J.J Abrams (Star Trek, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) has been keeping the whole world guessing with his new film Overlord. We know the film is directed by Julius Avery (Son Of A Gun, Jerrycan) and stars Wyatt Russell (Everybody Wants Some, 22 Jump Street) and Pilou Asbaek (Game Of Thrones, Ben-Hur) but the rest peope are just guessing about. Now we get to learn a little more as Paramount drops the film’s final trailer.
When John Butler strides onto the Sydney Opera House Forecourt for two special shows this February as part of his national tour to celebrate the release of his HOME album, it will be with an ARIA #1 Album award in hand after fighting off Cher and The Living End to take the crown on this week’s chart.
It’s a fitting accolade for Australia’s most successful independent musician to hit #1 for the first time since 2010’s ‘April Uprising’ in a year that has seen Australian independents take more #1 albums than ever before.
As one of the first artists of the modern era to prove that you can build an independent career on your own terms, it is yet another trailblazing moment made even more satisfying by the deeply personal and emotive content of the now-officially-hit album HOME.
“I can’t express how grateful I am to the Australian community of fans that went out and made this album number one,” said John Butler. “With so many massive artists releasing at the moment I really didn’t think we had a chance. I’m just absolutely awe-struck by the love this album is getting and the ever-strengthening relationship I have with my audience after almost two decades. WOW!!! Thank you times a million to all the fans and my amazing team.”
John Butler Trio’s victory lap will happen across January and February with shows across six states and territories, sharing the stage with good friend and fellow legend Missy Higgins, up and coming singer songwriter Stella Donnelly and special guests in each state including The Waifs, Dan Sultan, Baker Boy, The Teskey Brothers and more.
“These shows take on an even greater meaning to celebrate not only a #1 album, but also that my community of friends, fans and supporters have achieved this around an album that celebrates self-reflection, triumphs, anxieties, redemption and the lived experience of being human,” said John Butler. “I can’t wait to join Missy, Stella and our friends around the country to embrace our positivity and humanity.”
All Shows with Missy Higgins except * All Shows with Stella Donnelly except #
Friday 25 January – Wignalls Winery, Albany, WA – Also with Carla Geneve # Saturday 26 January – Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River, WA – Also with Carla Geneve # Friday 01 February – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA Thursday 07 February – Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC – Also with Dan Sultan Saturday 09 February – A Day On The Green, All Saints Estate, Rutherglen, VIC – Also with Dan Sultan
Sunday 10 February – Stage 88, Canberra, ACT – Also with The Waifs
Thursday 14 February – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15 February – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney NSW
Saturday 16 February – A Day On The Green, Bimbadgen, Hunter Valley, NSW – Also with Dan Sultan
Sunday 17 February – Park Beach Reserve, Coffs Harbour, NSW – Also with The Teskey Brothers
Wednesday 20 February – Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, Bundaberg, QLD *
Thursday 21 February – The Great Western, Rockhampton, QLD *
Friday 22 February – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD – Also with Special Guests * Saturday 23 February – Tolosa Park, Hobart, TAS – Also with Baker Boy
SET AND SETTING are a young band from St. Petersburg, Florida who merge instrumental rock with a thick metallic edgeand elements of drone and ambient music.
The result is a captivating wordless genre amalgam“ Decibel Magazine raved and Brooklyn Vegan defined their sound as “metallic chug to trippy psychedelia to soaring post-rock beauty… like Russian Circles teaming with early Pink Floyd“.
Since their debut album Equanimity in 2013, “the quartet has been very active throughout theunderground and extreme music scenes in the U.S. and Canada. In 2014 SET AND SETTING released their second album A Vivid Memory via Prosthetic Records and continued to tour internationally and locally with bands such as Mouth of the Architect, EyeHateGod, Inter Arma and Kayo Dot throughout 2015. 2016 brought a tough year of writing and recording while battling injuries within the band limiting live performances. In 2017 SET AND SETTING released theirthird full-length album Reflectionless and now SET AND SETTING are now returning with their 4th album Tabula Rasa, the band’s heaviest album to date and their debut on Pelagic Records.
The band comment ‘When we were writing this album, we had a new lineup and felt a new energy. We named this song Ecdysis because it felt like we we were shedding old skin and pushing new boundaries we haven’t reached yet.’
‘We purposely tried to extend the boundaries of our sound by adding more extreme metal and punk influences all while still sounding like ourselves“ guitarist Shane Handall comments.
The album was recorded and mixed during 10 straight days in Miami.
“”It’s time for us to unleash our fifth record RESONANT SUN, the consequence of couantless hours on the road & intoxicated madness.
We’re pumped with the outcome – and think we’ve managed to strip it down to the raw essence of what the band has become.
Drawing inspiration from opposites – RESONANT SUN will take you on a hard-boiled trip through a vast array of emotional oddities. We can’t wait to finally show you this filthy fuzz-laden doom monster and hope that you’ll love it as much as we do. Go let the fuzz take you!”
Ever since their inception in 2010, “Berlin 3-piece EARTH SHIP have built their reputation in the vast field of the stoner / doom / sludge underground scene as one of the most relentless and heavy-hitting live bands out there. With their thunderousblend of sludgy riffs bluesy leads virulent vocals and a massive dose of both groove and humour vocalist Jan Oberg, his wife Sabine (bass) and Sebastian Grimberg (drums) have taken EARTH SHIP to the stages of Desertfest, Stoned From The Underground & Pelagic Fest
and tours with bands like RED FANG, TORCHE, CROWBAR & VOIVOD.
After 3 albums on Pelagic the band signed with NAPALM RECORDS for the release of 4th studio album „Hollowed“ in 2016.
But the alliance didn’t last long and the band returned to Pelagic’s welcoming arms for album #5: Resonant Sun.
EARTH SHIP continues an evolution towards more stripped down arrangements and tunes that stun through simplicity and heaviness an evolution that began with 2014’s Withered album.
While the occasional clean vocals remind of TORCHE or ALICE IN CHAINS Jan’s range stretches far out into the harsh spheres of bands like MANTAR or WEEDEATER.
The strikingly fat production ofthe album was done by the band leader himself at his own HIDDEN PLANET STUDIOS in Berlin where all EARTH SHIP albums to date were made.
Mighty Swedish Stoner force GREENLEAF just released their amazing and amusing music video for „Good Ol`Goat“.
The band on their epic movie:
“We wanted to do something funny and entertaining and Peder Bergstand came up with this idea. It’s a very fitting video since it’s packed with dad jokes and some of us recently became fathers. Enjoy the bass!“
On November 9th, Hear The Rivers comes into world via Napalm Records.
This album turns out to be quite the mesmerizing bag of tricks that seizes the Swedish Stoner sound and enriches it with so many wonderful things, like the just released unforgettable riff-o-rama „Good Ol`Goat“ or the slow soulfeeder „We Are The Pawns“. An absolute gem of an album that is best kept in the family – which is why former GREENLEAF- and Dozer drummer Karl Daniel Lidén (Craft, Bloodbath, Crippled Black Phoenix amongst others) produced it.
GREENLEAF summarize this record in the following way:
“Hear The Rivers is our full length number 7. Lucky number 7? Well, we like to think so! All the songs give us huge smiles on our faces and we are extremely proud of what we have done! As always we try to take our listeners on a trip with our music, make them wanna bang their heads, dance, smile and cry (of happiness of course). This is easily the biggest sounding record we have ever done and we hope people will enjoy it as much as we do!”
The full track listing of Hear The Rivers reads as follows:
Perth rockers (and burgeoning international superstars) The Faim have just released the video for their anthemic new single ‘A Million Stars’. The clip was premiered by influential L.A music site Ones To Watch. The video was filmed in Berlin, Germany and follows frontman Josh Raven as he reminisces over a past love interest. ‘A Million Stars’ also appears on the band’s debut EP, Summer Is a Curse, which serves as a prelude to their hotly-anticipated first full-length album, slated for release in 2019.
“ ‘A Million Stars’ isn’t only about appreciating the person you’re with or the location you’re in, it’s about being free of the world’s distractions and valuing the little details that make a memory unique. I believe we’re defined by our reactions to these moments,” says Josh. “This video represents the double-edged sword of sharing perfect memories, but being thrust into a situation where cherishing them might not ever be possible. It’s a reality anyone faces when you’re away from loved ones, friends or even a familiar place.”
In other news, The Faim are excited to announce their first ever U.S. tour, supporting fellow Aussies, Hands Like Houses, in November and December. The group will also share the stage with Emarosa, Devour The Day, andArlington. The trek begins and ends in California, kicking off in San Francisco on Saturday, November 10th and wrapping in Los Angeles on Sunday, December 9th. The run of dates also hits major cities including Chicago, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Nashville, and Atlanta.
The Faim are also currently on tour in Europe supporting Against The Current, which concludes in Paris next week on Thursday, October 11th. A full list of shows is included below.
Since the release of their new EP, The Faim have clocked an impressive 8+ million total global streams, as well as over 5.5 million globally on their smash single, “Summer Is a Curse.” The band’s music has also landed on notable Spotify playlists including New Music Friday, Rock This, The New Alt, Top of the Morning, The Scene, and New Noise.
The Faim Tour Dates:
^w/ Against The Current
* w/ Hands Like Houses
5th October- Trix Club, Antwerp, Belgium ^
6th October- Gretchen, Berlin Germany ^
7th October- Uebel & Gafaehrlich, Hamburg, Germany ^
9th October- Ampere, Munich, Germany ^
10th October- Batschkapp Frankfurt, Germany ^
11th October- Yoyo, Paris, France ^
10th November- Slims, San Francisco, California *
12th November- The Complex, Salt Lake City, Utah *
13th November- Marquis Theatre, Denver, Colorado *
16th November- Bottom Lounge, Chicago, Illinois *
17th November- Fubar, St. Louis, Missouri *
18th November- The Emerson Theatre, Indianapolis, Indiana *
19th November- Trixies, Louisville, Kentucky *
20th November- Magic Stick, Detroit, Michigan *
21st November- Skully’s, Colombus, Ohio *
23rd November- Brighton Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts *
24th November- Gramercy Theatre, New York, New York *
25th November- The Foundry at the Fillmore, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania *
27th November- Soundstage, Baltimore, Maryland *
28th November- Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, North Carolina *
29th November- Rocketown, Nashville, Tennessee *
30th November- The Masquerade, Atlanta, Georgia *
1st December- Soundbar, Orlando, Florida *
3rd December- White Oak Music Hall, Houston, Texas *
4th December- Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill, Dallas, Texas *
5th December- Alamo City Music Hall, San Antonio, Texas *
7th December- Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, Arizona *
9th December- Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles, California *
The stellar career of singer songwriter Bob Evans receives the Best Of treatment compliments of new album, Full Circle, released today. Full Circle also features brand new track ‘Drowning’ and is accompanied by a video filmed in studio by Arlo Cook during the recording of the track.
To mark the release, Bob Evans will hit the road for a national capital cities tour kicking off at Black Bear Lodge in Brisbane on October 19, and moving through to Sydney, Adelaide and Perth, before finishing up at Northcote Social Club in Melbourne on November 3.
Discussing Full Circle, Kevin Mitchell explains, “I didn’t want to approach this like a traditional Greatest Hits or Best Of. I like the idea of it being presented more like an introduction to my work if you had never heard of me. This would be the record for that person. So I didn’t want to just bundle the singles together or present the songs in the order they were released. Some singles didn’t make the cut, in favour of album tracks that have grown legs of their own and found some kind of special place of significance without ever necessarily being on the radio or anything … It was quite hard actually, trying to narrow 5 albums down to 14 tracks. But I’m happy with how it looks. I’m proud of what I’ve managed to create.”
Mitchell was already under the Australian music spotlight as singer/guitarist for indie-rock-darlings Jebediah when in 1998 he found a t-shirt in a Perth op-shop with the number 15 on the back, and the name ‘Bob Evans’ printed on the front. Coincidentally at this time he was embarking on his first solo shows in Perth and a random name on someone’s discarded basketball shirt took hold. He may have grown out of the t-shirt, but the name fit and has stayed for an impressive solo career.
“This Bob Evans guy has been hitching a ride in my life for 20 years,” Mitchell laughs. “It’s an unusual relationship to have with something that isn’t real.”
Mitchell recently co-founded Music with Mates, forming a new Australian non-for-profit organisation to help young migrants create new friendships by grouping them with locals to attend music concerts for free. The project aims to foster friendships and to help young migrants better integrate themselves into their local community. Tickets will be donated by musicians, agents and promoters. Artists who have already pledged their support for the project include Bob Evans, Josh Pyke, Busby Marou, Clare Bowditch and Paul Dempsey.
“Music is such a great way for young people from all walks of life to connect,” Mitchell says, “our aim is to create an inclusive, compassionate environment for new arrivals to Australia.”
Melbourne indie outfit The Attics are excited to reveal their latest psych-pop jangle ‘Pastel Blues’ and announce a small handful of upcoming live shows. Following on from their previous single ‘Ultramarine’ and fun-as-all-heck single launch at The Grace Darling last month, the country-Victorian born four-piece will play a handful of intimate live shows to celebrate the shiny new release.
An introspective narration, the new single captures the ponderings of an escapist rotating through the daily 9-to-5. ‘Pastel Blues’ is much more opaque than its title suggests, beaming with bold hooks and playful arrangements that are captivating and instantly recognisable as their own. As with the dynamic ‘Ultramarine’, ‘Pastel Blues’ was once again recorded and mastered by Isaac Barter and co-produced with lead vocalistCameron Wade, with mixing by acclaimed engineer Steven Schram. Striking, fun and a little bit silly, the single is rapidly becoming a set list favourite at any live show, and is sure to be listed as a staple of many summer playlists to come.
“Pastel Blues is the least serious thing we’ve written in years. It’s a playful exploration of the phrase on repeat in the chorus, “wondering how it feels bad to be good all the time”. It’s a really dumb set of words, but a funny thing to think about in depth. So we’re exploring that with this kind of wandering commentary, reconfirming that life would be super bland if we only ever did what we were told we should. I think you can almost feel the music taking a few steps back and lazily fall into line with the idea…” – Cameron Wade, The Attics
After a recent run of shows opening for indie duo Slum Sociable, as well as past festival appearances at By The Meadow and Canada’s Indie Week Toronto, the four-piece have acquired a live show that is a joy to behold. With dreamy guitar hooks, driving bass lines and heart stirring percussion, The Attics will bring their signature feel-good vibes to Melbourne, Bendigo, Geelong and Abbotsford in intimate band rooms and outdoor stages over the next couple of months. Catch all the action at the below dates and remember to tie those dancing shoes tight!
Upcoming Shows: Thursday 11 October
The Band Stand at Artlands, Bendigo VIC
Saturday 13 October
White Night, Geelong VIC
Thursday 8 November
Supporting Ben Panucci
The Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford VIC
The legendary Queen of House Music herself Kym Mazelle joins Subculture Radio to chat about her forthcoming gig at the Sydney Opera House. All the details are below and you can listen to our Kym Mazelle on the Spreaker player on this page.