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The Wolf

Asian Envy’s successfully crowdfunded music video ‘The Wolf’, which raised almost $8,000 in 2014, has been awarded best music video at the ‘Made in Melbourne’ film festival.

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Band members Steve Edwards and Ross Larkin were present at the ceremony to accept the award.

Directed by last year’s Tropfest winner, Julian Lucas, the production of ‘The Wolf’ involved more than 50 cast and crew on location in Flinders (Victoria, Australia) and was financially backed by 136 people from all over the world.

12321487_911490068934527_4237537556043853314_n‘The Wolf’, can be seen here 

It serves as a prequel to the band’s previous video, The Beautiful Girls and Boys (directed by Julyan Stephens)

Help Asian Envy make their next video

Asian Envy launched their brand new music video this month (‘The Beautiful Girls & Boys’).

The unusual and intriguing video is set at a wedding reception which breaks into bizarre chaos as one of the wait staff seduce the bride before the groom’s eyes!

It’s a comical and energetic video with a splash of sinister undertone (in keeping with the overall concept of the album, ‘Everyone [Except You]’).

The video was premiered to terrific applause at Melbourne’s ‘The 86’ in Collingwood, where the duo also launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for their next music video ‘The Wolf’ – another instalment in the ongoing narrative.

The pair are aiming to raise $6,000 by Valentine’s Day, and are so far a quarter of the way there. If you’d like to pledge an amount to play your part in seeing the next Asian Envy video come to life, please donate at the link below. No amount is too large or small and there are unique and exciting rewards up for grabs!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1921859811/the-wolf-asian-envys-next-music-videoThe-Wolf-Kickstarter

Shooting the new Asian Envy video

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Asian Envy’s second album, Everyone [Except You], has, so far, been a critical success, with several glowing reviews from the likes of Pearl Magazine, The Lowdown Under and Beats & Noisescapes.

“Masterfully layered synths and darker, punk-esque laced vocals, creating an edgy sound.” – Pearl Magazine.

Following a jam packed album launch in Melbourne, the boys have been busy on the set of their new music video, The Beautiful Girls & Boys, which is due for release very shortly.

“This clip is the first instalment from our concept video album – so it’s one chapter amongst many, which, when completed, will all connect to tell one story”, said vocalist Ross Larkin.

Steve Edwards, Asian Envy’s programming guru, also commented about the making of the new video.

“The script we decided on for this track is fairly intricate and was, therefore, quite complicated to make. We were fortunate that the crew and cast were all extremely good at what they were doing, and very passionate about getting it right. We were all terribly exhausted but on a high at the same time. The results are going to be very interesting”.

Interview with The Lowdown Under

EEYTickets for Asian Envy’s Melbourne album launch went on sale, Friday
May 3rd. Tickets are still available here.

The event will be staged at Melbourne’s iconic Greyhound in St Kilda on June 6, 2013.

This week, Asian Envy were interviewed by The Lowdown Under about
the making of their second album, ‘Everyone (Except You)’.

1. What’s the inspiration behind the title of the album?

Ross: There’s a song of the same name on the album, which is about spite
and feeling misunderstood. It’s based on a real situation, and triggered the
idea of a concept album. so it was chosen as the overall title.

2. In what way is it a concept album?

Ross: The tracks are all linked by a single narrative and recurring
characters. When pieced together they tell a story.

Steve: We’re currently in the production stages of filming avideo for every
track, which while they can be enjoyed on their own, will also be pieces of
a much bigger story arc and end up being basically a feature length music
video.

59766_10151303806422401_694073116_n3. How does it differ from your first album?

Steve: The tracks are quite a lot darker and more orchestral, whilst
keeping some great electro elements at the forefront.

Ross: It’s darker, edgier, dancier, sexier and a lot more layered. It was also
extremely difficult to make both technically and emotionally. We agonised
over every tiny detail. I’m amazed we finished it at all.


4. What was the writing process like?

Ross: Confronting but cathartic. The initial demos were laid down very
quickly, and we knew something exciting was brewing. With the exception
of the first single – for me, at least; writing and expressing the content of
the lyrics was a release I desperately needed, although confronting such
heavy issues doesn’t come easy.

Steve: We both had our separate ideas and came together to fit them
together or write missing pieces. It was amazing how much stuff just
worked – Ross’ lyrics/melody fitting perfectly with synth vibes I’d been
working on.

5. How much truth is there in your lyrics?

Steve: That’s a hard one which Ross can probably answer better. But I
think it’s all truth on some level though it may be an exaggerated truth or
perhaps a metaphor. For instance one line in the title track is “then you
died”, but it’s clear from the rest of the track that that’s not actually the
case.

Ross: 100% absolute truth at all times.

482727_10151294797586606_1692082915_n6. Who are your musical influences?

Steve: We wanted to push into more of a soundtrack vibe so we certainly
drew inspiration from films, such as The Fifth Element, Gladiator and
lots of Hitchcock. But I certainly get inspired everywhere from 80s power
ballads to progressive trance.

Ross: The list is long. I’m loving M83 right now, plus Washed Out, Brandon
Flowers, Beach House, FM Belfast, She Wants Revenge, Paper Route,
Mesh, Metromony, Tycho, Miike Snow and most of the obvious 80’s
comparisons.


7. What can people expect from your live shows?

Ross: Energy. It’s visual almost as much as it is audible.

Steve: We’ve got an awesome band formed and we’re doing thing a bit
differently.

First New Single In Three Years

artworks-000046278177-dp09bg-t500x500The last new material released by Asian Envy was three years ago.

Since then, the duo have been writing and recording in preparation for their second album, Everyone (Except You), to be released in June 2013, after several delays and set backs.

The album’s first single, The Beautiful Girls and Boys, is now available digitally, to stream or download.

Moreover, for 48 hours between April 25 and 27, the single can be downloaded for free via this link:
The Beautiful Girls & Boys [feat. Kendrew] by asianenvy

After which, it can be purchased through itunes, Asian Envy’s website, and all major digital distributors.

A video to accompany the track is currently in production.

Asian Envy will be launching the album, Everyone (Except You), in Melbourne on June 6, 2013 at The Greyhound in St Kilda.

 

FIRST CONCERT IN TWO YEARS

EEYAsian Envy will return to the stage for the first time in two years this Friday night, February 8th at The Evelyn on Melbourne’s Brunswick Street.

Supporting fellow electro heads, Pludo – word on the street is Asian Envy will perform some brand new material from their soon to be released EVERYONE (Except You) album.

“This show is very impromptu”, said lead singer Ross Larkin. “We weren’t planning to perform again until after the release of Everyone (Except You), but an opportunity came up and we happily agreed to it”, he added.

Tickets are still available for Friday night’s performance, although are only purchasable in advance by clicking here.

Everyone (Except You) is due for release in late March 2013, and the first single, titled The Beautiful Girls and Boys, will surface shortly prior.

BETWEEN DRINKS

It’s more than twelve months since the release of Asian Envy’s first album and the Australian shows that followed. Avid Facebook followers would know that a DVD has been in the works and talk of a new album. So here is the official rundown.

Late last year the duo wrote and recorded material in New York City for their second album. Currently in post production, it is scheduled for release in early 2013.

When asked what listener’s can expect from the new tracks, the pair had this to say:

Ross: They’re darker than our previous work. Extremely personal and very close to the bone. Musically, we’ve come a long way.

Steve: We’re collaborating a lot on this album, evolving our sound. Vocalists, guitarists, drummers – even concert flautists are involved.

A compilation DVD of videos, live footage and interviews called “The Sweet and Vicious DVD” is also confirmed for release in September 2012, which is said to include an exclusive documentary about the band’s “never before seen” first video, and why it failed to see the light of day, despite an expensive on-location shoot in NYC. A promotional advert for the DVD can be seen here.

The duo also stated that more live shows will accompany the release of their second album, but have not confirmed whether local or part of a tour.

 

A PUMPING NIGHT

There’s plenty of photo evidence for those who missed the January 15 show, showcasing the packed and energised East Brunswick Club during Asian Envy’s first live performance.

Ross commented afterward that he was fascinated to see the crowd singing along to so many of the tracks.

“I certainly don’t mind”, he said. “Obviously we’re doing something right if people know our tracks already. We were having a ball on stage and it seemed the crowd was too”.

The success of the East Brunswick Club gig puts the duo in good stead for their album launch at Revolver (Melbourne) on February 11, 2011, for which tickets have just gone on sale here: moshtix

photography by Erin Johnson

LIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME

For those who don’t already know, Asian Envy are in the process of relocating to New York City where the plan is to spread the electro love state side.

Prior to this, however, they will play their first ever live show in MELBOURNE at the East Brunswick Club (Lygon Street). It promises to be a cracker with full band and 2 fantastic support acts in one of Melbourne’s best live venues. Invite yourself on the Facebook event.

Word on the street is that a video recording of the full concert will be released for sale on DVD through the AE store later in 2011, while a video for ‘Reality Sinks’ was recently shot in beautiful Wilson’s Promintory near Melbourne, scheduled for completion in the coming months.

The imminent move to New York City is set to trigger all sorts of exciting changes and developments for Asian Envy, with mention of US tour dates and an American album launch already on the table.

THE ANIMALS ARE COMING

After some lengthy anticipation, a new video from ‘Sweet and Vicious’ is finally launching next week.

‘The Animals Will Come’ is the second single from the LP, and the video for the track is bound to amuse and impress. Unlike the previous ‘Back to Shinjuku’ clip, Steve and Ross feature rather prominently, along with some freakish animated animals and much destruction!

Keep your eyes peeled – it incorporates a visual effect known as ‘data moshing’, which has never been seen quite like this before.

The videos was entirely produced, directed and created by Asian Envy themselves.

In other news – AE needs your assistance to rate and review on Triple J Unearthed. Click the link, listen to the tracks, rate and then review! If you don’t already have a log in for Unearthed, you will need to create one but it’s dead easy! So, grab a spare few minutes and help Asian Envy climb the prestigious Unearthed charts!

As previously mentioned, Asian Envy’s debut live show/Australian album launch and pre-cursor to a tour of the USA is currently in the works, and will take place in Melbourne (one night only), scheduled for January or February 2011. Watch this space for more details as they become available.

Congratulations also to our online competition winners who scored a free limited edition ‘Sweet and Vicious’ CD. Winners from all over the globe including Canada, Mexico and Australia! Well done guys!

So remember, keep watching for the imminent release of ‘The Animals Will Come’ – rate it on You Tube and circulate it online to your hearts content!

 

THE THINGS THAT WE DO-DO

Although ‘Sweet & Vicious’ is now available through iTunes, Amazon and the Asian Envy online store, the official album launch and only Australian show is scheduled for the beginning of 2011 in MELBOURNE, just prior to a promotional tour of the USA, commencing in NYC.

The album has been selling particularly well since it’s iTunes debut, and with two new videos in the works (as well as increasing airplay), support is growing stronger.

‘Taking my Time’ is now available on the soundtrack to the film ‘Role/Play’, which is due for release in the USA in the coming months.

THE TIME IS NOW

Well it’s certainly all happening in the Asian Envy camp!

With less than a week until the release of the album ‘Sweet and Vicious’, and the recent launch of the ‘Back to Shinjuku’ video, the AE buzz is growing and growing.

The new video, complete with hilarious anime-esque fighting sequences and elaborate special effects has been received with hyper-praise and enthusiasm, with 1000 You Tube hits in it’s first week – not bad for a relatively unknown debut.

The song itself (Back to Shinjuku) is also gaining some much deserved affection –  with DJ’s in Mexico and the USA already poaching the track for remixing.

Meanwhile, the Baby Steve remix is also doing the rounds with it’s catchy, uplifting make over, plus talk of a forthcoming accompanying video to match.

Also, did you know there are samples of every album track already on the website? So, if you’re hungry for a taste of a bit of Sweet, and a little Vicious, and simply can’t wait until May 28, then just move your cursor to the music player over on the right  and go nuts!

In other news, Hollywood film company ‘Guest House Films’ have asked Asian Envy to contribute to the soundtrack of upcoming feature film ‘Role/Play’, scheduled for release later this year, while Australian chart toppers Tin Ally have approached AE about remixing their latest single ‘Crossing Paths’, so keep an eye out for those.

Don’t forget to grab your copy of ‘Sweet and Vicious’ online this Friday, May 28….and then tell us what you think! We’d love to know your favourite tracks so we can make decisions about which next song to promote…. But remember – making unauthorised copies deprives the artist of income. Although we know you wouldn’t dream of doing such a thing!

 

WORTH THE WAIT

It never ceases to amaze me how the smallest obstacles can cause the biggest delays! Here we are at the end of April, and still no album! We’re now months past the originally forecast date for tedious reasons that I won’t bore you with right now. However, the good news is – we finally have an official date of release! So add these to your iphones……

.Friday May 14 – ‘Back to Shinjuku’ (single) promo video release

Friday May 28 – ‘Sweet and Vicious’ (album) online release (for download)

A hard copy of the album will be released (with bonus tracks, I’m told) about a month or so after the online release, but the precise date will be confirmed at a later stage. A subsequent single and video will also follow mid year, more details TBA.

Wait ’til you see the ‘Back to Shinjuku’ video – it is really quite something. Reminds me of an anime cartoon, only it’s real! The album is sounding fantastic by the way, I’m really looking forward to seeing how it fares out in the open.

Hopefully you were able to hear Asian Envy on Near 90fm recently. They’ve since been played a number of times to great praise.

More exciting news to follow very soon.

Cheers,

Malcolm

THE ANIMALS WILL COME

[singlepic id=68 w=320 h=240 float=left] I’ve been working on the upcoming video for our track The Animals Will Come . The video was shot on green screen and I thought it’d be cool to give a bit of insight into the project as it develops. So here are a few screen grabs of the rough art direction just to whet your appetite.

We’ve had a great response to people becoming Asian Envy fans on facebook and although we despise myspace we’ll be getting our page up and running shortly.

You can  subscribe to the feed of this blog at the top of the page if you’re into google reader or whatever.

Also keep coming back here and check what’s going on, the next few months are gonna be pretty busy.[singlepic id=92 w=320 h=240 float=right]

NEW ALBUM ON IT’S WAY

It’s not often that projects in the entertainment world run to schedule, so it’s no surprise the release date of AE’s album has been pushed back. It was originally due this month – and while that’s an unlikely outcome, I’m pleased to say that ‘Sweet and Vicious’ looks set to eventuate soon after.

11 tracks have been fully recorded and are now due for mixing and mastering. Two videos have been shot with a third in pre-production as we speak (scheduled for an early Feb shoot in Melbourne).

In other news, asianenvy.com is in the process of establishing itself as an online store. Keep checking back, there looks set to be a unique assortment of nice products available for sale later in the year.

I hope you’re enjoying the 3 demo tracks which are now online. Be sure to leave us some feedback and your thoughts about the songs. ‘Back to Shinjuku’ is a personal favourite of mine and is in the running to be promoted as the first single.

Roll on 2010,

Malcolm.