Category: Alternative

 

Hot on the heels of opening up the main stage at Good Things Festival in Parramatta this past weekend, Sydney-based screaming rap-rock-electro-pop mutants RedHook today unleash a brand new music video for their fresh single ‘Turn Up The Stereotype’ and announce that they will be joining Hands Like Houses on their huge -Anon. album tour in February of 2019.

 

Since its release on October 26, ‘Turn Up The Stereotype’ has exploded with over 200K streams across YouTube and Spotify. It’s been added to triple J Unearthed rotation and scored multiple plays on triple J (2018 With Richard Kingsmill, Good Nights, Home & Hosed, short.fast.loud, mid-dawn), even earning a coveted 5-star Unearthed review from presenter, Bridget Hustwaite and now Short. Fast. Loud. Presenter Josh Merriel has named RedHook’s Turn Up The Stereotype as his favourite track from triple j unearthed this year, saying that “It’s the best bit of Limp Bizkit and Halsey all wrapped up in a post-hardcore package.”

 

Now, the band unveils the official visuals for the song, unfolding a new chapter in the RedHook mythology that carries on chronologically from their debut offering ‘Minute On Fire’Kicking off with guitarist Craig Wilkinson (“sadboi”) and vocalist Emmy Mack (“strngegrrl”) being kidnapped by a bunch of demonically creepy scientists and subjected to a bizarre genre-bending experiment, the ‘Turn Up The Stereotype’ clip was co-directed by RedHook and Her Name Is Murder Productions (Norma Jean, Ocean Grove) in collaboration with Haus Party’s Chris Elder (The Amity Affliction, Peking Duk).

 

“It was a super fun way to use the cinematic RedHook universe to visually represent our real life experience of trying to figure out where the hell we fit in the music industry,” Mack explains of the clip, which was half-filmed inside a decommissioned slaughterhouse out in western Sydney, and half-filmed inside the band’s bathroom shower. Since we launched this project back in June, a lot of our brushes with the industry have involved people trying to pin us into some kind of genre box. And I guess this is our way of rejecting those boxes. By playing a fun game of dress-ups and blowing things up,” she adds.

 

A combustible cocktail of Mack’s acidic lyricism and venomous vocal hooks and guitarist Craig Wilkinson’s groove-fuelled riffage and EDM-influenced production, ‘Turn Up The Stereotype’ was produced by Stevie Knight (Trophy Eyes, Stand Atlantic) and Dave Petrovic (Northlane, Tonight Alive), mixed by James Paul Wisner (Paramore, Hands Like Houses) and mastered by Steve Smart (Parkway Drive).

 

After toasting the release of ‘Turn Up The Stereotype’ in their hometown of Sydney with a totally SOLD OUT live launch at alternative nightclub AM//PM, headlining Australian Music Week 2018’s first ever curated heavy music showcase and opening up the inaugural Good Things Festival in Sydney this past weekend, RedHook will now embark on their first full Australian tour alongside scene heroes Hands Like HousesOcean Grove and Endless Heights.

 

“We’re so bloody excited,” Mack says. “Craig is the ultimate HLH fanboy, he even has the collectable Dissonants socks which he’ll no doubt be rocking every night of the tour, lord help us all.”

 

After a year spent earning a dedicated following on the live circuit and sharing stages with the likes of Dream On DreamerThe Getaway PlanStand AtlanticThornhill and Dear Seattle, RedHook are now launching full force, with an arsenal of more huge tunes still to come.


Turn Up The Stereotype is available now, with all options available at https://fanlink.to/weareredhook.

 

Budding singer songwriter Bri Clark is making waves across the Australian music scene with her latest single ‘Giving Up’. The Perth artist quickly captured the attention of the industry when the track was nominated for the 2018 Vanda & Young songwriting competition prior to its official release in September. Debuting at #1 for its first two weeks in the world on the triple j unearthed charts, the track was added to Spotify’s New Music Friday AU & NZ and the New Alt Indie playlists. ‘Giving Up’ has had an instantaneous effect on the Australian music community. After rallying a wake of fans from far and wide with her haunting vocals, brooding melodies and dark pop vibes Bri Clark is excited to share a new live video of the powerful song as well as treat her East Coast audience to a pair of intimate upcoming performances.

Crafting a sound that is entirely of its own ilk, Bri Clark channels a sense of heavy weightlessness on ‘Giving Up’. The single is a reflective memoir of a crumbling relationship that builds from soft, beckoning guitar strumming to soaring heights of layered vocal harmonies. The new live video from John Aliaga recorded at Vision Studios, Perthsees the young artist stripping the layered production back to its raw beginnings of just Bri, her voice and her fingertips. Seated at a grand piano with nothing but a peppering of warm tungsten bulbs, the performance is an exquisite taste of what’s to come at her live shows.

As an inaugural recipient of APRA’s female songwriter mentorship in 2018, Bri has had the opportunity to work and collaborate with a spread of fellow musicians and industry professionals and most recently featured on the well-received single ‘What We’ve Done’by Angus Dawson. Fresh off the back of the APRA AMCOS SongHubs intensive song writing boot camp, a standout performance at Bigsound’s Songwriter Showcase, and WA’s annual WAMFestBri Clark is thrilled to finally venture across the way to treat Melbourne and Sydney to a pair of intimate live shows this November. She will also take part in Specific Music’s 50 Songs In 5 Days, an APRA AMCOS sponsored, invite only songwriting event which brings together world-class songwriters, artists and producers.

With a voice steeped in pain, yet undeniably mesmerising Bri Clark can capture and hold a room in the palm of her hand. Do not miss your chance to catch this noteworthy name in Australian music. Expect big things.

‘Giving Up’ Single Launch Shows
Wednesday 21 November
Leadbelly, Sydney
Supporting AMISTAT
Tickets $17.85 via Moshtix

Tuesday 27 November
Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne
With Ariela Jacobs
8pm
Pre sale tickets $10 + bf via bit.ly/BriClarkArielaJacobs

Other upcoming shows:
Thursday 29 November
Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle
Supporting Holy Holy, with Clews
8pm
Tickets $39 via Oztix

Friday 30 November
The Rosemount Hotel, Perth
Supporting Holy Holy, with Clews
8pm
Tickets $40 via Oztix

 

Perth based Pop Punk band Nautical Mile have just released their new single and music video ‘A Life Worth Dying For’
 
They have also announced a run of Australian tour dates. 
 
Nautical Mile draws inspiration from artists such as A Day To Remember and
Neck Deep. Their sound is often described as “5 Seconds Of Summer meets Sum 41“.
 
The band released their self-titled debut EP in 2016 and quickly followed-up with the release of EP ‘Playing For Keeps’ in 2017. Singles ‘Flight Risk’ and
‘Playing For Keeps’ quickly made their way onto on Triple J – ‘Short.Fast.Loud’
 
Following a period of focused writing; Nautical Mile released single ‘Better Half of Me’ in mid-July. 
 
The band have continued to build a reputation for explosive live sets and soaring vocal harmonies, establishing a dedicated local following. Since their debut they have shared the stage with the likes of Trophy Eyes and Hawthorne Heights.
 
Nautical Mile are now gearing up to stun audiences on their upcoming Australian tour which kicks off later this month. 
 
New single ‘A Life Worth Dying For’ is available for download on all major online stores. 

 

AlithiA – Australia’s psych-prog rock prodigies want the world to see their epic 10 minute opus “The Sun”. They are today releasing new single “The Sun” just before their new album “The Moon Has Fallen” this Friday, worldwide through Wild Thing Records.

Singer John Rousvanis said of the final single to be released ahead of the album drop, “The Sun is the first song that announces our second album. A dreamy thunderous landscape that asks the mind to question what is the difference when in both realities and dualities of being asleep in dream state, and conscious in waking life, laced with esoteric, occult meaning and symbolism throughout the lyrics, it’s a personal song for the individual to interpret however they must and feel within it for themselves.”

The album has people talking already, with Overdrive Mag saying that “‘The Moon Has Fallen’ shows Alithia reaching for heights so far above their contemporaries that it’s hard not to be swept away…” and Heavy Mag giving it a perfect 5 stars and saying that AlithiA have delivered “…a style of progressive tunes that has helped cement the six piece into the halls of genre creationism.” 

Renowned for their spellbindingly powerful live shows and hypnotizing tribal flavours, this 6-piece progressive rock livewire are set to traverse the globe with ‘The Moon has Fallen’. In sync with their monumental release, AlithiA will tour Europe with Norwegian avant-garde rock specialists Shining as direct support in November 2018.

The Moon has Fallen is AlithiA’s first record written entirely collectively with the inspired addition of percussionist Jeffrey Raul Ortiz Castro interlacing the album’s sound with Latin rhythms, celestial synthesizers, and distinctive secondary vocals. The band’s original foundations, however, remain intact with John Rousvanis’ inspiring lead vocals and mesmerizing guitar styling apparent throughout, none more so than the epic album opener The Sun. From the pulsating engine room of bassist Tibor Gede and drummer Mark ‘Vel’ Vella, shining on highlight track Empress, to the stirring keyboard soundscapes of Danny Costantino, which command the single Diamonds, AlithiA have emerged with a simply exceptional album.

AlithiA’s “The Moon has Fallen” is available for pre-order now at http://smarturl.it/alithia. The record will see its release into the world this Friday – October 26th.

 

 

 

The wait is finally over! The world’s biggest Metal opera is finally coming to Australia! 20 years after the release of the original Metal Operas, Musical mastermind Tobias Sammet will bring the full AVANTASIA stage show to Australia!
aving blown crowds away with headline sets at both Wacken Open Air in Germany and Barcelona Rockfest while touring their previous album Ghostlights, Avantasia proved they are one of the biggest names in operatic and symphonic heavy music. Sammet is a masterful storyteller, creating epic fantasy worlds that can barely be contained within his sprawling concept albums.They can barely be contained on stage either with Avantasia shows typically lasting for up to three hours!
Avantasia – Is a portmanteau of the words Avalon and Fantasy and describes ‘a world beyond human imagination’ Over the course of seven releases, this incredible saga has been crafted by some of the greatest vocalists and musicians from the heavy music world. A literal list of who’s who and the contingent of players tasked to bring Avantasia to life in Australia is sure to impress.
Avantasia’s eighth studio album, ‘Moonglow’ is due in early 2019 and boasts an incredible list of performers including Jorn Lande, Eric Martin (Mr Big), Geoff Tate (ex-Queensryche), Michael Kiske (Helloween), Bob Catley (Magnum), Amanda Somerville, Candice Night, Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian) & Mille Petrozza (Kreator)
Some of these artist will be part of the Australian tour. Exactly who will be revealed soon!
It can absolutely be said that Australia has never seen a tour like this.
From the depth of storytelling, to the range of the cast, to the sheer musical brilliance –
this is a once in a lifetime tour! Do not miss this!
TOUR DATES
Sunday, May 12: Metro Theatre, Sydney
Tuesday, May 14: The Forum, Melbourne
Tickets on sale now via

Last month Melbourne’s BLKLST announced the imminent arrival of their new EP “Hard to Swallow”. Out on Friday October 26, the heavy record saw it’s announcement and the premiere of the first single “Hypocrite” at Germany’s Everything is Noise website. Today, they are serving up the next “Phase” of the record.

New single Phase is a hard hitting track with an agressive but melodic vocal – and a neon and latex -tinged filmclip. Vocalist Joshua Westwick said that “Phase is about that one person who can influence you to do things you normally wouldn’t. Things that are ultimately bad for both of you. It’s about destroying yourself and drowning in someone’s toxic environment because of how much you care about them. This Music Video was filmed in The Loud Noise Estate’s drum tracking room. This clip was a last minute decision and we just wanted to have fun with it. We are stoked with how it came out!”
Since the announcement of the new EP, the outfit from Melbourne have turned heads – the first single Hypocrite being spun on triple j’s The Racket, added to rotation on The Faction Radio, added to Spotify Official’s Homegrown and Heavy playlist, the clip being played on Rage, and killyourstereo.com saying that Hypocrite is BLKST is at “…not only their most dynamic and darkest here, but also at their most interesting too.” Metal Hammer/Louder also saw something special in the band and wanted to know more about their influences (with the obvious flavour being Deftones) and had them put together their favourite Deftones tracks of all time.

The Hard To Swallow EP was produced and engineered by Evan Lee at STL studios Sydney, with additional engineering by Sonny Truelove & was mixed and mastered by Evan Lee and Ash Dawsat The Loud Noise Estate. 

For those new to BLKLST – the band was Formed in 2015 and have made their mark quick off the bat. Establishing themselves on the heavy music scene with a crushing live show and a decimatingly heavy sound, the band quickly chalked up supports with bands such as Make Them Suffer, Deez Nuts, Alpha Wolf, Earth Caller and Justice for The Damned and interstate runs with Boris The Blade.

The new EP will see its release into the world on Friday October 26 into iTunes & Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and more. Pre-Orders are now open at all good digital stores and streaming outlets.

 

Kansas City, MO’s Radar State— made up of emo/indie rock heroes Matt Pryor and Jim Suptic (The Get Up Kids), Josh Berwanger (The Anniversary/Berwanger) and Adam Phillips (The Architects/The Gadjits) — have signed with LA-based Wiretap Records and will release their debut LP ‘Strays’ in January 2019.

The band has announced tour dates in support of the upcoming album (see dates below). Tickets for all shows are on sale now.

The follow up to last spring’s self-titled debut 7″ EP, ‘Strays’ features artwork by Mondo Art Director and designer Jay Shaw http://www.kingdomofnonsense.com.

The band says, “We are very excited to get our first full-length album Strays out and play the songs live. Last year we did Riot Fest and a tour with Say Anything but only had the 3-song 7″ out. Now people will be able to get familiar with the songs instead of just hearing them for the first time. We’ll also have a robotic chimpanzee doing merch for us. He doesn’t know how to count change so he’s pretty easy to rip off.”