Australia’s CITY CALM DOWN have announced that their long-awaited third album, TELEVISION, will be released on 23 August. [Pre-order link: https://smarturl.it/TelevisionCCD] To coincide with the news, the Melbourne outfit have premiered their huge new single STUCK (ON THE EASTERN) on Triple J in their homeland.
STUCK (ON THE EASTERN) follows the comeback single TELEVISION, and again sees the band work with producer Burke Reid [Courtney Barnett, The Drones, Julia Jacklin] to create something remarkably present and vital.
Faster, simpler, tougher; this is CITY CALM DOWN like you’ve never heard them before. The track takes aim at rampant consumerism, our unattainable modern life dreams and the pressure of the rat race, with Melbourne’s congested Eastern Freeway being a metaphor for these broader concerns and issues.
Speaking about the track, front man Jack Bourke said: “After moving away from the city, I found myself stuck in peak hour traffic on the Eastern Freeway and was shocked that this scenario was a daily ritual. Some might say it’s a practical issue that requires a practical solution (such as building more roads) but in my view it’s more fundamental than that – it’s a symptom of our ‘aspirational culture’ where the primary aspiration is to consume. This song won’t change that, but it might make you laugh about it”.
In celebration of the album’s release, the band will be heading over to the UK and the EU for a headline tour in September. Full dates as follows with tickets on sale now via www.citycalmdown.com
Wed 25 GLASGOW Oran Mor
Thu 26 NEWCASTLE Cluny 2
Fri 27 LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
Sat 28 MANCHESTER Soup Kitchen
Mon 30 LONDON Electrowerkz
TELEVISION is a spectacular album: short, sharp and focused. Recorded at The Grove Studios in New South Wales, it sees JACK BOURKE (vocals) SAM MULLALY (keyboards) JEREMY SONNENBERG (bass) and LEE ARMSTRONG (drums) chase something new, without hesitation or second thoughts. “After eleven years together, it felt like it was time to shake things up and really get out of our comfort zone,” says Jack.
And so CITY CALM DOWN stripped back their sound and focused their message: wake up, the world’s happening to you. Sonically, TELEVISION is a direct hit to the body, packed with punk energy and the band’s trademark emotional intensity.