Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Ellis Collective Gets Return Ticket to Wintermoon

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Ellis Collective Gets Return Ticket to Wintermoon

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Byline: Fallon Hudson

WHEN The Ellis Collective touched down in Canberra after playing at the Wintermoon Festival last year, front man Matt Ellis sent an email to the organisers saying the band would love to return and perform.

And this year the band will return to the festival, which will be held over the May Day long weekend, at Camerons Pocket.

C[pounds sterling]It is such a beautiful place, when we went there last year we did not know what to expect, but it had this great hippy vibe and it is such a beautiful spot.

C[pounds sterling]I think what makes a great festival comes down to its location,C[yen] Ellis said.

The band has recently won Triple J Unearthed competition and will launch its debut album Mean What it Mean as part of Wintermoon. Joining The Ellis Collective will be local talent Charlotte Boumford and Swoon, along with the Lamplights, The Old Boys Gospel Band, The Fat Cigars, Pearl, Dave Flower Band and many more stellar acts.

Triple J's Richard Kingsmill praised the C[pounds sterling]classic Australian soundC[yen] of The Ellis Collective as its second single 7 Days Later took out the latest Unearthed competition. To accompany these accolades, the band was also added to the line-up of Australia's biggest regionally touring festival CyGroovin The Moo' alongside a bevy of massive names including Architecture In Helsinki, Datarock and House Of Pain.

Winning Triple J Unearthed is the latest highlight for the indie-folk six-piece since the release of their first single in February.

Stepping away from the spotlight in 2010 to focus solely on recording, The Ellis Collective have carefully crafted a studio sound that remains faithful to their unflinching live performances. The Ellis Collective's debut album Means What It Means (out May 2011) was lovingly recorded on old-school two-inch tape at Infidel Studios and is a captivating record of brutally honest Australian song-writing.

The album underscores The Ellis Collective's ability to seamlessly blend and borrow from a diverse range of styles, wielding an ambidextrous musicality to create a sound that is undeniably unique and unmistakably Australian. …

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