Ron S. Peno & The Superstitions, whose first and third albums 'Future Universe' (2011) and 'Guiding Light' (2017) were both long listed for the Australian Music Prize, and who have toured through Spain, Italy and France (including appearances at Brittany’s Binic Festival in 2015 and 2016), are fronted by one of the most charismatic front men of Australian rock scene. Ron S. Peno, whose voice is as instantly recognisable as it is arresting, came to prominence as lead singer and principal co-composer with Died Pretty in the 1980s and 1990s. With Died Pretty, Peno achieved Top 30 success with multiple albums, received multiple ARIA nominations, made multiple Big Day Out appearances and enjoyed years of Triple J support, as well as great critical acclaim in Australia and around the world.
‘Do The Understanding’ is a triumphant return for Ron and The Superstitions. Thwarted by health issues in 2019 and of course more recently the Covid19 pandemic, Ron’s enforced physical hiatus allowed him to delve deeply into his creative and collaborative resources. This renewed focus brought a new clarity to both song writing and voice, resulting in the most sophisticated Superstitions album to date.
Ron S. Peno & The Superstitions were formed in 2009 by Ron and guitarist and composer Cam Butler. The five-piece band also includes noted drummer Mark Dawson (Black-Eyed Susans, Ed Kuepper), keyboard player Tim Deane (Kim Volkman, Charlie Marshall) and bassist Andy Papadopoulos (ex-Deborah Conway).
Freya Josephine Hollick, Australia’s rising queen of cosmic country is setting herself for a long reign.
Across three full-length albums and on the eve of her 4th titled The Real World, Freya has manifested the singular belief in her own ability as a songwriter, creating a cannon of work featuring authentic tales of love, loss and jealousy, real world issues through the eyes of the empath. With a vocal tone that adds ache and quiver to her concise summations of the human condition Freya holds all the cards required for her imminent success.
The Real World was recorded in Joshua Tree with Lucinda Williams’ Buick 6 and renowned guitarist Greg Leisz (Jackson Browne, Eric Clapton), along with her own diamond-sharp band. The album is a catalyst for Freya’s next step, a righteous demand to elevate the feminine energy and to call for inclusiveness.
With national radio playlists including Double J, ABC Country and all key community stations across the country vibrating to the recent singles “Nobody’s No Better Than No One”, “Impossible To Love”, “The Real World,” and Viv, June, Dolly & Jolene the new album already suggests Freya’s ascension will soon be complete.