SAFIA brought all the chills with them when they covered Queens of the Stone Age in the triple j Like A Version studios. A hauntingly beautiful rendition of QOTSA’s ‘No One Knows,’ the cover was preceded by an equally beautiful version of their current single ‘Resolution’ for which they were accompanied by a string ensemble and backing vocalists.
The Like A Version comes ahead of the release of the band’s second album Story’s Start or End which will be out on Friday 9 August. Tickets are flying out the door for the extensive national album tour which follows the album release, and today sees the addition of an all-ages show at Forum Melbourne leg after the 18+ show sold out. In addition the Wollongong venue has been upgraded to the Uni Hall due to demand.
Written and produced by the band over the past 2.5 years in their hometown Canberra, the album will include current single ‘Resolution’, as well as previously released songs ‘Think We’re Not Alone’, ‘Starlight’ and ‘Cellophane Rainbow’. Story’s Start or End will showcase the Australian three-piece’s bold vision and fine attention to detail, with intricate production and adventurous arrangements underpinning thoughtful musings on identity, growth, and understanding. As a band they are known for forging entire sonic landscapes with rich, cinematic detail and Story’s Start or End will continue that not only sonically but also visually through their live shows.
In the past year SAFIA have made a celebrated return to Splendour in the Grass, and graced festival stages including Beyond the Valley, Origin Fields, This That, The Grass is Greener, The Drop and a headline slot at Corona Sunsets. They also completed a sold-out run of limited capacity shows down the East Coast of Australia and played to adoring crowds in China twice.
With a rollcall of accolades that would make anyone feel proud, SAFIA’s debut album Internal was released in 2016 and landed at #2 on the ARIA Album chart, #1 on the iTunes chart, received ARIA and J Award nominations and saw the band achieve two Gold certified singles in Australia with ‘Make Them Wheels Roll’ and ‘Embracing Me’. They also completed a sold-out run of national album shows. They have accumulated over 140 million streams, not taking into account their collaborations with Peking Duk and Alison Wonderland. They have placed in triple j’s Hottest 100 over four consecutive years, toured US, UK and Europe, and have supported the likes of Lorde, Disclosure, Twenty One Pilots and Rudimental.
STORY’S START OR END – AU/NZ TOUR
Presented by triple j, Niche Productions & UNIFIED
Sat 24 Aug – UC Refectory, Canberra ACT (Lic A/A)
Thu 29 Aug – HQ, Adelaide SA (Lic A/A)
Fri 30 Aug – Metropolis, Fremantle WA (18+)
Fri 6 Sep – The Goods Shed, Hobart TAS (Lic A/A)
Sat 7 Sep – Forum Theatre, Melbourne VIC – 18+ – SOLD OUT
Sun 8 Sep – Forum Theatre, Melbourne VIC – AA
Fri 13 Sep – Wollongong Uni Hall, Wollongong NSW (18+) – UPGRADED VENUE
Sat 14 Sep – Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW (Lic A/A)
Fri 20 Sep – Beach Hotel, Byron Bay NSW (18+)
Sat 21 Sep – The Tivoli, Brisbane QLD (Lic A/A)
Fri 11 Oct – San Fran, Wellington NZ (18+)
Sat 12 Oct – Neck Of The Woods, Auckland NZ (18+)