| Meet The Smallgoods!
Shags is a psychedelic mastermind, a Portasound virtuoso, and is on the cover of the latest edition of Thongs and Socks Monthly.
Ben Mason: vocals/guitar
Ben is a sucker for Sunday mornings. He always matches his shoes with his shirt. He can never decide what facial hair to sport.
Ben Browning: bass
Ben is the brother everybody never had. His dance moves are as slick as his dress sense, and his bass lines are always on the money.
Lachlan Franklin: vocals/guitar
Some say that Lachlan received a higher than recommended dose of coastal air when younger. Is sometimes dreamy and likes to surf tangents. Avoids funk like the plague.
Gus Franklin: vocals/drums
Gus enjoys Stones green ginger wine and concept albums. He's that guy that keeps popping up in the middle of a dance floor, leading the handclap orchestra.
After a super dooper series of Christmas shows back in December, the Smallgoods are easing into the new year with a special outdoor show on Sunday 16th January in Melbourne. The Smallgoods are performing as part of the Summertime Grooves series on the Arts Centre Outdoor Lawn stage (on stage at 2.30pm) so pack a picnic, select a patch of the greenest grass, sit back and enjoy. It's a free outdoor event so keep your fingers crossed for some gorgeous sunshine.
The Smallgoods are excited to be reunited with their buddies from Albuquerque (a place famous for its left turns) the Shins. Once again the Smallgoods will support the Shins on their return visit to Australia (along with Sydney pals Dappled Cities Fly) on Thursday 10th February at the Corner Hotel. Tickets are on sale now from the Corner website and Box Office.
In other news, The Smallgoods are very pleased to report that they have received funding from Arts Victoria to make their second full length album. Recording is slated for April and the Smallgoods have some grand plans for this new record so keep your ears peeled for new songs in their live shows over the next little while.
August 9th sees Melbourne's most pop-tastic quintet The Smallgoods releasing their new EP This Is The Show (hac110), the highly anticipated follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut album Listen To The Radio released last November through Half A Cow/MGM.
The EP is a stunning performance of three part vocal harmonies, soaring guitars and bouncing synth lines resulting in some feel-good-psychedelic-pop! This Is The Show EP includes the JJJ radio favourite 'Round and Around' and also features EVEN front-man and all-round good-guy, Ashley Naylor trading guitar licks and rock postures with the band in the title track.
Thu 5th The Prince of Wales supporting Ben Kweller (USA)
Wed 25th the Zoo, Brisbane w/ Dappled Cities Fly & Balls Falls (Canada)
Fri 27th Spektrum, Sydney w/ Dappled Cities Fly & Balls Falls (Canada)
Friday 10th September Corner Hotel (Melbourne EP Launch)
Fri 11 Prince Of Wales, St Kilda w/ The Panics & RedSunBand
Fri 25 Hopetoun Hotel, Sydney w/ Even & City Lights
Sat 26 Hopetoun Hotel, Sydney w/ Even & City Lights
Sat 3 Criterion Hotel, Warrnambool w/ Ground Components
Fri 9 Rob Roy, Fitzroy w/ The Zebras
Feb 04: The Smallgoods debut album, Listen To The Radio, is currently being adored by those who are listening to it. Print reviews are taking turns in praising a very strong debut from one of Melbourne's most creative pop bands and we're thrilled with the local and national radio support. We're also proud to report that Listen To The Radio is receiving a very healthy amount of airplay on college radio in the States. smallgoodsred
Half a Cow Records are very pleased that Listen To The Radio has just gone into repressing, as the first run has sold out since its release in November.
For those of you who haven't seen what makes The Smallgoods one of Melbourne's finest purveyors of pop, they're giving you a few last chances before they head back into the studio to add some finishing touches to their follow-up, also out through Half a Cow in the next few months.
Shows coming up...
Thu 19th Front Bar of the Espy with The Rumours, The Hovercrafts
Sat 21st Ding Dong, Melbourne w/ The Zebras (Brisbane)
Sun 22 the opening of the Port Fairy Skate Park!
Fri 5th Pelly Bar, Frankston w/ the Pictures
Sat 6th Espy, Brunswick w/ The Pictures smallgoods2
Dec 03: The Smallgoods are currently enjoying some healthy JJJ rotation and warm love from community radio stations across Australia including RRR (Mel), PBS (Mel), FBI (Syd), 2SER (Syd), 3D Radio (Adel), 4ZZZ (Bris) and RTR (Perth) to name a few. The good folk at FBI in Sydney have deemed Listen To The Radio a Feature Album and we love them for it. Melbourne folks are encouraged to check out the finest Melbourne indie record stores Polyester, Gaslight and Missing Link as they are all featuring different Smallgoods window displays, each one hand painted and sewn. Red Eye Records in Sydney is sharing the Smallgoods love and will have a display up soon too. monkey bars
Someone smart once said that the best bands are gangs.
The Smallgoods fit this description, consisting of two brothers, their best friends from childhood, and someone they all met later in life and found a musical bond with immediately.
The Smallgoods formed at the end of 1999, and have been impressing Melbourne music lovers ever since. Their music is a blend of sweet three-part harmonies over feel-good psychedelic pop, with more melody than you can poke a stick at! The Smallgoods have enjoyed playing with such illustrious groups as Mid-state Orange, Architecture in Helsinki, Snout, Even, the Icecream Hands, the Lucksmiths, The Brunettes and The New Folk Implosion. hac108
The Smallgoods' anticipated debut album Listen To The Radio hit the stores on Monday, November 3rd through Half A Cow Records. The album is a celebration of the airwaves. It skips along like your favourite radio station where every song is one you want to hear. 'Good Afternoon' was released as a promo single and instantly earned Melbourne and interstate community radio airplay. It has also made its way to a national audience through Triple J rotation.
The album demonstrates a high level of song crafting with an emphasis on melodies and harmonies. Testament to this is Melbourne's Inpress magazine bestowing Single of the Week status upon the song 'Abraham Lincoln', which appeared on a split 7" shared with New Yorkers, The Essex Green. The single was released as part of the Singles Club collective, through Low Transit Industries.
Listen To The Radio was recorded over 2 years with the help of Melbourne producer, musician and all-round good guy Paul Thomas. Paul has been in bands such as The Huxton Creepers, Weddings Parties Anything and Custard, and recorded Tim Oxley's stunning debut album, It's All About Love.
Buckle up 'cause you're in for a meandering ride along the Smallgoods psychedelic pop highway in the sunshine with the top down, listenin' to the radio!
Listen to the Radio will be distributed in Australia by MGM from November 3rd and is available on HAC's mailorder now.