Wire Bird rejuvenated with Pokemon, pillow forts and ribs

You know them from their debut EP release ‘New World’ and irrevocably popular, party sets at Forest Edge music festival, but the Melbourne band have taken some time out to focus on new musical endeavours. 

“We found that it was hard to be creative with writing and musical direction when we were so focused on the next show,” says acoustic guitarist and supporting vocalist John Longley.

It was a “lads weekend” away that generated creativity and rejuvenated the indie pop group.

The weekend consisted of “eating ribs, checking out the main street, chasing Pokemon – and squeezing in some tracking,” says Longley.

The tracking processes proved quite the unique adventure Longley explained. “We built him (Luke Sexton – Drummer) a special mattress fort for his drums. He was a pretty happy guy in there, just drumming and sweating away.”

The deliberative hiatus allowed the boys some time make a little bit of a shift musically. It was then this trip away that provided the perfect facilitative song-writing/recording environment.

“We are still a band that creates our music as a group, so while the songs may start as bedroom acoustic songs, notes on scraps or riffs in a jam, they come together with influence from all members of Wire Bird. These new songs are taking a stronger lyrical focus, I feel our lyric is becoming increasingly honest and vulnerable.”

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Nicole Alice Photography

The boys are looking to introduce these highly anticipated new sounds to coincide with another new venture, a debut video to their hit, ‘Always.’

The video has been a collaboration with French filmmakers who featured ‘Always’ on their pilot episode on MTV France. As remuneration the filmmakers set out to create the boys a film clip.

“It has been exciting to see how they interpreted our song and where that best fit in their story and how we have interpreted their footage to complement our story for Always,” says Longley.

The boys will be playing their first headline show this year at the Workers Club October 29 to celebrate their video launch.

You can expect the boys to be “playing new material but also digging into the catalogue of songs people might have heard a few times. We’ve got a new stage look for people to check out too, a little less foliage and a bit more Beyoncé,” says Longley.

With influences including Foals and Band of Horses you can expect vibrant pop melodies, lots of energy and a whole bunch of fun times.

Check out their upcoming gig here; https://www.facebook.com/events/1272512389467282/

Wire Bird’s EP ‘New World is available on iTunes & Spotify here; https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/new-world-ep/id1063696951

Underoath keep their promises – announce plan to tour Australia

You read the headline right. Seminal hardcore band Underoath are returning to Australia in February next year to perform their two most popular albums – Define the Great Line and They’re Only Chasing Safety. Renowned for the intensity of their live performances, this is a show you do not want to miss. We had a chat with Keyboardist Chris Dudley to get the low-down on what to expect from this tour, how the band approach the Christian influences of these albums, and what Australian Underoath audiences are really like.

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Your weekly wrap-up of all things FEMF

The Forest Edge train has been rolling on, with a whole new plethora of artists heading to Neerim East in Victoria over the Labour Day long weekend. With 25 artists already announced and tickets going on sale on September 9th, this is probably the biggest week of announcements yet.

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ICYMI: Remain Festival Cancelled

 

The team at Remain Festival have had to pull the plug on this year’s event, citing lack of registrations.

Remain, which was to feature Melbourne’s Facades and Wolf + Willow had been scheduled from September 15th-18th. It featured a wide array of speakers as well as praise & worship sessions. From the tone of post, it seems unlikely that the festival will return in the future, which is a shame as it pretty much leaves Forest Edge Music Festival as the last Christian music festival operating in Australia now.

With Easterfest, Strawberry Jam, Blackstump all disappearing over the past few years, along with many mainstream festivals as well, it goes to show that Christian music is not immune from the same issues facing the Australian music industry overall. Put simply – people aren’t going to shows. For now, the best we can do is encourage ourselves to get out there and be supportive of each other, before we see more festivals disappear off the map.

Your Weekly Wrap-Up of FEMF Artist Announcements

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That Forest Edge line-up keeps getting bigger and bigger – in fact they are dropping announcements quicker than we’re able to keep up!

Joining the 9 artists already on the line-up, we now have singer-songwriters Andi Hillman and Riordan Stewart-McDougall being joined by indie rockers The Quick & the Dead, Running YoungICB and The Updraft Imperative. If that wasn’t enough for you, we have the trio of the Germein Sisters and acoustic duo  Mayfair Lane. Finally, we have the legendary Alabaster Box joining FEMF for 2017 as well!

Something tells me they’re not quite done yet, so jump on our Partylist and have a listen to something new – and remember if you REALLY love it, you can grab it on iTunes as well!

Forest Edge Music Festival, March 11-13
Line-Up: 
(click on links for iTunes)

Jesse Mitchell and James Franklin get added to an ever expanding FEMF line-up

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Jesse Mitchell. Image courtesy of Jesse Mitchell Facebook page.

The Forest Edge Music Festival line-up continues to grow, with singer-songwriter Jesse Mitchell joining the line-up. Jesse, whose surfing inspired tunes draws a comparison the likes of Ben Harper and Peter Murray will most likely be taking on the Acoustic Cafe. We’ve added his song Surfing Paradise to our partylist so you can get a true sense of the vibe Jesse’s performance will bring.

 

 

 

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James Franklin. Image courtesy of James Franklin Facebook page.

Also joining the FEMF line-up, again most likely in the acoustic cafe is James Franklin whose EP Pumpkin Pie was released in June. He has spent time supporting 5 Seconds of Summer and The Getaway Land, which no doubt will make his FEMF performance one of the ones to look out for.

 

 

 

 

 

Forest Edge Music Festival, March 11-13
Line-Up: 
(click on links for iTunes)