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TESS MCKENNA RELEASES NEW MUSIC 2018-2019
BEFORE YOU WANDERED IN –
Available Fri 01 March 2019 - CD/Vinyl/Digital Services
SLOW RINSE – Single (Digital) Available Fri 02 November 2018

Tess McKenna makes an emphatic return with Before You Wandered In (released01 March 2019)
her most focused and compelling record to date. Over the course of releasing five albums,
McKenna has developed an uncompromising style as a singer-songwriter;
fusing a finely-honed roots sensibility with a shimmering folk-rock overlay.
“I’m amazed it even exists,” says McKenna, “so in that regard it’s a very celebratory record.”


Having been blindsided by a commingling of events, McKenna decided to take a step to one side and do some reassessing
which proved to be a winning decision.  “I needed some time to get some perspective on what I was doing musically,
so I started working on other people’s music,” says the Melbourne based singer-songwriter.
But after a couple of years of playing lead guitar in one band, bass in another and recording an album of covers,
the pull back to her own music became too strong to ignore.

A freshly recharged McKenna soon found herself knee deep in new songs and parts for vocals, bass and guitar.
“They were filling up my phone, so I bought a multi-track recorder and then
just kept going with the flow”. As the song list grew it began to take on the shape of an album
and McKenna knew it was time to move into a studio with some trusted musicians.

Taking inspiration for the album’s production from some classic albums including Patti Smith’s Horses, Television’s
Marquee Moon, and Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, McKenna envisaged
a simple set-up with some minimal instrumentation: just bass, drums, guitars and vocals.........continued below...

SLOW RINSE - Digital Single (Released 02 Nov 2018)


Slow Rinse is the lead single from Tess McKenna’s new album
Before You Wandered In
(releases 01 March 2019)


Slow Rinse is all raw gloss and attitude. Overdriven chords, spacy drums and stripped back bass meet up with a chorus of voices that both charm and warn, “Better slow down,”. McKenna’s epic arrangement counters the relaxed ambivalence of stoner-rock with the lo-fi militancy of indie-rock.

At first glance Slow Rinse appears to be a poignant tale about the vagaries of dealing down at the local laundrette in clear view. However, what lies just beneath the surface is a snapshot of someone dealing with more than just drugs and the laundry.

Slow Rinse started life as a detuned guitar riff and bridge and then I let in some memories and some attitude. It’s ended up about a teenager who’s breaking away from the constraints of a scene rife with sexism and risky behaviour.
It’s about the moment just before I borrowed a bass and an amp and formed a three-piece rock band (The Right Furniture) with some like-minded musicians,” says McKenna.

Go-to collaborators, Ashley Davies drums (Ashley Davies and Matt Walker),
and Karen Rush bass/vocals (Out Of The Compost-NZ),
do whatever needs to be done, skilfully and dynamically, to support McKenna’s astonishing display of guitars and vocals.

Recorded and mixed by co-producer, Roger Bergodaz (Lost Ragas), Slow Rinse,
despite clocking in at eight plus minutes (8:28),
gives the illusion of going by all too quickly.

Slow Rinse is due for release as a digital single Friday 02 November 2018.

SLOW RINSE

Written by Tess McKenna
Track 03 from the album - Before You Wandered In (2019)
Produced by Tess McKenna and Roger Bergodaz
Recorded and mixed by Roger Bergodaz at Union Street Studio, Brunswick West. Australia
Musicians: Ashley Davies drums, Karen Rush bass/backing vocals, Tess McKenna vocals/guitars

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FALLING INTO THE SUN (T.McKenna)
Track 1- Album BOOM BAM Produced by Shane O'Mara and Tess McKenna
musicians - Shane O'Mara. Peter Jones. Bill McDonald. Karen Rush. Tess McKenna


POP THE QUESTION (T.McKenna)
Track 3- Album BOOM BAM Produced by Shane O'Mara and Tess McKenna
musicians - Shane O'Mara. Peter Jones. Bill McDonald. Karen Rush. Tess McKenna

HUMMINGBIRD (T.McKenna)
Track 6 - Album THE NEW EVERYTHING Produced by Barry Stockley and Tess McKenna
musicians - Ashley Davies. Karen Rush. Tess McKenna


SO LONG (T.McKenna/M.den Elzen)
Track 3 - Album TAKE ME TO THE PLACE Produced by Michael den Elzen and Tess McKenna
musicians - Michael den Elzen. Chris Wilson. Tess McKenna


FILL ME UP (T.McKenna)
Track 3 - Album THE NEW EVERYTHING Produced by Barry Stockley and Tess McKenna
musicians - Ashley Davies. Karen Rush. Barry Stockley. Tess McKenna


WINTER SPRINGS (T.McKenna)
Track 5 - Album TAKE ME TO THE PLACE Produced by Michael den Elzen and Tess McKenna
musicians - Michael den Elzen. Karen Rush. Tess McKenna


MAKE ME WONDER (T.McKenna)
Track 7 - Album MAKE ME WONDER (1993) Produced by Barry Stockley and Tess McKenna
musicians - Toni Edwards. Barry Stockley. Ros Hallyburton. Andrew Pendlebury. Tess McKenna


GIPPSLAND TRAIN (T.McKenna)
Track 1 - Album MAKE ME WONDER Produced by Barry Stockley and Tess McKenna
musicians - Toni Edwards. Barry Stockley. Randy Bulpin. Tess McKenna


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TESS MCKENNA RELEASES NEW MUSIC 2018-2019
BEFORE YOU WANDERED IN –
Available Fri 01 March 2019 - CD/Vinyl/Digital Services
SLOW RINSE – Single (Digital) Available Fri 02 November 2018

Tess McKenna makes an emphatic return with Before You Wandered In (released01 March 2019)
her most focused and compelling record to date. Over the course of releasing five albums,
McKenna has developed an uncompromising style as a singer-songwriter; fusing
a finely-honed roots sensibility with a shimmering folk-rock overlay.
“I’m amazed it even exists,” says McKenna, “so in that regard it’s a very celebratory record.”


Having been blindsided by a commingling of events, McKenna decided to take a step to one side and do some reassessing which proved to be a winning decision.  “I needed some time to get some perspective on what I was doing musically, so I started working on other people’s music,” says the Melbourne based singer-songwriter. But after a couple of years of playing lead guitar in one band, bass in another and recording an album of covers, the pull back to her own music became too strong to ignore.

A freshly recharged McKenna soon found herself knee deep in new songs and parts for vocals, bass and guitar. “They were filling up my phone, so I bought a multi-track recorder and then
just kept going with the flow”. As the song list grew it began to take on the shape of an album
and McKenna knew it was time to move into a studio with some trusted musicians.

Taking inspiration for the album’s production from some classic albums including Patti Smith’s Horses, Television’s Marquee Moon, and Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, McKenna envisaged a simple set-up with some minimal instrumentation: with Ashley Davies (Crown of Thorns,
Matt Walker) on drums, Karen Rush (Out of the Compost, NZ) on bass and backing vocals,
and Michael den Elzen (Schnell Fenster, Deborah Conway) on guitar for three songs.
“We’d all performed and recorded together over the years and have a simpatico, so after a
couple of rehearsals we were ready to head in to record with Roger Bergodaz (Lost Ragas)
at his Brunswick studio,” says McKenna.

“Roger creates beautiful space and separation in his recording and mixing and so we were able
to grab a live band energy that was generated by these astonishingly talented musicians.
I wanted to wrap the album up in its own cohesive life force, so we focused on getting live takes down with minimal overdubs,” says McKenna.

McKenna is a sophisticated and inventive songwriter and her lyrics, vocals and guitars make up the thread and weave of this album. The first song Thylacines explodes with an energy that surprises, like some kind of psychedelic-trip, that makes you glad that someone had the presence of mind to get it all down. While The Holy Relic advocates for “the broken ones” with precision
and attack, Proxima, Cassette Player and the lead single Slow Rinse buzz along with their own style of humour and an attitude that makes it all dark, high energy, lo-fi fun. The ignition point for this album could well be the reimagined Bob Dylan song The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll.  Here the ensemble groove over one take for six and a half compelling minutes with
an understated drive that’s reminiscent of The Rolling Stones at their jamming minimalistic best.
Throughout the album but especially on the Prince-inspired, three-minute eulogy, Chanhassen,
the band sound raw and intimate, like they’re just inches away.
Sonically, the album has an indie-folk-rock aesthetic and More Or Less,
the album’s closer, shows the band’s full dynamic range and could easily be a missing track from Neil Young’s On The Beach.
Slow moving acoustic and electric instruments merge with the past and the present,
triggering detailed recollections and “matter of fact” conversations while exploring
the human condition and the consequences of time and perspective.

Before You Wandered In is all grit and shine and McKenna is a gifted artist whose skills
and instincts as a singer-songwriter-producer have once again been gloriously etched and defined.

Interviews and booking enquiries contact: bookings@tessmckenna.com


TESS MCKENNA Before You Wandered In

Album - Digital//CD/Vinyl
Styletone Recordings (2019)
Produced by Tess McKenna and Roger Bergodaz
Recorded and mixed by Roger Bergodaz at Union Studio, Brunswick West, Australia.
Mastered by Amy Marie at Yes Master Studios Nashville, USA.
Musicians (all tracks):
Ashley Davies. drums, Karen Rush. bass/backing vocals, Tess McKenna. vocals/guitars
(tracks 1, 5 and 8) Michael den Elzen. guitars


Before You Wandered In
(2019) Copyright Tess McKenna
All songs written by Tess McKenna (except*)
*Track 07: The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll written by Bob Dylan. Published by Special Rider

A users guide to Before You Wandered In…song by song
01: Thylacinesexplores the recovery of hope and dreams amidst the darkness and reality of extinction…an uplifting psychedelic-folk-rock celebration.

02: The Holy Relicstarts out with the attitude of a donkey ride through fifteenth century Spain and ends up sprawled over an unmade bed in Venice broke and on the verge of another panic attack.

03: Slow Rinsegrab a bean-bag and some noise cancelling headphones, lie back and enjoy the trip!

04: Proximaa couple of stargazing netballers fall into each other’s orbits at a party in the desert beneath the Milky Way. 

05: Chanhassenan intimate eulogy to Prince or, if you like - a three-minute song written to someone you’ve admired
for more than three decades.

06: Cassette Playera seemingly indestructible five-dollar cassette supplies the soundtrack to an anthemic comedy of errors
which engulfs a support band stuck on tour with some recalcitrant headliners during an Australian heat wave.

07: The Lonesome Death of Hattie carroll… written by Bob Dylan...an understated one take groove reminiscent
of the Black and Blue album by The Rolling Stones.

08: More Or Less… the album’s closing statement contains the line that gives the album its title…
an inventive and cinematic coda leads us to a major shift and to the microscopically detailed remains
of an unfamiliar, post-sex, bedroom floor;
‘books that were popular, jeans and binoculars, were lying on his floor’ (T. McKenna)

…album song lyrics and credits available 01 March 2019 at https://tessmckenna.bandcamp.com

Tess McKenna is an independent artist based in Melbourne, Australia.
She has released two EPs and four studio albums: March, The One Way, Make Me Wonder,
Take Me To The Place, Boom Bam,
and The New Everything.
Her fifth album Before You Wandered In releases 01 March 2019.

Tess has performed her songs at festivals, concert halls and pubs around Australia and overseas,
from the Byron Bay Blues Fest (NSW, AUS) to Austin’s SXSW (Texas, USA).
She has played guest supports for artists such as Lucinda Williams and Nick Cave
and her music has been included on Australian film, television series and documentaries.

Her songs were first broadcast on regional radio 3GI when she was fourteen and a few years later
she moved to Melbourne performing regularly at the Universal Workshop in Fitzroy
before picking up the electric bass and forming three-piece band The Right Furniture.
This folk-rock-punk outfit played all over with performances at Frock Rock at the Sydney Town Hall,
Live To Air Broadcast for 3RRR, as well as supporting The Go-Betweens at the Tote.
Tess attracted critical acclaim with her independently released debut solo album Make Me Wonder,
bringing with it not only the accolades but also a new national audience via Triple J.

What the critics have written about Tess McKenna 
“There isn't a song here that is less than brilliant; the playing and recording is outstanding
and McKenna herself is one of the best singers in the country.”
**** David Messer, Juice Australia

 “…Dehydrated fuzzy guitars and clunky drums stomp all over dreamy vocal textures;
she's taking us to a place worth visiting - mostly the lonely shattered fields of love-gone-wrong.”
**** Lesley Sly, Rolling Stone Australia

Interviews and booking enquiries contact: bookings@tessmckenna.com
Tess McKenna will be touring and promoting the release of her new album
Before You Wandered In nationally in 2019. Dates to be advised.

Copyright Tess McKenna