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 🤘🏼✨🎸
Photography by Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!)
Shot with Canon 6D. L series lens 24-105 and 50mm prime lens.
Live at Verizon Theatre. Grand Prairie, Texas.
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Innovative Aussie indie singer/songwriter Eliza Hull’s has a brand new clip & a bucket-load of skills!
The official music video dropped this week for Eliza Hull‘s ‘Echoes’ and as I relax in the night-time sunshine of this beautiful song, I lose myself in the music for 10 seconds and subconsciously my mind tells me I’m listening to Florence Welch (Florence + The Machine).. But no I’m listening to Eliza and she truly is an amazing talent..
Produced by Hayden Calnin in his bunker studio over summer on the Peninsula, ‘Echoes’ is lifted from Eliza Hull’s 2nd EP due out in late 2013. And if you’d not previously come across Eliza Hull’s work, there’s loads more on the way! The Melbourne-based musician is also the co-founder/producer of Large Noises, who have been doing some fantastic music video TV work with a whole swag of Aussie artists incl. Alpine, Big Scary, Gossling, Vance Joy and more.
Echoes. Perfect for chilling on the couch on a cold winter’s eve with a large glass of shiraz.. Love…
Images by Bianca Morgans (Hot & Delicious Group)
Eliza Hull live at The Workers Club (Melbourne).
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
Vance Joy is selling out venues around country and one of the hottest properties in Australian music right now!
The USA were recently treated to Vance‘s acoustic Austin performances at The Aussie BBQ and Laneway Festival – South-By-South-West and we’re quited excited to see this new version of ‘Emmylou’ live from Vance Joy’s debut EP ‘God Loves You When You’re Dancing’.
This beautiful track was recorded courtesy of Pieeater/Liberation Music and images captured by Hot & Delicious on the ground at Laneway Fest – SXSW.