It all started with the release of Modern Day Addiction
. Whilst most musicians celebrate the release of their album in a spa with a bottle of bubbly (well, that’s what Kanye would do, anyway..) Clare Bowditch
interviewed Julia Gillard for a one-on-one MySpace today blog. Why Clare and not Andrew Denton? Who really knows? But the resulting video got down to the nitty gritty of mental health reform, same sex marriage, how to do the perfect Julia impersonation, environmental leadership and, obviously, the PMs music taste (Bruce Springsteen and Cold Chisel – that aint surprising! But Lady Gaga? Wow!)
One week later, Modern Day Addiction arrived in the #10 position on the ARIA album chart, Clare’s highest position ever and a major coup for this independent thinker. Along the way, she picked up the ABC Radio National album-of-the-week. And finally, as if all that wasn’t enough, Clare was personally invited to be Leonard Cohen’s guest on his 2010 Australian tour. At Leonard’s request, Clare will perform solo, or as a duo . . . we’ll fill you in later, a surprise ending is far more attractive!
Clare’s eight-piece New Slang band, however, are a rare and marvellous sight. To catch them at full-stride, you’ll need to rally at the Modern Day Addiction album tour. Glenn Richards (Augie March) will be special guest for all shows, debuting new tracks from his forthcoming solo album. Throw in some fantastical local supports such as Little Scout, Hello Satellites, The Stoics and Andy Bull at sensational venues and you’ve got one heck of a tour to look forward to.
Punters craving the ultimate Modern Day Addiction fix can register www.clarebowditch.com to win the chance to hang out with Clare and her ‘Ladygarden’ (aka back-up singers Sal, Rach and Belle) and learn backing vocals and percussion parts to new tracks and become an integral part of the show.
"....she's never done it better than on Modern Day Addiction."
4 stars - Tamara Sheward, jmag
"...wicked wit and heartfelt honesty...a winning combination."
4 stars - Barry Divola, WHO
"It's gorgeous stuff, with up-tempo danceable pop sitting comfortably next to achingly beautiful piano ballads, all driven by Bowditch's trademark playful, incisive and dextrous way with words"
4 stars - James Wigney, Sunday Herald Sun
“It’s funny how you can be aware of an artist without actually knowing anything about them…Then came Modern Day Addiction. It’s as if a light went on: suddenly I ‘get’ her.”
4 stars – Jarred Bevan, The Mercury.