Category: Music News

 

Rebel Yell has made her mark in Aus for creating confronting techno music. Grace Stevenson, the individual behind Rebel Yell, has once again delivered a unique brooding track.

We are very excited to announce the release of her latest single ‘Pressure Drop’.

‘Pressure Drop’ is officially released this Friday, February 16 and is the first single to be taken from her debut album Hired Muscleset for release this June!

Pressure Drop’ is a song describing a Rebel Yell set, a track about experiencing the night and dancing – “Rebel yell, feel the pressure”.

Stevenson creates a heavy, haunting experience within her music. With a Korg ESX-1, volca bass and vocal processor amongst others in tow, Rebel Yell summons a unique and dark style of EBM bangers. Rebel Yell is a musical enforcer, her music effortlessly convinces or reminds you, that she is the boss.

‘Pressure Drop’, was directed by Triana Hernandez and edited by Stevenson herself. Hernandez had the following to say about the new clip –

“The music video for “Pressure Drop” is an ode to the 90s, rave culture and club-kids. It explores the muscular intensity of the track through the energy of primary school kids in their own environment – their classroom. When it comes to dancing like no one’s watching kids are the fucking best.”

We are so excited to be delivering a full-length Rebel Yell album this year and know you will all feel the pressure.

This International Women’s DayMagnets & FriendsLevi’s™ and The Curtin present a collection of powerhouse artists who are taking the music world by storm on a local and national level, all of whom encompass the diversity that IWD celebrates. This whole-venue event will take place after the IWD march, on March 8th at 7.30pm at The John Curtin Hotel. The event is proudly supported by Levi’s, with proceeds going to Girls Rock!; whose goal is to give female, trans, non-binary and gender diverse youth empowerment through music camps and workshops.

The line-up will feature four live acts, a spoken-word artist and a stellar collection of DJsplaying on both floors.

The evening will be going out with a bang with the formidable MISS BLANKS – this unapologetic force of nature who calls Brisbane home is taking stages across Australia by storm; most recently giving a string of dynamite performances on the Laneway Festival circuit. She is an outspoken ambassador for safe space and has been described as the new face of Australian hip hop. We can’t wait to see her grace the Curtin stage and serve up some fire.

Our second interstate headliner is the ethereal RAINBOW CHAN, floating in from Sydney to charm us all. Rainbow recently won FBi radio’s Song of the Year award for her single “Let Me” and unsurprisingly so; her brand of soulful and delicate multi-instrumental electronica is a rare gem. She combines the influence of her Chinese heritage as well as her love of flea-market finds to conjure up an experimental dreamscape that will leave a crowd feeling warm and gooey on the greyest of days.

Enter SIMONA – Musician. DJ . Producer. This Melbourne native barely needs an introduction, for this “one -woman industrial rave” has over 20 years in her back pocket immersing herself in the Melbourne club and live music scene, not to mention tours of AUS, USA and Europe to boot. Prepare to behold a bewitching, intelligent, and at times brutally confronting synth-pop performance from this incredibly accomplished artist.

Kicking off the eve is multi-talented glitter explosion, MAGNETS. With a background that boasts classical training, live improv comedy and a history of supplying backing vocals to many a melbourne band (e.g. Ali Barter, Sons of Rico, Shania Choir), this dynamo is no stranger to the stage. Nowadays transitioning seamlessly between keys, guitar and synth, she creates an infectious realm of FEMpop you can rock to.

We are also honoured to have JAZZ GIULIANI on board to perform poignant spoken word that peels back the surface to look deep into life’s injustices and break them apart in the timeless form of storytelling. Jazz has been published in The  Feminist Utopia Project (The Feminist Press), Page 17, Little Raven, The Australian Poetry Collaboration, Fead Magazine, amongst others.

On top of this high-calibre collection of live performances, DJ sets in the band room and the front bar will be brought to you by MOJO JUJUMZRIZKNKECHI ANELE (Saskwatch)BETH AQ and SHIMMY BARNES, all night long.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY AT THE CURTIN feat. MISS BLANKS, RAINBOW CHAN, SIMONA, MAGNETS + More
The John Curtin Hotel, Carlton
Thursday March 8th
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets on sale now
$15 – $25 +bf from The Curtin

 

Breaking out on her own bare feet comes magical folk artist Mariah McCarthy. After a four-year stint living and performing around Melbourne with her band Deer PrudenceMariah has returned to her regional roots and has been busy brewing something truly special. The now Bendigo-basedsinger songwriter is excited to launch her solo career with her first official release ‘Counting Sheep’ – a stunning debut single which she’ll be taking to the stage in a pair of intimate live shows this March.

With a beckoning voice of home and soothing rhythms akin to travelling among regularly-visited far off places, Mariah marries feelings of here and there; comfort and ache; dream and reality in‘Counting Sheep’. Featuring instrumentation from Ben LangdonDavid Williams, and David Carr, the self-written track was recorded, mixed and mastered by Carr himself in the beautiful surrounds of his Dandenong Ranges’ Rangemaster Studios. An ode to awakening remote desire and accessing the lucid brightness within our dream selves, McCarthy’s debut is a warm, honest, and mature account from the budding talent.

As the title suggests, Counting Sheep tells a story of wakefulness and the dark thoughts that occur when sleep seems so far away. It explores the notion that everything that we desire is always out of reach and longing only seems to make time slow down. – Mariah McCarthy

Having previously toured in the country folk duo Deer Prudence who has made stage appearances at major Australian Festivals such as Wintermoon Festival (QLD), St Albans Folk Festival (NSW), Yackandandah Folk Festival (VIC) and Majors Creek Festival (NSW), Mariah is a seasoned performer eager to bring her own tender storytelling to new and returning fans widespread.

Catch the raw, organic sounds of Mariah McCarthy live when she brings her captivating set to Melbourne’s Some Velvet Morning and Bendigo’s Basement Bar in her ‘Counting Sheep’single launch shows this March.

Mariah McCarthy ‘Counting Sheep’ Single Launch Dates

Bendigo
Friday 2 March
Basement Bar
9pm – 11.00pm
Support: TBA
Free Entry

Melbourne
Saturday 3 March
Some Velvet Morning
8.30 – 10.30pm
Support: TBA
Free Entry

Other upcoming shows
Eaglehawk, Bendigo

Sunday 4 March
Summer Event – Eaglehawk Pool
3.00 – 6.00pm

‘Counting Sheep’ is out Friday 23 February via
 iTunes // Apple Music // Spotify

The pioneers of an ever-evolving metal scene, TesseracT, release their fourth studio album entitled Sonder, following 2015’s worldwide acclaimed Polaris.
Originally formed as a studio project by guitarist Acle Kahney, TesseracT are band full of melody, dynamics and groove, they sit outside the bounds of any genre specificity to truly create a sound that has always been pioneering and creative; an unstoppable force of off-kilter riffs, soaring melodies and disorientating atmospherics.

Sonder adds significant firepower to the band’s arsenal, blending the abrasive and progressive tone from their first two records with the accessibility of Polaris. It also includes field recordings submitted by the band’s worldwide online fan base, giving an insight into the complex and varied lives of others; a theme which is also referenced in the artwork, designed by bassist Amos Williams, and the wider concept of self-identity within a population full of complex and vivid lives.

For the first time, TesseracT acquired the talents of a choir for their album, produced and conducted by Randy Slaugh and recorded at Soularium Studios, Utah.

Sonder is available April 20.

 

Local garage-rock outfit Baby Blue is quickly transforming from an impending force to be reckoned with to an absolute maelstrom with the release of their hot new single ‘Fire And Ice’. Out now via local indie label Neat LawnBaby Blue have just revealed the visuals for the psychedelic track (as premiered by The Au Review) – a live teaser of what ought to be expected when they hit the road on their ‘Fire And Ice’ single tour this month.

Taking to the road on a six-date East Coast tour over three weeks in Feb, the evolving Melbourne outfit will launch ‘Fire And Ice’ with friends and fellow favourites at intimate venues across regional Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia. To get you excited for the shows enters the new music video produced by Melbourne cinematographer Clancy Walker. A visual mash-up of black and white live snippets, colour-fuzzed carpark jams, and lonely Laundromat rehearsals, it’s an apt representation of Baby Blue’s effortlessly cool air both on record and stage.

Join Baby Blue along with Stay At Home Son, Ashley Bundang, Julia Why?Bitch Diesel, Michael Beach, DJ Hollie Joyce, Liam Linley and The Louvres and Al Parkinsonat respective shows in Wollongong, Yass, Castlemaine, Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide over the coming weeks.

Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of CIRCLES. The Australian progressive extremists will release their highly anticipated next album through the label in 2018.

As an introduction, CIRCLES are releasing a brand new track

CIRCLES guitar player Ted Furuhashi comments: “We’re stoked and honoured to be teaming up with Season of Mist. It’s been great vibes all round and we know they’re invested in our music as much as we are. It’s been a while but we’re ready to smash it and show you guys what we’ve been up to!”

On further news, CIRCLES have joined label mates NE OBLIVISCARIS on their Australian tour at Fowler’s Live in Adelaide last night. A list of all remaining shows can be found below.

CIRCLES are pushing forward the evolution of heavy music. Their intricacy, the emotional heart-string pull of their lyrics, precision, and the sheer force of their output, places them in a class all of their own.

With guitarist Ben Rechter assuming the role of melodic vocalist and fellow band members Tetsuya Furuhashi  on guitar, bassist and master of screamed vocals Andrew Patton as well as drummer David Hunter providing a maelstrom of musical brutality, CIRCLES are a force to be reckoned with.

Throughout their two releases, The Compass EP‘ (2011) and ‘Infinitas’ (2013),CIRCLES constantly broke new ground and introduced fresh elements to heavy music and djent as a genre. They have gained unanimously positive reaction from fans and critics across the globe via these records as well as their remarkable live performances, which have seen them take the stage at some of the most prestigious festivals and on tours alongside some of the world’s finest.

CIRCLES‘ previous European tours have included Euroblast Festival, as well as supporting slots for THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, MONUMENTS, and AFTER THE BURIAL. In Australia, the band toured as direct support to acts such as PERIPHERY, FEAR FACTORY, NE OBLIVISCARIS, and TWELVE FOOT NINJA.

Fast forward to 2018, Melbourne alternative progressive rock and metal powerhouse CIRCLES are set to circumnavigate and conquer the world with their new signing and a brand new record in hand will see its release in the latter half of this year.

Australia’s heavy music scene has a brand new label – Wild Thing Records, embracing all things progressive / alternative rock & metal! Headed up in partnership by Eli Chamravi and David Roy Williams, the new label heads are today announcing their new venture to the world – as well as their first signing – the incredible Melbourne-based progressive alternative metal powerhouse CIRCLES for Australia & New Zealand. The record, to be released in the latter half of 2018, will also be released to the rest of the world (excluding AU & NZ) via French metal label Season of Mist.  

Eli Chamravi of Wild Thing Records and Wild Thing Presents, said that “Being involved in the Australian progressive rock & metal scene through Wild Thing Presents – in a management, booking & touring capacity – for many years now, I felt that the next step in Wild Thing’s evolution was to start a record label – Wild Thing Records. In David Roy Williams, who has numerous years of experience in running labels, I have found the perfect partner to push Australian prog bands to the next level – both nationally and internationally. I’m extremely excited about our first signing CIRCLES, who are on the cusp of something very special with their magical new album to be released later this year. I look forward to signing more artists – local and international, nurturing our world-class progressive scene, and assisting Australian prog bands to reach greater heights.

David Roy Williams, of Wild Thing Records and DRW Entertainment, said that “Australian musos are smashing down the doors! Eli and the Wild Thing team are making huge inroads taking Australian progressive metal out of small Aussie venues and onto international festival stages, so it’s great to see such an amazing band as Circles joining the fray and taking their music around the globe. Circles have created a new work which is simply astonishing in its scope and we can’t wait to unleash this monster at the ears of fans all over the world.” 

CIRCLES are about to head out on tour supporting Ne Obliviscaris from this Friday night, and today are showing the world the first taste of their new record – a frantic, melodic, razor-sharp, complex track entitled ‘Blueprints for a Great Escape.’ The band will be playing new tracks and more on the Ne Obliviscaris + CIRCLES tour throughout February in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle, Brisbane and Perth.

On this new record, Guitarist Ben Rechter has assumed the role of melodic vocalist and fellow band members Tetsuya Furuhashi (guitar), Andrew Patton (bass/screamed vocals), and David Hunter (drums) provide a maelstrom of musical brutality. Circles’ previous European tours have included Euroblast Festival, as well as supporting on tours by The Dillinger Escape Plan, Monuments and After The Burial. In Australia, they’ve toured as direct support to acts such as Periphery, Fear Factory, Ne Obliviscaris, and Twelve Foot Ninja.


Ted Furuhashi, Guitarist for Circles, expressed that the band is “Stoked and honoured to be teaming up with Season of Mist and Wild Thing Records. It’s been great vibes all round and we know they’re invested in our music as much as we are. It’s been a while but we’re ready to smash it and show you guys what we’ve been up to!

For more information, go to http://wildthing-records.com or http://circles.band.

NE OBLIVISCARIS will kick off their tour in Down Under at Fowler’s Live in Adelaide tomorrow, February 9th. The  progressive extremists will be joined by kindred spirits from Melbourne, CIRCLES on all Australian dates but not in New Zealand.

On further news, NE OBLIVISCARIS have added two French shows in Nice and Bordeaux to their previously announced European headlining tour, where they will be joined by label mates VIRVUM and directly supported by the American tech death outfit ALLEGAEON.

 

Bird’s Robe Records, in collaboration with US label Equal Vision Records, have announced they will be releasing First Temple, the cult classic debut full-length from Australian progressive rock outfit, Closure in Moscow, on vinyl for the first time on Friday March 2. The news comes alongside the announcement that the band will be playing the record in full while supporting Protest The Hero on their North American tour during March & April, as well as additional headline dates across the US.
The band have also announced an exclusive Melbourne headline show at Workers Club on Saturday March 3rd, before departing for their first North American tour in 8 years.
Closure In Moscow have received critical acclaim internationally for their stellar live performance and avant-garde sound in the decade plus since they formed in Melbourne, Australia. First Temple saw the band breaking in the United States upon its release in 2009 and has since seen them become regarded as one of the most beloved acts in the world of progressive rock.
Following high profile tours with Coheed & Cambria, The Fall of TroyMEW & The Dillinger Escape Plan in 2016-17, the band are currently working on their forthcoming third full-length album.
Pre-orders for First Temple on vinyl & tickets for their upcoming shows are available at www.closureinmoscow.com.

 

It’s the newest music festival to hit the Hervey Bay community! Bush to Bay will take over the Bay Central Tavern on Saturday 30th June and is bringing the Bush to the Bay. The car park music festival is expected to attract around 3000 country music enthusiasts. The inaugural event will kick of at noon and tempt fans with seafood, brews and music from some of Australia’s most iconic artists.
The one day bush affair will feature multi ARIA Award winning sweetheart Kasey Chambers, voice of the nation Shannon Noll alongside a slew of incredible Australian talent including Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont, Caitlin Shadbolt, Mickey Pye, Missy Lancaster, The Hillbilly Goats, The Swamp Stompers, Brad Schultz & CRVKS.
Bush to Bay not only offers bittersweet Country music at its best but will be showcasing the regions culinary talents with plenty on offer by way of local and craft beers and famous seafood.
Robyn Peach, events manager at Fraser Coast Tourism & Events, has said:
“It’s fantastic to see artists of the calibre of Kasey Chambers coming to Hervey Bay to perform an open-air concert with a host of other artists, This new event will help us with our aim of growing an events portfolio that drives tourist visitation, excites local participation and elevates the region as one of Queensland’s premier event locations.”
Tickets are on sale through Oztix and

Proudly supported by Iron Jack, Jim Beam, Fraser Coast Tourism, Call & Response, Aussie Helpers & The Bay Central Hotel.