‘Pigeon Laundry’ Album Launch

On September 15, Pigeon Laundry launch their debut album – for the uninitiated, this is the duo project of The Tango Saloon leader Julian Curwin and regular Tango Saloon/Mango Balloon guest Shenzo Gregorio. For the launch the pair will be joined by fellow Salooners Jess Ciampa, Sam Golding and John Hibbard, and supported by Diamond Duck.

Book ahead to avoid disappointment (and for cheaper tickets).

The band has also been releasing a series of promotional videos leading up to the launch, check them out in this playlist.


The Mango Balloon feat. Matt McMahon

The Mango Balloon is currently recording its fourth album (imaginatively titled ‘Volume 4’), which will feature Matt McMahon. One of Australia’s finest pianists, Matt is known for playing a wide range of music with the likes of Vince Jones, Phil Slater and Joseph Tawadros, as well as his own ensembles.

The debut performance of this collaboration, and your first chance to hear these new pieces, will be July 31st at Django Bar.


Marc Ribot Solo in Sydney

Very excited to announce that The Mango Balloon is doing the support slot for US guitarist Marc Ribot’s first solo performance in Sydney. Known for his work with Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and John Zorn among countless others, Ribot has also released over 20 albums under his own name. August 9th at The Vanguard, more info here.

Marc Ribot

‘Suspicion’ review on The Music Trust

We hope that The Music Trust can be trusted, because they’ve just given ‘Suspicion’ a great review. Check out a small portion below, or the full review here.

Often when a largely instrumental group adds a vocalist, the lyrics are secondary or even cursory. But that is definitely not the case on this album. The dark and brooding lyrics have a sophisticated songwriter’s sensibility and a poetic underpinning. These are not clichéd pop lyrics. They are mysterious, dark, atmospheric and unpredictable. There is something of Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave here that works perfectly in the eerie tango and western filmic environments. Song titles like Shadow of a Dead Man and Smoking Gun entice the listener into dangerous and chilling sonic and lyric narratives. There is humour here too while enigmatic elements of surprise in the instrumentation keep the listener engaged.