Strange Brew!

They surely were ‘Songs of Mystery & Imagination’ at Staves Brewery yesterday, just like the ad said!

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A big and cosmic thanks to our sonic comrades WAHOO GHOST and CROW MOUNTAIN (photos below) for making the evening so much more.

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Wahoo Ghost (above) are ethereal with an edge; there’s something harder beneath the shimmering surface of those atmospheric guitar textures, like a coral reef.

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Crow Mountain’s particular sea-coast of Bohemia just might be Appalachia. Bluegrassy originals are complemented by a rotating roster of guest musicians – here’s a squeezebox player; there’s a Flatt-pickin’ guitarist. Seize hold of their new CD ‘Shallow Water’!

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Album Takes Off

The countdown has been counting down for a long time now (it seems we might have started at infinity) but anyhow, the prelims are done and dusted and our first musical product is on the cyber-shelves at last, i.e. BANDCAMP (click link to check it out).

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Our eponymous four-track EP MYSTERIOUS UNIVERSE (digital only for all the usual mundane wing-clippin’ reasons) is officially out there and Mysterious Universe can officially pronounce itself (ourself? ourselves?) over the Moon.

All songs are original – all four have been in our live set a while – and feature electric mandolin, electric and acoustic guitar, harmonica, bass and drums.

Down Townie

Cracker of a gig at Newtown’s Townie the other night – thanks to y’all for coming along. Here’s some pics. We are returning to King Street on February 20th for a three-piece thang at Kelly’s On King – mandolin/harp, guitar and bass, like we did at Gasoline Pony recently. There’s a new sound system there and it’s free and there’s Guinness so mosey along!

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The Moon + The Universe

The full MU crew launch 2018 with a short set at Gasoline Pony in Marrickville on January’s final evening.

We’re sharing the night with the SUPER BLUE BLOOD FULL MOON – not another band, but a very cool natural phenomenon of our universe.

It’s the Moon but not as we know it, Jim, being simultaneously Super (larger than a normal full moon, being at its closest point to Earth), Blue (the second full moon of the calendar month) and Blood (red-coloured due to a total eclipse – of the moon, not of the heart). It hasn’t happened since 1866 so cast your eyes skywards.

Thankfully it hasn’t been that long between gigs for Mysterious Universe!

Now & Zen

Mysterious Universe landed at Zen Studios in Sydney in early December to record four original songs, which oughta take their place in the real musical universe real soon.

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Most tracks were put down as live, finished off with minimal overdubbing. Extra guitar was added to a couple of tracks, especially our ‘sort-of autobiography’ Mysterious Universe. We also did Cameo, which has a harp solo; Lo & Behold; and Share a Dream.

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As you can see, it was an amiable session; a fine time was had by all. No small furry creatures were damaged, and no televisions hurled from fifth storey buildings. We didn’t even require separate limousines. And many thanks to our recording engineer, Geoff Lee. Mixing ought to be complete this week.

 

Mystery & Imagination

IMGP1039aA heapin’ helpin’ of Universal Mystery and Multidimensional Love upstairs at Staves Brewery (Glebe, Sydney) the other night when Mysterious Universe teamed up with 3D Love for a night of alt.rootsish (stick that in the dictionary pronto!) vibed music. IMGP1043aIMGP1021a

I took on the job of kicking off with a solo Starfired set, then 3D Love moved on in with their double-vocal attack. Finally the rest of the Mysterious Universe joined in for a full serving of our regular program, spiced up by doing the last three songs on the Guild Starfire archtop instead of the electric mandolin.

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Strange Brew

Recently Mysterious Universe manifested a couple of scaled-down turnouts at Sydney’s Harbour View Hotel in guitar-mandolin duo mode. Here’s the photographic evidence. Note the Harbour View’s impressive taproom library, and the welcome presence of Mysterious Universe guest star Professor Ken D’Aran on cajon (along with fellow guest star Zack Guitarman on tambourine, who also snapped the pics).

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RXHD1805Which brings us to October 21st, when Mysterious Universe show up at Staves Brewery in Glebe, Sydney (near Broadway Shopping Centre in Grose Street) to share the bill (and surely a brew or two) with the fabulous 3D LOVE, who have a fantastic sound and superb original songs in what has been referred to as a ‘glam-folk’ vein.

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Come along to Staves and lend them your ears!

The music kicks off at 8pm and there ain’t no cover charge.