Darren Sylvester is For You

March 18th, 2014

ForYou_SingleCover#2Renowned Melbourne artist, musician and Chapter Music superstar Darren Sylvester has just released a 15 minute instrumental track entitled For You.

For You is the soundtrack to Darren’s art installation of the same name, and has been a much-talked about feature of the National Gallery of Victoria’s massive Melbourne Now exhibition. For You takes the form of an illuminated dance floor, with a palette inspired by a range of Yves St Laurent cosmetics (specifically Les Essentials Rouge Pur Couture, La Laque Couture and Rouge Pur Couture Range Revolution lipsticks, Mar- rakesh Sunset Palette, Palette City Drive, Ombres 5 Lumiéres and Pure Chromatics eyeshadows, and Radiance blush).

Sylvester recorded the minimal yet hip-shaking track as a collaboration with Super Melody’s James Cecil (who also worked on Darren’s suave Chapter album of 2013, Off By Heart), and Conrad Standish of futurist dub pop duo Standish/Carlyon (who also provided some seriously funky slap bass).

For You is now available from the Chapter Music Bandcamp (with iTunes and other digital webstores to follow shortly) as a standalone single or as a free bonus track on the Off By Heart album.

It’s also up on Soundcloud and Youtube!

Melbourne Now closes this Sunday March 23.

Beaches – Blue vinyl repress!

February 5th, 2014

BeachesBlueHead over to the Chapter webstore to pick up your copy of the beautiful new repress of Beaches‘ Australian Music Prize-shortlisted album She Beats, on gorgeous blue vinyl!

The Stevens + Primitive Calculators album launches

January 10th, 2014
FUCKEDALBUMTOUR2013 was a huge year for Chapter Music, our most ginormous ever, and we finished with a bang in the form of our artists totally dominating the end of year best-of lists like bosses. The Ancients, Beaches, Bushwalking, the Cannanes, Darren Sylvester, Dick Diver, Pikelet, Primitive Calculators, Standish/Carlyon and the Stevens all found their way into lists as far and wide as the GuardianMess+NoisePitchforkAll MusicFasterlouderthe Vine and the Matador Records staff blog.

But there are still two Chapter bands who haven’t finished launching their awesome 2013 albums! The Stevens and Primitive Calculators both head to Sydney next week, playing separate launch nights at Marrickville’s Red Rattler. The Stevens then take their debut album A History Of Hygiene to Brisbane for two shows, while Primitive Calculators pay their first visit to Hobart in early February, launching their long-awaited studio debut The World Is Fucked.

Supports for all these shows are now finalised too!


Friday January 17
Sydney – Red Rattler
with Day Ravies, Bed Wetting Bad Boys and Nathan Roche Band
tickets $10 on the door

Saturday January 18
Brisbane – Trainspotters at Grand Central Hotel
with Martyr Privates, Thigh Master and Sewers

Sunday January 19, 3pm
Brisbane – Greenslopes Bowling Club
with Per Purpose, Evening Hiss, Barbiturates and Scrabble
$10 on the door


Saturday January 18
Sydney – Red Rattler
with Ghastly Spats and Litter
tickets $12+bf from www.moshtix.com.au

Saturday February 1
Hobart – Brisbane Hotel
with Native Cats and Evil Goat
tickets $15 on the door

Happy hols!

December 20th, 2013

Hey all, it’s been a big ol whirlwind of a year here at Chapter Music, our biggest ever!

We’re feeling festive and are going to take the rest of the year off from sending out mailorders, so feel free to order anything you like from the Chapter webstore, but we won’t be around to send it out to you until January 2 or so!

Hope everyone has a great Xmas and New Year. And a big congrats to all the Chapter bands who put out amazing records this year and topped lists the world over.


A message from Martin Frawley of Twerps

November 19th, 2013

Chapterfest 21 is tomorrow night, and here’s a message from Marty Twerps to get you excited!

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Wednesday November 20

The Residence, Birrarung Marr


tickets $20+bf from melbourne.vic.gov.au/mmw

Playing times:

Doors 7pm

7.45 – 8.15 The Ancients

8.30 – 9.00 Darren Sylvester

9.15 – 9.45 The Stevens

10.00 – 10.30 Bushwalking

10.45 – 11.15 Geoffrey O’Connor

11-30 – 12.30 Twerps & Dick Diver collaborative set

Chapterfest 21 is next week! Playing times announced.

November 14th, 2013

TDDMIDChapter Music’s 21st birthday party for Melbourne Music Week is almost upon us, and everyone’s getting pretty excited! The Residence, MMW’s purpose-built dome venue extravaganza is taking shape now, and looking amazing. Twerps and Dick Diver have been jamming out their collab set, but still keeping everything under pretty tight wraps, so who knows exactly what they could come up with!

Plus Geoffrey O’Connor is match fit after his recent US tour, andBushwalkingthe StevensDarren Sylvester and the Ancients are all ready to blow your socks off!

Playing times are announced below.

Tickets are selling fast to this one, and we expect the show will sell out on the night, so pick up a presale ticket via the link below and make sure you don’t miss out!

Wednesday November 20
The Residence, Birrarung Marr

tickets $20+bf from melbourne.vic.gov.au/mmw
Playing times:

Doors 7pm
7.45 – 8.15 The Ancients

8.30 – 9.00 Darren Sylvester
9.15 – 9.45 The Stevens
10.00 – 10.30 Bushwalking
10.45 – 11.15 Geoffrey O’Connor
11-30 – 12.30 Twerps & Dick Diver collaborative set


October 31st, 2013
StevensPrimCalcsThe end of the year is upon us, and Chapter Music has had a veritable big one, with 11 albums to be released this year, and one lone EP. Released tomorrow, Friday November 1, the final records to make up our big 12 for 2013 are debut albums by two very different groups, of very different ages.

Young scratchy pop foursome The Stevens (featuring Twerps drummer Alex Macfarlane and Boomgates member Gus Lord on bass) release A History Of Hygiene, an impressionist whirlwind of song fragments and frenetic anxiety-pop classics, sequenced almost without pause in a heady 24 song, 44 minute rush.

Meanwhile synth punk pioneers Primitive Calculators release their debut studio album The World Is Fucked, only 35 years into their long and ferocious career. Pulling no punches across its nine one-word songs, The World Is Fucked is the ultimate aural statement of ageing, despair and futility. Surprisingly, it’s really fun to listen to!

The Stevens are also excited to announce details for their Melbourne album launch, with interstate launch details to follow shortly. Primitive Calculators’ recently announced album launches are also below.Get Primitive Calculators and the Stevens albums via Chapter’s Bandcamp, or via the Chapter webstore.

THE STEVENS – Melbourne album launch

Friday December 20
Melbourne – the Tote Hotel
with Lower Plenty + Nth Wheel
tickets on the door

PRIMITIVE CALCULATORS – Album launch dates
Saturday December 7
Melbourne – Toff In Town
with Little Bands supports
tickets $12+bf from www.thetoffintown.com

Saturday January 18
Sydney – Red Rattler
with supports TBA
tickets $12+bf from www.moshtix.com.au

Saturday February 1
Hobart – Brisbane Hotel
with supports TBA
tickets $12+bf from www.oztix.com.au

for more info on any of this, please contact us at Chapter Music



Stevens instore, Prim Calcs launches, Ancients + Darren Sylvester supports!

October 24th, 2013

Chapter has had a crazy good year, our biggest ever, and at the start of November we release our two final albums for 2013 – the Stevens’ A History Of Hygiene and Primitive Calculators’ The World Is Fucked. Here are some album launch details for them both, plus fellow Chapter stars Darren Sylvester and the Ancients.


Scratchy pop foursome the Stevens release their debut album A History Of Hygiene on Friday Nov 1, and to celebrate they’re playing a Polyester Records instore the following afternoon at the city store. Proper album launches will be announced v soon!

Saturday November 2, 2pm
Melbourne – Polyester Records instore
free, all ages


Uber-smooth art star Darren Sylvester announces supports for his Melbourne launch for amazing new album Off By Heart. He will be ably supported by soft-rock supergroupers Montero and the sultry urban experiments of Fatti Frances. The Melbourne show will also mark Darren’s first ever show with a backing band, with album collaborators James Cecil, Jojo Petrina and Biddy Connor joining him on stage.

The Sydney launch is just Darren himself, playing a special late night set at intimate new bar/cinema Golden Age.

Friday November 8
Melbourne – Kelvin Club
with Montero + Fatti Frances
tickets $12+bf here

Saturday November 16
Sydney – Golden Age Cinema
very limited capacity!
tickets $14+bf here


Snaggle-toothed synth-punk heroes Primitive Calculators, who first formed in 1978, are releasing their first ever studio album The World Is Fucked on Friday Nov 1. They’re excited to announce album launches in Melbourne, Sydney and Hobart.

For the Melbourne launch, Primitive Calculators are revisiting the legendary Little Bands idea that they created in the late 70s, asking a bunch of friends and fellow artists to form one-off little bands to play a series of 15 minute sets before Primitive Calculators take the stage. Expect the unexpected!

Saturday December 7
Melbourne – Toff In Town
with Little Bands supports
tickets $12+bf from www.thetoffintown.com

Saturday January 18
Sydney – Red Rattler
with supports TBA
tickets $12+bf from www.moshtix.com.au

Saturday February 1
Hobart – Brisbane Hotel
with supports TBA
tickets $12+bf from www.oztix.com.au


Solemn, dreamy psych-pop high achievers the Ancients announce supports for their upcoming Night Bus album launches in Melboune and Brisbane! Sydney supports still to be announced!

Saturday November 30
Melbourne – Northcote Social Club
with Milk Teddy + Inevitable Orbit
tickets $12+bf from www.northcotesocialclub.com

Thursday December 5
Brisbane – Black Bear Lodge
with Martyr Privates + Black Vacation
tickets $10 on the door

Friday December 13
Sydney – Brighton Up Bar
supports TBA
tickets $10 on the door



October 18th, 2013

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Dreamy Melbourne psych-pop band the Ancients return with third album Night Bus, released on LP (with download code), CD and digital on Friday October 18 on Chapter Music.

Melbournites can head to Polyester Records city store at 6pm today (Oct 18) to see a free, all-ages instore!

Their first record for Chapter Music, Night Bus is an elegant, expansive guitar epic with twinges in all the right emotional places. Baby-faced fretwizard Jonathan Michell’s eerie, often falsetto murmurings are set against swirling, soaring psych-pop, impeccably recorded by John Lee (Pikelet, Lost Animal) and Neil Thomason (My Disco, the Slits).

The six minute Molokai, a sweeping guitar symphony in miniature, was premiered in July on Impose Magazine. New single Hey Now is probably the catchiest thing Chapter Music has released all year, while the gentle, introspective title track sees Michell musing over a trip on one of Melbourne’s infamous late night buses.

The Ancients were formed in the late 2000s by Michell after his tenure in celebrated supergroup Mum Smokes, who played a Dirty Three-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties in 2007, and whose 2009 double albumEasy/House Music became an Australian underground hit.

LLB_8171MIDThe band’s lineup has shifted around Michell over the years, but on Night Bus it includes keyboardist Yuko Kono (of Japanese band My Pal Foot Foot), drummer Julian Patterson (a former Mum Smokes cohort who has also played in Kes Band and Minimum Chips, amongst others), and bassist Georgina Ward (Function Group, Moon Dice, also the painter of the album cover). Matt Nicholson of Function Group also plays banjo on the wistful House Of Cards, while guitarist Hamish O’Neill (Moon Dice, Isle Adore) has recently joined the band, but doesn’t play on the album.

The band self-released a split single with buddies Twerps in 2010, while previous album The Ancients 2 was relased on the Sensory Projects label in 2010, and first album The Ancients was released in 2009 by UK label Moteer.

Night Bus is the Ancients’ grand statement, an embarrassment of aural riches and diffident, endearing lyrical honesty.

Pick up a copy from the Chapter webstore, or you can also stream/buy a digital copy via the Chapter Bandcamp.

New videos for the Ancients and Darren Sylvester

October 10th, 2013

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Overnight, two new red-hot videos by Chapter recording megastars the Ancients and Darren Sylvester premiered on uber-hip online culture portals.

The Ancients go all Lord of the Dance on the high-entertainment-value video for snappy single “Hey Now”, from their upcoming third album Night Bus. Click on the video still to check it out, or read the kind words direct from the Spin website!

Night Bus comes out Oct 20 on LP, CD and digital on Chapter Music. Don’t forget the Ancients’ upcoming launches:

Fri Oct 20, 6pm – Melbourne – Polyester city store – instore, free, all ages

Sat Nov 30 – Melbourne – Northcote Social Club – tickets here

Thurs Dec 5 – Brisbane – Black Bear Lodge – tickets $10 on the door

Fri Dec 13 – Sydney – Brighton Up Bar – tickets $10 on the door

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Darren Sylvester’s dreamy video for latest single Don’t Do That To Yourself has also premiered overnight on Flavorwire. His album Off By Heart came out last week on LP, CD and digital (including a deluxe version with postcards and tote bag).

Check his album launch dates too:

Fri Nov 8 – Melbourne – Kelvin Club – tickets here

Sat Nov 16 – Sydney – Golden Age cinema – tickets here

Both acts, of course, are also playing Chapterfest 21 for Melbourne Music Week on Wednesday November 20 at the Residence. More info from melbourne.vic.gov.au/mmw.