Thursday, 1 October 2009

Blogtoberfest Day 1: Parallel Lions

It's day one of Blogtoberfest. Due to sleep deprivation and *boring* ongoing illness, I feel hungover myself, as though I've been out late at gigs. Clearly I've not. But I have stumbled upon something new. And I'm excited. Really, super dooper excited. Now I can just sit right up close to my computer and pretend I'm at the Hopetoun. Which coincidentally and sadly, is closing down.
As a quick aside, do you know how many ace bands & artists I have seen play there over the years? Too many! The place is an institute. It's been the launching pad for so many emerging artists, 'tis a shame, a shame I say.
Back to what I've stumbled upon. Ollie Browne (formerly Art of Fighting) has started up a new gig Parallel Lions. Together with Hamish Michael and Sam Bates, they form a new group with a stash of credentials.
Their single 'Separated' is a beautiful mix of acoustics, Browne's unforgettable and inimitable voice, alongside Bates delicate/decisive drumming and Michael on guitar (oh the guitar, beautiful). And the lyrics. I'm hooked. It's beautiful. It's addictive.
Their first album comes out October 23 via Bird Music/Shock.


Christina Lowry said...

I am feeling very hung over too, without the fun before hand. I have signed up for blogtoberfest too. Good luck to us both! :)

trash said...

Oh! From the heading I thought parallel lions might be there to keep everyone away from the undertoad in the water that came up after the tiger wave!

Rachael @Mogantosh said...

Wish I had time for Bloggy-fest. Hardly time to read,. let alone write, this month. But just quickly wanted to share with you my friend Jo's post on the Hopetoun: Captures it totally. Feel better soon. x

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I actually felt quite teary when I read about the Hoey. I feel like I almost grew up there. I even had mny farewell to Sydney there... devastating many good times... so many drunken nights... so much FUN! so sad to see it go.

flossy-p said...

The Hopetoun in closing? That's terrible!!!

Do you remember a while back when all the venues died? Phoenician club, Annandale, etc, etc. It was a music waste land out there. Just awful. But eventually it came back again. Hope the Hopetoun will too.