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!
Actor Christopher Larkin portrays Monty Green on the hit television series The 100. With him about to arrive in Melbourne for Oz Comic Con Dave G sat down for a chat with him. During the interview we talked about his challenging role on The 100 and what it means getting to come to a convention like this.
You can listen to our full Christopher Larkin interview below.
Christopher Larkin will be attending this year’s Oz Comic Con in Melbourne which is being held in Melbourne on 9-10 June. Tickets can be purchased here.
With The Iron Maidens currently wowing Australian audiences with their amazing shows Dave G caught up with Nikki Stringfield to find out what led her to join the Maidens and where her love for Iron Maiden first came from.
You can listen to our Iron Maidens interview below.
To fans of Buffy The Vampire Slayer Clare Kramer needs no introduction. The actress portrayed Glory in the hit television series and also appeared in cult films like Bring It On, Rules Of Attraction and Big Ass Spider. Now Kramer is coming to Melbourne for Oz Comic Con and we sat down and caught up with her beforehand.
You can listen to our Clare Kramer interview below.
Clare Kramer will be hosting a lot of the panels at this year’s Oz Comic Con in Melbourne which is being held in Melbourne on 9-10 June. Tickets can be purchased here.
Recently signed to Nuclear Blast and about to drop their new album, Desolation, on June 22nd, we caught up with doom merchants Khemmis all the way from Denver, Colorado. Dave G chats to the band about what inspired them with this new album and finds out what it would take to get the band to Australia.
You can listen to our full Khemmis interview below.
With Oz Comic Con returning to Melbourne on the 9-10th June we have started chatting to some of the guests who will be attending this year’s event. Today we chat to Australian actor Andrew Lees who before becoming a major villain in the hit series The Originals had roles in The Pacific, Home & Away, Rescue Special Ops and Dance Academy. Now Andrew will also appear in two feature films this year – the gritty thriller Unfriended: Dark Web and alongside Hugo Weaving and Stephen Lang in Mortal Engines.
You can listen to our Andrew Lees interview below.
Hannah Cameron’s voice is that of pure awe. The disarming young alt-folk artist has been carefully crafting delicate refrains to match it for the last few years, growing ever grander with each release. Her latest single ‘What’s It For’ is a striking culmination of this, which has already seen Cameron rally an influx of devoted fans, multiple spins on triple j, inclusions in Spotify’s Deep Dark Indie and Electric Grit playlists, and a recent addition to rotation on Sydney’s FBi Radio. Now, the distinguished singer songwriter is excited to reveal a new live recording of ‘What’s It For’ and announce an east coast album tour just around the corner.
Recently lifted from Hannah’s forthcoming album I Lay Where You Lie coming Friday 8 June, ‘What’s It For’ observes the rapidly shifting changes we face amidst the digital age and relishes in the simplicity of times bygone. Shot at the refreshingly obstinate Railway Hotel which hasn’t changed a crumb in the past 45 odd years, this flawless live performance strips ‘What’s It For’ back to its humble scaffolds and finds real strength there. Directed, filmed and edited by Andy Johnson with sound tracked and mixed byJono Steer, the video gives a glimpse into the raw and honest storytelling of Hannah Cameron live.
“We shot the video at The Railway Hotel in Fitzroy North. It’s this wonderful establishment, which has somehow managed to shirk the gentrification that has swept through every other Melbourne pub on this side of town. I wrote What’s It For about the way that we, often unwittingly, allow external forces to influence our behaviour and our relationships and it just kind of struck me that this was a place that had remained true to itself for decades despite all the movement and transformation going on around it. So between that and the fish tank it felt like the perfect backdrop.”– Hannah Cameron
A taste of what’s to come, the video celebrates the announcement of an East Coast album tour taking to Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, and regional Victoria, kicking it all off with a pair of shows at Bello Winter Music Festival. Having opened for the likes of Broads, LULUC, Leah Senior, Coda Chroma and more, Hannah Cameron live is an absolute treat, and this is your chance to see her at her finest yet. Do not sleep on it.
I Lay Where You Lie Album Tour Dates Friday 13 + Sunday 15 July
Bello Winter Music Festival, Bellingen
Adalita is excited to present an exclusive set of solo shows coming up this June/July including the Yarraville Club on Saturday, June 16.
Deep into completing her highly anticipated third solo album, Adalita will temporarily step away from the studio to road test some new material she has been working on. Supporting her on these shows will be the sublime Amaya Laucirica who has just released her brand new sparkler, ‘Rituals’. 18+ event only.
Modern Australian rock icon Adalita is best known as front woman for Australian indie rock band Magic Dirt, who have cemented their status as one of Australia’s best loved and highly respected bands. Since 1989, Adalita, principal songwriter and one of the founding members of Magic Dirt, has been writing and producing records, touring the world and is an integral part of the Australian music scene, garnering a passionate and loyal following and countless accolades.
In 2011 Adalita released her debut self-titled solo album to rave reviews and completed a national tour to packed houses across Australia, including a performance for His Holiness, The Dalai Lama in June 2011 and also a national tour supporting Blondie and The Pretenders. She won Best Independent Release at the 2011 AIR Awards for her eponymous release and was shortlisted for the 2012 AMP music prize. In 2013, Adalita’s second solo album ‘All Day Venus’ blitzed the music scene, landing her the Age/Music Victoria award for Best Female just a month after its release and an invitation to deliver the keynote speech at the 2014 AIR Awards. Among her many achievements Adalita has worked on various collaborative projects with other artists, has been invited to speak at numerous creative writing lectures and motivational talks and also adds acting, film scoring and photography to her repertoire. Adalita is also a vegan and advocate for animal rights appearing in campaigns for PETA, Humane Research Australia and Animal Liberation Victoria. She is also passionate about wilderness conservation.
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).
Iconic rockers OTEP recently announced details regarding their most uncompromising, candid, all- inclusive and controversial assessment of the current residing political regime that they have ever released.
OTEP will release their eighth full-length album, aptly titled Kult 45, on July 27, 2018 via Napalm Records.
Drawing influences from politically-charged recording artists of the past but allowing her artwork to remain fully and undeniably OTEP, Otep Shamaya continues her nearly two-decade invasion of the senses with Kult 45.
Today, OTEP dropped their first single from Kult 45– a hyper-political outcry to the Resistance to challenge Trump’s falsehoods and hypocrisies – entitled “To the Gallows”.
Shamaya says, “Art is resistance. Art allows us to fightback without violence. This song, “To the Gallows”, is meant to shine a light on Traitor Trump’s attacks on the Constitution, on Healthcare, on the LGBTQ+, the African American, Hispanic and Muslim communities, DREAMERS, and women’s reproductive rights. Not to mention that this spurious President might have committed just a little bit of light treason, but this is why we rally, this is why we march, and this is why I write. Because when I look back someday I want to know that I did everything in my power as an artist, activist and citizen, to stop him and his bigoted embryonic autocracy.”
Throughout the span of her career, Otep Shamaya has been an undeniable force in bringing awareness via various acclaimed mediums to the social and political injustices felt by various communities and subcultures. For years, publications such as Revolver Magazine have lauded Shamaya for “following in the footsteps of outspoken musicians from folk singer Woody Guthrie to Rage Against The Machine‘s Zach de la Rocha”, dubbing her “one of music’s catalysts for social change”. So, with the political climate as it is today, now it’s the perfect time to impact with Kult 45.
Shamaya has gone on record to say that Kult 45is the most authentic album OTEP have ever released, at least since their first record, and self-producing it helped achieve this result. Kult 45 was recorded at The Lair in Los Angeles, completely utilizing the same equipment used for OTEP’s first album, Sevas Tra (down to Shamaya’s vocal microphone, a SHURE Beta 58), in order to create a sound reminiscent of their roots. Kult 45was self-produced by Otep Shamaya and Aristotle, with assistant engineering from Larry Goetz, Nicolas Schilke and Lizzy Ostro.
OTEP does not hold back on Kult 45, pointing out all sorts of political duplicities and leaving them in their wake. The band explodes on aggressive, adamant anthems like “Halt Right” and “Molotov”, which act as timely outcries against the recent resurgence of hate groups. Tracks like the in-your-face “Cross Contamination”explore the hypocrisy of the evangelical right giving Trump a pass on his infidelities, and cherry-picking scriptures to fit their ideologies. “Invisible People” approaches immigration issues while pointing a strong finger at Trump, the electronically-charged “Boss” aims to break, fight, and redefine gender roles, “Shelter In Place”investigates the topic of school shootings, and “Trigger Warning” targets rape culture – specifically Stanford rapist Brock Turner –with a vengeance.
One of the last tracks on the album is a true-to-form cover of “Wake Up” – an homage to political music icons, major Kult 45 writing inspirations, and original track recording artists Rage Against The Machine. The album closes with the bonus track “The Tribe Speaks”, featuring recorded voicemails from fans expressing how OTEP’s music has changed their lives. Shamaya says the voicemails are truly moving and keep her fighting as an artist and activist.