Christopher Coleman Collective

Check out the impressive album from Christopher Coleman Collective

Christopher Coleman Collective –

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Christopher Coleman Collective’s self-titled debut album will be independently released via MGM on March 14 2014 in Australia and New Zealand.

Over the past couple of years, Tasmania’s Christopher Coleman Collective has been steadily building a reputation.

Unearthed by Radio Triple J back in late 2012, Coleman was invited to perform at the Falls Festival (Marion Bay Tasmania) the same year and then went on to take out the 2013 Performer category of the national independent artist development program Telstra Road To Discovery, before going on to spend time on the mainland of Australia and in the UK.  Lately the Collective has been enjoying a summer of riches, sharing its music with crowds at the Taste of Tasmania, Cygnet Folk and Tasmanian International Beer festivals, plus a first-time trip to Tamworth.

There are ten tracks on Christopher Coleman Collective, with eight written by Coleman, one being a co-write and “Stages Of Love” composed by John Coleman.  The album was engineered and mixed by Al Future at the Avalon Futurium in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia and Oscar’s Treehouse in Fern Tree, Tasmania.

“Go Home” leads the album, a world-weary tale about life’s ups and downs –

 

“But even as the crow flies high

And there’s no room for doves in your skies

Just get up, get dressed, wash face, breakfast

And go home”

 

There’s a film clip of “Go Home” featuring members of The Choir of High Hopes Hobart which has just been released. You can check it out below.

 

 

Coleman’s writing is evocative and thought-provoking, evidencing maturity beyond his years and it’s a defining thread throughout the album.  He clearly has a lot to say and has some serious experiences on which he can draw.

“At 19 I busked and hitch-hiked around Europe, eventually wearing myself thin.  Diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 22, I was finding myself subject to highs in which I would plan to start restaurants, write musicals, form record labels, build tree houses outside of society, and lows where I would not be able to get out of bed, catch flights or even go home”.

The arrangements vary throughout and the ‘Collective’ on the liner notes are referenced as the contributors ‘this time’.  Membership of the ‘Collective’ is inconsistent in terms of players and genre, dependent on the location of the show and who Coleman has been able to convince to join him.  Most of the songs on the album are slower and well-measured efforts with “Mr Smooth” providing some necessary raucous rock ‘n’ roll relief.  “Man In the New Sydney Hotel” refers to “a man with one hair left upon his head.  He still has five cigarettes but he does not have a bed”.

There’s hardly a misstep on the album, with “Stages Of Love”, a towering and deeply poignant statement of the changing elements and challenges of love between life partners.  As Christopher says “It has taken 25 years of living and 25 months recording, but the first album is done.”  For my money, it is a wonderful achievement, particularly on debut and it deserves to heard, again and again. This is a fine release.

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Christopher Coleman Collective will be returning to the road to celebrate the release of the new album, with a tour running March – April taking in the East Coast, Tasmania and South Australia.  Dates are below.

 

CHRISTOPHER COLEMAN COLLECTIVE TOUR DATES

Fri 7 Mar -Mon 10 Port Fairy Folk Festival Victoria

Thur 13 Mar – The Spiegeltent, Hobart Tasmania

Sat 15 Mar – Baby Black Espresso Bar (with guests Marlon Williams + Melody Pool) Bacchus Marsh Victoria

Wed 19 Mar – Babushka Bar (with guests Birahny Lawrence + Joe Oppenheimer) Ballarat Victoria

Thur 20 Mar – The Music Man Megastore Bendigo Victoria

Fri 21 Mar – Shebeen (with guests Woodlock + Run Rabbit Run) Melbourne Victoria

Thur 27 Mar – The Front Gallery (with guests Woodlock) Lyneham Australian Capital Territory

Fri 28 Mar – Royal Exchange Newcastle New South Wales

Sat 29 Mar – The Newsagency (with guests Woodlock) Marrickville New South Wales

Thur 3 Apr – Grand Junction Maitland New South Wales

Fri 4 Apr – The Pier (with guest James Bennett) Port Macquarie New South Wales

Sat 5 Apr – No 5 Church Street Bellingen New South Wales

Thur 10 Apr – Dowse Bar (with guest Seavera) Paddington Queensland

Fri 11 Apr – The Singing Gallery (with guest Marlon Williams) McLaren Vale South Australia

Sat 12 Apr – A Music Warehouse Project Details TBC (with guest Marlon Williams) Adelaide South Australia

Sat 19 Apr – The Pav Launceston Tasmania

 

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Via Annie Johnsson Publicity

 

Check out the impressive album from Christopher Coleman Collective

Check out the impressive album from Christopher Coleman Collective

Check out the impressive album from Christopher Coleman Collective

 

 

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