Nashville based soul rock band KB & THE IDYLLWILDE has released the official music video for their new single, “Drown.” Directed by front-woman Katie Burke and shot by Dustin Brandt Hyer, “Drown” is the second single off of the band’s upcoming album, I Just Wanna Love You, I Just Wanna Let You, due to release February 14, 2020.
“I think the line, ‘ I’ll be the wounded bird and you can be the lion…depends on who wants to be the boss.’ is my favorite line in the song, it really sums up a big theme of the album, too– that anyone can get what they want in big-bad-hard love, some of us want power, and some of us want to give it away. ‘”
— Katie Burke
“Basically, this album encompasses all the ways we distort and experience love, or how I have at least…
Its a lot of addiction, egoic superiority/inferiority tendencies, and just plain codependent shit. Its a ‘love’ album about not knowing how to get it right, but celebrating all the ugly/beautiful ways we get it wrong.” – Katie Burke
The Word Alive — Telle Smith (vocals), Tony Pizzuti (guitar, vocals) Zack Hansen (guitar, vocals), and Matt Horn (drums) — have shared the video for the new song “NO WAY OUT“.
“‘NO WAY OUT’ doesn’t hold back, as it instantly pulls you into the darkest day of my life,” says Smith. “It’s a story I needed to tell for myself just as much as someone else may need to hear it. The worst thing a person can do is lose themselves completely, and that’s exactly what happened to me.”
The song lives on the new album MONOMANIA, which was produced by Erik Ron (Godsmack, I Prevail, Issues) and arrives February 21 on Fearless Records/Caroline Australia. The record can be pre-ordered here.
The Arizona-based band previously teamed up with The Noise to premiere the anthemic track “BURNING YOUR WORLD DOWN.” Listen here and here.
“When you listen to our new music, I hope you have a better understanding of our entire career,” Smith says, encompassing the album as a whole. “Maybe you can see the whole story and realize that we’re not different from you. We’ve been through it all, but we’re always trying to learn, grow, and leave something behind we feel will help people. This is our purest work. This is everything we’ve been through in the last couple of years. It’s the best conclusion of the last 10 years and the best opening to the next 10.”
The Word Alive’s first decade was comprised of five full-length records and a debut EP that pushed their discography to 250,000+ sales worldwide and over 100 million streams, highlighted by tracks “Why Am I Like This?” [11.5 million Spotify streams], “Trapped” [14 million Spotify streams], and “Misery” [14.5 million Spotify streams]. With a new decade under way, thousands of shows played around the world, and their sights set on a future cast in fire thanks to the new, Erik Ron-produced singles “BURNING YOUR WORLD DOWN, “MONOMANIA, and “NO WAY OUT,” The Word Alive appear ready to face their bright future head on. MONOMANIA arrives on February 21.
Boston-born pop punk outfit BOYS LIKE GIRLS will be returning to Australia in April 2020 for the first time in nearly a decade to perform in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
At these incredibly special shows, BOYS LIKE GIRLS will be performing their cult classic self-titled debut album in full, along with fan favourites from their stellar discography.
Joining Boys Like Girls as guests are US post hard core legends, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus!
The RJA story goes back to 2003, when brothers Ronnie and Randy Winter formed the band who would end up singing to Virgin Records for the release of their debut LP, Don’t You Fake It in 2006. The album is certified Gold in the US, and features the singles Guardian Angel and their best known song, the anti domestic violence focused, Face Down.
Their second album Lonely Road was released in 2008 and following Virgin’s collapse, RJA became fully independent in early 2010, regaining full creative control of their sound and vision.
Since then it’s being done the Red Jumpsuit way, Am I The Enemy was released in 2011 and album number four, 4 in 2014. All charting and all pushing the bands message further around the world.
Known for their devout Christian beliefs, the bands spirituality flows through their lyrics which cover a lifetime worth of emotions. The darkness and the light, the struggles and the wins. The bands message is ultimately one of hope and a reminder that ‘Even on the worst day that you’re alive you’re still surrounded by so many awesome things that you should be grateful for, if you choose to look at them.’ Ronnie Winter
If you’ve ever seen BOYS LIKE GIRLS or THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS live then you’ll know why this tour is so special, and if you haven’t, here’s your chance to see why!
Both bandswill be giving their long-time fans a one-off special experience.
If you have been keeping one eye on the Australian music scene over the past two years then there is a good chance that you have heard of Adelaide post-hardcore outfit Glass Tides. During that time the band have released two EPs that certainly caught a lot of people’s attention and have had the chance to open for bands such as Bodyjar and Spiderbait.
Now Glass Tides have released their debut feature album titled In Between and if you love albums that contain raw passion then you are simply going to adore this album. There is a unique rawness to this album, a rawness that shows a band that is willing to explore as they go on but also a band where the vocals reveal the pain of humanity with everything out in the open.
Smooth tracks like ‘Crawling’ are taken to new levels with stunning vocal work from Paul Bakker while the beautiful layers of ‘Somebody Else’ reveal a band that are much more mature than the fact that this is a debut album would allude to.
‘Waste’ is the kind of track that could see Glass Tides make it on the world stage and it is catchy as hell but still boasts are serious side that will draw on serious music fans. ‘Sympathy’ again sees the smoothness of the band return while the sound of the track itself conjures up memories of bands like Angela’s Dish and Kisschasy. Then there is the brilliant ‘Insecure’ that just continues to build in intensity while the vocals clearly portray the pain the song is written about.
Glass Tide’s aggressive side is revealed with ‘The Past is Dead’ while the beautiful ‘Mirrors’ and the haunting ‘Pointless View’ show the exact polar opposite. In Between then reaches the heights again as Bakker declares ‘take me away’ over and over on ‘Happy’ while that late 2000s vibe returns with the heartfelt title track that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on one of the soundtracks for One Tree Hill.
In Between is the kind of album that shows that Glass Tides have a big future ahead of them. This is an album from the heart that is not going to disappoint.
Brooklyn’s metal jazz trio KILTER have unleashed a new mini-documentary about their upcoming album Kilter. A follow-up to their 2018 self-titled EP, Axiom features instrumental metal-jazz inspired by the unrelenting hustle and grind of New York City. Founder and bassist Laurent David (Label Alter-nativ) teamed up with drummer Kenny Grohowski (Imperial Triumphant) and saxophonist Edward Rosenberg III (Jerseyband, Heart of Barf) to create a daring and spontaneous work of avant-garde metal.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Straight Ahead, legendary Hermosa Beach punk band Pennywise todayannounce that they will be reissuing Straight Ahead as an Australian exclusive limited edition coloured vinyl on January 31.
The limited edition vinyl is only available through the bands Australian webstore. Pre-Order Straight Ahead LP HERE
Pennywise will be performing all songs from the album and bringing with them long-time touring partners from California, STRUNG OUT and Swedish punk rockers NO FUN AT ALL, giving their Australian fans what will no doubt be the punk rock tour of the year.
The sold out sign for 2 shows on the tour, Gold Coast and Chelsea Heights, are now up with tickets selling fast for all remaining shows. Tour details below.
2019 sees the 20th anniversary of Straight Ahead, the bands highest charting album to date (No.8 on the ARIA charts). The album features the radio hit “Alien” as well as set list favourites My Own Country, Can’t Believe It, Straight Ahead and the Men At Work cover Down Under, which was only available on the Australian CD version.
Alternative metal rockers Magg Dylan have revealed an uplifting new music video for their latest single “Naked Alone In The Tub“. The video was directed by Eric DiCarlo at Square Up Studios, and draws from the band’s personal experience with depression, alcoholism, and recovery.
“Life is challenging because you never know when your perfect life can become a mess,” says guitarist Brucifer. “Making this video hit close to home emotionally, since Suzanne played the role of our hero.” Singer Suzanne De Iulio elaborates, “The song was written about a time in my life when I was very depressed. My nephew died from an accidental overdose, and one of the pictures I’m holding in the video was of him so those were real tears during filming. Filming this video was difficult for another reason as well… Since I am sober, it was difficult to pretend I was drinking wine in the video. We wanted to symbolize how some people use alcohol to escape from life’s struggles.”
The band will release their new full-length album entitled Amethyst on February 21, 2020 via Eclipse Records. The album was produced by Jonathan Dolese and Bruce Jordan. Pre-order or pre-save the new full-length album Amethyst at this location.
Amethyst features ten alternative metal anthems which showcase the band’s emotional raw energy. Highlights on the album include “Scarz” which was written about singer Suzanne’s personal experiences with bullying during her childhood, and as an adult in the personal fitness, and music industries. “Naked Alone In the Tub” was the most difficult song for Suzanne to release, as she didn’t want to share some of the darkest moments of her life as the lyrics talk about depression after life hands you a series of overwhelming blows. The third single from the album “Delusional” which goes in-depth about singer Suzanne’s past battle with alcoholism and her path to recovery. This band has been through a lot over the years, and their songs reflect the struggles, defeats, and triumphs which have given this album a life of its own!
Magg Dylan tour dates (tickets)
Jan 11 Virginia Beach, VA @ Elevation27 w/ The Four Horsemen
Jan 18 Hagerstown, MD Suite 710 w/ Half Heard Voices
Jan 21 Memphis, TN @ Growlers w/ Hed PE
Jan 22 Jefferson, LA @ Southport Music Hall w/ Hed PE
Jan 23 Jonesboro, GA @ Furnace 41 w/ Hed PE
Jan 24 Longwood, FL @ Shovelhead w/ Hed PE
Jan 25 Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug w/ Hed PE
Jan 26 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room w/ Hed PE
Jan 31 Destin, FL @ Village Door Music Hall w/ Hed PE
Feb 01 Greenville, SC @ The Radio Room w/ Hed PE
Five-piece punk band Spanish Love Songs have announced their third full length album, Brave Faces Everyone, which will be released on February 7 via Pure Noise Records / Sony Music Australia.
The band has released the first single off of the album, Kick, which is available to listen to and watch here:
On the forthcoming album, lead vocalist and guitarist, Dylan Slocum shares, “This album is us honing in on what we think makes our band resonate with people — namely, the feeling that you’re not alone. These are songs about looking outward and finding that, for all our differences, most of us are just trying to get by as the world is going to hell around us. We don’t have any grand ambitions beyond that — we just want people to feel acknowledged. There’s comfort in knowing we’re on the same sinking ship. We want the album to be a knowing nod and a way to make the world a slightly more bearable, even if it’s just for 40 minutes.”
The ten-track album, produced by guitarist Kyle McAulay at Howard Benson’s West Valley Recording, is steeped in the same detail-rich storytelling of Bruce Springsteen, The Menzingers and Manchester Orchestra. These songs represent the situations Slocum, McAulay, and their bandmates bassist Trevor Dietrich, drummer Ruben Duarte and keyboardist Meredith Van Woert experienced during 30-some weeks of rigorous touring during the album cycle of their previous record, Schmaltz. “When you’re young, you just want to be heard,” opines Slocum. The singer and guitarist of LA-based punk quintet, Spanish Love Songs, is referencing his band, but he could just as easily be talking about himself. Since forming in 2014, Spanish Love Songs certainly have been heard, from legions of underground audiences at The Fest and South By Southwest to outlets like NPR, who hailed the group’s 2018 album, Schmaltz, as a “wellspring of big ideas, bigger riffs and the biggest possible feelings about love, war, fear and existential crisis.”
Over the past six years, Spanish Love Songs have released two albums and an EP. With Brave Faces Everyone, the songs are character stories set in small-town America and anxious urban jungles alike, unfurling heartbreaking tales of addiction, depression, debt and death juxtaposed alongside looming societal bogeys like mass shootings, the opioid epidemic and climate change. They’re all at once personal vignettes and universal truths of life in the 2010s, the lines blurred between Slocum’s own experiences and those of his friends and acquaintances. It seeks to find balance between realism and optimism.
“If you sing something loud enough and long enough,” Slocum muses, “hopefully people are able to find some peace in that.”Brave Faces Everyone experiments with more traditional song structures and fewer forwardly caustic moments this time around haven’t dulled the band’s sound. If anything, they’ve accentuated the most important parts of it. When everything is loud and urgent, nothing is. But when Slocum’s voice swells to a roar on this new record, the undeniable power grabs you by the collar and forces you to pay attention — and that’s the difference between simply being heard and truly being understood.
Brave Faces Everyone will be released on February 7, 2020. PRE-ORDER BRAVE FACES EVERYONEHERE
Maybe it makes me a little bit different to most heavy music fans but I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for electronic music as well. Yes for every Cannibal Corpse and Nightwish album in my collection there is also an Underworld or Orbital album not far away. It is probably one of the reasons why I have embraced the more unusual and unique sounding bands out there rather than not being willing to give them a chance.
Now to my collection of very unique bands I add Germany’s Verderver a band whose sound caught me from the very beginning for a very strange reason. Flashback to the last ever Big Day Out and I found myself drifting away from the crowds and stumbling upon a tent that was pretty much deserted but coming out of it was some of the most amazing music I had ever heard – the music of The Algorithm. I instantly fell in love with it, so much so that they were my highlight of the day and I ended up checking them out when they returned to Australia a few years later.
So how does that relate to Verderver? Well as I sat down and started to listen to track one on their brand new album – Weltunter – and ‘bang’ there was the heart and soul of The Algorithm, yes mixed in with the amazing old school death metal sound of Verderver is the electronic sounds of the great Remi Gallego… and from there I knew this was going to be a ride that I was going to enjoy.
As you listen to that first track ‘Vakuum’ you can hear the that old school death metal sound work in unison with the electronic influence but somehow it also feels like a battle with two armies going to war against each other – it is the sound of pain, anguish and aggression all mixed together in a way that you have simply never heard it before.
Yes every track on Weltunter feels like it has its own emotions. The wailing guitars breaking through the electronic on ‘Gebrauchswert’ sound like a siren warning of an onslaught… then the onslaught arrives with brutal drums and vocals.
In fact vocally Weltunter is perfect. The near strangled sound of them on ‘Apathe’ are a highlight while the manic vocals of Nikita Kamprad of Der Weg einer Freiheit have you returning to ‘Nadir’ over and over again.
As an album Weltunter feels like it showcases both beauty and aggression. ‘Karteileichie’ has some truly beautiful instrumental parts while the atmospheric vocal layering of ‘Artfremid’ is breathtaking. Then there is the aggression – ‘Nichtgestalt’ and ‘Kammerflimmerin’ are just sheer brutality while ‘Widersinn’ is some good old school death metal.
Weltunter is one of those albums that you listen to and then can’t wait to tell your friends about. This is an utter modern metal masterpiece and I pray that very soon Verderver hit our shores for a tour.