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Tassie five-piece The Embers
embark on national Bright album tour
Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane tour dates announced

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The Embers

Hot off the heels of their debut album release, Tassie band The Embers are heading to the mainland for their official album East Coast tour. The indie five-piece received national acclaim for their long-player Bright, revered for its eclectic style and have been fielding requests for shows outside of their home state. With an already huge following on the live scene on the Apple Isle, the band have a stellar reputation for their energetic shows, so audiences on their Bright tour are certainly in for a treat.

The Embers – Michael Attard, Katy Humphries, Jai Larkman, Kilty Salter and Miles Bender – released their album Bright in April. The album, which seamlessly melds elements of reggae, blues, rock and funk, is jam-packed with catchy songwriting, deft instrumentation and an almost tangible live sensibility. With this in mind, it is no surprise to learn that the album translates exceptionally well into the band’s live sets. Lead singer Michael Attard says the band can’t wait to get out and share some more music from their debut release.

“Audiences can expect to catch us, and themselves, grooving to some reggae beats, swaying to a folky calypso dirge and cutting shapes to some rootsy dance numbers,” he says. “Expect a high energy show with our combined originality driving a path towards what we have come to call contemporary roots rock. We are so pumped to be able to bring our style to people who haven’t heard our music, or seen us live before. We are mostly looking forward to seeing how people interact with our music and live show, and also to really digging deep to express to people how passionate we are about what we do, and what we create together.”

The band are no strangers to playing outside of Tasmania. In fact, they first earned recognition playing at the National Campus Band Competition in Sydney in 2006. Michael says they can’t wait to return to the city as part of this run of dates. “It is going to be great to play Sydney again, as we did get a really good break there,” he says. “That was a long time ago and many things have changed as far as band members and material. I just hope that the energy is received in the same way it was back then. I think if you are honest and passionate about your music, it will always connect in some way.”

Taking their music to New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, has been a goal that the five-piece have been working towards for some time. “We have limited experience and big expectations in these areas,” says Michael. “We did play a very cool folky festival called Swagger Fest last year in country Victoria and that was a heap of fun. As far as expectations go, I think we are expecting something a bit different to Tasmania. Melbourne and Brisbane, and all of the capital cities are breeding grounds for a huge number of awesome and different bands. There is a lot more competition for attention and exposure, so we are really looking forward to earning our stripes again.”

The Embers have certainly been earning their stripes already, and if the hype created by Bright is anything to go by, their music is going to continue to be embraced nationwide. “Every band strives to create music together, then play live – and if they work and sacrifice hard enough, produce an album,” says Michael. “We are all really proud of what we have been able to achieve with Bright and we are very happy with the way it sounds. Releasing it nationally was another level for us, and we hope punters get behind it on our national tour. Creating and releasing an album must be a little akin to when the kids leave home – you put so much love, emotion, hard work and sacrifice into it and then just like that, it is done.”

At the culmination of their album tour, The Embers won’t be taking a break. After a solid 12-months dedicated to Bright, they are already looking into the future. “We will have a party to start with, I think, to celebrate the achievement and then back into it really,” says Michael. We already have a tone of new songs and ideas so it will be good to get back to the writing and jamming stage, instead of the organising and promo side of thing. Let’s see what happens, but more interstate gigs will be on the cards too.”

Don’t miss The Embers as they embark on their national Bright album tour. The Embers debut album Bright is out now.

Friday 4th September 2015
Sookie Lounge, BELGRAVE VIC
1648 Burwood Highway, Belgrave VIC
w/ The Dub Captains

Saturday 5th September 2015
317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC
w/ The Dub Captains & special guests Heloise
Tix $10

Friday 25th September 2015
The Captain Cook Hotel, PADDINGTON NSW
1/162 Flinders Street, Paddington NSW
w/ Messily Dressed

Saturday 26th September 2015
Annandale Hotel, ANNANDALE NSW
17 Parramatta Road, Annandale NSW
w/ Messily Dressed

Friday 13th November 2015
The Bearded Lady, WEST END QLD
138 Boundary Street, West End QLD
w/ The Tea Society & Josh Swan
Tix $10

Saturday 14th November 2015
Miami Marketta, GOLD COAST QLD
23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami QLD
w/ The Tea Society

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