Monthly Archives: January 2020

Nashville based soul rock band KB & THE IDYLLWILDE has released the official music video for their new single, “Drown.” Directed by front-woman Katie Burke and shot by Dustin Brandt Hyer, “Drown” is the second single off of the band’s upcoming album, I Just Wanna Love You, I Just Wanna Let You, due to release February 14, 2020.

“I think the line, ‘ I’ll be the wounded bird and you can be the lion…depends on who wants to be the boss.’ is my favorite line in the song, it really sums up a big theme of the album, too– that anyone can get what they want in big-bad-hard love, some of us want power, and some of us want to give it away. ‘”
— Katie Burke

“Basically, this album encompasses all the ways we distort and experience love, or how I have at least…

Its a lot of addiction, egoic superiority/inferiority tendencies, and just plain codependent shit. Its a ‘love’ album about not knowing how to get it right, but celebrating all the ugly/beautiful ways we get it wrong.” – Katie Burke

 

The Word Alive — Telle Smith (vocals), Tony Pizzuti (guitar, vocals) Zack Hansen (guitar, vocals), and Matt Horn (drums) — have shared the video for the new song “NO WAY OUT“.

“‘NO WAY OUT’ doesn’t hold back, as it instantly pulls you into the darkest day of my life,” says Smith. “It’s a story I needed to tell for myself just as much as someone else may need to hear it. The worst thing a person can do is lose themselves completely, and that’s exactly what happened to me.”

The song lives on the new album MONOMANIA, which was produced by Erik Ron (GodsmackI PrevailIssues) and arrives February 21 on Fearless Records/Caroline Australia. The record can be pre-ordered here.

The Arizona-based band previously teamed up with The Noise to premiere the anthemic track “BURNING YOUR WORLD DOWN.” Listen here and here.

“When you listen to our new music, I hope you have a better understanding of our entire career,” Smith says, encompassing the album as a whole. “Maybe you can see the whole story and realize that we’re not different from you. We’ve been through it all, but we’re always trying to learn, grow, and leave something behind we feel will help people. This is our purest work. This is everything we’ve been through in the last couple of years. It’s the best conclusion of the last 10 years and the best opening to the next 10.”


The Word Alive’s first decade was comprised of five full-length records and a debut EP that pushed their discography to 250,000+ sales worldwide and over 100 million streams, highlighted by tracks “Why Am I Like This?” [11.5 million Spotify streams], “Trapped” [14 million Spotify streams], and “Misery” [14.5 million Spotify streams]. With a new decade under way, thousands of shows played around the world, and their sights set on a future cast in fire thanks to the new, Erik Ron-produced singles “BURNING YOUR WORLD DOWN, “MONOMANIA, and “NO WAY OUT,” The Word Alive appear ready to face their bright future head on. MONOMANIA arrives on February 21.

 

Southern California rockers Assuming We Survive have dropped a music video for their track “Lost”

“Lost” appears on the band’s “The Enemy Within” EP.

The boys will soon be heading out on a west coast tour supporting The Classic Crime (January 31-February 14). Tickets for all shows on sale at: https://www.aftontickets.com/search?searchkey=Assuming+We+Survive.

The band will be playing their 2018 ‘Chapters’ EP and 2019 ‘The Enemy Within’ EP in full.

Frontman Adrian Estrella says, “We’re very excited to go on tour with our new friends The Classic Crime to start out the year. Looking forward to coming back to these cities on a new EP.”

AWS recently signed with OH-based InVogue Records and released a new single and video “Too Close” which is streaming here: https://orcd.co/tooclose.

 

The Californian extreme metal stalwarts of ABYSMAL DAWN are now premiering the very first brutal track of their long anticipated new full length “Phylogenesis”. The new death metal offering will be released on April 17, 2020 via Season of Mist.

ABYSMAL DAWN comment: “So here we are, album number five, 6 years after the release of our last album! It took a long time to get here but I can say without a doubt, this one is worth the wait. We pushed the limits of all the musicians in this band and everyone is extremely proud. We finally get to release the first single today and can’t wait for you all to hear the whole thing.”The album title Phylogenesis (fīlōˈjenəsəs) basically refers to an evolution of a species in biology. It could be applied to how we’ve evolved for the better as a band, but also how humanity has evolved for the worse. Lyrically the album became sort of concept album some what unintentionally. It deals a lot with things we encounter in our modern society and the maddening effect it has on the individual. “Hedonistic” in particular is somewhat inspired by Maslow’s Hierachy of Needs and that true happiness lies in purpose, not material pursuits. “Thank you to all our fans that have supported us in our absence and waited patiently. This album is for you just as much as it is for us. Truly, thank you from the bottom of our black hearts. We’ll see you on the road with Vader, Hideous Divinity and Vitriol soon and expect even more of us in 2020!” “

The album can be pre-ordered HERE.

 

Inspired by Peter Carey’s Man Booker Prize winning novel and starring George Mackay (1917), Essie Davis (The Babadook), Nicholas Hoult (Stan’s upcoming The GreatThe Favourite), Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) and Russell Crowe (Stan’s The Loudest Voice), Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang shatters the mythology of the notorious icon to reveal the essence behind the life of Ned Kelly and force a country to stare back into its brutal past.

Spanning the younger years of Ned’s life to the time leading up to his death, the film explores the blurred boundaries between what is bad and what is good, and the motivations for the demise of its hero. Youth and tragedy collide in the Kelly Gang, and at the beating heart of this tale is the fractured and powerful love story between a mother and a son.

Stan Original Film True History of the Kelly Gang premieres this Australia Day.

 

For a strictly limited season, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular sell-out staged concert version of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, Les Misérables – The Staged Concert will be shown in cinemas across Australia from February 27 from the Gielgud Theatre in London. 

Seen by over 120 million people worldwide, Les Misérables is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals – and now Les Misérables – The Staged Concert is the must-see event for all fans of musical theatre and live event cinema. Tickets are on sale now.

Leading an outstanding cast and orchestra of over 65 are Michael Ball (Javert), Alfie Boe (Jean Valjean), Carrie Hope Fletcher (Fantine) and Matt Lucas (Thénardier), who perform the songs I Dreamed A Dream, Bring Him Home, One Day MoreOn My Own and many more.  This sensational cinematic live event is not to be missed. 

Cameron Mackintosh said: “The extraordinary sell-out success and response to our spectacular new theatrical concert staging of Les Misérables has been phenomenal so we are thrilled to give cinema audiences around Australia the opportunity to experience this stunning production. Starring our entirely brilliant London cast headed by Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Matt Lucas, our 16 week limited season at the Gielgud sold out in a few days but now you can storm the barricades to ensure you catch this thrilling live performance direct from the West End in a cinema near you. For the masses of disappointed fans who couldn’t get to see this amazing concert in London this live event will be a unique shared experience of thrilling drama, glorious music and sensational singing performed by an amazing all-star cast and orchestra of over 65 – the like of which you will have never seen before.  If you have ever Dreamed a Dream – this is it!”

Cameron Mackintosh presents Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical Les Misérables – The Staged Concert. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer Original French Text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel.

Boston-born pop punk outfit BOYS LIKE GIRLS will be returning to Australia in April 2020 for the first time in nearly a decade to perform in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

At these incredibly special shows, BOYS LIKE GIRLS will be performing their cult classic self-titled debut album in full, along with fan favourites from their stellar discography.

Joining Boys Like Girls as guests are US post hard core legends, 
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus!

The RJA story goes back to 2003, when brothers Ronnie and Randy Winter formed the band who would end up singing to Virgin Records for the release of their debut LP, Don’t You Fake It in 2006. The album is certified Gold in the US, and features the singles Guardian Angel and their best known song, the anti domestic violence focused, Face Down.

Their second album Lonely Road was released in 2008 and following Virgin’s collapse, RJA became fully independent in early 2010, regaining full creative control of their sound and vision.
Since then it’s being done the Red Jumpsuit way, Am I The Enemy was released in 2011 and album number four, 4 in 2014. All charting and all pushing the bands message further around the world.

Known for their devout Christian beliefs, the bands spirituality flows through their lyrics which cover a lifetime worth of emotions. The darkness and the light, the struggles and the wins. The bands message is ultimately one of hope and a reminder that ‘Even on the worst day that you’re alive you’re still surrounded by so many awesome things that you should be grateful for, if you choose to look at them.’ Ronnie Winter

If you’ve ever seen BOYS LIKE GIRLS or THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS live then you’ll know why this tour is so special, and if you haven’t, here’s your chance to see why!
Both bands will be giving their long-time fans a one-off special experience.

 

 

Stan today announced the much-anticipated series The Great from Australian Oscar-nominated screenwriter Tony McNamara (The Favourite) will premiere only on Stan from 16 May – same day as the US.

The comedy series chronicles the genre-bending, anti-historical ride through 18th Century Russia and follows the wildly comedic rise of Catherine the Nothing to Catherine the Great – as depicted by Hollywood heavyweight Elle Fanning (The Neon DemonSuper 8), starring alongside BAFTA Award nominee Nicholas Hoult (Stan Original Film True History of the Kelly GangThe Favourite) and a sensational supporting cast that includes Phoebe FoxAdam GodleyGwilym LeeCharity WakefieldDouglas Hodge and Sacha Shawan.

The Great is created, written and executive produced by Tony McNamara and executive produced by Marian Macgowan, Thruline’s Josh Kesselman and Ron West, Echo Lake’s Brittany Kahan Ward, Doug Mankoff and Andrew Spaulding, Elle Fanning, Mark Winemaker and Matt Shakman.

The Great premieres 16 May only on Stan – same day as the US.