Category: Alternative

 

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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California trio Old Notes have just premiered a music video for “Dead Flowers”, the first single off their sophomore record, With A Heavy Heart.

Throughout their new full-length, Old Notes explore their sonic boundaries and experiment with more subdued buildups to crashing climaxes, all the while evoking the same tension and release within the listener. The band create a somber, reflective atmosphere with their seamless shifts between ambient soundscapes and energetic emo tracks.With the combination of highly evocative lyrics and heavy instrumentation, the trio have created a dynamic record that serves as the pinnacle of their talent, introspection, and exploration.

California emo four-piece Andy’s Room have just released a music video for their new single, “Parchment”.

Andy’s Room are an emo indie-rock outfit that effortlessly blend emotionally charged lyricism with heavily layered guitars and urgent percussions. Since their inception, the four-piece have released a debut EP, Yours Forever, tackling the themes of loss, heartbreak, and regret. A follow-up single to their 2017 debut, “Parchment” is the next evolution of their experimental musical style. Still harkening back to their thematic roots of relationships and the accompanying growth throughout, the new track captures the hardships of maintaining a long-distance relationship. The band’s relatable, heart-wrenching lyrics, interwoven with ambient, rich instrumentalism, create an atmospheric journey of introspection.

A Perfect Circle will release Eat The Elephant, the band’s fourth full-length album and first since 2004’s eMOTIVe, on April 20 via BMG.

STREAM NEW SONG ‘TALKTALK’

ALBUM PRE-ORDERS, INCLUDING A BOX SET, AVAILABLE NOW

The album arrives following years of anticipation and speculation, which reached a fever pitch as the outfit helmed by Maynard James Keenan and Billy Howerdel launched their Fall 2017 tour with the release of “The Doomed”. The band then ushered in the new year with the debut of the contemplative song, “Disillusioned”.

“Although I’m extremely excited to finally be completing this album after a 14-year hiatus,” explains Keenan. “I’m actually more excited that its intentional release date is serving a greater purpose. The 20th of April is Carina Round’s birthday. She is a dear friend who is extremely difficult to shop for. Pressure off. Of course, I must also note that the potheads are gonna be thrilled that this album comes out on 4-20. May it serve as a glorious soundtrack to accompany all of the giggling and vexing sounds of nibbling and snacking. Fingers crossed, Cheech & Chong will be proud.”

“Demos are these precious ideas that you love in their initial state,” adds Howerdel. “Then you collaborate, invite other ideas, and watch them progress. That’s the dynamics and growth of a great record. I feel we’ve made a great record.”

Pre-orders for the 12-song album, which was co-produced by Dave Sardy (Autolux, Slayer), are available now (link) and come with instant digital downloads of “TalkTalk” (link), “Disillusioned” and “The Doomed.” Eat The Elephant is being released in multiple formats including digital, CD, double gatefold 180 gram vinyl and a box set with both the vinyl and CD as well as a prism and custom playing card deck. In advance of Record Store Day, a limited-edition independent retail exclusive version of the LP on white 180 gram vinyl with alternate cover will also be available.

Eat The Elephant tracklist:

1. Eat The Elephant
2. Disillusioned
3. The Contrarian
4. The Doomed
5. So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish
6. TalkTalk
7. By And Down The River
8. Delicious
9. DLB
10. Hourglass
11. Feathers
12. Get The Lead Out

News of the album’s release arrives as the band announces a Spring tour, with several festival performances, including Coachella, Las Rageous, Northern Invasion, Rock on the Range and Rocklahoma having been previously announced. A full list of tour dates, including the band’s first European outing since the 2004 release of eMOTIVe, are available here.

A Perfect Circle’s current line-up is Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Puscifer), Billy Howerdel (Ashes Divide), James Iha (Tinted Windows, Smashing Pumpkins), Jeff Friedl (Puscifer, The Beta Machine) and Matt McJunkins (Eagles of Death Metal, The Beta Machine).

 

It’s time to get Stateside! The Brisbane five piece are today dropping their brand new video for single NEON ahead of their Naive Tour, alongside pals Stuck Out.

The track Neon is from their highly successful 2017 EP ‘Naive’ and features singer Erin in an escape from a controlling boyfriend – she finally finds freedom in a cheekily stolen car. The rest of the band make cameo appearances throughout the clip and they rip through the song together in the garage as well.

The pop-punk as hell tour takes them to Melbourne and Brisbane for 18+ and AA shows and Sydney’s show is Licenced All Ages.

Formed in 2014, through a bunch of high school friends, Stateside is an Australian Alt-Rock band spreading a new-wave of energetic female fronted rock. The original line-up which included front-woman Erin Reus, Ethan Laenen (Guitar), Brendan Heidke (Guitar), Hamish Maguire (Drums) and Denzil Bowen (Bass) started writing demos which were later released in 2015 as the bands debut EP, ‘Burning Bridges’. This EP saw them all over the country supporting the likes of The Wonder Years, AS IT IS, Cute Is What We Aim For, Knuckle Puck and With Confidence.

The band then spent majority of 2016 carefully re-structuring their sound with producer Troy Brady (ex-The Amity Affliction) and parted ways with bassist Denzil Bowen. From this came the bands debut video clip for single, The Way We Were which ignited excitement all over the world and took the band to new heights reigning in 500,000+ views in a short few months.

Sophomore EP ‘Naïve’ was released shortly after in May of 2017 and with the addition of new bassist Jackson LeHane, the band spent the rest of the year on tour promoting the EP with the likes of Against The Current and Stepson. Naïve tells a story of heartbreak and anger that allows front woman Erin Reus to open up and emotionally connect with the listener.

Stateside have toured nationally with Against The Current (US), Stepson, Far Away Stables, Forever Ends Here and supported AS IT IS, Knuckle Puck, The Wonder Years, Cute Is What We Aim For and With Confidence. The video clip for The Way We Were has over 500’000 views in 9 months and EP ‘Naive’ hit #9 on the Alt iTunes Charts & #28 overall charts.

Tickets are on sale now for the Naive tour with Stateside and Stuck Out, presented by Destroy All Lines at stateside.oztix.com.au. The Single ‘Neon’ is available now in iTunes and Spotify.

 

With Evanescence about to hit Australian shores again this month we caught up with guitarist Jen Marjura to chat about what fan can expect to hear on this tour.

With the band teaming up with local orchestras to perform the Synthesis album live Jen says that fans are going to have to get used to a lot more power coming off the stage. “Absolutely there is a lot more power,” she says with a laugh. “I can remember that when I was like 13 or 14 I played violin in a school orchestra and  I remember that warm and mighty feeling of playing with an orchestra. And it is very beautiful, especially with Synthesis because we don’t have as many amps and we’re playing more electronic sounds with pedal boards and it is really nice to see that acoustic and warm being mixed up with the orchestral and then the electronic sounds that we do. It is something very new that we have done because the band pretty much merges into the orchestra.” It’s not like rock and orchestra… it’s like something new and it’s something really interesting.

You can listen to the rest of the interview right here.

With a string of BIG hits behind them, STRAIGHT ARROWS are fast becoming one of this island’s most popular underground groups.

The Sydney band have spent their time honing their fresh reverb-laden, fuzzed out, psychedelic punk sound into scrappy perfection on their own terms, and in the process have gained a cult following and an outstanding reputation worldwide.

After spending the last while touring the UK/Europe, then hitting the USA with the OH SEES, their BRAND NEW chart-topper ‘OUT AND DOWN’ is their first single of 2018; an ode to a friend’s recent coming out, an invitation to celebrate, and sure to be the start of BIG things for the group.

Celebrate with the STRAIGHT ARROWS IN PERSON this Feb/March as they tour in support of this BRAND NEW, sure-fire HIT 7-inch record, with special guests Nick Nuisance & the Delinquents at the following house parties and venues:

Sat Feb 24 – Melbourne – party in Collingwood w/Ausmuteants! (details released before the show) 

Fri March 3 – Sydney – party in Petersham! (details released before the show) 

Sat March 4 – Wollongong – North Wollongong Hotel. (Tickets on the door)

Fri March 16 – Byron Bay – Byron Bay Brewery. (Tickets on the door)

Sat March 17 – Brisbane – East Brisbane Bowls Club. (Tickets on the door)

Fri March 30 – Sydney – Bad Friday Festival, (Tickets)


‘OUT & DOWN’ / ‘FRANCHISEE’ 7″ is out NOW on SPACECASE RECORDS (USA), and available across Australia via RICE IS NICE RECORDS at GOOD STORES ONLY and DIGITALLY!​

FeatureCherie Currie

Artist: Cherie Currie

Date: 28/05.2016

Venue: Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Review

It has taken over 30 years for the orginal cherry bomb to finally reach Australian shores but man did she pack a payload when she finally did. Last night Melbourne witnessed an absolute masterclass in how to do a live show. Yes there was a hiccup during the night (a funny one at that) but we also got to see a show that we will all be talking about for a long time to come.

Cherie Currie, the former lead-singer of the notorious femme fatale rock group The Runaways, made no secret in interviews leading that she was looking forward to delivering Melbourne the show that they had been waiting decades for and she didn’t disappoint. Currie showed clearly that years of experience on the stage has made her one performer that all music fans must see at least once in their lifetime.

While so many artists like to just promote their new music and not perform the tracks from the past that the fans really want to hear… Currie was the opposite. She did throw in the odd new track (especially from her album Reverie) including the brilliant brand new track that she has written for a Suzie Quatro documentary that is currently being made here in Australia, but also revelled in the past. Currie was electric delivering pumped up, energetic renditions of Runaway classics including California Paradise, Queens Of Noise and of course the track everybody wanted to hear her sing… Cherry Bomb. While those three tracks were easily the highlights of the night they were easily matched by her brilliant covers of Nick Gilder’s Roxy Roller and David Bowie’s Rebel Rebel (which was part of her Bowie tribute).

Aside from thrilling the audience with her powerhouse show that made you forget that Currie is now 56 years old she also kept every entertained with some great antidotes between tracks and often had the audience laughing out loud… especially when she forget the lyrics to Listen To My Heartbeat and had to ask an audience member what they were. Was it staged or was it as she put it ‘something we all do when we are older… and you were all here to witness my f**k up’? We’ll probably never know but at least it added to the ‘human’ feel that Currie delivered throughout the show.

The one thing that we left the Corner knowing last night was that she might be 56 but Currie is certainly still the Queen of Noise.

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Symphony X

Well one of the albums of the year has undoubtadly arrived in the form of legendary rockers Symphony X’s Underworld. Seeing he was so full of praise for the album we got Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths to sit down and talk with Russell Allen about how this amazing album came into being.

You can listen to or download our Symphony X interview right here.