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Following their much-acclaimed first single ‘Sorry Hills’, alt-soul gang The Cactus Channel & Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music, My Own Pet Radio) are announcing a one-off Australian tour in May/June in support of their upcoming EP ‘Do It F or Nothing’.
Mostly known as the moody instrumental children of Melbourne’s world famous soul scene, The Cactus Channel have been moving in a new stylistic direction with this collaboration. The EP treads a thin line between alt-soul and the best of indie pop, swimming in compelling atmospherics and deftly weaving Cromack’s rich, drawling vocal and disarming, meditative lyrics through the band’s typically intuitive arrangements.
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Their first single ‘Sorry Hills’ single climbed to # 154 in the Australian iTunes Alternative charts, and gained over 110,000 plays on Spotify in just 4 weeks, making its way into the Viral charts at #30. The single also received Triple J full rotation, as well as top Amrap charting .
The full 6-track EP “Do It For Nothing” is out April 21st on all streaming services through HopeStreet Recordings . 12” vinyl EP’s and CD’s will be available soon after, and are available for pre-order now at http://hopest.re/DoItForNothing
The Meltdown, Melbourne’s purveyors of the finest country soul are pleased to announce the release of their newest single ‘Don’t Hesitate’! Joyous, upbeat and fiery, ‘Don’t Hesitate’ lifts us up and onto the dance floor urging us to push aside our fears and troubles and live in the moment. Blazing horns, sugar sweet backing vocals and Simon Burke’s honey voice take us back to the days of Stax and Motown with a little Nashville for good measure. After the sweetness of the last single, the ballad ‘Colours In The Sky’, this is a more boisterous taste of their soon to be released self-titled debut album, due out April 7th 2017.
Melbourne alt-soul gang The Cactus Channel have released ’Sorry Hills’, the first single with Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music, My Own Pet Radio) from a collaborative 6-track EP due in April. That EP is now available for pre-orders! Only 500 being made worldwide… Shipping in April/May.
This EP treads a thin line between alt-soul and the best of indie pop, swimming in compelling atmospherics and deftly weaving Cromack’s rich, drawling vocal and disarming, meditative lyrics through the band’s typically intuitive arrangements. Lyrically, “Sorry Hills” is heavy with a kind of guilty melancholy that belies the wordplay in its title — Cromack’s dark, introspective lyrics are accompanied by an instrumental that buzzes with a slight sense of paranoia: in the song’s instrumental bridge, the rhythm section simmers as horns let forth quiet squeals.
Just after announcing a national tour, The Cactus Channel have announced that they’ll be releasing a 6-track EP with Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music, My Own Pet Radio). The first single ‘Sorry Hills’ will be out February 10th, with the full EP due in April through HopeStreet.
For now they’ve left us with a little teaser of what happened in the studio:
Sam Cromack has been busy with Ball Park Music’s ‘Every Night The Same Dream’ album that was released late last year.
“I got into The Cactus Channel years ago and I was thrilled when we met each other and talked about maybe making some music. Working on the EP has been a lot of fun, it’s been very laid back. They’re extremely talented players so it’s been kinda effortless. The sound is nice; it’s probably some of the moodiest and most chilled-out music I’ve ever made. It’s gonna be a good late-night record.” – Sam Cromack
Expect to see The Cactus Channel & Sam Cromack around Australia for 3-date tour in May/June. Dates TBC.
Our alt-soul lads The Cactus Channel are excited to announce that they’ll be hitting the road this February. The now 7-piece band will play shows in Melbourne, Hobart, Party In The Paddock, St Kilda Festival, Canberra, Sydney & Secret Garden Festival.
On the cusp of releasing new music from a collaboration that’s been in the works, The Cactus Channel have also refined their lineup and have introduced new sounds and occasional vocals.
Preparing to record the follow up to their second album Wooden Boy, The Cactus Channel will be playing unreleased songs from album #3 and their upcoming collaboration.
The Cactus Channel tour
February 5th – Fairfield Amphitheatre (VIC) FREE
February 10th – The Grand Poobah (Hobart, TAS)
February 11th – Party In The Paddock (TAS) BUY TICKETS
February 12th – St Kilda Festival (VIC) FREE
February 23rd – Transit Bar (Canberra, ACT) BUY TICKETS
February 24th – The Captain Cook (Sydney, NSW) BUY TICKETS
February 25th – Secret Garden (NSW) SOLD OUT
Tickets and information from thecactuschannel.com/tour
Zillanova (the lads who brought you that 2013 hit ‘Suicide’) are back!!
“The Fader is a dark horse, riding on a dark and funky pocket with a Latin tinge and shades of gospel. It’s a bit 70’s and a bit now – equal parts What’s Going On and Alabama Shakes.”
2016 was a quieter year for us with an LP by San Lazaro, an EP by The Do Yo Thangs and two singles, one by The Meltdown and one by Zillanova, both of which hint at their upcoming 2017 releases. So far, 2017 looks completely packed. We’ll have new music from The Cactus Channel (finally!), The Bombay Royale, Zillanova, The Meltdown, The Do Yo Thangs and even more! But as always thanks for sticking around and supporting our artists this year. As an indie label we’ve learnt a lot.
Have a good Christmas (don’t forget about the annual James Brown tribute night on xmas night @ the curtin), and a funky new year. 2017 will be massive… we can feel it.
If you’re interested in buying any of our 2016 releases you can here.
Emma Donovan shares stories about her influence, history and inspiration as a phenomenal woman in the Australian music scene. Big ups to the #hersoundherstory campaign for championing strong women in the music scene!
The #hersoundherstory 12 part videos series can be viewed at www.hersoundherstory.com
Australian blog The Music are premiering the new video for The Meltdown’s ‘Colours In The Sky‘, their brand new single that was released last week. It celebrates the announcement of their debut LP, due next year, as well as a few Summer festival slots around Australia.
Filmed and edited by Kathleen Lee, the video follows Simon Burke around Melbourne, the country and even up in the sky in a plane (yes, Simon is a rad singer and also pilot…)