Sheppard’s second album ‘Watching the Sky’ has stormed home this week, landing at #1 on the ARIA Albums chart as the band trekked across the country to meet fans. With their single ‘Hometown’ riding high at radio and on Seven’s ‘House Rules’ promos, the band have gone one better than their #2 debut ‘Bombs Away’, proving not only that the Australian public still love pop rock, but also that you don’t need a major label to hit the top.

Sheppard have silenced the nay-sayers, cementing their place in Australian music history with both an ARIA #1 single and now album under their belts. The Brisbane act have created an Australian music legacy which now includes FOUR gold and platinum accredited hits, including the recent radio smashes ‘Keep Me Crazy’ and ‘Coming Home’ and are well on their way to number five with the new single ‘Hometown’.

“This album has been over three years in the making and for it to reach the top is both satisfying and humbling,” said George Sheppard. “From years of recording, travelling the world, doing live shows and finally promoting the record across four states in the last week, it has been a long process and we’re just so glad that people are enjoying the album finally.”

“When you craft an album like this, you hope that it will connect, but to have real people turn up to the record store or jump online and support us by buying the record is what really matters,” saidAmy Sheppard. “Thank you to all our fans and those that have helped us on our journey. Our first number one album is such a special milestone for us…… we’ll be celebrating tonight!”

Refusing to be defined by either their success or their detractors, Sheppard have steered their own ship as an independent band, making their own decisions and building a dedicated team that has proven a strong alternative to the majors. ‘Watching the Sky’ is the fifth Australian album to top the ARIA albums chart this year, with all five coming from indie labels, highlighting a shift in the Australian music landscape.

“Sheppard have well and truly shown that even in the world of pop rock, independent is the way to go and it’s a sign that where Aussie music is concerned, the majors are well off the pace,” saidSheppard manager Michael Chugg. “This year’s albums chart is proof positive that Australian fans want Australian music and if the corporate record and media industries can’t or won’t meet the demand, the indie scene is ready, willing and able to step up and carry the torch for our culture.”

“When Sheppard had their first hit with ‘Let Me Down Easy’ they said it couldn’t be repeated,” said Chugg. “Then we had ‘Geronimo’ and they said it was a fluke. Now they’re up to hit number five and have proven today that they are a solid album band as well. These kids work damn hard and it’s time to step back to celebrate and respect what they have achieved both for themselves and for Australian independent music.”

‘Watching The Sky’ features 14 brand new Sheppard tracks including the Australian hits‘Hometown’, ‘Keep Me Crazy’ and ‘Coming Home’ and Latin American top 10 ‘Edge Of The Night’.

Calum Scott is back in Australia to lend his formidable vocal talents to Nine’s The Voice Grand Finale tonight, performing live on this massive TV event.

Co-inciding with this appearance, Frontier Touring is thrilled to confirm that Scott, the man behind one of the world’s most recognisable and loved renditions of Robyn’s ‘Dancing On My Own’, will play his first ever Australian and New Zealand shows this October. The tour will begin at Auckland’s Powerstation on Tuesday 23 October before crossing the Tasman for shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Scott’s heartwarming appearance on Britain’s Got Talent in 2015 shot him to instant global stardom, and when he officially released his audition song ‘Dancing On My Own’ as the lead single from his debut album Only Human, it took the world by storm. The track quickly accumulated more than 6.5 million worldwide sales, reached 5x Platinum in Australia and saw the former recruitment officer from Hull nominated for the Brit Award for British Single Of The Year. Upon its release, his album resonated strongly with Australian audiences, peaking at #5 on the ARIA Albums Chart.

Only Human is the result of a long, cathartic songwriting journey. Filled with deeply personal material, Scott’s ability to transform pain into beauty is undeniable, whether he is addressing coming out to his father, unrequited longing, adolescent isolation, or the gratitude he feels toward his sister Jade, who pushed him to sing on stage for the first time and auditioned alongside him on Britain’s Got Talent.

Scott’s elegantly sculpted pop centres on his soulful vocals and heartfelt lyrics, exemplified in gently uplifting single ‘You Are The Reason’ (currently certified 2x Platinum in Australia), aching piano ballad ‘Hotel Room’ and hit single ‘Rhythm Inside’. The singer’s ability to consistently build on his gift for poignant, emotionally charged performances is a sure sign of the lasting impact the Englishman will continue to have on all who hear his voice. To experience it in the flesh is unmissable. Don’t miss a very special rendition of ‘You Are The Reason’ as Calum performs live on The Voice (Channel 9) tonight!

‘Scott’s stunningly pure voice is affecting enough in itself, but his lyrics on every one of the [album’s] tracks are vulnerable and raw.’ – Billboard

‘With Only Human, (Calum Scott) makes an impressive splash… a compelling debut album.’ – Huffington Post

2018 has certainly been a significant year for the 29 year old as he took his upbeat yet deceptively anguished balladry on the road for his first headline tour across the UK and Europe in May. This October, it’s our turn.

‘[‘No Matter What’] left concert goers captivated as Scott’s voice radiated throughout a silent crowd. Upon finishing the song, Scott couldn’t hold his emotions back and walked to the back of the stage to dry his eyes as he received one of the biggest ovations of the night.’ – The Courier Online

Fans down under are in for a treat when Calum Scott plays his very first Australian and New Zealand dates, showcasing his stunning debut album, Only Human.

 

CALUM SCOTT
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
OCTOBER 2018

Presented by Frontier Touring, [V] (AU) and More FM (NZ)

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or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted

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Fri 26 Oct          Metro Theatre | Sydney, NSW, 18+   ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

Sat 27 Oct         Max Watt’s | Melbourne, VIC, 18+   oztix.com.au | Ph: 1300 762 545

Following up the worldwide top 10 video chart success “Act I”Tarja and earMUSIC are happy to announce the release of the long-awaited follow up “Act II” this July.

Filmed during Tarja’s world tour “The Shadow Shows”, during which the influential heavy rock singer circled the world for 7 ½ times with over 300.000 km travelled and played over 200 shows in 40 countries in front of 1 million people, “Act II” consists of the singer’s very intimate 75 minute set filmed and recorded live at the Metropolis Studio in London, UK and the breathtaking live performance of one of her shows in Milan, Italy, and previously unreleased interviews and photo galleries.

The theatrical rock adventure “Act II” combines two incredible, yet slightly different live performances on video:

The first chapter, “Metropolis Alive”, has been filmed two months prior to the release of Tarja’s 2016 success “The Shadow Self”. 20 winners from all over Europe were lucky to witness Tarja’s intimate, yet rocking 75 minute set at renowned Metropolis Studios in London, UK where the singer performed songs from her then unreleased album – for the first time in front of an audience.

“Act II’s” second chapter has been recorded on November 29th, 2016 at the magnificent Teatro della Luna Allago in Milan, Italy and includes numerous hits from all four Tarja albums such as “Innocence”“Die Alive”“Until My Last Breath” as well as an incredible cover of Muse’s classic “Supremacy”. That night’s set list also enchants the soprano’s long-time fans with a medley consisting of the distinctive Nightwish evergreens “Ever Dream”“Slaying The Dreamer” and “The Riddler”. All topped off with a remarkable acoustic set which presents Tarja classics in a brand new way.

Even though the shows deliberately differ in look, sound, approach to the music and adrenalin, both have one thing in common: from the very first to the very last tune, the state of the art production displays Tarja’s energetic performance and her graceful, charming presence.

“Live videos became more and more mere documentations focusing on a band’s performance in a remote, distant and technical way. The lightshow and the LED’s only support the band’s performance but have no significance of their own.

With “Act II” it is different. Here everything has a significance, every little detail is important because it is not only a live-recording, a live-documentation.

In the video, every song was treated in order to transport the feeling I wanted to express live at the show. As close as possible to the way the audience might have felt it that night. We used additional footages, used video snippets, photos and graphics and worked with lights, framings and reflections, changed colours and created moods, distorted pictures and inserted slides. And sometimes we kept the pure picture because itself it transported everything we wanted.

“Act II” is not a live-video, it is a live-art-video and you are free to discus it very controversially; what is exactly what I want.”

Act II” will be released on July 27th, 2018 on earMUSIC as 2CD digipak, 3LP Gatefold (180g, black), DVD, Blu-ray, Limited Mediabook 2CD+2BD (incl. two full live shows filmed at Hellfest in France and Woodstock Festival in Poland as bonus) and Digital.

A wide variety of exclusive, limited fan items and bundles can be found on Tarja’s official web shop:
https://tarja.tmstor.es

“Act I”, Tarja’s first ever live release, charted Top 10 all over Europe as well as almost all over the world, with a sensational #5 in Germany’s General Charts. The video version even remained for over two months at the peak of the Finnish music video charts.

“Act II” keeps the energy and aesthetics of its predecessor, but adds a new chapter to the live saga in a brand new way.

“Turn of the lights, volume up and dive into the show!” – Tarja

 

TRACK LIST

2CD

CD1

No Bitter End / 500 Letters / Eagle Eye / Demons In You / Lucid Dreamer / Shameless / The Living End / Calling From The Wild / Supremacy / Tutankhamen – Ever Dream – The Riddler – Slaying the Dreamer

CD2

Goldfinger / Deliverance // Acoustic Set: Until Silence – The Reign – Mystique Voyage – House of Wax – I Walk Alone // Love To Hate / Victim of Ritual / Undertaker / Too Many / Innocence / Die Alive / Until My Last Breath

3LP+download code

Side A

No Bitter End / 500 Letters / Eagle Eye / Demons In You

Side B

Lucid Dreamer / Shameless / The Living End / Calling From The Wild

Side C

Supremacy / Tutankhamen – Ever Dream – The Riddler – Slaying the Dreamer / Goldfinger / Deliverance

Side D

Until Silence – The Reign – Mystique Voyage – House of Wax – I Walk Alone

Side E

Love To Hate / Victim of Ritual / Too Many

Side F

Undertaker / Innocence / Die Alive / Until My Last Breath


BD // DVD

Filmed at Metropolis Studios, London, UK, 6th of June 2016

No Bitter End / Eagle Eye / Sing For Me / Love To Hate / The Living End / Medusa / Calling From The Wild / Victim Of Ritual / Die Alive / Innocence / Until My Last Breath / Too Many

Filmed at Teatro della Luna Assago in Milan, Italy, 29th of November, 2016

Against The Odds / No Bitter End / 500 Letters / Eagle Eye / Demons In You / Lucid Dreamer / Shameless / The Living End / Calling From The Wild / Supremacy / Tutankhamen – Ever Dream – The Riddler – Slaying the Dreamer / Goldfinger / Deliverance // Acoustic Set: Until Silence – The Reign – Mystique Voyage – House of Wax – I Walk Alone // Love To Hate / Victim of Ritual / Undertaker / Too Many / Innocence / Die Alive / Until My Last Breath

Bonus Material

Interviews with Tarja and band members

PhotoGallery 1: Through the eyes of the fans

PhotoGallery 2: From stages and streets by Tim Tronckoe

Limited Mediabook

BD1

Filmed at Metropolis Studios, London, UK, 6th of June 2016

No Bitter End / Eagle Eye / Sing For Me / Love To Hate / The Living End / Medusa / Calling From The Wild / Victim Of Ritual / Die Alive / Innocence / Until My Last Breath / Too Many

Filmed at Teatro della Luna Assago in Milan, Italy, 29th of November, 2016

Against The Odds / No Bitter End / 500 Letters / Eagle Eye / Demons In You / Lucid Dreamer / Shameless / The Living End / Calling From The Wild / Supremacy / Tutankhamen – Ever Dream – The Riddler – Slaying the Dreamer / Goldfinger / Deliverance // Acoustic Set: Until Silence – The Reign – Mystique Voyage – House of Wax – I Walk Alone // Love To Hate / Victim of Ritual / Undertaker / Too Many / Innocence / Die Alive / Until My Last Breath

Bonus Material

Interviews with Tarja and band members

PhotoGallery 1: Through the eyes of the fans

PhotoGallery 2: From stages and streets by Tim Tronckoe

 

BD2

Filmed at Woodstock Festival, Poland, 16th of July, 2016

Against The Odds / No Bitter End / Demons In You / 500 Letters / Ciaran’s Well / Supremacy / Calling From The Wild / Tutankhamen – Ever Dream – The Riddler – Slaying the Dreamer / Innocence / Victim Of Ritual / Die Alive / Until My Last Breath / Over The Hills And Far Away

Filmed at Hellfest, France, 19th of June, 2016

No Bitter End / Never Enough / Ciaran’s Well / Calling From The Wild / Supremacy / Victim Of Ritual / Tutankhamen – Ever Dream – The Riddler – Slaying the Dreamer / Die Alive / Until My Last Breath

CD1

No Bitter End / 500 Letters / Eagle Eye / Demons In You / Lucid Dreamer / Shameless / The Living End / Calling From The Wild / Supremacy / Tutankhamen – Ever Dream – The Riddler – Slaying the Dreamer

CD2

Goldfinger / Deliverance // Acoustic Set: Until Silence – The Reign – Mystique Voyage – House of Wax – I Walk Alone // Love To Hate / Victim of Ritual / Undertaker / Too Many / Innocence / Die Alive / Until My Last Breath

 

 

 

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!