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Jul 29, 2013

OK. Time to peek over the fence and see what the bands are currently up to.

First the big news – Grand Atlantic will be playing their final show at the Powerhouse in Brisbane on Sunday 15th September. After something like 7 years, three albums, and countless tours around Australia, the US and Japan, the band members have made the decision to move on to other projects. we’ll let you know what they are in due course. For now though, this is your last chance to see the band (and to say goodbye) in a really great, big venue. Mark it down in your diaries. They’ll be unveiling a new website and other things in the coming weeks.

WE ALL WANT TO are also pulling back a bit from live touring, but they’re going to write songs for album #3. In April WE ALL WANT TO sold out the Judith Wright Centre with their stunning Take The Lead show. They closed the night with their version of The Go-Betweens’ Streets Of Your Town, which brought the house down – so the band decided to release it as a single on August 12. Check it out here: http://www.weallwantto.com/streets-of-your-town-2013/ and there’s a video coming real soon.

WE ALL WANT TO has also been nominated as one of four finalists in the Qld Song Awards’ Album of the Year category for Come Up Invisible; the lead song from the album (Ramp Up The Bleeding) also recently appeared in Noel Mengel’s top 50 Queensland songs of all time. If you don’t have the album, go out and buy it now.

Hailer continue to go from strength to strength – their new album Another Way has been praised here and in the USA, and they’re getting lots of airplay on over 110 college radio stations. So they’ve decided to go over for a tour, starting on September 3rd and running for a good two months or more. As soon as we have tour dates they’ll be up on their website but if you’re in the US, keep an eye out for them!

Soviet X-Ray Record Club have a new single coming out soon – Magnetic North will be out on the 24th August, and the band will launch it with a live show at Trainspotters in Brisbane on the same night. They recently sold out their hometown show at Studio 188 in Ipswich and they are really great live. The single’s a great snapshot of the band’s sound and you can get a sneak preview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4vwMHYxei8g

And we were lucky enough to have The Valery Trails back in Brisbane for a few weeks recently. While Andrew was here from the US the band recorded a new album under the guiding hand of producer Tim Steward. The results are really impressive, and a little more rock than the sounds of their debut album. We aren’t sure when it’ll be out – it’s being mixed in the US – but we suspect early 2014.

We’re going to try to be a bit more forthcoming with news for the rest of the year. Check back and see how we go…