new solo album Goodbye Machine and upcoming touring plans…
Ben has been playing in bands for the past 25 plus years. From the much earlier Huxley Family through Pangaea, Brokenhead to the long lived Regurgitator, and the short lived The Stalkers… and his various solo initiated but still band orientated projects – Jump 2 Light Speed, Radio5 etc. Now for the first time ever he has ventured into a genuine wood-grained SOLO album.
Over the last 2 years Ben collected many lyrical ideas in a strange kind of therapy that reflects his discomfort with the current Government, state of the environment, and our place as human beings in this world. Gathering up these sketches he retreated to a studio to the West of Brisbane City called Wild Mountain Sound. Over a time frame of 3 days with the assistance of Jamie Trevaskis, Ben tracked 11 songs straight to 2 inch tape without the use of a computer. No mobile phone could gain reception and a complete focus of attention was achieved. Cut off from the world, Goodbye Machine came to life. We hope you enjoy listening…
To coincide with this release BEN will embark on a varied selection of solo shows including some with friend DAN KELLY on his upcoming tour for his new album Lesiure Panic. And with Ben’s recent relocation back to Brisbane there will also be some special shows there in early October – one with Jaakko Eino Kalevi (from Finland) and Seja… and the other a co-curated Nebraska Tribute at the Brisbane Junk bar.
In the meantime opening track for the release – Goodbye Machine is available here: https://benely.bandcamp.com/track/goodbye-machine-2
…and FILMCLIP shot and edited by Ben: https://youtu.be/if7lHfH1MFw or click on this:
BEN ELY Goodbye Machine solo shows:
TUES 29 SEPT Brisbane, West End THE END – FREE ENTRY
FRI 9 OCT Brisbane, Ashgrove JUNK BAR (Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska tribute) Featuring along with Ben… Chris Dale (Halfway), Adam Toole (Mexico City), Matt Somers(I Heart Hiroshima) Seja, Hannah Mak (MKO), Bobby Weatherall, It’s Magnetic (Jamie Trevaskis & Mia Goodwin), Hanny J and Ric Trevaskes (The Casuarinas) – with the haunting backdrop of The Junk Bar’s Skukum Lounge as it’s witness – this beautiful album will be performed in it’s entirety. Tickets from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=56263
SUN 11 OCT Brisbane, Fortitude Valley THE ZOO (with Jaakko Eino Kalevi & Seja) Tickets from http://zoo.oztix.com.au
And as special guest of…
Dan Kelly with the Dream Band
FRI 23 OCT Brisbane, Fortitude Valley BLACK BEAR LODGE (with Dan Kelly) Tickets from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=56257
SAT 24 OCT Sydney, Chinatown GOOD GOD (with Dan Kelly) Tickets from http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/dan-kelly-leisure-panic-album-launch/80594
SAT 31 OCT Melbourne, Collingwood GASOMETER (with Dan Kelly and Jess Ribeiro.) Tickets from http://gasometer.oztix.com.au/?eventId=56201
and for a bit of the island life…
SUN 1 NOV – Stradbroke Island ISLAND VIBE festival – Coconut Lounge. Tickets & info from www.islandvibe.com.au
GOODBYE MACHINE out on vinyl, CD and digital via Valve/MGM.