TOUR: The Panics and The Drones!

First up, The Panics have revealed that they’ll be heading around the country playing songs from their latest album, Rain On The Humming Wire. These guys have been fairly busy of late, but now they’re back out on the road, and they’re doing quite a few shows. Try and see them somewhere if you can.

Dates and venues:

Friday 26th August – Mess & Noise Lunchbox, Worker’s Club
Wednesday 14th September – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River
Thursday 15th September – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury
Friday 16th September – Astor Theatre, Perth
Saturday 17th September – Fly By Night, Fremantle
Wednesday 21st September – Anu Bar, Canberra
Thursday 22nd September – Uni Bar, Wollongong
Friday 23rd September – Level One, Leagues Club, Newcastle
Saturday 24th September – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Thursday 29th September – Saloon Bar, Launceston
Friday 30th September – Wrest Point Showroom
Thursday 6th October – Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay
Friday 7th October – Hi Fi, Brisbane
Saturday 8th October – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast
Wednesday 12th October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine
Thursday 13th October – Bended Elbow, Geelong
Friday 14th October – The Palace Theatre, Melbourne
Saturday 15th October – The Gov, Hindmarsh

Looks like tickets go on sale at 9am on the 10th of August (that’s when Canberra goes on sale anyway), from, uh… all over the place really. Check out their blog post over here to see where you need to buy your tickets from (and check release dates too, just ’cause these will probably go pretty fast).

In slightly more exciting news (for me, personally), The Drones have announced a handful of shows as well! I’ve heard glowing reviews of The Drones’ live performances, so I will definitely not be missing them when they swing by Canberra. Adalita will be supporting all shows as well!

These shows will run alongside the release of their live DVD, entitled A Thousand Mistakes, which is released on the 16th of September, and if you’re a fan of The Drones you’re definitely going to want to pick it up.

Check out the trailer for it below these tour details:

Friday 7th October – ANU Bar, Canberra
Saturday 8th October – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
Friday 14th October – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Friday 21st October – The Bakery, Perth
Saturday 22nd October – The Governor Hindmarsh , Adelaide
Friday 28th October – The Hi Fi, Brisbane
Saturday 29th October – The Metro, Sydney

Tickets go on sale on the 11th of August, from all over the place, again. The lovely folk at Tone Deaf have all the details if you’re interested! Over here!

REVIEW: Mike Noga – “The Balladeer Hunter”

Mike Noga (drummer from The Drones) is set to release his sophomore solo album The Balladeer Hunter on the 1st of April. Filled with acoustic ballads and stories, Noga has written an album that will click with some instantly, and evade the interests of others. That’s what makes it special – for many, the best albums are those that stretch boundaries. The albums that have to be understood over time to be properly appreciated and enjoyed.

Whether it’s intentional or not, the album feels like a dusty trudge through a perfect Australian landscape. That’s probably an overdone cliche, but I don’t really care in this case. Noga’s voice and the instrumentation have a distinctive Australian feel to them. Noga crafts music of a style that doesn’t seem to be as prevalent as it used to be, but people are unlikely to claim this release is past its time. This is music that will appeal to those who listen and pay attention to what’s being said. Those who are prepared to take in an album for what it’s truly worth. Sure, it’s unlikely to hit the top 40 charts, but it’s music with a brooding depth to it. Music that says what it wants to say, and says it well.

Behind the finger-plucked guitars and the occasional deep stomps and percussion is Noga’s coarse voice. Not uncomfortably coarse, but enough to add texture to the songs. Lofty strings make an appearance every now and again to complement the melodies. It’s the simplicity behind these additions that makes the music interesting without detracting from the messages being sent. Occasionally the music takes a more upbeat turn, and at other times it’s accompanied by a darker atmosphere, like the ominous booms on the excellent “Walk With Me”.

Noga seems like an old fashioned story-teller, and I mean that as a huge compliment. These are songs that would not feel out of place around a camp fire. Speaking only of the music I’m familiar with, Noga’s style is comparable to Australian legend Paul Kelly. His song-writing and lyricism focuses more on getting a message and story across. A feeling. A sensation. Instead of drawing upon abstract metaphor after metaphor and trailing into ambiguity, like so many lyricists do, Noga crafts songs and tells stories that make perfect use of his coarse, deep vocals. The musical textures help paint a rather vivid picture.

For many listeners, myself included, this release will be something quite new. It’s outside of my usual listening. Which is one of the most exciting things about blogging and being deeply involved in music – discovering new things! I urge you to give The Balladeer Hunter a go. Sit down and listen to a track or two with an open mind. There are qualities deep within this music you won’t find elsewhere, and if you take the time to find them for yourself, you’ll be rewarded well.

Take a listen to “M’Belle” below and see what you think.