Monthly Archives: August 2020

 

As I begin my interview with Ron Winter from The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus I want to tell him how much I enjoyed listening to their latest offering The Emergency EP. But things don’t go exactly as I planned as Winter straight-away starts to tell me how much he loves Australia and how much he has missed it during this time of lockdown.

“Oh man it has been an amazing journey,” he says with complete honesty. “We have been in this band for seventeen years and the first time we were ever on the ground was at Soundwave. Since then it has been absolutely amazing… we have never had a bad show in Australia and we’ve consistently come back over and over again and that’s been sweet. We did the tenth anniversary awhile ago and I think that the Australian shows that we did were the best in the world and that wasn’t just because of the band – it was because of the vibe.”

As we talk more about his love affair of Australia we chat about their cover of “Down Under” which Winter says he loves of the lyrics of. That leads me to bring the conversation back to the lyrics on their new EP which to me felt like I was reading Winter’s diary because of how personal they were.

“Thank you,” he says laughing. “There are a lot of bands out there and everybody has a gimmick and ours has always been lyrics and I have always tried to stick to that. With this time all of these songs are directly related to me. Every song on the EP is something that I went through or it happened to somebody close to me.”

“So I have just tried to be as honest as I can and paint that picture,” he says continuing. “That is something that I dealt with because when somebody close to me goes through something I always try to be there with them and I am going through it with them… that is the way friendships are. But yes everything on there is something that I went through or going through currently and that is why I feel like there is some urgency there because it is a crazy time right now right across the board – it doesn’t matter how you look at it. It is just strange times, man.”

As we talk about that I mention the track “Please Unfriend Me” which I admit really resonated with me as I live in a lockdown and read people’s posts on social media about it. I ask Winter whether he has thought about the fact that most of the band’s fans will be listening to these important songs while they are still in lockdown. “I have thought about it,” he admits. “And that is something that I am going through as well… I am going through it with you right now. Here we are talking to each other right across the world and that is cool at least. It’s been weird and tough but I am glad that that is the one song that you have mentioned because that one is super, super fresh. That song wasn’t even mixed thirty days ago, it was written while we were in quarantine so those lyrics in that song… I am literally explaining what it felt like for me to be in quarantine and to see all this madness – that title is exactly how I reacted.”

 

The Emergency EP is out now through EMI.

 

GRAMMY® Award-winning, critically-acclaimed alternative rock luminaries, The Smashing Pumpkins return with two new tracks, Cyr’ and ‘The Colour Of Love,’ out on Sumerian Records today!

Recorded in Chicago and produced by Corgan, the new tracks come with the news of a forthcoming studio album in the works with founding members Billy CorganJames IhaJimmy Chamberlin, with longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder.

“Cyr is dystopic folly,” front-man Billy Corgan reveals, “one soul against the world sort of stuff, set against a backdrop of shifting loyalties and sped up time. To me it stands as both hopeful and dismissive of what is and isn’t possible with faith.”

Listen to ‘Cyr’ 
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Listen to ‘The Colour of Love’
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The band also revealed a very special official performance video of ‘Cyr,’ directed by Linda Strawberry, the video was shot remotely, during lockdown in Chicago and Los Angeles. “This is a goth fever dream of pent up emotion – an artistic visual release attempting to create a momentary escape from the emotional black cloud hanging over all of us this year.” Director, Linda Strawberry explains. “A dark seduction filmed in quarantine at a social distance” An undeniable and welcomed reminder as to why one of America’s most influential alternative bands continue to sell out arenas and garner praise worldwide.

Tune in for the performance video for ‘Cyr’
Friday, Aug 28 from 11pm Sydney time

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The new songs ‘Cyr’ and ‘The Colour of Love’ follow the band’s 2018 Rick Rubin-produced full-length  Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / Lp: No Past. No Future. No Sun And headlining tours that sold in excess of over 350,000 tickets across North America, selling out arenas including The ForumUnited CenterMadison Square Garden and more. Also, the band’s first tours in nearly two decades to feature CorganChamberlin, and Iha, alongside Schroeder, they received rave reviews from critics, noting the tour as “a massive gift to their fans” (Uproxx), “a welcome reminder of why those early albums resonated in the first place” (SPIN), and “an unforgettably rewarding and often spectacular odyssey” (Forbes).
Formed in Chicago, IL in 1988, The Smashing Pumpkins released their heralded debut album Gish in 1991 and found mainstream success with 1993’s 4x multi-platinum Siamese Dream and 1995’s 10x multi-platinum Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. The band has released seven additional studio albums; AdoreMachina/The Machines of GodMachina II/The Friends and Enemies of Modern MusicZeitgeistOceania, Monuments to an Elegy and their last full-length, Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol 1 / LP: No Past, No Future, No Sun. With over 30 million physical albums sold, the multiple GRAMMY®, MTV VMA, and American Music Award winning band remains an undeniable force in alternative rock.

Having recently signed to Sumerian Records, CEO and founder Ash Avildsen reveals “The Smashing Pumpkins are one of the most influential, iconic and timeless bands of all time. They’ve played a huge part in my life and I can say the same for so many others in the Sumerian family.  This a colossal moment for the label but most importantly, it’s the dawn of a new decade of Smashing Pumpkins music.”
Album details to be revealed soon.

‘Cyr’ and ‘The Colour Of Love’ is out everywhere now.
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Gold Coast’s favourite prog sons, Mass Sky Raid, are today announcing their return with new single ‘Not Alone’ and with news and new personnel! While it’s been a quick minute in between releases, the four-piece are dropping their new single this Friday, August 28th – the first taste of an album to come in the near future. Add to that – Mass Sky Raid have switched up their lineup and are welcoming two new members to the fold!

Their new track ‘Not Alone’ is an ambient anthem – vocalist Adam Lomas shared his take on the lyrics and his attempt to “…consider the concept of facing one’s own fears as you try and find your own deeper purpose and meaning. The song explores the struggle one has when reaching for your dreams and the uncertainty that it creates when you step outside your own place of comfort to create a more meaningful life. It looks at the battle to find strength to take that unfamiliar and uncertain path which can lead to an ultimately more fulfilling existence.”

The new lineup of the band consists of original members Adam Lomas (Vocals) and Alex Kewley (Guitar) – along with new faces Nic Ross (Drums) and Joshua Whitney (Bass). Lomas went on to say that he is extremely excited about the future of the band with the new roster of faces and talents. “We couldn’t be more excited – to take this time to perfect our music and get it out there has been cathartic – and when we finally hit the live stage again, we can’t wait for everyone to see and hear just how large the sound we have created with this new lineup is!”

2019 saw Mass Sky Raid gain significant funding support through the local Gold Coast Regional Art Development Fund program. This enabled them to continue to develop and expand their unique anthemic sound and work toward their highly anticipated follow up album in collaboration with talented local Gold Coast producer Luke Palmer.

Gold Coast alternative/rock outfit Mass Sky Raid formed in 2011, releasing their debut EP ‘Courage Under Fire’ in mid 2013. That release received strong media reviews – including a 4.5 out of 5-star rating in rock bible Blunt Magazine – and went on to grab support slots with high profile Australian bands including Dead Letter Circus and Twelve Foot Ninja as well as UK exports I Am Giant.

They then followed up their successful EP with their first full length album “Science of Fiction” (produced by Matt Bartlem). Each single released from the album including “Oceans”, “Enemy”, “Sacrifice”, “Edge of the Unknown” and “Closer” gained considerable airplay on rock radio shows around Australia including triple J, Triple M, Rebel FM, 4ZZZ, Andrew Haug Radio, The Faction and FBi, in addition to over 40 stations worldwide. Their single “Closer” was also placed in Jane Gazzo’s Top 30 of Triple M Home Grown tracks in 2017.

Mass Sky Raid’s new single ‘Not Alone’ will see it’s release into the world Friday August 28th and will be available at http://ffm.to/MSR_NA.

 

Stan and NBCUniversal Global Distribution today announced a long-term, exclusive content partnership that will see Stan become the Australian home of new productions from Sky Studios and NBCUniversal International Studios, as well as Peacock content produced by Universal Studio Group.

The deal will also see Stan become the exclusive home of new DreamWorks Animation TV shows produced for Peacock, in addition to NBCUniversal’s acclaimed children’s programming, scripted and unscripted content from Sky Studios; as well as iconic scripted library TV series and hundreds of blockbusters films from NBCUniversal’s catalogue.

The expanded partnership with NBCUniversal builds on Stan’s unrivalled lineup of international content partnerships and further cements Stan as the home of premium television and blockbuster movies from the biggest studios from around the world.

Stan’s Chief Executive Officer Mike Sneesby said: “This marks the first time an agreement combining series from Sky Studios, DreamWorks Animation and Peacock content produced by Universal Studio Group has been secured in Australia – the biggest new slate of premium scripted content to come to market in recent times. This landmark deal reflects the strength of NBCUniversal’s portfolio and reinforces Stan’s commitment to bring the world’s best programming to Australians through our most significant output partnership to date.”

NBCUniversal’s President & CRO, Global Distribution & International, Belinda Menendez said: “We take great pride in the breadth and calibre of NBCUniversal’s content offering and are thrilled to expand our partnership with Stan and Nine through this deal. This extensive agreement ensures that Stan will be the exclusive Australian home of our new and compelling dramas, hit comedies, engaging children’s programs, exciting unscripted series and iconic film and library titles for many years to come.”

FORTHCOMING PEACOCK SERIES PRODUCED BY UNIVERSAL STUDIO GROUP:

 

 

Dystopian drama Brave New World will premiere exclusively on Stan. Based on Aldous Huxley’s groundbreaking novel, the series stars Alden Ehrenreich (Solo: A Star Wars Story), Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones) and Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey).

Other upcoming series produced for Peacock coming exclusively to Stan include: Dr. Death, based on Wondery’s hit true crime podcast about the terrifying true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch; Angelyne, based on L.A.’s mysterious billboard bombshell and starring Emmy Rossum (Shameless); Rutherford Falls from executive producers Michael Schur (The Good Place), Sierra Teller Ornelas (Superstore) and Ed Helms (The Office), who also stars; the highly anticipated new Saved by the Bell; and the all-new Punky Brewster, with Soleil Moon Frye reprising her title role.

Further upcoming projects include: a re-imagining of the classic sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica, written by Michael Lesslie (Little Drummer Girl) and executive produced by Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot); Girls5eva, a comedy series executive produced by Tina Fey (30 Rock), Robert Carlock (30 Rock) and Meredith Scardino (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and starring Grammy Award®-winning artist, Sara BareillesOne of Us is Lying, based on Karen M. McManus’ bestselling debut young adult novel; and MacGruber, starring Will Forte (NebraskaSaturday Night Live).

Universal Studio Group is comprised of NBCUniversal’s three powerhouse television studios: Universal Television, UCP and NBCUniversal International Studios.

FORTHCOMING NBCUNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL STUDIOS SERIES:

Stan will be the exclusive home to exciting new content from NBCUniversal International Studios, including Lady Parts.

From NBCUniversal International Studios’ Working Title TV, this is an anarchic, laugh-out-loud music comedy following a Muslim female punk band called Lady Parts. The six-part series tracks the highs and lows of band members as seen through the eyes of Amina Hussein – a geeky PHD student who is recruited to be their unlikely lead guitarist.

FORTHCOMING SKY STUDIOS SERIES:

 

 

Gangs of London, Sky UK’s biggest original drama launch of the year, produced by Pulse Films in association with Sister for Sky Studios, will premiere exclusively on Stan and stars Joe Cole (Peaky BlindersBlack Mirror) and Sopé Dirisù (Humans).

 

 

In addition, a number of major scripted series from Sky Studios’ slate are coming soon, including I Hate Suzie, produced by Bad Wolf and written by Lucy Prebble (SuccessionEnron) and starring co-creator Billie Piper (CollateralDoctor Who); and Domina, an ambitious new drama series produced by Fifty Fathoms and Sky Studios with Cattleya, that follows the power struggles of Ancient Rome, told through a female perspective with a cast led by Kasia Smutniak (DolittleDevils).

A number of other dramas, comedies and unscripted series from Sky Studios will also premiere exclusively on Stan, with further announcements to follow.

FORTHCOMING CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING:

 

 

DreamWorks Animation series set to premiere exclusively on Stan include: Madagascar: A Little Wild, The Mighty Ones and TrollsTopia.

Additional children’s programs premiering on Stan include: Norman PicklestripesPowerbirdsThe Christmas Letter and The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

Premiere announcements on these Stan exclusive programs still to come.

ICONIC SERIES & BLOCKBUSTER FILM FRANCHISES:

 

 

A massive volume of movies and television series from the NBCUniversal and Sky Studios’ back-catalogues will soon arrive on Stan.

Iconic NBCUniversal series currently on Stan will also continue to be available, including Universal Television produced series such as The Office, Will & Grace, Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock.

Further announcements with additional details regarding NBCUniversal programming on Stan to follow soon.

 

A brand-new featurette for Disney’s epic, live-action “Mulan”—“Finding Mulan”—is available now! Niki Caro tells how she found the perfect actor to play Mulan, with commentary from Yifei Liu, Tzi Ma and Yoson An.   Feel free to share the featurette with your readers.

Starting September 4, with Premier Access, viewers can watch “Mulan” before it’s available to all Disney+ subscribers. Disney+ will offer Premier Access to “Mulan” for a single additional fee of $34.99 AUD / $39.99 NZD on disneyplus.com

 

It will definitely be a High Voltage event when Silverback Touring bring you BON BUT NOT FORGOTTEN, the ultimate AC/DC Tribute Act as they head out on a Nation-Wide run of shows this October and November.

BON BUT NOT FORGOTTEN assembles some of the world’s greatest rockers to perform the iconic hits and to pay tribute to the legend behind one of the world’s greatest bands, AC/DC and their iconic singer Bon Scott.

This is a super-charged high energy electric band that has featured some iconic musicians from around the world, including artists from: AC/DC, Cheap Trick, Ugly Kid Joe, The Poor, The Choirboys, Jimmy Barnes bandThe Angels, The Screaming Jets, Baby Animals, Rose Tattoo & many more!

This show is one of closest sounds you will get to vintage AC/DC, in the world today and is performed by some of the best musicians we have to offer. Silverback Touring are out to re-ignite the live scene and there are plenty of people lining up to take the Highway To Hell. let The All-Star line-up will feature past and current members of The Angels, The Poor, Wolfmother and more… Let There Be Rock!

 

BON BUT NOT FORGOTTEN October / November 2020 Tour Dates

Friday 30th October PERTH, Amplifier

Saturday 31st October ADELAIDE, Lion Arts Factory

Friday 6th November SYDNEY, Crowbar

Sunday 8th November CANBERRA, The Basement

Friday 13th November GOLD COAST, Coolangatta Hotel

Saturday 14th November BRISBANE, Triffid

Saturday 28th November MELBOURNE, Max Watts

 

Tickets from: https://www.silverbacktouring.com.au/bon-but-not-forgotten/

 

Artist: The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Album: The Emergency EP

Date Of Release: 28th August 2020

Label: EMI

 

Track Listing:

1. A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Called LA

2. Stuck On A Repeat

3. Brace Yourself

4. Don’t Buy Into It

5. Is This The Real World

6. Please, Unfriend Me

 

Review:

I’ll admit that I came a little bit late to the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus party. Yes, they were a band I had heard about but I never really sat down to listen to their music until I saw how many of my colleagues were excited about the fact they were touring Australia at one time. When I asked them why they felt that way the response seemed to be an over-whelming “this is one of the greatest live bands that you will ever see.”

As it turns out they are not just one of the best live bands going around but are some of the best song-writers as well. You can seriously get lost listening to the lyrics from their brand new Emergency EP. You sit there, listening and nodding as you agree to everything that Ronne Winter is singing, but you also feel like a voyeur as it feels like you are reading the guy’s diary – that is how personal the lyrics are here. Mix that with the amazing guitar work of Josh Burke and Randy Winter and the right mix of heavy music with a hint of electronica and you soon get a perfect track like “Stuck On Repeat.”

Personal lyrics are the forte of this EP though. “A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Called LA” sees Winter perfectly capture the night that he met his wife and the track is destined to become a live favourite because of its stunning melody. Then there is “Don’t Buy Into It” which is political but delivers its point well.

The thought provoking lyrics continue on “Is This The Real World” which makes you think about the world around us, while Winter’s screams take Red Jumpsuit Apparatus into some of the heaviest territory that they have been into during their careers. That aggression continues on the start of “Please, Unfriend Me” which then turns to mellow vocals as Winters sums up the Covid-19 lockdown in a way that no other song-writer has been able to so far.

The highlight of this EP though is “Brace Yourself.” Everything comes together perfectly on this track. Burke and Winter are on fire, as they throughout the EP – seriously this is some of their finest work to date – while Winters’ naked style of singing reminds us all one he is one of the finest front-men going around at the moment.

It is hard to know how the band have picked any singles off this album because truthfully every track is good enough to have a life of its own on radio. The Emergency EP is some of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus’ best work and is a must have for their fans.

 

Rating (out of 5):