Blackchords' Australian Tour @ Hotel Gearin

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Blackchords' Australian Tour

It’s been a long time coming… almost three years to be precise, but Melbourne’s Blackchords are finally ready to release their much-anticipated self titled debut album. And it is certainly worth the wait!

Having spent most of the last year soaking up a bit of Parisian bohemia, frontman Nick Milwright has returned to hometown Melbourne for the launch of Blackchords, out on Dust Devil Music April 18, and is taking his carefully cultivated pearl of an album on the road with shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, and a couple of regional dates in between.

As Milwright notes, the songs that comprise this record have been waiting for their chance to shine for some time now. "I always felt bad that there are these songs that I've written and played in the past that have now just disappeared from existence cause I was never able to capture them on a record," he explains. "So finally being able to record is almost like a spring clean. I've recorded them now and I can move on. I'm free to start working on new ideas with the knowledge that I'm not going to forget or lose these old ones cause they've finally been captured!"

Not that anyone would want to move on from these songs, that capitalise on everything Blackchords have come to stand for: emotional and lyrical depth, a widescreen sense of melody and drama, and stunning arrangements.

With echoes of early Radiohead, Coldplay and Jeff Buckley, Blackchords have managed to create in this album something wholly new of the musical touchstones and hallmarks that Milwright and his bandmates have soaked up through a life spent poring over everything music has to offer. Far from wearing their influences on their sleeves, Blackchords melt them down into a well of surprisingly deep, emotional melody.

So, now that Blackchords is complete and ready to be set free, what does the future hold for Blackchords? Milwright's response is atypically modest. "We're just eager to get out there and push it as far as it can go. Blackchords just ultimately want to make music for the rest of our lives and get better and better as musicians. So if we can do that we’ll be very happy."

If Blackchords is anything to go by, they won't be the only happy ones.


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Blackchords Previous Events, Festivals & Tour dates


Brighton Up Bar 26 April, The Hideaway 20 April, Toff in Town 06 April, Toff in Town (Blackchords) 06 April, Ding Dong Lounge 15 February


The Standard Hotel 19 December, Bridge Hotel 15 September, Kings Cross Hotel 01 September, The Evelyn Hotel 14 September, The Standard Hotel 15 July, Cherry Bar (Alex Watt & Good China) 29 June, The Bended Elbow 15 June, Bottlerocket Cocktail Bar & Cafe 31 May, The Standard Hotel 30 May, Spectrum 01 June, Workers Club 26 May, Phoenix Public House (Pony Face) 14 April, Phoenix Public House (Pony Face) 14 April


The Grace Darling Hotel 28 October, The Grace Darling Hotel 21 October, The Grace Darling Hotel (Owl Eyes) 14 October, Excelsior Hotel 16 September, The Corner Hotel 14 September, The Grace Darling Hotel 13 March, The Bald Faced Stag (Blackchords) 07 March, Northern Star Hotel and Restaurant (Blackchords) 06 March, Oxford Tavern (Blackchords) 05 March, The Evelyn Hotel (Blackchords) 28 February, Ruby's Lounge (Blackchords) 27 February, National Hotel (Blackchords) 26 February


Club 77 (Here Comes The Birds, Kids At Risk ) 27 November, Excelsior Hotel (The Vignettes, Found At Sea) 28 November, The Evelyn Hotel (Damon Smith, Quiet The Few) 20 November, The Thornbury Theatre 17 July, Excelsior Hotel (The Shipwrecked) 03 July, Hamilton Station Hotel 02 July, The Bended Elbow 25 June, Toff in Town (Pacho from The Rancho) 21 June, The Esplanade Hotel - Front Bar (The Fauves) 06 June, The Esplanade Hotel - Gershwin Room (The Holy Sea, Wellyn) 24 April, Crown & Anchor Hotel 11 April, 303 Cathedral Avenue 20 March, Hotel Gearin 13 March, National Hotel 12 March, Old Bar 05 March, Wesley Anne 01 March, Retreat Hotel - Brunswick (The Frowning Clouds) 26 February