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Such has been the demand for tickets, acclaimed singer songwriter James Reyne has announced a further 6 dates on his national tour, THE BOYS LIGHT UP 41. There is a second show at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on Sunday June 6 and five new shows for Palms at Crown, Melbourne with a show per month commencing August 7.

Australian Crawl’s iconic song THE BOYS LIGHT UP chalked up its 40th anniversary last year.  With the accompanying tour postponed due to Covid, it’s now celebrating 41 years with 21 concert dates across the country!

‘The Boys Light Up’ was written by James Reyne, and featured on the album of the same name, released in 1980 on EMI.  It was Australian Crawl’s debut album and also featured ‘Indisposed’, ‘Downhearted’, ‘Beautiful People’ and ‘Hoochie Gucci Fiorucci Mama’.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see James Reyne and his incredible band live on THE BOYS LIGHT UP 41 Tour  – tickets on sale now at

Tour Dates

Fri April 9                 Mansfield Tavern, Mansfield

Sat April 10              Empire Theatre, Toowoomba

Sat April 17              Nightquarter, Birtinya

Sun April 18             Miami Marketta, Miami – SOLD OUT

Fri April 23               Anitas Theatre, Wollongong

Sat April 24              Anitas Theatre, Wollongong – SOLD OUT

Fri May 7                   Palais Theatre, Melbourne – SOLD OUT

Sat May 15               The Gov, Adelaide

Sun May 16              The Gov, Adelaide

Fri May 28                Astor Theatre, Perth

Sat May 29               Astor Theatre, Perth

Sat June 5                Toronto Hotel, Toronto

Sun June 6               Enmore Theatre, Sydney – SOLD OUT

Fri June 11               The Tivoli, Brisbane – SOLD OUT

Sat June 12              The Tivoli, Brisbane

Sat August 7            Palms at Crown, Melbourne – NEW SHOW

Sat September 4      Palms at Crown, Melbourne – NEW SHOW

Sat October 2           Palms at Crown, Melbourne – NEW SHOW

Sat November 6       Palms at Crown, Melbourne – NEW SHOW

Sat November 27     Enmore Theatre, Sydney – NEW SHOW

Sat December 4       Palms at Crown, Melbourne – NEW SHOW

Twice Grammy-nominated band AUGUST BURNS RED — JB Brubaker [lead guitar], Brent Rambler [rhythm guitar], Matt Greiner [drums], Jake Luhrs [lead vocals], and Dustin Davidson [bass] — have been sharing previously unreleased tracks, such as a cover of System of a Down’s “Chop Suey!” and their metalized rendition of the theme song for the HBO series Westworld, over the past several months.

Today, the Lancaster-based band revealed that these songs (and more) will live on the Guardians Sessions EP.

The EP features B-sides, covers, and reimagined tracks, which were recorded during the sessions for 2020’s full-length album Guardians and beyond.

The EP is being released digitally and on 10″ vinyl on April 16 through Fearless Records/Caroline Australia. The EP can be pre-ordered HERE.

To celebrate, the band has shared the track “Icarus,” which feature a clean vocal cameo from bassist Davidson. Listen here.

“‘Icarus’ was a b-side from Guardians because it just didn’t fit the vibe of the album,” says Davidson. “I’m happy that our fans can hear it now because it’s riffy and super fun to play on guitar. It’s the first ABR song that I’ve sang on, and for fans of my side project, Best Case Scenario, I think you’ll hear the influence sprinkled throughout this one.”

Brubaker explains how this EP came to be. “The Guardians Sessions EP was put together on the foundation of two songs: ‘Standing in the Storm’ and ‘Icarus,‘” he explains. “Those songs were recorded in September of 2019, when we were finishing up our album Guardians. Both tracks got cut from the record, as we had too much material and they were the black sheep of the group. When all touring was shut down in March of 2020, we began working on a couple of cover songs and re-imagined versions of some songs from Guardians. Those songs were recorded in the summer of 2020. We wanted to be productive with our downtime and work on a project that would be fun for both us and our fans.

The Guardians Sessions EP is being released on April 16 through Fearless Records/Caroline Australia and can be pre-ordered HERE.

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day CRIMSON RIOT have released a great folky punk rock infused new single and video ‘St. James’s Gate’ via Die Laughing Records. The track is now available on all digital platforms. 

The Punk Rock Power Trio from Las Vegas, NV bring you another Guinness soaked track to add to your St. Patrick’s Day playlist alongside Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, The Pogues, The Rumjacks, Street Dogs & The Mahones!

‘’There’s nothing quite like a good Irish drinking song and ‘St. James’s Gate’ is ours. It’s a feel-good tune about hanging out with your friends in the land of emerald hills and the home of Guinness Irish Stout. We haven’t been to Ireland yet but if we ever get the chance you may have to pull us out of there kicking and screaming. We hope this song makes you want to raise a glass with your best mates. Sláinte! – CRIMSON RIOT

This was the ardent wish of thousands of fans calling out to Andi DerisMichael Kiske, Michael WeikathKai HansenMarkus GrosskopfSascha Gerstner and Dani Löble during the PUMPKINS UNITED WORLD TOUR – and their dream has come true! With the upcoming album, simply titled HELLOWEEN, the band opens a new chapter after 35 years of a glorious career. The future of one of the most influential German metal bands from now on will feature three singers. Originally planned for the live performances only, it was the birth of a unique seven-piece metal alliance.
Dani Löble: ‘’This record is the coronation of the PUMPKINS UNITED journey! Still, until today I am fascinated by the different character traits and facets of the HELLOWEEN history. Per example the legendary voices of Michi, Andi and Kai. To enjoy them now together on one record, under one flag is the ultimate HELLOWEEN experience”. It is therefore not surprising that the pre-release single ‘Skyfall’ (out on April 2nd), a 12-minute epos written by Kai Hansen, has the long yearned “Keeper-vibe” – even if the long player can by no means be limited to it. ‘Skyfall’ implies the musical arch which will be loved by fans of every era. This first album of a new age is taking the fans from unforgettable memories of the fifteen studio records and four live CDs to new adventures. 

‘Skyfall’ begins with a bang. The epic track describes an alien landing on earth and a dramatic chase while KiskeDeris and Hansen duel with each other in a breathtaking manner and create a vocal broadband adventure. Produced by Martin Häusler, it is the most elaborate video clip in the history of the band; shown with 3-D animation and having a cinematic look, this video is a real high-end experience.

The base of this milestone album was already erected in the studio: using the original drum kit of Ingo Schwichtenberg, the recording was done with the same modulators at the Hamburg HOME studios where back then Master Of The RingsThe Time Of The Oath and Better Than Raw were recorded. Completely analogue and under the eyes of long-term producer Charlie Bauerfeind and co-producer Dennis Ward, the UNITED impact travelled to New York and got the final mix in the Valhalla Studios of Ronald Prent (Iron MaidenDef LeppardRammstein). ‘’After 30 years with the different line ups of the band I really thought I was well prepared for another extreme challenge, but I was wrong! My expectations were highly exceeded in every way with this super-sized creativity package” tells us Bauerfeind

Besides all musical competence, it is also the special enthusiasm that defines HELLOWEENMichael Weikath characterizes in his own way: ‘’It is the incomprehensible encounter of seven musicians who are working as friends and even family and created something that no one would have thought it could be possible. It is like awaking from a sleep but still being in an incredible dream’’. Returnee Kai Hansen reflects: ‘’Being in the studio with my old companions after 30 years was very emotional for me. But at the same time it was a completely different experience with the “new” boys. The collaboration of different songwriters and strong characters made the album very special: a unique mix with reminiscences from all chapters of the band’s history. HELLOWEEN is a big part of my life and I am looking forward to celebrating the songs live for and with our fans.’’ From another perspective Markus Grosskopf agrees: ‘’For me, being one of the last ‘survivors‘ who played every note from the beginning, it was a fantastic experience and a very emotional process. I think everyone can hear it on this album. I love it.’’
With all this brand-new material an album has been created, an album that is set apart from the digital mainstream and showing the essence of the band was never more solid. This is the beginning of something big – here comes HELLOWEEN.

HELLOWEEN will be released on June 18th, the album pre-order will kick off on March 26th.

CRO-MAGS have released new music video for ‘Life On Earth‘, taken from his brand new EP »2020«, available worldwide digitally.

The band recently launched the physical pre-orders for »2020« – the soundtrack to one of the most turbulent years on record and available as a limited special coloured 3-piece 7″ vinyl box as well as on limited coloured 10″ vinyl and CD available on the 9th of April 2021!

The record itself is unintentionally 20 minutes and 20 seconds, and plays out more like a time-capsule look into the dumpster fire known as the year 2020.

CRO-MAGS founder Harley Flanagan explains, “Just by coincidence we recorded 20 minutes and 16 seconds of music, so we simply added a few seconds of real-world chaos. The album cover is meant to look like a calendar – 7 squares across, with one picture from 2020 per day. Inside the booklet there are 12 pictures, one for each month of 2020; and the back is a shot of something I have never seen before in my life – a totally empty New York City. Corona Virus, quarantine, empty streets, brutality, burning buildings, violence and destruction: 2020 is a year none of us will ever forget.”

German modern metal outfit VENUES released their new single ‘Rite of Passage‘. The band have also announced their new album »Solace«, due for release on 27th August via Arising Empire.
»Solace« comes as CD and limited colored vinyl – pre-orders available now!

The thumping and monumental ‘Rite of Passage’ is a very personal song, exploring the relationship with one’s father, erupting into a chorus made for arenas.

From the depths of their deepest crisis, VENUES emerge victoriously, welcoming two new members – clean vocalist Lela and guitarist Valentin. When former vocalist Nyves quit the band mid-tour, following the release of their pivotal debut »Aspire« (2018), the modern metal juggernaut was shaken to the bone.

Despite this, the remaining members refused to give up and tirelessly searched for new talent. Following guitarist Constantin witnessing a performance of Lela at (of all places) at a STEEL PANTHER show, the band found their new clean vocalist.

VENUES went into the studio with producer Christoph Wieczorek (Annisokay) to record »Solace«, who coated their massive sound with a metallic alloy of remarkable precision.

“We wanted to be more metal,”Robin comments.“There were some pop sensibilities of Aspire we wanted to replace with rather the opposite.”

Melody and punch-drunk heaviness, metal and alternative rock, zeitgeist and authenticity, barbed choruses and unleashed creativity: with their soaring sophomore release, VENUES fulfil every single promise they gave on »Aspire«.

2020 showed all of us how much the band is helping us keep our sanity,” guitarist Robin muses. “Almost the whole band went through minor or medium crises since the release of our debut. Relationships went sour, things were ended and begun. In times like these, our second album was the light at the end of the tunnel. Something we all could look forward to. Our music held our heads above water.

Ahead of the release of their hotly-anticipated Debut Album, Stoke-On-Trents Nu-Metal bright lights Black Coast have revealed a new single ‘Paradise’. The new single’ ‘Paradise’ can be pre-saved/pre-ordered here.

The track’s official release comes alongside a new music video. ‘Paradise’ explores a sentiment perhaps many can relate to, after vocalist Charlie Hewitt found himself coming to a personal realisation during the writing process of this song: It’s about questioning myself, why did l think being a certain way, a way that destroyed myself should be celebrated?” He explains. “Things in life do that to everyone at some point and dependant how people deal with them is how they move forwards. l almost revelled in this state for so long, thinking the way that l was being was okay when it was just making me lose everything around me slowly but surely.”

The first of a number of singles in line to support the announcement and release of their Debut Album, ‘Paradise’ sees a level and growth in maturity and sound that not any bands are able to establish this early on in their careers.

Tying this in with a solid partnership with Nuclear Blast’s Distribution arm ‘Blood Blast’, the world could certainly be seeing a breakout year for the northern 5 piece. Since the band’s inception, Black Coast continue to meet widespread praise and hit career highlights. In 2018, the five-piece were offered the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to Japan to showcase their talents on an international level.

Meanwhile the bands previous releases received national attention including Kerrang! RadioBBC R1Metal HammerRock SoundKerrangUpset Magazine and more. Black Coast burst out of their local scene in 2017 with their debut EP ‘Crows Of The North’, followed by EPs Ill Minds Vol1 & 2. Moving into 2021 Paradise unravels the challenge and adversity-filled year that was 2020 for the band personally and professionally, and the means for reflection and coping that writing their debut album was for them.

Black Coast will perform at a number of Festivals across 2021 and 2022 including; Your City Festival, Burn It Down Festival and Hammerfest. Keep up to date with the band’s socials for all the details.

Black Coast’s new single’ ‘Paradise’ can be pre-saved/pre-ordered here.

The organisers of Trip The Switch Music Festival are pleased to confirm the first annual event will proceed on the rescheduled date of Saturday July 3, 2021.

The same huge line-up of Australian artists including ICEHOUSE, James Reyne, The Angels, Shannon Noll, Killing Heidi, Boom Crash Opera and Blues Arcadia will all perform on the rescheduled date.

All existing tickets are automatically valid for the new date. Ticketmaster will be in contact with all ticket holders in relation to this rescheduled event.

Trip The Switch organisers apologise for any inconvenience and hope you can join us to celebrate this great line up of Australian artists on July 3, we will continue to work with the Queensland Government Health Guidelines to produce a Covid Safe Event.

The organisers of Trip The Switch Music Festival regret to advise that due to ongoing Queensland Health Covid-19 restrictions, they have no option but to postpone the Trip the Switch Music Festival planned for Saturday February 27 to a new date that is still to be confirmed.

Ticketholders are encouraged to hold onto tickets, and are advised to direct any questions to their place of ticket purchase.

Behind the scenes, everyone is working to confirm a new date as soon as possible.

The organisers sincerely thank everyone for their understanding as they continue to work with the Queensland Government Health Guidelines to produce a Covid Safe Event.  

Ella Hooper from Killing Heidi this week stopped by Subculture to chat about how the band has faired during the lockdown and how excited they are to be playing at the Trip The Switch Festival.

You can listen to the interview right here: