Citizens of The Streets is back again in July at Shadow Electric Bandroom, to help promote up-and-coming Australian artists in an original ethos. We aim to kick-start the connection between university crowds, music lovers and of course, the artists involved. That means making industry connections fast without having to worry about those awful awkward silences!
On Thursday 23rd July, Melbourne’s premiere blue-eyed soul outfit, Sex on Toast will be right at home under the disco ball dance-floor of the Shadow Electric band room. The irrepressibly smooth 10-man band have been garnering fans across the country with their 80s funk, choreographed performances and larrikin charm, and even count Australian music legend Ian “Molly” Meldrum a fan after he appeared in their latest video ‘Oh Loretta!’. Since the release of their self-titled studio LP, Sex on Toast have toured sold-out shows across the country, becoming crowd favourites at Falls Festival, St Kilda Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival. 2015 is set to be another stellar year for Sex on Toast, with the release of their two-part Rough/Ready EP series due later this year, so the Citizens of The Streets audience can look forward to a sophisticated set and bucket loads of charisma!
Helping set the stage for the night, The Venusians are a seven-piece band made up of some of Sydney’s finest musicians, under direction of guitarist Ben Panucci. Their enigmatic and fresh sound combines jazz, beats and electronica, and takes its influences from contemporary artists such as Little Dragon and FKA Twigs, 2015 is proving to be a great year for the band so far. Their breakout single ‘Keep Running’ received plenty of airplay, and the accompanying clip was on high rotation on RAGE. Their performance at the Shadow Electric will come off the back of a support tour with headliners Sex on Toast and a recent sold-out Sydney launch which left the crowd buzzing for more.
As well as the music, Citizens of The Streets will also be showcasing a range of mixed media exhibitions, including music photography and art installations by local photographers Markus Ravik, Emily Day and Kathryn Pappas.
Brisbane-based photographer Markus Ravik is a regular snapper for Speaker TV, as well as many other music publications. He has been photographing gigs since 2007, from small concerts for friends to sold-out arena shows. He can count Sticky Fingers, Remi, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West and Miley Cyrus as some of his subjects so far. Markus plans to transition into tour photography, jumping on the road with musicians and covering all aspects of what happens on and off stage.
Emily Day has been photographing gigs for the past 10 years. She started out shooting for friends in bands and then realised she was rather good, offering her work to Beat Magazine and also shooting gigs for Triple M and the Melbourne Folk Club. She likes listening to folk but her favourite genre to photograph is punk and metal because shit gets wild.
Local artist Kathryn Pappas is interested in mixed media, nostalgia and childhood memories. Her latest project, FRAGMENTATION MEMORY: a work in progress, is a collection of detailed sketches and collages ranging from suburban subjects to anatomical explorations. As well as doing the evocative cover-art for this month’s Citizens of The Streets event, Pappas will be exhibiting her work on the night for attendees to view.
Speaker TV Presents:
Citizens of The Streets at Shadow Electric Bandroom – (18+ only)
With Sex on Toast | The Venusians + Special guests
Photography by Markus Ravik and Emily Day
Artwork by Kathryn Pappas
1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, Vic
For your free double pass please RSVP at the link below