|It’s news that will rock Brisbane – the heart and soul of Brisbane’s music community, the iconic The Troubadour will be calling last drinks and closing its doors forever come the end of November.
In what will be a devastating blow to the town with a matter that has gone beyond the control of owners Jamie Trevaskis and Corinna Scanlon, the beloved music venue will close its doors on Sunday, November 21.
More information as to how the venue will be farewelled and why it is closing will be released in the very near future. The Troub crew would like to extend gratitude to every single band, artist and punter who has graced the venue in the last seven and a half years.
|Mark Seymour is internationally regarded as one of Australia’s best singer / songwriters. Since making his name as the lead singer of Hunters & Collectors, Mark has enjoyed a stellar career as a singer and acoustic guitarist. He’s also composed film scores, written and performed music for theatrical productions and acted. Mark reached Australian rock cult status throughout the 80’s and 90’s as the lead singer for Hunters & Collectors, the band performed around the world, a rollicking eight piece funk ensemble. When in 1998, Mark decided he’d done all he could as the front man of Hunters & Collectors, he plunged into the unknown, finding himself alone on stage with just an acoustic guitar. In going solo, Mark discovered a new and refreshing intensity in his voice that he’d believed he’d lost in the band. Mark Seymour’s subsequent five solo albums, each of which has been highly successful, still bare the raw, emotional hallmarks of his writing for the landmark Hunters & Collectors album, Human Frailty.|
Do you want a double pass to The Mapletons – Origami Army EP launch @ The Troubadour, Brisbane on on Saturday 27th February 2010? See below for details.
|Wearing the radiant glow of a Brisbane buzz-band whose current four-piece incarnation has been in existence since only August 2009, Mapletons have done very well for themselves indeed, having already tumbled their twee blend of technicolour pop-folk around the country in support of Howling Bells and Whitley in this short time.
After cornering the market on sweetly melodic, harmony-rich sounds, Mapletons
will launch their debut six-track EP Origami Army to Brisbane audiences on Saturday February 27 at The Troubadour.
With support from the haunting brilliance of McKisko and the jangly alt-pop of Edward Guglielmino and The Show, the launch will be a spotlight on the brilliant creative talents currently bubbling through Brisbane’s veins.
|Following the release of her ‘Mean Old Clock’ EP and some highly sought after tour supports in 2009 (including Paul Dempsey, Joshua Radin and Tim Finn) Melbourne based singer songwriter Leena will be showcasing her talent throughout February with Carus Thompson, as well as her first headlining show in Sydney.
Leena has spent the Summer writing songs for her new EP, due to be recorded in February.
|Dent May was discovered last year by Animal Collective when they were recording Merriweather Post Pavilion in nearby Oxford. Dent’s ebullient debut, The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele – released on Animal Collective’s label Paw Tracks and locally through Mistletone – was one of the most feel-good indie-pop delights of 2009.|
Review by: Bec
You can’t help but get excited about the youth music scene when you see bands like Comic Sans, The Rocketsmiths and Tom Ugly perform.
Hands down the best performance of the night was first support four-piece group, Comic Sans, who are in the throes of recording their first EP. This is a band to watch. Consistently brilliant and musically elusive, they wowed the small crowd at The Troubadour with a commanding display of musical dexterity and sophistication. They give a truly committed live performance that rivets your attention. Exciting; talented; you can’t ignore Comic Sans’ presence; they have the X factor.
Sugar Army supported by Buick Six @ The Troubadour 04.09.09
By José Eduardo Cruz
Buick Six are relatively new within the industry, but do not be fooled by the anonymity. They are a three piece local Brisbane band that has a fresh sound, or at the very minimum, is doing what other bands are doing within the genre, but just that much better to gain rapid notoriety. Three piece bands will always have the difficult task of producing a full sound, which is why many three piece bands turn into a four piece. That being said, Buick Six have an incredible full sound for a three piece which carries them throughout their whole set. The strength in their sound lies in the ability to create shades of colour in their music. The bass player grooved, the drummer walked off covered in sweat and the guitarist challenged a punter to jump on stage mid set after being asked to play Daddy Cool. Every member had the confidence needed to survive in this game, but remained humble enough to greet punters that thanked them throughout the night. These guys are very young and deserve much greater recognition which should come if they continue to perform such energetic shows filled with genuine artistic flair.
|Interview: Elize Strydom
Hot Little Hands are hard to pigeon-hole, much to lead singer Tim Harvey’s delight. Take a little old soul, a generous helping of electro, four part harmonies and you’ve got…concrete/jungle/samba? Well, they are the genres the band checks on their Myspace page, anyway. Perhaps you’ll just have to see ‘em live and draw your own conclusions.
Life Music Media (LMM): You’re fresh from a tour of New Zealand. How did it go?
Tim Harvey (TH): It was amazing. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it so much. The countryside is mind blowing and the people are gorgeous and so friendly. We played about seven shows. We were kind of freaked out because the first night we got there we played a party and the band that went on before us, when they finished a song, nothing would happen, no one would clap. It was really weird! But when we got on the claps started filtering through.
The Paper Scissors @ The Troubadour, Friday August 7th.
by Will Alexander
|The Paper Scissors (TPS) live on that fine line that divides funk, rock and punk; sometimes more one than the other, but never too far away from something that resembles one or all three simultaneously. TPS experience begins in a funk/punk hybrid and inevitably leads into some rock reprieve. This lifts into a grungy guitar moment only to descend into a stripped-back beat just long enough to let you appreciate the melody…then back comes that hook you either just got acquainted with or already know.|
It’s pop, and in a good sense – a well coordinated mix of genres that resonate in the only place that really matters – the auditory cortex.
Artists: Timothy Carroll, McKisko, Kate Jacobsen @ The Troubadour, Brisbane
Author: Stephen Goodwin
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[Photo: Stephen Goodwin]
About three songs into a typically inveigling set of back-porch country tunes, a perfect cocktail of illness, alcohol and painkillers prompts Kate Jacobsen to artlessly observe that her strum patterns all seem to be the same.
There’s an underlying hint of truth, yet it matters not a whit as an appreciative audience laps up Cane Farmer’s Daughter, Kiss Me Gently, Don’t Believe In Jesus and couple of new tunes as well.
Some things are greater than the sum of their individual parts — and Jacobsen’s plain-speaking fretwork, achingly sweet voice and poignant lyrics illustrate that in spades.
Folk-minimalist McKisko (aka Helen Franzmann) performs only eight songs. But what breathtaking advertisements for her talent.
Tijuana Cartel – @ The Troubadour 17 July 2009
By José Eduardo Cruz
[Photo: José Eduardo Cruz]
|Let’s begin by saying that tonight was a sold out night, which is an incredible success for any band. No matter in which venue or which city this is achieved at, once you see the sold out sign outside the venue you know that the band about to perform have something special to offer.
Opening the night’s proceeding was A French Butler Called Smith. Two years worth of solid touring have propelled this pleasant five member band to a position where they will surely soon begin to headline their own shows. Their Gypsy Latin style rings through the room and sets the mood for the remainder of the night. They mix genres beautifully and produce an excellent warm up set. Please keep an eye out for these guys in the future for they are surely on the path to a successful career.