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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. 

MIRRORS’ ‘Cold Sanctuary’ EP is out now at https://Mirrors.lnk.to/SBfpO

 

 

To celebrate the release of their second studio LP, Is This RealThe 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!

 

Hailing from the City Of Angels, LA rockers NEXT CItY are 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 Brinckerhoff who 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.

TOUR DATES
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

Tickets from: http://davidroywilliams.com/tours/opeth2019/

As part of Monster Fest and Event Cinemas continuing partnership and in a further national expansion of the Monster Fest brand, both companies are excited to announce a new festival for 2019 at five of the highest profile Event Cinemas locations across Australia.

This festival will be under the banner Monster Fest Australia 2019 and will run simultaneously at each location from Thursday October 31st to Sunday November 3rdin AdelaideBrisbaneCanberraPerth and Sydney.

Each location will feature highlights from the Melbourne program, plus screenings and special events unique to each city and as befits something this monumental, opening night takes place on Halloween; so they are planning something “very special” to kick off the festival.

Monster Fest director, Grant Hardie says “whilst this festival will initially have a more refined program than their Melbourne counterpart, they are the first step in bringing the full Monster Fest experience to these cities in the near future and we are committed to making this festival the best experience possible for fans.

Monster Fest Australia 2019 is a “4-day weekend” event featuring the latest films, special guests and filmmaker Q&As, all built around a diverse collection of highly imaginative feature films and short film programs from around the world.

General Manager of Content at Event Cinemas Claire Gandy says: “the Event Cinemas team is extremely excited to be working with Monster Fest on this expansion and we are fully committed to position Monster Fest as the premier theatrical genre brand in the country.

First wave line up and ticketing announcements for all locations will be made this June.

 

WHEN:
Thursday October 31st – Sunday November 3rd, 2019

WHERE:

ACT
Event Cinemas Manuka

NSW
Event Cinemas George St

QLD
Event Cinemas Brisbane Myer Centre

SA
GU Film House Adelaide

WA
Event Cinemas Innaloo

TICKETS:
On Sale June

Website: http://www.monsterfest.com.au/events/monsterfestau-2019/

The iconic, GRAMMY-winning guitarist SLASH 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 stream Living The Dream HERE. 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 Rain which 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 Traveler is a return on their investment.”

Pre-Order The TravelerHERE

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 Billboard charts: 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.”

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 BroadSTARA 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.

Melbourne rockers Palace Of The King are saying goodbye to the album cycle surrounding last years scorcher of a record, Get Right With You Maker, (released a year ago in April 2018 via Golden Robot Records) with a special LIVE version of the albums title track recorded at The Corner Hotel in Melbourne!

Frontman Tim Henwood says of the song, This live version of – Get Right With Your Maker, was recorded in a packed, hot, and sweaty Corner Hotel in Melbourne a few months back. Our album (of the same name) actually didn’t include this song other than a hidden acoustic track on the CD.

We loved the track so much however, and the audience reaction to it in Europe on our last tour, that we felt it was important to record an electric version which was released at the end of 2018.

As with most songs in the POTK live show, GRWYM grew and developed a life of it’s own at the live shows, so we wanted to share this with you before bringing you new music from our forthcoming album very soon.. 

Palace Of The King supported the Get Right With Your Maker album with near constant touring throughout 2018, including a huge 8 country European tour before heading back to Australia for sold out, seperate tours with Baby AnimalsRose Tattoo and The Screaming Jets.

The guys are showing no signs of stopping with a mountain of tour dates coming up over the winter months!

TOUR DATES
POTK, The Screaming Jets & The Poor
Fri, May 10: Doyalson RSL, Doyalson
Sat, May 11: Metro Theatre, Sydney

POTK & Rose Tattoo
Fri, June 21: Edge Hill Tavern, Cairns
Sat, June 22: Kirwan Tavern, Townsville
Sun, June 23: Mt Pleasant Hotel, Mackay
Tues, June 25: Emerald Star Hotel, Emerald
Wed, June 26: Harvey Road Tavern, Gladstone
Fri, June 28: Beachouse Hotel, Hervey Bay
Sat, June 29: Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosa
Sun, June 30: Highfields Tavern, Toowoomba

POTK Headline Shows
July 5: Albury SS&A
July 6: Frankie’s Pizza, Sydney
July 13: The Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne

more tour dates coming soon!