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Rebel Yell has made her mark in Aus for creating confronting techno music. Grace Stevenson, the individual behind Rebel Yell, has once again delivered a unique brooding track.

We are very excited to announce the release of her latest single ‘Pressure Drop’.

‘Pressure Drop’ is officially released this Friday, February 16 and is the first single to be taken from her debut album Hired Muscleset for release this June!

Pressure Drop’ is a song describing a Rebel Yell set, a track about experiencing the night and dancing – “Rebel yell, feel the pressure”.

Stevenson creates a heavy, haunting experience within her music. With a Korg ESX-1, volca bass and vocal processor amongst others in tow, Rebel Yell summons a unique and dark style of EBM bangers. Rebel Yell is a musical enforcer, her music effortlessly convinces or reminds you, that she is the boss.

‘Pressure Drop’, was directed by Triana Hernandez and edited by Stevenson herself. Hernandez had the following to say about the new clip –

“The music video for “Pressure Drop” is an ode to the 90s, rave culture and club-kids. It explores the muscular intensity of the track through the energy of primary school kids in their own environment – their classroom. When it comes to dancing like no one’s watching kids are the fucking best.”

We are so excited to be delivering a full-length Rebel Yell album this year and know you will all feel the pressure.

This International Women’s DayMagnets & FriendsLevi’s™ and The Curtin present a collection of powerhouse artists who are taking the music world by storm on a local and national level, all of whom encompass the diversity that IWD celebrates. This whole-venue event will take place after the IWD march, on March 8th at 7.30pm at The John Curtin Hotel. The event is proudly supported by Levi’s, with proceeds going to Girls Rock!; whose goal is to give female, trans, non-binary and gender diverse youth empowerment through music camps and workshops.

The line-up will feature four live acts, a spoken-word artist and a stellar collection of DJsplaying on both floors.

The evening will be going out with a bang with the formidable MISS BLANKS – this unapologetic force of nature who calls Brisbane home is taking stages across Australia by storm; most recently giving a string of dynamite performances on the Laneway Festival circuit. She is an outspoken ambassador for safe space and has been described as the new face of Australian hip hop. We can’t wait to see her grace the Curtin stage and serve up some fire.

Our second interstate headliner is the ethereal RAINBOW CHAN, floating in from Sydney to charm us all. Rainbow recently won FBi radio’s Song of the Year award for her single “Let Me” and unsurprisingly so; her brand of soulful and delicate multi-instrumental electronica is a rare gem. She combines the influence of her Chinese heritage as well as her love of flea-market finds to conjure up an experimental dreamscape that will leave a crowd feeling warm and gooey on the greyest of days.

Enter SIMONA – Musician. DJ . Producer. This Melbourne native barely needs an introduction, for this “one -woman industrial rave” has over 20 years in her back pocket immersing herself in the Melbourne club and live music scene, not to mention tours of AUS, USA and Europe to boot. Prepare to behold a bewitching, intelligent, and at times brutally confronting synth-pop performance from this incredibly accomplished artist.

Kicking off the eve is multi-talented glitter explosion, MAGNETS. With a background that boasts classical training, live improv comedy and a history of supplying backing vocals to many a melbourne band (e.g. Ali Barter, Sons of Rico, Shania Choir), this dynamo is no stranger to the stage. Nowadays transitioning seamlessly between keys, guitar and synth, she creates an infectious realm of FEMpop you can rock to.

We are also honoured to have JAZZ GIULIANI on board to perform poignant spoken word that peels back the surface to look deep into life’s injustices and break them apart in the timeless form of storytelling. Jazz has been published in The  Feminist Utopia Project (The Feminist Press), Page 17, Little Raven, The Australian Poetry Collaboration, Fead Magazine, amongst others.

On top of this high-calibre collection of live performances, DJ sets in the band room and the front bar will be brought to you by MOJO JUJUMZRIZKNKECHI ANELE (Saskwatch)BETH AQ and SHIMMY BARNES, all night long.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY AT THE CURTIN feat. MISS BLANKS, RAINBOW CHAN, SIMONA, MAGNETS + More
The John Curtin Hotel, Carlton
Thursday March 8th
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets on sale now
$15 – $25 +bf from The Curtin

California trio Old Notes have just premiered a music video for “Dead Flowers”, the first single off their sophomore record, With A Heavy Heart.

Throughout their new full-length, Old Notes explore their sonic boundaries and experiment with more subdued buildups to crashing climaxes, all the while evoking the same tension and release within the listener. The band create a somber, reflective atmosphere with their seamless shifts between ambient soundscapes and energetic emo tracks.With the combination of highly evocative lyrics and heavy instrumentation, the trio have created a dynamic record that serves as the pinnacle of their talent, introspection, and exploration.

 

Breaking out on her own bare feet comes magical folk artist Mariah McCarthy. After a four-year stint living and performing around Melbourne with her band Deer PrudenceMariah has returned to her regional roots and has been busy brewing something truly special. The now Bendigo-basedsinger songwriter is excited to launch her solo career with her first official release ‘Counting Sheep’ – a stunning debut single which she’ll be taking to the stage in a pair of intimate live shows this March.

With a beckoning voice of home and soothing rhythms akin to travelling among regularly-visited far off places, Mariah marries feelings of here and there; comfort and ache; dream and reality in‘Counting Sheep’. Featuring instrumentation from Ben LangdonDavid Williams, and David Carr, the self-written track was recorded, mixed and mastered by Carr himself in the beautiful surrounds of his Dandenong Ranges’ Rangemaster Studios. An ode to awakening remote desire and accessing the lucid brightness within our dream selves, McCarthy’s debut is a warm, honest, and mature account from the budding talent.

As the title suggests, Counting Sheep tells a story of wakefulness and the dark thoughts that occur when sleep seems so far away. It explores the notion that everything that we desire is always out of reach and longing only seems to make time slow down. – Mariah McCarthy

Having previously toured in the country folk duo Deer Prudence who has made stage appearances at major Australian Festivals such as Wintermoon Festival (QLD), St Albans Folk Festival (NSW), Yackandandah Folk Festival (VIC) and Majors Creek Festival (NSW), Mariah is a seasoned performer eager to bring her own tender storytelling to new and returning fans widespread.

Catch the raw, organic sounds of Mariah McCarthy live when she brings her captivating set to Melbourne’s Some Velvet Morning and Bendigo’s Basement Bar in her ‘Counting Sheep’single launch shows this March.

Mariah McCarthy ‘Counting Sheep’ Single Launch Dates

Bendigo
Friday 2 March
Basement Bar
9pm – 11.00pm
Support: TBA
Free Entry

Melbourne
Saturday 3 March
Some Velvet Morning
8.30 – 10.30pm
Support: TBA
Free Entry

Other upcoming shows
Eaglehawk, Bendigo

Sunday 4 March
Summer Event – Eaglehawk Pool
3.00 – 6.00pm

‘Counting Sheep’ is out Friday 23 February via
 iTunes // Apple Music // Spotify

The pioneers of an ever-evolving metal scene, TesseracT, release their fourth studio album entitled Sonder, following 2015’s worldwide acclaimed Polaris.
Originally formed as a studio project by guitarist Acle Kahney, TesseracT are band full of melody, dynamics and groove, they sit outside the bounds of any genre specificity to truly create a sound that has always been pioneering and creative; an unstoppable force of off-kilter riffs, soaring melodies and disorientating atmospherics.

Sonder adds significant firepower to the band’s arsenal, blending the abrasive and progressive tone from their first two records with the accessibility of Polaris. It also includes field recordings submitted by the band’s worldwide online fan base, giving an insight into the complex and varied lives of others; a theme which is also referenced in the artwork, designed by bassist Amos Williams, and the wider concept of self-identity within a population full of complex and vivid lives.

For the first time, TesseracT acquired the talents of a choir for their album, produced and conducted by Randy Slaugh and recorded at Soularium Studios, Utah.

Sonder is available April 20.

 

Local garage-rock outfit Baby Blue is quickly transforming from an impending force to be reckoned with to an absolute maelstrom with the release of their hot new single ‘Fire And Ice’. Out now via local indie label Neat LawnBaby Blue have just revealed the visuals for the psychedelic track (as premiered by The Au Review) – a live teaser of what ought to be expected when they hit the road on their ‘Fire And Ice’ single tour this month.

Taking to the road on a six-date East Coast tour over three weeks in Feb, the evolving Melbourne outfit will launch ‘Fire And Ice’ with friends and fellow favourites at intimate venues across regional Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia. To get you excited for the shows enters the new music video produced by Melbourne cinematographer Clancy Walker. A visual mash-up of black and white live snippets, colour-fuzzed carpark jams, and lonely Laundromat rehearsals, it’s an apt representation of Baby Blue’s effortlessly cool air both on record and stage.

Join Baby Blue along with Stay At Home Son, Ashley Bundang, Julia Why?Bitch Diesel, Michael Beach, DJ Hollie Joyce, Liam Linley and The Louvres and Al Parkinsonat respective shows in Wollongong, Yass, Castlemaine, Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide over the coming weeks.

Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of CIRCLES. The Australian progressive extremists will release their highly anticipated next album through the label in 2018.

As an introduction, CIRCLES are releasing a brand new track

CIRCLES guitar player Ted Furuhashi comments: “We’re stoked and honoured to be teaming up with Season of Mist. It’s been great vibes all round and we know they’re invested in our music as much as we are. It’s been a while but we’re ready to smash it and show you guys what we’ve been up to!”

On further news, CIRCLES have joined label mates NE OBLIVISCARIS on their Australian tour at Fowler’s Live in Adelaide last night. A list of all remaining shows can be found below.

CIRCLES are pushing forward the evolution of heavy music. Their intricacy, the emotional heart-string pull of their lyrics, precision, and the sheer force of their output, places them in a class all of their own.

With guitarist Ben Rechter assuming the role of melodic vocalist and fellow band members Tetsuya Furuhashi  on guitar, bassist and master of screamed vocals Andrew Patton as well as drummer David Hunter providing a maelstrom of musical brutality, CIRCLES are a force to be reckoned with.

Throughout their two releases, The Compass EP‘ (2011) and ‘Infinitas’ (2013),CIRCLES constantly broke new ground and introduced fresh elements to heavy music and djent as a genre. They have gained unanimously positive reaction from fans and critics across the globe via these records as well as their remarkable live performances, which have seen them take the stage at some of the most prestigious festivals and on tours alongside some of the world’s finest.

CIRCLES‘ previous European tours have included Euroblast Festival, as well as supporting slots for THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, MONUMENTS, and AFTER THE BURIAL. In Australia, the band toured as direct support to acts such as PERIPHERY, FEAR FACTORY, NE OBLIVISCARIS, and TWELVE FOOT NINJA.

Fast forward to 2018, Melbourne alternative progressive rock and metal powerhouse CIRCLES are set to circumnavigate and conquer the world with their new signing and a brand new record in hand will see its release in the latter half of this year.

 

You’ve been patient and we’ve remained tightlipped but now we can reveal our first wave programming line-up for MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW at Event Cinemas George St Sydney and if the suspense hasn’t killed you yet, we can assure you these films will!

Opening the festival is the Australian Premiere of THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT, the long-awaited sequel to the terrifying 2008 smash hit THE STRANGERS and the perfect nerve-rattler to set the mood for the festival! Continuing the former film’s stripped-bare thrills, THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT sees a family of three arrive at their holiday destination only to discover it is completely abandoned – and quickly find themselves terrorised by a group of three remorseless masked killers. If the family is going to survive this inexplicable onslaught, they’ll have to push themselves to their absolute limit.

From international chills to homegrown horror, we’re proud to present the World Premiere of  LIVING SPACE. From first-time feature filmmaker Steven Spiel comes this supernatural chiller about a young couple who are forced to take shelter in an isolated, seemingly-abandoned farmhouse – then battle malevolent forces under the command of an undead Nazi general for their very survival! Including familiar faces like Georgia Chara (WENTWORTH), Leigh Scully (HOME & AWAY) and Andy McPhee (SONS OF ANARCHY), LIVING SPACE is one of the most exciting Australian genre films of 2018.

Next up is MONSTER FEST 2017 ‘Golden Monster’ award-winner,  COLD HELL, helmed by Oscar-winning director Stefan Ruzowitzky. This giallo-infused action/thriller sees a young woman team up with a police officer to stop a serial killer after witnessing her neighbour’s brutal murder. Another fine slice of international horror is served with HOUSEWIFE, winner of MONSTER FEST 2017 ‘Best Director’ and the sophomore effort of Turkish director Can Evrenol, the man behind 2015’s outrageously demented BASKIN. Like Evrenol’s previous effort, HOUSEWIFE is absolutely brimming with fantastic gore and practical special effects, meaning this is definitely not for the faint hearted!

Following the 2017 Sitges Film Festival official selection, SHEBORG MASSACRE, prolific Australian genre filmmaker Daniel Armstrong returns with TARNATION. Winner of ‘Best Australian Film’ at MONSTER FEST 2017, TARNATION is a manic cabin-in-the-woods styled comedy/horror loaded with possessed cultists, penis bugs, a demonic unicorn and a zombie kangaroo! Making its Sydney debut is Adam McDonald’s unsettling PYEWACKET, a slow-burn occult thriller that follows a frustrated, angst-ridden teenage girl who awakens something in the woods after naively performing an occult ritual to evoke a witch to kill her mother.

Rounding off this stellar first wave announcement, MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW is proud to present a 21st Anniversary Screening of Fred Dekker’s cult classic,THE MONSTER SQUAD. Dekker’s loving celebration of Universal Monsters and everything eighties pits a bunch of kids known as THE MONSTER SQUAD head-to-head with a legion of ghouls who are in search of a powerful amulet with which to rule their world.

What: Monster Fest Travelling Sideshow (Sydney)
Facebook Event- https://www.facebook.com/events/1954076424806302/
Website Event – http://www.monsterfest.com.au/events/mfts-sydney2018/

Where: Event Cinemas George St
505-525 George St, Sydney NSW
Ph: (02) 9273 7300

When: 9th to 11th of March 2018

Tickets: https://www.eventcinemas.com.au

Single Session Tickets:
Adult – $21
Concession – $17.50