Micronations and A Low Hum are beyond stoked to be bringing a little bit of the birthday cheer for Flying Nun Records to Brisbane in November. The iconic New Zealand based label Flying Nun celebrate their 30th birthday this year, with all sorts of parties throughout Australia and New Zealand. Flying Nun Records was formed in 1981 in Christchurch, inspired by the unique punk-rock community in the region. Since then, the label has nurtured such classic and important New Zealand bands as The Clean, The Bats, The 3Ds, The Chills, Die! Die! Die!, and The Verlaines, as well as finding love for external acts such as Pavement and Gerling.
Brisbane’s birthday celebration is a tropical treat that reflects the ongoing dynamism of Flying Nun itself, with four local acts that embody the label’s track record of melody, dissonance, classic songwriting and creative vitality. The evening will rightly be capped off with a rare performance by The Jandals, Brisbane’s Flying Nun covers supergroup. Also performing on the night are infinitely wonderful lo-fi pop group The Deadnotes, newfangled noisy rock combo Future Shocks (featuring members of Undead Apes, Pastel Blaze, Nova Scotia and Eat Laser Scumbag!) and Tight Slip, a shiny jangly offshoot of rabble rousers Loose Grip.
Micronations is pleased to present the debut Australian tour for Frank Fairfield. Frank is a one-man tour de force, a twenty-five year old Californian multi-instrumentalist (vocals, banjo, fiddle, guitar) dynamo who is resolutely circumventing and re-writing the rules for the folk/”popular” song tradition for the present age.
Tour dates for Frank’s Australian visit, including a set at the Meredith Music Festival, and at select headline concerts have now been released. For dates and more information on the tour, including video and audio links, click here.
Two quite different Micronations events in two cities this weekend… First up in Melbourne, an album launch for abstract-bluegrassteer Anonymeye‘s new album Anontendre. The night after in Brisbane, the long overdue return of The Decline of Modern Civilisation, with faux-French friends, old pals and mystery surprises. Both definitely recommended.
Thursday 06.10.11: Anonymeye (Brisbane, album launch), Francis Plagne, Far Concern, Wizz Kids vs the Magic Organs @ Gasometer (484 Smith St, Collingwood, Melbourne). $10, 8pm. More information here.
Friday 07.10.11: The Decline of Modern Civilisation – Molliger (reformation show), The Fancy Boys (France), Collapsicon, Luke Boerdam and the Sweet Amazings. The Waiting Room (11 Browning Street, West End, Brisbane). $12, 8pm. More information here.