BIG SOUNDING GOOD TO BE BACK!
So yeah here we go again...
Always walking the edge of a chasm of togetherness... I HEART HIROSHIMA break like an intruder into the night with their emergence back playing after an extended time apart inhabiting different worlds. Teasing the possibilities with some jams earlier this year when Sully returned from Berlin... subsequently lead into the more tangible: recording with Dubbsy from Blank Realm; an impromptu performance for the 10th Anniversary of The Outpost - the chasm since filled with life and experiences.
Always a ragged joy of guitars and drums... since their 2005 dawn they've strung their self-styled way through two eps - 3 Letter Word for Candy; Cut in Colour - and two albums - Tuff Teeth; The Rip - along with numerous tours and festivals around Australia, Europe and Asia. Guest tours with Conor Oberst, Ratatat, Gang of Four, Shonen Knife, The Rakes, Peaches, Maximo Park, The Mint Chicks, The Grates, Regurgitator and more...
Matt, Cameron and Sull set the pace for a new tune of episodes.
Head here to check the new tune...
I HEART HIROSHIMA back on our beats this coming 2013
I HEART HIROSHIMA make good of the call.
Matt, Susie & Cameron are all in for the free for all.
After years of drifting the streets following their 2011 tour with Gang of Four the gang returns at request from the Gold Coast Big Day Out.
Susie makes the trip back from Berlin where she has been working RODEO.
While Matt has had a recent solo release under the name RICK FIGHTS...
and Cameron has been doing the lateshift with his MARTYR PRIVATES.
Aside from I HEART HIROSHIMA playing at the Gold Coast BIG DAY OUT on JAN 20.
As an end of the year bonus they are now doing a second headline show at the ALHAMBRA LOUNGE on TUES 22 JAN.
Be there or shit ain't over until it's over... beating down the count.
SUNDAY 20 JANUARY 2013
BIG DAY OUT - RED STAGE 5.00pm
I HEART HIROSHIMA
TUESDAY 22 JANUARY 2013
Tickets available from consume.oztix.com.au and Oztix outlets.
RICK FIGHTS starts Fights in Brisbane
Launches Fights in Brisbane...
Cut out the 8th of December and throw away your calendar. The Primitive Room in Spring Hill hosts the launch of Rick Fights Fights, who will lead The Lost Fortune for the first time, supported by a ludicrous selection of local talent; Fig, Martyr Privates, Kitchen's Floor & Bust (Kahl Monticone).
There will also be a bunch of FIGHTS 10"s on sale at the show!
RICK FIGHTS launches Fights with the Lost Fortune
SAT 8 DEC THE PRIMITIVE ROOM, Spring Hill
101 leichardt St Spring Hill
plus guests FIG, MARTYR PRIVATES, KITCHEN'S FLOOR & BUST
RICK FIGHTS Fights out Sept 21
Rick Fights is Matt Somers from I Heart Hiroshima's shadow figure.
Rick Fights writes, fights and plays insular music about outward, imaginary and real humans.
RICK FIGHTS takes on the shadow world with a suitcase full of his debut release FIGHTS.
Seven new dark and broody tunes with lyrics that delve into crime, escape and misfortune available in preferred 10inch vinyl, plus CD and various digital avenues all through Valve/MGM on SEPT 21. The release also features guest appearances by Cam Hawes (Martyr Privates, Slug Guts, IHH), Michelle Brown (Feathers) and Innez Tulloch (Feathers, Tiny Spiders, Pastel Blaze).
As I Heart Hiroshima he has released two albums - Tuff Teef and The Rip; toured Australia, Europe, New Zealand... and even Vietnam and Cambodia. He is now taking his songwriting urges directly to himself... and to you. Influenced by artists like Brian Eno, Rowland S Howard, Nilsson, The Replacements and Bruce Springsteen... it's insular music about imaginary figures; take one person, one electric guitar, one technically overloaded amplifier and a great deal of nerves. After guest slots with the likes of AA Bondy, Mick Harvey, Kim Salmon, Aesop Rock, Kimya Dawson, Kitchen's Floor... don't be alarmed if it begins to make more noise.
"I Heart Hiroshima moonlighter Rick Fights looks like a young Rod Quantock and sounds like Nick Cave in his Murder Ballads era - dark narratives that leave long echoes behind." - Rave
"Opener Rick Fights, stepping out solo from his main act, I Heart Hiroshima, is definitely an interesting choice to open. With dark, lo-fi songs that remind slightly of Gareth Liddiard..." - 4ZZZ
Rick Fights... a shadow figure stringing dusky tales from gritty corners down shady back alleys.
RICK FIGHTS IMAGES available from here:
RICKS FIGHTS tour duties include:
WEDNESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER - NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, Melbourne
with FUTURE ISLANDS (USA)
Tickets from www.northcotesocialclub.com, phone 1300724867 from the venue or Corner Box Office 57 Swan Street, Richmond from 10am - 8pm Mon to Sat, and consume.oztix.com.au
THURSDAY 20 SEPTEMBER - OXFORD ART FACTORY, Sydney
with FUTURE ISLANDS (USA) and HELLO VERA
Tickets from www.moshtix.com.au, 1300 GET TIX (438 849), on your mobile www.moshtix.mobi moshtix outlets, consume.oztix.com.au and Oztix outlets.
FRIDAY 26 OCTOBER - PRADO UP LATE, Queensland Art Gallery
plus THE TROUBLE WITH TEMPLETON
Tickets available through qtix or telephone 136 246
RICK FIGHTS - FIGHTS out SEPT 21 on Valve/MGM.
: i heart hiroshima: washed up
I Heart Hiroshima
After nearly a year off the racket... Matt, Susie and Cameron reaffirmed the lost to stoke the fires outside and performed some much missed live shows amid the abandon and glare. Along with their sell-out show at Woodlands in Brisbane, the punchy Last Night endeavour at the Gaelic in Sydney, and a very healthy flock at Melbourne's NSC given it was the same night as Laneway... they played a series of shows with UK post-punk constructionists GANG OF FOUR concluding the voyage of the Andy Gill produced album The Rip.
Off the back of this convergence a recording of "Washed Up" has floated to the surface... available now online. In the dark corners, there grows something unknown... quiver.
Previous album THE RIP still available in a variety of portals including the European pressed vinyl edition. As well as being available for retail download from iTunes... the track is also downloadable for free from the new BANDCAMP site.
GANG OF FOUR FRI 25 FEB THE HIFI Brisbane: I Heart Hiroshima's recent flood benefit concert displayed them at their most ramshackle, but tonight they're as polished and tight as they ever were, knocking killer renditions of singles Shakeytown and River. They close with their famous cover of New Zealand band The Chills' Pink Frost, aptly dedicating it to the victims of Christchurch's earthquake. (RAVE MAG Chad Parkhill)
GANG OF FOUR WED 2 MAR THE CORNER: Brisbane band I Heart Hiroshima faced the challenge of following this burst of energy with their spindly, stripped-bare approach to songwriting. The fact that they managed to pull it off with great aplomb highlights the real strengths of this three-piece. With two guitars, drums, and a mixture of male and female voices in just about every song, IHH exhibited a decidedly skewed approach to constructing songs. Drummer Susie Patten was the focal point of the group, both visually and in her idiosyncratic playing style, which occasionally conjured memories of a young Rob Hirst. Meanwhile, the absence of bass actually helped to foreground the intricacies of the interweaving guitar lines. The lesson these guys have taken away from post-punk is a refusal to rock in the conventional sense, instead constructing dynamics beyond the strict four-four tempo and reliance on hooks of most pop music. A muscular interpretation of The Chills' kiwi cult classic 'Pink Frost' almost bettered the original. In the hands of IHH, the mopey, fungal amorphousness of the original suddenly grew feral and snarling, without losing any of its spine-tingling spookiness. (THE VINE Rene Schaefer)
GANG OF FOUR TUES 1 MAR GAELIC CLUB: But first there were two superb support sets that rewarded the punctual punter. Chinese trio Rebuilding the Rights of Statues played a confident selection that clearly owed a musical debt to the headliners (right up to the sorta cute/somewhat gauche cover of 'Damaged Goods', foreshadowing the headliner's finale), while I Heart Hiroshima made a very welcome return with a set of favourites including 'Shakeytown', 'Teef' and 'Punks', plus a cover of the Chills' magnificent 'Pink Frost' in tribute to the folks of Christchurch. Having Gang of Four's stuff set up behind them forced them to spread across the front of the stage, which worked strongly to their advantage given that the focus of the band remains the spirited drumming of Susie Patten. (TIME OUT Sydney, Andrew P Street)
I Heart Hiroshima reaffirmed - new shows for 2011!
THE RIP in Europe this week.
While Susie has been in New York and currently Berlin things have been on low mode. To heat things up a bit THE RIP is released on CD and vinyl this week by CARGO GERMANY in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands and Belgium... plus distributed in France by Differ'Ant music. See some initial reviews below.
We are currently sorting out a bunch of shows over the SEPT/OCT time period... more news very soon.
Upcoming and current Cargo Records releases
02.07.10 WOLF PARADE - "Expo '86" (Sub Pop)
02.07.10 HERE WE GO MAGIC - "Pigeons" (Secretly Canadian)
02.07.10 BETTY & THE WEREWOLVES - "Tea Time Favourites" (Damaged Goods)
09.07.10 DAMIEN JURADO - "Saint Bartlett" (Secretly Canadian)
16.07.10 CARISSA'S WEIRD - "They'll Only Miss You..." (Hardly Art)
23.07.10 THE BOOKS - "The Way Out" (Temporary Residence Limited)
23.07.10 I HEART HIROSHIMA - "The Rip" (Cargo Records)
23.07.10 APPLES IN STEREO - "Travellers In Space And Time" (Yep Roc)
23.07.10 WINDSOR FOR THE DERBY - "Against Love" (Secretly Canadian)
06.08.10 BEAR IN HEAVEN - "Beast Rest Forth Mouth" (Hometapes)
06.08.10 JAILL - "That's How We Burn" (Sub Pop)
13.08. 10 SUNE ROSE WAGNER - "Sune Rose Wagner" (Auditorium)
13.08.10 SIR PSYKO & HIS MONSTERS - "Reaperstale" (Crazy Love)
20.08.10 SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU BORIS YELTSIN - "Let It Sway" (Polyvinyl)
20.08.10 HYPERNOVA - "Through The Chaos" (Narnack)
27.08.10 JOSH RITTER - "So Runs The World Away" (Pytheas)
27.08.10 COLISEUM - "House With A Curse" (Temporary Residence Limited)
27.08.10 DEAN & BRIITA - "13 Most Beautiful" (Double Feature)
03.09.10 ALLO DARLIN' - "Allo Darlin'" (Fortuna Pop)
03.09.10 PINEY GIR - "Jesus Wept"(Damaged Goods)
10.09.10 THE THERMALS - "Personal Life" (Kill Rock Stars)
10.09.10 THE PIPETTES - "Earth Vs. The Pipettes" (Fortuna Pop)
10.09.10 FABIENNE DELSOL - "On My Mind" (Damaged Goods)
17.09.10 THE VASELINES - "Sex With An X" (Sub Pop)
01.10.10 NO AGE - "Everything In Between" (Sub Pop)
15.10.10 KELLEY STOLTZ - "To Dreamers" (Sub Pop)
New I HEART HIROSHIMA video thrown for RIVER
THE RIP will be released in Europe on Cargo Germany in June.
The album is now available in other territories online... and discussion is underway for a US album release.
Shakeytown was picked up for US TV show The Deep End as well as new Brisbane film JUCY.
Final show for a while aways...
New album THE RIP out OCT 2 and album tour in OCT
Eyes and ears of the world unite!
We kind of underestimated the amount of time and effort that this would entale, much like "too much gum!" or "fantales in winter" or "can too!". Either way, you know what i mean.
A (giant) miniature city was handcrafted by the band and crew in the Nine Lives Gallery in Brisbane. Toy cars and real cars were picked out. We hung the stars in the sky. Then one night we all drove out to the highway for some extra-tough laps. Paul sweated all over it to make it extra juicy and we got the end result. We're calling it "super good".
Also want to thank our manager Paul, my brother James, the "owner of a lonely car" Alan, and most of all, every single one of the nine Nine Lives.
So here it is! Why aren't you watching it?
WATCH THE "SHAKEYTOWN" VIDEO!!
I HEART HIROSHIMA REBEL PLAYLIST AGAIN!!! VOTE NOW!!!
IHH supports Skateistan
Check it out dudes!!!
I HEART HIROSHIMA UK exploits
Gent, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Stuttgart
IHH 3 go on Thrilling Spree of Shows in UK!
iTunes, three J's and Twit.....what?
We heard of this whack new fandangle internet service called Twitter and all these 16 year olds said that we couldn't be cool unless we have one so, naturally, we followed their advice. So here we are on Twitter
Our lovely pals over at Triple J's Home and Hosed have written a sweet little blog about us and all of our goings on right here. Aww cheers palz
Also, our cover of The Chills' song "Pink Frost" is now available as an iTunes download for most places in the world.......except the UK - it will be available to you guys in the coming months though so plz don't fret.
Ch-ch-check it out. I think it is even on the "whats hot" section of the Australian iTunes, this is really saying something. We have been taking tips of how to be hot from some hip young things like Gabriella Cilmi, Zach Efron and Jonas Brothers. Shit has clearly paid off.
Download Pink Frost on iTunes HERE!
EUROPE TOUR WITH THE RAKES
We are very excited to announce our European tour with The Rakes!!!! We will be scooting back to the Uk to play Brighton's Great Escape Festival mid tour before finishing of our dates with the Rakes dudes in Holland. Stay stuned for more dates to be added in Europe and our own UK shows
THE RAKES/IHH TOUR + GREAT ESCAPE MAY 2009
IHH @ RIC'S
IHH IN UK...
We are looking for places to stay in London to save some cashola......if you know of anything that might be suitable for one, two or three of us for any period of time please let us know!!
you can email us here: firstname.lastname@example.org
we start recording the new album next week and we can't wait for you to hear it
love luff love
love from susie, matt and cam
IHH x x
I HEART NEWS....
IHH @ BDO
Gold Coast Big Day Out, January 18th
Sydney Big Day Out, January 23rd
SUMMER FESTIVAL LOVIN'