The Crayon Fields

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Crayon Fields
Origin Melbourne, Australia
Genres Indie pop
Years active 2001-present
Labels Chapter
Trifekta
Associated acts Geoffrey O'Connor
Sly Hats
Website Official Site
Members Geoff O’Connor
Brett Hudson
Chris Hung
Neil Erenstrom
Past members
  • Jarrad Miller
  • Rupert Edwards (Live)
  • Raquel Solier (Live)
  • Esther Edquist (Live)
  • Tim Picone (Live)

The Crayon Fields is a four-piece Melbourne-based music group signed to the labels Chapter Music and Rallye.[1] They have been described as lo-fi with an artful naïve-pop aesthetic.[2]

Members[edit]

The line-up consists of singer-songwriter Geoffrey O'Connor on vocals and guitar, Brett Hudson on bass guitar, Chris Hung on second guitar, synthesizer and percussion, and Neil Erenstrom on drums. O'Connor also has a solo side-project known as Sly Hats and is signed to Nervous Jerk Records with one album to date: Liquorice Night. He has since dropped the 'Sly Hats' moniker and has begun recording and performing his solo material using his name.[3]

Releases[edit]

Their debut full-length album Animal Bells was released on 16 October 2006 and 5 November 2006 on vinyl.[1] It was given a rating of 7.8/10 by Pitchfork Media and was compared to the likes of The Beach Boys, The Zombies and The Association.[2]

In late 2008 Crayon Fields completed the recording of their second album and released the 7" single, 'Mirror Ball' The band then released a UK 7" single, 'Voice of Paradise' on the Passport label and toured Europe and the UK in April and May 2009 before releasing a third 7" single, 'All the Pleasures of the World' in August 2009. Their second album, All the Pleasures of the World was released in September 2009 on Chapter Music (Australia) and Rallye Records (Japan) and was given a 7.8/10 by Pitchfork Media. It has been featured on blogs throughout the US and UK, such as Big Stereo and Music (For Robots), and has received airplay on US radio stations, such as KCRW, KEXP and Woxy. In Australia the album has received heavy airplay on community radio stations with both 'Mirror Ball' and 'All the Pleasures of the World' entering rotation on the national youth radio station, JJJ.

Touring[edit]

In March 2010 Crayon Fields toured the US for the first time, performing in New York, LA and Austin as part of the SXSW festival, which included a live-to-air set for KEXP radio. In Australia Crayon Fields have performed at the Big Day Out, Golden Plains, Parklife and Laneway festivals and have toured with Peter Bjorn and John, Cornelius, The New Pornographers, The Dirty Three, Stereolab, The Mountain Goats, Spoon, The Go! Team and Built To Spill. They toured the US for a second time in October 2010 and played at CMJ festival shows.[4]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Animal Bells (CD and vinyl) (16 October 2006) Chapter Music/Trifekta Records
  • All The Pleasures of the World (CD and vinyl) (released 19 September 2009) Chapter Music (AU), Rallye (Japan)

Singles[edit]

  • Mirror Ball (7") (9 December 2008) Chapter Music
  • Voice Of Paradise (UK only 7") (21 March 2009) Passport
  • All The Pleasures Of The World (7") (22 August 2009) Chapter Music

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chapter Music - Artists, retrieved 2008-09-06 
  2. ^ a b Animal Bells - Pitchfork, retrieved 2008-09-06 
  3. ^ Sly Hats - Music at Last.fm, retrieved 2008-09-06 
  4. ^ CMJ 2010 Daya Go out with a Bang

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