Australians know the first Sunday in September as Father’s Day, and now we will get to know it as (#1) Dad’s Day! Continuing on from last year’s personalised hand-written cards, Tom Iansek aka #1Dads has drawn a beautiful piece titled “Piano Hands”, which we’ve printed to mugs.
Treat your #1 Dad, treat your Baby Daddy OR treat yourself ! These mugs are exclusive to 2021 #1 Dad’s Day. Don’t worry, we’ve got you for 2022 and beyond, as Tom Iansek will think up something new each year, taking the guess work out of your hands.
Once again the strange and wonderful day of an album release is upon me. The day when I stand in the shallows of art’s ocean with the little boat I have spent the last year of my life making, holding it one last time as purely my own.
A funny thing, an album: this collection of experiences, memories, emotions, questions; all channelled and distilled in the mysterious process of music creation; bottled and labelled then proliferated and stored in clouds. People gaze into it like a fortune teller’s ball, where no two people will see quite the same thing; some see their own life reflected back to them, some see swirling mists, some see nothing at all.
And so this day, I release the little boat from my grasp, to let it bob and drift, subject to the winds and currents, as well as the unseen and mysterious forces. I watch how it begins to move seemingly with a life of its own before eventually drifting beyond what is seen and known by me. Perhaps you, dear reader, are standing on a shoreline somewhere, waiting for this little boat to drift into sight. When you pick it up and gaze into it, I wonder what will you see? Much love, #1 Dads
It’s with great excitement that I announce my new album Golden Repair, due for release in March 2020. There is much to say about this record which has been nearly 6 years in the making, too much to get into now but I will say it felt very refreshing to be putting songs together for this project earlier this year. I started writing in January and the album was mostly finished just before the birth of my son. So some big changes in my life, much of which I channelled creatively into these songs. Hilariously ironic that I have new music just when I became a #1Dad myself. Anyway, more info and music to come very soon. The album is available for pre-order now.
I have a new song out today! Plus this is a video I made for it! The song is Freedom Fighter, it’s a musing on certain curiosities about life and the feeling that at the deepest level, everything is ok. Much love and hope you enjoy.
It’s been a long time. It’s funny returning to (pardon the pun) this project after these years away. I’ve spent the time releasing albums with my other projects Big Scary and No Mono, building a music studio and just this year becoming an ACTUAL dad.
In recent times I found song ideas emerging that were neither Big Scary nor No Mono. I felt like writing a song just for myself again, and so in January this year I took myself and my ideas away for ten days and came back with sketches for songs that could only be #1 Dads. I spent the following months recording, applying myself industriously in the studio ahead of the impending arrival of our son, who we welcomed into the world in late May. At this point my focus shifted instantly from album cycles to feeding cycles, from loops to poops, from bass to bassinets, from ad-libs to dribble bibs.
It seems so fitting now that I have new #1 Dads. Today I would like to share the first taste of this music with you. This is ‘Another Day’, a song about not being able to put off tough things any longer, a song about finding light and strength when you feel dark and weak.
I made a video for it too. With this I wanted to see how much I could do with as little as possible, as well as put my dance moves and handstand skills to the test, they held up, ah…ok.
Also, I will be playing a special one-off show in Melbourne late December, before heading off to play Falls Festivals over NYE.
MELBOURNE – Wednesday 8th July, The Corner Hotel | SOLD OUT MELBOURNE – Thursday 9th July, The Corner Hotel | SOLD OUT MELBOURNE – Friday 10th July, The Corner Hotel | SOLD OUT PERTH – Saturday 11th July, The Rosemount Hotel | SOLD OUT PERTH – Sunday 12th July, The Rosemount Hotel | TICKETS SYDNEY – Tuesday 14th July, Oxford Art Factory | SOLD OUT SYDNEY – Wednesday 15th July, Oxford Art Factory | SOLD OUT SYDNEY – Thursday 16th July, Oxford Art Factory | SOLD OUT SYDNEY – Friday 17th July, Oxford Art Factory | SOLD OUT SYDNEY – Saturday 18th July, Oxford Art Factory | SOLD OUT DARWIN – Saturday 15th August, Darwin Festival | TICKETS
There will be a new #1 Dads album out shortly. It’s something I’ve been chipping away at, for the last few years in between Big Scary stuff and other producer work I’ve been doing, and has been a good way for me to stay creative. I decided to make it more fun for myself by involving some others in the writing. The first taster for this album is a song called ‘Return To’ which I wrote with the very talented Tom Snowdon from Melbourne band Lowlakes. The song started out with just the piano riff you hear at start, but strangely once I came up with that I heard Tom’s voice instead of my own (which I guess is a result of all the producing work I’ve been doing for others recently) so I got in touch with him and after a few jams we had a song down. A similar thing happened with Ainslie Wills, with equally great results, which you’ll get to hear down the track also.
The Man of Leisure has time on his hands. Drifting through his days, he plucks thoughts from the ether. Perhaps he’ll make himself a sandwich, or leaf through last week’s newspaper.
The man of leisure gazes out the window. He contemplates the world around him. He tracks flight paths and recognises the sound of the postman’s bike. He may notice the wind direction, the chatter of sparrows in his fig tree, or the elegance of the autumn leaf’s spiral to the ground. A neighbour will mow their lawn, and the man of leisure will find three more answers to the Sunday crossword.
The man of leisure sits in an enormous theatre; he is the only audience member. The acts enter and exit the stage. Some delight and some disgust him, some make him laugh and others make him weep. The man of leisure is gazing out his window. Perhaps he should do his washing.