Righto Ladies and Gentlemens, here’s a little update………..
Since the end of the Sooner or Later Tour I have been sitting around drinking too much, listening to Lynard Skynyrd and Little Feat, mulching, sorting out the garage, spraining my glass ankle again, going to Bluesfest, buying vinyl and busying myself stockpiling food and water for the forthcoming Nuclear Holocaust. It’s been a VERY busy school holidays I must say. But like all of the other kids, today it’s back to work for me.
This week sees the release of Isn’t It A Pity, the first tune from Brutal Dawn. Once again this record was made at La Cueva Recording in Byron Bay with Nick DiDia at the production helm and the trusty Black Fins on most of the instruments, along with Clare Bowditch and Ian Peres. Following the Civil Dusk Tour last year Nick and I returned to the studio and kept working away until we put the finishing touches on it in January. Isn’t It A Pity is accompanied by a stunning animated video made by Melbourne via Berlin collage/video artist Lucy Dyson. She has put together a clip that brings an aesthetic style that wonderfully compliments the colourful melody and unusual rhythms of this song, and expands on Karen Lynch’s artwork and design concepts of both Civil Dusk and Brutal Dawn.
While Civil Dusk concerned itself with decisions and consequences, this record riffs on that idea further by looking at the gaps between memory and the reality of the actual events. I became fascinated by this idea, strangely enough, by selfies. Let me explain. With the proliferation of cameras on phones, it is pretty obvious that these days, our lives are heavily, constantly documented in pictures and video. So, I was looking through my phone and found that my kids had taken a whole lot (dozens) of photos of themselves, their toys, random objects etc. But mostly, themselves. I realised that in those couple of minutes, my children already had more photos of themselves than there were in existence, of my entire childhood. I was the youngest of four, so by the time I came along the novelty of baby photos had either completely worn off, or my parents were way too busy washing nappies (yep) and combing people’s hair into neat parts and pig tails, not to mention the expense and inconvenience of developing film, to take photos. I know of three pics of me under five. Anyhow, It got me thinking about how my ‘history’ exists almost entirely in my mind and in the versions of events of my family and friends. For children now and into the future, it will be mostly there to re-watch. So I tried to look between the pictures in my memory and see what was there. Anyway, that was a broad concept for this record and how it related to Civil Dusk.
Brutal Dawn will be released on the 26th of May and around that time there’ll be some information about touring and tickets later this year.
Longtime friends and collaborators Bernard Fanning and Kasey Chambers are about to hit the road together for the first time in a co-headline run of shows, after a decade of playing on one another’s records and guesting at each other’s shows. The ‘Sooner or Later’ tour kicks off this week in Tamworth and we are delighted to welcome Garrett Kato who will be supporting the superstar duo throughout the regional tour. Ziggy Alberts will also be joining the bill in Ballarat exclusively. Tickets to the Albury show are now sold-out, with Bendigo, Canberra, Wollongong, Toowoomba & Grafton shows soon to follow suit. Tickets to all other shows can be purchased via the tour page.
Garrett Kato is a Canadian born musician and songwriter who has lived in Byron Bay, with his Australian partner and daughter, for the last four years. In 2015 Kato released his second LP That Low and Lonesome Sound, with Rolling Stone Australia praising the album as a “Gentile gem rich with songwriting nous and emotion leaking from every pore”. Kato’s single ‘Sweet Jane’ was recently featured in the Hollywood Motion Picture Bad Moms and has racked up over 1 million Spotify streams since the film’s release.
And for a special treat for Ballarat locals Ziggy Alberts will be joining the bill for a one-off support slot. Ziggy is a coastal folk singer/songwriter, free surfer & environmental enthusiast from the East Coast of Australia. Highly anticipated following his hit single ‘Runaway’, Ziggy’s latest record Four Feet In The Forest went to no. 1 in the singer songwriter charts and proves to be a favourite compilation by many of his listeners.
To get you in the mood, you can watch a spectacular live rendition of ‘Sooner or Later’, performed by both Bernard and Kasey and filmed at Bernard’s sold-out show at the stunning Palais Theatre in Melbourne
Both Bernard and Kasey will also be playing at this year’s 45th annual Country Music Awards of Australia – the Toyota Golden Guitar Awards. The Awards can be streamed LIVE via ABC Landline and http://www.tcmf.com.au/live to audiences across the country from 7.30 pm (AEDST) Saturday 28 January 2017.
With a sold out national tour behind him, Bernard was honoured to receive an ARIA late last year, taking home the Best Adult Contempory Album award, for his third solo record Civil Dusk , part one of a two part project (the second LP Brutal Dawn is due 2017). While Kasey’s August EP release, Ain’t No Little Girl gave fans a taste of her eleventh studio LP, Dragonfly, a double album that sees her collaborating with Australian music legend Paul Kelly in the producer’s chair for one session, and Nash Chambers producing the other.
What a crazy week it’s been. I must say what an honour and delight it was for The Black Fins and I to be invited to pay tribute to Crowded House alongside one of my favorite people Missy Higgins at the 2016 ARIA Awards as they were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Beautiful songs that people will carry in their hearts and whistle on their lips for generations. Thanks to all of the Crowdie team for having us.
Also, I was honestly and genuinely so surprised to win an ARIA that I forgot to thank a whole lot of people! So I’d like to take this opportunity to thank those who bought Civil Dusk and came along to the tour. You, the fans are the most important people in the process because without your support, none of us would have anything to do. So thanks. Dad rock wins again.
With the Civil Dusk tour now wrapped up, it’s exciting to share some further tour news with you!
We, Bernard Fanning and The Black Fins, do hereby declare our joy in announcing the birth of the ‘Sooner Or Later’ tour with Kasey Chambers through regional QLD, NSW and VIC. We have been having such a ball playing each other’s shows over the last ten years that we finally decided to take it on the road. Looking forward to getting to some places that I have never played in and sharing the stage with a great mate and total legend, Kasey.
To get you in the mood, I’m happy to share a performance of ‘Sooner or Later’ below which we filmed and recorded live at the stunning Palais Theatre in Melbourne back in October. If you came along to this show on the Civil Dusk tour you might want to take a closer look – you could spot yourself in a cameo!