Celebrating 50 Years of Neil Young
featuring Karl S Williams, Taylor, Sunrose, Danny Widdicombe + Guests
Karl S. Williams
KARL S. WILLIAMS is a guitar-slinging, banjo-wielding freak equally adept at heart shredding piano with a voice that will confound expectations. Over the past few months KARL S. WILLIAMS has taken his new album ‘Heartwood’ around the country supporting BUSBY MAROU, played one of the most talked about sets at BigSound and headed to New York City to Showcase at the CMJ Music Marathon. Returning to home soil in November, KARL S. WILLIAMS will be playing a run of festivals such as Bridge Town Blues, Queenscliff Music Festival, Drop In Festival and Festival Of The Sun, with a few intimate headline shows in between.
The first single from ‘Heartwood’ is the stomping ‘Time Bomb’ with “I’m a daisy cutting, motherfucking judgement day” proving to be one of the more memorable choruses of 2014. Since it’s initial release the backbone of “Heartwood” has been the Jeff Buckleyesque piano song “Is This Love” which showcases what is truly special about Karls voice. “Is This Love” is scheduled for release in early 2015, before he starts working on album number two.
His stunning performance at BigSound in September received rave reviews and had him named as one of 10 of the buzziest bands at the conference by The Guardian and in Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top Five Acts.
Praise for Karl S. Williams
"Karl S. Williams gives the best indication of his enormous talent we've heard yet" - Double J
" The spellbound crowd stand mesmerised, transported via the power of one man and his voice alone." - Blank GC
“Folk, blues and soul influences delivered with a style that never seems like its merely recreating the past. 4 & ½ Stars” - Noel Mengel, The Courier Mail
“Not a false step anywhere to be seen. A music chameleon with talent oozing from every groove. If you don’t buy many albums, make this one a must” - Rob Dickens
Taylor’s sound is like the charming sort of hope that emerges from the dark corner of the room, confronting and at times downright disturbing, yet catchy and infectious.
The lyrical landscape of singer/songwriter David Taylor’s seductive and memorably moody vocal timbre is intensified by the impressive musicianship and Australian music lineage of the band. After years of the international troubadour lifestyle, David Taylor returned home to the Gold Coast and formed a heavy folk monster band with members including Nick Stewart and Geoff Green from Aria award winning Brisbane band “George.” With the inclusion of Crick Boue on Bass and gifted multi instrumentalist Scott French, Taylor has honed a sound and style sophisticated in its harmony and uniquely theatrical in performance.
The release of Taylor’s debut full-length album Warmer in July 2010 coincided with a successful tour of the east coast. The organic album included alluring yet disarmingly haunting songs, captured in places as far afield as a farmhouse in southern England and the muddy tracks of Vietnam, to Amsterdam and Osaka, and were finally recorded in a water tank tucked away in the hills of Northern NSW. The unconventional location proved an ideal melting pot and the band enlisted the craftsmanship of Engineer/Producer Govinda Doyle (Angus & Julia Stone) to blend the vintage tones, classic narrative and distinct modern pop sensibility of Taylor’s dynamic band.
For the creation of Taylor’s second studio album, he once again assembled his multi talented band of musicians to lay down the musical mood that would match his brutally honest lyric. However, Taylor took a different approach to his second album, straying from the previous organic nature of Warmer, Taylor admits that his second album To Bed with You provides a more “polished and produced sound – in a good way”. Taylor recorded the album on home turf at Love Street Studios and released the album in June 2013 on the Gold Coast. In contrast to Taylor’s first album, To Bed with You seems to encapsulate a singular time, an album of the mind, anxious and heavily infected. It is an intimate affair, which includes his signature moments of humour and joy, but overall, it is deliciously dark.
Danny Widdicombe has been a steadfast feature of the Brisbane music scene for some years. At 19, while living in Melbourne, Danny was diagnosed with leukaemia.
He had a bone marrow transplant in 2004 and in those long days in the isolation room after the transplant, he began writing what would become his album The Transplant Tapes. The album was a difficult one, emotionally, for Danny to release but he did in 2006.
Danny has played guitar for Andrew Morris, Bernard Fanning and Karl Broadie, as well as touring the country as part of Tim Rogers’ Temperance Union.
In 2008 he helped form the ARIA Award nominated group, The Wilson Pickers and last year Danny and fellow Wilson Picker, Andrew Morris, won the annual Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship for 2010. The duo spent the prize travelling to Berlin to write and establish a European base to further their careers.
He released his second solo album, Dominoes, in 2009 and this October he will release his third solo album, Find Someone, an album he began writing while traveling through Europe this year when he was unaware that cancer was once again spreading through his body.
Sunrose are a four-piece band, based in the hills of Byron Bay, who create timeless psychedelic rock/pop. A sound bathed in sunshine and salt water, with melodies that take you day dreaming through the green hills and grooves that you can't help but move to.
2016 unveiled the fully formed and absorbing sound of Sunrose with singles Strange Behaviour and Sleepwalking completely drawing listeners into their world of psyched out guitars, emotive vocals and cosmic vibes.
"It showcases the young groups accomplished musicianship and definitely leaves you wanting more." ~ Tonedeaf
2017 marks the kaleidoscopic explosion of debut E.P, Cosmic Horizon, blasting through catchy psych pop melodies, far-out rock anthems and happy deliriums. The first two singles Fever and Egoless have already gained attention within the industry, with premiers on Australian Music Scene, It's Psychedelic Baby Mag and airplay through FBi Radio.
“Fun and sweaty-hot like the shakes, Fever rocks, rollicks and rolls all over the joint, taking you on a journey of wasted and happy delirium.” ~ Wild ‘n Free TV
“Egoless rolls through melodic grooves with wild, exciting and pleasantly hectic dynamics” ~ Australian Music Scene