Bliss N Eso’s third album ‘Flying Colours’ turns 15 this year. To celebrate the album, the pioneering Australian hip-hop trio are hitting the road this October.
The Flying Colors 15th Anniversary Tour kicks off on Friday 6 October in Fremantle and then heads to Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney before concluding in Brisbane on Saturday 21 October. The group will play the album in its entirety on each of the dates, i.a. the album’s hits ‘The Sea Is Rising’ and ‘Eye of the Storm’. Also expect other hits from the trio’s back catalogue.
To coincide with the anniversary, the band will be giving ‘Flying Colours’ its first vinyl pressing. The limited edition comes in two versions on transparent red or gold wax. The new vinyl edition will be released via Flight Deck/Mushroom on Friday 3rd November; pre-orders are available from Thursday 20 July.
‘Flying Colours’ debuted at number 10 on the ARIA Albums Chart and reached number one on the Urban Albums Chart. At the 2008 ARIA Awards, it took home the gong for Best Urban Release.
Unlike its previous albums – which had been recorded haphazardly whenever the group could secure studio time – ‘Flying Colours’ was the product of three months of dedicated writing and recording, bunkered down in Melbourne, away from the distractions of their Sydney home. Its first single, ‘Bullet and a Target’ received major nationwide airplay; and its third, ‘Eye of the Storm’ took its riff from the Angus & Julia Stone track, ‘Paper Airplane’.
“Even when I play it today, I can really hear the monumental shift in our sound and growth as artists,” MC Bliss said in a statement.
Earlier this year, Bliss n Eso appeared in the Australian hip-hop documentary, Burn carefully. The film featured over 35 artists including Sampa the Great, Barkaa, DRMNGNOW, Urthboy, Baker Boy, Genesis Owusu, L-FRESH THE LION and Thundamentals.
Bliss N Eso’s Australian tour dates are:
Friday 6th October – Fremantle, Metropolis, then heading to
Saturday 7 October – Adelaide, Hindley Street Music Hall
Friday 13 October – Melbourne, 170 Russell
Saturday 14 October – Hobart, Uni Bar
Friday 20 October – Sydney, Metro Theatre
Saturday 21 October – Brisbane, Tivoli