Tours in brief: Jinja Safari, Hugo Race, Georgia Fair, Clubfeet, Mess Hall
triple j favourites Jinja Safari return to the open road in August to promote their new single Toothless Grin. These will be the first shows the band have played in Australia since November last year, where the five-piece played some of the biggest shows of their career. Our Sydney reviewer was simply gushing: “It is undeniable to say that Jinja Safari, with such heart and enthusiasm, will most certainly have a bright future.” The band will be joined by New Zealand collective Opossum (fronted by former Mint Chicks vocalist Kody Neilson ) and Los Angeles indie kids White Arrows, making their maiden voyage to Australia.
Wednesday August 8th – Astor Theatre, Perth
Thursday August 9th – Uni Bar, Adelaide
Friday August 10th – Hi-Fi Bar, Melbourne
Saturday August 11th – Hi-Fi Bar, Melbourne
Wednesday August 15th – ANU Bar, Canberra
Thursday August 16th – Bar on the Hill, Newcastle
Friday August 17th – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Saturday August 18th – Hi-Fi Bar, Brisbane
Following a jaunt in Europe, former Bad Seed Hugo Race will be spruiking a new studio album with a national tour, starting in Sydney next Friday and winding up in Melbourne at the start of July. No But It’s True is Race’s first album to be released under his own name, although he has been involved with over a dozen albums with a myriad of artists in his time. For the tour, Race is set to be joined by Melbourne band Leik and the War Wick Tragedy.
Friday June 15th – Notes Live, Sydney
Saturday June 16th – Yours and Owls, Wollongong
Wednesday June 20th – The Great Northern, Newcastle
Thursday June 21st – Port Macquarie Hotel, Port Macquarie
Friday June 22nd – X & Y Bar, Brisbane
Saturday June 23rd – Bangalow Bowling Club, Bangalow
Sunday July 1st – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Charming Sydney duo Georgia Fair are currently on the road in support of guitarist/vocalist Jordan Wilson’s squeeze, Miss Lisa Mitchell, on the Heavenly Sounds tour. Next month, however, the boys will step out on their own for two headlining shows in Sydney and Melbourne to promote Blind, the new single to be lifted from their All Through Winter record. Our reviewer was very positive about the album upon its release late last year, noting “the gold is to be found in the introspective moments because [they] make music that is like the signposts to the whole gamut of human emotion.” Joining Georgia Fair at both shows will be Dirt Farmer, while Jack Carty and Emma Russack take the warm-up role in Sydney and Melbourne, respectively.
Friday July 6th – The Standard, Sydney
Thursday July 12th – The Toff in Town, Melbourne
Five-piece Clubfeet are set to make their live debut in Australia this July with a run of small club shows. Set to release a follow-up to 2010’s well-received Gold on Gold this year, the band have just released a double A-side single and are taking a break from the recording of their new record to perform in their “adopted home” of Australia. They will be joined by impossible-to-Google Melbourne band I’lls for most dates.
Thursday July 5th – The Toff in Town, Melbourne
Friday July 6th – Rocket Bar, Adelaide
Wednesday July 11th – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney
Friday July 13th – Barsoma, Brisbane
Friday July 27th – Villa, Perth
It’s been a quiet couple of years for The Mess Hall since they dropped For the Birds back in 2009. That’s not to say the two have been slacking off, however – guitarist Jed Kurzel created a Screen Music Award-winning soundtrack to the film Snowtown, drummer Cec Condon formed Machete Moon with the former rhythm section of Wolfmother and both of them formed the rhythm section of Noah Taylor and the Sloppy Boys for their tour late last year. Now, the band return for their only show of the year at Sydney’s Annandale Hotel for the venue’s twelfth birthday week, before presumably getting to work on their fourth studio album. All proceeds from the show will be going directly to the Annandale’s Buy A Brick campaign. They will be joined by Melbourne thrashers Regular John.
Friday July 13th – Annandale Hotel, Sydney