’Stars’ is the scorching new single from Melbourne-via-Sydney-via-Perth based ratbag Denise Le Menice(AKA Ali Flintoff). As premiered on triple j’s Home & Hosed last night, the single stays true to Ali’s self-described pop/shoegaze style (Kylie meets Dandy Warhols) but takes flight thanks to her blistering lead guitar and the dreamiest and poppiest of all dream-pop melodies.
‘Stars’ follows on from Denise Le Menice’s debut single ‘Heart’, which was released to resounding acclaim by Barely Dressed Records and Remote Control at the end of 2018.
Ali’s remarkable gift for melody combined with the weight of her playing makes ’Stars’ irresistible. Ali describes ‘Stars’ as a song which encapsulates that feeling of finally feeling happy again – after having been in a period of total darkness. Ali wrote the song in Wollongong of all places – “I was staying at a friend’s house during tour and I was listening to the new Beach House album. I then got so inspired to write – I immediately demo’d half the song there, and then finished the other half in Hobart during a massive storm”.
Also released today is the video for ‘Stars’, a hilarious and adorable montage of clips of Ali as a young kid – edited from her family’s own home footage. The video symbolises a time of pure innocence and happiness – which the song itself is aiming to capture.
Having toured extensively in 2018 (as Denise Le Menice and with her previous punk rock outfit BOAT SHOW), Ali is now heading overseas to perform for the first time at SXSW in Austin. Before she leaves she will be playing a headline show in Melbourne to celebrate the release of ‘Stars’. All show details below.
Sunday 3 March – supporting Spacey Jane – Low 302, Surry Hills, Sydney
Thursday 7 March – ‘Stars’ Single Launch – Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar, Melbourne
Friday 8 March – Grain’s Third Birthday – The Foundry, Brisbane
Monday 11 March – SXSW Showcase, Cannon & Belle – Hilton Hotel – 6PM
Thursday 14 March – Sounds Australia Aussie BBQ, Australia House – Lucille’s – 4.55PM
Thursday 14 March – SXSW Showcase – CU29 – 11.50PM
Friday 15 March – Flatstock Stage – Austin Convention Centre – 1.10PM
Denise Le Menice – ‘Stars’ is out now via Barely Dressed Records / Remote Control Records.
Denise le Menice (AKA Perth’s Ali Flintoff) has made a name for herself as the razor-tongued lead singer of punk rock outfit BOAT SHOW. Ali is now channelling her pop sensibilities and trademark wit into her solo project Denise le Menice. As premiered on triple j’s Good Nights, Denise le Menicetodayreleases her remarkable first single ‘Heart’ – out now via Barely Dressed Records / Remote Control.
Citing influences from earlyDandy Warhols and latter era Kylie Minogue, ‘Heart’ is as satisfying as guitar pop gets – two and a half minutes of vocal harmonies and dream-pop/shoegaze confection – which virtually bursts out of the speakers.
Never has a break-up song sounded so sunny. Ali says “Heart is about being newly single after a long term relationship – the struggles and awkwardness of jumping back into the anxiety provoking dating game.”
Also released today is ‘Heart’s’ sugary sweet video. Directed by Eden Barlow and converted to VHS, it is a supreme throwback to the early 2000’s; featuring lava lamps, portable CD players and wait for it… a landline cord phone (but also features an iphone 7 to bring you back to 2018).
Having played the WA leg of 2017 Laneway Festival, and spent the year touring with BOAT SHOW, – Ali is a seasoned performer. Throughout November, Denise le Menice will also be supporting Phil Jamieson on his national tour of Australia. Details are below.
Supporting Phil Jamieson
Friday 2nd November – Seaton Hotel, Western Suburbs, SA
Saturday 3rd November – Slug N Lettuce, Northern Suburbs, SA
Sunday 4th November – Old Noarlunga Hotel, Southern Suburbs, SA
Thursday 8th November – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Friday 9th November – The Sewing Room, Perth, WA
Sunday 11th November – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Friday 16th November – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 17th November – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 18th November – Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick Heads, QLD
Friday 23rd November – Pelly Bar, Frankston, VIC
Sunday 25th November – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Denise Le Menice – ‘Heart’ is out now
via Barely Dressed Records / Remote Control Records.