Melbourne Communion October 2012
Communion is proud to announce the fourth lineup for its now well established monthly residency in Melbourne. October will see The Toff in Town welcome an amazing lineup of artists, including Howl at the Moon, Mike Noga (The Drones), The Falls and up and coming songstress Jordan Leser.
The schedule for October 21 features an outstanding line-up:
Howl at the Moon
A Howl at the Moon show will often see crowds stopped in their tracks, absorbed by songs that are played with tireless commitment and passion. Having released their debut album ‘Squalls’ in March to ecstatic reviews, the band embarked on a national tour supporting Mark Lanegan on his 2012 tour.
Founded in 2005 by principal songwriter Katie Scott (vocals/guitar) and Mark Renall (bass), the current line up has remained since 2007 when Michael Brennan (drums) and Matthew Storey (guitars) were recruited and began working through an extensive back-catalogue of Scott’s unrecorded material. On his move to Melbourne from Sydney the band grew to a 5 piece with the addition of longtime friend and collaborator Ryan Nico on keys and guitar.
Haunting, dark but uplifting indie rock with a hypnotic and sonically enveloping live show often compared stylistically to early Radiohead and PJ Harvey with a hint of doom country.
Whether it’s drumming for Australia’s most critically acclaimed band The Drones, fronting his own outfit The Gentlemen of Fortune or releasing solo albums such as 2011′s much lauded “The Balladeer Hunter”, Mike Noga has carved a huge name for himself in the Australian music scene. From the lyrical and sonic assault of three time nominated and one time winners of the Australian Music Prize, The Drones, to the stripped back folk-rock of his solo efforts, Noga is one of the most in demand musicians in Australia.
2011 was spent touring the world behind his acclaimed solo album, including a 20 date European jaunt opening for USA’s Band of Horses, as well as Australian tours with Okkervil River and Mark Lanegan, and now, for the first time, Noga will be performing at Communion Melbourne’s October event.
With critics declaring The Balladeer Hunter “an Australian classic” and Noga “one of Australia’s most talented new singer-songwriters… a new Paul Kelly or Tim Rogers”, for his first Communion show Noga will present songs from the album in solo mode – with just his guitar, his harmonica and his voice. ‘The Balladeer Hunter’ is a modern day mix of folk ballads and slap-in-the-face, venom-filled rockers that wreak of early Springsteen, 70s Dylan, the relentless pummellng of Suicide back to back with the secret whisper of Leonard Cohen.
THEY MET. THEY FELL IN LOVE. THEY WROTE SONGS. THEY FOUGHT. THEY MADE UP. THEY BROKE UP. THEY WROTE SONGS.
At a time when for most it would be the end of a relationship, for The Falls this feels like just the beginning…
Almost subconsciously they have documented their whole relationship in their songs. The love, the betrayal, the heartbreak. While at times it is hard for them to wear their hearts so openly on their sleeve, for The Falls, it has been a huge part of their songwriting. As Stevie Nicks said “devastation leads to writing good things”.
In the fallout from Valentines Day, The Falls decided that rather than wallowing in self pity they would put their heartbreak to tape. So they pulled out their little tascam 4-track portastudio, which, with all its tape wobbles and noise, aptly captured the fragility of their hearts. These fledgling recordings were just the beginning of what has become their debut EP ‘HOLLYWOOD’.
“Beautiful harmonies, sweet as lyrics, warmth all round. I really love this. Those voices climb and soar so sweetly, and that toy piano comes in at just the right moment. A+.” – Zan Rowe, triple j
Jordan Leser is a soulful, ethereal singer whose songs are arrows aimed straight at the heart, her sense of place is evocative, and her gift for melody arresting. Her compositions echo the likes of Kate Bush, Dido, and Tracey Thorn, but this won’t do her justice because in her music there is a fresh, new voice demanding to be heard. For the past 12 months Jordan has been developing her craft with Jim Moginie and Rob Hirst (both from Midnight Oil). Jim has recorded a stunning collection of songs, with the first single due to be released later this year.