As part of the Bird’s Robe Records 10th anniversary series, the exquisite debut from the young alternative rockers will be available on CD and all digital platforms.
The band originally burst onto Sydney’s alternative music scene in 2012, pairing with young manager Hamish Smith from Blue Shift Entertainment and then spending much of 2013 touring with The Butterfly Effect, Twelve Foot Ninja, The Red Paintings, sleepmakeswaves, Dead Letter Circus and Closure In Moscow, as well as selling out their own headlining show at Sydney’s Spectrum.
Their debut Hearth was produced by Lucius Borich, best known for being the drummer of COG, FloatingMe, The Nerve & JUICE. The 5 track EP was Lucius’ first official foray into producing after opening his Keysound studios in 2012.
He said at the time: “Working with Teal was something very special for me. A collective trust in each other ideas became a strong bond. It shows in the finished musical statement that is made. These guys have a big future in the Australian music scene, if not the world that’s for sure!“
Bassist Andrew Quizon on working with Lucius: “Working with Loosh was pretty cool and different, we really tried to capture everything live. It was a conscious decision to avoid any quantizing, sampling or anything like that. We spent ages just really vibing it out and I think it really shows.“
In mid-2013 they signed with Bird’s Robe Records for the release of their debut EP, featuring the singles Solitaires and Three Hours which received airplay on triple j, FBi, 4zzz and national community radio.
Guitarist Mitch Clews on the signing: ”We are extremely proud to join Bird’s Robe, they harbor killer bands like sleepmakeswaves, The Nerve and 65daysofstatic. We have known Mike for a while now and he has been a great supporter of the band, we are excited to be working with him” .
Bird’s Robe Director Mike Solo reflects on the band: “I was stoked to be welcoming Teal into the Bird’s Robe family all the way back in 2013. They had only been around for a minute and were already so well liked by so many BRR bands that it seemed like a natural fit. I really liked their manager Hamish and enjoyed our chats, he was doing great work with them.
They were a fantastic live band with heaps of potential and they somehow successfully translated that to record with Lucius. It had been a while since I saw such a young band with so much conviction.
This EP was always planned to have an international release, but we never got around to it the first time, as we were so focused on building a live reputation (they were awesome on stage).
The songs still hold up today: ‘Three Hours’ is a lilting, lush and yearning rock ode which recalls all the flair and passion of Muse, Birds Of Tokyo and Karnivool, whilst retaining the youthful band’s exuberance. ‘Solitaires’ is obviously fantastic.
If you’ve enjoyed our recent releases from GangAwry or you’re a fan of the aforementioned bands, you should definitely check them out.”
Since the record’s release, the band’s players have gone on to other roles in the music industry – notable guitarist Mitch Clews & drummer Shane Benson working as session players for high profile television shows and touring artists, both domestically and internationally.
Purchase the album through Bandcamp: https://birdsrobe.bandcamp.com/album/hearth-ep