Hidden Shoal Recordings is proud to announce the release of new single ‘Green Light District’ by Perth’s widescreen indie-rock craftsmen Umpire. ‘Green Light District’ marries Umpire’s sprawling indie-rock sounds and reflective melancholy, providing the instant gratification of massive sun-drenched melodies and soaring vocals. The track is taken from Umpire’s forthcoming debut album Now We’re Active, the band’s first release to feature new drummer Josh Watkins, and produced at Umpire’s own studio by bass player Simon Struthers.
‘Green Light District’ follows up the band’s self-titled EP of 2009, which featured the standout track ‘Streamers’. ‘Streamers’ received rave reviews and achieved widespread high rotation airplay across Australian radio including national broadcaster Triple J. The track also took out the grand prize in the WAM Song of the Year in 2009.
“manages to completely avoid every current trend being flogged at the moment to approach a timelessness that rewards upon repeated listens” – The Vine on Umpire’s debut EP
“A song I can’t get out of my head. A wonderful place to be.” – Richard Kingsmill on ‘Streamers’
“Record of the year thus far no doubt.” – X-Press Magazine on Umpire’s debut EP
‘Green Light District’ is available now for free download from the Hidden Shoal Store. Umpire launch their single in Perth on 23 April at Amplifier Bar. Their debut full-length Now We’re Active receives its Australian CD release and digital release on 2 June, and international CD release on 14 July. The Australian album launch will take place in Perth at the Rosemount on 4th of June. Umpire will be touring Australia during July and August. Check the press release for more details.