Bobby Alu brings out the 'Fire' with new single, ahead of two massive tours.
Bobby Alu's got a brand new banger in 'Fire', a tropical harmony-laden ode to finding momentum.
“Fire is about good flow", Bobby explains of the single which premiered with Zan Rowe on Double J Mornings last week. "Searching inside yourself to find the courage to push your energy into things you love. Instead of finding discomfort and fear, you find power and fire. I love these moments and when I started writing this song I was searching for that fire in myself again. This made me realise when this type of feeling comes by, it’s time to strike and make most of the goodness."
The sunny single arrived a week ahead of showcase performances at BIGSOUND before Alu jets straight to Denver to support Xavier Rudd across the US and Canada. Upon his return he hits the road again in October and November nationally with Queensland story-masters Busby Marou.
Alongside the new single comes the announcement of Bobby Alu’s third album titled Flow, set for release on Friday 18th October. Four years in the making with producer and key collaborator Paulie Bromley (george, The Beautiful Girls), it was written as Alu traversed the globe in his former role as Xavier Rudd’s touring percussionist and as a man on a quest to explore the vibe at the heart of the record – flow.
“We all love watching people in their state of flow,” he says. “Whether it's a dancer, a surfer, a basketballer, a builder, or someone working a coffee machine. It’s that moment when there’s nothing in your head - you are at ease - almost like an out-of-body experience. As we get older and add to the clutter in our minds this simplicity becomes more elusive. This album is a tribute to the concept of flow – when it’s good, when its bad, and the realisation and acceptance that it all works together.”
From Sardinia to Ghana, Indonesia to Hawaii, Alu puzzled together the songs, taking inspiration from his Samoan heritage, old-school Jamaica, drum intensives and rhythm diamonds, Tahitian ukulele, and even Dr Seuss. Building on foundations of island-time charm and serious Polynesian-flavoured percussion chops, already released cuts ‘Move’, ‘Other Side’ and ‘Finally’ that have enjoyed Double J and ABC Local Radio adds and praise from the likes of EARMILK.
With a uke in hand and chiller vibes in tow, Bobby Alu is ready to send a positive flow across the pond and ignite the hearts of his fans at his upcoming live shows.
Catch Bobby Alu locally when he supports Busby Marou at Venue 114 on October 26.
UPCOMING LIVE DATES
ALL TICKETS AT BOBBYALU.COM
SUPPORTING XAVIER RUDD
FRI 6 SEP | Ogden Theatre, DENVER, CO
SAT 6 SEP | Mishawaka Amphitheatre, BELLEVUE, CO
WED 11 SEP | Brooklyn Bowl, LAS VEGAS, NV
THU 12 SEP| El Rey Theatre, LOS ANGELES, CA
FRI 13 SEP | The Majestic Ventura Theater, VENTURA, CA
WED 18 SEP | House of Blues, DALLAS, TX
THU 19 SEP | Vinyl Music Hall, PENSACOLA, FL
FRI 20 SEP | The Plaza Live, ORLANDO, FL
SAT 21 SEP | Jannus Live, ST. PETERSBURG, FL
SUN 22 SEP | Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, WILMINGTON, NC
TUE 24 NOV | Paradise Rock Club, BOSTON, MA
WED 25 NOV | Music Hall of Williamsburg, BROOKLYN, NY
THU 26 NOV | MTELUS, MONTREAL, QC
FRI 27 NOV | Grand Théâtre de Québec, QUEBEC CITY, QC
SAT 28 NOV | Théâtre Granada, SHERBROOKE, QC
SUN 29 NOV | Phoenix Concert Theatre, TORONTO, QC
SUPPORTING BUSBY MAROU
FRI 25 OCT | The Tivoli, BRISBANE QLD
SAT 26 OCT | Venue 114, SUNSHINE COAST QLD
SUN 27 OCT | Home of Arts, GOLD COAST QLD
THU 31 OCT | Lions Arts Factory, ADELAIDE SA
FRI 1 NOV | The Freo.Social, FREEMANTLE WA
SAT 2 NOV | The River, MARGARET RIVER WA
FRI 8 NOV| Hepburn Springs, PALAIS HEPBURN VIC
SAT 9 NOV | Corner Hotel, MELBOURNE VIC
THU 14 NOV | The Cambridge, NEWCASTLE NSW
FRI 15 NOV | The Factory Theatre, SYDNEY NSW
SAT 16 NOV | Ettamogah Hotel, KELLYVILLE RIDGE NSW
FRI 22 NOV | The Jack, CAIRNS QLD
SAT 23 NOV | Kirwan Tavern, TOWNSVILLE QLD