Words by Caitlin Trindall.
There’s a lot going on this month, including free parties and a helluva lotta EPs being thrown here, there and everywhere. Not only are EPs emerging from left, right and centre, but also bands that have been around for years now are releasing new music, making new albums and going on more tours. To celebrate all this new music coming out and touring going on, here are some highlights of the artists you can catch this month around the country.
Following the release of smooth and crooning single Easier, Mansionair are taking their live show to four destinations around the country at the end of this month. Kicking off at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory on November 25, the boys will be stopping in at Fat Controller in Adelaide, Corner Hotel in Melbourne and finishing it all off in December at the Woolly Mammoth in Brisbane. This won’t be one you want to miss. Snatch those tickets up.
What’s cooler than being cool? A free tour, that’s correct. Aussie rockers The Rubens have teamed up with their pals at Corona to throw a nationwide free tour. The triple j Hottest 100 #1 placeholders of 2015 aren’t doing it lightly either, playing 22 shows across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia. The full list of shows and venues is available at the Corona website, and it’s guaranteed to be a killer time… all for free.
BIRDS OF TOKYO
Birds of Tokyo are back with a new album and it’s heavier than before. For those not familiar, front man Ian Kenny is behind Karnivool and it appears that he’s brought some influences from one band over to the other. Kenny was heard saying that mums are going to hate Birds of Tokyo’s new stuff, and surely their tour will match such energy. Catch the Western Australian lads on their Brace tour alongside Strangers and Introvert taking off in Perth and then heading on to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Wollongong. Hit up their website for ticket info.
JUST A GENT
Just A Gent is bringing it home this month on the Aussie leg of his USA – AUS – NZ tour. At only 18 years old, Jacob Grant has been picked as talent by the likes of What So Not and Skrillex and has been awarded a high rotation on triple j with his killer hit Heavy as a Heartbreak. Having seen Just A Gent deliver a killer one hour set to a packed out music magazine office on a Friday afternoon, while chatting with his mum about how proud she is, I’m here to tell you that this name isn’t one you want to miss, especially in his early days. To get on those tickets, just head to his website.
BOY & BEAR
After a killer set at Splendour in the Grass and bringing Bernard Fanning on stage at this year’s triple j One Night Stand, Boy & Bear are hitting the road this month for a regional tour. There are 20 stops along the way, and a few all age shows. With a few of the shows already sold out, you’d be kicking yourself to sleep on the remaining tickets.
In support of freshly dropped new album Divas and Demons on his own House of Beige label, Melbourne MC Remi is heading across the country before hitting the stage at just a couple of huge summer festivals at the end of the year (Falls Music and Arts Festival and Southbound, anyone?). You can catch Remi in Ballarat, Darwin, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne. You can also catch him in Brisbane if your friend managed to get an extra ticket, because he’s sold that one out, as well as the first show for both Sydney and Melbourne, with second shows announced. Don’t sleep on this one.
Earlier this year saw E^ST supporting Japanese Wallpaper on a national tour and she’s at it again, this time taking herself around in support of her Get Money! EP. For those unfamiliar, guess again, you’re sure to have heard the melodic E^ST on the radio with her song The Alley. It all kicks off this Friday in Melbourne, backed up by a show in Sydney the next night and following on with shows in Brisbane, Parramatta as a part of The Plot Festival, appearing at Vanfest in Forbes, Aviary Sessions in Perth, Spilt Milk Festival in Canberra, and then topped off with a show at the Fat Controller in Adelaide. Check out her Facebook for more info.
Polographia are no strangers to the touring scene, having supported beatmaker Kilter on his tour earlier this year and cropping up at all sorts of big live events this year including the 5th birthday party for label Astral People only the other week. This month they’re traveling from Melbourne to Sydney, then onto Perth and Adelaide in support of their new EP Friends. Seriously, if there is any act you check out this month, make it Polographia. Signed to Aussie label Sweat It Out alongside RÜFÜS/RÜFÜS DU SOL, What So Not, Motez, Yolanda Be Cool and many, many other big names in Aussie dance music, you’ll honestly be kicking yourself if you miss out on the super cheap tickets to check out these new break through artists. Head over to Polographia’s Facebook page for info on tickets for each show.