Seeker Lover Keeper – album, tour & video(s)

May 16 2011

Exciting Seeker Lover Keeper news was released today. Firstly, our debut album comes out on June 3rd! Second, we have planned a big Australian tour to celebrate! We are going to be visiting many cities and towns around the country in July, finishing up at the Splendour In The Grass festival. For all these shows we will be joined by Jim White on the drums and David Symes on the bass. We also have excellent supports including Tiny Ruins (NZ), Seagull and Toby Martin (Youth Group). Tickets go on sale today, so quick sticks.
We are also very excited to unveil three videos as an introduction to our album. They were directed by Natalie Van Den Dungen and they star three of our favourite actors: Barry Otto, John Waters and Aden Young. I tell you, each one of these videos give me the shivers. You can watch them here.

You DO win friends with vegan canapés

May 11 2011

Just a reminder that The Hello Tigers & I have one last appearance before we go  into hibernation. We will play a short set next Wednesday evening in Sydney at Voices of Art, the annual art-related event for Voiceless – the animal protection institute. For those of you who like art and animals, we recommend you attend. Vegan canapés for all!

An introduction to Seeker Lover Keeper

Apr 14 2011

A little while ago, Sally Seltmann, Sarah Blasko & I decided to start a band, and the band is called Seeker Lover Keeper. Last year we recorded an album in New York City with the amazing Jim White (Dirty Three, Cat Power) on the drums and the wise Shahzad Ismaily (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Martha Wainwright) on the bass. We also did some karaoke (sober), ate a lot of vegan chinese food, and went slightly mad in the heatwave. More on the album soon, but in the meantime we are very happy to confirm that we will be playing at this year’s Splendour In The Grass festival. You can follow us on twitter here to recieve updates in un-real time.

Art and animals

Mar 22 2011

The Hello Tigers & I are honoured to be performing at Voices of Art, the annual art-related event for Voiceless – the animal protection think tank established in 2004 by Brian Sherman AM and Ondine Sherman. This event, held at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation on Wednesday 18th May, aims to raise both awareness and funds for the essential issues associated with animal rights. Acclaimed designer Akira Isogawa will formally open the event and introduce long-time supporter and Voiceless friend, Clover Moore MP, Lord Mayor of Sydney, who will draw the prizes.
I am very proud to be a council member for Voiceless and highly encourage anyone with an interest in animals, art & ethics to investigate the Voiceless website & to attend this event.

“What I Thought Of You” Super 8 video world!

Feb 23 2011

Here is the official video for ‘What I Thought Of You’, the first song on Team. This video was directed by Yanni Kronenberg & is a worldwide Super 8 collaboration – filmed by 20 people, between 1974-2011, in Australia, America, Canada, The United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Greece, Iceland, Ukraine, Sweden and Brazil.
It happened like this: Yanni & I searched day & night on vimeo to find beautiful Super 8 footage. Then all the film makers were contacted & generously allowed us to use tiny pieces of their wonderful short films and home movies. I also asked on twitter if people could send me Super 8 footage in the mail, and home movies from 35 years ago arrived in my post box. Then, out of all of that, Yanni made this video.
A list (with links) of all film makers involved are on the videos page.

“What I Thought Of You” video premiere at Frankie

Feb 22 2011

The official video for ‘What I Thought Of You’ has had its world premiere, here at frankie.
The video was directed by Yanni Kronenberg and is a worldwide Super 8 vimeo collaboration – filmed by 20 people, between 1974-2011, in Australia, America, Canada, The United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Greece, Iceland, Ukraine, Sweden and Brazil. I would like to thank all the film makers who gave us permission to use pieces from their beautiful footage, short films and home movies. More information about all of them will be posted here tomorrow.

Team Tour supports

Feb 22 2011

I am very happy to announce the amazing supports for our Team tour. We are very lucky to be joined, in various cities, by Grand Salvo, Tiny Ruins, Laura Jean, Ghoul, Otouto, Seja, Dan Crannitch (Leader Cheetah), Oliver Mann, Mountbatten, 6s & 7s, Little Scout, The Maple Trail and more to be announced tomorrow! You can see who will be opening in your town on the shows page.
For the Team album launch at Balmain Town Hall on March 6, we will have a once-off extended version of The Hello Tigers. Viola! Clarinet! And a special guest to sing a song with me. But that’s a secret till the night.

Team

Feb 21 2011

My new album, Team, is now available in all good CD shops and on iTunes.
If you’d like to hear some songs, Team is a featured album this week on Melbourne’s wonderful 3RRR and Album of The Week on ABC Dig Music, which is the ABC’s digital radio station. That means you listen on a digital radio, or if you’re anywhere else in the world you can listen online. Things like that make me feel like I’m from the past, but I’m living in the future. Therefore I always try to remember what Jack Handey said: “If you go flying back through time, and you see someone else flying forward into the future, it’s probably best to avoid eye contact.”
If you’d like to know a little about the recording, you can read a track-by-track description I wrote for triple j’s Home & Hosed blog.