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courtney barnett

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"Have you heard..."

1st April 2009

Can you please give us your full name, the name of your band, and the instrument you play?
courtney barnett. i play guitar and the singing.

What do you think is your band’s greatest strength?
probably the drummer

What was your worst gig ever and why?
years ago...the "venue" was like a concrete cell, all the furniture was made from concrete and i sounded like reverby concrete. my support act was a four-year-old with a ukulele (he was really good). the champagne tasted like vinegar. and then, the last guy who played, took all our money.

If you could time travel back to any gig in history which would it be and why?
folsom prison, johnny cash.

What movie do you think your music would best accompany and why?
some sort of comfortable medium between something like "mermaids" with cher and something a bit fucked up like "natural born killers"

What are your plans for the immediate future? And the rest of the year?
immediate future: i have to clean the house. rest of the year: finish recording my EP. find a house larger than a milk crate but cheaper than a mortgage.

What is your favourite song lyric and why?
"na na na na na na na na na na na she's got the look." catchy

Favourite “pick me up for a big night” drink?
cascade pale ale. because it's from where i'm from.

Favourite hangover cure?
a spiced up bloody mary will do it. and if i still have taste buds maybe field mushrooms with poached eggs and goats cheese from Arcadia.

When and where is your next gig?
wednesday 8 april @ the drunken poet 8pm

- Inpress Magazine

"Wine, Whiskey, Women"

8th April 2009

As the "wine, whiskey, women" saga continues at the Drunken Poet, Courtney Barnett will be gracing the stage on wednesday the 8th of april at 8pm. Not as soppy as your everyday folk singer and minus the misery of the blues, her lyrics are soaked in soul with enough over-exaggerated metaphors to keep every english teacher satisfied. Her honest voice and modern charm are only amplified by the growling, percussive guitar playing that will take your breath away. Don't miss this show! - Inpress Magazine


- Solo Musician (guitar/singer/songwriter)

- Full Membership of APRA since 2007

- ABN registered

- Performed more than 65 solo/duo gigs between 2007-2010.

- Roles Fulfilled in the Music Industry: booking, promotion, sound checks, stage set-up, live sound mixing, stage management, event management

Chosen as a Mentee for Freeza Mentoring Program

6 week Tour (vic, nsw, qld, sa, tas)
completely self-organised, managed and promoted

part of CD compilation for England-based organisation "We Heart Arts"

invited to perform at MidSummer's 2010 Everyday People Festival.

saturday afternoon april residency at The Builders Arms

wearethevan - a fundraiser for our 2010 tour

applied for government grants

attended "Face The Music 09" music industry conference

finalist in APRA Professional Development Awards
alongside artists such as Dallas Frasca, Wally De Backer (Gotye) and Jen Cloher.

received radio airplay:
triple j radio, home & hosed
2ssr 99.7FM, home sweet home
radar radio
triple m

regular shows at renowned Melbourne Venues such as:
The Empress, The Corner, The Tote, The Espy, The Drunken Poet, The Wesley Anne, The Edinburgh Castle, Bar 303.

as well as:
a four-month long Sunday-night Residency at Blue Tile Lounge

a December Saturday-Afternoon Residency at The Builders Arms

invited to perform at popular annual festivals; Melodica and LadyFest

part of 2008 Amplified Compilation CD distributed worldwide

regular solo performances at Hobart venues The Alley Cat, The Republic Bar, The Loft, The Lark Distillery. as well as Launceston Venues; The Royal Oak and Hub.

invited to perform at popular annual festivals BeerFest, and Women with Power Tools.

mini 5-show tour to Sydney.

studied fine arts - major. photography at University of Tasmania

regular solo performances at hobart venues The Alley Cat, The Republic Bar, The Loft, The Lark Distillery.

Member of the funk cover band, Chameleon. Performed weekly at The Mayfair Hotel, and was hired regularly for events and functions.

First performance as a solo artist at Lark Distillery, Hobart

studied fine arts - major. photography at University of Tasmania

recorded first solo 5-track demo in home studio

graduated year 12

arts prefect; leadership role, public speaking, encouraging others, delegating tasks, attending events, promoting the Arts section of the school.

filmed and edited the Year 12 Revue

studied music theory, contemporary music and audio design at a pre-tertiary level

completed Certificate II in Music Industry



based in melbourne, courtney barnett plays guitar and sings along. she writes coke-bottle summertime pop. courtney tried to grow a herb garden this year but doesn’t like to talk about the outcome.

oliver mestitz plays the percussioned instruments and hums along. sometimes he sings and/or harmonises and when he does it’s like angels bathing in sweet morning mildew. on top of that, he is a rhythm fiend and award-winning bread maker. sometimes he dabbles in fruit loaf.

the mood is light-hearted bordering on semi-serious, and the music is undeniably intriguing. they deliver seductive tones, infectious melodies and it's all tied together in a sort of song structure.

together they whisk up a mean toe-tappin, knee-slappin version of a pop song with an intensity that seems effortless. receiving airplay on triple j radio, radar radio, triple m and charting high on triple j unearthed, this is music to fly kites, drink soda, and do handstands to.