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Marty Willson-Piper ‘Hanging Out In Heaven’ gets Record Store Day blue vinyl issue with 2 extra tracks


At last, the fifth solo album ‘Hanging Out In Heaven’ by Marty Willson-Piper (The Church, All About Eve) will be released on vinyl for the first time ever. An exclusive release for Record Store Day 2019, this record will be issued on blue-tinged vinyl as a heavy-weight gatefold double LP via Schoolkids Records and includes two bonus tracks ‘Queen In Her Jeans’ and ‘Dressed Up As You’.

It’s been a long wait for this vinyl edition of one of Marty’s seminal albums. Originally released in 2000 via San Francisco’s Heyday Records, the intention was always to release it on vinyl. 19 years later, it’s finally happening.

“At last, my fifth solo album, Hanging Out In Heaven, will be released through Schoolkids Records on Record Store Day. It’s been a long wait for one of my most well-received records. The album has new artwork and comes on blue double vinyl with two extra tracks. Recorded in sessions in L.A. and Sweden with the two added songs recorded in London, the album contains some of the most emotional and poignant songs I ever wrote,” says Marty Willson-Piper.

This album from Marty Willson-Piper follows up the success of last year’s Record Store Day vinyl release of ‘Spirit Level’ also via Schoolkids Records, which was originally released in 1992.

Marty Willson-Piper has been writing and performing internationally for over 35 years. He is best known as a long-time member of Australian psychedelic rock band The Church, who he was with from its inception through to 2013. He joined All About Eve in the ’90s, releasing two studio albums and several live albums with them.

He is also lead singer and lyricist with Swedish band MOAT, a touring member of Swedish Prog legends Anekdoten, and half of the duo Noctorum with producer Dare Mason. Since the mid-1980s, Willson-Piper has maintained a steady solo output, releasing six solo studio albums and three live solo albums to date. He has also co-written music with many artists, including Grace Slick, Aimee Mann, Susannah Hoffs and Linda Perry.

Marty Willson-Piper’s most recent release is ‘The Afterlife’, an album released by Noctorum in mid-February on CD and vinyl. This successful crowdfunded effort has resulted in the album charting in four separate Billboard charts in the first week after the album’s release. Already in March, Willson-Piper will launch his ’12 String & Violin Magic’ UK tour, together with Olivia Willson-Piper.

As of Saturday, April 13, ‘Hanging Out In Heaven’ can be found at RSD-participating record stores. This RSD edition is limited to 1,000 copies. Already now, this album is available via online stores and streaming platforms like Spotify, albeit without the two bonus tracks.

Mar 14  LONDON – The Betsey Trotwood (downstairs) SOLD OUT
Mar 15  LONDON – The Betsey Trotwood (upstairs) SOLD OUT
Mar 17  BIRMINGHAM – Kitchen Garden Cafe
Mar 18  BRISTOL – Salt Cafe
Mar 19  MANCHESTER – Gullivers Lounge SOLD OUT
Mar 20  LEEK – Foxlowe Arts Centre
Mar 21  EDINBURGH – The Voodoo Rooms
Mar 22  LIVERPOOL – Smithdown Social Club


David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets) announces ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ 7″ as Record Store Day exclusive



The Schoolkids Records label has announced the new ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ 7″ single from David J, which will be released for Record Store Day. This will be issued on limited edition vinyl in a run of only 500 copies. This is the first great protest song of the year, exclusively for RSD 2019.

David J Haskins, an achieved solo artist in his own right, is also co-founder of both Bauhaus and Love and Rockets and the man responsible for the lyrics of the Bauhaus classic ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’.

“Thoughts and Prayers’ is a scathing rebuke of the United States for it’s inability to stop the senseless mass school shootings that are killing our nation’s children,” says David J, who bemoans the futility of “sending thoughts and prayers” to solve this tragic issue and also the inherent hypocrisy of the present government.

This 7″ single comes packaged in a sleeve with a striking picture of a rifle with a bloody red circle around it and a line drawn through it.  The complete lyrics of ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ are printed on the back so the nation does not miss a word of this powerful call to action.

The B-Side is a haunting cover of Emily Jane White ‘Hole in the Middle’. While origially written in response to the Bush administration, this powerful political song is just as relevant in today’s political environment.

David J also expresses his support for Record Store Day: “I first discovered music on vinyl, so whenever I’m flipping through albums in an indie store it harkens back to the magic and excitement of discovery of those early days. To my ears, vinyl still sounds better than any other format and Record Store Day has done a great job of reviving enthusiasm for it. The magic continues!”
David J has been touring the US and Europe, South America and Australia before that for the massively successful Ruby World Tour with Peter Murphy, celebrating 40 years of the music of Bauhaus. RSD 2019 is the perfect time for him to raise his voice against America’s shameful tragedy with this newest release.

“Big thanks to Rick Johnson and everyone at Record Store Day, Schoolkids Records, Darwin Meiners, Chris Lawrence, Mike Berg, Damon Robertson, Paul Wallfisch, Heather Paauwe, Emily Jane White, Tony Green, Sean Eden, Scott Saw, and Cassette Studio,” says David J.

As of Saturday, April 13, ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ can be found at RSD-participating record stores, but it is expected to sell out quickly, so if you are eager to obtain this, put in a request early with your local independent record store.

London-based indie rockers Bromide announce new ‘Magic Coins’ single


British noise pop outfit Bromide have announced their new single ‘Magic Coins’, an infectious track accompanied by ‘Always Now’ as its b-side. ‘Magic Coins’ is an unexpected rhythm track that is seemingly drum and bass-inspired, written collectively by all three band members.

Bromide are Simon Berridge on vocals and guitar, Ed Lush on drums, and Hugo Wilkinson on bass.? These songbirds worship at the altars of Husker Du, Teenage Fanclub, The Replacements, Guided By Voices, Dinosaur Jr., The Only Ones, Buffalo Tom and other melodic rockers equally obsessed by songs, songwriting and the euphoria associated with playing music through amplified electronic equipment.

Hailing from London, their sound has been described as “Grant Hart fronting Sebadoh” and “Elvis Costello fronting Dinosaur Jr.” Vive Le Rock noted that they mix “the best bits of The Lemonheads and Dinosaur Jr. replete with melancholic melodies and J Mascis-ish guitar lines”.

“Magic Coins is a good example of how being in a band can take things off in directions you’d never expect. I’d been trawling youtube one night and on my travels come across Susan Boyle’s gobsmacking debut performance on ‘X Factor’ and a thumping AC/DC gig from Oakland Coliseum, California in ’79. Both had made me think about the nature of performance and invisible energy release and so I put this into a new song I was writing “I wanna stand in their shoes. Tell me what it is I have to do,” says Simon Berridge.

“When we next got to practise, we hadn’t played together for a while and I remember starting playing the riff and Ed literally running to get behind the drum kit. He started playing this frenetic almost drum and bass beat and the song exploded. It ended up totally not where I was expecting.”

This single follows the album ‘I Woke Up’, released in the summer of 2018, and the ‘I Remember’ album previous to that. In that time, they have won over news fans including Gideon Coe at BBC 6 Music, who has called their music ‘Fantastic’ and says their latest single ‘Two Song Slot’ is ‘a mighty fine tune’, playing these tracks numerous times over several months.

Legendary producer, Brian O’Shaughnessy (Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine) recorded, mixed and produced these tracks at Bark Studios in Walthamstow, London. Seamlessly welding their pop onto their rock, together they achieved Bromide’s sublime college-rock sound. The band also wrote some of the music in the studio while recording, including the confessional album opener ‘Tale To Tell’ while album closer ‘I Woke Up’ sees them begin to stretch their wings a bit as a Glenn Branca / Krautrock groove builds to an an epic conclusion complete with thunder, rain, autoharp and anything else lying round the studio.

“We’ve recorded the most recent two Bromide albums with Brian because he knows how to make you focus on what you’re trying to achieve, plus he knows how to make it sound great,” says Simon Berridge.

The ‘Magic Coins’ single will be released digitally and plans also include a 7″ on limited edition vinyl. The ‘I Woke Up’ album is available across online stores and streaming platorms, as well as on limited edition vinyl and CD. It can be obtained from Scratchy Records through Cargo Records.

Interview with Boris Sujdovic from The Beasts

Former Beasts of Bourbon Kim Salmon, Charlie Owen, Boris Sujdovic, Tony Pola and Tex Perkins have reinvented themselves in a recorded project entitled ‘The Beasts Still Here’. Tomatrax caught up with Boris to talk about the new project.

The Beasts album is about to be released, how does it feel to have it finished and almost out?

Its always good to have an album released. This means that all the background work about artwork, coordinating release dates, booking tours, photos and a million other questions are almost over and we can get down to playing it live.

It was said that with Still here Songs werent so much learned as ideas thrown together and recorded the moment they began to coalesce.How does this compare to your approach to writing previous albums?

Yeah we just got together in the studio and showed each other the songs, and learnt them on the spot. Usually the songs would be rehearsed a few times before you go into the studio.

Would you consider approaching future albums by arriving at the studio and working it out as you go?

Yes, sometimes this approach works well, especially if youve got confidence in the band members. With us, usually no one is telling anyone else what to play, so it works well.

The album also includes cover versions of songs from Frank Zappa and Warren Zevon, what inspired you to cover these artists for the album?

Tex usually comes up with some great ideas for covers. He must have a sixth sense about what would work for the Beasts, because these turned out great.

If you could appear on any tribute album, who would you choose?

Well Im not sure about this one, because usually I dont think tribute albums work so Id be wary about appearing on any. Maybe a Captain Beefheart one.

What was the inspiration behind the video for On my back?

To be honest, we were rushed and had to get everyone in the same city at the same time, so we had to mainly focus on where we could just shoot something that looked good. Obviously with clips its better to think up ideas beforehand, but as with everything with this album it was mostly just made up as we went, which by the way is not necessarily a bad thing.

Youll be touring round Australia, next month, what can fans expect from your show?

Well do new songs off the album and a whole lot of Beast of Bourbon classics from the previous records.


Are there any plans for any future Beasts albums?

Not at this stage, but that doesnt mean we wont do another one.

What do you have planned after the upcoming to tour?

Weve got some pressure to tour Europe, so well probably end up over there at some stage.

Check out The Beasts’ Facebook page to find out more!

Performing tracks from the new album ‘Still Here’ and the Beasts Of Bourbon classics.
With Special Guests Dallas Crane (Melb), The Johnnys (Bris, NSW, ACT, SA shows) and The Painkillers (WA)

Thursday 21st February 2019 – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine Tickets

Friday 22nd February 2019 – Prince Bandroom, St KildaTickets
with guests Dallas Crane

Saturday 23rd February 2019 – Croxton Bandroom, Northcote Tickets
with guests Dallas Crane

Thursday 28th February 2019 – Tanks Arts Centre, CairnsTickets

Friday 1st March 2019 – The Northern, Byron BayTickets
with guests The Johnnys

Saturday 2nd March 2019 – The Triffid, BrisbaneTickets
with guests The Johnnys

Thursday 7th March 2019 – A.N.U. CanberraTickets
with guests The Johnnys

Friday 8th March 2019 – Metro Theatre, SydneyTickets
with guests The Johnnys

Saturday 9th March 2019 – Cambridge Hotel, NewcastleTickets
with guests The Johnnys

Thursday 14th March 2019 – Rock Rover, FremantleTickets
with guests The Painkillers

Friday 15th March 2019 – Rosemount Hotel, PerthTickets
with guests The Painkillers

Saturday 16th March 2019 – Rosemount Hotel, PerthTickets
with guests The Painkillers

Sunday 17th March 2019 – The Gov, AdelaideTickets
with guests The Johnnys

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