Sydney based Indie Rocker M. Hofmann this week is unveiling his debut album Lavender Sleeping and you can hear it exclusively on Rock Lives Here ahead of it’s official release this Friday, 16th April.
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I’ve had this album on high rotation since it first came through, it’s songs bursting with layers of Heartland Rock and Americana and so incredibly well crafted.
Whilst you are listening to the album, be sure to read through the Track by Track below. Hofmann lays it all bare in his recollections of recording, penning and the inspiration behind the songs on Lavender Sleeping, which focus on themes of relationships, grief, and the rippling effects of mental health.
Hofmann has also announced his album launch show at The Vanguard, Sydney on April 21, details below.
Hofmann teamed up with fellow collaborators Tim McArtney and Charlie Finn to record his debut album, which was mostly tracked live. The first single Feel The Fire from the album was released back in March. The single was premiered via AAA Backstage and received airplay on radio stations nation wide, with a video that really captures the spirit of the song.
Debut album Lavender Sleeping is available on all major online stores from Friday 16, April.
LAVENDER SLEEPING TRACK BY TRACK….
Old Home is a bit of a self encouragement song. The verses are just little reminders to myself that when the depression sets in, things will still be ok. The sun is still shining, the world is still turning, your friends and family are still there, and life will carry on. I am rather cautious of toxic positivity, especially in the mental health realm, and I was initially worried this song would come off cheesy, but I think the simple truths it represents are just enough to get the message across. Initially this song had a real Birds-y chime to it, with a lot of 12 string guitar. But I really wanted this song to feel bigger, even though it’s just two verses and a chorus. David Andrew came in and played organ and synth and piano all over it and with a little slide guitar I think we sent it into a really strong atmosphere to kick the album off with.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO STAY
This was the first song I released as M. Hofmann back at the start of 2020, and doesn’t that feel like an eternity ago now! Actually both this and Old Home were two songs I wrote at the beginning of a super productive writing streak which lead to this album even existing so it’s nice to have them as track 1 and 2 respectively. To me this song fits right into the pocket of ‘my sound’. There’s 12 string guitar, chorus and a lot of reverb, acoustic rhythm, synths, and a strong bass line holding it all together. Johnny Marr is one of my all time favourites so there’s a lot of his influence in there. Lyrically this is a classic break up song, in this case it’s about calling out all of the signs that point to something going nowhere.
RAIN IN THE SUMMER
You know when you’re dating someone early on, and you’re getting to know each other and everything is awesome and for some reason your insecurities try and fuck with you and make you question everything? Well this song is about that. But it’s also about how two people can create a safe place for each other to feel insecure but then work through it and begin to to trust each other and start to build a life together.
In my experience of grief and loss, I’ve noticed that as time passes and life starts to move on, there will be moments when it all comes flooding back. These moments can be rather random too; disjointed memories, words spoken, scenes long forgotten. Nothing that ties in and forms a complete picture, but rather a series of frames that are there to sit with you in that specific moment. Indeed one of those moments came to me one afternoon and Percy Street was born.
If Percy Street is a moment of recollection, then Lavender Sleeping is the morning after the event. This is a song that just fell out of me. I was having one of those moments where it all came surging back to the forefront of my mind and then these six verses came out. And they were the perfect six verses that sum up exactly how I felt the morning after my mum passed away. This song is more of a poem, it didn’t require a chorus or any kind of traditional song formation. It was written exactly as it needed to be, accompanied by a very Smiths-esque guitar hook over three chords. To me this song is the lynchpin of the album. The very centre piece that brings everything else together.
END OF TIME
End of Time rounds out a trilogy of sorts that heavily ties to the previous two tracks. It’s another perspective, actually more leading up to the event than looking back, about preparing yourself in a way for the grief and loss that you know is coming. It might seem strange chronologically having these three songs in reverse after you know what they’re about, but to be honest I really like it that way and it works really well musically. I love all the moments we have on this song, David’s piano and organ parts, and I thoroughly enjoyed writing the guitar parts for this song. It’s an arrangement I really like and I think suits the song perfectly. I almost named the album after this one but it did seem a touch dark!
FEEL THE FIRE
Feel The Fire speaks of someone who is going through the process of deconstructing their worldview, which is something I have found myself doing a lot of as I get older. We all come from times and places that inform our beliefs and I think at some point we have to put those beliefs to the test, to sift through the things we maybe never questioned before. The idea of ‘feeling the fire’ happens as we grow and learn about the world and those around us. We may have views and opinions that we’ve inherited that don’t sit right, and that can create a friction within us. Once that process starts, then there is a need to reconcile those views with what you have learned. I think that’s just about learning and growing into awareness of what is happening in the world outside of your own little bubble. This song attempts to capture the thoughts and feelings of going through such a process. I was listening to The Stone Roses a lot when we were recording this one. We recorded this in a really short time frame too, my producers and friends Timothy McArtney and Charlie Finn and I played all the rhythm section live on the first day, I over dubbed all guitars and synths the next day, and I may have done vocals that day too? Then we mixed by the end of the week! It was a whole lot of fun. The band and I are loving playing this one live.
The second break up song. Sometimes when you are on the receiving end of a break up, you can’t help but wonder if the other person always knew this was going to happen, right? Well that’s the question posed in this song. This is maybe my personal favourite arrangement wise. There’s 12 string, acoustic and an electric guitar hook all moving around each other, we layered synths, piano and Wurlitzer as well. And Charlie’s harmonica right at the end is the perfect send off.
IN THE DARK
One night last year I was just strumming on a single chord for I don’t even know how long, I believe it was an A; I looked down at my phone and realised it was 11.30pm, and so this song was born. This song is just about getting caught in your own thoughts late at night and feeling a touch lost in it all as the questions roll in one after the other. I actually wrote this maybe a couple of weeks before we were due to record the last few tracks for the record and decided that this one had to be included. We kept the arrangement pretty simple and as it started to form I knew this would be the final track on the album. Our good friend and all round gentleman Jy-Perry Banks laid down the luscious pedal steel you hear in the instrumental and bridge.
LAVENDER SLEEPING | ALBUM LAUNCH
Apr 21st – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
W/ Lady Lyon
Tickets available via www.moshtix.com.au | 18+ only
Dave Gleeson of The Screaming Jets
Dave Gleeson and The Screaming Jets need no introduction, having taken the Aussie music scene by the scruff of the neck over 30 years ago, cementing their spot as one of the absolute Rock N Roll powerhouses in the decades since.
C’Mon the track that opened up this latest Podcast Episode was the song that may have been your first taste of The Jets, but it was debut album All For One and Better that introduced the band to the masses.
Celebrating it’s 30 year anniversary this year, The Screaming Jets have just announced a re-release of All For One, with re-recorded versions, as well as a National Tour that kicks off in July through October that will see that legendary album played from start to finish.
I had the pleasure of recently chatting with frontman Dave Gleeson where we talked memories of the “electricity” recording All For One in Paradise Studios, Sydney, The Jets finding their place in a rock world that saw them playing with Pearl Jam at their first ever L.A show – to supporting hair metal band KIX. For those hanging for a new studio album from The Jets, Dave has some news for you there as well…
Be sure to head over to The Screaming Jets website to check out a bunch of cool pre-order options for the All For One Release and grab your tickets to one of the shows coming to a City near you!
THE SCREAMING JETS ALL FOR ONE
30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR DATES – 2021
GENERAL ON SALE – 10AM FRIDAY 23RD APRIL
FRI 13 – FREO SOCIAL, FREMANTLE, WA (tickets here)
SAT 14 – CHARLES HOTEL, PERTH, WA (tickets here)
FRI 20 – THE TRIFFID, BRISBANE, QLD (presale here | general on sale)
SAT 21 – BRIBIE ISLAND HOTEL, BRIBIE ISLAND, QLD (tickets here)
FRI 27 – CENTRAL HOTEL, SHELLHARBOUR, NSW (tickets here)
SAT 28 – REVESBY WORKERS, REVESBY, NSW (tickets here)
FRI 3 – GATEWAY HOTEL, GEELONG, VIC (tickets here)
SAT 4 – COMMERCIAL HOTEL, SOUTH MORANG, VIC (tickets here)
FRI 10 – YOUNG SERVICES CLUB, YOUNG, NSW (tickets here)
SAT 11 – BATHURST PANTHERS, BATHURST, NSW (tickets here)
FRI 17 – BELMONT 16S, BELMONT, NSW (tickets here)
SAT 18 – SAWTELL RSL, SAWTELL, NSW (tickets here)
FRI 24 – THE BRIDGE HOTEL, ROZELLE, NSW (presale here | general on sale)
SAT 25 – THE BRIDGE HOTEL, ROZELLE, NSW (presale here | general on sale)
Pacific Avenue unveil new single ‘Easy Love’ and accompanying “sugary” video clip
“Oh my, savour those sweet heavenly harmonies, that scorching guitar solo and classic vibes. I have a feeling Pacific Avenue are going to make their hometown of Kiama, worldwide famous.”
– Scott Smith
Following on from their well-received single ‘My Hero’, Kiama-based indie-rock quartet Pacific Avenue have just revealed their authentic new single ‘Easy Love’ – produced and mixed by Jack Nigro (TOTTY, The Sea Gypsies, Vacations), and mastered by Leon Zervos (The Jungle Giants, Amy Shark, Holy Holy).
‘Easy Love’ opens with crunchy guitars, tranquil drums and stoic bass, before the cherubic vocals of Harry O’Brien add to the gracefully rich texture of the song. A dynamically expressive verse makes way for an impassioned chorus complete with delicate vocal harmonies and a touching lead guitar line. Paying homage to their influences with an exquisite solo and an extensive outro, the song’s message touches on the simple intricacy of love.
O’Brien talks about the story behind ‘Easy Love’:
“Whilst love can be an entirely complicated mess, it’s also the easiest thing we do. Running into someone, unexpectedly at that, and finding that you don’t need to try being anyone but yourself, is a very sweet thing and is something that’s worth holding on to. Regardless of who you are, love is love, and that’s what we hope to convey through the song and the video clip.”
Alongside the release of the track is the wistful accompanying music video – filmed, directed, and edited by Tasman Wilson. Shot predominantly in Kiama on 16mm film, creating an antiquated aesthetic, the clip features footage of the band members doing random acts of kindness for their community locals and cruising adventurously in a vintage Pontiac, punctuated with the nostalgic scenery of live performances and young couples frolicking and partying. The vibrant candidness of the video is a nod to the song’s message that love has no limits and can be found in a myriad of ways.
“A lot of thought and work would go into the shots as lighting and movement had to be spot on due to limited amount of film,” explains O’Brien. “Although it was quite a meticulous process, we managed to film the majority of the clip in one day, starting at 5am in the morning and ending at midnight. Safe to say we were exhausted by the end.”
To coincide with the release, the band will embark on an Australian headline tour, playing shows in Adelaide, Fremantle, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney. This continues on from an earlier East-Coast run of shows, including a sold-out Lansdowne Hotel performance, and relentless regional touring, having shared stages with Ruby Fields, Ocean Alley, The Wombats (UK), Skeggs, Lime Cordiale, Thelma Plum, Tash Sultana, British India, Missy Higgins, The Vanns, and San Cisco. They have also appeared on the main stages at Australian boutique festivals Lost Paradise, and Yours And Owls.
Previous singles have been widely embraced by the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, Pilerats, NME, Life Without Andy, Cool Accidents, The Soundcheck, Forte Mag, AAA Backstage, and Happy Mag. They have also seen radio support from triple j, triple j Unearthed, FBi Radio, SYN FM, Radio Adelaide, 2RRR, PBS FM, and Aussie Music Weekly.
‘Easy Love’ is available worldwide now.
PACIFIC AVENUE ‘EASY LOVE’ AUSTRALIAN TOUR
FRI 28 MAY | GRAVE EMILY HOTEL, ADELAIDE SA
SAT 29 MAY | MOJO’S BAR, FREMANTLE WA
FRI 4 JUN | HOWLER, MELBOURNE VIC
FRI 18 JUN | WEST ROOM, BRISBANE QLD
FRI 2 JUL | OXFORD ARTS, SYDNEY NSW
PREMIERE: Melbourne rockers Shotgun Mistress deliver explosive new single ‘Bleed Me Out’, out May 3
Melbourne legends Shotgun Mistress release their first track for 2021, Bleed Me Out, another explosive dose of hard rock that reaffirms the band’s trademark style of blistering riffage and raucous energy. That’s now four monster anthems that have been lifted from their forthcoming debut album due out in 2021 on Crusader Records.
2020 was a write off for some, but the Mistress made some remarkable chart and radio play gains, solidifying its position as one of the emerging faces of new Australian hard rock. Bleed Me Out is set to repeat the considerable impact of previous singles—Save Me From Myself (#1 iTunes Rock Charts), Glorious Machine (#1 iTunes Rock Charts) and Collide (#4 iTunes Rock Charts). Whilst the Aussie heritage of the likes of The Poor & The Screaming Jets runs through the bands DNA, it’s channelling the equal parts hedonistic swagger of Velvet Revolver and the sleazy rawness of Buckcherry that gives the bands songs their undeniable appeal.
Click to pre-save Bleed Me Out here
Bleed Me Out will smack you in the face with it’s stark visual imagery of the lyric, a pummelling rhythm section and the hyperkinetic mind-bending fire of the guitars—feats of spellbinding dexterity performed by the band’s world-renowned guitarist Matt Wilcock (voted top 100 metal guitarists of all time).
Bleed Me Out confirms Shotgun Mistress’s flightpath—a soaring trajectory straight up to the next level to launch an unstoppable presence onto the global rock stage.
For those of you in Victoria, be sure to catch Shotgun Mistress on their upcoming Victorian Mini May Tour, all the details right below…
Shotgun Mistress – The Victorian Mini May 2021 Tour
SATURDAY MAY 1ST – FEAST LIVE, THE CENTRAL CLUB
293 Swan St, Richmond
With Karly Jewell Band & Stonetrip
FRIDAY MAY 14TH – TONIC BAR
54 Bull St, Bendigo
With Stonetrip & The Mercy Kills
FRIDAY MAY 21ST – VOLTA
15 Field St, Ballarat Central
With Stonetrip & The Mercy Kills
SATURDAY MAY 22 – THE WORKERS CLUB –
51 – 55 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
EAT THE DAMN ORANGE ALBUM LAUNCH
SATURDAY JUNE 5TH – WHOLE LOTTA LOVE
524 Lygon St, Brunswick East
With The Stripp
Tix on sale at eventbrite.com.au