Monday to Friday album cover Sweet JeanOur new album Monday to Friday will be released on Friday 13 May through ABC Music / Universal. Wish us luck!

We worked with good friends on this album, with John Castle producing and playing, Datsun Tran painting the artwork, and Sime’s bro Moz from Hook & Loop designing the album layout. We’d like to thank The Academy and the Australian Atheist Society. We hope you enjoy Monday to Friday.

You can preorder the album on CD I VINYL I DOWNLOAD HERE.

Album PhotoWe’re really excited to have finished our new album Monday to Friday. Here’s a photo of John & Sime putting together the arrangement of the last song we recorded. We’ll keep you posted with release details soon!

PK Photo (Helga Leunig)
AK and PK (Photo: Helga Leunig)

Meanwhile, we’ve been working on a few other projects. Alice has been working one some sound design for a theatre show, chipping away at her radio show,  and recently recorded a couple of songs with Paul Kelly for his new mini album of Shakespeare settings called Six Sonnets and a Song. She also took up fly fishing.

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The Wilson Pickers (Selfie)

Sime spent a week in Billinudgel recording a new album with The Wilson Pickers. The working title is You Can’t Catch Fish from a Train. He’s also been designing and building beautiful things, including the set for a theatre show called Funeral. It’s been to Mona Foma, Brisbane Festival…..with more dates on the way. Sime’s portrait paintings aren’t getting any better but he’s got a great attitude.

SJ-BW-hires-edit-2We’ll be stepping out of the studio this summer for a run of shows before putting the finishing touches on our new album Monday to Friday. We recorded the demos in our converted-laundry, then worked on the songs at The Shed Studios with our good friend and producer John Castle. We’ve set aside strings and banjo this time around for electric guitars & vintage synths.Panama Poster

We’ll be hitting the road in November for a run of shows with our five-piece band and as a duo, playing songs from our new album, as well as some older tracks.

Here's to NowSWEET JEAN – LIVE SHOWS
20-22 November Mullumbimby Music Festival, Mullumbimby NSW
Thursday 26 November Shebeen, Melbourne VIC
Friday 27 November The Skukum Lounge, Ashgrove QLD
Saturday 2 January Here’s To Now Festival, McLaren Vale SA
Sunday 3 January The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton SA
Saturday 12 March
Panama Festival, Panama Forest TAS 

Sweet Jean DarwinWe had a great time playing at the Lighthouse for
Darwin Festival with Indonesian Duo Endah n Rhesa. 

We took a sneaky side trip to Kakadu, and got recognised as Melbournians at the pub ’cause we were the only people wearing black from head to toe. We woke up uncharacteristically early to see the wetlands come to life, and snuck into a Uranium mine…..

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The Lighthouse, Darwin Festival

AU 2 - TorontoWe recently got on a plane to play some shows at Canadian Music Week. We met a bunch of great people, saw some great music, and caught a lot of trains.

Thanks as always to the good people from Sounds Australia for all that they do.

Please enjoy our selection of photographs featuring trains, planes, and automobiles from our travels.

All photos by Sime, except the one that he’s in.

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We spent some time in the studio over the summer recording two songs called I See Stars and Still Here. We started them in our laundry then took them over to John Castle’s shed. There were piña coladas and synthesisers, and we’re releasing the songs on limited edition 7″ vinyl. Yesterday Sime rode his penny farthing around to the local vinyl press to pick them up. We then spent an afternoon packaging the little guys into their covers, which were designed by Sime’s bro using artwork from NASA!

We’re excited to be releasing I See Stars at The Gasometer Hotel in Melbourne
on Sunday 22  Feb with very special guests Al ParkinsonJess Ribeiro, and DJ Cash Savage. We’ll be playing some new songs and tracks from Dear Departure with our band. The gig is part of the Gasometer’s Collingwood Open Series, where they will literally be opening the roof (which is closed in this photo, so if you’d like to see how awesome it looks with the sky overhead you’ll have to come to the gig!)

GIG DETAILS:
Sun 22 Feb Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood (VIC)
Sat 28 Feb Between the Bays, Mornington Peninsula (VIC)

I See Stars limited edition 7″ vinyl with download code available at live shows and through Bandcamp from Sunday 22 February 2015. Pre-order I See Stars at Bandcamp

After starting the year on the road, we finally decided it was time to unpack our bags and renovate the laundry. Thanks to Sime’s fine handiwork and Alice’s excellent skills in giving advice, it’s become the best room in the house. We’ve subsequently spent a lot of time there during winter writing new songs, drinking wine, and washing our clothes.

Along the way, we accidentally made a mini-album of 7 songs called Greetings From Goodbye. It’s a collection of new duo music, and some remastered tracks from our out-of-print EP Songs from the Start. Alice hit record on the songs, Sime painted the artwork, and John Castle mixed and mastered it all.

We’re excited to be launching Greetings From Goodbye with a duo show at the Folk Informal at FBI Social this Thursday in Sydney, followed by full band shows at the Workers Club in Melbourne, and Bigsound in Brisbane.

SWEET JEAN – LIVE SHOWS

Thursday 14 August Folk Informal FBI Social, Sydney (NSW)

Sunday 07 September The Workers Club, Melbourne (VIC)
Thursday 11 September Bigsound, Brisbane (QLD)
SWEET JEAN – Greetings From Goodbye mini-album available at live shows and through Bandcamp from Thursday 14 August 2014

Pre-order Greetings From Goodbye at Bandcamp.

Track-listing:
1. Country Blues (Dock Boggs)
2. The Mountain
3. Weeping Willow (Trad)
4. Lilly Song
5. Greetings From Goodbye
6. Spring Bird
7. I Wonder As I Wander (J.J. Niles)