Katie Noonan’S Vanguard ‘Transmutant’ Album Tour W/ Mko At The Triffid

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Katie Noonan’s Vanguard Transmutant Album Tour

Transmutant, due for release July 24, is the new studio long-player from one of Australia’s most respected and sublime recording artists, Katie Noonan. An ethereal body of work, it introduces audiences to Katie Noonan’s Vanguard, bringing Katie back to the band environment where she started her career as an 18 year old—a backdrop where she acknowledges she feels most comfortable.

Fans received an initial taste of Transmutant from a teaser single earlier in the year, a haunting track called Peace is My Drug. The album takes in a lot of sonic terrain, from the slow-build of opener Falling Into A Lie to the layered percussion of lead single Quicksand, through the back-and-forth of In The Name of the Father (a duet with rising star Jordan White from Playwrite) and the playful percussion of the closing ‘Cloud of Home’.

Katie explains that the album’s inspiration was two-fold: as the album title suggests, it personifies a shift, a change—to mutate. It’s the musical realisation of a journey, of the personal changes that she’s gone through over the past few years. It was also a chance for her to connect deeply with her audience through her crowd-funded Pledge campaign (which reached its target in under 48 hours) and to really take the reins as a producer to create a lush cinematic world that reflects her various muses. Overall, a process that has really empowered and inspired her.

Katie Noonan’s Vanguard comprises Katie, The Captains bandmates Stu Hunter and Declan Kelly, plus a new face in New Zealand guitarist, Peter Koopman. Don’t miss the incredible vocal talents of Katie Noonan at The Triffid on Thursday 22 October.


With influences spanning Ravel to The Neptunes, MKO reaches outside the realm of what is normal in modern pop music, infusing progressive melodies, classical harmony, gnarly grooves and vocal splendour with an artisanal, exotic flair.

Emerging in late 2011, MKO has since released 2 EPs, a beat-tape and a smattering of standalone singles. 2013’s single, Snarly, garnered worldwide praise, and following its success MKO has steadily grown her fan base independently, sans label and management.

With faith that her music is good enough to be heard—and relying predominantly on word of mouth to get the job done—MKO’s music has reached the ears of luminaries and now-fans Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), Bilal (US), Fatima (UK), Katie Noonan and Paul Mac (AUS). She has also opened for international acts Peaches, Cody ChesnuTT and Fatima, as well as Australia’s own Hiatus Kaiyote.

2015 will see MKO release her debut album.
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By: The Triffid