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The Audreys Take The US By "Flood"

August 2, 2009

CWG: How did you guys meet?

We all met in Adelaide, South Australia. In rehab.

CWG: What inspired the name The Audreys?

I’m a big fan of Audrey Hepburn, and also Hank Williams’ wife was called Audrey.

CWG: What is the music scene like in Australia?

Because we have a lot of space and great weather, we have a lot of music festivals. And I mean a lot!

CWG: What inspired your sound?

Something great comes from band members each bringing their own tastes and musical experiences to the table. We listen to a pretty diverse range of musical styles. When you take that to a producer who you really want to work with, hopefully it all comes together.

It was really a bit of an accident. A combination of

CWG: Your albums “Between Last Night And Us” and “When The Flood Comes” won the ARIA Award for Best Blues And Roots Album. How does it feel for your work to be acknowledged by the music industry and your peers?

It’s a great thing, really incredible. The ARIA Awards are like your Grammys , so you get to put on your best clothes, stagger down the red carpet and drink a lot of bubbles at someone elses’ expense. And if you walk away with a shiny memento at the end of the night, well that just makes it even better.

CWG: You are playing some shows in the US. What do you think of America? How are American audiences reacting to your music?

We’ve had good airplay on internet radio and solid sales on iTunes, so we thought we’d pop on over and play a few shows, dip our toes in the water so to speak.

CWG: “When The Flood Comes” has an alternative country feel and the songs have somewhat of a serious tone (such as drinking and death, like on ‘Sally & The Preacher,’ ‘When The Flood Comes’ and ‘Here He Lies’). Are these songs based on experiences you’ve had?

“Here He Lies” is a personal song, about my cousin who died young. “When the Flood Comes” is a murder ballad, and in “Sally & the Preacher,” we made up those characters … although let it not be said that we don’t like to drink, we’re Australian after all.

Australia’s The Audreys Play Hollywood and Offer Free Track

July 21, 2009

Download This! – “Paradise City

The Audreys are Australia’s highest profile alt-country band with both albums, “Between Last Night” and “Us and When The Flood Comes,” winning ARIA’s for The Best Blues & Roots Album in 2006 and 2008.

“When The Flood Comes” also appeared on Rolling Stone’s Top 100 albums of 2008 (#39).

L.A. Tour Dates
July 27th @ Spaceland
July 30th @ Hotel Café.

The Audreys – When The Flood Comes

July 20, 2009

Label: Self-Released
Rating: 3.5 Guns

Buy On:
The Audreys

Written By: PSG

Don’t let iTunes’ “country” label fool you, The Audreys are far from redneck twang. The Australian group, originally out of Melbourne, consists of five members and “When The Flood Comes” is their second album. “When The Flood Comes” has a tone and theme of a socially aware youth. All the songs contain the bright, simplistic attitude of someone just starting out in life who has gained their first bit of wisdom.

A theme of warning is expressed in the tracks “Chelsea Blues” and title-track “When The Flood Comes.” This seems highly appropriate to the times as it seems everyday there is another news story on a new global threat. With these warnings the songs also carry a message of unity being the only way to get through what is coming, which is, of course, another timely idea.

Following along in the idea that the album is meant to imitate a teen or young adult in today’s world, The Audreys included a healthy dose of romance and sex. Track 4 “Lay Me Down” in particular has a seductive tone and “Sally & the Preacher” has a deep sound which makes you want to move your hips. “Closing Time” should be playing in the background of every movie first kiss. The last song “More to a Sinner” is so sweet and bluegrassy that you’ll instantly want to be slow-dancing with a cowboy at the town’s summer barbecue.

And what teenager would be complete without a little anger at the world? Besides bitterly ironic lyrics like in “Small Things” “drowning’s not that bad if you breathe,” a deeper anger is also expressed. “Paradise City” is very noticeably different from the rest of the album. This seems to be drastically unbalanced. Alone, this song sticks out like a sore thumb, even though it fits with the overall theme of the album. Yet, this works as a singular song and if The Audreys want to go down this road they should include more than one song of this type for a more complete feel.

The music itself is undeniably beautiful. It could easily be the soundtrack to a peaceful weekend. The vocals are perfectly paired with the instruments. The instruments (melodica, harmonica, ukulele, resophonic, guitar, banjo, violin, lap steel, bass, and drums) are each featured well and comfortably. The Audreys rely equally on the vocals, lyrics, and instruments to produce their nicely balanced sound.

As enjoyable as the album is, The Audreys did themselves a great disservice by sticking to very calm almost subdued sounds. While listening to the album you might find yourself waiting for some real swingin’ pop bluegrass a la “Four Winds” by Bright Eyes. Don’t get your hopes up, it’s not coming. The Audreys obviously have vocals and instrumental talent powerful enough to produce that kind of sound, and at a few points they almost get there, but never quite manage it. So come on, Audreys, next time around blow everyone out of their seats.

THE AUDREYS @ Spaceland 7.27 & Hotel Café 7.30

July 8, 2009

Download “Paradise City” from the new album “When The Flood Comes”

Two-time ARIA (Australian Grammy) winning band, The Audreys, will make their Los Angeles debut later this month at Spaceland on July 27th and Hotel Café on July 30th. The Audreys are Australia’s highest profile alt-country band with both albums, Between Last Night and Us and When The Flood Comes, winning ARIA’s for The Best Blues & Roots Album in 2006 and 2008. When The Flood Comes also appeared on Rolling Stone’s Top 100 albums of 2008 (#39).

Monday, July 27th @ Spaceland
1717 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Doors 8pm / Show 8pm / 21+ / No Cover
with Andy Clockwise

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Thursday, July 30th @ Hotel Café
1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Show 7pm / 21+ / $10
with Nightfur, Steve Reynolds, Rachel Goodrich, John Swardson