warning - piracy, trojans and fraud

Earlier this week it was discovered that illegal copies of the new album Atlantic had been placed on file sharing systems, including some websites of a type commonly associated with credit card fraud.

These events were particularly upsetting for the band since their own copies had not even arrived in Australia when the pirate copies were discovered. To add insult to injury, several people investigating the websites later had to remove trojans (viruses) from their computers.

Subsequently the band has warned people to steer clear of these websites, since

  1. they are illegal and financially damaging and counter-productive to the band and label;
  2. there is a demonstrated high risk of virus infection from these sites; and
  3. as reported at side-line.com many of these "1 dollar mp3" sites are involved in credit card fraud, and the credit card companies will not assist in these cases as the downloads are illegal to start with.

Safe and legal purchase options are available for Tycho Brahe releases - see where to buy for details.

[ Posted Friday, March 31, 2006 by 200ok ]

more free mp3s!

Just in case the downloads section wasn't enough, EGN are hosting a stack of MP3s for your listening pleasure! Check it out: Tycho Brahe at Electrogarden.

[ Posted Sunday, March 26, 2006 by 200ok ]

3PBS interview tonight

Ken will be interviewed on Melbourne radio station 3PBS (106.7FM) at 2am AEDS tonight/tomorrow morning (however you want to look at it! :)).

3PBS streams on the net, so if you're somewhere around the world, as a guide it will be at the following times:

  • Washington 11am
  • Los Angeles 8am
  • London 4pm
  • Berlin 5pm
  • Tokyo 1am

Info on the live stream is available at http://www.pbsfm.org.au/Documents.asp?ID=71&Title=Webcast+%26+Webcams

[ Posted Thursday, March 23, 2006 by 200ok ]

atlantic released + dftw competition

atlantic released

It's finally out! Today (March 21st in the US, March 22nd in Australia) is the official release date for Atlantic. Copies are now available online from Cohaagen and will be instore in Australia soon (stay tuned here and on the email list).

This album faced a huge range of hurdles, but the Tychos pushed on through and today they have another fantastic album heading out into the world.

When you hear this album, I think you'll agree it was worth the wait!

dftw competition

Premier UK Human League site Secrets Online is currently running a competition to give away signed copies of the Don't Feel That Way single. Entries close March 31st - scroll to the bottom of the Secrets Online news page for details!

[ Posted Wednesday, March 22, 2006 by 200ok ]

Atlantic Australian release details

Further to the Cohaagen announcement Ken has advised that Atlantic will be available in Australia in late April.

[ Posted Thursday, March 16, 2006 by 200ok ]

Atlantic to be released March 21!

The wait is nearly over! Atlantic will be officially released in just seven days. From Cohaagen:

Cohaagen Music is proud to announce that "Atlantic," the new CD from Australian synth stars TYCHO BRAHE, will be officially released on March 21. This is Tycho Brahe's first release on Cohaagen and we're extremely excited to welcome the band to our roster.

The CD is making its way to distributors and club DJs now; pre-orders from Cohaagen will ship later this week. Stay tuned to the Cohaagen website for more promo material about the Tycho Brahe album and the first reviews! Follow this link now to order the album direct from Cohaagen: http://www.ccnow.com/cgi-local/cart.cgi?menergy2001_CMCD1008_continue-page

Follow this link for more information and sound samples from this great release: http://www.cohaagen.com/CMCD1008.html

Atlantic will also be available online and instore across Australia through ACME. See where to buy for more information!

[ Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2006 by 200ok ]

4ZzZ Radio Interview tonight + Courier-Mail Interview

4ZzZ interview

The Tycho crew will feature on Brisbane radio station 4ZzZ 102.1 FM tonight at midnight, as part of the Black is the New Black show! For more information head on over to 4ZzZ - Black is the New Black.

Courier-Mail interview

Tycho featured in The Courier-Mail, Friday 2006.03.03:

Small scan of the article - click for large version - 519kb file - transcript follows

Hits and Memories

Brisbane synth band Tycho Brahe is winning a worldwide network of fans, writes Jason Nahrung.

Normally, being grabbed in a headlock and having a man run his knuckles across your noggin isn't a favoured memory of a night.

But when those knuckles belong to Peter Hook, bassist for seminal band New Order, it's a different matter.

Ken Evans's eyes light up as he tells the story of his encounter with the bassist after the famed Manchester band toured Australia in 2002.

"We saw New Order at the Big Day Out on the Gold Coast and then at Sydney. We found out where they were staying and went to the cigar bar at the Stamford at Double Bay. Peter Hook grabbed me in a headlock and knuckled the top of my head and said, 'God bless you'. I didn't wash my head for a year."

Evans (guitar, vocals), with wife, vocalist and keyboardist Georgina Emery, forms the core of Brisbane band Tycho Brahe.

With Andy Walls on keyboards and Francis Tohill on electronic drums, the band is about to launch its latest '80s-inspired album, Atlantic.

Evans names Human League, New Order, Giorgio Moroder and Berlin among the influences who led him to start making music.

A stint fronting bands in Adelaide led to the foundation of Tycho Brahe after Evans moved to Brisbane in the early '90s.

The band, who started gigging in 1995, launched an album in 2000 and followed it up with a covers/remix album the year after and a single in 2003.

The new album was recorded in Evans' home studio and completed in February last year. Delays with labels and production mean the end product is only now hitting the factory in the US.

The home studio, constantly being updated with new - and classic - technology, is part and parcel of the band's do-it-yourself ethic.

Emery learnt keyboards by rote when the band needed a keyboardist.

"I agreed to a gig and didn't have a band," Evans says. "We are all self-taught. Andy had organ lessons as a kid, but his teacher told him, 'Stop wasting my time and your mother's money'."

That work ethic in part led the band to its distinctive title, named after a 16th-century Danish astronomer. "Brahe was self-taught, his fundamentals were flawed by he got the right answers," Evans says. "Well, we're self-taught, we bumble around, probably break some rules, but the result is right."

While it's a home-grown album, Atlantic was made with a strong eye on the overseas market, where the first album, Cassiopeia, scored about 75 per cent of its sales.

"By calling the album Atlantic we're trying to make the most of markets in the US and Germany," Evans says. "There's a scene here but it's not really large enough to support a major release and distribution. Germany is still going strong; bands like Depeche Mode are still huge there, while they don't tour here any more."

The domestic electronica scene is championed by acts such as Melbourne's Tankt and Angel Theory, with whom Tycho Brahe have played and collaborated. But while the southerners have taken the music into the industrial and dance realms, Tycho Brahe continue to keep the '80s pop sensibility alive.

There are still plenty of ears ready to tune in, too. Tycho's first single from Atlantic, Don't Feel That Way, as well as two other Tycho tracks, are charting in the Top 10 at US music site Electrogarden.com, a testament to the power of the World Wide Web to help artists reach audiences.

"It simply wouldn't be possible without the Internet," Evans says. "When we signed with US label Coahaagen, they put out a press release and one of the responses they got was from Russia saying 'glad to hear Tycho are back'. If you do a search on the single you'll get hits from Mexico, Poland, Russia... We went quiet for a bit and even though we were still doing the occasional gig, the rest of the world thought we'd vanished. So we want to make the most of our momentum now and build our fan base."

That means a busy 2006, with a second single on the way, a remix album featuring the likes of Boxcar, Real Life and Tankt, and recording a second Tycho album.

Don't Feel That Way is out now through Cohaagen/Metropolis. www.tycho.com.au

[ Posted Tuesday, March 07, 2006 by 200ok ]