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THE CACTUS CHANNEL & SAM CROMACK ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN EP TOUR!

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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.

MAY 25TH – HOWLER (MELBOURNE, VIC) BUY TICKETS
MAY 26TH – HUDSON BALLROOM (SYDNEY, NSW) BUY TICKETS
JUNE 2ND – THE BRIGHTSIDE (BRISBANE, QLD) BUY TICKETS

Support from New Venusians & Frida.

Presented by Select Music, FBi Radio, RRR, 4ZZZ & The Music.

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


Pre-order The Cactus Channel & Sam Cromack’s 6-track EP on 12″ vinyl!

PRE-ORDER 6-TRACK EP ON 12" VINYL

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.

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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.


The Cactus Channel tease EP with Sam Cromack

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.


The Cactus Channel announce Australian tour this February!

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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


HopeStreet Recordings | 2015 recap

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It’s been a massive year for HopeStreet with the expansion of our team, the launch of our imprint label Wyall Style, a big handful of 7-inch releases and one super funky Salsa record. With the holidays around the corner we’d be lying if we said we weren’t looking forward to a little break, but all in all it’s been an extremely satisfying year working alongside our artists.

Six years ago we started this project in the basement of a defunct Karate dojo making small run 45’s for soul heads, and over the years we’ve met with new musicians and artists to create a now solid catalogue of seventeen 7-inch records and six full length LPs. Our artists have received international and national acclaim and won numerous awards, so here’s to another 6+ years of innovative record making for you all. Here’s a record by record recap of the year (earliest to latest):

Cosmetic Love / Jappo 7″ by One Sixth & The Public Opinion Six

Our first split collab joint features MC One Sixth on a funky afro groove with the B-side featuring The Public Opinion Six on the same tune, with percussoinist and singer Lamine Sonko fronting. Literally only a couple of these left – get them here.

Better Days / Sweet Water 7″ by The Meltdown 

Slick country-fried soul done right by The Meltdown. Led by singer Simon Burke, these dudes play solid tunes à la Ray Charles and Eli Paper Boy Reed with a killer rhythm section. Grab the 7-inch here.

Wild Stallion Mountain / Khubsoorat Bewafa 7″ by The Bombay Royale

Our favourite psychedelic bollywood funk/soul/surf superstars released this funky white 7-inch this year. It accompanies a crazy video of desert horse fuelled psychedelia. Grab the few limited white 7-inches here.

Cobaw / Fool’s Gold 7″ by The Cactus Channel

Dark and cinematic bogan jazz boys released this homage to country Victoria with their latest instrumental 7-inch. It explores new sounds, and was recorded by them in their house. Grab it here

Quarter Street LP by Quarter Street

Super solid Salsa Dura done right by Melbourne’s hardest working Latin band Quarter Street. Compared to the likes of Ruben Blades and old Fania recordings… get your copy now!

Kill The Doubt / Sleeping Alone 7″ by The Cactus Channel feat. Chet Faker

Recorded in 2014, this collaboration sat on the shelves until late this year. Super chuffed with this one. The Cactus Channel and old mate Chet Faker sound perfect together. Grab the 7-inch here

Slowly / I Want It All 7″ by Frida (out on Wyall Style Records)

As we mentioned above, we started an imprint label called Wyall Style Records. Run by artists behind The Cactus Channel and Frida, this new label is bringing you music with just as much heart and groove, but through a different set of glasses. Frida explore dark and lo-fi pop soul with their first 7-inch release. Grab it here.

Blackfella Whitefella / Down City Streets 7″ by Emma Donovan & The PutBacks feat. Archie Roach, Tim Rogers & Joelistics

An extremely important record for Australia, this collaboration between Indigenous artists Emma Donovan, Archie Roach, Tim Rogers and Joelistics is handing over all proceeds to SOS BLAK AUSTRALIA to raise awareness and funds to help Indigenous people who have been forced out of their home. Support it here.

Kung Fu Pyramids / Snake Eyes 7″ by The PutBacks

The first and original HopeStreet band. These guys brought you our first 45, and they’re back to bring you a record that cooks hard. Kung Fu style. Only 10 left… be quick!


New video: The Cactus Channel in the studio

The Cactus ChannelNot so long ago this year, spent a total of 5 days in the studio to create their second full-length, Wooden Boy.  Oscar Strangio documented the session with both photo and video.  Here we present How Did This Happen? which opens Side B on the LP.  You can also check out Oscar’s photo gallery for some pretty awesome shots of the band in the studio.  You can check out more of Oscar’s work on tumblr at worldthroughmylens.tumblr.com

Congrats to The Cactus Channel for selling out their launch last Friday at Northcote Social Club (and almost selling out the Thursday!)

Listen to Wooden Boy at hopestreetrecordings.com/woodenboy