All-female global collaboration, GRRRL and transcendent feminine brothers, Electric Fields unite for Melbourne headline show.
Brought together by In Place Of War – a global organization that uses creativity in places of conflict as a tool for positive change - GRRRL is a signified music collaboration between independent, revolutionary women from around the world. Directed by Brazil’s Laima Leyton (Mixhell/Soulwax), GRRRL is a bespoke electronic music collaboration of women artists, coming together to tell their collective stories of life, conflict, inequality and change through music. GRRRL features Mercury Prize winning rapper Speech Debelle, Queen of Brazilian Dancehall Lei Di Dai, Zimbabwe's Rap Queen AWA African Women Arise, The Young Lioness of Africa Wiyaala, Original Nu-Jazz and folk singer from Cape Town Nono Nkoane, British Bangladeshi singer Sohini Alam and electronic artist/synth player from UK/Ghana Afrodeutsche.
Sharing the spotlight as a co-headliner, Electric Fields, a potent music bringing together the brilliance and creativity of producer and composer Michael Ross, with the mesmerising sensitivity of Zaachariaha Fielding - whose rare and beautiful voice has been described as 'taking soul to the stratosphere'. These two feminine brothers strike a haunting confluence of living traditional culture with electronic music. Last year Electric Fields took out 5 significant music awards. Within a year of their debut EP release, they received the APRA Emily Burrows Award, performed in China and Scotland by invitation, were booked to play WOMADelaide. Zaachariaha who often sings in Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara, the traditional language of the Anangu people, also awarded the SA Live Voice of the Year. With bookings taking them beyond September 2019, including numerous high profile festivals here and invitations for performances in New Zealand, Poland, Germany and the UK this is rare opportunity to see Electric Fields play their own show.
Both acts will be appearing at The Curtin on April 18th. Opening this already prodigious line-up, we welcome SAATSUMA. Their debut release 'Overflow' flooded our senses with emotion while remaining incessantly danceable. Tickets on sale now.
We are all but voyeurs in this modern age.
Rocket Science are back with a lurching, crispy fried new single from their forthcoming 5th studio album. “Lipstick Red” c/w “Back For More”. Glimpsed through a fog of burnt coffee grounds, this is a distillation of observation and alienation, set in a charred landscape.
Rocket Science, **Roman Tucker** (vocals, organ, Theremin), **Dave Gray** (bass guitar, fuzz bass) **Kit Warhurst** (drums, vocals) and **Paul Maybury** (guitar), play trashy-psychedelic- garage-punk with new wave, no-wave art-punk enthusiasm. Formed in mid-1998 the band has released 4 full length albums and enjoyed numerous ep’s, singles and 12” releases both in Australia and overseas. Described as one of the greatest bands to see live in the world by Rolling Stone Magazine, Rocket Science has received accolades and excitement from all over the world.
After a 6-year hiatus Rocket Science has returned to the live gigging arena with plans to release a 5th album, Lipstick Red, is the first cut to drop. Be at the launch to witness their jubilant return.
Cult Locker is a new bi-monthly club night for Melbourne specialising in cult art fashion and sound. Dark dance favourites and mind-expanding exotic matter.
† INTRODUCING THE L I N E U P †
† MILES BROWN (Death Waltz Recording Company / It records) Leading Australian thereminist / composer / electronic artist Miles Brown (The Night Terrors) emerges from the shadows to join one seriously atramentous lineup at the Curtin Bandroom. Following a huge twelve months involving accusations of satanism at Dark Mofo; collaborations with members of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Einstürzende Neubauten and High Tension; scoring a giallo ballet, guest appearances at St Jerome's Laneway Festival, Hamer Hall, Scienceworks, Melbourne International Film Festival and Geist Rave, Miles hit the studio to record the follow-up to his debut album Séance Fiction. Described as a hyperactive horror disco extravaganza, this new material sees Miles reposition his gesturally-controlled instrument at the centre of the dance club universe. Miles will showcase this new work exclusively at Cult Locker.
† Λ / Π Dark bangers with a side of fruit curated and formatted by Amber Arizono & Nic Brown (friendships).
† BITUMEN Über cool goth-rock heartthrobs from the deep south
† DJ KATE FOX (Requiem)
† ALABAMA BLONDE DJ debut from acclaimed Melbourne fashion designer http://alabamablonde.com/
† DJ MOHINI (HABITS)
† ASPS DJs
Grab your tickets early, these suckers will fly away fast!
“It's a strong and motley crew of best mates...who together make sun-kissed, genre-shifting alt-pop goodness.”
Melbourne pop-weirdos Dorsal Fins bid adieu for now, with a huge finale show at The Curtin Friday April 27th. After two sidewinding, genre-shifting tomes… 2015’s Mind Renovation & 2016’s Digital Zodiac; the Fins will swim into the sunset for the foreseeable future after one last big bash at the Curtin. Joining them are Electro Pop queen Eilish Gilligan, Funk journeymen Surprise Chef, and the stunning DJ Nkechi Anele. Don’t miss this!
Five years after it's original release, Buried Feather are finally reissuing their 2013 debut album on glorious 180gm vinyl. Newly remastered and with brand new artwork, the album is being released through local indie Cobra Snake Necktie Records To celebrate, the band have announced a special one-off show, where they'll be performing their self-titled record performed in full. A must for new and old fans!
RVG have quickly become Melbourne's most beloved band. After selling out of their debut release 'A Quality of Mercy' on the night of their album launch, they have been playing packed out shows all over town. The band have just come back from a whirlwind trip to the US, including showcasing at SXSW, and are about to head over to Europe supporting UK band Shame and to play The Great Escape Festival.
Jarrow plays The Curtin to celebrate the release of his second album "Expensive Hugs". Jarrow (Dan Oke) is Footscray’s favourite self-taught, self-produced, garage-pop multi-instrumentalist and Expensive Hugs reveals the immense pleasure that he takes from experimentation in the studio.
Drawing inspiration equally from 21st century meme-culture and classic 90’s indie-rock, Expensive Hugs is Jarrow’s second album, an immensely enjoyable dash through his world of pop-hooks, soundscapes and riff-jams.Piano rumbas follow tightly constructed pop-vignettes and extended guitar freak-outs. It’s all there in 29 minutes of joy, written and performed with a knowing grin.
Dan Oke (the mastermind behind Jarrow) describes his sound as “garage rock meets indie pop meets post punk meets free jazz” and while he was being tongue in cheek at the time, he’s actually not that far off. His production is remarkably self-assured; drawing similarities to artists such as Ariel Pink, Mac Demarco, The Shines and Ty Segall.
MONEY FOR ROPE are proud to announce that they’re back in town with single and album releases on the horizon and a handful of gigs to get straight back into it.
Saturday 5th May sees MONEY FOR ROPE return to the Curtin Bandroom stage to launch EARL GREY, the first single off their new album PICTURE US. The single will be available digitally from May 1st on new label Cheersquad Records & Tapes with the album to follow in July.
Tickets on sale now.
Alternative math rockers, The Valley Ends will be celebrating the release of their latest single ‘Dark Emu’. Joined by other local multi-genre acts including, contemporary jazz-fusion ensemble Dr. Sinha’s Jazz Lobotomy, alt rock duo Slow Talk - who will be celebrating the release of their debut EP 'New Vernacular' and rock outfit Cold Tide - who will be making their debut performance.
Award-winning singer songwriter Thomas Oliver will embark on a 4 date Australasian tour this May, celebrating the release of his live album "Live at The Crystal Palace" which was released March 16th, following a run of sold out dates last year. Thomas is excited to deliver the classics as well as brand new, unreleased material, with his full live band taking the stage for every show this tour.
Baked Goods Media are celebrating their love of live Aussie music with the first ever, BAKE N’ SHAKE. Joined by a TASTY lineup of friends including, Empire Park, Tyne-James Organ and MORE, Baked Goods invite you to come shake your tail feather, donut in hand.
With Tassie’s pop rockers Empire Park bringing their explosive live show to The Curtin coupled with Tyne-James Organ’s captivating, tug-on-your-heartstrings tunes, this is a party you don’t want to miss. MORE ACTS TO BE ANNOUNCED…
The Cherry Dolls are dropping their brand spankin new banger “Black & Blue” and are chucking one helluva party at The Curtin to celebrate. After selling out multiple East Coast tours off the back of their debut album Viva Los Dolls, the dangerous and unpredictable five-piece are gearing up for another Aussie assault, with that same sexy swagger but a fresh new resolve. No holds barred. And it all starts here.
Pretty Strangers spent the latter half of the noughties and the early part of whatever-this-decade's-called spreading their soaring indie-pop stylings across Melbourne's band rooms, garnering a cult following before reluctantly calling it a day.But now the Strangers are reuniting for one last stand before geographic forces tear them apart...again.
Their songs are generally propelled by a perpetual-motion rhythm section, layered thick with duelling guitar hooks, and tinged with theatrical ennui. Like a clumsy teenage lover, they fumble their way towards a fleeting moment of ecstasy, before inevitably collapsing into a primordial wash of feedback.
They expect to be thoroughly outclassed by dreamy, pulsing analogue synth pop dreamboats Glass Diamonds and the unfairly powerful pipes of Niine.
Following the release of their debut album ‘Channel Four’ in 2017, Crepes make a quick return with their latest offering ‘Bicycle Man’. A tune that stays true to their trademark style of infectious cosmic pop filled with fluttering hooks and bold bass lines. Catch them in a rare hometown performance with special guests.
Edith Lane will be celebrating the release of their second EP 'Blush/Polaroid'. Alongside Kalacoma and Lost Talk,and with floral arrangements by Xx-Flos,the night will be host to an eclectic melding of Shoegaze,Prog-Rock and Punk.