Category: Music

 

As A Rival are back – and they’re here to kick the door down with their second full length album, ‘Griefers’ – which will see its release into the world on Friday November 2. Today, they are heralding its imminent arrival into the world with anthemic new single ‘What We Got’. Pre-Orders for the album will go live this Friday September 21, with the single available for streaming and purchase same day. All Pre-Order links and streaming options will be at http://asarival.com.

The new single What We Got blasts away from As A Rival’s usual vein of punk rock showing a maturity and diversity in their songwriting, delivering a power punk ballad that will hit even the hardest of hearts. It’s about when someone you love is struggling through a dark time in their lives, holding onto the tiniest of threads, and doing everything possible to comfort them through it. It is an anthem about holding on to the good around you when you’re almost ready to give in to the flames.

Pete Cerni, vocalist for the band, said that “There are times when we are tested – things that we love, that we live for are put to the sword and we’re left to question ‘is it all worth it’? It’s hard not to focus on the negative. It’s hard enough when it’s your own fight, but watching it happen to someone close to you can be debilitating and make you feel helpless. What We Got addresses the internal struggle that comes with failed attempts to try and comfort those in need.

‘Griefers’ is a gaming term used to describe those who play alongside you only to turn against you, cause you pain and hinder your progress. The same can be used to describe the people we let into our lives. Pete explains, “We go through life meeting people. Connecting with them. Let them in, share with them our passions, our dreams. Some people glide in and out naturally, but others will smile at you while they fight to destroy everything you’ve built.” ‘Griefers’ encompasses the hurt you have to face to crawl out of the mess and deal with the aftermath. Life is about the fight for what you believe in. ‘Griefers’ acknowledges these trying times – the times when you do fall but that it’s ok, as long as you climb even higher as a result.

Recorded at Homesurgery Recordings, the album was produced by Tom Larkin (Shihad) with Sam K Sproull and Jon Grace. The sessions started out with a challenge – complete 50 demos within a 2 month period. A challenge that was met with gusto. 50+ songs later having explored a myriad of styles touched on in previous releases, these sessions enabled As A Rival to hone their craft and evolve their sound. The result: a 12 song punk rock deluge, tackling themes of betrayal, deceit and defiance

‘Griefers’ pays homage to a number of influences and genres culminating into what is As A Rival’s best release to date. From the raw gallop of lead single, ‘Bring Out The Dead’ to the power and grace of ‘What We Got’. The anthemic hooks of ‘Head In The Clouds’ to the burst of energy that is ‘Coup De Main’. The album is full of riffs, hooks and sing-along choruses that keep you coming back for more.
They have seamlessly collected the promises from their debut album ‘By Design’ and set them on fire, constructing a new sound from the ashes. ‘Griefers’ is not just a collection of songs, but a statement, a stamp in time outlining the challenges that have landed in their path. However, instead of dwelling on the issues and letting it hold them back, it’s time to let go. They decided to let the past die – kill it if you have to. Pete Cerni (vox/guitar) and Nathan Wheatley (drums) are joined by Johnny Beech (guitar) and Paul Trevorrow (bass) to deliver a powerfully polished punk rock album. After the tease of previous releases, what remains is a certainty and drive that screams that they are the rival they have always threatened to be.

Pre-Order As A Rival’s new album ‘Griefers’ from this Friday September 21, for release Friday November 2. For more information, go to https://www.asarival.com.

 

The super talented Andrew McMahon is bringing his acoustic show to Australia. The show will see him perform tracks from Something Corporate, Jack’s Mannequin and the music he has released under the monikor Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness. Dave G this week had Andrew on the show to chat all about the tour. If you haven’t got a ticket yet… grab it from http://selecttouring.com.au/tours/andrew-mcmahon-in-the-wilderness/

Now sit back and enjoy our Andrew McMahon interview.

 

 

It has been five years since Fozzy fronted by Chris Jericho toured our shores, but now with the band heading back to our great land Chris Jericho joined Dave G on air this week to let us know what we can expect from the tour and what life has been like since the last album saw the band’s popularity rise even more. Remember if you haven’t grabbed tickets to this amazing tour – do so right here – http://silverbacktouring.com.au/fozztralia

Sit back and enjoy our Chris Jericho interview.

 

Dallas, TX metal band Light the Fire has dropped a timely new music video for the track “Carry On.”

The track appears on the band’s upcoming third full-length due out this fall on Standby Records.

Stream “Carry On” on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2XonRxIoE0dvZfSd4qqH2u

Frontman Seth Davis says, “While we’re an aggressive/intense band, one thing we’ll never be is hateful. We do not stand for violence or general disrespect of anyone for any reason. “Carry On” touches on these very subjects. Acceptance, equality, love, and understanding are something that means a lot to every member of this band. Our upcoming album is titled “Compassion in Unlikely Places” and it comes straight from the lyrics on this video. We realize that the genre of music we play and overall aggressiveness of it might give certain people the wrong impression of what we stand for. With this new single, we want to spread the message of exactly what we’re about and what we stand for. Thanks for reading, and we love you all. Hope the song means as much to you as it does to us.”

Since forming in 2011 Light The Fire have established themselves as a force within the South Central U.S. metal scene.

The band’s first full-length, 2015’s ‘Lost at Sea,’ charted at #3 on the iTunes metal charts alongside the likes of In This Moment and August Burns Red.

The band’s 2016 sophomore release ‘Ascension’ debuted at #35 on the iTunes Rock Charts and 182 on the Billboard Independent Charts.

2017 would see a lineup change from LTF, with guitarist Seth Davis stepping up to the lead vocalist position and the addition of new guitar player/backup vocalist Trey Hawkins. The new lineup would immediately release a new single and music video for “The Void” which was well received, logging over 350,000 streams and almost 38,000 views on Spotify and YouTube respectively.

 

GRAMMY® Award-winning, acclaimed alternative rock luminaries, The Smashing Pumpkins
will release their highly-anticipated new LP
SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL. 1 / LP: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN on November 16.
Recorded at Shangri La Studios with legendary producer Rick Rubin, the LP is the band’s first in over 18 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, with longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder.

SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL. 1 / LP: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN. will be released on Billy Corgan’s own Martha’s Music under exclusive license to Napalm Records via a strategic worldwide partnership.

The LP is available for preorder now from
www.smashingpumpkins.com

The Smashing Pumpkins have also released the LP’s second single
Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts).

The track is available to stream and download now at
smarturl.it/TSP-SilverySometimes

 

SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL. 1 / LP: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN. Tracklisting
1. Knights of Malta
2. Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)
3. Travels
4. Solara
5. Alienation
6. Marchin’ On
7. With Sympathy
8. Seek And You Shall Destroy

Earlier this year, the newly reformed lineup shared the first glimpse of their new music with the LP’s lead single Solara.
The track’s dreamlike music video was directed by Nick Koenig and expands on the theatrics of the band’s catalog of iconic music videos. Watch it HERE.

Formed in Chicago, IL in 1988, The Smashing Pumpkins released their heralded debut album Gish in 1991 and found mainstream success with 1993’s 4x multi-platinum Siamese Dream and 1995’s 10x multi-platinum Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
With over 30 million albums sold to date, the GRAMMY®, MTV VMA, and American Music Award winning band remains an influential force in alternative rock.

 

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WITHIN TEMPTATION – the legendary leaders of dark anthems, with a career spanning two decades – have announced their 7thalbum titled Resist, scheduled for release on 14 December 2018 via Vertigo/Caroline AustraliaResist marks a departure from the past; armed with ten anthemic tracks, driven by grand melodies and dark hooks, Resist brings a futuristic take on metal to the table – both instrumentally and thematically.

Lead singer Sharon den Adel says: Resist is a true milestone for us. If it wasn’t for ResistWithin Temptation wouldn’t be here anymore. With this record, we’ve taken inspiration from modern music and gave it a face – a very dark one. Sometimes it feels that today’s pop music lacks a rebellious edge. 

Our main goal was to collect pieces from sounds we did like and roughen it up as much as we could, resulting in a surprisingly new musical world that is heavier, dirtier and more futuristic than we’ve ever created before. Resist is our take on metal in a new way: to give modern music its rebellious edge.”

The new sound of Resist cuts through bombastic first single ‘The Reckoning’ (featuring Jacoby Shaddix) and will be followed by more new singles before the album release on December 14th. The band’s European Tour kicks off in October and consists of 37 dates in 18 countries. More dates around the globe will follow in 2019.

Pre-orders for Resist are live now, get yours now!

https://caroline.lnk.to/Resist

Sarah Blasko’s ARIA Top 5 album Depth of Field has delivered some of the most memorable songs – and videos – of Sarah’s career to date.  From the ghost-like imagery of ‘Phantom’ to her unsettling performance in ‘A Shot’, the unhinged magic of ‘Never Let Me Go’ and the simple drama of ‘Read My Mind’, each video has drawn and enveloped the viewer in a unique way.

Taking a different tack with ‘Everybody Wants To Sin’, the video again shows Sarah’s incredible performance mastery.  Sarah says, “‘Everybody Wants To Sin’ is the final video from ‘Depth Of Field’, made once again with Mclean Stephenson. We decided to do something pretty off the cuff and ridiculous because the song is about people parading on the internet.”

Sarah has a host of upcoming live performances including the charitable event ‘An Evening with Sally Seltmann, Holly Throsby and Sarah Blasko’ on October 27.  Presented by Newtown Festival, it sees all three members of much loved trio, ‘Seeker, Lover, Keeper’, reuniting for this one-off performance with all proceeds destined for Newtown Neighbourhood Centre.  Tickets available HERE.

She will also perform live at Brisbane Festival event ‘Tivoli In The Round’ on September 26, Queenscliff Music Festival in Victoria (23rd – 25th November) and will take on the role of very special guest for the February/March 2019 national tour from the legendary Rodriguez.

Released earlier in the year, Depth of Field has further enhanced Sarah’s reputation as one of Australia’s finest singer/ songwriters and performers – an amazing collection of songs which garnered acclaim across the globe.

 

Brisbane symphonic metal outfit Seraphic are today revealing their filmclip for new single “The Monster Within” (out now at Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, Amazon, Google Music, Deezer and Pandora!) and announcing their Single launch show Friday October 12 at Woolly Mammoth! Tickets are on sale now for the epic, operatic night at Woolly Mammoth’s site.

In this brand new single, Seraphic build upon their core, quintessential instrumentation – soaring soprano vocals, lightning guitar solos, memorable melodies and keyboards as a driving melodic force – but the addition of more prominent rhythm guitar grooves and harsh vocals cements the framework for a stronger, darker and more modern take on traditional symphonic metal. 

The vision for “The Monster Within” video was simple: a visual representation of the darkness within us slowly taking over, and our ongoing battle to never give in. Imbued with an overarching theme of duality, the six-minute film is a feast for the eyes with its fleeting, unpredictable flashes between shadows and light, and the abstract personification of one’s dance with the devil. The narrative is actually represented through dance, and the ongoing, intense struggle illustrated by the dancers is elegant yet powerfully compelling. The video ends somewhat ambiguously, leaving it open to the interpretation of the viewer as to whether the darkness ultimately takes over, or whether the real struggle is learning to accept the light and dark that is within us all. 

Operatic vocialist Sam Wolstenholme said that the new track The Monster Within is “…an incredibly significant and deeply personal track for me. I wrote this song when I was going through quite a dark time in my life – and I realised I wanted, and needed, to make some major changes not only to my life, but also within myself. Since then, things have changed for the better for me, and I’ve been able to channel a lot of that personal growth into my craft and creative process. So, releasing this track is a really important milestone. I’m so proud of the track. The lyrical content deals with some very heavy and explicit themes of addiction, which I have used as a kind of analogy to represent the internal battle with our demons that we all face at some point in our lives, and the intent is that at least on that level, it’s relatable and cathartic for listeners!” 

Seraphic worked alongside Chris Themelco from Monolith Studios after hearing his production work for bands like Trigger, Espionage and his own band Orpheus Omega and the amazing filmclip was produced by SilentDez Productions. Wolstenholme went on to praise the production house and their process. “They nailed our shadows-and-light/internal struggle/duality brief and worked really hard to get the very best product they could according to our requirements. The dancers we hired were phenomenally talented, and overall, everyone in the team pulled things together so beautifully.” 

Seraphic came into existence in 2015 – and their career so far has seen them take the stage alongside bands such as Queensryche, Wednesday 13 and Overkill – and co-headline Ye Gods of Metal Fest and Darkcell’s debut Psycho Circus festival and embark on a highly successful Australian East Coast Tour. 
2017 saw Seraphic release their debut album “Journey to Illumination” to rave reviews, followed by a hugely successful album launch show at New Globe Theatre.

Seraphic’s new single “The Monster Within” is available online now for streaming and purchase at Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, Amazon, Google Music, Deezer and Pandora and tickets for their single launch are on sale now at Woolly Mammoth’s site, Tickets for Halloween Hysteria are available at Oztix and tickets for Kamelot’s show are available at Oztix as well.

 

SERAPHIC – MONSTER WITHIN SINGLE LAUNCH SHOW
FRIDAY OCTOBER 12 – WOOLLY MAMMOTH ALEHOUSE
WITH SUPPORTS AMICABLE TREASON, ELKENWOOD & DARKLORE
GRAB TICKETS NOW

SERAPHIC APPEARING AT HALLOWEEN HYSTERIA
ALONGSIDE THE BENNIES, KING PARROT, DROWN THIS CITY & MORE
SATURDAY OCTOBER 27 – JUBILEE HOTEL
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SERAPHIC SUPPORTING KAMELOT
MONDAY 3 DECEMBER – THE TRIFFID, BRISBANE
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Perth based Alternative Rock outfit Scarlet Drive have just released their new music video ‘Sad Robot’.
The band have also announced the forthcoming release of their debut EP
‘Echoes Of Apprehension’ (out Friday September 21st) and will kick off a run of Australian tour dates in early October.
Scarlet Drive blend elements of Punk, Funk and Reggae to carve their unique Alternative Rock sound.
The band kicked off 2018 with the release of single ‘Ceto’. The release received stellar reviews from Triple J UnearthedAAA Backstage, Listen Here Reviews and many more.
The single was quickly aired on over 50 radio stations throughout Australia.
Scarlet Drive then followed up with the release of single ‘Abusement Park’, which was premiered through Happy Mag and received positive attention from blogs throughout the world. The single reached Number 1 on the Triple J Unearthed Punk Charts.
 New EP ‘Echoes Of Apprehension’ is available for pre-order on iTunes.
SCARLET DRIVE
‘ECHOES OF APPREHENSION’ | TOUR DATES
October 4th – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Tickets available at www.oztix.com.au | 18+ only
October 10th – Chateau Apollo, Adelaide, SA
Tickets available at door | 18+ only
October 11th – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets available at www.oztix.com.au | 18+ only
October 17th – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Tickets available at www.moshtix.com.au | 18+ only
October 18th – Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar, Sydney, NSW
Tickets available at www.moshtix.com.au | 18+ only
October 19th – Heya Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Free Entry | 18+ only
October 21st – The Shared, Yandina, QLD
Free Entry | 18+ only

 

Brisbane post-punk outfit Sleepwell have returned with the music video for their cathartic new single Acreman; a desperate call for the memory of a lost friend, driven home by the anguished vocals of Casey Ford.

Acreman marks the beginning of a new project for Sleepwell, after the release of their debut EP ‘Rose-Tinted Gold’ in 2016, a project to facilitate a healing process for the band after a shared tragedy.

“Acreman is the first part of two songs, written through last year and the year before,intended to help understand and portray personal grief, both songs reflect on the struggle to accept the death of a loved one and how pivotal that experience can prove to be in a young person’s life,” said Casey.

Pulling from more somber experiences to write Acreman, the track shows a solid progression for Sleepwell.
Drawn from softer and steadier influencesArceman is an emotive and balanced song driven by personal lyrics and is the first real ballad the band has worked on together,” said bassistTayla Ellerby.

The track combines sad aggression and a modest drive that is true to the band, both in sound and structure showing we have reached a higher level both as songwriters and musicians,” guitaristRhys Hilton.