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The Blackeyed Susans: Now with added Killjoys

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It gives me great pleasure to announce that THE KILLJOYS TRIO (Anna Burley, Craig Pilkington and Caroline Schwerkolt) will be our very special guests at our annual Melbourne CHRISTMAS SHOWS in December. 

The two bands go way back, having shared a manager in the early '90s and a drummer in the mid '90s when BIG DAVE FOLLEY filled in on the MOUTH TO MOUTH tour. In fact BIG DAVE, ANNA and PHIL KAKULAS were GO-BETWEEN GRANT McLENNAN'S backing band on his ’94 world tour and later CRAIG PILKINGTON produced and engineered our 2003 album SHANGRI-LA. So yeah, we have history. Looking forward to Anna joining us on stage to sing a few songs too.

Tickets are selling fast (thank you!) with all tables now booked out for the Caravan show and just a few tables left for the Saturday and Sunday shows – so GET IN QUICK if you want to book one. Plenty of standing room still available at all shows.

This will be the 9th consecutive year we've dusted off the tinsel and fired up the Christmas lights, for what has now become, well, a bit of a tradition. As usual they’ll be a SMORGASBORD of Christmas-related songs, plus CHOICE CUTS from our latest album and the best of our back catalogue.

2017 has been a big year for The Blackeyed Susans, with our latest album CLOSE YOUR EYES AND SEE getting rave reviews from fans and critics alike (thank you again!) and a successful national tour to boot. So, come help us celebrate the birth of little baby Jesus with a song or two this Christmas. 

FRI 15 DEC – CARAVAN MUSIC CLUB, Oakleigh VIC  Tickets

SAT 16 DEC – SPOTTED MALLARD, Brunswick VIC  Tickets

SUN 17 DEC – SPOTTED MALLARD, Brunswick VIC  Tickets  (kid-friendly matinee, under 12s free entry with guardian)

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Solo shows, The BES Christmas, a Go-Betweens invitation and more ...

Busy times ahead. 

A few shows that may be of interest; including a solo performance, a writing panel in Geelong, The Blackeyed Susans Christmas Shows and an unexpected invitation to sing songs from 16 Lovers Lane with some past members of The Go-Betweens at The Sydney Festival.

The Caravan Music celebrates its 10th and sadly its last birthday under the helm of Peter Foley who has handpicked a stellar cast to perform this coming Sunday afternoon. Tickets selling fast.

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SONGS THAT STRIKE A CHORD


GEELONG LIBRARY AND HERITAGE CENTRE
Saturday Nov 18
1:00-2:30pm 

Panel Discussion with Neil Murray, Rob Snarski, Charles Jenkins.
At a minimum, a song lyric is working if it connects to the listener on an emotional level. Join three of Australia’s most well-respected and lyrical masters of song as they explore the techniques and inspirations that turn their craft into the scores of our lives.
Session Chair: Andrew Nette

Adult $20
Concession $17
Tickets

There’s also an acoustic “salon” performance in the evening with Chuck Jenkins... 8:30-10:00pm. Tickets


Well, drum roll please, because it's time to announce The Blackeyed Susans' Christmas shows for 2017. 

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This will be the 9th consecutive year we've dusted off the tinsel and fired up the Christmas lights, for what has now become, well, a bit of a tradition. As usual they’ll be a SMORGASBORD of Christmas-related songs, plus CHOICE CUTS from our latest album and the best of our back catalogue.  

FRI 15 DEC – CARAVAN MUSIC CLUB, Oakleigh VIC  Tickets
SAT 16 DEC – SPOTTED MALLARD, Brunswick VIC  Tickets
SUN 17 DEC – SPOTTED MALLARD, Brunswick VIC  Tickets  (kid-friendly matinee, under 12s free entry with guardian)


Sometimes I find it incredibly difficult to separate the singer from the “Fanboy” that occupies my very being. Having some of The Go-Betweens ask me along to sing songs from their classic album 16 LOVERS LANE along with Dave Mason, Steve Kilbey, The Clouds, Peter Milton Walsh, Romy from RVG ... is indeed an honour and to be performing at Sydney’s State Theatre ... well, I’m really chuffed.  Tickets

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Occasionally I still perform my solo private acoustic house concerts. If anyone is interested don’t hesitate to get in contact with Andrew Fuller at RS Headquarters.

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Jeremy’s acoustic house concert, Yarraville.

Thanks friends,
ROB

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The Blackeyed Susans Christmas Shows 2017

Well, drum roll please, because it's time to announce our Christmas shows for 2017. We’ll be playing in Melbourne at the Caravan Music Club on Friday 15 December and the Spotted Mallard on Saturday 16 December and Sunday 17 December (special kid-friendly matinee show).  
 
This will be the 9th consecutive year we've dusted off the tinsel and fired up the Christmas lights, for what has now become, well, a bit of a tradition. As usual they’ll be a smorgasbord of Christmas-related songs, plus choice cuts from our latest album and the best of our back catalogue.  
 
2017 has been a big year for The Blackeyed Susans, with our latest album Close Your Eyes and See getting rave reviews from fans and critics alike (thank you!) and a successful national tour to boot. So, come help us cap off a great year and celebrate the birth of little baby Jesus in style this Christmas!  

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CHRISTMAS SHOW DATES:
 
Fri 15 Dec – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh VIC | Tickets
Sat 16 Dec – Spotted Mallard, Brunswick VIC | Tickets
Sun 17 Dec (matinee) – Spotted Mallard, Brunswick VIC | Tickets

Now, not to put the hard sell on you or anything but we figure you’re probably thinking that Christmas is miles away with plenty of time to buy tickets, and fine, that makes sense, but we just want to tell you not to leave it too long because these shows do have a habit of selling out. 

Sweet.

Special guests to be announced soon...  


ps. Need to buy some early Christmas presents? Why not visit our gift store for all your wants and needs.

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BES in Adelaide, Clare Bowditch and more B O O K news ...

The Blackeyed Susans finish their national tour in support of our latest album "Close Your Eyes and See" in Adelaide at The Wheatsheaf Hotel on Saturday July 29 (with special guests Adelaide, alt-country sweethearts The Yearlings) and a special Sunday matinee on July 30 (BES playing two sets, no support, it's a kid-friendly afternoon) 

Ticket information here.

I've also been talking about the B O O K with various folk in a variety of locations. 

John Willsteed (The Go-Betweens) in Brisbane at Avid Reader, William Yeoman (Book reviewer/ editor at The West Australian) at Northside in Perth and in Adelaide I'll have the opportunity to talk with Robert Dunstan (B-Side Magazine Editor) on Saturday afternoon (July 29) at Mr V Music - 115 Semaphore Rd, Semaphore from 1pm, with a Q&A and a song. Come along Adelaide friends, get your two Bobs worth ... it's free.


What people have been saying about "You're Not Rob Snarski / Crumbs From The Cake" ...

"An absolutely superb collection of vignettes about life 'n' music. Poignant, insightful and frequently moving." 
Stuart Coupe (Music journalist, 2SER Dirt Music Presenter)

"Rob Snarski's book is not only an illuminating, witty and often touching insight into the life of working musician ... but it also casts a keen eye over our Australian music scene."
Brian Nankervis (Rockwiz, ABC774 Friday Revue Presenter)


Clare Bowditch invited me to share a guilty musical pleasure on her afternoon show on ABC 774 recently. Unusual in that after I chose the song, I realised it was the very first song I remember coming into my consciousness as a little kid - well, other than the nursery rhymes or songs my mother would sing. What was the song you ask..?

'Twas  ...  "The Green ,Green, Grass of Home".

Clare and I sang the song as a duet, and yes Clare Bowditch truly sings like a bird, weaves a melody effortlessly, quite incredible really. Listen for yourself here ...

See you in Adelaide,

ROB x

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The Blackeyed Susans: Two Nights with a Bearded Lady, BRISBANE

We bring news of a brief liaison with a Bearded Lady plus a vinyl launch and a date with Vincent Van Gogh.

BRISBANE, JUNE 9 & 10

This weekend we travel to BRISBANE for two shows at THE BEARDED LADY on FRIDAY JUNE 9 and SAT JUNE 10. We’’ll be playing songs from our new album, CLOSE YOUR EYES AND SEE, plus the best of our back catalogue. Special guests on the Friday are THE STRESS OF LEISURE, self described 'Sub-Tropical Post Punk Pop crossed with Art School Brisbane Indie.' Whilst on Saturday night we’re pleased to be joined by the atmospheric improvisations of JIVE CANYON.

Either way, come help us launch the album. It’s been getting embarrassingly good reviews from critics and fans alike and the live shows have been just as warmly received, with SELL-OUT SHOWS around the country. We’ll have VINYL, CDs, BOOKS and more available from the souvenir stand too.  

Hope to see you there.

Fri 9 June - The Bearded Lady, Brisbane  TICKETS
Sat 10 June - The Bearded Lady, Brisbane  TICKETS

BOOK THING

While in Brisbane, Rob is popping by Avid Reader Bookstore (193 Boundary St, West End, BRISBANE) this Saturday afternoon at 3pm to talk about his book "You're Not Rob Snarski" and answer any curly questions you might have about memoir writing. He's taking his guitar and promises a tune. See here for ticket info.

VINYL LAUNCH, MELBOURNE, JUNE 18

We'll be launching the vinyl edition of our new album with an acoustic in-store performance at Greville Records, Melbourne on Sunday, June 18 at 4pm. Signed limited edition hand-numbererd vinyl available on the day or (signed on request) from our online shop.

NGV FRIDAY NIGHTS, JUNE 23

Join us at the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces, Van Gogh and the Seasons, for a special after-hours performance at NGV Friday Nights, Melbourne on June 23.

Doors open 6pm. Susans from 8.30pm in the Great Hall. (NGV Friday Nights tickets include entry to the Van Gogh and the Seasons exhibition.)

Fri 23 June - NGV Friday Nights, Melbourne  TICKETS

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Words vs Music

Currently galavanting about the country with The Blackeyed Susans. The new album "Close Your Eyes and See" is being well received and the shows so far have been pure joy.

In between gigs I'm heading out to do some book readings, Q&A events.

Planet Northside in Perth hosts the first of these book events.
Saturday May 27 at 2pm
192 William Street, Northbridge WA 6003
Details

The second will be held in Brisbane at The Avid Reader Bookstore and Cafe.
Saturday June 10 at 3pm
193 Boundary Street, West End QLD 4101
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For those interested, here's an audio file of the JOHNNY CASH chapter from the B O O K.

Books available here friends.

Thank you all.
ROB

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The Blackeyed Susans: NSW, WA, Vincent and Vinyl

Our album tour continues with launches in NSW and WA in May, plus a special after-hours performance at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne in June. 

NSW

Tickets are selling fast to the Saturday show at Leadbelly, Sydney on the 20th May. Get in quick or you just might miss out. Should that happen, we'd love to see you at the Sunday matinee show.

Supports for both performances are the wonderful Peter Milton Walsh & Amanda Brown (from The Apartments). Looking forward to playing Lizotte’s Newcastle again too on Friday, 19th May. Great room for casting spells – which is exactly what J.P. Shilo will be doing in a special solo set before The Susans take the stage. 

Fri 19 May – Lizotte’s, Lambton Newcastle NSW  TICKETS
Sat 20 May – Leadbelly, Newtown Sydney  TICKETS
Sun 21 May - Leadbelly, Newtown Sydney  TICKETS

WA

We’re going back to where it all began - some 28 years ago!

Great to be playing Perth again in May, especially now The Holy Rollers will be reforming to support us at Mojo's May 26th and Badlands May 27th. Long time fans of Perth music will fondly remember Greg Dear’s indie legends and their song Above The Law, amongst others. Susans’ fans get this exclusive opportunity to see The Rollers in their first performances since they played a few songs at Perth’s SOTA festival in 2014. 

Fri 26 May – Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle  TICKETS
Sat 27 May – Badlands Bar, Perth  TICKETS

NGV FRIDAY NIGHTS Melbourne VIC (June 23)

Join The Blackeyed Susans at the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Van Gogh and the Seasons, for a special after-hours performance at NGV Friday Nights on June 23rd.

See the exhibition, then enjoy a bite to eat in the company of a string quartet, before wrapping up the evening  with a live performance by The Blackeyed Susans in the Great Hall.

Doors open 6pm. The Blackeyed Susans from 8:30pm. (NGV Friday Nights tickets include exhibition entry to Van Gogh and the Seasons.)

More info & tix HERE.

VINYL RELEASE AND LAUNCH

We’re on track for a mid-to-late May release of the vinyl edition of Close Your Eyes and See and to celebrate we’ll be launching it with an in-store performance at Greville Records, Prahran Melbourne on Sunday, June 18th at 4pm. Pre-orders for the limited edition, hand numbered vinyl album still available, along with CDs and other curiosities from our online shop.

Hope to see you soon

ROB X

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The Tour Begins Saturday

Thanks to everyone who's come along to the book events recently. It's been a lot more enjoyable than I imagined, somehow easier talking about writing memoirs than the slippery subject of songwriting.

Having said that I'm part of the Rock n Roll Writers Festival in Melbourne along with Mick Thomas and Hugo Race amongst others. Check in here for tickets for The Abbotsford Convent chats.

The Blackeyed Susans first tour in over a decade is about to kick off this Saturday April 1 in lovely H O B A R T at The Republic Bar. We're launching our new album "CLOSE YOUR EYES AND SEE"; beautifully mixed and produced, it's sonically and visually stunning. For Melbourne friends, our show at The Corner in Richmond follows on Saturday April 8. Tickets to all shows available here.

Books and CDs available here.

Hope to see you somewhere soon.

Rx

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On The Road Again

It’s been a busy time in the land of Susan: First a new single, then a new album and now our first national tour since 2009 is about to get underway! We have much news to share with you…

Close Your Eyes and See

The new album has been receiving glowing reviews around the country. 4**** and counting ... sonically, it’s the most beautiful work we've produced yet with sweeping pedal steel and seductive rhythms combining with our honey-voiced singer and song-writing smarts ... bruised optimism, splinters of resignation ... the world is far too beautiful, far too cruel to make sense of, we do our best to float through it, relatively unscathed. This is one for the dreamers and the lovers.

CDs, digital downloads and pre-orders for vinyl available now:

Album Launches

We’re touring the country over the next few months to launch the new album, playing selections from the new record as well as the best of our back catalogue. To get ready well, naturally, we’ve been rehearsing and the new songs are sounding grand. Check out this video of us playing Not Quite The Same at Bakehouse Studios recently.

Saturday 8th April – Corner Hotel Richmond, Melbourne

With special guests The Spoils play The Velvet Underground & Nico and Skyscraper Sam and The Commission Flats.

What a golden bill we have for you - majestic in fact.

Everyone's favourite album of all time - The Velvet Underground & Nico - re-interpreted in full by The Spoils, plus the tallest man on the planet to ever swing a guitar - Skyscraper Stan, and his his band The Commission Flats. Both join us for a luscious night of song. You gotta come along, there's no excuses. We've even made it more comfortable for y'all with tables and chairs in a cabaret style for those with weary limbs. First in best dressed, grab a table, pour a drink and leave the rest to us.

But before that…

Saturday 1st April – Republic Bar, Hobart

We’re starting our tour in Hobart! It’s been too long since we played in Taz – scene of the infamous hire car incident many years ago. We’d love to see you at the Republic Bar on Saturday 1st April. Get there early as J.P. Shilo will be opening the evening with a special solo set of underwater sounds and songs.

Plus lots more dates to come here.

ROB X

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Paperback this Friday

Thanks to everyone who came along to the B O O K launch at Readings in Carlton last Friday. Photos taken by my friend Siri.

Strange to be reading the opening chapter in the same place, with the same little kid in the audience who uttered the words "YOU'RE NOT ROB SNARSKI".

One more book reading in Melbourne before music takes over again. I'll be in Melbourne's iconic Paperback Books, 60 Bourke St this Friday from 5:30pm to read a chapter or two and sign copies. Hopefully see you there.

Rob x

I still have several copies at home and it's easy to order on-line here if you'd like a signed copy posted out to your home.

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It's Out Today!

The new Blackeyed Susans album, Close Your Eyes and See, is released today and to celebrate we’ve got a brand new video for you, more tour date news, a vinyl pre-order offer and maybe even more...

Use it as a shield in the defense of beauty, a salve, a sop, a libation…in digital download or deluxe double-gatefold digipack formats from our Bandcamp shop.

"A strong and eclectic batch of atmospheric noir." **** 4 stars
Steve Bell - The Music

“Late night music for lovers”
Jeff Jenkins - Stack Magazine

“Close Your Eyes and See is the assured work of a confident and inspired band still at the top of their game” 8/10
Graham Blackley - Beat Magazine

 

LIMITED EDITION VINYL

You’ve asked and we’ve listened. Now available for pre-order in high quality 180 gm vinyl with full colour sleeve and insert. Includes digital download of the album plus a bonus code for three additional tracks. Hand-numbered release of 300 copies.

 

DREAM ON – THE VIDEO

Step in to the strange and wondrous world of The Blackeyed Susans as imagined by filmmaker and photographer Lyndelle Spruyt of LJ Spruyt Photography. Make up by Dana Leviston. Song written by JP Shilo, Rob Snarski and Phil Kakulas. Produced by Dan Luscombe. Performed by The Blackeyed Susans.

 

THE TOUR

New dates added in Brisbane and Adelaide. Tassie, see you soon:

Buy tickets to the shows.

 

THERE’S MORE?

Tea towels, CDs, ticket bundles and special offers available at our Bandcamp shop.

 

ROB X

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Close Your Eyes and See

The Album 

So…it is with much pleasure and just a little pride that we present to you our new album, Close Your Eyes and See, released March 3rd and available for pre-order from today as a digital download or deluxe double-gatefold digipack CD from our Bandcamp shop.

Those of you keeping count will have noticed it’s been over a decade since we released an album of new material. We hope it's been worth the wait and that you enjoy the dreamlike torch songs, bruised ballads and otherworldly rockers we’ve spent the last few years creating. 

Producer Dan Luscombe has done an ace job creating atmospheric soundscapes out of long, reverby trails of pedal steel, tremolo guitar, violin and keyboards. The results, we think, are lush, beautiful and mysterious. 

Close Your Eyes and See is our response to the often wonderful and sometimes woeful world we live in - an appeal to keep your dreams alive, even when it feels as if you’re living in a nightmare. If the outside world poses difficult questions, well the answers may just lie within. 

But don’t take our word for it. Close your eyes and see.

ROB X

PS: You can listen to the opening track, Dream On, right now. Yours to download immediately on pre-order of the album.


The Tour

Hope to see you passing through:

Sat 1 April | Republic Bar, Hobart TAS | Tickets

Sat 8 April | Corner Hotel, Richmond Melbourne VIC | Tickets

Fri 19 May | Lizotte's, Lambton Newcastle NSW | Tickets

Sat 20 May | Leadbelly, Newtown Sydney NSW | Tickets

Sun 21 May (matinee) | Leadbelly, Newtown Sydney NSW | Tickets

Fri 26 May | Mojo's Bar, Fremantle WA | Tickets

Sat 27 May | Badlands Bar, Perth WA | Tickets

Tickets on sale now, with more dates and states coming later in the year. 


The Book

A reminder that my book You're Not Rob Snarski is available now - you can order your signed copy here.

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The B O O K has arrived

The book has finally arrived. I have many envelopes and a trusty pen and they're on their way to those who have pre-ordered. Thank you.

Here's the opening chapter ...

Y O U ' R E
N O T
R O B   S N A R S K I

said the young boy staring up at me. He sounded certain, looked slightly puzzled and more than a little disappointed by my existence.

‘Yes, I am. It’s just I’ve gone and grown a moustache and I’m wearing glasses,’ I responded, not exactly sounding sure of myself.

‘No. You’re not Rob Snarski,’ he repeated, convinced I wasn’t me, staring deep past my spectacles.

It was an awkward, perplexing moment and this little kid was making me feel just a tad anxious. Maybe I’m not Rob Snarski …but then again, why am I standing here in the middle of Readings Bookstore, Carlton, with a guitar slung over my shoulder, singing songs from Wounded Bird and Low Fidelity, alongside the travel section, on a makeshift stage whilst everyone else is sampling the free wine and flicking through the CD racks grazing for a new purchase.

After I sang six songs or so, trying to convince myself I was who I thought I was, the boy again came up to me. 'Okay, you are Rob Snarski. Thanks for singing “The Black Caress”, that’s my favourite Then he followed with some quick-fire questions: ‘What’s your favourite song? Who’s your favourite band? Are you your favourite singer?’ Woah, let me have a think about all that.

He told me he liked Queen and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was his favourite song of all time (hmm, quite an epic for a lad of ten, I thought). His mother and I then began chatting, discussing the possibility of an acoustic house concert, and before I had the chance to notice, everyone else in the shop who’d come to hear some songs had drifted off into the night and I remained standing there, wondering if I was who I think I am. 

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B O O K release YOU'RE NOT ROB SNARSKI / CRUMBS FROM THE CAKE

Greetings 

I'm not exactly sure how this has happened but I've managed to write a book, not a very large book but a book all the same.

Glimpses, recollections, images from my past and present. Music, pets, family and work ... things I thought worthy of sharing and a way of remembering.

There's a lot of images taken the Snarski Family Archives as well as fine photographs from Denise Nestor, Scott Wajon, Andrew Watson, L.J. Spruyt, Tim McNeilage and my friends, thankfully not all of me.

If you're interested in pre-ordering a signed copy just head here ...   

'You're Not Rob Snarski' is released in early February 2017.

Thanks again.

R x

From Melbourne to Europe and all points in between, Rob Snarski shares his observations and insights from the music world he has performed in, the people he has worked with, his family, the domesticated animals he has loved, and the things he’s had to do to pay the rent.

Snarski has played in seminal Australian bands since the 1980s: Chad’s Tree, The Blackeyed Susans, and as a guest singer with The Triffids. These recollections and photographs uncover a delicate humour in the man who remains a dedicated follower of music and the musicians he’s been influenced by.


Author's Note:

I never intended to write a book. Never intended to compile short snippets of recollections and find appropriate photographs to sit beside them within a paper framework. A book was never part of the plan. I’d barely scraped through English in the final years of high school; comprehension was never a favourite of mine.

All this came about through a friend who read some of my reminiscing one morning on social media and insisted I send it on to a publisher he knew.

The majority of these recollections were written on a train or a plane, in a hotel room or airport lounge. There’s something about being in motion, in-between places that helps jolt my memory. Random thoughts spill out when I’m travelling from home in the hills of Tecoma to my part-time day jobs in town or when flying out from Melbourne to other destinations for music.

There are some chapters within that are possibly too private. I grappled with the notion of including them, precariously I let go, I’m still not quite sure why.

The collection is sporadic, arbitrary with a gap or two. They are my memories of events and I imagine may differ slightly to others present at the time. I couldn’t simply write about all things music and only music, as other experiences and beings shape my existence. 

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Are You The Lover Or The Loved?

Well, they say good things come to those who wait and haven’t you been waiting a while! But we have news for you! Lots of news! Read on, read on…

THE BLACKEYED SUSANS LAUNCH NEW SINGLE 'LOVER OR THE LOVED' AT ANNUAL MELBOURNE CHRISTMAS SHOWS

'LOVER OR THE LOVED' OUT FRIDAY 2 DECEMBER

The Blackeyed Susans announce the release of their new single 'Lover or the Loved' on Friday 2 December. The new single will be officially launched at their annual Christmas shows on Friday 16 December at the Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh (joined by The Thin White Ukes) and Saturday 17 December at the Spotted Mallard, Brunswick (with Special Guest Angie Hart). They also play a family friendly matinee show on Sunday 18 December at the Spotted Mallard, (again joined by The Thin White Ukes).

'Lover or the Loved' is the first release from The Blackeyed Susans long awaited new album 'Close Your Eyes and See', out in 2017. Against a backdrop of pulsating rhythms and curling guitar lines, the song explores the dynamics of love. It's classic Susans, with Rob Snarski crooning his way through a Phil Kakulas lyric that asks more questions than it answers:

Are you the lover or the loved?
Are you the one below or the one above?
Are you the one who loves too much or not enough?
Are you the lover or the loved?

We all want to be loved, right? Well, The Susans aren't so sure. Engulfed by a starless sky and imbued with an existential ache, 'Lover or the Loved' builds towards a somewhat surprising and compelling conclusion. We can't wait for the album.

Amidst the tinsel and the Christmas lights, The Susans will play sneak previews from the forthcoming album, as well as the best of their back catalogue and some choice Christmas classics too. Come and celebrate the birth of little baby Jesus in style with The Blackeyed Susans this December!

FRIDAY 16 DECEMBER - CARAVAN MUSIC CLUB, OAKLEIGH
+ Special Guests The Thin White Ukes
Tickets

SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER - SPOTTED MALLARD, BRUNSWICK
+ Special Guest Angie Hart
Tickets

SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER (3pm matinee) - SPOTTED MALLARD, BRUNSWICK
+ Special Guests The Thin White
Tickets

Love
ROB X

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Oct TRIFFIDS EUROPE / This Sunday COBURG

I'm lucky enough to be heading off to Europe in October but before I go I'm playing a couple of shows.

This Sunday Sept 18 at The Post Office Hotel in sunny Coburg with the impeccably dressed, maestro of guitar Shane O'Mara and then a solo show at:

Bella Union, Carlton on Wednesday Oct 5.

This Sunday is free, 5-7pm and you'll find The Post Office Hotel at 229-231 Sydney Rd, Coburg, Victoria.

There is no doubt as a young person in the '80s I saw The Triffids more than any other band from my youth. There was a time I'd see every show when they returned to WA from the eastern states, and also in Sydney (when I'd relocated there with Chad's Tree) whenever they returned home from Europe for an Australian tour. 

I've been invited to be one of the guest singers with the band on several tours over the last decade and in October we head off to Europe for some shows; playing the songs from "Born Sandy Devotional" and celebrating the life and song writing of friend David McComb.

18/10/16 Paradiso AMSTERDAM

21/10/16 Assembly Hall LONDON

23/10/16 AB BRUSSELS

In December The Triffids return to Melbourne and will be performing at The Meredith Music Festival and some side shows at The Corner Hotel. Check relevant websites for details friends. 

In the meantime, see you out there, somewhere.

R x

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This Friday ... Spiegel im Spiegel

Yes folks it's THIS FRIDAY !!!!

It's taken twenty years for this promised show to unfold and it all begins with a sparkle this week in Melbourne with more shows plotted around the country in following weeks.

Mikelangelo and myself hit the stage at 8:30pm.

MELBA SPIEGELTENT
35 Johnston St, Collingwood
BOOK TICKETS

Oh ... and there's a new tea towel ... available at gigs and in the online shop!

Adios
Rob x

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SNARSKI AND MIKELANGELO - Melb, Syd, Canberra, Bathurst...

Mikelangelo and I first met in 1997. Mikel was lying in a coffin dressed as Elvis and I was gazing down at his seemingly lifeless body singing at him… it was just a little surreal.

Fast forward 20 years and we’re performing our first double headline shows together in the heart of winter.

LEAPS AND BOUNDS FESTIVAL - MELBA SPIEGELTENT
35 JOHNSTON ST, COLLINGWOOD, MELBOURNE
FRIDAY JULY 8
BOOK TICKETS

WINTER CABARET FESTIVAL - BATHURST MEMORIAL ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
105 WILLIAM ST, BATHURST
FRIDAY JULY 15
BOOK TICKETS

POLISH WHITE EAGLE CLUB
38 DAVID ST, CANBERRA
FRIDAY JULY 29
BOOK TICKETS

OXFORD CIRCUS
231 OXFORD ST, SYDNEY
SATURDAY JULY 30 - EARLY & LATE SHOWS
BOOK TICKETS - EARLY SHOW
BOOK TICKETS - LATE SHOW

Hopefully we'll see you out and about.
R x

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MAY Thornbury/ Brisbane/ St.Kilda

Thank you all for coming along to the Croxton Park Hotel, Thornbury throughout April ... it's been getting quite busy there, thankfully no-one has trodden on a toddler. The publican there has been understandably chuffed with the shows and the handsome turnout so they've extended the season for the entire month of MAY. Hope some of you can make it down for one or two. Sundays 4:30-6:30pm, family friendly and free ...

I head up to BRISBANE this Friday with JP Shilo as support for the launch of alt-country giants HALFWAY's new album "The Golden Halfway Record" at The Triffid in Newstead. The lads recorded in Nashville with lauded producer Mark Nevers (Calexico/Bonnie Prince Billy/George Jones) and have been receiving 5* reviews in music papers throughout the country. We also support them at the Northcote Social Club on Friday, May 13.

There's also a massive show coming up at MEMO in St Kilda featuring the alumni of the Melbourne music-sphere. Fearless songs brought to you by Liberty Victoria Sunday May 8 from 3pm. 

May is looking really busy, hopefully see you out there, somewhere ... Rx

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Sundays in April / Thornbury

I've been a bit quiet on the music front of late. Now out of the blue I have four shows for the next four Sundays in the front bar of The Croxton Park Hotel, Thornbury. All free and kid friendly 4:30-6:30pm... two sets. Yes, Rock at the Croc, or in my case roll and rattle a bit.

The first two Sundays I'll be joined by that enchanting musical conjurer JP SHILO and the last two by that dapper gent & guitar maestro SHANE O'MARA. There'll be a sprinkling of Wounded Bird and Low Fidelity tunes, tap-dancing and sorcery. 

Here's a few pics of things.

A car I like... the steering wheel has my initials therefore it must belong to me.

Some pics from the Fremantle Arts Centre earlier in the year. Thanks to all who came along.

I happened to be in Perth for four days in a row of 42°. Lovely.

I was also lucky enough to sing with The Triffids at the HOME concert which opened the Perth International Festival with a cast of thousands.

Oh, I still have my moustache.

See you for a Sunday in April at The Croxton Hotel 607 High St, Thornbury.

 

Rob x 

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