Super cool, super sophisticated, Barry Adamson returns to Australia for the first time in four years to tour his new album I Will Set You Free. Certainly a tour not to miss.
34 years on from the first album he played on, the seminal Magazine's post-punk classic 'Real Life', comes an album that touches on the sonic stepping stones he's used year by year to pave his way to now, his coruscating new album, I Will Set You Free.
The memories and experience from performing and taking his work across the world with Magazine, the Bad Seeds, Iggy Pop, The Gun Club, writing for David Lynch, Danny Boyle, being nominated for the Mercury Prize, scoring an Olivier award-winning ballet, scooping the Best Short Story gong at Italy's Piemonte Noir festival for his debut work of fiction and writing, directing and editing a movie whilst simultaneously heading back to grace the stage with a reformed Magazine during their triumphant 2009 tour... All of which has directly informed this album, colouring it with a steady, sure-handed experience that emanates from the swagger and fingertip fire of rock numbers Get Your Mind Right, Destination & The Sun and The Sea, to the emotive, yearning noir ballads of If You Love Her and Looking To Love Somebody and the new wave inflicted power pop of Turnaround and Stand In.
Barry has ultimately channelled himself to make an album that is unmistakably Barry Adamson, gravitating finally to the core of who he is and revealing his findings to startling results. Adamson as an artist and an auteur has firmly hit a new peak in his creative stride and, finally free of the shackles of mute obsequiousness, he has created both the album of his career and an album for the year.
BARRY ADAMSON LIVE IN AUSTRALIA, SEPTEMBER 2012
9 SEPTEMBER SUNDAY – FLY BY NIGHT- 1 Holdsworth St, Fremantle WA
Tix $43.50 + bf Phone (08) 9430 5976 or online www.flybynight.org
11 SEPTEMBER TUESDAY - CORNER HOTEL - 57 Swan St, Richmond, Melbourne VIC
Tix $45 + bf through The Corner Box Office Phone (03) 9427 9198 or online at www.cornerhotel.com
12 SEPTEMBER WEDNESDAY - THE FACTORY THEATRE - 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville, Sydney NSW
Tix $45 + bf Phone (02) 9550 3666 or online at www.factorytheatre.com.au
14 SEPTEMBER FRIDAY - THE PROMETHEAN - 116 Grote St, Adelaide SA
Tix $35 + bf (08) 8212 0266 http://www.moshtix.com.au/event.aspx?id=56253&ref=moshtix&skin=
15 SEPTEMBER SATURDAY – BRISBANE HOTEL - 3 Brisbane St, Hobart TAS
Tix $35 + bf (03) 62348600 http://tinyurl.com/brahqr3 or $40 at the door
16 SEPTEMBER SUNDAY – THE BEETLE BAR – 350 Upper Roma St, Brisbane QLD
Tix $25 + bf through oztix http://goo.gl/vf8Pt
For more information about Barry Adamson, visit his official website http://www.barryadamson.com/centralcontrol/cc1000.html