• Australian Songwriting Competition 2010 - 2nd Place – Pop Category
• Australian Internet Radio 2010 Chart – No.1 and Album of the Week
• Soundslikecafe 2010 Chart – No.5
Folk/blues singer/songwriter, Ali Towers was born in Robin Hood country, Nottingham, England, raised on his parents’ John Lennon Records and imported to Perth, WA around the turn of the century.
Ali has just released a solo EP called The Used Future through Newmarket Music. The EP was recorded at Sumo Studios, Perth with Laurie McCallum (Anime Fire/Fools Rush In) and mastered by William Bowden (Bob Evans / Paul Dempsey) in Sydney.
Ali’s soul is with the Blues and Folk side of Pop in the vein of Van Morrison, Ray Lamontagne, and Tom Waits, but he has a diverse back catalogue, venturing into trip hop, rock and even theatrical pieces for the Edinburgh Festival. In 2002, Ali co-wrote and recorded the successful dance track, Stay High, which debuted in Ibiza and the Miami Music festival where DJ Tall Paul added the track to his set.
Before coming to Australia, Ali had been lucky enough to travel through Europe and America and has managed to play at some inspiring venues including the great CBGS’s, before its unfortunate close. Ali aspires to masterpieces such as Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, Jeff Buckley’s Grace, Radiohead’s Ok Computer, Pink Floyd’s Darkside of the Moon and relishes in their ability to send shivers with powerful and lulling melodies, embedded with poetic lyrics. These factors were at the forefront of Ali’s mind when he set foot in the studio to record The Used Future EP.
The Used Future EP features 5 of Ali’s most haunting yet commercial songs to date. As well as providing a great taster for what is in store, the EP also works as a great piece itself, its dark tales told with the aid of a string quartet, flute and lamenting Spanish guitar. Already “Album of the Week” and Number 1 on Australian Internet Radio, it is now available nationally through Newmarket Music at both major and independent retail, and online stores including Amazon and iTunes. Track 2- Hold On (The Sky’s Burning) has just achieved 2nd place in the Pop category of the Australian Songwriters Association Contest.
Ali Towers is currently touring to promote the EP both solo, and with a 4 piece band, and recently supported Thirsty Merc and Village Kid.
“While the slick, polished production of the EP may lend itself to commercial radio, Towers has not shirked at writing raw, challenging and close-to-the-bone lyrics”.
“A perfect release for relaxed afternoons watching the sun sinking down the horizon or late night chill-out sessions”.
“Hold On (The Sky Is Burning) made the crowd stand to to attention” (Live review of support for Thirsty Merc at the Fly By Night, Fremantle 23.07.2010)
Bookings and Enquiries:
Ali - Vocals, Keys, Guitars, Harmonicas, percussion, programming
The Used Future EP – March 2010
All You EP – November 2005 - With band, Matters of Fiction
“Grace” Single - July 2002
Blue Screen Album – February 2001
Funk Up the Menu - Foxtel and Access 31 – July 2006 – Interview and Performance
Late Night Montage – Access 31 – November 2005 – February 2006 – All You EP on Rotation
Wake Up Perth – Access 31 – August 2005 – Interview
Young Gifted and Broke - Channel 4 - UK- July 2001 – Interview and Performance
RTR FM 92.1FM Home Grown – March 2010 - Interview and Performance
Radio Fremantle 107.9FM The Twilight Zone - March 2010 - Interview and Performance
ABC 720AM Saturday Breakfast - February 2010 – Interview and Performance
6EBA Moonlight Session - 95.3FM – September 2009 – Interview and Performance
Northwest FM - May 2006 - Interview
96FM Troy and Bernie - August 2005 – Interview and Performance
RTR FM 92.1FM Breakfast With Barr - November 2005 – Interview and Performance
RTR FM 92.1 FM Home-Grown - November 2005 – Interview
Also Played on:
ABC Coast FM (Gold & Sunshine Coasts)
Pirate Cat Radio, San Francisco
6KCR FM, WA
City Park Radio, Tasmania
8CCCfm 102.1, Alice Springs
107.3 Heritage FM (6HFM), Gosnells
98.9 North West FM, Melbourne
Triple U,Shoalhaven NSW
89.7 Twin Cities FM, Wanneroo
Hold On (The Sky's Burning)
This Fragile Track
He That Has It
The Used Future
Only The Fit Survive
The Dane - Solo Demo
Learning Divine - Solo Demo
That Day Will Come
When All Hope Has Gone
Support for Thirsty Merc 23.07.2010
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The Fly By Night Musicians Club had a modest crowd when opening act Ali appeared on-stage unannounce...The Fly By Night Musicians Club had a modest crowd when opening act Ali appeared on-stage unannounced and to little fanfare. Pushing through his own personal tales, he is a very talented one man band, beginning on piano before reaching for his guitar and harmonica. Hold On (The Sky Is Burning) made the crowd stand to to attention before, as quickly as he had arrived, he was gone again.
The Used Future EP
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The Used Future Ali Towers Release Type: EP Reviewer: Cissi Of The Fairies Rating: 4 stars E... The Used Future
Release Type: EP
Reviewer: Cissi Of The Fairies
Rating: 4 stars
English expatriate Ali Towers has had a interesting musical journey according to his biography, both genre-wise and in life in general. Having traveled through Europe and America, he has experimented with trip-hop, rock and theatrical pieces before returning to his roots in folk-pop. The Used Future is his EP showcasing five tracks of mature, mid-paced songs in the same vein as bands like The Whitlams.
The five songs features impressively lush arrangements featuring a string quartet, a flute as well as a piano alongside the traditional guitar/bass/drum setup. From the first piano chords of The Used Future to the last chords of Only The Fit Survive, Ali Towers manages an impressive consistency with his tunes, tied together with lyrics dealing with the fragility of life. The highlight of EP is the last track Only The Fit Survive, with its slow-burn feel and a wonderful string ending.
A perfect release for relaxed afternoons watching the sun sinking down the horizon or late night chill-out sessions.
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“ALI TOWERS is a stylish new solo artist who stands out in a world of his own. His beat driven sound...“ALI TOWERS is a stylish new solo artist who stands out in a world of his own. His beat driven sound is similar to an early Stevie Wonder crossed with Prince and an adventurous Thomas Dolby . Very different and full of great electronic bleeps and rhythmic sounds. The melody of this song " Grace " grows on you and stays in your head. Ali Towers is an intelligent artist ahead of his own time and here he bares himself to the world on this underground music feast. Catchy, poppy, bright and well produced while retaining a different and unique electronic Indie soul sound. Ali will Tower over you all soon.” - Matchbox Recordings
MATTERS OF FICTION CD LAUNCH
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Matters of Fiction, Grand Central, Burgers of Beef Amplifier Bar, Fri 25/11/2005 Review by Rohan...Matters of Fiction, Grand Central, Burgers of Beef
Amplifier Bar, Fri 25/11/2005
Review by Rohan Hewson
By the time Matters of Fiction started, the Amplifier was packed - they drew quite a crowd to watch them launch their EP 'All You'. They played a similar kind of music as Grand Central, but with the addition of a keyboard and harmonica, neither of which were used enough in their set in my opinion. The harmonica especially was a nice touch when it came out... it's an instrument commonly used by quieter acoustic acts, but rarely by louder rocking acts. It really spiced up the song it was in.
The Used Future EP Launch Setlist 20.03.2010
1) The Used Future
2) Hold on (the Sky’s Burning)
3) He That Has It
4) The Dane
5) This Fragile Track
6) Purchance to Dream
7) Let the Rain Fall
9) Learning Divine
10) Only the Fit Survive
11) When All Hope Has Gone
There are no upcoming dates at this time.