Review: Lauren Sherritt
Day two of Sunset Sounds 2011 arrives, bringing with it steady rain and a forecast of nothing but. Organisers have spread sand over some of the affected areas, but when I arrive on Thursday afternoon the damage that the combination of thousands of feet and a whole lot of rain did to the grounds yesterday is easily apparent. Areas that were grassy are now plains of squelchy mud ready to snatch unsuspecting thongs from feet and disappear them forever and the paths we traversed yesterday are now boasting small streams of rainwater. Continue reading Sunset Sounds 2011 – Day 2, Live Review→
This video was filmed by our good friend Patrick Self (www.patrickselfvisuals.com)
Life Music Media are fostering Charlie Mayfair in a competition to play at Sunset Sounds in 2011!
“To celebrate, we’ve decided to make some videos of acoustic covers of songs written by our favourite Sunset Sounds artists. THIS IS NUMBER TWO!
It’s an amazing song written by Paul Kelly called ‘To Her Door’. “… Charlie Mayfair
“Life Music Media are fostering us in a competition to play at Sunset Sounds in 2011! We’re so excited about the possibility of playing the festival that this month we’ve decided to release some videos of acoustic covers of songs written by our favourite Sunset Sounds artists. So here’s number one.
It’s Ladyhawke’s song ‘My Delirium’. Let us know what you think”… Charlie Mayfair
10 of Brisbane music’s most supportive media publications have teamed up with Sunset Sounds to bring you the Sunset Sounds Foster Band Initiative.
That’s right, this fantastic initiative will not only shine a light on local artists, it also gives them the chance to secure a paid spot on the Sunset Sounds line up, along-side Interpol, Public Enemy, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Klaxons, The National and heaps more!
There are two spots up for grabs with 10 bands eagerly vying to be one of the chosen.
In January 2010, a band was born: with fire in their bellies and rapture in their hearts, they took to stages sharing stories woven into songs. This band is Charlie Mayfair.
The early months of the year saw the band racing around their hometown writing songs, making friends, and letting people experience their unique style of folk-fired pop. They hollered their gigs from the rooftops and Brisbane heeded their call.
And so their three-part-harmonised hollering led them to play at many lovely venues like The Powerhouse, The Troubadour, The Zoo, The Sound Lounge, World Bar and The Old Museum sharing the stage with the talented likes of Old Man River, Dan Parsons, Skipping Girl Vinegar, The Bedroom Philosopher, The Boat People, Loren, TheCoronas (IRE) and Iceland’s Svavar Knutur, amongst others.
Wasting no time jumping into the studio, a short six months from inception, their debut release Watch My Hands “is a five-track harmony wonderland” (Scene Magazine) imbued with a bohemian flair while striding effortlessly between elements of folk and pop. Launched at The Zoo in Brisbane to an impressive capacity crowd, the release has since received enthusiastic nods from across the nation with a feature on triple j Unearthed, spot plays on the station, and a growing collection of glowing commentary on the bands’ live shows and debut recording.
Having made a quick trek to Sydney to launch the release to a welcoming reception at the Finders Keepers markets and MUM, the remaining months of 2010 will see the group once again hit the road for their first east coast tour which follows the release of their debut video clip for ‘If I Fell Down’. The shows will feature new songs and showcase the newly expanded bands’ impassioned live show.
Review: Lauren Sherritt
Ever craved some beautifully crafted music comprised of gently soaring harmonies and dainty whimsy, yet with a mature touch to the sound and lyrics? Well, Brisbane pop-folk band Charlie Mayfair, and its first offering, EP Watch My Hands, may just become your new addiction.
Dan Parsons’ debut album is less a case of boy meets girl but rather boy meets world. It’s a snapshot of someone who after spending his high school years emulating seventies heroes on a reel to reel eight track, leaves his bedroom and begins tumbling through one blinding, visceral experience after another.
What Parsons could grab hold of and pin down from experiences such as this, and his first brushes with the Brisbane music scene after growing up in country Queensland, inspired a drastic change to the primarily acoustic sounds that were on his 2008 mini-album Old Brown Shoe.