TOM SCOTT ‘Avantdale Bowling Club’ Release and Exhibition

Written by on August 6, 2018

Red Bull Music presents

Avantdale Bowling Club Exhibition

Friday 17 August, 12-10pm

Saturday 18 August, 12-10pm

Sunday 19 August, 12-5pm

CorpStudio, 86 Pitt Street, CBD


Last Friday Master storyteller Tom Scott (Home Brew, @Peace, Young, Gifted and Broke) introduced the world to ‘Avantdale Bowling Club’. The full album of the same name dropping in just two weeks time.

An exhibition, in partnership with Red Bull Music, will open on the same day, showcasing photos of the suburb that inspired the album by young photographers Luca Macioce and Tak Soropa, and original artworks interpreting each track by JacobYikes. The exhibition will also feature limited edition Avantdale Bowling Club merchandise for sale, host DJ sets. The exhibition will open from midday daily on 17, 18 and 19 August at CorpStudio, 86 Pitt Street.

DJ sets
Friday – Chris El Truento (6-8pm), Dusty Melody (8-10pm)
Saturday – Julien Dyne (6-8pm), Haz Beats (8-10pm)

Avantdale Bowling Club has been three years in the making, primarily at Auckland’s Red Bull Studios, not far from Tom’s new family home back where it all started, Avondale. “This record is about… growing up. I think.” He writes in an open letter.

“It’s about dealing with your own shit for once. Accepting responsibility. Maybe. It’s a self-help book addressed to myself. And just like every other piece of art ever made in the history of the hominid, I was going through some shit when I was making it.”

The genre isn’t easy to pin down – in Tom’s typically irreverent own words, the Spotify profile for the project says “Irrelevant jazz from an island nation off the coast of Antarctica.” It is jazz-infused, it is hip-hop, and it features an enviable cast of musicians, many known to Tom from years gone by.

The first single, the seven-minute autobiographical epic ‘Years Gone By’ made an immediate impact on release last week. Avantdale Bowling Club is available for pre-order on digital platforms ahead of its release on Friday 17 August and with an LP edition featuring three extra tracks out in October at your favourite record store.

Plus check out a behind the scenes documentary about how Avantdale Bowling Club came about.

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