By July 8, 2016


Melbourne’s Canary today release their second studio album I Am Lion, to be followed by a three-date album tour.

I Am Lion, self-produced by bassist Isaac Barter & the band as a whole, is “emotionally and thematically heavy”. The release was born out of a particularly intense breakup that frontman & songwriter Matthew Kenneally struggled through. Each song is the embodiment of an emotional state that Kenneally lived & breathed at some point during the aftermath of this poignant life event. The breadth of humanity’s capability to be bitter & ugly is openly on display, dichotomously captured in deceptively peaceful, refined ways in tracks such as ‘Smile’ or ‘Last Resort’.


In many ways, Kenneally acknowledges that I Am Lion is somewhat of an extension of the themes he previously explored in debut album Dear Universe. And how could it not be? Canary’s first LP explored the bass notes of that which makes us human: self-loathing, heartache, frustration. But I Am Lion is underpinned by a more solid musical vision, aided by the ever-present choir lending chops to the record. The vitality that drives even the most dulcet of tracks on I Am Lion forward is a result of the three days Canary spent holed up in Greg Walkers’ (Machine Translations) home studio in Gippsland, recording every track live.

‘Fickle Heart’, the current single from I Am Lion, quickly gathered accolades from sources online including Rolling Stone Australia and cutting edge US blog Indie Shuffle. Also showered with praise from the airwaves, triple j gave ‘Fickle Heart’ its official radio premiere, Double J called it a “perfect balance of big and brash, and subtle and tuneful moments” and adding it to rotation alongside taste-making Sydney station FBi radio.

Canary’s previous singles from I Am Lion, ‘Women’s Business’ & ‘Here We Go’ were similarly warmly-received, with the former charting on HypeMachine and the latter scoring spot rotation on triple j. They’ve supported acts such as Saskwatch, LANKS, Ainslie Wills & Hein Cooper and are set to embark on their I Am Lion tour with dates in Victoria and New South Wales.

FRI AUG 12 | World Bar, Sydney, NSW
w/ special guests
FRI AUG 26 | The Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
w/ special guests
SAT SEPT 03 | The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
w/ special guests


“Canary have rebuilt — taking a fresh and far more expansive slant to their sound for second go ’round, the forthcoming I Am Lion.”
Rolling Stone AU
“Great melodies, killer chords, pieced together in an unconventional way”
 Dom Alessio (triple j, AUS) 
“TBH I’m just psyched on everything you do and you’re yet to disappoint. Keep ’em coming!
Zan Rowe (triple j, AUS) 
“The musicianship on offer has poise and purpose”
Hilly Dilly, US
“…strap yourselves in and prepare for what I’m coining to be one of the best albums to come out of Australia this year.”
“‘Fickle Heart’ gives us a pretty fantastic preview of what else is to come with I Am Lion, and we can’t wait to hear more.”
Howl & Echoes