Tara Simmons

Tara Simmons

 Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
BandPop

"an ingenious mix of heartfelt folk and skittering sample based electronica" (Topher Healy - Rave Magazine)

Biography

"A Brisbane talent worth keeping an eye on" (Richard Kingsmill - Triple J)

".... Simmons' luminescent vocal performance, a lovely mix of cool assurance and questioning vulnerability" (Noel Mengel - The Courier Mail)

Combining "an ingenious mix of heartfelt folk and skittering sample based electronica" (Topher Healy - Rave Magazine), Brisbane's singer-songwriter Tara Simmons has established herself as a artist with a sound best described as abstract pop.

Following the "sterling 2006 EP Pendulum" (Rave), Tara recently released her new EP All The Amendments, described as "a short insight and delicious teaser of a young yet incredibly mature singer/songwriter in the making" (JA - Time Off). Launched to a full house at Brisbane's Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art, All the Amendments has already been gaining national airplay and attention.

Combining diverse instrumentation for her performances, including combinations of multiple cello's, double bass, keys, electro laptop, voice and kit, Tara has had the opportunity to support artists including international acts My Latest Novel (Glasgow) and Home Video (NY) as well as home grown acts The Audrey's, Eskimo Joe and The Living End.

To date Miss Simmons has played in Brisbane venues including The Troubadour, The Brisbane Powerhouse, The Zoo, Ric's Bar, Judith Wright and at the Brisbane Festival. She has also performed with artists in Sydney venues such as the Excelsior Hotel, The Cat and Fiddle and The Basement.

With a nomination for the 2006 Q Song awards and most notably, a selected artist for Triple J's Next Crop 2006 already under her belt, 2007 looks like a big year with a national tour and performances of her songs with post-classical quintet Topology set for November. She has also commenced recording her first album featuring her songs written for cello trio and laptop.

Lyrics

Ballet

Written By: Tara Simmons

I thought I’d lost you, but to my surprise you were there wanting to be with me. I can’t believe you would want to be with me. You hold me close and make me feel like I am safe with you. I can be anything and not feel stupid. I’m sure you feel that way too. Something sweet and wonderful has come my way and I do believe I am deserving of this gift you give to me. I’ll make you promise a thousand times that you are going nowhere. You and I trace hands and I think how I would like to see them age. I see you there across the road and I can’t wait for you to tell me all about your day. I’m so excited to see that you are so happy too. Something sweet and wonderful has come my way and I do believe I am deserving of this gift you give to me.

The Recycling Bin Song

Written By: Tara Simmons

Turn it off. I don’t need this radio on. I don’t need reminding anymore. It makes me sick in stomach and in my mind because I will not cope, like I don’t with all these things around me. If I could change, just one thing around me is troubling me I would change the way people think. Some part of me will eventually learn to accept but until then I will pretend that nothing can touch me. Its too late, though I do see things clearly, Its too late. Though I do hope for a change. To be in control. I wish I could come and play god. All the things I would do and all the amendments I would make. Will be OK? I don’t want a war at my feet. Don't be nonchalant, its getting us nowhere except into more and more strife. Its too late, though I do see things clearly, Its too late. Though I do hope for a change.

Patience

Written By: Tara Simmons

I am happy right now don’t you worry. I have found myself in much worse places. I have found contentment in these spaces and now I finally feel like I have found home. So go and do what you have to do. I will be waiting. And though there is nowhere I would rather be than to be with you now. I know if you come back to me we could be a great thing, but I’ll be OK if you don’t. Just to have you close enough so I could touch you. I could open up my eyes and see you next to me and though its sad to say our goodbyes I will be alright because I’m happy in my life and I have so much to do. Go and do what you have to do. I will be waiting. And though there is nowhere I would rather be than to be with you now. I know if you come back to me we could be a great thing, but I’ll be OK if you don’t. Now I’ve stopped and I take some time I don’t really know why I was so unhappy. And with some patience, if I am grateful, god knows, anything can happen. So go and do what you have to do. I will be waiting. And though there is nowhere I would rather be than to be with you now. I know if you come back to me we could be a great thing, but I’ll be OK if you don’t.

Shake

Written By: Tara Simmons

Silly girl, you should have known
this won't all go work out fine.
You should have known now you can't believe
this is more than you can shake.

There is no point in getting away
when you've seen it all before
The damage that's done and can be undone
if you choose to park and wait.

You'll be hiding your mistakes more than anyone
You keep finding words misplaced almost every time

The trouble is this you've gotten too far
now you're staring at the gaps
trying to work it out, trying to make amends
but the answers have so space

You'll be hiding your mistakes more than anyone
You keep finding words misplaced almost every time

and you're hiding your mistakes.

Discography

Pendulum EP 2006
All The Amendments EP 2007

Both Ep's released worldwide through SugarRush Digital.

Radio play on National Youth Radio Triple J and national community radio including rotation on FBI and 4zzz FM and Local ABC radio.

Set List

45 minute sets - longer if needed

keep on trying
the recycling bin song
patience
everybody loves you
break the rules for me
nucleus
you and me
trip over
ballet
into this mess
forget
6 months
long after the boy
forgive me