Category: Music

After releasing their critically praised new single ‘Semiotic Vision’, Melbourne indie-pop collective Approachable Members of Your Local Community have just revealed the accompanying music video.

Shot and directed by Giulia McGauran on Carlisle Street in Melbourne inner-suburb Balaclava, the clip sees the septet candidly strolling around their local community, setting out to help out fellow citizens with day-to-day tasks. Throughout the video, the band members sporadically break into synchronised dance routines; choreographed by friends and the band members themselves.

Frontman Joshua Blashki describes the motivation behind the clip:

“We felt as though it was important to follow through with our namesake and scour the local community! See who’s out there, see what’s buzzing, see who we can help. It seems as though we are great cardboard garbage men”.

Since the release of ‘Semiotic Vision’, the song has been strongly supported via Australian radio stations triple j, triple j Unearthed, FBi, 3RRR, 4ZZZ, SYN FM, Radio Adelaide and Edge Radio, worldwide blogs and added to a swag of official Spotify curated playlists including Fresh Finds (USA), The Office Stereo (AUS/NZ), New Alternative (NLD) and New Music Friday in both Australia and Netherlands. 

On the week of the track’s release in early-March, the group performed on Kira Puru’s ‘Tension’tour to enthusiastic sold-out crowds. This month will see the band return to the stage for their own tour, performing at Melbourne’s The Toff In Town and in Sydney at Rare Finds’ 3rd Birthday at Oxford Art Factory.

In May, Approachable Members of Your Local Community will perform at The Squeeze Mini-Festival and release their highly anticipated debut EP.

 

APPROACHABLE MEMBERS OF YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY
SEMIOTIC VISION TOUR

SAT 14 APRIL | THE TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE VIC
SAT 21 APRIL | RARE FINDS 3RD BIRTHDAY, OXFORD ARTS FACTORY, SYDNEY NSW
SAT 5 MAY | THE SQUEEZE MINI-FESTIVAL @ THE CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE VIC (18+)
SUN 6 MAY | THE SQUEEZE MINI-FESTIVAL @ THE EVELYN, MELBOURNE VIC (U18)

 

Aussie trio Middle Kids will release their debut album Lost Friends next month, and today they share new single “On My Knees”. The band explain the track is about rejecting the value system of the individual as the prime unit of society. It’s also about how suffering and disappointment can help change our perspective in a healthy way. When we stop focusing on ‘winning’ and can submit to something bigger, or to each other, we are better people.”

 

On Lost FriendsHannah JoyHarry Day and Tim Fitz bring back their knack for haunting hooks, lyrical poignancy and irresistible indie rock appeal that critics praised in their self-titled first EP, released in February 2017. This radiant collection of new songs conjures melodic nostalgia for some of songwriting’s very best, rich in heartfelt build and beautiful simplicity.

Middle Kids made a powerful debut last year with the release of their internationally acclaimed self-titled EP, featuring singles “Edge of Town” and  “Your Love”. The band dazzled at several SXSW and The Great Escape showcases, made their U.S. television debut on Conan and supported legendary acts like Ryan Adams and The War On Drugs.

The new album, Lost Friends, is the kind of album that sucker-punches you in the gut, revealing its nuances only after repeated listens. The songs’ edges are jagged, the production clean, stray imperfections imbue warmth and a human touch. Middle Kids craft classic hooks and riffs that tangle up in your brain like licorice and choruses that linger long after the song has faded. And they’ve bonded over a greater sense of what their music should accomplish.

Lost Friends will be released on May 4th through EMI Music Australia and is available now to pre-order HERE on limited lilac coloured gatefold vinyl, gatefold CD, and digital download.

 

AGRESSOR will reissue their acclaimed third full-length, ‘Symposium of Rebirth’ (1994) in its original version, which comes together with a fully re-mastered edition on 2CD and also as gatefold double-vinyl that both contain several bonus tracks. The release date of this collector’s dream come true under the name of ‘Rebirth’ has been scheduled for June 8th, 2018.

The French death metal innovators are offering the re-mastered version of the track “Overloaded” as a taste of things to come.

Upon its release in 1994, ‘Symposium of Rebirth’ propelled AGRESSOR to the elite ranks of extreme metal bands. The French metal pioneers were forward thinking in many ways. Musically, their unique sound is based within the newly burgeoning death metal scene of the early nineties yet comes with a solid dose of the original thrash heritage, which invites comparison with DARK ANGEL. Not content with the limitations of their genre, AGRESSOR added orchestral elements and even went as far as to cover parts of Basil Poledouris’ iconic soundtrack for the movie ‘Conan the Barbarian’ and a cooperation with the Choir of the Opéra de Lyon. The album artwork of ‘Symposium of Rebirth’ was designed by legendary French graphic novel artist Philippe Druillet – famous for his psychedelic SF series based on the character Lone Sloane.

AGRESSOR were founded in 1986 and immediately presented their first demo, ‘The Merciless Onslaught’ in the same year. The Southern French band’s second demo, ‘Satan Sodomy’ (1987) caused some scandal due to its sexually implicit cover and black metal undertones. At the time of the release of their split with LOUDBLAST entitled ‘Licensed to Thrash” (1988), AGRESSOR had begun touring in French speaking territories alongside such soon to be renowned bands as SAMAEL, SODOM, MESSIAH, and LIVING DEATH.

AGRESSOR became the first French metal act to be signed by an international label after recording the demo, ‘Orbital Distortion’ in 1989. A year later, the band began cooperating with Philippe Druillet for the visuals of their debut album, ‘Neverending Destiny’, which received a warm welcome with its combination of brutal thrash riffing and what would now be considered an early form of technical death metal.

Their sophomore full-length, ‘Towards Beyond’ (1992) was produced by Börje “Boss” Forsberg of BATHORY and Black Mark fame and came with ultra-heavy passages on top of their trademark technical riffing. AGRESSOR continued to spearhead the French extreme metal scene with their following release as well as through touring with such renowned acts as MORBID ANGEL, OBITUARY, PESTILENCE, BIOHAZARD, SINISTER, and WARGASM.

Following a UK tour with CRADLE OF FILTH in 1996, the sole remaining founding member, vocalist and guitarist Alex Colin-Tocquaine put the band on a short hiatus, but AGRESSOR returned with ‘Medieval Rites’ in 1999 and more live activities. Their latest album under the programmatic title, ‘Deathreat’ was released in 2006 and since then the French have occasionally played rare shows.

Now AGRESSOR will reissue the death metal milestone and acclaimed masterpiece, ‘Symposium of Rebirth’ both in its original form with bonus tracks as well as in a re-recorded version with even more extra material.

 

 

Australian electronic dance pioneers THE PRESETS are back with a vengeance, announcing today that their long awaited fourth studio album HI VIZ is set for release on May 18 through EMI Music Australia, and will be followed by a national tour across June, taking in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Their return was heralded in spectacular fashion late last year with the first taste of new music from HI VIZ – the urgent “Do What You Want”, which featured in triple j’s Hottest 100 songs of 2017 and the sweeping “14U+14ME”, which is among the tastemaker station’s most played songs of 2018.  Most of the album has been mixed by John Hanes who created the classic mix of “Uptown Funk” as well as working more recently with the likes of Sia, Bruno Mars and Major Lazer.  Apocalypso collaborator Scott Horscroft also mixed several HI VIZ tracks while Flume engineer Eric J mixed “Beethoven” – the pair’s sly nod to their Conservatorium years.

“We wanted to make something that was literally meant to get you out of your head”, explains Julian Hamilton. “All the songs on HI VIZ are outward looking so in that respect it’s much more like our earlier stuff.  It’s about trying to capture that energy you get on a great night out with your friends when you get to leave everything else behind you for a while.  We essentially tried to create the soundtrack to a party that we would want to go nuts at.”

“It’s taken us ages to make this album because we just kept writing and recording more and more songs”, reflects Kim Moyes. “At one point we had about 50 contenders and, like us, they were all over the map mood wise. Eventually we decided – fuck it – let’s just pick the most ‘up for it’ songs. Those tracks are always the most fun for us to play live anyway so we thought ‘why not have a whole album of them?’”.

Both Julian and Kim individually produce other artists outside their Presets collaborations, so it’s not surprising that they, once again, are credited as Producers for their own album. It’s also apt that some of the artists with whom they’ve worked should make HI VIZcameos. For example, “Are You Here?” features indie rockers the DMA’s, whose latest release was co-produced by Kim. Similarly Alison Wonderland – for whom The Presets recently created a widely played remix – guested on the beaty “Are You Out Of Your Mind?” while Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters added vocals to the dark’n’steamy “Tools Down”.

It’s been a decade since The Presets first set festival fields alight with breakthrough anthems like “My People”, “Talk Like That” and “This Boys In Love”. The pair had been making waves in Sydney’s clubs since forming in 2003 and signing to the influential Modular Records, but it was their 2008 Oz chart topper, Apocalypso, that first introduced them to wider audiences. That album was certified triple platinum and won them six ARIA Awards in their homeland. By contrast, 2012’s critically acclaimed Pacifica was comparatively introspective but epic gigs around the world – from Glastonbury Festival and Coachella to Splendour In The Grass – forged the duo’s reputation as Australian electronic music trailblazers.

HI VIZ lands May 18 and the album is available for pre-order from today, visit: thepresets.com/preorder.

 

THE PRESETS

HI VIZ JUNE TOUR 2018

PRESENTED BY LIVE NATION & TRIPLE J

With special guest Roland Tings

 

For complete tour and ticketing, visit: livenation.com.au/artist/the-presets-tickets

 

METROPOLIS, PERTH (GA/18+) – WEDNESDAY JUNE 13

THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE (GA/All Ages) – FRIDAY JUNE 15

FORUM THEATRE, MELBOURNE (GA/18+)  – SATURDAY JUNE 16

UC REFECTORY, CANBERRA (GA/18+) – THURSDAY JUNE 21

WAVES, WOLLONGONG (GA/18+) – FRIDAY JUNE 22

ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY (GA/All Ages)  – SATURDAY JUNE 23

THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE (GA/18+)   – WEDNESDAY JUNE 27

NIGHTQUARTER, GOLD COAST (GA/18+)  – FRIDAY JUNE 29

 

TICKETS ON SALE 12PM, WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

Fan pre-sale: 11am, Monday April 9 until 11am, Wednesday April 11

ELECTRIC HELLRIDE is a well-known and respected 4-piece group hailing from the Danish underground, and with tireless energy in an exciting mix of thrash, death and classic heavy metal, they are now ready with a music video for The Ghost Army.

The album entitled Praedam, which translated from latin means ”prey”, was released September 2017. The Ghost Army is the fifth song from Praedam and ELECTRIC HELLRIDE are ready to once again, add visuals to their music, and it’s even more atmospheric and dynamic than before. All songs on the album are somehow connected to this theme. Whether it is to be the hunter or be the hunted. It’s a concept that fits perfectly with ELECTRIC HELLRIDE’s desperate and aggressive soundscapes.

Gravemind are not a band who do things by the book. They are known for their off-kilter rollouts, their insanely detailed and perfectly-crafted videoclips and their ability to stand out in a niche-within-niche genre – deathcore. Having turned heads in media with their previous release, The Deathgate, Gravemind are today returning to the fray with a new track and filmclip, Lifelike. The single will be available on all digital outlets from this Friday, 6th April.

The lads in Gravemind, not ones to shy away from hard work/ideas outside the norm – are also putting this new single out on 7″ Vinyl, for order beginning Monday 9th April. As well as this, there is also an extremely limited run of 10 Lifelike test presses, on 7″ vinyl. Each test press comes with a laser cut wooden box and a lyric page typewritten by vocalist Dylan Gillies-Parsons. The page itself is made of plantable paper. When made wet, the page can be submerged in soil, and after a period of time, with care, forget-me-not flowers should grow. The owner can choose to create life, watch it flourish, and then die, or choose to hold onto the lyric page for as long as they can. Due to international quarantine, item will only be available for sale in Australia. Dylan said of the concept – “The song is about being born against your will, and some day having to die, so we thought it’d be fitting to give fans the option to literally create life, watch it flourish, and then die before their very eyes.”

Gravemind are Damon Bredin (Guitarist, writer), Dylan Gillies-Parsons (Vocalist, video director + editor), Michael Petritsch (Guitar), Aden Young (Guitar), and unofficial member/fill-in, Boris The Blade drummer, Karl Stellar. 

Dylan Gillies-Parsons, vocalist for Gravemind, said that “Lifelike is about being alive, but not really being there at all. It’s about being born against your will, and the reality that some day soon, we all die. We wanted to drop the metaphors and narrative for this release, and really be honest with the listener. It was our intention to write a song that is intrinsically Gravemind, but also very unique from our previous releases. It has been the hardest song to write lyrically, and the whole creation process this time around has been exceptionally draining, but for good cause. This song is about us, all of us, because no one can escape from this.

Lifelike was produced by Scottie Simpson + Gravemind and Recorded by Scottie Simpson in December 2017. The track was Mixed + Mastered by Lance Prenc and features additional vocals by Joshua Renjen. 

Lifelike will be available on all digital outlets from this Friday, April 6 and the vinyl will be available to order from Monday 9th April. Tickets for Gravemind’s headline Lifelike single tour in May alongside Diamond Construct and 23/19 are on sale now at gravemindofficial.com.

For more information, go to http://www.facebook.com/gravemindau

 

 

After over a year zig zagging around the world, singer-songwriter Hein Cooper has returned to Australian shores with a national tour throughout April and May, and a brand new single “Hear My Voice” produced by Hein himself and Will Hicks (Ed Sheeran, James Hersey) out digitally April 6th.

 

Releasing his Marcus Paquin (The National, Arcade Fire)-produced debut album ‘The Art Of Escape’ in2016 with smash hit single “Rusty” (high rotation on triple j, spins on BBC, and over 8 million streams on Spotify) and break out title track “The Art Of Escape“, Hein spent the better part of that year touring the country supporting James Bay and again co-headlining with Lanks, before returning briefly for Falls Festival at the end of the year.

 

Not afraid to mesh acoustic with electronic and developing a dynamic and entertaining live show combining those elements, as well as proving equally proficient in both lush and stripped back moments, debut album ‘The Art Of Escape’ was an accomplished start for the young artist. From there, he had his sights set on the world.

 

Performing over 140 shows over 18 months throughout Europe, the UK and North America, Hein headlined tours, played festivals, and supported artists such as Lukas GrahamBears DenPeter Bjorn and John, and Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes, which led to airplay in over 30 countries at over 150 stations, and a legion of fans all across the globe.

Hein’s new single, “Hear My Voice” is a song about falsehoods and self-constructed versions of ourselves:

“This song is about my experiences with falsehood, of hiding behind a version of myself that I’ve built up in a fantasy influenced by all the information thrown at us in 2018. It’s a conversation that I’m having with myself, basically saying: ‘Are you in there? Coz the guy answering the door is an a**hole and there’s gotta be someone else I can talk to!”

Hear My Voice” was conceived in a small chalet in the French Alps facing Mont Blanc during a few days off between shows in 2016, and later finished in Cornwall last year in a similarly beautiful and inspiring landscape. Co-Produced by Hein and Will Hicks (Ed Sheeran, James Hersey) in the UK, the foundations of Hein’s indie-pop and folk styles are still present, now with a newfound exploration of other genres such as electronic and RnB.


Excited to bring this new music back home to Australia, Hein is readying “Hear My Voice” and a collection of new material for upcoming headline shows nationally in April and May.


“Hear My Voice” is out April 6th, 2018.

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HEIN COOPER
‘HEAR MY VOICE’ TOUR
Friday April 27th – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Saturday April 28th – The Penny Black, Melbourne
Sunday April 29th – Porch Sessions, Adelaide
Thursday May 3rd – Leadbelly, Newtown


Tickets on Sale now via heincooper.com

 

Melbourne’s Devil Electric released their mesmerising self titled debut album in August 2017 to rave reviews to world over! The 37minute, 9-track LP is a riff heavy, doom encrusted rock n roll ride of epic proportions.
The album, has been driven by two huge singles, the towering, riff heavy Hypnotica and the sensual groove of Lady Velvet. Both complete with stunning visuals that capture the spirit of band and album completely
Watch Hypnotica here and Lady Velvet here
Today, the band release the final video in the albums trilogy for the track Shadowman

The band explain:
Shadowman is classic horror. It’s more of a presence than a person; twisted, earthy, leaving you with that feeling of unease that we have all experienced. The music video is very much an extension of these tropes and we tried to create something that paid homage to the classic horror genre.
The video was filmed over two days in the dense old rainforest of the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne, which are the perfect setting for the feel of the song and the visuals it conjures.
The striking Devil Electric album cover was shot not far from the video shoot location, so we saw it as the perfect opportunity to bring back some of the imagery from that and bring it all full circle.
The Shadowman video is the brainchild of our bassist, Tom Hulse, and we had the help of practical effects artist Moya O’Brien, as well as Max and Elle of Moonhouse, who co-directed, filmed and edited the clip. These guys were key in really interpreting our ideas and bringing it all to life and the result it the perfect ending to the album!
Devil Electric is out now!

Melodic metalcore band BETWEEN OCEANS is now ready with their first single-release Lost or Found. The band is a new addition to Prime Collective roster, and their upcoming EP Oxymoron will be released this May.

Between Oceans is a group of young men based in Copenhagen, and have flourished in the Danish underground metal scene since 2014, alongside the country’s many underground heroes such as Ghost Iris, Cartographs and Cold Black. Between Oceans has furthermore won the competition Hard Rock Rising.

The band, without a doubt, has a strong grip on song composition, and with their eyes dead set upon the future and the tendencies, which influence the younger crowd on the metal scene, Between Oceans deliver hard breakdowns, rifferama and melodies of an international standard, and these boys have certainly come to stay.

Between Oceans’ EP Oxymoron will be released May 4th through Prime Collective.

 

The mighty Like Thieves are returning to the fray of the Australian music scene today with the announcement of their brand new single ‘Never See it Coming’ and a national run of live shows. The “Never See it Coming” National tour begins on 11 May and ends 2 June and goes on sale from this Friday 30th March 9am at oztix.com.au for most shows and moshtix.com.au for Adelaide!

With Clint Boge vocally running red-hot after a completely sold-out The Butterfly Effect tour around Australia and musicians Oden Johannson (Guitar), Clint Gough (Bass) and Daniel Trickett (Drums) stoking the musical fires, Like Thieves are bringing their new, even heavier sound out on the road to Canberra’s The Basement May 11th, Sydney’s Red Rattler Theatre May 12th, Adelaide’s Enigma Bar May 25th, Melbourne’s Evelyn Hotel May 26th and Brisbane’s The Zoo June 2nd.

New single ‘Never See it Coming’ is a bolder, heavier, aggressive new track from Like Thieves. Drums, guitars and bass were recorded at Core Studios with Nik Carpenter and vocals with  Bernie Wedrat at Lush Studios. The track was mixed by Mick Gordon (well known for his award winning work on the Doom videogame soundtrack) and mastered by Ermin Hamidovic at Systematic Productions. 

2013 saw the band release their debut EP “Wolves at Winters Edge” and followed up immediately after that in 2014 with second EP “Autumn’s Twilight”, touring both EPs relentlessly and winning over fans all over the country.

Tickets are on sale for Like Thieves’ “Never See It Coming” National tour from Friday 30th March 9am – with all links at facebook.com/LikeThievesOfficial. Single “Never See it Coming” will be in all good digital stores and streaming outlets same day.

 

Friday 11 May – Canberra, ACT
The Basement – Tickets available at oztix.com.au

Saturday 12 May – Sydney, NSW
Red Rattler Theatre – Tickets available at oztix.com.au

Friday 25 May – Adelaide, SA
Enigma Bar – Tickets available at moshtix.com.au

Saturday 26 May – Melbourne, VIC
Evelyn Hotel – Tickets available at oztix.com.au

Saturday 2 June – Brisbane, QLD
The Zoo – Tickets available at oztix.com.au

More information at facebook.com/LikeThievesOfficial