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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

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: 5sos.com & livenation.com.au

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
Melbourne
Saturday 26 May – The Wesley Anne
Supports: Georgie Currie (The Northern Folk) + Jarrod Shaw
Tickets: $10 on the door

Bendigo
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)

The high-octane Oslo-based Halcyon Days are out with their second single titled ‘Keeper’, off the upcoming album ‘Rain Soaked Pavements & Fresh Cut Grass’, due June 15. ‘Keeper’ continues to showcase the band’s high-voltage, highly distinctive and catchy melodic hardcore sound. However, the message they try to convey with this track is a political one – an attempt to bring to awareness how we let polluted minds create and impact our lives and society. With this song, the band is calling out Trump on his behavior and ignorance – and here’s only a part of what they had to say:

…close your eyes and count to ten
and hide inside your empty shell
your disbelief and lack of shame
is nothing more than scrutiny
what has become of conscience?
at least a drop of empathy
a desperate man with no content
let’s make this country great again…

The band has commented: “’Keeper’ speaks about our thoughts on a certain president and the bizarre political state the world is in right now, and a build up to what might happen if shit hits the fan.”

 

HALCYON DAYS – ‘RAIN SOAKED PAVEMENTS & FRESH CUT GRASS’ COMING JUNE 15

The Oslo-based rock’n’roll foursome The Cruel Intentions are out with their new single and music video ‘Reckoning’‘Reckoning’ is the first single off their highly anticipated upcoming debut album ‘No Sign Of Relief’, due September 21! With this track, the band reaches to all working class heroes out there. ‘Reckoning’ is in-your-face rock tune, brimming with heavy guitar riffs, penetrating vocals and rebellious attitude. Give it a listen!

The band has commented the single: “We wrote ‘Reckoning’ for all working class heroes, a rock’n roll anthem for the people sick and tired of being told what to do and how to be. The frustration of being bound to a situation that you are depending on to live your life, when you really want to live another life than you’re currently living”, and continued about the video: “The video was shot in Oslo in March 2018 by the talented Troll Toftenes, basically starting with the band playing and adding on ideas and settings as we went along, the foundation was always to have a dark atmosphere, but to reflect the band and the song.”

 

THE CRUEL INTENTIONS – ‘NO SIGN OF RELIEF’ COMING SEPTEMBER 21

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Melodic alt-rock outfit Lummox have just released a brand new single, “Say So”. The track chronicles the thoughts and feelings triggered by the anniversary of a close friend’s passing, and explores the bittersweet moments of remembering those we’ve lost.

Who is Lummox? What lies beneath the cloak? Be it a lone maverick or a crafty collective, Lummox has emerged to capture our hearts. With a sound ranging from active rock to melodic alt-rock, this outfit has come out of the woodwork to move the masses.

Backed by heavily-layered guitars, symphonic synth, and explosive percussions, the cloaked figure delivers soaring, energetic vocals to round out each anthemic track. The music is infused with passion and an urgency to achieve complete sensory domination, all to make us feel like a part of something greater than ourselves.

Although we may never know the face behind the hood, we can safely assume that Lummox has just begun its mission to enthrall and spellbind all who listen. Beneath the cloak lies a mission for larger connection, cunningly aided by its secrecy. After all, a faceless entity just might be someone you already know…

 

South Australian rockers Indiago have returned with their new single Gusto; a warm blend of ambient guitars and huge sound to deliver a breath of fresh, rocking air.

Off the back of their independent release Loose Change last year, their new trackGusto is a testament to the complexity and diversity of the young band’s songwriting.

After heading back to their Adelaide Hills-based studio, managed by new addition to the band, Matt Cooper, the four young lads have emerged with one of their most uplifting and soulful songs to date.

“We’ve been through a lot of changes over the past twelve months,” says frontman Will Solomon.

“I think this is a perfect example of where we’re at musically, and the song stands as adedication to those who’ve stuck with us.”

The smooth, warm tones of Solomon’s hollow-body guitar open up the song beforediving into a driving bass and drums section by Matt Cooper and Shane Cox. Soulful, delicate vocals cut across the mix, helping to mould the first verse.

After a catchy, pre-chorus vocal lick, the song returns to the opening guitar riff before bounding into a fast-paced second verse and, finally, opening out into a huge, anthemic chorus.

You can discern elements of early Kings Of Leon, alongside the massive sound of Gang Of Youths and Foo Fighters, which comes as no surprise as they’re among some of theband’s biggest influences.

“There’s this idea of someone sticking by your side, regardless of the outcome, free of selfishness, and full of encouragement,” says frontman Solomon.

The song stands as a tribute to the band’s longtime supporters and a testament to what these boys are capable of.

Gusto hits all the right notes as a rocking tune with a heartfelt message that all listeners can relate to.

The Sword know no boundaries. JD Cronise [vocals, guitar], Kyle Shutt [guitar], Bryan Richie [bass], and Santiago Vela III [drums] take their own conception of heavy psychedelic rock beyond the realms of perception. You feel the pounding in your ears and you feel that vibration in your diaphragm, but this is an attack that is wholly joyous and uplifting.

Basking in the glow of the outstanding 5 star reviews for their latest album ‘Used Future’, The Sword bring their sonic journey in from the outer reaches of the galaxy to a city near you.

Inspired by classic rock originators such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, ZZ Top and classic eraMetallica, the Sword have forged their own identity melding buzzsaw guitars, 60’s garage, 70’s psychedelia and a decent dollop of sludge with lyrics exploring mythology, science fiction literature and introspective philosophy. The result is a spellbinding concoction of gut wrenching bliss.

Check out ‘’DEADLY NIGHTSHADE’’ Single: HERE

The Sword bring beauty and brutality evocative of rock’s golden age, but with a consciousness and bravura devastatingly shaped by these hammers of the gods for the 21st century and beyond.

 

Sunshine Coast World Music legends Dubarray have just released their new single and music video ‘Inner Sanctum’. The single is the title track from their new upcoming album, which is set for release on Friday 18th May 2018.
Dubarray have also announced that their highly anticipated album is now available for pre order on iTunes.
Uplifting, Soulful & Euphoric, Dubarray combine a fresh fusion of boundary bending world music that infuses styles such as trip-hop, drum & bass, house, reggae, funk, dancehall and tribal grooves layered on a bed of electronic ambience and organic undertones.
Dubarray formed in Europe 6 years ago and built a solid foundation thanks to a relentless live touring schedule. They have since released 3 Albums and 5 Singles, returned to tour Europe multiple times, hit the Australian road for many national tours and have been nominated for various Music Oz and Queensland Music awards.
Dubarray have appeared at many festivals in Australia and abroad including Splendour in the GrassWoodfordWanderlustIsland Vibes, LuminatePalm Creek,Nannup and Earth Frequency (to mention just a diverse few.)
New single ‘Inner Sanctum’ is available for download on all major online stores.

 

Missy Higgins’ fifth studio album, Solastalgiais 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.

Inhuman Remnants are a mainstay of the Death Metal scene in Australia – The end of 2012 saw them release their first EP ‘Anathema’ along with the start of many live shows along the east coast of Australia. Gaining momentum, the band began amassing an eager online following and 16 months later, they released their sophomore EP ‘Inattentional Blindness’ in early 2014.
Since 2014 Inhuman Remnants has fine tuned their live show by supporting bands such as AbortedCattle DecapitationRevocationKing ParrotNe ObliviscarisBorn of OsirisThe Black Dahlia Murder and many more.
Inhuman Remnants’ EP ‘Solipsis’ will be unleashed upon an already plagued world on Friday June 1 in iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp.