Freya Josephine Hollick drops new single, album date and Shotkickers residency each Wednesday

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Freya Josephine Hollick drops new single, album date and Shotkickers residency each Wednesday

Freya Josephine Hollick

One of the leading lights in Australian country, Freya Josephine Hollick has announced the release date of her eagerly-anticipated third album alongside new single 'Me and Mine'

Hollick’s upcoming third album The Real World is by far her most eagerly anticipated yet and you’ll have a chance to see it live when she takes to new Thornbury venue Shotkickers for a Wednesday night residency throughout September, performing as a duo with a bunch of special guests and free entry.

The Real World has been in the pipeline for nearly four years – ‘Me and Mine’ is the fifth single – and the entire album is the result of a recording journey to Joshua Tree in California, where she recorded with Lucinda Williams’ renowned band Buick 6, and guitarist Greg Leisz (known for his work with Beck, Eric Clapton, Aaron Neville and Sheryl Crow).

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After four years of tantalising singles, the public will finally be able to delve into the full result on September 30, when the album is released globally via Cheersquad Records & Tapes. Yo

In the meantime, her evergrowing contingent of loyal fans will get to feast their ears on the latest release, which features Leisz’ guitars prominently alongside Australian guitarists Tommy Brooks and Louie King, as well as a string arrangement by James Gilligan. You can listen to it here.

‘Me and Mine’ delves into countrypolitan territory, the everpopular subgenre melding country and pop music, which paved the way for the modern era’s US chart-toppers like Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw. First conceived when Donald Trump was elected, Hollick says the track is about retaining power and resolve in the face of an insolvent political system.

“’Me and Mine’ was written as a call to arms of all the misfits, the ousted, those who live on the fringes of society trying to make ends meet under an outdated capitalist regime,” she says.

“For all my artist friends, for all those pressed under the thumb of those that seek to eradicate originality. A boogie for the underdog.”

Roderick ‘Wally’ Kempton, an industry stalwart and bassist for Even and The Meanies, helped secure the album’s release with Cheersquad Records & Tapes. He says the track is his favourite from the forthcoming record.

“’Me and Mine’ just happens to be my favourite song from the album, an album that is beyond world-class and that I’m pretty bloody rapt to have our logo on there! Looking forward to working hard with and for the prodigious talent who is Freya Josephine Hollick.”

‘Me and Mine’ follows the first four pandemic-sustaining singles ‘Nobody’s No Better Than No One’, ‘Impossible To Love’, ‘The Real World’ and ‘Vivian, June, Dolly & Jolene’, all of which were further developed in Australia by producer Roger Bergodaz and Hollick’s Australian backing band.

Freya Josephine Hollick’s The Real World is out globally through Cheersquad Records on September 30.