Following the releases of 2018, The Middle and Altered States, progressive trio Cog are set to release their third single as they redefine their practice within the modern music landscape. In succession of 2008’s album Sharing Space, the Australian underground icons are running into 2019 with a track that will bring them closer to their followers, Drawn Together. Continue reading COG – ‘Drawn Together’ Single & 2019 Tour→
Coldwater DFU -the album Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission made in Memphis last year is finally ready for release and the band are keen to get around the country and play it to people. Like its predecessor The Big Don’t Argue – the album Mick and Wally recorded with WPA in Memphis thirty years ago – this is shaping up to be a record that will find its identity on the live stage. Continue reading Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission Coldwater DFU Album and Tour→
Legendary Scottish indie rockers Big Country return down under to Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of their classic album Steeltown. As an added Bonus they will play an Encore of Greatest Hits (In A Big Country, Fields of Fire, Chance, Look Away, Wonderland and more) Continue reading BIG COUNTRY Announce 2019 Australian and NZ Tour→
The opening night of the Australian leg of Keith Urban’s GRAFFITI U tour followed the special one-off show supporting the farmers in Tamworth, and it was clear from the start that the good vibes were still very much in play!
A pretty much sold old venue, pretty full despite the early start, saw a lively set from support act Julia Michaels, a highly accomplished pop songwriter for the likes of Britney, Bieber, and Gwen Stefani, who kicked off her own singing career 2 years ago. With a full band, Julia delivered a slick, up-tempo pop country set, including Issues, the Grammy-nominated track from the recent 50 Shades movie.
After the short break, the absolute superstar that is Keith Urban appeared in silhouette at the back of the stage, and the band kicked off Never Coming Down from the new album, followed by Days Go By from 15 years earlier. Keith sings most of this one from side of stage, before rolling into the single he wrote with his support act, Coming Home.
Then we get an impromptu review from Keith of a few banners and signs, including a “Please Will You Play At My Wedding” which saw the young lady hauled up onstage, and on discovering her fiance was at home, Keith ‘face-timed’ along with 10,000 fans, for a chat! A couple of selfies with Keith and the crowd, in a really easy, informal way, and then we are back off with the music, and Somewhere In My Car from the FUSE record.
Unsurprisingly Keith has a super tight band of multi-instrumentalists, including Jerry Flowers from Keith’s initial band, The Ranch, on bass and guitar, Danny Rader on guitars, keys, banjo and mandolin, Seth Rausch on drums and Nathan Barlowe on keyboards and guitars – and the sound in this large tin-shed is of superb quality. But there is no doubt where the focus is, on the ever-smiling front-man, who, just quietly, can absolutely rip on the guitar.
There is great interplay between Keith and Danny at the start of Long Hot Summer, and features a tasty solo from Keith on the riser stage front, teasing the crowd with fretwork, tapping and picking before the band builds it up behind him. A change of mood for the sensual Parallel Lines, and then the drums pick up the beat again for the ultimate driving track, Put You In A Song, which motors along like a Corvette on the freeway, and sees the crowd get stuck into one of several singalongs!
Keith delivers a consummate performance throughout, and picks up an acoustic for a cracking solo spot of bluegrass hoe-down guitar which slides into the older Stupid Boy. The crowd sings the start of Somebody Like You even before the band kicks in, and allows the Nathan Barlowe to show off his vocal talents in little cameo performance of With Or Without You, before the lights all go down, and Keith asks for some help – the Arena lights up from 10,000 phone lights!
A first-time outing for a new song written with Julia Michaels, from her forthcoming release, sees her join Keith onstage for a fun duet of Lie To Me, and then a real riff cranks up over an up-tempo beat, and we are back in stadium country-rock mode for Good Thing with Keith’s guitar really cutting through the mix. Slow down again for a delicate acoustic-tinged Blue Ain’t Your Colour, and then he swaps guitar for bass for the almost industrial-pop Drop Top which includes Kassi Ashton doing her vocal lines on the big screens.
The stage turns blue for the hit Cop Car which turns into a real rock ballad, and then both Danny and Jerry get their chance to sing a few bars and show-off, before the intro to The Fighter sees the crowd erupt – helped by Carrie Underwood doing her vocals on the screens. During this, Keith makes his way all the way through the crowd, high-fiving and hugging anyone in his path, to the “U Stage” at the back of the arena, where he conducts a more intimate singalong with a few friends, rips into a medley of Kiss a Girl/Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me/You Look Good in My Shirt while ripping the licks out of his guitar, and then pulls a young girl up onto the stage to hand it over as a trophy!
Keith makes the long way back to the stage where the band is still going, and the banjo intro to Gone Tomorrow (Here Today), and then a funky bass-driven version of John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 and a slick solo from Danny Rader. The set proper closes with the classy pop-rock of Wasted Time with a guitar duel and another crowd singalong.
You know he is coming back for more, and sure enough after a decent period of adulation, the crowd gets the massive hit from the new record sung with Lindsay Ell, Horses – and then it is over! What a show, from a truly special performer!
KEITH URBAN “GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR AUSTRALIA”
With Special Guest Julia Michaels
Tickets at www.ticketek.com.au
Friday 25 January, 2019: Sydney, Qudos Bank Arena
Saturday 26 January, 2019: Sydney, Qudos Bank Arena
Sunday 27 January, 2019: Canberra, GIO Stadium
Thursday 31 January, 2019: Brisbane, Entertainment Centre
Friday 1 February, 2019: Brisbane, Entertainment Centre
Saturday 2 February, 2019: Brisbane, Entertainment Centre – SOLD OUT
Tuesday 5 February, 2019: Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena – SOLD OUT
Wednesday 6 February, 2019: Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
It feels like only yesterday that I was lucky enough to see Melbourne’s Circles supporting Tesseract at Sydney’s Metro Theatre. OK, so it was mid-September. However, in that time the band have been touring non-stop, including a jaunt to Europe and all that road time has paid dividends.
Despite already being a tight, taut and polished modern metal outfit, Circles dominated the Cambridge Hotel stage tonight with an obvious growth in confidence – not only in themselves, but also in the tracks off their latest album that make up the bulk of tonight’s set list. In fact, there didn’t seem to be a single song off their first EP to be heard. What's even more impressive is that they pulled this off with a fill-in bassist while Drew Patton was sidelined by a new baby. Just phenomenal.
Brisbane’s Dead Letter Circus has a long history of wowing audiences and listeners alike. Forming in 2004 (their debut album landing in 2010), singer Kim Benzie estimated that the band had played the Cambridge stage some six times over the years and tonight’s near-full house is testament not only to their memorable modern prog rock songs, but also a willingness to put in the long miles.
Tonight, they’re on fine form, with an extensive set list covering their entire catalogue. Some seventeen tracks have the Newcastle crowd wowed before a venue curfew sees them leave the stage without an encore. Frankly, if anyone is disappointed, they shouldn’t be. We were all treated to a night of some of this country’s best forward-thinking heavy music.
Long is the time since billboards across the country have lit up with the name Divinyls. A brand synonymous with raw, exciting, and above all uncompromising rock ‘n’ roll. A band that won the heart of a nation and then eventually the world. That time has come again as founding member, guitarist and co-songwriter Mark McEntee returns in 2019 with a talented new line-up hitting the road in March to honour the legacy and celebrate the indelible music created with the late, great Chrissy Amphlett. Continue reading Tour News : Divinyls – Australian Tour – February & March 2019→
Harts is the nom de plume of Indian-born, Australian-based musician, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and music producer Darren Hart, whose singular blend of funk, jazz, blues, psychedelic rock, and indie electronic has drawn comparisons to Prince, Jimi Hendrix, and Lenny Kravitz, among others. Queens Kings And All Big Things, the latest album from Harts is due to be released on the 9th of November. Continue reading New Music : Harts ‘Queens, Kings & All Big Things’ Album + Tour→
Words and Photos by Ben Hosking – www.hoskingindustries.com.au
First a word of advice: It can really pay to check the opening times for a gig on more than one website! Thanks to an erroneous door time listing on one ticket website, this humbled reviewer ended up missing the brutal Thy Art is Murder.
Thankfully I didn’t miss the mighty Killswitch Engage, who tonight were playing the role of main support. For some, that might seem like an odd place for a renowned international act. However, when you look out across the sold out room at NEX in Newcastle (the old Worker’s Club), it seems like a pretty shrewd move and one that will no doubt win the Massachusetts band plenty of new fans off the back of a typically super strong performance. Continue reading Live Review : Parkway Drive and Killswitch Engage at NEX, Newcastle – 27 October 2018→
One of the greatest live bands this country has ever produced has today announced details for their very first live album release. As a special treat for their legion of fans (both local and overseas) The Living End will release a limited edition double LP on November 30. The LP set will feature the band’s recently released (ARIA # 3) album Wunderbar on purple vinyl plus the all-new Live In Europe 2018 LP on black & red vinyl.
The wine has come for Grapevine to uncork its bottler 2018 wine-up! Spilling across Victoria, and for the very first time NSW, Grapevine presents The Wombats, Client Liaison, The Jungle Giants, Tkay Maidza, MK, Miami Horror, Lovebirds, Dom Dolla, Young Franco, Joy and Arroyo! How grape is that? Not too Chablis! Continue reading Grapevine 2018 Line-up!→
Although the loveable punk rockers are still recovering from their string of sold out East Coast shows and opening set at this year’s revered Groovin’ The Moo festival, Newcastle’s Split Feed are not ones to slow down anytime soon. Premiering on triple j’s Home & Hosed this week and out today is arguably their heaviest release to date, ‘Homesick’ – joined by a selection of fresh live dates to close out the year. Continue reading SPLIT FEED release new single ‘Homesick’ + tour dates→