Category: Music News

 

All gigs are off but DEVILSKIN will transport you ONSTAGE for their Homegrown 2018 performance!

Unlike a typical live-stream, you can view the concert in 4K 60fps using the YouTube App on a VR headset, tablet, smartphone, smart TV, or in a browser on your computer. We put you onstage and amongst all the action.

VR provides fans with a 3D view of the concert from ‘the best seats in the house’. If you don’t own a VR headset you will still get an immersive experience by tilting or dragging on the screen to manipulate your view.

The concert will be available on Devilskin’s Youtube Channel at 8pm Saturday 21st March 2020.

The concert was captured for VR using cameras and broadcasting systems created by New Zealand company Orbe.

 

Bootleg Rascal and their team are sad to announce the postponement of their upcoming East Coast tour, and performances at A Day on the Lawn and Big Pineapple Music Festival, due to recent developments around the COVID-19 pandemic.

The duo will reschedule their East Coast capital city shows to mid-late September 2020, while Big Pineapple Music Festival will be moved to Saturday 21 November.

While the band is forced off the road, front man Carlos Lara and guitarist Jimmy Young will head back into the studio, to work on their new forthcoming staggered EP titled ‘Collaborations of Very Isolated Delinquents “19’ – inspired by current events and premonitions experienced by Lara in late-2019.

The first single ‘We Independent’ is set for release on Friday May 22.

Lara explains the motivation behind the project:

“While we can’t tour, Jim and myself thought it could be cool to set ourselves a challenge of dropping a new track each month and tie it all into a conceptual EP. The record is set to be heavily influenced by what’s currently happening in the world and some wild dreams I had towards the end of 2019, where the world had been consumed by biological warfare”.

On Bootleg Rascal’s rescheduled East Coast capital city tour, opening support act SCABZ will remain on all new dates, while main support Shag Rock can sadly no longer move forward on the tour. Bootleg Rascal will announce a replacement for Shag Rock in the coming weeks.

All purchased tickets are valid for the rescheduled dates; however, if punters cannot make it along, information around processing refunds will be made available from each respective ticket selling company.

All tickets purchased for Big Pineapple Music Festival are valid for the new date, however refunds are also available for those who cannot attend. Ticket holders will be able to apply for a refund through Moshtix.

A Day on the Lawn have yet to advise a replacement date, but for now, all ticket holders will receive a refund from Oztix.

‘We Independent’ is available worldwide on Friday May 22.

 

Melbourne’s alternative rock outfit, Future Static, are back with their second offering, “Dead End”, from upcoming ‘Fatalist’ EP, due out Friday April 3! The new track follows a similar formula to the last track with its angry, fury-fuelled backbone and vocals that push boundaries Future Static are new to exploring.

Representing the first taste of a new era for Future Static, “Dead End” and previous single “Choke” are produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Christopher Vernon (Belle Haven, Better Half) with help from Darcy Handley (Terra) and come as the first offerings from upcoming ‘Fatalist’ EP, the counteracted response to their previously cathartic, clarity chasing EP ‘Want’. “Dead End” is written for anyone who is struggling to explain the way they’re feeling and escape the dread and darkness inside their head.

The new single premiered  onWednesday, and vocalist Bri Marsh explained the importance of the single; “It’s a bleak look at dark times that we hope encourages people to start conversation. The whole record is heavier than anything we’ve written before. Want, our previous EP, reflected on the breakdown of relationships and the cost of letting go. Fatalist is the breakdown of the relationship with yourself, arguably the most important relationship in life. It’s about the pain that comes from living in your own head.”

“Dead End felt like the right song to put out in the world right now. It’s a scary, uncertain place. We want to stand up and say that, especially in confusing times like these, it’s okay to be scared and angry and unsure. You’re not alone.”

Made up of Bri Marsh, guitarists Ryan Qualizza and Jack Smith, bassist Kira Neil and drummer Jackson Trudel, Future Static began as a project between friends in 2016, but their powerful attitude and genre fusing energy has been chipping away at the alternative music scene since, having played alongside Belle Haven, Stepson, Terra and Reside among others, marking themselves in 2020 as ones to watch.

The group released their single “Choke” a few weeks ago and had a massively positive response with a premiere on Triple M’s Hard N Heavy, triple j Unearthed love, Spotify playlisting on Homegrown + Heavy and Rock Out., a number of shares across social media and national publications as well as worldwide with a spotlight from Kill The Music. Last weekend the band headlined their single launch at Whole Lotta Love in Melbourne and sold the show out on presales alone!

Future Static are gearing up to release their biggest, boldest, heaviest release to date. Until then, “Dead End” and “Choke” are available now to stream and purchase at all good online outlets and streaming platforms!

Having stunned Australian crowds on tours with HALESTORM and SLASH Ft. Miles Kennedy and the Conspirators and appearing on Download Australian in 2019 DEVILSKIN are set to release their new album RED.

RED is the universal colour of passion, vitality, blood, danger, romance, anger, horror and love; everything evocative. Of all the colours, RED is a warning and a statement.

Recorded at Roundhead Studios Auckland mid-2019 with the award-winning team of producer Greg Haver, and engineer/mixer Simon Gooding; this is the bands most complex, complete and confident collection of songs yet.

RED will be released worldwide Friday April 3rd on all formats across all platforms, including a red vinyl, black vinyl, CD and a limited-edition box set.

The New Zealand four piece – also caught the eye of legendary international booking agent Steve Strange from X-Ray Touring (Alice In Chains, Machine Head, Rob Zombie, Eminem).

The response to the three singles so far from the new album has been nothing short of immense. Latest single CORRODE – released in January – has already amassed over 129,000 views on YouTube, gained radio airplay rotation on notable stations such as Kerrang, Rebel FM and Primordial radio and was selected for Spotify’s ‘Rock Out.’ playlist, further proof that RED is hotly anticipated.

To say that we are excited for people to hear these songs is an understatement” remarks bassist Paul Martin. “We can all say, quite honestly, that we have put our very best into this album, the songs, the production and the entire presentation, everything is how we wanted it, sincere. Bringing these songs to life in the studio was intense, but extremely satisfying. I think we have surpassed our own expectations and now it’s up to our friends to climb inside this album and explore this beast that we have built.”

DEVILSKIN have garnered a formidable reputation and a solid fan-base worldwide from their relentless touring schedule. A swathe of brilliant live reviews from Europe to USA to Australia are testament to the groundswell of support for this hard-working and focused New Zealand act.

RED starts with a sonic throat punch titled Do You See Birds and promises to enthral the listener with a tour-de-force of emotions and moods. From the epic and eerie Blood & Bone, the caged rage of Same Life, the visceral impact of The Victor, to the poignant beauty of Sweet Release, the resplendent grandeur of Bright Lights, the swagger of Be Like The River and the manic fury of Everybody’s High But MeDEVILSKIN have long been noted for their emotive song-writing and ability to touch peoples’ hearts, and on RED they have bared their soul with their finest performance yet.

 

LAMB OF GOD has released the music video for ‘Memento Mori’, the opening track on their forthcoming self-titled album due May 8 via Nuclear Blast. Fans were able to unlock a 10 second teaser of the song through an eerie Instagram Story filter released by the band over the weekend.

Watch ‘Memento Mori’ at: www.lamb-of-god.com

Executed from a narrative treatment written by vocalist D. Randall Blythe, the ‘Memento Mori’ video features the band (guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, drummer Art Cruz, and Blythe) performing the unrelenting album opener, from their upcoming self-titled new album (due May 8 worldwide).  Lyrically and visually, the message of both the song and video are extremely topical, offering hope at a time of societal and personal upheaval.

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There is a vast amount of indisputably real and depressingly negative occurrences happening across the globe,” Blythe explains. “Currently, at the forefront of everyone’s mind is the global COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very real concern, and proper precautions need to be taken by EVERYONE in order to protect those most at risk – the elderly, infirm, and immunocompromised. It is indeed a scary time, but in this hyper-connected age with its 24/7 never-ending news cycle of atrocity, outrage and lurid click-bait headlines (not to mention ill-informed lunatics running amok and spreading misinformation and panic on social media), it is all too easy to lose sight of the fact that life is still carrying on, and good things do in fact still happen.”

Months before the COVID-19 outbreak occurred, I wrote ‘Memento Mori’ as a reminder to myself to not be consumed by the omnipresent electronic harbingers of doom that surround us – cellphones, computers, and television screens. While these devices can be useful tools, and it is important to stay informed, it is equally important to remain engaged with the real, physical world we with live in, not just digitally filtered representations of reality. I wrote the narrative music video treatment a few months ago to illustrate how warped and myopic our mental states can become when we fail to remain engaged with that reality – if all you pay attention to is catastrophe, then soon you will begin to see monsters everywhere you look. The actual monsters we used in the video are Sinisteria, a local Richmond, Virginia haunted house/dark performance troupe I met on the street at our annual Krampus Nacht parade. Richmond has a strong tradition of loud music and weird costumed monsters working hand in hand to make salient points (we are the birthplace of GWAR, after all), and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Music has always been there for me, raising my spirits during hard times, and it is my hope that this song’s positive message will do the same for fans of our music right now and beyond. The release date for the tune was set a good while ago, but the timing seems eerily prescient to me now. So enjoy the song and video, and then remember to step away from the screens for a bit – real life is waiting for you. We only get one shot, so don’t waste this day. Everyone be well, keep a cool head, take care of yourselves, and take care of EACH OTHER.”

Regarding the music, Mark Morton adds “I had been sitting with the music for the intro and the post chorus for quite a while.  I was trying to develop those two parts as separate songs altogether and was a little bit stumped, particularly with the intro piece. Me, Willie and Josh Wilbur (producer) were doing demos in the studio and the idea came up to try to mash those parts into the same tune and everything just took off.   It was one of those times where once I knew what we were trying to do, the riffs just kind of fell out of me like they were writing themselves. It’s always a crazy feeling when that happens. Vocally, Randy heard the intro and said he instantly got a throwback Sisters Of Mercy type vibe from it and he took off from there.”

The music video for “Memento Mori” follows fast on the heels of “Checkmate,” the first new music from LAMB OF GOD in roughly five years. Both songs are set to appear on the band’s eighth studio album, which was produced by longtime collaborator Josh Wilbur (Gojira, Korn, Megadeth, Trivium).  Lamb of God will be the band’s first record with Cruz, who sat behind the kit with LAMB OF GOD in 2018 and became an official member the following year.  The new album also features guest appearances from Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) and Chuck Billy (Testament).

LAMB OF GOD propelled heavy metal into the new millennium two decades ago with their genre-defining New American Gospel. They followed with 2003’s “As the Palaces Burn”, which made the Rolling Stone list of the Top 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time. “Ashes of the Wake” (2004) was the first LAMB OF GOD album to be certified gold by the RIAA, followed by “Sacrament” (2006), which debuted in Billboard’s Top 10. “Wrath” (2009) earned the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hard Rock, Rock, and Tastemaker charts and was No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Those No. 1 positions were repeated with “Resolution” (2012). VII: “Sturm Und Drang” (2015) debuted at No. 3 in North America, No. 2 in Australia and in the Top 5 in several countries.

 

Sacramento’s own Dance Gavin Dance have unveiled “Strawberry’s Wake,” the second single from their highly-anticipated ninth full-length studio album, Afterburner. To stream the song and pre-order the record click HERE. The accompanying music video for “Strawberry’s Wake” was released over the weekend, which follows the five-piece as they board Swan Air for an epic journey in the “friendly” skies.

Afterburner will be released on Friday, April 24 via Rise Records. The LP was produced by the group’s frequent collaborator, Kris Crummett, (IssuesSleeping With SirensMayday Parade) and Drew Fulk a.k.a. WZRD BLD (Lil WayneMotionless in WhiteBad Wolves). The album is a landmark mission statement that encompasses DGD energy past, present, and future. It’s a killer and dynamic demonstration of what the quintet does best, and is equal parts aggressive, melodic, and unrestrained.

On Saturday, April 25, Dance Gavin Dance will play their hometown Sacramento for Swanfest, the one-day festival headlined and curated by the band at Papa Murphy’s Park. Labelmates Crown The Empire and Issues, along with Animals As LeadersKnocked Loose, Movements, Fall Of TroyI See StarsVeil Of MayaHail The Sun, Covet, Tillie, Royal Coda, Eidola, and Wolf & Bear will join DGD on this year’s lineup.

Rejecting tired formulas at every step, Dance Gavin Dance merge progressive rock and post-hardcore with thick groove, brilliantly combining experimental music with hooks and a warped sense of humor. 2018’s Artificial Selection crashed into the Billboard 200 Chart at No.13, on the strength of the love for fan-favorite predecessors like Acceptance Speech (2013), Instant Gratification (2015), and Mothership (2016), and just as importantly, the band’s mesmerizing and unforgettable live performances.

In the heady tradition of Frank Zappa and Nirvana – people who made serious art without ever seeming self-serious – DGD is a band that does what they want, how they want, confident that the audience will keep up. Dance Gavin Dance are Tilian Pearson: Vocals, Jon Mess – Vocals, Will Swan – Guitar/Vocals, Tim Feerick – Bass and Matt Mingus – Drums.

Dance Gavin Dance’s ninth full-length studio album, Afterburner, will be released on Friday, 24th April via Rise Records and BMG Australia – and is available now for pre-order at https://riserecords.lnk.to/afterburner. Singles ‘Prisoner’ and ‘Strawberry’s Wake’ are also out now for streaming and purchase on all digital outlets and streaming platforms.

Do you know the feeling of not being sure if you’ve seen that movie before? If BEAR were a movie, they wouldn’t be like that. BEAR are that band you won’t ever forget seeing live. A threat. They come to you, they confront you, they give you the feeling that you are not safe in the audience. And what a rare gift that is, in our safe world of comfort stable mediocrity, where security has become the ultimate value.

By that, BEAR revoke the spirit of great hardcore bands of the 90’s… bands like Catharsis or Gehenna, bands whose raw energy, uncompromising delivery and relentlessly violent performance was as energizing and invigorating

as it was puzzling for the oftentimes baffled audience, who had their teeth caved in by guitars thrown in their direction, and a bearded front man caving through them like a derailed freight train, coming to a flaming halt at the end of the room, behind the mixing desk.

BEAR hail from Antwerp, Belgium’s 2nd largest city and home to a thriving local metal and hardcore scene ever since the 90’s, which is when members of BEAR first met at a local venue where all punk- & hardcore-bands made a stop when touring Europe. This year marks their 10th anniversary as a band. With 3 albums released since on Let it Burn and Basick Records, performances at festivals such as Graspop, Roadburn, Rock Herk, Euroblast, UK Tech Fest, Complextiy Fest and headline tours through Europe and India, the band has made themselves a name in the heavy music underground scene as one of the most punishing live acts out there.

The first few seconds of opener „Dissolve Dissipate“ leave no doubt that Propaganda is an angry album– an album against propaganda. Against the manipulative character of communication and product-placement that we face each time we turn on the TV, walk through the aisles of a supermarket or tune in to Spotify without a paid subscription. And while blatant ideological propaganda is being camouflaged behind product propaganda within an endless floating spectrum of ever-growing artificially created needs and demands, ideology is as a matter of fact constantly being reinstated and affirmed. We are never and nowhere free from it.

BEAR are alluding to this with metaphors and artwork referencing historic propaganda, and the political practices used by the terrible dictators of the 20th century: presented in a pop-art style that is equal parts ironic and iconic. BEAR critizise propaganda by making Propaganda of their own: with their very own aural bombs, symbols and manifestos. Fear the BEAR.

Bear will release Propagada on May 8.

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After dropping his hugely anticipated second album ‘The Octagon’, which debuted at #2 on the ARIA Album charts, has remained strong at #2 for its second week, and has over 8 million streams and counting, breakout Sydney rapper Chillinit today announces a massive run of album tour dates across Australia and New Zealand kicking off next month, including a handful of festivals and his debut headline show in London in May.
After selling out his debut The Ashes headline tour (over 8000 tickets) in 2019, and drawing huge crowds at FOMO Festival earlier in January, this tour marks a significant step up in venue size and demand for the Hurstville bred upstart. With over 230k loyal Instagram fans and a reputation for his rampant and energetic live performances, the tickets surely won’t last long.
Fan pre-sale goes live tomorrow, Feb 19th at 9AM AEDT, with general on sale Thursday Feb 20 at 9AM AEDT via chillinit.net.

Gold Coast rockers Salt & Steel have just released their new single ‘Taste My Words’ and announced an Australian wide tour to celebrate.
 
‘Taste My Words’, is a powerful song inspired by the cycle of life and death. It shares the message that life is precious and can pass in a moment.
 
This is the third of four interlinked singles to be released following the themes of the elements Earth, Air, Water and Fire.
 
In the past year, Salt & Steel have opened for the likes of Wolfmother, The SuperJesus and You Am I, as well as touring nationally with their own headlining tours. They have garnered a huge dedicated tribe of followers and received coverage and support from national and international press and radio such as Triple JABC Radio NationalAAA Backstage and many more.
 
’Taste My Words’ has been many years in the making, they could never really find the right way to express the song. ‘Taste My Words’ was recorded at Blind Boy Studios, Gold Coast with Brad Hosking (Amy SharkElectrik Lemonade). It was here that they delved into creating a new depth of space and time for the song.
 
This song is dedicated to their friend, Josh Fairweather (1990 – 2019).
‘Taste My Words’ is now available for download on all major online stores.
SALT & STEEL
‘TASTE MY WORDS’ | TOUR DATES 
 
7th Mar – Howl and Moan Records, Bryon Bay, NSW 
Tickets available at door | All Ages
 
8th Mar – Scarborough Originals, Sunshine Coast, QLD 
Free Entry | All Ages 
 
13th Mar – Summertime Sessions, Gold Coast, QLD 
Free Entry | All Ages
 
21st Mar – Crack ‘N’ Jack Festival, Newcastle, NSW
Tickets available at www.cracknjack.com | All Ages
 
22nd Mar – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW
Tickets available at www.oztix.com.au | 18+ only 
 
26th Mar – The Basement, Canberra, ACT 
Tickets available at www.oztix.com.au | 18+ only 
 
1st Apr – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC 
Tickets available at www.oztix.com.au | 18+ only 
 
5th Apr – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA  
Free Entry | 18+ only 
 
For more ticketing info please visit www.saltandsteelmusic.com

 

Multi talented artist Misha Bear has just released her new album ‘Heart Gallery’, which was recorded with producer David Herzog.
The album is a raw and emotional reflection of Bear’s life that is conveyed through a collection of catchy Electronic Pop tracks.
Bear has also announced a launch show at the Northcote Social Club on 22nd February, with support from Duxie Franklin and Them High Spirits.
Misha Bear has had a very prolific career to date, 2019 saw the release of her third studio release, the EP ‘Stories’. The EP was aired on many radio stations throughout Australia and received positive coverage from The AU ReviewThe PartaeAMNplify and many more.
Bear recently released her single and video ‘Lifestyle Lover’, which was the first offering from her forthcoming album. The single has received airplay on many radio stations throughout Australia.
She then followed up with the release of single and video ‘Love Reflected’.
Misha Bear‘s new album ‘Heart Gallery’ is available for download on all major online stores.
MISHA BEAR
‘HEART GALLERY’ | LAUNCH SHOW
22nd Feb – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets available at www.eventbrite.com.au | 18+