Hitting The Road With City Calm Down

With City Calm Down about to set off on tour for their debut album In A Restless House, HEARD had the chance to sit down with lead singer Jack Bourke and take a look back over the last six months, the making of In A Restless House and what to expect on tour with the boys.

Asking Jack about the last six month, you wouldn’t think that him and the boys of City Calm Down have just released a phenomenal debut album. Humbled in his approach he talks about the music as it should be with enthusiasm and excitement. Going on to say that, during the process of putting the album together – 3 years – there was a lot time spent on what they believed the music should be about, not just wanting to settle for just a good song but wanting to make great music. Putting it simply as, they rather take a patient to have eleven songs they love, opposed to something that isn’t quite there yet, but close. And while the wait was long, it was well worth it.

With their world wind In A Restless House Tour kicking off today, Jack is excited to be back on stage to play live to sold out shows across Australia – don’t worry there are still tickets left, see below on where, when and how to get them. Talking about the experience of playing live, Jack gives us a glimpse of what its like to be in the crowd of a show, how the music should get into your head, it should move beyond just the sound and become an experience visually and invoke the senses.

When playing on stage Jack loves the moment when he can sink into the music, and for him the moment comes with, If There’s A Light On. It’s the song for him that just comes naturally and he can relax into the moment. When playing on stage it becomes less about the precision of playing but more about the harmony in the room that you and the crowd can connect with. That moment when you can capture the attention of someone so singularly that its like you’re only playing for them, thats what playing live for Jack is all about.

So what does Jack hope to take away from the tour, fond memories and not to many hangovers. And with seven shows in sixteen days, that shouldn’t be too hard at all, well we can only hope about the hangovers.

And when the dust settles, what’s next in store for City Calm Down, over to the UK to play at the Great Escape music festival and then back to Melbourne to work on the next album. Something we’re all very excited to hear!
You can catch City Calm Down on their In A Restless House Tour on the below dates:

Fri 1 Apr                     Oxford Art Factory | Sydney           (18+) (

Sat 2 Apr                    Woolly Mammoth | Brisbane         (18+) (

Thu 7 Apr                  Corner Hotel | Melbourne               (18+) NEW SHOW (

Fri 8 Apr                     Fat Controller | Adelaide                (18+) (

Sat 9 Apr                    Corner Hotel | Melbourne              (18+) SOLD OUT! (

Fri 15 Apr                   Jimmy’s Den | Northbridge            (18+) NEW SHOW (

Sat 16 Apr                  Mojo’s Bar | North Fremantle        (18+) NEW SHOW ( | | Twitter: @ccdmusic | Instagram: citycalmdownmusic

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