Tagged: Australia

 

Sydney based rock outfit Lese Majesty are set to release new single ‘Age of Outrage’ this Friday September 21! The duo, Jodie Gibson (vocalist) and Joel Henderson (guitarist and songwriter), have joined forces with producer Luke Palmer (Dead Letter Circus guitarist) for the song – and have also featured drummer Luke Williams of Dead Letter Circus on the track. Add to that, mixing credits to Forrester Savell (KarnivoolCogShihad), and you have something of a special broth brewing. It comes as a first taste of what is to come – on an EP that will be announced very soon.

Inspired by the outrage trend gripping the thumbs of the current digital age, the point of view is from the perspective of someone who’s made a mistake and can’t live it down. “It’s personal experience” said Joel. “I wrote this stupid joke as a teenager and I always thank my lucky Zuckerberg’s that social media wasn’t around, or I would have been destroyed…. now whenever I see someone repeating the same pattern, even if what they write is absurd, a part of me can empathise with them.”

Bassist Joel Henderson describes the recording process, “Luke had this crazy riff idea that scared the pants off us… we jammed on it in pre-production one weekend, and by the end of the day we had all the music finished but no lyrics or melody. For two months we wrote about four or five different choruses and more than fifteen different verses until we finally had something that was close to the mark.

I was reluctant about this song at first, it was so frantic that I didn’t know if we could pull it off live” reveals Joel, “but the riff was bouncing around inside my head for weeks, and I had so many lyric ideas that we just couldn’t put it aside.

“It was Forresters’ cat that gave us the inspiration behind the opening line.” Singer Jodie Gibson laughs, “We were recording vocals at his home studio, we walked outside for a break, the cat would slink on over, almost close enough for a pat, and just as we reached out – it would pull its head back… classic cat tease, almost saying: “Is this what you wanted?” So that became the opening line of the song.

The single comes along with a videoclip, filmed and edited by Joel Black from Tommirock, a music and film production company from Newcastle.

The shoot location was on an island north of Sydney. Jodie Gibson, vocalist for the band, said that “I was sick of chasing council permits, so instead we hired this small tin boat, loaded it with equipment and secretly transported all the gear across the water to get to this secluded spot… we then packed the kit with cushions and towels so there weren’t any noise complaints, and for the underwater scenes we filled the kit with rocks so it wouldn’t float.”
“The scene where I fall into the water was done at 6.30am on a winters morning.” Singer Jodie Gibson recalls, “It was pretty brutal, then we got a bit idealistic and put the whole band and all the equipment in the water, in hindsight we probably should have waited for summer for these kinds of ideas.”

Lese Majesty’s new single Age of Outrage is out this Friday September 21 in all good online stores and streaming outlets.

 

Everybody has a wild side, something sinister just under the surface.

Leave it to He Danced Ivy to draw out that madness in their wild new single Spitting On Infinity; a thrashing ruckus full of distorted guitars and unique satirical lyrics that will have you feeling wilder than the house party it was recorded during.

To celebrate the release of Spitting On InfinityHe Danced Ivy will be taking to the stage with international legends Polyphia and Intervals on  Monday, September 24.

Spitting On Infinity is the perfect tune for a wild Saturday night, recorded in part during one of those wild Saturday nights when the group gathered a choir of their best mates in a Fortitude Valley parking lot.

“We gathered 25 of our closest friends and crammed them into an outdoor carpark to record the big last chorus group vocals. I don’t know how we didn’t get shut down, but listening back to our wild carpark-choir is easily one of our greatest memories,” saidbassist, Mitch.

All for the theatrics, He Danced Ivy always weave some kind of insane narrative into their music; just try to piece this one together.

“The song tells this story of this narcissist that’s in a relationship that’s falling apart. All the classic culprits are there; in-law drama, compartmentalized emotions, backstabbing, and the false hope that things will get better,” said lead vocalistDave.

“Each feeling is painted with equal parts with and sleaze as the narcissist loses all care for subtlety. They begin to revel in the opportunity to lie, cheat, and steal; hell with the consequences. They’re finished, all that’s left is to spit on infinity and piss on the sun,” said lead guitaristSean.

Spitting On Infinity is the follow up to their Frankenstein’s monster of a single,Guillotines, released in July, which saw the boys step loudly into the spotlight scoring a rotation spot on triple j Unearthed, support from community radio and taste-maker blogs across the country.

 

As A Rival are back – and they’re here to kick the door down with their second full length album, ‘Griefers’ – which will see its release into the world on Friday November 2. Today, they are heralding its imminent arrival into the world with anthemic new single ‘What We Got’. Pre-Orders for the album will go live this Friday September 21, with the single available for streaming and purchase same day. All Pre-Order links and streaming options will be at http://asarival.com.

The new single What We Got blasts away from As A Rival’s usual vein of punk rock showing a maturity and diversity in their songwriting, delivering a power punk ballad that will hit even the hardest of hearts. It’s about when someone you love is struggling through a dark time in their lives, holding onto the tiniest of threads, and doing everything possible to comfort them through it. It is an anthem about holding on to the good around you when you’re almost ready to give in to the flames.

Pete Cerni, vocalist for the band, said that “There are times when we are tested – things that we love, that we live for are put to the sword and we’re left to question ‘is it all worth it’? It’s hard not to focus on the negative. It’s hard enough when it’s your own fight, but watching it happen to someone close to you can be debilitating and make you feel helpless. What We Got addresses the internal struggle that comes with failed attempts to try and comfort those in need.

‘Griefers’ is a gaming term used to describe those who play alongside you only to turn against you, cause you pain and hinder your progress. The same can be used to describe the people we let into our lives. Pete explains, “We go through life meeting people. Connecting with them. Let them in, share with them our passions, our dreams. Some people glide in and out naturally, but others will smile at you while they fight to destroy everything you’ve built.” ‘Griefers’ encompasses the hurt you have to face to crawl out of the mess and deal with the aftermath. Life is about the fight for what you believe in. ‘Griefers’ acknowledges these trying times – the times when you do fall but that it’s ok, as long as you climb even higher as a result.

Recorded at Homesurgery Recordings, the album was produced by Tom Larkin (Shihad) with Sam K Sproull and Jon Grace. The sessions started out with a challenge – complete 50 demos within a 2 month period. A challenge that was met with gusto. 50+ songs later having explored a myriad of styles touched on in previous releases, these sessions enabled As A Rival to hone their craft and evolve their sound. The result: a 12 song punk rock deluge, tackling themes of betrayal, deceit and defiance

‘Griefers’ pays homage to a number of influences and genres culminating into what is As A Rival’s best release to date. From the raw gallop of lead single, ‘Bring Out The Dead’ to the power and grace of ‘What We Got’. The anthemic hooks of ‘Head In The Clouds’ to the burst of energy that is ‘Coup De Main’. The album is full of riffs, hooks and sing-along choruses that keep you coming back for more.
They have seamlessly collected the promises from their debut album ‘By Design’ and set them on fire, constructing a new sound from the ashes. ‘Griefers’ is not just a collection of songs, but a statement, a stamp in time outlining the challenges that have landed in their path. However, instead of dwelling on the issues and letting it hold them back, it’s time to let go. They decided to let the past die – kill it if you have to. Pete Cerni (vox/guitar) and Nathan Wheatley (drums) are joined by Johnny Beech (guitar) and Paul Trevorrow (bass) to deliver a powerfully polished punk rock album. After the tease of previous releases, what remains is a certainty and drive that screams that they are the rival they have always threatened to be.

Pre-Order As A Rival’s new album ‘Griefers’ from this Friday September 21, for release Friday November 2. For more information, go to https://www.asarival.com.

Sarah Blasko’s ARIA Top 5 album Depth of Field has delivered some of the most memorable songs – and videos – of Sarah’s career to date.  From the ghost-like imagery of ‘Phantom’ to her unsettling performance in ‘A Shot’, the unhinged magic of ‘Never Let Me Go’ and the simple drama of ‘Read My Mind’, each video has drawn and enveloped the viewer in a unique way.

Taking a different tack with ‘Everybody Wants To Sin’, the video again shows Sarah’s incredible performance mastery.  Sarah says, “‘Everybody Wants To Sin’ is the final video from ‘Depth Of Field’, made once again with Mclean Stephenson. We decided to do something pretty off the cuff and ridiculous because the song is about people parading on the internet.”

Sarah has a host of upcoming live performances including the charitable event ‘An Evening with Sally Seltmann, Holly Throsby and Sarah Blasko’ on October 27.  Presented by Newtown Festival, it sees all three members of much loved trio, ‘Seeker, Lover, Keeper’, reuniting for this one-off performance with all proceeds destined for Newtown Neighbourhood Centre.  Tickets available HERE.

She will also perform live at Brisbane Festival event ‘Tivoli In The Round’ on September 26, Queenscliff Music Festival in Victoria (23rd – 25th November) and will take on the role of very special guest for the February/March 2019 national tour from the legendary Rodriguez.

Released earlier in the year, Depth of Field has further enhanced Sarah’s reputation as one of Australia’s finest singer/ songwriters and performers – an amazing collection of songs which garnered acclaim across the globe.

 

Brisbane symphonic metal outfit Seraphic are today revealing their filmclip for new single “The Monster Within” (out now at Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, Amazon, Google Music, Deezer and Pandora!) and announcing their Single launch show Friday October 12 at Woolly Mammoth! Tickets are on sale now for the epic, operatic night at Woolly Mammoth’s site.

In this brand new single, Seraphic build upon their core, quintessential instrumentation – soaring soprano vocals, lightning guitar solos, memorable melodies and keyboards as a driving melodic force – but the addition of more prominent rhythm guitar grooves and harsh vocals cements the framework for a stronger, darker and more modern take on traditional symphonic metal. 

The vision for “The Monster Within” video was simple: a visual representation of the darkness within us slowly taking over, and our ongoing battle to never give in. Imbued with an overarching theme of duality, the six-minute film is a feast for the eyes with its fleeting, unpredictable flashes between shadows and light, and the abstract personification of one’s dance with the devil. The narrative is actually represented through dance, and the ongoing, intense struggle illustrated by the dancers is elegant yet powerfully compelling. The video ends somewhat ambiguously, leaving it open to the interpretation of the viewer as to whether the darkness ultimately takes over, or whether the real struggle is learning to accept the light and dark that is within us all. 

Operatic vocialist Sam Wolstenholme said that the new track The Monster Within is “…an incredibly significant and deeply personal track for me. I wrote this song when I was going through quite a dark time in my life – and I realised I wanted, and needed, to make some major changes not only to my life, but also within myself. Since then, things have changed for the better for me, and I’ve been able to channel a lot of that personal growth into my craft and creative process. So, releasing this track is a really important milestone. I’m so proud of the track. The lyrical content deals with some very heavy and explicit themes of addiction, which I have used as a kind of analogy to represent the internal battle with our demons that we all face at some point in our lives, and the intent is that at least on that level, it’s relatable and cathartic for listeners!” 

Seraphic worked alongside Chris Themelco from Monolith Studios after hearing his production work for bands like Trigger, Espionage and his own band Orpheus Omega and the amazing filmclip was produced by SilentDez Productions. Wolstenholme went on to praise the production house and their process. “They nailed our shadows-and-light/internal struggle/duality brief and worked really hard to get the very best product they could according to our requirements. The dancers we hired were phenomenally talented, and overall, everyone in the team pulled things together so beautifully.” 

Seraphic came into existence in 2015 – and their career so far has seen them take the stage alongside bands such as Queensryche, Wednesday 13 and Overkill – and co-headline Ye Gods of Metal Fest and Darkcell’s debut Psycho Circus festival and embark on a highly successful Australian East Coast Tour. 
2017 saw Seraphic release their debut album “Journey to Illumination” to rave reviews, followed by a hugely successful album launch show at New Globe Theatre.

Seraphic’s new single “The Monster Within” is available online now for streaming and purchase at Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, Amazon, Google Music, Deezer and Pandora and tickets for their single launch are on sale now at Woolly Mammoth’s site, Tickets for Halloween Hysteria are available at Oztix and tickets for Kamelot’s show are available at Oztix as well.

 

SERAPHIC – MONSTER WITHIN SINGLE LAUNCH SHOW
FRIDAY OCTOBER 12 – WOOLLY MAMMOTH ALEHOUSE
WITH SUPPORTS AMICABLE TREASON, ELKENWOOD & DARKLORE
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SERAPHIC APPEARING AT HALLOWEEN HYSTERIA
ALONGSIDE THE BENNIES, KING PARROT, DROWN THIS CITY & MORE
SATURDAY OCTOBER 27 – JUBILEE HOTEL
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SERAPHIC SUPPORTING KAMELOT
MONDAY 3 DECEMBER – THE TRIFFID, BRISBANE
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Perth based Alternative Rock outfit Scarlet Drive have just released their new music video ‘Sad Robot’.
The band have also announced the forthcoming release of their debut EP
‘Echoes Of Apprehension’ (out Friday September 21st) and will kick off a run of Australian tour dates in early October.
Scarlet Drive blend elements of Punk, Funk and Reggae to carve their unique Alternative Rock sound.
The band kicked off 2018 with the release of single ‘Ceto’. The release received stellar reviews from Triple J UnearthedAAA Backstage, Listen Here Reviews and many more.
The single was quickly aired on over 50 radio stations throughout Australia.
Scarlet Drive then followed up with the release of single ‘Abusement Park’, which was premiered through Happy Mag and received positive attention from blogs throughout the world. The single reached Number 1 on the Triple J Unearthed Punk Charts.
 New EP ‘Echoes Of Apprehension’ is available for pre-order on iTunes.
SCARLET DRIVE
‘ECHOES OF APPREHENSION’ | TOUR DATES
October 4th – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Tickets available at www.oztix.com.au | 18+ only
October 10th – Chateau Apollo, Adelaide, SA
Tickets available at door | 18+ only
October 11th – Bar Open, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets available at www.oztix.com.au | 18+ only
October 17th – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Tickets available at www.moshtix.com.au | 18+ only
October 18th – Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar, Sydney, NSW
Tickets available at www.moshtix.com.au | 18+ only
October 19th – Heya Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Free Entry | 18+ only
October 21st – The Shared, Yandina, QLD
Free Entry | 18+ only

 

Brisbane post-punk outfit Sleepwell have returned with the music video for their cathartic new single Acreman; a desperate call for the memory of a lost friend, driven home by the anguished vocals of Casey Ford.

Acreman marks the beginning of a new project for Sleepwell, after the release of their debut EP ‘Rose-Tinted Gold’ in 2016, a project to facilitate a healing process for the band after a shared tragedy.

“Acreman is the first part of two songs, written through last year and the year before,intended to help understand and portray personal grief, both songs reflect on the struggle to accept the death of a loved one and how pivotal that experience can prove to be in a young person’s life,” said Casey.

Pulling from more somber experiences to write Acreman, the track shows a solid progression for Sleepwell.
Drawn from softer and steadier influencesArceman is an emotive and balanced song driven by personal lyrics and is the first real ballad the band has worked on together,” said bassistTayla Ellerby.

The track combines sad aggression and a modest drive that is true to the band, both in sound and structure showing we have reached a higher level both as songwriters and musicians,” guitaristRhys Hilton.

With only one week left until the release of their highly anticipated album ‘Map Of Broken Dreams’, GREAT LEAP SKYWARD have released ‘Kindred’ – a six and a half minute saga of progressive riffs and melancholic beauty, sure to hit the soft spot of any prog metal fan. Don’t let the intro fool you, this band means business and comes armed with blast beats in tow and riffs a plenty.

Written and produced by frontman Luke Besley and mastered by the legendary Ermin Hamidovic (Periphery, Plini, Animals As Leaders, Devin Townsend), ‘Map Of Broken Dreams’ is a refreshing, yet aggressive take on progressive metal that is sure to turn a few heads.

Great Leap Skyward is comprised of vocalist & guitarist Luke Besley, bassist Matt McConaghy, drummer David Allen and guitarist Jim Munro (who is best known as the guitarist of Australia’s past premier thrash outfit 4ARM, who toured with Slayer & Gojira in 2013 across North America).

Luke Besley speaks about ‘Map Of Broken Dreams’:

“Map of Broken Dreams is an intense, layered progressive metal album with instruments and influences from all walks of music, creating a unique aesthetic and atmosphere. The combination of sounds and features from across genres external to metal gives a unique experience unlike any metal album you’ve previously heard and defies classification or bounds to one genre.”

‘Map of Broken Dreams’ is out August 31st via Metalapolis Recrds
Pre-Order Link: http://smarturl.it/07tolw

Jirga, the new film from award-winning filmmaker, author and paramedic Benjamin Gilmour (Son of a Lion, Paramedico) has been selected to make its International Premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival in the section dedicated to showcasing first or second features, Discovery.  Gilmour will be joined in Toronto by lead actor Sam Smith.

Jirga was the only Australian film In Competition at Sydney Film Festival, and screens In Competition at Cinefest Oz this week after sold-out screenings at MIFF. Following TIFF, Footprint Films presents Q&A screenings in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth ahead of the film’s September 27 release date, with other states to follow.  

Set and shot in Afghanistan in extraordinary circumstances, Jirga stars Sam Smith as a former Australian soldier who returns to Afghanistan to find the family of a civilian he accidentally killed during the war. Seeking forgiveness, he puts his life in the hands of the village justice system – the Jirga. 

Benjamin Gilmour said “We’re so thrilled to have Jirga at Toronto, such an important festival. I think audiences are really craving films like this, stories of reconciliation and peace.”

Jirga is directed and written by Benjamin Gilmour, produced by John Maynard. Executive producers are Bridget Ikin and David Gross. Jirga is a Felix Media production. Principal production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Definition Films.

 

JIRGA Q&A TOUR

 

Sydney

Thursday 20 September

6.30pm screening of JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour, lead actor Sam Smith and producer John Maynard, hosted by Sydney Morning Herald’s Garry Maddox

Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace
- 380 Military Road,
Cremorne

Buy tickets:  http://www.orpheum.com.au/wp-cinema/movie/OJIRGAQA/JIRGA+-+QA+PREVIEW/

 

Sunday 23 September

3pm screening of JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour, lead actor Sam Smith and producer John Maynard

Dendy Newtown261-263 King St, Newtown

Buy tickets https://www.dendy.com.au/events/q-and-a-screening-jirga-422

 

Friday 28 September

7pm screening JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour, lead actor Sam Smith and producer John Maynard

Casula Powerhouse

 

Wednesday 3 October 

7pm screening of JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour, lead actor Sam Smith and producer John Maynard 

Parramatta Riverside Theatre

 

Canberra

Friday 21 September

7pm screening of JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour and lead actor Sam Smith 

Dendy Canberra – Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda St, Canberra

Buy tix: https://www.dendy.com.au/events/q-and-a-screening-jirga

 

Melbourne

Tuesday 25 September

6.45pm screening of JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour and lead actor Sam Smith hosted by The Guardian’s Luke Buckmaster

Cinema Nova – 380 Lygon St Carlton

Buy tix: : https://www.cinemanova.com.au/films/jirga

 

Perth

Thursday 27 September

6.30pm screening of JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour and lead actor Sam Smith 

Luna Leederville155 Oxford St, Leederville 

Buy tix: http://lunapalace.com.au/special-events+2681+jirga-qa-screening-with-director-lead-actor

 

Triple Kill are one of Melbourne’s hottest and hardest working Heavy Metal bands. They take their music very seriously and yet at the same time have their fans laughing with their witty humor displayed in their film clips and promotional videos.

‘Age Of Rebellion’ is Triple Kill’s debut album and will take you on a journey of the creative minds and musical talent that the band share. Each song has a story and a character and mixes metal genres to create a sound that belongs to Triple Kill alone. The album’s artwork is a reflection of the meeting of both Fantasy and Science fiction.

‘Age Of Rebellion’
Written by Triple Kill
Recorded at Monolith Studios
Mastered by Thomas ‘Plec’ Johansson 

Track Listing:

  1. Event Horizon
  2. Age Of Rebellion
  3. Decay
  4. Titan
  5. Ran
  6. Lords Of Cinder
  7. Fear The Old Blood
  8. The Alchemist
  9. Tears Of A Burning Messiah

 

From the very beginning Triple Kill have been 100% committed to their music and their high energy live performances. Lifelong best friends, Rodney Goolagong (Vocals), Anthony Commune (Guitar), Ethan White (Bass), Connor O’Keane (Drums) and Daniel Mackie (Guitar) have combined their forces and talent to give you the magic that is Triple Kill.

Triple Kill’s ‘Age Of Rebellion’ is out on October 5th. Pre-Order it here:
triplekill.bandcamp.com