Marlon Williams

"Each song is a character," says Marlon Williams of his self-titled solo debut: a remarkably assured and diverse nine-track tapestry, united by one of the most versatile and evocative voices you'll hear this or any other year. "I don't really ever sing out of character. Even if it's a very personal song, once it's written it doesn't belong to me." Combining his family's Maori upbringing with the vocal epiphanies he discovered in the school choir and then in nearby Christchurch's cathedral ensemble, the duality informed Williams' unique journey as a singer. He enrolled in the prestigious University of Canterbury, but classical music's institutionalized stuffiness proved too much. The Unfaithful Ways, his band of fellow fallen choirboys, was becoming a hot local live draw.

WATCH // Marlon Williams To Release Self Titled Debut LP February 19th, Shares Video For “Dark Child”

Marlon Williams broke out in stride with his incredible voice and masterful stage presence in Australia and New Zealand last year surrounding the release of his debut, self-titled album. He topped off the year winning Best Male Solo Artist and Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the New Zealand Music Awards, where he performed new single, “Dark Child,” attended the ARIA Awards in Australia, where he was nominated for Best Blues & Roots Album, and made his morning television debut performing “Hello Miss Lonesome” on “ABC Breakfast TV” in Australia.

It’s now time for Williams to make his mark on North America and the rest of the world. His debut album will see its release outside of NZ/Australia on Feb. 19 via Dead Oceans. But before that day’s arrival, Williams kicks off the year presenting the twisted video for the aforementioned single “Dark Child” where director Damian Golfinopoulos deconstructs the idea of a shared tragedy as if it were a deranged game played out on a movie set by a procession of actors. And at the end of the month, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders’ debut headline tour in North America begins. The band will be a four piece: Marlon Williams (guitar/vocals), Gus Agars (drum/vocals), Ben Woolley (bass/vocals) and Dave Khan (electric guitar/mandolin/fiddle/vocals). All dates are below.

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Marlon William Tour Dates:
(more info and tix here)

Mon. Jan. 18 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
Thu. Jan. 21 – London, UK @ St. Pancras Old Church
Fri. Jan. 29 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club – SOLD OUT
Sun. Jan. 31 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
Mon. Feb. 1 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Tue. Feb. 2 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar
Wed. Feb. 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar
Fri. Feb. 5 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
Sat. Feb. 6 – Toronto, ON @ Dakota Tavern
Mon. Feb. 8 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement
Tue. Feb. 9 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
Wed. Feb. 10 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
Thu. Feb. 18 – Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie (Festival Les Nuits De L’Alligator)
Sat. Feb. 20 – Nantes, FR @ Le Stereolux (Festival Les Nuits De L’Alligator)
Sun. Feb. 21 – Mérignac, FR @ Krakatoa (Festival Les Nuits De L’Alligator)
Mon. Feb. 22 – Rouen, FR @ Le 106 (Festival Les Nuits De L’Alligator)
Sun. Feb. 28 – Perth, WA @ Perth International Arts Festival
Sat. March 5 – Melbourne, AU @ Melbourne Zoo
Wed. March 9 – Auckland, NZ @ Powerstation
Fri. March 11 – Sydney, AU @ Taronga Zoo
Sat. March 12 – Lonestar Valley, TAS @ A Festival Called Panama
Sun. March 13 – Mon. March 14 – Adelaide, SA @ Womadelaide
Tue. March 15 – Sun. March 20 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

NEW ZEALAND MUSIC AWARDS // Marlon Williams Claims ‘Best Male Solo Artist’ And ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year’

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“Thanks so very much for deeming me appropriate to win this award, it looks so cool and I will never give it away”

Marlon Williams

Our newest signee, Marlon Williams, came away with two awards from the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, for ‘Best Male Solo Artist’ and ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year’ for his self-titled solo album, which Dead Oceans is releasing worldwide in the Spring of 2016.

Congratulations Marlon! Watch a short clip of his reaction below and check out his tour dates at the end of this post.

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Marlon Williams Tour Dates:
(more info and tix here)

11/20/15 Newcastle, AU – The Small Ballroom
11/21/15 Sydney, AU – Oxford Arts Factory
11/22/15 Milton, New South Wales – Milton Theatre
11/24/15 Wollongong, New South Wales – Rad Bar
11/25/15 Canberra, New South Wales – Transit Bar
11/27/15 Melbourne, New South Wales – Prince Bandroom
11/28/15 Hunter Valley, New South Wales – A Doy on the Green, Hunter Valley NSW w/ Paul Kelly, Lucinda Williams + Kasey Chambers
11/29/15 Mount Cotton, Queensland – A Day on the Green w/ Paul Kelly, Lucinda Williams + Kasey Chambers
12/03/15 Adelaide, AU – The Gov
12/04/15 Darwin, AU – Railway Club
12/06/15 Yarra Valley, VIC – A Day on the Green w/ Paul Kelly, Lucinda Williams + Kasey Chambers
12/10/15 Geelong, VIC – The Workers Club
12/11/15 Newport, VIC – The Substation
12/12/15 Barossa Valley, AU – A Day on the Green w/ Paul Kelly, Lucinda Williams + Kasey Chambers
12/13/15 Kings Park, AU – A Day on the Green w/ Paul Kelly, Lucinda Williams + Kasey Chambers
01/29/16 Vancouver, BC – Media Club
01/31/16 Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
02/02/16 San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar Music Hall
02/02/16 Los Angeles , CA – Bootleg Bar
02/05/16 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
02/06/16 Toronto, ON – Dakota Tavern
02/08/16 Nashville, TN – The Basement
02/09/16 Bloomington, IN – The Bishop
02/10/16 Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
03/09/16 Auckland, NZ – Powerstation
03/15/16 Austin, TX – SXSW

WATCH // Marlon Williams Shares Video For “Hello Miss Lonesome,” Adds US Headlining Dates

New Zealand artist Marlon Williams will release his self-titled, debut album on February 19th on Dead Oceans. With his exceptionally versatile and evocative voice, Williams truly inhabits his material and presents a remarkably assured and diverse debut. The album’s rollicking, acrobatic opening, “Hello Miss Lonesome,” features Williams’ vocals soaring atop bluegrass guitars and a tight snare. It’s accompanying video, directed by Damien Shatford, is a heady visual counterpart presenting Miss Lonesome as an emotional chameleon, dragging Williams through a confusing internal space. Five different actors, each with the same aesthetic but different emotional rules, comprise Miss Lonesome. One may notice nods to Todd Solondz’s “Palindromes,” or that famous bathhouse scene in “Eastern Promises.” Visit The FADER for Williams’ take on the shoot.

Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders’ first headline tour in North America kicks off in late January. The band will be a four piece: Marlon Williams (guitar/vocals), Gus Agars (drum/vocals), Ben Woolley (bass/vocals) and Dave Khan (electric guitar/mandolin/fiddle/vocals). All dates are below.

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Marlon William Tour Dates:
(tix and info here)
Thu. Nov. 12 – Maroochydore, AU @ Sol Bar
Fri. Nov. 13 – Currumbin, AU @ Solid Lounge
Sat. Nov. 14 – Brisbane, AU @ Woolly Mammoth
Sun. Nov. 15 – Byron Bay, AU @ Byron Theare
Mon. Nov. 16 – Bellingen, AU @ St Margaret’s Hall
Fri. Nov. 20 – Newcastle, AU @ The Small Ballroom
Sat. Nov. 21 – Sydney, AU @ Oxford Arts Factory
Sun. Nov. 22 – Milton, New South Wales @ Milton Theatre
Tue. Nov. 24 – Wollongong, New South Wales @ Rad Bar
Wed. Nov. 25 – Canberra, AU @ Transit Bar
Fri. Nov. 27 – Melbourne, AU @ Prince Bandroom
Sat. Nov. 28 – Hunter Valley, New South Wales @ A Day on the Green, Hunter Valley NSW #
Sun. Nov. 29 – Mount Cotton, Queensland @ A Day on the Green #
Thu. Dec. 3 – Adelaide, AU @ The Gov
Fri. Dec. 4 – Darwin, AU @ Railway Club
Sun. Dec. 6 – Yarra Valley, VIC @ A Day on the Green #
Thu. Dec. 10 – Geelong, VIC @ The Workers Club
Fri. Dec. 11 – Newport, VIC @ The Substation
Sat. Dec. 12 – Barossa Valley, AU @ A Day on the Green #
Sun. Dec. 13 – Kings Park, AU @ A Day on the Green #
Thu. Jan. 21 – London, UK @ St. Pancras Old Church
Fri. Jan. 29 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
Sun. Jan. 31 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
Tue. Feb. 2 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar
Wed. Feb. 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar
Fri. Feb. 5 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
Sat. Feb. 6 – Toronto, ON @ Dakota Tavern
Mon. Feb. 8 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement
Tue. Feb. 9 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
Wed. Feb. 10 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
Wed. March 9 – Auckland, NZ @ Powerstation
Tue. March 15 – Sun. March 20 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

# w/ Paul Kelly, Lucinda Williams + Kasey Chambers

ALBUM ANNOUNCE // Marlon Williams And NPR Share “Hello Miss Lonesome” From Upcoming Album ‘Marlon Williams’

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These guys are on fire.” – NPR Music’s All Songs Considered

Marlon Williams has a voice that’s always a surprise when it arrives. It’s not just that he can sing – and he can! – it’s the way he sings, which is so completely at ease, yet in total thrall to the lyric, that makes his audience hold its breath to better absorb each note. It’s a power that’s easy to recognise and hard to explain.” – New Zealand Herald

With one of the purest voices in modern music, and the charisma and individuality to match, the world is about to discover Marlon Williams. The twenty-four year-old, New Zealand-born singer, songwriter and performer will release his wonderfully captivating self-titled debut album next year on Dead Oceans. An initial listen to this debut and one can easily hear Williams’ roots of growing up singing in a catholic choir before being introduced to country music in his teens by his father, a Maori punk singer. And now, not even a decade has passed, and Williams is already in line for five awards at next month’s New Zealand Music Awards. There’s no denying – Marlon Williams is certainly one to watch for in 2016. After making his North American debut with a slew of intimate solo performances last month at CMJ, Williams has just been announced to perform at SXSW accompanied by his band, The Yarra Benders.

Today, Williams is sharing rollicking album opener, “Hello Miss Lonesome.” It’s a powerful welcome with William’s vocals soaring atop bluegrass guitars and a tight snare.

Marlon Williams is out February 19th on Dead Oceans, and available for pre-order now. All iTunes pre-orders come with an instant free download of “Hello Miss Lonesome.”

Pre-Order Marlon Williams now:
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Marlon Williams Tracklisting:
1. Hello Miss Lonesome
2. After All
3. Dark Child
4. I’m Lost Without You
5. Lonely Side Of Her
6. Silent Passage
7. Strange Things
8. When I Was A Young Girl
9. Everyone’s Got Something To Say

Marlon William Tour Dates:
Wed. Oct. 28 – Paris, FR @ La Mecanique Ondulatoire
Thu. Oct. 29 – Gent, BE @ Trefpunt
Fri. Oct. 30 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso – London Calling Festival
Sat. Oct. 31 – Hamburg, DE @ Mojo Jazz Café
Sun. Nov. 1 – Berlin, DE @ Gruener Salon
Thu. Nov. 5 – Perth, AU @ Four 5 Nine
Fri. Nov. 6 – Bunbury, AU @ Prince of Wales
Sat. Nov. 7 – Fremantle, AU @ Fly By Night
Sat. Nov. 8 – Dunsborough, AU @ Clancy’s Fish Pub
Thu. Nov. 12 – Maroochydore, AU @ Sol Bar
Fri. Nov. 13 – Currumbin, AU @ Solid Lounge
Sat. Nov. 14 – Brisbane, AU @ Woolly Mammoth
Sun. Nov. 15 – Byron Bay, AU @ Byron Theare
Mon. Nov. 16 – Bellingen, AU @ St Margaret’s Hall
Fri. Nov. 20 – Newcastle, AU @ The Small Ballroom
Sat. Nov. 21 – Sydney, AU @ Oxford Arts Factory
Sun. Nov. 22 – Milton, New South Wales @ Milton Theatre
Tue. Nov. 24 – Wollongong, New South Wales @ Rad Bar
Wed. Nov. 25 – Canberra, AU @ Transit Bar
Fri. Nov. 27 – Melbourne, AU @ Prince Bandroom
Sat. Nov. 28 – Hunter Valley, New South Wales @ A Day on the Green, Hunter Valley NSW #
Sun. Nov. 29 – Mount Cotton, Queensland @ A Day on the Green #
Thu. Dec. 3 – Adelaide, AU @ The Gov
Fri. Dec. 4 – Darwin, AU @ Railway Club
Sun. Dec. 6 – Yarra Valley, VIC @ A Day on the Green #
Thu. Dec. 10 – Geelong, VIC @ The Workers Club
Fri. Dec. 11 – Newport, VIC @ The Substation
Sat. Dec. 12 – Barossa Valley, AU @ A Day on the Green #
Sun. Dec. 13 – Kings Park, AU @ A Day on the Green #
Wed. March 9 – Auckland, NZ @ Powerstation
Tue. March 15 – Sun. March 20 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

# w/ Paul Kelly, Lucinda Williams + Kasey Chambers

tour dates

07/29/17

Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival

08/03/17

Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
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Dark Child
by Marlon Williams
Hello Miss Lonesome
by Marlon Williams
Strange Things
by Marlon Williams