Austra | 05/01/11

It's a new year and here at Domino we're celebrating with the news of our newest signing, Austra, and the release of their debut single, 'Beat and the Pulse' on 21st February 2011.

Austra is the brainchild of Canadian born Katie Stelmanis, a unique talent in possession of some seriously evocative vocal stylings who grew up on a diverse musical diet; Puccini, Nine Inch Nails, and the riot-girl greats, just to name a few, having had a significant influence.

For the past few years Katie has been a mainstay on the Toronto indie scene, playing in a variety of bands, honing her talents and consolidating her experiences, until finally she decided to bring in long time friends and collaborators, Dorian Wolf on bass, and Maya Postepski as beat programmer and producer, and Austra was born.

For their debut single Austra have concocted a storming piece of leftfield pop, fuelled by surging electro beats and undeniably strong melodies belted out by a voice that practically demands attention. It's the kind of song that will have the more open minded, darkhearted clubgoers working themselves into a total frenzy on the dancefloor. Find out for yourself by checking out the link below:
Austra - Beat & The Pulse by DominoRecordCo

'Beat and the Pulse' will be available in the UK and Europe on 12" vinyl (RUG385T) and digital formats (RUG385D) and the tracklisting is available below:

Austra – Beat and the Pulse

1 - Beat and the Pulse
2 - Energy
3 - Young & Gay

In January Austra will be embarking upon a tour of Europe, so some of you will be able to experience first hand what the band are capable of on stage. The dates are as follows:

Wednesday 05-Jan-11, AUSTRIA, Candy Club, Vienna
Saturday 08-Jan-11, GERMANY, Muffatwerk, Queer Beats Fest, Munich
Wednesday 12-Jan-11, HOLLAND, Studio 80, Amsterdam
Saturday 15-Jan-11, UK, Windmill, Brixton, London
Tuesday 18-Jan-11, UK, Old Blue Last, London
Thursday 20-Jan-11, FRANCE, Le Divan Du Monde, Paris
Friday 21-Jan-11, FRANCE, Le Sonic, Lyon
Saturday 22-Jan-11, SWITZERLAND, Reitschule, Bern

Austra are currently in the studio with producer Damian Taylor (Bjork, The Prodigy, UNKLE) working on their upcoming debut album which will be released on Domino this Spring/Summer, but in the meantime be sure to check out ‘Beat and the Pulse’ as the heralding of a true talent to watch out for.


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