Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes
Strangers lead singer Ben Britton & I met at the world’s largest music, film and interactive conference, South By South West (SXSW) back in 2013 when his kick-ass Australian heavy rock band Strangers were selected to play the conference and was I immediately blown away by their explosive live set in the basement at The Aussie BBQ Australian showcase event in Austin (Texas).
The Aussie BBQ SXSW boasted an A-grade line-up of the likes Vance Joy, Hiatus Kaiyote, Flume, Emma Louse, Seth Sentry, 360, Dune Rats, Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes, Alpine, Jackson Firebird, San Cisco, The Rubens, Jack Carty, Gold Fields, The Beards, The Falls & shit-tons more… 37 amazing Australian bands and artists playing 3 stages in one venue across 13 hours in Texas!!!! Blew my mind!
And for those who haven’t been before, the most wonderful thing about touring the USA with Sounds Australia and all the Aussie bands performing every year at SXSW is that you spend time with your music industry peeps that you know from back home whom you haven’t seen for ages, make a whole swag of new music biz friends and soak up the most beautiful and generous sense of community that Austin and SXSW have on offer. Benny and I kept bumping into each other at different bars and live music showcases around Austin, became buddies that week and I was quite struck by what a friendly, chatty and genuine dude he is.
Flash forward 4 years and I am super excited to feature Strangers launch of their 2nd album ‘Mirrorland’ on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! Benny and I catch-up to discuss just what it’s like for Australian artists/bands looking to take on SXSW, the differences between the Melbourne and Sydney music scenes, He generously shares his experiences battling anxiety and mental health, which have come to be a massive learning experience and part of the ‘Mirrorland’ album and yep, I’ll even give you an exclusive sneak peek of 3 tracks from the new album by just simply downloading the podcast.
Over the next 2 weeks this Sydney born, Melbourne based 4-piece are carving out their next steps with 2 explosive ‘Mirrorland’ album launch shows in Melbourne (Saturday Just 1st – The Evelyn Hotel) and Sydney (Friday July 14th – The Chippo Hotel).
Last time I saw them play in Texas, Benny was on some dude’s shoulders in the crowd singing mid-set, the guitarist brought his axe out into the crowd too and then I think Mr. Britton capped it all off by stage-diving back ONTO the stage and tackling the drummer and drum-kit in one fell swoop… Now THAT’s what I’m talkin’ ‘bout!
Download this shit and come see the show with me in Sydney! #GetSome #RocknRoll 🤘🏼✨🎸
Splendour In The Grass announce killer 2013 line-up with a kick-ass vid!
Presented by Village Sounds and Secret Service, Splendour In The Grass 2013 is:
Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, The National, TV on the Radio, Empire of the Sun, Of Monsters & Men, Klaxons, Bernard Fanning, The Presets, Babyshambles, Flume, Passion Pit, Architecture in Helsinki, Birds of Tokyo, James Blake, Matt Corby, Drapht, Laura Marling, Flight Facilities, Polyphonic Spree (Performing Rocky Horror Picture Show), Boy & Bear, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Cold War Kids, The Rubens, Sarah Blasko, Darwin Deez, You Am I (Performing Sound As Ever & Hi-Fi Way), Hermitude, Haim, Airbourne, The Drones, Ms Mr, Gurrumul, Everything Everything, Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes, Cloud Control,
Portugal. The Man, Daughter, Something For Kate, Wavves, Chet Faker, Snakadaktal, Robert Delong,
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Whitley, Fidlar, Jake Bugg, The Bamboos, Surfer Blood, Deap Vally,
Palma Violets, Alpine, Little Green Cars, Vance Joy, Jagwar Ma, Villagers, Violent Soho, Dune Rats,
PVT, The Jungle Giants, Cub Scouts, Art Of Sleeping, The Growl, Twinsy, The Chemist, Songs, Mitzi,
Alison Wonderland, Yolanda Be Cool, What So Not, Xaphoon Jones, D-Cup, Otologic, Peking Duk
Tyler Touche, Bad Ezzy.
Splendour 2013 has a new home at North Byron Parklands (about 20 minutes from Byron Bay township) and can’t wait to hit the New South Wales north coast for another amazing festival!
Splendour In The Grass 2013
Friday July 26th to Sunday July 28th
Tickets go on-sale Thursday May 2nd
Aussies joining 360 at SXSW 2013 incl. Dead Letter Circus, The Trouble With Templeton, Papa Vs Pretty, Jackson Firebird, Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes
South-By-South-West (SXSW) 2013 has just received a fresh injection of Australian talent.
Dead Letter Circus, The Audreys, The Trouble With Templeton, Papa Vs Pretty, Jackson Firebird, The Beards, Jonathan Boulet, Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes & a swag of Aussie artists/bands have just been invited to the world’s largest Music, Film and Interactive Conference, SXSW.
They join 360, Something For Kate, Seth Sentry, San Cisco, Emma Louise, Gold Fields and a bunch of other Aussies taking a crack at the international scene in March at music-town USA, Austin(Texas).
List of Aussie acts invited to SXSW 2013 now includes (in alphabetical order):
360, Alpine, Atlas Genius, The Audreys, The Beards, Bearhug, Blackchords, The Cambodian Space Project, The Chevelles, Clairy Brown & the Bangin’ Rackettes, Dead Letter Circus, Dune Rats, Emma Louise, The Falls, Feenixpawl, Flume, Georgia Fair, Ginger & The Ghost, Glass Towers, Gold Fields, Hiatus Kaiyote, Holy Blam, Jack Carty, Jackson Firebird, Jonathan Boulet, Kirin J Callinan, ME, Mitzi, Nolita Knights, Papa Vs Pretty, Rites Wild, The Rubens, San Cisco, Seth Sentry, Something For Kate, Strangers, Sugar Army, Summer Flake, The Swiss, The Tom Fun Orchestra, Transcription of Organ Music, The Trouble With Templeton, Twerps, Vaudeville Smash, Vance Joy, WIM and World’s End Press.