Produced and mixed by Heath Cullen, Michael Menager's Not The Express is out now. The album features Heath on guitars as well as guests Jim Keltner, Matt Nightingale and Aaron Embry. Not The Express was engineered by Ben Tolliday and mastered by multi Grammy award winner Gavin Lurrsen. Listen to the full album below. For more about Michael go to www.michaelmenager.com. To buy Not The Express go here, or find it on iTunes here.
RHYTHMS MAGAZINE have declared OUTSIDERS "One of the finest, most inspired Australian rock albums in quite some time, the work of a man well on top of his game". The album has garnered praise in four-star reviews from the DAILY TELEGRAPH and the CANBERRA TIMES, and the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD exclaims "Heath Cullen has it right. If you're going to hire the Imposters, Elvis Costello's longest running backing crew, give them meat on which to feast and give them room. They land everything perfectly."
Read these reviews and more as they roll in, on the press page
OUTSIDERS, recorded in two days at Melbourne's Sing Sing studios with Elvis Costello's longtime band The Imposters (Steve Nieve, Pete Thomas and Davey Faragher), is Heath Cullen's third album, released Friday September 4th 2015 through Five By Nine recordings. Order on CD or download here, or download the album from iTunes.
A great review of Heath's recent show at The Basement with John Murry just in.. "The strength of Cullen’s songwriting is the vividness of his lyrics, his turns-of-phrase that sit somewhere between Paul Kelly and Neil Finn. With references to dusty-town Australia – blackened cornfields, magpies, trucks dropping to 80 before speeding off again – he imbues slight and casual observations with sad profundity. The title track from his last album, The Still And The Steep, was his set’s ominous highlight, played like a lovely, broken tango." - The BRAG
This recent live clip has just surfaced, shot from side of stage at the beautiful Tivoli Theatre in Brisbane, QLD Australia, in May of 2014.
Heath has been in the studio working on his third album, to feature special guests Pete Thomas, Steve Nieve and Davey Faragher - otherwise collectively known as Elvis Costello's long-time band The Imposters. Stay tuned!
Heath joins fellow artists including Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Paul Kelly, Jen Cloher, The Drones, and Big Scary on the list of 33 nominees for the prestigious 9th Coopers AMP! The Australian Music Prize is unique in Australia – a critically judged award which honours contemporary Australian artists based on their creative excellence. Follow the link to read more about the Coopers Australian Music Prize, and to see the full list of nominees.
The Still And The Steep has been gathering great reviews wherever it goes, including this 4.5 Star review from The Canberra Times. On the NO DEPRESSION site we read that the record is "nothing less than remarkable, a recording that ought to bring Cullen the extensive audience he deserves", and Swiss music blog REVERB have called it "The best thing from down under since Nick Cave". Kind words. Read these reviews and more over here at the press page.