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FBI RADIO SMAC AWARDS 'ALBUM & SONG' OF THE YEAR WINS

We are thrilled to take out 'Best Song' & 'Record of the Year' - Read about it here

Thanks you FBI Radio, and all our fans.


NATIONAL LIVE MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATION

We have been nominated for Best Live Act of 2016.


I CAN RUN


I CAN RUN film clip featuring Waangenga Blanco from Bangarra Dance Theatre. The clip premiered at The Guardian.

Directed by Caroline Sundt-Wels & William Robertson.



"What’s amazing about Black Opal is the way all its many appealing little elements congeal into something groundbreaking and huge. It’s been put together to tell a story, but the record is a revelation specifically because of the considered, very visual way in which it goes about telling that story.

Most pop music these days is concerned with exhaustively examining the inner self, but not for some time have I heard a record that does this by stacking that inner world up against the external one in which we immediately live. In the harshness of the degrading external landscape Shining Bird devotes itself to on Black Opal, it’s not all that hard to see a reflection of some kind of universal condition. To have made that visible for anyone willing to listen is a major achievement."

http://www.4zzzfm.org.au/reviews/albums/shining-bird-black-opal



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BIGSOUND SHOWCASE

"Bringing that big-band rock sound to BIGSOUND, Shining Bird hurls their classically indie, yet distinctly Australian, melancholy-style rock tunes at punters congregating in the pits of The Brightside. Singing about riverbanks and bushfires, it was clear that Shining Bird’s Australian heritage informs and stylises their distinctive sound and, although reminiscent of classic Australian artists such as The Church and Nick Cave, it is truly unique in its own way. As Shining Bird’s set trucks along, the fellas become nothing short of entertaining with their progressive tunes and atmospheric guitar solos calling for some stand-on-speakers style antics and epic crescendos into beautiful chaos. Complete with an incredibly fitting alto sax player, mimicking and complimenting frontman Dane Taylor’s deep, brooding vocals, the seven-piece entice delegates and avid music lovers alike to enjoy their set." - Thanks theMusic.com.au - http://themusic.com.au/music/livereviews/2016/09/08/bigsound-festival-2016-night-one/


SINGLE 'I CAN RUN'

We are excited to today announce our new single 'I Can Run'
Taken from our forthcoming record 'Black Opal' to be released OCT 7th through Spunk records (aus/nz/europe). The track premiered on Spanish music blog Mondo Sonoro, and we have just added a bunch of tour dates - Including QLD, VIC, SA, NSW and NT.
Check it out below!

SHOWS

Including QLD, VIC, SA, NSW and NT.
Sun September 4th - King Street Crawl, Newtown
Tue September 6th - Greaser, Brisbane (6pm)
Tue September 6th - Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane (9pm)
Wed September 7th - The Brightside, Brisbane
Thu September 8th - Secret Party, Brisbane
Fri September 9th - Imperial Hotel, Noosa
Sat September 10th - The Northern, Byron Bay
Sun October 2nd - Yours & Owls Festival, Wollongong
Wed October 5th - Transit Bar, Canberra
Thu October 6th - The Eastern, Ballarat
Fri October 7th - Crown & Anchor, Adelaide
Sat October 8th - Simpson Desert
Sun October 9th - Monte's Lounge, Alice Springs
Mon October 10th - Uluru
+ MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!


DANE IN THE ARCHIBALD PRIZE

Wollongong based artist India Mark has just been announced as a finalist in this years Archibald Prize with her haunting portrait of our lead singer Dane Taylor.

Read more - http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/prizes/archibald/2016/29755/


'BLACK OPAL' out oct 7th

We have today announced the release date of our sophomore album ‘Black Opal’. Mixed by Russell Webster and Tim Whitten (The Go-Betweens, Hoodoo Gurus), the album was written and recorded over the past two years in the Blue Mountains of NSW.

The follow up to 'Leisure Coast' will include the SMAC award-winning ‘Rivermouth’, acclaimed single ‘Helluva Lot’, and a collaborative effort with didjeridoo player Charlie McMahon (Gondwanaland) to name a few.

The album art was painted by Australian artist Luke Sciberras, ‘Black Opal’ will be released on October 7, 2016 through Spunk Records in Aus/NZ.

Tracklist

I Can Run
Helluva Lot
Morning Light
Love Shadow
Utopia
Charlie
Rivermouth
Buried
Lonely Song

 

View more of Luke Sciberras' art works below.

www.lukesciberras.com


'HELLUVA LOT'

Here is our brand new Film Clip for 'Helluva Lot'.
The clip premiered at Rolling Stone and was Directed by Dave Fox (Distant Dreaming, Rivermouth)
Huge thanks to Yevu Clothing, Kiara Mucci, Mashara Wachjudy, and our incredible dancer Rosie Bell.

‘Helluva Lot’ is available now on all streaming platforms via Spunk Records.
https://caroline.lnk.to/HelluvaLot


ROLLING STONE PREMIERE

http://rollingstoneaus.com/music/post/shining-bird-share-new-collage-clip-for-helluva-lot/3830

As previously noted, Shining Bird's latest single "Helluva Lot" wrestles its camouflaged critique of national identity from a playfully optimistic composition, revealing its intention amidst geographical references that span the full width of this great southern land.

The accompanying clip, created by surf cinematographer Dave Fox (also responsible for several of the band's previous videos), embarks on a similar journey via a slow-frame collage of quintessentially Australian landscapes — a mix of vintage postcard snaps and family holiday photos — reignited into life by thickly-applied acrylic paint additions. Above which the band and an undirected dancer are embedded within the same jittering frame-rate, adding even more colour to the background scenes and further accentuating the contrasting void between the brightly warm arrangement and the fragments of denunciation within the lyrics.


NEW SINGLE 'HELLUVA LOT'

Helluva art by Simon Perini

Helluva art by Simon Perini


DOUBLE J - BEST NEW MUSIC

The new Shining Bird album Black Opal isn't going to be out for a few months yet. But after hearing 'Rivermouth' and now this beautiful Aussie anthem in the making 'Helluva Lot', we're ready for it to be one of the great records of the year.

http://doublej.net.au/news/features/best-new-music-the-julie-ruin-paul-kelly-who-made-who-and-more-april-18-2016


ROLLING STONE - BEST NEW MUSIC

On new single "Helluva Lot", Leisure Coast heroes, Shining Bird embark on a voyage "from the Great Dividing Ranges, River Murray to the sea", attaching a wide-spanning, detailed soundscape to judgementally blunt lyrics ("my head, it keeps on spinning, while the ozone disappears"). The contrast displaces the surface level optimism of the composition, all hopeful hints punched down from the traditional tall poppy perch with economically precise, self-depreciating assessments: "we've got a helluva lot to lose".

http://rollingstoneaus.com/music/post/five-for-friday-oh-pep-castlecomer-shining-bird-foreignnational-mossy/3611-shining-bird-helluva-lot


"One of last year’s most magnificent singles was Shining Bird’s Rivermouth. With a vision that recalled the widescreen sweeping vistas of The Triffids, you kinda wondered if that one was just a fluke. Delightedly, it seems not. Helluva Lot (Spunk) has a helluva lot going for it. It’s the Murray River rather than the Swan that’s flowing by, but this has that shimmering heat haze and weight to it that denotes the most Australian of songs. This is a band that deserves to happen. And we probably need a song to replace GANGgajang’s Sounds Of Then."
Ross Clelland - theMusic.com.au



FEB/MARCH SHOWS

~ Tues Feb 9th - The Brass Monkey Cronulla (Spunk Records showcase) - tickets $10 from www.brassmonkey.com.au
~ Wed Feb 10th – Beach Road Bondi (Spunk Records showcase) FREE
~ Sat Mar 5th – The Chippendale Hotel Sydney - http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/shinind-bird/83988
~ Fri Mar 11th - The Small Ballroom Newcastle - http://kingdomsounds.oztix.com.au/
~ Sat Mar 19th - UOW UniBar Wollongong - http://www.moshtix.com.au/…/event/shining-bird-suppor…/83954


RIVERMOUTH NAMED 'SONG OF THE YEAR' AT THE FBI SMAC AWARDS!!!

Last night we took out 'SONG OF THE YEAR' at the FBi Radio SMAC awards for 'RIVERMOUTH' !!
We want to thank all of our fans, everyone who got behind us & voted, APRA AMCOS, our manager Jeb Taylor, Aaron from Spunk Records, Marty Doyle, and of coarse all of the legends at FBi Radio for all of their ongoing support !!
We feel truly privileged to have such a great bunch of people surrounding us, and supporting us. x

Read about it here ---> http://fbiradio.com/winners-announced-in-the-2015-fbi-smac-awards/


RAGE 'CLIP OF THE WEEK'


'SONG OF THE YEAR' NOMINATION FBi SMAC AWARDS


Rivermouth named Best New Music on Double J.

"This is such a dense, brilliantly constructed piece of music from Austinmer band Shining Bird. It all starts off so casually, as if the song is just going to be some loose, 'dolewave' take on Australiana. But it ends up expanding into a sonic wonderland that paints such a wonderful picture of this little piece of our country. The strings, the synths, the booming drums and the simple guitar lines all combine to make it such an expansive piece of music."

Read it all here



CHANNEL V AUSTRALIA - RIVERMOUTH REVIEW

"The South Coast kings of dreamtime pop have emerged from the escarpment of Austinmer with yet another glittering single in 'Rivermouth'. As usual, they've found the perfect sonic balance between new wave and Nick Cave. Shining Bird continue to be one of the most truly unique Australian bands releasing music today."

READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE.


SOUNDLY SOUNDS - RIVERMOUTH REVIEW

"The South Coast legends have become well-known for: a wide range of delicate instrumentation, immersive soundscapes, and, of course, the voice that’s broken a thousand hearts – the voice of one Dane Taylor. Jesus, every time he opens his mouth, you can hear the swish of heads turning and jaws hitting the floor. In a climate where Tony Abbott can enact the same policies as that of Nazi Germany, it’s nice to sit back and submerge yourself in some objectively beautiful music."

READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE.


THE MUSIC.COM - RIVERMOUTH REVIEW

"Rivermouth is one of those emotive, spirit of place titles.. Dane Taylor has the young Leonard Cohen croon.. – and the band arch up, and manage to leave almost Triffids-like spaces among the occasionally widescreen music. The Shining Bird in question is apparently a magpie, which as we enter spring suggests you watch out for one of the buggers swooping down and surprising you, as much as the quality of this music might."

Read the full review here.


NEW SINGLE 'RIVERMOUTH'

We are thrilled to announce the release of our brand new single ‘Rivermouth’ !!!
The track was recorded in the Blue Mountains and is available now on itunes via Spunk Records / Caroline Australia !!

Once again the artwork comes courtesy of Paul Ryan, who painted the cover of our first full length Leisure Coast, as well as two album covers for our Spunk Records label mate Bill Callahan. This time round, Paul has painted a work in the same style as his recent Archibald Prize nominated entry.





VOLUMES FESTIVAL SYDNEY


ALBUM TEASER

The boys in the Blue Mountains, NSW

The boys in the Blue Mountains, NSW

Wind eroded rock - Blueys

Wind eroded rock - Blueys

Bill Callahan uses our Leisure Coast album cover (Paul Ryan) as a backdrop to his Sydney Opera House show.

Bill Callahan uses our Leisure Coast album cover (Paul Ryan) as a backdrop to his Sydney Opera House show.