Melbourne's favourite jangle-rockers Redspencer are finally officially unveiling their sensational 2021 album 'Dreamworld' at a rocking Brunswick Ballroom this Saturday February 19.
Dreamworld has already been on high-rotation for many Melbourne fans since its release last year, but the band’s official album launch – originally scheduled for Bar Open all the way back in July 2021- was cancelled due to COVID-19.
It’s going to be worth the wait. Now, you can all expect the super-talented brothers to be playing a full-capacity Ballroom with a serious celebration vibe, with the state government announcing density restrictions and dancefloor bans to end this Friday (February 17) at 6pm.
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For those of you still unaware of Redspencer’s significant rise into Australia’s music consciousness, the band consists of brothers David McMillan, lead songwriter, and guitarist Aiden Hail, who create melodious guitar-led pop that strikes a chord with its storied lyricism that isn’t afraid to tackle revealing personal themes.
The brothers’ backstory is fascinating enough, two of six siblings hailing from the rural northern NSW town of Glen Innes, that grew up homeschooled by parents who ran a small Pentecostal style church.
As anyone with a passing knowledge of Pentecostalism would be aware, music – loud, pop-oriented and always passionate – is perhaps the most fundamental tool in the pastor’s arsenal. Redspencer have transported the hypnotic power music can possess into their own oeuvre, although there’s no shortage of rock and punk moving the gears beneath the surface.
The brothers moved to Melbourne in 2013, meaning we proudly claim them as our own, and in 2016 released the startlingly mature and resonant debut record Perks, which we reviewed at the time: “It’s fitting that Redspencer’s debut album Perks arrives right on the cusp of summer, evoking the warmth and haziness of the season in effortless fashion.”
Perks made waves around Australia, spearheaded by the hit ‘Ride It Out’ and follow-up ‘G Talk’ but David took a substantial break after the album’s release – you may have seen him in the interim drumming for the likes of Dag, Caroline No, and Dodda Rivka – while slowly writing Dreamworld, released in 2021 on Dinkum Records.
The highly anticipated sophomore may have taken a lot longer than usual to get to our stages, but it’s set to embraced in a suitably joyous and momentous occasion.
Redspencer’s rescheduled album launch goes down at the Brunswick Ballroom, Saturday 19 February with support Roller One and Powerful Owl. Doors open at 6:30pm, you can buy tickets here.