Single ‘Boat’ Out Now – Free Download

I’m am very happy to announce the release of the first single off my forthcoming EP.

Boat, is available for FREE DOWNLOAD. Please click here!! If you have a few minutes, I would love for you to rate or comment on the song on the website where you download from.
The more fuss we make, the bigger chance we can get it played on Triple J. There is an app for Triple J Unearthed if you’re interested just search in the app store. It has debuted at number 4 on the Pop Chart and 48 overall so I am sooo happy! Thanks everyone who has rated already.

You can also call up Linda on Good Nights on Triple J week nights from 6pm to request Boat.

  • call: 1300 0555 36
  • txt: 0439 75 7555

I hope you enjoy the song and I can’t wait to release the rest of the EP in a few weeks time.

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Triple J Unearthed
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Boat Artwork

 

Pre-production for a music video has begun and it’s going to be pretty awesome! Stay tuned for more news on that front.

Next gigs are in Sydney, Aus:

Sunday June 30th 7pm – Coogee Bay Hotel.

Sunday July 14th 4-7pm – Stowaway Bar, Freshwater.

Larissa x

And if you don’t know…

I think it’s safe to say that back in the early naughties I missed the boat on the r’n’b craze. Blink 182, Sum 41, Yellowcard and P.O.D were the bands I connected with and I think my childhood friend Chris is to thank/blame for that one. Me and a few exclusive friends (Fliss, George, Sam and Sof) bought skateboards, hung out in moshpits and wore sweat bands to school. We dressed our folders in pics of said bands and when we started going to parties we called “gatherings”and all the other girls were wearing skirts that showed off their pre-pubescent butts, we were wearing Sum 41 tees.

I’m not ashamed of this phase at all. Because I wasn’t even mildly appealing to the eye of a 16 year old boy, I worked on other things my personality and got to know boys from the inside out. This brings me to biggie smalls. At a hen’s weekend not long ago, amongst a tribe of Kiwi’s, the old time classics made a severe comeback. At first I resisted the unfamiliar sound of Biggie, and the way the other girls got low. They were astonished I hadn’t heard of Biggie Smalls. Notorious B.I.G? Nope. Just to check, I asked Fliss. She doesn’t know if Biggie either. However, now a few months after the Hen’s weekend, Biggie’s song has made it’s way to my Spotify playlist. How? I’m not sure, but that Juicy song’s like crack.

Another cracker, more my style..

The band, Yanto and I have finished recording at Oceanic and Airlock and three songs (Boat, In The Clouds and Serendipity) have been mixed and sent to be mastered. Two remain (Get High and Writers’ Block) and I’m getting pretty exciiiited. I have had some beautiful artwork made by Laura-Louisa Betts who won the design comp I ran. CONGRATS! She is so talented and lovely to work with, so I can’t wait to get them out there for you to see. One poster she made is below.

Boat will be the first single off the EP and will be released in June.

I did a little photoshoot with photographer, Jocelyn Nguyen, Rhiannan Atchinson and Lauren McKay on Styling and Kim Kindratt on makeup and hair. Thanks for making it so much fun guys and getting some good pics out of me. You were all so lovely to work with.

I’m parting with the parentals and moving out with my besties Fliss and Sof. We have found a mad pad and move in weekend after next. Should be good fun and can’t wait to start this next chapter. Mum and Dad are pretty good to live with and I will miss walking in the door and seeing their and Lenny’s faces each night. But they’re only round the corner, literally.

I have a few gigs coming up while I am organising the shizzle out of this EP release so would love to see you there!

Next gigs are:

Sunday June 30th 7pm – Coogee Bay Hotel.

Sunday July 14th 4-7pm – Stowaway Bar, Freshwater.

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Cheers & get ready to hear Boat in a few weeks!

Larissa x

Everything In Excess

Two pre- ep shows have been booked and deets are as follows. YAY!

SYDNEY
Wed. Feb 27 – 8:30pm
Old Manly Boatshed
The Corso, Manly

BRISBANE
Wed. March 20 – 8pm
The Round at Dowse Bar
155-157 Given Terrace, Paddington

It’s my first QLD show so I’m pretty excited. While I’m in Brisbane I’ll be catching up with some friends, meeting Yanto Browning, the producer, and checking out the studio where I’ll be recording vocals in April.

I’ve been working with another producer called LDRU, writing some dance tracks and it’s pretty fricken fun. Might have something mixed in the next few weeks so standby.

Valentine’s Day is a little bit of a wank, but Jakey and I cooked three tapas each and had a really nice night. We made broccolini with balsamic vinegar and parmesan cheese, ceasar/hybrid salad, San chow bow, minute steak with mushroom sauce and dessert extravaganza- cookies and cream ice cream, sprinkled twirl, meringue, strawberries, a real cookie and then garnished with ice magic. I have a slight sweet tooth.

Went to Laneway Festival the other week. It was so much fun! Alt-j, Jessie Ware, Of Monsters and Men and Divine Fits were my faves. Great, chilled festival.. Sound was a bit quiet at times though. In their defence the weather was shocking, so the wind might’ve been blowing the tunes towards Parramatta instead of my head.

While I’m on the topic of loud music- the inventors have invented a cure for tinnitus- hearing damage cause from loud music – and I am so stoked. Well done, incredible news for our generation.

My friend Jordan Millar released his album today and it is wonderful. Please head to his launch tonight at The Beresford in Sydney or buy/ Spotify his music.

While I’m on that topic, if you haven’t got Spotify yet, you crazy! If you haven’t heard James Blake’s new single, Retrograde, you crazy.

Bye for now,

Larissa x

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Sort Your Sinus Out

Been a while. Sorry about that. I had probably the most horrific week of my life post sinus surgery. I won’t go into the details but I will mention a few things. Nose packing. Nose bleeds. Colon cleanse and throwing up in a plastic bag with a hole in it.

I am on the mend and although I still have a headache 24/7, hopefully I have a healthy, headache free life ahead if me.

I have acquired a new bassist, Oscar, who is the most beautiful soul and a killer bass player, so I am so happy to have him part of the team. We played Upstairs Beresford last week for our first gig together with guitarist David playing this one too. Was great fun and hopefully there’s plenty more to come. Mad venue, mad audience.

So I have been a crazy woman as of late trying to organise and plot recording the next EP. Wooooo. The EP will feature the band and new songs and I am lucky enough to be plotting this craziness with producer, Yanto Browning. What appealed to me about Yanto’s work is his use of dynamics and layers which I think is very important for the band’s sound at the moment. He knows how to convey emotion through recording which is so important. You gotta feel something or what’s the point?

I’m also booking some Brissie shows for March so stay tuned for confirmations.. And always playing in Sydney.

Chrissy and the holidays were lovely. Rode bikes, played music, went to the beach, rinsed scabs out of my sinuses and planted flowers. Life’s good my friends. I also fed a goat grass at my cousin’s place, went snorkelling and saw Two Door Cinema Club live.

I am forever grateful that I have a beautiful connection to music, for no matter how bleak things look or how empty I may feel about something in my life, I always find escape and joy through music and I can’t be thankful enough. Cheers for the genes Mr and Mrs McKay.

I have started doing yoga every morning and I really think it is making me more nimble and happy. I do a homemade version, but none the less I feel I’m compensating for the ridiculous workload, emotional load and late night boozing.

I hope you are enjoying 2013 and feeling as positive about what the year will bring as I do.

I listen to this song a couple of times a day at the moment. LOVE the clip, the band, the song.

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=kiqIush2nTA&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DkiqIush2nTA&gl=GB

Larissa x

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Calm Before The Storm

Playing at The Empire Hotel

 

Had a nice time playing at The Empire for some new young fans – the two Sophia’s and their families. Glad you guys liked my singing and I hope you’re enjoying my cds.

Now I have a few weeks off in prep for my surgery and recovery. The doctors have told me I will be rest bound in between flushing scabs out of my head. Charming. A friend has promised Season 5 of Gossip Girl so hopefully I can smash that, along with 30 Rock and not be too sad faced.

I have written a few songs lately which I think my appear on the EP planned for April 2013. Getting very excited thinking about it.

I’m obsessed with Spotify. Get it if you don’t have it. It is the best tool for discovering, sharing and listening to music. I pay $11.95 a month and have discovered more cool music in the past few months than I have in ages.

Went to a 60th as Amy Winehouse. See pic

Till next time,

Larissa x

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Spring Has Sprung

I’d not been to FBi Social before Jordan Millar asked me to support him for his single launch. It’s now my favourite Sydney venue. Thanks to those who came out last night, bought CDs and listened to us play. It was a pleasure to play my music for you.

So I go under the knife in a few weeks and they are cleaning out and reforming the sinus tunnels in my forehead, cheeks and at my request, any other orifice in my head that may be constructed causing my headaches.

So The Boatshed gig with the band next week will be my last show for a little while so please come join us!

Wed. Nov 7 – 8:30pm – free
Old Manly Boashed
The Corso, Manly, Sydney

The Four Pines and The Empire gigs will hopefully be moved to Dec/Jan so stay tuned. Apologies for anyone who was planning to come.

I saw Aussie band, The Rubens and Aussie songstress, Lisa Mitchell last week and have to mention how impressed I was with the latter. I saw Lisa Mitchell play years ago and she has come forward in leaps and bounds. She was confident, engaging and cute.

I also have to note that The Rubens need a style overhaul. The private school boy look just didn’t do it for me, but they sounded great – as does their new record.

Hopefully see you Wednesday!

Larissa x

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Pumpkin Head

As I lay in my sexy hospital gown pre-op, a young lad also getting his wisdom teeth out returned from the operating room. “David!”, I heard from a panicked voice two doors down. “David? Can you hear me?”
Young David had fainted as the nurse slid the bloody gauze from his mouth. I listened, horrified, as the nurse yelled for help and for an oxygen machine. Doctors and nurses sprinted past my door, along with the anaesthetist to revive David. I hadn’t eaten for nine hours or had but a drop of water for five. I was beginning to get pretty anxious and prayed I didn’t hear him vomit or that he didn’t die. Thankfully David didn’t die, nor did he vomit and neither did I. Nurse Michelle said I was the perfect patient and in comparison to getting my tonsils out, this has been a walk in the park.

I have been watching many delicious episodes of 30 Rock and eating yoghurt, soup and ice cream joyously!
I’m on the mend and apart from a sore jaw hinge and chowing copious amounts of antibiotics, I’m nearly better.

I will be playing Pony Room in Manly on Thursday night 8-10pm so come hang out and drink wine for me.

Jakey bought be some sweet Sony headphones and ill tell you what.. Music sounds so much crisper and dynamic than on the in ear headphones. I really encourage to get yourself a pair and marvel in the sound quality.

Daylight savings has arrived and it is awesome coming home in daylight. It’s also easier to get up in the morning. How does that work? I’m loving being back at work and how my brain buzzes with motivation and information. I do miss Jack and Ms. Lemon though.. Gosh they’re funny.

Some demo recording or perhaps an ep is in the works for the beginning of Nov. so standby for some fresh tunes!!

Hope you are all well and smiling..

Larissa x

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Throw Your Arms Around Me

Tonight I’m supporting Mark Seymour from the iconic Aussie band, Hunters & Collectors. I’m pretty fricken excited and fairly nervous. Andrew will be joining me on stage for our 40 min set , and laying some sweeeet beats down.

Spring has arrived and I have been embracing the sunshine by sitting in the gutter in a Surry Hills side street on my lunch break and riding the ferry across Sydney Harbour. I love the smell of jasmine in the air and the excitement over the days getting longer and warmer.

Spring has arrived

Jakey arrived home from Lagos and surprised me silly with a random phone call three days early. Such a cutie! It is so nice to have him home. It’s also really great that I go to work and he goes surfing, skating and having arvo beers with mates. Naaaaawt.

Played a few gigs recently.. One supporting Jordan Millar at Cafe Lounge (see pic by Kiera Archer) which was good fun and another with the band at The Manly Boatshed and another at Pony Room in Manly for Fathers’ Day. Lots more coming up so see the gigs tab and come on doooown. If you have any covers you’d love to hear me sing then let me know. Always want to build the repertoire.

Cafe Lounge – Pic by Kiera Archer

I am on Instagram, twitter, FB and Linkedin – so join the party.

Larissa x

My besties. Globe trotters all home together at once.

Guitarist Wanted

Sydney based singer/songwriter Larissa McKay is looking for a lead guitarist to add another dimension to the band’s current sound. Think Indie Missy Higgins, John Mayer etc.
Recording an EP at the end of the year with a producer, and gigs every few weeks. We want someone who has a good ear, has stage and recording experience, loves music and is pretty easy-going. We have all been playing together for four years and want to develop our image and sound – so someone with the same mindset is ideal.
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If you think you have the chops and the personality, have a listen to our songs and make sure we’re on the same page. If we are, please email larissamckaymusic@gmail.com with a little blurb on what you’ve done and an MP3 of your playing if possible.
Cheers,
Larissa

Seven Days

One week til I hop on the flight of death and step back into a life I left nearly eight months ago. That keen!

I have four gigs planned so make sure you come along and say hi. I’ll also be writing with some peeps, exploring some of Spain and writing some more.

I do believe I will be seeing The Cure at Bilbao Festival and.. Wait for it.. Sum41.

If you didn’t know me in my awkward adolescent stage of life, you will not know I had an actual obsession with Sum41. It was a full blown, crazy, parents were worried about me obsession. I was not along though, Georgia, Sam and Fliss were my team mates and we were batting for Sum41. I wouldn’t change a thing. I have the best memories of tearing up a mosh pit, learning to skate and arriving at a party dressed as a chubby boy.

I did indeed get sidetracked, but the point is, Fliss is going to Bilbao too and we are going to get cray cray.

So my first gig is at Regal Room in Hammersmith, London on Friday July 6. The night after I play at Surya in Hollaway if that’s more your style.

Larissa x

Sydney in Winter..

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