Fraser Ross & 04s Announce Nationwide Tour

Fraser Ross and the 04s

Home Alone Music are proud to announce that Fraser Ross & 04s are releasing their new L.P. ‘Life is Magic, Where is my Rabbit?’ with a nationwide tour that kicks off at San Fran, Wellington on August 17th. The album is due out on August 10th.

Ross lives in the southern-most suburb of Wellington: Lyttelton. However, he has teamed up with highly active members of Wellington’s music scene to create a four-piece comprised of two guitars, two vocals, bass and drums. While not unusual instrumentation, their songs span a broad territory, from electric-folk, to afro-beat, with Ross’ lyrical acuity, the glue that somehow makes it all work.

With a fifty-fifty split of ladies & gentlemen in the band; Jacqui & Olivia locking down the rhythm section, and Fraser & Jeremy adding the frilly bits, on paper, at least they are quite unique.

The 10-track album was recorded in Surgery Studios, Wellington with Dr. Lee Prebble in the cockpit. It marks their first release as a band, following two EPs, and an LP by Ross (‘And Birds Do Sing’ 2009, ‘To Places,’ 2012, and ‘Mongrels’ 2015). They will kick off the release tour at San Fran in Wellington on August 17th, followed by Lyttelton Records in Christchurch on August 18th. Both of these shows will feature the full band. The remainder of the dates will feature Ross in a solo incarnation.

Fraser Ross is a builder, poet, comedian, and ‘NZ’s best-kept musical secret’ (Capital Times). He has a voice that was honed in Scotland’s rowdy pubs during his three-year tenure there, and a lyrical style that can be uplifting, and at times, quite moving.

He has shared the stage with some of NZ’s best including, Nadia Reid, The Nudge, and The Phoenix Foundation, and has had Bill Murray join him on stage for a two-hour sing-a-long.

In 2015, he did a three-week run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a comedy show he wrote called ‘Another name for Thesaurus.’

On top of this, he recently finished rebuilding a house damaged in the Christchurch Earthquakes.

Fraser Ross & 04s

Friday 17th August – San Fran, Wellington*
Saturday 18th August – Lyttelton Records, Christchurch*
Friday 24th August – St. Peters Hall, Paekakariki*
Saturday 25th August – House Party, Whanaganui
Sunday 26th August – Snails, Palmerston North*
Friday 31st August – House Concert, Auckland
Saturday 1st September – Kumeu Arts Centre, Auckland*
Sunday 2nd September – House Concert, Auckland
Monday 3rd September – The Bunker, Davenport
Saturday 15th September – Pidgeon Bay Hall, Pidgeon Bay*
Friday 21st September – Fairfield House, Nelson*
Saturday 29th September – Inch Bar, Dunedin

Tickets available via UTR*

fraserross.com/
facebook.com/fraserrossnz/

FRENCH FOR RABBITS & GRAYSON GILMOUR!! NEW ZEALAND MINI-TOUR

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Dream-folk quartet French for Rabbits are joining up with Wellington based multi-instrumentalist Grayson Gilmour for a four-date tour in November. The tour will see the bands performing at Bats Theatre in Wellington, two nights at Orange Studio in Christchurch and The Tuning Fork in Auckland.

French for Rabbits released their debut album ‘Spirits’ last year on Portland label Lefse Records, and toured extensively through Europe including a stint opening for Danish chanteuse Agnes Obel. The New Zealand tour dates will come on the back of another string of European shows including an appearance at Iceland Airwaves Festival.

Grayson Gilmour has a three-fold musical life as solo artist, band member and film composer. His 2014 album ‘Infinite Life!’ was nominated for ‘Best Alternative Album’ at the 2014 Music Awards, and the Taite Music Prize, and his most recent score for the film ‘Consent’ won ‘Best Original Music in a Feature Film’ at the 2015 Silver Scrolls.

Friday 20th November – The Tuning Fork, AUCKLAND

Tickets $20 through Ticketmaster

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd November – Orange Studio, CHRISTCHURCH

Tickets $20 through orangestudio.co.nz

Tuesday 24th November – Bats Theatre, WELLINGTON

Tickets $20 through bats.co.nz

French For Rabbits release new single and video

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After a busy and fruitful year of musical journeying and creation, the Waikuku Beach dream-folk duo French For Rabbits celebrate by sharing their new single Woke Up To A Storm with a worldwide premiere on essentially regarded indie music blog Stereogum. They also announce the international release of their debut album Spirits on Lefse Records/Home Alone Music

The New Zealand release date for Spirits is set for October 31st via Home Alone Music. The band will tour the country in December after an extensive run through Europe supporting Danish folk enchantress Agnes Obel and playing their own string of shows across the UK, Italy and Germany.

As a special treat for Kiwi’s the duo release their NZ on Air funded music video for the single ‘The Other Side’ today, with an exclusive worldwide premiere on Cheese On Toast.

The band, having already summoned international attention with their debut EP Claimed By The Sea, signed to Lefse Records (a sub of acclaimed us label Fat Possum Records) to release their debut Spirits, as well as previous 7” vinyl release of Goat/ The Other Side.

Pre-order Spirits on CD and Vinyl

Spirits available from Oct 31

Watch the video HERE: http://homealonemusic.co.nz/video/french-for-rabbits-the-other-side/

New City Oh Sigh Album

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Home Alone Music is proud to announce the release of ‘Fragments Fine’, the debut album from Wellington chamber-folk band City Oh Sigh.

 

Also available on iTunes

Combining unique cello-laden instrumentation with subtle elements of folk and minimalist pop, City Oh Sigh have crafted ten soulful songs that will capture audiences with their softness and beauty.

Lead singer/songwriter/cellist Kate began City Oh Sigh after a stint playing with several bands (Ladybird, Blackbelles, Shiver Like Timber, Planet Earth) across New Zealand, Australia, America and Europe. On returning to New Zealand, she teamed up with old friends, Sarah Smythe (vintage Rhodes) and Catherine Catherine Henehan (guitar, vocals and trumpet), and started writing songs of love and loss, friendship and loneliness. All three girls also appeared in the amazing all-girl power-pop octet, St Rupertsberg.

The trio released their first EP ‘Like a Light’ in 2011. Sunday Star Times’ Grant Smithies called it ‘fragile folk-pop for delicate souls’ and heralded their courage to be “ to be soft, sensitive and calm in a world that values brashness and noise.” Reviewer Martyn Pepperell said, “Like A Light is a masterful debut. For lovers of folk/pop music, this is an essential release.”

Following the success of ‘Like a Light’, jazz drummer Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa was invited into the fold adding new dimensions to the live show and the recordings. The band will play a one off release show at Wellington’s Laundry on Cuba on Sunday the 23rd of February and will tour nationally in May.

‘Fragments Fine’ was recorded by Wellington sound wizard James Goldsmith (So So Modern, Grayson Gilmour, Sunken Seas, etc) at Munki Studios and Mastered by Munki Masters’ Mike Gibson. The album is is distributed physically by Southbound and digitally by DRM.

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City Oh Sigh release video for new single Sometimes

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Home Alone Music is proud to present Sometimes, the first single from Wellington chamber-folk band City Oh Sigh’s forthcoming album Fragments Fine. The song, and corresponding video, whimsically capture the ups, downs, and in-betweens of life.

City Oh Sigh comprise four of the Wellington music scene’s most talented musicians. Three of them also appeared in the all girl power-pop octet St Rupertsberg. Lead by cellist/singer Kate Uhe, City Oh Sigh is an impressive evolution. They carefully craft soulful songs that capture audiences with their softness and beauty. The band combines unique cello laden instrumentation with subtle elements of folk and minimalist pop.

Fragments Fine was recorded by Wellington sound wizard James Goldsmith (So So Modern, Grayson Gilmour, PikaChunes, etc) and will be released on the 24th of February 2014.

Free download here: http://cityohsigh.bandcamp.com/track/sometimes-2

Watch the National Park produced video here: http://homealonemusic.co.nz/video/city-oh-sigh-sometimes/

 

Home Alone Music Xmas Party 2013

 

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Home Alone Music warmly invites you to our third annual Christmas Party. As per tradition, we will be holding the concert in an intimate location (previous venues include Evil Genius, Aro Valley Hall and mid-winter at The Moorings) featuring the Home Alone family; the wonderful City Oh Sigh, haunting dream-folksters French for Rabbits, anti-folk hero Timothy Blackman and electro-utopian trio Urbantramper.

Tickets are strictly limited and can be bought from here: http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/ticket/3251/Home-Alone-Music-Xmas-Party-2013.utr

We have found a great location near central Wellington/Newtown, and will be providing some food and drink, but BYO booze. The party also doubles as the release of City Oh Sigh’s new music video and single from their debut album due out early next year.

It has been a great year for Home Alone Music, with a string of releases; Timothy Blackman’s much admired ‘This Country’ EP, Urbantramper’s brilliant ‘Tomorrow We Leave Here’, and French for Rabbits dreamy single ‘Goat’. This will be the first show back in New Zealand for French for Rabbits since their successful 45-date tour through Europe. Performances on the night will be recorded for a potential H.A.M compilation live release.

We’d love to share our celebrations with you.

New Timothy Blackman and Urbantramper Videos.

Hello everyone!

In a big week for Home Alone we have put out two amazing videos and an EP!

The new Timothy Blackman EP (titled ‘This Country’) is his first release since the much celebrated ‘Everyone Needs Something to hold On To’ LP in 2011.

Listen here: http://timothyblackman.bandcamp.com/ (free/pay what you want download)

The EP was engineered, mixed and produced by Lake from Urbantramper at the Home Alone Music HQ in downtown Wellington and was mastered by James Goldsmith.  The lil record features more musicians than any other Timothy Blackman release; including Lake McKenna of Urbantramper/Wellington Sea Shanty Society (bass, percussion), Chelsie Preston Crayford of Chelsie Florence/Only Child (keys/backing vocals), Sarah Smythe of City Oh Sigh/St Ruperstberg (keys), Kate Uhe of City Oh Sigh/St Rupertsberg (trumpet), Tim Couch of Knives At Noon/Kill The Fake Patient (drums), Ben Wood of Newtown Rocksteady (drums), Eli Chisholm of Hula Hope/St Ruperstberg (backing vocals) and Holly Beals of The Family Cactus (backing vocals).

A video for ‘How We’re Going’ was made by Al Cheyne of ‘Wolves’ fame.

Check it here:  http://homealonemusic.co.nz/video/timothy-blackman-how-we-going/

Urbantramper has released a new single ‘Your Lung Meridian’ that features Brooke from French for Rabbits. The video was made by Claire Littler and Ralph Matthews and it features some beautiful landscapes from southern Aotearoa.

Check it here:  http://homealonemusic.co.nz/video/urbantramper-your-lung-meridian-ft-french-for-rabbits/

Thanks so much for your support!

 

The HAM team.

 

 

Urbantramper song nominated for APRA Silver Scrolls

Urbantramper’s song Sailors has been included in the shortlist for the 2013 APRA Silver Scroll awards. The Silver Scrolls is NZ’s most prestigious songwriting award and just 20 songs are on the short list.

Sailors is fom Urbantramper’s concept EP called ‘Tomorrow We Leave Here’. Download it here: Tomorrow We Leave Here

See Sailors performed live here: Sailors – Live at SFBH May 2013

 

APRA member? vote here: http://www.apra-amcos.co.nz/APRAAwards/APRASilverScrollAwards/SilverScrollTop20.aspx