Tagged: Rock

 

The Pineapple Thief  have launched their brand new video for “Try As I Might”, the new single from their forthcoming new studio album Dissolution.

The highly anticipated follow up to 2015’s Your Wilderness, is the band’s second album to feature King Crimson and Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison.

Vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Bruce Soord explains his dystopian view “The video follows the theme of the song and the album – if you sign up to this hyper connected world we live in, then you have to live with the consequences.  Try as you might to get out of it. 

The futuristic clip was created by Blacktide Phonic/Visual (www.black-tide.co.uk) director George Laycock, who expands on how he created the film “When The Pineapple Thief came to me with their track ‘Try as I might’, they had a broad basis for an idea for a music video that dealt with a social media obsessed ‘connected’ world.

This had nods to previous films and television like ‘The Truman Show’, ‘Black Mirror’, the ‘Big Brother’ landscape and its preceding shows, so it was about creating a storyline using these broad influences and encapsulating into an obscure 3 minute film on a budget.

I was interested in the concept of ‘in eye cameras’, scary technology I am sure isn’t too far away from us. We decided to go down the optical medical route and follow our character on a journey from first pre-operation, to surgery, recovery and then trying to battle the decision he has made, whilst battling with the corporation he has signed up too. The film hopefully leaves the viewer to create their own conceptions on his outcome.

We filmed it all on the Dorset/Devon coastline around where I live and were fortunate to be able to secure great locations to shoot in with a few favours, including a remote seaside post-modern house, a private beach and a real working hospital and opticians.

To keep the cast down to a minimum I decided that the camera that is watching Bruce would become the main supporting actor and his nemesis, appearing in scenes without anyone operating it. This allowed us to see the cameras point of view and tell the story to the fictional viewer. This old broadcast camera weighed an absolute ton, and carrying through remote woods, down a mile-long steep cliff path to a beach was a challenge on some of the hottest days of the year. Filming in the water at the end was a welcome refreshment. 

Many thanks to all those who helped with the film, especially everyone involved at Yeovil hospital for allowing us such amazing access, and to Bruce for being so amenable about having scalpels inches from his eyeball.”

The Pineapple Thief have grown to become one of the leading lights of Europe’s experimental rock domain, Your Wilderness produced 4m+ album streams, a #7 in the UK Independent Charts and two extensive headline European tours culminating at London’s Islington Assembly Hall where the concert was recorded for the live release Where We Stood, and their new album Dissolution promises to propel the band to even greater heights. 

Dissolution will be released in the following formats – all available to pre-order now at

thepineapplethief.lnk.to/DissolutionPR

 

 

The band isn’t just a way of life, its been much more than that. To us, as a family, writing music of such honesty, and reaching people who feel it similarly, is as profound an expression of art and life as its possible to be. People have said to me it must be cathartic to write songs like this. I often say the real gift is in the people I do it with. For what we share and what we mean to each other when all is said and done.The landscapes are internal” Daniel Cavanagh

Internal Landscapes showcases the highly influential Liverpool sextet’s uncompromising dedication to fearless artistry. They’ve continually evolved since 1990 by placing hope in the future – from leaving the underground scene they were fundamental in establishing to continually mesmerising the world with dramatic post-progressive alternative rock that knows no borders.

The release of Internal Landscapes follows an extensive worldwide headline tour, including performances at Download FestivalArcTanGent and Wembley Arena with Opeth in support of their 2017 studio album The Optimist. The release won the Album of the Year at the Progressive Music Awards ’17, reached the top 10 in the Polish charts, top 20 in Germany, top 40 in the UK, and has 5.8 million track streams on Spotify. This built on the success of their previous Kscope material, which also won at the Progressive Music Awards, including Album of the Year, Live Event of the Year & Multimedia Package of the Year for 2010’s We’re Here Because We’re Here, 2012’s Weather Systems and 2013’s Universal.

This collection, curated by the band, selects the best works from their prolific output on the ground-breaking label Kscope since 2008. In this time the band left their heavier roots and transcended into emotional heaviness that resonated deep within the heart of the listener. It takes its name from the band’s perhaps most heartfelt song, from their most popular album of the period, Weather Systems.

Daniel Cavanagh has provided the album sleeve notes and the artwork was created by long-time collaborator Travis Smith

Internal Landscapes will be released on CD, LP and available through usual download and streaming platforms.

It is available to pre-order at anathema.lnk.to/InternalLandscapesPR
 

Tracklisting 
1. Anathema [06:41]
2. Untouchable part 1 [06:14]
3. Untouchable part 2 [05:33]
4. Thin Air [06:00]
5. Ariel [06:29]
6. Can’t Let Go [04:34]
7. Dreaming Light [05:47]
8. Are you There? [05:11]
9. J’ai Fait Une Promesse [03:33]
10. Leaving It Behind [04:27]
11. Springfield [05:42]
12. Distant Satellites [08:07]
13. Internal Landscapes [08:37]

 

Something for Kate frontman and celebrated solo troubadour, Paul Dempsey, is delighted to announce a very special solo acoustic show at Melbourne’s magnificent Recital Centre on Wednesday  14th November.

Having spent a jam-packed 2018 moving between a variety of projects including :  3 sold out Australian tours, duetting at the Australian of the Year ceremony with Amy Shark; touring Europe, Iceland and South America with members of David Bowie’s band in Celebrating David Bowie ; and writing new material for the forthcoming Something For Kate album, Paul will take to the stage for one night only at the iconic Melbourne venue to perform songs from across his vast solo and Something for Kate catalogue with the addition of his signature classic covers and the promise of some new SFK material. Having performed at festivals, theatres, bars, clubs and pubs all over the world, this is a unique opportunity to hear one of Australia’s most powerful voices in a pristine, state of the art auditorium.

As with every single Paul Dempsey performance, his desire and ability to connect directly with his audience lies at the heart of the show. Stepping on to the Recital Centre stage in his home town, alone with his guitar, Dempsey will tell stories, and hold musical conversations that connect performer with audience in a way very few artists can. It’s this rare ability (alongside an uncanny ability to produce quality material for over two decades) that explains Dempsey’s long career and unique relationship with his audience.

Says Paul of the desire to play this special one-off show at the Recital Centre:  “Hometown shows are always special and I’m particularly excited about this one. It’s about bloody time I gave my audience an opportunity to enjoy the music in a stunning acoustic environment whilst (hopefully) wearing something nice and reclining in a well-designed chair at a perfectly reasonable hour on a school night.”

 Since forming Something for Kate in 1994, Paul Dempsey has travelled a road of consistent musical quality, authenticity and credibility to become one of Australia’s most celebrated and fiercely original song writers and performers, both as part of his band, and as a solo performer. It’s a rare double act, made even more unique by the fact that he has managed to do both in tandem, with his parallel careers evoking similar levels of devotion and critical acclaim amongst fans and media alike.

With over 500,000 album sales, 10 gold and platinum awards, multiple number ones and sold out tours stretching back over 20 years, preferring to tackle subject matters well beyond the realm of rock ‘n’ roll, Dempsey is the rarest of breeds: talented, credible, and popular. Perhaps most crucially, he’s a man constantly curious about the world around him, a fact that goes some way to explaining his constant musical and lyrical evolution.

With a deep love of live performance, and a pronounced sense of excitement about playing a home town show in a room designed for listening, this one-off show promises to be an event that will long live in the memory of everyone in attendance in this very special venue.

 

PAUL DEMPSEY AT THE MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE

WEDNESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER, 2018

Tickets available HERE

 

 

Caroline Australia is proud to announce the release of Joe Strummer 001,’ the first compilation to span Joe Strummer’s career outside of his recordings with The Clash. ‘Joe Strummer 001’ features 32 tracksand includes favourites from his recordings with the 101ersThe Mescaleros, his solo albums, soundtrack work plus 12 previously unreleased songs.

Joe Strummer 001‘ will be released on 28th September on the following formats:

  • Limited edition Deluxe Box set: Quadruple heavyweight Vinyl, 7” vinyl single, cassette, 64 page hard backed A4 Note Book, enamel badge, art print, screen print, lyrics, sticker sheet and includes 3 more unreleased tracks (IGN53BOX).
  • Limited edition Deluxe Double CD in 64 page hard backed A4 Note Book with writings, lyrics, photos and sketches taken from Joe’s extensive personal archive (IGNCD53X).
  • Double CD in slipcase (IGNCD53).
  • Quadruple heavyweight Vinyl in slipcase (IGNLP53X).
  • Digital download.

London Is Burning’ – an alternative/early version of ‘Burnin’ Street’ from Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros final album ‘Streetcore’ – is available now.

All the formats include tracks that have never appeared anywhere before as well as new remasters. Exclusive to all formats is an album of unreleased material including an early demo of ‘This Is England‘ entitled ‘Czechoslovak Song/Where Is England,’ a solo demo of ‘Letsagetabitarockin’ recorded in Elgin Avenue in 1975, outtakes from ‘Sid & Nancy’ featuring Mick Jones and unreleased songs ‘Rose Of Erin’, the biographical and mythical recording ‘The Cool Impossible’ and ‘London Is Burning’ one of the last songs Joe recorded.

Punk pioneer, singer, songwriter, recording artist, activist, musical and political inspiration for a generation and mighty diamond Joe Strummer was the most charismatic and passionate front man to emerge from the punk explosion of the late seventies.

After Joe’s untimely death in December 2002 it was discovered that he had been quite an archivist of his own work, having barns full of writings and tapes stored in his back garden. There are now over 20,000 items in the Joe Strummer Archive.

The archiving of this material and compiling of ‘Joe Strummer 001’ was overseen by Joe’s widowLucinda Tait and compilation producer Robert Gordon McHarg III.

All tracks were restored and mastered by Grammy Award winner Peter J. Moore at the E. Room in Toronto Canada. On going through cassettes and recording tapes it was discovered that Joe was rather frugal and keen on hiding tracks. On cassettes he would leave 20 minutes between songs. On the 1” 8 track recordings it was discovered there were hidden tracks superimposed onto each other. For example tracks 1-4 were taken by one song and tracks 5-8 by two other songs which were thought when played back to be caused by tape denigration until the tapes went to Peter J Moore who was able to separate one song from another.

The box set has the same content as the CD set and is pressed on audiophile quality 180g vinyl. The box set’s accompanying hard backed book also included in the Deluxe CD features rarely seen and previously unpublished memorabilia from Joe’s personal collection as well as historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums. The slipcase cover of all formats is taken from Joe’s 1990 Californian driving license.

Art directed and designed by Robert Gordon McHarg III who previously worked on the Clash ‘Sound System’ box set with Paul Simonon, the John Cooper Clarke compilation ‘Anthologia’ and curated the Black Market Clash Exhibition. Gordon says, “The idea behind the 64 page A4 notebook is that it’s done as if Joe had designed it himself, telling his story, an insight into his workings including hand written lyrics with personal notes and scribbles.

 

 

LIVING COLOUR return to Australia to perform highlights from their debut album ‘Vivid’ in plus they will be armed with all their other classic tunes.

The ground-breaking American rock band from New York City, formed in 1984. Led by guitarist Vernon Reid, the bands lineup solidified in the mid-80’s w/ Corey Glover (vocals), Will Calhoun (drums) and Muzz Skillings (bass). Stylistically, the band’s music is a creative fusion influenced by free jazz, funk, hard rock, Hendrix tinged classic rock and heavy metal. Skillings left the band in the summer of 1992, replaced by session veteran and Sugarhill Records bass player Doug Wimbish.

The band’s debut album, ‘Vivid’ was released in 1988 on Epic Records. The album reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and was later certified double platinum by the RIAA. It featured Cult of Personality, a #13 hit on the Billboard 200 Singles chart. Cult of Personality went on to earn the band their first Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance. With Cult of Personality‘s thunderous opening riff, followed by a crushing onslaught of drums and bass behind a volcanic Corey Glovervocal, LIVING COLOUR’s breakthrough song kicked in the airwaves during the of 1988 with a fresh, aggressive sound.

In 1990 the band’s second full-length album, ‘Time’s Up,’ was released and reached #13 on the Billboard 200 while certifying gold. It won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Album. The 6-song EP, ‘Biscuits’ was released in 1991. ‘Stain,’ their third LP, was released in 1993. Reaching #26 on the Billboard 200, the album had a much heavier and aggressive sound and receiving a Grammy nomination for Leave It Alone.

After a split in 1995, LIVING COLOUR returned in December 2000 and began recording ‘Collideøscope’ which was released in 2003. ‘The Chair in the Doorway’ followed in 2009. The root of LIVING COLOUR’s next album, came from a performance of Robert Johnson’s Preachin’ Blues at the 100th Anniversary Birthday celebration at the legendary Apollo in New York City called‘Shade’ is the sound of a band coming to terms with its shadows and light,” says founder Vernon Reid.

Critically acclaimed as ‘’one of the best live bands on the planet’’ LIVING COLOUR are sure as hell going to be on top of their game – delighting the casual concert goers to the seasoned veteran musicians is one thing LIVING COLOUR know how to do

 

LIVING COLOUR Australian Tour Dates:

Saturday 15th – Perth – Astor Theatre
Monday 17th – Adelaide – The Gov
Wednesday 19th – Melbourne – 170 Russell
Thursday 20th – Brisbane – Triffid
Friday 21st – Byron Bay – The Northern
Saturday 22nd – Sydney – Metro Theatre

 

Tickets:

Pre-Sale – Wednesday 15th, 9am (Local time) – Friday 17th August, 9am (Local time)

On Sale – Friday 17th August, 9am (Local time)
Via: https://metropolistouring.com/living-colour-2018/

 

New Brunswick, NJ 3-piece Milkmen has signed with Know Hope Records.

Formed in 2014 while attending Rutgers University, the band immediately hit the ground running as part of the thriving underground scene in New Jersey. Drawing on a wide range of influences, from RX Bandits to Weatherbox to The Sidekicks, the band quickly amassed a loyal following in Northern New Jersey, which quickly spread throughout the state, as well as New York, Philadelphia and throughout the Northeast part of the country. Milkmen started actively touring in 2015 and haven’t slowed down since, touring up and down the East Coast numerous times.

After releasing a few singles, Milkmen self-released their debut self-titled album, recorded at The Kaleidoscope in Lancaster, PA with producer Kory Gable, on December 25, 2015.

Know Hope Records will be reissuing a remixed/remastered version of Milkmen’s self-titled debut album on September 14, 2018, as well as brand new record from the band in 2019.

Pre-orders are available here: http://knowhoperecords.limitedrun.com/categories/milkmen.

Milkmen begin their summer tour with Champagne Colored Cars and Sleepy Limbs on August 15th in Lancaster, PA at The Kaleidoscope.

 

After selling out their first ever trip to Australia in 2016, James are preparing for a triumphant return in 2018, this time sporting a brand-new album ‘Living in Extraordinary Times” as well as all their swag of British classics.

James’ 1993 hit ‘Laid’ became the soundtrack to early 90s alternative radio before finding a second life through its use in teen hit American Pie films. James had already had a decade of hits by the time Laidarrived, having risen from Manchester’s legendary Factory Records scene into one of the biggest UK bands in the world by the dawn of the 90s. With alternative hits in Australia including Laid, Sit Down, Sound, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), She’s a Star and Just Like Fred Astaire, and selling over 25 million records worldwide, the band were triple j staples for over fifteen years, yet took nearly three decades to hit Australian shores.

With sell out shows, great reviews and mad fans, some travelling across Australia to ensure they didn’t miss a single show, a return visit was inevitable.

“We had such a great time in Australia we couldn’t believe it took us so long to get there,” said Tim Booth. “The vibe in every room was just electric and every night was different to the last. We can’t wait to get back there and do it all again, this time with our ‘Living in Extraordinary Times’ record.”

The album seems to touch upon contemporary fissures in society, with Tim Booth commenting: “We knew something was up when Leicester city won the league then Brexit, then Trump. It is as if we’d slipped into an alternate reality, a Philip K Dick reality. We are living in extraordinary times.”

The tour will visit Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth as well as taking James to Adelaide for the very first time.

TICKETS ON SALE 10:00 AM, FRIDAY 22 JUNE 
Via MJRPresents.com

 

JAMES AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2018

Wednesday 14 November – 170 Russell – Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16 November – The Metro – Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17 November – The Tivoli – Brisbane, QLD
Monday 19 November – The Gov – Adelaide, SA*
Tuesday 20 November – Astor Theatre – Perth, WA

*James’ first live performance in Adelaide

 

Paul McCartney invites you on a musical journey to Egypt Station, estimated time of arrival September 7, 2018 by way of EMI Music Australia.

Sharing a title with one of Paul’s own paintings, Egypt Station is the first full album of all-new McCartney music since 2013’s international chart-topping NEW. Preceded by two of its tracks just released as double A-sides – plaintive ballad “I Don’t Know” and raucous stomper “Come On To Me – Egypt Station was recorded between Los Angeles, London and Sussex, and produced (with the exception of one Ryan Tedder track) by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Beck, Foo Fighters).

Of the forthcoming album’s enigmatic title, Paul says, “I liked the words ‘Egypt Station.’ It reminded me of the ‘album’ albums we used to make.., Egypt Station starts off at the station on the first song and then each song is like a different station. So it gave us some idea to base all the songs around that. I think of it as a dream location that the music emanates from.”

True to the inspiration behind its title, Egypt Station’s 14 songs combine to convey a unique travelogue vibe. Between the opening and closing instrumentals “Station I” and “Station II,” each song finds Paul capturing a place or moment before transporting the listener seamlessly to the next destination. Stops along the way include an acoustic meditation on present day contentedness (“Happy With You”), a timeless anthem that would fit on virtually any album of any McCartney era (“People Want Peace”), and an epic multi-movement closer clocking in at seven minutes with a song suite structure harkening back to the days of Paul’s previous combos (“Despite Repeated Warnings”). The result is a kaleidoscopic journey through myriad musical locales and eras, yet firmly rooted in the here and now–with Paul’s singular unmistakable melodic and lyrical sensibility serving as a guide.

Confirmation of Egypt Station’s release puts an end to speculation about a new Paul McCartney album that began with the whiting out of his Instagram account as Paul turned up at various landmarks in Liverpool. The capper was a June 9 surprise gig at Liverpool’s tiny Philharmonic Pub, during which “Come On To Me” was debuted alongside a set of classics spanning Paul’s career. Further details to come…

DOWNLOAD / STREAM “I DON’T KNOW” HERE

DOWNLOAD / STREAM “COME ON TO ME” HERE

PRE-ORDER “EGYPT STATION” HERE

 

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’.

 

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.