The Aussie art world invasion continues with a more ‘soulful’ act!
From the streets of Tokyo, to the stages of the Sydney Opera House to New York’s Iridium Jazz Club, home of the late guitar legendLes Paul, The Hipstones have established themselves as one of the premier soul acts on the music scene today.
The Sydney Morning Herald music critic Bernard Zuel regards The Hipstone’s as a ‘cross-between 70’s soul and George Bensen playing with the Manhattan Transfer’, while George Graham of WVIA radio, says The Hipstones “combine a kind of thread of 1960s-style soul with an intriguing mix of jazz harmonic complexity, and sometimes a kind of dreamy atmospheric texture…the laid-back sound, the pair's distinctive two-part harmonies, and the Steely-Dan influenced horn arrangements combine to make a sound that is both familiar and unexpected. The result is music that hints at familiar and classic styles, and at the same time establishes a very distinctive personal sound for the group”.
The Hipstones are will be steaming up one of New Yorks finest jazz clubs, The Iridium, Thursday May 30th, 8pm and 10pm, with their seven-piece New York SOUL band.
With more than a nod to the classic R&B sounds of the 1960’s, duo of Mark Palmer (keys/vocals) and Anthea White (vocals) has spent the last 9 years shaping a sonic identity of their own and writing some addictive soul tunes (Spread It All Around, Dreamers and Lost Again). Taking to the stage with a brass section, their seven-piece act leaves audiences dancing in their seats. In March of this year, The Hipstones began working with LA producer, Justin Stanley, on their third studio album. Stanley has worked with incredible artist such as Chaka Khan, Beck, Eric Clapton, Nikka Costa, and Sheryl Crowe to name a few.
In 2010 their second studio release ‘Dreamers’ was brilliantly received at home and in the US where it became Jazz album of the week on 702 ABC Sydney and Jazz Album of the month on Eastside FM in Sydney and took to the US radio airwaves receiving critical acclaim. George Graham of WVIA FM (USA) labelled ‘Dreamers’ a very ‘appealing’ and ‘distinctive’ recording showing ‘jazz harmonic complexity and a sometimes dreamy atmospheric texture’.
Since adopting New York as their home in early 2010 The Hipstones have managed to ingratiate themselves to disc jockeys from coast-to-coast and increase their performance prowess by playing a slew of cool venues including the Living Room, Joe’s Pub at The Rockwood Music Hall, 92YTribeca, Webster Hall, Club Groove and The Bitter End. Internationally The Hipstones have also fronted a bunch of impressive music festivals, having been invited to play at Java Jazz Festival (Indonesia), Taurunga Jazz Festival (NZ), BedStuy Live! (US), Union Square Summer Stage (US), Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Festival (US) and Kansai Music Conference (Japan).
NEW YORK CITY
Thursday 30th May, 2013
8:00pm & 10:00pm
Address: 1650 Broadway (at 51st St) NY, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 582 2121
Ticket price: $15
The Hipstones Biography
For Anthea White and Mark Palmer, the founders of the The Hipstones, New York City is a type of potent spiritual home. Their move from Sydney to New York in 2010 was a natural progression from their local success, designed to bring the duo closer to their musical roots. In New York City the pair have pushed their talents hard and galvanised their passion for American soul, funk and jazz. Working their way into the underground music scene, by playing a series of showcase club gigs, their album Dreamers (2010), is a testament to their unique vision and mastery of all things jazz, soul, funk and groove.
The Hipstones were formed in 2006 when the groups’ founding members Mark Palmer (keys/lead vocals) and Anthea White (lead vocals) formed their unique partnership in a high rise in the world’s most populous city, Tokyo, Japan, amidst a 6 month performance stint. Returning to Australia, the pair played in clubs and music festivals before releasing their acclaimed debut album, ‘Something’s Gonna Start’.
Rocketing to success, The Hipstones quickly made a strong impression on the local Australian music scene performing twice at The Sydney Opera House as well as playing numerous festivals, and receiving rotation on radio. The group also performed at the ‘After Tour Party’ of multi-platinum and internationally acclaimed group Human Nature and had everyone dancing their feet off.
The Hipstones hit prime time TV as their debut album’s title track ‘Something’s Gonna Start’ was released and selected to appear on the Logie Award Winning TV soap, All Saints, during their ‘episode of the year’. The groups’ numerous performances using their nine-piece line-up on the Nine Network’s Mornings with Kerri-Anne were also so successful, that the group was asked to become the first ever ‘House Band’.
The preparation for their third album is well under way with Mark and Anthea taking the leap to work with producer, Justin Stanley. Stanley, former founding member of Noiseworks and Electric Hippies, has worked with greats in the rnb and pop world such as, Nikka Costa, Jamie Lidell, Sheryl Crowe, Eric Clapton, Jet, Baby Animals and Ryan Bingham. With their new tunes taking shape from their incredible New York experiences in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
With their impressive wealth of musical influences, The Hipstones manage to not only pay homage to the past, but to also define a kind of future. A future built on world-class music and an undeniable band. A future born from their storied international lineage.
Fresh from New York City, The Hipstones play 4 exclusive shows 26 September - 1st October in Canberra, Sydney and Lismore Australia.
From the streets of Tokyo, to the stage of the Sydney Opera House The Hipstones have established themselves as one of the premier soul acts on the music scene today.
A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR A FAMILY IN NEED - Thursday 15th December, The Living Room
The Team Bond benefit concert is organised by our very great friend and talented artist, Nadia Ackerman. Elisa and Nathan Bond sadly, were both diagnosed with aggressive cancer within just days of each other. Elisa is combating stage 4 metastic breast cancer and Nathan is fighting stage 3 rectal cancer. Elisa (36) and Nathan (38) currently reside in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn with their 18 month old daughter, Sadie, and their dog Griffin. The benefit concert is featuring an array of amazing artists, all performing Christmas songs. Artist include Robbie Dupree, Holidelic, Geron Hoy, Rob Friedman, Nadia Ackerman, Doug Yowell, Bette Sussman, Jonathan Maron, Thad DeBrock, Nancy Magarill, Julie Hardy, Tabitha Fair, The Hipstones, Gabrielle Aimée, Briana Cowlishaw, Chrissi Poland. Come and SUPPORT on Thursday 15th December, at the lower east side's, The Living Room. 7pm-10pm. Get Your Tickets here. $20
Please visit their website (http://www.friendsofnathanandelisa.com/) to see how you can help. Elisa and Nathan are keeping everyone updated on their progress with their family blog (http://familybondingtime.blogspot.com/)
FINAL BAND SHOW FOR 2011 - SAT 10TH DEC, 9pm, 92Ytribeca
On Saturday 10th December at 92YTribeca's mainstage, The Hipstones team up with urban funkster's People's Champs for an old school funky feel-good send off party to 2011.
People's Champs mash 80s electro-accordion riffs, tastyneo-soul vocals and gritty drum grooves to create a sound that’s equal partsPeople's Champs mash 80s electro-accordion riffs, tastyneo-soul vocals and gritty drum grooves to create a sound that’s equal partsPeople's Champs mash 80s electro-accordion riffs, tastyneo-soul vocals and gritty drum grooves to create a sound that’s equal partsExpect to hear some old school funky feel-good groove from The Hipstones, followed by People's Champs 80's electro accordian riffs, neo-soul vocals and gritty drum grooves. Get ready to dance! Tickets $10 in advance or $12 at door. Head to 92Ytribeca.org for tickets or call 212 415 5500.
RECORDING FOR CHARITY: THE BREEDING GROUND NYC
On Wed 16th November at 8PM, The Hipstones will be performing/recording to a live audience atThe Breeding Ground- Live Studio Lounge.
On Wednesday 16th November, The Hipstones seven piece band will be making a LIVE RECORDING FOR CHARITY at the Breeding Ground Live Recording Sessions, in Brooklyn. To a limited audience of 30 people, you can experience a real live recording session with The Hipstones and be supporting a great cause, 'Kids Need a Melody'.
RSVP: you and your friends names/emails to firstname.lastname@example.org or via facebook
We've been at this for some time now, making music and performing in front of audiences in Australia, New York, Japan, Indonesia, and London. But New York is now home. It's an exciting place to say the least. People from all over the world visit NY to see the big city, what it beholds. It's movie scenes, celebrity homes, historical jazz venues, museums, giant sky scrapers, picturesque sky line. Never a dull moment. We feel like we're in the center of the universe, and that all revolves around us and this tiny city.
So while we wait for our "BIG BREAK" we must continue on living and dreaming. It may never come, or be as quantifiable as we'd like, but hey, at least we're trying right? Here, it seems that nothing you do will hinder the bigger picture. No energy is wasted, no task is useless or unimportant. Everything has a meaning, it may inspire a song, an idea, a melody... the streets are constantly singing -and sometimes quite literally - with car horns, sirens, bells, people hitting oil tubs in the subway, four part harmony buskers... it's everywhere! NY is breathing, it's exciting and challenging, and it's welcomed us with open arms. It's constantly rewarding us in little ways, and certainly challenging us to keep at it all... maybe you too have felt this, or feel you need to experience is first hand, and we challenge you to see it differently.
Hello there, Welcome to The Hipstones blog page.... Yes, we are trying to keep up with the rest of the world (you bloggers and blogviewers.) Firstly, we are sad to announce we will be leaving the glories of NYC in a matter of weeks. It's funny, most people think of NY as this fast paced, hustle and bustle city, where people don't stop to say hello and you run the risk of getting caught in a police shootout in Time Square. Well, OK, that stuff does go on, but our NY experience could not be further from this reality. Yes, the apartments are small, let's not kid around here, they are tiinnny (esp compared to Auusie standards, the land of the biggest homes in the world), but practical and charming. The small amount of space you live in just doesn't seem to matter when you can walk out your door step and quite literally, everything is a your fingertips. Mainly for us, MUSIC. Live music is everywhere. You can easily see to 2, 3, or 4 gigs a night, and they are all acts you have never seen before, like, Leah Segal, or Emily King, or, MeShell Ndegeocello, or Dr John, Esperanza Spalding etc etc etc... As a musician, this is the land of inspiration and ass kicking. Experiencing performing here is another level all together. I never thought I could get so nervous to perform, as I was the first performance here at Rockwood Music Hall, not even a week after we arrived to the big apple (Yes Elkanah, we live in a big apple). I was so nervous i forgot words and felt like it was my first show ever, like at one of the "Sing for Joy" concerts (Joy Yates). Admittedly, each show has gotten more comfortable and finding an amazing and incredibly supportive band over here has made it so much easier. We are still in search for a guitarist though (Japes you gotta get over here)!!! Living and surviving in NYC is not easy. Unlike Sydney, gigs don't pay here, you play for tips and ope the audience is generous BUT you are fulfilling something that supercedes that gain. That has been the humbling experience for me. LEaving behind the ego of what I am worth and instead, just simply playing our own music and performing for people who just love hearing new and interesting music. While we are departing before all the good snow really starts, we are pretty happy and ready to hit the beaches and donn our flip flops again (thongs.. funny story about that word, but leave for another time). Looking forward to hearing the cicades and lorikeets and the smell of sun lotion..