Blanche DuBois

Blanche DuBois

 Perth, Western Australia, AUS
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

"They're the sisters Begovich, they're from Western Australia, and they're sublime. Sweet, melodic folk, brimming with heart, pop which sounds spontaneous rather than calculated - this is the sort of thing the powers-that-be should be quietly championing." ~ BEAT MAGAZINE, MELBOURNE

Biography

Blanche DuBois are sisters Nadija and Adriana Begovich.

They’ve been making music together since 2002; forming their own label, Streetcar Productions, in that same year and releasing their debut album, Raging Favourites, to positive reviews in magazines across the country including Rolling Stone Magazine who said: “Despite obvious nods towards touchstones The Waifs, there’s flashes of dark, distinctive beauty on the debut from this Perth outfit. They make acoustic mood music for rainy days and Mondays.”

Two EPs later – Slow Motion (2004) and Love Only Hurts (2005) – the band landed a deal with Australia’s largest independent publisher, Mushroom Music Publishing, and a series of licensing and sync deals followed, which continues to see Blanche DuBois garner airplay across hit-Australian and international television shows including Home and Away, Neighbours and Ugly Betty.

2007 saw the release of their second full-length album, All The Things We Never Say, with ARIA Award winning producer Richard Pleasance at the helm. The album scored positive reviews via the Australian music press – with the Sydney Morning Herald remarking “Unlike their doomed namesake, there could be a rosy future ahead for Perth sisters Nadija and Adriana Begovich (aka Blanche DuBois)” and Drum Media labeling it as “a beautifully imperfect album rather than an overproduced piece of forgettable pop. Nadija and Adriana’s catchy melodies and reputable lyrics will have you singing the songs – particularly Slow Motion, Always in Doubt and a remix version of the well known Love Only Hurts – to your self long after the album’s finished playing.”

All The Things We Never Say was also well-received by radio, with tracks Dance Away the Day and Slow Motion being added to national rotation across the Nova FM network.

In between, Blanche DuBois toured Europe and have played festivals in Australia such as A Day on the Green, alongside artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Jewel, Ben Folds, Paul Kelly, Pete Murray, Missy Higgins, Kasey Chambers, Crosby Stills and Nash, Joe Cocker, The Whitlams and even The Bangles – performing as either an acoustic duo or with their full-band lineup.

Four years later came Young Heart - the sisters' third full-length album, produced by Matt Fell at his Love Hz Studios in Sydney and released January 20, 2012.

Speaking about the album, singer Nadija Begovich said, “The songs on this record are about your head and your heart, about life and love and loss and the feelings both unique and universal to us all.

“We’re writing a lot more about personal experiences and the past four years has seen a lot of changes for my sister and I – good changes though; the kind which make you grow because you’re forced to learn from them.”

This record also marked the first time Blanche DuBois has explored co-writing – working with fellow Australian artists Angie Hart and Mick Thomas to pen three songs.

“We’d always admired Angie as a singer/songwriter,” Nadija said. “We sat down with her in a freezing cold house in Melbourne and wrote two tunes, Hell and The Wires, which ended up making it onto our record. It was a great experience and something we’ll definitely look at doing more of in the future. We wrote Run for Miles with Mick Thomas, also in frosty Melbourne.”

Like many, this record was the result of blood, sweat and tears. It’s the end of a relationship, the breaking of a heart, the building of a bridge, the bond of two sisters, the dreams that keep you alive and the tales you spin to make the world seem that little bit brighter.

2012 was a heady year for Blanche DuBois; with the release of YOUNG HEART welcomed by spectacular reviews, national radio airplay, live shows through out Australia, securing a licensing deal with US based company 'Music Alternatives' and a nomination as a finalist in Music Oz (Australia's independent and unsigned music awards).

"...there's plenty to like in the airy orchestral sighs of Perth's Blanche DuBois... Their Young Heart is a deeply melodic and ever-so-haunting album" - VOGUE MAGAZINE, AUSTRALIA

"Young Heart is an exploration of love, loss and life and, as cliche as these themes are, personal experiences often make the best songs. Pleasantly, nothing is overproduced, resulting in an array of honest and unblemished, yet imperfect pop songs..." - DRUM MEDIA, PERTH

YOUNG HEART is available on iTunes
http://itunes.apple.com/au/artist/blanche-dubois/id211081005

2013 sees the band take their music to the world stage; with showcase performances at North by NorthEast (NXNE) Toronto as well as shows in Los Angeles (Hotel Cafe) and New York (Piano's).

The sisters are also set to commence work with producer Mike Timmins (guitarist from the Cowboy Junkies) on their fourth album which is due for release in 2014.

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Lyrics

Young Heart

Written By: AD & NT Begovich

Silver lining how'd you find me today
Got a false start and a broke heart in my way
I remember those sweet nothings you used to say
I remember all the pretty things you'd say

As I watched you sleep I noticed your heart rose and it fell
Time breaks the young at heart and watches as we fall

As I learn to let go
I learn
All the dreams I let go
I lost myself
In you

Silver lining why'd you leave me this way?
Got a false start and a broke heart in my way
I still remember those sweet nothings you used to say
Oh how I remember all the pretty things you'd say

As I watched you sleep I noticed your heart rose and it fell
Time breaks the young at heart and watches as we fall
As I watched you sleep I noticed your heart rose and it fell
Time breaks the young at heart and watches as we fall

As I learn to let go
I learn
All the dreams I let go
I lost myself
In you

The War In Me

Written By: AD & NT Begovich

It's been a long time, lonely soldier
Lay down your arms and come with me
I believe the war is over
Lay down your arms and come with me

It's a heartbeat
A fearless little heartbeat
Feel this little heart, heart, heart, heart, beat, beat, beat, beat
Suddenly the war is over
And it's a heart, heart, heart, heart, beat, beat, beat, beat

Scars will be reminders, wounded soldier
But time will heal your hurt, wait and see
I believe the war is over
Time will heal your hurt, wait and see

It's a heartbeat
A fearless little heartbeat
Feel this little heart, heart, heart, heart, beat, beat, beat, beat
Suddenly the war is over
And it's a heart, heart, heart, heart, beat, beat, beat, beat

Time & Time Again

Written By: AD & NT Begovich

Waiting, I'm waiting for a new day
I'm hoping that the night is still young
Cause I'm holding, I'm holding onto old ways
Knowing that the world is moving on

Time and time again we'll go our own ways
We'll be lovers like we used to when the heart wins

I'm sorry, well I'm sorry won't appease you
I'm sorry won't love, the damage has been done
I miss you, I miss you the old days,
I miss you, the new days, those will never come

Time and time again we'll go our own ways
We'll be lovers like we used to when the heart wins

Looking, I'm looking for a new way of seeing
Is believing all there is?
Confusion, never meant to hurt you
It's just meant to lead you to where it all begins

This is where it all begins

Time and time again we'll go our own ways
We'll be lovers like we used to when the heart wins

The Sum of My Parts

Written By: AD & NT Begovich

I am the sum of my parts
I am the middle, the end and the start
Be my familiar, be my familiar
Won't you be my saviour?
I'll be yours

I am the sum of all my fears
I am the hated, the hunted, the revered
Be my familiar, be my familiar
Won't you be my saviour?
I'll be yours

How did I get so reckless?
How did I get here?
How did I get so hopeless?
How did I get here?
How did I get so godless?
Get me out of here
Get me out of here
Get me out of here

Be my familiar, be my familiar
Won't you be my saviour?
Be my familiar, be my familiar
Won't you be my saviour?
I'll be yours

Discography

Blanche DuBois have independently released:

* November 2002: Raging Favourites (debut album)
* April 2004: Slow Motion (EP)
* April 2005: Love Only Hurts (EP)
* August 2007: All The Things We Never Say (album)
* October 2011: The War in Me (single)
* January 2012: Young Heart (album)

Set List

Set List:.

Young Heart
Hell
The War In Me
This Quiet Life
Forget Me Not
Run For Miles
The Wires
Real Life Madness
Time and Times Again
Few and far Between
Dear God
The Sum Of My Parts

Stay
Slow Motion
Dance Away the Day
Lifeline
Always in Doubt
Sweet Song
Love only Hurts
Long time dead
A friend of mine
The Lovers
Make and Believe
Amsterdam 3am
Elvis
Loose myself
Lover do you wait
summer

Original compositions.