Joe Mungovan releases highly anticipated debut album ‘A Flower In The Weeds’

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Photo credit: Mikey Conlon (Conlon Creative)


Joe Mungovan has today brought together a fresh and luminescent sound with wistful songwriting, to float his debut album ‘A Flower In The Weeds’ through speakers across the world.

It follows on from singles ‘You + Me’, ‘Lemon + Lime’, ‘Soaking Up The Sunshine’, ‘Give Me Your Love’ and finally ‘Like That’, which all feature on his highly anticipated, inaugural album.

From Germany to Australia, the story of ‘A Flower In The Weeds’ is one that reads like an indie-romance novel, but is the true-to-its-word story of Joe’s whirlwind long distance connection with “the one that got away” during his 2019 European tour.

“I met a girl while on tour in Europe back in 2019.  She cut my hair at 4am after my show in Berlin, and ended up traveling around Europe with me for the remaining shows. I flew back to Australia after the tour ended a few months later and moved into a house in Kangaroo Valley to start writing an album.  I didn’t know if I would ever see her again.”  Joe Mungovan

Fate would see them reconnect, an Australian summer bringing her across shores to a spirited and breezy road trip, hopping from town to town along the idyllic East Coast. Soaking up rays of sun and sipping vino by campfires.

“Unfortunately our time together was cut short when we found out that the pandemic was getting quite serious – the German borders were closing.  We turned the van around and headed back to Sydney to get her on a flight home I returned to the valley and finished writing

 This album is about the time we spent together traveling through Europe and Australia, drinking wine and enjoying life before our plans were turned upside down.” Joe Mungovan

Produced by Joe Mungovan at a picturesque studio in Kangaroo Valley, ‘A Flower In The Weeds’ stays true to Joe’s indie rock roots but is still laden with infectious pop vibes and melodies. The debut album was mixed by ARIA Award winning producer/engineer Tim Carr (Matt Corby, Julia Stone) and mastered by long term collaborator Joe Carra (Courtney Barnett, The Teskey Brothers).

“I recorded the majority of the album in Kangaroo Valley.  I moved out to the bush and turned a small house into my studio.  I would go weeks without seeing any other humans. It provided me with the time and space to reflect on the past years of touring and life. My mate Tim Carr helped me put the final touches on the song and we mixed the album in his bedroom closet.” Joe Mungovan.

Throughout his career, Joe Mungovan has consistently constructed melodies that expand from traditional pop and rock songwriting structures. His songs have been played across Triple j, Double j and community radio, video support across Rage and MTV and press praise in Rolling Stone, Pilerats, Music Feeds, Au Review, The Music to name a few. Mungovan’s songwriting has also seen him nominated for an APRA Award and Golden Guitar Award in 2021, and a Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition in 2020.

To celebrate the release of his debut album, Joe will be performing exclusively & intimately across cafes in NSW for his ‘Breakfast with Joe’ tour.

I initially planned on touring the album with a full band through November and December. The second lock down hit, I quickly realised that I would have to reschedule those shows, but I still wanted to play some gigs and give people live music. The idea of ‘Breakfast With Joe’ was born. On the week the album drops I will hit the road and travel up the east coast playing at a different cafe each morning. I have chosen some beautiful spaces with big outdoor areas so bring your picnic rug, get your almond latte orders in and enjoy a morning of live music and smashed avo.”
Joe Mungovan

‘Breakfast With Joe’ Cafe Tour 
(Free Entry)
Saturday, November 13 – Little Earth Cafe, Kiama 
Sunday, November 14 – Bulli Beach Cafe, Wollongong 
Tuesday, November 16 – Sandbox, Port Macquarie
Wednesday, November 17 – Beach Bums, Forster
Thursday, November 18 – Surf Cafe, Terrigal
Friday, November 19 – Coquun, Maitland 
Saturday, November 20 – The Kiosk, Newcastle
Sunday, November 21 – Harvest Deli, Newrybar
Thursday, November 25 –  Yum Yum Cafe, New Brighton
Saturday, November 27 – Frankies Coffee Van, Culburra 
Sunday, November 28 – The Hungry Monkey, Berry 
Thursday, December 2 – The Hungry Monkey, Bowral
Saturday, December 4 – Cuckoo Callay, Surry Hills
Sunday, December 5 – Frankly My Dear, Katoomba

‘A Flower In The Weeds’ National Album Tour to be announced soon!


“Song You Need to Know: Joe Mungovan continues his reputation as a fine purveyor of summer vibes with his latest breezy cut ‘Lemon + Lime”. 
Rolling Stone 

Re debut album: “The result is a collection of songs that elevate the earnest, introspective songwriting that threads Mungovan’s earlier work, with tons of warmth and infectious indie-pop sensibilities throughout.”
Music Feeds

“Over the last few years, the musician has come forward as one of Australia’s most talented and remarkable, with a run of brilliant singles forming an exciting path to his second EP, Way Down South, in 2016, followed by his third, Another Night, A Distance From Here, in 2017.

‘His warm lilting vocals coupled with catchy guitar riffs transport you to somewhere warm and tropical. The layered guitars are extremely effective, and it has a recurring bass guitar line that keeps the party going from beginning to end. “You + Me” has a wonderful optimistic feel to it
AU Review

“South Coast singer-songwriter Joe Mungovan’s newest release is the delicious sounding ‘Like That’ – a track infused with Mungovan’s indie rock-roots vibes as well as pop melodies to brighten your day.” 

“Set to appear on his long awaited debut album A Flower In The Weeds, the song (Like That) brings the musicians staple slicked back production and captivating vocals, with catchy guitar riffs that will remain in your head all day long.”

Soaking Up The Sunshine: “Joe taking me far away, specifically to a tropical island with a cocktail served in a coconut and endless refills. ooooh yes thank you sir! 4 stars”
Declan Byrne, Triple j 

Soaking Up The Sunshine:  “Joe’s transported us somewhere tropical and breezy with this infectious new track. 4 stars”
Dave Ruby Howe, Triple j Unearthed

Give Me Your Love: “The rasp and passion in “come lay your limbs next to miiiIIIIINE…” gets me every time! Agree with Perko, that sax! Sax = Swoon. You had me on first listen with this one Joe, very much here for it! 4 stars”
Tyrone Pynor, Triple j

Give Me Your Love: “When your vocals come in at the 10 second mark, you well and truly had my attention. I agree with Declan and Dave, I can hear some Rubens vibes here, but those roots influences shine through a lot. The sax? Ooff. Great stuff, love this! 4 stars”
Jess Perkins, Triple j

“This is an absolute triumph of a cruisy indie pop song. You’ve folded all these gorgeous elements and it’s all tied up with your lovely raspy voice. Love it man. 4.5stars”
Pip Rasmussen, Triple j

Debut Album: A FLOWER IN THE WEEDS is out now
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