DOORS 6.30PM // SHOW STARTS 8PM
Following the cancellation of Rising Festival which included this special event, the Brunswick Ballroom is thrilled to be hosting the Chris Smith album launch on July 15 along with the line up that had been originally scheduled to happen on June 6 before being interrupted by another Melbourne lockdown.
Art-damaged country blues, brooding tropical keyboard flourishes and icy synths collide.
Chris Smith’s hazy 2020 album Second Hand Smoke is a cloud of exhaled influences. There’s his rusted on, man-out-of-place-and-time vocals; samples of news reports on Melrose Place actor Heather Locklear; and a suite of instrumental guitar tracks that build on each other, slowly filling the room in a thick fog. Since playing in Geelong noise-rock outfit The Golden Lifestyle Band in the mid ‘90s, Smith’s live and recorded output has been slim. At this rare performance, he plays a set of improvisational electric guitar pieces accompanied by film projections before diving into the songs on Second Hand Smoke with a full band.
Also from Geelong, and also appearing sporadically, is Lost Animal—whose now 10-year-old album Ex Tropical remains a singular achievement in Melbourne’s 21st century musical canon. Ostensibly the solo project of Jarrod Quarrell, Lost Animal plays songs off that record and 2016’s You Yang.
Rounding out the night is OV Pain, the darkwave duo of Renee Barrance and Tim Player. The pair—originally formed in Dunedin, New Zealand—wrangle synths, drums, sax and samples into icy walls of sound, soon to be heard on their forthcoming album The Churning Blue of Noon.
Due to current Covid restrictions shows will be seated and limited per sitting.
Please note: Tables cannot be joined together on the evening. Please ensure everyone you wish to seat at your table is included in your booking to avoid being seated separately. Ideally if you can arrive together at the same time, that will help with seating you all together.
Please adhere to social distancing at all times and follow direction from venue staff.
Customers are required to check-in via the Service Victoria App as they enter the venue.
The venue will be taking a number of precautionary measures to ensure patron safety, including:- Hand sanitiser dispensers
– Signage and social distancing markers throughout the venue
– Regular sanitising of the venue and full clean between sittings
Photo ID is essential, acceptable ID is a current and valid Australian Photo Drivers Licence, State Approved ‘Proof of Age’ card or Passport.
THE BALLROOM MENU
The kitchen will be serving The Ballroom Menu for this show, and will be open from 6:30pm.
You can view the delicious offerings available by clicking here.
The Brunswick Ballroom is Accessible.
The Brunswick Ballroom has made significant improvements to accessibility by installing an Acorn Chairlift. (Model: New Acorn Indoor 180 Curved Stairlift.)
To find out more about the venue, FAQs can be viewed by clicking here.
Chris Smith – album launch w/ Lost Animal and Ov Pain
When: Thu 15 July
Venue: BRUNSWICK BALLROOM, MELBOURNE
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