Category: Alternative

 

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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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.