Category: Music

Brisbane newcomers Understory have released their new single and music video ‘Windbreaker’, which was premiered via AAA Backstage.
The lads have also announced an upcoming support show with Hands Like Houses and Young Lions on October 26 in Mooloolaba.
“Windbreaker focuses on a soul seeking guidance while having to navigate through a world where status often dictates our decisions or influences our thinking.”
Understory create a truly unique and dynamic brand of Rock music.

Understory formed in 2018 and have spent the past year honing their craft at venues throughout Queensland, playing alongside artists such as Greywood and Grizzlyshark.

The band recently headed into the studio with producers Troy Brady (The Amity AfflictionIn Hearts WakeThe Brave) and Forrester Savell (The Butterfly EffectMake Them Suffer, Dream On Dreamer) to record their debut EP (set for release on November 15.)

New single ‘Windbreaker’ is available for download on all major online stores.
UNDERSTORY
SINGLE LAUNCH DATE
Saturday October 26th – The Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba
Supporting Hands Like Houses (Through Glass Tour) + Young Lions
Tickets available at www.oztix.com.au | 18+ only

 

Miami, FL hard rock band GEARS has joined forces with legendary LIVING COLOUR vocalist and front-man COREY GLOVER for a modern update to the 1988 hit single, “Cult of Personality.”

“Cult of Personality” was recorded in Recorded at Wombat Studios in New Jersey and Jettlane Studios in Kentucky, Mixed by Corey Lowery and Mastered by Paul Logus, with the video being filmed and directed by Estil Robinson.

“‘Cult of Personality’ is a song that we always wanted to cover. That groove, that riff, the vocals, lyrical content … Everything about it has always stuck out to us and been a personal favorite. To have the opportunity to not only record a song that is important to us, but to have Corey Glover himself come in and perform on that track, it was truly a special moment. He was so easy and fun to work with and the final product is really something that we are extremely proud of” – JIMMY WOOTEN

Miami based hard/heavy rock act GEARS isn’t your average start-up garage band. Despite being confronted with a near disastrous setback at the cusp of their debut, headlining tour, jarring line-up changes, and financial challenges, the band has persevered and rebuilt.

Founded in February 2014, Trip 6 (Urban Rebel), Eli Parker (Endo), Tommy Herres (SCARLET CARSON) and Jimmy Wooten (SKINMASK) were all looking for new projects as their old ones had run their course.

We all wanted to do something more modern, but still rang true to our influences. Something that we could aggressively market and tour on. So, we all met up in Miami after months of talking about doing something together and what came out was the first EP, “Set in Motion.”

They released Set in Motion in May 2014, immediately launching into their first headline run with support from I-Exist. Just three days into the tour, their equipment trailer disconnected, resulting in a massive, horrific accident; not only did they lose their gear, but the tour van was totaled and the band members sustained serious injury. In spite of this tremendous blow, the group endured and continued the tour without missing a beat.

Later it developed that two of the founding members were unable to continue, leaving the band reeling and having to replace them with skilled, compatible substitutes:

“I was talking with a mutual friend, Joe Taback (12 Gauge Embrace) about needing a guitar player for GEARS because we let go of Eli and he suggested Bobby Thomas. I called him and showed him the songs and he was ready to go. As far as bass, I knew Chris from when Needlemouth was a thing out in Cali and I always liked his playing and he was super laid back & cool. I knew both of these dudes were definite upgrades at their instruments and were a better fit personality wise than what we had to deal with previously.”

In June 2015, Wooten and Six teamed with Corey Lowery (Saint AsoniaStuck MojoStereomudDark New Day) and Troy Mclawhorn (EvanescenceSeetherDark New Day) on their new EP Pride Comes Before the Fall, and announced the addition of new members Bobby Thomas and Chris Dorame. They hit the road for their Riser Tour, once again with I-Exist, in July, wrapping up the run in September, but kept the momentum going with the digital release and lyric video for their debut single off of Pride Comes Before the Fall, “Face Down”. The band rounded out the year with the release of their much anticipated sophomore EP on November 10th, with both headlining tours and a support slot with Trapt slated for 2017.

After a very successful tour in 2017 with Seasons After and Bridge to Grace, GEARS has released a new single and video for “KING.” Once again, joined by Corey Lowery in the studio, GEARS continues to evolve. Boasting an even heavier sound with groove and aggression, they set out for Headlining Dates as well as Support Slots with NonpointUpon a Burning Body and will round out their 2018 Summer/Fall Tour Dates with the last of 3 legs with All That Remains concluding at the end of September.

After touring much of 2018 with All That Remains, GEARS has shifted focus to releasing more music. Their first 2019 offering will be “TANGO YANKEE’ which features LAJON WITHERSPOON of SEVENDUST.

GEARS is currently in the studio with Corey Lowery working on some more new music and will have upcoming tour dates to announce for 2020 soon.

We’re still moving forward and, despite everything that has been an obstacle in the short time we’ve been a band, everything still keeps growing and getting better.

Astral People and Handsome Tours are proud to announce the return of Indiana-based rapper Freddie Gibbs, in support of his latest critically acclaimed album Bandana.

Released this past June, Gibbs second full-length album with long-time producer / collaborator Madlib was met with widespread acclaim, with Pitchfork scoring it an 8.1/10, saying “as mouth-watering a combo as licorice and pickle juice”, while Stereogum called it “everything we could’ve hoped [for]”.

Bandana features legendary hip hop contemporaries Killer MikePusha-T and Yasin Bey aka Mos Def, as it sees Gibbs further cement his legacy through his prolific output, which includes two full length releases, Fetti and Freddie in the last fourteen months.

Growing up on the east side of Indiana, Gibbs saw his fair share of drug-dealing and violence, forming the centrepiece of his introspective commentary and laid-back delivery.

With his first appearance on Australian shores since 2016, Gibbs will perform two special headline shows at Woolly MammothBrisbane (Fri 3 Jan) & Metro TheatreSydney (Sat 4 Jan), in addition to multiple New Zealand festival appearances in late December.

Tickets on-sale at 10am AEST on Friday August 16 from handsometours.com

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
imotorhead.com

Moana is the creative project of artist Moana Mayatrix, once described by Triple J’Gemma Pike as one of Australia’s fiercest front women.

Since the group’s inception in 2013, countless words have been written about the avant garde art rock outfit, all edging around the idea that there is something otherworldly, verging on genuinely dangerous, about this act.

Combining the shamanic stream-of-consciousness poetry of peak- era Patti Smith with psychedelic melodies, heavy guitar licks, and propulsive rhythms, Moana doesn’t so much craft songs as pagan prayers set to the heartbeat of the world.

Having previously released three singles, the captivating Dracula, the haunting
Sister Winter and the exotic Scarab, Moana return with The Cultess is the fourth and final single from their highly-anticipated debut album due for release later this year via Mysteria Maxima Music.

The Cultess sees Moana expand into heavier, sludgier territory and showcases the stylistic diversity alongside those first singles. Mixing elements of art-rock, metal, vintage rock and doom you’re left dripping in something mystical, explosive and down right sexy.

Moana transgresses the boundaries of form and genre, incorporating experimental art, theatre, spoken word performance, poetry, costuming, and more in a cross- media syncresis that engages all the senses physical and beyond, in a kind of ecstatic reverie. A singular approach to music and art has gathered to them a fiercely loyal tribe of fans, who have engaged with the project to successfully crowdfund not only their sophomore EP, but part of their upcoming debut album.

The Cultess is available now
orcd.co/moanacultess

Debut album coming soon!

 

 

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