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Phil Stack

Australian multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Phil Stack has announced two concerts to celebrate the launch of his debut album, Colourful, Noisy.

He will play at Sydney’s Mary’s Underground on October 15 at 6pm and 8:45pm.

The album, marking Phil’s first musical endeavour in five years, has gained praise from critics and fans alike.

This is also Phil’s return to solo work since stepping out of his five ARIA nominated rock group, Thirsty Merc.

Phil’s music encompasses jazz and rock sounds, delivering tender ballads and exuberant pop gems.

Joining Phil for both his shows is Abby Dobson, Australian local artist and former Leonardo’s Bride front-woman.

In the COVID-safe concerts, Phil, joined by his band and Abby, will deliver songs from his 2015 EP Lap Around The Sun and his brand new album Colourful, Noisy, which is streaming now.

During the pandemic, Phil continued his art through the likes of “the Opera House online series, I also did a gig with my band Lazy Bones in August.

“I’m excited to play live for people, I feel like it’s a good time for it and I hope people are keen to come out. They’re limited capacity shows, but I’m excited to play live with a brand new band and new material.”

In an interview with City Hub, when asked what the inspiration for the album was, Phil revealed, “I was coming out of a pretty tumultuous time in my life and I started writing music as an anaesthetic for that.

“I was encouraged by my partner and a bunch of other people to put out a full length album. I’ve been writing for 30 years and I only just felt ready to do so. Plus, I recently moved to a new space down south and it made me want to finish what I started 30 years ago.”

Phil also shared how he hopes for his music to impact listeners, saying, “I hope they can feel the honesty and rawness behind it. I have no control over how they’re impacted, if I can just display what I’m learning about myself and the world, hopefully they can relate to it too.”

Oct 15. Mary’s Underground, 7 Macquarie Place, Circular Quay. $29.92+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.marysunderground.com

By Rida Babar

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