Great Southern Nights in association with Oxford Art Factory presents…
CHARLIE GRADON - EP LAUNCH W/ THE OOGARS
With support from The Oogers
Gradon's sophomore EP "Blurry Ones" came about through a challenging period of uncertainty and excitement. The marriage to bandmate Ally, finding out she was pregnant, a band break up, a lost album, a deep depression, a near death experience, surviving the 27 club and preparing for a life of love and parenthood led to the birth of Gradon’s upcoming release.
"It's interesting looking back now. Ally and I fell off a balcony and almost died. I tried to pretend as if nothing had happened, but chronic pain caught up to me and the pain killers worked a little too well. My long-time band broke up, yet Ally was touring all over the country every weekend with RACKETT. I got lonely and frantically wrote and recorded songs for a couple of years."
Digging himself out of a tumultuous few years around his 27th birthday, Charlie found himself in a unique situation, having two records finished at the same time, a baby boy on the horizon and a newly formed band move in downstairs. With all this positive change surrounding him, Gradon was insistent on taking his time releasing this new body of work.
"I still remember Ally saying I would feel different on my 27th birthday. I mocked her about this, then the day before my birthday we found she was pregnant. It was a complete shock as we thought we may not be able to have kids. Once we decided to keep the baby, something clicked. All the addictive tendencies had a different feeling about them, and so did the music. There was a sudden urgency and direction about my process which had been lacking for years prior. There was a balance where there hadn't been before."
Lead single ‘Love Don’t Matter’ is a slightly misleading title. The song depicts how Gradon’s depression was firmly in control of his life, even though he was in a stable and committed relationship, “years of my life were stolen from me, without me even realising. It became apparent to me that I couldn’t rely on my partner to wake me up from my ongoing daydream, I had to wake up on my own.” It’s a two and half minutes, borderline jovial indie-pop banger, with Mac Demarco-esque guitar tones, frolicking bass and light-hearted vocal melodies.
Recorded entirely by himself in his bedroom with the help of engineer Dan Frizza, Gradon has crafted an easily digestible song that sits nicely amongst his sophomore EP ‘Blurry One’s. Lead single ‘Grieving’ & ‘Blurry Ones’ have garnered Gradon rotation on Double J and Fbi Radio, reaching number 3 on the community radio charts and additions to New Music Daily, Breaking Alternative, ALT CTRL and Today’s Indie Rock on Apple Music. After selling out two back to back shows at The Lansdowne Charlie and band will play for the final time this year at their EP launch at Oxford Art Factory, before bunkering down to record his full-length album.
Seating Configuration at Oxford Art Factory:
Oxford Art Factory are working with strict seating plan due to restrictions. When purchasing tickets, you will be required to purchase in a group of 2, 3 or 4.
Please note that the location of these group tickets are as follows:
Groups of 2: Located either on the mezzanine level on high bar tables, sharing with another group of 2 or on the dance floor without a table (allocated upon entry)
Groups of 3: Located either on the mezzanine level on the benches or on the dance floor with a table (allocated upon entry)
Groups of 4: Located on the dance floor with a table (allocated upon entry)
Great Southern Nights is a new event to kick-start the recovery of the live music industry – featuring 1,000 COVID-safe gigs across Sydney and Regional NSW, throughout November 2020 (Australian Music Month). Great Southern Nights is a NSW Government initiative, delivered by Destination NSW in partnership with ARIA. For more information, please visitwww.greatsouthernights.com.au