Sophie Jane & The Chilly Bin Boys
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Sophie Jane & The Chilly Bin Boys

Perth, Western Australia, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Perth, Western Australia, Australia | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Sophie Jane - opens up musical talent"

When a local kid continues to make good, the whole community smiles.

Sophie Jane is one such girl and the local shops are ready to receive a stack of her latest music CD called “Unopened” after it is launched on 26th July at INDI Bar Scarborough WA. Sophie Thompson, as we know her, has been strumming her guitar and creating beautiful music since she was nine and first performed at the “Kids Country”, a music program for youth under the banner of the Boyup Brook Country Music Club.

After a few years she teamed up with a brother and sister from Kojonup and under the name “Sollae” they performed together regularly over six years. They made two CD’s and won many awards for their efforts, including the Open Section of the WA Country Music Awards in Boyup Brook in February 2003. Two long trips to Tamworth for the January Festival in 2004 and 2005 saw them making the finals of the Johnny Young ‘Young Country Time Star Search’ and the Capital Country Music Awards Talent Search.

Sophie has always had the support of her family along the way. Her mother taught her the guitar and her parents transported her to many gigs across the state and to Tamworth. Her sister Jamey put her Design Degree to work on the covers of both of Sophie's CD's as well as the Sollae CD “Growing Up Just Fine".

In 2005 Sophie started writing her own words and music – something that she loves. Working solo brings its own challenges but Sophie has been encouraged by the recognition she has received from professionals:

* Her song ‘Growing Up Just Fine’ was a finalist in the Open Songwriters Section of the Tamworth CCMA National Talent Competition. It was also announced as the winning entry in the Smarter than Smoking Junior Songwriting Section of the WA Country Music Awards in February, 2005.
* ‘When You’re Not Around’ was selected as one of the five finalists in the Regional section of the WAMI Songwriting Awards in 2005.
* ‘Wanted Girl’ made it into the final five in the Upper Secondary section and was the title song of her first solo CD. Another song on that CD ‘Brave Soldier of Australia’ was 6th in the Australian Songwriters’ Association competition.

* Before this latest CD has even hit the stands, Sophie Jane has received accolades for one of its songs. “Broken Glass” made it to the semi finals of the John Lennon International Song Writing Competition.

Sophie is a student, studying to be a teacher. Somehow she manages to squeeze in performing for rural events, weddings and special birthday bashes and enjoys the live action and personal interaction. She was fortunate to team with a TAFE Course “Events Management” in the production of this latest album and they have helped her with advertising, organising and airplay.

However, Sophie warns us that she is not just any old country singer. She has moved forward - as she describes “the music of this brazen-haired songstress fuses those pop fundamentals with a touch of indie, a hint of roots and a generous helping of small-town girl.” She continues: “Sophie Jane is a unique and dynamic live performer, with a bitchin’ sense of style to boot.”

Sophie Jane writes from her life experiences, not shirking away from difficult rural issues in her own special way - everything from speeding and depression in men to girls who are in danger of suffering from anorexia. However several songs are about all the youthful facets of finding love and then losing it!

Sophie Jane’s “can do” attitude, self-confidence, enthusiasm and obvious talent are things we have applauded throughout her career and we wish her well with this new CD “Unopened” and her future. You can hear one or two of her songs on http://www.myspace.com/sophiejane. CD’s can be purchased from Kodja Place, PO Box 107, Kojonup WA 6395 or by ringing (08) 98 311297 or ring Sophie Jane on 0427 805 465. - ourpatch.com


"Sophie Jane - opens up musical talent"

When a local kid continues to make good, the whole community smiles.

Sophie Jane is one such girl and the local shops are ready to receive a stack of her latest music CD called “Unopened” after it is launched on 26th July at INDI Bar Scarborough WA. Sophie Thompson, as we know her, has been strumming her guitar and creating beautiful music since she was nine and first performed at the “Kids Country”, a music program for youth under the banner of the Boyup Brook Country Music Club.

After a few years she teamed up with a brother and sister from Kojonup and under the name “Sollae” they performed together regularly over six years. They made two CD’s and won many awards for their efforts, including the Open Section of the WA Country Music Awards in Boyup Brook in February 2003. Two long trips to Tamworth for the January Festival in 2004 and 2005 saw them making the finals of the Johnny Young ‘Young Country Time Star Search’ and the Capital Country Music Awards Talent Search.

Sophie has always had the support of her family along the way. Her mother taught her the guitar and her parents transported her to many gigs across the state and to Tamworth. Her sister Jamey put her Design Degree to work on the covers of both of Sophie's CD's as well as the Sollae CD “Growing Up Just Fine".

In 2005 Sophie started writing her own words and music – something that she loves. Working solo brings its own challenges but Sophie has been encouraged by the recognition she has received from professionals:

* Her song ‘Growing Up Just Fine’ was a finalist in the Open Songwriters Section of the Tamworth CCMA National Talent Competition. It was also announced as the winning entry in the Smarter than Smoking Junior Songwriting Section of the WA Country Music Awards in February, 2005.
* ‘When You’re Not Around’ was selected as one of the five finalists in the Regional section of the WAMI Songwriting Awards in 2005.
* ‘Wanted Girl’ made it into the final five in the Upper Secondary section and was the title song of her first solo CD. Another song on that CD ‘Brave Soldier of Australia’ was 6th in the Australian Songwriters’ Association competition.

* Before this latest CD has even hit the stands, Sophie Jane has received accolades for one of its songs. “Broken Glass” made it to the semi finals of the John Lennon International Song Writing Competition.

Sophie is a student, studying to be a teacher. Somehow she manages to squeeze in performing for rural events, weddings and special birthday bashes and enjoys the live action and personal interaction. She was fortunate to team with a TAFE Course “Events Management” in the production of this latest album and they have helped her with advertising, organising and airplay.

However, Sophie warns us that she is not just any old country singer. She has moved forward - as she describes “the music of this brazen-haired songstress fuses those pop fundamentals with a touch of indie, a hint of roots and a generous helping of small-town girl.” She continues: “Sophie Jane is a unique and dynamic live performer, with a bitchin’ sense of style to boot.”

Sophie Jane writes from her life experiences, not shirking away from difficult rural issues in her own special way - everything from speeding and depression in men to girls who are in danger of suffering from anorexia. However several songs are about all the youthful facets of finding love and then losing it!

Sophie Jane’s “can do” attitude, self-confidence, enthusiasm and obvious talent are things we have applauded throughout her career and we wish her well with this new CD “Unopened” and her future. You can hear one or two of her songs on http://www.myspace.com/sophiejane. CD’s can be purchased from Kodja Place, PO Box 107, Kojonup WA 6395 or by ringing (08) 98 311297 or ring Sophie Jane on 0427 805 465. - ourpatch.com


"Sophie Jane EP Review"

“Time will tell for you and me if we can climb up into the trees / Sit up high and wonder why, everyone’s standing underneath” - 'Broken Glass', Sophie Jane, 2009.

As her own lyrics suggest, Sophie Jane’s rising talent is clearly headed for the treetops! A dynamic and vivacious live performer, her work deserves a much wider audience. Her ‘Unopened’ EP is a positive delight to listen to, deceptively simple, yet constantly surprising. The only real complaint is that at just five songs in length, it’s far too short. But to compensate for that, there isn’t a single unworthy track on it.

It opens with the lively “1 + 1", a fairly conventional love song with a few hidden twists; followed by the poignant “Broken Glass”, a touching taste of might-have-beens, and all things unrequited, or is it?

After that comes the solid “For Now”, with a stronger beat and just a hint of that “girl power” vibe. Layered themes and metaphors prevail throughout Sophie Jane’s lyrics, and the shifts of perspective encourage the dual impression that while we’re hearing the cry of a woman at the end of her tether, breaking free from a stifling relationship; we’re also marvelling at the rationalisations of a classic heartbreaker, moving on with all the grace of a social butterfly. There’s a sense of both loss and triumph here.

More personal reflections follow with the track, “At Your Feet”, where we’re back to wistful might-have-beens… but can we really go back? The real charm of this track lies in the dilemma Sophie Jane so lyrically presents: Knowing it didn’t work the first time, we still have the longing to return and try again… These songs are perceptive and are bound to strike a common chord with all but the heartless.

Which just leaves us at the track “Wasted”, a song that anyone on anything should hear. Never mind the personal cost of addiction, Sophie Jane sings; think of what you’re doing to your loved ones.

With a deft touch throughout, Sophie Jane tells it like it is, never clean and simple, but real and down to earth. She uses her remarkable voice to good effect, supplemented by a minimal use of effects. The necessary back up is provided by solid supporting performances from her band, with nothing unnecessary or out of place in the mix, and the lightest touch with an almost ethereal keyboard in “For Now” is a particular treat, while their dominance in “Wasted” supplements the vocals to perfection.

As well as being a graceful and gifted performer, Sophie Jane is clearly a talented and solid songwriter, with an already very well honed craft. ‘Unopened’ showcases this beautifully. So buy it, borrow it, or beg for it. Just get hold of a copy for yourself, you’ll thank yourself for it. - Ian Coleman


"Sophie Jane EP Review"

“Time will tell for you and me if we can climb up into the trees / Sit up high and wonder why, everyone’s standing underneath” - 'Broken Glass', Sophie Jane, 2009.

As her own lyrics suggest, Sophie Jane’s rising talent is clearly headed for the treetops! A dynamic and vivacious live performer, her work deserves a much wider audience. Her ‘Unopened’ EP is a positive delight to listen to, deceptively simple, yet constantly surprising. The only real complaint is that at just five songs in length, it’s far too short. But to compensate for that, there isn’t a single unworthy track on it.

It opens with the lively “1 + 1", a fairly conventional love song with a few hidden twists; followed by the poignant “Broken Glass”, a touching taste of might-have-beens, and all things unrequited, or is it?

After that comes the solid “For Now”, with a stronger beat and just a hint of that “girl power” vibe. Layered themes and metaphors prevail throughout Sophie Jane’s lyrics, and the shifts of perspective encourage the dual impression that while we’re hearing the cry of a woman at the end of her tether, breaking free from a stifling relationship; we’re also marvelling at the rationalisations of a classic heartbreaker, moving on with all the grace of a social butterfly. There’s a sense of both loss and triumph here.

More personal reflections follow with the track, “At Your Feet”, where we’re back to wistful might-have-beens… but can we really go back? The real charm of this track lies in the dilemma Sophie Jane so lyrically presents: Knowing it didn’t work the first time, we still have the longing to return and try again… These songs are perceptive and are bound to strike a common chord with all but the heartless.

Which just leaves us at the track “Wasted”, a song that anyone on anything should hear. Never mind the personal cost of addiction, Sophie Jane sings; think of what you’re doing to your loved ones.

With a deft touch throughout, Sophie Jane tells it like it is, never clean and simple, but real and down to earth. She uses her remarkable voice to good effect, supplemented by a minimal use of effects. The necessary back up is provided by solid supporting performances from her band, with nothing unnecessary or out of place in the mix, and the lightest touch with an almost ethereal keyboard in “For Now” is a particular treat, while their dominance in “Wasted” supplements the vocals to perfection.

As well as being a graceful and gifted performer, Sophie Jane is clearly a talented and solid songwriter, with an already very well honed craft. ‘Unopened’ showcases this beautifully. So buy it, borrow it, or beg for it. Just get hold of a copy for yourself, you’ll thank yourself for it. - Ian Coleman


"ABC Great Southern Radio Interview"

To listen to the interview, please visit: http://www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2009/09/21/2692003.htm
- ABC


"ABC Great Southern Radio Interview"

To listen to the interview, please visit: http://www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2009/09/21/2692003.htm
- ABC


Discography

2005 - 'Wanted Girl' (LP)
- 'Wanted Girl', 'When You're Not Around' and 'Brave Soldier of Australia' aired on ABC radio.

2007 - Demo

2009 - 'Unopened' (EP)
- Airplay on ABC Great Southern
- Feature album on Pulse 98.4 community radio in Glasgow, Scotland.

2011- Formed the band 'Sophie Jane & the Chilly Bin Boys'

2012- Featured on stage at the 'Insert to Play' Festival

2013- (EP) Sophie Jane & The Chilly Bin Boys

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Bio

Sophie Jane & The Chilly Bin Boys formed together in August 2011.

Sophie Jane has been playing solo at many pubs around Perth since 2007 and was becoming quite well known in the area. However she wanted to move on to bigger and better things and she knew that to do so she needed to have a band behind her.

She was playing at a regular pub in Perth when two guys came up to ask her about a pedal she was using. They got to talking and soon realised that they were all wanting to work towards the same goal. They organised a jam session to see how they would go and it was from here that Sophie Jane & The Chilly Bin Boys were formed.

For 6 months they travelled around as a trio playing at local pubs. A well known bass player, called Manolito Manuel (Mano), came to watch them play one night and decided that Baedon Toi (who was paying bass at the time) needed to move onto lead guitar and he would slip in and play bass for the band. It had now become a 4 piece band.

They were all getting ready to head on a road trip to a gig in the country when their drummer just didn't show up. He wouldn't answer his phone so they had to leave as a trio. For that night Baedon would play drums, Mano would play bass and Sophie would play guitar and sing. They ended up having a fantastic night!

The very next night Sophie was asleep when her phone went off with a text message from a guy called Alistair Hunt (Huntie) who she had spoken to about 8 months ago. He said he might be keen to play drums in her band if she was ever looking. She had completely forgotten about this conversation but was quickly reminded when the text read 'Hey Soph, I don't if you remember talking to me about maybe being your drummer but I'm heading back to Perth tonight and I'm keen to join a band. Are you still looking?'

It was fate!

The name originated from all the band members except for Sophie Jane, being from New Zealand. They wanted people to recognise this in their name so they decided to use something that kiwis are renowned for. A chilly bin is what Aussies call an esky so they decided to go with that.

The band have been getting stronger and stronger and have just released their EP, Tahi, early in July 2014. Their EP launch went off with a cold out venue and 100's of CD's sold! They could not be happier with the outcome! 

Watch out for this band they are well and truly on their way to stardom.

Band Members