ARTIST: A Family of Strangers
EP: New Techniques for Beginners & Champions
FOCUS TRACK: Don’t Forget (03.03.03)
RELEASE DATE: 12 Nov 2010
FOR FANS OF: Smashing Pumpkins, Jimmy Eat World, The Butterfly Effect, Foo Fighters
TOURING: Brisbane, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Geelong (dates below)
A Family of Strangers is the new hard-hitting rock project for Glenn Esmond (The Butterfly Effect).
During the down times between writing records with TBE, Glenn was constantly coming up with different musical ideas that never seemed to fit within the context of what the band was trying to create collectively. A Family of Strangers became the perfect vehicle for those unruly songs.
Initially there was some hesitation because, let’s face it, on the whole, the history of the ‘side project’ concept is a very mixed bag. Despite the risks, it was decided that that the songs were too compelling and too much fun to be left aside and needed to be set free. If only for Glenn’s sanity.
A recording session was undertaken at Albert’s studios in Sydney at the end of last year with producer Dean Belcastro with Glenn and Dean contributing all the basic tracking themselves. The resulting EP, called ‘New Techniques for Beginners and Champions,’ is released on November 12.
“A Family of Strangers has been a fantastic opportunity for me to go back to basics and create something from the ground up. I wrote and recorded the songs, I’m promoting the music and I’m managing myself. The satisfaction of heading back to the beginning, trying some new ideas and building it up from a grassroots level is pretty immense. The idea of these songs being heard and resonating with an audience is exciting to me and so, more than anything, this debut EP is about paying dues and getting out there to people one on one and connecting.”
The live band, featuring some of Brisbane’s best players, is heading out on the road around Australia in November to introduce the project to everyone and to support the forthcoming EP.
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY TOUR
November 5: Hard Rock Cafe, Surfer’s Paradise ($12)
November 6: X&Y Bar, Brisbane (Free Entry)
November 11: Bended Elbow, Geelong ($10/12)
November 12: Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne ($10/12)
November 13: Pelly Bar, Frankston ($10/12)
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