• Release
      Picture Us
      March 8, 2019

  • Tour Dates

    • 04/23/21 DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO in Portland, OR at Jack London Revue
    • 04/24/21 CHARLES ELLSWORTH in Salt Lake City, UT at Beehive Distilling
    • 04/24/21 DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO in Portland, OR at Jack London Revue
    • 04/27/21 CHARLES ELLSWORTH in Salt Lake City, UT at Bar X
    • 04/30/21 CHARLES ELLSWORTH in Salt Lake City, UT at Beehive Distilling
    • 05/16/21 DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO in Alexandria, VA at Birchmere Music Hall

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  • Click here to download a few new hi-res Money For Rope band photos (credit: Sabine Le Grand) and Picture Us album art.


    Money For Rope’s forthcoming third album, Picture Us, entirely self-produced, mixed and mastered by the five-piece Melbourne band is set for release on Friday March 8 via Cheersquad Records & Tapes .

    Conceived a long way from home, the band first started planning their next album whilst in Seven Sisters in the north of London, spending their days walking along the canal, talking about life, about music.

    “We would joke about how we wanted our band to make music that felt like crawling back into the womb, being held, that everyone wanted to be held like they were when they were a child. When we arrived back home, we didn’t tell anyone we had returned. We went to a family property out of town, beside the ocean, and made this record. The house became involved. And the songs were written with reverence for that landscape; Port Philip Bay, and the Southern Ocean. We wanted guitars to be keyboards, keyboards to be saturation, and drums to be folded over into themselves like tape worn away, like rocks eroding by the relentless southerlies blowing the ocean onto the land,” remarks the band’s vocalist and guitarist Jules McKenzie.

    The album delves into themes of love, family, connection to place, drinking endless cups of tea, while Picture Us sees McKenzie reflect on his youth. “When I was young and left home alone along with my brother. I was surprised by my parents, who had returned home from holidays early; possibly as an act of deserving untrustworthiness. I was rapidly cleaning up from a party, and wearing what was, unaware to me, dad’s best suit. It seems that when you are young you long to be older, and I wonder if when I am older, I will long to be young again. I wonder if there is a point in the middle where it crosses, and how I will feel about love.”

    Picture Us follows on from the band’s previous albums, Been In The Wars (2013) and 2012’s self-titled debut. With the latest offering the band employs some interesting techniques. First track, ‘Hold’ has a percussion track, made by an old box of sailing boat parts, being shaken, warbling through an old tape machine. While title track ‘Picture Us’ was recorded through walkie-talkies the band had as kids, where there was a ledger above a large orange button that gave the alphabet in morse code.

    Picture Us was recorded over the course of one long hot Australian summer. With a pace that seldom eases across its lean 30-minute span, this effort is fused with the careering urgency of Money For Rope live shows and powered by a pummelling rhythm section including two drummers.

    Money For Rope have spent the better part of the last four years touring, gracing the stages at many of Australia’s favourite festivals (Splendour in the Grass, Falls, Boogie!, Golden Plains, Gum Ball, The Hills Are Alive) and have played around the globe, including a tour to India.

    Money For Rope is:
    Jules McKenzie (guitars, vocals)
    Rick Parnaby (keyboards)
    Erik Scerba (drums)
    Chris Loftis (drums)
    Ted Dempsey (bass)

    Money For Rope’s new LP Picture Us will be available March 8th on vinyl, CD, digital and streaming formats via Cheersquad Records & Tapes.

    Stretched My Neck
    Remember My Name
    Early Grey
    Picture Us
    What Takes So Long




    Tony Bonyata
    Pavement PR
    e: tony@pavementpr.com

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  • Here’s what critic’s are saying about Money For Rope’s “new LP “Picture Us”

    • “… a record brimming with energetic garage and surf rock, punctuated with strong moments of soul and psych.” – John B. Moore, BLURT
    • “Emerging from the same Melbourne music scene that gave us King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and Courtney Barnett, Money For Rope are a band that blur the contours of surf, soul, garage and psych rock like few others. Their latest single ‘Actually’ is a strutting, lysergic-dappled effort from this fast-rising five-piece (including two drummers). ” – Brian Coney, THE LINE OF BEST FIT

    • “Melbourne has produced some great music of late and psychedelic punks Money For Rope are no exception. Already endorsed by Courtney Barnett who subsequently took them out on tour, their second long player Picture Us comes out on 8th March and encapsulates numerous genres and styles throughout its ten pieces.” – Dom Gourlay, DROWNED IN SOUND

    • “As they add more soul and emotion into their music, they get better, so this is very much a welcome progression for a young band.” – Nathan Fidler, SOUNDBLAB

    • “Picture Us thrums with the promise of one of Australia’s most hard-working and charismatic new bands.” – SILENT RADIO UK

    • “offers a perfect insight into what Money For Rope do so well: jerking with ease between a youthful slacker nonchalance and raucous psych-tinged wig-outs.” – PUNK ONLINE

    • “It’s taken a long time to hear another Money for Rope album, and the wait’s worth it. Picture Us smashes it again.” – Patrick Emery, I-94 BAR

    • “… scrappy, DIY and fun-as-hell” – IF IT BE YOUR WILL

    • “You can hear the ghosts of bands like Supergrass, Inspiral Carpets and Happy Mondays filtered through the kind of gothic-tinged garage and psych rock that the likes of The Scare and Witch Hats have dragged across these lands. Picture Us casts a wide net, yet for all its variety there’s an overriding feeling of adventure and shared experiences that emanates from the restless colours and shapes of its songs.” – Chris Familton, DOUBTFUL SOUNDS