Kim Churchill brings busking tour to Famous Rock Shop

BUSKING FOR CHANGE: Kim Churchill will play a special intimate show at The Famous Rock Shop on Thursday. ONE of our favourite blow-in Novocastrians Kim Churchill isn’t afraid to get back among the people, despite his profile growing all the time.


BUSKING FOR CHANGE: Kim Churchill will play a special intimate show at The Famous Rock Shop on Thursday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The indie-folk troubadour is preparing to release his long-awaited album Weight Falls on Friday before he embarks on a national tour, starting on September 14 at the Cambridge Hotel.

But Churchill isn’t hitting the road cold. To help promote Weight Fallsthe 26-year-old, originally from Merimbula, is playing a series of busking shows throughout the country.

On Thursday at 4pm Churchill will call into Hunter Street’s The Famous Rock Shop to perform several intimate songs from his new album, which include singles Breakneck Speed and Second Hand Car.

“I haven’t actually busked in years,” Churchill told the Newcastle Herald.“I really miss it, I love busking. It’s such an open blank canvas to put your music on, so I’m really excited to do that.

Kim Churchill – Second Hand Car“It’ll be fun and a kind of guerrilla mission. An exciting thing to get back to and really me.”

TOO MANY DAVESA FEW people around town got excited prematurely on Tuesday morning when the line-up for the Falls Festival was announced.

You see Dave was on the bill, which also includes Flume, Fleet Foxes, The Kooks, Liam Gallagher, Angus and Julia Stone, Dune Rats, The Smith Street Band and Daryl Braithwaite. Yes, you read that right.

Unfortunately it wasn’t Newcastle’s own indie three-piece dave (note the lower-case d) that was revealed to be playing the New Year’s festival which tours Lorne, Byron Bay, Marion Bay and Fremantle.

Instead it was South London teenage rapper Dave, real nameDavid Santan.

Dave frontman Noah Church was away camping on Monday night without phone reception and when he got home Tuesday he had 16 messages from friends about the band playing Falls Festival.

Church said he was aware of David Santan after the band mistakenlyreceived an invitation earlier in the year from UK music magazine NME to play a show.

dave – Rock n RollThe band wrote on social media that “we aren’tplaying Falls Festival,some gronky rapper took our name.We would happily jump on the bill though.If you want the real dave to play, send Falls Festival a nice message and let them know how youfeel.”

Regardless, there’s plenty happening in the world of Church (vocals, guitar), Gabe Argiris (drums) and Max Tuckerman (bass).The trio are one of six finalists in Sydney music blog Happy Mag’s Needle in the Hay vinyl comp.

The judgesareJake Stone(Bluejuice), Magoo(producer ofRegurgitator andMidnight Oil) andJulia Wilson(Rice Is Nice).

The winnerwill be announced on September 1 at the Botany View Hotel, following a live performance from all six bands.

Dave released their third EP YOCH! Bangers Vol. 1 in May.

HURRICANE SEASONHurricane Fall – Don’t Miss MeNEWCASTLE country-pop band Hurricane Fall have released a new single and video as they gear up for this weekend’s Gympie Muster.

Don’t Miss Me off their second EP How We Get Down tells the story of bassist and vocalist Pepper Deroy’s grandfather who was forced to leave his wife after he was drafted into the military.

The single’s video features footage of soldiers at war and of Hurricane Fallperforming inside the former church-turned music venue, 48 Watt Street in Newcastle.

Following Gympie, Hurricane are playing a series of festivals like theWinged Camp Draft andDeni Ute Muster before touring New Zealand over New Year’s.

SALTERON TOURBEN Salter is another one of those artists in love with Maitland’s Grand Junction Hotel. The Gin Club and Wilson Pickers memberispreparing to release his third solo album Back Yourself on September 1 and to celebrate he is hitting the road throughout spring. Salter will drop into the Junkyard on October 29.

PUNK HEARTTHERE’S a real American punk invasion coming to the Hamilton Station Hotel this spring and it just got tastier with newsSan Francisco’s Heartsounds are playing on October 22.

They follow Direct Hit (September 1), Jeff Rosenstock (September 8) andAJJ (September 28) at the Beaumont Street venue.

In June Heartsounds released their fourth record, the EPDualistic Nihilist, which explores depression and mental health. Sydney melodic punk Nerdlinger will supportHeartsounds.

IN THE INTERIMHAVE you wondered what’s happened to Alec Snow since leaving teen soapie Home & Away a few months ago?

The Toowoomba lad has returned to his first love of music with his rock band Interim.The four-piece release their debut album Escapism on September 8 and are touring the country. You can catch Interim at the Lass O’Gowrie Hotel on October 20.