Holidays On Ice, comprised of Angie Hart (Frente!), Dean Manning (Leonardo's Bride) & Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), will release their third album -The Luxury of Wasted Space' on March 31, with live dates kicking off on April 18 in Canberra.
The trio's new album, The Luxury of Wasted Space, is a tongue in cheek reference to the modern aversion to emptiness, and was produced and recorded by Dean in his living room to eight track reel to reel. -I love the space, the art on the wall, my grandma's old piano, the wooden floor boards. I left everything set up for a year. Angie & Stella dropped in off & on as did various friends & guests. We ran out of tape at one point. Then we found out they don't make that tape anymore. Then someone sent us this new stuff that kind of disintegrated before our eyes. We got there in the end, just.'
The album features mixes by Nick Mainsbridge (Hummingbirds, Triffids), Justin Stanley (Jamie Lidell, Clapton) & Sparklehorse vet Scott Minor.
The Luxury of Wasted Space used crowd-funding model Pozible; Dean offered 20 small original paintings as rewards. The paintings included instruments featured in the making of the album – an omnichord, a tape delay, guitars, stomp boxes etc. The group made their target in record time.
The story behind new single -Broken' is an intriguing one. About eight years ago, the producers of the film -Candy' put out a call - Lou Reed had declined the use of the Velvet Underground's -Sunday Morning' in the film and they were looking for someone to -rewrite' it. Dean Manning took up the challenge as a personal project, it took him seven years to complete, and the result is a simple yet stunning track. The video for the song, a playful homage to Molly Meldrum introducing the band on Countdown, took months to put together, frame by frame. Dean made the puppets from clay and wood and sewed their clothes, and for the sets, found mother-of-pearl jewels and a miniature drum kit, remarkably the perfect size!
Check out the video for -Broken' here: youtube/broken
This current incarnation of Holidays On Ice formed in 2007, when Manning recruited Mozgawa following the departure of their drummer, -A friend gave me Stella's number. She came over for a jam, nailed it and I haven't recorded with anyone since. She's a sweetheart'.
Angie is best known as the voice of Frente! – the group achieved worldwide success with numerous records, and a US Top 10 for their version of Bizarre Love Triangle. Dean was the songwriter/guitarist for Leonardo's Bride, whose two critically acclaimed albums included the APRA Song of the Year Even When I'm Sleeping, which was also voted one of APRA's Top 30 Australian Songs of All Time. Los Angeles based Stella Mozgawa is a member of indie rock band Warpaint as well as featuring on Kurt Vile's Wakin on a Pretty Daze.
The Luxury of Wasted Space will be released on March 31 through Cloudy But Fine.
Holidays On Ice Tour – featuring Angie and Dean
Friday 18th of April: Smith's Alternative, Canberra ACT
Sunday 20th of April: Open Studio, Northcote VIC
Friday 25th of April: Glebe Café Church Hall, Glebe NSW (with Martha Marlow)
Sunday 27th of April: Dowse Bar, Paddington QLD