‘Echoes Of Apprehension’ (out Friday September 21st) and will kick off a run of Australian tour dates in early October.
Following on from their critically praised single ‘Silver Ray’, Melbourne-based indie-rock group Halcyon Drive have just revealed live dates and latest cut ‘Agnosia’ – another gripping number lifted from their forthcoming debut album (due late-2018).
‘Agnosia’ shines a light on the trio’s ability to shape songs eclectically, whilst still retaining apt cohesiveness, to ensure they never sway far from their charming and distinctive sound. Opening with searing fuzz-laden guitars, the track briskly bursts into a frenetic and brazen energy; a fitting foundation for the anthemic melodies of enigmatic front man Michael Oechsle.
Oechsle talks about the meaning behind ‘Agnosia’:
“This is a song about truth. A song about, how in this day and age, it’s harder than ever to break free from whatever media, marketing or influence is being forced down our throats.
I was lucky enough to be brought up by two incredible parents who never pushed me into anything, and always let me find my own truth.
This is a song written from the complete opposite perspective- from the perspective of someone so lost in following or fighting other people’s opinions, that they’ve lost the ability to think for themselves.”
To coincide with the release, the band will play two shows at a Secret Location in Melbourne and Otto’s House Party at World Bar, Sydney. This continues on from a relentless April and May touring schedule, which included performances at The Hills are Alive Festival, headlining Rare Finds indie club night tour circuit and a support slot on Stereophonics sold-out Australian tour.
Previous single ‘Silver Ray’ was widely embraced by the likes of Australian radio stations triple j, 3RRR, SYN FM, 4ZZZ, Radio Adelaide and Edge Radio. The track also received support from worldwide tastemaker blogs Indie Shuffle (USA), Podcart (UK), The Revue (CAN), We Love That (GER), Niche Music (JAP), Red Bull Music, Laundry Echo, Savage Thrills and Pilerats.
In the coming weeks Halcyon Drive will reveal an accompanying music video for ‘Agnosia’.
‘Agnosia’ is now available worldwide
AGNOSIA LAUNCH PARTIES
FRI 10 AUG | OTTO’S HOUSE PARTY @ WORLD BAR, SYDNEY NSW
SAT 18 AUG | SECRET LOCATION, MELBOURNE VIC
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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Who is Lummox? What lies beneath the cloak? Be it a lone maverick or a crafty collective, Lummox has emerged to capture our hearts. With a sound ranging from active rock to melodic alt-rock, this outfit has come out of the woodwork to move the masses.
Backed by heavily-layered guitars, symphonic synth, and explosive percussions, the cloaked figure delivers soaring, energetic vocals to round out each anthemic track. The music is infused with passion and an urgency to achieve complete sensory domination, all to make us feel like a part of something greater than ourselves.
Although we may never know the face behind the hood, we can safely assume that Lummox has just begun its mission to enthrall and spellbind all who listen. Beneath the cloak lies a mission for larger connection, cunningly aided by its secrecy. After all, a faceless entity just might be someone you already know…
“’Deadly Dull’ is a song that we felt really needed a visual aid,” says lead singer-songwriter Patrick Miranda. “The song is powerful as it is, but adding a video really helps drive the point home and make the situation more understandable. Seeing someone you love suffer from a disease that rids them of who they are is a really hard thing to experience. We felt that director Max Moore would do a perfect job of taking this song to the next level, and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome.”
Threading together spacey guitars, evocative and interesting lyricism, ponderous spoken word and tight songcraft, the southern California quartet immediately connect by opening up. That musical empathy launched Movements on an upward trajectory in 2015. Formed by longtime friends, the group landed a deal with Fearless Records after just one local gig. Produced by Will Yip (Tigers Jaw, Title Fight, Turnover, Citizen), their debut EP, Outgrown Things, became a fan favourite. Acclaimed by the likes ofAlternative Press and New Noise Magazine, songs like “Nineteen” and “Kept” each respectively amassed over a million Spotify streams and counting as they have toured nonstop. Along the way, the band started working on what would become Feel Something before returning to the studio with Yip in February 2017. In the sessions, their signature style crystallized and coalesced. Bolstered by intricate instrumentation and explosive vocal delivery, the 11 tracks that make up Feel Something signify the musicians’ evolution.