Lior coming to the Astor Theatre

Lior celebrates 10 years since the release of his debut album Autumn Flow with an anniversary tour and album re-release.
Lior celebrates 10 years since the release of his debut album Autumn Flow with an anniversary tour and album re-release.

TEN years ago Lior Attar, better known simply as Lior, had a goal to sell 2000 copies of his debut album, Autumn Flow.

As an independent artist, which was not so common at the time, Lior had borrowed money “from a few people” to record and release the album.

“I worked out that I needed to sell about 2000 copies to pay everyone back and I remember saying to them ‘Look guys, there’s a good chance that’s not going to happen so I really appreciate your help but you just have to bear with me if I can’t pay you back’,” he said.

“For me, 2000 copies would have been a good result and I would have felt good about making an album that meant a lot to me and that enough people bought it just to pay everyone back.”

Since its release in 2005, Autumn Flow has surpassed platinum status, selling more than 70,000 copies.

To celebrate 10 years since its release, the Australian singer-songwriter is hitting the road later this year with a six-date national anniversary tour, coming to the Astor Theatre on October 30.

“A couple of people suggested (the tour idea) to me and my first reaction was to go ‘No, I’m doing this and I want to do that after’,” he said.

“Then I sat and thought about it and I think it is important once in a while to just reflect and particularly to celebrate something like Autumn Flow that was successful without any kind of commercial expectation placed on it at all.

“Also because a lot of the people that discovered the album discovered it years later just because of the way it was done.

“It was done independently and organically so a lot of people are coming up to me in recent years saying ‘I only discovered you a couple of years ago and I’d love to see that album live but I never got a chance because I didn’t know who you were’.

“It just came together and felt good.”

Touring with a five-piece band, including two drummers playing on stage simultaneously, Lior will perform Autumn Flow in its entirety, as well as selected favourites from his back catalogue.

As part of the celebrations, the album has also been re-released with a seven-track bonus disc.

“Three of them are original acoustic demos of three of the songs from Autumn Flow that I dug up from the archives, then there are a few songs that I’d recorded some time in the past 10 years but never really found a home for,” he said.

“It was really great to announce it and the reaction I’ve had has been really beautiful and nice to reconnect with people and hear back about the connections they formed with that album.”

Lior said he was “feeling good” in the lead up to celebrating the 10-year milestone.

“I don’t think as artists we ever feel content beyond maybe a momentary point of being proud of something we’ve done so there’s still a healthy tension between feeling proud of my achievements but also that I’m yet to do my best work,” he said.

Lior is keeping busy writing new material and hopes to have a new release next year.