Straight after a longarse tour of the United States, Alps is touring Australia with a brand new band lineup for some final interstate shows of 2011. Featuring a minimal lineup of Chris Hearn on guitar/keys/etc, Robert Nedeljkovic from Bare Grills on drums and Mark Whittaker from Hopes on bass, Alps will be playing tracks from the newest LP Alps of New South Wails, as well as reworkings of songs stretching the first three albums and EPs, and music from the new tape “Golden”, coming out later on in the year on Night People Records, and the new split 7″ with Rites Wild from Adelaide, also coming out soon.

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Friday 5 August – GoMA, Brisbane @ Up Late series: Surrealism Exhibition
Thursday 11 August – CBD Hotel, Newcastle (with Regurgitator)
Friday 12 August – Black Wire Records, Sydney (with The Nugs and Unity Floors)
Wednesday 17 August – Grace Darling, Melbourne (with Horse Macguyver)

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Alps of New South Wails is finally coming out in the US through Easter Bilby distribution next week. More details and ordering links then. In the meantime, I’m excited to announce I’ll be doing a launch tour for the record in the US in June and July. It’s been a while, but I’m coming back. Playing East Coast, West Coast, Mid West, South… you name it. I will play your city – hit me up if you want to help with a show! chrisalps [at] gmail [dot] com

of course, digital is still available at http://alps.bandcamp.com

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Alps of New South Wails LP cover by Chris Hearn

THE NEW LP IS OUT IN TWO DAYS. DOWNLOAD OUT AND CHEAP LP PREORDER SPECIAL ($20pp AU / $25pp WORLD) AT ALPS.BANDCAMP.COM

To celebrate the release of my fourth album, ‘Alps of New South Wails’, I’m doing a national tour with a full four-piece live band, and supported by my good friends Bare Grillz throughout Australia. Starts Friday:

11 February 2011 The Front Gallery, Canberra w/ Bare Grillz, Danger Beach, Dominic Death

12 February 2011 Black Wire, Sydney w/ Bare Grillz, Mere Women, Unity Floors

17 February 2011 The Metro, Adelaide w/ Bare Grillz, Terrible Truths

18 February 2011 Format Festival, Adelaide w/ Bare Grillz, Sarah Chadwick (Batrider), FKN Tutts

19 February 2011 The Workers Club, Melbourne w/ Bare Grillz, Horse Macgyver, Absolute Boys

22 February 2011 House Show, Launceston w/ Bare Grillz, The Stinging Nettles, Smothers Bros

23 February 2011 The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart w/ Bare Grillz, Tree(house), Oceans

26 February 2011 The Croatian Club, Newcastle w/ Bare Grillz, Mental Powers, In the Dollhouse, Athol, The Atlas Room

5 March 2011 Woodland Bar, Brisbane w/ Bare Grillz

 

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I’m jumping on RATATAT’s Australian tour. You can catch us together on these dates:

MON 24 JAN – Brisbane HI-FI
RATATAT plus special guests CANYONS and ALPS
Tickets from: www.thehifi.com.au, tel 1300‐THEHIFI (8434434), Rocking Horse Records, consume.oztix.com.au

FRI 28 JAN – Sydney MANNING BAR
RATATAT plus special guests CANYONS and ALPS
Tickets from: www.manningbar.com.OzTix.com.au, Oztix outlets, consume.oztix.com.au and moshtix outlets www.moshtix.com.au

MON 31 JAN – Melbourne HI-FI
RATATAT plus special guests CANYONS and ALPS
Tickets from: www.thehifi.com.au, tel 1300‐THEHIFI (8434434), and consume.oztix.com.au
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Poster for 16 January 2011 in Newcastle by Chris Hearn

More info and tickets for this festival at www.summervibes.org

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Wolfgang Ra Hearn live on Saturday 17 October 2009. Video by Marina Maxwell.

Today is the 1 year anniversary of my son Wolfgang Ra’s first gig. He played a set of minimal organ based ambient drone at a houseshow with Michael Beach, Lucia Draft and myself. This is footage from that houseshow. He is 5 months old in this video.

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Scalps “three” cassette tape cover by Jason Terrance Campbell

Scalps is a side project of Alps. It is instrumental minimal electronic music. I started it in 2005 in hope that it would be the antithesis of Alps, and I may or may not have succeeded in making it this. This cassette tape is the third Scalps release (I’ve been busy), and it was put out by Eternal Solitude tapes. You can buy it online from them for $6 post paid here or from me at a show, I have a few copies. It’s limited to 50. You can check out Scalps music on Scalps fan page on facebook.

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