Heavy and Weird are proud to announce the third of nine artists performing at “Loving The Alien: A Tribute to David Bowie”
O.J Mengel beautifully crafts music that has a strong folk narrative at its core whilst lyrically it has the travelling troubadour flavour with some real powerhouse vocals. Caught somewhere between Neil Finn and Bon Iver, Mengel’s sound is an exercise in simplicity which helps amplify the emotional yearning underneath the melodic and lyrical passages presented in his songs. All in all, Mengel’s music is a late afternoon elegy that recalls the romanticism of overseas travel and the yearning for your hometown with an ache for some kind of romantic partner buried deep inside.
Mengel specialises in that floaty inner city feeling that a band like the Go-Betweens illustrated so perfectly on songs like “Bachelor Kisses” – perhaps it’s a Brisbane thing. Mengel’s acoustic daydreams produce an atmosphere that slowly seduces you surrounding your environment with that special sigh that reminds you that all great music is about giving shy lonely souls the chance to prove to the world just how perfect they are at revolutionising people’s feelings.
O.J Mengel is one of the few modern day revolutionaries attempting to help restore peace to the galaxy and allow people to fill those god shaped holes with some kind of meaning.
“Right now, it feels as if the solar system is off it’s axis, as if one of our main planetary anchors has lost it’s orbit. That said – I am certain that wherever Bowie is now – I want to be there someday.” – Micheal Stipe
For 69 years David Bowie was a gift bestowed upon planet earth to help our species understand the power and importance of pop music. There was something truly Alien about his presence that gave hope to the freaks among us that we had a spokesman. His curiosity for the weird and wonderful avant-garde artforms helped inform and influence the music he made. Bowie understood and believed in the unpopular, the insignificant and the overlooked humans of society and he gave them a voice. David Bowie was a warm hug for the alienated youth of every generation from 1960 through to 2016 and his influence and power went way beyond just being another pop singer. He invented new ways of communicating musically and he also championed the artists and bands that the music industry elite chose to ignore. There is a lot to celebrate when it comes to David Bowie but his greatest legacy is the way he has inspired the other aliens among us to pick up an instrument and to express themselves through art and music.
Despite his iconic fashion statements it was Bowie’s music that mattered most and on 14th May 2016 Heavy and Weird are proud to be curating their first live musical event – “Loving The Alien” – A Tribute to David Bowie
This event will see a diverse group of artists pay tribute to the music of David Bowie and to dive a bit deeper into his catalouge to share with you some of his most popular and unpopular songs. This is a celebration of alienation and how Bowie’s music helped save and give purpose and comfort and remedy to that feeling of being different to everyone else.
Stay Tuned for our Line-Up announcement
All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Leukemia Foundation
Saturday 14th May 2016 at The Bearded Lady
138 Boundary Street West End
Doors Open: 6:00pm