1st July | Melbourne, VIC
Larissa Tandy is one of Australia’s finest emerging talents - a powerful, instinctive songwriter with an arresting voice. Hailing from rural Australia, Larissa came up from the underground of Melbourne’s world class music scene, mining her difficult life for potent stories and spinning them into songs that made their way onto radio in America, the UK, and Canada where the CBC ordained them as “songs you need to hear”. Filtering the urgent poetry of Patti Smith and the untamed cool of Liz Phair, while fearlessly laying bare her road worn heart, Tandy is carving her own path in the world of modern americana. Her momentum continues to gather, and in 2017 she makes the move to Music City Nashville as the recipient of The Australia Council’s prestigious Nashville Songwriter Residency.
With songs about boozy nights, bad decisions, broken hearts and the best intentions, Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds blend vintage Americana with widescreen, dark country. Culminating in a kitchen in Fitzroy North, The Mean Reds are based in Melbourne and consist of Brooke Russell on voice, guitar and mandolin, Grant Taylor on lead guitar, Ben Franz on pedal steel, Luke Richardson on double bass and Roger Bergodaz on drums.
Drawing influence from alt country, jazz and folk styles, the band are also inspired by the songs of Ryan Adams, Joe Henry, Sharon Van Etten, Gillian Welch, Tom Waits and Neko Case. Their debut album, Poor Virginia was released in August 2013, and listed in Basement Discs Top 10 Australian Albums of The Year and Unpaved's 50 Best Albums of 2013. After showcasing at the 2014 Americana Festival in Nashville, the band released a single, Never’s Gonna Take Too Long in April 2015 and an EP of the same name in December 2015. Brooke recently received a Creative Victoria grant to return to Nashville in March 2016 and has been writing with artists such as Andrew Combs, Mick Thomas, Jim Lawrie and Clare Reynolds. She also performs regularly as a backing vocalist and is musical director of the Melbourne based choir, If You See Her, Say Hello and recently curated the Warm Evenings, Pale Mornings project for The Aviary Sessions. Brooke also won the Darebin Music Feast Songwriters Award for 2016 with Never's Gonna Take Too Long and the band are currently working on a new record.
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