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Carus Thompson & Nathan Gaunt - Double Single Launch

Thursday 08 June 7.00pm

This very special night features two of W.A’s best loved singer-songwriters, Carus Thompson & Nathan Gaunt – both launching new singles.

Folk-roots troubadour Carus Thompson is launching “Crash Land”, the third single taken from his highly lauded brand new album ISLAND, while Nathan Gaunt is giving us a sneak peak of new music on the way from him, launching “Painkillers”, the first single off his forthcoming double album SUGAR RUSH CITY.

Both these guys have taken their music to the world – Thompson building a huge fan base in Europe, while Gaunt forged a path for himself on the road in the U.S, wowing at South by South West in Texas, BB Kings in New York, and the Viper Room in LA. This is a rare chance to the see them performing together – WA acoustic music doesn’t get much better than this.


Australian songwriter and accomplished storyteller Carus Thompson releases “Crash Land”, the third single off his new album ISLAND.

Telling engaging stories through song, Thompson has weaved a particularly Australian tale on ISLAND, delivering an album that depicts this country as he sees it today.

There are songs that deal with issues such as refugees, isolation & Ice, but also there is “Crash Land”, a moving and uplifting tribute to one of this country’s, indeed the world’s greatest rock’n’roll front men: Bon Scott.

The central character in the song’s narrative is actually one of Thompson’s close friends: Howie Johnstone.

Johnstone grew up in Fremantle around Bon, playing a similar rock circuit with his genre defining pub-punk band Dave Warner’s From The Suburbs. “Crash Land” sees Thompson trying to put the “essence of Bon” as told by Johnstone, someone who knew him, into song.

The eagerly awaited ISLAND is Thompsons’ first record in over 5 years and it has been incredibly well received by critics and fans alike.

Previous single “Lies” was added to daily rotation on national broadcaster Double J, as well as being play listed on all Local ABC Stations countrywide.

Highly respected reviewer Jeff Jenkins stated “this is quality song writing” and the plaudits continued with the song “Beach Fires” shortlisted in the International Song writing Competition and then nominated for a WAM Song Of the Year.

“Crash Land” should continue to build momentum for ISLAND, a record FORTE magazine described as “a welcome return from Australia’s answer to Springsteen”


“You can count us as believers” – Hits Magazine, USA

Nathan Gaunt launches his new single “Painkillers”, the first taste from his new double concept album, SUGAR RUSH CITY, his thirteenth release. It’s an ambitious undertaking – one half is a country/blues/jazz affair, and the other half is a progressive rock fix, with both sides underlining what it means to be a human being in a world is constantly changing before we are ready to adapt.

“Painkillers” is the first track from the more experimental side, and tells the tale of someone who quietly and politely loses his mind.

Nathan has toured extensively around the world – from playing blues in America, to ragas in India – and has a love of all forms of music, apart from dubstep.

He has won 11 Western Australian music awards, and played with such diverse acts as Carole King, KD Lang, Shawn Colvin, Joe Satriani, Michael Franti, Art Garfunkle, and The Tea Party.

SUGAR RUSH CITY has been recorded, produced and engineered by Nathan and long-time friend Anthony Cormican, a current darling of the LA movie score scene. Nathan cut his production teeth with such luminaries as Jeremy Allom (The Pretenders, Massive Attack) and Matt Hyde (Regina Spector, No Doubt, Metallica).

“He’s out creating some of the most interesting and passionate art of our times…Gaunt’s baffling talent was meant to be witnessed by as many people as possible” – Xpress magazine

“Gaunt is a man out of time. He would have been right at home mixing it with such prodigies as Todd Rundgren and Tim Buckley”

- Sydney Morning Herald

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