We held an intimate dinner catered by the awesome Longrain at the Modular headquarters for friends and family in town for the Vivid festival. Guests included Kindness, Tom Vek, Nick and Brian from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs', Van She, Canyons, Beni, as well as friends Money Mark from the Beastie Boys, Sam Spiegel, Lover and Ksubi.
Kindness and Tom Vek visited Australia for a lightening visit last week. For both, it was their highly anticipated first visit to the Land of Oz. Hopefully the first of many. Playing with label mate Jonathan Boulet they wowed Melbourne and helped get the opening weekend of the Sydney Opera House's Vivid Live Festival off to a rollicking start.
Kindness' debut 'World You Need A Change Of Mind' is available now from JB HiFi, iTunes (w/ video bonuses), iTunes (standard). Tom Vek's second album 'Leisure Seizure' is out now thru the Mod Shop, iTunes or Get Music.
It's been a while since we have seen Jonathan Boulet live and but his absence has not been an idle one. Taking time to increase his manliness ten-fold with a new beard and his catalogue with an incredibly energetic and barnstorming new album, he took the stage with band in tow at the Opera House Studio on Saturday night and proceeded to tear the place to pieces.
Be prepared for an onslaught of slinky smooth, wistful and woozy sounds as he hits the road with label-mates Tom Vek and Jonathan Boulet! In the meantime, get to know Kindness a little more with this video directed by Partizan's Dan Brereton.
Local supports have just been confirmed with Architecture in Helsinki DJs, Van She Tech and Purple Sneakers DJs joining the fun.
Thur 24.05 - The Hi Fi (Melb) w/ Architecture in Helsinki DJs TICKETS
Sat 26.05 - Sydney Opera House [Studio] w/ Van She Tech, Purple Sneakers DJs TIX
Don't miss this one-off east coast tour taking in Melbourne at The Hi Fi on Thursday 24th May, The Bowler Bar & Tempo Hotel on Friday 25th May - for a very special 2 floored extravaganza, and finally Sydney Opera House as part of Vivid Live to wrap up this exclusive triple headline show on Saturday 26th May.
The album was co-produced, recorded and mixed in Paris with the Grammy Award winning Phillipe Zdar (Cassius / Cut Copy / Phoenix).
Stream it in full below and get your copy from JB HiFi iTunes (w/ video bonuses), iTunes (standard).
SXSW this year saw around a million things going down at once. Film, music and parties every which way. Modular was well represented by Kindness, Pond, Grace Woodroofe and WIM who all performed in, around and throughout Austin last week.
Here's a rundown and visual feast of Modular's SXSW 2012 ambassadors.
Kindness is the recorded work of Adam Bainbridge.
His forthcoming debut album, "World, You Need a Change of Mind" was co-produced, recorded and mixed with the Grammy Award winning Phillipe Zdar (Cassius / Cut Copy / Phoenix), at Zdar's studio in Paris and is set for an Australian release through Modular on March 23. To get an idea of the Kindness live show, check out the video for 'Gee Up'.
Catch him at SXSW at the following dates.
Wed March 14 - Windish/Laneways/EYOE @ Mohawk, 2pm
Thu March 15 - Gorilla vs Bear + Yours Truly @ Hype House, 1am
Fri March 16 - NME Showcase @ Latitude 30, 10pm
Sat March 17 - Fader Fort, 4.30pm
Kindness is the recorded work of Adam Bainbridge and bears the fingerprints of no specific scene, no particular country, no certain era. It's pop music but it's slippery and enigmatic, sounds slick yet underground.
Touted by NME in 2010 as the next big thing, his sound has recognisable reference points. From the leftfield disco of Walter Gibbons, the cosmopolitan rhythms of Grace Jones and Tom Tom Club, to the frictionless 80s R&B of Alexander O'Neal, all swirled around with the blurry Polaroid pop of Ariel Pink.
His forthcoming debut album, "World, You Need a Change of Mind" was co-produced, recorded and mixed with the Grammy Award winning Phillipe Zdar (Cassius / Cut Copy / Phoenix), at Zdar's studio in Paris and is set for release through Modular on March 23.
In an ideal world, says Adam Bainbridge, this bio would be about two lines long. "Ninety-five per cent of everything you should want to know about a new artist should be in the record," he says.