Funeral Tango lyricist Tim Rollston explains. “Pierina is a story about birth, growth and relationships. It is one of our most epic and emotional songs. The lyrics describe two characters, in different times but somehow connected. The first is a person wandering through life and making decisions about which paths to go down. The second is a young mother to be, with no idea where her life is to take her. While partly autobiographical, (descriptions of the scenery from Waterford, Ireland) the song also takes on the forms of dreams, hazy memories and stories that have been passed down through generations. The final sequence of the song (with the tree’s when they sleep…) came about when I read an article about how trees sleep at night and communicate underground. It signifies the mothers decision to leave her offspring to grow in the natural world, where unexpected things may happen, but can ultimately be trusted.”
Funeral Tango’s debut album, Influencer, (February 2021), distills the bands energy – a unique refraction of the Manchester post-punk scene. Funeral Tango make a shadowy and alluring noise, which is the particular and refined result of experienced and motivated hands. The hypnotic and sparse first single from the album, Donnie, is out November 27, 2020. Listen here. Funeral Tango are a mix of the concentrated and the atmospheric, capturing the push and pull of a singular band with both drive and destination in mind. The Funeral Tango sound has been honed via a series of arresting live performances (as Holiday Inn) in Sydney’s inner west. The album, Influencer, is as evocative as the Iggy Pop / David Bowie Berlin collaborations; both are harsh but beautiful soundtracks crafted for strange times within surreal landscapes.
Just released is the debut full-length album for Clairaudience. Based in Brooklyn but hailing from Australia, Europe and Rhode Island, this four-piece (Caroline Jumpertz, Danny Jumpertz, Franzi Szymkowiak and Heidi Patalano), has been recording and gigging in NYC for over three years. Recorded with engineer Abe Seiferth (Yeasayer, Eleanor Friedberger) between 2014 and 2016 at Transmitter Park Studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the album is a follow up to 2015’s acclaimed cassette/download EP Sun Damage.
Clairaudience formed in Sydney in 2006. Caroline and Danny emigrated to the USA in 2010 launching a new lineup with the additions of New York based multi-instrumentalists Heidi (guitar, bass, vocals) and Franzi (Moog, guitar, bass, vocals). Fellow Australian Kerrii Cavanagh stepped in on bass guitar, appearing on the Sun Damage EP, but relocating back to Oz soon after, leaving the band as a 4 piece.
After some unforeseen delays we are extremely excited to finally share the fifth instalment in our ongoing Strain of Origin compilation series.
As eclectic as ever, the latest instalment pairs forward-thinking Australian artists including Tim Shiel, Dylan Michél, Wabz, WORNG, Setec, and Mannheim Rocket, amongst others, asking them to remix each other’s work with no set rules or guidelines.
The resulting pieces are as compelling and varied as the artists themselves, once again showcasing the broad talent operating in the contemporary Australian music scene.
As with previous compilations, Strain of Origin V is available as a free download from the Feral Media bandcamp site here; or can be streamed via the player below.
Thank you to all of the amazing artists who took part in the compilation, we are extremely grateful for your contributions.
The latest in our ongoing Virtual Mixtape series with whothehell.net comes from Sydney trio Making whose album Highlife was one of the highlights of 2015.
Full of discordant guitar, razor sharp bass lines and complex rhythms, the band will certainly appeal to fans of contemporaries My Disco and the now sadly defunct Ohana.
In the spirit of the Virtual Mixtape series Making explore the weird and wonderful world of avant-rap royalty Kool Keith. Of particular note is the opening video ‘98 Year Old Refrigerator’ which will no doubt polarise those uninitiated with Keith’s work.
Head over to the whothehell.net site to read the full feature here
The second instalment in our Virtual Mixtape collaboration with whothehell.net comes from producer, radio host and all-round nice guy Tim Shiel.
Tim’s mixtape focuses on ‘modern folk’ from Australia, or as he puts it “It’s not folktronica and it’s not freak folk. It’s just a brand of evocative, dreamy folk music that I’m really drawn to and have been for many years.”
Check out the full feature and mixtape over on whothehell.net here
As 2011 draws to a close we thought we would document some of our favourite Australian releases from the past 12 months all wrapped up in a nice little mixtape.
The mix includes tracks from some of Feral’s 2011 releases as well as tracks from Feral friends and contemporaries.
If you missed out on any of these releases throughout the year now’s the time to get acquainted.
Here’s to another great year for Australian music!
Listen/download the mix below and head here for tracklisting etc
Comatone (aka Greg Seiler) has uploaded his set from the recent Feral showcase at Sound Series #19.
The night was a great success, so if you weren’t able to get along now’s your chance to join in the fun!
Listen/download the set below and for more info on all things Comatone head to his new website: www.comatone.com