Finishing up her national tour supporting Love Fame Tragedy over the weekend, Austen today reveals she's set to close a momentous year with a headline tour of her own which will take in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne this December.
The 'Passenger Seat' tour follows the release of her buzzed about debut EP of the same name alongside the cathartic feature track 'Young & Numb' which dropped last month and was touted by media globally.
Born in the in the confines of a van, 'Passenger Seat' documents the beginning and devastating end to an intense relationship. Austen elaborates "After dating for a very short time we decided it would be a good idea to go on a road trip for 12 days, locked in this van together driving around northern QLD in the middle of summer." Every demo for the release started in that passenger seat while meandering through the deserted outback.
The full length includes previously released singles the liberating 'Anthem', the escapism of 'Too High to Cry' and the self-love mantra 'Money' which was accompanied by a vibrant and enthralling video. Adding to these dark and powerful tracks comes reflective new single 'Young and Numb', and title track 'Passenger Seat' penned at the start of that fateful trip.
Named in triple j unearthed's Top 40 Most Played Artists last year after releasing only one song, 2018 was Austen's biggest year yet. She was handpicked by unearthed to play their BIGSOUND showcase and finished up the year on the road with Paces as his main support. March's 'Anthem' was the follow up to audience favourite 'Too High To Cry' which landed in Dave Ruby-Howe's Top Ten unearthed tracks of the year.
'Anthem' burst into 2019 with a spot rotation on triple j and received adoration from AAA Backstage, Cool Accidents, Kings of A&R, Purple Sneakers and STACK Mag. 'Money' was premiered on triple j's Home & Hosed and garnered widespread support from Aupium, Wonky Sensitive and was named Track of the Day on The AU Review.
Austen's introduction is no less auspicious, her debut single 'Faded' has accumulated almost 500,000 Spotify streams, with follow up 'Darkside' sitting on 140,000. Since then she's been named an 'Artist to Watch' by Pilerats and supported the likes of The Kite String Tangle, Nicole Millar, KLP, Running Touch, Col3trane, AURORA and Nyxen as well as performing a show-stopping performance at this year's Big Pineapple Festival.
Thursday, 5th December
Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Friday, 6th December
OAF Gallery Bar, Sydney
Saturday, 14th December
Gasometer Upstairs, Melbourne