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The Bedroom Philosopher announces Full Band National Album Launch Tour with his band The Awkwardstra.
With his third album Songs From The 86 Tram fresh on the shelves, The Bedroom Philosopher is teaming up with his partners in crime The Awkwardstra for a massive national album launch tour. The full band tour comes fresh off the back of TBPs sell-out run of solo dates, both nationally and at the 2010 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. With good friends The Boat People jumping on board for support (selected shows only), make sure youre not caught without a ticket when the tramily roles into town.
As The Bedroom Philosopher himself puts it; my live show is both a remarkably memorable life changing experience and cause for major concern. An onstage blitz of devil may care comedy poetics meeting something resembling intelligent and catchy eclecticism. The Awkwardstra were handpicked from 'Indie Snobs Anonymous', a self-help group for displaced Melbourne musicians (feat. members of Paradise Motel & The Brunettes) and provide pitch-perfect tightness to the Philosopher's helter skelter. Featuring sitar, electric and double percussion gags and wordplays play second fiddle to breakbeat rockouts, folk-rock jamouts and jamfunk breakdowns with a pinch of earnestness and about five seconds of jazz. Think Captain Beefheart meets Flight of the Whoevers.
Released Tuesday June 15th, and featuring cameos from Tim Rogers, Kram, Angie Hart, DC Root and many more, the clip for lead single Northcote (So Hungover) is tearing up screens nationally. If you havent seen it yet, check it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxZiae16Ry8. The video has already been picked up by Channel V as their Ripe Clip Of The Week, and by Rage as Indie Clip Of The Week w/c Monday June 21st.
Northcote (So Hungover) received rotation on triple J, FBI, Radar Radio and many more stations to boot. The 2nd single to be lifted from the album is out next month.
Released in April this year, Songs From The 86 Tram is the third studio album from The Bedroom Philosopher. A genre swapping LP that's as comedically profound as it is musically diverse, Songs From The 86 Tram is a full-blooded concept album about Melbournes iconic 86 tram route.
The album was crafted from writer / performer Heazlewoods (Frankie magazine, John Safran's 'Race Relations') award winning Melbourne International Comedy Festival show of the same name, which won the Directors Choice award in 2009 and the Green Room award for Best Production in 2010. To turn the show into an album, he enlisted the help of producer Chris Scallan (Avalanches, Akon, Cut Copy), Harry Angus (The Cat Empire) on brass, and his hipster slayin band The Awkwardstra. The album was mastered by Greg Calbi of New York's Stirling Studios whose credits include David Bowie, John Lennon and Bob Dylan.
Songs From The 86 Tram follows in the footsteps of The Bedroom Philosophers previous hits Im So Postmodern ( Triple J's Hottest 100 - 2006), Folkstar and Golden Gaytime, his ironic wit hot comedy finding him a cozy niche on Triple J and community radio Australia wide, performing everywhere from The Melbourne International Comedy Festival to the Big Day Out.
A daggy, sexy and acerbic hurricane of whimsy.
Sydney Morning Herald
The wonderful acoustic strumming is never just a backdrop and Id happily listen to these songs even if they werent funny.
"A success in every way." 9/10
"As far as the greater population is concerned, I weep for musical comedy artists in this post-Flight Of The Conchords (*on HBO) age; Joe and Jo Blow tend to be able to stomach only one of each "thing" currently in the zeitgeist. However, their ignoring of other musically inclined funny people is their loss, because The Bedroom Philosopher's hysterical skewering of meat-headed ticketing inspectors falls somewhere between a Fame-era Bowie slink and inspirational Hunners balladry. I like my musical comedy to, as the name suggests, be musically captivating first, funny second. Luckily, with Tram Inspector, both come equal first."
Clem Bastow, Inpress