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The John Steel Singers Announce New Single, Tour Dates

Written by Daniel Clarke on October 5, 2009

The collision of art-rock, classic pop and indie has never sounded as lush as it does on ‘Masochist’, the first single lifted from Brisbane six piece band The John Steel Singers’ forthcoming debut album.

Recorded under the guidance of producer, mentor and fellow Queenslander Robert Forster of The Go-Betweens, new single ‘Masochist’ sees The John Steel Singers blend rich vocal harmonies and horns to create a woozy, psychedelic soundtrack for the lyrics of writer Scott Bromiley. ‘Masochist’ has The John Steel Singers apply what is becoming their trademarked psychedelic, observation of a disfunctional relationship; the story here of a man who can’t apply himself to love. The band keep things upbeat though, moving between Beatles’eque horn arrangements and orchestral pomp. It’s a fluid, appealing sound.

Following the high-rotation Triple J radio success of previous singles ‘Rainbow Kraut’, ‘Evolution’ and ‘Strawberry Wine’ the John Steel Singers took the opportunity to record their debut album with Robert Forster in Melbourne’s Sing Sing Studios. Forster has drawn a live, energetic performance out of the group, allowing them freedom to wander and experiment. The album will be tied together by Brooklyn-based producer Nicholas Vernhes, renowned for working with US indie giants Animal Collective and Dearhunter. He is due to complete mixing the album at his Rare Book Room Studio in Brooklyn by the middle of October.

New single ‘Masochist’ showcases The John Steel Singers’ bent sense of color and versatility in composition, their effortless pastiche of classic pop and warped indie. The John Steel Singers hit the road in October to celebrate the launch of ‘Masochist’. Joining the band will be the faint but irresistible folk hues of Little Scout, whose are launching during the tour their second EP “ Different in the Distance”.

‘Masochist’ singles launch dates are:

FRI 16 OCT – JIVE, ADELAIDE
SUPPORT: TBC
TICKETS: $14 pre+BF / $17 door
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au or Moshtix Outlets

SAT 17 OCT – ONE MOVEMENT, WA

FRI 23 OCT- ANNANDALE HOTEL, SYDNEY
SUPPORT: TBC
TICKETS: $14 pre+BF / $17 door
Tickets available from www.annandalehotel.com or 02 9550 1078

SAT 24 OCT – TRANSIT BAR, CANBERRA
SUPPORT: LOCAL TBC
FREE ENTRY

FRI 30 OCT – PELLY BAR, FRANKSTON
SUPPORT: LITTLE SCOUT + 2 x TBC LOCALS (VENUE TO CONFIRM)
TICKETS: $14 pre+BF / $17 door
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au and all Oztix Outlets and from the bar at Pelly Bar-Pier Hotel or Phonecharge 03 9783 7311

SAT 31 OCT – KAROVA, BALLARAT
SUPPORT: LITTLE SCOUT + TBC
TICKETS: $14 pre+BF / $17 door
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au or 1300 762 545 and New Generation

SUN 1 NOV – REPUBLIC BAR, HOBART
SUPPORT: LITTLE SCOUT + TBC
TICKETS: $14 pre+BF / $17 door
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au or Moshtix Outlets

MON 2 NOV – EAST BRUNSWICK CLUB, MELB
SUPPORT: LITTLE SCOUT + TBC
TICKETS: $14 pre+BF / $17 door
Tickets available from www.eastbrunswickclub.com or the venue box office on 03.9388 9794 or in person at 280 Lygon Street, East Brunswick Box Office open Monday to Friday 11-6pm and Saturday 12-4pm

FRI 6 NOV – BON AMICI, TOOWOOMBA
SUPPORT: LITTLE SCOUT + TBC
TICKETS: $17 door

SAT 7 NOV – OLD MUSEUM, BRISBANE
SUPPORT: LITTLE SCOUT + TBC
TICKETS: $14 pre+BF / $17 door

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