Live : Austra

First she dedicated her talent to punk music with Galaxy, then she put well-known pop songs into morbid new clothes as a solo artist. With her new project Austra Canada’s Stelmanis is now making not less dark interface music between modern acts as Zola Jesus (Interview) and the first yet by Joe Godard produced Little Boots songs (Austras “Beat And Pulse” vs. “Stuck On Repeat” by the latter). The result sounds highly dramatical, sombre and likewise emotive, sometimes even aesthetically marginal, but in contrast to acts like White Lies you’ll never see or hear Austra on the border’s wrong side.

The compositions by Stelmanis’ band partner Maya Postepski are catchy, the voice of the classical trained singer is distinctive again, while bassist Dorian Wolf is doing a solid job. That the two of the female musicians are gay and openly proclaiming that, might help the band attracting some more attention as well, although Stelmanis states: I am a musician first, and a lesbian second. With “Lose It” (video below) there’s also a great and pure hit in their portfolio.

Austra’s debut album Feel It Break was released by Domino. Currently the band’s touring through Europe with Tasseomancy – find all dates at the end.


Austra : Lose It (Video)

Austra live:
June 4th – MUSIKCAFEEN – Aarhuus
June 9th – BERGHAIN – Berlin
June 10th – MOLOTOV – Hamburg
June 11th – GLOCKSEE – Hannover
June 13th – 200ER HALL – Heidelberg
June 14th – ATOMIC CAFE – Munich
June 15th – SCHLACHTHOF – Weisbaden
June 16th – CONNE ISLAND – Leipzig
June 17th – SPOT – Poznan
June 18th – CAFE KULTURAL – Warsaw
June 22nd – THRIBHAUS – Luzern
June 24th – KIFF -Aarua
June 25th – C/O Pop – KAMMERMUSIKSAAL – Koln
June 27th – LE POINT EPHEMERE – Paris
July 1st – UNDERTONE – Cardiff
July 2nd – MOTHER (DJ SET) – Dublin
July 2nd – CRAWDADDY – Dublin
July 3rd – CYPRESS AVENUE – Cork
July 4th – ROISIN DUBH – Galway
July 7th – CARGO – London
July 8th – THE HAUNT – Brighton
July 10th – SANT’ARCANGELO DI ROMAGNA FESTIVAL – Rimini

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