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WE LOST THE SEA + SOLKYRI + SONORI at Hotel Gearin, Katoomba Blue Mountains, Fri 23rd Oct 2015

We Lost The Sea + Solkyri + Sonori

Fri 23rd Oct 2015
Venue: HOTEL GEARIN, 273 Great Western Hwy, Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW 2780.

A huge night of Post Rock awesomeness is coming to the Blue Mountains!

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We Lost The Sea are a cinematic instrumental band from Sydney, incorporating elements that hold up to the likes of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Cult Of Luna, Mogwai and Sigur Ros.

The band formed in 2007 and released their first album ‘Crimea’ in 2010, and their second album ‘The Quietest Place on Earth’ in 2012.

Their third LP ‘Departure Songs’ was released in July 2015 and launched to a sold out crowd at Sydney’s Factory Floor. This record is a slight shift away from their old dynamic, not so unintentional as maturing in sound, and the most personally experimental and emotional so far. Departure Songs is inspired by failed, yet epic and honourable journeys or events throughout history where people have done extraordinary things for the greater good of those around them, and the progress of the human race itself. Each song has it’s own story and is a soundtrack to that story.

“We Lost The Sea were the absolute highlights of the night. A statement so bold wouldn’t generally come so early in a review, usually electing to lull the reader into some sort of suspense before finally reasoning that the support act ultimately trumped the headliner. Too bad. This band was really exciting.” – TheMusic.com.au

“Take what you will from We Lost The Sea’s latest release, it’s an eye opener of sorts for fans wanting a continuation of music. For those just learning about this wonderful band, it’s accessible, enjoyable and has a lasting value to outweigh all others. ‘Departure Songs’ is sure to be featured in my End Of Year “Best Of 2015″ feature.” – The Sonic Sensory

“In terms of technicality and songwriting, this album is an undisputed winner. The usage of three guitars has been perfect to the core, yet the bass and drums were never underused. These mind blowing artists have devoted three years of their time to create something that is so variant from their usual style and yet it has induced a tsunami of emotions oozing out of every pore of my soul.” – Post-Rock Essentials


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Solkyri are a post rock band from Sydney. Combining subtle ambient textures, crushing distortions and pulsating walls of sound, this band forms a beautiful yet haunting brand of captivating instrumental rock music.

Since releasing their debut EP in 2011, Solkyri have established themselves as one of Australia’s best new instrumental bands. With airplay on Triple J and community radio, the band have toured with the heavyweights of the experimental scene including sleepmakeswaves, Laura, Tangled Thoughts of Leaving and Meniscus, as well as headlining their own club shows along the east coast.

’Are You My Brother?’ is the band’s debut album and it was released through Bird’s Robe Records on May 7, 2013. This album makes use of a plethora of instruments and tone colours to paint a vivid picture that encompasses a myriad of colour and mood and displays the band’s intention to experiment musically outside of the world of post-rock, whilst still paying homage to all that is beautiful about the genre.

After touring Europe in early 2015, the band launched their latest record ‘SAD BOYS CLUB’ in Australia, to critical acclaim.

“Crescendos, chaos, cascading melodies, precision playing and some wonderfully timed handclaps. Nice Work” – **** Richard Kingsmill, Triple J

“The eight-minute-long ‘I felt Unsafe, I Felt At Home’ is a wonderful example of a building instrumental narrative – these guys are masters of their craft.” – **** The Music

“Solkyri have finally broken into full flight with this wonderfully absorbing, moody and moving album” – Arctic Drones


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What do you get when you cross a classically trained cello player, a post-rock guru, and an electronic junkie? Sonori – the new audio outfit of three unlikely Blue Mountains composers.
Using cello, guitar, keyboards and classic analogue drum machines like the 303, 808 and 909, their vision is to create layered sonic journeys. Their inspiration comes from the likes of Hans Zimmer, Philip Glass, Sigur Ros, Nathan Fake, Hardfloor and Laurent Garnier.

In a short period of time the band have generated a buzz in the local community, following a successful debut gig at the Katoomba Roller Derby and a set at the 2015 Winter Magic Festival, on the Baroque Room’s ‘Elektronica Stage’. The band followed this up by dressing as aliens and playing for the sweaty, pulsating masses at Katoomba’s Station Bar for the ‘Locomotion’ event.
They are currently working on their debut EP.

“Showing off a sound unlike any around, Sonori’s psychedelic mix of experimental electronic, cello and rock has found the band appearing at some high profile upper-Mountains events of late. They were a highlight of the Winter Magic’s Baroque line-up, as well as swelling the atmosphere during a recent Roller Derby bout” – The Haze magazine

“Just an incredible sound. Wicked electronic beats effortlessly blending old and new. This is Cinematic orchestral experimental journey music. Post rock you can dance to…” – Emma Rowan-Kelly Photography

“Old school machines and layers of awesome. What a soundscape to behold. Loved it guys!” – Peter Francis

“Awesome set Sonori! Thanks for being a part of the 22nd Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival. The electronic/psychedelic/layered soundscapes were the perfect vibe for the room. Brilliant combination of looping and effects on cello with old school drum machines, guitar, keys and even trumpet to create a unique sound that really connected with the audience.” – Charity Mirow, Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival


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Doors Open 8:30pm.
Sonori Start 9pm.
General Admission. Room configuration is a mix of cabaret seating and standing/dancing.

Tickets $10 pre-sale available from:
KATOOMBA MUSIC, 140 Katoomba St, Katoomba, NSW 2780 (Tues-Sat. Cash Only)

Or online $11.50 (Including booking fees):

Or $10 on the Door from 8:30pm (Unless Sold Out)