Category: Music News

As Boston Manor delve headfirst back into the world of live music this August, they’ve released a fearsome new anthem in ‘Carbon Mono’, their first single out via SharpTone Records. Hook-laden, coherent, blackly witty and with a molten emotional core, it’s the opening of a new chapter, hinting at even greater brilliance to follow. “This song is a conversation that sort of goes back & forth between two people,” explains vocalist Henry Cox. “It’s about people’s unwillingness to change & acknowledge our own shortcomings. It’s a classic Boston Manor tune that we wrote for people to rage to live. We’re so excited to be back playing shows & we just wanted to have something to play that people could blow off some steam to.”

On the track, Cox reasons acerbically that “Desperate times call for desperate pleasures”. “My lyrics aren’t ‘political’,” Cox says, “but they are about the alienation I began to feel from the common person on the street, an alienation magnified by the way the world has reacted to Covid and the lockdown, and the George Floyd murder… Isolation, anxiety, dread…”

Alternative rock trio Shangrila have released “Let You Down” as the third single to drop from forthcoming EP, ‘Analog Youth‘, out next Friday August 27. Watch here!

The single debuted on triple j Unearthed TOPs on Tuesday before the video went live with Pilerats on Wednesday with a play on triple j Short. Fast. Loud that night. This morning the single found its way onto huge Spotify playlists New Music Friday AU & NZRock Out. and Local Noise, reaching the ears of hundreds of thousands of listeners.

Written about the lingering effects of past relationship traumas, “Let You Down” uncovers the anxieties of entering into a new relationship and being subconsciously unable to let go of old trust and commitment issues. Vocalist Devyn Jupp highlights that “as the song progresses, it follows the relationship breaking down due to the person not allowing themselves to trust their partner from fear of history repeating. Once they are finally able realise the root of the problem is not from their present situation but from the ghost of the past relationship its already too late.
Exploring the twists and turns of growing up and the journey into adulthood, ‘Analog Youth’ is a coming of age offering, capturing the essence of youth and the different facets of life as we grow older to discover who we are. ‘Analog Youth’ is five moments in time, reflected through memories and emotions narrated over a nostalgic soundscape produced by Shane Edwards of Karma Sound Studios (Trophy EyesHellions) with additional engineering and production by Cody Brooks.

“Let You Down” feeds itself into the story as a track that represents navigating new relationships and learning to let go of toxic ties from the past. Jupp adds, “I’ve always found it interesting how every experience we have throughout our lives shapes the person we grow into and once you know the details of people’s past life experiences and relationships you start to understand how they have become the person they are today.”
Previous singles “Waiting” and “Lift Me Up tackled similar feelings that contribute to our ever-growing journey. Both singles have seen airtime on triple j and have racked up tens of thousands of Spotify and YouTube streams. “Lift Me Up” occupied a rotation spot on triple j Unearthed radio and was hailed as an “unbeatable rock anthem pouring a fountain of hope over its melodic waves of rocky beats” by Wall Of Sound and “tonally rich” and “smooth-as-hell” by KillYourStereo. “Waiting” welcomed a spin on Channel 7‘s Friday Night Football on its day of release and was added it Spotify editorial playlist Rock Out.

Launching “Lift Me Up” at Perth’s Amplifier Bar in late July, Shangrila sold out the show and delivered an unmissable performance. Due to demand, the trio are excited to return to the stage for their ‘Analog Youth’ EP launch at Rosemount Hotel on Saturday August 28, supported by Nautical MileStonehands and Pinwheel. Tickets available via Oztix.

Shangrila is Devyn Jupp (vocals), Jackson Macleod (guitars) and Dan Harper. With a band history stretching back almost a decade, the evolution of Shangrila is one that has been constant and ever intriguing. The release of their debut EP ‘Love and Leaving‘ and subsequent headline dates and shows supporting the likes of Trophy Eyes and Gyroscope proved the perfect introduction to the band’s new sonic path, one that was well-released by industry and their fans alike.

“Let You Down”, “Waiting” and “Lift Me Up” are available everywhere now. ‘Analog Youth’ will be available Friday August 27.

The band unleashes the second teaser for their upcoming album A Valediction, which is set to be released on November 19th. This time, it´s the catchy title track that manifests OBSCURA’s melodic pace, that they stand for over a decade.

Mastermind Steffen Kummerer comments the track as follows: “The title track combines past and future to the present. With a combination of virtuosity, catchiness and clear arrangements, “A Valediction” unfolds a bittersweet, fragile temper and sums up the lyrical framework of the entire album. A worthy title track and characterful summit of upcoming concerts.”

The video was shot, once again, with talented Mirko Witzki and brings back the vibes of late 90ies MTV.

One of the brightest stars in the Symphonic Metal universe have found a new home: NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS is incredibly proud to welcome BEYOND THE BLACK to the ranks of the worldwide NB family.

The band states:
“After an exciting and successful time with our former record label, we are ready to open a new chapter of BEYOND THE BLACK today. As a band we stand together as strong as never before and in NUCLEAR BLAST we have found a powerful label partner with a great team who are going to join forces with us to bring BEYOND THE BLACK to a new level. Also, deciding for the world’s biggest Metal label feels somewhat like coming home!”

With their astronomical rise after the release of their debut album Songs Of Love And Death, the band around singer Jennifer Haben went supersonic – most recently reaching a number of impressive chart positions with fourth LP Horizons.

Lauded by press and fans alike, the band gained immediate international interest as they quickly became the most successful Symphonic Metal band to come out of Germany. Throughout their career they already shared stages with acts like AEROSMITHKORNSCORPIONS and WITHIN TEMPTATION.

Marcus Hammer, Managing Director of NUCLEAR BLAST GMBH, states:
“We’re thrilled to welcome BEYOND THE BLACK as a new member of the NUCLEAR BLAST family. We’re talking about an exceptional artist with talent and passion that raises huge hopes into their meteoric rise only being the start of something bigger. We couldn’t be any happier to be an important partner for BEYOND THE BLACK from now on and support the band on their future path – we’re looking forward to a fantastic time and a promising future for both partners!”

Jens Prueter, Head of A&R Nuclear Blast Europe adds: “We are very proud to welcome BEYOND THE BLACK to NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS. It’s amazing what they achieved so far: top 5 entries in the German charts, TV appearances, sold out shows and regular guests at the biggest festivals. A success that also caused envy but not everyone is as talented as Jennifer Haben and her band, and not everyone has such a spirit of hard work. It’s a pleasure to follow their strong vision and it’s a great addition to the NUCLEAR BLAST artist roster where they will be in good company with NIGHTWISH, EPICA, AMARANTHE or BATTLE BEAST. Special thanks to their manager Benjamin Küfner for making this happen. Let’s explore new horizons!”

New Zealand’s highest streaming rock band, Written By Wolves, are today releasing their latest cut from The Collab Project along with a videoclip for it, a track called Always & Forever, featuring NZ singer Becks. It can be streamed/purchased now at https://smarturl.it/wolvesforeverr.

The Collab Project will be released in full on September 17, featuring tracks re-imagined from their previous record SECRETS, a record streamed over 10 million times on Spotify alone – and featuring 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.

This track is a favourite of the band’s vocalist, Michael Murphy. “I know you aren’t meant to pick favourites amongst your kids, but this is probably my favourite track I’ve ever written. The concept behind this song is no matter what you are going through, no matter what is happening, if the world was about to end, who would you want to be with. I felt that situation and sentiment would strip your thoughts and decisions down to their most truthful and pure. From there, we set about creating a piece of music befitting of the sentiment.

This is made extra special for me as Becks is my wife. The song is written about her so to have her singing on it is a bit of a dream come true. After she had finished recording her parts we sat down and listened and it was as if I was hearing the song for the first time, as if this is how it was always meant to sound – and it had been right in front of me all along… With everything that has happened in the last year and half, the sentiment of this song feels even more fitting now.

Rebecca Wright (Becks) has enjoyed an illustrious career in the musical theatre industry, most recently performing the role of Fantine in Auckland’s sold out season of Les Miserables at the Civic Theatre. Previous highlights include the role of Oz in We Will Rock You at the Bruce Mason Centre, Eva Peron in Hamilton Operatic Society’s successful production of Evita at Hamilton’s Clarence St Theatre, the title role of Cinderella and Mimi in Rent – both staged at Auckland’s beloved Civic Theatre.

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 will be released in full on September 17 and more information can be found at: https://writtenbywolves.com. New single Forever and Always featuring Becks can be streamed/purchased now at https://smarturl.it/wolvesforeverr.

Seether’s upcoming album, Vicennial – 2 Decades of Seether, tells the remarkable story of the South African quartet’s career and chart-topping success. The 20 songs on this compilation have amassed 16 #1 chart positions and all are Top 5 multi-format radio hits. This collection is an audio summary of the first 20 years of Billboard’s #8 All-Time Mainstream Rock Artists, which covers the 40-year history of the chart’s existence. The album, due for release on October 15th via Craft Recordings, was carefully curated by frontman Shaun Morgan and highlights tracks from his band’s eight full-length albums—including early breakthrough singles ‘Broken’ and ‘Fine Again’; the recent #1 on both the Rock and Active Rock charts, ‘Dangerous’; as well as their fan favourite cover of Wham’s ‘Careless Whisper.’ Known for their dedication to their fans, Seether selected fan submitted artwork for the album cover. Pre-orders for Vicennial – 2 Decades of Seetherare now open, including a Seether.com -exclusive 1,000-unit limited-edition custom mixed opaque purple 2-LP vinyl. Pre-order/pre-save here.

On October 7th, to celebrate the album’s release, the band will perform all 20 tracks in sequence live one time only at Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA. This event is the official after-show for the opening night of the sold-out Aftershock Festival, where the band will be appearing on October 8th with Metallica, Rancid and others. Tickets for Vicennial – Live are on sale now at Seether.com

Since Seether aren’t able to tour outside of the US right now, they wanted to find another way to bring this special show to their fans around the world. On November 11th, the band is hosting a special Vicennial – Live Online event through a partnership with Moment House. There will be shows at 6pm PST, 6pm GMT and 6pm JST where fans are able to vote for that time zone’s 10-song set. Additionally, the band will be appearing live for Q&A sessions and virtual meet and greets. Tickets for Vicennial – Live Online, as well as bundles that include merch and an exclusive 500 unit limited edition custom mixed opaque pink colour 2-LP vinyl of Vicennial, are on sale now at Seether.com.

Reflecting on the band’s career, singer Shaun Morgan says, “Twenty years is a major milestone for us; we’ve been on an amazing ride – alongside our fans – and we plan to continue that journey. Putting Vicennial together gave us a chance to look back on our body of work over the years, and to rediscover some of our older songs during the pandemic that brought us all to a standstill. We hope that everyone enjoys the compilation as much as we do now, after this historic lockdown, and we look forward to seeing our fans again at live shows in the future.”

Kasey Chambers and Busby Marou are beyond disappointed to announce the postponement of their September / October “Behind The Barricades Tour” due to the ongoing pandemic restrictions around Australia. In good news, the majority of the shows have been able to be rescheduled with the tour now kicking off in Narre Warren, VIC on 4th May 2022 through until Newcastle, NSW on 15th June 2022. 

Fans are asked to please hold on to their tickets. These will be automatically transferred to the new date or refunded if you can no longer attend. Unfortunately, a few of the shows have not been able to be rescheduled and tickets will be fully refundable from ticket outlets.

Kasey, Jeremy and Tom want to thank fans for their support and hope to see everyone at the new dates in 2022!

KASEY CHAMBERS & BUSBY MAROU TOUR 2021
www.kaseychambers.com | www.busbymarou.com

Wednesday, 4 May 2022 – Bunjil Place Narre Warren, VIC

Thursday, 5 May 2022 – Palais Theatre St Kilda, VIC

Friday, 6 May 2022 – Ulumbarra Theatre Bendigo VIC

Sunday, 8 May 2022 – Costa Hall GAC Geelong, VIC

Thursday, 12 May 2022 – Sydney Coliseum Theatre Rooty Hill, NSW

Saturday, 14 May 2022 – Odeon Theatre Hobart, TAS

Sunday, 15 May 2022 – Theatre North Launceston, TAS

Friday, 20 May 2022 – TECC Townsville, QLD

Saturday, 21 May 2022 – MMPL Cairns, QLD

Sunday, 22 May 2022 – Darwin Ent Centre, NT

Friday, 27 May 2022 – Albury Ent Centre, NSW

Saturday, 28 May 2022 – NCCC Royal Theatre, ACT (On Sale Mon 23 August)

Sunday, 29 May 2022 – Anita’s Theatre Thirroul, NSW

Friday, 3 June 2022 – Thebarton Theatre Adelaide, SA

Saturday, 4 June 2022 – Barossa Entertainment Centre Tanunda, SA

Friday, 10 June 2022 – HOTA Theatre #1, Gold Coast, QLD

Saturday, 11 June 2022 – Empire Theatre Toowoomba, QLD

Sunday, 12 June 2022 – Night Quarter, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Monday, 13 June 2022 – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Wednesday, 15 June 2022 – Civic Theatre Newcastle, NSW

**Unfortunately the following shows have been cancelled and tickets will be refunded.

Thu 30 Sep 2021 – CTC Canberra Theatre, ACT / New venue – NCCC Royal Theatre Tickets on Sale Monday 23 August at 10am.

Sat 16 Oct 2021 – Saraton Theatre, Grafton NSW

Thu 21 Oct 2021 – Northern Festival Centre, Port Pirie SA

Post-hardcore outfit OUR MIRAGE are back and have released their brand new single / video ‘Through The Night‘!

While it feels the latest album »Unseen Relations« was just recently released, the four musicians dropped another single of their upcoming third album in the band’s history! This time in a new tuning and with even more heart-crushing vocals.

An absolute emotional and hard-hitting masterpiece straight out of their hearts that hits every nuance and aspect in writing perfectly.

The new single of OUR MIRAGE accompanies listeners in real-life situations during the current and ever-changing times. Melodic sounds paired with heavier shouts express a newer style.

It seems like the pandemic did not harm OUR MIRAGE, quite the contrary – they used it as a reboot to come back in a powerful way with new sounds and emotional lyrics.

Hailing out of Marl, Germany, this four piece Post-Hardcore group really hits you deep in your emotions. From the ambient music to the emotional lyrics that really strike a nerve, OUR MIRAGE offers a vast variety of elements that many of us can relate to. This young group is becoming known for the emotion that they pour into their music and their latest release »Unseen Relations« takes that line even deeper.

The group largely focuses on the problems that our youth deal with internally but their music doesn’t just speak to them, it is very intuitive of the problems and struggles that we all deal with on a common basis. Their sophomore album has been released through Arising Empire, on February 7th 2020.

OUR MIRAGE are:Timo Bonner | vocalsSteffen Hirz | guitarManuel Möbs | bassDaniel Maus | drums