Steve Gunn @ NGV Friday Nights (MELBOURNE)

July 7, 2017
8:30 pm

Steve Gunn: Eyes on the Lines for Matador Records

STEVE GUNN TOUR DATES:

MELBOURNE: Friday July 7 @ NGV Friday Nights, The Great Hall, NGV International. Doors open 6pm, Steve Gunn from 8.30pm. Tickets include after-hours entry to the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition Van Gogh and the Seasons, local DJs, art talks, and access to food and bars. Tickets on sale now.

Mistletone is joyous to announce that consummate American singer-songwriter & guitarist Steve Gunn is coming to Australia for the first time on a soul expanding solo tour. Witness the contemplative magic of Steve Gunn at NGV Friday Nights, the late-night art and music series running alongside the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition Van Gogh and the Seasons, plus more dates to be announced.

  • “Brooklyn’s Steve Gunn is the Ty Segall of Americana, a prolific musician who has released 13 albums since 2007, some with like-minded strummers such as Kurt Vile and Hiss Golden Messenger, others solo records such as 2013’s acclaimed Way Out Weather. In other words, he’s the hipster-friendly guitar slinger of the moment, in the spirit of John Fahey or Robbie Basho, with a lovely sun-glazed lilt to his fluid fingersmithery. On Eyes On the Lines, he pairs his pastoral leanings with tales of uncertainty; Night Wander meanders through nocturnal roots with the repetitiveness of a raga; Conditions Wild’s boppy pace and falsetto channels the 1960s; Park Bench Smile coasts along on rolling drums and a shamanic, moonlit arrangement. Gunn’s voice is so mellow that the songs’ words fade into the background at times – but then the guitar is the frontman here” – THE GUARDIAN ★★★★ four stars

Steve Gunn’s music has always embraced expanse and movement. It springs from the simple and profound relationship between humans and their environment. His most recent album and his debut for Matador, Eyes On The Lines, is his most explicit ode to the blissful uncertainty of adventure yet. His brilliant previous album Way Out Weather (Mistletone, 2014) is still available on Mistletone mail order.

Gunn’s roots in the underground run deep, from his days in GHQ to his collaborations with Black Twig Pickers and Mike Cooper. He’s toured and recorded with Michael Chapman, and released two remarkable duo albums with drummer John Truscinski. His solo ventures, emerging over the past decade and culminating most recently the highly-acclaimed Way Out Weather, have been pastoral, evocative affairs. Here he embraces his urban surroundings through a series of songs that fully showcase his extraordinary ability to match hooks to deftly constructed melodies. Gunn is a consummate guitarist, that rare fingerpicker who can harness the enigma of the American Primitive vernacular without lazily regurgitating it. His playing is inventive and full of personality. His instrumental virtuosity calls upon a vast library of technical skills at will, but he’s never showy — his riffs and runs are always in the service of the song at hand.

And what a pleasure to have this music presented to the wider public.

The Eyes On The Lines song cycle melds thoughtful inquisitiveness with poetic reflection, fully embracing rhythmic uplift, allowing personal stories and impressions to live their own lives on their own terms. Gunn is more narrator than diarist; he pours real-life moments and real-life people into vibrant and evocative tales. Dreams and encounters spiral out – they form their own dramas and illuminate their own truths. Indeed, Eyes On The Lines works like a book of the finest short stories, its songs interlocking with an urgent necessity, forming an ever-questioning whole. In Gunn’s own words: “The music isn’t about me. It’s about characters, either real or fictional. It’s about images.”

And what are lines if not one of the foundational aspects of images? Lines on the road draw one’s attention to the lines comprising the landscape. Gunn’s music runs ahead and twists – like time, like the road itself. Guitar lines are highway lines are lines carved by the view out the window are the lines one waits in to get a quick meal on the way from one destination to another are lines one draws in the van to stay amused. It’s good to be out on the road and it’s good to be home, and each feeds into the other. This record sees lines run together and leap across one another.

He’s honest about the necessity of being comfortable in being lost. His music values the unknown, so it is always born of the present. We lose ourselves to find ourselves. With all of this comes humility. And gratitude. Listen to “Nature Driver,” a statement of thankfulness for the generosity of the plethora of kind souls who welcome travelers into their homes.

“Ancient Jules,” which opens the record, is a travel fantasy of a different sort. Built around a head-nodding motif, the song bobs and weaves its way through a tale which foregrounds the surprising joy that can come with a break – a deep sigh in the midst of an onrush, punctuated by the finest example of Gunn’s electric soloing to emerge yet. A song like “Conditions Wild” also rambles through strange clouds of roving. Interlocking strings, percussion, and vocals join in an irrepressible rush. This record is like that – the songs get lodged in one’s head because they’re catchy, but their atmosphere sends the mind reeling into memory and mystery.

These are songs you can take in quickly, but spend all the time in the world devouring. The very large and the very small are present in equal measure. The inability to categorize them within the avalanche of impotent diatribes that pass for categorization is a testament to their power.

Stories give us ways to discover meaning. They provide us with signposts – when we recognize our own lives within them, we clarify our existence. “Far from the world is the mystic fool,” Gunn sings on the opening track. The fool may be far from the world, but that doesn’t matter. The so-called fool is jacked in to the cosmos.

Cash Savage and the Last Drinks @ Factory Floor (SYDNEY)

May 26, 2017
8:00 pm

After clobbering Golden Plains with a multi-booted, rave-reviewed set, and conquering Sydney Festival, Cash Savage and the Last Drinks play their first Sydney headline show for 2017.

Experience the might of Cash Savage and the Last Drinks at the Factory Floor on Friday May 26. Tickets on sale now.

Cash Savage and the Last Drinks @ Blues on Broadbeach (GOLD COAST)

May 20, 2017
12:00 pm

After clobbering Golden Plains with a multi-booted, rave-reviewed set, Cash Savage and the Last Drinks play Blues at Broadbeach.

Experience the might of Cash Savage and the Last Drinks at Blues on Broadbeach on Saturday May 20. Tickets on sale now.

Cash Savage and the Last Drinks @ The Zoo (BRISBANE)

May 19, 2017
8:00 pm

After clobbering Golden Plains with a multi-booted, rave-reviewed set, Cash Savage and the Last Drinks play their first Brisbane headliner for 2017.

Experience the might of Cash Savage and the Last Drinks at The Zoo on Friday May 19. Tickets on sale now.

Cash Savage and the Last Drinks @ The Corner (MELBOURNE)

May 6, 2017
8:30 pm

After clobbering Golden Plains with a multi-booted, rave-reviewed set, Cash Savage and the Last Drinks play their first headliner for 2017 at The Corner before heading up the east coast in May. Selling fast!

Experience the might of Cash Savage and the Last Drinks at The Corner on Saturday May 6 with special guests Jacky Winter and Jade Imagine. Tickets on sale now.

Kurt Vile @ Adelaide Festival (ADELAIDE)

March 16, 2017
8:00 pm

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Artwork by Ben Montero, layout by Carl Breitkreuz

Mistletone very proudly presents Kurt Vile, returning to Australia for a supreme solo tour.

KURT VILE SOLO TOUR DATES:

  • PERTH: Monday February 27 @ Perth Festival. Tickets on sale now*SELLING FAST!
  • PERTH: Tuesday February 28 @ Perth Festival * SOLD OUT!
  • SYDNEY: Friday 3rd March @ Taronga Zoo. Supported by Mick Turner. Tickets via Taronga Zoo*SELLING FAST!
  • MELBOURNE: Saturday 4th March @ Melbourne Zoo. Supported by Mick Turner. Tickets via Zoo*SELLING FAST!
  • MEENIYAN: Sunday 5th March @ Meeniyan Town Hall. * SOLD OUT!
  • BRISBANE: Thursday 9th March @ Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Supported by Mick Turner. Tickets via Qpac.
  • MEREDITH: Saturday 11th March @ Golden Plains Festival. Ticket info via website.
  • TASMANIA: Sunday 12th March @ A Festival Called Panama. Ticket info via website.
  • ADELAIDE: Tuesday 14th March + Thursday 16th March @ Adelaide Festival. Ticket info via website.

Kurt Vile @ Adelaide Festival (ADELAIDE)

March 14, 2017
9:30 pm

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Artwork by Ben Montero, layout by Carl Breitkreuz

Mistletone very proudly presents Kurt Vile, returning to Australia for a supreme solo tour.

KURT VILE SOLO TOUR DATES:

  • PERTH: Monday February 27 @ Perth Festival. Tickets on sale now*SELLING FAST!
  • PERTH: Tuesday February 28 @ Perth Festival * SOLD OUT!
  • SYDNEY: Friday 3rd March @ Taronga Zoo. Supported by Mick Turner. Tickets via Taronga Zoo*SELLING FAST!
  • MELBOURNE: Saturday 4th March @ Melbourne Zoo. Supported by Mick Turner. Tickets via Zoo*SELLING FAST!
  • MEENIYAN: Sunday 5th March @ Meeniyan Town Hall. * SOLD OUT!
  • BRISBANE: Thursday 9th March @ Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Supported by Mick Turner. Tickets via Qpac.
  • MEREDITH: Saturday 11th March @ Golden Plains Festival. Ticket info via website.
  • TASMANIA: Sunday 12th March @ A Festival Called Panama. Ticket info via website.
  • ADELAIDE: Tuesday 14th March + Thursday 15th March @ Adelaide Festival. Ticket info via website.

Kurt Vile solo @ Panama Festival (TASMANIA) * SOLD OUT

March 12, 2017
12:00 pm

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Mistletone very proudly presents Kurt Vile, returning to Australia for a supreme solo tour.

KURT VILE SOLO TOUR DATES:

  • SYDNEY: Friday 3rd March @ Taronga Zoo. Supported by Mick Turner. Tickets via Taronga Zoo.
  • MELBOURNE: Saturday 4th March @ Melbourne Zoo. Supported by Mick Turner. Tickets via Zoo.
  • BRISBANE: Thursday 9th March @ Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Supported by Mick Turner. Tickets via Qpac.
  • MEREDITH: Saturday 11th March @ Golden Plains Festival. Ticket info via website.
  • TASMANIA: Sunday 12th March @ A Festival Called Panama. Ticket info via website.
  • “The music is quiet and the melody, like a hymn, folds in on itself, and embraces full strength in a sexy, floating forcelessness that slowly gathers into a wave that doesn’t go where you think it will” – KIM GORDON
  • “The former forklift driver is now one of the most adored artists around. He has a canon of cool songs: feelgood, insightful, reflective, comforting, jubilant tunes. It’s been a slow burn, but he hasn’t put a foot wrong – he’s one of only a few that you’d trust to still be making cool music decades from now. Give Kurt Vile’s music some little chunks of your life and you will be rewarded. Handsomely” – AUNTY MEREDITH

Since releasing his debut solo album Constant Hitmaker in 2008, Kurt Vile has ascended to an elevated stature as one of the most accomplished and charismatic songwriters of our time. A firm favourite with Australian audiences, KV has packed out rooms across Australia (including Sydney Opera House earlier this year, with his band The Violators).

Kurt’s latest album b’lieve i’m goin down…, released last year via Matador / Remote Control, won universal acclaim; The AV Club called “the purest distillation of Vile’s idiosyncratic style to date”, and Pitchfork bestowed it Best New Music, noting: “Kurt Vile has a persona, and you know him by now: He is the weird quiet kid in the corner, the one who seems at first lost in his own world and disconnected from everything around him, but turns out to be smart, observant, and low-key hilarious. So while his albums draw you in with the vibe—the impeccably recorded and mixed songs that shuffle bits of folk, new wave, or country in the mix but are always squarely down-the-middle rock—you return to them for their human qualities, the way they offer a manner of seeing the world, a glimpse at a perspective that feels both voyeuristic and easy to connect to your own life.”

Last year, Kurt told Rolling Stone that he wanted b’lieve i’m goin down… “to sound like it’s on my couch”, citing Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush as a reference point. “Not in a lo-fi way,” he explained, “just more unguarded and vulnerable. I wanted it to feel like I was on a couch in a familiar living room even if I was somewhere else. To me, it’s sort of that home vibe that I had to capture somehow…to make it sound like it was played there in the room.

This intimate and immediate power that Kurt Vile’s songs possess is one of the qualities that KV fans hold dear to their hearts, and it will be in generous supply on this rare and auspicious occasion of a Kurt Vile solo tour.

Kurt’s friend Mick Turner will be opening for him at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, Melbourne Zooand Queensland Performing Arts Centre, performing his highly acclaimed solo work. Mick Turner has had a dynamic and celebrated career as founding member of Dirty Three and simultaneously with his solo project, releasing four LPs on the iconic US label Drag City (Bill Callahan, Joanna Newsom, Ty Segall) with The Australian labelling him “one of Australia’s most distinctive guitarists.

Toro y Moi + The Field @ Pitch Festival (VICTORIA)

March 12, 2017
12:00 pm

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Toro y Moi and Swedish instrumentalist and producer The Field returns to Australia for the new, all ages Pitch Music Festival, March 10-13 2017. Sign up here for full lineup and tickets.

Kurt Vile solo @ Golden Plains Festival (MEREDITH)

March 11, 2017
6:00 pm

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  • “The music is quiet and the melody, like a hymn, folds in on itself, and embraces full strength in a sexy, floating forcelessness that slowly gathers into a wave that doesn’t go where you think it will” – KIM GORDON
  • “The former forklift driver is now one of the most adored artists around. He has a canon of cool songs: feelgood, insightful, reflective, comforting, jubilant tunes. It’s been a slow burn, but he hasn’t put a foot wrong – he’s one of only a few that you’d trust to still be making cool music decades from now. Give Kurt Vile’s music some little chunks of your life and you will be rewarded. Handsomely” – AUNTY MEREDITH

Golden Plains ticket ballot open now.