The Teskey Brothers Photo Credit: Ben Houdijk
Ivy League Records are extremely elated to announce that Live At The Forum, the incredible new live album from The Teskey Brothers, has debuted at #1 on the ARIA Album Chart!
In a time where gigs and tours have been put on hold indefinitely, the live album – featuring songs from the band’s two critically acclaimed albums, Run Home Slow(2019) and Half Mile Harvest (2017), as well as a special cover of John Lennon’s ‘Jealous Guy’, is the first live album to go number 1 by an Australian band since 1992’s AC/DC Live.
“We are completely gobsmacked to reach the number one spot. I guess it just goes to show how much everyone misses attending gigs right now!” – Josh Teskey
In the tradition of some of history’s greatest live records (James Brown, Woodstock, Donny Hathaway, The Who), the band undertook the arduous task of recording to analogue tape, during their sold-out four-night stand at the beloved Melbourne venue last November.
Accompanying the live album has been the band’s ‘Stay Home Slow’ virtual tour – where in lieu of live shows, the band released a series of live videos from The Forum and a behind-the-scenes documentary of the live album recording experience. The 16-minute video includes performances from the night, musings from the band members and a glimpse into the ambitious (and triumphant!) recording process.
Watch Live At The Forum (Documentary), Directed By Marie Panguard
Last night the band also performed a stunning set for The State Of Music, which you can watch back here.
Alongside the CD & digital release, the live album is available on 180g double-blue gatefold vinyl. A limited version (with a different front cover) is also available exclusively to indie record stores.
In further great news, the band’s track ‘So Caught Up’ took out first place in the International Song-writing Competition in the AAA (Adult Album Alternative) category and they have been nominated for three APRA Awards – including Breakthrough Songwriter Of The Year, Most Performed Blues & Roots Work and Song Of The Year (for ‘I Get Up’). The ceremony will be streamed live on May 26.
The decision to release a live album was a natural one for The Teskey Brothers, who’ve spent the past few years captivating audiences around the world. Their non-stop touring schedule has included sold-out shows across Australia & NZ (20+ sold-out dates in 2019 alone), New York, LA, San Francisco, Denver, Toronto, London, Dublin, Manchester, Glasgow, Paris, Amsterdam, Zurich and more. The band have also played to mammoth crowds at festivals such as Latitude Festival (UK), Firefly (US), North Sea Jazz (Netherlands), Bonnaroo (US), and at home, Splendour in the Grass, Meredith Music Festival & Byron Bay’s Bluesfest, to name a few.
2019 was an incredible year for the Warrandyte four-piece. The timeless Run Home Slowcaptured the hearts of music fans and critics across the world, earning the band three ARIA Awards (alongside a breathtaking performance of ‘Rain’ at the event), four Music Victoria Awards and a Grammy Nomination for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, recognising Paul Butler & Sam Teskey as the album engineers along with Melbourne’s Joe Carra as mastering engineer.
Run Home Slow debuted at #2 on the ARIA Album chart in August and stayed in the top 7 for four consecutive weeks, a testament to the dedication of their loyal and new fans alike. Release week also saw Run Home Slow and their debut, Half Mile Harvest sit at #1 and #2 respectively on the iTunes Album Chart & this week both those releases also feature in the ARIA album chart at #20 and #77!
Congratulations, The Teskey Brothers!
The Teskey Brothers are:
Josh Teskey – vocals & rhythm guitar
Sam Teskey – lead guitar
Brendan Love – bass guitar
Liam Gough – drums