City of Melbourne Sets Up New Music Advisory Committee

Artists, promoters, entrepreneurs and industry leaders comprise the 12 members of a new Advisory Committee which will lend its expertise to developing and implementing the City of Melbourne’s Music Strategy 2013-17. The Music Strategy Advisory Committee will undertake a review of the current Music Strategy, which was initiated by the City of Melbourne in December 2010, before setting its sights on a new strategy for Melbourne’s vibrant music industry. The Music Strategy for Melbourne provides support for the music industry through campaigns and events, and outlines how council and government can work with and support the industry in the development of the Music Strategy for Melbourne in assistance with the City of Melbourne. The committee members include Music Victoria’s Patrick Donovan, CBAA president Adrian Basso, Lucie Ribush (The Toff in Town/Cookie/Boney), Ian James of Mushroom Music Publishing, and more.

The Butterfly Effect Find New Agent & Manager

Brisbane rock band The Butterfly Effect have announced the appointment of a new manager and agent to guide the next phase of their career. Tom Larkin from Homesurgery (Calling All Cars, Strangers, Cairo Knife Fight) will be handling Management while Wildfire Agency’s Mark Lackey has been appointed as agent. While the band’s plans have been kept tightly secret since parting ways with singer Clint Boge last year, they recently re-emerged, hitting #1 on the ARIA Music DVD charts with the documentary of their first twelve years, Effected in August. The Butterfly Effect have shows booked in, with a mysterious singer taking vocal duties, and the band’s new team are keeping mum on the identity of the new frontman.

Live Music Returns To Sydney’s Landsdowne Hotel

Following on from recovering from the fire that engulfed the venue, live music will be making its official return to the Lansdowne Hotel on Friday the 18th of October, with a launch party presented by the Lansdowne Hotel and Superstylin’ Entertainment. The line up for the free performance is to be announced on Tuesday the 24th of September. The Lansdowne Hotel will renew its dedication to supporting the Sydney live music scene as the iconic venue comes alive once again with a new refurbishment stepping you into a New York warehouse, tasty New York diner menu and the relaunch of live music.

123 Agency Signs Drunk Mums To Artist Roster

“Drunk Mums have officially chosen Damo Costin as their Booking Agent. The decision was as easy as 123,” says band manager James Young of Cherry Rock. Costin and the team at 123 Agency are just as excited to throw their support behind the band, who are currently recording their second album, as the latest addition to the burgeoning booking agency’s 24 signed artists. Drunk Mums are formerly from Cairns, Queensland, but headed south down the Newell Highway, bringing their 70s-influenced Aussie Pub Rock with-a-twist to their new home in Melbourne. They have dirty hair, pristine faces and pristine tunes. Their debut 5-track EP Eventual Ghost and debut LP showcased a band with trippy guitars, three singer-songwriters and a tamborine player, who is more like an unpredictable art installation than a musician. “Drunk Mums are going places. So are 123,” says manager James Young. “I feel excited for the music lovers of Australia right now. Fucking interesting times ahead! Bring it.”

Young Lions Sign To Shock Records

It has been a busy year for young Brisbane five piece Young Lions – the band played their first ever live show earlier this year, recorded their debut album Burn and have just signed to Shock Records. Set for release on October 4, Burn is an impressive debut album of 10 blistering rock tracks. Produced by Sonny Truelove (Before Their Eyes, Sienna Skies, Creations, Angela’s Dish, For All Eternity) at STL Studios on NSW’s Central Coast , the LP includes singles ‘Grave Digger’ and ‘The Runner and The Fighter’, a track which has already received airplay support from Triple J. The five-piece band are all experienced musicians – previously of well-known and now defunct Brisbane bands The Dream The Chase and Amberain, whilst Zachary Britt is also vocalist for popular Melbourne metalcore band Dream On Dreamer.

Future Classic Sign Roosevelt

Future Classic continues expanding its roster of forward thinking, pop-flecked electronica with the Australian and New Zealand signing of Roosevelt and his sun kissed Elliot EP. Signed to DIY dance label du jour Greco Roman in the UK, Roosevelt – the musical moniker of Cologne’s Marius Lauber –  has already made waves overseas, with the title track of Elliot garnering BBC Radio One support and the accolade of Best New Music from Pitchfork. Roosevelt’s debut single release ‘Sea’ has already garnered 100K+ YouTube spins, playfully conjuring up images of long fading summers with its dubbed out guitars, rolling bass and longing vocals. The Elliot EP will be released in Australia / NZ on Future Classic on 20 Sept 2013.

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