Filmed amid the old-world charm of the Sou’wester Lodge on location in Seaview, Washington State, I present to you the new clip for When You Go.

I’ve spent lots of time at the Sou’wester these past years, holed up in a van, or a stately room in the lodge. In fact I was their first artist in residence, which was so dreamy…piles of books delivered to me for inspiration, sounds of the ocean. The staff would bring surprise bowls of blueberries in the morning and warm sake at night.

The coastline just down the road is wild and dramatic and marks the spot where Lewis and Clark completed their trans-continental ramble of America.  Apparently they encountered fierce storms, rolling waters and high winds that held them at bay for 3 weeks. “The most disagreeable time I have experienced,” wrote Clark on his Blog. I can see where he’s coming from, and have braved the icy waves only once as a dare, but that kinda of dramatic weather is nice when you’ve got a warm van to bunker down in.

A short bike-ride further north lays the tourist town of Longbeach.  It’s everything you’d expect of a faded, sandblasted resort town: seasonal video game arcades, crumbling old carousels and bumper-cars, a meth-head Go-Cart Track that would make any public liability assessment officer salivate onto his clipboard.  It’s also home of Marsh’s Free Museum which houses, in a glass case, the mummified remains of Jake, half man/half alligator, found in a swamp somewhere in Florida in the early 90s. A newspaper clipping says a woman traveled there recently with a priest and married him (Jake, not the priest).

So, the clip. Believe it or not there was no script! We just arrived for a weekend with a camera and a few friends and made it up as we went along.  Lots of special people feature: Shelley Short as the fickle love interest, her Dad Joe as the fish monger, Eric Isaacson as himself (head honcho of Mississippi Records in Portland), plus the two wonderful ladies who own and run the Sou’wester, Thandi (who plays my disgruntled boss) and Cathy (‘Thrifty’ vintage clothes seller).

It was directed by local filmmaker Jeff Rowles, who was happy to go along with the looseness of it all.

So if any of you find yourself in the Pacific North West, drop in and stay for a while at the Sou’wester. If you’re an artist or writer call ahead to see if there’s space for a residency and stay for a whole week! Tell them I sent you and you might get a good rate, or at least some free blueberries.

Northcote Social Club – SOLD OUT

Northcote Social Club has sold out in record time, but there’s still tickets available for our All Ages show the day before. This will also be the only show featuring Grand Salvo. It’ll start early and there’ll be food and drinks available (booze for the adults). I’ll publish a menu sometime soon so you’ll know if it suits your exquisite tastes.

Northcote Uniting Church Hall
6.30pm (early show!)
$26 presale – $30 on the door if available
Limited to 200 tickets
with Grand Salvo



NEW SINGLE – When You Go

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1. When You Go
2. My Love Is An Ocean Away (band version)

The new single When You Go will be released upon the world on Dec 1st, 2014. You can pre-order it now to have it sent straight to your door as soon as we at Flippin Yeah get our hands on it. It’s available in two tangible formats.

You can order the vinyl 7″ at FLIPPIN YEAH for $10 + postage. It’s numbered and limited to 300.

You can order the CD single at  FLIPPIN YEAH for $5 + postage. Also limited numbers.

Here’s a story I wrote about the songs:


       Even as I got on the train with my Amtrak pass to head into the Deep South I had no real plan formulated. I’d sent some demos to a bunch of studios down there that I literally liked the sound of but only one had replied. Andrija Tokic emailed back from his home in Nashville, and having never heard of me thankfully said, “Great songs! I’d love to work together.” I was buoyed by this news, although Andrija had just had great and deserved success with the Alabama Shakes album, amongst others, and ever since not many of the days on his calendar were left unturned. I locked down a single session, the only one available.

 Weeks later when I arrived with a kinked neck and a notebook of new lyrics, we did that day and I found Andrija to be a ball of enthusiastic encouragement and a launching pad for my whole journey. He’s gathered a tight group of musicians around him and he nurtures them like a proud uncle (even though he’s pretty much a kid, with tattoos, a Hawaiian shirt and a cap designed to be the top half of an alligator).

 But the single you’re holding, When You Go, comes a bit later.  I’ll try and be quick. From Nashville onwards certain chance events would propel me to the next destination. A series of these took me to New Orleans and back, with a stop in Memphis. I found myself late at night at a neighbourhood Video Store called Black Lodge, a converted old house that acted as a kind of headquarters to Memphis’ underground grunge film scene and its filmmakers. They sent me away with some great examples on DVD, two of which I loved: Hustle and Flow, and Black Snake Moan. Both were steeped in the raw music of the region. I did some research and found the man responsible for the soundtracks: Scott Bomar. I read that on the side he had also assembled a band of local soul music legends to make a new group called the Bo-Keys. And now talking to the man himself on the phone he said he had a ton of vintage gear in his studio but only two days spare. I took em both.

 We recorded four songs there, When You Go being the first. Scott picked the drummer, who turned out to be formally of the Afghan Whigs. I showed him a kind of jaunty pop melody I’d been working on. He was a pretty quiet fellow and seemed to take the whole thing very seriously, really listening to me and tapping away on his jeans as I played it a few more times. He walked to the kit and asked me if it was ok for him to dig in on the toms a little bit.  Sure!

We hit record, Scott in the control room on bass. After a few takes, listening to the playback I looked up to see an unusual electric sitar hanging on the wall. Scott said it’d been there for years but no one had used it on anything yet. I took that as a challenge.

And here it is! See what you think?

 So this is a doorway to the record proper. When You Go is probably the more obviously link to my older stuff. From Memphis, as I went deeper into the South and the project itself, I became more influenced by my surroundings and the weirdos I met and I think a lot of the other songs reflect that.

 And then it all came back around to Andrija. I met up with him after it was all finished, hungry for more but dry of material, so I just re-recorded one of the album tracks with a different band to make a gentle folk piano ballad reading of My Love Is An Ocean Away.  

 And then, with more of his exuberant and fervent alchemy, Andrija mixed both of them beautifully. Well at least to my ears, he found qualities in the songs I didn’t know were there.


Darren Hanlon
November, 2014


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It’s that time again already. How did that happen? Here are the dates:

XMAS 2014

All shows will be supported by Anthonie Tonnon (NZ), except where noted.

Bridge Hotel
$20 presale – $23 on the door if available
limited to 100 tickets
with Rowena Wise

SUNDAY 14th Dec
Trinity Sessions
5.30pm (Early Show)
$27 presale – $30 on the door if available

MONDAY 15th Dec
$26.75 presale – $30 on the door if available
with Rabbit Island

Northcote Uniting Church Hall
6.30pm (early show!)
$26 presale – $30 on the door if available
Limited to 200 tickets
with Grand Salvo

Melbourne, VIC
Northcote Social Club
$26 presale – $30 on the door if available

FRIDAY 19th Dec
Northcote Social Club
$30 on the door if available

St Stephens Church Newtown
7pm (Early show)
$26 presale – $30 on the door if available

SUNDAY 21st Dec
The Globe
ALL AGES! (with a parent)
6pm (Early Show)
$26 presale – $30 on the door if available

Men of Letters

Am honored to have been asked to write a piece for this year’s Men of Letters event. Bloody nervous though. To The Woman That Changed My Life.

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This Sunday in Northcote!


I got the bulk emailout from global campaigners Avaaz at the same time the news came through that Tony Abbott and Environment Minister(?!) Greg Hunt had approved the Queensland Carmichael mine, the biggest hole in the ground anywhere under the equator. I know we’ve gotta have energy and we’ve gotta have jobs, but some are saying all the bustling activity around this hole might well deliver a fatal blow to the already ailing Great Barrier Reef.

These are simple facts. This beautiful colourful sensitive band of rainbow brilliance that we’ve been blessed with is bleaching out to a white skeleton of its former self, struggling under rising ocean temperatures. And now add this mine and its ships and spilled coal dust in the mix.

If you take away the massive tourism industry the reef supports you can’t put a price on it. It’s sad that any debate on climate change has a big dollar sign stamped on it.  I despair that you and I are part of a minority who hold trees and mountains and nice clean blue swimming water, and just the feelings all these things give, as OUR currency.

Argh, and this is just one issue we’ve gotta fight for!

So Avaaz are staging a Global march this Sunday, pre-empting the UN Climate Summit that Ban Ki-moon is hosting for world leaders in New York a few days later. In fact they’re predicting 100,000 concerned planet-lovers to turn up for the NY one. The email was asking for people everywhere to sign up and stage their own events. I emailed them straight away to offer my help, for what it’s worth. I thought some friends and I could just play a free show somewhere? But within half hour I got a call from GetUp! who’re organising Australia’s main event here in Melbourne… it’s this weekend. Sunday, 21st September. They’ve asked me to play a few songs at the Treasury Gardens after the march and some guest speakers. I don’t have any environmental call-to-arms kinda songs (I gotta write one!) but I’ll sing some others anyway. So I hope you can get there!





So my brand new album WHERE DID YOU COME FROM? has finally gone to press.  Here’s the cover designed by Eric Isaacson, the founder and artistic director of renowned Mississippi Records in Portland OR. This will be my first album release pressed on vinyl and will be available as a limited number, as well as on the embarrassingly antiquated CD format of course.

The reason it has taken so long is that I’m attempting to write a book about the process and journey, to be released alongside the album.  I plan to have them out together in February 2015 on my own label here in Australia Flippin Yeah Industries.Before that I’ll be putting out the first single, with some B-sides, as a 7″ in November this year.  I’ll do the usual Xmas shows in December and at the moment we’re booking the album release Australian tour for March next year. We’ll be doing all the usual stops around the country, as well as a few festivals. And then hopefully touring for the rest of the year to wherever wants to hear me! This will include the US where the album will once again be released by Yep Roc Records, and hopefully UK/Europe.

Please stay tuned for updates over the coming months.

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