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Don Broco

DON BROCO have released their brand new single ‘Technology’, out now through SharpTone Records. ‘Technology’ is another huge rock anthem from the Bedford four-piece, with hard-hitting riffs and massive choruses. The single premiered on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show, receiving its first play from Frank Carter who sat in for Dan P Carter.

Regarding the single frontman Rob Damiani says, “‘Technology’ is about a casual swipe through Instagram that ended up in me unfollowing a load of mates. In reality my friends are not vain, self obsessed, PDA loving show offs so I’m blaming social media and the habitual nature of sharing every waking moment of your life online.”

The out-of-this-world video accompanying the track focuses on the band through the point of view of a social media-scrolling smartphone, as DON BROCO play a show during a catastrophic alien invasion, to the oblivious attention of the smartphone owner… until their own untimely demise. It is genuinely unlike anything you’ve seen before!

Speaking about the video Rob continues, “We’re all addicted to our phones, so for the video we thought it would be fun to see if an alien invasion was enough for us to put the phones down for a minute… turns out it’s not. In the video game you get to fight off the alien army as each band member and I shoot microphones out my hands which is pretty awesome.”

Fans will be able to immerse themselves in the ‘Technology’ experience with the interactive release of Technology – The Video Game through www.donbroco.com and the IOS and Android app stores. The platform game, reminiscent of Super Mario or Megaman, will allow fans to play as DON BROCO’s Rob Damiani (vocals), Matt Donnelly (drums), Simon Delaney (guitar) or Tom Doyle (bass) as they fight their way out of Alexandra Palace and into the streets of London while shooting invading aliens.

Alexandra Palace will be the scene of DON BROCO’s biggest headline show to date on November 11th. The band are proud to announce their recent US touring partners STATE CHAMPS and London quintet COUNTERFEIT as the support acts.

Their performance at this iconic venue sees DON BROCO truly taking a step into the big league, as they continue to cement themselves as one of the most exciting and adventurous rock bands in the UK right now.

For more information contact John Howarth riotman@bigpond.com

Since 2015’s Top 10 album »Automatic« propelled the band to mainstream consciousness, DON BROCO have forged a unique path. Having headlined Brixton Academy and played arenas throughout the UK and Europe with both BRING ME THE HORIZON and 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, the band signed a brand new, worldwide deal with leading US independent label SharpTone Records.

This led to the release of the 2016 single ‘Everybody’ and a sold-out headline tour of the UK where they played consecutive nights in ten cities, performing both »Automatic« and their debut album Priorities in full.

In February 2017 DON BROCO spread their wings beyond their European fanbase and headed over to Osaka for two arena shows with Japanese superstars ONE OK ROCK, and in April toured the United States for the first time in support of STATE CHAMPS. They followed these shows by performing as the main support at Slam Dunk Festivals in the UK and the release of ‘Pretty’, the first single from their upcoming third album… which will also feature ‘Technology’ and ‘Everybody’.

 

Technology by Don Broco on VEVO.

Gravemind Tour

Early July saw Melbourne Deathcore outfit Gravemind unveil that they were behind mystery website thedeathgate.com. The site countdown eventually revealed that their EP ‘The Deathgate’ will be released on Friday August 11 (Pre-Orders here).

Today, they are rolling out second single from the EP, Echo, which continues the story of the astronaut who journeyed through The Deathgate. The track also features band-of-the-minute Alpha Wolf‘s Aidan Ellaz on guest vocals.

They also are revealing their EP release tour, which sees them heading out on a three date jaunt in Brisbane, Melbourne and Launceston that brings along fellow Deathcore crew Blind Oraclefor the Brisbane and Melbourne shows.

First single from The Deathgate, Anaesthesia, has been received well by the heavy music world, with it being played upwards of 20000 times on Spotify and Youtube alike – and being added to both the US Spotify playlist Deathcore and Australian spotify playlist Homegrown and Heavy.

Punters can look forward to seeing Gravemind on tour, having developed their sound and bone-rattling live show in shows with bands such as ArchitectsHouse Vs HurricaneI Killed the Prom QueenKing ParrotHollow World, Iconoclast, A Night in Texas and Justice for the Damned.

Gravemind’s EP ‘The Deathgate’ will be released on Friday August 11 – pre-orders open now. Singles ‘Anaesthesia’ and ‘Echo’ are available now in iTunes and Spotify and all online retailers.

Melbourne’s Acolyte have been on a meteoric rise in the past 12 months. The release of their ‘Shades of Black’ EP saw them support Twelve Foot Ninja, tour Australia in support of the record and begin to really dominate the prog/rock scene in Melbourne.

Of the record, AAA Backstage said, “[Shades of Black] feels more like a listening experience than just an album” and Heavy Mag called it “Mightily impressive”, while on the live side of things, The Music called Acolyte “…a hard rock outfit brimming with confidence”, Rogue Inc posited that Acolyte are “…the next big thing in the magical world of prog” and Heavy Mag states that they “…definitely proved to not only myself, but the entire crowd that they are one band in particular that we all need to keep an eye on, as I see big things for Acolyte in the future.” With all that positivity out there in the world, it’s time that they hit the road in support of the final single to be released from that EP.

Today, they are unleashing an 8-minute, epic prog masterpiece filmclip, set in desert dunes and featuring the mesmerising vocals of Morgan-Leigh Brown and an undulating, light and shade track that showcases all the talents of the musicians within for SPACE AND TIME and announcing that throughout September to November, they will be touring it to Adelaide, Mount Gambier, Canberra, Newcastle, Sydney, Warrnambool and Melbourne. This will be the last of the album cycle for “Shades of Black” before the band releases new music in 2018 – so get in at the ground level before this prog starship takes off….

Acolyte recorded what became “Shades of Black” in November 2014 with award winning Australian Producer Ben Ehrenberg (Shihad, Calling all Cars). The result of the sessions are sprawling, vast, epic and peppered with incredible vocal runs and instrumental pieces and resulted in their album release in August 2016. Space and Time is the final track on “Shades of Black”.

Space and Time is out now in all good digital outlets and tickets are on sale now at acolyte.com.au.

 

Acolyte Tour

NE OBLIVISCARIS frontman Tim Charles comments on Intra Venus on behalf of the band: “After almost three years of honing our craft in every way that we possibly could, we finally present to you the first track from an album of which we could not be more proud of. ‘Urn’ feels like the culmination of all our years of hard work; the delivery of everything that we have wanted to create. Music and art as our imaginations see it fit to be. ‘Intra Venus’ is more concise than much of our work and is in fact the only song on ‘Urn’ under ten minutes, but one that we feel is a great introduction to the record. We hope that you will enjoy it.

NE OBLIVISCARIS third album, ‘Urn’ is bound to be a career defining moment.
The Australian extreme prog shooting stars have honed and re-balanced the key elements of their unique sound to a razor sharp musical edge.
The dynamic entwining of fierce growls and emotive clean vocals, the contrast between devastating et intricate guitar riffs and thundering drums against an unleashed violin and gorgeous string parts as well as the perfect blending of epic progressive and intense extreme metal forms of expression are all marking a new peak in the steep rise of the band.

Founded in the beautiful Australian coastal city of Melbourne, Victoria in the year 2003, NE OBLIVISCARIS took the inspiration for their name from the proud motto of Clan Campbell based in Argyll, Scotland, which means “forget not”.
From the start, this collective of exceptional musicians made it clear that they did not intend to follow any trends or walk on well-trodden paths. Their first demo, ‘The Aurora Veil’ (2007) had a massive impact in the metal underground far beyond the fifth continent and already their debut full-length ‘Portal of I’ (2012) reached mainstream music press, which praised a unique array of influences and the characteristic virtuoso violin.

NE OBLIVISCARIS immediately climbed remarkably higher on the ladder with sophomore opus ‘Citadel’ (2014) by adding avant-garde approaches including jazz, flamenco, progressive rock, and many other wide-ranged influences to their solid metal base.

Parallel to their success on a critical level and with an ever-growing host of die-hard fans, the Australians increased their reputation as an excellent live act with extensive touring literally around the globe.
The financial base for this was laid by NE OBLIVISCARIS’ ground-breaking use of modern day crowd-funding campaigns. This includes an ongoing Patreon membership scheme under the moniker The Ne Obluminati,
which is revolutionising the relationship between band and fans by using the ancient concept of patronage in today’s democratic setting.

‘Urn’ will take NE OBLIVISCARIS to the next level. Outstanding musicianship meets excellent songwriting and a firework of brilliant ideas. Evening out the scales between extreme and progressive metal, the Aussies carve their own path.
Spin ‘Urn’ on heavy rotation and NE OBLIVISCARIS will take you to a whole new dimension of musical delights.

Brisbane’s Lavidius are today announcing the release of their brand new LP, “Helisma” on Friday September 1st. The five-piece brutal crew out of Brisbane premiered their new single ‘Days Get Darker’ (featuring  from massive Swedish metal act Soilwork on guest vocals!)  on The Racket with Lochlan Watt and online with Hysteria Mag. The band released first taste of Helisma with single Cold and Alone last month.

The new single ‘Days Get Darker’ will be available in Spotify this Friday, as will the pre-order for ‘Helisma’ in iTunes, Google Play and all other online outlets. Physical product pre-orders will be available at the band’s Big Cartel online store same day.

2014 saw Lavidius enter studio Anders Debeerz to record their debut EP “Prison Within”. It was mixed by Adam Merker and mastered at Fascination Street Studios by Jens Bogren and released on September 20, 2014. In June 2016, Lavidius entered studio Anders Debeerz again with Adam Merker to record this, their debut album “Helisma”. It was through Adam Merker that the connection Soilwork’s Björn Strid was made.

Jon Shedden, guitarist for Lavidius, said this about the collaboration. “We are absolutely stoked to have been able to work with Björn, Soilwork have been a massive influence on all our lives and our music journeys. Soilwork are personally one of my all time favorite bands. We all really hope everyone digs the direction of this album – because we couldn’t be happier with how it’s all sounding!”

Lavidius have supported and played shows with Spanish thrash band Angelus Apatrida and Australian legends Orpheus Omega, Witchgrinder, DarkCell, Chronolyth and Vanishing Point.

Days Get Darker will be available online this Friday 28th July in Spotify and the album ‘Helisma’ will be available to pre-order on iTunes, Google Play and all online outlets same day at at Big Cartel for physical products.

England’s most distinctive, multiple award-winning, platinum-selling, hugely entertaining rock gods – and one-time saviours of rock’n’roll turned national pleasures – The Darkness are back with their fifth album Pinewood Smile, due for release on October 6  through Cooking Vinyl.

Marking the announcement the band have today unveiled the spectacular album opener All The Pretty Girlsacross all streaming platforms. It’s also available for download with pre-orders of the album for the instant gratification of fans.

PRE-ORDER PINEWOOD SMILE HERE
All The Pretty Girls is a glorious, hard-rockin’, autobiographical anthem intellectually examining the fact that when you’re a rock star you get a lot of attention from ladies and discussing the ethical conundrums that come with that.

As Justin Hawkins so eloquently sings with trouser-splitting vocal magnificence; “All the pretty girls, like me for who I am / All the pretty girls, when the record goes platinum / Plenty of action, massive attraction, when you’re selling out stadiums / All the pretty girls… and their mums”. Hard-hitting social commentary, right there!

Addressing the forthcoming album and The Darkness’ undoubted relevance in 2017, Justin asks, somewhat rhetorically of the world at large, “Why should anybody care? Because if you don’t, we’re fucked!! History will remember us as the apathetic generation who negligently ushered in a dreadful dystopian age that may or may not come to be known as ‘The Rise of the Arseclowns’. We cannot allow this to continue! You may not give a shit about Brexit or Trump, but PLEASE… give a shit about The Darkness otherwise the last bastion of cultural sensibility will fall and our airwaves will be polluted by meaningless pop purveyed by arseholes and morons… Oh wait!”
Returning to save our airwaves from mediocre, auto-tuned tweens and that awful, throbby EDM shite, the album Pinewood Smile finds The Darkness on electrifying form, delivering some of the most sharp-witted, infectious, humorous and downright brilliant songs of their career.

In addition to the cerebral treatise of All The Pretty Girls, the album boasts the swashbucklingBuccaneers Of Hispaniola, the expletive-strewn howl of frustration that is Southern Trains, the hugely emotional Why Don’t The Beautiful Cry?, the globally anthemic Japanese Prisoner Of Love, and the ode to pumping out smash hit after smash hit Solid Gold, which finds The Darkness addressing the turbulent nature of the music industry and how they have enjoyed its flamboyant highs and spectacular lows.

Written in Putney, recorded in Cornwall and produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse), the compositions have all the crucial elements of classic Darkness fare, but with added layers for the ears to peel away at… like a sonic onion but a lot tastier. It also features the drumming and vocal talents of gorgeous new band member Rufus Tiger Taylor, son of Queen legend Roger Taylor, who shares vocal duties with Justin on two of the tracks.

Peter Hook & The Light

Peter Hook & The Light Sell Out the Corner Hotel in 7 minutes!

Due to overwhelming demand a 2nd Show has now been added Thursday 12th October

Last chance to get tickets to the most total appreciation of the JOY DIVISION & NEW ORDER catalogue as PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT perform in full the Substance albums by JOY DIVISION & NEW ORDER

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Metropolis Touring Presents An Evening with Peter Hook & The Light performing the legendary Factory Record’s albums ‘Substance’ by Joy Division & New Order. Both albums will be performed sequentially and in their entirety this October in Australia and New Zealand.

Released in 1987, New Order’s ‘Substance’ was originally conceived as a way for Factory Records boss, Tony Wilson, to play the New Order singles on the CD player of his new Jaguar car. Substance became Factory Records’ 200th release and remains the best-selling New Order album.

Running from “Ceremony” in 1981 up to “True Faith” in 1987 the set takes in the high points of New Order’s catalogue, including “Blue Monday”, “Bizarre Love Triangle”, “Temptation”, “True Faith”, “The Perfect Kiss” to name a few

Released in 1988, Joy Division’s  ‘Substance’ features all the singles that didn’t appear on the Joy Division albums Unknown Pleasures and Closer, such as “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, “Transmission”,  and “Atmosphere”. Plus their b-sides,  tracks from their EP ‘An Ideal For Living’ and a Factory Records sampler.

Factory Records’ 250th release, it begins with ‘’Warsaw’’ and takes in the development of the band through “Digital” and ‘’Dead Souls’’ to the band’s final tracks.

Since debuting with the Unknown Pleasures Tour in Australia in 2010, Peter Hook & The Light have since toured the globe including a return back Down Under in 2015 with the Low Life & Brotherhood Tour. This return in 2017 will be the most total appreciation to date of the Joy Divison and New Order catalogue.

Peter Hook & The Light Tour

Bad French

Following on from releasing their standout singles ‘Finley’s Downfall’, ‘Erroll’s Forest’ and ‘Within You’, Central Coast-based dance-pop duo, Bad French, have just returned by revealing their brand-new cut ‘All Your Days Are Here Where You Are Now’.

Recorded and produced by the band themselves between their Sydney and Central Coast home studios, ‘All Your Days Are Here Where You Are Now’ is another intriguing slice of 80’s inspired electro-pop glimmering with moments of psychedelia and reminiscent to some of the group’s staple influences Tame Impala, AIR and Icehouse.

Song-writer / multi-instrumentalist, M. Carney describes the creative and recording process for ‘All Your Days Are Here Where You Are Now’ –

“Dan kicked off the musical idea one lazy afternoon in his studio at MacMasters Beach on an acoustic guitar with a chilled-out drum beat. I Bad Frenchified it with some stabby synths and found a drony pulsing bass sound to sit underneath. The chorus was at first an offbeat melodic idea, but Dan matched his words to it, and it became quite an unusual musical mantra that has grown on us over time. We then decided go to Jupiter and back with the instrumental!”

Their previous singles have received support from local online press, community radio and triple j Unearthed. The group have also performed shows supporting the likes of I Know Leopard, Polish Club, Boo Seeka and have even held their own gigs on front man Daniel Forsyth’s front lawn.

Over the coming months the band will continue to work on new material and perform around Sydney and the NSW Central Coast.

‘All Your Days Are Here Where You Are Now’ is now available to stream via Soundcloud and available via Spotify, Apple Music and all other good digital retailers on Friday March 10.

The Velvet Addiction

Melbourne-based, 70’s rock’n’roll inspired misfits The Velvet Addiction have released their debut single Take Me Back; a swaggering, classic-rock influenced tune that will have you reaching for your leather-jacket and aviators.

To accompany the debut single, Take Me Back, the boisterous boys have also released a music video which demonstrates The Velvet Addiction‘s charisma soaked live shows.

To celebrate the release of Take Me Back and its music video The Velvet Addiction will be hitting the road to tour through Albury, Melbourne, Geelong, Byron Bay, Sydney, and Ballarat.

Take Me Back will be available for purchase from iTunes on Friday, March 10. To grab the track go HERE.

Despite being the first release for the young band, the boys of The Velvet Addiction are a unified group, contributing their individual takes to create a larger creative product.

For vocalist, Stefan West, Take Me Back is about the emotional roller coaster of a relationship and how nostalgia can be a barrier.

Take Me Back is about trying to find that feeling you get when you first start a relationship, the feeling when that person is the only thing you want or need to make you feel whole or happy,” said West.

Guitarist, Aaron Bach, says the song is about the way many people can see things differently and the miscommunication that results.

“It’s about the struggles of differing opinions, the different perspectives that can turn something that always meant nothing to you into something that’s the end of the world,” said Bach.

Delivering an accepting message is what Take Me Back means to drummer, Kieran Howle.

“To me, it’s about trying to find that balance and above all knowing that whatever happens, it’ll be alright,” said Howle.

Formed after a boozy night in a local Melbourne bar, the four musicians came together recognising each others dark histories including broken homes and family violence.

As a result The Velvet Addiction aims show their support for fellow victims of mental health through their upbeat, positive rock’n’roll.

One of progressive metals most unique acts PROTEST THE HERO are returning to Australian and New Zealand shores this April in support of their latest release Pacific Myth. These revolutionary metal giants will be bringing a collection of fan favourites, in addition to some new head banging hits that every hardcore fanatic will not want to miss!

PROTEST THE HERO have carved an identity for themselves that is so revolutionary within heavy music that to call them “unique” would be like calling Louis C.K. “pretty funny” or the classic “Star Trek” television series “influential sci-fi.” The band effortlessly balances high-minded artistry with wit and whimsy, substantive viewpoints with wanton tomfoolery and masterful musicianship with true songcraft.

 Their latest offering Pacific Myth channels the bands usual hard-hitting sound and remains true to their signature style with overtly complex riffs and eccentric vocal arrangements. The band explained, “Pacific Myth was purely an experiment. For this reason, it’s a totally ‘go-with-your-gut’ record and one we are extremely proud of. PROTEST THE HERO continue to push the boundaries of metal and widen their creative scope that has fans in a frenzy.

With special guests: CLOSURE IN MOSCOW (Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle ONLY)

HEAVY METAL NINJAS (Auckland ONLY)

 

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Protest The Hero Tour Dates

WEDNESDAY APRIL 19 – KINGS ARMS, AUCKLAND (18+)

FRIDAY APRIL 21 – THE CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE (18+)

SATURDAY APRIL 22 – THE FACTORY THEATRE, SYDNEY (18+)
* Across 2 stages

SUNDAY APRIL 23 – THE SMALL BALLROOM, NEWCASTLE (18+)

TUESDAY APRIL 25 – THE BRIGHTSIDE, BRISBANE (18+)

WEDNESDAY APRIL 26 – AMPLIFIER BAR, PERTH (18+)

Protest The Hero Tour Info