Rice Is Nice are extremely proud to announce the signing of The Laurels. One of Australia’s most exciting acts will release their debut album in the second half of 2012.

The Laurels are a four-piece from Sydney who create warm psychedelic shoegaze bliss.

Following the release of their highly acclaimed debut EP Mesozoic last year they were nominated for ‘Best New Talent’ in The Age EG Awards, were finalists in the ‘Best Live Music Act’ in the FBi SMAC Awards and came in at #4 in the Mess + Noise Readers Poll for ‘Best Live Act’.

Known for their mind-blowing live show, The Laurels have shared stages and tours with the likes of The Black Angels, Wooden Shjips, Swervedriver, Low, Tame Impala, Dead Meadow and A Place To Bury Strangers to name but a few. They have played Boogie Fest, Sydney Festival and BIGSOUND, and singer/guitarist Luke O’Farrell and drummer Kate Wilson graced the stage of the Sydney Opera House earlier this year as part of Nick Zinner’s very special 41 Strings project.

Following a very busy 12 months, The Laurels have been working with producer extraordinaire Liam Judson (Cloud Control, Belles Will Ring) to create sonic gold with their debut album and we could not be more excited to be releasing it this year.

Within this news item lies a gift!

We give you the gift of a FREE DOWNLOAD of the band’s first single Tidal Wave. You can download it from the soundcloud player below.

Check out the ‘Straight to YouTube’ clip below.

The band will be hitting the road with POND this month, including their first ever shows in Perth. Be sure to see them in all of their glory on the dates below:

Thu April 19th – THE STANDARD, SYDNEY TICKETS

Fri April 20th – ALHAMBRA LOUNGE, BRISBANE TICKETS

Sat April 21st – GREAT NORTHERN, BYRON BAY TICKETS

Sun April 22nd – NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE *SOLD OUT*

Mon April 23rd – NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE TICKETS

Sat April 28th – BAKERY, PERTH TICKETS

PRAISE FOR THE LAURELS’ MESOZOIC EP:

THE AGE: ★★★★- ”We RARELY review EPs here, unless it’s one we think you need to really know about…The Laurels are one of the most compelling bands around right now.”

THE BRAG: ★★★★ ½ Indie Album Of The Week: ”Spectacular”

THE THOUSANDS: ”The Laurels have produced one of the standout Australian EP’s of the year”

DRUM MEDIA: ”Probably the best live band in Sydney…. What The Laurels are doing is special. There’s no better way to express it”

TIME OUT SYDNEY: “Sydney’s premier purveyors of atmospheric shoegaze.”

MORE ON THE LAURELS AT:
soundcloud.com/thee-laurels | facebook.com/theelaurels


 

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