I have joined Sydney band The Aerial Maps as a bassplayer and general all-rounder. I am playing my first gig with them this coming Saturday at the Basement in Circular Quay.

You can buy tickets here – http://www.moshtix.com.au/event.aspx?id=46046

The Aerial Maps formed a few years back and released an album – the Blinding Sunlight. It really captured something Adam (lead Aerial Mapper) and I have talked about a lot. An Australian sound. That darkness of space. That brightness of heat. I played bass and keys for Adam’s old band – Modern Giant. I was stoked to be asked back.

We are launching a new Aerial Maps single – The Sunset Park

It’s taken from an album, also called The Sunset Park, due out on July 1st, on Popboomerang Records. The album is something else. I am very excited to play on these songs.

The gig this Saturday is a showcase night for the entire Popboomerang label (link). The Melbourne label is run by Scott Thurling, a true music fan and a friend for many years. The label is about to take off.

The Maps are filled out by really talented players. AJ, Sean and Simon make up the rest of the “core”. Andy, Alanna (Simon’s cohort from the Hummingbirds days) round it out, with Adam, of course, up the front.

There are other acts on the bill. I’m most excited about seeing Russell Crawford again. A great songwriter who is actually a great drummer. Drummers don’t usually make great songwriters, but when they do, they always make something special. Also there’s Mark Lang, of Skipping Vinegar Girl. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this Melbourne band, and will be good to see Mark solo.

This is the only Aerial Maps show for months. And it will be a fun night.