Triple J, Drapht, The Ayems Records and Fidelity Corporation are incredibly proud and happy to announce the release of Drapht’s new studio album The Life of Riley, as well as the tour to launch said album around the nation. It’s been a long time coming and a hell of a process but we assure you, The Life of Riley will be worth the wait. To quote the man himself, “Never in my life have I put so much time and energy into one single thing. Mentally, the making of this album broke me and drove me to the brink of insanity on so many different occasions, a song wasn’t worthy of the record unless it did so.”
The Life of Riley will be the first release on Drapht’s own label The Ayems, which is distributed through Sony Music. “The concepts and subject matter around ‘The Life of Riley’ are based on living the life you want to live, not abiding by society’s pressures and no longer working for the man. So I thought it would be a fitting time to start my own label ‘The Ayems”. The Life of Riley will be released on April 1st.
The Rapunzel single was the first taste of The Life of Riley and was a very very big track at radio, as well as coming in a healthy #12 on the Triple J Hottest 100. We are proud to announce that Rapunzel has now been certified platinum on the ARIA single charts. The next taste of the album Sing It will be unveiled shortly. It’s an incredibly diverse album with material derived from a wide range of influences, and adds to what is already a broad musical palette over the breadth of Drapht‘s back catalogue.
Of course the best way to celebrate a new album is to get out and tour it, and Drapht is leaving no stone unturned on that front. We are very happy to announce that not only is Drapht heading out on the Groovin’ The Moo Festival to take it to the regionals, he is getting his full live show together to showcase The Life of Riley to the nation. It’s a large tour with a large line-up, with Drapht enlisting his good friends Mantra and The Tongue as supports to help give the album the launch it deserves. Dates are below, and relax Sydney, we have a special date for you to be announced soon!
Full Tour Dates
Wednesday April 6 – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Thursday April 7 – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday April 8 – Kay Street, Traralgon, VICS
Saturday April 9 – Bended Elbow, Geelong, VIC
Sunday April 10 – New Albury Hotel, Albury, NSW
Thursday April 14 – Kings Beach Tavern, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Friday April 15 – Hi Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday April 16 – Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta, QLD
Sunday April 17 – Great Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday April 21 – HQ, Adelaide, SA
Friday April 22 – Billboard, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday May 5 – Carrington Hotel, Blue Mountains, NSW
Friday May 6 – Wollongong Uni, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday May 19 – Breakers, Geraldton, WA
Friday May 20 – Metro City, Perth, WA
Saturday May 21 – Heaven, Albany, WA
Drapht will also be playing all Groovin’ The Moo Festivals.