Category: Rock

There is not doubt that the past twelve months have hit the Australian music scene hard. Shows have been cancelled, festivals put on hold and in a sad state of affairs some artists who had steady gigs are having to turn away from music to make a crust.

“I don’t know how my crew have been surviving truth is I am too scared to ask,” say Icehouse’s frontman Iva Davies as he sits down with Subculture’s Dave Griffiths for a chat. The good news is that Icehouse are joining forces with other great Aussie acts including James Reyne, Boom Crash Opera and Killing Heidi for the Trip The Switch Festival which hopefully will be a start to a new dawn for Austraian music.

Take a listen to the interview to hear Iva chat about the festival and also about the music he discovered while in lockdown.

Angels & Airwaves have officially announced their highly anticipated sixth studio album, LIFEFORMS, will be released on September 24. 

They have also announced a world tour, beginning on September 29 of this year that will extend into 2022. Both of these announcements were first made from space, when the band partnered with Sent Into Space to launch a renewable hydrogen capsule which played an out of this world premiere of the entire album along with displaying the tour and album information!

This celebration extends to the release of the band’s second track from the forthcoming record entitled “Restless Souls” which is written from the perspective of God as a letter to humanity regarding life’s trials and the necessity for humans to demonstrate resiliency.

“’Restless Souls’ in many ways is a honest letter from God to humanity – because life seems to always be looking for ways to inspire, clarify and teach us when things become more difficult,” said frontman Tom DeLonge. Of LIFEFORMS, he said: “This album for me is a journey through different relationships, different points of view, and how we each have our own life path.”   

Pre-order/pre-save(stream) LIFEFORMS 
https://riserecords.lnk.to/Lifeforms

Angels & Airwaves is comprised of Tom DeLonge (lead vocals, guitar/synths), Ilan Rubin (drums/guitar/backing vocals/synths), David Kennedy (guitar) and Matt Rubano (bass) – released the first single and video from LIFEFORMS, “Euphoria,” on May 19. NME called the track “explosive” while Rolling Stone said the visuals told a “story about a passionate and ultimately deadly liaison between a femme fatale and a Man in Black.” 

DeLonge, a founding member of Blink-182, formed Angels & Airwaves in 2005. The band has released five full-length albums and charted numerous hits, including “The Adventure,” “The War,” “Everything’s Magic” and “Rebel Girl.” The Dream Walker, released in 2014, hit No. 1 on iTunes and No. 5 on Billboard’s Top Alternative Albums chart. A multimedia project, the album was accompanied by a graphic novel, comic books and the short film Poet Anderson, co-directed by DeLonge, which won Best Animated Short Film at the Toronto International Short Film Festival. 

In addition to his work with AVA, DeLonge created To The Stars, a multimedia entertainment company that creates original content across music, film, television and publishing. DeLonge served as executive producer of The History Channel series “Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation” and will make his feature film directorial debut with the forthcoming Monsters of California.

The Restless Souls tour will begin on September 29 in Riverside, CA and will move throughout the United States before spending the month of March in Europe and the UK. Tickets will be on sale on Friday, June 18 at 10 AM local time at this link HERE. The Los Angeles and New York shows went on sale last month while it was also announced that the band would be playing Lollapalooza on Saturday, July 31. This newly announced tour is their last since their sold-out 2019 fall tour, which was their return to the live arena after a seven year hiatus.

What if Frank Zappa and Kurt Cobain secretly wrote songs for Queens of the Stone Age and Alice In Chains? We don’t have the answer to this mysterious question, but maybe (just maybeThe Stone Eye can answer it for us…
 
Philadelphia sludge rockers The Stone Eye have revealed a new music video and single for the song “Witches & Raptures“. The video was directed by Stephen Burdick. Watch it right now at this location. “Witches & Raptures” is the first single from the band’s sixth full-length album South Of The Sun which is scheduled for a worldwide release on October 15, 2021 via Eclipse Records.
 
“In a nutshell, Witches & Raptures can best be described as a song about feeling trapped in the greater picture of everything around you” says lead vocalist & guitarist Stephen Burdick“Does that meaning come through in the video? Maybe… who knows! We picked the song as a single because we felt as though it was one of the most interesting pieces of music we have written thus far, whilst also retaining an element of pop-sensibility amidst the abnormal structure and harmonies. It is weird, but it’s catchy. When it came to working on the video, we sought out weirdness. Film some footage of us rehearsing, some footage of us being hooligans in front of the green screen and go to town in post-production!”
 
The new record, titled South of the Sun, is one of those gems that is familiar somehow, yet takes the listener on a journey mapped out in new pathways. Heavy with a layer of glorious weirdness, this album combines a raucous, dirty guitar sound with clever musicianship … vocals that are as hypnotic in harmony as they are diverse in range, and a rhythm section as daring as it is ornate and, at times, funk-a-licious. With thirteen mesmerizing songs altogether, the singles from the album certainly showcase the wide range of influences upon the band’s writing. For the first single “Witches & Raptures“, the band sings about being trapped in the big picture of the world around us and how servants eventually are consumed by their social masters after they have served their purpose. The second single “Catatonia” is more of an exercise in meditative songwriting designed to just lose the listener in the lyrics which represent such philosophical questions such as ‘who’s out there, what’s there?’.  The third single “Aleutian Summer” can be best described as a scene out of The Shining, going stir-crazy because you’re figuratively trapped in the middle of God knows where. They are soulful songs, and in their own way erotic, both perfect for rock, alternative, stoner, and even metal radio playlists as fuzzy stoner sludge wrapped up in a progressive, pop metal take on the rock genre.

Two of Australia’s most respected singers, musicians and songwriters – Ian Moss and Troy Cassar-Daley – are taking their guitars and songs on the road across 17 dates on the National ‘Together Alone Tour’ through October, November and December 2021.

The ‘Together Alone Tour’ will be the first time these two powerhouse guitarists and vocalists have joined forces to tour together and shared a stage in such an intimate setting as they take the audience on a musical journey across their respective careers.

GP Tickets go on sale at 10.00am local times Wednesday, 23 June.

A pre-sale for members of Mossy’s and Troy’s fan clubs commences at 10.00am local times on Monday, 21 June and will run until 10.00amWednesday, 23 June. You can sign up for the Fan Club HERE

Mossy said “I have been a big fan of Troy’s for so long so when this opportunity came up to do a lap around Australia with him I was never going to say no. These shows have been about 2 years in the planning, the set list will have everything plus a few surprises and I can’t wait to finally take it on the road and out to our fans.”

Troy added: “From the first chord I heard Ian Moss play on guitar I was hooked, and then he sang!  He has been a major source of inspiration for me for years and to play some shows with him across the country will be something very special.  This will be a great fun musical adventure, I’m so proud to blend what we do on stage for people to see, guitar heaven!  See you out there.  I can’t wait to play.”

As part of the tour fans have the opportunity to purchase VIP tickets to each of the shows which will give them the rare opportunity to go behind the scenes and watch Ian and Troy’s soundcheck and run a few songs on stage.

Included in the VIP Experience (one per person/ticket price):

– Exclusive “Meet and Greet” with Ian Moss and Troy Cassar-Daley during soundcheck
– VIP “Together Alone” lanyard
– VIP Limited Edition “Together Alone” Stubby Cooler
– Ticket to the show and best seats available (where applicable)

Numbers are strictly limited to 30 (subject to venue seating) and no photos or videoing will be permitted during soundcheck. We prefer you sit, listen and enjoy this unique experience.

Opening at selected shows will be Gretta Ziller, a rock, pop and blues-influenced artist who will release her sophomore album in September 2021, and Melody Moko, a singer-songwriter, who has taken her music to the world since the release of her debut album The Wreckage in 2020.

Presented by Tarampa Music, Thrillhill Music & The Harbour Agency
 
Tickets on sale Wednesday 23 June at 10am local times from
ianmosss.com.au and troycassardaley.com.au
 
Wednesday, 13 October – Queen’s Park Theatre, Geraldton WA #
Friday, 15 October – Astor Theatre, Perth WA #
Saturday, 16 October – The Gov, Adelaide SA #
Thursday, 21 October – Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle NSW *
Friday, 22 October – Panthers, Evan Theatre, Penrith NSW *
Saturday, 23 October – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul NSW *
Thursday, 28 October – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba QLD *
Friday, 29 October – The Events Centre, Kings Theatre, Caloundra QLD *
Saturday, 30 October – The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley QLD *
Sunday, 31 October – Jacaranda Festival, Market Square, Grafton NSW
Thursday, 11 November – West Gippsland PAC, Warragul VIC #
Friday, 12 November – Palms at Crown, Melbourne VIC #
Saturday, 13 November – Palms at Crown, Melbourne VIC #
Friday, 19 November – Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads NSW *
Saturday, 20 November – Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads NSW *
Friday, 10 December – Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs NT *
Saturday, 11 December – Darwin Entertainment Centre Playhouse, Darwin NT *
 
# with Gretta Ziller | * with Melody Moko

Bertrand Poncet, vocals; Éric Poncet, guitar; Paul Cordebard, guitar; Mathias Rigal, bass; and Bastien Lafaye, drums — have just shared the video for the anthemic and inescapably dancey title track of their upcoming fourth album Gone Are The Good Days, out July 30 on Fearless Records.
Listen and watch here.
The video features the band in performance mode, Sheriff Woody from Toy Story, and a love story told through old school media such as VHS tapes and cassettes.
“Gone Are the Good Days perfects the Paris-based band’s DNA-distinct blend of “easycore.” It’s teeming with incredibly catchy jams that invite you to pump your fist in the air, sing along, and to dance like no one is watching! It will serve as the soundtrack to your next party. Pre-order it here.”
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! previously shared the video for first single “Bitter.”
Gone Are The Good Days follows Get Lost, Find Yourself (2015), Pardon My French (2013), and Something For Nothing (2010).
Because of the pandemic, the writing process for Gone Are The Good Days happened remotely: Bert and Bastien handled most of that initial work, then swapped files with their bandmates, who were scattered in other areas. The members of Chunk! were able to connect in person for a short stint at Alias Studio in January 2021 — the first time they’d all been in the same room for the last four years. Making Gone Are The Good Days was a redemption in numerous ways.

The album was a way for us to turn the 2020 bullshit into a better mindset,” Bert says. “To give us a better future.” Chunk pulled off a magic trick with their long-awaited fourth LP: staying true to their pop punk path, while finding brand new avenues to travel down.

‘Gone Are The Good Days’ will be available Friday July 30 via Fearless Records/Virgin Australia. Pre-Order at https://found.ee/gatgd.

Melbourne musician Adrian Narayan has just released a killer new video which you can check out below.

The video features a strobe-tastic showdown between Narayan’s punchy, staccato guitar riffs & Dean Kennedy’s explosive drumming, with tight editing by Hit Me Up! Creative.

The meditative chaos of ‘Disconnection’ is guided by Narayan’s precise guitar talk over fluid synth lines, imbuing the track with a thought-provoking nature.

Introducing Valley Sounds, the Yarra Valley’s first Acoustic Festival, set on the exclusive grounds of Wandin Park Estate.

The inaugural 2021 event will take place on Sunday November 21, showcasing some of Australia’s finest singer songwriters – James Reyne, Mark Seymour, Ash Grunwald, Nick Barker and Tracy McNeil.

Valley Sounds is a limited capacity exclusive event, with First Release tickets on sale now, with a limit of 100 VIP experience tickets.

The event will be headlined by the iconic James Reyne – celebrated for his work out front of Australian Crawl and an unparalleled solo career of twelve studio albums, including last year’s critically acclaimed Toon Town Lullaby.

James Reyne is one of our finest singers and lyricists, responsible for songs such as ‘Reckless’, ‘The Boys Light Up’, ‘Beautiful People’, ‘Lakeside’, ‘Daughters Of The Northern Coast’, ‘Fall Of Rome’, ‘Hammerhead’, ‘Motor’s Too Fast’ and ‘Slave’.

The hits have been flowing for Reyne for more than 40 years, the release of Toon Town Lullaby in July 2020 coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Australian Crawl’s debut album, The Boys Light Up.

James Reyne has had 19 top 40 hits – nine solo, seven with Australian Crawl, and three as part of Company Of Strangers, with six Top 10 hits and eleven Top 10 albums. He was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1996 and was honoured with the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2014.

James said today, “It’s exciting to see a brand new music event start up, given the difficult times the music industry has been through over the last 12 months – made all the more sweeter by the stunning surrounds of the Yarra Valley.”

Don’t miss the opportunity to see this exceptional line up in acoustic mode:

Valley Sounds – Sunday November 21 – Wandin Park Estate

James Reyne
Mark Seymour
Ash Grunwald
Nick Barker
Tracy McNeil

 
Tickets on sale now from 
here or www.valleysounds.com.au