Launches In Brief: Straight Arrows, Rick Fights, Mad Nanna, The City Lights
News posted Wednesday, September 12 2012 at 01:00 PM.
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– Sydney garage menaces Straight Arrows will storm Victoria next weekend to launch a 7” EP in Melbourne and Geelong. Having played the M+N stage at Sugar Mountain and toured nationally with Thee Oh Sees this year, not to mention appearances at both Dig It Up! and Vivid, they’re now in Brisbane like everyone else for BIGSOUND. The southerly jaunt will preview tunes from early next year’s second album and also celebrate a repressing of the band’s first two singles (long out-of-print) on a vinyl EP through upstart Geelong label Anti Fade. Straight Arrows will be accompanied by cronies The Frowning Clouds and The Gooch Palms for both gigs, plus The Living Eyes in Geelong and Ausmuteants in Melbourne.
Fri, Sept 21 – National Hotel, Geelong, VIC
Sat, Sept 22 – Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC
– As Rick Fights, Matt Somers makes “insular music based on projected, historic and imaginary figures.” At least, according to his Tumblr. It’s certainly much quieter and less erratic than Somers’ storied Brisbane trio I Heart Hiroshima. The voice-and-guitar project will debut with the seven-track EP Fights on Sept. 1, with 10" vinyl/CD/digital through Valve/MGM. Guests include Cam Hawes (Martyr Privates, Slug Guts, I Heart Hiroshima), Michelle Brown (Feathers) and Innez Tulloch (Feathers, Tiny Spiders, Pastel Blaze). Somers has a few shows lined up, including support slots for Baltimore synth-pop oddballs Future Islands in Melbourne and Sydney.
Wed, Sept 19 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC (with Future Islands)
Thurs, Sept 20 – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW (with Future Islands)
Thurs, Oct 11 – Zoo, Brisbane, QLD (album launch)
Fri, Oct 26 – Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD (Up Late series)
– In-Frequencies staples Mad Nanna are launching a 7" mere months after their “resigned” album I Made Blood Better. Proving as unpolished as ever on this single, the Melbourne rattletraps will offer up ‘I’m Not Coming Here’ and its live B-side ‘My Two Kids’ to the world next Thursday (Sept. 20) at the Tote, with support from Lower Plenty and Moffarfarrah.
– After releasing 2004’s Escape From Tomorrow Today as a quartet and 2007’s El Sol as a six-piece, Sydney’s incredible shrinking The City Lights are now down to a trio on I Just Got to Believe, out this Friday (Sept. 14). Despite having toured Spain and releasing records there, the new album’s title track is noticeably indebted to early British rock ‘n’ roll. The band will launch it gradually this spring with kindred spirits The Slow Push and The Bowers. Bonus bit of trivia: their one-time guitarist Danny Allen now drums for Brooklyn indie pop stars The Drums.
Fri, Sept 14 – Green Room, Sydney, NSW (with The Slow Push)
Sat, Sept 22 – Beetle Bar, Brisbane, QLD (with The Slow Push)
Sat, Nov 10 – Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC (with The Bowers)