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Dallas, TX metal band Light the Fire has dropped a timely new music video for the track “Carry On.”

The track appears on the band’s upcoming third full-length due out this fall on Standby Records.

Stream “Carry On” on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2XonRxIoE0dvZfSd4qqH2u

Frontman Seth Davis says, “While we’re an aggressive/intense band, one thing we’ll never be is hateful. We do not stand for violence or general disrespect of anyone for any reason. “Carry On” touches on these very subjects. Acceptance, equality, love, and understanding are something that means a lot to every member of this band. Our upcoming album is titled “Compassion in Unlikely Places” and it comes straight from the lyrics on this video. We realize that the genre of music we play and overall aggressiveness of it might give certain people the wrong impression of what we stand for. With this new single, we want to spread the message of exactly what we’re about and what we stand for. Thanks for reading, and we love you all. Hope the song means as much to you as it does to us.”

Since forming in 2011 Light The Fire have established themselves as a force within the South Central U.S. metal scene.

The band’s first full-length, 2015’s ‘Lost at Sea,’ charted at #3 on the iTunes metal charts alongside the likes of In This Moment and August Burns Red.

The band’s 2016 sophomore release ‘Ascension’ debuted at #35 on the iTunes Rock Charts and 182 on the Billboard Independent Charts.

2017 would see a lineup change from LTF, with guitarist Seth Davis stepping up to the lead vocalist position and the addition of new guitar player/backup vocalist Trey Hawkins. The new lineup would immediately release a new single and music video for “The Void” which was well received, logging over 350,000 streams and almost 38,000 views on Spotify and YouTube respectively.

 

GRAMMY® Award-winning, acclaimed alternative rock luminaries, The Smashing Pumpkins
will release their highly-anticipated new LP
SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL. 1 / LP: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN on November 16.
Recorded at Shangri La Studios with legendary producer Rick Rubin, the LP is the band’s first in over 18 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, with longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder.

SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL. 1 / LP: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN. will be released on Billy Corgan’s own Martha’s Music under exclusive license to Napalm Records via a strategic worldwide partnership.

The LP is available for preorder now from
www.smashingpumpkins.com

The Smashing Pumpkins have also released the LP’s second single
Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts).

The track is available to stream and download now at
smarturl.it/TSP-SilverySometimes

 

SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL. 1 / LP: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN. Tracklisting
1. Knights of Malta
2. Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)
3. Travels
4. Solara
5. Alienation
6. Marchin’ On
7. With Sympathy
8. Seek And You Shall Destroy

Earlier this year, the newly reformed lineup shared the first glimpse of their new music with the LP’s lead single Solara.
The track’s dreamlike music video was directed by Nick Koenig and expands on the theatrics of the band’s catalog of iconic music videos. Watch it HERE.

Formed in Chicago, IL in 1988, The Smashing Pumpkins released their heralded debut album Gish in 1991 and found mainstream success with 1993’s 4x multi-platinum Siamese Dream and 1995’s 10x multi-platinum Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
With over 30 million albums sold to date, the GRAMMY®, MTV VMA, and American Music Award winning band remains an influential force in alternative rock.

 

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WITHIN TEMPTATION – the legendary leaders of dark anthems, with a career spanning two decades – have announced their 7thalbum titled Resist, scheduled for release on 14 December 2018 via Vertigo/Caroline AustraliaResist marks a departure from the past; armed with ten anthemic tracks, driven by grand melodies and dark hooks, Resist brings a futuristic take on metal to the table – both instrumentally and thematically.

Lead singer Sharon den Adel says: Resist is a true milestone for us. If it wasn’t for ResistWithin Temptation wouldn’t be here anymore. With this record, we’ve taken inspiration from modern music and gave it a face – a very dark one. Sometimes it feels that today’s pop music lacks a rebellious edge. 

Our main goal was to collect pieces from sounds we did like and roughen it up as much as we could, resulting in a surprisingly new musical world that is heavier, dirtier and more futuristic than we’ve ever created before. Resist is our take on metal in a new way: to give modern music its rebellious edge.”

The new sound of Resist cuts through bombastic first single ‘The Reckoning’ (featuring Jacoby Shaddix) and will be followed by more new singles before the album release on December 14th. The band’s European Tour kicks off in October and consists of 37 dates in 18 countries. More dates around the globe will follow in 2019.

Pre-orders for Resist are live now, get yours now!

https://caroline.lnk.to/Resist

Sarah Blasko’s ARIA Top 5 album Depth of Field has delivered some of the most memorable songs – and videos – of Sarah’s career to date.  From the ghost-like imagery of ‘Phantom’ to her unsettling performance in ‘A Shot’, the unhinged magic of ‘Never Let Me Go’ and the simple drama of ‘Read My Mind’, each video has drawn and enveloped the viewer in a unique way.

Taking a different tack with ‘Everybody Wants To Sin’, the video again shows Sarah’s incredible performance mastery.  Sarah says, “‘Everybody Wants To Sin’ is the final video from ‘Depth Of Field’, made once again with Mclean Stephenson. We decided to do something pretty off the cuff and ridiculous because the song is about people parading on the internet.”

Sarah has a host of upcoming live performances including the charitable event ‘An Evening with Sally Seltmann, Holly Throsby and Sarah Blasko’ on October 27.  Presented by Newtown Festival, it sees all three members of much loved trio, ‘Seeker, Lover, Keeper’, reuniting for this one-off performance with all proceeds destined for Newtown Neighbourhood Centre.  Tickets available HERE.

She will also perform live at Brisbane Festival event ‘Tivoli In The Round’ on September 26, Queenscliff Music Festival in Victoria (23rd – 25th November) and will take on the role of very special guest for the February/March 2019 national tour from the legendary Rodriguez.

Released earlier in the year, Depth of Field has further enhanced Sarah’s reputation as one of Australia’s finest singer/ songwriters and performers – an amazing collection of songs which garnered acclaim across the globe.

 

Brisbane symphonic metal outfit Seraphic are today revealing their filmclip for new single “The Monster Within” (out now at Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, Amazon, Google Music, Deezer and Pandora!) and announcing their Single launch show Friday October 12 at Woolly Mammoth! Tickets are on sale now for the epic, operatic night at Woolly Mammoth’s site.

In this brand new single, Seraphic build upon their core, quintessential instrumentation – soaring soprano vocals, lightning guitar solos, memorable melodies and keyboards as a driving melodic force – but the addition of more prominent rhythm guitar grooves and harsh vocals cements the framework for a stronger, darker and more modern take on traditional symphonic metal. 

The vision for “The Monster Within” video was simple: a visual representation of the darkness within us slowly taking over, and our ongoing battle to never give in. Imbued with an overarching theme of duality, the six-minute film is a feast for the eyes with its fleeting, unpredictable flashes between shadows and light, and the abstract personification of one’s dance with the devil. The narrative is actually represented through dance, and the ongoing, intense struggle illustrated by the dancers is elegant yet powerfully compelling. The video ends somewhat ambiguously, leaving it open to the interpretation of the viewer as to whether the darkness ultimately takes over, or whether the real struggle is learning to accept the light and dark that is within us all. 

Operatic vocialist Sam Wolstenholme said that the new track The Monster Within is “…an incredibly significant and deeply personal track for me. I wrote this song when I was going through quite a dark time in my life – and I realised I wanted, and needed, to make some major changes not only to my life, but also within myself. Since then, things have changed for the better for me, and I’ve been able to channel a lot of that personal growth into my craft and creative process. So, releasing this track is a really important milestone. I’m so proud of the track. The lyrical content deals with some very heavy and explicit themes of addiction, which I have used as a kind of analogy to represent the internal battle with our demons that we all face at some point in our lives, and the intent is that at least on that level, it’s relatable and cathartic for listeners!” 

Seraphic worked alongside Chris Themelco from Monolith Studios after hearing his production work for bands like Trigger, Espionage and his own band Orpheus Omega and the amazing filmclip was produced by SilentDez Productions. Wolstenholme went on to praise the production house and their process. “They nailed our shadows-and-light/internal struggle/duality brief and worked really hard to get the very best product they could according to our requirements. The dancers we hired were phenomenally talented, and overall, everyone in the team pulled things together so beautifully.” 

Seraphic came into existence in 2015 – and their career so far has seen them take the stage alongside bands such as Queensryche, Wednesday 13 and Overkill – and co-headline Ye Gods of Metal Fest and Darkcell’s debut Psycho Circus festival and embark on a highly successful Australian East Coast Tour. 
2017 saw Seraphic release their debut album “Journey to Illumination” to rave reviews, followed by a hugely successful album launch show at New Globe Theatre.

Seraphic’s new single “The Monster Within” is available online now for streaming and purchase at Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, Amazon, Google Music, Deezer and Pandora and tickets for their single launch are on sale now at Woolly Mammoth’s site, Tickets for Halloween Hysteria are available at Oztix and tickets for Kamelot’s show are available at Oztix as well.

 

SERAPHIC – MONSTER WITHIN SINGLE LAUNCH SHOW
FRIDAY OCTOBER 12 – WOOLLY MAMMOTH ALEHOUSE
WITH SUPPORTS AMICABLE TREASON, ELKENWOOD & DARKLORE
GRAB TICKETS NOW

SERAPHIC APPEARING AT HALLOWEEN HYSTERIA
ALONGSIDE THE BENNIES, KING PARROT, DROWN THIS CITY & MORE
SATURDAY OCTOBER 27 – JUBILEE HOTEL
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SERAPHIC SUPPORTING KAMELOT
MONDAY 3 DECEMBER – THE TRIFFID, BRISBANE
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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.

 

Organisers of the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR are excited to announce they will be bringing the award-winning festival to Rockhampton in 2019 for the first time. The Easter show is part of the touring festival’s Series Three line-up, headlined by John Farnham, featuring Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens, Vanessa Amorosi, Thirsty Merc and Dragon. This is a massive coup for regional Queensland audiences. The RED HOT SUMMER TOUR in 2018 already won itself the Best Selling Festival accolade in the Ticketmaster Awards, a coveted title for an tour that is dedicated to taking first class music out to regional Australia across four months from January to April each year.

Promoter Duane McDonald says when it came to picking a location for an Easter show, Rockhampton was the perfect choice. “We are thrilled to be taking the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR to Rocky for the first time in 2019,” he says. “Rockhampton is fast proving itself to be the events capital of regional Queensland and we can’t wait for this opportunity to present some of Australia’s finest acts on Easter Saturday.”

Organised with the blessing of Rockhampton Regional Council, Mayor Margaret Strelow is excited for the concert, to be held on The Common. “Rockhampton is set to rock in Easter 2019,” she says. “We are delighted to welcome a fantastic line-up of artists to our region including Aussie greats John Farnham and Daryl Braithwaite. It’s always exciting to bring new events to our region and I’m sure our community will be thrilled to see these iconic performers here in Central Queensland together for the first time.”

The RED HOT SUMMER TOUR series featuring John Farnham in 2017 and 2018 sold-out and the 2019 run will no doubt do the same. Revered as one of the best male vocalists – by both fans and fellow musicians – he has had an incredibly versatile career. His 1986 album Whispering Jack was the first record to sell over a million copies in Australia and its chart topping single You’re The Voice cemented the honey toned solo artist as ‘the voice’ of the country. Over the next several years he released hit after hit, including Pressure Down, Reasons, A Touch of Paradise, Age of Reason, Two Strong Hearts, Angels, Talk of The Town, Chain Reaction, Burn For You, Have A Little Faith (In Us) and That’s Freedom to name a few. Audiences will have the chance to celebrate five decades of great music when John takes to the stage for these select shows in 2019.

A long-time supporter of the RED HOT SUMMER TOURDaryl Braithwaite always puts on an incredible performance – it’s why his return to the line-up is highly anticipated. He is one of the most recognisable voices in the Australian music scene, and with a diverse career that has spanned decades. Daryl’s consistency as a performer has never wavered, something that sees him performing regularly to packed crowds around the country. Starting his career in the 1970s as the frontman for Sherbet, Daryl was crowned King of Pop and the band produced 20 national Top 40 singles. In the 1980’s Daryl set out on his own solo career, releasing smash hit singles such as One Summer, As The Days Go By and Sugar Train to name a few. His anthemic version of The Horses is always a crowd-pleaser and a favourite for RED HOT SUMMER TOUR fans.

For lovers of great music, a concert experience with Jon Stevens is up there with the very best. From his Noiseworks days – and hits such as Welcome To The World, No Lies, Touch and Hot Chilli Woman – to fronting The Dead Daisies and INXS, he has made an indelible impact with his amazing vocals. Jon also has an incredible solo catalogue, the most recent of which Starlight saw him do a run of sold-out dates last year. His live shows are dynamic, high energy and will keep audiences on their feet. Music fans are in for a treat as Jon takes RED HOT SUMMER TOUR audiences through his repertoire in 2019.

It has been seven years since Vanessa Amorosi has performed as part of the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR and audiences are certainly in for a treat. Considered one of Australia’s most iconic female voices, the festival sees the soulful powerhouse performer return to her live roots. Her debut album The Power (2000) demonstrated Vanessa was a force to reckon with – it notched up six nominations at the ARIA awards and saw her sing at the Sydney Olympics. It was the breakthrough Top 10 hit Absolutely Everybody that made her a household name, it stayed in the charts for six months, went certified double platinum and charted in Europe. She continued to demonstrate her versatility as a soul, R&B and rock performer with albums Somewhere In The Real World (2008) and Hazardous (2009). She has sold over two million records and heads into 2019 with a renewed focus on music and live shows, kicking off with the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR.

It’s hard to believe it has been over 15 years since Thirsty Merc smashed onto the scene with his such as Someday Someday and In The Summertime. Lead singer Rai Thistlethwayte proved himself to be a world-class songwriter and the trio performed far and wide. Having recently celebrated their 15-year anniversary with a national tour, the return of Thirsty Merc on the festival circuit will be embraced by audiences. The band were last part of the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR in 2011 where audiences delighted in their performances.

When it comes to iconic bands, Dragon has a long history with Aussie music fans. Moving from New Zealand to Australia in the 1970s, the Kiwi-come-Aussie band made an indelible mark and their music captured the hearts of a generation. Songs like April Sun in Cuba, Are You Old Enough, Still In Love With You, Young Years and Rain became ingrained into the Australian psyche. They were an institution on Countdown. Fast forward more than 45 years and audiences still can’t get enough of Dragon – with Todd Hunter still on bass and fellow New Zealander Mark Williams on vocals, the reformation of Dragon has seen a whole new generation of music lovers introduced to their music and loving it.

The RED HOT SUMMER TOUR is always a sell-out series. The 2018 run saw many of the shows sell-out several months before and tickets are always coveted. Don’t miss out on tickets to the 2019 tour – these shows are what music memories are made of!

Tickets are on sale at 9am AEST on Thursday 13th September 2018. Tickets are only available through authorised ticket outlets listed. Patrons are advised not to purchase tickets from Viagogo or other Third Party Sellers, as fraudulent tickets will not be honoured. Please only use the authorised sellers listed below.

Easter Saturday, 20th April 2019
On The Lawns, The Common, ROCKHAMPTON QLD
Ticketmaster 136 100 | www.ticketmaster.com.au
John Farnham, Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens, Vanessa Amorosi, Thirsty Merc & Dragon

 

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/