FourPlay String Quartet

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New single – Wish – and tour

FourPlay put the ‘eclectic’ back into ‘electric string quartet’ with their second new single, ‘Wish’, a powerful, haunting ballad about living in a climate-changed world. As with previous release, ‘Bound’, the digital-only release of ‘Wish’ is available now exclusively via Bandcamp. The release includes archival remixes of FourPlay songs, and to celebrate the band will play east coast shows in Canberra, Melbourne, Nambour, Brunswick Heads, and Sydney during September.
The beautiful video above was directed by Heidi Lee Douglas with dancing by Marigold Pazar. Full credits at YouTube.

FourPlay, who have been wowing audiences around the world for over 20 years with both their radical reinventions of pop songs and their wildly eclectic original material, have often had environmental and political themes in their music.

‘Wish’ takes this to the next step: a haunting ballad with tones of Not Drowning Waving and ’70s folk protest songs, with powerful lyrics delivered passionately by Tim Hollo and Lara Goodridge, intricate viola lines from Shenzo Gregorio, and a soaring, poignant cello solo from Peter Hollo.

‘Wish’ began life when the band was trapped behind rising floodwaters while enjoying the Bundanon Trust’s Artist-In-Residency program in the Southern Highlands of NSW. Tim’s older daughter kept calling to make sure he was OK and, at one point, said to him “I wish that I’d been born before climate change was happening.” Tim, a long-time environmental activist and founder of Green Music Australia, said those words “hit me in the guts”. The conversation inspired this song, with the message that “we can’t wish away the times we’ve been given; we have to do with them what we can.”

Produced by Justin Tressider (Macy Gray, Wolfmother) and FourPlay at Sony Music Studios, Sydney and Hydrofunk HQ, Mullumbimby, ‘Wish’ is classic FourPlay sound with a new flavour, and has already had audiences moved to tears at live performances.

‘Wish’ includes five archival remixes from the band’s Now To The Future album, unreleased until now. The album’s title track, ‘Now To The Future’ is reworked as glitchy post-rock by Brisbane’s Chris Perren, experimental noise by Canberra’s Shoeb Ahmad, and two very different, beautiful drone works from Adelaide’s Panoptique Electrical and Melbourne’s Part Timer. The 5-track release closes with a radical electro-pop reworking of ‘You’ve Changed Your Tune’ by Sydney’s ollo.

Don’t miss FourPlay as they showcase ‘Wish’ along with tracks from their entire career at a venue near you.

FourPlay ‘Wish’ Tour Dates 2018
All tickets on sale now

Friday 14 September
Smiths Alternative, Canberra ACT 

Sunday 16 September
The Toff In Town, Melbourne VIC
Thursday 20 September
Waywards, Newtown NSW

Friday 21 September
Bison Bar, Nambour QLD

Saturday 22 September
Brunswick Picture House, Brunswick Heads NSW

Sunday 23 September
Brightside, Brisbane QLD

Previous single – Bound

Directed by Emilie Morgane B (see full credits at the YouTube page), this video also seems to feature some weird rock band?

‘Bound’ is classic FourPlay, a cut that’s got it all: a big dirty riff that pushes and pulls, urgent and soaring vocals, a deeply melodic chorus, and a crazed viola solo to push everything over the edge.

‘Bound’ began as a riff inspired by Jack White and Beyoncé, written out of a jam while the band was a guest of the Bundanon Trust’s Artist-In-Residency program in the Southern Highlands of NSW. Vocals were later added by Lara Goodridge with lyrics about staring life’s challenges down while taking responsibility for who we are, and who we love. ‘Bound’ reminds us that our decisions have repercussions, and that ultimately we’re all bound together. It’s big and bold and sure to be a live favourite on this upcoming tour!

(Album artwork by Kerri Ambler)