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November sees the long awaited 1st single from the new MA album “Dance Until My Heart Breaks” the single is called “Horses Dream of Horses”. We’ve just shot a video for it, featuring some very talented dancers, directed by Lisa Ffrench!
The Music of MA will be playing house band over two nights for The Chaser’s Empty Vessel Shows, we will be joined on stage by our full band & the best news is its FREE! So keep fri may 20th and sat 21st in your diary free… wear WHITE.
Yes folks… that is what our new song looks like….but you’ll have to wait til the new year to hear it. Sorry, I’m a tease I know! All I can say is it gets stuck in your head and it has a killer hook! Working Title “Double Feature”
We are recording, we are mixing, we are doing all we can to get this baby done and out! 2011!
Along with all this Drew has been working hard on his Chopin Premiere this coming Friday and Victoria has writing and when not writing has been playing with Cee Lo Green’s song Fuck You (this is her form of procrastination)… here is her vocal version that she made on garage band! ( yes, it’s lily-white, but she had a heap of fun working out the harmony’s).
Other news, our awesome backup singers THE PINK RIBBONS also had a EP launch last weekend, As Drew put it so eloquently “They had their Cocks and Clams out” Charming. Check em LIVE here
What else? Oh on Friday night Victoria was told that her vocal for the WHO magazine was approved by Pete Townsend himself….and it was the very 1st female vocal Pete had EVER approved! Dave McCormack did point out that Pete Townsend was being handed a cheque for $150K at the time. Still, that’s a pretty cool story heh?
All is well on the Music of MA front. Stay tuned – more to come in the next few months.
This last week has been a very special one for MA – one of our goals over the past year has been to figure out how and when to revamp our live show – we knew we wanted it to reflect the new recordings we were making, and to have more people involved to build on the electronic duo sound we had going.
So firstly, to recreate the lush – and quite frankly, very hard to sing live – backing vocals of the typical MA album, we started by rehearsing with the wonderful Tyler Grant and Siobhan Poynton (known to their punk-electro fans as Pink Ribbons) as a toe in the water of a new, expanded sound.
That was going to be that, but then things went so well that we decided to go for it and add the horns. Martin Kay, our indispensable sax player couldn’t do the gig so we subbed in Nathan Henshaw with Ben Gurton & Stew Kirwan on trombone and trumpet… and suddenly we had the most exciting live performing experience I have ever had. It was such a joy to play these new songs to a full room with a band of amazing musicians – it really took flight.
[Now, here’s where I would have inserted a picture of all of us going at it at once, but even with 3 photographers there snapping away at us, do you think I have even one of the brass section? No. No, I do not.]
My only disappointment? During rehearsals Siobhan and Tyler had fully choreographed routines going for all of the songs, sometimes poignant but mostly hilariously literal interpretations of the lyrics expressed through synchronised human movement. But something about a room full of 400 fashionistas and art students, and the pressures of a debut singing tight, tricky harmonies might have kept them from demonstrating their backing singer moves. If you all close your eyes really tightly and wish very hard, they might bust some of these out at our next outing.
Which is going to be very soon – our good friends at Kino have asked us to play at the final night of Kino Kabaret 2010 on Sunday, October 24 – theme: Roller Riot! Come down, see some terrific guerilla film making and have a wee boogie to the New MA Live Experience. More details as they come to hand.
The Music of MA has been a little quiet on the social media side of things lately. MA however have been anything but quiet, in fact MA have been going through some major life events, marriages, new homes, new beginnings and farewells. All of this at the same time as laying down the first tracks for the new MA album at Q studios.
The late night vocal sessions 3 days prior to my wedding went well despite my inner “Bridezilla” lurking in the corner… and while I was lounging on a Thai beach with my new husband, Drew was grappling with horn charts along with some of Sydney’s best horn players, including the wonderful Martin Kay.
The magical Chris Townend (Big Jesus Burger Studio founder) mixed MA’s first LP called Across the City and into Your Room. Chris’s deft nob turning abilities and his beautiful vintage Neve desk were in large part responsible for the gorgeous sound MA achieved on our 1st album. Now that MA are working on the new album we wanted to repeat the experience.
Chris suggested to save time and money that he mix the tracks at his studio in Tasmania. Rumor has it his farmhouse is filled with every kind of wonderful piece of recording equipment you could ever ask for, strange boxes that can pull sounds inside and out. In a way Chris is a type of sound alchemist and he’s worked his magic on great artists such as Portishead, Sleepy Jackson, Augie March and Silverchair.
Upon listening to the tracks MA had sent him in Tasmania, Chris rang Drew to say that he felt the tracks were just too big for a regular desk.
Quote: “ These songs have universes of sounds going inside them, I really think we need the mighty Neve Desk for this job”.
The problem was the Neve desk is completely booked out with the new Silverchair album, and there was only one day he could fit MA in ‘til November… so champing at the bit, we jumped at the opportunity and attempted to mix 10,000 hours, When You Notice Me and Horses Dream of Horses. These are the first batch of tracks off the new album and they are epic and beautiful … and no, they are not finished.
Much like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, one could get lost for a day inside the world of layered backing vocals, syrupy synths and live horns… the album is sounding amazing, we can’t wait to be able to play it to you. But you’ll have to wait a little longer. Much like a good French slow-cooked meal, this one needs a little more time.