Story Baker presents:
Harry James Angus, the firebrand trumpeter/vocalist from The Cat Empire
continues to go deeper, darker and more intense with his new single “Flicker”.
The seam that flows through all of Harry’s work is the constant re-invention of music
into unrecognisable forms. His new work takes the raw intensity, chaos and
exploratory power that has helped make The Cat Empire such an incandescent live
experience, but redirects it towards a darker, more weirdly beautiful universe. A
universe inspired by artists like Nina Simone, Van Morrison, Antony & The Johnsons and John Coltrane.
The first song from Harry’s new body of work is a strange, Frankenstein of a song.
Incorporating gospel harmonies, thumping drums, a disregard for conventional song
structure (or tempo for that matter) and most importantly a vocal take that stretches
Harry’s considerable range to its very extremes and most powerful places. It is
deeply affecting and personal. It is, quite simply utterly sublime and unlike anything
else you will hear.
“This song is about coming through trauma and realising how trauma has shaped
you. It may turn out that some of your most prominent aspects have been shaped by
dark forces, and there may come a time in your life where you need to slough off
your old skin. This can be extremely challenging and involves, to a degree, letting go
of parts of your own identity.”
“This song is about my wish that I could help someone, a stranger or a friend, and
that I could lead them to the river, where things are good. I’m pretending that I’m
already there, but that’s not quite true, so it’s a wish for myself as well.”
“Anyway, I just decided that I wanted to write a 3am song, an offering, for someone
who is confused and can’t find their way. It’s just for that one person, you know who
Support comes from Melbourne’s Laneous.
Tickets: $39(+3.5 bf) Online – $45 On the door
Courtyard bar opens at 7:00pm for an 8:00pm start. Pop in before the show for a drink and a mingle!
Giant Dwarf is a licensed venue. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.