Joe McKee, the former front-man of acclaimed group Snowman, is embarking on a co-headline tour of Australia this month with Ben Salter (The Gin Club, Giants of Science).
Snowman released two albums out of Perth – 2006s Snowman and 2009s violent masterpiece The Horse, The Rat & The Swan. Praise, wide ranging and effusive, came from all corners of the globe with the band touring around Australia several times and securing themselves first place in the Mess + Noise readers’ poll in 2008.
The band relocated to London where they gigged and slowly piecedtogether their third album Absence – a magnificent pulsing, wash of a record that would become their parting salvo. Two members moved to Iceland with child in tow, another firmly folded into the arms of Cambridge. Joe, always spinning in his own orbit, landed back in Perth with a collection of songs inspired by this process, by home, by London and by the catharsis involved in returning to a place you’ve tried so long to forget.
Now he is set to release his debut solo album, Burning Boy through Dot Dash / Remote Control. Recorded with long time collaborator Dave Parkin in Perth, Burning Boy was written in various countries over a three year period, all over the globe. Stay tuned for further album release details!
Joe McKee and Ben Salter, two veterans of the Australian music scene, are joining forces to perform a series intimate shows across Australia. Taking in six states and territories this could be the last time for a while that these two artists grace Australian stages. Don’t miss out.
Ben Salter and Joe McKee
WEDNESDAY 4 APRIL – YOURS & OWLS, WOLLONGONG NSW
with Sean Curran and Obscura Hail
THURSDAY 5 APRIL – THE UNION, SYDNEY NSW
FRIDAY 6 APRIL – FRONT GALLERY, CANBERRA ACT
SATURDAY 7 APRIL – PETERSHAM BOWLS CLUB, SYDNEY NSW
with Richard Cuthbert (of Richard in Your Mind)
SUNDAY 8 APRIL – CHINO’S, NEWCASTLE NSW
THURSDAY 12 APRIL – BLACK BEAR LODGE, BRISBANE QLD
with Felicity Groom
FRIDAY 13 APRIL – LISMORE BOWLS CLUB, LISMORE NSW
with Felicity Groom
SATURDAY 14 APRIL – SPOTTED COW, TOOWOOMBA QLD
THURSDAY 19 APRIL – THE METRO, ADELAIDE SA
with Lachlan James Wilson (Steering By Stars)
FRIDAY 20 APRIL – THE FLY TRAP, FREMANTLE WA
with Medicine Hat
SUNDAY 22 APRIL – THE BIRD, PERTH, WA
with Rabbit Island
FRIDAY 27 APRIL – THE ALLEYCAT, HOBART TAS
with Ben Lawless
SATURDAY 28 APRIL – THE GASOMETER, MELBOURNE VIC
with Single Twin (solo)
SUNDAY 29 APRIL – PURE POP RECORDS IN-STORE, MELBOURNE VIC
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Joe McKee – Burning Boy is set for release in 2012 via Dot Dash / Remote Control.