We’re heading back to Brisbane to showcase our tunes at music industry conference/festival Bigsound. Catch us at Black Bear Lodge on Thursday the 10th of September at 10:50pm sharp. Heaps of great bands playing from in the Fortitude Valley from Tuesday till Saturday so get along to it.
Today here at IU camp we’re stoked to announce some of the bands we’ll be playing with during our upcoming ‘Anyway’ album tour.
Some really great and varied talent going on in this list. Can’t wait to get on the road. Tix available in the tour section of this website.
7 AUGUST – THE LOFT, WARRNAMBOOL
with King Evil
8 AUGUST – THE GRACE EMILY, ADELAIDE
with The Dunes
13 AUGUST – TRANSIT BAR, CANBERRA
with Young Monks & Capes.
14 AUGUST – THE LASS, NEWCASTLE
with Galleri and Ben Leece (solo)
15 AUGUST – OXFORD ARTS FACTORY, GALLERY BAR, SYDNEY
with Raindrop & Peel.
16 AUGUST – THE JUNKYARD, MAITLAND
27 AUGUST – LEFTY’S MUSIC HALL, BRISBANE
28 AUGUST – THE GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL, BYRON BAY
with Sunrose and The Delicates
29 AUGUST – SOLBAR, MAROOCHYDORE
with Moses Gunn Collective and Black Zeros.
4 SEPTEMBER – DAVID BOWIE LATE NIGHTS @ ACMI, MELBOURNE
5 SEPTEMBER – THE GRAND POOBAH, HOBART
with Aon Stalp and the Out of Towners
Immigrant Union are very pleased to announce that Lowtide, Crepes, and Masco Sound System will be joining them for their Melbourne album launch at The Kelvin Club on Saturday the 13th of June. Cass and Elleice from Pearls will be downstairs DJing throughout the night. The Kelvin Club is a hidden gem in the city, a social club established in 1865. It’s what you might expect, wood paneling, burgundy carpets, large pool tables, lots of polished timber and brass, pretty classy, lets party. Get your tickets here
Quite a lot happening today. Immigrant union are pleased to announce (finally) the global release of their album ‘Anyway’. Although released in the US last year, their second LP will be available to the rest of the globe from May 29.
Coinciding with this great news IU have premiered a new music video on Tonedeaf for their track ‘In Time’. Shot and directed by Brent and starring Bob the video is a stop motion diary in the day of someone at Soundwave Music Festival.
Also the records have arrive and available for purchase. You’ll find limited edition coloured vinyl copies of ‘Anyway’ with digital download and lyric sheet inserts in the STORE section of this website or head to our online store
Last but not least their Melbourne album launch will be going down on June 13 at The Kelvin Club. Supports to be announced.
The Kyneton Music Festival was already looking pretty good and now just got better. Immigrant Union will be joining the previously announced lineup including Money for Rope, Little Bastard, Cherrywood, Laura Jean, Harmony, Ali E and heaps more. They’ll be playing on Saturday the 21st February at the Kyneton Mechanics Institute. Head to the website to get your tickets for two days of great music.
About Immigrant Union
Two guys meet at a bar and a band is born. It’s a story as old as beer on tap. Like all good stories, Immigrant Union’s started with a few drinks. And… maybe a few dozen more drinks. The story got a little more interesting when the duo started turning simple chords and melodies into completed songs. And then polished recordings of those songs. And empty bar rooms into epic parties. And music loving barflies into lifelong friends.
It was the summer of 2004 when Brent DeBoer of The Dandy Warhols was killing some time in Australia and had a chance meeting with Melbourne’s Bob Harrow. This initial exchange led to a spontaneous trip to the country and an all-night jam session. The friendship grew. They acquired the talented vocalist and keyboard player, Peter Lubulwa, and the band quickly planted its roots in alt-country-folk, bound by a communal love for classic rock and roll.
Countless shows later, Immigrant Union have now supported Noel Gallagher, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dead Meadow and toured their own headline shows, creating unforgettable moments at boutique festivals and many an odd BBQ and house party across the whole of Australia. Known for having a consistent gift of delivering a good time…allllll the time… the band have naturally progressed into the next chapter of their story: realising their second album, and keeping their eyes fixed on the international touring circuit ahead.
Immigrant Union’s upcoming album is a shift from previous recordings – moving away from the country end of the sound spectrum, they approached their second record with a desire to produce a more layered, trippier sound. To achieve this elusive warmth, the band went literally to the farthest reaches of the earth: to Brent’s hometown in Portland, Oregon and to Altona on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia.
In the stark, industrial coastal town of Altona, is a hidden gem. A vintage Neve mixing console, a world-class microphone collection and an engineer (Mat Robbins) who never had a band quite like Immigrant Union step into his studio. “I wanted these particular ribbon mics,” Brent says. “It’s hard to find a collection like Mat’s at Coloursound– decent 1950′s and 60′s mics cost so much time and money to collect, when you find a guy with drawers full of them in mint condition, it gives you chills.” Brent explains that the classic mixing desk gave the band’s music a “vintage authenticity and a warm but crusty and dusty sound” – the perfect qualities for the sun-drenched ambience the band were chasing. Similarly, Timothy Stollenwork also keeps a gear-head’s heaven in his Portland home – here Brent worked with Timothy (Woods, Boogarins, Quasi) on mastering the record. The completed work, (featuring former Immigrant Union members, all of which are now Courtney Barnett and The Courtney Barnetts), had the perfect line-up to give ‘Anyway’ the treatment it deserves.
2014 was a busy year for the band with showcases at The Americana Music Festival in Nashville TN and The CMJ Music Marathon in New York City as well as a headline slot at The Sydney Psych Festival. ‘Anyway’ had it US release in September 2014 through Musebox records and was followed up by an extensive 18 date North American tour covering East and West Coasts.
2015 is already shaping up to be a busy one with appearances at The Kyenton Music Festival (AUS), Canadian Music Week and a planned global release of ‘Anyway’ in April 2015 plus more international touring.
“Immigrant Union revived the folk-rock wing of psychedelia.” Jon Pareles: The New York Times
“Immigrant Union’s song “War is Peace” was just about my favorite new song on my list of unknown CMJ bands. I put that song on All Songs Considered last Tuesday and the night before I came to NYC, I listened to their entire album. When it was over I listened to it again! It’s rare that I do that.” – Bob Boilen: NPR All Songs Considered.
“You want the cutting edge of 2014 psychedelic pop, this is it. Is this album the catchiest, most melodically attractive release of the year? Very possibly.” – Delarue: New York Music Daily.
“Immigrant Union is a band with uncompromising appeal on the brink of international recognition and admiration,” – Jef Krohn, Music Editor at PDX Magazine.