Angus & Julia Stone

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Angus & Julia Stone

Angus & Julia Stone performing at Falls Festival, 2007
Background information
OriginSydney, Australia
GenresFolk, blues, acoustic
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, harmonica, trumpet, cello, mandolin, drums
Years active2006–present
LabelsEMI, Flock Music/PIAS, Nettwerk, Discograph
Angus Stone
Julia Stone
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Angus & Julia Stone

Angus & Julia Stone performing at Falls Festival, 2007
Background information
OriginSydney, Australia
GenresFolk, blues, acoustic
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, harmonica, trumpet, cello, mandolin, drums
Years active2006–present
LabelsEMI, Flock Music/PIAS, Nettwerk, Discograph
Angus Stone
Julia Stone

Angus & Julia Stone are an Australian brother-sister duo from Newport on the Northern Beaches of Sydney who formed in 2005. Their parents are both musical and played as a folk duo before Angus and Julia were born.[1]



Early years and musical style

Angus and Julia began to collaborate on their musical endeavours in early 2006.[2] Prior to that, both performed as solo artists, principally at open mic nights, but with each using the other as a backing partner. They first performed together at the Coogee Bay hotel in Sydney in 2005 with Angus performing and Julia singing back-up.[3] In terms of composing material, they write on their own, then work together on structure and harmonies.

Both Angus and Julia have distinctive vocal styles. The Sydney Morning Herald's Bernard Zuel described their vocals as such: "Her voice has a fractured feel like Jolie Holland; his has a smoke-on-the-beach drawl." UK journalist Johnny Sharp of Mojo stated, "Most impressive, though, are the songs – simple but blindingly effective acoustic compositions, warm boy-girl harmonies and delicate, less-is-more arrangements. Resistance is surely futile."

2006: Chocolates and Cigarettes and Heart Full of Wine EPs

Angus and Julia began recording their first EP Chocolates and Cigarettes in March 2006. It was officially released on 26 August 2006. Their first single "Paper Aeroplane" was played on Australian radio in April on local radio station FBI. That same month Angus and Julia played at The Great Escape Festival in Sydney, Australia.

At the end of July 2006, the Stones played to two hundred people packed in a tiny tent at the Splendour in the Grass festival in Byron Bay, Australia. By August they had signed a two-EP distribution deal with EMI Music in Australia and independent label Independiente Records in the UK and had packed their bags and headed for London to live.[4]

While in the UK, they were invited into Chris Potter's studio (The Verve/Richard Ashcroft) to record. Fran Healy from UK band Travis had also just heard their debut EP and also invited them to his house to record. The result of these two matchups was the duo's second EP, Heart Full of Wine.

During their time together, Healy also helped the brother and sister with material which would later become a part of their debut album A Book Like This. With a producer to guide them, Angus & Julia sat on Fran's lounge-room floor, continuing to record songs, using vintage guitars and microphones.[5] The rest of the songs from the album would be recorded in their mother's lounge room back in Newport with producer and friend, Ian Pritchett.[6]

At the end of 2006, Angus & Julia signed a worldwide publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing and CAA came on board as their UK/Europe agent.

2007–2009: A Book Like This and Lady of the Sunshine's Smoking Gun

Angus & Julia Stone

The year 2007 commenced with Angus & Julia at home in Australia playing at January's Big Day Out Festival.[7] Their single "Paper Aeroplane" reached No. 43 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2006,[8] and the duo signed an album deal with EMI Music Australia.

In February they played their first national Australian tour which sold out. In the same month, Chocolates and Cigarettes and Heart Full of Wine were double-packed and released in Australia and the UK. The double EP rocketed to No. 12 on UK iTunes and their single "Private Lawns" was Single of the Week on BBC Radio 2, the UK's largest radio station, and received great reviews – "Their finest track, it's cheeky toe-taping rhythm impossible to resist" by London's[9] . The double EP has sold over 35,000 copies in Australia.[10]

In late March 2007 the Stones' signed on with the William Morris Agency as their US agent. In May 2007 they played at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. The Evening Standard said, "Potentially chart-bound tracks were in far greater supply when Angus and Julia Stone took to the stage".

Angus and Julia released their debut album A Book Like This in Australia on 8 September 2007. The album debuted at No. 6 and has since reached Platinum plus sales in Australia.

The Stones spent the rest of 2007 dividing their time between Australia and the UK. They toured nationwide around Australia and gigged extensively in the UK, Ireland and Scotland including support slots with The Magic Numbers and a winning display at the Latitude Festival.

They welcomed in 2008 performing at the end of year Falls Festival in Australia before heading back to the UK to support Newton Faulkner and David Gray as well as playing their own sold-out London shows at Scala in London.[11] Two of their songs again made the Triple J Hottest 100, 2007, with "Wasted" coming in at No. 31 and "The Beast" at No. 45.[12]

A Book Like This was released in the UK in March 2008. The UK press lauded the duo; Uncut magazine said they performed "Fragile, beautiful songs"; a reviewer for The Guardian said "Angus and Julia Stone fill [my] heart to bursting point with joy".

The second half of 2008 was filled with more touring including a support spot with Martha Wainwright across the UK and Europe playing to over 25,000 people.

In March 2009, A Book Like This was released in the USA. The brother and sister supported Brett Dennen around the US and also performed on the KCRW stage at SXSW as well as playing their own US shows being represented by William Morris Agency.

In April 2009, Angus released a solo album, Smoking Gun, under the name Lady of the Sunshine.[13]

2009–2010: Down the Way

Angus and Julia Stone spent most of 2009 writing, recording and self-producing Down the Way. The album was mixed by Kieran Kelly at The Buddy Project[14] in Astoria Queens, NY.

On 18 November 2009, Angus and Julia appeared on triple j's Dools show with Scott Dooley and premiered the single "And the Boys". They stated their forthcoming album would be called Down the Way and it would be released in March 2010 with a coinciding Australian tour.[15] After six months apart (Angus back in Australia, Julia in New York), they recorded the album in studios in Sawmills Cornwall England, Brooklyn in New York and with Govinda Doyle[16] in Coolangatta, Queensland. About the new album, Angus stated: "All the songs were written so far [apart] that the styles and moods are really different." The album debuted at number 1 on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) albums chart.

The first single "And the Boys" became Angus & Julia Stone's second single to chart in the top 50 of the ARIA Charts. The first single to chart was "The Beast", which charted in September 2007. "Big Jet Plane" also peaked at No. 33 on the ARIA chart.

2010: "Big Jet Plane" and Julia's The Memory Machine

In May 2010, the "Big Jet Plane EP" was released that featured Julia singing a cover version of "You're the One That I Want" from Grease.[17]

In an interview with the Australian edition of Rolling Stone magazine, Julia revealed she recorded a solo album in New York in late 2008. Her song "This Love" appears in the Australian film The Waiting City.[18] The album, The Memory Machine, was released in a low-key fashion in October 2010. She has described the album as mellow but darker and spookier in tone.[19]

In 2010 they won three ARIA Awards for Album of the year, Best Adult Alternative Album and Single of the year for "Big Jet Plane" in addition to Artisan Awards for Producer of the Year and Best Cover Art.[20]

2011–present: Touring Australia, the US, UK and Europe

Their song "Big Jet Plane" was announced as No. 1 on Triple J Hottest 100 on 26 January Australia Day 2011.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, the duo confirmed they were already writings songs for their third album with Angus stating "I want to write stuff that makes me wanna move, more groove-based stuff.".[21]

They performed at the 2011 Falls Festivals[22] and Big Day Out festivals in Australia, followed by the Coachella festival in California. During July 2011, the band toured for a month visiting six different countries: Portugal, Holland, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Italy.[23] The pair have planned to travel and holiday overseas for the rest of the year, while also writing and recording. According to Triple J, Angus & Julia aim to release new music at the end of 2012.[24]

On 26 September 2011 Angus & Julia's song "Love Will Take You" was announced as the second track on the soundtrack for the Twilight Saga's latest film, Breaking Dawn – Part 1.[25] On the same day, the band was selected as a top ten finalist in MTV Iggy's "Best New Band in the World!" 2011 competition.[26][27]

In an interview with Rolling Stone Australia, Julia revealed she and Angus started recording songs for a third album in January 2011, but shelved them indefinitely. She said: "It was too much to think we could only pick six songs each… We were both in a place where we really wanted creative space to go in whatever direction we wanted so we were like 'let’s just take a year out.'"

She said those songs were unlikely to be heard, but maintained she and Angus will reunite after their solo projects.[28]





Angus and Julia Stone songs that have been played on TV shows, in films and featured in advertisements worldwide include:


Awards and nominations



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