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Fans of Rachael Craw and YA can delight in the fact that her new book will be out this November!

Called The Rift, Craw’s new novel is written in the dark and mesmerising style that has earned her an eager following among the YA community in both Australia and New Zealand.

The story is set on Black Water Island, where terrifying creatures slip through a dimensional Rift every full moon. These creatures hunt the Old Herd, an ancient race of deer whose antlers carry a potent healing compound, Actaeon’s Bane. The Rangers of the Island have protected the Herd for millennia and face a new threat from a ruthless corporation, Nutris Pharmaceuticals, who will stop at nothing to acquire the compound.

Meg Archer, the estranged daughter of the cold and calculating Head Ranger, returns to the Island to settle debts. She is reunited with old friend Cal West, an apprentice Ranger with a rare scar and even rarer gifts. Their attraction is undeniable, but fraught with complications. Can they put their past mistakes behind them and face their darkest fears to save the Island from disaster?

Says Craw, “I could not be more excited to once again work with Walker Books Australia. It’s tremendous to have the enthusiastic support of a publisher who embraces my love of speculative fiction and my vision for this wild and mysterious story. I can’t wait for Spark fans to meet Meg Archer and Cal West as they explore the dark secrets of Black Water Island.”

Rachael Craw hit the scene with her debut novel Spark in 2014. Recently optioned for film, Spark is the first in an exciting YA/crossover series about genetically engineered individuals with superhuman abilities. Craw then completed the award-winning series with Stray in 2015 and Shield in 2016.

Linsay Knight, Publisher at Walker Books Australia says, “From the first moment we were sucked into the action of this mythic tale of drama and romance, an ancient curse and, best-of-all, a rift, I realised that fans of Rachael’s Spark series were in for a heart-stopping treat. Showcasing a strong female lead, this is storytelling at its very best.”

Australian electronic dance luminaries THE PRESETS – Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes – unveil their highly anticipated fourth studio album HI VIZ today.  Featuring the singles “Do What You Want”, which featured in triple j’s Hottest 100 songs of 2017, classic dance floor filler “14U+14ME”, and “Downtown Shutdown”, which is currently triple j’s most played song of the week, HI VIZ is destined to enhance The Presets’ already formidable reputation.

THE PRESETS’ are credited as producers on the album, while most of the record 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.  Apocalypsocollaborator Scott Horscroft also mixed several HI VIZ tracks while Flume engineer Eric J mixed “Beethoven” – the pair’s nod to their Conservatorium years.

The release of HI VIZ will be followed by a national tour across June.  Commencing in Perth on June 13, it heads to Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane, winding up on the Gold Coast on June 29.

Julian said today, “However you are experiencing HI VIZ today – whether you’re at home with the vinyl, in the car with the CD, or streaming it off your phone on the way to work – just promise us one thing… that you’re gonna blast it loud.”

Both Julian and Kim individually produce other artists outside their Presets collaborations, and many of the artists with whom they’ve worked make HI VIZ cameos. “Are You Here?” features the DMA’s, whose latest album was co-produced by Kim, Alison Wonderland guests on “Are You Out Of Your Mind?” while Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters adds vocals to “Tools Down”.

It’s been a decade since The Presets delivered 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 OUT TODAY – DOWNLOAD / STREAM HERE

WATCH EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES FOOTAGE FROM “DOWNTOWN SHUTDOWN” VIDEO HERE:

 

 

The need for someone isn’t always pretty, it’s messy. It’s more desperate, like an addict afraid of losing the drug.
Sometimes the most powerful expression of a relationship isn’t “you complete me”.
It’s “when you’re here, I don’t want to die.”

Produced by Dave Hammer (JEFFE, Nicole Millar, Gideon Benson), the surprisingly uplifting new single “mess around your room” is about being there when it is not convenient, for either party. It’s about sticking around through the mess.

mess around your room” is out now on all digital platforms.

Peter Sonic will be playing some debut live shows in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne in July and August.

Peter Sonic is a 6″3 powerhouse of emotional melody. Combining southern gothic tunes with a new wave emphasis, it’s the voice that creeps into the back of your mind, it’s the itching urge for disaster.
He also makes coffee. He also really likes to dance.   
Drawing influences from the genius of David Bowie, the theatricality of Kate Bush, the despair of Lana Del Ray, the character of Clint Eastwood in The GoodThe Bad & The Ugly, and the grit of Steinbeck and HemingwayPeter Sonic is an expression of the contradictions of life; the passion and the apathy, the hope and despair, the organic and synthetic, the quiet and chaotic.
mess around your room” is a follow up to tribal drum-fuelled, groove-laden, new wave pop anthem debut single “the cracks“, which has clocked over 250,000 streams on Spotify/Apple Music and has been played on triple j, Double j, triple j unearthed, ABC local, triple R, and SYN radio.

mess around your room” is out now.

 

After their award winning 2017 release I Must Be Somewhere, Raised By Eagles are delighted to be back on the road, playing selected dates from June – August taking in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria  – and for the very first time, Tassie.  We know it’s cold out there – but Raised By Eagles are a band worth heading out into a winter’s night for.

When you see Raised By Eagles perform live it’s as if they draw breath together.  You’d swear Luke Sinclair, Nick O’Mara, Johnny Gibson and Luke Richardson have played in this band since time began. Then there’s the music itself; it’s evocative, old-soul Americana coming out of men surely not old enough to play it with such integrity, sincerity and presence – but they do.

This is a band with no need for gimmickry or lip service to the latest pop culture or trend.  With I Must Be Somewhere, and their previous  release Diamonds In The Bloodstream, Raised By Eagles have delivered an impossibly stunning suite of songs that stands tall and timeless, built on a foundation of rock solid songwriting, musicianship, a good dose of mongrel and something that simply can’t be taught – soul. So grab your coat, grab your scarf, gather your friends & head out the door to warm yourselves up with one of Australia’s finest alt-country rock bands.  You’re invited – just ask Nick!

 

Hannah Cameron’s voice is that of pure awe. The disarming young alt-folk artist has been carefully crafting delicate refrains to match it for the last few years, growing ever grander with each release. Her latest single ‘What’s It For’ is a striking culmination of this, which has already seen Cameron rally an influx of devoted fans, multiple spins on triple j, inclusions in Spotify’s Deep Dark Indie and Electric Grit playlists, and a recent addition to rotation on Sydney’s FBi Radio. Now, the distinguished singer songwriter is excited to reveal a new live recording of ‘What’s It For’ and announce an east coast album tour just around the corner.

Recently lifted from Hannah’s forthcoming album I Lay Where You Lie coming Friday 8 June‘What’s It For’ observes the rapidly shifting changes we face amidst the digital age and relishes in the simplicity of times bygone. Shot at the refreshingly obstinate Railway Hotel which hasn’t changed a crumb in the past 45 odd years, this flawless live performance strips ‘What’s It For’ back to its humble scaffolds and finds real strength there. Directed, filmed and edited by Andy Johnson with sound tracked and mixed byJono Steer, the video gives a glimpse into the raw and honest storytelling of Hannah Cameron live. 

We shot the video at The Railway Hotel in Fitzroy North. It’s this wonderful establishment, which has somehow managed to shirk the gentrification that has swept through every other Melbourne pub on this side of town. I wrote What’s It For about the way that we, often unwittingly, allow external forces to influence our behaviour and our relationships and it just kind of struck me that this was a place that had remained true to itself for decades despite all the movement and transformation going on around it. So between that and the fish tank it felt like the perfect backdrop.” – Hannah Cameron

A taste of what’s to come, the video celebrates the announcement of an East Coast album tour taking to Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, and regional Victoria, kicking it all off with a pair of shows at Bello Winter Music Festival. Having opened for the likes of Broads, LULUC, Leah Senior, Coda Chroma and more, Hannah Cameron live is an absolute treat, and this is your chance to see her at her finest yet. Do not sleep on it.

I Lay Where You Lie Album Tour Dates
Friday 13 + Sunday 15 July
Bello Winter Music Festival, Bellingen
Tickets: www.bellowintermusic.com

Thursday 9 August
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Tickets via www.eventbrite.com

Friday 10 August
Junk Bar, Brisbane
Tickets via thejunkbar.oztix.com.au

Saturday 18 August
The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine
Tickets on the door

Saturday 25 August
Golden Age Cinema and Bar, Sydney
Free Entry

‘What’s It For’ is out now via iTunes / Bandcamp Spotify

I Lay Where You Lie is out globally Friday 8 June and available to for pre-sale nowvia Bandcamp

 

Adalita is excited to present an exclusive set of solo shows coming up this June/July including the Yarraville Club on Saturday, June 16.
Deep into completing her highly anticipated third solo album, Adalita will temporarily step away from the studio to road test some new material she has been working on. Supporting her on these shows will be the sublime Amaya Laucirica who has just released her brand new sparkler, ‘Rituals’. 18+ event only.

Modern Australian rock icon Adalita is best known as front woman for Australian indie rock band Magic Dirt, who have cemented their status as one of Australia’s best loved and highly respected bands. Since 1989, Adalita, principal songwriter and one of the founding members of Magic Dirt, has been writing and producing records, touring the world and is an integral part of the Australian music scene, garnering a passionate and loyal following and countless accolades.

In 2011 Adalita released her debut self-titled solo album to rave reviews and completed a national tour to packed houses across Australia, including a performance for His Holiness, The Dalai Lama in June 2011 and also a national tour supporting Blondie and The Pretenders. She won Best Independent Release at the 2011 AIR Awards for her eponymous release and was shortlisted for the 2012 AMP music prize. In 2013, Adalita’s second solo album ‘All Day Venus’ blitzed the music scene, landing her the Age/Music Victoria award for Best Female just a month after its release and an invitation to deliver the keynote speech at the 2014 AIR Awards. Among her many achievements Adalita has worked on various collaborative projects with other artists, has been invited to speak at numerous creative writing lectures and motivational talks and also adds acting, film scoring and photography to her repertoire. Adalita is also a vegan and advocate for animal rights appearing in campaigns for PETA, Humane Research Australia and Animal Liberation Victoria. She is also passionate about wilderness conservation.

Tickets are on sale now through www.yarravillelive.com .

ADALITA + Amaya Laucirica (18+)
Saturday, June 16
The Yarraville Club
135 Stephen St Yarraville. 18+ Event
Ph: 03 9689 6033
18+
Ticket prices:  $66.50+bf (Dinner & show); $27/$32 +bf (Show only – reserved seats); $22=bf (GA); $25 on the door (if available)
Buy tickets: yarravillelive.com
Doors open:  6.45pm (D&S); 8pm (Show only)

 

For decades, Lizzy Borden has been one of theatrical rock’s top front-men. And on June 15th, Borden will issue his first album in 11 years, My Midnight Things, via Metal Blade Records.

The extended layoff between albums has not dulled his desire to rock and shock. “Although we have stayed busy touring all over the world, I missed being a recording artist. I look at the new album as a new beginning, I pushed the restart button on my career,” Borden comments.

Lizzy has just released a video for “Long May They Haunt Us”, which he proclaims as “the most meaningful song on the ‘My Midnight Things’ album. It’s about those people that are no longer in our lives but we still think about them every single day.
They haunt us with more than a memory, a haunt that we hope will never go away.”

Having signed a new contract with Metal Blade on the strength of three demo tracks, Borden opted to produce My Midnight Things himself, with Joey Scott as co-producer, who also handled all the drumming duties.  “I knew what I was going for and had doubts that I could find a producer who would understand that,” Borden explains. “My approach is very different than what is happening in today’s current sound.”

 

The album was also mixed by Greg Fidelman (Metallica, Black Sabbath, Adele, U2) and mastered by Tom Baker (David Bowie, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Tom Petty).

 

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Iconic rockers OTEP recently announced details regarding their most uncompromising, candid, all- inclusive and controversial assessment of the current residing political regime that they have ever released.

OTEP will release their eighth full-length album, aptly titled Kult 45, on July 27, 2018 via ​Napalm Records.

Drawing influences from politically-charged recording artists of the past but allowing her artwork to remain fully and undeniably OTEP, Otep Shamaya continues her nearly two-decade invasion of the senses with Kult 45.
Today, OTEP dropped their first single from Kult 45 – a hyper-political outcry to the Resistance to challenge Trump’s falsehoods and hypocrisies – entitled “To the Gallows”.
Shamaya says, “Art is resistance. Art allows us to fightback without violence. This song, “To the Gallows”, is meant to shine a light on Traitor Trump’s attacks on the Constitution, on Healthcare, on the LGBTQ+, the African American, Hispanic and Muslim communities, DREAMERS, and women’s reproductive rights. Not to mention that this spurious President might have committed just a little bit of light treason, but this is why we rally, this is why we march, and this is why I write. Because when I look back someday I want to know that I did everything in my power as an artist, activist and citizen, to stop him and his bigoted embryonic autocracy.”
Throughout the span of her career, Otep Shamaya has been an undeniable force in bringing awareness via various acclaimed mediums to the social and political injustices felt by various communities and subcultures. For years, publications such as Revolver Magazine have lauded Shamaya for “following in the footsteps of outspoken musicians from folk singer Woody Guthrie to Rage Against The Machine‘s Zach de la Rocha”, dubbing her “one of music’s catalysts for social change”. So, with the political climate as it is today, now it’s the perfect time to impact with Kult 45.
Shamaya has gone on record to say that Kult 45is the most authentic album OTEP have ever released, at least since their first record, and self-producing it helped achieve this result. Kult 45 was recorded at The Lair in Los Angeles, completely utilizing the same equipment used for OTEP’s first album, Sevas Tra (down to Shamaya’s vocal microphone, a SHURE Beta 58), in order to create a sound reminiscent of their roots. Kult 45was self-produced by Otep Shamaya and Aristotle, with assistant engineering from Larry Goetz, Nicolas Schilke and Lizzy Ostro.
OTEP does not hold back on Kult 45, pointing out all sorts of political duplicities and leaving them in their wake. The band explodes on aggressive, adamant anthems like “Halt Right” and “Molotov”, which act as timely outcries against the recent resurgence of hate groups. Tracks like the in-your-face ​“Cross Contamination”explore the hypocrisy of the evangelical right giving Trump a pass on his infidelities, and cherry-picking scriptures to fit their ideologies. “Invisible People” approaches immigration issues while pointing a strong finger at Trump, the electronically-charged “Boss” aims to break, fight, and redefine gender roles, “Shelter In Place”investigates the topic of school shootings, and “Trigger Warning” targets rape culture – specifically Stanford rapist Brock Turner –with a vengeance.
One of the last tracks on the album is a true-to-form cover of “Wake Up” – an homage to political music icons, major Kult 45 writing inspirations, and original track recording artists Rage Against The Machine. The album closes with the bonus track “The Tribe Speaks”, featuring recorded voicemails from fans expressing how OTEP’s music has changed their lives. Shamaya says the voicemails are truly moving and keep her fighting as an artist and activist.

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Globally renowned, chart-topping band DEVILDRIVER recently announced the upcoming release of their highly-anticipated full-length album of outlaw country-gone-metal anthems,
Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1.The monstrous collection of savage metal interpretations will be released  on July 6, 2018

Today, DEVILDRIVER is pleased to reveal the third video in a series of new interview commentary videos supporting the release of Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1.

The third segment, entitled “The Guests”, features members of DEVILDRIVER discussing what is was like to have so many iconic guests featured on the album, as well as album guests John Carter Cash, Randy Blythe of Lamb of God, Lee Ving of FearHank3Wednesday 13, and Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory reminiscing about how they came to be involved and their different approaches to recording the tracks.

In the video, drummer Austin D’Amond says: “It’s crossing sh*t off of a bucket list… like, really? I got to do a cover song of this legend [Johnny Cash] and his son [John Carter Cash] is on this f*cking track – wow, that’s bad as hell…. every one of these guests, it’s not like it’s some half-assed thing… they’re wailing on this sh*t. They’re psyched to be a part of it and we’re psyched to have them. It’s an honor.”
From the opening seconds of Hank3’s “Country Heroes” onward, Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1 is simply one of the most invigorating records the band have made yet. More importantly, these evocative, irresistible songs have all been wholly rebuilt from the ground up, powered by the classic DEVILDRIVER sound and embellished with Fafara’s unmistakable feral roar. Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1 was produced, mixed and recorded with Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, Sepultura, The Cure), and co-produced by DevilDriver guitarist Mike Spreitzer. The album was mastered by renowned engineer Alan Douches.
Completing this unprecedented project is a host of metal and country luminaries providing unforgettable cameos: horror metal icon Wednesday13 lends his incensed rasp to George Jones’ “If Drinking Don’t Kill Me”, 36 Crazyfists frontman Brock Lindow brings fire and soul to Steve Earle’s, “Copperhead Road”, and Fear Factory’s Burton C. Bell helps to turn Richard Thompson’s anti-war classic, “Dad’s Gonna Kill Me”, into a brooding gothic metal extravaganza. Meanwhile, Lamb of God members Randy Blythe and Mark Morton contribute to an exhilarating decimation of Willie Nelson’s “Whiskey River” before Randy makes a second appearance on DEVILDRIVER’s version of cowboy standard “Ghost Riders In The Sky”; the latter featuring the son and daughter of Johnny Cash himself, John Carter Cash and Ana Cristina Cash. The album also features the iconic voice of Fear, US punk rock legend Lee Ving, on Johnny Cash’s “The Man Comes Around” and David Allan Coe’s “The Ride”.
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POWERWOLF – Germany’s most successful band have just released the official music video for their new very first song “Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend”.

The song is taken from the new album The Sacrament Of Sin which will be released worldwide on July 20th 2018 via Napalm Records.

POWERWOLF‘s history of success is a true metal fairytale! Their last three records all landed in the TOP 3 of the German album charts — with two of those releases hitting the No. 1 slot.
Along with sold-out headline shows and frenetic festival gigs all over Europe, POWERWOLF prove that metal is indeed a religion and that with new album The Sacrament of Sin, the best is yet to come!
 
The full The Sacrament Of Sin track listing can be found here:
1. Fire & Forgive
2. Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend
3. Killers With The Cross
4. Incense And Iron
5. Where The Wild Wolves Have Gone
6. Stossgebet
7. Nightside Of Siberia
8. The Sacrament Of Sin
9. Venom Of Venus
10. Nighttime Rebel
11. Fist By Fist (Sacralize Or Strike)

12. Midnight Madonna (Bonus Track – only available via EMP and Napalm Records-Mailorder)

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