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Union Hotel Brunswick
Sat 05 October 2019
5-7PM
...playing two big sets at the union hotel brunswick
stripped back to the gorgeous
spaciousness of a three-piece featuring:
Karen Rush on bass-vocals and Michael den Elzen on guitar

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Union Hotel Brunswick
Sat 14 Sep 2019
5-7PM
open free space

Tess McKenna and Band roll back
the potentiometers
and ease into Spring
with some finely-honed roots essentials
from her exceptional songbook.
Over two big sets Tess and co
will dip into her five albums
including tracks from this year’s album
Before You Wandered In which
features:
Ashley Davies on drums, Karen Rush bass-vocals
and Michael den Elzen on guitar.

 

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TESS MCKENNA - 2019 ALBUM - BEFORE YOU WANDERED IN (Styletone Recordings)

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TESS MCKENNA - BEFORE YOU WANDERED IN (Styletone Recordings 2019)
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Produced by Roger Bergodaz and Tess McKenna

Tess McKenna makes an emphatic return with Before You Wandered In, 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-producer; fusing a finely-honed roots sensibility
with a shimmering, psychedelic-folk-rock overlay.

Taking inspiration for the album’s recording-production from some classic albums
like Patti Smith’s Horses, Television’s Marquee Moon, and Kind of Blue by Miles Davis,
McKenna called on some go-to musicians who would end up being essential to the album’s band sound.
In order to achieve that “live sound” McKenna knew that it all rested on a rhythm section Ashley Davies
(Ashley Davies and Matt Walker)
on drums and Karen Rush (Out of the Compost, NZ) on bass.
  
A few days were booked at Union Street studio with Roger Bergodaz (Lost Ragas) as sound engineer and after a couple of pre-production rehearsals off-site the tracking began.
Over the following days McKenna’s lead guitars and vocals were overdubbed
and Michael den Elzen (Schnell Fenster, Dead Star) lay down his guitar parts for three songs.
“The album sounds real and fresh because it was played by a simpatico group of musicians.”
Before You Wandered In (2019) may have all the grit and shine of an indie record, but as with her 2010 album
“The New Everything” (Head Records), it’s McKenna’s songs that are always the standout.

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TESS MCKENNA Before You Wandered In
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TESS MCKENNA - Before You Wandered In

CD-Vinyl-Stream-Download (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: Ashley Davies. drums,
Karen Rush. bass-backing vocals, Tess McKenna. vocals/guitars
Michael den Elzen. guitars (tracks 1, 5 and 8)

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 guide to Before You Wandered In…song by song

01: Thylacines…explores the recovery of hope and dreams amidst the darkness
and reality of extinction…an uplifting psychedelic-folk-rock celebration.

02: The Holy Relic…starts 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 Rinse…grab a bean-bag and some noise cancelling headphones,
lie back and enjoy the trip!

04: Proxima…a couple of stargazing netballers gravitate towards each other
at a party in the desert beneath the Milky Way.

05: Chanhassen…an 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 Player…a 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…inventive and cinematic, the 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 credits and lyrics are available at:

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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.

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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TESS MCKENNA ALBUM COVERS

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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Bio in brief (2019)

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

Tess has recorded and performed her songs with some Australia’s top musicians
at festivals, concert halls throughout Australia and internationally;
from Hamer Hall and the Byron Bay Blues Fest (NSW, AUS)
to The Regent Theatre and Austin’s SXSW (Texas, USA). Her music has been included
on Australian film, television series and documentaries and she has toured as guest support
for artists such as Lucinda Williams and Nick Cave.

Since releasing Before You Wandered In (2019) and launching at The Tote in Melbourne,
Tess McKenna continues to perform with her band, including:
Ashley Davies drums, Karen Rush bass-vocals and Michael den Elzen on guitar.

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

Copyright Tess McKenna 2019