Dynamite! out September 4 in Canada on Outside Music
Winner of New Zealand Music Awards
Best Country Album 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2015
Winner of NZ Country Music Awards Best Female Artist 2010 Best Female Artist 2011 Best Female Artist 2014
With a soulful voice straight from the golden age of country and rockabilly music, Tami Neilson has been described as “A red-hot honky-tonker, somewhere between Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson with perhaps just a little bit of Peggy Lee sophistication.” –Nick Bollinger, NZ National Radio
Singing her heart out along endless roads and stages, from her days as a young girl in Canada touring with the Neilson Family band, opening for the likes of Johnny Cash, to her full blossoming in New Zealand as a formidable talent in her own right, Tami Neilson has won the Tui Award (New Zealand Grammy) for each of her past four albums. Tami has been awarded the APRA Silver Scroll, New Zealand’s most prestigious music award for excellence in songwriting, for her song “Walk (Back To Your Arms)”. The award was previously won by Lorde for “Royals”. Dynamite! reached #1 on the NZ Music Charts, iTunes Country Charts and the New Zealand Independent Music Chart.
Tami is thrilled to finally have the album come out in her home country: “I am over the moon to finally have my album released where my life and my music originated, the home where my heart is constantly pulled like a magnet, even from the other side of the world. I’ve been hugely blessed to have New Zealand embrace my music and regard it with enough merit to include me among their esteemed musicians, but, have always hoped that someday I’d be heard by the people and the country who made me and shaped me and gave me the confidence to fly in the first place”
Evening Hymns sign with Outside Music to release their new album Quiet Energies on September 18th 2015 in Canada and the United States. Quiet Energies is the follow up to the critically acclaimed sophomore album Spectral Dusk, a deeply personal album about the passing of lead member Jonas Bonneta‘s father. Although the recording of the album proved cathartic, the tour that coincided with the release was emotionally draining “The goal of all those shows was to serve those songs and make them real. It was never fun.”
Quiet Energies, recorded with James Bunton in Bonnetta’s rural Ontario studio, sees the band (Bonnetta, Jon Hynes on bass and Andrew Kekewich on drums) let the sun and some Tom Petty into the songs, crafting the consummate driving record with deeply personal and insightful lyrics “I was in LA and drove out to Joshua Tree to spend the day wandering around and shooting Super-8 film. I had been listening to so much Tom Petty on that trip, and it kind of came to me that this record was a journey. A road trip album. A driving album.” Defining what Quiet Energies means, Bonnetta says “Quiet Energies is the concept that all of this pent-up energy could be stored inside these quiet moments – a whisper that could be as effective as an explosion.”
Evening Hymns will debut their new material this summer at the inaugural Way Home Festival in Oro Medonte, Ontario and then will spend the majority of the fall and winter touring across Canada, Europe and the US. ‘Like’ Evening Hymns on Facebook; Follow @EveningHymns on Twitter & Instagram.
Awake was recorded at Toronto’s Revolution Studios in the summer, and was produced and mixed by Howie Beck (Hayden, Feist, Barenaked Ladies). Written primarily while touring across North America and Europe, Awake sees the band growing from their folk foundations into a polished pop aesthetic. Lead singer and lyricist Nick Vallee believes that recording outside of Montreal and working with Howie was a real motivating factor in the band’s new direction:
“Recording with Howie in Toronto helped us step out of our old modes, and into new ways of writing songs. We pushed beyond our comfort zone, and it brought a new energy to the music.”