Missy Higgins’ fifth studio album, Solastalgia, is unveiled today. The beloved singer/songwriter has vaulted back into the spotlight this year. Her new singles ‘Futon Couch’ and ‘Cemetery’ ignited playlists everywhere, an impassioned appearance on ABC-TV’s “Q&A” provoked national debate about refugee policy, and a stadium tour as Ed Sheeran’s special guest ensured Australia fell in love with her all over again. Not surprisingly her headlining national tour – which starts next week – sold out faster than any in the last decade.
So 2018 marks an exciting new phase in Missy’s career but it also signals a fresh start creatively. She has clearly absorbed some fresh influences since her last collection of original songs, The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle (2012), joined The Sound Of White (2004) and On A Clear Night (2007) in debuting at #1 on the Australian charts. The three albums have collectively sold over a million album copies in this country and earned her nine ARIA Awards but Solastalgia sees Missy exploring new frontiers. Synthetic soundscapes and drum loops now underpin the organic pianos and acoustic guitar tones that people typically associate with her, perhaps reflecting the addition of new production collaborator Pip Norman (Tzu, Troy Sivan) and mixer John O’Mahony (Vance Joy, Coldplay, Metric).
The album also sees some different lyrical approaches.
“I’ve always tried to write honestly about what’s going on inside my head and that’s still the case so in a way nothing has changed”, Missy explains. “When I was a teenager I was writing songs about early heartbreaks and other stuff I was experiencing but my life’s very different now. I got married. We had a baby. My priorities have changed and my thoughts are gravitating towards different things like, well, the end of the world!”
The title Solastalgia refers to the existential crisis people feel when confronted by seismic environmental change so as the word suggests, there actually is a bit of an apocalyptic theme that runs through many of the new tunes. “How Was I To Know” (co-written and produced with Adele collaborator Dan Wilson) literally contemplates “the end of everything” while “Hallucinate” is a tense and restless rumination on a fragile future. Clearly this is the same yearning and earnest songwriter who penned Australian classics like “Scar”, “The Special Two”, “Where I Stood”, “Steer” and “Everyone’s Waiting” but she has simply moved into a different phase of her life. She’s still grappling with finding meaning and sharing it in her work but the stakes are now even higher.
“I’m sure that subconsciously it was all shaped by having a baby”, says Missy. “For the first time I started thinking about the future more seriously and more personally. I started asking “what kind of world is my little boy going to experience when he grows up?‘. And if you stop and think about it like that it can be bloody terrifying. Just watching the news at night can make you want to cover your eyes. Plus I’d been reading some climate-fiction (cli-fi) and post-apocolypic literature so that also caused a bit of an existential crisis that shaped some of these songs too.”
But while the word “solastalgia” describes this exact fear it is actually a hybrid of the latin terms for both “comfort” and “pain” so the picture isn’t one dimensional. On tracks like the album’s first hit single “Futon Couch” Missy playfully recounts the story of how she met her husband at a Broome share house. “The Difference” sees her embracing the idea that things can be changed for the better while “Red Moon” (co-written and produced with Tove Lo and Broods collaborator Alex Hope) is an end-of-days romantic fantasy.
Her new single ‘Cemetery’ looks back fondly on a moment of youthful indiscretion and the music video for that song is also released today. Missy says, “I had a blast shooting this with my good friend and long-time collaborator, Natasha Pincus. She also directed my videos for ‘Everyone’s Waiting’, ‘Unashamed Desire’ and ‘Oh Canada‘. In other words, she’s bloody brilliant. This video was shot all in one take, and I have to thank the whole camera and lighting crew who put in so many hours getting their moves so perfectly right, so that I could just come in and sing the song. Then of course there’s the VFX (the little lights you’ll see as the clip progresses) which were done by dream-team GRAMM. I’ve never done a black and white clip, nor a one-shot clip before that was so stripped back and raw.”
In an era where albums are increasingly being sidelined by individual tracks Solastalgia is a defiant piece of work. It makes the case that a dozen songs in a row by one artist can fill a broader canvas picture that’s worth the time required to absorb it as one piece. While playlists can clearly be fun and there are songs here that can fit on them, this is a genuine album in the classic sense of that word.
“My loved-one said to me that this album feels like “a meditation on Time” – he’s a playwright so he gets to say profound things like that but I think he’s spot on. The notion of time has changed so much for me since becoming a parent. I’m now both imperative to someone’s survival while simultaneously obsolete in the grander scheme of things. I now look into the future and think about the world I am bringing my son into and what a debilitatingly huge responsibility that is. I think about the mistakes I’ve made and how I can try to make the future safer, for him and his children and their children and their children. At the same time though I think about the capacity for love I feel right now that I never knew was possible. That in itself gives me so much hope that maybe things will turn out OK after all. Especially when I think about all the balls of love out there in people’s chests, not just for their children but for each other, their friends, their family.”
“The forces in both directions just feel so much bigger and stronger now that I’ve literally got more skin in the game. It’s a huge journey, this album. Through hope and despair and ultimately hope (I hope!).”
SOLASTALGIA AUSTRALIAN MAY TOUR 2018
with special guest GORDI
(All shows, All Ages)
WED 2 MAY QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane SOLD OUT
FRI 4 MAY QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane SOLD OUT
SAT 5 MAY Empire Theatre, Toowoomba *SELLING FAST
SUN 6 MAY Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong SOLD OUT
MON 7 MAY Enmore Theatre, Sydney SOLD OUT
TUE 8 MAY Enmore Theatre, Sydney SOLD OUT
FRI 11 MAY Canberra Theatre SOLD OUT
SAT 12 MAY Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SOLD OUT
SUN 13 MAY Palais Theatre, Melbourne SOLD OUT
MON 14 MAY Palais Theatre, Melbourne SOLD OUT
Spawning from deep within the aphotic caverns that lurk below the nation’s capital of Canberra comes Inhuman Remnants. They are today announcing the release of their new track – II. Solipsis! Premiered at Youtube Channel Slam Worldwide to their audience of nearly 100k subscribers, the brutal, dark Death Metal track shows off the razor sharp edges, devastating vocals and precision playing of the band.
The track is part two of a three-part story that makes up the mini-EP ‘Solipsis’ that will see its full release on June 1 through Eschatonic Records. The single will see its release this Friday in iTunes, Bandcamp and Spotify.
The dark, brooding track was Mixed/Mastered at TsunTsun Productions and the lyric video created by Drain Hope.
With the mighty Def Leppard announcing a tour of Australia alongside Scorpions Dave G sat down with Phil Collen to chat not only about the tour but also went back through the legendary band’s career as their back catalogue is released digitally.
You can listen to our Def Leppard interview right here.
The trailer for The Leisure Seeker has just been released… all the information about the film is below.
Release date: June 14, 2018
Running time: 112 minutes
Director: Paolo Virzì
Featuring: Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland, Christian McKay, Janel Moloney & Kirsty Mitchell
John and Ella Spencer have almost reached the end of the road; Ella is frail, while John’s memory is failing. Instead of quietly fading away, however, the Boston seventy-somethings flee the suffocating care of their doctors and children, and hop aboard their vintage campervan, The Leisure Seeker, to visit the Florida Keys house of John’s hero, Ernest Hemingway.
Screen veterans Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland star as the ultimate grey nomads in THE LEISURE SEEKER, a poignant and triumphant tale of a couple determined to celebrate their life, and love for each other, in one last grand adventure.
Nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy (Helen Mirren) at the 2018 Golden Globes.
UK, progressive metal masters TesseracT will return to Australia this September!
It will be nearly three years exactly since the band’s last visit and in that time their fan base has increased immensely as this tour sees them playing their biggest rooms yet!
Tickets for all shows go on sale at 10.00am Tuesday, April 10.
Their phenomenal success over the last three years in support of the Polaris album saw them play worldwide tours as both headliners and as special guests for the likes of Megadeth, Meshuggah, The Devin Townsend Project and Gojira.
TesseracT’s fourth studio album, Sonder, will be released on April 20 via Kscope and showcases perfectly why they remain pioneering leaders of the ever-evolving metal scene.
Sitting outside the bounds of any genre specificity, TesseracT are an unstoppable force of off-kilter riffs, soaring melodies, bending grooves and disorientating atmospherics.
Adding significant firepower to the band’s arsenal, Sonder blends the harsh abrasiveness of One (2011) and progressive ethereal elements of Altered State (2013) with the accessibility of Polaris (2015).
TesseracT frontman Dan Tompkins says of the tour; ‘It’s going to be a busy 2018! We’re very excited to announce our return to Australia in September! Our last tour there was an amazing success and experience and we look forward to getting back to the Southern Hemisphere to play for our Aussie fans. We’re touring with the natives, Circles…a great band who bring a lot to this tour.’
Joining TesseracT on all shows are Melbourne progressive powerhouse, Circles.
Leading the way in the evolution of Australian heavy music, Circles look set to take on the world!
Intricate and emotional yet crushingly heavy, the band continually expand what is achievable within rock, metal and the djent sub-genre.
With a growing global fanbase and epic sets at some of the worlds most prestigious heavy and prog festivals, Circles are a perfect fit as TesseracT’s special guests.
Prepare for a night of sonic wizardry as TesseracT and Circles take you on an aural journey like no other. This is one event of sensory overload you simply must experience.
Tuesday, September 11: Capitol, Perth
Thursday, September 13: The Gov, Adelaide
Friday, September 14: Melbourne 170 Russell, Melbourne
Saturday, September 15: The Metro, Sydney
Sunday, September 16: The Triffid, Brisbane
Tickets on sale 10.00am Tuesday, April 10.
Pre order’s for Sonder are available now
Tumbleweed announced the release of their seminal debut, self titled album on vinyl for the first time as well as a one off 7″ release of their biggest single ‘Daddy Longlegs’ for Record Store Day 2018; and it’s finally the eve of the big reveal! The Wollongong five piece teamed up with Wollongong based record label Farmer & The Owl to release the music on vinyl for the first time.
To celebrate the release, Tumblweed will be playing live at their local record store in Wollongong, Music Farmers, with music starting at 3pm.
Tumbleweed ‘S/T’ LP (Blue Vinyl ltd. 400) out April 21st via Farmer & The Owl/Inertia.
Tumbleweed ‘Daddy Longlegs’ 7″ (Black Vinyl ltd 500) out April 21st via Farmer & The Owl/Inertia.
Tumbleweed in store appearance at Music Farmers (228 Keira Street, Wollongong) at 3pm on April 21st.
Also available in the following stores…
Readings St Kilda
Famous Rock Shop
Jet Black Cat
Round & Round
Howl & Moan
Title Surry Hills
Summary: THAT’S NOT MY DOG is a joyous comedy that celebrates our love of joke telling. The film centers around the lovable Shane Jacobson (playing himself) who is throwing a party. Invited are the funniest people Shane knows comprising of Australia’s biggest stars along with several Australian music legends playing their biggest hits live, right throughout the party. The invite that goes out is clear. Don’t bring meat. We’ll provide the beer. Just come armed with nothing but the funniest jokes you’ve ever heard. Shane will take care of the rest. It’ll be a night of great friends telling the world’s funniest jokes over a beer and BBQ.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 15th March 2018
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: Dean Murphy
Cast: Bec Asha (herself), Michala Banas (herself), Adam Brand (himself), Rob Carlton (himself), Ross Daniels (himself), Dave Eastgate (himself), Stewart Faichney (himself), Paul Fenech (himself), Tim Ferguson (himself), Marty Fields (himself), John Foreman (himself), Stephan Hall (himself), Paul Hogan (himself), Ronald Jacobson (himself), Shane Jacobson (himself), Jimeoin (himself), Joe Camilleri & The Black Sorrows (themselves), Ed Kavalee (himself), Dan Kelly (himself), Khaled Khalafella (himself), Bev Killick (herself), Hung Le (himself), Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann (himself), Nathaniel Antonio Lloyd (himself), Lulu McClathy (herself), The Meltdown (themselves), Genevieve Morris (herself), Russell Morris (himself), Spud Murphy (himself), Fiona O’Loughlin (herself), Emily Taheny (herself), Steve Vizard (himself), Christie Whelan (herself)
Dave Griffiths Review:
When it comes to comedy specials things are normally pretty straight forward – it’s either one comedian doing stand-up for the entire special or a producer randomly selects the current ‘it’ comedian to host a special where they simply just stand in front of a camera and ‘introduce’ a myriad of comedians to perform their own stand-up routine. That’s where That’s Not My Dog comes into its own.
Aussie comedy great Shane Jacobson (The Bourne Legacy, The Dressmaker) came up with an absolute gem of an idea when he rang his great mate producer/director Dean Murphy (Charlie &Boots, Strange Bedfellows) and said that he wanted to bring back the art of telling a good old-fashioned joke. Of course the creative mind of Jacobson wouldn’t settle for just the plain old comedy special, and in his brilliance he comes up with the wonderful idea of inviting 30 of his funniest mates to come to a BBQ – eat great food, have some brilliant live music played for them while they also stand around telling some of the funniest jokes that you are ever likely to hear.
The result is a brilliant film that turns out to be a celebration of Australian comedy like we have never seen before. The audience sits laughing themselves into hysterics as comedy greats like Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee, Strange Bedfellows) and Steve Vizard (Full Frontal, The Wrong Girl) join forces with comedians of today, like Jimeon (The Craic, The Extra) and Lehmo (Any Questions For Ben, Utopia) and tell three of the funniest jokes that they know. Then of course there are also the hidden talents of those such as Michaela Banas (Nowhere Boys, Always Greener) who steals the show with not only her jokes but also with her ability to tell them.
The concept of the jokes being told at a BBQ just adds to the film with the background noise, and live music being provided by the likes of Dan Kelly, The Black Sorrows and Adam Brand just adding even more atmosphere to the film. What works best though with the film is of course the jokes and luckily for Jacobson his cast came along armed with some of the best jokes that you are ever likely to hear. Aside from Michaela Banas the other star here who really steals the show is the great Marty Fields (Ghost Rider, Blue Heelers) who just delivers comedy gem after comedy gem.
That’s Not My Dog is a brilliant comedic idea that results in pure comedy gold. Shane Jacobson needs to be applauded for taking a stance and re-introducing the lost of art of joke telling to Australians and we should all support him by not only going to see the film but by turning up to work on Monday and saying “hey guys, you should hear this joke I heard on the weekend.”
Greg King’s Review:
The affable Shane Jacobson (whose previous film The BBQ was a massive disappointment and a laboured and unfunny comedy that failed to fire up) threw a massive party at his father’s property in Clarkeville, in regional Victoria. He invited along thirty of Australia’s top comics to share in the joy of joke telling and laughter. He provided all the meat and beer, all the guests had to provide was their funniest jokes. Guests included Paul Hogan, Jimeoin, Marty Fields, Stephen Hall, Fiona O’Loughlin and Tim Ferguson, amongst many others.
The whole night was captured on film by filmmaker Dean Murphy, who directed both Jacobson and Hogan in the road comedy Charlie And Boots. Murphy adopts a free-flowing style here as the camera roams around the party, recording the jokes and the camaraderie. Gags fly thick and fast throughout the relatively brisk 89-minute running time. Each of the guests are given their moment to shine, but some seem to get more screen time than others. Some of the jokes may be familiar, but the veteran comics also put a fresh spin on the gags. And the musical accompaniment to the evening was provided by a bevy of musical acts, including The Black Sorrows, Russell Morris, Adam Brand and Dan Kelly.
That’s Not My Dog is like spending an informal evening in the company of these comics as they enjoy each other’s company and eavesdropping on their funny stories in a somewhat relaxed setting. Everyone seemed to be having a ball. Jacobson’s father Ron comes across as a pretty good story teller himself, but his energy seems to be flagging by the end of the night. The whole thing was filmed over one long night, shot by cinematographer Robert Lanser (who shot Murphy’s Charlie And Boots). Then Murphy and his editor Robert Mond patiently worked through the footage to tighten up the material and remove jokes that were repetitious or potentially too crude or offensive.
One of the big distractions in the film is the blatant product placement, although this is probably how Jacobson and Murphy gained the funding for this low budget film and extravagant evening.
Depending on personal taste though some of the humour will be hit or miss. The title itself comes from the punch line to a classic joke that was used in a Pink Panther movie. For me the highlights were Marty Fields and his stream on clever and witty one-liners and a great joke about a woman joining the CIA.
And while a generally entertaining film, That’s Not My Dog is not great cinema. However, it will be best enjoyed in the cinema where audiences can share the experience and the humour with others, as laughter is often infectious. But it will also do well when released on DVD, where you can re-watch and listen to your favourite jokes over again.
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Entertainment One Australia have announced the complete eighth season of THE WALKING DEAD will be available to buy on iTunes and other digital platforms from April 17.
With season 9 set to embark on a new narrative, the latest season of THE WALKING DEAD is a pivotal point in the show’s history and is a ‘must own’ for fans of the show. The digital release of THE WALKING DEAD season 8 is the only opportunity to own the whole season ahead of the physical release on DVD & Blu-ray later this year.
In Season 8, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) brings “All Out War” to Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless, but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive. Planing
Entertainment One Hub: https://www.eonehub.com.au/twds8
Season 8 Trailer: https://youtu.be/mIIELHxW2ug