A blanket of stars above, and pillows of hay below ✨🌙 Good night from the quiet fields just outside Wellington, where the Murray River meets the Coorong, east of Visit Fleurieu Peninsula http://bit.ly/MurrayRSA
Meet Sar and Olivia, who got engaged on 25th February. (Congratulations!) Here is an excerpt of Olivia's speech at their engagement party...
"Marriage in our country is the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life. We are all well versed in what constitutes marriage in our country and I can be pretty sure that all of us here unequivocally agree that this is an outdated construct.
While we continue to fight for change, Sar and I choose to feel only gratitude. Gratitude for our family and friends who fight with us. Gratitude for this really being the only thing in our abundant and privileged lives that we cannot have. Gratitude for having found each other and being able to commit our lives to each other – even if by law it is unofficial. By soul, it is completely real and undoubtedly official.
So tonight, we are not really celebrating an engagement to a marriage that we cannot have but more importantly, we are here to celebrate a love, a bond, a respect and an admiration that cannot be broken.
Before I met Sar, I was searching. I was confused. I chased goal after goal. I kept busy. I was confused because societal norms taught me that love and relationships looked different to what intuitively felt right for me. A decade of wasted confusion. Finally, Sar came into my life and intuitively everything felt right. I felt love, peace and wholeness. I felt complete.
So while we continue to fight for marriage equality, we ask that all of us here continue to challenge ‘normal’. Because when there is no longer a norm, there is no longer a social standard and we can just be. Challenge normal in your words, beliefs, values and actions. Challenge normal for our youth. For your children. For our children.
Sar is perfect. She is intelligent, caring, calm, creative, talented, loyal, hard-working and absolutely stunning. Sar is one of those unique humans that people only adore. Sar is all I could wish for in a life partner – and so much more.
I love you Sar. You are my best friend. You (and our imaginary pet cow) mean the world to me and I cannot wait to see where this life takes us. Let’s continue to build this dream together.
Our wish for tonight is to share and celebrate our love and commitment with the people we love most. We ask that you all enjoy the rich tapestry of diversity that is our world. We ask that you enjoy the abundance of success, kindness and intelligence that fills this space. We ask that you enjoy the cheese and the raw, vegan, blow-your-face-off cake.
And now we ask that you raise your glass."
Share your story on why marriage equality is important to you at www.equalitycampaign.org.au/share-your-story
“I want you to know that is what it’s like to be at the bottom of the crap pile, through no fault of our own, for many of us,” Senator Jacqui Lambie told the Senate. “For you to take more money off those people, you have no idea how bloody tough it is for those people. What you are doing is shameful and if you really realised the damage you are continually doing to that part of society you would stop doing it.”
We are proud to announce that our new album Mesmer is out now worldwide as a CD, LP, tape and via digital services. It is a true pleasure to be able to deliver something as important as a new album directly to our fans first and foremost. Mesmer, which was produced by David Bendeth, includes “Intuition” and “Citizen”. We will very shortly be explaining a lot more about the album and answering your questions on Facebook Live. LISTEN TO MESMER NOW: https://northlane.lnk.to/Mesmer
You can now listen to the album on all streaming services worldwide, and you can “Post-Order” our album bundles all over the world including Vinyl, Limited Edition Merchandise, CDs, Cassette and Downloads. Meanwhile, stores in Europe, UK, North America and Australia will also have it available.
All purchase options, including physical mail order, download, merch and streaming are available here: https://northlane.lnk.to/Mesmer
So why did we choose to release our new album in this way?
Through determination, hard work, sacrifice and a bit of luck, we are able to travel the world taking our music to fans both old and new. We’re able to spend time crafting the music we want to hear with the benefit of not having to leave the studio early to go and work a job. To an artist these are real luxuries. We appreciate them more than anything and we’re in the position of being able to do this because of you - our incredible fans who continue to support us. You free us to be the artists we want to be.
Because of this, we have decided to put out this record in a way that means our fans will hear it the second they know it exists. You can stream Mesmer for free right now if you want to. If you want to support us even more, all the new LP variants and merch are all available for purchase immediately. No one has to wait, and if you’re buying direct from us or our label, you don’t have to purchase an expensive bundle because everything is available separately.
This is our way of rewarding our fans for everything they’ve given us. What our music means to you is what it means to us. Art is an experience, and to us it reserves no room for competition, and the only accolade that matters to us is the place this holds in your heart.
Releasing the album in this way has had its disadvantages. We were warned that it was going to be a difficult thing to pull off, and that it could mean the album won’t chart as well or get covered enough by the media. But for us, that didn’t matter. We’ve had some awesome chart results (#1 and #3), been nominated for and won awards, and we’ve been in plenty of magazines around the world. It’s all great and flattering, but for us nothing compares to the feeling we get from connecting with our fans who love and respect our art. To share in that with them is everything to us, and when it came down to it - it was the one thing that mattered the most.
Releasing Mesmer in this way has been right for us at this moment in time. We have grown immeasurably as people and as a band through the toughest recording process we’ve ever endured. We’ve been tested every step of the way and have come out the other side with something we are truly proud of. We didn’t want to keep it from you a moment longer than we had to. We felt we owed it to this album to try and think creatively about every aspect of the way people would experience Mesmer, like a gift from us to you that is being unboxed. We wanted to make everyone’s discovery of this moment special.
MELBOURNE & SYDNEY - We will be doing Pop Up Shop + Signing Events this weekend, including Vinyl with Limited Edition (100 each only) album covers, very limited Melbourne and Sydney specific merchandise and free posters. We will be signing and getting photos. For more information, head here: https://unfd.lnk.to/MesmerSigning
SOUTH EAST ASIA, EUROPE, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, MEXICO, USA, WESTERN AUSTRALIA and ISRAEL - We have tour dates coming in your territories over the coming months! Many of these dates are announced, and the others are coming, please head here to find information: http://northlaneband.com