Album and Single Reviews

2020

FRIDAY 17 APRIL

CAITI BAKER SHOWCASES HER VERSATILITY ON NEW SINGLE, ‘GREEN EYES’

Caiti Baker returns today with the release of ‘Green Eyes’, another taste of her forthcoming new album, Mary Of The North. Having already shared its first single, ‘Worth It’, which doubled as the theme song for the BIRDS EYE VIEW podcast, Caiti Baker continues to showcase her versatility more than ever before.

While ‘Worth It’ was a slice of classic Caiti Baker, complete with rich production and smooth RnB vocals, ‘Green Eyes’ sees Baker shake things up, honing in on a blues and country vibe with a finger-plucked guitar, jangly tambourines and whistle-out-loud tune.

On the song’s easy-going and fun-loving nature, Caiti Baker said, “‘Green Eyes’ is about Mary. Mary is a “good time”; she’s a feeling; she’s a lifestyle; she’s a key to creativity. She spreads her happiness and her beautiful green eyes to all she meets and she’s well loved. Having a cup of tea with Mary is something I love to do and thus inspired the song!”

‘Green Eyes’ is the latest release from Caiti Baker’s forthcoming album, Mary of The North. A collection of songs by Caiti Baker focused on telling the often-hidden stories offered up by her home in Darwin and the wider Northern Territory, Mary Of The North is inspired by many, many different things.

“The songs are inspired by the land; the people and the emotions that are raw and uniquely Territorian,” Baker said of the release which features found sounds and local atmosphere woven into longtime collaborator James Mangohig’s warm, tough and passionate production

“GREEN EYES” IS OUT NOW VIA SETTLE DOWN RECORDS WHEREVER GOOD MUSIC IS STREAMED OR DOWNLOADED

 

PSTCRD SRELEASE “CHANGE & GROW” AS SECOND DROP FROM FORTHCOMING EP

‘THIS PLACE OR OUR PACE’ WILL BE AVAILABLE FRIDAY MAY 1

PSTCRDS have returned with their second infectious single – premiering at triple j’s Short. Fast. Loud on Wednesday night – “Change & Grow” from upcoming EP ‘This Place Or Our Pace’, due out Friday May 1st!

PSTCRDS teamed up with music lord and producer Chris Lalic (Windwaker, Rumours, The Last Martyr) to craft their own blend of soaring pop punk with an edge on the upcoming EP. ‘This Place Or Our Pace’ loosely follows a ‘coming of age’ commentary through a reflective perspective, and “Change & Grow” represents the high school experience and how it is often romanticised through pop culture. “As older generations look back on their high school memories, we often glorify experiences growing up, even though in reality schooling and education can be the hardest years to get through” explains vocalist Steven Reid.

“Navigating adolescence and the anxieties of growing up whilst also trying to figure out who you are and the experiences young people generally go through is hard – like trying alcohol, drugs, experimenting with new things, how you dress, how you act, how you treat people and are treated – this all factors into the overall experience and how you come out the other side.”

PSTCRDS released “Don’t Fake It” as the first of four from the forthcoming EP, and the track was welcomed with open arms. Exclusively premiering at Wall Of Sound with a radio premiere on triple j Unearthed, garnering a handful of positive staff reviews, a feature on Alternative Press, a spin on Short. Fast. Loud and shares across the nation. “Change & Grow” steps it up yet again and proves why PSTCRDS are ones to watch for 2020 and beyond.

Formed in early 2019, PSTCRDS is Steven Reid (vocals), Henry Holzberger (guitar), Tom Pockett (guitar/vocals), Brad Reid (bass/vocals) and Jack Stewart (drums). The band hit the ground running last year with their unique blend of emo and pop punk, playing to a full capacity crowd at The Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle off the back of their debut single “Someone You Can Be Proud Of”. Taking support slots for bands such as Windwaker, Rumours and Traces, the band quickly followed up with their second single ‘Stories’, which saw rotation on The Faction and plays triple j’s Short.Fast.Loud.

 

INTERIA RELEASE THEIR MUCH-ANTICIPATED SOPHOMORE EP, ‘CONNEXION’

Today marks the arrival of ‘Connexion’, the long-awaited EP by Sydney post-hardcore lords, Inertia. The five-piece teased three huge singles in the lead up and are today unveiling the full experience!

Produced, mixed and mastered by Inertia’s resident audio engineer and guitarist Mark Williamson at Keywork Audio (After Touch, Far Away Stables, Closure), Inertia have crafted a handful of tracks that explore the bands collective talents and weave their way through the journey of human connection and the various emotions experienced in a lifetime.

Previously released singles “Savoir (To Know)”, “Heavy Eyes” and “Reminisce (ft. Lizi Blanco)” have built the foundation and anticipation for the ‘Connexion’ EP – with Alternative Press comparing the sydney-siders to the likes of Ocean Sleeper, Issues and Notions, triple j Unearthed rotation, rave Unearthed reviews, rotation on The Faction, a breakfast time triple j spin with Sally and Erica, Spotify editorial adds to Homegrown & Heavy, New Core, New Metal Tracks and New Blood and plenty of love worldwide.

Check out a few early reviews:

“If you like the more melodic side of bands like Northlane and Polaris, you absolutely need to give Inertia a listen. I doubt it will be long before these guys reach the heights their metalcore forefathers have.”
Wall Of Sound

“Heavy Eyes places this newcomer band in line with nationals like Belle Haven, Meliorist, Young Lions, or like a less “metal” Northlane.”
KillYourStereo

“Inertia are using Connexion as an opportunity to explore human interaction through the lens of melodic post-hardcore and the ups and downs that come with the human condition. If lead single Heavy Eyes is anything to go by, which it is, it’s clear that this EP is going to make us all feel a whole bunch of things. Brace for impact.”
Blunt Mag

“Sydney has a great track record of producing some killer heavy bands, and post-hardcore/metalcore five-piece Inertia are absolutely no exception to that rule!”
Maniacs

Inertia is Julian Latouche (vocals), Mark Williamson (guitar), Jesse Radloff (guitar), Oliver Smith (bass) and Jay Cusack (drums). Since their 2017 EP ‘Unlearn’, Inertia have been busy making a name for themselves in the alternative music scene, having shared the stage with genre favourites including Dream On Dreamer, Ocean Grove, Slaves (US), Thornhill, Void Of Vision, Story Of The Year (US), The Getaway Plan and many more. Late 2018 welcomed Latouche (ex-Oh/Villain) as the new vocalist at the helm and together the band delivered three huge singles and have been working towards their follow-up EP ‘Connexion’!

The wait is finally over – ‘Connexion’ is available now to stream and purchase at all good online outlets and streaming platforms!

HI MOTIVE SHARE STRIPPED BACK VERSION OF SINGLE ‘FREE ME’

Enigmatic electronic duo HI MOTIVE today share their intimate stripped back version of their recent single ‘Free Me’. The Stripped back version is showcased in their recent ‘stay at home’ live video, with the duo really stripping their electronic production and pop stylings from the song to create an emotional gripping performance, showcasing their raw talent. With Matt on vocals and guitar and Ed on keys, let their captivating live stripped back arrangement transport you somewhere else.

‘Free Me’ has been well received by media and fan alike with multiple spins on triple j’s Friday Night Shuffle and features with Project U and Acid Stag. ‘Free Me’ is the first single from HI MOTIVE for 2020, following a stellar 2019 with their debut release ‘Falling’ reaching #1 on the Triple J Unearthed Electronic Charts and their most recent single ‘Gone’ played on triple j’s Friday Night Shuffle after premiering with Pilerats.

Based in Inner Sydney now, HI MOTIVE’s Matt and Ed first began writing music together in their dorm room at UNSW in 2014. With Ed hailing from Tasmania and Matt from Queensland, the pair found their common love of music and haven’t looked back, forming a band together before discovering electronic music.

Since forming in 2019, HI MOTIVE have been performing and developing their electronic live show. After performing at Electronic Music Conference in December (EMC) the duo signed with NICHE’s Jess Wust for bookings, going on to support BOO SEEKA in Ulladulla on their 2019 Indo Summer Series Tour.

Dive into this intimate delight from HI MOTIVE and keep an eye out as they build towards their debut EP release in late 2020.

 

CASEY BARNES’ NEW ALBUM OFFERS LIGHT & RESILIENCE AMIDST GLOBAL CRISIS

‘Town Of A Million Dreams’ out Friday, April 17 on Chugg Music via MGM.

Gold Coast country music star Casey Barnes is offering the world a much-needed hiatus of hope and happiness amidst the global state of affairs with his new album ‘Town Of A Million Dreams’, a glorious injection of 10 superbly crafted tracks that meld slick country, pop and rock production with relatable lyrics that can’t help but make you smile.

Powering through an unprecedented tough time for all of us, Casey embodies Australia’s ‘no bloody worries’ optimism by seeing the situation as an opportunity and persisting with good old fashion resilience and positivity for those who need it most.

The latest single Sparks Fly has ignited across Australia, holding the top spot on The Music Network’s Hot Country chart for three weeks out of four weeks, showing some strong competition against The Dixie Chicks latest Gaslighter, and rose to the top of Australian Country Radio’s Top 10 chart twice since release.

“Sparks Fly centres on that magical moment when you look at someone and they look at you and you both have that instant ‘spark’. A feeling that’s hard to beat! It was inspired while on a writing trip in the U.S last year where I teamed up with Nashville based songwriters Brown & Gray and we tapped into the back story of when I first met my wife… and that initial chemistry between the two of us,” said Casey.

The album has already provided the chart topper A Little More, which has generated over a million steams and peaked at #2 on The Music Network Hot Country Chart, and a gorgeous number with Missy Lancaster, No Other You that Stack Magazine’s Jeff Jenkins called “one of the year’s finest ballads”.

“‘Town of A Million Dreams’ is an album title that leaves it’s interpretation up to the individual listener and that’s the beauty behind this album; how in essence everybody starts out in their own home town with hopes and dreams of where they want to be,” said Casey. “On a personal level the title is a lyric drawn from one of the tracks on the album ‘Bright Lights’ which focuses on my ongoing relationship and love of Nashville over the last 10 years. It’s this incredible melting pot of talent, from all genres. Musicians, artists, producers all with their own unique story and dream. It just felt like the perfect title for the album.”

Continuing on with high energy, Casey has captured his fans with new and creative ways to stay connected during the harrowing atmosphere of COVI-19. His live streamed performances and catch-up chats, hosted every Wednesday and Sunday are consistently reaching over 75, 000 fans.

Looking over the horizon, Casey is thrilled to announce the new dates for his ‘Town Of A Million Dreams Tour’, which will kick off September 17 and takes his stellar band across our beautiful east coast to a venue near you.

 

DANCE GAVIN DANCE LET THE FANS TAKE CONTROL WITH NEW VIDEO ‘THREE WISHES’

AFTERBURNER ALBUM OUT APRIL 24 THROUGH RISE RECORDS/BMG AUSTRALIA

Dance Gavin Dance have dropped their new video for single ‘Three Wishes’ from their new album Afterburner, out on April 24th via Rise Records/BMG Australia! The band requested their fans to submit videos of themselves cleaning their houses, brushing their teeth, washing their dogs, anything they wanted to do in this realm.  The result was over 1,500 submissions, both funny & creative.  A video for the fans, made by the fans.

The LP was produced by the group’s frequent collaborator, Kris Crummett, (Issues, Sleeping With Sirens, Mayday Parade) and Drew Fulk a.k.a. WZRD BLD (Lil Wayne, Motionless in White, Bad Wolves). The album is a landmark mission statement that encompasses DGD energy past, present, and future. It is a killer and dynamic demonstration of what the quintet does best, and is equal parts aggressive, melodic, and unrestrained.

Rejecting tired formulas at every step, Dance Gavin Dance merge progressive rock and post-hardcore with thick groove, brilliantly combining experimental music with hooks and a warped sense of humor. 2018’s Artificial Selection crashed into the Billboard 200 Chart at No.13, on the strength of the love for fan-favorite predecessors like Acceptance Speech (2013), Instant Gratification (2015), and Mothership (2016), and just as importantly, the bands mesmerizing and unforgettable live performances. Artificial Selection went on to sell over 112k copies and counting. In the U.S. alone, the group has amassed over 800 million streams, with 1 million album equivalent units sold across their catalog. With hundreds of thousands of rabid fans engaged with DGD on socials, it all amounts to a full force band facing a mainstream that has overlooked them for too long.
In the heady tradition of Frank Zappa and Nirvana – people who made serious art without ever seeming self-serious – DGD is a band that does what they want, how they want, confident that the audience will keep up.

Dance Gavin Dance’s ninth full-length studio album, Afterburner, will be released on Friday, 24th April via Rise Records and BMG Australia – and is available now for pre-order at https://riserecords.lnk.to/afterburner.

 

CURRANTS SHARE VIDEO FOR NEW SONG “A FLAG TO WAVE”

NEW ALBUM ‘THE WAY IT ENDS’ OUT JUNE 5 VIA SHARPTONE RECORDSCurrents have shared the video for the new song “AFlag to Wave.”

“‘A Flag to Wave’ is about the search for identity and purpose,” says singer Brian Wille. “This song goes out to anyone looking for meaning in their lives and to those who have already found it. Over the last four years, we have traveled the world trying to make a name for ourselves — playing shows with some of our favorite bands and touring all over the United States, Europe, the UK, and parts of Canada. We’ve been met with various hardships along the way, but have also been met with unprecedented kindness, support, and friendship that we will cherish and appreciate for the rest of our lives. There are no plans of stopping and with our new record, we plan to hit the world harder than ever.”

The song appears on the Connecticut band’s upcoming second album ‘The Way It Ends’, out June 5 via SharpTone Records.

‘The Way It Ends’ is a thematic and spiritual successor to Currents’ dense, bludgeoning, and smartly constructed full-length debut, ‘The Place I Feel Safest’ (2017), and a direct follow-up to the blistering and diverse EP, ‘I Let The Devil In’ (2018).

Currents is Brian Wille (vocals), Chris Wiseman (guitar), Ryan Castaldi (guitar), Christian Pulgarin (bass) and Matt Young (drums). Currents explore the forbidden realms of a tortured psyche, searching for meaning amidst uncertain chaos and venom. Heartache, physical abuse, abandonment, trauma – no dark emotion is spared examination. Currents also turn their gaze outward, offering no mercy to man-made catastrophes like climate change and animal abuse. An exploitative system that inflicts such harm upon humanity and the entire world will not be spared the wrath within this explosive, weaponized bombast.

Those well-versed in Meshuggah, Humanity’s Last Breath, Vildhjarta, and Architects have embraced Currents with full-throated passion. A combination of their contemporaries and influences, channeled through unique perspective and personal experience, resulted in something revolutionary. It’s why they were handpicked for tours with August Burns Red, As I Lay Dying, We Came As Romans, Fit For a King, Born of Osiris, and the Impericon Never Say Die! Tour.

As New Noise declared: “Currents is a band not to be ignored”. Currents second studio album, ‘The Way It Ends’, will be available everywhere Friday June 5 through SharpTone records. New single “A Flag To Wave” is available to purchase and stream now at https://shrptn.co/aflagtowave.

 

THURSDAY 16 APRIL

CITY OF SOULS DROP NEW SINGLE ‘CRUELTY’ ‘SYNAESTHESIA’ ALBUM
OUT FRIDAY MAY 1ST

City Of Souls, fresh outta Auckland, New Zealand are today announcing the drop of another cut from their record SYNAESTHESIA! The new track, titled ‘Cruelty’, and possibly the heaviest cut to date, will be live in all good digital stores and streaming outlets Friday April 17th.

From vocalist Richie Simpson – “‘Cruelty’ was a demo I had been sitting on for a few years before I joined the band. It was complete structurally so it just needed a bit of a fine tune and it was in the bag. I’m really stoked the lads dug it and it made the record, I love playing it live. It has a real swing and swagger to it. Kinda makes me wanna dance like Snoop Dogg haha. I remember channelling some nine inch nails reptile into the seasick bending guitar layers over the intro riff… it gave this dark energy to it. I love the mood changes that layering can give an idea. Cruelty is about the damage a lack of empathy can cause.”

SYNAESTHESIA has been an album five years in the making. Guitarist Marcus Powell elaborates:
“City of Souls have hit every single obstacle and block you can imagine. For us, this album
is about endurance, passion, and a deep love for music…To say we are excited to release this album is an understatement.”

City of Souls last dropped into Australia in 2019 to play the Progfest tour – and have made some headway into prog fans’ outside of NZ’s minds, having been spun on triple j’s The Racket, being added to rotation on The Faction, their videos premiered on Prog and being added to worldwide Spotify playlists New Metal Tracks, New Blood and Rock Out – which have put them in hundreds of thousands of ears!

One of New Zealand’s most reputable acts, City Of Souls was formed in August 2015 by guitarists Trajan Schwencke (Cold by Winter, In Dread Response) and Steve Boag (In Dread Response, Blacklistt). Vocalist Richie Simpson (New Way Home) found their existing tracks immediately captivating and joined the band. Guitarist Marcus Powell (founding member of multi-platinum bands Blindspott and Blacklistt) then joined, and the line-up was complete with Daniel Insley on Bass (Solstate) and Drummer Corey Friedlander (In Dread Response / 8 Foot Sativa).

The band’s new album SYNAESTHESIA is out on May 1.

THE ATOMIC BEAU PROJECT DROP EPIC SINGLE/VIDEO ‘TIME’

The Atomic Beau Project are Brisbane’s newest prog/heavy powerhouses. Today, they bring forth to the world their epic new single and video ‘Time’. The single will find itself into the world on Friday April 17th and will be available on all good online stores and streaming platforms.

For those not in the know, The Atomic Beau Project are a progressive rock band, incorporating elements of metal, indie pop, and electronica and hail from the sunny state of Queensland. Originally a solo studio project created by it’s founding member, The Atomic Beau Project officially expanded into a full band lineup in 2020 and now they are presenting their debut video and single.

‘Time’ is the latest single from The Atomic Beau Project, following 2019 single ‘The King‘, and 2 singles in 2018, ‘Daybreak‘ and ‘Unknown‘. ‘Time’ heralds a bigger, bolder & broader sound for the band, with far more attack and light/shade than ever before demonstrated in their previous releases. The track was recorded/engineered/produced/mixed by Andy James (The Atomic Beau Project) and Mastered by Matthew Gray (Matthew Gray Mastering).

The debut filmclip for the band gives the world the first taste of the flavour and character of the band that will take the stage in the coming months, showing off the energetic performances and fragility and range of vocalist Beau’s vocal range!

Beau explains the meaning of the single as “‘Time’ is the story of a man who finds himself trapped in a world where time slows down. Whilst his body slowly deteriorates over time, he continues to think and function normally, fully experiencing the horrifying event as it unfolds.”

Beau continued about the new single, “This is the thing we have created that we are most proud of so far. We are so incredibly excited to release this into the world and show everyone what The Atomic Beau Project is all about – we feel this song and clip totally embodies that.”

Comprising the rest of the band are Jack Gardiner on Guitar, Luke Woollett on Bass and Andy James on Drums in a newly formed outfit to perform the epic tunes live going forward!

 

TUESDAY 14 APRIL

SOPHIYA SHUTS DOWN MELBOURNE STREET WITH $1.2M WORTH OF CARS, DANCERS, AND HER CHIHUAHUA “JUICY” FOR TOKYO DRIFT-INSPIRED MUSIC VIDEO

After spending the past year laying low writing in the studio, SOPHIYA returned in style just last month with hard-hitting latest single ‘Rosie’. Today she doubles down on the bold release with a bad-ass cinematic music video, dripping with next level visuals and attitude.

Inspired by the film Tokyo Drift, and paying homage to the video game Need For Speed, the music video is directed by Johnny Yayo, with SOPHIYA herself stepping up as creative director (alongside Aman Bayatly) to create what is a music video aesthetic unlike any other.

SOPHIYA said of the clip “I am so grateful to have been able to make this piece in collaboration with the culture, for the culture. Even during this time, we can still stay connected, collaborate ideas and be creative. Enjoy the visuals!”

Shot over two days in February, including shutting down Napier Street in Melbourne’s Fitzroy for five hours, SOPHIYA leans completely into her role as one of Australian hip hop’s most exciting up and comers with this bold and unapologetic visual statement. Flanked by some of Melbourne’s finest renowned dancers, Xavier Gibson and Monique Nightingale, the clip also features over $1.2M worth of luxury and exotic cars including a Bentley Continental GT, a Lamborghini Huracan and a Rolls Royce Ghost. Alongside the prestigious cars, the clip also showcases the underground JDM car culture courtesy of Sarah Bahrou from Status Seasonal (JDM Car Club).

From channeling The Godfather by cradling her chihuahua, “Juicy”, to honouring her proud Greek heritage in opening scenes, ‘Rosie’ is quintessentially SOPHIYA as she champions not only herself and her talents, but her community as well. From fashion influencers and designers through to the underground hip-hop community and beyond, SOPHIYA is bringing her community together every step of the way.

‘Rosie’ is SOPHIYA’s first single since her incendiary debut, ‘White Ivory’ in 2018. With love from triple j and triple j Unearthed including being added to Unearthed rotation, as well as nods from FBi Radio, Acclaim, Purple Sneakers and Off The Clef, it’s clear SOPHIYA has hit the ground running in 2020.
“A tough, intimidating return from SOPHIYA” – Declan Byrne, triple j
“Definitely one to watch” – Bridget Hustwaite, triple j
“There’s a new force in the world of Aussie rap, and her name is SOPHIYA” – Purple Sneakers

FRIDAY 10 APRIL

KILL THE LIGHTS SHARE VIDEO FOR NEW SONG “PLAGUES”

SINGLE OUT NOW THROUGH FEARLESS RECORDS & CAROLINE AUSTRALIA

New Fearless Records signing Kill The Lights, which features former members of Bullet For My Valentine and Throw the Fight, have shared the video for the new song “Plagues.”

Watch the video for the anthemic song, which will have you pumping your fists in the air thanks to the unforgettable, singalong chorus, thunderous rhythms, militaristic percussion, crackling solos, and pummeling breakdown, here.

“Lyrically, ‘Plagues’ deals with the fear of being alone, and feelings of isolation away from family, friends, and loved ones,” says vocalist James Clark. “It forces you to take a hard look at yourself and accept that we are all vulnerable and need human interaction and love. It reminds us to take each day for what it is, and to make the best of bad situations — because nothing is guaranteed.”

The band, which has garnered early acclaim from Rock Sound, KERRANG!, and Metal Hammer, previously shared the video for new song “Shed My Skin.” Watch it here and here.

Kill The Lights are James Clark — Vocals (ex-Throw The Fight), Jordan Whelan — Guitar (ex-Still Remains), Michael “Moose” Thomas — Drums (ex-Bullet For My Valentine), Travis Montgomery — Guitar (ex-Threat Signal).

More information about Kill The Lights’ upcoming debut album will be revealed soon. In the meantime “Plagues” is available now to stream and purchase at all good online outlets and streaming platforms!

 

DANCE GAVIN DANCE DROP VIDEO FOR ‘LYRICS LIE’ FROM ALBUM ÁFTERBURNER

AFTERBURNER ALBUM OUT APRIL 24 THROUGH RISE RECORDS/BMG AUSTRALIADance Gavin Dance has today released ‘Lyrics Lie’, their third single from their highly-anticipated ninth full-length studio album, Afterburner. The video for ‘Lyrics Lie’ features a timelapse of their album art mural in their hometown of Sacramento.

Dance Gavin Dance, who already celebrate a massive 868 thousand sales in the US alone from their catalogue and over 650 million streams will release ‘Afterburner’ on Friday, April 24 via Rise Records. The LP was produced by the group’s frequent collaborator, Kris Crummett, (Issues, Sleeping With Sirens, Mayday Parade) and Drew Fulk a.k.a. WZRD BLD (Lil Wayne, Motionless in White, Bad Wolves). The album is a landmark mission statement that encompasses DGD energy past, present, and future. It is a killer and dynamic demonstration of what the quintet does best, and is equal parts aggressive, melodic, and unrestrained.

Dance Gavin Dance had just launched their massive North American headline tour, set to play their biggest venues to date when the Covid-19 pandemic broke out. These dates have been rescheduled for August & September 2020. This follows the band’s entirely sold out North American headliner in 2019, where they sold over 90k tickets in one year alone.

Dance Gavin Dance’s ninth full-length studio album, Afterburner, will be released on Friday, 24th April via Rise Records and BMG Australia. Singles ‘Prisoner’ and ‘Strawberry’s Wake’ are also out now for streaming and purchase on all digital outlets and streaming platforms.

Here’s what People are saying about Dance Gavin Dance.

“There is no band on earth like Dance Gavin Dance, and their latest idiosyncratic opus is as colourful and inventive as you could want” – Rock Sound

The experimental hardcore group have always done things their way and they aren’t afraid to show it.” – Alternative Press

“Those married to traditional song structures need not apply, but if you fancy feeling like your brain is in a pinball machine, [DGD] will take you out of this world.” – Kerrang!

“Heavy, ambitious, and sometimes witty rock that seizes on the past few decades of edge-dwelling music, places it all in a blender, and puts the speed on high.” – Boston Globe

 

WEDNESDAY 8 APRIL

AUGUST BURNS RED RELEASE VIDEOCLIP FOR SINGLE ‘BONES’

GUARDIANS IS OUT NOW VIA FEARLESS RECORDS/CAROLINE AUSTRALIA

Two-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated Pennsylvania quintet AUGUST BURNS RED —JB Brubaker [lead guitar], Brent Rambler [rhythm guitar], Matt Greiner [drums], Jake Luhrs [lead vocals], and Dustin Davidson [bass]—have just shared the video for “Bones.”

“The video for ‘Bones’ is possibly the coolest music video we’ve ever done,” says Rambler. “It takes the song title quite literally, and creates an awesome and visually stunning video. It was a weird video for us to shoot, because for the vast majority of it we had to stand perfectly still, so all of the x-ray and other effects could line up properly. That’s definitely a departure from a usual music video where you are supposed to bang your head as hard as possible all day long. We’ve been at this for a while so our old ‘Bones’ (wink) were happy for the change of pace.”

ABR’s eighth full length, Guardians, is out now on Fearless Records. Check out the Apple Music track-by-track rundown here. The album has received acclaim from Forbes, Alternative Press, Loudwire, Billboard, which dubbed Guardians “their heaviest album yet,” and Substream. The band also appeared on the MetalSucks podcast and spoke to Metal Injection about navigating the COVID-19 situation.

On the Australian Front, here’s what people are saying about the record – Wall of Sound said that “August Burns Red seem to deliver outstanding records, one after the other. If you’re not yet a fan, it is never too late to experience what you have been missing out on and join the party.”, killyourstereo.com said that “There is truly something for everyone on their seventh record, pulling influences from every previous era of the metalcore band’s history.” and Hysteria Mag stating that “Right now we need a Defender, and August Burns Red are here to take the mantle.”

Following the seminal Messengers [2007] and Constellations [2009], August Burns Red infiltrated the mainstream via 2015’s Found In Far Away Places. The latter stood out as their second straight #9 bow on the Billboard Top 200, in addition to garnering the group its first GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best Metal Performance” for “Identity.” The momentum increased with the arrival of Phantom Anthem in 2017. Marking the group’s fourth Top 20 debut on the Billboard Top 200, it paved the way for their second “Best Metal Performance” GRAMMY® nod for “Invisible Enemy.” The record ushered their career streams past the 100 million-mark as it earned four-out-of-five stars from the likes of Alternative Press and Kerrang! Between sold-out shows worldwide, ABR continued a 15-year tradition of holiday shows by launching the Christmas Burns Red Festival. Now, their 2020 eighth full-length, Guardians [Fearless Records], sees them not only preserve but perfect their DNA-distinct and definitive sound.

August Burns Red’s eighth full length, Guardians, is out now through Fearless Records/Caroline Australia.

FRIDAY 3 APRIL

ILLENIUM + EXCISION RELEASE SINGLE “FEEL SOMETHING” FEATURING I PREVAIL

Fusing three signature styles and spirits on one boundary-breaking anthem, ILLENIUM and Excision reunite to unleash a new single entitled “Feel Something” featuring I Prevail today. This marks the first time the Michigan-based band has featured on a dance track.

ILLENIUM and Excision teased “Feel Something” without a title during a career-first back-to-back set at Lost Lands 2019. EDM.com dubbed it “feels-heavy.”

After generating nearly 200 million total streams on last year’s sophomore blockbuster Trauma and landing on the pages of Variety and beyond, rock juggernaut I Prevail received nominations for two GRAMMY Awards in 2020 — in the categories of “Best Rock Album” for Trauma and for “Best Metal
Performance” for “Bow Down.” Check out the band’s recent features at Variety and at NPR.

I Prevail’s latest single “Hurricane” just landed at No. 1 on the Billboard Rock Chart. It’s the first chart-topping single of the band’s career. The acoustic version, dubbed “Hurricane (Reimagined),” is available here.

It has been a banner year for I Prevail since the March 2019 release of Trauma, and the band’s story hits as hard as the music. They took a mental health breakdown, turned it into a powerful body of work, and made an audience connection online and I.R.L. These numbers—200 million streams and 100 million views and a Top 15 debut on the Billboard Top 200—remain unprecedented for rock acts. Trauma continues to leave a mark upon all who hear it and in many forms.

The gold-certified Denver-based artist Nick Miller—known professionally as ILLENIUM—continues a tradition of seamless genre alchemy. Augmented with cybernetic dubstep drops from Excision, the track pushes and pulls between moments of dancefloor bliss and mosh pit-splitting grooves.

GRAMMY® Award-nominated platinum rock band I Prevail anchor this ebb and flow with hypnotic guitars and an infectious chant from singer Brian Burkheiser who screams, “I just wanna feel something.” As it reflects their respective sounds, “Feel Something” also represents new territory for this trio of talents.

 

FUTURE STATIC UNLEASH HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ‘FATALIST’ EP OUT NOW!

The time has come, Melbourne’s alternative rock outfit, Future Static are today unleashing the ‘Fatalist’ EP. Dropping “Choke” and “Dead End” in the lead up, the singles have paved the way for this massive offering of anger and fury.

Where the previous release ‘Want’ expressed a need for answers, ‘Fatalist’ – produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Christopher Vernon (Belle Haven, Better Half) with help from Darcy Handley (Terra) – is fury and confusion. ‘Fatalist’ is the realisation that just because you want an answer, doesn’t mean you find one, and as Future Static emphasise, “If you can’t get even, just get mad.”

Check out what people are saying so far about ‘Fatalist’:

“Fatalist is a fury-filled home run for Future Static. We can only imagine the chaos that will unfold when we finally get to hear these tracks live.” – The AU Review

“Future Static has what it takes to make an impact in the scene, and are deserving of a big break with the Fatalist EP. This band comes highly-recommended, and is worth a listen! ” – The New Fury

“Melbourne outfit Future Static combine crushingly heavy riffs, a propulsive rhythm section and singer Bri Marsh’s soaring vocals to deliver a message” – MusicFeeds

“It’s definitely safe to say that every single featured on this EP has absolutely blown me away, but, the EP collectively from start to finish, is something to admire.” – Insert Review Here

“I struggled writing this up because I just wanted to listen and listen and listen, and that was it. I legitimately hit my head on the wall behind me when bopping back and forth to the intense and emotional tunes – so yeah, it’s a literal banger.” – The BackBeat Podcast

“Massive potential and talent lives here, as well as admirable honesty, and it was a tragic and beautiful journey to be on with the band. I can’t help feeling like Fatalist serves as a time capsule for traversing difficulty, and it resonates powerfully in this vein.” – Depth Mag

The group released singles “Choke” and “Dead End” a few weeks ago and have had a massively positive response, beginning with a SOLD OUT “Choke” single launch show, plays on Triple M’s Hard N Heavy, triple j Unearthed love, both added to rotation on The Faction, Spotify playlisting on Homegrown + Heavy and Rock Out., a number of shares across social media and national publications as well as worldwide with a spotlight from Kill The Music.

The ‘Fatalist’ EP is available now to stream and purchase at all good online outlets and streaming platforms!

 

INERTIA DROP SECOND SINGLE ‘REMINISCE’ FEAT. LIZI BLANCO OF THE BEAUTIFUL MONUMENT

Inertia are stepping it up yet again with the release of their brand new single “Reminisce” featuring The Beautiful Monument’s Lizi Blanco. “Reminisce” is the second to drop from upcoming ‘Connexion’ EP – due out Friday April 17!

Produced, mixed and mastered by Inertia’s resident audio engineer and guitarist Mark Williamson at Keywork Audio (After Touch, Far Away Stables, Closure) and premiering at Blunt Magazine yesterday, “Reminisce” continues with the overall EP theme of human connection and the variations experienced in a lifetime. “Reminisce” dives into a failed relationship and the melancholic thoughts and feelings that still linger after the dust has settled.

Vocalist Julian Latouche explores personal experience in the track and explains his inspiration: “I wanted to write a break-up song that wasn’t spiteful or full of hate because that’s not real and it’s not what I experienced from the somewhat healthy relationship I had. I read all the conversations we had and tried to get the perspective from the both of us and how we we’re coping with it.”

Inertia have been creeping towards the forefront of Australia’s heavy community over the last few months and have experimented with a new sound for the upcoming release: “We wanted to explore more of our musical genre diversity within the band and take influence from other artists that weren’t in the same genre as us” says Latouche. “We messed around with song structures and melodies that were new and exciting to us and that’s what ultimately lead to the double chorus, funk style guitars and the pop inspired scotch snap vocal hook.”

Inertia is Julian Latouche (vocals), Mark Williamson (guitar), Jesse Radloff (guitar), Oliver Smith (bass) and Jay Cusack (drums). Since their 2017 EP ‘Unlearn’, Inertia have been busy making a name for themselves in the alternative music scene, having shared the stage with genre favourites including Dream On Dreamer, Ocean Grove, Slaves (US), Thornhill, Void Of Vision, Story Of The Year (US), The Getaway Plan and many more. Late 2018 welcomed Latouche (ex-Oh/Villain) as the new vocalist at the helm and together the band delivered two huge singles and have been working towards their heavily anticipated follow-up EP ‘Connexion’, set to turn heads!

The Sydney-based quintet have made a lasting impression having crafted a sound that blends heavy metalcore riffs with energetic yet catchy melodic vocals, layering their own brand of creativity atop all the best elements of post-hardcore. The previous single “Heavy Eyes” received a feature on Alternative Press, triple j Unearthed rotation, rotation on The Faction, a breakfast time triple j spin with Sally and Erica, Spotify adds to Homegrown & Heavy, New Core and New Metal Tracks playlists and media love worldwide.

The ‘Connexion’ EP will be available Friday April 17. In the meantime, “Reminisce” is out now and available on all streaming platforms.

 

THURSDAY 26 MARCH

JESSICA JADE STANDS UP ON SMOOTH NEW SINGLE ‘BET

“Sydney deserves an RnB heroine of its own, and Jessica Jade is a hot contender.” – FBi Radio

Proud Western Sydney local Jessica Jade today reveals the defiant yet smooth new single ‘BET’ showcasing another side of the multi-dimensional R&B artist.

Employing a sole acoustic guitar ‘BET’ puts Jessica Jade’s vocals front and centre. Sparse in nature the song is intoxicating and ready to rinse and repeat. Jessica Jade explains “Even though the concept and the lyrics of the song are sassy af, the vocals make the track gentle and feminine.”

‘BET’ is the second offering from Jessica Jade’s forthcoming debut EP which features a collection of stellar, multi-genre tracks centered around the theme of being independent and respecting yourself.

Recently selected as one of FBi Radio’s Independent Artists and performing as a part of their Independent Play series, be sure she’s one to keep an eye on. Also striking a chord with tastemakers Complex, Life Without Andy and Filterzine she’s already been tapped on the shoulder by Converse, Champion and JD Sports.

Flourishing in the digital realm her previous releases have clocked spots in Spotify’s New Music Friday AU/NZ & Denmark, R&B Connect, Pop N Fresh and Apple Music’s Best of the Week and Mood.

Touching on themes of self-respect delivered in an oh-so-sweet and sassy packet, be sure to delve into ‘BET’ before her debut EP arrives later this year.

SATURDAY 14 DECEMBER

IN EYES DROP NEW SINGLE & VIDEO ‘TIME WON’T WAIT’

In Eyes are Queensland’s newest alternative rock prodigies – and today they are announcing the imminent arrival of their brand new single and video – ‘Time Won’t Wait’ – and while time may be running down on the 2019 clock, there’s no time like the present to check out the new track and video from this Gold Coast based trio! It will be released into the world on all digital stores and outlets this Thursday, December 12 – all options available at https://ditto.fm/time-wont-wait-in-eyes. The track premiered on MMM Hard N Heavy’s Down Under show on Tuesday night with Dave Higgo Higgins.

The new single Time Won’t Wait is an extension of the band’s new style, and hammers home a simple message: “Time won’t wait for you!” This message is delivered through an honest retelling of Jacobson’s experience with trying to fight for her passion while faced with mental illness, and its fast-paced drive and heavy guitar and drum lines provide a powerful instrumental filled with all the angst to match.

For fans of Tonight Alive and Hands Like Houses, In Eyes is one of the Gold Coast’s most electrifying acts. The three piece comprised of Rosie Jacobson (vocals), Dylan Quigg (Guitar), and Kris Unwin (Drums) combine heavy guitars, hard-hitting drums, and powerhouse vocals to create a unique brand of melodic alt-rock that is only strengthened by their energetic on-stage delivery.

2018 saw a reinvention for the band with the release of the lovelorn power-ballad Silver Lining, which shows off the skills of its performers, and grows to an emotional, vocal-driven climax that hits right where it hurts. With more music on the way in 2020, In Eyes are a phenomenon worth keeping in your own.

In Eyes’ new single ‘Time Won’t Wait’ will see its release into the world this Thursday 12th December on all online stores and streaming platforms at https://ditto.fm/time-wont-wait-in-eyes.

MONDAY 9 DECEMBER

I PREVAIL RELEASE ‘HURRICANE’ PT. 2 VIDEO

ALBUM TRAUMA OUT NOW THROUGH CAROLINE AUSTRALIA
& FEARLESS RECORDS

Off the back of an absolute whirlwind year and the release of their third studio album Trauma through Caroline Australia & Fearless Records, I Prevail have today unleashed “Hurricane Pt. 2”, showcasing the band’s impressive live show and the growth that has led to them being coined as rock music’s biggest breakout band of 2019!

The brand new video is a second take on the emotional clip released earlier in the year for the same track. “Hurricane Pt. 1” was put together from the band’s own footage and memories and told from the perspective of clean singer Brian Burkheiser, chronicling their triumphant voyage in the music industry. The new video takes footage from their live shows and demonstrates just how far the band has come, with the band also commenting on their YouTube stream: “For anyone who’s seen the 1st Hurricane music video, you know the story of creating ‘Trauma’. Hope you enjoy watching pt. 2 and seeing how our year played out playing these songs across the world. [//]”

I Prevail have sold out headline shows across the US, cracked over 100 million streams, secured a Top 15 debut on the Top 200, received acclaim from Billboard and garnered their first-ever GRAMMY® Award nominations for Best Rock Album for Trauma and for Best Metal Performance for “Bow Down”.

The band opened up about the story behind Trauma in a deep Billboard article. Plus, Loudwire named it among the “Best Rock Albums of 2019…So Far.” These accolades and more position the record as a favourite for year-end lists. The videos for “Bow Down,” “Breaking Down,” “Hurricane,” and “Gasoline” have accumulated almost 25 million combined views.

Down Under, 2019 was also an incredible year for I Prevail. Single Breaking Down was added to full rotation on triple j, they came down for Download Festival in Sydney and Melbourne and TRAUMA scored a #6 ARIA overall chart spot and #2 on the Digital Albums Chart. Prior to that, they had completely sold out their previous album’s Australian headline tour!

I Prevail’s album Trauma is out now through Caroline Australia and Fearless Records and is available for purchase/streaming at https://caroline.lnk.to/TRAUMA.

NOVEMBER 22

CONFORM RELEASE NEW SINGLE & VIDEO ‘LUXURY LETDOWN’ – A SCATHING ATTACK ON SOCIAL MEDIA and SUPPORTING THY ART IS MURDER & GRAVEMIND IN DECEMBER ANNOUNCE THE AMITY AFFLICTION/OCEAN GROVE SUPPORTS IN JANUARY

Perth’s Conform (or 生 Conform 死, which translates to Live. Conform. Die) are today reminding everyone that 2019 ain’t over yet – and that just because the year is beginning to wind down, it doesn’t mean that they can’t drop one of the heaviest and hardest-hitting singles of the year – Luxury Letdown, which will be released this Friday November 22 on all digital stores and streaming platforms at https://ffm.to/conform_luxuryletdown.

The new track and its video are a scathing attack on social media and fashion brands and the lives and lifestyles portrayed there – and the supposed expectation that we can all live in that hyper-perfect world.

Conform state about the new single and video. “Luxury Letdown’s thematic direction is a parody of the largely disingenuous portrayal of top-shelf lifestyles in social media and the un-meetable standards of modern beauty pushed to the average Joe and Jane by high-end fashion brands. Inside the walls of this theme, we plan on scrutinising the questionable ethics of seemingly faceless and overpriced companies who use over-sexualisation and harmful market manipulation to sell their products, resulting in the development of numerous personal insecurities in young, malleable minds. In our honest opinion, these companies are a gleaming detriment to the growth of a healthy impressionable person. We wish to be part of a bigger community of individuals who relish in their freedom of thought, freedom of expression and pro self-love.”

This new single confirms Conform as being one of Australia’s newest “Ones to Watch”, the sound, the attitude, the message – ‘Luxury Letdown’ continues the work that their previous singles and EP began and takes it next level.

Conform are also gearing up for a huge two months of shows. December will see them support Thy Art is Murder and Gravemind alongside their Perth mates Daybreak on Saturday December 14 at Perth’s Badlands Bar and then announced today, they will be supporting The Amity Affliction, Ocean Grove and Antagonist A.D. on both WA regional shows in January 2020 – Monday January 9 at Dunsborough Tavern and Tuesday January 10 at Fremantle’s Metropolis.

Conform released their debut album “Circa ’94” in 2018. The first single from the record, “Blood Eagle”, dropped in April 2018 and saw them played on triple j on The Racket and Home and Hosed, added to rotation on triple j Unearthed, at #1 in the Metal charts on the Unearthed platform, added to rotation on The Faction radio, added to official Spotify playlist Homegrown and Heavy, and other playlists like Metal Maniacs, triple j Unearthed’s “best new music” playlist and Pig Squeals and Breakdowns. The single has recently racked up 170,000+ streams on Spotify and made it into Dave Ruby Howe’s Top 10 Songs of 2018 on triple j Unearthed – and the music video made it into the WAM Award nominations for Best Music Video of 2018.

Conform have played alongside international and national heavyweights such as Being as an Ocean, Born of Osiris, Chelsea Grin, Protest the Hero, Make Them Suffer, Saviour, Ocean Grove, Polaris and more.

Luxury Letdown will be released this Friday November 22 on all digital stores and streaming platforms at https://ffm.to/conform_luxuryletdown. Tickets are available now for their show with Thy Art is Murder/Gravemind/Daybreak at thyartismurder.net and for their supports with The Amity Affliction/Ocean Grove/Antagonist AD at http://theamityaffliction.net.

RO stops “faking it” with new single To Pretend + Announces 2020 headline single tour

Melbourne’s Ro has returned with new single To Pretend” – a musing on ‘the birds and the bees’, and learning to ditch bedroom expectations and stop pretending.

Growing up like most young teens cluelessly discovering her sexuality, Ro struggled with finding a balance between her own body and the expectations of sex you find on the internet and in popular culture.

With nothing but a few clicks and a dim pixelated screen, she searched for what is ‘normal’, what is expected, what she should be:

[Ro] “When I looked through porn the female orgasm either seemed too obvious or I couldn’t find it anywhere. So I didn’t know how to act. I thought I was a weirdo when I wasn’t easily satisfied. I thought I was flawed when I didn’t completely and utterly enjoy myself the whole time.

I wanted to be the Victoria’s Secret model, the clean-shaved dream, posing and pouting in magazines and blockbusters with perfect bodies. I didn’t realise how brainwashed I was.

To Pretend is about being more open with yourself and someone you love, free of any unrealistic expectations. It’s about realising that you don’t have to pretend to be somebody you’re not to keep them interested. Especially in their physical embrace.”

Known for having a voice that can caress you in one breath and carve you apart in the next, Ro turned heads in 2018 with glittery confessional debut “Diary”, and followed it up with empowering mantra on playing the player – “F**ked Up Over You”. Both tracks received impressive acclaim, with press praising Ro for her song writing and ability to layer pop-infused melodies with razor sharp lyrics and combining melancholic poeticism with conversational word play.

With a combined 400k + streams, and airplay on triple j, double j, unearthed, FBi Radio, Triple R, ABC, 4ZZZ, RTR + more, Ro made quickly cemented her place as a story teller and lyricist with a unique perspective.

Returning in 2019 with “Tea Stains” – an understated and intimate duet with fellow Melbourne songwriter Didirri – Ro has spent the last 12 months touring with the likes of G Flip, Kira Puru, Woodes, Little May, Ceres, as well as playing BIGSOUND, Happy Wanderer Festival, Grampians Festival and an upcoming appearance at Party In The Paddock.

A storyteller with the wry disposition of a charismatic introvert, Ro writes ‘love songs for those who don’t like love songs’; once again captivating listeners with new single “To Pretend”  produced and Mixed by Dave Hammer (Thundamentals, Lime Cordiale, JEFFE) and Mastered by Chris Gehringer (Harry Styles, St. Vincent, Chvrches), and available on all digital streaming services from today.

Ro will be playing headline shows in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne in February, as well as playing Party In The Paddock in Launceston (TAS):

Friday 7th February – Party In The Paddock, Launceston TAS

Headline Tour Dates:

Saturday 8th February – The Grace Darling, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 15th February – Vic On The Park, Sydney NSW  

Friday 21st February – The Outpost, Brisbane QLD

Tickets on sale today from www.thatgalro.com

SUNDAY 21 JULY

WITHER DROP VIDEO FOR NEW HEAVY SINGLE ʻUSE MEʼ

The time has come, Wither have today unveiled pure demonic hell with their massive new single, ‘Use Me’. The band have unleashed a whole new level of panic into the world with the brand new standalone follow-up to their acclaimed debut EP ‘Rot and I’. It’s out right now at https://ffm.to/wither_useme.

To all who thought Wither’s debut output was heavy, prepare to be buried under the weight of this all-out assault, aimed directly at social climbers.

The track has been connecting heavily with triple j presenters and listeners all week, premiering on Monday night on Home & Hosed, then getting subsequent spins on The Racket and Short. Fast. Loud. all in the same week, and then added to rotation on The Faction radio on Thursday ahead of its release today.

Vocalist David De La Hoz says of the single “The longer your life is, the more people come and go from it. Some relationships we build are positively impactful, some are not. But then there are also relationships that, as they develop, feel as if they’re positively impactful but the relationship is merely a façade used to conceal an agenda. I learn more and more with each day that a lot of the people I have and will welcome into my life are users. Snakes. They will slide in under the guise of friendship, and they will drain me. Once they get what they want, they detach, and I become barely even worth a memory. Not everyone is your friend. Not everyone actually likes you like you hope they do.”

‘Use Me’ comes accompanied by an equally hellish video created and directed by Colin Jeffs (Alpha Wolf, Windwaker, Dealer) and flaunts elements of glitch and static to portray a visually dark undertone. The clip features an actual snake that David harnesses around his neck whilst spitting his rage filled lyrics through a black substance that drips from his mouth to highlight the potency of his words. See for yourself below!

To celebrate the release of this massive single, the band will be annihilating The Northcote Social Club on Friday August 23rd with a headline show, taking support from Diamond Construct, Forsaker & Vatic. Tickets are now on sale. The band are absolutely on fire – having just finished up playing support for Thy Art is Murder on their completely SOLD OUT tour.

Witherʼs story started with conversations between friends in the downtime between tours and recording sessions – and the five members found time to explore their own sound together. Artists David De La Hoz (Belle Haven), Jamie Marinos, Luke Weber (Dream On Dreamer), Liam Fowler (Pridelands) and Jeremy Hughes have played alongside, recorded or produced one anotherʼs music in different projects for years – and it became clear that it was time to pull their experience together to form Wither.

After releasing ʻRot and Iʼ at the end of 2018, the band wasted no time living up to their media appointed title of “Super Group” by selling out their first show at The Workers Club in Melbourne. This single launch show is SURE to follow suit – so get your tickets for the ʻUse Meʼ single launch NOW!

Wither’s uncompromising new single ‘Use Me’ is out now – available at all streaming platforms and digital stores at https://ffm.to/wither_useme.

THE DECLINE UNLEASH BRAND NEW ENERGETIC ANTHEM “BROVINE” AND ANNOUNCE FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM

Perth-based skate punk monsters The Decline are today unveiling their brand new single “Brovine”, which comes as the third single from upcoming album ‘Flash Gordon Ramsay Street’, due for release on Friday August 30. Pre-orders live now through Pee Records!

“Brovine” is a punk anthem for animal rights. As the name suggests, “Brovine” is written from the activist’s perspective and challenges the counter arguments that vegetarians and vegans are hit with when justifying their decisions. Guitarist and vocalist Ben Elliot explains that “this song is about maintaining your rage about animal rights after a few years of being vegetarian/vegan, and some of the ridiculous things that people will berate you with.”

The lyrics “It’s only natural” and “How else will they get their protein?” bellow through the chorus as an example of the arguments presented to those who stand for their beliefs. “Brovine” fights against discrimination in the playfully honest way that The Decline master.

Accompanying the single is the fully animated music clip, made by Mike ‘Fox’ Foxall from The Art Of Fox, that presents each member as a cartoon character parodying the act of purchasing tofu from the grocery store, leading to a police chase from a couple of meat advocates. The policemen in the pursuit use meat as a weapon, throwing steaks and sausages at their victims, almost as a metaphor for their opinions.

The upcoming album ‘Flash Gordon Ramsay Street’ is produced, recorded, edited and mixed at Underground Studios (Roger Waters, Karnivool, Make Them Suffer) with Brody Simpson, Mark McEwen and The Decline, and is a collection of 17 punchy tracks ranging in length between just 5 seconds and 4 minutes. This huge offering has been pulled from the weird and wacky brain space of Pat Decline (Vocals & Guitar), Ben Elliott (Vocals & Guitar), Ray Ray (Bass & Backing Vocals) and Harry (Drums).

The album takes inspiration from subjects ranging from recipe’s for vegan buffalo wings, the property market vs. smashed avocado and Zelda gaming tips all the way to philosophical Marxist understandings of false consciousness. Pat Decline pins the main album themes down to “loss, moving on and letting go, identity, mortality and friendship. There’s a lot of references to a bunch of our favourite things like The Legend of Zelda, food, the ocean, and the fun times we have had getting in a van and playing skate punk.”

Since the release of their third album ‘Resister’ in 2015 on Australian label Pee Records, Perth based skate punk band The Decline have been touring Australian and international markets consistently, hitting the United States, The United Kingdom, Mainland Europe, Mexico and Australia annually. During these tours The Decline have shared the stage and the road with many
notable and prominent punk rock bands. Some of these include names such as; Face To Face(USA), Ignite (USA), C.J Ramone (USA), Frenzal Rhomb (AUS), A Wilhelm Scream (USA), Bodyjar (AUS), The Smith Street Band (AUS), The Bennies (AUS), Strung Out (USA), Guttermouth (USA), The Flatliners (CA) and Such Gold (USA) to name a few!

The Decline have impressed many melodic punk fans worldwide with their fast-paced and energetic style and catchy lyrical hooks, ‘Flash Gordon Ramsay Street’ will be available on Friday August 30. Pre-orders will be available at Pee Records. “Brovine” is out now on all digital platforms and streaming outlets.

NAUTICAL MILE UNVEIL BRAND NEW SINGLE “MARIONETTE” AHEAD OF NATIONAL LAUNCH TOUR

Perth’s pop-punk four piece, Nautical Mile, are today premiering their brand new single, “Marionette”, through Wall Of Sound and will launch the single around the country on tour in late August. The tour will begin in Perth on August 23 and will make its way through Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne! Tickets on sale now at Oztix!

“Marionette” is about a dysfunctional family unit and the experiences of some of the band members growing up in such an environment. The song is about standing up to the aggressor in these relationships which can be very difficult to escape. Vocalist Brodi Owen explains that “the particular relationship described features the aggressor attempting to mold their child into their vision of the person they want them to be with the child acting to rebel against this push. This is the inspiration for the puppetry/the marionette; the aggressor in the relationship is pulling the strings to try and force the actions of the other”.

The brand new single “Marionette” almost picks up where the last left off with Owen adding “our previous track Regicide was about a failing relationship, Marionette continues in a similar vein, however discusses a relationship within a family unit rather than between two unrelated entities.”

In support of this brand new single, Nautical Mile will be touring Australia following the release of “Marionette” and will take a total of 12 local bands in support across the tour. The tour will kick off at Amplifier Bar in Perth and will be supported by Carrington, Dead Sea and Ferncroft. Brisbane will be up next at The Brightside and will take support from Sleepwell, Kid Fly, Grizzlyshark and All Hours, Sydney’s show will take place at Burdekin Hotel and will be supported by Speakeasy and Capitol Affair and Melbourne’s gig at The Workers Club will take support from Spectral Fires, Red Morning Light and Loose End.

Nautical Mile formed in late 2015, releasing their first self-titled EP at the beginning of 2016. Following this, the second EP, ‘Playing For Keeps’, was brought to life in 2017 and reinforced the bands foot in the pop-punk scene, earning the band a couple of spins on Triple J’s Short.Fast.Loud. Between releases, the boys energetic live show has led to Nautical Mile sharing the stage with the likes of Trophy Eyes, Hellions, Hawthorne Heights and The Decline to name just a few.

“Marionette” is out tomorrow (Friday 19 July) and will be available on all digital and streaming platforms! Catch Nautical Mile on tour in August 2019 in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Friday August 23 – Amplifier – Perth
w/ Carrington, Dead Sea, Ferncroft
Tickets at http://bit.ly/MarionettePerth

Thursday August 29 – The Brightside – Brisbane
w/ Sleepwell, Kid Fly, Grizzlyshark, All Hours
Tickets at http://bit.ly/MarionetteBrisbane

Friday August 30 – Burdekin Hotel – Sydney
w/ Speakeasy, Capitol Affair
Tickets at http://bit.ly/MarionetteSYDNEY

Sunday September 1 – The Workers Club – Melbourne
w/ Spectral Fires, Red Morning Light, Loose End
Tickets at http://bit.ly/MarionetteMelbourne

ADRIAN EAGLE TELLS HIS STORY IN ANIMATED VIDEO FOR “HOUSING TRUST”

Fresh off the back of his biggest headline tour to date, the release of acclaimed feel good anthem ‘A.O.K’, and a sincere rendition of Ocean Alley’sConfidence’ for Like A Version, Adrian Eagle has returned with latest single ‘Housing Trust’, now complete with cartoon visuals telling the story in just-released video directed and animated by Chaz Bottoms.

The track tells the story of Adrian’s rise from living in the Housing Trust in Adelaide to winning an ARIA award and travelling the world with his powerful message of overcoming struggles and spreading positivity.

The video is an animated depiction of that journey, as cartoon Adrian daydreams going from his life in housing trust, to standing on big stages sharing his message with the world.

Channeling his now trademark street-gospel sound ‘Housing Trust’ – an ode to Eagle’s hometown of Adelaide – is an upbeat yet reflective track which sees Adrian juxtapose a troubled upbringing and struggling family life against the opportunities now afforded to him as an artist.
Co-written and produced by long-time collaborator Jerome Farah (the architect behind Kian’s debut single ‘Waiting’), ‘Housing Trust’ features Adrian’s signature soulful vocals alongside vibrant organs and hip-hop true percussion.
“Adrian Eagle is one of a kind. A singularly incredible human with a knack for writing monster pop hooks with words that matter. This one baps a bit harder than previous records!”
– Tommy Faith, triple j unearthed

 

“this is a big ‘look at me now’ moment for the eagle. he’s come a long way, got an aria in his pocket, toured the world and has shared all the facets of his story here in such an uplifting way.”
 Declan Byrne, triple j (Home & Hosed)

 

“an upbeat yet reflective track which sees Adrian juxtapose a troubled upbringing and struggling family life against the opportunities now afforded to him as an artist.” – Aahh

 

“Adrian Eagle is a man who preaches positivity in everything he does, and his inspiring story is front and centre on his new song ‘Housing Trust’.” – triple j

 

“despite only being a few songs into the Adrian Eagle project, he’s one of the most promising and exciting names within Australian hip-hop – the only way from here is up.” – Pilerats
A busy end to 2019 will see Adrian take ‘Housing Trust’ on the road, notably to Rod Laver Arena on August 9th in support of Hilltop Hoods, before touring with rising star Tones and I on her national EP tour in September andfinishing on a whirlwind 21 date tour of North America with Hilltop Hoods in November and December!

ADRIAN EAGLE – LIVE


Friday, July 19th
 – NGV Fridays at National Gallery Of Victoria, Melbourne
Thursday, 8th August
 – Darwin Festival, Darwin
Friday 9th August
 – w/ Hilltop Hoods at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Saturday 17th August
 – Mackay BBQ & Beer Festival, Mackay
Friday, 30th August – Point @ The Event Centre, Caloundra
Sunday 29th September – Wave Rock Weekender, Hyden WA
Adrian Eagle supporting – Tones and I ‘EP Tour’ – Australia
Friday 13 September – Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide [SOLD OUT]
Saturday 14 September
 – Rosemount Hotel, Fremantle [SOLD OUT]
Sunday 15 September
 – Rosemount Hotel, Fremantle [SOLD OUT]
Tuesday 17 September – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne [SOLD OUT] 
Wednesday 18 September – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne [SOLD OUT]
Thursday 19 September
 – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne [SOLD OUT]
Friday 27 September – UOW UniBar, Wollongong
Saturday 28 September
 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney [SOLD OUT]
Friday 4 October
 – SolBar, Maroochydore [SOLD OUT]
Saturday 5 October – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast [SOLD OUT]
Sunday 6 October – The Triffid, Brisbane [SOLD OUT]
Monday 7 October – The Zoo, Brisbane [SOLD OUT]
Friday 11 October
 – The Northern, Byron Bay [SOLD OUT]

SATURDAY 13 JULY

STEEL PANTHER RETURN WITH FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM “HEAVY METAL RULES”

California’s greatest export and renowned feminist supporters Steel Panther recently took a break from working with NASA scientists on a multiple orgasm-inducing guitar pedal to record their fifth studio album. The band is excited to announce that their new album Heavy Metal Rules is finished and scheduled for release on Friday September 27th. The album showcases the band’s musical and lyrical growth and is destined to become an instant classic in the band’s impressive catalog.

The philanthropic foursome comprised of Michael Starr on vocals, Satchel on guitars, Lexxi Foxxon bass and Stix Zadinia on drums have created the heavy metal version of a self-help manual and ultimate party album combined. The new album is available for pre-order in various bundle configuration here: https://lnk.to/HeavyMetalRules.

“Heavy Metal Rules is the ultimate party album. Anthem after anthem and hook after hook, the songs will provide the soundtrack to your new bitchin’ heavy metal life. The first single, All I Wanna Do Is Fuck (Myself Tonight), is the ultimate song about self-love and having a positive personal self-image. It is the kind of song you put on to get yourself in the mood whether you’re getting ready to have sex with yourself or 17 girls in a row,” explains Steel Panther.

From the opening track “Zebraman” (which is audio taken from the classic film Heavy Metal Parking Lot) to the emotional album closer “I Ain’t Buying What You’re Selling,” Steel Panther have created 36 minutes of audio eargasms. Songs like “Let’s Get High Tonight,” “Fuck Everybody” and “Gods Of Pussy” are destined to become natural additions to the band’s setlist. “I’m Not Your Bitch” is an anthem for all acknowledged genders and sexual orientations worldwide. The video for the first single “All I Wanna Do Is Fuck (Myself Tonight)” was shot in Las Vegas and features cameos from numerous celebrities from music, comedy, YouTube and more.

For the uninitiated, Steel Panther was formed in 2000 and is comprised of Michael Starr (lead singer), Satchel (guitarist), Lexxi Foxx (bass) and Stix Zadinia (drums). Hailing from Los Angeles, the epicenter for rock n’ roll in all its debauchery and glamour, Steel Panther has established themselves as the world’s premier party band, melding hard rock virtuosity with parody and criminally good looks. Steel Panther is a global phenomenon with four full-length albums, touring across the world, platinum-level You Tube status and high-profile television appearances such as Jimmy Kimmel Live, Larry King Now, and FOX NFL Sunday.

Steel Panther’s fifth studio album will be unleashed into the world on Friday September 27 and can be pre-ordered at https://lnk.to/HeavyMetalRules. Single “All I Wanna do is Fuck (Myself Tonight)” is out now, as is the clip.

WAGE WAR DROP NEW SINGLE/VIDEO ‘WHO I AM’ & ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘PRESSURE’ OUT AUGUST 30

The right amount of self-applied pressure causes growth. This growth has brought American metalcore outfit Wage War to this moment – announcing their new album ‘Pressure’ – out Friday August 30 in Australia through Fearless Records & Caroline Australia. Pre-order from Artist First on CD, limited edition clear vinyl or bundles and receive a bonus poster at https://lnk.to/wwpressure – and the brand new single Who I Am is available now at all digital platforms and streaming outlets.

Through an unwavering dedication to progression, Wage War sharpen their patented hybrid of heavy pit-starting technicality and hummable hypnotic melodies with each subsequent evolution. Look no further than the aptly titled third full-length from the Florida quintet, Pressure [Fearless Records].

The band—Briton Bond [lead vocals], Cody Quistad [rhythm guitar, clean vocals], Seth Blake [lead guitar], Chris Gaylord [bass], and Stephen Kluesener [drums]—drove themselves to fully realize their ambition by personally pushing harder than ever.

“There’s always pressure to make a great album, but we felt it even more so this time around,” explains Cody. “We pushed ourselves to keep this thing moving and growing. The theme was to be as catchy and as heavy as possible. We knew we had to do something people would notice. Ultimately, we tried to deliver a benchmark that says, ‘This is Wage War. This is what we can do.’”

A whirlwind four years set the foundation for such a statement. The group’s 2015 debut, Blueprints, yielded multiple fan favorites with “Alive” cracking 12 million Spotify streams and “The River” exceeding 8 million to date. Meanwhile, 2017’s Deadweight established the boys as a rising force. Totaling nearly 50 million cumulative streams in two years, the single “Stitch” racked up 14 million streams on Spotify as Deadweight received widespread praise from Metal Injection, New Noise, Metal Hammer, and Rock Sound who dubbed it, “a relentless, genre-evolving treat.” Meanwhile, they toured alongside everyone from I Prevail and Of Mice & Men to Parkway Drive and A Day To Remember, logging countless miles on the road.

In order to approach their next evolution from a different angle, Wage War enlisted the talents of producer Drew Fulk (Motionless in White, Lil Peep, IDKHOW) and recorded in Los Angeles for the first time. The locale fostered a spirit of evolution.

In the end, Pressure elevates Wage War to the next level. “When you listen to the album, you hopefully get Wage War turned up to ten,” Cody leaves off. “Lyrically, everything is from the heart. Maybe, it gets you through a tough time, pushes you into another day, or gives you the strength to talk to somebody. There’s nothing better.”

Wage War’s new album “Pressure” is out on Friday August 30 in Australia and New Zealand through Fearless Records/Caroline Australia. Pre-Orders can be found at https://lnk.to/wwpressure. Single “Who I Am” is out now on all digital platforms and streaming outlets.

 

BRISBANE’S PAVILION DROP VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘HELLFIRE’, ANNOUNCE LAUNCH SHOW

Brisbane’s Hard Rock/Metal newcomer legends Pavilion are today announcing the imminent and explosive arrival of their brand new single ‘HELLFIRE’!  The four-piece outfit are unleashing the single into digital stores and streaming platforms. In the meantime, they are unveiling their film clip for their debut track!
The videoclip was filmed in South-East Queensland’s hinterland and was shot and edited by Third Eye Visuals, who are also responsible for film clips for tracks from Parkway Drive and In Hearts Wake, as well as promo videos for Tapestry, Justice for the Damned and more. The outfit perform the hard-out track surrounded and seemingly engulfed by fire.
At the end of 2018, Pavilion recorded this track among others yet to be released at Arcadia Recording Studios in Eaton’s Hill with engineer Gareth Hargreaves.
Vocalist Peter Muldoon mused on the meaning and themes of the fiery track. “This song explores the guilt and remorse associated with one’s actions through the adoption of heaven and hell. The ideology that sins must be paid for illustrates certain and familiar imagery for the listener.”
“The particular action in this song is left undetermined, allowing the listener to create their own version of sin and adapt the song to their own lives. Whether or not you are a believer of the afterlife, all actions have their consequences.
The quartet are also today announcing their single launch shows – The Hellfire Tour! They will hit hometown Brisbane at Woolly Mammoth in the Fortitude Valley on Saturday August 17, alongside heavyweights Valhalla Lights, Void Matter and Zero 1 Zero, with tickets available now at moshtix.com.au. September will then see them head below the border into New South Wales for a show at Sydney’s Crowbar on Thursday September 12 and then into Newcastle on Saturday September 14 at Stag and Hunter!
Formed by vocalist and guitarist Peter Muldoon and guitarist Michael Fabricato, Pavilion take influence from heavy rock and alternative metal to create a sound of their own. Their structured combination of riffs, solos, melodies and drops creates a unique style that enables them to engage with a variety of audiences.
Pavilion’s new single Hellfire is out this Friday July 12 at all digital stores and streaming platforms at http://ffm.to/pavilion_hellfire and tickets are on sale now for The Hellfire Tour, with details at pavilionmusic.com.au!

THURSDAY 7 MARCH

Perth’s post-black metal quintet Illyria is set to release their full-length album, ‘The Carpathian Summit‘, on April 26. The band premiered the single “Kenopsia” through triple j’s The Racket this week and dropped the first video for the single in anticipation. 

‘The Carpathian Summit’ is Illyria’s sophomore effort and will follow on from their 2016 self-titled debut release, adding 11 new tracks to their repertoire of diverse styles and symbolic motifs. “Kenopsia” leads the way for the upcoming album, showcasing Illyria’s chaotic cacophony of crafted sounds. 

Inspired by fellow contemporaries AlcestDeafheavenLantlôs and Les Discrets, Illyria’s goal is to captivate on the gracious melodies and pulsating rhythms of their hybrid genre whilst promoting the accessibility of post-black metal to new listeners around the world. The band have already shared the stage with musical acts such as Ne ObliviscarisPliniAlcestCaligula’s HorseLindsay Schoolcraft and Make Them Suffer with the vision of expanding their horizons.

The Perth outfit will be launching ‘The Carpathian Summit’ with fellow homegrown talent DeadspaceYomi Ship and Waste Not at Badlands Bar on May 3rd. 

Illyria’s brand new album ‘The Carpathian Summit’ will be released on Friday April 26 and can be pre-ordered from Friday March 8 at iTunes & Apple Music/Spotify/Google Play and all good online stores and streaming outlets. Single “Kenopsia” is out now, as is the video clip.

 

WEDNESDAY 6 MARCH 2019

Crooked Royals announce Rumination EP and drop single of the same name

Auckland’s five-piece Crooked Royals is set to release their EP Rumination on Friday April 19 and they’ve just dropped first single of the same name with a video in the lead up.

Rumination is Crooked Royals’ sophomore release since their debut EP Intertwine in 2018. This first single is entitled ‘Rumination’ – which means to be in deep considered thought. The EP itself is about analysing aspects of day to day life and how it takes a toll on people based on their own experiences. The single of the same name is a song about paranoia, control and the anxiety of how other people perceive you.

In almost two years, Crooked Royals have already made waves in the heavy scene. The band hit the ground running last year when five friends and musicians living in Auckland came together to form the metal core outfit that is Crooked Royals. In just the first year as an aspiring collective of musicians, the band were signed to Lukas Magyar’s (Veil of Maya) management label, New Industry, and later recorded their debut EP, Intertwine, with the man himself in the USA.

Crooked Royals ability to craft songs with a combination of heavy and clean vocals mixed in with huge crushing riffs earned them a spot opening for London prog rock monsters Monuments in Auckland earlier this year. The band also frequent the live room at Auckland’s premier rock bar, Ding Dong Lounge.

Crooked Royals brand new EP Rumination will be released on Friday 19 April and can be pre-ordered from Friday 8 March through iTunes & Apple Music/Spotify/Google Play and all good online stores and streaming outlets. Single ‘Rumination’ is out now.

 

Windwaker announce new EP ‘Empire’, drop hilarious clip for ‘The Sitch’

Melbourne’s Windwaker are on a roll. Several, actually. The five-piece rock/metalcore crew are today rolling out their second track and video from forthcoming EP Empire – entitled My Empire. The track is available now at all digital platforms and streaming outlets.

The new single premiered to the world on Tuesday night on triple j’s Good Nights with Bridget Hustwaite. The sharp-as-a-tack video (as with the lyrical content) centres around the theme of time – with clocks and their inner-workings and hourglasses appearing throughout – as well as Melbourne’s skyline and streets. Colin Jeffs directed the gorgeous new video.

With massive support from triple j unearthed’s editorial team, they have been chosen as the Download Festival Melbourne triple j unearthed’s slot – and the band’s first single from the Empire EP, The Sitch, has been doing massive things for them – as it was added to triple j unearthed rotation, played on triple j’s The Racket, Short Fast Loud and Home and Hosed, rotation on The Faction Radio, the cover image artists on Spotify’s Homegrown & Heavy playlist and the video played on RAGE. Their previous single New Infinite made The Faction’s Hardest 100 countdown of 2018 over the weekend as well!

The new single My Empire is an epic track that showcases all the band’s talents – Will King’s incredible vocal range, the gorgeous mix of guitars both heavy and melodic, and band member Chris Lalic’s skilled-beyond-his-years production skills.

Windwaker are also about to embark on tour with Brisbane’s The Brave to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in March/April. Friday March 22, EP release day for the band, sees them in Melbourne at the Bendigo Hotel, Sydney March 23 at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar and April 6 in Brisbane at Crowbar.

EP Empire is available for Pre-Order now, all at https://windwaker.lnk.to/thesitch.

FRIDAY 1 MARCH 2019

Gamirez Switches Gears With Hard-Hitting New Single, ‘Guarantee’

Having first launched himself onto the national radar in 2017 with his debut single, ‘NaNA’, and continuing his successful run throughout 2018 with ‘U KNXW’, ‘Luv’ and ‘Grinding’, Gamirez is now switching things up and changing lanes with his dark, aggressive new single, ‘Guarantee’.

All about working hard and motivating himself to be better in all that he does, ‘Guarantee’ sees a new side of the Brisbane-via-Perth rapper as an ode to dreaming big and striving to get there. Inspired by a conversation he had with himself on payday when he realised he didn’t have enough cash to fund the lifestyle he was living, Gamirez contemplated the need for a “guaranteed” income and how to get there so he can put his days of living paycheck to paycheck behind him.

“It’s an uplifting song to motivate myself to keep my head up and work towards securing the future I want, dreaming beyond the dead end job I’m currently working,” Gamirez said.

Growing up inspired by the likes of Jay-Z and the level of success he has, Gamirez realised from a young age that he will never stop striving to be better. Born in Uganda to South Sudanese parents, Gamirez said, “I came from a place where life is not promised, I’ve always strived to achieve more then the average person and this song is a reflection of where I am and where I aspire to be.”

‘Guarantee’ is heavy, dark and not afraid of being in your face, and highlights Gamirez not only as a force to be reckoned with as a rapper, but as a producer too. The song is further amplified by a feature from Gamirez’s long-time friend and collaborator, Figuero Jones, who provides the perfect antidote for Gamirez’s deep and hard-hitting hook and verses as he doubles down on the need to hustle with his raspy vocals floating over Gamirez’s beats.

“Working with Figuero Jones was a blast, we’ve been friends for about 4 years now. With Figuero I don’t need to give him any advice on a song or what direction I want him to go in, we think we alike. When I finished my part I knew he was right for the song, I sent it to him and the next day he had the verse ready for me,” Gamirez said.

‘Guarantee’ marks a new chapter for Gamirez as he gets ready for what will be his biggest year yet. Securing triple J love and over 200,000 Spotify streams combined plus adds to A1 Hip-Hop, Urban Flavour, All Aussie Hip Hop and more over the past two years, Gamirez sounds more confident and self-assured than ever. With ‘Guarantee’, he truly steps into his own as an artist to watch for 2019, and if his lyrics are anything at all to go by, he’s not stopping any time soon.

Port Royal jump into the dating game in new music video for latest single Don’t You Forget About Me

Port Royal are taking a chance on romance, diving into the world of speed dating in their flirtatious, upbeat new music video for their latest summery rock-pop jam Don’t You Forget About Me.

Port Royal may be out on their biggest tour yet but they aren’t letting that stop them from finding love in the new music video for their latest single Don’t You Forget About Me.

This rock quartet are taking their chances, joining a speed dating party to help find their true loves and letting their single set the perfect ambiance for romance to flourish.

“The themes and aesthetic of the song were taken to a whole new level in this clip and I think it conveys a beautiful vision of positivity and romance,” said lead vocalist Lawson Doyle.

Working once again with their all time favourite director Julian Squared, the band are thankful for having such an amazing team that created this ‘match made in heaven’ between the track and visuals.

“The incredible team we had behind the Don’t You Forget About Me music video meant every facet was treated with the upmost care and time. From Ashleigh in the art department to Sophie in the makeup, assistant director Sisi Stringer and Julian Squared’s ability to create a vision was quite incredible,” said Doyle.

Blending their signature rock and roll sound with a splash of summery pop, their team captured this video to overflow with optimism, acceptance, love and good times all around.

“There’s nothing more pleasurable than working alongside people who are working so hard for a dream both so similar and so complementary to our own. And it was truly just an honour to see them work with such skill at this thing they love,” said bass guitarist Chase Brodie.

The Last Martyr announce ‘Creatrix’ EP Release April 26 & release ‘Fear’ single/video

The Last Martyr are today announcing the release of their EP ‘Creatrix’ on Friday April 26. Originally slated for an earlier release – and under the name ‘Out of the Black’ – the band decided to shift the focus when they received the final product – feeling that ‘Creatrix’ represents the transformative theme of the songs and the artwork far better. Today, they are dropping a new taste of the record in their song ‘Fear’ – and released an abstract and emotive filmclip for it as well. Pre-Orders for the EP will be live Friday March 8 at ffm.to/TLM_creatrix and the ‘Fear’ single will be live for streaming and purchase March 1 as well at ffm.to/TLM_fear.

Vocalist Monica Strut explains the lyrical themes of the single. “There are two main concepts to ‘Fear.’The first is about realising that sometimes your fears aren’t your own; they are the fears of others projected onto you. This is almost always because your actions are bringing up someone else’s own limiting beliefs and insecurities which they haven’t been able to overcome. The second concept is really about the fact that in order to live life to the fullest, we need to overcome our own fears and limiting beliefs and we have a responsibility to encourage others to do the same. Fear is our brain’s way of protecting us from danger. I believe that life is not necessarily about being ‘Fearless,’ but about rationalising our thoughts and taking action regardless.”

The vivid clip for the single ‘Fear’ (which took over 12 hours to shoot at DCF Studios in Northcote before wrapping up with the milk bath scene at Monica’s house around 11pm) was directed by Her Name Is Murder Productions – who have worked with acclaimed artists such as Sepultura, Thy Art Is Murder and Ocean Grove. Strut explained what they wanted to portray with the video. “We wanted to go with an abstract theme to demonstrate the complexities of human thought around the topic of ‘Fear.’  A mirror motif is used throughout to not only highlight the way in which others project their own fears onto you, but also the fact our fears stem from the inner workings of our minds, as opposed to anything external. Our fears leave us trapped because they distort reality, so we tried to emulate this with many of the scenes.”  

The Last Martyr’s previous singles ‘Into The Black’ and ‘Stay Awake’ saw the band achieve national radio play on triple j (Stay Awake on both The Racket and Home and Hosed) and rotation on The Faction. ‘Stay Awake’ also attracted the attention of Butcher Babies’ Heidi, who added them to her ‘Sisters That Slay‘ playlist alongside the world’s best female voices in heavy music.

The ‘Creatrix’ EP will see its release on Friday April 26 2019 and will be available for pre-orders Friday March 8 at ffm.to/TLM_creatrix. Single ‘Fear’ will be live for purchase and streaming Friday March 1 at ffm.to/TLM_fear. For more information about The Last Martyr, go to facebook.com/thelastmartyr.

 

WEDNESDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2019

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I Prevail announce ‘Trauma’ album out March 29, drop two singles ‘Bow Down’ & ‘Breaking Down

After generating nearly half-a-billion streams, going gold in the US, in a climate where that achievement is becoming more and more rare, and launching a two-year whirlwind of sold out shows (including an entirely sold-out Australian tour in 2017!), Detroit’s I Prevail return with their second full-length and one of the year’s most anticipated releases with Trauma.

The album will be released through Caroline Australia & Fearless Records on 29th March 2019, following their upcoming appearances at Download Festival Australia in Melbourne and Sydney March 9 & 11. Trauma can be Pre-ordered here in physical and digital formats.

Trauma represents a victorious moment in the wake of a series of trials and tribulations endured by the Michigan quartet—Brian Burkheiser [clean vocals], Eric Vanlerberghe [harsh vocals], Steve Menoian [lead guitar], and Dylan Bowman [rhythm guitar]. Even as they catapulted towards mainstream notoriety with 2016’s breakout Lifelines, they faced unforeseen and unbelievable hardship that might’ve broken any other band.

Burkheiser dealt with a debilitating and shocking vocal injury that jeopardized his future as a singer. He made it through, but dealt with the aftershocks of stress and anxiety. Mired in thoughts of potentially leaving the band, he made a choice. He got together with his band brothers in 2018 and they decided to craft the record they wanted to hear without outside input. Joined by producer Tyler Smith [Falling In Reverse], they emerged from 10 months in the studio with Trauma.

Now, the album represents a realization of their full potential. I Prevail elevate rock by making it unpredictable again, leaping from moments of metal, alternative, electronic, and hip-hop. This unpredictability powers the heavy and hard-hitting new single “Bow Down.”

Additionally, they unveiled an accompanying single “Breaking Down,” which pairs glitchy flourishes with a hypnotic and heartfelt vocal performance and impactful refrain.


With an equally melodic, magnetic, and momentous offering, I Prevail triumph on Trauma. Smarter, slicker, and soaring towards stardom, rock music gets the band it needs to carry it to the forefront of culture again: I Prevail.

Since I Prevail’s 2014 arrival, they set a precedent to catalyse rock’s evolution. The band put up astounding numbers rarely synonymous with the genre or their peers, for that matter. Nearing half-a-billions streams and 115 million YouTube views, they moved over 500,000 albums worldwide, notched three #1 singles on SiriusXM Octane, and played 500-plus shows in just three years. Not to mention, they achieved a gold single in the form of their take on Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” from the Heart Vs. Mind EP.

On the mega-anticipated 2019 offering Trauma, they uplift rock to a plateau where soundscapes can unpredictably toss and turn between heavy metal, alternative, hip-hop, and electronic moods without warning, boundaries, or rules. Meanwhile, the lyrics team with confessional emotionality as if ripped from the pages of a secret diary. Vulnerable, vital, and visceral, the 15-track opus illuminates the future, and it’s as bright and bold as the singles “Breaking Down” and “Bow Down.” Rock may never be the same after this Trauma.

I Prevail’s new Album Trauma is out on Friday March 29 2019 through Caroline Australia and Fearless Records and is available for Pre-Order now at https://caroline.lnk.to/TRAUMA. Tickets for Download Festival Australia can be purchased at http://downloadfestival.com.au/tickets.

FRIDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2019

Japam is set to release Sickboy, their first EP since 2016, on April 12th with pre-orders open February 22. The band have officially dropped their first single off the EP in anticipation, “Roak”, accompanied by a video clip.

Japam are bringing back the bounce with Sickboy! Mixed and mastered by Taylor Larson (Periphery, From First to Last, Veil of Maya and Asking Alexandria) at Oceanic Recording, the EP combines influences from the heavy, technical groove of modern progressive music to the melodic appeal of 90’s pop and rock music. Japam create an energetic and infectious soundscape, sure to please a vast array of keen music listeners.

“Roak” is the first single off Sickboy and as Japam guitarist, Seb Hudson, said “[Roak] is the signature ‘djent’ song on the EP, and a personal favourite for most of the band.” This track really pushes the band’s limits in terms of playability and showcases their capabilities. Relentlessly heavy from start to finish, it’s a headbanger’s dream.

FIlmed and edited by Tim Towie, the film clip for “Roak” at first comes across as somewhat of a metal cliché with its black-on-black theme, strobe effects and classic metal headbanging. However, the melodic build-up brings with it a not-so-subtle change of pace, breaking out into an epic food fight! Punching a watermelon, raining eggs and cereal, pasta bombs and good old-fashioned antiquing add a dimension and flavour (pun intended) to the clip that you’d expect from the band.

Japam – Which is either the applied use of a mantra, or a drunken mispronunciation deemed too good to pass up as a band name, is the brainchild of Adelaide songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seb Hudson. Seb’s desire to take his popular online recordings to the live stage began with the initiation of vocalist Ryan Lucivero. Soon after, Ben Whitehorn filled the role as bass player/hype man, and Jack Thomson, with his commanding drumming style and experience through his many projects added an air of authority to the rhythm section. Early 2015 the need for a second guitarist was made apparent, so Japam recruited long haired lout, Andreas Murphy, formerly of Soft White Machine… and thus, the fold was complete.

In the infancy of the band’s career, they’ve already earned themselves props in the underground through airtime on multiple radio stations nationwide including Triple J’s The Racket, Andrew Haug Radio and even reaching the top spot on the Triple J Unearthed metal charts. The first taste of new Japam in over two years is not to be missed.

Japam’s new single ‘Roak’ is out Friday February 22, as are Pre-orders for the Sickboy EP at https://ffm.to/japamsickboy – both will be available at all good digital stores and streaming outlets.

 

SUNDAY 20 JANUARY 2019

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New Zealand’s CITY OF SOULS are setting up an absolutely epic 2019 with a slew of new announcements and signings, their appearances at Progfest and its sideshows AND brand new music and music video in order to whet the appetite of the hordes of awaiting fans!

The six-piece Auckland bred alternative-progressive powerhouse are today announcing that they have signed to Australian record label Wild Things Records (also home to The Ocean, Circles, AlithiA) worldwide for the release of their highly anticipated debut album due later this year, as well as UK/EU bookings to Artery Global (Twelve Foot Ninja, Caligula’s Horse, Circles). Already signed for Management to Tom Larkin at VVV Management, the band have rounded out their team going forward.
Add to that, they have just released the very first taste of new music – with their new single ‘Wolf’, and its stellar accompanying music video. The new single is live now at Spotify and Apple Music & iTunes. They take to the stage 23rd and 24th January in New Zealand in support of UK djent-groove metal pioneers Monuments, then hop the pond to play their debut Australian shows at the 10th Anniversary Progfest tour from January 26 to 28 in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, alongside The Ocean,MonumentsSkyharborCircles and more. 
For the past 12 months the band have been writing their debut album under the guidance of producer Forrester Savell (COG, Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus) and have debuted new tracks to huge response at festivals such as Homegrown and Storm The Gates (alongside Limp Bizkit and Suicidal Tendencies). Vocalist Richie Simpson talks of how he sees the band and what he wants it to mean to people in a year’s time. “We don’t want to ‘Be’ anything or adhere to a particular idea of what our sound should be. We simply want to create for the sake of creating and to leave something behind that I am proud of.”
Artery Global’s Head of European Touring Tony Boden said that he “…came across CITY OF SOULS from the Wild Thing crew, who have a great knack of discovering incredible progressive & alternative rock acts in their neck of the woods. After having so much success with Twelve Foot Ninja, Caligula’s Horse and Circles in Europe, I jumped at the opportunity to work with City Of Souls, who have a very bright future in front of them.
Eli Chamravi, head of Wild Thing Records is beaming about the signing – “I’m honoured to have New Zealand’s premier alternative / progressive rock act CITY OF SOULS join the Wild Thing Records family. Their new album to be released later this year is a phenomenal body of work, and I think they’re onto something very special. It’s a pleasure to work with Tom Larkin and the VVV Management team on such an outstanding act, and I look forward to a massive year for the band in Australia, New Zealand, and abroad. I can’t wait for Progfest to kick off next week!
CITY OF SOULS formed in August 2015 by Guitarists Trajan Schwencke (Cold by Winter, In Dread Response) and Steve Boag (In Dread Response, Blacklistt). Vocalist Richie Simpson (New Way Home) found the tracks Trajan and Steve had written immediately captivating and joined the band. Guitarist Marcus Powell (founding member of multi-platinum bands Blindspott and Blacklistt) then joined, and the lineup was complete with Daniel Insley on Bass (Solstate) and Drummer Corey Friedlander (In Dread Response / 8 Foot Sativa).
The band blazed their own trail into the world with first single “Sleep”, which juxtaposed explosive energy with the cinematic soulfulness that has become the band’s signature. The track was received strongly by the band’s growing fanbase and went straight to number one on the iTunes rock chart. Following singes “Water” and “Long Gone” were added to The Rock FM (NZ highest rating radio station) and kicked off extensive local touring and high-profile opening slots for international acts like Bring Me to The Horizon, Stone Sour, and Dead Letter Circus.
CITY OF SOULS’ new single ‘Wolf’ is out now at Spotify and Apple Music & iTunes at http://smarturl.it/cityofsouls. They will be appearing at Monuments’ NZ tour dates in Wellington (23rd January) and Auckland (24th January) and then heading to Australia for the Progfest dates – Melbourne on January 26, Sydney January 27 and Brisbane January 28.

TUESDAY 15 JANUARY 2019

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Mammal affirms comeback with new music video and signing to K2 agency for international bookings

When iconic Melbourne/NAARM political funk rockers Mammal announced their return in October last year, many expected the seminal four piece to implode within a month. The bands infamous history of member in-fighting, literally dangerous stage performances and highly strung backstage fist fights was the stuff of underground Oz rock legend – and had fans and pundits alike watching keenly for a spectacular, dance-floor filling train-wreck.How wrong they were.

In the last year, the band has played sold out comeback shows in three states, released 3 new songs, and toured from London to every state of so-called “Australia”, and audiences old and new have been lapping it up, then screaming for more. Patrice Lovelace, in-house promoter for The Underworld in London, said of their recent sold-out performance there – “This show is going to be one of those that will be fondly remembered as an experience for everyone in attendance. You know when people speak of seeing Nirvana in a small venue playing to an audience of 100 before they blew up?

Yeah, like that.”

In short, Mammal are back, and they’ve got unfinished business.

Mammal are proud to announce the release of their new clip for their aggro/anarcho anthem “DEAD”. Shot by Gareth McGilvray, this clip is a gritty as a picket line, as loud as a swarming mob and as tough as concrete.

Just to pour a little more fuel on the inferno, Mammal’s triumphant and sold out return to London this October drew the immediate attention of the UK industry and resulted in the band signing with prominent international booking agency K2 (Meshuggah, Devin Townsend, Satyricon and MANY more) – who will represent the band in the UK, EU and Asia going forward.Yerry Stetter, agent at K2 Agency, said of the signing – “MAMMAL were before their time when they released ‘The Majority’ back in 2008. Since then the things they sang about have come to pass. The state of affairs in the world are at one it’s lowest points, and MAMMAL’s music is more relevant than ever. The band absolutely blew me away with their show in London this past October, and I’m beyond stoked to be on board to see where we can take the message of this absolutely phenomenal MAMMAL.”

Never a band to laze about wondering what’s next, the band, Ezekiel Ox (Vocalist/Frontman), Pete, Williamson (Guitar/Business Ops), Nick Adams (Bass/Production) and Zane Rosanoski (Drums/Electrics) are now planning their assault on Europe, including heading back into the studio to finish 14 new tracks as this is written.

Frontman Ox had this to say about the band’s future:

“Punters in Australia and UK, our previous strongholds, have spoken with their feet on the dance floor over the past year, and we have listened. We’ve ironed out the kinks, and grown together. This new group of songs is going to modernise the classic Mammal sound, whilst still being heavy on the rock, punk and middle finger politics we’re known for. Stand by for some speaker crushing hard funk! Europe and Asia, strap in for the live show soon.”

Single ‘Dead’ is out now in iTunes, Spotify and all good digital outlets, as well as at the bands Bandcamp site.

MONDAY 14 JANUARY 2019

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Set It Off are pleased to announce that they will release their brand new album ‘Midnight’ on February 1 2019 through Caroline Australia & Fearless Records. The album was produced by Mike Green (Neck DeepAll Time LowState Champs) with additional production by Brandon Paddock (Panic! At the Disco, Papa RoachThe UsedDaughtry).

The band has just shared the music video for the upbeat and effervescent new track “Lonely Dance.” The new video follows the previously released track “Killer In The Mirror”, sitting at 2 million views on Youtube. The new track serves as a preview to some of the band’s upcoming, most edgy and pop-driven anthems to date.

The Los Angeles-based band – comprised of Cody Carson (vocals), Dan Clermont (guitar), Zach DeWall (guitar) and Maxx Danziger (drums) – have become known for creating their own original brand of pop music, infusing bold electronic elements that guide loud, driving rock instrumentation with guitar riffs as catchy as the choruses and an overall feel-good, dance-worthy vibe. Commanding attention, Set It Off bring authenticity back to pop music in a bold and unapologetic way.

The group’s last full-length release, Upside Down, was noted as one of the “Most Anticipated Albums of 2016” by Alternative Press Magazine and follows the band’s sophomore album, Duality, which debuted at No. 18 on the Billboard Independent Chart. The band’s debut full-length, Cinematics, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard South Atlantic Heatseekers Regional Chart, No. 4 on Billboard Heatseekers Chart, No. 9 on Billboard Next Big Sound Chart, and even broke into the Billboard Top 200 chart.

This album is going to change the game for Set It Off and we are so happy that you are along on this ride with us,” said singer Cody Carson. “Welcome to ‘Lonely Dance,’ the anthem of the introvert, where we can all be content and not feel like a freak for just wanting to stay inside where we feel at home. We’re really excited about this song and the music video accompanied with it.

Carson elaborated further about the visual, saying, “It’s honestly my favorite music video of ours to date. As far as the concept, how can you get more isolated than space? It was an unbelievable experience to work on a set so intricate and beautiful as that spaceship and the team behind the camera were just amazing!”

Set it Off’s new album Midnight will be released on Friday February 1 through Caroline Music Australia and Fearless Records. Single ‘Lonely Dance’ is out now in all good digital stores and streaming outlets. The album can be pre-ordered at https://caroline.lnk.to/SetItOff.

SUNDAY 13 JANUARY 2019

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Cub Support release their second single ‘Party Pill’ off their self-titled third ‘Cub Sport’ and announce their Australian album tour for April.

As the release of their third studio album – the self-titled ‘Cub Sport’ – gets closer, Brisbane’s Cub Sport give you the second official single from the album Party Pill (out now) and announce their biggest headline tour to date, as they take their new album on tour around the country throughout April.
“Party Pill” is a pop anthem about falling in love in secret. An expansion of the story told in their 2016 single “Come On Mess Me Up“, the track dives deeper into how Tim was feeling at the time of writing that song, and falling in love even though he wouldn’t admit it.
Party Pill” expands on the journey Tim experienced as he was falling in love with Sam but trying to hide it from himself and everyone around him, to now facing their fears and embracing their love privately and publicly.

“Sam and I first fell in love when we were 17 but I was super scared of what would happen if I came out and decided it’d be better for us to just be friends. This part of our story had been weighing on my heart for a long time and I’d held onto a lot of shame and embarrassment, but I realised last year that I needed to let go. So, I finally turned the pain of those years into something beautiful and it feels like I’m setting myself free.” – Tim Nelson

 

The video for “Party Pill” also marks a first for the band, as it’s their directorial debut! Shot and edited by Paloma Criollo, it was important the clip captured the story and the depth of the song – the result is an expression of the softness and intimacy they never felt they could share until now. Watch the video clip here.
Cub Sport will be performing new single “Party Pill” as well as hit single “Sometimes” and the rest of the album live around the country in April for their biggest ever headline tour to date.

You can catch them live at the following venues:

presented by triple j, Village Sounds, and Cub Sport Records Cub Sport AUS & NZ Tour 2019

 

Saturday 6th April – The Tivoli, Brisbane (U18s Matinee)

Saturday 6th April – The Tivoli, Brisbane (18+)

Friday 12th April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (All Ages)

Saturday 13th April – Festival Hall, Melbourne (All Ages)

Thursday 18th April – Metropolis, Fremantle (18+)

Saturday 20th April – The Gov, Adelaide (All Ages)

SATURDAY 12 JANUARY 2019
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Lavidicus announces a new vocalist and release their new single Captain Benjamin Hornigold

Brisbane’s hard-out and heavy outfit Lavidius are today pushing out to sea with a new frontman in the form of Ben Davis (also of Brissy’s Tria Mera) and brand new cargo on board – a heavy ditty about the tale of Spanish Pirate Captain Benjamin Hornigold. It’s the first taste of what the noted front-man is bringing to Lavidius and it’s a beer-swilling, chugging tune that sets a new standard and vibe to the band.

The new single will be available for purchase and streaming from this Friday, January 11 at iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify and all good online outlets. 

Jon Shedden, guitarist for the band says of the new vocalist for the band – “Ben has a very professional attitude and fun vibe – he is already pushing us in music directions we previously didn’t think possible,” and bassist Sebastian Desmarais praised Davis, saying that “Ben brings experience, art and dedication – I am excited to see what unique quirks he will bring to Lavidius.”

The brand new song is about a pirate named Captain Benjamin Hornigold, who was a privateer during the Spanish war who turned to piracy after the war ended and there was no use for his sailing experience. 

Davis explains the idea behind writing the song and its lyrics. “He has one of the best pirate stories… He and his crew got so drunk one night after a successful raid that they all threw their hats overboard. When they woke the next morning, they realized their mistake and hunted down a cargo ship and boarded it. They tied up the entire crew and took their hats. They left all of the cargo and only stole the hats to replace the ones they had thrown overboard in their drunken state the night before.”

Lavidius is an Australian heavy metal band from Brisbane, formed in 2008. The band is now composed of Ben Davis (lead vocals), Jon Shedden (guitar and backing vocals), Marcus Glover (guitar), Sebastian Desmarais (bass guitar and backing vocals) and Ben Bowen (drums). Davis said that he is “…very excited to be involved with a hard working band that wants to push limits and make music that we all enjoy.” 

Lavidius plays hard hitting music, with a unique blend of melody, down tempo grooves, finely tuned gutturals and ball tearing riffs that make you pull an ugly face because they are that filthy. Influences on the band include (though not limited to) Chimaira, Lamb of God, DevilDriver, Soilwork, Opeth, Parkway Drive, Gojira and Metallica, have been featured on triple j’s The Racket, The Faction, Andrew Haug Radio and single Days Get Darker featured Soilwork’s Bjorn ‘Speed’ Strid on guest vocals! Their career to date has also seen them support international artists Cradle of Filth and 
Angelus Apatrida as well as Australian legends Orpheus Omega, Witchgrinder, DarkCell, Chronolyth and Vanishing Point, as well as play Lagerstein’s festival Lagerfest.

Lavidius’ single Captain Benjamin Hornigold will be live in stores for purchase and streaming this Friday January 11.

SATURDAY 5 JANUARY 2019

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Mirrah infuses soul with 90s influences for new hip hop single, ‘Hold On’

It’s been four years since we last heard from Sydney emcee MIRRAH. From her debut mixtape REFLECT-I-ON and her debut EP, LIFE, she confirmed her status as a force not to reckoned with on the hip-hop scene, and now the Sydney legend is back with another soulful release. 

 

Fresh from joining the Elefant Traks crew on RAGE and Triple J’s Like A Version, supporting Urthboy, performing with Mojo Juju,and jumping up on stage to perform with both L-FRESH the LION and OKENYO at the Elefant Traks 20th birthday celebrations, Mirrah’s new single ‘Hold On’ proves she really is not only one of most exciting artists in the scene right now, but also one of the most innovative and versatile voices as well.  

 

With an extensive history in hip-hop both as an artist and dancer, Mirrah has spent the last few years performing and collaborating with L-FRESH the LION, while working on her own music. Focusing on the power and importance of self-love, Mirrah channels her life experience into her storytelling and poetry, while using pop-influenced soul and hip-hop beats which she rides with ease.

 

‘Hold On’ is all about remembering what is really important: good friends, living in the moment, and of course, love. Inspired by the mad rush of stores during Christmas time and how easily lost people became in their hunt for meaningless gifts, Mirrah reminds us all to never lose sight of those gifts that you can’t buy.

Taken from her forthcoming EP, LOVE, Mirrah channels conscious hip-hop influences like A Tribe Called Quest, Erykah Badu, Common, Rapsody and even Kendrick Lamar as she lets her message out into the world. Now, as she steps back into the well-deserved spotlight, Mirrah brings her trademark soulful, passionate rhymes coupled with 90s influenced beats and grooves with her, and with her forthcoming EP release, she aims to provide a bit of comfort and solace in a world that makes that hard to find.

FRIDAY 4 JANUARY 2019

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TALL TEETH ENTHRALLS A CAMPFIRE AUDIENCE IN DEBUT SINGLE WOLVES  

Settle in by the campfire and let Melbourne singer-songwriter Tall Teeth whisk you away with his debut offering Wolves; a hauntingly beautiful warning against empty-longing urging listeners find happiness where they can in their present moment.

Brooding, ethereal and brutally personal, Tall Teeth opens his anxieties to the world in effort to put an ease on the troubled minds of those who can relate to his stories.

It tackles the idea of searching for happiness, never quite being able to obtain it and the subsequent fallout of dealing with that reality. Throughout the process of writing, happiness became less of a quest for actual fulfilment and more so a means to an end of attempting to fill a particular void,” said Tall Teeth.

“This particular songwriting process was an interesting one as it was the first time I collaboratively worked on constructing an idea. It can get lonely writing in a bedroom so the experience of sharing ideas from the get go and building a song with other people’s input has been a positive change.” 

Wolves is the first step in what will be a long path to his debut, full length release, an EP that explores a unique and troubling time in Tall Teeth’s life, scheduled for release in 2019.

“This song is the first taste of an EP that retrospectively explored how I felt before I moved overseas. There were things that I chose to omit dealing with which made my departure that much easier and gave me a chance to find an independent voice,” saidTall Teeth.

 

THURSDAY 3 JANUARY 2019

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Blue Velvet Reflect on change in their new single and announce their first EP ‘A Lesson in Regression’

Blue Velvets latest singles ‘Stay Inside All Day’ and ‘Wasted Youth’ have signified a dramatic evolution in the bands style

Now, full of life, love and optimism, they’re ready to address that change with their new single Make You Stay and sophomore EP ‘A Lesson In Regression’; a love letter to the band they once were and an excited look to the horizon.

‘A Lesson In Regression’ was released on Friday, October 19.

A subversion of the classic love song; Make You Stay isn’t written for a romantic partner. It is a commitment from each member of Blue Velvet to each other and to the people that have followed them on their journey.

Make You Stay serves as this kind of bridge between the band that we used to be and who we are today. It’s a song about accepting the ways relationships kind of evolve and move on, while reminiscing on how things could’ve been different,” said keyboards and vocalist, Sam Bauermeister.

“We thought this was a really important song as it serves as this final chapter for Blue Velvet in the sense that we’re saying goodbye to our past and moving into this exciting new direction.”

Make You Stay serves as a moment to reflect for each member of Blue Velvet.

“It was written as a cathartic way for me to reflect on my actions and behaviors towards other people. I try not to overthink the process of writing; the chorus from Make You Stay was instantly stuck in my head and the rest of the song fell into place,” said bassist, Michael Godwin.

The single is a real culmination of themes in Blue Velvet’s upcoming EP ‘A Lesson In Regression’.

“We all dared to do something different in ‘A Lesson In Regression’. Some of the songs were conjured up in a matter of minutes and others took months. In the end it all fused together to create something that has a foot grounded in where we began, writing sad emo songs, and another foot in the ambition, positive music that we’re creating now,” said drummer, Lewis Armstrong.

“It was incredibly liberating to create, it felt like we were really free to explore our musical tastes and write something we all really love, something we’re proud of,” said drummer, Lewis Armstrong.

SUNDAY 25 NOVEMBER 

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Third Floor Returns from surviving Chronic Illness with a new single ‘Lying Eyes’

It has been over a year since the world has been treated to the British born, Sydney based producer Third Floor’s silky production and intimate attitude. He has returned with his wounded single ‘Lying Eyes’ featuring Californian singer-songwriter Ryan Konline on vocals. He is recognised by the atmospheric pop signature that governs his artistry and coerces his musical story, leaving a bona-fide and unique presence.

Lying Eyes is the first tastes of Third Floor’s next full-length release, which deals with healing physically and emotionally after a traumatic 12 months. Third Floor says ‘I had relationships that came and went just as fast as they arrived. When your body is broken, it’s a personal journey to piece yourself back together. Just the same; heartbreak is a journey self travelled and I’m almost at the end of that journey too’.

The single focuses closely on the emotional side of this story, showing the erosion of trust in a relationship delivering a feeling of helplessness and disappointment.

Third Floor goes on to say ‘ It’s about following your intuition and trying to figure out where those feelings begin; you know something is wrong but you don’t know what. It’s this yearning for a partner to be authentic with their emotions and with you.

MONDAY 22 OCTOBER

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Hein Cooper releases a second taste of music with ‘Over Again’

Releasing his debut album ‘The Art of Escape’ in 2016, Hein Cooper spent the better of that year touring Australia, supporting James Bay and co-headlining with Lanks, before returning for Falls Festival at the end of the year.

Cooper went on to perform over 140 shows over 18 months throughout Europe, the UK and North America. He headlined tours, played festivals and supported artists like Lukas Graham, Peter Bjorn and John and Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes. This led to airplay in over 30 countries and over 150 stations and accrued fans across the globe.

Through his extensive touring, Cooper began to form the threads of new music during his time living in Cornwall. The British coastal life provided an outlet for him to reflect and muse on the wealth of new experiences from touring. This allowed for the first entry of new music to be released to the world.

After returning to Australia earlier this year with his previous single ‘Hear My Voice’ and a bunch of sold our homecoming shows across the country, Hein Cooper is back again with follow up single ‘Over Again’. ‘Over Again’ is about disbelief; the denial you feel when something you thought was going to last forever ends. Cooper says ‘I tend to get overly involved in things so I’m prone to these kinds of situations’.

The result is fresh and is mixed with new genres and inspirations. Cooper says ‘I think a pop song can be incredibly poetic and still clear, and also be an exciting mix of genres. That’s what I’ve aimed for throughout my new music’.

The song is out now on all digital platforms.

SUNDAY 21 OCTOBER

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As A Rival have dropped their new single ‘What We Got’ and announce the release of their debut album on 2 November

Pete Cerni (vox/guitar) and Nathan Wheatley (drums) are joined by Johnny Beech (guitar) and Paul Trevorrow (bass) to deliver a powerfully polished punk rock album. After the tease of previous releases, what remains is a certainty and drive that screams that they are the rival they have always threatened to be. They are based out of Melbourne, Australia.

As A Rival back and are here to kick the door down with their second full-length album called ‘Griefers’. This will be released on Friday 2nd November. Currently, As A Rival have released their new single ‘What We Got’ to the world. Pre-orders for the album and streaming for the single are currently available at http://asarival.com

The new single ‘What We Got’ blasts away from As A Rival’s usual vein of punk rock showing a maturity and diversity in their songwriting. As A Rival are delivering a power punk ballad that will hit even the hardest of hearts. It’s about when someone you love is struggling through a dark time in his or her lives, holding onto the tiniest of threads, and doing everything possible to comfort them through it. It is an anthem about holding on to the good around you when you’re almost ready to give in to the flames.

Pete Cerni, vocalist for the band, said that “There are times when we are tested – things that we love, that we live for are put to the sword and we’re left to question ‘is it all worth it’? It’s hard not to focus on the negative. It’s hard enough when it’s your own fight, but watching it happen to someone close to you can be debilitating and make you feel helpless. What We Got addresses the internal struggle that comes with failed attempts to try and comfort those in need.

‘Griefers’ is a gaming term used to describe those who play alongside you only to turn against you, cause you pain and hinder your progress. The same can be used to describe the people we let into our lives. Pete explains, “We go through life meeting people. Connecting with them. Let them in, share with them our passions, our dreams. Some people glide in and out naturally, but others will smile at you while they fight to destroy everything you’ve built.” ‘Griefers’ encompasses the hurt you have to face to crawl out of the mess and deal with the aftermath. Life is about the fight for what you believe in. ‘Griefers’ acknowledges these trying times – the times when you do fall but that it’s ok, as long as you climb even higher as a result.

Recorded at Homesurgery Recordings, the album was produced by Tom Larkin (Shihad) with Sam K Sproull and Jon Grace. The sessions started out with a challenge – complete 50 demos within a 2-month period. This challenge that was met with gusto. 50+ songs later having explored a myriad of styles touched on in previous releases, these sessions enabled As A Rival to hone their craft and evolve their sound. The result: a 12 song punk rock deluge, tackling themes of betrayal, deceit and defiance

‘Griefers’ pays homage to a number of influences and genres culminating into what is As A Rival’s best release to date. From the raw gallop of lead single, ‘Bring Out The Dead’ to the power and grace of ‘What We Got’. The hooks of ‘Head In The Clouds’ to the burst of energy that is ‘Coup De Main’. The album is full of riffs, hooks and sing-along choruses that keep you coming back for more.

They have seamlessly collected the promises from their debut album ‘By Design’ and set them on fire, constructing a new sound from the ashes. ‘Griefers’ is not just a collection of songs, but a statement, a stamp in time outlining the challenges that have landed in their path. However, instead of dwelling on the issues and letting it hold them back, it’s time to let go. They decided to let the past die – kill it if you have to.

FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER

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Manu Crooks drops ‘Best Years’ Collab

After touring the world, & returning to play one of the biggest music festivals in Australia, Splendour In The Grass, African-Australian artist MANU CROOKS has dropped a special collab track Best Years with fellow Western Sydney artists B Wise and Lil Spacely. This comes ahead of Manu’s upcoming homecoming event Red Bull Music presents Mood Forever: MANU CROOKS & Co.’

 

Manu Crooks has consistently made waves internationally over the past twelve months. From his breakout single Everyday immediately added to world-renowned radio station triple j, to his Beats 1 Radio & Zane Lowe-endorsed Blowin’ Up & Assumptions, Manu Crooks has surpassed any definitive entry level status to loud anticipation.

His debut mood forever project, executively produced by Miracle & DOPAM!NE, displayed Manu’s innate ability to swerve in an unpredictable trajectory while sustaining his thematic moodiness. This effort continued into 2018 with Buddy Buddy appearing on Spotify covers worldwide, Presence being added to New Music Friday in the US, and Different League (filmed in Paris) being praised by UK press while touring in Europe in January.

Manu Crooks’ most recent single Fuego has set Crooks into the limelight with rotation on triple j (AUS) & Kiss Fresh (UK), over 4 million streams on Spotify, as well as a world tour which included a massive Toronto show with ASAP Ferg and a European tour with SAINt JHN.

On the one-year anniversary of his mood forever debut EP release, Manu Crooks will give a spectacular homecoming performance from Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal, Cargo Hall on Friday, Aug 24.

Supporting Manu Crooks on the evening, will be his long-time collaborator and studio mate, B-Wise. The South-West Sydney artist continues to keep his name in lights from tracks like “40 Days” and “Lately”, and has a debut album on the horizon.

Joining him in warming the stage, will be Brisbane’s UV boi  فوق بنفسجي. Following what’s set to be an enigmatic performance at Splendour in the Grass for ‘Red Bull Music Presents A Night With’, Emmanuel’s luscious offerings will add a hypnotising element to the evening.

Adding to the celebrations will be Milan Ring. From the sparkling city of Angels to humble Australian outback bedroom beats, Milan’s music is a humble juxtaposition of spiced cross-continental rhythms. Also joining the line-up will be emcee Lil Spacely – as well as local DJ hero and firm fixture across Sydney’s nightlife, Ebony Boadu.

THURSDAY 18 OCTOBER

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Alithia announce new album ‘The Moon Has Fallen’ out on 26th October

Alithia are renowned for their spellbindingly powerful live shows and hypnotizing tribal flavours. The Australian 6-piece progressive rock livewire will release their highly anticipated sophomore record The Moon has Fallen worldwide on Friday October 26th 2018 through Wild Thing Records. They are celebrating this announcement by releasing the first single/video from the record, entitled Empress – which is available, alongside the pre-order for the record at http://smarturl.it/alithia.

Recorded in Athens, Greece, The Moon has Fallen delves deep into the realm of psychedelic tribal post-prog rock. The band embraces heavy percussive grooves, new wave Blade Runner-esque synth blasts, and striking melodic vocals with an emphatic punk attitude, resulting in one of the most unique and diverse albums to ever infect your senses. The Moon has Fallen is AlithiA’s first record written entirely collectively with the inspired addition of percussionist Jeffrey Raul Ortiz Castro interlacing the album’s sound with Latin rhythms, celestial synthesizers, and distinctive secondary vocals. The band’s original foundations, however, remain intact with John Rousvanis’ inspiring lead vocals and mesmerizing guitar styling apparent throughout, none more so than the epic album opener The SunFrom the pulsating engine room of bassist Tibor Gede and drummer Mark ‘Vel’ Vella, shining on highlight track Empress, to the stirring keyboard soundscapes of Danny Costantino, which command the single Diamonds, AlithiA have emerged with a simply exceptional album.

AlithiA founder and lead singer John Rousvanis had this to say about the new album. “We didn’t choose to make this album, but rather it was it’s own entity already in the etheric plane which chose us as it’s conduit birthing parents, in turn the writing process affected myself and the other members of the band in a extremely challenging way, leading to tumultuous ups and downs, we went through an intense journey that involved  bemusement, blind optimism, broken hearts, death, loss, depression, near band break ups, sever sickness, mental illness,  suicide, self destruction, betrayal, doubt, hedonism, salvation, brotherhood, the left and right hand path, realisation, enlightenment, new friends, love, marriage, empathy, philosophy, gratitude and growth all in our daily lives while traveling across the world and back in making this music…this album is just one part of my self and AlithiA that will live on after we are gone. The Moon Has Fallen.

AlithiA, meaning ‘Truth’ in Greek, was formed by singer John Rousvanis in 2004. Following the release of two experimental EP’s in The Rising (2009) and A Realm O Null (2011), AlithiA honed their sound with the ethereal debut album To the Edge of Time (2014). Recorded in Budapest, Hungary, To the Edge of Timegarnered international interest in the group, with the record receiving rave reviews worldwide; Metal Hammer (UK) proclaimed “the kind of emotional fireworks that could send the world’s festival stages into orbit”. The band’s momentum gathered steam, becoming a core component of Australia’s progressive rock scene revival, leading them to tour Australia and Europe several times over with The Music (AUS) affirming, “…their live show is starting to attain legendary status“. Their captivating live setup was further solidified with the joining of young prodigious guitarist Nguyen Phambam in 2017.

AlithiA are nomadic travellers in every sense, displayed in their extensive touring history and vivacious ‘street dog’ personality, an expression / movement of which they’re proud to have pioneered. In recent times, AlithiA embarked on a 29-date European Tour with Leprous and Agent Fresco in 2017 (their fourth European sojourn), and 2018 saw the band tour Australia with Leprous, and The Contortionist and SikTh. AlithiA have directly supported some of the biggest names in progressive music such as Animals As LeadersAlcestDead Letter CircusNe Obliviscaris, The Ocean, sleepmakeswavesCaligula’s HorseTides From NebulaMother’s CakeVulture Industries, and many others. In Australia, they’ve performed at prominent festivals such as BIGSOUND, and at PROGFEST a record five times. Their engrossing live performances led the group to signings with Wild Thing Presents (management), and Artery Global (bookings).

AlithiA’s “The Moon has Fallen” will be available for pre-order from today at http://smarturl.it/alithia and will see its release into the world on Friday October 26th.

WEDNESDAY 17 OCTOBER

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He Danced Ivy release their new single ‘Spitting on Infinity’

He Danced Ivy are handsomely loud; delivering zeitgeist slamming anthems that blend, defy and flip expectations, genres and planes of existence. Hailing from Brisbane via Coffs Harbour, the four mates serenade each other and the world, living life to the fullest along the way.

Sharpening their live shows with supports slots from acts such as Circa Survive (USA), Protest The Hero (CAN), Dead Letter Circus, Mammal, The Delta Riggs & Caligula’s Horse, plus landing spots on multiple festival line-ups including Brisbane’s Progfest & Banana Field Music Festival, has equalled a bombastic, regularly polished and tight live performance guaranteed to shake even the most stable room.

Leave it to He Danced Ivy to draw out that madness in their wild new single Spitting On Infinity; a thrashing ruckus full of distorted guitars and unique satirical lyrics that will have you feeling wilder than the house party it was recorded during.

Spitting On Infinity is the perfect tune for a wild Saturday night, recorded in part during one of those wild Saturday nights when the group gathered a choir of their best mates in a Fortitude Valley parking lot.

“We gathered 25 of our closest friends and crammed them into an outdoor car park to record the big last chorus group vocals. I don’t know how we didn’t get shut down, but listening back to our wild car park-choir is easily one of our greatest memories,” said bassist, Mitch.

All for the theatrics, He Danced Ivy always weave some kind of insane narrative into their music; just try to piece this one together.

“The song tells this story of this narcissist that’s in a relationship that’s falling apart. All the classic culprits are there; in-law drama, compartmentalized emotions, backstabbing, and the false hope that things will get better,” said lead vocalistDave.

“Each feeling is painted with equal parts with and sleaze as the narcissist loses all care for subtlety. They begin to revel in the opportunity to lie, cheat, and steal; hell with the consequences. They’re finished, all that’s left is to spit on infinity and piss on the sun,” said lead guitaristSean.

Spitting On Infinity is the follow up to their Frankenstein’s monster of a single, Guillotines, released in July, which saw the boys step loudly into the spotlight scoring a rotation spot on triple j Unearthed, support from community radio and taste-maker blogs across the country.

What others have said about He Danced Ivy:

“The Cedric Bixler-Zavala vibes are definitely front and center, but that doesn’t stop this being as scorching as the kettle he threw at Westfest.” – Gemma Pike – triple j Unearthed

“Combining the most slamming of riffs, the tastiest of drum grooves and the most saccharine-drenched of vocals, He Danced Ivy are here to push genre boundaries to their extreme.” – Bianca Davino – Tone Deaf

“Kinda like standing under a hills hoist clothesline that’s spinning really fast and smacks you with a variety of different cold fish.” – Paul Waxman – SYN Radio

“Sure, their band name may be kinda silly but always remember: never judge a book by its cover because sometimes there is some really good shit to be found within those pages.” – Alex Sievers – Kill Your Stereo

TUESDAY 16 OCTOBER

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Lese Majesty drop single ‘Age of Outrage’

Sydney based rock outfit Lese Majesty have released new single ‘Age of Outrage’ The duo, Jodie Gibson (vocalist) and Joel Henderson (guitarist and songwriter), have joined forces with producer Luke Palmer (Dead Letter Circus guitarist) for the song – and have also featured drummer Luke Williams of Dead Letter Circus on the track. Add to that, mixing credits to Forrester Savell (KarnivoolCogShihad), and you have something of a special broth brewing. It comes as a first taste of what is to come – on an EP that will be announced very soon.

Inspired by the outrage trend gripping the thumbs of the current digital age, the point of view is from the perspective of someone who’s made a mistake and can’t live it down. “It’s personal experience” said Joel. “I wrote this stupid joke as a teenager and I always thank my lucky Zuckerberg’s that social media wasn’t around, or I would have been destroyed…. now whenever I see someone repeating the same pattern, even if what they write is absurd, a part of me can empathise with them.

Bassist Joel Henderson describes the recording process, “Luke had this crazy riff idea that scared the pants off us… we jammed on it in pre-production one weekend, and by the end of the day we had all the music finished but no lyrics or melody. For two months we wrote about four or five different choruses and more than fifteen different verses until we finally had something that was close to the mark.

I was reluctant about this song at first, it was so frantic that I didn’t know if we could pull it off live” reveals Joel, “but the riff was bouncing around inside my head for weeks, and I had so many lyric ideas that we just couldn’t put it aside.

“It was Forresters’ cat that gave us the inspiration behind the opening line.” Singer Jodie Gibson laughs, “We were recording vocals at his home studio, we walked outside for a break, the cat would slink on over, almost close enough for a pat, and just as we reached out – it would pull its head back… classic cat tease, almost saying: “Is this what you wanted?” So that became the opening line of the song.

The single comes along with a video clip, filmed and edited by Joel Black from Tommirock, a music and film production company from Newcastle.

The shoot location was on an island north of Sydney. Jodie Gibson, vocalist for the band, said that “I was sick of chasing council permits, so instead we hired this small tin boat, loaded it with equipment and secretly transported all the gear across the water to get to this secluded spot… we then packed the kit with cushions and towels so there weren’t any noise complaints, and for the underwater scenes we filled the kit with rocks so it wouldn’t float.”

The scene where I fall into the water was done at 6.30am on a winters morning.” Singer Jodie Gibson recalls, “It was pretty brutal, then we got a bit idealistic and put the whole band and all the equipment in the water, in hindsight we probably should have waited for summer for these kinds of ideas.

The single will be available on all good online stores and streaming outlets.

MONDAY 15 OCTOBER

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Tasman Keith challenges his audiences with Divided and announces the release of his debut EP ‘Mission Famous’

Following up the fire-spitting ode to personal triumph, My PelopoleesTasman Keith has flipped the table with Divided. It has a smooth flow about the harder timesdepression and the blurred lines between shared experiences.

Divided will be the final taste of Tasman Keith’s debut EP ‘Mission Famous’ before it’s released on Friday, October 26.

A loud voice in the fight for recognitioncompassion and acceptance for individuals struggling through mental illnessKeith takes the stories of those in his circle, combines them with his own personal stories and challenges his audience to find the line.

Divided speaks from a standpoint in which I’m finding myself in the same position as many people do, dealing with depression and issues that are tough to face. Throughout the entire song, I dip in between speaking from a personal experience and taking the experience of others that I have seen be affected by these issues, people in my circle, family. The challenge for the listener is trying to find where that line is drawn, which parts are my truth and which parts are the truths of others,” said Keith.

2017 marked a major milestone for Keith; bursting on the independent hip-hop scene with his debut studio single ‘Might Snap’ which followed multiple underground mixtape releases since 2014. ‘Might Snap’ went into rotation across several community radio platforms including FBi Radio and received critical acclaim on triple j Unearthed. Shortly after, Tasman teamed up with ARIA nominated producer James Mangohig and Bad Apples Music’s Nooky to begin the process of compiling his debut studio EP.

The last few months have seen a wild escalation for Keith; following up Might Snap with his killer track My Pelopolees which saw him score massive support from community radio and triple j, landing himself as a triple j Unearthed feature artist and a slew of recognition from taste-maker blogs across the country including Pedestrian, Pilerats, Life Without Andy and Music Feeds.

THURSDAY 11 OCTOBER

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Keelan Mak follows his Bigsound success with a new single ‘Flicker’

Launching his career earlier this year with debut single “Weigh You Down“, Keelan Mak has made a mark with his sound and style. The track has amassed over 200k streams, was added to major Spotify playlists (New Music Friday, Fresh Finds, Indie Arrivals and more), and has received spins on triple j unearthed, triple j, and handfuls of community radio stations.

The track also caught the attention of bookers and artists around Australia – leading to Mak supporting E^ST, Matthew Young and Alice Ivy, as well as co-writing with some of Australia and New Zealand’s top upcoming producers including Fossa Beats, Maribelle, and SACHI, as well as the feature vocal on the latest single “Wouldn’t Be The Same” from Australian electronic favourites Tora.

The music of Keelan Mak – a singer, songwriter, and producer from Brisbane – is a smoky, sultry mix of himself and late nights in the inner city. Combining the blissful intoxicating song writing style of James Blake with the atmospheric production of Rufus, Keelan seamlessly blends indie and electronic music to create a unique artistry in the music industry landscape.

New single Flicker was written in his bedroom while studying at uni. Although it’s fresh to listeners ears, the track has been a constant thread through Keelan’s development as a song writer and producer. Five versions and a few years later, “Flicker” is a pulsing anthem of self-worth.

Written about a high school crush and a broken heart, “Flicker” is about unrequited love. It’s not just the pining for someone, it’s also about being petty and admitting years later that you want them to think about you even though you don’t want to admit it.

It’s also a reminder to remember that you’re ok, you’ve moved past it now.

WEDNESDAY 10 OCTOBER

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BLKLIST drop new single ‘Hypocrite’ and announce the release of EP ‘Hard To Swallow’ on 26 October

BLKLST was formed in 2015 in Melbourne, Australia as a Heavy/ Alternative metal band. They have made their mark quick off the bat. Establishing themselves on the heavy music scene with a crushing live show and a decimatingly heavy sound, the band quickly chalked up supports with bands such as Make Them SufferDeez NutsAlpha WolfEarth Caller and Justice for The Damned and interstate runs with Boris The Blade.

BLKLST was founded by drummer Drue Herring and guitarist James Gracie in 2015 with the later additions of vocalist Joshua Westwick and Bassist James McClurg in 2016, and finally live guitarist Evan Lee in 2017.

BLKLST announced the imminent arrival of their new EP “Hard to Swallow” – and with it comes an abrasive and unnerving video for new single Hypocrite! The new EP will see its release into the world on Friday October 26 into iTunes & Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and more. Pre-Orders open now and the single will also be live for streaming everywhere that same day.

Previously released earlier in 2018, single Donnie Narco features on this new EP, as does a sequel/part 2 to previous & popular single Need You. This new record draws influences from 90’s Nu Metal, Alternative Heavy Metal and Modern Metal. The Hard To Swallow EP was produced and engineered by Evan Lee at STL studios Sydney, with additional engineering by Sonny Truelove & was mixed and mastered by Evan Lee and Ash Daws at The Loud Noise Estate.

Vocalist for the band, Joshua Westwick, states that “ The songs are very open to interpretation, each song has a very personal meaning to me but I try to not be too direct about it. I prefer for people to take what they can from the songs and engage with it in their own way, rather than be told exactly what they are about.  Hypocrite creates the feeling that you are being cheated or lied to. With the chorus hook of “stay tonight” it tries to give a feeling of a twisted dependence on being involved with a hypocrite. It even suggests we are all hypocrites and perception is everything.

The band has enjoyed a bunch of support from both triple j heavy shows The Racket and Short Fast Loud previously, with 2015 single Revolution enjoying spins on Short Fast Loud and 2016 single Need You being spun on The Racket.

MONDAY 8 OCTOBER 

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Daybreak drop their single and video ‘Acid Green’

Daybreak’s 2017 sophomore EP Death Dreams featured tracks with guest vocals from Mark Poida from Aversions Crown and Jamie Hails from Polaris. The EP’s massive & complex deathcore sound, developed well beyond their years, proved to be hugely successful and resulted in their Spotify numbers going through the roof, being showcased on the Official Deathcore Spotify & Homegrown & Heavy playlists to over 150k followers. Daybreak have already supported a tonne of bands, including Parkway Drive, The Acacia Strain, Stick to Your Guns, Ocean Grove, Alpha Wolf, Polaris, Hellions and Make Them Suffer.

Based in Perth, Western Australia, Daybreak consists of Shaun Coz on Vocals, Brodie Wilson and Blake Pearce on Guitar, Sam Warren of Bass and Liam Webster on Drums.

Planet Perth’s Daybreak are quickly being recognised as the next big thing in Australian Heavy Music. Having recently toured nationally with acts like Polaris, Alpha Wolf and Honest Crooks.

Leaving behind their high school beginnings and moving forward into young adult life, the band recently stepped back into the studio with engineer and producer Cody Brooks to record new single ‘Acid Green’. This was then mixed and mastered by Lance Prenc. The track is available for purchase now on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play and all good online outlets.

While the pure anger of their youth still remains, the band’s sound has matured into its current state.

Vocalist Shaun Cox said that new single Acid Green “…talks about a turning point at the start of my adult life. I describe the emotions that were running through my mind at a time where I could visualize how my future would pan out if I didn’t change the fundamental values in my life. This experience caused me to grow and mature as a person, faster than anything had before which also accompanies the maturing in the sound of our music. Acid Green is the start of the next chapter of Daybreak.

FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER

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Aboriginals have released their EP ‘Infinite Cinema’

Aboriginals first started playing together in a school talent show in Ayrshire performing Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters and Biffy Clyro. They soon decided to become serious about their music, writing tunes that would make up past, present and future releases. Calum Brown fronts Aboriginals, lead guitarist is Andrew Hyslop, bassist is Craig Jamieson and drummer is Andrew Pick.

The Aboriginals have gigged extensively through the West of Scotland. They have appeared multiple times at the Darvel Music Festival and supported artists like Big Country and Fatherson

Chris Marshall – also worked on Baby Strange, Gerry Cinnamon, Lost In Stereo, The Dunts and Rascalton, produced the EP. The Aboriginals combined their influences from a range of artists for this EP. Influences included Queens of The Stone Age, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, The Hives, Arctic Monkeys, Guns ‘n’ Roses and Led Zeppelin. This allowed the Aboriginals to create riff-based rock tunes with a groove you can dance to and to emphasise their melodies.

THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER

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Nat Vazer Debut EP ‘We Used To Have Real Conversations’ is out now

Nat Vazer is a Melbourne-based singer songwriter. She has a warm, charismatic and contemplative nature, which is used to write charmingly rebellious tunes about the ironies of life. Vazer draws on multiple influences when writing and this is reflected in her melodies and lyrics. These influences include playing in punk bands in university, training as a classical pianist and growing up on her parents 1960’s record collection and combining that with Vazer’s love for 1990’s indie rock. You can definitely hear her childhood influences from The Beach Boys, but it’s her droll observations that are reminiscent of current favourites like Lucy Dacus and Angel Olsen; and confident vocal delivery that hits notes of The Killers.

She tracked her upcoming debut EP ‘We Used To Have Real Conversations’ across multiple locations: including a haunted pub, a friend’s car, and Newmarket studios, with Cal Barter engineering (Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett) and produced by Robert Muinos (Saskwatch).

Previous singles Keep Away From Parks and You’re Winning Me Over have earned her fans in Triple J’s Richard Kingsmill and The Revue, plus a feature from Tone Deaf/2SER, and latest single Struggletownhas been added to rotation on FBi Radio and triple j unearthed, as well as received airplay on triple j, double j, Triple R, 2SER, 4ZZZ, Radio Adelaide, and PBSFM.

People who have reviewed Vazer’s music are:

“She’s one worth keeping your ears glued to.” – Dave Ruby Howe, triple j unearthed

“Count to thirty and that’s about how long it will take for you to fall head over heels for Nat Vazer.” – The Revue

“Loving what you’re coming up with and this recording is A+” – Steph Hughes, triple j

“If you don’t know newcomer Nat Vazer, brace yourself because her latest single will charm the pants off of you ” – ToneDeaf

“This is super high quality song writing and rocking. Brilliant.” – Stacey Gougoulis, triple j

“As soon as I heard the guitar line, the sun came out. Then the voice started, and blew all the clouds from sight.” – Richard Kingsmill, triple j

Vazer will be celebrating the release of her debut EP at the following shows:

  • Thursday, Oct 11–  EP Launch – The Workers Club, Melbourne
  • Sunday, Oct 14– Birregurra Festival – Birregurra, VICSaturday, Oct 27 – Kyneton Music Festival – Kyneton, VIC

MONDAY 1 OCTOBER 

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Seraphic release their new single and video

Brisbane symphonic metal band Seraphic have released their new single on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Music, Deezer and Pandora. And will be launching the single on Friday 12 October at Woolly Mammoth. Seraphic came into existence in 2015 and their career so far has seen them take the stage alongside bands such as Queensryche, Wednesday 13 and Overkill – and co-headline Ye Gods of Metal Fest and Darkcell’s debut Psycho Circus festival and embark on a highly successful Australian East Coast Tour. 2017 saw Seraphic release their debut album “Journey to Illumination” to rave reviews, followed by a hugely successful album launch show at New Globe Theatre.

In this brand new single, Seraphic build upon their core, quintessential instrumentation – soaring soprano vocals, lightning guitar solos, memorable melodies and keyboards as a driving melodic force – but the addition of more prominent rhythm guitar grooves and harsh vocals cements the framework for a stronger, darker and more modern take on traditional symphonic metal.

The vision for “The Monster Within” video was simple: a visual representation of the darkness within us slowly taking over, and our ongoing battle to never give in. Imbued with an overarching theme of duality, the six-minute film is a feast for the eyes with its fleeting, unpredictable flashes between shadows and light, and the abstract personification of one’s dance with the devil. The narrative is actually represented through dance, and the ongoing, intense struggle illustrated by the dancers is elegant yet powerfully compelling. The video ends somewhat ambiguously, leaving it open to the interpretation of the viewer as to whether the darkness ultimately takes over, or whether the real struggle is learning to accept the light and dark that is within us all.

Operatic vocialist Sam Wolstenholme said that the new track The Monster Within is “…an incredibly significant and deeply personal track for me. I wrote this song when I was going through quite a dark time in my life – and I realised I wanted, and needed, to make some major changes not only to my life, but also within myself. Since then, things have changed for the better for me, and I’ve been able to channel a lot of that personal growth into my craft and creative process. So, releasing this track is a really important milestone. I’m so proud of the track. The lyrical content deals with some very heavy and explicit themes of addiction, which I have used as a kind of analogy to represent the internal battle with our demons that we all face at some point in our lives, and the intent is that at least on that level, it’s relatable and cathartic for listeners!

Seraphic worked alongside Chris Themelco from Monolith Studios after hearing his production work for bands like Trigger, Espionage and his own band Orpheus Omega and the amazing filmclip was produced by SilentDez Productions. Wolstenholme went on to praise the production house and their process. “They nailed our shadows-and-light/internal struggle/duality brief and worked really hard to get the very best product they could according to our requirements. The dancers we hired were phenomenally talented, and overall, everyone in the team pulled things together so beautifully.”

SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER

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Pinkish Blue release Capricorn

Pinkish Blue is a post-punk sad pop band from Adelaide, South Australia. So far Pinkish Blu have supported bands such as Trophy Eyes, WAAX, Kingswood and MANE, as well as performed at Adelaide’s staple Stonecutters Festival. After the release of “Lovely” they also signed management with Rachel Whitford of VVV Management (Dear Seattle, Between You & Me, Sweater Curse, and Eliza & The Delusionals), and bookings with Jimmy Kleiner of 123 Agency (Ocean Alley, Tash Sultana, Delta Riggs, Trophy Eyes, Asha Jeffries).

Following the release of their 2018 neon-hued debut single “Lovely“, the Adelaide-based alternative sad-pop quartet Pinkish Blu now give you their highly anticipated second single “Capricorn

Still channelling their emotional, 80’s inspired, post-punk, happy-sad vibes “Capricorn” delivers a sonically energetic punch. A creatively mature step in the direction of owning their unique sound, the new single is filled with synth hooks and signature guitar tone, complimented with inventive songwriting and lyricism. With references ranging from Greek mythology and star signs, to the bible, “Capricorn” speaks about how the strange and wonderful depths of one’s mind can be hard to deal with when in a relationship.

FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER

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Intenso announces new EP ‘ The Stars Are Cold Toys’

Intenso are an experimental band from Perth, Western Australia. Their latest release “The Stars Are Cold Toys” find Intenso in a more considered narrative orientation, for the first time working with partially composed pieces, the recordings heavily underpinned by the control voltage of modular synthesis. The action remains always and foremost free improvisation although entwined in this new EP is a deeper ambient disposition with a greater openness and pace to previous recordings.

New track “Blood Shrinks Everything” sees a slowing of the heart rate from vintage Intenso into more controlled, moody even movements and vibrations. Sizzling modular synth tones lead us down dimly lit, unknowable sonic corridors which quickly become unstable and fragment exponentially. The Intenso formula is always in flux, the three piece line-up remains the same and the direction, blood simple.

The music of Intenso is an improvisational exploration into time, type and approach; a synergy with an emphasis on emotional triggers. Purely executed on the fly; the only appetite is to connect musically, to produce a material composite as a platform… The improbable appearance of the crown, poses the challenge; the risk that we use and work with as a guide or a guage every time we gather together.

Recent winners of the WAM Song of the Year Experimental category for 2018 with their track The One, the band also took out the award in 2017 with As Steadfast as the Ether Itself which was released in that year on their 2nd album The Slow Cataclysm of Neglect.

Blood Shrinks Everything is out now via all digital retailers.

THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER

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Caiti Baker drops First Taste of Zinc Companion with ‘Gimme’

Fresh from her national run with the Teskey Brothers; Darwin’s Caiti Baker has today unveiled ‘Gimme’, the first taste of a new batch of songs due for release later this year. She also announces her biggest solo tour yet, hitting five states and territories across September and October.

While recording for her critically acclaimed debut album ‘Zinc’ last year, three tracks stood out during the process that while not quite suiting the aesthetic of the album, took on a life and style of their own.

“These tracks seemed to push themselves in a new direction for us creatively—there were more elements of trap, synths and big bass that we were really excited about, but we knew they didn’t suit what we were going for on ‘Zinc’,” said Caiti. “We decided to come back to them later with fresh ears and that’s exactly what we did.”

Working again with producers J. Mangohig (Daniel Johns, Briggs) and Skinnyfish Music’s Michael Hohnen, the record is a further progression in the Caiti Baker sound, blending roots samples and her smoky vocal across big beats, grinding bass and relentless electronic drive, creating an infectious yet intriguing jam that boldly dares itself into your earholes.

With ‘Zinc’ making ‘best of 2017’ lists from both Rolling Stone and Double J, the album redefined Australian soul music and Caiti is moving forward to now do the same with pop and urban, creating a musical palate of her own, as likely to be inhabited by Jay Z or Bjork as it is by Fiona Apple or Ella Fitzgerald.

‘Gimme’ is available now through iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and all streaming platforms

‘Zinc’ is out now through Perambulator Records / MGM Distribution.

WEDNESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER

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London releases single called ‘Sunlight’

London is a metal/rock creation between London Gabraelle and Australian heavy music producer dw Norton. London Gabraelle’s sweet but heart-wrenching vocal delivery blended with Norton’s crushing guitar style makes for an infectious and original concoction of life and death proportions.

The scenic and provocative clip was filmed and directed by Hollywood whiz Brian Cox n location at the famous Portsea back beach in Victoria… ironically right next to London Bridge!

Formerly from Melbourne and now recently relocated to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, the band has been working tirelessly on this, their debut release. Writing and Recording at dw Norton’s Black Mountain Sound Studio, all music for the album has been written by Norton and all lyrics & vocals written by London Gabraelle.

With an experienced band behind her including guitarist Steeden (Horrorwood Mannequins), Drummer Matt Ellis (Rishathra) and bass player Kim Roberts (Burn The City), London shines as a bright new talent in Australian heavy music.

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/LondonTheBandOfficial

WEDNESDAY 1 AUGUST

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Skorched Video and Single Release

Skorched are a six-piece Nu-Metal band based out of Melbourne, Australia. Busting onto the heavy music scene in 2017, their debut single ‘Beast In Me’ and EP ‘Minds Taken have received attention from online and radio audiences. They remain anonymous to their audiences by wearing black clothing and masks. However, they are able to put on a visually and audibly pleasing show. Skorched are able to engage with large audiences with tight music that is ear destroying. Through their sound they combine the sounds of late 1990’s Nu Metal with crushing guitar tones and two imposing vocals spitting syncopated rhymes over each other.

Skorched new single and video, Bury You Breathing has been released to the world. It is available on all online digital stores and streaming outlets.

One of the faceless members of Skorched describes Bury You Breathing as “a song about ourselves, as self-involved as that may come across. It’s very much a statement that we are here to deliver our own take on the music that has deeply influenced and shaped us all individually, which continues to influence us to this day. Put simply, Bury you Breathing is a mission statement of sorts that we are confident and we are coming.

He continues by saying “Obviously with the recent resurgence of Nu Metal, and Nu Metal somewhat engraining itself into other aspects of heavy music, this song speaks to how this is something that never left our musical blood and we aren’t merely jumping on a “flavour of the week” for a cheap attempt at popularity. We are here to stay – regardless of how loved or laughed at we may be during the process.

TUESDAY 31 JULY

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Nat Vazer Single Release

Nat Vazer is a Melbourne-based singer songwriter. She has a warm, charismatic and contemplative nature, which is used to write charmingly rebellious tunes about the ironies of life. Vazer draws on multiple influences when writing and this is reflected in her melodies and lyrics. These influences include playing in punk bands in university, training as a classical pianist and growing up on her parents 1960’s record collection and combining that with Vazer’s love for 1990’s indie rock.

Inspired by riot grrrl bands like Sleater Kinney and Bikini Kill Vazer, Vazer wanted to talk about social issues playing on her mind. You’re Winning Me Over is written about the warm memory of re-entering a relationship with someone after a long break and being able to see that person and the relationship in a new light. The music video for You’re Winning Me Over was self-filmed in Canada. We see Vazer walking through the streets of Canada, contemplating a past relationship. This song is the second track off her debute EP called ‘We Used to Have Real Conversations’.

It is available to stream on all platforms. The debut EP ‘We Used To Have Real Conversations’ will be released on 14 September 2018. Robert Muinos, who has worked on people like Dorsal Fins and Little May produced the EP and was co-engineered by Callum Barter who also worked on Courtney Bartnet and Kurt Vile’s tracks, produced it. It also features songs recorded in Vazer’s car, bedroom, a closet and a haunted pub in Melbourne.

 

FRIDAY 8 JUNE 

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Delilah Rose and The Gunslingers – Big Moon Single Review

Delilah Rose and The Gunslingers are West Australian based alt-country band who released their single Big Moon on Sunday 10th June 2018. It is off the band’s debut EP ‘Good Grief’ which was recorded at Sundown Studios in Fremantle by Noah Shilkin and Elliot Smith.

Big Moon was inspired by Delilah looking up at the moon one night, asking herself what is going on in life and the realisation that she did not need all the answers. It was an expression of what Delilah was going through at a given point in time and may hopefully help others who could be in a similar place.

Big Moon is upbeat in its rhythm. It makes you want to tap your toe and get up and dance. Delilah has created lyrics that can allow so many people to potentially understand what she is feeling. Those with children and those without question the meaning of life and she has been able to put it into a context that everyone can understand. Writing the song in an upbeat rhythm allows people to question their lives in a more positive way and can bring people who may be lost together.

Vocal harmonies in Big Moon are amazing. I love how Delilah and Francis intertwine their vocal harmonies to complement each other throughout the song. Andrew Pearson, the percussionist creates a relaxing beat that makes you want to tap your toes and have a bit of a dance.

The perfect place to be listening to Big Moon would be at a pub. You would be at the pub with a few friends, eating food, drinking beer and having a bit of a dance. Big Moon would be played either as part of the pubs playlist or they would have Delilah Rose and The Gunslingers playing a gig.

This song reminds me of all the romantic comedies of the 1990’s where women were questioning parts of their lives, particularly those they were falling in love with. It makes me very reminiscent of being a child watching those movies and not necessarily understanding the story line completely but enjoying the music I heard. Big Moon is a song I enjoy listening to and I am looking forward to listening to the rest of the EP