We Lost The Sea are a great instrumental band from Sydney Australia crushing guitar noise with dark melodic atmospherics. Their support will be by two other great Australian acts: the Meniscus and the Dumbsaint.
We Lost The Sea (AU)
We Lost The Sea are a progressive post-rock band from Sydney Australia. Crushing guitar noise with post-rock atmospherics and melody from a large, dimly lit space. Formed in 2007, they released their first record entitled ‘Crimea’ - engineered and mixed by Magnus Lindberg in mid 2010.
Late last year they released their second record 'The Quietest Place on Earth' through Bird's Robe Records, to acclaim from both fans and critics alike at home and internationally, making best album lists of 2012 above bands like Converge and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and best sellers on Bandcamp.
At the start of 2012, there was a slight change of line up and this breathed fresh air into the band. They kicked off the second half of 2012 with a bang, supporting Rosetta (US) and playing a handful of highly successful local shows including their sold out album launch. Lochlan Watt from Triple j's THE RACKET, put We Lost The Sea's performance supporting Rosetta as the number one Australian performance of the year in the Drum Media writers poll.
In March 2013, their close friend and vocalist of the band, Chris Torpy, sadly took his own life aged only 24. This, naturally, was devastating for the band and the rest of 2013 was a rough ride, playing only 2 shows. One was supporting This Will Destroy You at the Annandale, which was a special and emotional show for band, friends and fans alike, being the first show without Chris since the formation of the band. The other supporting The Red Paintings at the HiFi in Sydney. Both shows had great reviews and it was a powerful performance so soon after the tragedy.
2014 sees the band back on form and working on a third LP. This record will be a slight shift away from their old dynamic, not so unintentional as maturing in sound, and the most personally experimental so far. However, it will still sound like We Lost The Sea, they assured.
Expect some big things from this 6 piece.
Meniscus are an instrumental post-rock band based in Sydney, Australia. The group consists of guitarist Daniel Oreskovic, bassist Alison Kerjean, drummer Cameron Brennan, and visual artist Martin Wong. They have been compared to artists such as Mogwai, Sigur Ros, ISIS and Cog.
Described by the press as “forward-thinking” (The Drum Media), and “epic, symphonic and melodic” (Triple J), Meniscus seamlessly blend together elements of Guitar-driven ambient soundscapes, hard-rock, electronic and psychedelic music.
Originally starting out as a three-piece in 2005, Meniscus have since expanded their live show to include video projections, mixed live by Martin Wong, and have released two records: Absence of I EP (2007) and War of Currents (2011). Both records have been well received by both fans and the media alike, the latter describing War of Currents as “a multi-layered and staggeringly moving collection of songs” (The Drum Media)
Meniscus have played shows all over Australia and Europe. In 2012 alone, Meniscus played shows with the likes of Dead Letter Circus, Fair to Midland, Floating Me, Laura and sleepmakeswaves, before heading to Europe in July to tour across 9 countries including shows with Rosetta (USA), and a spot on Germany’s Fusion festival. The year was capped off in style by playing an evening set at Peats Ridge Festival (NSW) over the new-year weekend.
Last year Meniscus have toured nationally with Caspian (USA) and head into the studio to record new material, as well as create new visual elements in their live show.
Dumbsaint is a four-piece instrumental band from Sydney, Australia, combining cinematic music with original, synced, narrative film projections; written, filmed and edited entirely by the band itself.
Utilising the screen on stage as an integral 5th member, the band seeks to present an 'installation' where sound and image interact in unexpected ways. Dumbsaint create a live performance in which each song is a short film, and each screening a musical set piece.
Formed in 2009, the band quickly developed a cult following for their innovative live performances. A residency at Sydney's Excelsior Hotel saw the band launch their independently produced DVD, 'Perennial 2009', which quickly sold out.
After landing supports with acts such as Headphones President (JPN), sleepmakeswaves and Laurenz Pike (PVT), and showcasing at the Progfest and Menagerie festivals, the band entered Studios 301 in 2011 with producer Tim Carr (Matt Corby, Serious Beak) to record the debut album 'Something That You Feel Will Find Its Own Form'. Released in April 2012 through Bird's Robe Records, the debut saw local and international airplay, including Triple J, FBi, 4ZZZ, KOOP (USA) and more.
The band toured extensively along the east coast of Australia in 2012 in support of the album with several headlining performances as well as a string of coveted international supports for Rosetta (USA), Earth (USA) and Grails (USA). Their videos for the singles 'Don't Forget To Bring Down The Sky' and 'Inwaking' were also screened on ABC TV's Rage program.
2013 saw Dumbsaint release the ‘The Auteur’ short-film / EP project, which received repeated airplay across FBi, Triple J and 2SER, release it's now sold-out 'Perennial 2013’ DVD, as well as tour with This Will Destroy You (USA), Twelve Foot Ninja and Helm across Australia.
February 2014 saw the band announce an online, 3-part experimental film / soundtrack project, ‘Disappearance In A Minor Role’. This surreal filmic companion piece to ‘The Auteur’, became a bi-monthly release offering thematic and narrative clues into the follow-up to their debut album. The first instalment, ‘III: Celeste’ was released in March, premiering across FBi, 4ZZZ and PBS radio. The second instalment, ‘II: Sara' arrived in May, shortly after their direct support to Russian Circles (USA), and August saw the release of 'l: Gabrielle', with it's film premiering on Cvlt Nation. A limited cassette of this release was issued through Grimoire Cassette Cvlture (US), which quickly sold out.
The band entered the studio in October 2014 with producer Dax Liniere (sleepmakeswaves, Solkyri) to record the second album 'Panorama, in ten pieces.'. Mixed by Liniere over a 4 month period and mastered in High Dynamic Range by Sean Diggins, the record showcases 55 minutes of their darkest, most challenging music to date.
The first single, ‘Cold Call’, was released on July 3 2015, premiering on Triple J's The Racket, shortly after the band’s direct to support to Boris (JPN). It’s corresponding short-film debuted on Heavy Blog Is Heavy shortly after.
Their second full-length, 'Panorama, in ten pieces.', was released in August and its corresponding 60-minute feature film will arrive in early 2016.
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