Melbourne “experimental folk rock quartet” Agnes Manners have performed a pair of absolutely gorgeous numbers for the latest edition of Rolling Stone’s ‘In My Room’, a series in which artists perform from home while in quarantine.
First appearing on the scene earlier this year, Agnes Manners is the brainchild of Matthew Gravolin, the founding guitarist and vocalist of Sydney’s Hellions.
Recruiting a full band, Gravolin has been releasing a run of stellar songs with Agnes Manners throughout the year, with the likes of “As Long As You’re Mine”, “Sydney”, and the recently-released “Brilliant Blue” all arriving in the lead-up to the release of their debut album, Fantasia Famish.
To celebrate the album’s release next month, Gravolin and guitarist Lachlan Monty saddled up for an acoustic performance from Hawthorne in Victoria.
“This actually our very first live performance,” Gravolin explains, “So we’re actually very grateful to be part of the ‘In My Room’ sessions with Rolling Stone. “Obviously it’s a massive way to perform for the first time.”
Kicking things off with “As Long As You’re Mine”, Gravolin and Monty bare their souls on the track, which is set to feature on their forthcoming record.
“We just got done watching Almost Famous, the other which was really serendipitous,” Gravolin explains before the second track, mentioning former Rolling Stone editor Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical film about life on the road with musicians in the ’70s.
“It wasn’t long after that – I think we watched the first half – and then we got the email asking us to do this [performance].”
To cap things off, the pair dive into “a bit of a sadder one”, sharing a gorgeous rendition of new single “Brilliant Blue” which would bring a tear to the eye of even the most stone-hearted music-lovers.
Check out Agnes Manners’ performance in the player above, or by heading over to Rolling Stone Australia’s Instagram page. In the meantime, their debut album, Fantasia Famish, will be released on September 18th, with pre-orders available now.