Category: Music News

 

Budding singer songwriter Bri Clark is making waves across the Australian music scene with her latest single ‘Giving Up’. The Perth artist quickly captured the attention of the industry when the track was nominated for the 2018 Vanda & Young songwriting competition prior to its official release in September. Debuting at #1 for its first two weeks in the world on the triple j unearthed charts, the track was added to Spotify’s New Music Friday AU & NZ and the New Alt Indie playlists. ‘Giving Up’ has had an instantaneous effect on the Australian music community. After rallying a wake of fans from far and wide with her haunting vocals, brooding melodies and dark pop vibes Bri Clark is excited to share a new live video of the powerful song as well as treat her East Coast audience to a pair of intimate upcoming performances.

Crafting a sound that is entirely of its own ilk, Bri Clark channels a sense of heavy weightlessness on ‘Giving Up’. The single is a reflective memoir of a crumbling relationship that builds from soft, beckoning guitar strumming to soaring heights of layered vocal harmonies. The new live video from John Aliaga recorded at Vision Studios, Perthsees the young artist stripping the layered production back to its raw beginnings of just Bri, her voice and her fingertips. Seated at a grand piano with nothing but a peppering of warm tungsten bulbs, the performance is an exquisite taste of what’s to come at her live shows.

As an inaugural recipient of APRA’s female songwriter mentorship in 2018, Bri has had the opportunity to work and collaborate with a spread of fellow musicians and industry professionals and most recently featured on the well-received single ‘What We’ve Done’by Angus Dawson. Fresh off the back of the APRA AMCOS SongHubs intensive song writing boot camp, a standout performance at Bigsound’s Songwriter Showcase, and WA’s annual WAMFestBri Clark is thrilled to finally venture across the way to treat Melbourne and Sydney to a pair of intimate live shows this November. She will also take part in Specific Music’s 50 Songs In 5 Days, an APRA AMCOS sponsored, invite only songwriting event which brings together world-class songwriters, artists and producers.

With a voice steeped in pain, yet undeniably mesmerising Bri Clark can capture and hold a room in the palm of her hand. Do not miss your chance to catch this noteworthy name in Australian music. Expect big things.

‘Giving Up’ Single Launch Shows
Wednesday 21 November
Leadbelly, Sydney
Supporting AMISTAT
Tickets $17.85 via Moshtix

Tuesday 27 November
Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne
With Ariela Jacobs
8pm
Pre sale tickets $10 + bf via bit.ly/BriClarkArielaJacobs

Other upcoming shows:
Thursday 29 November
Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle
Supporting Holy Holy, with Clews
8pm
Tickets $39 via Oztix

Friday 30 November
The Rosemount Hotel, Perth
Supporting Holy Holy, with Clews
8pm
Tickets $40 via Oztix

 

Alt-indie folk duo The Short Fall, have been working on this track for almost five yearsand with the passing of their long time friend and producer, they’re ready to release a fresh, new sound, Under the Clouds.

The Conway brothers have been holding this track on the back-burner, having written it for their first EP yet cut the track as it didn’t quite match their earlier sound. Four and a half years later, a total rework and The Short Fall are ready to showcase their fresh, new sound to their awaiting audience.

On face value, Under the Clouds is reminiscent of a vague unrequited love story, still with a dark underlying tone twisted within; inspired by The Police’s Every Breath You Take, yet their lyrical ambiguity leaves it up to you to form a meaning of your own from the single.

Travelling down to Byron Bay, they worked hard on recreating the track with ARIA Award winning producer Jordan Power – Angus & Julia Stone, Xavier Rudd, Kasey Chambers, The Living End – and marking their first time in studio since the passing of long-termcollaborator, friend and producer Anthony Lycenko in August 2017.

“I don’t think we’d stopped to process just how much Anthony’s death had affected usuntil we were driving to Byron Bay. For us it was dipping our toe back in the waterafter quite a long time away from the studio. The experience was quite cathartic; in a way,a piece of Anthony is in this song, as we’d worked on it with him all those years ago when we originally wrote it (it was written for our first EP) so it͛s sort of come full circle,” said Angelo Conway, of the recording process.

Even though they’re now living in two different areas of The Sunny State, Angelo and Ryan Conway haven’t let distance get in their way of expressing their like-minded wavelength in song-writing and harmonies.

With the time that has passed, The Short Fall have taken on a new vision for their track; taking elements of the past and mixing it with current ideas & sound to createUnder the Clouds.

Under the Clouds is set for release Friday, November 2nd!

 

Grampians Music Festival (GMF) is thrilled to finally lift the veil on its anticipated 2019 line up, with tickets on sale now. The third annual event will take place in the stunning surrounds of Victoria’s Grampians Mountain Ranges from Friday 15 – Sunday 17 February boasting a weekend of some of the best home-grown talent in a truly awe-inspiring visual oasis.

Leading the charge on the 2019 bill will be the inimitable Sampa The Great and globetrottingsinger songwriter Angie McMahon. Since gracing the scene with her 2015 debut The Great Mixtape, Sampa The Great has supported the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat and Hiatus Kaiyote, appeared on collaborations galore with artists like Remi and Ecca Vandal and received the coveted Australian Music Prize (AMP) for her incredible 2018 album Birds And The BEE9. Rapidly rising star Angie McMahon has garnered industry acclaim and sell-out shows across Australia and the UK since the release of her first single ‘Slow Mover’ only 12 months ago. Since then, the industry heavyweight has secured support slots for Father John Misty, The Shins, Angus & Julia Stone and several other renowned local acts.

 

Other big names on the third festival instalment include Melbourne synth and soul-laden duoSlum Sociable and international charting electronic RnB artist Wafia. Off the back of headline tours of the US and UK as well as sold out shows back home, Slum Sociable will bring cult singles ‘Anyway’, ‘All Night’, ‘Apartment’ and their latest ‘Can’t Figure It Out’ and ‘Do Something About It’ to an army of adoring fans on the GMF stage. Brisbane artist Wafiahas just completed a National Tour to celebrate her infectious new single ‘I’m Good’ and recently lent her impeccable vocals to Louis the Child’s huge hit ‘Better Not’ which earned the artist a feature spot on stage with the band at both their Coachella set and headline show at the renowned Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Priding itself on creating a safe and inclusive environment that celebrates and fosters a culture of positive change in the Australian music industry Grampians Music Festival is proud to also welcome Alice Skye, Batts, Benny Walker, Body Type, Bones and Jones, Cool Out Sun, Hobsons Bay Coast Guard, Huntly, Jade Imagine, Kat Edwards, Milan Ring, MzRizk, Planet, Rat!Hammock, Sagamore, Seaside, Sweat Dreams DJs andWhite Bleaches to round out the diverse 2019 festival line up.

In partnership with Victorian youth music organisation, The PushGrampians Music Festival presents an opportunity for emerging electronic producers and DJs from regional score themselves a spot on the line up alongside some of the country’s best new musical talent through the GMF X The Push – Regional Electronic Producer and DJ Competition.

The winning Producer will headline a 1-hour set on the opening night of Grampians Music FestivalFriday 15th February plus a VIP ticket package for themselves and a friend. The winning DJ will have the opportunity to play between sets on Saturday 16th February and kick off the Sunday program on the 17th of February.

The competition is now open at www.grampiansmusicfestival.com until Friday 28th December. Finalists will be selected by a panel of judges comprising of The Push Freeza Push Start Coordinator, Memphis LK, Bendigo born bedroom pop producer, yergurl, and the GMF team on Friday 11th January. The winner will be announced along with the festival set times. To enter you must reside in one of the 48 Local Government Authorities in Regional Victoria.

Once again the GMF team have worked closely with the surrounding community including local businesses, musicians and not-for-profit organisations, to continue to keep this event as authentic, relatable, and sustainable as it can be. Inspired by the Your Choice initiative, the festival committee has put in place a safe space policy to enforce shared responsibility and encourage mutual respect between musicians, staff and music lovers alike.

With the festival located within the beautiful Grampians National Park / Gariwerd, a place that has always been and always will be the land of the Djab Wurrung and the Jardwadjali people of the Kulin nations, The GMF team encourage all patrons to respect the beautiful space, and in doing so, have made their own commitment by offering water refill stations (bring your own Bottle or purchase a refill bottle on site), a no straw policy, composting toilets, and all vendors will use biodegradable or recyclable packaging, cutlery only.

Festivalgoers are guaranteed a weekend of aural and visual delights with tickets now available for Three Day, Two Day and Single Day passes, plus camping, transport and add-ons. Join Grampians Music Festival in February 2019 and celebrate regional Victoria, and the diverse collection of the best up-and-coming musicians from across Australia.

GMF – Big mountains, huge sounds.

Grampians Music Festival 2019
Friday 15 – Sunday 17 February
The Valley Floor, 7 Valley Drive Halls Gap, Victoria
2019 Line Up (In Alphabetical Order)
Alice Skye, Angie McMahon, Batts, Benny Walker, Body Type, Bones and Jones, Cool Out Sun, Hobsons Bay Coast Guard, Huntly, Jade Imagine, Kat Edwards, Milan Ring, MzRizk, Planet, Rat!Hammock, Sagamore, Sampa The Great, Seaside, Slum Sociable, Sweat Dreams DJs, Wafia, White Bleaches + Regional Producer/DJ

Tickets
Three Day Pass Friday / Saturday / Sunday
$179.00 + BF
*This ticket does not include camping or parking

Two Day Pass Saturday / Sunday
$159.00 + BF
*This ticket does not include camping or parking

Camping Per Person Friday / Saturday / Sunday
$36.00 + BF

Car Parking Pass
$15.00 + BF
*This is a per vehicle ticket, not per person

+ Single Day Tickets available
Friday only, Saturday only, Sunday only
*Single day tickets do not include camping or parking

Children under 14 Free but must be accompanied by an adult

Tickets on sale now via grampiansmusicfestival.com/tickets

GMF X The Push – Regional Electronic and DJ Competition is now open atwww.grampiansmusicfestival.com until Friday 28th December.

On December 7th, long-running Mesa, AZ-based melodic punk/rock/reggae act Authority Zero will release Persona Non Grata, their first studio self-release since their debut EP album Patches in Time over 17 years ago.

On release day, the band will play a free acoustic set at Tempe’s Zia Records at 7pm. Fans that pre-order the record via Zia (bit.ly/AuthorityZia) will also receive a wristband for admittance to an album signing.

On December 8th, Authority Zero is set to play an album release show at the Marquee Theater in Tempe, Arizona.

The release of Persona Non Grata will be followed by an early spring European Tour in 2019 and a summer headlining tour of the United States.

Vinyl/merch pre-orders and digital pre-saves are now available at:
https://ffm.to/azpng.ODL

Vocalist Jason Devore says, “The writing process for recording our new album (Persona Non Grata) was simply awesome. The music and lyrical content came together so organically in such a short amount of time given that our last record, Broadcasting To The Nations, only came out a year ago. Mike, Dan, Chris, and I put our hearts into this one and we are all extremely proud of the work we were able to do as a collective. The music and sound are classic Authority Zero but with a slightly revised approach. For the fans as well as ourselves we strive to give each record its own individual character and life.”

Persona Non Grata was recorded at The Blasting Room Studios.
Produced by Bill Stevenson, Andrew Berlin, and Jason Livermore
Mixed & Mastered by Jason Livermore

Since ’94 Authority Zero has brought their unique blend of anthemic melodic-punk, ska, and reggae tone to the masses. A lot has changed in their 20 plus years since the band’s inception but they have always found a way to persist and thrive in todays ever-changing music landscape. “It’s been a long and adventurous trek”, says Jason Devore (singer/songwriter). The band was formed in Mesa, Arizona by a group of high school friends with ample ambition but no lofty expectations of what the project could become. With the release of their debut album, A Passage in Time (2002, Lava Records), the band’s career gained momentum and they quickly found themselves on the road, touring extensively with acts such as Pennywise, Sum 41, Flogging Molly, H20, and many more. Over the past ten years Authority Zero has gained international acclaim, spending time on the European festival circuit as well as stints in Australia, Russia, Japan. They have released a total of six full length studio albums, many holding spots on Billboard’s Chart and their music has been featured in numerous video games, tv shows, and movie soundtracks. The band’s many successes have been accompanied by a few bumps in the road including a slew of line-up changes, music industry letdowns, as well as having their van, trailer and equipment stolen while on tour in Texas. The secret to their longevity is simple; keep it pure and believe in your music.

Now, 24 years since the band’s inception, the future remains as bright as ever for Authority Zero, consisting of singer Jason DeVore, bassist Mike Spero, guitarist Dan Aid and drummer Chris Dalley. In June of 2018, the guys got back to work at legendary Fort Collins studio, The Blasting Room (Rise Against, Descendents, NOFX) to record their seventh full-length album, Persona Non Grata with producer and iconic punk drummer, Bill Stevenson (Black Flag/Descendents/ALL).

Champions in blending classic heavy metal, hard rock, and 80’s hair metal, Canadian shredders STRIKER will unleashing their sixth studio album Play To Win this Friday, October 26 via their independent label Record Breaking Records.

Play To Win features 10 fist pounding shredtacular anthems produced by the band plus mixed and mastered by Hendrik Udd (Firewind, Powerwolf, Hammerfall, Delain).
The album follows their 2017 self-titled full length that the band supported with tours across Europe and North America with Sonata Arctica, Dark Tranquility, and Warbringer along with festival appearances at 70,000 Tons of Metal, Bang Your Head Festival (Germany) and more to add to their almost 1000 shows performed in their decade plus career.
That fifth studio album also garnered them a nomination from Canada’s JUNO awards, the country’s highest music prize, along with wins at the Edmonton Music Awards and Western Canadian Awards.
In support of the release of Play To Win, STRIKER launched a crowd funding campaign via their official website on August 9 – www.striker-metal.com
Striker is an Edmonton-based recording and performing heavy metal band that has grown immensely through their years in the industry. A classic mix of heavy metal, hard rock, and 80’s hair metal, their music features powerful, clean vocals, catchy choruses, vocal harmonies, and impressive guitar leads.
Audiences are often floored by the energy of their live show, and their recorded material has been met with fantastic response by both fans and industry across the world. Striker has toured across dozens of countries as headliners as well as support for major metal acts. Gearing up for the release of their latest album the sky’s the limit for these Canadians!!

 

Perth based Pop Punk band Nautical Mile have just released their new single and music video ‘A Life Worth Dying For’
 
They have also announced a run of Australian tour dates. 
 
Nautical Mile draws inspiration from artists such as A Day To Remember and
Neck Deep. Their sound is often described as “5 Seconds Of Summer meets Sum 41“.
 
The band released their self-titled debut EP in 2016 and quickly followed-up with the release of EP ‘Playing For Keeps’ in 2017. Singles ‘Flight Risk’ and
‘Playing For Keeps’ quickly made their way onto on Triple J – ‘Short.Fast.Loud’
 
Following a period of focused writing; Nautical Mile released single ‘Better Half of Me’ in mid-July. 
 
The band have continued to build a reputation for explosive live sets and soaring vocal harmonies, establishing a dedicated local following. Since their debut they have shared the stage with the likes of Trophy Eyes and Hawthorne Heights.
 
Nautical Mile are now gearing up to stun audiences on their upcoming Australian tour which kicks off later this month. 
 
New single ‘A Life Worth Dying For’ is available for download on all major online stores. 

GRAMMY® award-winning rock band SWITCHFOOT expands on their trademark epic soundscapes and explores new themes and textures on Native Tongue, the group’s 11th full-length album set for release on January 18th, 2019 via Spinefarm/Fantasy Records/Caroline Australia.

PRE-ORDER NATIVE TONGUE HERE

The dynamic music video for the title track written by SWITCHFOOT front man Jon Foreman and bassist Tim Foreman with Brent Kutzle ofOne Republic. The lyrics are a poignant reminder, “Before we learn to hate. Love is our Native Tongue.”

In the midst of an impressive career spanning more than 20 years, Native Tongue is an inspired work of insight and passion from a band that continues to find strength in our differences and hope in what binds us.  The 14-song project, recorded primarily at Melody League Studios in the band’s hometown of San Diego, Calif., includes a wide array of music from the hard-hitting anthemic title-track to more reflective songs such as “Prodigal Soul,” “Joy Invincible,” and “Voices,” (co-written and produced with their friends in One Republic). The band interlace empathy and introspection, urging us to “use our lungs for love and not the shadows.”  Native Tongue also features a moving collaboration with Kaela Sinclair on “The Hardest Art.”

SWITCHFOOT has been unearthing all manner of musical gems since their 1997 debut The Legend of Chin, steadily expanding their global fan base and critical reputation through such releases as New Way to Be Human (1999), Learning to Breathe (2000), the multi-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown (2003), Nothing Is Sound (2005), Oh! Gravity (2006), the Grammy award-winning Hello Hurricane (2009), Vice Verses (2011), Fading West (2014) and Where The Light Shines Through (2016).  Fading West doubled as the soundtrack to the band’s documentary of the same name. Along the way, SWITCHFOOT established itself as a world-class live act with a series of sold-out world tours, while racking up a string of radio hits, including “Meant to Live,” “Dare You to Move,” “Stars” and “Mess of Me”. Beyond their career achievements, SWITCHFOOT has been active in a variety of philanthropic efforts, raising over two million dollars to aid kids in their community through the band’s own Bro-Am foundation and their annual Bro-Am Beach Fest, a benefit surf contest and concert that’s held every summer in Encinitas, CA. They’ve also maintained a deep commitment to a variety of humanitarian causes, lending their support to such worthy organizations as DATA, the ONE Campaign, Habitat for Humanity, Invisible Children, Food for the Hungry, CURE and To Write Love on Her Arms. SWITCHFOOT’s new album Native Tongue will be released January 18, 2019 on Fantasy Records.

What does Fremantle’s San Cisco have in common with Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino? They’ve both used the same famous rattlesnake to star in their respective new videos.

The film clip for San Cisco’s new break out single ‘When I Dream’ was filmed on location in Joshua Tree, California and directed by Kristofski – known for his work with Die AntwoordPondThe Babe Rainbow and many more. The clip follows frontman Jordi Davieson and Australian model Gabriella Brooks embroiling themselves in mystery, intrigue and danger in the desert. Their aforementioned rattlesnake friend will also appear in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood alongside Brad Pitt & Leonardo Di Caprio.

‘When I Dream’ has proved to be a sweet return for San Cisco. The song has been met with a rapturous response from both fans and critics and was Most Played on triple j. The single has also been a nightly highlight during San Cisco’s live set over the last two months. Tomorrow’s show in Hobart marks the end of the band’s largest Australian tour to date – part of a mammoth co-headline run with Ball Park Music and Ruby Fields.

‘When I Dream’ is the first new piece of music to land from San Cisco since 2017’s ‘The Distance’. The band recently shared a series of photos from the studio teasing more new music could be just around the corner.

If there’s a description that, personally and professionally, fits Richard Z. Kruspe like a Savile Row suit, ‘fired up’ would be it… and today, he is bringing news of the new Emigrate album to the world with single and video ‘1 2 3 4’ featuring Benjamin Kowalewicz! The new album ‘A Million Dregrees’ will see its release on Friday November 30th, released in Australia through Caroline Australia and the rest of the world through Universal Germany! 

Pre-Orders for ‘A Million Degrees’ are live now at https://caroline.lnk.to/AMillionDegrees and single ‘1 2 3 4’ is live for streaming and purchase now at all digital stores and streaming outlets. 

Featuring 11 tracks, a fresh production team plus vocal contributions from Rammstein’s Till Lindemann & Billy Talent’s Benjamin Kowalewicz this latest release is less a successor to ‘Silent So Long’ and more a re-booted take on the overall concept, continuing Kruspe’s desire to craft something personal. He writes the material, including new single / video ‘1234’ (spotlighting Kowalewicz), sings the bulk of the songs (in English) and works hard – sometimes in the face of adversity – to keep everything rubber-stamped as ‘special’, fashioning a body of work that will appeal to both existing supporters and those who appreciate the power of a great song delivered from heart above head…

As a member of Rammstein, the music world’s most explosive live act, Kruspe has been part of a ground-breaking global success story that continues to build and to ignite; along the way, he’s turned his attention to a number of parallel projects, such as constructing a new studio (and a new home) in his native Berlin, but it’s his decision to launch the Emigrate set-up that has given him the greatest chance to satisfy creative instincts outside of the parent group. In many ways, it’s an anti-dote to the parent group!

 

The first Emigrate album appeared in 2007 (a self-titled record that went Top 10 in Germany, with single / video ‘My World’ appearing on the soundtrack to the third ‘Resident Evil’ movie); ‘Silent So Long’ followed in 2014, featuring guest vocals from such high-profile artists as Marilyn Manson, Jonathan Davis, Peaches and the legend that will always be Lemmy; and now there’s a new / third album, ‘A Million Degrees’, scheduled for worldwide release on November 30th…
For more information about Emigrate, go to http://www.emigrate.eu. Pre-Orders are live now for Emigrate’s ‘A Million Degrees’ at http://caroline.lnk.to/AMillionDegrees for release Friday November 30 through Caroline Australia and Universal Germany. Single ‘1 2 3 4’ featuring Benjamin Kowalewicz is live for streaming and purchase now at all digital stores and streaming outlets.

 

AlithiA – Australia’s psych-prog rock prodigies want the world to see their epic 10 minute opus “The Sun”. They are today releasing new single “The Sun” just before their new album “The Moon Has Fallen” this Friday, worldwide through Wild Thing Records.

Singer John Rousvanis said of the final single to be released ahead of the album drop, “The Sun is the first song that announces our second album. A dreamy thunderous landscape that asks the mind to question what is the difference when in both realities and dualities of being asleep in dream state, and conscious in waking life, laced with esoteric, occult meaning and symbolism throughout the lyrics, it’s a personal song for the individual to interpret however they must and feel within it for themselves.”

The album has people talking already, with Overdrive Mag saying that “‘The Moon Has Fallen’ shows Alithia reaching for heights so far above their contemporaries that it’s hard not to be swept away…” and Heavy Mag giving it a perfect 5 stars and saying that AlithiA have delivered “…a style of progressive tunes that has helped cement the six piece into the halls of genre creationism.” 

Renowned for their spellbindingly powerful live shows and hypnotizing tribal flavours, this 6-piece progressive rock livewire are set to traverse the globe with ‘The Moon has Fallen’. In sync with their monumental release, AlithiA will tour Europe with Norwegian avant-garde rock specialists Shining as direct support in November 2018.

The Moon has Fallen is AlithiA’s first record written entirely collectively with the inspired addition of percussionist Jeffrey Raul Ortiz Castro interlacing the album’s sound with Latin rhythms, celestial synthesizers, and distinctive secondary vocals. The band’s original foundations, however, remain intact with John Rousvanis’ inspiring lead vocals and mesmerizing guitar styling apparent throughout, none more so than the epic album opener The Sun. From the pulsating engine room of bassist Tibor Gede and drummer Mark ‘Vel’ Vella, shining on highlight track Empress, to the stirring keyboard soundscapes of Danny Costantino, which command the single Diamonds, AlithiA have emerged with a simply exceptional album.

AlithiA’s “The Moon has Fallen” is available for pre-order now at http://smarturl.it/alithia. The record will see its release into the world this Friday – October 26th.