EWAH & The Vision of Paradise
EWAH & The Vision of Paradise are based in Hobart Tasmania. Their tough-noir-rock-meets-shimmering-new-wave sound shifts between lightness and darkness, sundrenched and throwing dark shadows.
The band’s debut release, Everything Fades to Blue is a concept album, a eulogy to victims of violent crime against women. The album has attracted attention from ears nationally and internationally, including Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service on BBC Radio 6 (UK), Henry Rollins on KCRW radio (USA) and back in Australia, was album of the week Edge Radio (Hobart), Top Ten Albums of the Week PBS (Melbourne) and has picked up regular play on Double J.
In April 2017, Everything Fades to Blue made The Guardian’s top ten listing of Australia’s best underground releases and was recently longlisted for the Australian Music Prize (AMP) 2017.
EWAH & The Vision of Paradise have had a ripper of a year, playing a slew of shows including A Festival Called Panama, Dark Mofo and BIGSOUND. They were nominated in the National Live Music Awards 2017 for two categories in their homestate Tasmania; Best Live Act and EWAH for Best Live Voice. They took home the award for Best Live Act.
Before her life in The Vision of Paradise, EWAH was based in Melbourne and performed with E-wah Lady & The Open Road. For many years prior to that she performed solo, primarily producing DIY recordings such as experimental album GOSPEL DANCE in 2010.
In 2010 E-wah took home the APRA Darebin Songwriters’ Award for a capella song When You’re Down & Out.
“Lead singer and guitarist EWAH is a captivating performer who plays a twangy semi-acoustic guitar that is steeped in swampy southern blues, reminding me of The Cramps’ Poison Ivy, or The Duchess, who played with Bo Diddley.” Dave Faulkner, The Saturday Paper Read the full feature
EWAH writes about her influences for Undertow Issue 3 Read it here
“There’s an acute yet soothing Siouxsie Sioux tone to Ewah’s voice, spliced with modern PJ and Savages snarls to quiet reflection when need be. As an entity, The Vision of Paradise project post-punk with awareness; bass-heavy era Cure whilst rarely checking melody at the door. They do manic, moody and foreboding; burrowing deep in the sparse, quiet, quintessentially OZ scapes; The Triffids would appreciate.” Liv Shoesmith & Erryn Ayres, Broaderlines Read the full review
“Every aspect coheres into a whole – from the dusky cover art of clouds and mountains to the frontier sprawl of tremolo-heavy guitars and crescendos swelled by synthesiser. Songs brood and build into lush, long outros, some of them satisfyingly loud.” Kate Hennessy, The Guardian Read the full feature
“… epic post-punk with a scope as wide as the Australian skyline.” When You Motor Away Read the full review
“Incorporating the music’s thin fragility to the wicked grit of their themes and delicate new-wave-meets-tough-desert-rock sound, the album balances between darkness and light throughout its entirety…” destroy//exist Read the full review
“A dark and smouldering track with the spark of PJ Harvey and the swampiness of Beasts Of Bourbon. EWAH & The Vision Of Paradise are just another band making us realise that Hobart is going through a real musical purple patch.” Dan Condon, Double J Read the full feature
“Tasmanian solo artist Ewah has a new single called ‘Superstition or Love’. It’s elegant and leisurely at the surface with plenty of emotions brewing below.” Augustus Welby, Mixdown Mag Read the full feature
“….. attention-grabbing, honest and unique”. BEAT Magazine Read the full review
“E-wah Lady makes stuff go, with her excellent command of tunes and what sounds like quite a mature and realistic view of life.” David Nichols Read the full review