy No Perfect Man here.

Nick’s undeniable fervour for composing immersive, visceral atmospherics is again paramount on ‘No Perfect Man’. Performed and recorded by Batterham with Ben Wiesner on drums, and featuring strings by David Berlin, Zoe Black and Christopher Moore, with Cor Anglais by Michael Pisani, ‘No Perfect Man’ blends residual classical elements of recent works with poignant lyricism and intimate storytelling. Always managing to extract the immense from the minimal, Nick’s delicate arrangements of rich orchestration and vivid colour paints bright lights and deep shadows like a Caravaggio. Ripeness turns to decay. ‘The centre could not hold,’ Batterham sings, echoing the words of Irish poet W. B. Yeats from a century ago. Nick’s double tracked octave vocal describes the co-existence of our inner and outer voice. Joined in chorus by long-time collaborators Kelly Day, Nick Murray and Jethro Woodward, ‘No Perfect Man’ is a compelling and exciting first taste of Batterham’s forthcoming sixth studio album.

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