The Gate Presents: Live in the Front Yard

Merry Christmas! I’m normally a complete grinch at this time of year, but I’m shedding my seasonal curmudgeonly ways and getting into the spirit of giving. And blogging, for that matter! (don’t fall off your chair)

We’ve just released a video series of acoustic live performances called “Live in the Front Yard“, featuringĀ The Paper Scissors, Valar, Tash Parker and Lessons In Time. The performances were shot in between soundchecks before our last show at The Gate. Masterfully directed by Matt Davis, they’re some wonderful performances by some wonderful acts that you owe it to yourself to get amongst. Enjoy!

The Paper Scissors

Parades live @ Save FBi (World Bar) / Dead Nationale single

Last week I visited the World Bar to check out the FBi Radio fundraising event, one of the many that had been organised to save the ailing station (who, by the way, areĀ in the clear for now). The evening was a varied, wild and frequently bizarre affair with sets by a number of Sydney mainstays including The Paper Scissors, Richard In Your Mind, Fait Accompli and others.

Easily the best set (for me), however, was a short, almost unnoticed set right at the start of the evening from Parades (I’ve raved about them before). Let me tell you – this is going to be a great band to watch emerge in the months to come. Their live sound is impeccable, managing to succeed at being both energetic and intricate. Their songwriting appears to only be getting more sophisticated, and generally their sound is moving in a larger, more expansive direction that suits itself well to a live setting.

If you haven’t checked out the new single “Dead Nationale” (hearted by many), make sure you do so at the below link.

Ensure you see them live soon – in particular make a note in your calendar for August 6th where they’ll be appearing at the Oxford Art Factory with Seekae, Megastick Fanfare, Ghoul and Bearhug. Quite a lineup!