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Angus and Julia Stone

December 13th 2007 00:07
Angus and Julia Stone

By - Kimmo

Angus and Julia Stone
Angus and Julia Stone

‘Hey man I’m going to a gig tonight, they’re an underground Australian band’. They were the words that opened a whole new and inspiring experience of music for me when I first discovered a band called Angus and Julia Stone, a brother and sister from Newport on the Northern Beaches of New South Wales. You wouldn’t know it by the way they meld but Angus was originally a solo artist playing in pubs and open mike nights. The only calibration at this point was Julia singing backups for Anguses set.

Angus and Julia Stone
Angus and Julia Stone in the park

Eventually they decided to team up for their first EP, “Chocolate and Cigarettes” in 2006, which included their first singles, “Paper Airplane” and “Mango Tree”. They both got a lot of air time on triple j. after releasing “Chocolate and Cigarettes” and played at small festivals like “Splendor in the Grass” and “Great Escape”.

Later in 2006 they decided to tour the UK to further the bands popularity, which did pay off. I think some of that popularity can be traced back to the tight knit sound of the band, which includes drummer and percussionist Mitch Connelly (also the bands photographer) and bass player Clay MacDonald. Clay is also Angus and Julia’s supporting act with his band “The Orange Bird”.

Angus Stone
Angus Stone Top kat in a Top hat

Their next EP, “Heart Full of Wine” was released in February of 2007, six beautiful and poetic songs which are both natural traits of the band. The title track “Heart Full of Wine” is my personal favorite, sweet and innocent which describes Anguses writing style so well. His voice being so soft yet powerfully piercing is a knockout combo and gets me every time.

Angus and Julia Stone
Angus and Julia Stone

With their quirky brother/sister theme working well for them it was only a matter of time before they took off. Their set at the well publicized 2007 “Big Day Out” boosted them into that limelight. Soon after that they released “The Beast”, the single to their first full length CD with 12 tracks. Although not as quirky, they were more musically full and complete. Watching them grow is a great thing and I personally can’t wait for a new album to blow my mind again.

Here is the first interview Angus and Julia Stone ever did, with an unplugged take on "Mango Tree"

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Comment by Anonymous

December 13th 2007 01:34
Duuude... Angus & Julia Stone pretty much rock my world!! Can't wait for your next post... K xx

Comment by Colleen

December 16th 2007 23:45
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Hey there Kimmo,
I was first turned on to this group by someone very special to me, who we all love very much and proud of. Anyone that listens to Angus and Julia as far as I am concerned, is a strong indication that these listeners are interested in what is going on in the world and have a deep soul.
Peace out and keep up the work
Colleen xxxxx

Comment by Anonymous

December 18th 2007 10:31
love Paper Aeroplane

Comment by Scott.E

December 18th 2007 11:20
Hi Kimmo,

Great review on Angus & Julia Stone!
Can't wait to read more reviews, Keep in touch and keep up the good work.


Comment by other blogs

December 19th 2007 00:31
Kimmo how do I see other blogs that you have written as i can not see others.

Comment by Boudist

August 24th 2008 22:43
Can you please remove my Angus and Julia photos from your blog? You didn't ask permission, nor do you properly credit them.


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