Kirin J Callinan, Australia’s most charismatic and confronting musician reveals the video for his latest single ‘EMBRACISM’. The title track of his long-awaited debut, it has already drawn critical praise and intrigue from international and local media for its dangerous lyrics and intense guitar work.
Directed by Cara Stricker, the video for ‘EMBRACISM’ is an evolution from Callinan’s triple j award winning clip for song ‘Way II War’. It provides a challenging and intoxicating visual piece that demands attention. Daring in its physicality, it follows Callinan in his morning routine.
Catch Kirin launch the album Embracism nationally on Wednesday 26 June at Yours & Owls in Wollongong, Thursday 27 June at Terrace Bar in Newcastle,Friday 28 June at The Standard in Sydney, Saturday 29 June at The Zoo in Brisbane, Wednesday 3 July at a unique location in Melbourne, Thursday 4 July at Northcote Social Club in Melbourne, Saturday 6 July at Jive in Adelaide, Friday 19 July at The Bakery in Perth, and Saturday 20 July at Mojos in Fremantle.
Midnight Juggernauts reveal their new single ‘Ballad of the War Machine’. ‘Ballad of the War Machine’ is the first single taken from the trio’s forthcoming album,set for release in mid 2013 via Siberia Records / Remote Control.
Catch Midnight Juggernauts launch ‘Ballad of the War Machine’ at The Zoo in Brisbane on Friday 19 April, Oxford Art Factory in Sydney on Saturday 20 April, and The Corner Hotel in Melbourne on Wednesday 24 April.
‘Ballad of the War Machine’ is one of the trio’s most pure pop songs, as if Van Dyke Parks has been aboard for the score for Interstella 5555. It’s accompanied by a surrealist video shot on the streets of Moscow. Whilst official revealed this morning, with Gorilla vs. Bear describing it as the “video of the year so far”, the video had concurrently been living diverse secret lives. In previous weeks the band covertly leaked various secret versions of this clip under different guises, untitled and not associated with Midnight Juggernauts. Presented as an eccentric Russian art-pop band performing on a Soviet state-run music program from 30 years ago, the videos were spread widely across various blogs, websites and discussion boards everywhere from Moscow to Montevideo. Watch the video HERE.
Following this unusual release experiment, the band observed and tracked disparate responses to the puzzling videos. Most non-Russians believed it must be a long-lost soviet pop band rediscovered from behind the iron curtain. Many Russians felt that the lack of Russian accent revealed it be a foreign band touring Moscow at the time and others wondered why the army would allow members with such facial hair. The various anonymous videos will remain online, free to live their own divergent alternate lives along the dark fringes of the web, until littered in comments such as “obveusly dumb austrlians trying 2 b russian”.
Since forming in Melbourne in 2004, Midnight Juggernauts have forged a unique path, pressing themselves firmly into the popular or perplexed consciousness, refusing to be bound by boundaries of genre, convention, or expectation. Eschewing an easy parochial path, Midnight Juggernauts have instead been international; taking their psychedelic Soviet-sci-fi pop to listeners near and far, around the corner and around the globe.
Ballad of the War Machine marks the band’s long-awaited return, their first output for three years following their previous albums Dystopia and The Crystal Axis. After touring long and hard from Brisbane to Barcelona, Berlin, Bogotá, and beyond — the trio took ‘time off’, which really equated to throwing themselves into all manner of esoteric adventures, oddball one-offs, inspired shindigs, and ambitious undertakings. This is the first taste of Midnight Juggernauts return journey, once again piloting their glittery kosmische musik far into known cosmos and unknown genre.
MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS ‘Ballad of the War Machine’ Tour with special guests YESYOU
Friday 19 April - The Zoo, Brisbane
With special guests YesYou and Young Men Dead
Tickets available via 1300 762 545, www.oztix.com.au and Oztix outlets
Saturday 20 April - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
With special guests YesYou and Four Door
Tickets available via 1300 GET TIX, www.moshtix.com.au and all Moshtix outlets
Wednesday 24 April – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
With special guests YesYou and Client Liaison
Tickets available via 03 9427 9198, www.cornerhotel.com and The Corner Box Office
Midnight Juggernauts new single ‘Ballad of the War Machine’ is out now.
From salt, sand and circuitry, Australian industrial dance act Forces assemble their self titled EP, available on limited edition 12″ vinyl via Siberia Records. Simultaneously sumptuous and sterile, Forces new framework offers guidance through the hostile terrain it generates.
Thirsting for a synthesis between body, land and technology, this work is the first significant artifact in Forces exploration of dance and pop. Their sound embodying both the vastness of Australia’s arid landscapes and its voracious appetite for technology.
First single ‘World in Focus’ is available as a free download. Exploring the notion of Australia as playground, ‘World in Focus’ offers visions of a dynamic landscape worthy of the bodies of tomorrow.
Forces have surged to prominence since emerging in 2011, quickly establishing a reputation for confronting live performance coupled with concise and visceral dance music. Forces live highlights include performances at The Sydney Opera house for Vivid Festival, alongside Zola Jesus and Light Asylum, and many shows with their contemporaries including My Disco, Gang Gang Dance and label-mate Kirin J Callinan.
The self titled EP will be available on limited edition 12″ vinyl on Midnight Juggernauts’ label Siberia Records on 9 December 2012. The digital release will be available via technodissidents.bandcamp.com.
Saturday 17 November – Puppies, Wellington
Friday 23 November – Secret Rave, Sydney
Saturday 24 November – Siberian Nights for Melbourne Music Week, Melbourne
On September 12th, September 15th and October 11th, Kirin takes a break.
Throws a party.
Puts on a show.
A real song and dance.
For friends and future friends.
Since those memorable sold-out nights of ballads, noise, and power failures in support of his 7 inch single ‘W II W’ and its gif-laden video directed by Kris Moyes back in June, the Moyes boys connection continues with older brother Kim now reuniting with Kirin in the studio. Having produced the first thing an (almost) innocent teenage Callinan ever recorded in a “real” studio almost a decade ago, and awaiting the release of his own third full length as one half of The Presets, Kim is once again donning the producer’s cap and the purple socks to work with Kirin on his solo debut album.
But all work and no play makes Kirin an unhappy shit. So to temporarily escape the heat of Kim’s kitchen, to get back to his natural habitat and to thank those who came out in force to those sold out shows, Kirin J Callinan will be back, out o’ the bunker, performing live again in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney on 12/09, 15/09 and 11/10 respectively.
Kirin will then leave for NY City, playing solo shows with the likes of Kindness and Blood Orange for Terrible Records.
KIRIN J CALLINAN
WED 12 SEPT BIGSOUND BRISBANE
SAT 15 SEPT NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE
THU 11 OCT OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY
Tickets on sale Mon 20 August from via www.northcotesocialclub.com www.oztix.com.au www.moshtix.com.au
In alliance with Terrible Records (run by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor) of the United States of America and Siberia Records (Midnight Juggernauts) in his home state, Kirin J Callinan returns with the brand new 7” single ‘W II W’ (Way to War).
Taken from his forthcoming full-length album, ‘W II W’ launches with an amazing gif-laden video by acclaimed director Kris Moyes. The video was premiered by Vice US this morning.
Kirin J Callinan, with full band in tow, will launch ‘W II W’ across the east coast of Australia this June. See below for full dates. Tickets to all shows are on sale now.
‘W II W’ is a synesthetic joyride to the frontline – voice, guitar and other machines painting the sonic image of war. All napalm, machine guns and loneliness, choppers and tracer bullets; you could be running for your life or gasping for your last breath. It’s perverted, raw and fun, and it’s the first single from Kirin J Callinan’s forthcoming debut solo album.
‘W II W’ and its accompanying B-side ‘Thighs’, the thematically related, lustful and deluded tale of a sexual predator, will be digitally released worldwide on 19 June 2012 and on 7″ vinyl on 31 July 2012. A limited amount of pre-release vinyl will be available at the launches and you can also pre-order the 7″ here.
LISTEN TO ‘W II W’ NOW:
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ‘W II W’, PREMIERED BY VICE US:
KIRIN J CALLINAN ‘W II W’ SINGLE LAUNCH TOUR
THURSDAY 21 JUNE
Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Supported by DCM + Nite Fields + Kangaroo Skull
Tickets available from Oztix www.oztix.com.au, 1300 762 545 & Oztix outlets
Presented by Rave Magazine, 4ZZZ FM and Vice
FRIDAY 22 JUNE
Goodgod Small Club, Sydney
Supported by DCM + Forces + Kangaroo Skull
Tickets available from Moshtix www.moshtix.com.au, 1300 GET TIX & Moshtix outlets
Presented by The Brag and Vice
THURSDAY 28 JUNE
The Tote, Melbourne
Supported by DCM + Machine + Kangaroo Skull + Forces DJs
Tickets available from Moshtix www.moshtix.com.au, 1300 GET TIX & Moshtix outlets Presented by Beat and Vice