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Matt Ellis

New Album Tell the People Out Now!

Australian Launch Dates Announced

Originally hailing from Sydney and now based out of Venice Beach, California; lauded Alt. Country singer/songwriter Matt Ellis is returning to Australian shores this July to officially launch his third album Tell The People. The album was recorded in Los Angeles with an all star cast of musicians including Nels Cline (Wilco, Banyan), Greg Leisz (KD Lang, Beck, Joni Mitchell), Tim Luntzel (Bright Eyes, Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris) to name a few.

The upcoming Australian tour will see Ellis, who has graced stages everywhere from the Sydney Opera House to New Yorks CBGBs, play two exclusive shows, one each in Sydney and Brisbane (please find all dates and details below). Tell The People is in stores now through Krow Pie Records / MGM.

The Background:
Since releasing his debut album Peel in late 2000, Matt Ellis has been on a global trajectory. Peel sat in the top 10 on www.ninemsn.com.au for six weeks, whilst his website was trafficked by an average of 10,000 hits per week. The self-produced music video for the title track Peel went to air on Foxtels Music Country, MTV, Rage and Network Tens Ground Zero. The track was also added to rotation in South East Asia, but was soon banned after outraged viewers called in to complain that the clip, featuring Matt driving around Sydney blindfolded, incited reckless driving. The banning prompted an invitation from Channel [V] Asia for Matt to be interviewed and perform live at the station. Some months later, the second clip The Cause received similar exposure both locally and overseas, and reviewers raved:

An intriguing debut from a striking talent Michael Smith, Drum Media.

The songs? Structured but raw and diverse. The playing? Fucking fantastic Simon Tracy, Revolver

Further reviews from Juice and Rolling Stone confirmed Peel as an independent Australian release of the highest quality. Ellis standard for racking-up airplay nationwide rolled on with 2003s double A-Side single In This Life/Where It Starts. Released to a packed house at Sydney's Gaelic Club , the double A side also resulted in a live performance on Triple J.

The scene was set, in 2004 Ellis self-titled album received a similar response right across the world. The album quickly took off down the same path as his previous two releases, with airplay across Triple M, Triple J, FBi, and swarm of community stations here and around the world. A hectic touring schedule ensued that saw him again crossing Australia, Canada and the USA, including a spot on the Cockatoo Island Festival on Sydney Harbour at Easter, and showcases at Canadas NxNE Festival and Harrisburgs MMC9 in June. Matt stayed on the road through July and August playing a 32 date acoustic tour through New York, Pennsylvania, Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco and Los Angeles. It quickly became apparent that with such serious interest overseas, particularly in the USA, it was time to relocate. Now based out of Venice Beach, California, Ellis has answered fans and critics alike with the sonically breathtaking Tell The People.

The Album:
Produced by Matt Ellis and his drummer Branden Harper, Tell The People was recorded and mixed in 11 days by Ronan Chris Murphy at Veneto West Studios. Unquestionably Matt Ellis finest yet, the album attracted a eminent line-up of artists, the credits of whom speak entirely for themselves: Nels Cline (Wilco, Banyan), Tim Young (David Sylvian, The Youngs), Greg Leisz (KD Lang, Beck, Joni Mitchell), Tim Luntzel (Bright Eyes, Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris) and Dave Palmer (Fiona Apple, AIR).

Released in America at LAs Hotel Cafe late last year, Tell The People has already been featured across radio worldwide. Blogs and podcasts around the globe have been heralding the new works, whilst media has been lauding his song writing skills from Belgium to Brisbane to Los Angeles.

Ellis oozes a sort of sexy melancholy Rave Magazine

Ellis raspy-yet-smooth vocal profile make his recordings perfect LAs Music Connection

The Shows:
A strong touring ethos and live reputation has seen Matt Ellis perform at some of the finest venues around the world, including CBGBs, The Bitter End and The Livingroom in NYC, The Gig and The Knitting Factory in LA and many more. Since his relocation to the American West Coast Matt Ellis has become a regular performer at fame establishments The Hotel Cafe, The Temple Bar and The Mint, playing to packed houses and amassing a legion of followers.

Performances at this years SxSW festival in Austin, Texas have only added to the swarm of acclaim surrounding Tell The People, and with Ellis staring as featured artist on MySpace Australia during May, tour anticipation has hit fever-pitch.

Matt Ellis will be launching Tell The People in Australia at the following exclusive dates:

19 July The Annandale Hotel, Sydney w Wons Phreely, Tamlin

Doors: 7:30pm / Tix: $10 + b.f. (http://www.annandalehotel.com/anh/eventdetails.asp?id=1136) or $12 @ door if available

25 July The Troubadour, Brisbane

Doors: 8.30 pm / Tix $10 on the door

Tell The People is available in stores now through Krow Pie / MGM Distribution


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Added by heapsaflash on July 5, 2007

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