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Outland Brothers


Sun 11 Oct 2015, 5:00pm–9:00pm

Where: Old Hepburn Hotel, 236 Main Rd, Hepburn Springs, Ballarat and Western District

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: info1112

Outland Brothers are Esme Macdonald (The Paradise Motel, Penthouse), Matthew Aulich (also The Paradise Motel) and Paul Shilton (Quickspace). The touring band is augmented by the beautiful harmony singing, melodica and ukulele skills of Michelle Morgan.

Front man Esme describes the Outland Brothers sound as “Like Cave or Cohen fronting a lower-fi, alt-country version of prime-time Smiths or REM; with a side order of analogue keyboards.”

Originally convened in the sleepy, wine glutted Adelaide Hills, the three musical hombres, who’d originally all met in London, were surprised to find themselves all living in South Australia after each of them had formed their own appreciation of the state’s women, wine and Cooper’s beer.

And so the Outland Brothers began. Initially the music making was an “accompaniment” to their “sampling sessions”, with their first original songs written by Esme during an especially fertile period of his slightly unhealthy appreciation of Bonnie Prince Billy. Once Paul & Matthew got hold of the songs however, the enterprise definitely became a band, rather than a solo concern.
Soon they were playing gigs with Low, Black Pony Express, Dumb Earth & No Through Road, while Esme continued writing. The band began recording their debut LP on analogue equipment in a straw bale studio, down a dusty road near the SteamRanger train tracks.

However, various interstate relocations and tribulations led to the hiatus of the band. So a few years later, again to their collective surprise, the band found themselves resurrected and the LP finished in the altogether rainier climes of the temperate rain forest of Victoria’s Yarra Ranges, this time in a mudbrick cottage in the Forest.

They band are releasing their debut LP “God Is Drunk In Charge” on August 28 and will be heading to Queensland, New South Wales, Canberra, South Australia and Victoria for a run of shows to promote the album.