Monique Brumby + Nicole Brophy
With Special Guests
Monique Brumby has achieved a lot in her career: she’s a two-time ARIA winner, played shows alongside the legendary Jeff Buckley and The Bangles and written a song with Paul Kelly. Despite all these successes she’s definitely not afraid to mix it up and try new things. The release of her single ‘Silent War’ this month from her 5th (and self-titled) album sees an addition of electronic sounds to her repertoire, something that her fans are embracing.
“I suppose you’re always worried when you put out a new release whether people will like it or not, but the response to this track has been really positive,” says Brumby. “We’ve injected electronic loops, some synths and beats into the music, and people seem to respond well to that which has been really pleasing.”
‘Silent War’ and the album was produced by Monique and Nick Larkins (Wild Pumkins At Midnight, Dan Rumour). The single has been mixed by Angus Davidson (Joni Mitchell, Crowded House, Tori Amos). Production combines beats with layers of guitars, real drums and bass in a statement of strong song writing coupled with thought provoking production and instrumentation. The lyrical content of the track reflects Monique’s views on marriage equality and acceptance of difference.
“I think I’ve reached a point now where this is an album saying the things I want to say with the sound that I want, and so that’s why it’s a self-titled album. It has been very different for me because I did a lot of the engineering as well. In many ways I think it makes it easier to capture a sound that you really want to hear in the music. There needs to be a point of stepping away if you are producing and engineering your own work. I do think you need to have other valued opinions and be able to step back sometimes and come back with fresh ears.”
Nicole Brophy has an earthy voice and style compared to the likes of PJ Harvey, Lucinda Williams & La Roux. Stylistically it fits somewhere in- between alt-country with blues inspired roots based rock. Growing up on the South Coast of NSW and travelling across Australia and overseas Nicole has performed to thousands at some of Australia's biggest music festivals as part of her previous band Dirty Lucy or as guitarist/backing vocalist for the past 4 years in the Kate Miller-Heidke touring band.
In previous band Dirty Lucy, their highly acclaimed debut album Dark Green was released in 2003 and the follow up mini album Music, People Cities, Lights & Darkness was released in 2006 while touring relentlessly to every corner of the country for over 4 years solid.
Dirty Lucy went on hiatus in mid 2007, and rising from the ashes of day jobs and vocal nodule operations Nicole joined the touring band of Multi-ARIA nominated performer Kate Miller-Heidke in February 2008 and hit the road again playing to thousands of people at festivals and theatres both here and overseas.
Festivals performed include MuseXpo UK, SXSW (Austin TX), MTV Exit Concerts across Asia including Nepal, Vietnam & Thailand, ILMC Showcase (Sheperds Bush Empire, London), Byron Bay Blues & Roots, Femme Funk Festival (New Caledonia), Pushover, Southbound, Fringe Festival, Hear & Now, Blue Mountains Folk Blues & Roots, Womadelaide, Woodford Folk Festival, Festival of The Sun plus many more..TV appearances on ROVE, Sunrise, The Footy Show, The Morning Show, Adam Hills Show.
After finishing up after an incredible 4 years of touring & performing with Kate Miller-Heidke, Nicole is refocused on making her own mark on the music world as a front woman of her own show. Powerful earthy vocals combined with soulful melodies, rawness and her gutsy blues/rock guitar style is making a lasting impression on the live music scene.
Nicole released her debut EP ‘Stubborn Love’ independently in 2010 and launched it as part of The United Tour which was a 6 week national tour show 4 individual artists from four states. Nicole has recently toured with Kim Churchill, Caravana Sun, Tex Perkins, Gossling, Dawn, Sarah McLeod, Paul Greene and Monique Brumby and is currently completing the finishing touches on her latest album recorded in a farmhouse in the Southern Highlands of NSW co-produced by Syd Green and will be released late 2014.
"Nicole Brophy has a voice possessing everything that is good about country singing, with the grunt and raunch of the great female rock tradition thrown in for good measure” Rolling Stone "Nicole has a voice that fits somewhere between Ricki Lee Jones, La Roux & Beth Orton. Her Alannah Myles-style whiskey molasses voice simultaneously welcomes a crowd with a bear hug and slaps a shot in front of them to signal the start of an adventure". Radar
"Brophy looked like a tiger in a cage waiting to explode off the three metre by three metre stage.From the moment Brophy belted out her first lyric and strummed her first chord, the audience knew they were in for a wild ride." Northern Exposure