Category: Alternative

Perth based Alternative Rock outfit Scarlet Drive have just released their new music video ‘Sad Robot’.
The band have also announced the forthcoming release of their debut EP
‘Echoes Of Apprehension’ (out Friday September 21st) and will kick off a run of Australian tour dates in early October.
Scarlet Drive blend elements of Punk, Funk and Reggae to carve their unique Alternative Rock sound.
The band kicked off 2018 with the release of single ‘Ceto’. The release received stellar reviews from Triple J UnearthedAAA Backstage, Listen Here Reviews and many more.
The single was quickly aired on over 50 radio stations throughout Australia.
Scarlet Drive then followed up with the release of single ‘Abusement Park’, which was premiered through Happy Mag and received positive attention from blogs throughout the world. The single reached Number 1 on the Triple J Unearthed Punk Charts.
 New EP ‘Echoes Of Apprehension’ is available for pre-order on iTunes.
SCARLET DRIVE
‘ECHOES OF APPREHENSION’ | TOUR DATES
October 4th – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Tickets available at www.oztix.com.au | 18+ only
October 10th – Chateau Apollo, Adelaide, SA
Tickets available at door | 18+ only
October 11th – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets available at www.oztix.com.au | 18+ only
October 17th – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Tickets available at www.moshtix.com.au | 18+ only
October 18th – Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar, Sydney, NSW
Tickets available at www.moshtix.com.au | 18+ only
October 19th – Heya Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Free Entry | 18+ only
October 21st – The Shared, Yandina, QLD
Free Entry | 18+ only

 

Brisbane post-punk outfit Sleepwell have returned with the music video for their cathartic new single Acreman; a desperate call for the memory of a lost friend, driven home by the anguished vocals of Casey Ford.

Acreman marks the beginning of a new project for Sleepwell, after the release of their debut EP ‘Rose-Tinted Gold’ in 2016, a project to facilitate a healing process for the band after a shared tragedy.

“Acreman is the first part of two songs, written through last year and the year before,intended to help understand and portray personal grief, both songs reflect on the struggle to accept the death of a loved one and how pivotal that experience can prove to be in a young person’s life,” said Casey.

Pulling from more somber experiences to write Acreman, the track shows a solid progression for Sleepwell.
Drawn from softer and steadier influencesArceman is an emotive and balanced song driven by personal lyrics and is the first real ballad the band has worked on together,” said bassistTayla Ellerby.

The track combines sad aggression and a modest drive that is true to the band, both in sound and structure showing we have reached a higher level both as songwriters and musicians,” guitaristRhys Hilton.

 

Tampa, FL pop-punk band Southview is stoked to sweep the East Coast yet again for two weeks, in support of their upcoming debut LP release “Make Or Break.”

Suitably named the “Frantic Atlantic Tour”, there will surely be lots of frisbee at midnight in Wal-Mart parking lots, coffee stops, energetic performances, smelly socks and brand new copies of the new album!

The band says, “Dropping September 14th, the debut LP “Make Or Break” is 40 minutes of blistering fast guitar harmonies, unrelenting vocals, and assertive percussion. Come be a part of the experience live, at any of the following tour dates.”

Stream the first single “Bad News” on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/7CiiMfVT1SSaCrm66Po8RK?si=Zow_Y3fEQQCJByIRH31MzQ!

9/14 – Tarpon Springs, FL – Neptune Lounge

9/15 – Jacksonville, FL – Nighthawk’s

9/17 – Cummings, GA – His Rock Music

9/18 – Savannah, GA – Flamingo House

9/19 – Greensboro, NC – New York Pizza

9/20 – Baltimore, MD – The Depot

9/21 – New Haven, CT – The Cave

9/22 – Brooklyn, NY – Gold Sounds

9/23 – Elizabeth, NJ – Caifano’s

9/24 – Garner, NC – Kaboom Art Gallery

9/25 – Wilkesboro, NC – Loveless Lair

9/28 – Deland, FL – Ghost Tavern

Consistently touring with yet another US tour in March of 2018, the guys are gearing up to release their debut full-length album “Make or Break” out on September 14th. With full-band renditions of fan-favorites from the 2017 EP such as “Sunny Places For Shady People” and “Interstate 75”, fans have been feverishly awaiting the new album.

DRW Entertainment is proud to present the return of iconic front man PETER MURPHY to Australia for the first time since 2013.

 PETER MURPHY first made his mark fronting influential UK group Bauhaus, who this year celebrate their 40th anniversary. Bauhausappeared out of the London post-punk scene in 1978 and with their darkly romantic image and brooding songs like “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”,quickly became the touchstone for the nascent goth movement.

Bauhaus, with PETER MURPHY at the helm and David J’s soul wrenching bass, helped take goth mainstream, culminating in an appearance in David Bowie’s 1983 film “The Hunger”, noted by Rolling Stone as one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll film movie moments of all time. Murphy then set forth on his internationally acclaimed solo career, and his pioneering and long-lasting influence was reinforced when Trent Reznorbrought him in as a collaborator and Nine Inch Nails guest in the late 00’s, and when he made a cameo appearance – as “The Cold One” – inThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse in 2010.

 

PETER MURPHY will be reunited with David J on this tour and promises a set comprising the classic Bauhaus debut album In The Flat Fieldplus other brilliant works from the Bauhaus canon which includes such gems as She’s In Parties”, “Kick In The Eye”, “Terror Couple Kill Colonel”, “Hair Of The Dog”, “The Passion Of Lovers”, “The Sky’s Gone Out”, “Telegram Sam”, “Hollow Hills”, “Dark Entries”, Third Uncle”, “Spirit”, “Lagartija Nick”, and of course “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” and their amazing rendition of David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” .

Peter Murphy October 2018 Tour Dates

Thursday 18th October – Wellington, Meow

Friday 19th October – Christchurch, Club Tavern

Saturday 20th October – Auckland, Powerstation

Monday 22nd October – Adelaide, The Gov

Thursday 25th October – Brisbane, The Zoo

Friday 26th October – Melbourne, Max Watts

Saturday 27th October – Sydney, Factory Theatre

Sunday 28th October – Perth, The Capitol

 

Tickers On Sale Now From: http://davidroywilliams.com/tours/peter-murphy-2018/

 

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.