Budding roots rock outfit BENJALU win over fans with a new approach on their new ‘Shadows in the Sun’ EP and tour.
|Four musician mates from Newcastle, collectively known as BENJALU, will release their third EP ‘Shadows In The Sun’ on April 15 via MGM’s Green label, and this week they’ll set off on another lengthy tour returning to fans in venues across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the ACT.
With new media changing the way musicians approach releasing their music, speculation has been growing about the status of the long player release and BENJALU believe offering music lovers a slice of solid new sounds on a regular basis is the best approach. As a young independent self funded band, by releasing EP’s it allows them to tour more often and share their music with their fans more regularly which in turn helps them build a solid fan base.
‘Shadows in The Sun’ comprises four brand new distinctive tracks recorded under the guidance of Anthony Lycenko (U2, Elvis Costello, Pete Murray) and Ian Pritchett (Angus and Julia Stone, The Beautiful Girls, Cog) who produced and engineered the tracks with the band in Byron Bay’s Rocking Horse Studio. Each member of BENJALU is an accomplished musician and as a unit they master their art at by infusing genres such as roots, rock, and jazz and even offer an occasional touch of reggae. Having been together since high school, the core members of the band all now in their early 20’s are certainly proficient players. They’ve performed over 500 shows since their inception in 2006 and sold close to 5,000 CD’s, they continue to attract music lovers of all sorts through their sheer hard work living and breathing the live music scene.
Bass player Anthony Morris today commented on their new EP and their approach,
“We took our time with this EP and we’re really pleased with the result and stoked to have been able to work with Anthony and Ian. We’ve discussed releasing a debut album for a while now but we feel it creates more interest for a young band like us by offering strong samplers of our music and backing it up with the live experience. Over the past couple of years we’ve expanded our touring schedule, each time we return to an area the crowds get bigger, the sing-along’s stronger and the diversity of the audience widens, and that’s really rewarding.”
BENJALU has shared the stage with high profile peers such as Katchafire (NZ), State Radio (USA), Kate Miller Heidke, The Basics, The Living End, Children Collide, Jon Stevens and James Reyne to name a few. They’ve also been well embraced by festival audiences at the likes of Peats Ridge, the Victorian Ridgey Didge Blues and Roots Festival and more recently the Nannup Festival in WA. They’ve secured sponsorship with Cole Clark guitars and Sabre vision and had songs selected for Channel 10’s Next Wave TV show and tracks used for the Big Eddie Quiksilver Surf Comp in Hawaii.
Join BENJALU on their Shadows In The Sun Tour throughout April and May
Thursday April 7th – Macquarie Hotel, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday April 8th – The Queens Wharf Brewery, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday May 5th – National Hotel, Geelong, VIC
Friday May 6th – Baha Tacos, Rye, VIC
Saturday May 7th – Empress Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday May 12th – The Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday May 13th – Sand Bar, Mildura, VIC
Saturday May 14th – Loxton Hotel, Loxton, SA
Sunday May 15th – Glenelg Surf Club, Glenelg, SA
Saturday May 21st – Front Gallery Canberra, ACT
Sunday May 22nd – Towradgi Beach Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
BENJALU – ‘Shadows in the Sun’ EP available on April 15th on Green through MGM