2013 was a year of change for Drawn from Bees, with iconic lead guitarist, Raven Danger Jones, retiring from the band. Followed by a period of unrest, discontent and failed attempts to work on recording new material, the band went into hiding.
Black Stone Cherry has announced the release of their eagerly awaited new album, Magic Mountain which will be released in Australia on Friday 9 May.
Produced by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Soundgarden), Magic Mountain will be heralded by the first single, Me and Mary Jane.
Black Stone Cherry commented on the making of Magic Mountain stating, “Not since before our first album have we felt the freedom and confidence that we felt while writing and recording this album. After touring the world behind three previous albums that we are extremely proud of, we feel this album best captures the live energy, honesty and vibe that encompasses our true musicianship.” Continue reading Black Stone Cherry unveil new album “Magic Mountain”→
“Happy Alone” is the new video from celebrated young band Saintseneca. The clip is an imaginative study of alienation and isolation. The song is from the band’s forthcoming album Dark Arc, out on March 28.
Saintseneca is led by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Zac Little who originally hails from rural Appalachia. Following in the footsteps of heartland bands who have sought to twist the music of the old weird America into new shapes – from the Violent Femmes to Neutral Milk Hotel – Saintseneca perform songs that sound both familiar and uniquely original. The group utilizes a wide range of acoustic instrumentation with more contemporary elements such as synthesizers and electric guitars to create a seamless blend of soaring vocals and vibrant post-punk energy. Continue reading Saintseneca premiere new video for “Happy Alone”→
If you haven’t heard of To Hell With Honour, you are about to and their introduction isn’t going to be polite, either. Their brutality is lauded in Western Australia and they are about to give the rest of Australia a taste.
To Hell With Honour’s EP ‘Conscious’, featuring single ‘Not Now Not Ever’, is a devastating blast to the head from the Perth 5 piece. They are hitting the ground running in 2014 and making their first foray into the East Coast metal scene with an upcoming tour. Continue reading To Hell With Honour – “Not Now Not Ever” Tour→
Dream-pop purveyors, I Know Leopard have returned with a second single, Hold This Tight, off their forthcoming EP, due out later this year. This idyllic single was written as a tribute to friendship and the strong creative ties that they’ve developed in the Sydney community since leaving their hometown of Adelaide. Continue reading I Know Leopard single “Hold This Tight” [Music Stream]→
Emerging from a 2013 full of writing and touring alongside the likes of The Cribs, The Jezabels, DZ Deathrays, and Ball Park Music,The Owls stand poised to cement themselves as sonic architects with the release of Kraków, the first cut from their forthcoming EP, Own the Streets. Continue reading The Owls single ‘Kraków’ [Music Stream]→
Casey Barnes makes a much anticipated return in 2014 with his first single release ‘Valentine’. This beautiful ballad, which was recorded with his wife Michelle, is a really sweet love song timed perfectly for all the valentines out there with the impending date of Feb 14th fast approaching. This will be the first single off his forthcoming EP due for release in the next few months. Continue reading Casey Barnes releases new single ‘Valentine’ [Official Music Video]→
Metropole is the first album in 8 years from the Chicago bred trio. It’s a blistery, hook-heavy sound with a lyrical narrative that captures what vocalist/bassist Brendan Kellys calls “that alone-in-a-crowd, stranger-in-a-strange-land kind of shit—a feeling of such weird solitude that you don’t even know what’s up and what’s down”. Brendan Kelly, Chris McCaughan (vocals/guitar), and Neil Hennessey (drums) took their wide range of influences and inspirations from both classic punk/hardcore bands including Jawbreaker, NOFX, Propaghandi, Bad Religion and late-’90s hip hop like Outkast’s Aquemini to create their most dynamic record to date. The samples heard throughout the album are sound recordings of street musicians, recorded by the band on their cell phones. Take the horn at the start of “Acheron River” that Kelly describes as “a dude on his back in the middle of the road, so drunk he couldn’t even see.” Or the piano at the end of “Seventeener (17th and 37th) that was a grand piano someone was playing in the middle of the street. Everything from accordion to bagpipes helps capture the urban isolation that saturates so much of Metropole. Continue reading The Lawrence Arms stream new album “Metropole” (Full Album Stream)→
It’s been one hell of a year for The Dead Daisies – with the release of their debut single ‘Lock ‘N’ Load’ featuring Slash, a successful tour of the USA as part of the 4th Annual Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival, and multiple shows sharing the stage with the rock legends ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Jane’s Addiction, Alice in Chains, and Coheed & Cambria. The rock super group will finish 2013 on a high, with the release of their second single ‘Washington’ in Australia, whilst also touring the UK with The Black Star Riders and headlining their own show in Israel.
Brisbane’s Guards of May are celebrating the release of their new track Numbers with the release of a completely self-made film clip! It comes just one week ahead of their hometown launch show at Tempo Hotel alongside WA’s OPIA and Brisbane compatriots Soxiet X-Ray Record Club and House of Giants and a day ahead of the start of their tour.
Forever the Optimist are not just a band running in circles.
Their new single ‘Revolutions’ will be released on Monday September 30 to what has become an army of waiting fans – the masses growing larger and larger to the sound of their pounding rhythms.
Their previous single, Warning Horns made waves – their most widespread track to date. It was played nationally on Rage, Triple M’s DISTORTION show with Higgo, on The Aussie Alternative with Rod Whitfield and reached rotation across the US on Syndicated Rock shows Ripple Hive and Neueregelradio.com, taking their music to whole new audience. Continue reading Forever the Optimist – “Revolutions” (Music Stream)→
This is the first single from The Falls’ forthcoming debut EP ‘HOLLYWOOD’.
THEY MET. THEY FELL IN LOVE. THEY WROTE SONGS.
THEY FOUGHT. THEY MADE UP. THEY BROKE UP. THEY WROTE SONGS.
At a time when for most it would be the end of a relationship, for Sydney outfit The Falls this feels like just the beginning…
The first single Home, is a bitter sweet tale of escapism and the search for clarity, and the final realisation that no matter how hard you try and avoid life’s difficulties, in the end you must deal with them “it all comes back the moment I get home”.
It begins light and airy but builds naturally with simple production and with a final lift from a stirring string arrangement from producer Tony Buchen. It is a stunning example of two perfectly complimentary vocals melding together.
Almost subconsciously The Falls have documented their whole relationship in their songs. The love, the betrayal, the heartbreak. While at times it is hard for them to wear their hearts so openly on their sleeve, for The Falls, it has been a huge part of their songwriting. Continue reading THE FALLS – “HOME” (Official Video)→