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Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes with Imogen Clark

  • Settle Victoria Hall 24 Kirkgate Settle, England, BD24 9DZ United Kingdom (map)

Australia’s Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes have built their reputation on storytelling. Over the past eight years they have released four records, sold out venues across Australia, Europe and the USA, shared stages with Americana and country heavyweights and picked up a string of awards and accolades.

New album "Some Girls (Quite) Like Country Music" is Lachlan and band's most accomplished work to date, finding critical acclaim not just at home, but also in the UK and Europe. In the words of the Songwriting Magazine's Lisa Redford, the record is a "ragged, poetic alt-country gem". Opening track "I Hope that I'm Wrong" features what Three Chords and The Truth describes as "the most stunning line to open a track this year, easily surmounting to Isbell proportions", setting the scene for 45 minutes of "absolutely majestic Country Folk", including duets with Canada's Lindi Ortega and New Zealand's Shanley Del.

Live, the band fleshes out the record and their extensive back catalogue with an array of musicians including Andrew Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates (of The Weeping Willows), Imogen Clark, Shanley Del and James Gillard – as well as pedal steel player Seamus O’Sullivan. Whether appearing as a three piece or up to a seven piece, the band always delivers a compelling performance.

Blood was spilled on the studio floor, many songs were harmed or even killed in the process of making this album. Pianos were deliberately detuned, expensive guitars were accidentally crushed (and later repaired). Songs were re-recorded because they were “played too well” the first time around, and lyrics were rewritten because they were “not mean enough”. We even delayed recording a month because Shaun’s bass strings were “too new”. There’s a song about a cemetery, a trailer-trash midlife crisis, a forty-year romance, a promiscuous girlfriend, a city we like, a pre-apocalyptic cautionary tale and a missing person’s report, just to name a few. If our albums are our children, this one’s the one that took up smoking at seven years old, got a tattoo at twelve, hacked the high school computer network at fifteen but always remembered to offer a seat to the old lady on the tram and volunteered at the soup kitchen through uni whilst living in a squat and dating the son of a notorious gangland figure. She’s quite the contrary one.
— Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes

When an artist first emerges at a young age, they often have a limited well of knowledge and experience to draw from, yet on her debut Love & Lovely Lies, Imogen Clark captured, with great clarity, that sense of blossoming creativity and wide-eyed innocence as it segued into the joy and pain of negotiating young adulthood. Fast forward two years and Imogen is taking another creative leap forward with the release of her second album Collide.

With two years of touring, collaborating and living behind her, she’s been able to take the themes of her debut and delve deeper into their meanings and repercussions, embracing and exploring both the dark and light sides of the human condition.

“What I really wanted for this record was for it to be a crossover record. I’m influenced by so many genres of music and while I’ve mostly worked in the alt-country/Americana world up until now, I was also raised on rock and folk music. I wanted there to be elements of all those genres on the record and I’m really glad we achieved that.”

At the age of 23, Imogen has already realised a wealth of personal goals. From strong showings in national and international songwriting competitions to performing at the iconic Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, signing with Lost Highway Records Australia (Shane Nicholson, Ruby Boots, Adam Eckersley Band, Catherine Britt), receiving multiple CMC Music Award nominations, including Best New Artist, Best Video, and Female Artist of the Year in 2018, and having her last three singles reach #1 on the CMC Top 50 chart. That industry acknowledgement and respect from her peers has led to high profile shows with artists such as Diesel, Ian Moss, Daryl Braithwaite, Willie Watson and Shane Nicholson. She has also earned an abundance of songwriting and studio work credits, having co-written two songs on Kasey Chambers’ ARIA Award and Golden Guitar winning #1 album Dragonfly, and recorded backing vocals on Shane Nicholson’s award winning Love & Blood record.

Imogen is a songwriter well beyond her years with a flawless voice that is mesmerising. At just 23, she is already an old soul
— Kasey Chambers


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