Photo by: Mike Terry (miguelito_terry)
Following on from the release of their emphatic single ‘Plastic Eyes’ in January, Sydney group The Tambourine Girls unveil a stunning new collection of material in their third full-length record, Different Streets.
Fusing together a gorgeous blend of sonic influences that highlight the diverse threads of musicianship within the band, Different Streets marks not only a return to form for the band, but the start of an exciting new chapter for The Tambourine Girls moving forward into 2023.
A mixture of emotions provide the undercurrent of Different Streets. For The Tambourine Girls, the process marked their final collaboration with the late Nick Weaver – not just a treasured member of the group, but a loved member of the wider Australian music community.
In a way, Different Streets stands as a time capsule of the band’s final sessions with Weaver, before he passed away after a brief battle with an aggressive form of cancer in 2021. His imprint on the record remains – the beauty found within some of the musical and songwriting nuances stands strong as The Tambourine Girls found their way through the creative process without his physical presence.
Lead single, ‘You Know How To Bring Me Down’, proved to be the most difficult of the tracks to record, but has wound up being one of the most arresting moments on Different Streets. Thematically, Different Streets explores emotional complexities with sensitivity; the ins and outs of relationships and love; the human condition as a whole.
“This album has ended up representing both our finest achievements as a band and our greatest heartbreak. With our worlds turned upside down, the album froze for over a year while we grieved our best friend and tried to comprehend whether we could go on playing music without him, and what that would look like.
With the help of our extremely talented and caring friends (Simon Berckelman, Antonia Gauci, Chloe Dadd, Tony Buchen and Nick Franklin), we were able to finish the record and create a body of work that was simultaneously the best music we ever made with Nick, as well as a tribute to him.” THE TAMBOURINE GIRLS
Throughout the album, the listener gets to know The Tambourine Girls that extra bit better; refusing to play within genre guidelines, the band brings together riffs, melodies and hooks that could feel as comfortable on an album by The Cure, as they would records by The Band and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.
The release of Different Streets adds to a growing body of work for The Tambourine Girls, starting with the release of their self-titled debut album back in 2016, and then flourishing in 2018 with Waiting For Pleasure.
Across their career, the band has established for themselves a formidable reputation as live performers, supporting the likes of Megan Washington, Davey Lane and Dustin Tebbutt amongst others. With extensive support for their music across Apple Music and Spotify, as well as triple j and Double J, the return of The Tambourine Girls is one that fans and industry have been waiting for.
And this album has been worth the wait.
PRAISE FOR THE TAMBOURINE GIRLS
“There’s a huge ’70s influence at work here, and of course a dash of tambourine”
“Their collection of tracks lays out a psychedelic landscape painted with a hint of brit-pop and drenched in exotic vibes.”
“Matching up with the psych tones of the music, the visuals are layered and soaked in filters, adding a trippy effect you’re pulled into.”
The AU Review
“it’s kind of like your favourite rock song took a chill pill and washed it down with a shoegaze chaser but still managed to be the life of the party”
THE TAMBOURINE GIRLS LIVE SHOWS
Sunday 5 March Get Together Festival Wombarra NSW Tickets
Saturday 15 April Factory Floor Marrickville NSW Tickets
Album Launch, Supported by The Melodrones
Saturday May 13 The Big Chill Festival Armidale NSW Tickets
DIFFERENT STREETS is out now.
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