With her brand new single "Driving Home" creating a new wave of fans around the country, Monique Brumby is getting back to her indie roots, having been announced today as the supporting artist for one of her favourite musicians, Michelle Shocked.
Featuring the same independent spirit, inspired lyrics and musical virtuosity, this pairing will make for one of the must-see bills for 2003.
In the country for the East Coast Blues & Roots Festival in Byron Bay, Monique and Michelle will be teaming up for a string of dates right across the country including multiple shows at Sydney's Basement.
Monique Brumby's new album Signal Hill is in stores now through Shock Records, featuring the singles "As Sweet As You Are" and "Driving Home".Michelle Shocked / Monique Brumby 2003 Australian Tour
|April 13.||Sydney, NSW||The Basement (afternoon) |
|April 14.||Sydney, NSW||The Basement |
|April 16.||Canberra, ACT||Hellenic Club |
|April 19.||Brisbane, QLD||The Tivoli |
|April 20.||Byron Bay, NSW||East Coast Blues & Roots Festival |
|April 22.||Sydney, NSW||The Basement |
|April 23.||Sydney, NSW||The Basement |
Like the Rockmelons, Monique Brumby's new album has been a work in progress probably longer than she cares to admit but, here, on Signal Hill, she reminds everyone why she was ARIA's best female artist in '97. Distinct melodies and strong as steel hooks and licks, Monique's style has always set her apart from the pack. For instance, the opener As Sweet As You Are is a killer ode Sinead O'Connor would gladly shave her head again for while Driving Home is more fun than 24 hours of 24. If commercial radio would just get behind her, the world could be her oyster once again.TNT Magazine
Melbourne - Oz's unofficial cultural capital and home to so many musos, you could probably just go busker hunting at the weekend. Monique Brumby originally hails from Tasmania but uses Melbourne as her base for a career which has already won her two ARIAs ( Australian Brit Awards) for Best New Artist and Best Female Artist. A voice like a flower in the wind, her folky guitar - pop is optimistic and instantly likeable. If you're one of those people who needs labels, you could say she's somewhere in the region of Sheryl Crow, but I'm not like that, so I won't. Her new album, Signal Hill, has just been released to an eager Australian music press and it looks like another success. The opener As Sweet As You Are skips and jumps with happiness, but Brumby also uses her sometimes smokey voice to good effect with more melancholic tracks such as Eventide. I'd like to have some cynical sarcastic comment, but her voice is too sweet and I just can't bring myself to do it.Time Off (Brisbane)
After a musical hiatus of some four years, Monique Brumby returns with a positive attitude and upbeat tempo on Signal Hill, an album that should continue to see her star rise. There's a lot to like about Signal Hill, with textured vocals and a breezy feel coasting you through the 12 tracks. First single As Sweet As You Are opens and sets the tone for what's to come - an exploration of wisdom and sugary optimism that manages not to sound sickly or contrived. Radiate, Wired and I Got This Yacht are perfect examples of this, bubbling along and spreading Brumby's positive messages, while album closer Prophecy has a bit of everything, with its layered vocals and distorted guitar.The Weekend Australian
Remember Ms Brumby? The elfin Taswegian who was to have been Australia's next leader of the women singers pack? It's been six years since her soulful debut Thylacine and her two ARIA Awards (including best female artist in 1997) but Monique Brumby could sing you her shopping list and you'd happily wait in the longest queue. She can captivate an audience with her energy, her gorgeousness and her indefatigable sass yet she has spent years in partial musical exile after parting ways with Sony, the label that tried to mould her into its version of a star. A lot of Signal Hill is the material Brumby wanted to record yet Sony was keen to reject - an odd move by the company since the overall mood is far lighter, brighter and more commercial than much of Thylacine. Stay As Sweet As You Are is almost a gospel moment and acts as first dip for an album that splashes briefly but playfully through a range of musical pools. With her elastic voice, Brumby can easily manage rock, pop, soul and roots (live she does a great Suzi Quatro, too) yet the songs she excels at are heartfelt ballads such as Overcome and Eventide, echoes of the intensity that was so captivating on her debut. Other sweet spots are I Got This Yacht, Silver Dollars and Radiate - all pretty, likeable pop songs with enough quirk and spark to make them float above the everyday.Herald-Sun (Melbourne)
Local singer-songwriter Monique Brumby kicks off her new album Signal Hill with Sweet As You Are, a joyous piece of country pop. And, as on the opening track, Brumby's powerful, melodic voice shines right throughout this release. The first part of Signal Hill captures Brumby's joy of music and is heavily influenced by country roots music and female musicians such as Lucinda Williams. However, the mood turns darker further on as Brumby's flair for a sunshiny pop song disappears under layers of guitars. Toward the end, Eventide manages to recapture her gentler style, but is almost drowned out by brooding closer Prophecy. In a word: moodyQantas Inflight Magazine
A few more up-tempo pop tracks here from this Australian who's known for her beautiful ballads. Brumby's great voice and some top guest musicians make this an excellent album.