Courtney Barnett, Ouch My Face, Fraser A. Gorman, East Brunswick All Girls Choir, The Finks and Jen Cloher are all headed to the Bar On The Hill on March 13 to showcase tracks off their new collaborative release, Good For You. So we thought we’d take the time to introduce you to the milk records roster and give you a sneak peak at what’s in store when they bring the Good For You Tour to Newcastle.
BIO: Courtney Barnett puts a lot of effort into sounding effortless. Her songs are wild and wooly and wordy, her lyrics plainspoken and delivered like she’s making them up on the spot. In 2012 Courtney started Milk! Records and released her debut EP I’ve Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris. Her second EP How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose (2013) received international acclaim, taking her and the band, Dave Mudie (drums), Bones Sloane (bass) and Dan Luscombe (guitar) all around the world. In 2014 her EP’s were re-released as The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas.
WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH HER SET: It’s Courtney Barnett! Urban stories told with an Aussie accent and a beat that makes you wanna jump around the backyard with your mates.
Ouch My Face
BIO: Melbourne’s Ouch My Face have been playing art-punk across Australia and New Zealand since 2007 winning fans for their joyfully expressive, riotous performances. 2015 marks the release of their debut album ‘Bunyip’ an exhilarating ride through the collective imaginings of Celeste Potter, Ben Ely and Ben Wundersitz.
WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH THIER SET: These guys are so punk it will make the spacer in your ear lobe shrink. While most of their offering is rooted in drums bass and distorted guitar this isn;t a band that’s afraid of technology which means you can’t look away for fear of missing something.
Fraser A. Gorman
BIO: A 23 year old kid who looks like a teenage Bob Dylan, a full time carpenter obsessed with the history of rock n’ roll, expressing himself through wry poetry, bent tropicalia, country-soul and rock. After playing a flawless series of shows at SXSW 2015 and tearing apart an opening slot for best mate Courtney Barnett and Bully throughout sold-out UK tours in March and April, he’s now NME approved, hotly tipped by BBC’s Radio 6 and Radio 1 and signed to an international label deal with Marathon Artists (Jagwar Ma, Courtney Barnett, Childhood).
WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH HIS SET: Come for the quirky and heartfelt stories of Gorman’s life and stay for the voice. That voice… There’s no acrobatics, he doesn’t need that shit, but there’s something a little hypnotic about the way he delivers a phrase and moves between notes.
East Brunswick All Girls Choir
BIO: East Brunswick All Girls Choir is made up of a mini golf course curator from Lockwood South, a Pool Shark Ninja who relocated from Yokahama, a gaming pizza cooking nerd from Golden Square and one failed cricketer who once walked the hallowed turf of Maiden Gully. Dead Air was recorded in a warehouse in Abbotsford over a 14 hour sitting. There were wine and empty tobacco pouches covering the floor. Clink clink went the bottles. It features seven hit singles,no secret tracks and no tricks. This is the first release for East Brunswick All Girls Choir with each cover unique and handmade.
WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH THIER SET: This is music to hold hands to. We suggest grabbing some mates and having your very own love in on the lawn of the Bar On The Hill during their set. That’s what we’ll be doing, anyway.
BIO: The Finks are a collection of people and ideas based around the songs of Oliver Mestitz. They perform live as a duo or a trio or a five-piece, with different songs for each line-up. The first two EPs, Things Work Out (2012) and At The Royal Witherspoon (2013), were recorded by Oliver in his bedroom using a Yamaha MT8X. The debut album, Lucklaster, (released February 2015) was recorded the same way. The songs are quiet and wordy and sincere. If they sound true they are probably not true.
WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH THIER SET: It’s hard to describe The Finks without sounding like a wanker. But trust us, what they do is quite special and hypnotic at times. We’re really looking forward to this set.
BIO: After graduating from acting at NIDA, Jen Cloher decided to make music. In 2006 she released her debut album Dead Wood Falls as Jen Cloher & The Endless Sea, garnering an Aria nomination for Best Female Artist. A twist of events saw Jen relocate to New Zealand for two years where she continued to write. After a brief hiatus she returned to Melbourne enlisting the talents of Laura Jean, Biddy Connor and Tom Healy (Tiny Ruins) and recorded her second album Hidden Hands (2009). In 2010 The Endless Sea disbanded and Jen took time out to experiment with new sounds returning in 2013 with her third album In Blood Memory. With Courtney Barnett on guitar, Bones Sloane on bass and Jen Sholakis on drums In Blood Memoryis regarded by many as her strongest work to date. It was nominated for Australia’s most prestigious music award, the Australian Music Prize in 2013.
WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH HER SET: Jen is the boss! Her music is refined and passionate and her live performances are the same. The way she sings and her wry smile draws you and and kicks you right in the feels.