Australian Tour With Jamie Hutchings

I’ll be opening the musical proceedings for my old friend Jamie Hutchings as he launches his new live album King Hits And Goldfish Memories for a brief run of shows. Like the album, the tour will see Jamie drawing on everything from late 90’s Bluebottle Kiss through to last year’s Bedsit. Double bassist Reuben Wills will be joining us for both sets and Jamie will reprise his electric guitar role on a few of my tunes and I’ll be returning the favour in his set. Tickets are on sale now.

Thur Oct 31 Camelot Lounge SYDNEY Tickets
Sat Nov 2 Merri Creek Tavern MELBOURNE Tickets
Sun Nov 3 Grace Emily Hotel ADELAIDE Tickets
Fri Nov 8 The Junk Bar BRISBANE Tickets
Sat Nov 9 Dusty Attic Music Lounge LISMORE Tickets

MORE FINE PRESS FOR FEVER DREAMS!

The good press keeps rolling in for Fever Dreams. Here’s a few fine reviews below.

Click the link to read in full this particularly eloquent and thoughtful review from writer Noel Mengel:

“Hot band, great songs, top-shelf performances and some classic microphones too no doubt. But if it was as simple as that there would be more records as powerful as Fever Dreams…This is music that breathes, that swings, that howls at the moon with a wild-eyed grin….What is happening on Fever Dreams is a band at its hard-rocking peak, an outfit that has played together long enough to find their sonic groove, bringing the absolute maximum out of Moldre’s finest set of tunes.” – Noel Mengel
LOUD MOUTH

“It’s taken six years for the New South Welshman to deliver his third solo album, but the wait has been well and truly worth it. The ten originals crackle with spontaneity and raw energy, from the ramshackle Waitsian jazz-noir of the wonderfully titled ‘Full Moon Over Luna Park’ to the serrated fierceness of the psych-rock title track. Fever Dreams is a shape shifting exploration of blues and jazz, rough around the edges and an entirely compelling listen.” – Trevor J. Leeden RHYTHMS MAGAZINE SEPT/OCT EDITION

“A genre hopping delight from Australian Mark Moldre. Most likely to find shelter under the Americana umbrella, the third release from Moldre, as the title implies, is surreal, wacky, thrilling and edgy. Moldre displays his capacity to mix country rockers, electric blues, jazzy folk and dreamy ballads and yet still end up with an album that hangs together coherently, from start to finish.

‘Leave Me Where You Found Me’ is a jazzy blues affair, kicking off in Shakin’ All Over fashion, before heading off into B52 stomping grounds. ‘White Lightning‘ is a riotous sing-along and equally disorderly is the wonderful ‘Full Moon Over Luna Park‘, a 2am boozy waltz. Shades of The Sadies emerge on ‘Til Now‘ and both ‘Josephine‘ and ‘Fever Dreams II’ recall his fellow countryman Nick Cave.

The album was recorded live, with Jamie Hutchings once again producing and contributing to the mayhem with electric guitar, percussion, handclaps and backing vocals. More experimental and innovative than his 2013 album An Ear To The Earth, Moldre’s latest offering is both challenging, futuristic and rewarding. It offers the listener a body of work that creeps up, unravels and permeates with each subsequent listen.” – Declan Culliton LONESOME HIGHWAY (IRELAND)

“Sydney’s Mark Moldre has been flying under the radar since launching his career in 2005. Fever Dreams is Moldre’s third solo effort and it’s a grungy mix of rock, rockabilly and earthy ballads. With it’s grinding guitar riffs ‘Leave Me Where You Found Me’ boasts an early 60’s sound with a quick-tempo beat and handclaps to match. Moldre is big on percussion, as with ‘How Long’, a New Orleans oriented type track, while the slow and jazz tinged ‘Full Moon Over Luna Park’ is a waltz timed lament. Rockabilly reigns on ‘Keep On Moving’ and there’s an Americana flavour to ‘Josephine’ complete with a swampy guitar backing. ‘White Lightning’ has a tone of resignation as does ‘Peak Downs Coal’, a song that would suit Leonard Cohen’s catalogue. Moldre’s deep bluesy voice is infectious and he deserves credit for these 10 highly original songs” – Greg Bush OWNER DRIVER MAGAZINE

“It is arresting, compelling and brilliant. Lyrically, it is rich and rewarding. Stylistically, musically, it takes the listener on an exhilarating journey….Fever Dreams can’t be easily explained, nor can it be easily ignored….be prepared to devote your time and attention to this singular work, and push all thoughts of doing other things aside. You won’t regret it.” Jolene: The Country Music Blog

MOLDRE ON THE RADIO

Radio has continued to play tracks from the new album – special thanks to 2SERFM, ABC, Double J and FBi Radio. In the lead up to the Sydney launch show of Fever Dreams I had a chat with Lindsay McDougall at the ABC and Vinny Ramone at 2SER, plus played a couple of tunes lives on air. You can stream both of these interviews below.

ABC with LINDSAY McDOUGALL
2SER THE OUTPOST WITH VINNY RAMONE

Grab a copy of FEVER DREAMS on vinyl, CD or digital at BANDCAMP – you’ll get bonus PDF’s of handwritten, illustrated lyrics! There’s also T-Shirts and Totes!

Josephine

Josephine 
is the 3rd video creation
taken from my new album Fever Dreams
I made the clip with my wife Jo
who is long suffering and accomodating 
when it comes to working with me 
on these creations
I will point out that she is NOT 
the Josephine at the heart of this song
if I wrote a song about her 
and opened with the lines
“I’m so tired of hearing every thought in your head
I’m turning off the white noise 
and slipping into bed”
…well, I wouldn’t be here to tell the tale
Jo and I made the clip together at home
on our phones
after the kids were asleep
I dived into my daughters face paint
(luckily she didn’t wake up 
after the paint was applied –
I would have scared her witless)
we waited til it was real dark
and we crept quietly around the house
while stifling our laughter 
at our own earnest stupidity 
and trying to keep our dog Hubble quiet
(he also plays a starring role in his 15th year)
and please share it around if you enjoy 
our amateur efforts
you can come along and hear
the tunes from Fever Dreams live
when we launch the album in Sydney on
Thursday Sept 5
with Kate Alexander & Hana Brenecki
for Ramblin’ Nights at SLY FOX in Enmore
presented by
Mother Hen Touring & Post To Wire
tickets are on sale now
HERE
Love
Mark
X

Fever Dreams NSW Launch Show

We’re excited to announce that we will be launching Fever Dreams in Sydney for “Ramblin’ Nights” for one night only at SLYFOX in Enmore. Presented by the lovely folk at Mother Hen Touring and Post To Wire. September 5th is the date to add to your diaries.

At this stage it’s our only planned NSW show with the complete band line up – so we’d (of course) love to see you all there to help us mark this special event!

L To R : Adam Lang, Moldre, Scott Hutchings, Reuben Wills, Jamie Hutchings. Pic By Michael Carpenter

Please come along early to check out the sweet harmonies of special guests Kate Alexander & Hana Brenecki all the way from Melbourne.

Grab Tickets HERE
Facebook Event HERE

Here’s the band in action – live in France. Henry Wagons said on Double J “(Leave Me Where You Found Me) is the kind of tune I want to lock arms and rotate on the dance floor to”….so on Sept 5 we’d like to see some of that kind of action in Enmore!

The Continuing Story Of Fever Dreams

Have you heard Fever Dreams yet?

My third solo album Fever Dreams is out now and available to purchase via Bandcamp (vinyl, CD, digital), plus streaming on Apple Music and Spotify.

We’ve had a wonderful response so far to the new record from journalists, radio and podcast hosts, with songs from the album receiving airplay right across Australia, Ireland and New Zealand. In fact, every track on Fever Dreams has been aired on radio.  You can also read an interview in the July/August edition of RHYTHMS magazine.

..“Fever Dreams, an absolutely superb record… a superlative album from a songwriter who cites Tom Waits,  Chet Baker and Bob Dylan amongst his myriad of influences”
– Stuart Coupe (Rhythms)
 
“Hypnotic, rollicking and restless. Fans of Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Dylan should immediately investigate”
– Jeff Jenkins (The Music)

“A really good listen, categorised as Americana but it’s more than that, it’s genre-hopping.” “It’s an album that had a strong impact on me on first listen, this is a very, very interesting album.” “Country noir sound with jangly guitars, quite psychedelic in places” “Twin Peaks meets True Detective soundtrack”
– Lonesome Highway
 
“Anyone who is a fan of Tom Waits should investigate this guy” – “Brooding melancholia, a fine sound”
– David Astle (ABC Melbourne)
 
“Excellent work… I highly, highly recommend it” “A broad spectrum of cracked Americana”
– Paul Gough (1/2/3/4 – Pimpod)
 
“It starts in a bar, more than a few drinks in, and ends after a zig-zagging journey through country, blues, rock & big skies. A new album from Mark Moldre has stories, and some crushed suede guitar”
– Bernard Zuel
 
“(Leave Me Where You Found Me) is the kind of tune I want to lock arms and rotate on the dance floor to”
– Henry Wagons (Tower Of Song, Double J)

The best way to listen to Fever Dreams is over at our Bandcamp Store – there you can purchase copies on vinyl, CD and digital.

FEVER DREAMS OUT NOW

I’m happy to announce that my new album Fever Dreams is released today and available to purchase on vinyl, CD and digital formats from Bandcamp, plus streaming on Apple Music and Spotify.

The  ramshackle, rockabilly racket of our first single ‘Leave Me Where You Found Me’ has been receiving a great media response, with widespread airplay for this and other songs on stations across the country including 2SERFM, Double J, FBi, ABC and 3RRR. Journalist and radio host Jeff Jenkins had this to say, “Anyone who is a fan of Tom Waits should investigate this guy” and ABC Melbourne’s David Astle described the music as “Brooding melancholia, a fine sound”.

The best place to grab a copy of Fever Dreams on any format is from our Bandcamp store where you can receive a range of bonus items that won’t be available elsewhere. All digital downloads are available in high quality MP3 and FLAC files and will come with all album art (PNG) plus personally illustrated hand-written lyrics (PDF). CD and vinyl purchases also come with immediate high quality downloads and the previously mentioned bonus items.

I’ve also been busy creating and designing – so if you missed out on T-Shirts or packages during the crowdfunding campaign, here’s your chance to grab a T-Shirt or Tote Bag, personally designed and screen printed by me. They’ve all been made available on the Bandcamp store.

If you missed the clip for Leave Me Where You Found Me you can check it out right here:

I hope you good folk enjoy the new music.
Big Love
Mark

NEW VIDEO : LEAVE ME WHERE YOU FOUND ME

“A ramshackle, rockabilly racket.”

Today Mark Moldre has released the video for ‘Leave Me Where You Found Me’, the second clip to come from his new album Fever Dreams (out Friday, June 21st on vinyl, CD and digital formats – best place to snag a copy will be HERE).

Premiered this week on The Music, the Dylan-referencing track is a ramshackle, rockabilly racket about a paranoid conspiracy theorist who has spent too much time alone in the basement (and in his own head). 

The song (and album) was produced by Jamie Hutchings (Bluebottle Kiss/Infinity Broke/The Tall Grass) and the accompanying clip was created by Michael Carpenter (MCMI Music Imaging).

“We recorded it live, the old fashioned way – straight to one inch tape,” explains Moldre. “I knew that I wanted it to be a louder album than my previous records. I wanted to capture what the band can do onstage when all cylinders are firing. A little more avant garde and left of centre than before, with more room for band members to improvise and be themselves.”

Fever Dreams is Moldre’s third solo album and the follow-up to his 2013 release – An Ear To The Earth. It contains some genre-hopping sonic bedlam, fractured Americana-hued ballads, jazz-tinged standards, old-school Jungle Book style reggae and ramshackle/rollicking noir blues, with the fingerprints of Dylan, Waits and Chet Baker buried deep in its DNA. 

From the gently undulating desert sounds of ‘Josephine’ to the raised-glass sway of ‘White Lightning’, the swagger and rockabilly of ‘Leave Me Where You Found Me’ and the gloriously cosmic and eclectic junk-shop jazz of ‘Full Moon Over Luna Park’, the album is defined by the range of its artistic vision.

“Anyone who is a fan of Tom Waits should investigate this guy” – Jeff Jenkins, ABC Melbourne

Over his career, Moldre has opened for artists such as The Church, The Backsliders, The Break, Jim Moginie, Tex Perkins, Steve Kilbey and many more. He’s played festivals such as Dashville Skyline and The National Folk Festival. A recent highlight was taking his complete band line-up to France in July 2018 for a series of successful shows at the Binic Folks Blues Festival (tour diary). Listen for the sound of the Binic bells at the start of ‘Leave Me Where You Found Me’!
 

FEVER DREAMS RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT

Thanks to an extremely successful crowdfunding campaign we can now announce the release date of Fever Dreams across all formats. Best place to snag a physical copy will be at our BANDCAMP store. Below is some information about the upcoming release.

AVAILABLE FROM YELLOW MOON RECORDS
JUNE 21ST 2019
VINYL CD AND DIGITAL


Songwriting is variously described as channeling one’s muse, a vehicle for the subconscious and the manifestation of an artist’s wild imagination. For Australian songwriter Mark Moldre it’s all that and more on his richly vivid and varied new album, Fever Dreams.

This is Moldre’s third solo album and the follow-up to his 2013 release – An Ear To The Earth. Moldre returned to the studio with the very same line-up and walked out with an album that captures the same sense of magic and mayhem, this time woven into a looser rock ’n’ roll aesthetic.

“I knew that I wanted it to be a louder album than my previous records. I wanted to capture what the band can do onstage when all cylinders are firing. A little more avant garde and left of centre than before, with more room for band members to improvise and be themselves.”

Produced by Jamie Hutchings (Bluebottle Kiss/Infinity Broke/The Tall Grass) and recorded live and straight to 1” tape, Fever Dreams contains some genre-hopping sonic bedlam, fractured Americana-hued ballads, jazz-tinged standards, old-school Jungle Book style reggae and ramshackle/rollicking noir blues. 

The fingerprints of Dylan, Waits and Chet Baker are buried deep in the DNA of Fever Dreams. From the gently undulating desert sounds of ‘Josephine’ to the raised-glass sway of ‘White Lightning’, the swagger and rockabilly of ‘Leave Me Where You Found Me’ and the gloriously cosmic and eclectic junk-shop jazz of ‘Full Moon Over Luna Park’, the album is defined by the range of its artistic vision.

Lyrically, Moldre’s poetry blurs the lines between bad dreams, things that go bump in the night, claustrophobia, conspiracy theorists, modern day anxiety and twisted tales set in ever shifting Australian landscapes. His impressionistic tales are perfectly complemented by his accomplished, tough and tender guitar playing that draws on both traditional and more exploratory forms of folk, jazz, and blues.

“Anxiety seems to have become the buzz word of humanity. Each song seems to tell a story of characters dealing with uncertainty, anxiety, stress, mental health issues, sleepless nights and loss. Without going into specifics – I’ve certainly had a difficult few years, with my fair share of waking up in a cold sweat. I worked hard though to write stories from the point of view of a series of outsiders, short vignettes into the lives of others – rather than stories of me.”

Carousing, shaping and ushering Moldre’s songs into the world was a group effort by a stellar set of friends and musicians in Jamie Hutchings (guitar), Reuben Wills (bass), Scott Hutchings (drums) and Adam Lang (lap slide, banjo) plus guests Tim Byron (Hammond organ), Lee Hutchings (saxophone) and Jadey O’Regan (piano). “We’ve played together long enough now that we’ve really found our sonic space. The band almost creates its own genre somehow. We can play calypsos, country waltzes, 50’s style standards, rock, blues, reggae, ballads and folk yet pull it altogether into a sound,” marvels Moldre.

An overwhelmingly successful Pozible campaign has demonstrated the level of support and respect Moldre receives from fans of his music. As a result, Fever Dreams has been pressed on hi-fidelity vinyl, which in turn gives listeners the opportunity to fully appreciate the exceptional cover art painted by French-Canadian luthier/artist Lenny Piroth-Robert of Daddy Mojo Guitars.

Over his career, Moldre has opened for artists such as The Church, The Backsliders, The Break, Jim Moginie, Tex Perkins, Steve Kilbey and many more. He’s played festivals such as Dashville Skyline and The National Folk Festival. A recent highlight was taking his complete band line-up to France in July 2018 for a series of successful shows at the Binic Folks Blues Festival (tour diary). 

Moldre has already released a film clip for ‘Fever Dreams I’ and will soon be revealing the video for the Dylan-referencing ‘Leave Me Where You Found Me’.

Chris Familton Publicity
+61 418 286 381 chrisfamiltonpublicity@gmail.com

CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN : FEVER DREAMS

I’d like to announce the upcoming release of my brand new album FEVER DREAMS. You may have already heard the first taster track – the title song FEVER DREAMS I. The whole album is now mixed, mastered, artwork is prepared and standing by for manufacture. The new tracks have been produced by Jamie Hutchings (Bluebottle Kiss/Infinity Broke/The Tall Grass).

It has long been a dream of mine to release an album on vinyl and to make this dream a (hopeful) reality I will be crowdfunding the vinyl pressing via the Pozible platform. I have tried to be as imaginative as possible so that there are plenty of interesting rewards for anyone who can help by pre-ordering from my POZIBLE PAGE. There you can also read some history about the album, my band and the fact that I recorded this record with a group of my oldest friends. The campaign will be live on Tuesday 12th March.

You can out my introductory Pozible video here:

I was lucky enough to have French-Canadian artist Lenny Piroth-Robert paint a series of portraits of me which he submitted for the album art. Lenny is a man of many talents – his main day gig is working as a guitar luthier at Daddy Mojo Guitars and over the years he has created incredible instruments for bands such as Wilco, U2, Band Of Horses and Jack White. I was lucky enough to have a guitar built especially for me (Rosetta!) which you can see me holding in the painting above. On the side he is an extremely talented artist and the surreal atmosphere that he has created in the album art will be something to marvel at in a vinyl sized format. I’m still pinching myself at how lucky I am to be surrounded by such creative types that are willing to lend a hand to my musical projects.

Finally Fever Dreams I has already been receiving some airplay on Sydney radio and the Doubtful Sounds website had this to say about the new track:

“‘Fever Dreams I’ is a jaunty, noisey and unsettling journey into the psychology of virally-induced broken sleep. Moldre’s previous releases have been more melodic and often folkier in nature where this track points to a wider embrace of noisier textures and a wider palette of sounds, Distorted guitar sprays hard panned from the right speaker while a competing and complementary banjo adds a manic, fevered quality to the song and the rhythm section marches on with ominous insistency.”

More News Soon
Love Mark X

NEW MUSIC : FEVER DREAMS I

Yellow Moon Records would like to announce the first “taster” track, FEVER DREAMS I from Mark Moldre’s upcoming album Fever Dreams.His first new music since 2013’s critically acclaimed, An Ear To The Earth. (Laughing Outlaw Records)

We say “taster” track as this is not a single – it’s more of a musical introduction that opens a door into the new album.  In fact it’s a sprawling 5-minute plus epic alt-folk/blues racket about bad dreams/insomnia and waking up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night.

You’ll hear a band at the height of their powers, re-energised after a successful mini-tour of France. This performance was captured live to 1” tape at a small mobile studio in a home at French’s Forest.

Fever Dreams Iwas produced by Mark’s long-time musical partner & friend Jamie Hutchings (Bluebottle Kiss/Infinity Broke/The Tall Grass).

For a limited time Fever Dreams I will be available as a free download on Moldre’s BANDCAMP PAGE.

Or for your viewing pleasure a kooky/eccentric clip created by Scott Hutchings, Infinity Films.

FEVER DREAMS

Plagued by Fever Dreams and can’t sleep? Hearing strange noises from the kitchen? Insomnia has a grip on you? Waking up in a cold sweat? Here’s “Moldre’s Top 10 Tips For Insomniacs”