Citizens of the Streets FT. Leisure Suite, RKDA, Alice Ivy, Briana Davis, Khara & Gustavo Pallacio at Shadow Electric Bandroom
Address: 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, Vic
Date: Thursday 15th October
Buy / Ticket: shadowelectric.com.au/tix
From the psychedelic grooves of Flyying Colours to the soulful satire of Sex On Toast, Melbourne’s iconic Abbotsford Convent space has jived to a plethora of genres under a disco ball dance floor. Students, industry mentors, music lovers and more have come together to celebrate local talent, with some of Australia’s best up-and-coming artists performing each month.
Each night’s event is filmed as part of Speaker TV’s long-running segment Speaker Sessions, and every interview and performance is shared across Speaker TV’s online platforms and broadcasts.
Emerging from the depths of Melbourne’s inner-west, duo Leisure Suite are leading the way to electronic-pop paradise. Led by the wistful croon of vocalist Bridgette Le, coupled with the sleek production ethic of Mitch Wood, this two-piece’s output is lush, undulating synths layered under velvet-smooth vocals awash with reverb. Having already drawn comparisons to the likes of The XX, Alpine and Snakadaktal, it’s no wonder mastering guru Andrei Eremin came onboard the production of the forthcoming EP Lay Low. Having gained international radio play and online attention, along with a feature in NME Magazine, it won't be long before this month’s headliners Leisure Suite will be a name of everyone’s lips - both here and overseas.
Emerging in early 2015, Melbourne three-piece RKDA (pronounced arcadia) are an immersive visual and sonic outfit. Their eccentric underground electronic beats have seen them support the likes of Milwaukee Banks, ESESE as well as join Perth’s Flower Drums on their 28 Mansions tour earlier this year. March saw RKDA release introductory track ‘META’ as a solo project, and has since expanded to a three-piece for the release of first full-length single ‘Spaces’, mastered by Joe Lambert (Moby, Hot Chip). Expect a mesmerising set of space-age sounds, bold beats and stunning imagery.
In less than a year, Melbourne's Alice Ivy (real name Annika Schmarsel) has toured the UK and Europe, supported great local artists such as Remi and Stella Angelico, and played a bustling Yah Yah's residency. After her singles ‘Charlie’ and ‘Mean Man’s Bite’ were released earlier this year, Ivy has been kept very busy as she breaks into the scene. Her live sets not only incorporate electronic soul & sample based elements, but showcases her musicianship with live Instrumentation such as guitar, percussion, and robust vocals. Alice Ivy creates a distinct electronic soul sound - influenced by the likes of artists such as J Dilla, The Avalanches, Klo and Little Dragon - will kick off the night in an energetic fashion.
As well as the music, Citizens of The Streets will also be showcasing a range of mixed media exhibitions, including music photography and art installations by local photographers Briana Davis, Khara Deurhof and artist Gustavo Pallacios.
Melbourne-based Briana Davis is a commercial photographer. Primarily an architectural photographer by trade, Briana also applies her practice to experimental live music and press portraiture. She has shot the likes of FKA Twigs, Glass Animals, HABITS, HTML Flowers and Klo as a music snapper thus far, as well as Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and exquisite food photography for Patch Cafe in Richmond.
Freelance photographer, Khara Deurhof is an emerging member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. Based out of Mackay in sunny North Queensland, Khara captures the beauty hidden in the smallest, spontaneous moments through her photo-journalistic style of photography. She is passionate about documenting those beautiful moments found in life and love and specialises in travel and wedding photography. Her style is soft and delicate, yet her images are full of life. Khara also regularly photographs live music gigs and festivals, and currently contributes regularly to Speaker TV.