Aussie BBQ No. 5

The Echo Presents

Aussie BBQ No. 5

Faker, Blackchords, Jack Carty, Trouble With Templeton, The Beards, Georgia Fair, The Falls, Bearhug, Ginger & the Ghost

Sun, March 10, 2013

12:00 pm

The Echo

Los Angeles, California

$15.00 - $20.00

This event is all ages

There’s a fearlessness to Nathan Hudson’s songwriting, even when it talks about fear. Whether sleepwalking, becoming a werewolf, or meeting graffiti monsters, Faker’s always had a surreal lyrical edge which attracts and retains intelligent listeners, and sets them apart from the alt-rock pack. Guitarist Nic Munnings says it’s all about the major sevenths. It’s a cheeky claim for a band that so consistently defies categorization.

Faker took their name from Bowie’s ‘Changes,’ and took to heart the lesson that being in it for the long haul means being prepared to shapeshift, stretch their sound, and experiment with how they reach audiences. From 80s and Britpop influences to sharper rock sounds and even dance remixes, Faker have kept moving, carving their own path. Like giving the last record, Get Loved, away for free, accompanied by a disarmingly honest open letter to fans about the band’s need to set its own direction. They’ve built a career on staying awake to complexity and challenge. So when Hudson raised the idea of moving to LA, it’s no surprise that the entire band was enthusiastic.

‘Australia has an incredible music scene and we love it to death but I don’t think we should limit ourselves to it,’ says bassist Liam O’Brien.

Travelling with the music was always part of the plan. Touring constantly over the years, Faker always runs at life head-on. Playing the Big Day Out one minute and free guerilla gigs the next can really test the sound and the dynamics. But this is a band that embraces challenge like no other. Hudson was one of the first out gay rock musicians in Australia and his courageous approach to songs about sex and sexuality are a signature. That courage has brought career highs that many bands would kill for. Working with Paul Fox on hit album Be The Twilight, having a platinum single in This Heart Attack, playing stadium shows with Pink and having 2011 track Dangerous remixed by CSS to huge airplay, to name just a few.

For 2012’s Get Loved, Faker stripped down to a core writing team of Hudson and long-time guitarist Nic Munnings. On reflection they see this phase as the strategic retreat before a fresh transformation. Now with two new members, O’Brien on bass and Chris Stabback on drums, there’s a renewed energy and a renewed enthusiasm for the magic of four-way collaboration.

‘We have developed something quite unique with the new line-up and it is constantly evolving into something bigger and better than anything the band has done in the past,’ says O’Brien.

Working in LA on Be The Twilight in 2007, Hudson found the new context brought a fresh focus. While many bands move to the US to “make it,” Faker is an accomplished band with its own idea of success. It’s about finding new ways to sustain the adventure of making music. Moving is an idea the band has been considering for some time.

‘We were actually talking about it quite a lot when we were making Be The Twilight,’ says Munnings.

For Nathan, there’s a more foundational meeting of landscapes at work. As a kid ‘we’d take these long family car trips around the outback of Australia listening to songs about the road and natural landscape of America… It’s always felt kind of inevitable.’

If bands are willing to become brands it is easy enough to sustain a career by working to a formula. But a band so allergic to limitations needs to embrace change.

‘Challenge your habits and place yourself outside your comfort zone,’ as drummer Stabback says.

With that attitude, the band is sounding better than ever. The time is right to turn and face the next chapter. Says Hudson: ‘When we’re learning, adventuring, celebrating and evolving, we’re Faker… anything else is fool’s gold.’
Forming in Melbourne in late 2005, Blackchords quickly made a name for themselves when the chilling yet beautiful music video for their debut single ‘Broken Bones’ won ‘Best Music Video’ in the prestigious St Kilda Film Festival.

Blackchords went on to released their self-titled debut album in 2009, to widespread critical acclaim and rave reviews and was shortlisted for the 2010 AMP award.

“Melbourne quartet shoots for the stars on widescreen debut” – Rolling Stone

After extensive national touring, the band travelled to France and the UK, touring and playing The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City festivals.

CMU’s Guide to The Great Escape reviewed the band as, “innovative, fresh, young and vibrant, you must catch them!”. The music video for the band's second single ‘At Worlds End’ received airtime on MTV UK and NME TV.

After returning to Australia, Blackchords accepted an invitation to open for Australian rock icons Powderfinger, for the 'Sunset Sounds Farewell Tour' event at Melbourne’s iconic Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

Soon after, Blackchords wrote and recorded the dark and majestic title track ‘As Night Falls’ for the Australian feature film ‘Blame’, released in 2011.

Songs from the debut album have been featured in the Australian television shows ‘Underbelly: Razor’, 'Offspring', ‘Rescue Special Ops’, and ‘Cops L.A.C.’. They have also featured on the US television shows ‘Teen Mom’ (MTV) and ‘Being Human’ (NBC).

After launching a successful crowd-funding campaign through Pozzible, the band embarked on the recording of their sophomore album in the picturesque surrounds of Victoria’s Yarra Valley, recording in a converted shed/temporary recording studio.

The band were privileged to be joined by Mercury Music Prize nominated and Grammy Award winning producer David Odlum (The Frames, Gemma Hayes, dEUS) and Red Room's Mark Stanley.

With an ambitious, diverse and energetic approach, the Blackchords' sound has evolved far beyond the their expectations. 'Dance Dance Dance' was the first single from the soon to be released album, showcasing a more upbeat side to the Blackchords sound. The track received regular airplay on national broadcaster Triple J.

In Jan 2013, Blackchords released the second single 'Oh No' and anticipation is sky high for the album's release in April 2013.
Jack Carty
Jack Carty
Jack Carty failed in love, and he will tell you the truth about that, but it seems to be working for him. At just 25 years of age he has released two critically acclaimed albums and one E.P. Made “Album of the Year” lists for both 2011’s “One Thousand Origami Birds” and 2012’s “Break Your Own Heart”. Toured with the likes of Josh Pyke, Matt Corby, Katie Noonan, Husky, Ingrid Michaelson, Brett Dennen and Joshua Radin both nationally and on foreign shores, taking in festivals from Woodford, Peats Ridge, Nannup, Mullumbimby Music and Playground Weekender to Canadian Music Week along the way. And even picked up a MusicOZ award whilst having songs used in TV shows from Covert Affairs to Packed To The Rafters. A little honesty goes a long way.

Released through Gigpiglet Recordings / Inertia in April 2012 Break Your Own Heart sees a darker, more dynamic turn in Carty’s song writing coinciding with a year that was, in the words of the man himself: “Simultaneously one of the best and worst of my life.” From the rolling guitar line of opening track “The Length Of Canada” (co-written with Grammy Award Winning Songwriter Dan Wilson), through the gritty directness of “Everything, Unhappily”, the immense longing of songs like “Travelling Shoes” and “She Loves Me” to the ironically upbeat swagger of “She’s Got A Boyfriend” Break Your Own Heart is a stunningly unified, moving and thoughtful collection of songs that effortlessly captures a time and place in a young man’s life. A time and place most of us can relate to:

“When I think of the year 2011 in the future I am sure I will overwhelmingly remember airports, highways, train stations and other people’s couches as we toured the first album. Break Your Own Heart is about that. Not the travel necessarily, but about giving up a lot in one area of your life in order to try and achieve your goals in another. I think that is a crossroads most people come to at some point along the way”, Carty explains.

Since its release things have only gotten busier with Break Your Own Heart reaching #8 on the iTunes Australia Singer-Songwriter Chart and #15 on the Australian Independent Records chart, spawning an ever-growing, constant stream of headline shows all over Australia, whilst earning 4 star reviews from the likes of The Sydney Morning Herald & The Weekend Australian. A little honesty goes a long way.
Trouble With Templeton
Trouble With Templeton
The Trouble with Templeton is the moniker of Singer/songwriter Thomas Calder.
The Beards
The Beards
The concept of The Beards is simple - A folk rock band that exclusively perform
songs about just one subject: Beards. With a three-album back catalogue of crowd favourites like If Your Dad Doesn't Have a Beard,You've Got Two Mums, You Should Consider Sex with a Bearded Man and No Beard, No Good, The Beards continue in their ceaseless journey to make the world a more beard-friendly place.

The Beards have gained a cult following in Australia after touring the nation relentlessly over the last few years. Notable performances include the Falls Festival, The Big Day Out, Woodford Folk Festival and of course their visit to Alaska to perform at the World Beard and Moustache
Championship's opening ceremony.

The Beards have always combined the brilliant and the comedic in creating online
content and the success of this is evident. Their YouTube channel has received
over two million views and their clips have received national attention on
Australian television.

In 2012 The Beards released their third album Having a Beard is the New Not
Having a Beard. The album's first single You Should Consider Having Sex With a Bearded
Man came in at 99 in Triple J's Hottest 100 and was nominated for the 2012
APRA Song of the Year. The album is nominated for ARIA Comedy Album of the Year 2012. Their album launch and consecutive second single tour sold out nationally and received
rave reviews. The release of the second single film clip ‘Got me a Beard’ saw the band receive increasing international attention. The fully animated clip has been shortlisted for a number of international film awards and received over 400,000 hits world wide in its first month on YouTube.

The Beards are responding to their international audiences and will take their bearded message to the North America and Europe in 2013.

Bearded men, put down those trimmers - the Beard Revolution has come.
The Falls
The Falls


at a time when for most it would be the end of a relationship, for The Falls this feels like just the beginning…

Almost subconsciously The Falls have documented their whole relationship in their songs. The love, the betrayal, the heartbreak. While at times it is hard for them to wear their hearts so openly on their sleeve, for The Falls, it has been a huge part of their songwriting. As Stevie Nicks said “devastation leads to writing good things”.

In the fallout from Valentines Day, The Falls decided that rather than wallowing in self-pity they would put their heartbreak to tape. So they pulled out their little tascam 4-track portastudio, which, with all its tape wobbles and noise, aptly captured the fragility of their hearts. These fledgling recordings were just the beginning of what has become their debut EP ‘HOLLYWOOD’ (out now through MGM Distribution).

In late 2011, The Falls hit the studio with producer Tony Buchen (Old Man River, Andy Bull, WIM, Washington) to record ‘Hollywood’. The Hotel Hollywood in Sydney, has featured so strongly in their lives that it was inevitable that it would manifest itself in this way. For most of 2010 and 2011, it was where they could be found playing each week at a little, somewhat undiscovered, night of free music that emerged from the back streets of Surry Hills called Folk Club. It is also where they met, where they found their sound and where they wrote these songs.

In this intimate setting, the connection between these two onstage was palpable. Their emotionally fueled live performances are compelling to watch, sometimes heartbreakingly so, garnering reviews such as "intoxicating melodies and gorgeous harmonies" and "(their) strength lies in their ability to convey raw emotion and wisdom in their lyrics".

Buchen managed to imprint some of this Hollywood magic on each track, recording the re-verbs for the EP down in the bowels of the hotel, in the downstairs men's toilets. So, each song has on it a little Hollywood porcelain re-verb or 'pee-verb' as they’ve been calling it.

Having toured nationally this year with Of Monsters And Men (Iceland), Passenger (UK) and Avalanche City (NZ), The Falls are fast developing a very impressive live resume which also includes performances at the Surry Hills Festival, Peat’s Ridge Art and Music Festival, Gulgong Folk Festival and Nunnup Music Festival, as well as shows with Lior, Husky and Georgia Fair.

Having also shared the stage with one of their idles Graham Nash, when he was in Australia on tour with Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Falls have had an incredible year.

With an unmistakable sound, barefoot collaborators and best friends The Falls are gently making a name for themselves in 2013
Bearhug are Spunk’s latest signing from Aussie shores. Since featured on the Spunk Singles Club (February, 2009) we’ve been watching them mature into one of the most exciting and promising young Australian bands (think Guided By Voices for a new generation of young and carefree kids.)

Following the release of their EP 'To Anything', 2010 saw the band land support slots for the likes of Broken Social Scene and Built to Spill. Rounding out the year by touring across the country with Philadelphia Grand Jury the band are now busy working on material for their first album.
Ginger & the Ghost
Ginger & the Ghost
Ginger And The Ghost are two visual artist who have transformed their imagination into song.

Hiding away in a converted cement water tank/studio in the northern New South Wales hinterland, the duo were able to find the freedom to create.

Driven by the idea of writing and recording in a spontaneous way, they utilised whatever tools at hand to deliver their sounds. From bicycle wheels to body percussion, their music is driven by instinct, intuition, and an innate sense of trust in each other.

Combining ethereal vocals that evoke a child-like abandon and the optimism of youth, with dynamic instrumental layering, Ginger And The Ghost have crafted an epic yet grounded sound.

Love and loss, victory and defeat, tension and release.

This is Ginger And The Ghost.
Venue Information:
The Echo
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026