The Painted Ladies play selections from The Loner CD
June 6th 2014 / P1-52
The next generation of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists take the first Australian black protest album – and make it their own. Aboriginal music pioneer Vic Simms recorded The Loner in 1973 while serving time in Bathurst Gaol. This album of country soul, regarded by many as a lost classic, has inspired countless artists. Vic Simms joins emerging singer-song writer Luke Peacock, passionate performers The Medics and a range of guest artists for a special musical collaboration.
The Painted Ladies play selections from The Loner 12″ Vinyl
June 6th 2014 / P1-52LP / Pre-order now!
Includes bonus 7" single
Halfway – Dulcify 7″
P1-54SP // June 2014
Numbered gatefold 7" with bonus CD and digital download.
The song takes its name from the champion racehorse which was euthanized after being injured in the 1979 Melbourne Cup. It is a song that touches on life’s highs, lows and in-betweens.
The Gin Club – Self Titled re-issue – double vinyl
P1-53 // December 2013
10th Anniversary Double Vinyl edition
“My favorite album of 2004.” Ian Haug, Powderfinger, Rolling Stone Magazine. The Gin Club’s eponymous debut album was recorded in just one day at Airlock Studios in Brisbane after band member Scotty Regan won some recording time in a charity auction. It features the now classic tracks Wylde Bitch, You Don’t See, Dear Rose and Cinderella. The Gin Club self titled is re-released on vinyl by Plus One Records this December here. There are only limited quantities available so get in quick.
Halfway – Any old Love: 12″ Vinyl
Plus One Records P1-50LP
Vinyl edition of the album, complete with full digital download card
Halfway – Any old Love: Gatefold CD
Released 07 February 2014 | Plus One Records P1-50
The boys' fouth album, and it's a masterpiece. "This world should grind you down. With its toughness. Its pain. Instead it lifts you up. Because it gives you songs from people who’ve learned how the main chance is entirely up to them. It depends on love. And decency. And being wide awake when the beauty comes. Listen for the beauty. There it is — one example among many — in the high-lonesome refrain that sweetens the chorus at the end of ‘Waking Hours’. Loveliness. Good and simple. Here’s a world tuned to redemption. Here’s the Halfway world".
July 23, 2014
Australia’s first black protest songs written in Bathurst Gaol more than 40 years ago are set to be dramatically revived by the next generation of Indigenous artists in a world premiere concert at Brisbane Festival.
The Painted Ladies project has reworked The Loner album created by Aboriginal music pioneer Vic Simms in 1973. He made the classic record while serving time in Bathurst Gaol for robbery, at a time when prisoners were protesting living conditions. He originally traded cigarettes for a guitar before starting to write songs about his life and the injustices he saw around him.
Simms will join emerging singer-songwriter Luke Peacock, Brisbane rock group The Medics, and a range of guest artists for a passionate musical collaboration at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts on 19 and 20 September. The two no-holds-barred concerts will include a new version of The Loner and an accompanying documentary in a powerful live-music experience.
Brisbane Festival Artistic Director Noel Staunton said the strong friendship between Simms and Peacock meant none of the musical and historical importance of the songs had been lost.
“The Loner was created in extraordinary circumstances andhas rightly gone on to inspire many musicians over the last 40 years,” Mr Staunton said.
“Now, thanks to some of Australia’s most talented contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, Brisbane will be able to experience the latest incarnation of this compelling classic. The concert will be a feast for the eyes and the ears, and proves great songs can stand the test of time.”
Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council and runs from 6 to 27 September 2014. For more information visit brisbanefestival.com.au.
- WHEN: Fridays 19 & Saturday 20 September, 7:00pm
- WHERE: Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Fortitude Valley
- DURATION: 1 hour 15 minutes
- TICKETS: $25 adults | $23 concessions
- BOOKINGS: Judith Wright Centre 07 3872 9000 or visit brisbanefestival.com.au
July 1, 2014
So this month at camp WAWT has been about rehearsing our new songs; we have a lot of them. It’s been hard work, but we’re getting there, we’re gonna have album #3 in the can by the end of this year, it’s pretty exciting.
To celebrate, and to get out and shake loose just a little we have 2 more small shows to announce, they’re both a bit different: west side, north side to begin with, plus I’m sure we’ll all wear different clothes and throw a few jazz chords in where you’re least expecting them. Here goes:
Tim and Skye had a killer double-set at Padre recently, lots of covers, lots of mixing it up, it was fun. So they’re doing it again.
73 Vulture St West End
Tuesday June 15th, 8.00pm. Free entry.
FB event here
We’re doing 3 sets at this super-slim ultra-hip uber-northside Friday night hot-spot! Forget the valley, get yourself to the alley. This one will be great, by all accounts the venue is fantastic.
Seymour St, Sandgate
Friday August 8th, 8.00pm. $5.00 entry.
FB event here
April 30, 2014
Brisbane rock band Halfway announce the launch of their new single ‘Dulcify’. The song takes its name from the champion racehorse which was euthanized after being injured in the 1979 Melbourne Cup. It is a song that touches on life’s highs, lows and in-betweens.
In support of the release; and on the back of wide-spread critical acclaim for their fourth album ‘Any old Love’, Halfway will tour the east coast of Australia in June 2014.
The LP ‘Any Old Love’ is a concept album of sorts and it tells a tale of hope and hopelessness as a young couple try to ride out the early years of their relationship in a regional town in the late 1970’s.‘Any Old Love’ sees the return of esteemed Go-Betweens founder Robert Forster as producer.
The band also attracted the ear of legendary Replacements producer Peter Jesperson who co-produced the album with new Halfway member John Willsteed.
- June 7th – THE ZOO – Fortitude Valley, BRISBANE w/ Harley Young & The Casuarinas
- June 14th – LAZY BONES – Marrickville, SYDNEY w/ C R O W
- June 20th – WESLEY ANNE – Northcote, MELBOURNE w/ Rob Snarski/JP Shilo & Chris Pickering