The one and only Lily Allen returns to Australia and New Zealand for a huge series of shows in February 2019, hitting Metro City on Tuesday, February 12. And we’re psyched she’s adding to the excitement with Melbourne dream pop producer Japanese Wallpaper joining her.
Fresh from the release of her fourth record No Shame, Allen will be returning to Australia for the first time in four years. The new album, featuring Lost My Mind, marks a kind of rebirth for the pop star as she returns to the DIY spirit of her first two albums.
Lily first shot to fame with her debut record Alright, Still (2006) and its smash hit single, Smile which earned her Grammy, VMA, and Brit Award nominations. Her second album, It’s Not Me, It’s You (2011), debuted at #1 in Australia and the UK, with singles The Fear and Fuck You landing her the Brit Award for Best Female Solo Artist in 2010. After a brief hiatus and the founding of her own record label, she released another UK #1 album in Sheezus.
Japanese Wallpaper (a.k.a. Gab Strum) first made a name for himself as the winner of triple j’s Unearthed High competition in 2014. Maintaining a considered approach to his delicate and emotive music throughout his explosion in popularity, he released his eponymous debut EP in 2015. Featuring tracks like Breathe In (feat. Wafia), Between Friends (feat. Jesse Davidson), and Forces (feat. Airling), it saw him thrust onto festival stages across the country and featured in the soundtrack for Zach Braff’s feature film Wish I Was Here – all before he’d even finished high school.
Since then, he’s started studying music composition and has been producing for numerous notable Australian acts like Mallrat, Holy Holy, Wafia, Eilish Gilligan, Bec Sandridge and Allday. All the while, he’s been drip feeding new music of his own, like 2016’s Cocoon and new single Fooling Around, the latter of which signifies his return to the stage as Japanese Wallpaper, sure to stun audiences across Lily Allen’s tour.
No Shame is out now. Lily Allen hits Metro City on Tuesday, February 12.