The Secretly Canadian Newsletter

Last fall Stella Donnelly made her bold introduction to North American audiences with the video for “Boys Will Be Boys” following her unanimous win of Bigsound 2017’s inaugural Levi’s Music Prize, an award given to an emerging Australian talent most likely to make waves internationally. After an initial debut on NPR Music, Jon Pareles described the song for the New York Times as “A delicate waltz [that] carries a bitter reproach to blaming the victims of sexual assault. ‘Why was she all alone/Wearing her shirt that low?’ she sings, and then her voice rises and roughens.”

Listen to and/or Pre-order Stella Donnelly’s “Thrush Metal” EP

Several months later, with a first US tour and SXSW, on the horizon, Donnelly returns with the announcement of a worldwide signing to Secretly Canadian. The label will release a 12″ of her debut “Thrush Metal” EP plus the never-before heard bonus track, “Talking,” all of which is available to stream today. Additionally, today sees the release of Donnelly’s “Mechanical Bull” video.

‘The song, ‘Mechanical Bull,’ is dedicated to people who work in hospitality who have to deal with customers, especially drunk ones, harassing them and making objectifying comments,” says Donnelly. “I wrote this about my experience working in bars and it was a nice way to release some of the frustration I had!”

Raised between Wales and the burbs of Western Australia, where she currently lives, Donnelly got her start singing Green Day songs in her Aussie high school rock band, eventually turning her interest to jazz and contemporary as an adult studying at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. On her debut “Thrush Metal” EP, Donnelly presents brutally honest and witty observations of people and relationships transformed into blissful poems and lyrical punch lines. Her relatable way of writing is her lens to the world in which we live, a glimpse into what it’s like to be a millennial woman in the age of Trump, Tinder and third wave feminism.

The “Thrush Metal” 12″ plus bonus track is out June 22nd; the digital version is available to stream today.

Thrush Metal EP Tracklist:
1. Mechanical Bull
2. Boys Will Be Boys
3. Mean to Me
4. Grey
5. A Poem
6. Talking

Stella Donnelly Tour Dates:
Wed. March 14 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder – 4pm
Wed. March 14 – Austin, TX @ The Townsend – FOCUS Wales showcase – 10pm
Wed. March 14 – Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlies – AdHoc SXSW unofficial showcase – 1:30pm
Thu. March 15 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda – Secretly Canadian SXSW showcase
Thu. March 15 – Austin, TX @ Clive Bar – SMILF series SXSW party – 3pm
Fri. March 16 – Austin, TX @ The Blackheart – NoiseTrade/The Current SXSW day party – 1:30pm
Fri. March 16 – Austin, TX @ Lucille Patio Lounge – BIGSOUND Brunch – 4:35pm
Mon. March 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere – Zone One
Thu. March 22 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Mon. March 26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
Tue. March 27 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Fri. May 4 – Farndale, UK @ The Band Room
Sat. May 5 – Leeds, UK @ Live At Leeds
Sun. May 6 – Newcastle, UK @ Hit The North
Mon. May 7 – Manchester, UK @ The Castle
Tue. May 8 – London, UK @ The Lexington
Fri. May 11 – Bristol, UK @ Lousiana
Sat. May 12 – Wrexham, UK @ FOCUS Wales
Wed. May 16 – Cardiff, UK @ Club Ifor Bach
Thu. May 17 – Sat. May 19 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape
Thu. May 24 – Paris, FR @ Le Point Ephemere
Fri. May 25 – Dublin, IE @ Tivoli Variety Theatre
Sat. May 26 – Amsterdam, NL @ London Calling
Mon. May 28 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
Tue. May 29 – Berlin, DE @ Lido
Wed. May 30 – Berlin, DE @ Flux Bau
Thu. May 31- Brussels, BE @ AB
Sat. Aug. 18 – Sun. Aug. 19 – Brecon Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival
Thu. Aug. 30 – Sun Sep. 2 – Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival

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