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Empty Fish Tank – Commercial Music Album Launch


Sun 27 May 2018, 3:00pm–6:00pm

Where: Petersham Bowling Club, 77 Brighton Street, Petersham NSW 2049, Petersham, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: emptyfishtank

It's finally here! The album launch for Empty Fish Tank album no.2, "Commercial Music"! It'll be available to purchase on vinyl at the gig.

Under 16s enjoy free entry! Can't wait to dance and share these songs live with you all!

Supported by 2 incredible bands:
- The Bancrofts
- Discosaurus

On May 27th, Empty Fish Tank A.K.A Anthony Silvestrini will release Commercial Music, the second release from the Blue Mountains based act.

“Commercial music” refers to that particularly icky strain of Madison Avenue, where instead of paying an artist for a well known song, they'll write replica versions just different enough to be legally safe to use.

When Anthony started writing music for his second album, unbeknownst to him he had written a whole album's worth of this commercial music. Van Morrison, Wilco, Crowded House, Stephen Malkmus, Augie March, Neutral Milk Hotel, Paul Dempsey, The National—all major influences had been whittled down to their base elements. While working with his producer and brother Leonardo Silvestrini to mould the songs into Anthony's own voice, the initial conceptual accident stuck.

The pair made ad jingles remixed from long-forgotten examples of the genuine article, and the album became an exploration of the line between art, commerce and what is considered “commercial” in today's musical climate.

Outside of the album's subtext however, you have 11 varied indie-pop tunes—including the amphetamine hoedown “Good New For No One”, the orchestrated declaration of doubt “True Lies”, the pure-form 60s R&B “Nala”, the impostor rock “Jynx”, recorded as a D.I.Y labour of fun and love for Anthony and his regular backing band, with Australian music legend Paul McKercher mixing the album with his deft touch.