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WAAX – new album and tour

Ahead of their second long player’s release on 12 August, WAAX have announced a tour that takes in much of the major centres in Australia. After not being able to tour for their last album Big Grief, this is much welcome news.

At Least I’m Free is something like a second debut album or maybe even an evolution with a reworking of their sound with added sampling, programmed beats and held to together with their usual huge riffage and Maz’s primal howl, there will still be everything there that have drawn WAAX’s fans to the fold and made them an absolute powerhouse to see live.

Supports are yet to be announced. Tickets are on sale now. Get tickets here

Gang of Youths – acoustic and intimate

Gang Of Youths will cap off their triumphant tour on Monday 22nd August 2022 with an intimate and acoustic performance, paying homage to where it all began – their hometown of Sydney at the hallowed Enmore Theatre, where they previously set a venue-record with six consecutive sold-out performances in 2018.

Tickets will be available for presale at 9:00am AEST Thursday 4th August until allocation is exhausted.  Remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday 5th August at 10:00am AEST.

To register for presale go here
Any remaining tickets will go on general sale here

Me First & the Gimme Gimmes – AUS/NZ tour

Just when you thought you might never see this band of miscreants again, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes have announced an Australian tour in February 2023. And they are also coming to New Zealand, just to make sure that they are not left out of the frivolity.
For the uninitiated, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes consist of Joey Cape (Lagwagon) on guitar, Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters) on lead guitar, Dave Raun (Lagwagon) on the drums, Fat Wreck-head-honcho/NOFX main-dude Fat Mike, and rounded out by the incomparable crooner, Spike Slawson. For this tour, a traveling Gimme will step in. John Reis, you guessed it, guitarist and lead vocals for Rocket from the Crypt or Jonny “2 Bags” Wickersham from Social Distortion will be filling in and on occasion or maybe CJ Ramone from a little band you may have heard of, The Ramones, will sub for Fat Mike.

Pre-sale will start 10am AEST and 12pm NZ time on Friday 5 August – register for presale here.
General sales start 10am AEST and 12pm NZ time on Tuesday 9 August – for tickets go here.

We Set Signals – Press X to Continue

Brisbane’s own We Set Signals are back at it again with a new single that will make you want to move. ‘Press X to Continue’ is the band’s latest release via We Are Triumphant, and it sure doesn’t disappoint. Within the first 30 seconds of this song, you already know that We Set Signals have stepped it up since the band’s last LP, Ordo, was released in 2020.

‘Press X to Continue’  is undoubtedly driven by the breakdowns and hook rather than a beat. Rather than being driven from a drum, the natural motion created with guitars and vocals shows that these boys are stepping it up with every release. With a dig towards those who did them wrong, We Set Signals makes no apologies as this track becomes a taste of what’s to come while the band are still working in the studio. 
If this new single is anything to go off, let’s hope We Set Signals have more of this fresh style for us when the boys head out on the road this August for their “Press X to Continue” headline tour – Luci.
Watch Press X to Continue

CVLTFEST – Melbourne metalcore fans rejoice

Alpha Wolf, the Aussie metalcore powerhouse has had a mammoth year. With the release of their epic split EP with Holding Absence just around the corner, they’re pushing boundaries like no other.

Introducing you to your newest heavy music festival…CVLTFest

A special one off festival curated by the band themselves to be held at Melbourne Pavilion on Sunday 30 October with a stacked line up. The debut of CVLTFest features Alpha Wolf as the headliners and with friends Silent Planet (USA), DEEZ Nuts (their first show back in Australia in nearly 4 years), Currents (USA), The Beautiful Monument, To The Grave, Bloom, Vengeance and Future Static.

Tickets are on sale on Thursday 4 August – to get your tickets go here

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis announce their Australian Carnage tour

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have announced their only Melbourne headlining show at the magnificent Palais Theatre in St Kilda, adding to their dates at Hanging Rock and the 15 date strong national tour.

While musical partners and collaborators for years, this will be the first time Ellis and Cave tour as a duo, performing music from their critically acclaimed Carnage album. This will be a stunning show not to be missed – you can find out more dates and buy tickets here.

Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour

Elton’s highly anticipated return to Australia for one last tour was made possible by his promise to New Zealand fans to complete his two rescheduled shows from March 2020, which were postponed due to illness and then COVID lockdowns.

With pre-sale number surpassing expectations, additional shows have been added in Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle. Wrapping up this leg of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road run next January, this will be AU/NZ fans’ very last chance to catch this legendary performer live on stage. If you missed out last time, or if once wasn’t enough, come along and say goodbye to this beloved performer. Tickets will go fast – don’t miss out on this unforgettable showman!
Tickets go on sale 1 August – get tickets here.

Thy Art is Murder – Human Target Australian tour

This is massive news, for those that caught them at Full Tilt earlier this year (the wall of death at Eatons Hill was a sight to behold), Australian metal juggernauts Thy Art is Murder are headlining a tour in September.

Originally slated for the shit show that was 2020, the reschedule will be the last we’ll see of Thy Art is Murder for a while – heading off on tour with Lamb of God and Kreator to finish up 2022.

Joining them will be Californians Carnifex, UK’s Malevolence and Texas’ I Am, tickets will go fast for this one so get moving if you want to catch them.

Get tickets here

Ash – Teenage Wildlife Tour

Ash are celebrating 30 years of Ash with their Teenage Wildlife Tour, next year in late March.
Beginning their careers with the scuzzy, feedback laden alt-punk pop, they have relaxed into a more alt-indie vibe these days.
Touring off the back of their 2020 release Teenage Wildlife, a collection of remasters and newer music, the stage show should have something for old and new fans.

ASH ‘Teenage Wildlife Tour’ – Celebrating 30 Years of Ash – March 2023 Australian Tour Dates:
Tuesday 21st March – BRISBANE, The Zoo
Friday 24th March – MELBOURNE, The Croxton
Saturday 25th March – SYDNEY, Manning Bar
Monday 27th March – ADELAIDE, The Gov
Tuesday 28th March – PERTH, Rosemount Hotel
Get tickets here

Crossfaith – Atlas of Faith World Tour

Japanese genre-blenders CROSSFAITH are thrilled to announce their return to Australian shores. That’s right, their Atlas Of Faith Would tour will be hitting the east coast in October with special guests DREGG.

After wowing crowds at Soundwave, UNIFY and in support slots for The Amity Affliction and Bring Me the Horizon, Crossfaith said the only thing left that they hadn’t done on Australian shores was headline their own tour.

After forming in 2006, CROSSFAITH released their debut album The Artificial Theory For The Dramatic Beauty’ in 2009 followed by The Dream, The Space (2011), Apocalyze (2013), ‘Xeno’ (2015) and Ex Machina (2018). Each one saw the band blend their love of punk rock, metal and electronic music in daring new ways.

Tickets are on sale now – get tickets here

Steel Panther – Heavy Metal Rules 2022 Australian Tour

After the unfortunate announcement of Sevendust dropping off the Steel Panther Australian tour on earlier this week, the replacement band was announced this morning, and it is safe to say this tour could possibly be the best non festival show of the year.

Aussie stadium rock icons Airbourne will be joining Steel Panther on all dates for the Australian tour. They however, will not be featured on the Auckland date, with seemingly no word on who the opener will be to replace Sevendust. 

Additionally, the October 22nd Brisbane mini-festival is still scheduled to occur, with Brissy alt rock heroes Dead Letter Circus, Kiwi metalers Devilskin, the pirate kings themselves Lagerstein, and Sydney punks Bare Bones all confirmed for the show.

Steel Panther – Heavy Metal Rules 2022 Australian Tour featuring Special Guests Airbourne
October 17 – Powerstation, Auckland, NZ
October 19 – Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, NSW
October 19 – Hordern Pavillion, Sydney, NSW
October 19 – Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, QLD (w/ Dead Letter Circus, Devilskin, Lagerstein, and Bare Bones)
October 19 – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Get tickets here

Slipknot – The Dying Song (Time To Sing)

After almost a year of teasing and rumours, Slipknot have finally announced today their seventh album, The End, So Far, will be officially unleashed onto the world in September. In conjunction with that announcement, Slipknot have also dropped the second single from the record, called ‘The Dying Song (Time To Sing)’, and have also released an accompanying video, which is featured below.
The song is a very punchy, melodic song, feeling very much like a song off We Are Not Your Kind. This is definitely a stark contrast to the first single, ‘The Chapeltown Rag’, which felt very much like an Iowa/Vol 3-era tune.

Based off the two songs so far, this could be the album where we hear a bridging of the gap of the old and new era sounds, which would be amazing if so.

The End, So Far releases September 30th, 2022 on Roadrunner Records – Lucas.
Listen to The Dying Song (Time To Sing)

Approachable Members Of Your Local Community – Not My Vibe

Approachable Members of Your Local Community are back at it once again with this groovy and fun track ‘Not My Vibe’, demonstrating further their new sound and era. ‘Not My Vibe’ being the bands 3rd single since they introduced the newest member of the group, the incredible Sage Mellet back in August of 2021. 
Not My Vibe’ begins with a soft and easy-going sound with Sage’s clean vocals, deceiving the listeners of what is to come. This song builds and builds which eventually explodes into a catchy indie-pop tune. 

Once we reach the chorus, the bright drums and funky bass lines burst into the song whilst simultaneously the vocals fill the rest of the song. Both lead vocalists of the group Sage and Josh have solo vocal moments throughout, creating a perfect amount of contrast in the song which makes it even more exciting and interesting to listen to.  
Through their song writing the lyrics allude to space, the band describes a relationship through the concepts of gravity, constellations, and solar systems. The band expresses that, “Good relationships are transformative. They teleport us to far away lands. To intergalactic worlds. Humans together, relating to each other, bonding is inspirational. Moving. We can energise each other all the way into the wide expanses of the cosmos. ‘Not My Vibe’ is about pushing for clarity and commitment, because flings were so 2010.”
I’m so excited to see what the future holds for this wonderful group who are truly local legends and are making a terrific contribution to our community. These singles are teasing at an album which I hope, along with many others are eager to be released into the world – Sarah Gorozidis
Listen to Not My Vibe
Get tickets to to see them with Hinds here

Soilwork – Dreams of Nowhere

With just over a month before their twelfth studio album, Övergivenheten (which translated to English means Abandonment), is scheduled to drop, Gothenburg melodic death icons Soilwork have dropped a huge single called Dreams Of Nowhere.

The track itself is a wonderous and heavy song, feeling like a good encapsulation of the haunting and atmospheric songs Soilwork is capable of, while also laying a foundation of what to expect from a post-pandemic Soilwork. 

Lead singer Björn Strid said when quoted about the song, “Dreams of Nowhere serves up an atmosphere that reminds you of our roots in the Swedish mid 90’s death metal scene, with soaring riffs that sends melancholic and beautiful chills down your spine, but still brings you to where the heart of the band lies in 2022. Lyrics deal with the constant battle between reality and escapism.” This song definitely has this writer excited for August 19th, when Övergivenheten is scheduled for release – Lucas.
And if you like what you hear, Soilwork will be touring Australia this November. Full dates here.
Watch Dreams of Nowhere

Bring Me The Horizon – sTraNgeRs

Bring Me the Horizon are back! Giving fans a taste of their new sound, the next chapter of Bring Me The Horizon comes with the release of their new single sTraNgeRs. 

This newest single gives a deeper meaning than many songs in rotation nowadays. The central lyric, ‘we’re just a room full of strangers, ’ provides the listener with a feeling of connection to the band and the wanting to be surrounded by strangers at a concert again. This upbeat tune gives us the best of what fans love about Bring Me The Horizon. 

With a sense of movement coming from sTraNgeRs’ instrumentals along with the beautiful clean vocals and Oli’s newer screaming style, sTraNgeRs gives the listener an intense longing to see this track played live. Oli has said that playing this latest track live is what it’s all about, just having strangers come together to connect because of the music.
Luckily we will get to see this new song live soon as Bring Me The Horizon is set to headline the upcoming Good Things Festival in December this year – Luci. 
Listen to sTraNgeRs

State Champs are back!

New York pop-rockers STATE CHAMPS are returning to Australia this September with very special guests THE MAINE, HOT MILK & PAPERWEIGHT.

Starting in bedrooms and basements in 2010, STATE CHAMPS quickly ascended as leaders of a new scene owing as much to early Fall Out Boy and Green Day as latter-day Warped Tour bands. Over the course of their career, STATE CHAMPS delivered their music and heartfelt message on extensive tours with bands like Fall Out Boy, 5 Seconds Of Summer, A Day To Remember, and Simple Plan; three different Warped Tours; and a co-headliner with Neck Deep.

Tickets are on sale 1 July!

Get tickets here

Spacey Jane are off on tour!

Off the back of their #1 ARIA charting release Here Comes Everybody, Spacey Jane are hitting the road in August and hitting most major capitals. With their initial show announcements in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney selling out lightning fast, extra shows have been added to the tour (with a whopping FIVE shows at the Forum in Melbourne).
Known for their high energy shows and audience engagement, these shows are the last we’ll see of them in Australia for a bit while they zip off to the US for a few months to tour there. So if you don’t have a ticket yet, get on it before you miss out!
Buy tickets here

Black Eyed Peas – Don’t You Worry ft Shakira & David Guetta

While I am generally more a fan of the Black Eyed Peas pre-Fergie-era, I have been known to bop my head from time to time with their catchy beats and tunes. Their latest release ‘Don’t You Worry’ feat. Shakira and David Guetta, may not be my jam, but there is something about this earworm that has me singing along anyway. 
To this child of the 90s, the song feels heavily auto-tuned, but you have to give the people what they want, right? Well, the people are loving it. Perhaps it’s the reassuring lyrics at a time when we have pretty much EVERYTHING to worry about. 

Or the song’s futuristic music video which has over 43 million views on YouTube alone, and tens of thousands of happy fans expressing their appreciation for the song. “Wowww that SONG is a BOOMB for this summer” one fan commented, with others being sentimental and excited to hear a throwback to their earlier work circa 2010. 
This anthemic banger will chart well globally, especially in South America and Europe (and even galactically, if the clip is to be believed). The nod to Latin tunes and the inclusion of Spanish lyrics from Colombia’s “Queen of Latin Music” has the fans bailando de alegría and eagerly anticipating the GRAMMY winning trio’s ninth full-length album. If they continue on this fun and nostalgic path, they are sure to delight both new and old fans – Emma Dilemma
Listen to Don’t You Worry

Fisher announces It’s Fkn On!

FISHER will be bringing along some new mates for his first-ever and previously sold out ‘Bigger Than a Beach Party‘ Australian headline tour. Back for an even bigger and better series of hectic festivities, the announcement comes with location changes and expanded ticket allocations–meaning more FISHER fans can join the party.

FISHER’s headline tour will now be touching down in The Domain, Sydney on Saturday, November 12 and Langley Park in Perth on Sunday, November 13.

Due to heavy rainfall endured this past year, Stuart Park, Wollongong is currently not available to host major events, therefore Kicks have made the decision to move to The Domain, Sydney. FISHER is also returning to the previously announced Langley Park for the Perth leg of his Australia Tour. All Wollongong + Perth tickets are valid for The Domain and Langley Park and, with the larger capacities, there will be a new opportunity for fans to purchase tickets to this previously sold-out tour. Also hitting Brisbane’s Riverstage and Catani Gardens in Melbourne. For those that missed out first time around here’s your chance with added allocations and refunded tickets going on sale tomorrow 13 July.
Sign up to the wait list here.

Art vs Science – I Saw You

Was it planned that a song titled ‘I Saw You’ invokes a feeling of searching through the club for your friends at 2am? This thumping, no-doubt deliberate track is the second release from upcoming album, ‘Big Overdrive’, from Sydney outfit, Art vs. Science. 

With their first album in almost 7 years set for release early August, the trio have said ‘I Saw You’ and the bulk of the new album were “tracked at Dan Mac’s parent’s old place in Dural, in a sweaty hotbox near the attic, using a handful of microphones and a bucketload of vibe.”

Known for their experimental and sometimes genre-bending approach, Art vs. Science gives us much to look forward to ahead of ‘Big Overdrive’ with this latest taste. 

For me, they will always be those hilarious French mime dudes, but I do enjoy the direction they are headed with this new vibe, and I suspect much of their fanbase will, too. With heavy beats and plenty of (so hot right now) synth, “I Saw You” will keep you nodding your head while you nonchalantly float through the club and soak in the atmosphere. Who cares if you find your mates? You can always make new ones – Emma Dilemma
Listen to I Saw You

This That line-up announced!

Well it’s not all gloom and doom on the festival circuit (after Full Tilt’s cancellation) with This That announcing their out of this world line-up for later this year.

There’s pretty much something for everyone on this line-up with Earl Sweatshirt, What So Not, Flight Facilities, Skeggs, Ruby Fields and Hockey Dad and the list goes on!

Member tickets go on sale on Wednesday 29 June – sign up for members pre-sale here
General sales commence Friday 1 July – get tickets here

Full Tilt cancelled

Full Tilt Festival has made the difficult decision to cancel its July edition, scheduled to take place in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne on 16, 17 and 23 July.

The Full Tilt Festival organisers were excited to present its 2.0 version with its epic line up, but due to circumstances beyond our control, we’ve been left with no choice but to cancel.
It’s no secret the live and touring sector has been facing challenges with the global pandemic and subsequently restarting. Sadly, this situation is no different. Between the time of us announcing the line-up and going on sale, we’ve been faced with many hurdles that we’ve been unable to avoid or overcome. Global supply chain issues have impacted artist’s global touring, including the cost of freight and fuel surcharge quadrupling in most cases and making it extremely challenging for them to be able to afford to tour in many markets around the world including Australia. Unfortunately we could not factor these massive price rises coming in after we announced and went on sale with Full Tilt. Due to this situation, multiple international artists on the line-up were no longer able to perform with costs exploding and we couldn’t find suitable replacements higher up the bill to replace them. We want to always ensure we give you the best line-up and experience at our events.
All Full Tilt ticketholders will be automatically refunded their ticket price and we have struck a deal with our ticketing partner to include the booking fees as well.

Phil Jamieson – Lights On

Phil Jamieson and an easy listening pop track are not two things that I thought I would have in the same sentence, but here we are (some might argue that early Grinspoon was alt-pop) with ‘Lights On’. Phil has taken time out from the frenetic pace of Grinspoon and delivered a track just made for kicking back to but with enough chunk in the guitars to keep his die-hard fans very happy. “It’s been a journey for Lights On, going through many iterations and arrangements and what not. It’s a fun song to move shoulders and hips to – and its release also means I’m closer to releasing the album!…” Phil says about ‘Lights On’.

The track might be about a bank heist? At its core, it’s about always keeping your heart in place for the person that you love. But it’s also about memories that might have betrayed you in some ways, and maybe about stealing money and maybe about hiding it. Maybe it’s about a bank heist, Oceans 13, Oceans 8. And it also could be about saying: no matter what, I’m gonna kind of hang in there, I’m gonna be there. So sentimental!” Phil continues.
Phil is also off on tour to launch his upcoming album release Somebody Else (out on 29 July). To see if Phil is coming to a venue near you, go hereBec.
Watch Lights On

Tamino – Fascination

With flavours of Jeff Buckley and other 90’s acts like Buffalo Tom, Belgian-Egyptian musician Tamino has released his latest single ‘Fascination’.

With critical acclaim for his debut album, Amir, Tamino’s second album has taken what was explored on the first and given it a global nod.

Already adept at playing guitar and piano, Tamino took up the oud, an Arabic lute, under the mentorship of a Syrian refugee living in Antwerp. The instrument served as a key tool in the songwriting process, and provides a melancholic soundscape that is threaded throughout the project. The new record is a distillation of Tamino’s solitary reflections, and a product of work with close collaborators including Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood, producer/engineer PJ Maertens, and drummer Ruben Vanhoutte.  
For those who love that lo-fi melancholy of Jeff Buckley, you might just find your new thing with Tamino – Bec
Watch Fascination

Tai Verdes announces supports for Splendour side shows

Singer-songwriter Tai Verdes has announced the supports for his Splendour side shows next month. Joining Tai in Melbourne and Sydney will be special guests merci, mercy and and opener Cody Jon.

Appearing at The Metro in Sydney and 170 Russell in Melbourne, tickets are selling fast – if you aren’t making the journey north to Splendour and want to see Tai, get in fast!

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One Electric Day expands to SA and QLD

One Electric Day, the popular sell-out event at Werribee Park in Victoria just got bigger. Adding a second event in Victoria (Mornington), and events in SA’s Victor Harbour, and two events up in Queensland (Sandstone Point at Bribie Island and Broadwater Parklands on the Gold Coast).

With Suzi Quatro headlining and a stunning Australian line-up to go with, the expansion has been long in the making and very welcome.

For those keen to get tickets, Frontier members pre-sale starts 10am 21 June, with general sales on Thurday 23 June. Buy tickets here

I Prevail – announce new album, single and on tour!

Big news for I Prevail fans, not only are they off on tour next week, they have announced their new album True Power is out on 19 August AND they have released their first single ‘Body Bag’ from it.

‘Body Bag’ is a raw, punch you in the face confronting 3 minutes 17 seconds of heavy. Kicking off with “There’s a million fuckin’ reasons that you got it bad …But everybody’s leaving in a body bag…” this is a song about facing your fears, standing up to them (and not hiding away). ‘Body Bag’ gives you a shove with some heart thudding drums and the intricate guitar overlay. Leading the charge is singer Brian Burkheiser’s primal roar over the top. It is not a song for those who don’t like heavy.

‘Body Bag’ is the first single from I Prevail’s upcoming Album True Power, the follow up to

their Grammy nominated album Trauma. There has been a lot of anticipation for this follow up and Australian fans will hear some of the new music as well as a good showing of their tried and true fan favourites on their sold out tour starting next week. ‘Body Bag’ is the momentum we all want to have in life, to face and overcome our fears and challenges and I Prevail have given us a soundtrack – Bec
Listen to Body Bag

Good Things line up drop!

The much anticipated and speculated about line up for Good Things is here!

The line up is stunning with Bring Me the Horizon, Deftones, NOFX (playing Punk in Drublic in full), The Amity Affliction and we could go on. The big story is TISM, who said they would never reform but they have and are playing their first gigs in 19 years (we really hope this isn’t a joke!). Good things really do happen for those who have been waiting for this.

Early Bird pre-sale tickets on sale Tuesday 21 June @ 10am AEST Time
Sign up now for early bird pre-sale tickets at www.goodthingsfestival.com.au
 
General Public tickets on sale Thursday 23 June @ 10am AEST Time
https://www.oztix.com.au/

The Church – Australian tour announced.

The Church have just announced an Australian tour ‘The Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune Tour’ (only the Church would get away with such an outrageously long tour title).

Entering their fourth decade of making music and playing live shows with all the fierce creative energy of their early years, ARIA Hall of Fame inductees, The Church will treat fans with two remarkable sets over 2 ½ hours with a taste of new songs from the band’s forthcoming 26th studio album, ‘The Hypnogogue‘ – plus performing a string of hit songs across their expansive music career including ‘Under The Milky Way‘, ‘Reptile‘, ‘The Unguarded Moment‘ and ‘Almost With You‘.

Pre-sale starts Friday, June 17, 12pm local time. 
General public tickets on sale Tuesday, June 21, 12pm local time. Get tickets here

Lackadaisies – Payphone Text

With rollicking guitar and singer Nathan Kearney’s husky vocal, ‘Payphone Text’ is such a different song to what is around right now I don’t know where to start!

Lackadaisies is a bit of a Brisbane supergroup, in addition to Kearney you have Grace Pashley (Full Power Happy Hour) on bass and Marnie Vaughn (Married Man & No DOZ) rounding out the thumping rhythm section. The bouncing danceability is reminiscent of the early noughties acts like Maximo Park and Dogs Die in Hot Cars.

Vocalist Nathan Kearney says ‘the title is inspired by an ex-partner who sent me a payphone
text one time when they were away. I thought it was romantic; mainly because it would’ve taken ages to punch into the dial pad. It’s fun to play, danceable and not very serious. I love bands like The Slits and Raincoats and this song feels like it sits comfortably among those acts
.’
‘Payphone Text’ is the first single off their upcoming new album ‘Payphone Text’ set for release in August – Bec
Listen to Payphone Text

BIGSOUND announces first round of keynote speakers

Following a record number of artist showcase applications, BIGSOUND is thrilled to announce its first conference speaker line up with guests from across the globe and from home set to bring incredible conversations to Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley from 6 – 9 September this year.

Leading the first announcement is internet-born pop star Rebecca Black, activist Tarana Burke, Mushroom CEO Matt Gudinski, artist and advocate Jaguar Jonze and electronic producer and artist Example.

EARLYBIRD DELEGATE PASSES ON SALE: TUESDAY 14 JUNE, 9AM
This is your ticket to access the full conference, three-nights of showcase events, parties and workshops. Festival-only tickets will go on sale in July.
Find out more here

Winston Surfshirt ft. Talib Kweli – Maybe I’m in Love With You

Winston Surfshirt have teamed up with New York hip-hop royalty Talib Kweli on ‘Maybe I’m in Love With You’. The track is a lo-fi R&B with brass interludes and Kweli jumping in to add some East Coast hip-hop energy.

Winston says of the collaboration; “Maybe I’m In Love With You’ was a song we wrote in London a few years ago...”

“…Me, Bustlip & Bone came up with the beat on our first day there and when the rest of the band arrived we put down words instantly. I remember waking Bustlip up while recording vocals in the lounge room. There’s a sense of nostalgia with this track, it takes me straight back to walking around sunny London, listening to the demo on repeat. Then Talib took the whole record to another level entirely! He was at the top of our list for a feature thinking there was no way he would say yes but we got onto him a couple months later and he agreed to jump on. Bit of a career defining moment for sure.”
‘Maybe I’m in Love With You’ takes the Winston Surfshirt groove and adds another dimension with Kweli’s verses. For those that love WS, they will love this, and the addition of Kweli may introduce them to a whole new market – Bec
Watch Maybe I’m in Love With You

Arctic Monkeys side shows

We all know that Arctic Monkeys are doing all the festivals this summer, now they have just announced their run of side shows as well.

Taking in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney in January 2023, Melbourne and Brisbane fans will see Midlife opening and Sydney will have DMA’s and The Buoys supporting. These shows will sell out fast with Frontier Touring’s pre-sale starting Thursday 16 June and general sales starting Friday 17 June.

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SAMMM. – Stronger Now (Official Music Video)

SAMMM., undoubtedly one of Brisbane’s grooviest indie rockers, has gifted us with his first 2022 track ‘Stronger Now’ and an accompanying music video, directed by Phoebe Faye. With Samuel and Phoebe both at the helm of Real Feels Music, the combination of ‘Stronger Now’ and its complementary clip culminate in a perfect encapsulation of SAMMM.’s uncontainable energy and unmatched charisma. 

With ‘Stronger Now’ acting as a courageous breakaway from emotional scars and experiences, its video very well captures that strengthening feeling of newfound freedom. Much like how the song seamlessly jumps between thick and thin textures on a whim, the music clip effortlessly balances between high and low action. Quick match-cuts, location jumps, and energetic physicality balance alongside methodical pans, purposeful décor, and high-contrast lighting.

Already, SAMMM. and Phoebe have made unmissable marks on the 2022 music scene, and it makes us nothing but eager to be there grooving along come the next single – Kai Giovanni.
Watch Stronger Now

CW Stoneking reunites with his Primitive Horn Orchestra and tour news

C.W Stoneking is off on tour with his longtime collaborators, The Primitive Horn Orchestra. First collaborating on 2009’s Jungle Blues and touring the world, the pairing has not been out and about since 2012.

They will join him on the road playing a slew of favourites from C.W Stoneking’s back catalogue. Joining them will be special guest Ruby Gilbert.
Tickets available now from C.W Stoneking’s website – get tickets here

The Butterfly Effect announce new album and tour dates

The Butterfly Effect have announced their 4th studio album, aptly titled IV and a tour for later this year. With some sneak peeks of the new material, a couple of single releases and a collection of live appearances already this year, the band

have got us all waiting for this album and for this tour with bated breath. With the albums release slated for the same time as the tour (September/October), fans of The Butterfly Effect will have the old favourites plus new material to look forward to. Coming along for the ride are Thornhill and Caligula’s Horse. Pre-sale of tickets starts tomorrow 7 June with general sales starting Thursday 9 June.
Get pre-sale and general ticket sales here

Gang of Youths – Melbourne and Perth supports announced

Gang of Youths have announced their supports for the Melbourne and Perth shows with Middle Kids joining them for their Melbourne shows and Gretta Ray joining for both Melbourne and Perth shows.

The angel in realtime. tour will be kicking off in Perth on Saturday, 30th July 2022 and will be finishing up in Sandstone Point on August 20th 2022, off the back of their successful US tour.
Get tickets here

What So Not – Mr Regular

In a 2022 that has been completely stacked for What So Not comes the single ‘Mr Regular’ featuring Killer Mike (Run the Jewels) and Oliver Tree. Full of atmospheric 80’s synths and breathy vocals that swerve around for penetrating contrasting verse delivered by Killer Mike, this song has a lot of everything and could be a messy shambles. Together, however it all works and it’s magnificent and mesmerising.

It’s one of the biggest songs I’ve ever been part of, tied up in red tape for too long. I know how much the fans and community want this one… Mr Regular is about the difficulty that we face through our childhood and career progression as clueless superior figures try to control and shape our path” says What So Not. With an upcoming album in the works with more guests than a hotel, this is another taste of what is to come – Bec
Listen to Mr Regular

Siobhan Cotchin – Growing Pains

Perth singer-songwriter Siobhan Cotchin has released her latest single ‘Growing Pains’. A little bit indie, a little bit alt-country, ‘Growing Pains’ has some Angel Olsen or even fellow WA native Katy Steele. Written during 2021 when Western Australia locked out everyone, then locked everyone in, Cotchin questioned the purpose of time passing and was unable to find fulfilment in even the briefest of social encounters.

“Growing up is a scam, I wish I knew before I signed up,” Cotchin sings, calling ‘Growing Pains’ her “ode to anxiety” and all that comes with growing up and wanting to hide from it. It’s a pretty track with layered vocals and the country sounding guitars. If you like the aforementioned Angel Olsen, highly likely you will like this one – Bec.

Siobhan Cotchin is also having a single launch at The Bird, in Perth on 11 June – get tickets
Listen to Growing Pains

The Offspring and Sum 41 tour

After delays due to yep, you guessed it, covid, the news that The Offspring and Sum 41 have confirmed their rescheduled dates and added more is very welcome news.

The original tour sold out in an incredible 2 hours and in response they have added dates and upgraded venues.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale Friday 10 June at 11am – sign up for presale here

General ticket sales start on Monday 13 June at 9am.

Smith Street Band – I Don’t Wanna Do Nothing Forever

An expanded single from their upcoming album for release later this year (3 bonus tracks recorded live at Melbourne’s Forum), ‘I Don’t Wanna Do Nothing Forever’ explores the themes that much of the music industry is coming to terms with – going back out into the world from that cocoon we all went into during lockdowns and all the anxiety and excitement that goes with it.

‘I Don’t Wanna Do Nothing Forever’ is anthemic (there will be sing alongs when this gets played live) and provides a taste of what is to come from the upcoming album. Speaking of live, Smith Street Band are off on tour around Australia starting in June through to October 2022 – Bec.
Watch I Don’t Wanna Do Nothing Forever
To see if the Smith Street Band are touring near you and get tickets go here

Karnivool and Cog to play Adelaide

Adelaide heavy music fans would have let out a collective grumble when the Monolith Festival line-up and locations were released – no Adelaide.

As somewhat of an olive branch a mini version of Monolith is coming to play the newly minted Hindley Street Music Hall on 11 August! With Karnivool, Cog, sleepmakeswaves and Alt. this promises to be a great night.

You can sign up for early bird tickets here and they go on sale 9am 1 June. All general sales tickets go on sale 3 June – get tickets here.

Ocean Alley – Deepest Darkness

Ocean Alley have released their new single ‘Deepest Darkness’ to the world. From the get-go, it is unmistakably Ocean Alley with their hallmark psych-styled riffs, the woozy layering and echoing vocals.
Vocalist, Baden Donegal spoke about the story behind the lyrics; “This song is about being so deeply in love with someone and realising how important their support can be to you…

‘Deepest Darkness’ starts with a gentle flow and amps up the intensity with each verse and chorus. Ocean Alley’s fans will love this and may bring some new fans with the added intensity of this one. The release of ‘Deepest Darkness’ coincides with the bands announcements for their summer festival schedule, on the line-ups for Lost Paradise and Falls Festivals – Bec.
Watch Deepest Darkness

Tilly Tjala Thomas – Mansion

Today Tilly Tjala Thomas has released this dance floor ready ode to self exploration, inner strength and resilience. ‘Mansion’ is the first taste from Tilly’s soon to be announced EP.

‘Mansion’ is a slow boil EDM style track with Tilly’s soft clear vocal providing the guidance through to the end. There is an impressive contrast between light and dark on the track with the lyrics exploring

some darker topics and indeed the accompanying music video showing a reluctant bride running from her wedding day. The tracking is light and bright and poppy and as mentioned before very dance floor ready.
Hailing from Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia Nukunu singer-songwriter, TillyTjala Thomas has already received accolades – winning the Unearthed Award at the 2021 NIMA’s and critical praise from some of Australia’s best known radio hosts – Bec.
Watch Mansion

Sisters of Mercy touring 2022

Recently celebrating their 40th anniversary, the Sisters of Mercy have announced they are hitting Australian and New Zealand shores later this year.

One of the most influential bands in the post-punk genre, they are a reference point for all bands who are influenced by dark rock and dark culture.

Early bird tickets go on sale this Friday 27 May and general sales start Tuesday 31 May.
You can sign up for early bird access here and general sales are here
Watch the official tour video

Sunk Loto – first shows in 15 years

If you had to list the most important heavy Australian albums of all time, it’s likely that Sunk Loto‘s 2003 release Between Birth and Death would be near the top, and metal aficionados still consider the band one of the most influential home-grown bands of the early 2000s.
After 15 years apart Sunk Loto have announced shows up and down the east coast beginning with Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
UPDATE! After selling out the Brisbane and Gold Coast shows they have added an extra date and dates in Sydney and Melbourne.

After “five years of silence” (times 3) in a live setting, definitely don’t miss the chance to catch Sunk Loto back at it when they finally return to a live setting near you!
Tickets available here

BIGSOUND is back!

After 2 years of disappointment, closures and delays for the music industry, Australia’s biggest music conference is BACK!

Artist applications have been extended until 25 May and they have announced a new category, BIGSOUND Country, to sit alongside all the other BIGSOUND goodness. With this comes a new ambassador – Fanny Lumsden.

She will join a Country Music Taskforce made up of figures from industry-leading festivals, presenters, streaming services and artist managers as BIGSOUND taps into a wider audience and a new wave of talent. Creating a space to reconnect and navigate the music industry through a post-pandemic lens, BIGSOUND is back in full form filling Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley with its electric energy this September.
Artists can apply here until 25 May – for more info go to bigsound.org.au.

King Brown – My Love

Perth rockers King Brown have released ‘My Love’ a bluesy, swampy love song “…a song about being completely lovesick towards someone. Feelings that are so intense that you’d do anything for them, but in the back of your mind being very insecure and jealous of anyone else because you’re afraid of losing them.” says the band.

There are elements of that desert rock

that Queens of the Stone Age do so well, but instead of that blast of dry heat, this is straight out of the swamp making it dangerous and steamy. King Brown have achieved some high rotation on Double J and Rebel FM and with their live dynamic changing (drummer Brendon stepping out as full time front man) they are a band that I can’t wait to see live – Bec

Listen to My Love

Not On Your Rider – new dates confirmed!

New dates have been confirmed for the Brisbane cult ‘pub trivia’ cross panel gameshow Not On Your Rider.

A completely interactive music quiz night, hosted by Aimon Clark (The Creases) alongside Patience Hodgson (The Grates) and Jeremy Neale (Velociraptor). There are special guests announced for each event from the music and arts industries (Ben Lee, Ben Ely, Jen Boyce and Shad Wicka for 26 May!).

So if you feel you are up for a challenge check out the Not On Your Rider website for further dates and tickets.

Woodford Folk Festival is back for 2022

Last held in 2019/20, the organisers at Woodford Folk Festival have had to make the difficult decision not to go ahead for the past 2 years. While not being able to deliver the massive undertaking that is Woodford Folk Festival they have been able to deliver smaller scale events.

Founder and Director Bill Hauritz stated that to sum up what came out of the enthusiastic organisers meeting was “It’s on”. The festival will be held from 27 December through to New Years Day.
Woodford Folk Festival will be held at the beautiful site at Woodfordia and tickets will go on sale in June. Stay tuned for more information on ticket sales and line-ups.

Sonic Masala Fest 2022 is on!

Sonic Masala Fest in now in its 9th year is back for 2022. Presented by 4ZZZ, Young Henry’s, Sonic Sherpa, the Triffid and Zang! Records, the line-up is stunning – Dumb Things, Platonic Sex, Slowrip, Mess Esque and the list goes on!

As usual Sonic Masala Fest is raising funds to keep 4ZZZ on air and independent as it always has been since its inception in 1975.

As an added sweetener (not that you need one with THAT line-up) the lovely people over at Sonic Sherpa are putting up a $100 voucher for everyone that buys a ticket in the pre-sale.

There will also be some curated shows in the Triffid Beer Garden from May through to July so stay tuned for those.

To keep yourself updated on Sonic Masala Fest and the curated shows leading up to the fest, follow the Sonic Masala facebook page here

To get those pre-sale tickets and be in the running for that $100 Sonic Sherpa voucher go here

Enter: Shikari touring November 2022

Avant-garde UK rockers Enter: Shikari are hitting Australian shores in November this year. They last toured in 2019, right before lockdowns engulfed the world and are looking to build on the following that they accrued while here.

They will be bringing fellow UK band Creeper with them and joining up with Australian metal band Windwaker. Enter: Shikari have also been in the studio so will likely bring new music for the tour.

Pre-sale starts Wednesday 18 May and general sale starts Friday 20 May.
Sign up for pre-sale here

Falls is on sale NOW!

Grab the mates that you want to see in the new year with and choose a destination and get those tickets.
With a stunning line-up announcement, don’t be that friend who says they’ll get theirs later and misses out.

Buy Falls Festival tickets

NIMA’s are back!

National Indigenous Music Awards are back on 6 August 2022 and there is no need for Zoom!
Held in the picturesque Ampitheatre in the Darwin Botanical Gardens and headlined by Thelma Plum and King Stingray, this promises to be a night not to be missed. 

Nominations are open now and you can nominate an artist here.
To buy NIMA tickets head here.

Kav Temperley – Machines of Love & Grace

Kav Temperley is back with his next instalment of solo work with the single ‘Machines of Love & Grace’. A slow burner, you think that the whole song is going to be acoustic and lo-fi then after a bit the full band kicks in. Kav hasn’t strayed too far from the formula that Eskimo Joe use for their hits on this one. What is different is the complexity of the lyrics and topics covered in the song.

With solo work not having to pass the scrutiny of the rest of the band you can cover topics that your band mates might shy away from (not wanting the band to be too political/activist/opinionated). ‘Machines of Love & Grace’ wasn’t inspired by the Richard Brautigan poem of the same name, but rather that humans with their emphasis on love and empathy are actually outliers in the animal kingdom. “The song is about the complex and intimate relationships we have through our phones, seen through the lens of the last two-and-a-half years of the pandemic. Having devices in our hands has allowed us to have dinner with loved ones all over the world, all locked in our houses, and follow every moment of each other’s life; whether we want to or not, it’s often the first thing we see in the morning and the last thing we see before we go to sleep. With the touch of a button, anything and everything is available to us, good and bad.” Kav says. With a matching video playing up the voyeuristic elements in the song – this song is a song for now – Bec

Watch Machines of Love & Grace
Eskimo Joe are also off on tour in September – for tour dates and tickets go here

The Hu – new single and tour news!

Mongolian rock band The Hu are set to tour Australia in August and they have given us a taste of new music to go with the tour.

‘This is Mongol’ is the usual hard rock offering from The Hu, with the new music addressing a number of their cultural values as well as sustainability and

heritage preservation. The accompanying video is visually spectacular shot in the Mojave Desert in Nevada, reminding them of the sparseness of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia.

Watch This is Mongol
Tour dates and tickets here

The Charlatans – A Head Full of Ideas tour

The Charlatans return to Australia for what was slated to be their 30th anniversary tour – now their 32nd – but like everything after the pandemic, better late than never.

The Charlatans have notched up 13 top 40 albums, ridden the Manchester and Britpop waves out the other side and are still making music that is instantly recognisably The Charlatans, with the hammond organ and that northern soul style.

Get tickets here

The Darkness – Motorheart Tour 2022

Multi-platinum UK rock icons The Darkness will be returning to Australia & New Zealand this October, playing shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Auckland & Wellington. 

Brimming with their trademark blazing guitar riffs and solos, soaring falsetto and immeasurable rock ‘n’ roll extravagance, The Darkness will be operating at their loosest and most extroverted frequency. 

With the pandemic impacting their last tour to Australia and NZ, they’ll have a lot of energy to burn off with 2 albums worth of material including the new Motorheart.

Fans can access early bird tickets by signing up prior to pre-sale commencing here
Pre-sale starts Friday, May 13 at 11am local time.
General public tickets on sale Tuesday, May 17 at 11am local time.

Pond – new single and deluxe edition of album 9

Hot off the back of sold out performances around the country, Pond have released their new single ‘Hang a Cross On Me’ a dance ready song channeling the alt-dance of the Happy Mondays. With a guest vocal (sounding like it’s delivered through a loud hailer) by Cowboy John, you are dragged right back to the Madchester days of the late 80’s/early 90’s.

In addition to this latest release, Pond are releasing a deluxe edition of 9, a metallic silver double LP with a 12 page booklet and holographic gatefold AND four new tracks. You can pre-order now and it will be available on 20 May – Bec.

Pre-order 9 and listen/watch Hang a Cross on Me

New dedicated festival site for Queensland’s Sunshine Coast

From the team behind prolific QLD venues, Eatons Hill Hotel and Sandstone Point Hotel, comes another monumental venture. Today, The Comiskey Group announces Coochin Fields – one of the largest ever privately owned festival and camping sites in Queensland. 

Located in the picturesque Coochin Creek area, the 150 hectare site is as big as 22 football fields. It sits just 35 minutes south of Maroochydore and 1 hour 20 minutes north of Brisbane – a direct five minute drive to the Bruce Highway. Nestled in nature, the site is home to turf and strawberry farms – which will remain operational as the site welcomes world-class festivals and performances from top-tier artists. Punters won’t need to wait too long to explore their new favourite festival site, as the Comiskey Group are already in discussions with iconic Australian festivals ready to expand into Queensland. 

Frontierer – Australian tour

Scottish extreme metal band, Frontierer are hitting Australian shores in October this year.

Fusing mathcore cacophony with bludgeoning down tuned tones for a progressive metal sound layered with electro be ready to have your ears bleed.
Having made their mark alongside others in the genre such as Dillinger Escape Plan and Converge this tour is not to be missed.

For more information about the tour, venues and tickets go here

Body Type – The Charm

Body Type are back with ‘The Charm’. Vocalist Sophie McCormish is telling us all that “I’ve got chaaaaarrrmmm!” A solid punk outing with heavy drums and their signature rumbling and melodic guitars, this is Body Types answer to all those people who think that women in music are a gimmick.

“This track is about how women are held to higher standards than men in the music biz. It’s harder for us to get away with being a bit shit or making mistakes. Some guy once told us the ‘charm’ was gonna wear off if we didn’t get better at our instruments, that we had to do our 10,000 hours before we were worthy of the hype. This is our response.” – Sophie tells us. ‘The Charm’ is a snarling middle finger to all the doubters out there, coupled with some quick wit in the lyrics. The accompanying video is also a bit of fun with the band dressed up but stuck in the mud (a metaphor methinks). Body Type are among a growing number of female bands who no longer want to be downed by the established order in the music industry and they are welcome – bring on their new album 20 May – Bec
Watch The Charm

Fvneral – California Street

Sydney 7 piece collective, Fvneral have released ‘California Street’ chronicling the entire lifespan of a relationship. It’s an empowering, yet fragile account of coming together with all the joy and connection that you feel in a new relationship. Fvneral are using their music to forge safe places to explore identity and belonging.

They now want to invite the rest of us in. Musically, there are shades of Band of Horses AND Arcade Fire (both of which released music with Funeral in the title) – the gentle indie stylings with a punch and some momentum when needed – Bec.
Watch California Street

Semantics – This Love Could Kill You

A very sobering look at domestic violence by Brisbane band Semantics is at the centre of the second single from their upcoming album Paint Me Blue (out 20 May).

‘This Love Could Kill You’ is a confronting song, but the positive that you can take from Semantics putting this out as a single is that this generation is going to do things differently.

No longer content to have mental health and violence as taboo topics, previous singles have addressed mental health. ‘This Love Could Kill You’ with its no-holds-barred video puts the reality of domestic violence into a scenario that is frighteningly familiar and has you thinking, “oh god, she’s just like me…” Sonically, the song harks back to the 1990’s alt-rock sound that bands like Superchunk, with that loud/quiet dynamic that bands like the Pixies made de jour – Bec

Paint Me Blue is out on 20 May – to pre-order or save links go here.
Watch This Love Could Kill You (warning: depicts domestic violence scenes – for 24 hour support dial 100RESPECT)

Sampa the Great – Lane ft Denzel Curry

Fresh off Coachella appearances, Sampa the Great has teamed up with US rapper Denzel Curry for ‘Lane’.

‘Lane’ is the first new music since 2019 for Sampa the Great, its a slow burning, lo-fi track, after relocating back to Zambia and connecting with her younger self’s artistry during the pandemic, ‘Lane’ is about finding your own lane. Denzel Curry reinforces the ‘finding your lane’ message with a freeform verse of similar essence.

Sampa the Great is also returning to Australia for a handful of select shows – VIVID Sydney in late May and RISING in Melbourne in early June.

Watch Lane

VIVID tickets here and RISING tickets here

The Hard Aches – Party Ghost

The Hard Aches have released their first single since 2019, ‘Party Ghost’ featuring Cahli Blakers from Teenage Joans on backing vocals.

‘Party Ghost’ is about finding yourself in unfamiliar territory, reflecting on your own existence, but making the best of the situation.

The song is is catchy, with distorted guitar hooks, propelling the song forward to the bittersweet line, “I’m sure you’ll come back when the parties get boring…” there’s a lot to unpack with this song and its double entendre lyrics.The Hard Aches were directly affected by the Black Summer bushfires, then the pandemic and this has kept them on home soil until now. The band are super stoked to return to the touring circuit and kick off a huge tour through major cities in July – Bec.

Listen to Party Ghost

Get tickets to the Party Ghost tour

Full Power Happy Hour – Siblings

Brisbane indie-folksters, Full Power Happy Hour are back with their new single ‘Siblings’. Fresh off the critical success of their self-titled debut album last year, “Siblings’ expands and consolidates their sound and direction.

‘Siblings’ is the beautiful jangly guitars and steady rhythm section that we have come to expect from Full Power Happy Hour with vocalist, Alex Campbell’s light but decisive vocals anchoring the whole song.

Lyrically the song explores those family relationships, those relationships that you don’t get to choose, but they are yours for better or worse.

If you like the indie-folky stylings of Big Thief or Waxahatchee, you have probably already found our local answer to these. They have also made a video (which looked super fun to make – spoiler alert, FOOD FIGHT!) to go with ‘Siblings’.

‘Siblings’ is from the upcoming second album for the band, Bit of Brightness, out this September. Full Power Happy Hour are also doing a run of shows leading up to the release – check out their Facebook page for the full run of shows – Bec.

Watch Siblings

Billy Howerdel – Poison Flowers

Billy Howerdel is releasing his much-anticipated album What Normal Was on 10 June. The A Perfect Circle co-founder has also released a single ‘Poison Flowers’ with a video to go with.

For those that love A Perfect Circle’s The Thirteenth Step, ‘Poison Flowers’ has shades of this as well as Depeche Mode circa their album Ultra

“This is me stepping back into my early teen self and making the record I would’ve made if I had the means and the knowledge when I first picked up a guitar—just in 2022,” Howerdel explains. “It’s that moment as a kid when you hear a record, close your eyes, and go somewhere else. That was the time I found my lane, so to speak.” 

For those that like their dark-wave, post-punk moody as fuck music, this will appeal to them. A languid low driving bass with piercing guitars over the top and some vocal distortion fuels the song.  

Howerdel is off on tour around the US over summer – let’s hope he hits Australian shores as the taster that is ‘Poison Flowers’ is hopefully a hint of what is to come – Tarynne A

Watch Poison Flowers

Northlane – new album, new single, new tour!

Northlane have released their new album, Obsidian and the latest track from it, ‘Abomination’.
After a fiery set at Full Tilt Festival in Brisbane last night, the new material from ‘Obsidian’ sounds heavy, loud and amazing live.

Northlane are also touring through June and on the back of their live reputation tickets are selling fast.
Get tickets
Listen to Abomination

Spilt Milk festival back for Summer 2022

Spilt Milk is returning this summer to Canberra and Ballarat and has a new home on the Gold Coast for this summer festival season.

They have just announced their killer line-up with Flume, Stormzy, The Wombats, G-Flip, Mallrat and Spacey Jane, just to name a few.
For the full line-up, art and food options, head to the Spilt Milk website
Pre-sale tickets on sale 8AM TUESDAY, MAY 3 GA tickets on sale 8AM THURSDAY, MAY 5
Sign up for pre-sale here

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – new single, new album, on tour!

It only feels like yesterday that Psychedelic Porn Crumpets released Shyga! The Sunlit Mound and here they are with another new album, Night Gnomes out today!

Night Gnomes is the usual mind-warping collection of tunes that we have come to expect from Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. Leading the way is the single ‘Acid Dent’ a psych-rock romp that would be quite happy to fit into a 1970’s turntable.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are also off on tour. They are doing a quick whip around Australia in June/July before heading off to Europe in August. Get in quick for those Aussie dates – this tour will sell out quick.

Get tickets for the Night Gnomes tour
Listen to Acid Dent

Alexisonfire back with second single Reverse the Curse

Alexisonfire is back with the second single ‘Reverse the Curse’ from their first LP Otherness (out 24 June) in 13 years .
Alexisonfire juggernauts through ‘Reverse the Curse’ from the get go, there is no build up, what the whole song sounds like is what you start with sludgy riffs.

When singer George Pettit’s vocals kick in you know this is Alexisonfire. The Canadian post-hardcore band have been working hard on Otherness, they didn’t want to sound like a nostalgia band which is always a hazard when returning from a prolonged absence and they wanted something new for the fans to listen to and returning to the band after time away feels like a purely creative endeavour for them. ‘Reverse the Curse’ is definitely on the more hardcore side of things, without the bombastic feel of their previous single ‘Sweet Dreams of Otherness’ – Bec
Listen to Reverse the Curse

Amy Shark – See U Somewhere tour dates added!

Due to overwhelming demand, Amy Shark has added extra dates on her See U Somewhere Australia tour of regional centres throughout Australia.
This adds performances in Bunbury, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Tamworth, Port Macquarie, Newcastle, Albury, Upwey, Geelong, Caloundra, Stanthorpe, Ipswich, Toowoomba and Maryborough, bringing the already historic tour to a whopping 60 dates.

In addition, Karratha’s show at Red Earth Arts Precinct will be moved outdoors to meet extraordinary demand. The new shows will go on sale 22 April – get tickets go to amyshark.com

Stormzy tour rescheduled

UK rapper Stormzy has finally announced dates to replace his cancelled tour from 2020.

Heading to Australia and New Zealand, Stormzy brings his H.I.T.H world tour after it was put on pause because Covid.

All existing tickets are valid for the new dates, if you cant make the new dates, please contact your point of purchase by 18 May to organise a refund.

For tickets go here

Boy & Bear – State of Flight

Boy & Bear have released the lovely lo-fi ‘State of Flight’ with muted harmonies and some soaring falsetto from vocalist David Hosking with the song building to a much more urgent pace.

It’s a slight step sideways from the usual indie-folk offerings from the band, with a lot more production and less stripped back feeling. It almost feels like a tech company advert, and you expect a logo to pop up very tastefully in the video. With a tour in the works, it will be interesting to hear this song live and how they recreate the choral moments. Dave Hosking from the band says, “The song is really a love letter to the arts, to the joys of being creative. I love making music, and even in the face of considerable challenges these last few years, it’s only further solidified my obsession and genuine love of the creative process.”

Boy & Bear are also on tour through June and July – to check if they are coming to a venue near you and to buy tickets go to the Boy & Bear website
Watch State of Flight

Dear Seattle – Feel the Weight

Indie-rockers Dear Seattle have just released ‘Feel the Weight’ an ode to self-sabotage that all of the members of the band have felt at some point or another.

In their own words: “This song is a reminder that we can always use a brain cleanse. You can see a lot of joy in this world, and it’s much easier to see when you clean the lens you’re looking through.

The accompanying video was filmed live in homage to the bands that Dear Seattle love from the 60’s and 70’s that played their music live, rather than just a canned video clip.

‘Feel the Weight’ comes out of the blocks pretty quick at you, with its ‘na na na na na…’ refrain and some solid bass work holding down the fort. ‘Feel the Weight’ is the follow up single to ‘Way Out’ from their upcoming album Someday (out 17 June).
Watch Feel the Weight

Machine Head release 10th album in August

Bay area metal titans, Machine Head have announced their 10th studio album Of Kingdom and Crown will be out on the 26 August. Of Kingdom and Crown is a 13 track concept album, set in a futuristic wasteland, with two main protagonists each suffering their own losses and need for revenge.

To warm us up for the new album the band have released a single ‘Choke on the Ashes of your Hate’ and vid to go with.
Watch Choke on the Ashes of your Hate

Baby Strange ft Hayley Mary – Only Feel It When I’m Here With You

Scottish post-punk band Baby Strange aren’t really known that well in Australia, which might be about to change.

Teaming up with Hayley Mary from Australian indie stalwarts The Jezabels for their latest single ‘Only Feel It When I’m Here With You’.

With a deep rumbling bass line and the ringing frenetic sounding guitar over the top, this fits very well into the post-punk genre well. There is also a feeling of sparseness and bleakness in this song even when it goes uptempo during the bridge. Johnny Maddens vocals are interspersed with Hayley Mary’s.This band is the natural successor to post-punk bands like Gang of Four. It’s a creative departure from previous work, but it’s a good step sideways.

The power-pop sound of their other singles to date are great, evoking the same energy as Bloc Party or The Walkmen. Sharing their name with a T-Rex song doesn’t hurt (the band claim they found that out when they’d had the name long enough to stick – they could just claim it, its just obscure enough to be cool) Baby Strange are gearing up to release their album World Below on 7 June – Bec.

Listen to Only Feel It When I’m With You

Spacey Jane – It’s Been a Long Day

“Its been a long day and I don’t feel like talking…” the opening line to Spacey Janes new single speaks to us all when you get home from work and it’s just been exhausting. A beautiful gentle melancholic ballad from Spacey Jane written during a break up when singer-guitarist Caleb Harper tried to say all the things at once and the end refrain says it all “I really loved you..”

‘It’s Been a Long Day’ has the rich interplay between the two guitars anchored with their solid rhythm section that is a hallmark of a Spacey Jane song. The almost coastal drift is there too – current Spacey’s fans will not be disappointed. The lyricism has matured as the band have with the confidence to address the issues that they are currently experiencing. ‘It’s Been a Long Day’ is from their upcoming, much anticipated second studio album Here Comes Everybody (out 10 June). They have just completed an Australian tour and are off overseas (Europe and the US) for a good portion of the rest of the year – Bec.

Listen to Its Been a Long Day

Pre-order Here Comes Everybody

Jack White – Fear of the Dawn

The ever prolific Jack White has released his first LP for the year Fear of the Dawn. Included are the singles from earlier this year ‘Taking Me Back’, ‘Hi De Ho’ (feat QTIP), and title track ‘Fear of the Dawn’.

It’s very typical Jack White work, the almost nursery rhyme delivery telling a story that could almost be a kids story book but with enough Detroit grit to bring it into the adult world.

We don’t have very long to wait for Jack’s second album Entering Heaven Alive (out on 22 July) and Jack is off on his Supply Chain Issues tour, taking in North America, Europe and the UK (no word on Australia yet).

Fear of the Dawn is out now – listen here

Spiderbait release Sounds in the Key of J and tour news!

Spiderbait have released a compilation of sorts “Songs in the Key of J’ an accolade to the massive contribution bass player Janet English makes to the band.

In addition to this they are embarking on the Tour in the Key of J in June through to September (also taking in Groovin’ the Moo dates and Valleyways Festival). This will be their first headlining tour since 2017. “Kram was going on about the compilation idea – and initially, I said ‘hell no’. I kinda said ‘OK’ to shut him up… And here we are!” jokes Janet. “It’s been a tough few years and music really got me through the lockdowns. I still can’t quite believe we’ll be out touring again soon and for the Tour In The Key of J, I’m super humbled and slightly terrified. I’ve missed that energy and that connection live music makes, being part of that exchange is one of the most amazing privileges.”

In addition to all of this activity Spiderbait have also released their first single in ages ‘My Car’s a UFO’ and a video to go with – watch My Car’s a UFO

To see if Spiderbait is playing near you and to get tickets go to their website here

Clutch – Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone)

We haven’t heard from Clutch since their 2018 release ‘Book of Bad Decisions’. They have come back with their usual clever observations on ‘Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone)’.
Frontman Neil Fallon explains, “Early in 2021, I learned the Boss Metal Zone pedal schematic was being presented as “proof” that the Covid-19 vaccine had an electronic component to communicate with 5G cellular networks.…”

“… It was, of course, nonsense. It sounded like a Philip K. Dick premise. I didn’t want to write a song specific to Covid-19 vaccines, so I went with the Philip K. Dick angle (again). “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” came to mind (replicants, in particular, representing what is real and not real, or is there a difference at all?). The video makes no secret that this is a homage to Philip K. Dick and a future where we have distortion coursing through our veins.” ‘Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone)’ does not mess around. It kicks in fast and hard, and in the words of the band will play well in their live show. With an album in the works, Clutch fans have an exciting 2022 to look forward to.
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Teen Jesus & the Jean Teasers – Girl Sports

Capitalising on a week already ripe with Australian releases, Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers have returned to continue cementing their status as one of Australia’s fiercest modern punk acts. Now, with single ‘Girl Sports’, the Canberra rockers have put up that much-needed middle finger to the world’s sightless sexists and misogynists, spelling out with style that decency doesn’t take much to understand. With 2021 singles ‘AHHHH!’ and ‘Miss Your Birthday’ becoming Aussie punk anthems as soon as they hit our airwaves, Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers have blasted into 2022 full force.

With a national headliner tour scheduled for August, following their debut Pretty Good For A Girl Band EP release in May, ‘Girl Sports’ is a fittingly powerful 2022 introduction for the band. Heavy with group chants, distortion pedals, and punchy drumlines, which all – literally in some cases – shout a collective “Fuck you”, ‘Girl Sports’ doesn’t bother with phony courtesies, instead acting as a much needed musical release for that societal anger we all know we feel. Heightened by ironic quotations and tape deck sound effects, the song features that riot grrrl garage punk blend which Teen Jesus have become iconic for – communicating that sometimes a touch of youthful defiance is all we need for some people to finally listen. 

Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers have a loud and important voice in the national punk scene. Whether using it to convey their relatable experiences, angers, sorrows, or joys, it’s a voice we all definitely need to hear on a daily basis – Kai Giovanni
Listen to Girl Sports
Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers are also off on tour August/September – get locations and tickets here

Skid Row release The Gang’s All Here

Skid Row, 80’s hard rock legends best known for ’18 and Life’ & ‘I Remember You’ have roared back to life with new track ‘The Gang’s All Here’. Fronted by new lead vocalist Erik Grönwall, the new track is the definition of loud, raw rock’n’roll. Pounding drums, chugging bass lines, a wild guitar solo and lyrics about cutting loose and partying with your gang, ‘The Gang’s All Here’ could easily fit in on classic 80’s albums such as Alice Cooper’s ‘Trash’, or Skid Row’s own self-titled debut.

Grönwall has a powerful voice, armed with a screech necessary to push Skid Row into the rafters and compete with Dave ‘The Snake’ Sabo’s lead guitar (FYI – Sabo grew up childhood friends with Jon Bon Jovi!) 80’s hard rock is the style of music I grew up listening to, and though music has evolved and changed countless times since, there’s an excitement to a song that is happy to relish in the trademarks of that era; a huge sing-a-long designed to crack a beer and headbang to. 

‘The Gang’s All Here’ marks a new era for Skid Row, with a new album set for release later this year, and a world tour planned that will hit Australia this December. If their latest single is any indication, 2022 will be a great year for fans of Skid Row – Harry (Rag Tag Productions)
Watch The Gang’s All Here
Pre-sale tickets go on sale Thursday 31 March through to 3 April and general ticket sales go up on 4 April.
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Moreton – Down & Out

Brisbane art-rock trio Moreton, led by singer/guitarist Georgia James Potter, have released ‘Down & Out’ as their latest single. Co-produced by Potter, Tom Iansek and Sean Cook, ‘Down & Out’ is a melancholy song drenched in a lingering sadness that, in Moreton’s own words, speaks about ‘how it feels to worry about someone you deeply care about… the allure of recklessness & sabotage’.
There’s a nervousness to the vibe, and a feeling of restraint that lasts until the climax.

The song structure is a fantastic build towards a crescendo that hits you from every angle. Beginning with a simple, punchy drum, a drowsy, moody guitar and vocals with a big reverb that give off a mysterious feel, each layer increases in weight as the song continues. By the conclusion, there are waves of guitars and swells accompanied by backing vocals that combine to push ‘Down & Out’ to its natural conclusion. A relatively simple music video accompanies the song, showing the trio playing on a small white stage, with the outside world visible behind the pristine stage. It’s a great contrast, of reality lying just beyond their grasp as they remain in their idyllic moment.

‘Down & Out’ is Moreton’s first single since 2019, but continues their recent hot streak, following a national tour with #1 Dads, and a win at the APRA Professional Development Awards – Harry (Ragtag Productions)
Listen to Down & Out

The Clouds – Penny Century 30th anniversary tour

90’s Aussie indie-pop darlings The Clouds are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their debut album 1991’s Penny Century (like everything at the moment better late than never). Full of indie-guitar driven gems like Hieronymous, Anthem and Soul Eater, Penny Century was gorgeous and groundbreaking for other bands that weren’t altogether mainstream – they showed that you could do it without conforming.

To celebrate the 30 years that have passed, The Clouds are off on tour. To check locations and buy tickets go here

Finally! Gang of Youths announce A More Perfect Union shows

When Gang of Youths announced their Australian tour fans in Tasmania and Queensland let out a collective ‘what about us!?

Gang of Youths were quick to confirm that they would be playing Tasmania and Queensland but were locking down details for something special. Which set off more rumours, would they be revitalising the mini festival A More Perfect Union that was a sold out success in Brisbane a few years ago? Well the answer is yes, playing Hobart on the 14 August and Sandstone Point (just outside of Brisbane) on 20 August with some stunning supporting artists along for the ride.

Gang of Youths have also partnered with Plus1 to support the Aboriginal Legal Service with every ticket sold $1 will be donated.
Pre-sale starts on Thursday 24 February and general ticket sales start Friday 25 February.
For tickets, locations and line-up go to the Gang of Youths website

Boo Seeka – Finish What You Started

Electro-pop-dance artist Boo Seeka has released a happy slice of positive reinforcement without sounding like your mum with ‘Finish What You Started‘.

Like all artists this year Boo Seeka has had to navigate the lockdowns, cancellations, delays and disappointment with releases and tours and has settled into drip feeding us tidbits from his upcoming album due out this year.

With smooth electronic beats meshing flawlessly with guitar and Boo’s stunning falsetto, this track is your end of summer beach to club vibe. ‘Finish What You Started‘ tells us to chase that dream and keep going no matter what curve balls the world throws at us (and there is a lot of them right now).“We are all uncertain and sometimes scared in these crazy times, and we don’t know what the future holds.  However, we all should keep chasing all the things that make us happy and define who we are.  Always finish what you start no matter how long it takes – always follow your dreams.”  Boo Seeka explains.

Boo Seeka is also hitting the festival circuit February through to who knows (reschedules unannounced at this time for NSW and WA) with For The Love Festival and looking forward to playing live for fans – Bec.
Listen to Finish What You Started

Screamfeeder – Don’t Get Me Started

The new single from Brisbane’s Screamfeeder ‘Don’t Get Me Started‘ is a powerhouse 3.37 minutes of fuzz and sweetness with some fairly incisive lyrics.

With one foot planted firmly in the now but dipping a toe into that 90’s feedback with the saccharine sweet lyrics vibe, ‘Don’t Get Me Started‘ is keeping with the classic Screamfeeder sound, while giving us something from today.

Vocalist and bass player Kellie Lloyd says, “The sound on this song in particular was inspired by music that sounds like it’s been written in 5 mins and recorded in 15.  Loud, brash, a little unhinged, you don’t know if it’s going to fall overThis song is just a fun song, but I’ve been feeling people need to look away from themselves, look away from our screens, look away from our reflections and see bigger pictures.” And loud and brash it is with a little sugar to help the medicine go down. Kelie Lloyd’s wandering bass line is the anchor for this song that allows the chainsaw feedback and chiming melodic twin attack of guitarists Tim Steward and Darek Mudge to do their thing.

With their next album, Five Rooms out on 6 May, Screamfeeder are going on tour (with Adalita as support!) through June 2022 and are currently playing Spring Loaded Festival – Bec.
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Band of Horses – Lights

The third single from Band of Horses 6th studio album Things Are Great (out 4 March) is the upbeat ‘Lights‘ the follow up to the equally upbeat ‘Crutches‘.

Things are definitely sounding great with a flow back to form for a band that became known for the beautiful but melancholic ‘The Funeral‘. This music is up and happy sounding.

And the lyrics tell a story of positivity on ‘Lights‘ “More metaphorically,” explains singer Ben Bridwell, “the song was meant to be a bit uplifting and I’m wishing for a better existence in a way. I’m getting over the things that had been going wrong in my life. The lights go on signifying it’s a better day kind of thing.” ‘Lights‘ is a song that still has that great lyrical wistfulness that Band of Horses do well, it’s just packaged in an uplifting and positive frame of mind: yes, shit went wrong but I’m moving on. Musically, if you are stuck Everything All The Time era Band of Horses, you might not like this but all the elements that make Band of Horses a great band musically and lyrically are still there and the uplifting positivity is welcome – Bec
Listen to Lights

Great Gable – Our Love

Great Gable are back with their first release of 2022. ‘Our Love’ is a summer fantasy that feels like a lazy weekend morning drenched in sun. Reverb-soaked guitars help the song soar, while the punchy, crisp drum sound provides great contrast.

It’s a hypnotic rhythm; add in the buzz of the guitar riffs throughout and ‘Our Love’ is a musically strong song. Alex Whiteman’s soft vocals are smooth and easy, providing a romantic landscape that, when backed by the warm guitars, feels dreamy and nostalgic. 

As frontman Whiteman explains, ‘It’s about the morning sun coming through your bedroom window and shining on the one you love’. The Spacey Jane influence is fairly evident, but these four mates can’t be accused of imitation; they are strong players, confident in their sound and quickly gaining attention around the country. Furthermore, the soft, wistfulness of the song comes as no surprise, as Great Gable have once more recruited Matt Corby (and Alex Henrikkson) to produce. 

‘Our Love’ follows recent releases ‘Hazy’ and ‘Another Day’ through Rainbow Valley Records, and Great Gable are definitely ones to check out live. They tour nationally from February through June – Harry Rag Tag Productions
Listen to Our Love
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Cypress Hill – Bye Bye

In a career spanning 30 years (?!) Cypress Hill have remained consistent in the low grinding dark hip hop tracking, with an urgent storytelling rap over the top.

Bye Bye features Dizzy Wright, a Michigan born rapper who throws out a verse about the cost of violence to the community. With their sound returning to their roots, this will be jumped on by new fans and fans of their earlier work alike.

On ‘Bye Bye’, B-Real said “I think with this song, it’s a statement where – in a roundabout way – we speak to the politics of today. That we’re being lulled into this dreamworld. To try to blind us from the separation that the politicians and government create. Trying to put us to sleep and while we’re in this sleep state of unawareness they do whatever they want.” With their 10th studio album Back in Black due out on 18 March, Cypress Hill knew they had more to offer with ‘Back in Black’. “This album is a return to our roots,” Sen Dog says. “We were proud hip-hoppers back in the day and we’ve gone through it all. We’re proud to be part of the hip-hop industry. Doing a straight hip-hop joint was the way to go.” Bec
Listen to Bye Bye
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Jaguar Jonze – Little Fires

Lining up for 2022’s Eurovision again, Jaguar Jonze has given us an absolute belter of a tune, that captures vulnerability, but with a healthy dose of resilience, sacrifice and strength in the face of adversity.

With a beautiful strings arrangement performed by The Black Square Quartet, the superstar here is Jaguar Jonze’s voice pouring all that vulnerability, tempered with strength into Little Fires.

“Little Fires is a reminder about where we’ve come from, what we are fighting for, and what we can achieve when we work together. And, it’s a reminder that we are not alone.” says Jaguar Jonze – Bec.
Listen to Little Fires

Sonic Youth – In/Out/In

Sonic Youth have an impressive back-catalogue. What is more impressive is the sheer volume of unreleased music they have up their sleeve. The In/Out/In sessions delivers post-2000 era Sonic Youth in all their experimental noisy glory releasing on March 18.

The first cab off the rank from In/Out/In is In & Out, a shimmering, humming piece that stays true to the ethos of Sonic Youth, feeling like the song could go on for hours (not an unrealistic thing here).

Evolving from a jam Steve Shelley and Kim Gordon had during a soundcheck at the Fox Theatre in California in 2010, captured by their longtime sound engineer Aaron Mullan and overdubbed with guitars later on, In & Out feels atmospheric and very much Sonic Youth. If you are looking for 90’s era Sonic Youth, you likely won’t find that here. If you love the evolution and experimentation that came in the 2000’s you might enjoy this little unearthed nugget – Bec
You can listen to In & Out or pre-order In/Out/In here

Camp Cope – Running with the Hurricane

It feels like forever since we have had new music from Camp Cope but the members of the band have been busy with various other projects. We got a bit of a taste with last years Blue (a single released without much fanfare) and now they have announced their third album ‘Running with the Hurricane’ is to be released on 25 March.

The lead single and title track, Running with the Hurricane, showcases the unrelenting soar of Georgia Maq’s vocals as well as the jangle-punk music that we know and love from Camp Cope. What is different is the softer edge to everything. It’s still uncompromising, but with a slight shoulder shrug…”the only way out is up…” showing perhaps the overcoming of adversity and coming out the other side ok, by running with, not against the hurricane. Spending longer in studio, making time to layer, fine-tune and introduce more instrumentation has resulted in a softer but still recognisably Camp Cope album, as bassist Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich notes, “just doing something that makes us happy and might make other people feel good too.” If the recent taste-tests are anything to go by, the album will be a welcome addition to my playlist – Bec
Listen to Running with the Hurricane
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Jack White – Love is Selfish

Jack White is definitely a story teller, he describes situations like he is telling a tale to a kindergarten class. Love is Selfish has the descriptive imagery in the lyrics paired with a sparse folky guitar track reminiscent of We’re Going to be Friends from the White Stripes break out ‘White Blood Cells’.

Love is Selfish is immediately identifiable as Jack White, rather than thinking ‘oh nothing new here’ you think of it as a warm familiar hug from something familiar and hone in on the lyrics (as was the possible intent).

With two albums coming out this year – ‘Fear of the Dawn’ out on 8 April and ‘Entering Heaven Alive’ out on 22 July, Love is Selfish feels like a welcome break from all that is going on in the world, despite the seriousness of the topic. You can pre-order both albums here and you can watch, stream or purchase Love is Selfish here.

Jack White is also touring North America (fingers crossed for us here in Australia) and premiered his touring band in a video for Taking Me Back (from Fear of the Dawn). Watch Taking Me Back. Bec

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