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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.

In a double bill that will be hard to surpass, Perth Prog royalty VOYAGER & CHAOS DIVINE are on tour across Australia in July 2019 – and today, they are announcing the legends that will join them locally to make these shows even more prog-perfect.

Other than Brisbane, where both bands are playing Dead of Winter Festival, the remaining shows in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth will get some absolute top-class prog power to kick off the shows. Rock/djent outfit JAPAM will open up proceedings in Adelaide at JiveFigures will take the stage first in Melbourne at The Workers Club, Central Coast up-and-comers Reliqa open in Sydney at Crowbar Sydney and hometown heroes Nucleust will support in Perth at Jack Rabbit Slims.


It’s been a busy start to 2019 for both bands, with VOYAGER releasing single Brightstar – their first musical offering under new label Season of Mist, toured alongside Twelve Foot Ninja and put in two stellar performances at 2019’s Download Festival Sydney and Melbourne – and with the promise of a new album not far off, things can only get bigger and better for Voyager.

Perth’s enigmatic prog metal five-piece CHAOS DIVINE have well and truly immersed themselves in a realm of sound and style matched by few, and admired by many. They recently dropped their new single ‘Unspoken’ alongside a beautiful animated video – the single reached #6 on the Australian iTunes metal charts and was added to Spotify’s international playlists New Metal Tracks and Progressive Metal, as well as Australian list Homegrown & Heavy. They also dropped their new single False Flags this week!

Tickets are on sale now for all shows on VOYAGER and CHAOS DIVINE’S Australian Tour July 2019 at http://beardfoot.com.au/voyager! All shows are 18+. 

As winter draws closer, so does Melbourne-bred progressive alternative rock juggernaut Circles’monster ‘Winter’ Tour – and today brings with it the announcement of local supports for the Australian leg of the tour. In addition to taking fellow Wild Thing powerhouses Ebonivory along for the ride in Australia, Circles will be sharing the stages with another SIXTEEN local bands across the country. This mega tour just became a string of shows you definitely do not want to miss!

Circles’ Australian headline shows in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Belgrave, and Ballarat are with special guests Ebonivory. 

Kicking off the Australian run on July 11 at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory will be Glass Ocean andRed Bee, Tabula Rasa and Wings of Thanatos join the lineup on July 12 at Jive in Adelaide, Melbourne’s show at Max Watts on July 13 will see Rival Fire and Caution Thieves support, Brisbane’s show at The Zoo on July 19 will open with Kodiak Empire and Balloons Kill Babies, Ebonivory will not be appearing at Perth’s Badland’s on July 20 and so Illyria, Verspertine Vescadaand Breed will play support, Canberra’s show on July 26 at The Basement will be opened by Escape Syndrome, on August 2 Belgrave’s Sooki Lounge will play host to the inaugural mini festival ‘Winter Progmania’ headlined by Circles and featuring Ebonivory, Transience, M0DAL1TY and Red Lotus and finally, the ‘Winter’ Tour will find itself in Ballarat’s Karova Lounge on August 3 for the final showdown with Anyone Anyone to round out the tour! Tickets are on sale now at wildthingpresents.com.

Circles will be bringing something special to their sets with new musical experiences and throwback material that is sure to please the crowds. The Circles guys are pumped to get the shows on the road. Dave Hunter (Drums) affirms “…It’s exciting to be heading out on the road again, especially in a headlining capacity. It’s great to have the time to delve a little deeper into our full catalogue and play a full set for everyone. There’s some tunes in there that either have never been played live, or haven’t been played in a very long time. So hopefully fans can really get more out of this tour. We’re also really stoked with the bands that are joining us.” 
2018 was a watershed year for CIRCLES, releasing their masterpiece album The Last One through Wild Thing Records in Australia/New Zealand and Season Of Mist internationally. Louder said that The Last One was “…very much in a similar fashion to countrymen Karnivool, Circles have crafted a modern progressive tapestry with plenty of wider appeal thanks to songwriting nous coupled with their apparent technicality.” They then joined TesseracT on their Australian Tour in September as special guests. Soon after, Circles jetted off on their momentous return to Europe, touring across the continent with fellow Australian progressive rock trailblazers Caligula’s Horse between October-November, while also appearing at prominent festivals ProgPower Europe and Euroblast. Upon their return to Australia, they dazzled audiences on tour with Dead Letter Circus in December, before mesmerising PROGFEST in January 2019, with memorable performances as the festival’s Australian headliner playing to full houses every night.

 

Don’t miss Circles on The ‘Winter’ Tour with Ebonivory and these stellar local Aussie acts. Tickets available now at wildthingpresents.com/tickets.

 

Motörhead. Do they need an introduction? Everything about these legends of heavy metal was iconic. Their logo, their look and their frontman.. the immortal Lemmy Kilmister RIP.

Motörhead and their music are part of the very fabric of rock n roll. It’s in the DNA that spawned countless sub-genres and inspired everyone from Metallica to the Foo Fighters.
In a career spanning over 40 years Motörhead became synonymous with pure excess. Sex, drugs and rock n roll. There was no ‘off stage’ with these guys, they lived it 24/7.

BMG Music are proud to re-issue all of Motörhead’s albums that were originally released via Germany’s SPV GmbH.

MOTÖRHEAD REISSÜES
Sacrifice – 1995 – Reissued CD & LP
Overnight Sensation – 1996 – Reissued CD & LP
Snake Bite Love – 1998 – Reissued CD & LP
Everything Louder Than Everyone Else – 1999 – Reissued CD & LP
We Are Motörhead – 2000 – Reissued CD & LP
Live At Brixton Academy – 2003 – Reissued CD
25 And Alive: Boneshaker – 2001 – Reissued DVD
Hammered – 2002 – Reissued CD & LP
Inferno – 2004 – Reissued CD & LP
Stagefright – 2005 – Reissued DVD
Kiss Of Death – 2006 – Reissued CD & LP
Better Motörhead Than Dead – 2007 – Reissued CD & LP
Motörizer – 2008 – Reissued CD & LP
More titles will be reissued soon!

From the all out assault of the title track that opens 95’s Sacrifice, which was the last album to see Motörhead record as a four piece with Lemmy, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee joined by Würzel, to the reflective, almost ballad like Teach You How To Sing The Blues, on 2008’s Motörizer, these albums capture the band at their heaviest. Dee’s double kick repeatedly punches you in the gut and Campbell’s riffs are some of the most savage he ever penned. The instantly recognisable bass of Lemmy, which at times is more rhythm guitar than bottom end is ever present as is that snarl, the Kilmister bark that more than anything signals that you’re listening to Motörhead.

Then you have the live albums, Live At Brixton Academy, 25 And Alive, Better Motörhead Than Dead, they all showcase why Motörhead was a force to be reckoned with right up until the very end. Never was the spirit of Motörhead more alive than when they were on tour, shake, rattle and rolling audiences to within an inch of their lives thanks to that indomitable cocktail of power, purpose and head-crunching volume. Doctor Rock, Stay Clean, No Class, Killed By Death, Iron Fist, Bomber, Overkill, the timeless, Ace Of Spades and more are delivered with utter conviction and devastating accuracy.

During his recent time in Australia as part of the Download Festival, major Motörhead fan and Anthrax guitarist, Scott Ian recorded a special ‘unboxing’ video. Scott delves into some of the re-issues titles and recounts the classic story of how his ‘joking, off the cuff’ comment to his manager when asked to provide a quote for the liner notes of Everything Louder Than Everyone Else was actually used! Much to his horror and much to Lemmy’s amusement.

 

Grab your fill and crank them up high!
And if it’s too loud, you’re too old!
motorhead.lnk.to/SacrificeVinylPR

They were Motörhead, and they played rock n roll
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May 17, 1999 saw the release of one of the most lauded debut albums from an Australian artist, across any genre – ‘The Captain’ from Kasey Chambers. This ground breaking long- player was to change everything for the 22 year old singer songwriter, a blast of fresh air in the local country scene.  Off the back of ‘The Captain’, Kasey picked up her first solo ARIA Awards, for Best Country Album and Best Female Artist; the album would go Triple Platinum in Australia, reach the Top 50 of the US Billboard Country albums and launch Kasey’s music to the world.

Tomorrow, exactly 20 years to the day, Kasey Chambers unveils ‘The Captain’ 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, whilst the album is released on vinyl for the very first time!  This new package includes the 12 tracks from the original album plus ‘Hey Girl’(unearthed track), 7 tracks from the bonus edition (released in 2000), and 13 previously unreleased track-by-track interview pieces from 1999. The accompanying 32 page booklet has never before seen pictures of Kasey’s childhood, promotional and live images, and an image of the original handwritten lyrics for the title track ‘The Captain’.

Listen to Kasey discuss ‘The Captain’ back in a 1999 recording HERE.

Kasey will mark the release of ‘The Captain’ 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition with an accompanying tour, reforming her original band to play songs from The Captain album alongside a “best of” career set.   It commences with a new date, September 12 at Melbourne’s Palms at Crown and traverses the country, winding up in Canberra on October 27 at the Playhouse Theatre CIC.

Following on from ‘The Captain, Kasey has released another 11 albums, each one cementing her place on the global country artist stage and garnering her a cabinet full of awards.  In 2018 she was the youngest female ever to be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, reinforcing her place as one of Australia’s most revered and captivating performers.

 

KASEY CHAMBERS – THE CAPTAIN 

20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR 2019 

Tickets on sale now

For further information please head to www.kaseychambers.com

Thursday 12 SEPTEMBER – THE PALMS AT CROWN, MELBOURNE VIC  – NEW SHOW

Friday 13 SEPTEMBER – THE PALMS AT CROWN, MELBOURNE VIC  – SOLD OUT

Saturday 14 SEPTEMBER – COSTA HALL GPAC, GEELONG VIC

Sunday 15 SEPTEMBER – PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, WANGARATTA VIC

Thursday 19 SEPTEMBER – LISMORE CITY HALL, LISMORE NSW

Friday 20 SEPTEMBER – THE FORTITUDE MUSIC HALL, BRISBANE QLD

Saturday 21 SEPTEMBER – SOUTHPORT RSL, SOUTHPORT QLD

Friday 4 OCTOBER – THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE SA

Saturday 5 OCTOBER – THE ASTOR THEATRE, PERTH WA

Sunday 6 OCTOBER – BRIDGETOWN HOTEL, BRIDGETOWN WA

Friday 11 OCTOBER – TOWN HALL THEATRE PAC, DEVONPORT TAS

Saturday 12 OCTOBER – THEATRE NORTH AT THE PRINCESS, LAUNCESTON TAS

Sunday 13 OCTOBER – WREST POINT ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, HOBART TAS

Thursday 17 OCTOBER – ANITA’S THEATRE, THIRROUL NSW

Friday 18 OCTOBER – EVAN THEATRE PANTHERS, PENRITH NSW

Saturday 19 OCTOBER – THE CUBE, CAMPBELLTOWN NSW

Sunday 20 OCTOBER – BATHURST MEMORIAL THEATRE, BATHURST NSW

Friday 25 OCTOBER – GIANT DWARF, REDFERN NSW

Saturday 26 OCTOBER – NEX THEATRE, NEWCASTLE NSW

Sunday 27 OCTOBER – THE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE CIC, CANBERRA ACT

 

Lisa Salvo of On Diamond has crafted a cathartic journey from track one continuing on to track eight for the band’s debut self-titled release. Assisted by Evelyn Ida Morris, the LP’s opener, ‘The Ocean Floor’, is a gentle introduction to the themes explored throughout the album. It urges listeners to lean into their subconscious and let their psyche unravel. ‘How’was the second taste of the album released back in 2018, picking up ‘This Week’s Top Ten’ at PBS 106.7fm & No 3 in the Amrap Metro charts. ‘How’ manifests feelings of grief and disconnect, expressing confusion for a broken kinship. Following the course, another feature track ‘Poison Blood’ encourages a strong step forward in spite of past trauma.

Other album highlights include ‘The Purple Palace’ and ‘Laughing in the Face of the Big Door’‘The Purple Palace’ pays homage to the house most of the record was written in. The dreamy track represents Salvo’s deep connection to the house, as she realised the “Purple Palace” was a place inside herself. Meanwhile, ‘Laughing in the Face of the Big Door’ was inspired by a visual psychedelic sequence in an episode of Twin Peaks. The sequence mirrors Salvo’s own determination to progress even when a door appears closed.

On Diamond are thrilled to be hitting the road this week to celebrate the release with live shows at The Bridge Hotel in Castlemaine and The Gasometer Hotel in Melbourne.

ON DIAMOND ALBUM LAUNCH SHOWS
Friday 17 May – The Bridge, Castlemaine 
Doors 9pm
9:15pm: Jaala
10:10pm: On Diamond
Tickets on sale at thebridgehotelcastlemaine.com

Thursday 30 May – The Gasometer, Melbourne
Doors 8pm
8:30pm: Soft Rubbish
9:30pm: Music Yared
10:30pm: On Diamond
Tickets on sale at www.thegasometerhotel.com.au

Australian prog outfit VOYAGER have announced new Australian tour dates this July together with CHAOS DIVINE. A full list of confirmed dates can be found below.

Vocalist Daniel Estrin comments on the tour: “Australia, we’re back on the road! Sydney and Melbourne missed out on a sweaty club show in March, so we’re heading back to the east coast to play a bunch of shows with Perth mates Chaos Divine. We can’t wait to play some new songs for you! Get ready to dance.”

 

 

MIRRORS’ brand new EP ‘Cold Sanctuary’ EP is out now – released this morning and available at all good online platforms and streaming outlets at https://Mirrors.lnk.to/SBfpO

The Victorian outfit are also marking the release of the EP with one final video release – for the track ‘Damien’. A deeply personal track for the band, but in particular, guitarist Tyson Taifer. 

The track is about showing the grief and hurt of losing a brother –  and expresses the pain and the process that we all fear the most. Tyson lost his brother Damien in 2017 at age 21 – and the videoclip (directed and edited by Ed Reiss) features himself and the band saying goodbye to him in their way, as well as plenty of personal home footage of the warm and loving Taifer family and Damien.

The EP, out today has garnered high praise so far, with Wall of Sound saying “It was hard to find faults in this EP, the Mirrors boys have gone above and beyond with this one. Proving that they are a force to be reckoned with, there is no doubt in my mind that these guys have got what it needs to be known around the world for their musicianship.”, and Depth Magazine editor Kel Burch stating that  she felt “…like Cold Sanctuary has the potential to see Mirrors edge their way upward to rub shoulders with current scene ‘heroes’, and gain them further opportunities as a band.”, and The Soundcheck proclaiming that “Mirrors have harnessed a calming and controlled malice with ‘Cold Sanctuary’ that howls, roars and ultimately finds an unlikely sanctuary in its own chaos, and it’s a bold and purgative ride.” 

‘Cold Sanctuary’ was Produced by Ionei Heckenberg (Ocean Sleeper), was 
Mixed and Mastered by Lance Prenc (Gravemind, Alpha Wolf, Pridelands) and the Vocals were recorded by Scottie Simpson (Alpha Wolf). 

Formed in late 2016 by Gippsland natives Patty Goodman (vocals) and Tyson Taifer (guitar), metalcore outfit Mirrors quickly turned the eyes and ears of Australian listeners towards Regional Victoria with the release of their debut EP “Fool’s Paradise” in 2017. The 6 track release revealed the sound and delivery of a unit that had been functioning for many years, but after a mere 12 months of their existence they were invited to play alongside Parkway Drive, Architects and many more at the hallowed Unify festival and supporting the likes of Thornhill, The Devil Wears Prada, Ocean Groveand Alpha Wolf just to name a few. 

The first single and title track off the upcoming ‘Cold Sanctuary’ EP earned the band play on triple j’s Short. Fast. Loud., rotation on The Faction, an add to Spotify’s own Homegrown & Heavy playlist and Apple Music’s Heaps Heavy playlist. As well as making the rounds across Australian airwaves, in late May/early June, MIRRORS will be taking their brand new EP on the road with them in support of Alpha Wolf’s ‘Fault Tour’ alongside Daybreak. 

MIRRORS’ ‘Cold Sanctuary’ EP is out now at https://Mirrors.lnk.to/SBfpO

 

 

To celebrate the release of their second studio LP, Is This RealThe Pinheads are playing a bunch of in stores along the East Coast for your listening pleasure.

Born out of friendship, bowling, sci-fi movie marathons and literal brotherhood, The Pinheads formed out of what is now colloquially known as the Leisure Coast, spread out among the northern suburbs of the Illawarra and Wollongong region.

They quickly established themselves as one of the area’s must-see live bands; no mic stand was left unturned, no face left unmelted, no speaker stack was left unclimbed.

Is This Real marks a reunion of sorts for the band, after several members took a short sabbatical from The Pinheads, to go explore other musical projects – among them Tropical Strength, Luke Spook and Shining Bird. Reconvening in their home studio, known as The Shed, the septet set out to once again push out into previously-untouched Pinheads territory.

The songs are longer, often slower and more methodically paced. The wildfire that sparked their initial run remains, albeit in a more contained manner. This is the sound of a band that has been re-calibrated, focused and with a reaffirmed sense of ambition.

When The Pinheads started out, their modus operandi revolved around two straight, simple rules: Never play it safe, and always make it fun. This remains as true now of their recorded material and their live shows as it did when they began in 2015.

‘Is This Real’ is The Pinheads second studio LP, the follow up to 2017’s self-titled LP. 

Head along to a show to celebrate the release, more details below!

 

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