By REBECCA BILLS
IT’S a nostalgic end to the tour for Melbourne pop artist Lester The Fierce (LTF) finishing her tour with Stonefield at the Ferntree Gully Hotel.
LTF is a combination of Anita Lester and her alter ego created from a children’s book hero who recorded her first set of music in Ferntree Gully.
Miss Lester said she has a very nostalgic connection to the town and used to love going to see shows at the Ferntree Gully Hotel when on recording stints in the area.
The abstract Melbourne pop artist will be supporting Victorian psych-rock sisters Stonefield on their national tour this month and has wasted no time getting back on the road again after supporting the hugely successful Ngaiire ‘Lamentations’ tour.
On the current tour, LTF will be playing all the favourites including Howl which has received great support on community radio and spins on Triple-j.
The prolific singer-songwriter is able to incorporate concepts in her songs from love, sex, death and the weather to create her hauntingly unique and unmistakable sound.
Miss Lester said she is thrilled to be back on the road again and has loved touring with the sisters.
“I’ve not toured with girls before as my crew are usually all men but I’m loving the energy and they are now just like my little sisters,” she said.
“I’ve looked forward to touring with another band that represents the amazing female rock presence in Australian music.
“It’s been an incredible few months of touring and I’m hungry and ready for more.”
Ms Lester has been a silent fixture in the Australian music scene for some years now and in 2012 tried her luck in America.
While there she attracted interest from international labels and in mid 2012 was picked up by an indie label in New York City catching the eye of infamous Kevin Augunas – the man responsible for Cold War and Gotye.
“The industry in the states is really quite intense and far less conservative than here in Australia,” Miss Lester said.
“I’ve learnt so much and I am still working with the New York label.
“We wanted to do a small release here in Australia to test the waters on my own turf so we will see what happens.”
Returning to Melbourne, LTF recorded her latest EP with notable film score producer Jonathan Dreyfus fusing his filmic sensibilities with her rock/pop style.
“It’s about my family and the boy I love – it’s about the frustration you sometimes feel at the people closest to you,” Ms Lester said.
“The filmic aspect is a welcomed influence to my music and it carries through the whole EP.
“The EP feels like a spark of lust caused a fire of love – I didn’t know I needed to do it until it was done.”
Finishing up their Victorian tour, Lester The Fierce will be opening for Stonefield at the Ferntree Gully Hotel on 29 November.
Tickets are $22 from Ticketmaster with doors opening from 8pm.
For more information, visit www.ferntreegullyhotel.com.au/shows or call 9758 6544.