Category: Alternative

 

Swedish pop-punkers ABANDONED BY BEARS have released “Greyscale,” the groove-filled banger from their highly anticipated new album. The track closes the bands upcoming third studio album, Headstorm, set for worldwide release on August 24, 2018 on Victory Records. To coincide with the release, the band will be serving up old favorites alongside new Headstorm tunes on the inaugural Headstorm Tour, kicking off August 24 in Chicago, IL.

“Up to this point we only made videos for our more poppy and upbeat songs,” admits bassist Gustav Eriksson. “All our videos have always had a more ‘positive’ vibe and although this is not the first time we’ve written an angry song, we’ve never accompanied one with any video. We need to keep trying new things to keep the whole band experience fresh, and for us this was very different compared to visuals we’ve done before. This song reflects a situation in your life where you’ve had to cut the ties with a friend, a significant other or someone close that brought the worst out in you.”

Fronted by the dual vocal combo of Leon Ekelund and Fredric Andersson, ABANDONED BY BEARS is rounded out by guitarist Jacob Devinder and Max Fahlman on drums. The band released The Years Ahead in 2016 under Victory Records and spent a quarter of that year in the US touring ever possible corner. They returned in 2017 for another taste of America before closing out the year with their first ever tour of the UK.

When Headstorm is released on August 24, ABANDONED BY BEARS will spend two months circling the US for the first tour supporting the album. The tour starts in Chicago, ends in Nashville on October 25 and “fans can expect a good mix between the last album The Years Ahead, the new one and even some older, deeper material,” promises Eriksson. “We’ve put together a good set that will appeal to everyone and can’t wait to showcase it. Other than that, we look forward to seeing old friends and faces, make new ones and have a good time like always! Americans are always very friendly and welcoming so we’ll probably end up needing surgery on the muscles of our faces to fix the mile-wide grins!”

ABANDONED BY BEARS On Tour 2018

8/18 Sodertälje, SE @ Spinnrocken High 5ive Summer Fest

8/24 Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge

8/25 Kalkaska, MI @ The Fireball Lounge

8/26 DeKalb, IL @ The House Cafe

8/27 Madison, WI @ Ruby

8/28 Burnsville, MN @ The Garage

8/29 Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge

8/30 Iowa City, IA @ Yacht Club

8/31 Kansas City, MO @ Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club

9/1 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews

9/2 Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom

9/4 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

9/5 Jerome, ID @ Diamondz Event Center

9/7 Spokane, WA @ The Pin

9/9 Bremerton, WA @ The Charleston

9/11 Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe

9/12 Medford, OR @ King Wah

9/13 Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55

9/14 Tulare, CA @ Barmageddon

9/15 Garden Grove, CA @ The Locker Room

9/16 Oceanside, CA @ Midnight Jack Brewing Company

9/17 Henderson, NV @ Eagle Aerie Hall

9/19 Mesa, AZ @ The Underground

9/20 El Paso, TX @ Love Buzz

9/21 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar

9/22 Odessa, TX @ The Club

9/23 Denton, TX @ Andy’s Bar

9/25 Lafayette, LA @ The Platform at Dat Dog

9/28 Orlando, FL @ Henao Contemporary Center

9/29 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Beer Punx

9/30 Jacksonville, FL @ Nighthawks

10/2 Ringgold, GA @ Cloud Springs Deli

10/3 Fayetteville, NC @ Drunk Horse Pub

10/5 Scranton, PA @ Irish Wolf Pub

10/6 Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Park Music Foundation

10/7 Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall

10/8 Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge

10/9 Manchester, NH @ Bungalow Bar & Grill

10/10 Brooklyn, NY @ The Kingsland

10/11 West Haven, CT @ RVP Studios: The Cave

10/12 Attleboro, MA @ Patterns Creations

10/13 Brantford, ONT, Canada @ Club NV

10/15 Syracuse, NY @ Spark Art Space

10/16 Corning, NY @ Lando’s Hotel & Lounge

10/17 Erie, PA @ Andromeda’s

10/18 Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel

10/19 Warren, MI @ Hot Rock

10/20 Indianapolis, IN @ Jokers

10/21 Columbus, OH @ Donato’s Basement

10/22 Fort Wayne, IN @ The Glory Hub

10/23 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s

10/24 Covington, KY @ The Thompson House

10/25 Nashville, TN @ The End

 

 

Pre-order packages for Headstorm are available now and include an instant download of “Greyscale,” “Headstorm” and “So Far Gone.” The full album will be available everywhere August 24, 2018.

 

Orange County’s own WANK returns with founding members Bobby Amodeo, Spider, Danny Walker, and new addition of Higgins X-13 (formerly of The Offspring). The band plans to release their new album ‘White Knuckle Ride’ later this year.

On WANK’s return and new record, frontman Bobby Amodeo comments, “WANK is stoked to be back making music. It’s been 20 years since our Maverick Records release, and we’ve spent the last year producing our new album, ‘White Knuckle Ride.’ Song by song, our record stands up – You’ll hear PRD, reggae skank, melodic hooks, and pop harmonies. WANK is rock-ready, and we look forward to destroying a stage near you very soon. Check us out!”

Watch for album release details, a new single and accompanying music video to debut shortly.

In the meantime check out their latest track “Shut You Down” here: https://soundcloud.com/wankusa/shut-you-down.

WANK guitarist Danny Walker comments about writing the song, “Shut You Down is about an experience I had working in a toxic environment, hitting a boiling point, and responding. When you spend every moment of your day dumping on people, you get what you get. Bad things will happen to bad people.”

WANK formed in 1995 in Huntington Beach, CA. Mixing pop sensibility, rock chops, and punk energy, WANK (influenced by the Beatles and the Clash, among others) quickly gained momentum and garnered a reputation for themselves with melodic songs and highly entertaining live shows. In 1996, WANK self-released their debut, Get a Grip on Yourself. Their continuing success as a live act brought them to the attention of producer Mike Ness of Social Distortion, who oversaw the recording of “Larry Brown” for a split 7″ on Time Bomb Records (1997.) Ness also produced WANK on their version of “Auld Lang Syne,” their contribution to the comp, Christmas Gone Wrong (1997.)

In late 1997, “Forgiven” was added to rotation at the World Famous KROQ 106.7 in Los Angeles, and WANK was still unsigned. An industry bidding war ensued, and WANK signed an historic record deal with Maverick Records. In 1998, following an expedited major label re-release of Get a Grip on Yourself, WANK took their show on the road, touring with The Specials, Goldfinger, Social Distortion, and Warped Tour ’98. The band parted ways with Maverick Records in 1999 and focused on other projects.

In 2000, Amodeo was diagnosed with cancer, and after years of treatment, he’s back and rock ready. Walker formed and fronted Handsome Devil and was signed to RCA in 2001. Handsome Devil released three albums – Love and Kisses (2001), Knock Yourself Out (2004), and Fully Automatic (2007), and toured with The Used, Lit, Zebrahead, and Warped. In 2007, Walker and friends (from Lit, Adolescents, and Cadillac Tramps) formed Rockers in the Round – an acoustic showcase series. Walker released two singer-songwriter albums – Mumble & Strum (2011) and Salvation (2012). Spider focused on session work and artist management, and he’s still the hardest hitting drummer around.

WANK reunited in 2016, self-releasing their 5 song EP – On with the Show and, in 2017, added guitarist Higgins X-13, formerly of the Offspring. In 2018, WANK is in the studio finishing a new full length album for release. Enjoy – WANK is back.

NEGFEST is Art As Catharsis’ annual showcase of heavy, experimental music.

This year the festival is travelling to Brisbane for the first time, alongside Sydney and Melbourne.

Appearing at each show are Art As Catharsis artists Omahara (TAS), Convulsing (NSW) and Bolt Gun (WA).

NEGFEST 2018: Melbourne
22 September at The Reverence HotelDivide And Dissolve
Convulsing
Omahara
Merchant
Bolt Gun
Diploid
TRESPASSER
UboaNEGFEST 2018: Sydney
28 September at the Bald Faced Stag

Omahara
Convulsing
NORSE
Bolt Gun
Golgothan Remains

NEGFEST 2018: Brisbane
29 September at Crowbar

Omahara
Hope Drone
Bolt Gun
Convulsing
Sum Of Us
Siberian Hell Sounds
Sam Haven

 

 

 

Following on from their critically praised single ‘Silver Ray’, Melbourne-based indie-rock group Halcyon Drive have just revealed live dates and latest cut ‘Agnosia’ – another gripping number lifted from their forthcoming debut album (due late-2018).

‘Agnosia’ shines a light on the trio’s ability to shape songs eclectically, whilst still retaining apt cohesiveness, to ensure they never sway far from their charming and distinctive sound. Opening with searing fuzz-laden guitars, the track briskly bursts into a frenetic and brazen energy; a fitting foundation for the anthemic melodies of enigmatic front man Michael Oechsle.

Oechsle talks about the meaning behind ‘Agnosia’:

“This is a song about truth. A song about, how in this day and age, it’s harder than ever to break free from whatever media, marketing or influence is being forced down our throats.
I was lucky enough to be brought up by two incredible parents who never pushed me into anything, and always let me find my own truth.
This is a song written from the complete opposite perspective- from the perspective of someone so lost in following or fighting other people’s opinions, that they’ve lost the ability to think for themselves.”

To coincide with the release, the band will play two shows at a Secret Location in Melbourne and Otto’s House Party at World Bar, Sydney. This continues on from a relentless April and May touring schedule, which included performances at The Hills are Alive Festival, headlining Rare Finds indie club night tour circuit and a support slot on Stereophonics sold-out Australian tour.

Previous single ‘Silver Ray’ was widely embraced by the likes of Australian radio stations triple j, 3RRR, SYN FM, 4ZZZ, Radio Adelaide and Edge Radio. The track also received support from worldwide tastemaker blogs Indie Shuffle (USA), Podcart (UK), The Revue (CAN), We Love That (GER), Niche Music (JAP), Red Bull Music, Laundry Echo, Savage Thrills and Pilerats.

In the coming weeks Halcyon Drive will reveal an accompanying music video for ‘Agnosia’.

‘Agnosia’ is now available worldwide

 

HALCYON DRIVE
AGNOSIA LAUNCH PARTIES

FRI 10 AUG | OTTO’S HOUSE PARTY @ WORLD BAR, SYDNEY NSW
SAT 18 AUG | SECRET LOCATION, MELBOURNE VIC

 

Underworld and Iggy Pop announce details of a 4 track EP, Teatime Dub Encounters, due for release on July 27th via Caroline Australia.

While overseeing the soundtrack for T2 TrainspottingUnderworld’s Rick Smith arranged a meeting with Iggy Pop in a room at the Savoy Hotel on London’s Strand to discuss working on collaborative music for the film.

Says Rick Smith “Iggy was staying at The Savoy and graciously said ‘yeah you know we we can meet and talk about something’ because we both felt a strong connection to Trainspotting and to Danny. I turned up thinking I’ve got one chance here to convince this gentleman that we should work together. So I turned up with basically half my studio, hired a hotel room, set up and sat waiting.”

Their respective tracks “Lust for Life” and “Born Slippy (Nuxx)” had perfectly bookended the first Trainspotting film two decades previously. On arrival, Iggy found a fully working studio set up and eagerness to get cracking.

Says Iggy Pop “When you are confronted with somebody who has a whole bloody studio there in the hotel room, a Skyped director who has won the Oscar recently and a fucking microphone in front of you and 30 finished pieces of very polished music, you don’t want to be the wimp that goes ‘uh uhhh’, so my mind was racing.”

Teatime Dub Encounters is the result of a few clandestine hotel room recording sessions, that began a few weeks after Underworld and Iggy Pop had each released their last albums (Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future and Post Pop Depression respectively) on the same day (March 18th 2016). It is neither historical or a tribute to past work, it is the work of artists in motion, engaged in a process that they both bring to all of their work – one that uses spontaneity as a spur for creativity.

The first track from Teatime Dub Encounters – “Bells & Circles” – was premiered live as part of Underworld’s recent headline performance at the BBC Biggest Weekend Belfast. A second track – “I’ll See Big” – is streaming everywhere now. Something of a flipside to “Bells & Circles”, “I’ll See Big” is a wash of gorgeous ambient sound that features Iggy recounting how friends – however dysfunctional – have saved him from a lifetime of bad decisions. The lyrics for “I’ll See Big” were inspired by a conversation Iggy had with Danny Boyle about the subtext of both Trainspotting films.

 

Underworld & Iggy Pop
Teatime Dub Encounters EP

Out July 27th via Caroline Australia

 

 

The need for someone isn’t always pretty, it’s messy. It’s more desperate, like an addict afraid of losing the drug.
Sometimes the most powerful expression of a relationship isn’t “you complete me”.
It’s “when you’re here, I don’t want to die.”

Produced by Dave Hammer (JEFFE, Nicole Millar, Gideon Benson), the surprisingly uplifting new single “mess around your room” is about being there when it is not convenient, for either party. It’s about sticking around through the mess.

mess around your room” is out now on all digital platforms.

Peter Sonic will be playing some debut live shows in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne in July and August.

Peter Sonic is a 6″3 powerhouse of emotional melody. Combining southern gothic tunes with a new wave emphasis, it’s the voice that creeps into the back of your mind, it’s the itching urge for disaster.
He also makes coffee. He also really likes to dance.   
Drawing influences from the genius of David Bowie, the theatricality of Kate Bush, the despair of Lana Del Ray, the character of Clint Eastwood in The GoodThe Bad & The Ugly, and the grit of Steinbeck and HemingwayPeter Sonic is an expression of the contradictions of life; the passion and the apathy, the hope and despair, the organic and synthetic, the quiet and chaotic.
mess around your room” is a follow up to tribal drum-fuelled, groove-laden, new wave pop anthem debut single “the cracks“, which has clocked over 250,000 streams on Spotify/Apple Music and has been played on triple j, Double j, triple j unearthed, ABC local, triple R, and SYN radio.

mess around your room” is out now.

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.

 

Youth Code is collision of nasty industrial darkness, body-slamming electronic beats, extreme metal sensibilities, and hardcore punk angst – a proposition to many previously unknown, to others one that is simply being revitalized. Nonetheless, the duo of Sara Taylor and Ryan George bring a savage and intuitive approach that has rapidly garnered the band attention in multiple underground scenes. One only has to look over the intensely varied list of artists the group has toured in support of across their six fruitful years – Deafheaven, Code Orange, Skinny Puppy, Chelsea Wolfe, AFI, and Carpenter Brut to name a handful – to recognize the level of subversiveness under which Youth Code operates.

Firing off the back of 2016’s acclaimed Commitment To Complications album, April 2018 will see Youth Code make their long-awaited live debut down under on a string of shows designed to challenge and confront. The band will appear at the landmark ‘Dali Land’ Salvador Dali art exhibition in Perth, before taking on Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne.

Joining them will be Melbourne’s Kollaps – a three piece of harsh industrial noise and encompassing gloom currently riding low all over the world off the back of 2017’s Sibling Lovers full-length. Having just released her impressive new ‘Pressure Drop’ single, the cathartic and noxious techno of Brisbane’s Rebel Yell will open the package.

WED APRIL 25 – DALI LAND, PERTH *
THU APRIL 26 – CROWBAR, BRISBANE
FRI APRIL 27 – THE CHIPPO HOTEL, SYDNEY
SAT APRIL 28 – THE EVELYN HOTEL, MELBOURNE
* Rebel Yell not appearing

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