August - October
"Oh, what a world! Everything goes to hell anyhow, man and woman alike.” - Georg Büchner, Woyzeck
"Mary lives on the outskirts of town, in the house that her and Jack used to call "home". She dreams. Small dreams. Dreams of red curtains, a sleeping baby. Valentine's Day. Jack doesn't live here anymore. He spends his days at the factory. His nights are visited by terrible visions. A plague of nightmares. He once thought he saw a man standing just there... something's not right." - Mike Noga, KING
KING - by Mike Noga
KING, the third album from Melbourne's Mike Noga, is an immersive listening experience unlike any album released in Australia in recent time. Loosely based on Georg Büchner's great unfinished play, 'Woyzeck', KING is a dark, psychedelic, rock and roll concept album, and Noga's most ambitious project yet. Featuring Noah Taylor (Game of Thrones, Almost Famous) as "The Narrator" and produced by Something For Kate's Paul Dempsey, KING is the tale of one mans decent into madness and the bloodshed that follows.
In 2014 Mike Noga found himself living in London. After being asked by world famous immersive theatre company 'Punchdrunk' to visit the set of their latest blockbuster production 'The Drowned Man' (itself loosely based on Woyzeck) in order to pen some music in response to the play, Mike was inspired to continue the story he started that day and spent the next year in North London working on what would eventually become KING. Returning home to Melbourne in 2015, Mike joined forces with Paul Dempsey and the two set about realising Mike's vision for a rock and roll album with a strong narrative and immersive elements. Enlisting the help of legendary Australian actor Noah Taylor in the role of narrator, the resulting album is a unique concept album told through the eyes of Jack and Mary, a down and out couple living in small town, 1950's Australia. A vast departure in sound and style from Noga's previous solo albums, KING demands attention from the opening notes, to the final death throes.
Mike Noga is the former drummer for one of Australia's most critically acclaimed band The Drones. He's fronted numerous outfits of his own and has released two much lauded solo albums in 2012's 'The Balladeer Hunter' and 2010's 'Folk Songs'. Noga has carved a huge name for himself in the Australian music scene. From the lyrical and sonic assault of three time nominated and one time winners of the Australian Music Prize, The Drones, to the stripped back folk-rock of his previous solo efforts, Noga is one of the most in demand musicians in Australia. Critics declared his last album The Balladeer Hunter “an Australian classic” and Noga "one of Australia's most talented new singer-songwriters... a new Paul Kelly or Tim Rogers”. Noga has shared the stage with numerous high profile acts both in Australia and abroad including Band of Horses and Mark Lanegan, and has just returned from a huge tour of the UK, Europe and Australia opening for Minesotta's legendary art-rockers, 'LOW'.
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