Artist In Profile: City Calm Down
Melbourne-based electronic/post-punk band City Calm Down earned praise with a 2012 EP, and their soon-to-release debut LP is highly anticipated.
Jack Bourke, Sam Mullaly, Jeremy Sonnenberg and Lee Armstrong make up City Calm Down. The band formed in 2008 and put out an EP, “Movements,” in 2012, after which they were invited to tour Australia with acts including alt-J and CHVRCHES. For the past three year’s they’ve been at work on their debut LP, which is now ready to see the light of a day, with a first single released this month.
Why the buzz?
“Rabbit Run,” the first single from the upcoming LP, is building anticipation for the album. Scientists of Sound called it “a hedonistic whirlwind of feel good-good emotion.”
The band’s sound is sometimes compared to The National, or as The Revue suggested, “if The National wrote a song for an ’80s coming-of-age film.”
Lead singer Jack Bourke’s vocals are among the elements that draw praise. Indie Shuffle wrote, “I have a planet-sized soft spot for this type of vocals: rich and slightly retro, with a depth and dramatic theatricality that we don’t hear very often. “
What to listen to?
Listen to “Rabbit Run,” the band’s latest single and the first from their debut album, on SoundCloud. The LP, “In a Restless House,” will be out internationally on September 11. Fans in Australia can pre-order and buy it via the band’s website, www.citycalmdown.com. Elsewhere, it can be found on iTunes.
Where to see?
The band will play a headlining show on July 10 at the Northcote Social Club outside their hometown of Melbourne.
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