After successfully opening for Russell Morris, one of Australia’s most iconic artists, at The Worker's Club in September, Melbourne based Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Joshua Batten is excited to announce he will be doing it again on November 5th at The Satellite Lounge in Wheeler’s Hill.
Joshua Batten has a fire in his heart, a guitar in his hands and lyrics to be heard. Having recently released his debut album ‘Searching For Answers’ to critical acclaim, he is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. With a drive and passion for music since a young age, Joshua has combined self-taught skills with further education and is certainly one of the most exciting and inspiring new artists to come out of Melbourne.
‘Searching For Answers’ contains six songs, and Joshua has ensured that each one stands up on its own with a unique sound and story. The main genre represented is Classic Blues Rock, but elements of Folk and Funk have been cunningly snuck in. The lyrics cover topics such as manipulation, betrayal, desires for human compassion and technology dependence. With a strong influence from Deep Purple, Jack White and Joe Bonamassa and hints of John Mayer, Jethro Tull and Rush, Joshua stands out with his individual sound.
“The love of making music provides me with an escape from the stress of social and political turmoil” says Joshua. “It is extremely important for artists in the music industry today to use their microphones to tell us something. The result is that not only will people listen, but they might even want to explore the music further”.
The album’s first single, ‘Homemade wine’ is a blues-rock anthem for people who struggle to find loyalty in friends as well as a critique of those who can’t accept the true colours of others. ‘Poetry’, an allegory for life after love and a tribute to the LA Poets Society, was released as the 2nd single from the album on Valentine’s Day.
‘Searching For Answers’ is available digitally via BandCamp, iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music and physically through JB Hi-Fi, Sanity and BandCamp.
Tickets to Russell Morris & Band with special guest Joshua Batten available HERE