By Your Side

By Your Side

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Sweden never ceases to amaze me.  Stockholm artist Linus Lutti (aka Little Children) is a very unusual yet addictive creator of sort-of-bipolar-music that takes me from happy to nostalgic to overexcited in a matter of minutes.  This is the new video for the track ‘By Your Side’, from the upcoming release ‘Walk Within’.

Is there such thing as 60s-inspired indie funk?  If there is, this is it.

Jungle Giants New Video

Jungle Giants New Video

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Last year we featured a few different Ozzie bands with gargantuan talents oozing out of the southern hemisphere. Jungle Giants were one of the troupe and today they’ve announced a few tour dates around the US & released an “official unofficial video” for the track Domesticated Man.

If you’re heading to SXSW try catch them at any of the tour dates below…

Sunday March 9 – Aussie BBQ LA @ The Folds Silverlake, Bootleg Hifi, Guillotine Bar
2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
On stage 5:20PM – 5:50PM
Tickets here

Saturday March 15 – Aussie BBQ SXSW @ Maggie Mae’s, Downstairs Club Room
323 E 6th St, Austin, TX
On stage 5:35PM – 6:00PM

Saturday March 15 – Official SXSW Showcase (Planetary Party) @ Maggie Mae’s, Gibson Room
323 E 6th St, Austin, TX
On stage 1:00AM – 1:50AM (Sunday March 16)

Behind The “WINTER EP” (Vancouver Sleep Clinic TAKEOVER)

Behind The “WINTER EP” (Vancouver Sleep Clinic TAKEOVER)

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Everyone involved at Team VSC is buzzing at the moment; we’re finally ready to release the debut Vancouver Sleep Clinic EP titled ‘Winter’ on Monday March 10!!!  Over the last 6 months so much heart and effort has gone into the writing, production and logistics of this release so it’s ridiculously exciting to finally have it ready to show the world.  It holds a really deep significance to me both lyrically and musically, so I’m extra excited (and anxious) to see how everyone digests it!

The ‘Winter EP’ can best be described as a journey.  When writing for it, I had a conscious intent to not write individual songs, but rather make it resonate and make sense as a body of music.  In summary, the EP explores my thought process in the midst of a dark period in life – which I’ve metaphorically referred to as ‘Winter’.  The tracks logically venture into initial themes of desperation, isolation, helplessness before gradually transitioning into maturity, understanding, and a hope found above else.  I’ve written all songs from my heart and my experiences in the desire that you can all connect as well.

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This song was written in the back of my Maths book during a deadly 80 minute lesson of Maths on a Thursday afternoon.  Its lyrical purpose is to give context to the whole EP through highlighting the regret and despair that initially hits us all in a difficult time.  I feel like we can all relate to ‘falling short again’ of a standard.

Flaws

Flaws probably has the most self explanatory lyrics from the EP.  We’ve all got burdens and flaws, and there’s some natural human ignorance inside of us that tells us we should seek to lose our burdens on our own.  Something that I don’t agree with, but I know from experience that it’s really hard to think otherwise in a period of darkness. It’s a battle.

Stakes

Stakes is a turning point.  A song of reflection and the first consequential decision of action.  To burn down stakes; to plead for everything to wash away.  Probably my favourite song lyrically on the EP, and we have a lot of fun playing it live as well!

Aftermath

This song is a short, mostly instrumental, sequel to Stakes that brings a more peaceful, stripped back element to the journey – following a desperate beg for things to wash away.

Vapour

This was the very first song I wrote for the project, and for that reason it’s really special to me.  It’s about understanding how short life is, a ‘Vapour’ as such, and therefore why its so important to find the light and joy (as hard as it sometimes is) in the situations we’re put in.

Rebirth

My favourite track on the EP as it drives home everything that I want to say.  This EP is one of hope and new beginnings, not demise.  I’m so emotionally connected to Rebirth, because I can personally profess that wiping a slate clean and starting again is the most incredible feeling.  Back to the bones that we’ve grown.

The ‘Winter EP’ is out on March 10 and is available for global pre-order at www.vscsounds.com.

Hope you enjoy it!

This post was written by Tim Bettinson (Vancouver Sleep Clinic), as part of his Takeover of Indie Music Filter.  Find him on twitter here.

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The Ultimate Budget Tour (Vancouver Sleep Clinic TAKEOVER)

The Ultimate Budget Tour (Vancouver Sleep Clinic TAKEOVER)

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A Tarago, a camper trailer, five mates & a tour dad : the ultimate first VSC tour.

So it’s tough enough for any band to get off their feet financially, but in particularly in Australia – where cities are placed at awkward travelling distances from each other.  Our very first tour offer, and it still feels weird to say this, was supporting the string of sold out London Grammar shows down the East Coast of Australia.  After freaking out for at least a week, it came time for us to clear our heads and sort out logistics.  After a quick look at the Bank of VSC, we instantly knew that it was time to pull out the camper-trailer, the sleeping bags and the Australian free camping guide – and set off for the ultimate budget tour.

The main issue – we were all 17.  This created several problems as nobody had their open license to drive a trailer, and nobody was legally able to book a place to stay.  The only option was bringing in a Tour Dad.  My dad (VSC #1 Fan) is probably the biggest legend alive, and took two weeks off to singlehandedly drive a bunch of 17 year old rapscallions down the coast.  If you saw a tall ranga with a Fender shirt and an outdated camera surrounded by drunk 20 year olds at any of the sets, it would have been my dad.  With that sorted, we decided to throw a couple extra of our closest mates in the car (just because we can) and we set off!

The next two weeks were some of the best times I’ve had.  The countryside was beautiful and we stayed in some sweet camping spots.  One of the free camp places was a 2km detour drive through bush into an opening in the middle of nowhere – so we pulled out our instruments and had a sweet acoustic jam in the middle of nature.  It was the coolest thing ever.  None of us had mums to cook for us, and cooking is effort, so we generally just starved or ate service station donuts.  And it was great.  One of the more priceless moments was picking our sound guy, who we’d never met before, up from the airport and seeing the look on his face when the 6 of us rocked up in a dingy Tarago + camper trailer, with equipment stacked up on our legs and stupid grins on our faces.  I weaved my hand out from between my guitar case and the pillow pressed against the window and extended it to him.  ‘Hi, we’re VSC.’

The shows were incredible experiences, although with the first show being our 4th ever, we were still truly finding our feet – and the nerves were crazy.  It was a massive step up for us going from playing to 100 people in a tiny room to 1200 in a Theatre. 

Our ultimate budget tour very quickly became the talking (mocking?) point (and easy icebreaker) of most of the people we met.  London Grammar also bagged out our rider of Skittles, Coke & Pizza on their Triple J interview – calling it ‘cute’ – which was kind of a dog act – but one that I’m definitely not complaining about.  Love those guys.

It was always entertaining contrasting our own touring logistics with London Grammar’s.  Our stingy 8 seat Tarago + camper trailer filled with gear lining up against their huge trucks.  The six of us crowded around a humble rider, while they had a banquet to feed their huge team.  And then, parting ways at the end of a show by them leaving for their hotels and us driving around with a GPS until 2 in the morning trying to find our Caravan Park.  The old people around us were not impressed as we flailed helplessly in the dark trying to set up our sketchy tent.

So many memorable moments were made on the trip.  A lot of inside jokes that we’ll probably retell forever, and the other guys even wrote & recorded a parody for one of our own songs (which is a true testament to our sad loss of sanity towards the end of the ridiculously long road trip home).  One of our friends filmed it all so if we ever release ‘VSC: This is Us’ to a cinema near you, you’ll get an inside look on this crazy ride.  And the soundtrack to the movie will be ‘Started from the bottom now we’re here’, because it feels like we know all about the bottom of touring life.  And, from our first experience, if ‘here’ was just preparing for another legendary road trip tour – I would still be loving every minute of it.

This post was written by Tim Bettinson (Vancouver Sleep Clinic), as part of his Takeover of Indie Music Filter.  Find him on twitter here.

 The Ultimate Budget Tour (Vancouver Sleep Clinic TAKEOVER)

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