Tuesday, December 4, 2007


Following the release of their haunting debut album Mirror Mirror, Melbourne’s Dardanelles are gearing up for a whirlwind tour supporting much hyped Toronto outfit Crystal Castles, as they bring their twisted electronic sounds to Australia for the first time.

Catch Dardanelles playing with Crystal Castles on Saturday 15 December at Oxford Arts Factory in Sydney, followed by Thursday 20 December at Pogo in Melbourne.

With Mirror Mirror currently going into its second pressing, Dardanelles have just wound up an album launch tour, and have also been added to the line-up for the Pyramid Rock Festival, held in Phillip Island (Victoria) over the New Year’s weekend.

Featuring 11 tracks, Mirror Mirror is a lucid dream of unexpected hooks, mesmerising grooves, vivid lyrical imagery and filmic noise with Dardanelles combining shoe-gaze guitars, hip-hop programming, Detroit-tech piano, one man choirs, and Kubrickesque trance outs.

Mirror Mirror video


It’s time to get your hands on one of the most ambitious indie releases of 2007 – Dardanelles’ eagerly awaited debut album Mirror Mirror will be available in stores from 15 September! Featuring 11 tracks, Mirror Mirror is a panoramic soundscape of unexpected hooks, hypnotic grooves, soaring vocals and filmic noise, juggling shoe-gaze guitars, hip-hop drum programming, Detroit-tech piano, one man choirs, the visceral squeal of grunge, and Kubrickesque trance outs.

A statement of Dardanelles’ unique musical vision, Mirror Mirror was recorded over four weeks in Melbourne with respected producer Woody Annison (Children Collide, Red Riders). Unlike anything you’ll hear in 2007 Dardanelles show they know how to push their musical boundaries.

With the album’s first single ‘Footsteps’ already familiar to listeners of triple j and community radio nationally, Dardanelles are gearing up for the release of a new single and have also been busy perfecting their intense live show.

They’ll show just how far they’ve come when they support Glaswegian buzz band 1990s in late September across venues in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and play with Midnight Juggernauts next week at their Sydney shows.

Spreading their musical vision far and wide, Dardanelles will soon announce an extensive national album launch tour, and a string of international tour dates including a performance at Manchester’s premier music event, In The City!


LOST VALENTINOS are gearing up to launch their explosive new single ‘17 Deaths’ across the country, playing shows in Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne next week.
Lost Valentinos kick off the tour in Newcastle at Cambridge Hotel on Thursday 26 July, before playing the Gaelic Theatre in Sydney on Friday 27 July, and the East Brunswick Club in Melbourne on Saturday 28 July.

The Sydney-based band then appear at SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS in Byron Bay on Saturday 4 August, playing alongside Bloc Party, Artic Monkeys, Lily Allen, The Klaxons, Hot Chip and more, before making their way to Adelaide to play Fowlers Live on Friday 10 August.
Due to overwhelming demand, the band has confirmed another show on the ‘17 Deaths’ tour – Lost Valentinos will also play a free show at Transit Bar in Canberra on Friday 17 August.

Joining Lost Valentinos as special guests for all launches, except in Canberra, will be fellow Sydneysiders STARKY.
‘17 Deaths’ is the first single from the debut album by the newly named Lost Valentinos, and is available for download now exclusively from iTunes. The single is the result of three days secured in a recording studio with UK producer Ewan Pearson (The Rapture, M83, Chemical Brothers).
Don’t miss your chance to see Lost Valentinos launch ‘17 Deaths’ at a venue near you!


With their debut album Mirror Mirror due for release on 25 August, DARDANELLES are about to hit the road to launch their new single ‘Footsteps’. An adrenalin injected dose of frenetic guitars and moodyvocals, ‘Footsteps’ will be available exclusively via iTunes from 30 June.

Footsteps video

DARDANELLES will kick off their ‘Footsteps’ tour playing Wednesday 4 July at Sodens in Albury, Thursday 5 July at the Oxford Tavern in Wollongong, Friday 6 July at Spectrum in Sydney, Saturday 7 July at Rics in Brisbane, and Sunday 8 July at the Miami Tavern on the Gold Coast.

With a constant stream of activity following DARDANELLES since their inception, the year ahead is looking very promising for the Melbourne four-piece.
Following airplay on triple j and community radio, and shows with Who Made Who (Denmark), Cut Copy and Dappled Cities, DARDANELLES recently emerged from the studio after recording their debut album with producer Woody Annison (Children Collide, Red Riders).

Having released the single ‘Of Course You Said’ from their self-titled EP earlier this year, the track was the follow up to DARDANELLES’ smash-underground-single ‘Origami Tree’,which spent five weeks in the ‘Top 10’ of the Australian Alternative Radio Play Charts.