SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER

* I have a residency at the Bridge Hotel in Castlemaine, every Sunday in September. They kick off around 2.30pm. As well as this I’ll be doing shows at The Eastern in Ballarat and Major Tom’s in Kyneton. Check out all the dates there to the right.

* I’ll be going up to Brisbane a few times. I’ve got a gig at the Brisbane Writer’s Festival Club on Saturday the 6th, then the following week I am back up for Bigsound. I’m not actually performing as part of the festival, I’m just doing a few shows of my own while it’s on. You can catch me at the Underdog on Tuesday 9th, I’ll be jumping up to do a song or two as part of a local showcase. Then on Wednesday 10th I’m gonna do a show at Tym Guitars with me mates Roku Music. Then Thursday 11th I’m playing a show out at the amazing Junk Bar in Ashgrove. You can get tickets for that show here.

*I went and recorded a new album. I am going to release it next February. I am still working on it. It’s going to be called The Stars My Destination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salty Salute Header April 14

SHOWDOWN

Before we begin, I’d like you to watch this video:

How good is it? How incredible is Jeff’s hair? I also really like the band formation, with the drummer up the front. The song comes from this album, which I listened to the other day. It’s not very good. At least, not as good as this song. Cool story, I think you’ll agree.

BIG STRONG BRISBANE BRUTE BUDDY BUSINESS

Alright now that everyone is relaxing comfortably, I’d like to draw your attention to a gig coming up in two weeks in Brisbane. Myself and my good friend Paul Donoghue aka Big Strong Brute will be appearing at The Hideaway on Anzac Day.. night. Which is Friday the 25th of April. Regular readers of this column will be aware that Paul and I did some shows and wrote some songs together when I was overseas a few years ago. So we thought it was high time we did something together over here. We’re gonna play individual sets but there will probably be a bit of collaboration as well. Joining us will be my very good friend Ben Lawless from Tasmania. Here’s a photo of Ben:

MEPHISTOPHELEAN RAG
Ben plays in a bunch of different bands including his gypsy/jazz/kitchen sink Lawless Quartet and technical metal outfit Mephistopheles. Solo, he’ll just howl and break your heart and play ninth chords.
Anyway, tickets to the show are $15 incl. booking fee from here.. The Hideaway is a cosy place up near the corner of Brunswick St and St. Paul’s Tce and it could sell out so grab some tickets if you’re anxious.

YARRAN IDIOT
I am playing every Thursday night in April at The Yarra, on Johnston St in Abbotsford. Usually around 8.30pm but give em a ring if you have any queries. It’s a pub that Mick Thomas and a few others have renovated, down on the other side of Hoddle St. near Victoria Park station. It’s one of my favourite pubs in Melbourne – unpretentious, cosy, great beer, excellent menu and the fireplace.. oh the fireplace.

YOU MAKE ME WANT TO CRY
Here’s a good story. In 2012 when I was overseas I was asked to participate in a project called Whole World Band. Whole World Band (or WWB for short) is the brainchild of Kevin Godley. You might remember Kevin from such bands as 10CC and Godley & Creme. 10CC released this song, which is one of the best songs:

COLLABORATE WITH ME
ANYWAY WWB is a bit hard to explain – maybe watch this video featuring the great man himself –  but basically it’s a worldwide online collaboration app/project. A bunch of artists record a BIT of a song (in my case an chord progression and a chorus vocal) – both audio and video – and then people can add to it. (You can use iPhone or iPad at this stage, I don’t think Android is supported yet) You can then drag different people’s contributions into the app to create different audiovisual “mixes” of the song. Below is the seed that I recorded last year at Wild At Heart, a bar in Berlin, with the help of my good friend Justin Cusack who can be seen dancing in the background. The song is called “Apology”.

LET’S MAKE SWEET MUSIC TOGETHER
Anyway, I’d love some people to add to it and in doing so collaborate with me. Download the app, grab my video and get cracking! Hopefully I’ll have some results to share next newsletter. It does cost money.. but not much. And it’s a great idea. Also, 10CC.

REVOLUTION
Time for another filmclip break. Check this one out:

HOUSE MUSIC II
The response to my call out for House Music Tour II was great and so it looks like July and August are sewn up (although I do need somewhere in Melbourne on Friday 18th or Sunday 20th July!) However I’m thinking of just making it a semi-regular sort of thing, or at least I am happy to do them whenever scheduling will allow. They’re a real blast. So if you have an event or something coming up or you just fancy getting me to come and play for the hell of it, let me know. I don’t have many happy songs but I can tell jokes. Here’s a photo from my last one, at Hall’s Gap.

As I mentioned, Melbourne – I am looking for one on Friday the 18th of July or Sunday the 20th of July. Get in touch if you want details! ben@bensalter.com.au

WHY DON’T YOU LIKE ME?
So you may have heard that I got another grant, this time to record my second full length album. I’m absolutely thrilled, to say the least, although I’m also panicking a little as my songwriting technique at the moment involves playing Playstation and imagining writing songs. But it’ll be okay. I’m a professional. Thanks so much to Ant McKenna for helping me get it, and to Australia Council for the Arts and the PPCA for granting it to me! I won’t let you down. Any of you. Current plan is to go and record it up at the farm in winter with a bunch of the usual suspects, and maybe some new ring ins.. we’ll see anyway. Exciting!

STATUE BRO
Pretty excited to announce that I’m going on a two and a bit week tour to NZ in May with my good friend Dominic Hoey aka Tourettes. Regular readers of this newsletter/website might remember that I met Dominic in Iceland in 2012 and we collaborated and climbed a mountain together. Now we’re going to do a tour. Whilst Dominic is known primarily for his mad rapping skillz, he’s also been a drummer and now a novelist and spoken word poet. It is in this latter capacity that he will be joining me for a mad dash across the two islands. I am really excited. If you know anyone in NZ, please tell them to get along! Dates over there on the right. Here’s Dominic and I at the 2012 4th of July celebrations at the American Embassy in Reykjavik. *ahem*

TEE-SHIRTS
I have t-shirts available for sale from Labelstate. There are designs based on the artwork for “The Cat” and the European Vacation EP.  Lots of sizes, good quality, only $25. Bargain. Proudly wear a picture of my cat on your chest! She’d be stoked.

OTHER THINGS
There are no other things. I think that’s enough. Thanks for reading! Oh wait. I added a bunch of people to the mailing list because I felt that, through our relationship, I had tacit approval. I may have been mistaken. If so just bloody unsubscribe, there’s a button. Down there. No questions asked.

XO

Ben

Hey Y’all,

been sort of flat out. Not flat out like paramedic flat out but yes, it feels like I haven’t stopped since I got back from Europe last year but of course I have stopped. There was Xmas, nothing much happened then, it was just really hot and I wandered around. Been living between Brisbane and Melbourne, mainly Melbourne but with some Brisbane. Gin Club have been doing lots of shows. I’ve been tired. I’ve been tired.

I am in Adelaide presently. Tomorrow night (Tuesday the 25th February) I will be performing at the EXETER HOTEL on Rundle Street in Adelaide from 8 – 10pm – two sets.

Then I’m off to Perth to play a couple of shows – The Indi Bar in Scarborough on Thursday the 27th and Bar 4FIVE9 (?) at the Rosemount Hotel on Friday night alongside Medicine Hat and Fall Electric. Entry is $12 plus pre sale or $15 on the door – it’d be great to see you there.

After that I head to the Nannup Festival to play a few sets – check their website for details.

Then I start my residency at the Post Office Hotel on Wednesday the 5th… anyway I’ll put all the gigs in the gig guide so you can see. I gotta keep on hustling, gotta pay them bills.

XX

Ben

 

This Sunday Ben Salter plays a free show at the Powerhouse in Brisbane.
Gig starts at 3.30pm, seeya there.

Brisbane Powerhouse
119 Lamington St, New Farm QLD