Speaking about the Summerland Records return, Stone shares:
“The music industry needs a shake up,” The current climate… it’s just not sustainable. For both the musician and those who work with them. So for us, aside from delivering some killer tours, bridging the gap between our artists and the rest of the world, hosting boutique arts related events AND slingin’ releases from the biggest badasses around, our focus sits atop of the hill of change. Revisit. Remodel. Restrategise. Rebuild. A handful of the old, wrapped up in a fist full o’ new. Not 100% sure where that’s gonna take us yet but we are pumped for the journey. Playing music is the most fun you can have with ya pants on so if you love it the way we do, stay close.”
Now officially back in full swing, Summerland Records is pleased to announce their first vinyl release, with Gold Coast post rockers HELM, fronted by Stone, unveiling for the first time ever their debut 2008 album Vol 1…Keelhaul on limited edition vinyl. Strictly limited to 200 copies, the 33rpm, 140gm vinyl features a double gatefold jacket and all lyrics and original artwork by Sam Haycroft.
PRE-ORDERS FOR VOL 1…KEELHAUL ARE LIVE NOW HERE
The event also see live, 90’s MTV Unplugged-inspired performances by Grace Drummond (Something Something Explosion), VERUM, Sunk Loto‘s Jay Brown as well as a very special one off reunion for HELM performing select songs from all three records to cap things off, post sundown.
Local bass warlock and psychedelic party starter Jack Rabbit will also kick off the afternoon filling any and all vacant space throughout the night, with his mind bending funk-fuelled trip-hoppin’.
“We couldn’t be more excited about re-launching this label in 2023,” enthuses Trewavas of the upcoming event. “Summerland Records will be a touring company as well as a traditional label that releases music for bands we love. The aim is to work with artists that may be a bit more left of centre, or artists that don’t necessarily get the opportunities that they deserve. This event will be the perfect opportunity kick things off and to meet with the local industry and music lovers in general.”
Tickets are strictly limited, definitely don’t delay securing your spot for the official launch event today and come celebrate the Aussie music industry with us this October.