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Bio in brief

Tess McKenna is an independent artist based in Melbourne, Australia
and has released two EPs and five studio albums:
March, The One Way, Make Me Wonder, Take Me To The Place, Boom Bam,
The New Everything and Before You Wandered In.

Tess has recorded and performed her songs with some Australia’s top musicians
at festivals, concert halls throughout Australia and internationally;
from Hamer Hall and the Byron Bay Blues Fest (NSW, AUS)
to The Regent Theatre and Austin’s SXSW (Texas, USA). Her vocals and her music have been included
on Australian film, television series and documentaries and she has toured as guest support
for artists such as Lucinda Williams and Nick Cave.

Since releasing Before You Wandered In (2019) and launching at The Tote in Melbourne,
Tess McKenna continues to perform with her band, including:
Ashley Davies drums, Karen Rush bass-vocals and Michael den Elzen on guitar.

What the critics have written about Tess McKenna
“…There isn't a song here that is less than brilliant; the playing and recording is outstanding
and McKenna herself is one of the best singers in the country.”
**** David Messer, Juice Australia

“…Dehydrated fuzzy guitars and clunky drums stomp all over dreamy vocal textures;
she's taking us to a place worth visiting - mostly the lonely shattered fields of love-gone-wrong.”
**** Lesley Sly, Rolling Stone Australia

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TESS MCKENNA - BEFORE YOU WANDERED IN
(Styletone Recordings 2019)
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Produced by Roger Bergodaz and Tess McKenna

Tess McKenna makes an emphatic return with Before You Wandered In, her most focused and compelling
record to date. Over the course of releasing five albums, McKenna has developed an uncompromising style
as a singer-songwriter-producer; fusing a finely-honed roots sensibility
with a shimmering, psychedelic-folk-rock overlay.

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Tess McKenna, Ashley Davies, Karen Rush, Michael den Elzen
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Slow Rinse is the lead single from Tess McKenna’s new album
Before You Wandered In
(releases 01 March 2019)


Slow Rinse is all raw gloss and attitude. Overdriven chords, spacy drums and stripped back bass
meet up with a chorus of voices that both charm and warn, “Better slow down,”.
McKenna’s epic arrangement counters the relaxed ambivalence of stoner-rock with the lo-fi militancy of indie-rock.

Recorded and mixed by co-producer, Roger Bergodaz (Lost Ragas), Slow Rinse,
despite clocking in at eight plus minutes (8:28),
gives the illusion of going by all too quickly.

SLOW RINSE

Written by Tess McKenna
Track 03 from the album - Before You Wandered In (2019)
Produced by Tess McKenna and Roger Bergodaz
Recorded and mixed by Roger Bergodaz at Union Street Studio, Brunswick West. Australia
Musicians: Ashley Davies drums, Karen Rush bass/backing vocals, Tess McKenna vocals/guitars

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FALLING INTO THE SUN (T.McKenna)
Track 1- Album BOOM BAM
Produced by Shane O'Mara and Tess McKenna
musicians - Shane O'Mara. Peter Jones. Bill McDonald. Karen Rush. Tess McKenna


POP THE QUESTION (T.McKenna)
Track 3- Album BOOM BAM
Produced by Shane O'Mara and Tess McKenna
musicians - Shane O'Mara. Peter Jones. Bill McDonald. Karen Rush. Tess McKenna

HUMMINGBIRD (T.McKenna)
Track 6 - Album THE NEW EVERYTHING
Produced by Barry Stockley and Tess McKenna
musicians - Ashley Davies. Karen Rush. Tess McKenna


SO LONG (T.McKenna/M.den Elzen)
Track 3 - Album TAKE ME TO THE PLACE
Produced by Michael den Elzen and Tess McKenna
musicians - Michael den Elzen. Chris Wilson. Tess McKenna


FILL ME UP (T.McKenna)
Track 3 - Album THE NEW EVERYTHING
Produced by Barry Stockley and Tess McKenna
musicians - Ashley Davies. Karen Rush. Barry Stockley. Tess McKenna


WINTER SPRINGS (T.McKenna)
Track 5 - Album TAKE ME TO THE PLACE
Produced by Michael den Elzen and Tess McKenna
musicians - Michael den Elzen. Karen Rush. Tess McKenna


MAKE ME WONDER (T.McKenna)
Track 7 - Album MAKE ME WONDER (1993)
Produced by Barry Stockley and Tess McKenna
musicians - Toni Edwards. Barry Stockley. Ros Hallyburton. Andrew Pendlebury. Tess McKenna


GIPPSLAND TRAIN (T.McKenna)
Track 1 - Album MAKE ME WONDER
Produced by Barry Stockley and Tess McKenna
musicians - Toni Edwards. Barry Stockley. Randy Bulpin. Tess McKenna


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