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.
To celebrate the release of their second studio LP, Is This Real, The 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!
Subculture Entertainment Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band: The Traveler Review:
When you listen to a lot of musicians these days you realise that many of them have forgotten the art of great song-writing. Catch a brief listen to any pop radio stations and the tracks seem repetitive with vanity being the main song subject… the art of telling a story or capturing real human emotion in the lyrics seems to be something that is long forgotten. Well I am happy to say that one talented musician that hasn’t lost that art is Kenny Wayne Shepherd. His new album, his ninth, is an album full of tracks that will regain your faith in modern day music… because when it comes to song-writing this man really knows what he is doing.
The Traveler is one of those albums that you can’t just listen to once. Put it on and you’ll have it on repeat for days because it is one of those albums that is not only filled with great tracks but also an album where the lyrics really speak to you and remind you moments from your own life… yes the album’s premise might be able travelling but it is the listener themselves that is taken on the journey here.
Opening track ‘Woman Like You’ shows straight away that you are in for something special. It’s great mix of hard rock and blues shows the unique brand of music that Kenny Wayne Shepherd has made his own. The brilliant guitar playing and catchiness of the track just make it a track that you fall in love with straight-away.
That is a re-occuring theme throughout the album. ‘Gravity’ and ‘We All Alright’ are simply so catchy that you find yourself singing along to them on just the first listen while that infectious catchiness is also present on ‘Long Time Running’. Then there is ‘I Want You’ which shows why Shepherd is one of the best guitar players in the world.
What wins you over on this album though is the brilliance of his song-writing. The emotion that he captures in ‘Tailwind’ is something that is lost these days. The song captures that emotion of travelling back home after being away like very few songs have managed to do in the past. It is clearly one of the best songs of the year and a track that deserves to be heard on radio right around the world. A similar theme is also explored with some exceptional story-telling on ‘Take It On Home,’ another track that is just sheer brilliance.
The diversity of Shepherd’s music is on show as he covers Buffalo Springfield’s ‘Mr Soul’ with a brass heavy rendition and then delivers Joe Walsh’s ‘Turn To Stone’ in true blues rock fashion. The two are separated by ‘Better With Time’ which is just begging to be used on a soundtrack.
For fans of Kenny Wayne Shepherd it is easy to see that The Traveler is going to become a favourite, while for those that haven’t discovered his wonderful music – this will be the album that makes you go out and want to hunt down every album he has ever recorded. Make no mistake this is one of the albums of the year.
Hailing from the City Of Angels, LA rockers NEXT CItYare 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 Brinckerhoffwho 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.
Wed, June 5: The Peppermint Club, Los Angeles
Tues, June 11: Mercury Lounge, New York City
Tickets at nextcityband.com
OPETH are pleased to announce Australian headline shows for December 2019
There are few bands that can or will match Sweden’s Opeth. Since forming in the tiny Stockholm suburb of Bandhagen in 1990, the Swedes have eclipsed convention, defiantly crushed the odds, and, most importantly, crafted 12 stunningly beautiful, intrinsically intense albums, to become one of the best bands on the planet; whether that be live or on record. Ask any Opeth fan. Enquire with any band that’s shared the proverbial pine with the Swedes. Or, get a label representative to talk Opeth. They’ll all tell you the same thing: Opeth are peerless. And they’re only getting better.
December 2019 will see Opeth performing a stunning set of classic tracks from throughout their 30-year career as well as introducing Australian audiences to astounding new material from their forthcoming studio album.
There is little need to delve further into just how good this band is. If you’ve been fortunate enough to have been present at one of their concerts previously then you know full well that these will be shows not to be missed. If you are yet to witness the awesome power of Opeth live, then it’s time to join the legions of music fans who know already that there will never be a band like Opeth again.
OPETH AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
Adelaide – Tuesday 10 December – Thebarton Theatre
Perth – Wednesday 11 December – Astor Theatre
Melbourne – Friday 13 December – Palais Theatre
Sydney – Saturday 14 December – State Theatre
Brisbane – Sunday 15 December – Tivoli Theatre
General public onsale: Friday 10th May – 9am AEST/*Perth on sale 9am AWST
The iconic, GRAMMY-winning guitaristSLASH and his band SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS have released their brand new live video, Boulevard Of Broken Hearts.
The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams video was recorded at Slash’s SOLD OUT live performance at The Eventim Apollo, London on Wednesday 20th February 2019. The stunning video features the album version of the song overlaid with intimate backstage footage and live footage from the Eventim Apollo and shows why SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS are such an incendiary live draw. The track is taken from the most recent studio album Living The Dream. The video was shot and edited by Dan Sturgess.
The live performance video acts as the perfect precursor to SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS remaining tour dates throughout 2019. May and June sees Slash tour South America, before returning to Europe though June and July. The band then play Israel, Canada and the USA through July and August 2019.
Living The Dream (Snakepit Records/Sony Music Australia) is the third full-length offering from SLASH FT MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS. The Los Angeles Times described the album as,“his best work since the demise of Velvet Revolver. …full of “unexpected funk, boogie, blues and garage rock influences.” While Rolling Stone declared the album, “a biting blues filigree at the end of a riff, weeping solos full of long notes, boogie-woogie riffs.” Elsewhere, Classic Rock hailed, “the bands third and Best Album, ‘The Great Pretender’ is the album’s masterpiece and one of the best things Slash has ever done.” Fans can purchase or streamLiving The DreamHERE. Fueled by the Top 5 rock songDriving Rain, its live-action, animated video as well as the best critical acclaim of their career,Living The Dream debuted with 10, Top 10 chart placements around the world and #4 on the Australian ARIA chart. The first single Driving Rainwhich jumped to #5 this week and climbing–marks the band’s 6thconsecutive, Top 10 single at radio and SLASH’s fastest-rising single ever in his solo career.
On May 31, Concord Records Via Caroline Australia will release The Traveler, an album of experience and profound resonance by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. The album was recorded in Los Angeles, while on a break from their uncompromising tour schedule that left them road-tested and ready to rock, The Traveler showcases some world-class musicians: vocalist Noah Hunt, drummer Chris “Whipper” Layton (formerly of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble), bassist Kevin McCormick, and keyboardists Jimmy McGorman and Joe Krown, features ten songs including eight new originals co-written by KWS and some of Nashville’s most in-demand songwriters, plus incendiary covers of Buffalo Springfield’s “Mr. Soul” and Joe Walsh’s “Turn to Stone.”
“Because of my family, my friends, and my fans I’ve been able to explore the depths of music and chase songs wherever they may lead me,” says Kenny Wayne. “We’ve been able to do things and go places that were once just a dream, and it’s all because of the music and the people who support it. The Traveleris a return on their investment.”
Co-produced by Shepherd and Marshall Altman,The Traveler features some of the most distinctive music of Kenny Wayne’s storied career. New originals “Woman Like You,” “Long Time Running,” “I Want You,” “Gravity” and “Tailwind” (whose heartfelt lyrical metaphor provides the album’s title image) offer a scintillating balance of finesse and firepower, while the artist pays tribute to his influences with the album’s two covers. The seed for Shepherd’s menacing take on “Mr. Soul” was planted when he performed the song at a benefit show with Springfield founders Stephen Stills and Neil Young, and his epic reading of Joe Walsh’s “Turn to Stone” was first performed by Shepherd at a fundraising concert honoring Walsh.
Now a quarter century into a career that started when he was 16, Shepherd is staying busier than ever with the release of The Traveler.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd has sold millions of albums worldwide and, in addition to his five Grammy nominations, has won two Billboard Music Awards, a pair of Orville H. Gibson awards, the Blues Foundation’s Keeping The Blues Alive award and two Blues Musicawards. He’s had six #1 blues albums and a string of #1 mainstream rock singles. His last album, 2017’s Lay It On Down, debuted at #1 on three different Billboardcharts: Blues, Current Rock Albums, and Internet Albums. American Songwriter noted “There’s sufficient nitro-burning, blues-drenched shredding to keep live audiences playing their air guitars. But Shepherd’s obvious attention to and insistence on exceptional material with musical inventiveness continues to impress, and 22 years into his career raises him and Lay It On Down above his plentiful competition.”
Subculture chats to Giuseppe Di Giorgio from Black Therapy as the Italian melodic death metal outfit drops their brand new album Echoes Of A Dying Memories through Black Lion Records. You can listen to our full interview below.
Sydney based Electronic artist STARA has just released her stunning new single ‘I Like Being Alone,’.
STARA artfully blends elements of Electronic, Hip Hop and Dance music to forge her unique sonic. She meticulously crafts a bold, dusky soundscape that borrows from many musical realms and seamlessly comes together to form one complex melting point.
STARA debuted in 2016 with the release of project ‘CHAPTERS’. The collection of four tracks from the project gained over 1 million online streams and was aired on radio stations all over the world. Complex AU quickly listed STARA as “one to watch this year.”
The young songstress then dropped her debut EP ‘Simulacra’ in 2018.
The EP received high praises from the likes of Purple Sneakers,DJaneMag (UK), Brown Girl Gang and Pretty Broad. STARA toured the EP across the US; playing sold-out headline shows throughout LA, Seattle, Portland and Las Vegas.
New single ‘I Like Being Alone,’ is available for download on all major online stores.