Melbourne Music Bank presents
TEMPUS SUN 'Owls' Single Launch with special guests EAGLEMONT and ANGIE MCMAHON Tickets
7:00pm, Fri 30 June, 2017
THE TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE, VIC
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TICKETS: $12 + bf / $15.00 ON THE DOOR. Doors 7pm
It's been a fast start for the collosal 6-piece from Melbourne, Tempus Sun. Having been thrust dynamically into the heart of the music industry in such a short period of time, a strong foot hold within is imminent.
Lead guitarist and band founder Ed Borromeo wasn't intending on forming a band when he gathered Andrew Wortes and Grant Hardisty to expand upon his musical imaginings. However before long, Wortes and Hardisty were to become lead vocalist and keyboardist respectively, and Borromeo's first imagining was to be born into the band's debut single, 'Owls'.
With the Wortes out sick for a show and the band struggling to find someone to match his caliber, vocalist Rya Park accepted the invitation and exceeded expectation. As Wortes returned to the mix for a show, both singers were added to the gig by miscommunication, but led to the birthing of an 'Of Monsters and Men'-esque dual lead vocalist element.
Rounding out the group is drummer Liam Purser and bassist Sean Close. The many and varying influences of the group synthesize to create a monumental soundscape that emits positivity, depth and a rich warmth. Their own musical curiosity evident, TS also manage to engage a cross pollination of genres including rock, pop and indie.
"I think one of the most exciting things about Tempus, is the unique environment we find ourselves in with such diversity of input," states Hardisty. "I've studied Classical Piano, Liam's background stems from Metal and Sean from Jazz Fusion- and this barely scratches the surface. Whilst sessions can get heated, it's a fruitful environment that produces a unique blend of expressions in our tracks and ensures each decision is considered."
That concoction of traits can certainly be heard - and felt - in the magic that is 'Owls'. Winning the 'Listen Up Australia' competition in October 2016, the track explodes in harmonious euphoria, whilst highlighting the importance of speaking up about mental health. Tempus Sun are now honoured to be official ambassadors of the charity organization.
Under a month later, they also took out first place in Bank of Melbourne's 'Melbourne Music Bank' and have since recorded their stunning debut EP with producer Tom Larkin of 'Studios in the City', set for release in mid August.
Tempus Sun's self-titled EP portrays a class and maturity that is hard to imagine of a group barely one year of age. They are testing conventional songwriting methods whilst exploring the boundaries of popular music.
Influenced by the likes of Mumford and Sons and Of Monsters and Men, TS pride themselves on the size, engagement and quality of their live shows without compromise. Wortes and Park's unique lead vocal blend is powerful and honest, flourishing into emphatic 3 and 4-part harmony that brings an irrepressible smile to your face. Underpinning this is lush instrumental warmth that persuades you to be consumed in its explosive bliss.
With an ability to captivate their broad audience and envelop them in their vast sound, the delivery of their sophisticated lyrics and harmony allows listeners to relate Tempus Sun's songs to their own lives. For here is a band that writes from the heart - impassioned lyrics and expressive songs.
Asked about the journey so far, Borromeo reflects with a wry grin.
'I think sometimes it is a balance of hunger and patience. Chase the right people and you will find them, be persistent, but patient. Finding people to write music with - and who share your vision - is a rare occurrence, but a powerful one. Our initial vision has definitely evolved and changed with our experiences of the last 6 months, but I think that's what makes this all so exciting. We are discovering our fingerprint and sound as we go - and we want to go as far as possible.'
Coming off the back of a spot at Beyond the Valley 2016/17, an appearance at Hamer Hall and packed shows across many iconic Melbourne venues including The Worker's Club and The Brunswick Hotel, you are sure to encounter TS if you frequent the Melbourne music scene.
You can catch them at the Toff, for their debut single release on June 30th, with 'Owls' available across all platforms from June 23rd.
Tempus Sun's debut self-titled EP is set for independent release in August 2017.
"Tempus Sun are a very promising young talent whose songwriting is mature and honest, and I'm excited to see their rise over the coming years" - LANKS