DEAD LETTER CIRCUS – UNFD, Capitol Records, Sumerian Records, MGM Distribution

Dead Letter Circus

Dead Letter Circus

Dead Letter Circus are an Alternative Progressive rock band from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Their debut album This Is the Warning debuted at No. 2 on the Australian album charts and spawned a number of singles that were played heavily on radio, and was later certified Gold and voted by listeners into Triple J’s Hottest 100 Albums of All Time, at number 86.

Formation and self-titled EP (2004)
Three members of the defunct Brisbane band Ochre formed Dead Letter Circus in late 2004, releasing one self-titled EP, and the singles “Disconnect and Apply”, “Next in Line” and “The Space on the Wall”. “Disconnect and Apply” received significant radio play on Triple J, where it became one of their most played tracks.They performed at the Big Day Out, Come Together Music Festival in Sydney and the Over-Cranked Music Festival in Brisbane – performing with bands such as Judas Priest, Cog, Karnivool, The Butterfly Effect, Chevelle and Helmet. They also toured Australia extensively on their own headline tours for their self: EP in 2004 and 2005.

In 2008, drummer Scott Davey left the group and was replaced by amazing drum skills of Luke Williams from Melodyssey. On 30 October 2008, Dead Letter Circus began their Next in Line tour to coincide with the release of the single, playing primarily with Australian bands Melodyssey (still featuring Williams) and Rook. On 29 November 2008, they performed at Coffs Harbour’s Open Arms Festival in NSW.

On 4 September 2009, Dead Letter Circus released the single “The Space on the Wall”, supported by a national tour with guest bands Sydonia and Many Machines on Nine. Following a showcase at Musexpo, Dead Letter Circus signed with Warner Bros. Records in Australia and New Zealand and CAA for live bookings in North America, and toured the eastern states of Australia in late January through to early March 2010.

This Is the Warning (2010–2011)
On 16 February 2010, Dead Letter Circus revealed via MySpace that their debut album was complete. The album was launched on 14 May 2010, titled This Is the Warning. It had its debut at Number 1 on the ARIA Album Chart. The band announced a This Is the Warning album launch tour, playing shows in most major capital cities in Australia through April – June 2010.

Dead Letter Circus supported Muse at their Brisbane shows on 5 and 6 December 2010. They also supported Linkin Park on their Sydney and Melbourne shows on their A Thousand Suns World Tour. In early 2011 they played another headline tour of Australian capital cities with Floating Me.

In May 2011, it was announced that the band had signed a deal with Sumerian Records to release This Is The Warning in North America.On 9 May 2011, This is the Warning was released in the US, with a short UK tour in June and July to promote the release. The band later extended summer tour into the US, supporting Animals As Leaders in a 24-city national tour from July to August.

Afterwards, the band returned to Australia for a 21 date national tour to raise awareness about the dangers of coal seam gas titled the “No Fracking Way Tour”. Rob Maric explained the theme of the tour, stating, “it’s important to everyone. The planet is descending into complete self-destruction. Musicians have a fortunate position of influence so it’s a good opportunity to just say to a large amount of people ‘hey, check out this topic’. I respect artists more than politicians so when they speak, I tend to listen.”

The Catalyst Fire (2012)
The band started work on a new album in early 2012. According to Benzie, the album may take a more electronic approach than This Is the Warning;, stating “I think we’re kind of in a cyborg half-human, half-robot stage at the moment. Yeah, I definitely think we could (be going in an electronic direction). We’re leaning toward a bigger, fatter sound, rather than just the guitars.”Benzie also stated that thematically, the album would explore the issues of the first album, but build on those as if it were a second chapter in a first person narrative; “Most of the next one’s going to be a bit of the after-effect: how can you combat things like that (not feeling in control of your own life)? How can small people deceive world bankers? The answer will actually be everyone — what everyone does within their individual bubble, how we choose to act, and if that will butterfly effect out.” Benzie also said the band aims to have a worldwide release by the end of 2012.[citation needed]

In an interview with Chemical Magazine in early 2012, they stated that they hope to go into the studio near the beginning of March and have stated that the new album will have a similar feel to songs like “Cage” “This Long Hour” and “The Space on the Wall”. Via their Facebook page, “Our new single ‘Wake Up’ was officially added to rotation on triple j radio today! If you are keen to hear it then simply drop a request between 6–9pm weeknights.” On 1 May 2012, the band released “Wake Up” as a free download on their website.

The band performed at a concert in India during November, at Waves ’12, a cultural festival of the BITS Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus.

In early January 2013, guitarist and founding member Rob Maric announced he would leave the band. Maric had been largely absent from the band’s activities in 2012 and decided he would not return. On 8 January 2013, the band announced Clint Vincent from Melodyssey as the “new guy”. The 8th happened to be Vincent’s birthday, with the post stating it was the “perfect time for an introduction.” The group immediately went on to perform at the Big Day Out festival (Gold Coast only) on 19 January and the Breath of Life festival in Tasmania in March, before heading off on a limited national tour.

The band signed with record label UNFD in April, to release the sophomore album and confirmed it was slated for an August 2013 release.

Dead Letter Circus will headline the 2013 Krank’d Up festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, in September.

On 28 June, Dead Letter Circus announced their second studio album titled The Catalyst Fire was due for release on 9 August 2013. On 5 July, Dead Letter Circus released the new video for their single “Lodestar”, directed by Lori Balotti.

On August 29, preceding 4 sold out acoustic shows, Dead Letter Circus released a surprise acoustic EP titled Stand Apart which contained 6 re-imagined songs from The Catalyst Fire.

In December, the band toured Australia with sleepmakeswaves & Voyager to wrap up ‘The Catalyst Fire’ album cycle. In January they announced work had begun on an as yet untitled third album.

Aesthesis (2015)
On February 20, Dead Letter Circus teased their third album on their official Twitter page. Following that post, several different posts were released featuring the band working on their third album.

On May 8, Dead Letter Circus released a new single entitled “While You Wait”.

On July 10, Dead Letter Circus announced on their Facebook page that their third album, Aesthesis, will be released in Australia and New Zealand on August 14. It debuted at No. 2 on the ARIA Albums Chart on August 22.

They partook in a world tour to support the Aesthesis album with critical acclaim. Dead letter Circus I are one of Australia’s premier Progressive rock outfits with Kim Benzie’s amazing vocal abilities and talents standing out amongst the great vocalists in Australia.

“I feel my voice getting stronger every week. After 5 lessons, friends, band mates sound guys and fans have all commented on my improvement. Vox Singing Academy makes practicing easy and fun. Lessons are a blast. I learn what I want to learn and I progress at my own pace. Fast! Every lesson is totally relevant and tailored made for my voice, making me a better singer than I thought I could be. Thanks to Vox Singing Academy I can do these songs justice.”

Kim Benzie – Lead Singer, Dead Letter Circus

What Genre of Music Best Suits My Voice?

In this blog, we’re going to be talking about and discussing what genre of music best suits our voice or what songs should I sing that will be suit my voice?

This is a question that I frequently get asked by a lot of students but especially up and coming beginner singers… this is a very simple question to answer. Simply sing the genre of music that you love to sing – that’s it. The bottom line in singing is you must have fun and that’s what we do it for.

There are many different genres of singing and the same is to be said with dancing and martial arts. With dancing you can do tango, hip-hop, ballet, salsa or whatever it may be. In martial arts you can do karate, kung-fu, muay Thai, Brazilian jiu jitsu … there’s so many that you can do.  But if you have done dancing or martial arts, you’ll always be drawn to one or two that you really particularly enjoy and that’s the same for singing – please do genre or sing songs that you really love to sing because you will enjoy it.

Here are some of the points to help you out:

  • I know that a lot of up and coming singers are inspired to sing their favorite artists – that’s fine, please do that but remember that you are not your favorite artist that you like; you are your own, unique individual voice just like a fingerprint. Every fingerprint is different and every voice is different so please come to terms with your voice and what you can sing.
  • When your singing songs, please pick out songs that best suits your vocal range and that you’re going to sound the best in what you’re singing. So you may be aspired to be singing something that’s very high and if you’re not a tenor or a soprano you may struggle to sing those so please sing some artists or in lower keys that will best suit your voice.
  • Keep it simple and keep it fun. You don’t want to over think your singing so if your song is maybe a bit too complicated, intricate or maybe there’s too many lyrics, pick something that is easy and keep it simple but this really is the be-all or end all of your singing. You’re singing in the right key it will feel good and sound good meaning a lot more fun and joy for you as a singer.
  • Please always pick keys that best suit your vocal range and do a genre music that you love and then you will continue to always practice and do what you’re doing because you enjoy doing it without being forced. Please always remember to enjoy your singing!

 

Hope this has helped you out! See you on the next blog!

Congratulations!!

Congratulations to all Aria award winners and nominations but a special MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS to Vox student Marcus and the boys from Northlane for winning an Aria award for their critically acclaimed album Node.
Also congratulations to Kim and the boys from Dead Letter Circus for there Aria nomination for best rock album for their amazing Aesthesis album.

VOX SINGING ACADEMY’S NEXT STUDENT CONCERT!!

VOX SINGING ACADEMY’S NEXT STUDENT CONCERT!!
Will be held Sunday December the 6th! Taking proper care of your voice!

A great way to gain valuable stage experience in a professional environment with the use of professional sound equipment, lighting and stage in a relaxed manner at Bridie O’Reillys which is located on the corner of Sydney and Brunswick roads in Brunswick. Fantastic food and drinks are also available. Families are encouraged to book a table. Family, friends and public are all welcome.
The show will start at 1 PM.

Prizes, giveaways, Vox Singing Academy gift vouchers, Bridie O’Reilly food and beverage gift vouchers and merchandise will be given away at the end of all shows!

Combating Tension When Singing

In this episode, we’re going to be talking about combating tension when you are singing and focusing on the different areas where tension generally occurs with singers.

To start with, when you are singing, you’re going to be physically and vocally moving and I want you to feel the song when you’re singing. This this is part and parcel of being a singer but also to have a lot of fun when singing. We don’t want to allow the body to get stiff and rigid is this will greatly inhibit the function of the voice.

Tension in the neck or jaw when singing – if you’re feeling tension in the jaw or the neck, generally this is caused by two factors.

  1. Your diaphragm is not working enough, we need to use the diaphragm, support all of the notes being sung and relax the neck and jaw area.
  2. Study your vowels – get your mouth working, do vowel scales and go back to some of our other blogs we’ve got on vowels and let your sounds flow out of your mouth and have a forward feeling. And trying to keep the jaw relax when we’re doing this.

Now, that might be great but if you’re singing for an hour and you’re using your jaw and your mouth a lot, it still may be getting tight after 10-20 minutes, if this is happening do some jaw stretching exercises:

  • Loosen your mouth up and stretch the muscles that are tight wherever they may be. Even after doing a couple of stretchs, you may feel that your jaw is already stretched out and feeling lose; do this before you do your scales and singing when your practicing at home or in between your scales you are still feeling tension. If you continue to keep doing some jawdropping and stretching exercises every day you will feel that this area will be a lot looser in a few weeks.

If you’re getting tension in the neck just put your head back all the way back as far as you can to stretch out the muscles in the front of the neck.

Try doing this simple stretching exercise:

  • Drop the jaw Down in a relaxed fashion
  • Tilt your head all the way back slowly, and then
  • Bring your teeth together as far as you can to stretch out the muscles that are in the front of the neck.

Please if you can’t get your teeth all the way together, don’t overstretch and hurt yourself.

After doing those two exercises, you should be feeling a lot looser around your jaw and neck area but if you’re still feeling tension, you can do some round neck circles that’s going to stretch every muscle in your neck. To do this:

  • Place your chin on the chest to start with and stretching the back neck, then
  • Started to slowly raise your head so that you are looking directly over your left shoulder, then
  • Slowly start to move your head up so you are looking directly up to the sky or ceiling and slowly move your head so that you are walking over your right shoulder continually moving until you are looking down and your tunes on your chest again. Please move very slowly through this exercise and do not stop moving.

Please do this exercise both clockwise and anticlockwise.

Again, as I’ve already mention, if you are getting tension in these areas or any area for that matter besides the diaphragm, I want you to work your diaphragm more. The diaphragm should be the only area/ muscle that’s tightening and working and doing your heavy lifting. Everything else should be loose and relax when you’re singing.

When you’re moving and grooving up on stage or wherever it may be, stay loose and keep your body relax but firm. And when you’re singing, try to feel the parts that are tight or feeling tension. For example, if you feel that your neck is tightening up a little, try to relax that area and tight the diaphragm instead. If you’re still feeling tension and you’re practicing your scales and singing; stop and stretch this particular areas. These areas generally are your neck, shoulders, back, face and jaw but stretch it any other areas where you are feeling tension. This may be in your arms and legs

Another point is if you’re creating tension in the wrong areas you are most probably not using great technique. Even if you’re singing hard/husky or high, you’re technique still has to be great. I can still sing high or hard and stay relaxed because my diaphragm is doing all the work.  Always remember that the one technique that is going to loosen the tension is by tightening the diaphragm instead.

See you next week!

Have fun singing.

 

Peter Vox

Overcoming Singing Tension

In this episode, we’re going to be talking about combating tension when you are singing and focusing on the different areas where tension generally occurs with singers.

To start with, when you are singing, you’re going to be physically and vocally moving and I want you to feel the song when you’re singing. This this is part and parcel of being a singer but also to have a lot of fun when singing. We don’t want to allow the body to get stiff and rigid is this will greatly inhibit the function of the voice.

Tension in the neck or jaw when singing – if you’re feeling tension in the jaw or the neck, generally this is caused by two factors.

  1. Your diaphragm is not working enough, we need to use the diaphragm, support all of the notes being sung and relax the neck and jaw area.
  2. Study your vowels – get your mouth working, do vowel scales and go back to some of our other blogs we’ve got on vowels and let your sounds flow out of your mouth and have a forward feeling. And trying to keep the jaw relax when we’re doing this.

Now, that might be great but if you’re singing for an hour and you’re using your jaw and your mouth a lot, it still may be getting tight after 10-20 minutes, if this is happening do some jaw stretching exercises:

  • Loosen your mouth up and stretch the muscles that are tight wherever they may be. Even after doing a couple of stretchs, you may feel that your jaw is already stretched out and feeling lose; do this before you do your scales and singing when your practicing at home or in between your scales you are still feeling tension. If you continue to keep doing some jawdropping and stretching exercises every day you will feel that this area will be a lot looser in a few weeks.

If you’re getting tension in the neck just put your head back all the way back as far as you can to stretch out the muscles in the front of the neck.

Try doing this simple stretching exercise:

  • Drop the jaw Down in a relaxed fashion
  • Tilt your head all the way back slowly, and then
  • Bring your teeth together as far as you can to stretch out the muscles that are in the front of the neck.

Please if you can’t get your teeth all the way together, don’t overstretch and hurt yourself.

After doing those two exercises, you should be feeling a lot looser around your jaw and neck area but if you’re still feeling tension, you can do some round neck circles that’s going to stretch every muscle in your neck. To do this:

  • Place your chin on the chest to start with and stretching the back neck, then
  • Started to slowly raise your head so that you are looking directly over your left shoulder, then
  • Slowly start to move your head up so you are looking directly up to the sky or ceiling and slowly move your head so that you are walking over your right shoulder continually moving until you are looking down and your tunes on your chest again. Please move very slowly through this exercise and do not stop moving.

Please do this exercise both clockwise and anticlockwise.

Again, as I’ve already mention, if you are getting tension in these areas or any area for that matter besides the diaphragm, I want you to work your diaphragm more. The diaphragm should be the only area/ muscle that’s tightening and working and doing your heavy lifting. Everything else should be loose and relax when you’re singing.

When you’re moving and grooving up on stage or wherever it may be, stay loose and keep your body relax but firm. And when you’re singing, try to feel the parts that are tight or feeling tension. For example, if you feel that your neck is tightening up a little, try to relax that area and tight the diaphragm instead. If you’re still feeling tension and you’re practicing your scales and singing; stop and stretch this particular areas. These areas generally are your neck, shoulders, back, face and jaw but stretch it any other areas where you are feeling tension. This may be in your arms and legs

Another point is if you’re creating tension in the wrong areas you are most probably not using great technique. Even if you’re singing hard/husky or high, you’re technique still has to be great. I can still sing high or hard and stay relaxed because my diaphragm is doing all the work.  Always remember that the one technique that is going to loosen the tension is by tightening the diaphragm instead.

See you next week!

Have fun singing.

 

Peter Vox