With November comes the next NGV FRIDAY NIGHTS series opening with Custard on NOV 11. Consume continues the collaboration with the NGV curating the Friday Nights music programs:
NGV International | 11 November 2016 – 10 March 2017
Superstar provocateur Amanda Palmer, breakout talent of the Memphis music scene Julien Baker and Latin GRAMMY-nominated electro-pop artist El Guincho and are among the musicians featured in the next series of NGV Friday Nights, kicking off at NGV International on 11 November 2016.
Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said, ‘The National Gallery of Victoria is pleased to offer an eclectic program of live music that will complement our two major summer exhibitions: David Hockney: Current and Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists. The combination of after-hours exhibition access and diverse live music acts has made Friday Nights one of the most popular programs on the NGV calendar.’
Australian artists in the summer line-up include seminal 1990’s pop band Custard, Melbourne singer-songwriter Sarah Mary Chadwick, Sydney indie rock band Dappled Cities, experimental quintet Tangents, ARIA Hall of Fame inductees Models, voice of TISM Damian Cowell appearing as part of Damian Cowell’s Disco Machine (With Tony Martin), and award-winning blues and country six-piece Cash Savage and the Last Drinks.
The New Year will see performances by emerging post-punk stars Gold Class, lo-fi Brisbane trio I Heart Hiroshima, creator of lush synthesiser soundscapes Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (USA), psychedelic jazz-infused experimentalists The Comet is Coming (UK), deft wordsmith and multi- instrumentalist Olympia, underground danceworld legends NO ZU, London-based electroverts PVT and ARIA Award-winning rockers Dave Graney ’n’ the Coral Snakes.
Start the weekend early with NGV Friday Nights, including after-hours entry to major summer exhibitions David Hockney: Current and Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists*, talks, food and bars, DJ sets in the NGV Garden and weekly live performances by international and Australian acts in the Great Hall.
NGV Friday Nights
11 November 2016 – 10 March 2017
11 November – Custard
18 November – Sarah Mary Chadwick
25 November – Julien Baker (USA)
2 December – Dappled Cities
9 December – Tangents
16 December – Models
23 December – Damian Cowell’s Disco Machine (With Tony Martin) Presents: Disco Christmas
30 December – Cash Savage & the Last Drinks
6 January – Gold Class
13 January – I Heart Hiroshima
20 January – Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (USA)
27 January – The Comet is Coming (UK)
3 February – Olympia
10 February – NO ZU
17 February – El Guincho (Spain)
24 February – PVT
3 March – Dave Graney ’n’ the Coral Snakes
10 March – Amanda Palmer (USA)
FRI 11 NOV – CUSTARD
Since forming in Brisbane in 1990, Custard have produced five albums and parade of memorable singles, which became entrenched in Australian pop music history. Custard combine the intelligent pop of Devo and Pavement with the humour of Violent Femmes or Ween. Described by Rolling Stone as “Brisbane’s deadpan suburban pop sociologists”, the band have an overarching playfulness and sense of irony played out over strong tempo beats, lilting melodies, and hazy guitar sounds.
FRI 18 NOV – SARAH MARY CHADWICK
Melbourne-based solo artist Sarah Mary Chadwick uses punctuating lyrics with little more than keyboard loops and plodding organ riffs to create confronting and powerful songs. Her latest release, Roses Always Die expands on the quiet intensity of her previous work. The songs are whittled down to their surprisingly hooky, heartbreaking, wry, bare-boned essentials. The sentiments are personal and the refrains are huge and ambitious.
FRI 25 NOV – JULIEN BAKER (USA)
There’s something wonderfully hypnotising about Julien Baker gently confessing her soul with tremendous honesty in her music. Over an atmospheric sound of solitary guitar and plentiful reverb, Baker’s delicate vocals weave coming-of-age stories that are both personal and universal. In her latest release, Sprained Ankle, the 20 year-old demonstrates a restraint and sonic sensibility that sets her apart from the rest of the singer-songwriter crowd. www.facebook.com/julienrbaker julienbaker.bandcamp.com
FRI 2 DEC – DAPPLED CITIES
Dappled Cities are one of Australia’s standout bands, having graced airwaves and stages for over ten years with their own brand of ambitious indie rock. Continually reinventing their sound and approach over four left-of-centre albums, amassing fans and accolades along the way. The band’s live show at the NGV will take from their exciting new studio album, bringing their signature mellow guitars, driving rhythms, layered keys and off-kilter vocals to new and exciting realms. www.dappledcities.com soundcloud.com/dappledcities
FRI 9 DEC – TANGENTS
A Tangents live show is a unique and unrepeatable experience, featuring an instinctual sense of time and space, rhythm and melody. Hanging in a space between jazz, folk, post-rock and electronic music, the Australian-based quintet’s sound features sparse percussion hits, washes of filtered piano, vibes and multilayered glitched strings, emphasising tone and texture. Their new album STATELESS has been released by “Temporary Residence” in Brooklyn, featuring remixes by Four Tet & Bundy K Brown (Ex-Tortoise). tangents.bandcamp.com
FRI 16 DEC – MODELS
When they formed, Models were hailed as one of the most innovative and imaginative Australian bands. Nearly four decades later, nothing has changed. Well, that’s not quite right – a lot of things have changed, but not the band’s approach to making music. Their post-punk style is smart, witty, and experimental. Models never go out of style.
FRI 23 DEC – DAMIAN COWELL’S DISCO MACHINE (WITH TONY MARTIN) PRESENTS: DISCO CHRISTMAS
Australian music legend Damian Cowell – the voice of TISM – and his disco friends are joined by comic icon Tony Martin to bring you the most vicious satire, adorable silliness and killer disco beats. You’ll be smiling all the way into the new year at their NGV Friday Nights performance.
FRI 30 DEC – CASH SAVAGE & THE LAST DRINKS
Hypnotising audiences worldwide with their signature brand of country, blues and irresistible authenticity, Cash Savage & the Last Drinks are an award-winning six-piece with a live performance hailed among Australia’s best. While the band pump out shredding guitar, hammering banjo and lilting fiddle, frontwoman Cash Savage, with her growling vocal, delivers an enigmatic performance. cashsavage.com.au www.facebook.com/savagedrinks/
FRI 6 JAN – GOLD CLASS
At once raw and sophisticated, inventive and precise, Gold Class continue to emerge from the Australian underground onto stages around the world. Led by the soaring and breaking vibrato of singer Adam Curley, the band creates minimal compositions that add up to much more than the sum of their four parts. goldclass.bandcamp.com www.facebook.com/goldclassmusic
FRI 13 JAN – I HEART HIROSHIMA
Hailing from Brisbane, I HEART HIROSHIMA break like an intruder into the night. With their bright, jangly guitars reminiscent of The Go-Betweens, and the clipped rhythm of early Sleater Kinney, I HEART HIROSHIMA are all coarse beauty and lyrical grime. ihearthiroshima.bandcamp.com
FRI 20 JAN – KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH (USA)
Starting with rhythmic patterns and melodic pulses, American composer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith creates lush and exciting worlds of sound. With synthetic noises that reference nature, and textured acoustic sounds, Smith’s latest release EARS is a rich and rewarding sonic world to get lost in.
FRI 27 JAN – THE COMET IS COMING (UK)
UK-based band The Comet is Coming creates the soundtrack to an imagined apocalypse. In the aftermath of widespread sonic destruction what sounds remain? Who will lead the survivors to new sound worlds? Who will chart the new frontier? With psychedelic intensity, the band evokes the ghosts of bold experimentalists like Sun Ra, Funkadelic, Frank Zappa and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. With Sub-bass, slamming analogue synths, unhinged sax breaks, this 3-piece take Kosmische jazz funk to interstellar realms. thecometiscoming.bandcamp.com
FRI 3 FEB – OLYMPIA
Melbourne art rock icon Olympia performs for NGV Friday Nights from her latest album Self Talk, a Triple J Feature Album which went on to gain critical acclaim. Olympia’s sound is immersive, with heart-stopping melodies and rich soundscapes, which majestic power that belies the artist’s feather-light voice.
FRI 10 FEB – NO ZU
NO ZU are an 8-piece, body-music extravaganza dug up from deep within the Melbourne’s underground Hades. Otherworldly group vocals, wild horns, housey synths, deep groove basslines and Latin percussion are the ingredients that make up their acclaimed “Heat Beat” sound. Each NO ZU show threatens to manifest into an unbridled, sweat-fest of a mutant dance party where distinctions between performer and audience disappear and the Heat Beat possesses all.
FRI 17 FEB – EL GUINCHO (Spain)
A favourite with Australian audiences, Canary-Islands born El Guincho has transformed huge crowds into ecstatic tropical dance parties at Meredith Music Festival and Laneway. The artist’s latest release HiperAsia is inspired by a chain of Chinese bazaars in the outskirts of Madrid where Pablo now lives. The music that has emerged is immediately disconcerting; prickly, bright and uncompromising and demanding.
FRI 24 FEB – PVT
PVT, known as Pivot to anyone in the know, are an act that’s embraced technology at every turn – gritty, new, confronting. Their uncompromised song writing and musical understanding have seen their first four albums released to global acclaim. They’ve been all over, both on their own steam and in the support of acts like The Arctic Monkeys, Gary Numan, Warpaint, Bloc Party, and Gotye. After years of touring the band wound up cast far and wide residing each in a different continent. 2017 sees members Dave Miller along with brothers Richard & Laurence Pike return home to Australia, with their fifth album. Ask em why it was so long between drinks? They’ll tell you it’s none of your business. soundcloud.com/pvt www.facebook.com/pvtpvt
FRI 3 MAR – DAVE GRANEY ‘N’ THE CORAL SNAKES
Dave Graney ‘n’ the Coral Snakes were the stand alone act in Australia during the 90s.They cut through with wit, flash and weirdness for four albums. Last year for the first time since 1997, Dave Graney ‘n’ the Coral Snakes reformed to perform classics from their soft and sexy songbook featuring the original gangsters who made their much acclaimed masterpiece NIGHT OF THE WOLVERINE - Dave Graney on vocals with Clare Moore on drums, Rod Hayward on guitar and Robin Casinader on piano. They join forces once again to play a rare show at NGV for the Friday Nights series.
FRI 10 MAR – AMANDA PALMER
Amanda Palmer is a fearless singer, songwriter, playwright, blogger and an audaciously expressive pianist who simultaneously embraces – and explodes – traditional frameworks of music, theatre, and art. Amanda first came to global prominence as one half of the internationally acclaimed punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls. With The Dresden Dolls playing together again and Amanda selling out her own solo shows across the globe, she shows no sign of slowing down, and is reaching ever higher heights of innovation and artistic practice.