Adele & The Chandeliers
Adele & The Chandeliers formed in 2018 when Adele met Scott Mercer while volunteering at the Brisbane community radio station 4ZZZ. Scott (Harley Young and The Haymakers, We All Want To) plays electric guitar. In turn, he brought in his friend Ash Shanahan (Harley Young and The Haymakers, Hands On Heart) to play drums.
The first song recorded was 'German On My Mind' - equal parts high-tension riffs, with German vocals by Karin Bäumler, questioning Adele.. why does she have German on her mind?
It is post-punk energy and Germanic rock throb trapped in a new wave echo chamber.
A 7'inch AA orange vinyl record released via Adele's label Orange Carpet Records with German On My Mind and Something Good Is Happening.
Adele & The Chandeliers continued with a few more sessions at Incremental Records and finished the album before the first lockdown of COVID in March 2020.
A total of 10 songs, including a cover of, Love You More by Buzzcocks. Pete Shelley was a significant influence in Adele's songwriting for The Chandeliers.
The debut album First Date is about cheeky flings with love and life, long and short.
First Date was again released on Adele's record label, Orange Carpet Records, digitally and CD, and two pressings of the 12-inch vinyl album by the great Spanish label, Pretty Olivia Records.
After First Date was released, COVID ensured that touring and performing the album would not be possible.
Ash also left the band due to family commitments. Adele's brother Jonny then joined on drums and vocals; Adele, Scott and Jonny rehearsed when possible. As for everyone, it's been a bumpy stop/ start process over the past 2 years. However, with 3 sessions of recording postponed due to COVID, they got there eventually, with a 4 song EP 'Still Thinking' ready for release early next year.
The first single from the EP, Up There For Thinking, was released in September 2022.