8:30pm, Fri 12th October, 2012
Fitzroy Hotel. Windsor, NSW
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Josh Pyke is one of Australia's premier singer/songwriters. Known for his ability to weave intelligent lyrics with warm melodies and quirky song structures, Pyke is a modern-day storyteller whose unique and evocative use of both words and music places him in a league of his own.
Pyke's breakthrough single was Middle of the Hill, a paean to suburban childhood that struck a chord and catapulted him into the limelight. The track made it to #19 on triple j's 2005 Hottest 100 countdown and appeared on his debut release, a mini album entitled Feeding The Wolves.
Pyke followed up Feeding The Wolves with the 2007 release of his debut album Memories & Dust which hit the ARIA chart at #4. The Gold record, hailed a "classic" by The Daily Telegraph and "world-class" by The Age, was acclaimed by critics and fans alike. It took out three ARIA Awards, was nominated for a J Award and yielded the singles Memories & Dust, Lines On Palms, Fed And Watered, Sew My Name and Forever Song.
Its 2008 follow-up was Chimney's Afire, an album that equaled the success of its predecessor and firmly established Pyke at the forefront of music in Australia. Chimney's Afire debuted at #3 on the ARIA chart, won an ARIA Award and has also achieved Gold sales. Its singles received airplay across the country, and the guitar boat created for Pyke's Make You Happy video was broadcast all over the world. After co-producing his debut album with renowned producer Wayne Connolly, Pyke went it alone on Chimney's Afire, recording and producing the bulk of the album himself.
After a year long sabbatical, Josh Pyke will be back on the road in late 2011 to celebrate the release of his eagerly awaited third album, Only Sparrows.
"From the writing process to the actual recording, I was pushing myself harder than I have in the past, trying to make the record a development, rather than a continuum. I kind of think of it as the first record where I felt confident enough to take some risks."
Written on the road and in New York, Only Sparrows might be Josh's most complete record yet. With a host of talented musicians on board to bring something special to his songs and producer Wayne Connolly helming the desk, Josh was given the freedom to take a step back so he could take a step forward, so to speak, and create a cohesive album that pushed him in all the right ways.
Josh Pyke's third studio album Only Sparrows was released 19th of August 2011 through Ivy League.