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Drumming, well I have South American blood in me. Our guitarist Pete once said ‘you South Americans come out of the womb playing bongos, I swear’. It’s in our blood. Hahaha. My dad was a drummer and used to make me watch doco after doco on SBS about all the greats growing up as a child. Coupled with that, I grew up performing my whole childhood through Johnny Young Talent School which later turned into Dancing. I was particularly obsessed with tap dancing and used to do it all night in bed till my feet cramped up, so I feel my obsession started there. I was lucky enough growing up to always be around really great musicians and the thought of sitting on the sidelines cheering other people on was not enough for me. I wanted to be part of the action, man. So the boys used to always jam at our house and let me get up and play after they were done jamming. My ‘go to’ was ‘Paranoid’ by Black Sabbath and ‘Let There Be Rock’ by AC/DC. That was my catalogue of songs for a very long time. Haha. After sitting in the shadows my whole life, I decided in 2015 it was time and I bought a kit. I went straight to Col Gillies aka Master Yoda. He is the godfather of Brisbane Drumming I.M.O and has taught most of the shop owners and drum teachers in this town. I told him I want to be ‘good for a girl’. He said I will make you play well as a drummer. I needed to hear that. I like to think of myself as a heavy groove drummer, well that’s the goal anyways.

1. CARMINE APPICE

Carmine Appice is my absolute favourite drummer of all time. He played for Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Beck, Bogert and Appice to name a few. He is also my dad’s favourite drummer and I heard about him my whole life almost as if he was a family member. He is the Groove MASTER and has been going for over 60 years. What attracts me most about his drumming is his offbeat groove fills and his showmanship. He knows how to lure you in and take you on a ride. He is too damn lit to quit and that mirrors my personality so I resonate with his spirit. Don’t believe me, watch this solo from Evil – Cactus. I’m not telling you how many times I’ve watched this in complete awe cos’ I’ve lost count obviously. Lol

2. ROBBY STAEBLER

Robby Staebler from All Them Witches. It’s like his drumming doesn’t follow rules. I feel the greatest thing any musician can ever achieve is creating their own signature sound. Rob Staebler has done just that. I can spot his drumming from a mile away because no one drums like him and if they do sound like him, I would say ‘hay such and such has the Robby Staebler sound’. He does this thing where he does triplets on the bass kick. It’s kind of like his signature beat. His drumming syncopates with the music so well that I still haven’t wrapped my head around his greatness. My friend Rob who sings for Laceration Mantra, who I call a mentor, told me once, it doesn’t matter about your skill level, how I spot a great drummer when I walk in a room is timing and dynamics. These words are a mantra that swing around my brain all the time and it was some of the truest and greatest advice I ever got about drumming. This is the vid that began my complete obsession with my favourite band All Them Witches. It’s not necessarily my favourite now I’ve deep dived, but it was the gateway to the Greatness of Robby Staebler.

3. CHRIS DENNIS

Chris Dennis, or as I like to call him, ‘Chris Muthafkn’ Dennis’. He is a force of nature. Chris drums for Azrael, Veal, Tesla Coils (r.i.p) and probably more I don’t know about. Chris Dennis comes from the Gold Coast and is a drummer I can go watch all the time. I will never ever forget the first time I saw him play. Veal played Wallapalooza. I stood there with my jaw on the floor the whole set and couldn’t believe what I had just witnessed. I thought my god, WHO THE FUCK IS THAT?! Yes he is a great drummer, but it wasn’t that that blew my mind. It was how he played. He was fucking ferocious and I’ve never seen anyone throw their whole body into drumming the way he does. He was drenched in sweat and he gave no fucks, he is so sharp on his movements it’s almost robotronic, like it almost feels like an optical illusion. I’ve never EVER seen anything like it. Watching him play made me think, fuck YEAH, I wanna play like that. I quickly started following his every move and made him become my friend hahaha. I asked for lessons and he helped me compose better drum tracks for a lot of our songs. The boss ass fill in ‘Heartquake’ is his, he gave it to me. I’m not gonna lie, I took it graciously, it’s fkn killer. I’m lucky enough now to call Chris my friend. Aka Sensai haha. This is some of his drumming from Azreal.

4. Igor Cavalera

Igor Cavalera, Sepultura, Cavalera Conspiracy, Nailbomb + more. I have always loved the Cavalera tribe and Igor’s style of drumming resonates with me on some otherworldly, ancestral, South American bloodline, tribal level. It goes without saying that he has his own signature sound. The Cavaleras created Tribal Metal and brought it to the mainstream thanks to the help of Gloria Cavalera, Max’s wife. I know it’s not everyone’s bag, but it’s mine. He, much like Chris Dennis, is a ferocious force of nature. I like watching people whose spirit emanates out of them as they play. We pour everything we have into our music, so I love watching people let themselves go live. Igor will always hold a special place in my drumming heart.

5. MIKE PORTNOY

I first saw Mike Portnoy at a G3 concert. Dream Theater, Winery Dogs, Liquid Tension Experiment etc. I had never seen anyone drum like that. Prog drumming, WOW. To be really honest I was overwhelmed with greatness. I needed to go outside for a minute. My brain couldn’t compute what I had just seen. Mike Portnoy is one of the greatest prog drummers in the world and I fell deeply in love with his grooves after listening to Train of Thought by Dream Theater. I have deep divided into the world of Portnoy since and the greatest thing about him is he loves to collaborate and above all is the biggest fanboy ever of music. I highly recommend watching his MP Vinyl series. It’s killer. He’s one guy I’d love to have a beer with.

THECITYISOURS release their self-reflective new single ‘So Sad’ taken from the band’s sophomore album »COMA«. The album is set for release 22nd October 2021 via Arising Empire.

All good things must come to an end, and ‘So Sad’ is about just that. Speaking on their latest offing, Mikey Page remarks: “So Sad is about trying to come to terms with the decision to end something you feel is great, and processing the subsequent fallout. This was an interesting one for us as the lyrics came from two completely separate viewpoints. We have always been advocates for making music people can relate to in their own way and take from it what they need. This was the first time we really explored that idea consciously within ourselves to collaborate in a way that told both angles of the story, leaving the door open for interpretation from the listener.”

»COMA« was recorded, engineered and mixed by long-time collaborator Oz Craggs (FEED THE RHINONECK DEEPMALLORY KNOX) at Hidden Track Studios and mastered by Ermin Hamidovic (ARCHITECTSPERIPHERYNORTHLANE) at Systematic Productions.‘Following the departure of long-standing vocalist Sam Stolliday (full statement HERE), the band unexpectedly found themselves in unknown territory. 12 months on, they are back with the introduction of new vocalist Oli Duncanson and ready to welcome a brand new era of TCIO.

Oli recounts “I remember being shown some demos of some new songs prior to Sam’s departure and absolutely loving the direction and progression of the band’s sound… so as soon as Mikey told me about the opening in the band, I knew I had to take a chance!”Page adds “Oli has been a part of our team for a long time. He is a very well respected entity in his own right amongst the music scene. We’d seen snippets of his capabilities over the years, so when he registered an interest in becoming a part of CITY, we knew we had to explore…and we clicked instantly.”

THECITYISOURS is a 5-piece metal band from London who has quickly garnered attention and growing support for peers, industry and fans alike, with their high-octane live show and the success of their debut album. »LOW« (2019) smashed into the top 5 iTunes metal charts with several singles appearing in editorial playlists with the likes of Amazon, Deezer and Spotify (Including 2 covers on New Core and Metal UK) supporting the band.

2019 was a very busy year for TCIO, with appearances at a slew of UK festivals including Camden Rocks, Macmillan Fest, Burn It Down, Holloween, a fly in appearance at High Fives Festival in Sweden, a headline set in the Doghouse Tent at the revered Download Festival to a 4000+ audience of festival-goers, and a sold-out album release show at Boston Music Rooms in London. Be sure to keep an eye on THECITYISOURS in 2021.

Birds of Tokyo today release their first new song for 2021. “Superglue” is the infectious first taste of a new batch of tunes the band has been cooking up since last year’s album “Human Design” took hits like “Good Lord” & “Unbreakable” to #1 on the ARIA Album chart.

The single features guest vocals by Stand Atlantic’s Bonnie Fraser and is the first Birds Of Tokyo single to feature such a cameo.

“We always heard this song as coming from two distinct viewpoints so it made sense to share the vocals and get both sides of the story”, says guitarist/songwriter/producer Adam Spark. “We’re all fans of Stand Atlantic so Bonnie was the first name on our list. Hopefully we can get to play the song live together somewhere when borders eventually reopen.”

“We are so excited to team up with Birds of Tokyo for ‘Superglue’. The guys have been a staple of Australian rock music for years and so when they asked us to be a part of the release it was a no-brainer!” says Bonnie Fraser of the feature.

Watch the video created by the band’s long-time collaborator, director Zac Lynch-Woodlock (The Rions, Rainee) and acclaimed production house Found At Sea.

To be someone with a Wild heart means to be passionate, strong in conviction and have a willingness to stick the course and see it through. South-East Queensland-based hardcore act Wildheart exemplify this conviction, this passionate dedication to telling stories of truth and unearthing injustice through their music.

Today, they reveal the fruits of their labour, the announcement of their debut album, Global Crisis. And if their words on the record seem angry, it’s because they are. The record contains 13 incendiary tracks – passionate, furious and raw – recorded, mixed and mastered by Gareth Hargreaves.

Global Crisis will be released on Friday 5th November, through Collision Course and MGM Distribution – and will be available through all digital platforms, which can be pre-ordered/pre-saved digitally at http://ffm.to/globalcrisis. Vinyl and Merch bundles can be pre-ordered at https://www.wearewildheart.com.au/store.

Along with the announcement of this new album, comes introspective, but no less raging new single ‘Show Me What It’s Like to Be Worthless.’ From Yugambeh man Axel Best, frontman for Wildheart, the new single is “…one of the more melodic songs we have written and is probably one of the darkest taken from the upcoming album. There has been an insane amount of uncertainty over the past few years with everything that has happened both locally and internationally – and we wanted to tap into something lyrically dark, but moving, with this song.”

Blunt Mag said: “For the hardcore hellions in Queensland outfit Wildheart, the sky really is the limit. Not only are they set to tear shit up at next year’s monolithic UNIFY Gathering, but they’re set to do so with a whole album of intensely ferocious mosh anthems.”

Though there have been a few tastes of Global Crisis already released – singles Rising Tide, Backburner and False Hope, Fake Happiness are already out in the world, there are still 9 new tracks to dive into. Shaun Allen from Gold Coast band Nerve Damage featured on ‘Rising Tide’, the iconic speech from Bruce Shillingsworth’s Q&A appearance featured at the start of ‘Backburner’ and still to come is a feature vocal spot from Danielle O’Grady from Brisbane band All Hours features on ‘The Long Slow Whisper’.

On the live front, Wildheart are performing at October 2021’s Halloween Hysteria alongside SpiderbaitKing Parrot and Mammal and were recently announced as one of the performers confirmed on the UNIFY FOREVER (2022) line-up, alongside The Amity Affliction, Violent Soho, Alpha Wolf and more!

Wildheart’s history is storied and impressive. They have performed at BIGSOUND 2018 and the Mountain Goat Valley Crawl and has seen regular playtime across various well known platforms such as triple (having been played on triple j lunch, Short.Fast. Loud, The Racket and Home and Hosed, as well as multiple songs added to rotation on triple j unearthed!) and Spotify‘s ‘Homegrown and Heavy’ playlist; and have played alongside heavyweight acts including Casey (UK), Listener (US), The Brave, Deez Nuts, Belle HavenBare BonesYoung LionsDeadlights, and Dregg; and hitting the road on several independent East Coast tours.

Wildheart’s Global Crisis album will be available from Friday November 5 through all digital platforms, which can be pre-ordered/pre-saved digitally at http://ffm.to/global-crisis. Vinyl and Merch bundles can be pre-ordered at https://www.wearewildheart.com.au/store. New Single ‘Show Me What It’s Like to Be Worthless’ is out Friday September 17.

Australian outlets, please include: “If you or someone you know is going through tough times, support is available at: Beyond Blue 1300 224 636, Lifeline 13 11 14, Kids helpline 1800 551 800 The Butterfly Foundation 1800 334 673, or in case of emergency call 000.”

New Zealand’s highest streaming rock band, Written By Wolves, are today releasing their record, The Collab Project (Purchase/Stream Here), along with a videoclip for single Secrets featuring legendary P.O.D vocalist Sonny Sandoval not only in the song but in the video as well!

The Collab Project features tracks re-imagined from their previous record SECRETS, a record streamed over 10 million times on Spotify alone – and showcases collaborations with artists such as Trenton Woodley from Hands Like HousesKellin Quin from Sleeping with SirensSonny Sandoval from P.O.D.Becks and Sydney Rae White of The Wild Things.

Michael Murphy, vocalist for the band, says of the new single/video: “Sonny was one of my teenage heroes growing up. I listened to the Satellite album every day as a teenager, in fact I’m pretty sure my high school band even covered ‘Alive’. I’m not sure I’ll ever forget the first reply from Sonny saying he loved what we were doing and was all in for the project. The passion and power that he brings to everything he does is phenomenal and his voice is iconic. He is an absolute legend and we are still pinching ourselves that he is part of The Collab Project!

He went on to say that “We are so proud of The Collab Project and we are incredibly excited to have it out in the world. With any release there is a huge sense of nervousness and trepidation that comes with it, but, with this one that feeling is even more amplified. So many people have contributed, not just their voices, but their stories and we will never be able to thank them enough for that. This has become a real passion project for us and we hope it can mean as much to our fans as it does to us.”

Written By Wolves are a fresh and progressive cinematic rock band and one of the most exciting new rock acts to come from New Zealand in recent years. Renowned for their highly energetic live show, the band have already shared the stage with international heavyweights such as Machine Gun Kelly, Limp Bizkit, Pendulum, Sublime With Rome, Suicidal Tendencies, We The Kings and Four Year Strong, to name just a few. Since forming in 2014, the band has amassed over 335,000 monthly listeners and more than 36 million streams on Spotify, as well as over 100,000 subscribers and 46 millions views on YouTube.

The Collab Project is out now and more information can be found at: https://writtenbywolves.com.

Lalchand, the nom de plume of Melbourne muso mastermind Jordan Lalchand, is today sharing the latest cut from his forthcoming record – and this one features a massive feature guest vocal from US vocalist and front-man of Indian alt-rock/prog outfit Skyharbor, Eric Emery! The track is called ‘What I Once Knew’ and it’s released this Friday, September 10th. Pre-Save it here.

Lalchand has recently announced his forthcoming feature-filled EP ‘The View from Here’, to be released Friday October 8 through Collision Course/MGM Distribution. It can be pre-saved at https://ffm.to/theviewfromhereep.

The EP was Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Sam Bianco (Parkwood). According to Lalchand, this song “…lyrically speaks about the comfort and familiarity of a past life while stepping into a future unknown. Musically the song was inspired by the likes of Northlane and Tremonti and was written during Melbourne’s hard lockdown in 2020. The overall vibe of the song (and much of the EP) was highly influenced by the TV show ‘Mr. Robot.’

Emery said of his contribution to the track…

The EP Title Track dropped last month, and enjoyed a premiere at TheMusic.com.au, consecutive weeks’ spins on triple j’s Short. Fast. Loud, play on MMM Hard N Heavy and The Faction, being featured on Channel 7’s AFL TV broadcast and more. Dave Ruby Howe from triple j unearthed gave it four stars, saying that “The vocal features add that compelling mix of fire and ice to Lalchand’s soaring riffage. “

Lalchand shared the first cut from the record, “Feast” feat. Ryan Wilson as his solo debut in 2019 which was described by triple j UnearthedDave Ruby Howe as “both hard yet soaring” and The Soundcheck drew comparison to a couple of Australia’s finest, “Feast at times calls to mind fellow Aussie prog kings Dead Letter Circus and Karnivool – but with Lalchand’s own unique twist”.  

Imposter Syndrome” feat. James Butler of Slow Talk followed in 2020, where Depth Mag praised its driving undertones: “‘Imposter Syndrome’ immediately oozes determination from its opening riff, which captures the persistent drive to create that pushes many creative people forward.”

Lalchand’s EP ‘The View from Here’ will be released Friday October 8 through Collision Course/MGM Distribution. It can be pre-saved at https://ffm.to/theviewfromhereep. The single is out Friday September 10th and can be pre-saved at https://ffm.to/whationceknew.