Dave G and Kyle are back with a brand new episode of The Popcorn Conspiracy. In this episode they take a look at the new Marvel films that are currently dominating box office’s right around the world – Deadpool 2 and Averngers: Infinity War.
Australian pop/rock band 5SOS (5 SECONDS OF SUMMER) dominates Australian Charts with new single ‘Youngblood’, claiming No. 1 position on the ARIA Singles Chart, as announced this afternoon. It is ARIA’s first Australian chart-topping single of 2018. This success follows a No. 1 on the Apple Music Song Chart, the only local act to achieve this feat. ‘Youngblood’ is the band’s second ARIA Number One single following ‘She Looks So Perfect’ in 2014.
5SOS is in Australia for a high-profile promotional tour ahead of the release of third studio album, YOUNGBLOOD on June 22. This week they announced their Meet You There national tour for August of this year, with tickets on sale now. These all ages live dates will give fans the opportunity to hear new tracks ‘Want You Back’ and ‘Youngblood’, alongside old favourites like ‘She Looks So Perfect’, ‘Amnesia’ and more!
The Meet You There tour will kick off at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on August 9, followed by Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on August 11, Festival Hall in Melbourne on August 13, Adelaide’s Thebarton Theatre on August 16 and concluding at HBF Stadium in Perth on August 18.
New single ‘Youngblood’ is dominating Australian charts – No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart, iTunes, Shazam and Apple Music, No. 2 on Spotify, and is a GLOBAL top 30 record. ‘Want You Back,’ the first single from the “Youngblood” album, debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in over 18 countries and has amassed more than 93 million streams worldwide.
Hailed as the “biggest new rock act in the world” by Rolling Stone, 5SOS is the only band (not vocal group) in history to see its first two full-length studio albums enter the Billboard200 at No. 1. 5SOS’s self-titled debut album has sold more than three million units worldwide, with 1.5 million albums and more than 4.5 million single tracks sold in the U.S. alone. 2015’s “Sounds Good Feels Good” charted at No. 1 in 12 countries, including Australia, the U.S. and the U.K. ‘She’s Kinda Hot,’ the album’s first single, topped the iTunes charts in 44 countries.
5SOS – comprising Luke Hemmings (vocals/guitar), Michael Clifford (vocals/guitar), Calum Hood (vocals/ bass) and Ashton Irwin (vocals/drums) – has won an American Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, an iHeartRadio Music Award, five MTV European Music Awards, two ARIA Awards and an MTV Video Music Award.
YOUNGBLOOD, the third studio album from 5SOS, is released on June 22 on EMI Music Australia – pre-order HERE.
5SOS MEET YOU THERE TOUR DATES – ALL AGES
HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY THURSDAY AUGUST 9
CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE, BRISBANE SATURDAY AUGUST 11
FESTIVAL HALL, MELBOURNE MONDAY AUGUST 13
THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE THURSDAY AUGUST 16
HBF STADIUM, PERTH SATURDAY AUGUST 18
Heathcote born, Bendigo based, folk artist Mariah McCarthy is one of regional Victoria’s most prized possessions. Since living and performing in the big smoke with her old bandDeer Prudence for a time, Mariah has returned to her neck of the woods a solo artist and is focussing all her energy on launching her own career with gusto. The budding young talent is excited to today to release her debut EP Counting Sheep.
To celebrate the release of her debut EP, Mariah performed her song ‘1821’ for Shoelace Sessions in the quiet pool room at the Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick.
Mixed & Mastered by Julian Abrahams & Produced by Shoelace Creative.
Having made notable festival appearances at Wintermoon Festival (QLD), St Albans Folk Festival (NSW), Yackandandah Folk Festival (VIC) and Majors Creek Festival(NSW) in her time spent in country folk duo Deer Prudence, Mariah is an honest and tender performer, whose captivating live presence captures every ear in the room.
Catch the exquisite storytelling of Mariah McCarthy when she launches her debut EPCounting Sheep throughout Victoria during May, June and July.
‘COUNTING SHEEP’ EP LAUNCH DATES
Saturday 26 May – The Wesley Anne
Supports: Georgie Currie (The Northern Folk) + Jarrod Shaw
Tickets: $10 on the door
Saturday 2 June – Old Church on the Hill
Supports: Sarah Wilkinson + Paul Dyason (Northern Folk)
Tickets: $10 on the door
OTHER UPCOMING SHOWS
Sunday 27 May – Taproom, Castlemaine (Free)
Saturday 16 June – Martian’s Cafe, Dean’s Marsh – $10 on the door
Sunday 17 June – The Door Gallery Cafe, Geelong (Free)
Saturday 23 June – The Delatite Hotel (Free Entry)
Saturday 30 June – The Kilmore Celtic Festival, Kilmore
Sunday 1 July – The Gypsy Bar, Echuca (Free Entry)
Friday 13 July – Oscar’s Alehouse, Belgrave (Free Entry)
Next week, Jet embark on their first national Australian tour since reuniting to support Bruce Springsteen in 2017.
2018 also marks the 15th anniversary of the release of their seminal debut album, Get Born. To celebrate the amazing milestone, today Mushroom Group’s Bloodlines label is proud to release the high-octane live recording: Get Born Live.
Recorded at the iconic Forum Melbourne back in 2004 and never previously released on CD, this is a must-have for all Jet fans and lovers of Aussie rock & roll!
The 14-track digital and CD versions also come complete with two high octane covers: The Monkees’ ‘Sweet Young Thing’ and ‘That’s Alright Mama’, the latter penned by bluesman Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup, and famously performed by both Elvis Presley and The Beatles.
For the vinyl fans, the 180 gram old skool black vinyl disc contains 12 killer live originals and will be signed by the band (if pre-ordered at any of the bands’ upcoming Australian shows).
Jet are one of Australia’s greatest and most successful rock bands, with over six and a half million records sold worldwide and multiple Gold singles across their career.
Brothers Nic (vocals) and Chris Cester (drums), Cameron Muncey (guitar) and Mark Wilson (bass) enjoyed dizzying global success with the release of their 2003 debut long-player, Get Born.
Also celebrating their 15th year anniversary is iTunes, who used the lead single from that album in their global TV campaign to drive Apple’s infamous 2003 iPod commercial, which landed ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’ at #1 on triple j’s Hottest 100. Together with huge follow-up hits ‘Cold Hard Bitch’, ‘Get Me Outta Here’, ‘Look What You’ve Done’ and ‘Rollover DJ’, it pushed Get Born to sell an amazing 3.5 million+ copies worldwide in its first 12 months.
Get Born Live tracklist:
* not included on vinyl version
Get Born Live
Out now through Bloodlines
Available for streaming and purchase here
GET RE-BORN TOUR
MAY & JUNE 2018
Presented by Triple M
MONSTER FEST in association with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Australia presents BOAR nationwide screenings on Sunday June 17th 9pm.
Carved from the darkest recesses of Chris Sun’s twisted imagination, BOAR is an outback horror about a giant, brutal and blood crazed pig. Starring international genre legend Bill Moseley (THE DEVIL’S REJECTS) and a veritable who’s who of Australian cinema, including the likes of John Jarratt, Nathan Jones, Ernie Dingo, Chris Haywood, Simone Buchanan, Melissa Tkautz, Roger Ward and more.
In the harsh yet beautiful Australian outback lives a beast, an animal of staggering size, with a ruthless, driving need for blood and destruction. It cares for none, defends its territory with brutal force, and kills with a raw, animalistic savagery unlike any have seen before. Believed nothing more than a myth, a legend brought to life by a drunken local, the beast ventures closer to civilization, closer to life, and ultimately, closer to death. It’s brutal, it’s bloodthirsty, it’s BOAR.
LOCATIONS & TICKETING
NEW SOUTH WALES
AUSTRALIAN CAPITOL TERRITORY
Since Phil Lewis began his musical career in the late 80s, he’s brushed shoulders and played with some of the most well-known rock stars, some still on the scene today. As the singer for glam rockers LA Guns, the music he’s released has had a massive impact on those that were on the scene when he started out, and still inspires many today – of course, not everyone is going to love what LA Guns do. “I get a lot of compliments, I’ve been slagged off a bunch of times too,” he says, his English accent balanced with an American twang. “It’s always nice when people say nice things about you but the public can be fickle – they’ll love you one day and they’ll hate you the next.
“I’ve been in both sides because I have been doing this such a long time now, it’s inevitable I would see all kind of aspects. It’s still a great job I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing and I don’t know how I feel personally, about my influence honestly – you’d have to ask them I suppose.”
Though Lewis isn’t based in Los Angeles anymore, hanging out on Sunset Strip played a massive part in propelling his career in those early days, though those of us who’ve weathered the streets that so many stars have stepped are often disappointed with what we find. “People have an expectation for it to be like it was in 1978 and it’s not, it’s not even like it was in 1988,” Lewis says firmly. “It’s a bit of a shadow of its former self to be honest with you – venues closing down left right, the West Hollywood scene, the Sunset Strip scene, is roughly 10% of what it used to be and I can understand how that might be [a] disappointment for people but that’s the reality of it.
“I’m in Vegas now, just down the road by LA standards, because I couldn’t bear how populated LA’s become. The density of people, it got to me. It wasn’t like that when I first moved out. It’s just filled with people that really have no business being there. People like the weather, they like the lifestyle or whatever, but it’s just so overpopulated, so expensive. It’s hard to do anything – it’ll take you an hour in Hollywood to drive ten miles. I couldn’t bear that.
“I know we [LA Guns] are very much diplomats for Los Angeles, Southern Cali, that whole Hollywood scene, but I agree, it’s nothing like it used to be. It always was fake, let’s be very clear about that. It’s a shallow town, you just scratch beneath its shiny, gold surface and its rusty tin underneath it, and it always has been that’s just the nature of LA, it’s a bit of a whore.”
Groups like LA Guns ultimately had to break through the greasy film that covered Los Angeles to get out and perform elsewhere – and now, they’re here. LA Guns are on Aussie shores with the “original” lineup, a roster that sees Lewis reunited with founder and bandmate Tracii Guns. “Yeah me and Tracii – we’ve never played there together – we’ve both been very in separate projects so this’ll be a first for us,” says Lewis. “There aren’t many new firsts we haven’t done so we’re really looking forward to it. It’s good to be in LA Gus right now.”
Still experiencing firsts some 25 years into their career, Aussie fans can expect a fresh injection of life into classic LA Guns repertoire, all because of one element that exemplifies their bond – chemistry. Chemistry between players, musicians, is very important, fundamental,” says Lewis. “Even though you can have two guys playing the same guitar part, the same song, it’s gonna have subtle influences that are actually quite different.
“Tracii, his playing, his style when we work together, he puts a flame up my arse. He makes me work harder than anyone else, than any other guitar players. There’s just something about the chemistry between me and him when we’re together and that we bring out in each other, that’s very unique and I haven’t felt that with anyone else.
“To have that partnership with somebody that who music just flows through his veins 24/7, he lives and breathes guitar music and it’s great, especially after a hiatus of well over 15 years. There’s something hard to put into words, but it’s a chemistry.
– words by Anna Rose
There are very bands over the years that have been so different that their work has pretty much placed them in a genre of their own – but that has certainly been the case for American modern progressive metal innovators The Contortionist. Their last album Clairvoyant had music journalists and lovers scratching their heads on what to class them as… the end result was a genre of their own.
Now The Contortionist is teaming up with UK djent-metal pioneers SikTh for a tour of Australia and HEAVY Mag was able to catch up with guitarist Cameron Maynard ahead of the tour.
“I think I can talk for everybody in the band when I say that we love coming to Australia, “ says Maynard. “It’s exotic but reminds me of the States, everybody speaks English and there is this kind of cowboy machoness that I see in the States a lot to… that’s why it is similar. It just feels like we are in California the whole time and that’s great, but yeah we are very, very excited. Every time we come down to Australia, and we don’t do it very often, but we love coming down there and this time is especially great because we have got SikTh, and a little bit of information that you may not have known but The Contortionist, especially Robbie and I we were very much influenced by that band – the structures, the melodies, their guitar riffs, things like that, we have certainly taken an direct influence from that. It is surreal for us to be going down there and playing a show with them.”
I ask Maynard whether that means they are a little bit in awe of what is happening with this tour or whether it means in a way they have ‘made it.’ “It’s a good feeling,” he says really thinking. “We used to get butterflies and anxious about how we were going to do things, but I think especially with this tour it is something that we are excited about and we just can’t wait to get down there and do it. Like-minded people getting together to play music, I can’t get much more perfect than that really.”
The Contortionist hits Australia with SikTh very soon. All details are below.
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