Category: Rock

Swan is the brainchild of Matt Swan. A founding member of genuine worldwide rock phenomenon Royal Blood, “Swanny” is today announcing his debut release, an absolute hip-swinger of a single and video entitled “Sweat Baby Sweat”. The single will see the light of day in all digital outlets and streaming platforms from Friday July 5th.

The filmclip (produced by Clint Gough) for this high-octane belter comes in the form of a black-and-white clip where Swanny rescues a stranded woman with a broken down car and takes her for a ride on the back of his motorbike and then into the skies, as he then proceeds to skydive, all the while singing the 100-mile-an-hour, foot-to-the-floor track.

Swanny has been writing and recording this track and an entire batch of new songs just north of Byron Bay in his home studio – and this new track is the first to be released. “Sweat Baby Sweat” was mixed & mastered by Forrester Savell (Cog, Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus), produced by Matt Swan & Clint Gough (Like Thieves) and engineered by Nathan Stanborough & Bernie Wedrat.

Swan says that “Sweat Baby Sweat is simply about letting the good times roll live life to the max – life is one big party. It was written after a long hot Summer’s night of no sleep in Byron Bay in 2018. I had just got home in the early hours of the morning after playing drums at one of Byron Bay’s crazy warehouse parties – I picked up the guitar, cracked another beer and the main riff quickly came to me. I then laid down some drums and Sweat Baby Sweat was born.”

“These warehouse parties are famous throughout Byron Bay’s rock scene, they are a wild, hedonistic, sweaty mix of rock ’n’ roll and creativity. When it came time to lock down my lyrics I was still on a high from my experience that night so I wanted write this song as a homage to it. That night was hot and sweaty, the dance floor was full of people sweating as we rocked out. There was this one beautiful woman that I couldn’t take my eyes off, we locked eyes and it was like we were in a trance. Sweat was rolling off her body, i loved the way she moved and I loved the way she just didn’t care… Sweat Baby Sweat!”

A genuine Rock ‘N’ Roll Crocodile Dundee, Swanny grew up just north of Byron Bay in a small town called Terranora in New South Wales. Beginning his love of music at the age of 12, Swanny realised his passion and purpose in life had to be in the form of music – and began his journey as a drummer. Not long after, Swanny toured all around Australia and carried out drum workshops in remote Aboriginal schools, while gigging throughout the country towns and cities, before breaking away and moving to Nashville at age 21. His side project The Swamps have played at Falls Festival 2019 and for Margot Robbie’s Wedding (yes, you read that correctly) as well as supporting Wolfmother,
Omar Rodriguez, Kingswood and Stonefield to name a few.

Set the scene – it’s 2011 and Swanny met Mike Kerr in Brighton and the band ‘Royal Blood’ was born in March that year. The duo lived together and spent their time writing, recording and establishing Royal Blood as a band. Their first single was recorded at Rockfield Studios UK in 2011. The band decided to move to Australia in 2012 and recorded their first EP in Brisbane. “Come On Over” which was previously named “Leaving”, went to air on Triple J’s ‘Home n Hosed and the rest is history….

Swan’s debut single “Sweat Baby Sweat” will be released on Friday July 5 and will be available at http://ffm.to/swan_SBS.

Moana is the creative project of artist Moana Mayatrix, once described by Triple J’Gemma Pike as one of Australia’s fiercest front women.

Since the group’s inception in 2013, countless words have been written about the avant garde art rock outfit, all edging around the idea that there is something otherworldly, verging on genuinely dangerous, about this act.

Combining the shamanic stream-of-consciousness poetry of peak- era Patti Smith with psychedelic melodies, heavy guitar licks, and propulsive rhythms, Moana doesn’t so much craft songs as pagan prayers set to the heartbeat of the world.

Having previously released three singles, the captivating Dracula, the haunting
Sister Winter and the exotic Scarab, Moana return with The Cultess is the fourth and final single from their highly-anticipated debut album due for release later this year via Mysteria Maxima Music.

The Cultess sees Moana expand into heavier, sludgier territory and showcases the stylistic diversity alongside those first singles. Mixing elements of art-rock, metal, vintage rock and doom you’re left dripping in something mystical, explosive and down right sexy.

Moana transgresses the boundaries of form and genre, incorporating experimental art, theatre, spoken word performance, poetry, costuming, and more in a cross- media syncresis that engages all the senses physical and beyond, in a kind of ecstatic reverie. A singular approach to music and art has gathered to them a fiercely loyal tribe of fans, who have engaged with the project to successfully crowdfund not only their sophomore EP, but part of their upcoming debut album.

The Cultess is available now
orcd.co/moanacultess

Debut album coming soon!

 

 

Artist: Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Title: The Traveler

Year: 2019

Label: Concord

Track Listing:

  1. Woman Like You
  2. Long Time Running
  3. I Want You
  4. Tailwind
  5. Gravity
  6. We All Alright
  7. Take It On Home
  8. Mr. Soul
  9. Better With Time
  10. Turn To Stone

 

Subculture Entertainment Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band:  The Traveler Review:

When you listen to a lot of musicians these days you realise that many of them have forgotten the art of great song-writing. Catch a brief listen to any pop radio stations and the tracks seem repetitive with vanity being the main song subject… the art of telling a story or capturing real human emotion in the lyrics seems to be something that is long forgotten. Well I am happy to say that one talented musician that hasn’t lost that art is Kenny Wayne Shepherd. His new album, his ninth, is an album full of tracks that will regain your faith in modern day music… because when it comes to song-writing this man really knows what he is doing.

The Traveler is one of those albums that you can’t just listen to once. Put it on and you’ll have it on repeat for days because it is one of those albums that is not only filled with great tracks but also an album where the lyrics really speak to you and remind you moments from your own life… yes the album’s premise might be able travelling but it is the listener themselves that is taken on the journey here.

Opening track ‘Woman Like You’ shows straight away that you are in for something special. It’s great mix of hard rock and blues shows the unique brand of music that Kenny Wayne Shepherd has made his own. The brilliant guitar playing and catchiness of the track just make it a track that you fall in love with straight-away.

That is a re-occuring theme throughout the album. ‘Gravity’ and ‘We All Alright’ are simply so catchy that you find yourself singing along to them on just the first listen while that infectious catchiness is also present on ‘Long Time Running’. Then there is ‘I Want You’ which shows why Shepherd is one of the best guitar players in the world.

What wins you over on this album though is the brilliance of his song-writing. The emotion that he captures in ‘Tailwind’ is something that is lost these days. The song captures that emotion of travelling back home after being away like very few songs have managed to do in the past. It is clearly one of the best songs of the year and a track that deserves to be heard on radio right around the world. A similar theme is also explored with some exceptional story-telling on ‘Take It On Home,’ another track that is just sheer brilliance.

The diversity of Shepherd’s music is on show as he covers Buffalo Springfield’s ‘Mr Soul’ with a brass heavy rendition and then delivers Joe Walsh’s ‘Turn To Stone’ in true blues rock fashion. The two are separated by ‘Better With Time’ which is just begging to be used on a soundtrack.

For fans of Kenny Wayne Shepherd it is easy to see that The Traveler is going to become a favourite, while for those that haven’t discovered his wonderful music – this will be the album that makes you go out and want to hunt down every album he has ever  recorded. Make no mistake this is one of the albums of the year.

 

Rating (out of 5):

Hailing from the City Of Angels, LA rockers NEXT CItY are your new favorite band.

Combining garage rock crunch with driving dance groove, Los Angeles rock band NEXT CItY is making their sonic assault on the world with the release of their debut single “Blue Star”.

The band have signed a global management deal with Australia’s Wild Thing Presents and will be booked by LA’s 33 & West Agency.

NEXT CItY have just dropped their debut single, Blue Star, and are set to take their intense rock and roll show global, kicking off with shows in Los Angeles and New York City in June.

 

NEXT CItY is the creation of vocalist (and renowned actor) Samuel Larsen, best known for his work on Glee as the Joe Hart character, and his supporting role in the current hit film After, based on the novel by Anna Todd that became a worldwide phenomenon, and guitarist Philip Paulsen. The two met while on tour together and began writing for a brand new project that would be heavy in garage rock grit, layered over a foundation steeped in groove, with the intention of getting people to shake off their inhibitions and dance. The band is rounded out by bassist Nick Diiorio, and drummer Ben Brinckerhoff who have helped to perfect the band’s brand of guitar-driven rock influenced by heavy hitters like Death From Above 1979, The Dead Weather, and Queens of the Stone Age, all while encompassing the electric energy of funk driven pop music that takes its cues from Prince and Michael Jackson.

After releasing solo music in the pop and funk world, Larsen had the itch to start a rock band, to write and perform with. “‘Blue Star’ was the first song I started working on with a band in mind”, says Larsen. “I had the riffs and lyrics for a while before I met Phil and I felt stuck, like I couldn’t fully finish it, so I handed it off to Phil and he tightened up the arrangement, added a falsetto hook in the chorus and together we added a bridge.

“Blue Star” is inspired by the dichotomy between the dream and the reality of Hollywood and how it can be the dream, but also the nightmare. The song is performed from the point of Hollywood and that they are enticing the dreamer with the bright dreams, but haunting her with the harsh reality too.

Fat, fuzzy funk filled guitar lines, visual lyrics and beats you can bang, dance or both to, NEXT CItY sound totally familiar yet sound refreshingly like nothing you’ve heard before.
NEXT CItY’s mantra is that it’s got to be heavy and make people dance but above all, be honest.

TOUR DATES
Wed, June 5: The Peppermint Club, Los Angeles
Tues, June 11: Mercury Lounge, New York City
Tickets at nextcityband.com

The iconic, GRAMMY-winning guitarist SLASH and his band SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS have released their brand new live video, Boulevard Of Broken Hearts.

The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams video was recorded at Slash’s SOLD OUT live performance at The Eventim Apollo, London on Wednesday 20th February 2019. The stunning video features the album version of the song overlaid with intimate backstage footage and live footage from the Eventim Apollo and shows why SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS are such an incendiary live draw. The track is taken from the most recent studio album Living The Dream. The video was shot and edited by Dan Sturgess.

The live performance video acts as the perfect precursor to SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS remaining tour dates throughout 2019. May and June sees Slash tour South America, before returning to Europe though June and July. The band then play Israel, Canada and the USA through July and August 2019.

Living The Dream (Snakepit Records/Sony Music Australia) is the third full-length offering from SLASH FT MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS. The Los Angeles Times described the album as,“his best work since the demise of Velvet Revolver. …full of “unexpected funk, boogie, blues and garage rock influences.” While Rolling Stone declared the album, “a biting blues filigree at the end of a riff, weeping solos full of long notes, boogie-woogie riffs.” Elsewhere, Classic Rock hailed, “the bands third and Best Album, ‘The Great Pretender’ is the album’s masterpiece and one of the best things Slash has ever done.” Fans can purchase or stream Living The Dream HERE. Fueled by the Top 5 rock songDriving Rain, its live-action, animated video as well as the best critical acclaim of their career, Living The Dream debuted with 10, Top 10 chart placements around the world and #4 on the Australian ARIA chart.  The first single Driving Rain which jumped to #5 this week and climbing–marks the band’s 6thconsecutive, Top 10 single at radio and SLASH’s fastest-rising single ever in his solo career.

 

On May 31, Concord Records Via Caroline Australia will release The Traveler, an album of experience and profound resonance by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. The album was recorded in Los Angeles, while on a break from their uncompromising tour schedule that left them road-tested and ready to rock, The Traveler showcases some world-class musicians: vocalist Noah Hunt, drummer Chris “Whipper” Layton (formerly of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble), bassist Kevin McCormick, and keyboardists Jimmy McGorman and Joe Krown, features ten songs including eight new originals co-written by KWS and some of Nashville’s most in-demand songwriters, plus incendiary covers of Buffalo Springfield’s “Mr. Soul” and Joe Walsh’s “Turn to Stone.”

“Because of my family, my friends, and my fans I’ve been able to explore the depths of music and chase songs wherever they may lead me,” says Kenny Wayne. “We’ve been able to do things and go places that were once just a dream, and it’s all because of the music and the people who support it. The Traveler is a return on their investment.”

Pre-Order The TravelerHERE

Co-produced by Shepherd and Marshall Altman, The Traveler features some of the most distinctive music of Kenny Wayne’s storied career. New originals “Woman Like You,” “Long Time Running,” “I Want You,” “Gravity” and “Tailwind” (whose heartfelt lyrical metaphor provides the album’s title image) offer a scintillating balance of finesse and firepower, while the artist pays tribute to his influences with the album’s two covers. The seed for Shepherd’s menacing take on “Mr. Soul” was planted when he performed the song at a benefit show with Springfield founders Stephen Stills and Neil Young, and his epic reading of Joe Walsh’s “Turn to Stone” was first performed by Shepherd at a fundraising concert honoring Walsh.

Now a quarter century into a career that started when he was 16, Shepherd is staying busier than ever with the release of The Traveler.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd has sold millions of albums worldwide and, in addition to his five Grammy nominations, has won two Billboard Music Awards, a pair of Orville H. Gibson awards, the Blues Foundation’s Keeping The Blues Alive award and two Blues Musicawards. He’s had six #1 blues albums and a string of #1 mainstream rock singles.  His last album, 2017’s Lay It On Down, debuted at #1 on three different Billboard charts: Blues, Current Rock Albums, and Internet Albums.  American Songwriter noted “There’s sufficient nitro-burning, blues-drenched shredding to keep live audiences playing their air guitars. But Shepherd’s obvious attention to and insistence on exceptional material with musical inventiveness continues to impress, and 22 years into his career raises him and Lay It On Down above his plentiful competition.”

Melbourne rockers Palace Of The King are saying goodbye to the album cycle surrounding last years scorcher of a record, Get Right With You Maker, (released a year ago in April 2018 via Golden Robot Records) with a special LIVE version of the albums title track recorded at The Corner Hotel in Melbourne!

Frontman Tim Henwood says of the song, This live version of – Get Right With Your Maker, was recorded in a packed, hot, and sweaty Corner Hotel in Melbourne a few months back. Our album (of the same name) actually didn’t include this song other than a hidden acoustic track on the CD.

We loved the track so much however, and the audience reaction to it in Europe on our last tour, that we felt it was important to record an electric version which was released at the end of 2018.

As with most songs in the POTK live show, GRWYM grew and developed a life of it’s own at the live shows, so we wanted to share this with you before bringing you new music from our forthcoming album very soon.. 

Palace Of The King supported the Get Right With Your Maker album with near constant touring throughout 2018, including a huge 8 country European tour before heading back to Australia for sold out, seperate tours with Baby AnimalsRose Tattoo and The Screaming Jets.

The guys are showing no signs of stopping with a mountain of tour dates coming up over the winter months!

TOUR DATES
POTK, The Screaming Jets & The Poor
Fri, May 10: Doyalson RSL, Doyalson
Sat, May 11: Metro Theatre, Sydney

POTK & Rose Tattoo
Fri, June 21: Edge Hill Tavern, Cairns
Sat, June 22: Kirwan Tavern, Townsville
Sun, June 23: Mt Pleasant Hotel, Mackay
Tues, June 25: Emerald Star Hotel, Emerald
Wed, June 26: Harvey Road Tavern, Gladstone
Fri, June 28: Beachouse Hotel, Hervey Bay
Sat, June 29: Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosa
Sun, June 30: Highfields Tavern, Toowoomba

POTK Headline Shows
July 5: Albury SS&A
July 6: Frankie’s Pizza, Sydney
July 13: The Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne

more tour dates coming soon!

Rue Morgue Records will be releasing an exclusive boutique seven inch single of one of Australia’s finest bands… Palace Of The King.

The track ‘Get Right With Your Maker’ backed with ‘One Of These Days’ will be available for sale via the Rue Morgue Records website AND the Golden Robot Records site as well.

We’re beyond stoked to be bringing you this release in association with Golden Robot Records and having said that, Rue Morgue Records is elated to be working with Tim and the boys as well!

We promise this is going to be a fantastic release for all concerned.

Rue Morgue Records Label head Raptis says, “I have photographed Palace Of The King many times in my other vocation as a Rock Photographer and I always enjoy the performance the band brings forth. To be able to work on them in what will be a very special project is incredible personally, and for a fledgling label such as Rue Morgue Records! Let’s take things up a notch hey?”

Palace Of The King – Get Right With Your Maker available soon at Rue Morgue Records and Golden Robot Records.

Watch this space!

Formed in late 2012, Palace Of The King – nameless at that point – quickly recorded a 3 track demo and developed the vision of a blues-in fused rock and roll band. Far from a grave-robbing retro trip, Palace Of The King has just as much in common with Rival Sons, Graveyard & JackWhite as they do Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath & Deep Purple. Remember when bands released an album a year and toured ’til the wheels fell off the tour van?

Having spent their formative years storming stages in every corner of Australia – alongside bands as varied as Airbourne and The Tea Party – and priming themselves for an international assault, Palace Of The King took their finely-honed live show through Europe in October 2015. Armed with 2 EPs, a full-length vinyl LP and a second full length studio album; this is a band that has earned their stripes and wear them with pride. “Palace Of The King is literally like a huge ground shaking Palace of RIFFS, SOUL and Rock’n’Roll.” comments Joel O’Keeffe, lead singer and guitarist of Airbourne.

“With more hooks and lines than a hard working Bering Sea fishing fleet they are guaranteed to tangle you up, reel you in and blow you away with their unique six-stringing, soul singing, sexy stomping Rock’n’Roll! They are the real fuckin’ deal!  Crank up POTK!”

In 2015, it was time for the White Bird to take flight. From three minute funk-infused rockers through to seven minute Sabbath-esque crushers, Palace Of The King seized the opportunity to explore every intricate corner of their influences and craft a debut album that caught a band at a point where ‘scratching the surface’ wasn’t nearly enough.

In 2016 the band unveiled Valles Marineris on 15th July 2016 (Europe/ UK), Valles Marineris deepened Palace Of The King’s footprint on the international rock music scene by expanding on the “raw, energetic, imaginative and boundary-pushing”

(Dedicated Rocker Society) qualities of their debut through an all- new 10 track collection of blues and psych-infused hard rock. Lead by the bruising gospel-tinged riffathon of ‘Let The Blood Run Free’, Valles Marineris is both eclectic and unrelenting right through to the final eerie piano fadeout of album closer ‘Into The Black’.

In support of the Valles Marineris album POTK toured constantly throughout 2016/17 covering Europe as headliners and as guest with Airbourne, hitting America for the second time and multiple laps of Auatralia as headline act and also as guests with The Angels, Baby Animals and the Screaming jets.

In classic road dog style the band recorded at every opportunity when they were off the road and they have captured the raw energy of the stage on the new album

Get Right With Your Maker. From the moment the epic album opener I Am The Storm envelopes you it’s hard not to think that this is the sound of a band that has come of age, and once the fist pumping anthem

It’s Been A Long Time Coming hits you in the face you know it.

The ‘freight train’ metaphor may be overused. But you’d be hard-pressed to find one that is better-suited to a band that has played constantly, released a mountain of music and expanded their markets at such a prolific rate.

Palace of the King are set to release brand new music across 2019 through Golden Robot Records.

Melbourne-based indie-rock trio Halcyon Drive are celebrating a major milestone today, with the release of their long-awaited debut album ‘Elephant Bones’.

Recorded and co-produced by Eskimo Joe legend Joel Quartermain (Meg MacDustin TebbuttBritish India), the twelve-track record arrives on a wave of hype triggered by the success of five previously released singles – ‘Silver Ray’, ‘Agnosia’, ‘The Birds’, ‘Only Youth’ and fresh cut ‘Reach’ – all of which have won acclaim across the likes of triple jSpotifyMTV, community radio and worldwide tastemaker blogs.

Weaving together pure pop hooks and intricate rhythms, Halcyon Drive’s maiden LP brims with a rare, off-kilter energy. From the heartfelt lows of ‘Satellite‘ to the in-your-face attitude of ‘Agnosia’, it’s a richly diverse offering characterised by considered lyricism, no safe choices, and most definitely no clichés.

Lead singer Michael Oechsle describes the album as a truly collaborative effort, “a kind of creative ping-pong” between himself and drummer/co-writer Max Pamieta. It’s a record that continually pushes and pulls on the bands roots, exploring new sonic territory on each track.

‘Elephant Bones’ also represents the culmination of three years’ worth of relentless writing and touring from the triple j Unearthed finds, whose career has encompassed sold-out headline shows, performances at The Hills are Alive FestivalFestival of The Sun and a support slot on Stereophonics’ sold-out Australian tour.

And to celebrate today’s big release, Halcyon Drive will naturally be hitting the road once again. They’ve just announced a slew of national headline dates, which will see them hit stages in BrisbaneSydney and Melbourne.

‘Elephant Bones’ is available now.

 

HALCYON DRIVE
ELEPHANT BONES TOUR

FRI 5 APR | YAH YAH’S, MELBOURNE VIC
SAT 6 APR | WAYWARDS, SYDNEY VIC
FRI 12 APR | GREASER, BRISBANE QLD

Sydney outfit MYOORA have just released a play through video for their new single ‘Moon Grotto.’ The single is released ahead of their debut EP which is set to drop on March 22nd.

The prog rock/metal outfit had the opportunity to work with Jake Howsam Lowe ( The Helix Nebula/Plini ) as producer, Adam Bentley ( Arch Echo ) as mixer and Stephen Taranto ( The Helix Nebula ) as a guest soloist.  

Their influences for music include Plini, Periphery, Monuments and Polyphia.

You can reach out to Myoora via the following social medias.

 

Bandcamp: https://myoora.bandcamp.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/myooramusic/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/myooramusic/