Labels Live: HTRK, Beaches, The Orbweavers, Montero + Wintercoats  St Michaels Uniting Church

Mistletone and Melbourne Music Week present

Labels Live: HTRK, Beaches, The Orbweavers, Montero + Wintercoats St Michaels Uniting Church Tickets

7:00pm, Fri 25 November, 2011
St Michaels Uniting Church, VIC

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One of Melbourne's most forward-looking labels, Mistletone Records, has curated an extraordinary lineup set within the cathedral walls of St Michael's Uniting Church as part of Melbourne Music Week's Labels Live series of concerts staged in extraordinary locations.

Mistletone's Labels Live event coincides with the label's 5th birthday celebrations and features five of the most intriguing artists on the label's meticulous roster: HTRK, Beaches, The Orbweavers, Montero and Wintercoats.

HTRK is Jonnine Standish and Nigel Yang, a two-piece live electronic/noise/avant pop/rock act known for their subtlety of gesture and stubbornly languorous performances and capable of seducing audiences through disciplined waves of sonics, crisp 808 beats and soft, calm threats. Having released their hugely anticipated and acclaimed new album Work (work, work), a recent Triple R Album of the Week, spent the late 2000s touring Europe extensively at the personal request of Liars, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Shellac, The Horrors, The Locust and Fuck Buttons. Their defiantly underground pedigree derives from strong associations with the late, great Rowland S. Howard and UK industrial legend Paul Smith, whose label Blast First Petite (Pan Sonic, Martin Rev) has released their album in the UK/Europe. HTRK's headline set in St Michael's Church promises to be an immersive and intense experience, the emotional centrepiece of HTRK's first hometown tour in over five years.

Melbourne quintet Beaches imagine themselves as overdriven pop boogie psych kraut molten lava rock. If you can see past that mouthful, youll find five women, three guitars, tons of hair, and a buttload of loud and uncompromising psych, sweetened with sun-drenched fuzztone. Having toured the US twice, most recently playing Austin's Psych Fest with Roky Erikson, and gracing such festival stages as All Tomorrows Parties, Big Day Out, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Laneway and Meredith, Beaches are currently prepping their sophomore album.

The Orbweavers, praised by The Age as a particularly special Melbourne band", will showcase their Mistletone debut Loom; a collection of beautifully evocative, country-tinged songs about creeks & quarries, dangerous needlework, basalt foundations, rising tide and greyhounds. Formed by Marita Dyson and Stuart Flanagan in 2006, The Orbweavers' songs have a special place in Melbournians' hearts, thanks to Triple R and PBS who have devoted much airplay to Japanese Mountains, Spotswood and new single You Can Run (Fern's Theme).

Montero is a new project from Melbourne comic/video artist (and Mistletone artist-in-residence) Bjenny Montero. The two jams on the debut Montero 7″ single, Mumbai b/w Rainman, are shaping up to be the pop/schmaltz/glam/prog/post-mellow/wave-wave/man-core anthems for tomorrow. A soft rock supergroup of sorts, Montero features the musical smarts of Guy Blackman (Chapter Music honcho and balladeer), Geoffrey OConnor (Crayon Fields), Cameron Potts (Ninety Nine, Baseball, Cuba Is Japan), Robert Bravington (Cuba Is Japan) and Gerald Wells (The TM Band). A powerful, sensual group of sensitive and inspiring men.

Wintercoats aka Melbournes James Wallace creates aural artworks of fragility and grandeur, weaving violin, glockenspiel, piano and a plethora of other instruments into a glorious yet unmistakably poignant artistic vision, fortified by haunting and cavernous vocals. Having supported Beach House and Mirah, plus appearing at the 2011 Melbourne Festival with MONO, Wintercoats has just released his impressive Mistletone debut Sketches, a 12" EP featuring 6 shimmering tracks. Further immense feats and achievements are expected from one of the most humble, gifted and opulent prospects on the contemporary scene.

Doors open 7pm.

Elements Caf opens for food and drinks from 6.30pm.

This is an all ages event.

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