Miss Blanks is the new face of Australian hip hop. With fire rhymes, hot style, a stage presence like no other, and an ass to drop jaws, Miss Blanks is blowing up the scene in a way that’s too loud for the mainstream to ignore. Her explosive debut single ‘Clap Clap’ snapped necks and blew minds upon its release, and saw the industry clamber to celebrate this new, powerful voice from Brisbane. Industry heavyweights like Complex, i-D/Vice, Pilerats, Purple Sneakers, Acclaim, and NLV Records have all sung her praises – celebrating her confident sexuality and strong message of positivity & femme empowerment as a force to be reckoned with.
That attention has seen her land supports for international stars like Little Simz (UK) and Dai Burger (NY), as well as see her snatched up to play spots on festivals like Vivid, Dark Mofo and Transgenre. Alongside her music, she’s a fashion icon, internet celebrity and activist, having given talks in London for TED and in New York at NYU, all the while serving up an unapologetic rawness in all aspects of her career.
Having just signed to Sydney producer Moonbase’s label TRENCH Records, she’s now poised to blow up her own spot even further with the release of the new single ‘Freq U’ and a forthcoming mixtape that’s set to cement her position as one of Australia’s most fearsome talents.
It’s only ever happened a few rare times so when Tex, Don & Charlie do record music together, it’s special. And so it is with the band’s first album in twelve years, the sublime ‘You Don’t Know Lonely’, a gripping collection of 12 evocative stories in song from the masters of the form: Tex Perkins, Don Walker and Charlie Owen.
‘You Don’t Know Lonely’ will be released on June 30 via EMI / Universal Music followed by the band heading out in August and September for a massive national Australian tour.
Playing songs from the trio’s spectacular 1993 debut ‘Sad But True’, itself widely regarded as one of the great Australian albums, and 2005’s ‘All Is Forgiven’ the band will be play in intimate rooms with seating and standing sections where possible.
‘You Don’t Know Lonely,’ which was produced by Tex, Don & Charlie and features drummer extraordinaire Charley Drayton, bass master Steve Hadley and pedal steel wiz Garrett Costigan comes at you clearer and clearer the more time you give it – something that’s as true for its creators as it is for the audience. It grows, rising like the tendrils of a summer vine to envelop you with its layers.
Stella Donnelly has forged her way to the forefront of the new guard of songwriters in Australia. She has most recently achieved her own identity with the release of her first critically acclaimed EP Thrush Metal. The first song from the EP, Mechanical Bull, has spread like wildfire since Stella was recently Triple J’s Unearthed Feature Artist.
Her brutally honest lyrics combined with jazz-folk sensibilities will leave you feeling like you’ve known Stella all your life.