May 19, 2018
Today Dan Sultan releases his new, collaborative EP Killer Under A Blood Moon. The special, 6-track EP is available today and features tracks from Sultan’s ARIA-Award nominated album Killer, reinterpreted by Dan and some of the brightest and most important names in Australian music right now – A.B. Original, Camp Cope, Gang of Youths’ Dave Le’aupepe and Meg Mac.
Recorded live at Red Moon Studios with close friend and producer Jan Skubiszewski, the EP is a testament to the respect Sultan garners in his peers, and adds to his already glowing catalogue of music. Leading up to its release, Sultan has shared a new song weekly with fans, including ‘Drover (Feat. Dave Le’aupepe)’, ‘Reaction (Feat. Meg Mac)’ and ‘Killer (Feat. Camp Cope)’. Each release has been accompanied by a live video from the studio.
The EP rounds off with two unheard glam-bent bonus tracks, ‘Pitchfork’ and ‘Coming Back’, which were written around the time the songs from Killer came to be.
Killer debuted at #5 on the ARIA Albums Chart and received three nominations at last year’s ARIA Awards. It featured on numerous Best Albums of 2017 lists, with lead single ‘Hold It Together’ nominated for APRA’s Song of the Year. It has also garnered Sultan a nomination for Best Independent Blues and Roots Album at this year’s AIR Awards, which will take place on July 26.
Sultan is currently in the midst of an extensive solo tour for Killer, which sees him stripping things back to basics – just himself, his piano and guitar – for an incredible 44 date theatre run nationwide. Limited tickets remain for select shows.
Killer Under A Blood Moonis available now – https://smarturl.it/KillerBloodMoon
Jul 28, 2017
✭✭✭✭✩ Almost impossible not to hit ‘repeat’ immediately after it’s done – The Music
✭✭✭✭ A winning neo-soul reinvention… Killer is a striking intersection of style and substance – Rolling Stone
Sultan’s records have showcased one of Australia’s strongest and most essential voices. Killer is its greatest exhibition yet – STACK
Today Dan Sultan releases his fourth studio album, Killer – a collection of songs that marks a significant turning point in a lustrous career spanning over a decade.
Influenced by an innovative pop landscape, Killer takes Sultan’s honest storytelling into uncharted territory and exhibits a sophisticated leap forward in production and instrumentation. Lyrically, Sultan pushes into some of his most personal and political realms yet, though “I don’t consider myself political or preachy” he says. The songs are inward, reflective and painfully honest.
Killer was recorded in Melbourne with long-time friend Jan Skubiszewski. “Having Jan there to push me and hear my ideas was awesome” Sultan says. “We’ve worked together a lot, but never on something as big as this, and I know he’s as proud of it as I am. It was the perfect storm.” Together they introduced synthesizers and drum machines that drive the album’s 11 soulful pop tracks. The sound is embellished with cinematic swirls and layered gospel vocals that heighten emotions.
Premiered this week on Triple R, powerful track ‘Drover’ sees Sultan unearth one of the most important acts of deviance in Australia’s history, reflecting on the Wave Hill walk-off protest in 1966. Sultan self-describes ‘Drover’ as a prequel to Paul Kelly’s ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’.
“It’s about the lead-up to the walk-off, about what it was like on the ground before the protest really kicked off. The drover in the song has heard murmurs of a walk-off, murmurs of, ‘We’re going to protest and stand up for our land and stand up for our people’” – Dan Sultan
Dan Sultan’s recent appearance at Splendour In The Grass saw him hold an audience in the palm of his hand; unafraid to lay it all on the line. On the Killer Album Tour, Sultan will play some of his largest venues to date in both metro and regional cities, this time backed by a full band. Sultan will also be supporting Midnight Oil on two of their anticipated shows in October. “It’s a whole new show. New music, new band, new vibe. I can’t wait for everyone to see it!”
Killer has been the feature album all this week on Double J. The singles, Kingdom, Hold It Together and Magnetic, have received extensive airplay across triple j, ABC and community radio, with Hold It Together being the #1 most played track on AMRAP’s Reginal Radio Chart for 4 consecutive weeks. Reviews are flowing in, collectively calling Killer Dan’s most accomplished album yet.
Dan Sultan’s last album Blackbird landed at #4 on the ARIA Albums Chart and took out the award for Best Rock Album at the 2014 ARIAs, as well as a handful of NIMA and AIR awards. It’s since been accredited Gold in Australia.
Killer is out now.
Jul 21, 2017
As rising artist Vera Blue prepares for her first solo headline performance this afternoon in the Mix Up Tent at Splendour In The Grass Festival, her debut album Perennial which is this week’s triple j feature album is officially released today.
Perennial traces the circular pathways between love and loss and is arranged into three chapters, which chronologically trace the development of Vera Blue; from her very first week writing, raw after the breakdown of a relationship, towards a place of renewed strength and vivacity.
Included on the album is first single ‘Private’, ‘Mended’ and the recently released infectious trackRegular Touch. The new album introduces a fully-formed Vera Blue, seamlessly synthesizing her folk past with a bold, electronic pop future.
Recorded between Los Angeles and Sydney, Perennial was written with longtime collaborators Andy and Thom Mak (Boy & Bear, Bertie Blackman) and produced by Andy Mak and executive producer Grammy-nominated founder of Deep Well Records Adam Anders. The release of Perennial will be celebrated with her National Mended Tour which is selling fast with most shows already SOLD OUT and extra dates added, with Laykn and Thandi Phoenix supporting nationally.
Dec 23, 2016
This month Polish Club embarked on their first headline tour in support of their latest single “Beat Up”.
Welcomed by sold out crowds in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Wollongong and Ballarat, the boys premiered new tracks from their debut album, as well as favourites like “Able” and “My House”.
Listen to “Beat Up” HERE
Feb 9, 2015
With the arrival of Dan Sultan’s new solo EP, Dirty Ground, the Melbourne muso today backs up the news with an announcement of solo tour dates for February and March.
Dirty Ground bursts with sparse, stunning songs and was recorded in just one day with Jan Skubizewski of Way of the Eagle. It features co-writes with legendary local musicians Paul Kelly, for the title track ‘Dirty Ground’ and ‘On The Leffy’; and Paul Dempsey, for ‘Mountaintop’. Also included on the EP is the poignant ‘Man on TV’, which Sultan wrote whilst in Nashville.
The majority of tracks have been part of Dan’s repertoire for some time – amongst his original demos for Blackbird – but the musician felt they were better suited to a solo release due to their stripped back, raw and emotive nature. They show another side to the ARIA-winning rockstar we’ve come to know through Blackbird.
You can take a look at Dan’s striking live rendition of ‘Mountaintop’ here:
The live version of the EP track was also recorded at the Way of the Eagle Studios.
The Dirty Ground tour will take Dan back on the road in intimate solo mode. The shows will allow him to fully showcase his unique talent as not only a singer and songwriter, but a teller of stories – perfect for fans who would prefer to see him in a close setting, and experience the album and EP in their rawest and most emotive forms.
“I enjoy playing with my band and I also enjoy playing solo. I’m looking forward to getting back on the road with more space on the tour bus.” – Dan Sultan
Opening up the solo shows will be popular folk rockers, Pierce Brothers. The last year has been one wild ride for these local musicians, with their latest EP The Night Tree coming in at #21 on the ARIA Charts. The boys recently sold out five headlining shows in their hometown of Melbourne – an astonishing feat without major radio play or label support.
This tour is proudly presented in association with the GO! Foundation, which Dan serves as an ambassador. The GO! Foundation aims to assist Indigenous Australian youths achieve their goals through education scholarships. A portion of the tour profits will be donated directly to the foundation which was co-founded by Australian of the Year Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin.
In the lead up to the tour, Dan will performed on a bunch of the hottest Summer festivals including the Queenscliff Music Festival, the Falls Festivals in Lorne, Byron Bay and Marion Bay, and the Riverboats Festival in Echuca.
Dan was nominated for five ARIA Awards in 2014, winning the coveted award for Best Rock Album.
DAN SULTAN TOUR DATES
Feb/ March solo shows presented by Tonedeaf and in association with the GO! Foundation. Support from Pierce Brothers. Tickets on sale October 31.
Saturday 1 ANZAC Albany with WASO – Albany WA
Monday 3 Mushroom Free For All at Margaret Court Arena – Melbourne VIC
Saturday 22 Homeground at the Sydney Opera House – Sydney NSW
Friday 28 Queenscliff Music Festival – Queenscliff VIC
Monday 29 Falls Festival – Lorne VIC
Tuesday 30 Falls Festival – Byron Bay NSW
Friday 31 Falls Festival – Marion Bay TAS
Friday 13 Zoo Twilights – Melbourne VIC
Saturday 14 Riverboats Music Festival – Echuca VIC
Thursday 19 Aurora Spiegeltent, Garden of Unearthly Delights – Adelaide SA *
Friday 20 Aurora Spiegeltent, Garden of Unearthly Delights – Adelaide SA *
Saturday 21 Rockford Wines – Tanunda SA *
Tuesday 24 Araluen Arts Centre – Alice Springs NT
Wednesday 25 Playhouse at Darwin Entertainment Centre – Darwin NT
Friday 27 Queens Park Theatre – Geraldton WA
Saturday 28 Front Garden at Fremantle Arts Centre – Fremantle WA
Sunday 1 Nannup Music Festival – Nannup WA
Friday 6 West Gippsland Arts Centre – Warragul VIC
Saturday 7 Theatre Royal – Castlemaine VIC
Tuesday 10 Powerhouse Theatre – Brisbane QLD
Wednesday 11 Arts Theatre at Gold Coast Arts Centre – Gold Coast QLD
Friday 13 Taronga Zoo – Sydney NSW
Saturday 14 Blue Mountains Folk Festival – Katoomba NSW *
Sunday 15 Anita’s Theatre – Thirroul NSW
Tuesday 17 Newcastle City Hall – Newcastle NSW
Wednesday 18 Street Theatre – Canberra ACT
Thursday 19 Street Theatre – Canberra ACT
Saturday 21 National Theatre – St Kilda VIC
*Pierce Brothers not performing
DIRTY GROUND EP OUT NOVEMBER 7 2014