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iTunes Single of the Week

A Death in the Family is this week’s iTunes Single of the Week in Australia and New Zealand.

You can download the track for free at iTunes here until January 2nd.


Thurs Jan 12 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC

A Death in the Family

‘A Death in the Family’ is the new single from Juan Alban.  It’s officially released on October 28th.

Produced by Dave Manton (Gossling, Downhills Home), the single is Juan’s second solo release following on from his debut EP, Too Long In Flight released earlier this year.

You can read a little about the song at Juan’s blog and have listen and download at Triple J Unearthed.  Feel free to add to the reviews section …

“I have a real affinity for melancholic songs, and this one is incredibly beautiful”
5/5 – Dom Alessio

Listen to A Death in the Family

Sad songs rule …

So I’m heading out to do a few solo shows around Victoria in June and July … Testing out some new songs and hoping to get a feel for which of them I should record for the album.

At the moment I’m hoping to be recording soon, with a single out septemberish. The new material is pretty different… I’ve purposefully been trying to take my songwriting new places, which of course is irrelevant really, but the intent is there.

Some new song titles include ‘a death in the family’, ‘can’t live’, ‘hope like a fool (all made up)’, ‘insides’ and ‘gallows’. As u can imagine it’s all very cheerful … Although in a weird kinda way it is…? So please come along and check them out.

Some great guests, mostly picked by yours truly, and possibly some special guests up on stage for my set.

Sad songs rule,

Juan x

Victorian Shows

Juan has been demoing new songs with Steve Clifford over the last few weeks.  You can hear some of these when he hits the road for a run of shows kicking off in June…

Saturday June 18
North Fitzroy

Friday June 24

Friday  July 1

Too Long In Flight – Review

Juan Alban
‘Too Long In Flight’

Too Long In Flight, the latest EP from former Epicure frontman Juan Alban, is one solid set of songs.  Since the farewell tour of Epicure, Juan has been hard at work on his first solo release.  If there was to be another Epicure album, these tracks would most likely have featured on the release.  From the opening guitar riff of ‘Circle the Wagons’ to the pulsating rhythms in ‘Like I Never Was At All’, the first time I put on this CD I was hooked.  I was greatly impressed by the variety of sounds.  Being a guitar player, the first thing that grabbed my attention was the lead guitarist’s hot licks in ‘Circle the Wagons’.  Whilst Matt Vance keeps a solid beat behind the drums, Joe Cope creates a bluesy boogie on the organ to create an overall big sound.  Although the first single off the EP is ‘Like I Never Was At All’, the best song (in my opinion) is ‘Ambulance’.  The rollicking rhythm section combined with the Neil Young-esque lead guitar lines gives the impression that the live show of this particular track will be nothing but spectacular.  The debut album is a while away yet, but this should cure your hunger for the meantime.

Tex Miller – Forte


Like I Never Was At All is the 1st single from Juan’s debut solo recording.  It is released on Friday October 15th via iTunes and other digital stores.

Single launches are confirmed for Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Ballarat.

Recording Update

Juan has completed the Sing Sing Studios session now so recording is well underway… Still a few weeks of adding some more instruments and players to the EP and then laying down vocals… The 1st taste of his new material is slated for an early October release.  Tour dates are underway for October and November…