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THE STIFFYS ANNOUNCE “‘ART ROCK TWO’ TOUR in 3D” – September 2016

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With the bands upcoming August release of ART ROCK TWO, the long awaited follow up to 2015’s ‘Art Rock One’, Melbourne’s cult art rock duo (now trio) THE STIFFYS will embark on a massive 17 date national tour!
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SHIHAD – Australian Tour Announced – June/July 2016

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Tix on sale 9am Thursday April 28th shihad.oztix.com.au
“If anger is an energy, Shihad’s fury is such that it could power a city for years.” Rolling Stone

“Toogood is clearly pissed off with certain states of affairs, and he’s not afraid to say so; fittingly, his bandmates have outdone themselves to match his fury.” The Australian

Shihad return to Australian stages this June and July for the first time since their FVEY tour in 2014, joined on the East Coast leg by Adelaide punk rock trio – Grenadiers.
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Festival of the Sun Announce 2014 Line Up

fotsun2014Release your inner child – FOTSUN is turning 10 years young!

The biggest year of Festival of the Sun is upon us, with Port Macquarieʼs legendary music festival turning double digits!

Gear up for a weekend of childish mischief, as FOTSUN throws a SUPERHERO themed 10th birthday party. This fiesta of fun and frivolity will have you frolicking in the sun with your best mates, dancing wildly to wicked tunes, star gazing while camping in the great outdoors and all the while dressed up as a superhero! The best-dressed kid on the Friday afternoon, will receive goody bags, so be sure to play dress ups as your all-time favourite.
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Live Review: Shihad @ The Hi-Fi, Melbourne – 6 September 2012

Review by Ben Connolly
Boldness is not generally an adjective jumping to mind when you think of Kiwi band Shihad. With its skinny black-jeans clad legs planted firmly in the safe melodic-tinged rock scene pushed forth as the genre de jour of the late 90s and early 00s, you’d hardly seek out their albums to push boundaries or explore sonic adventures. Even more so in the past few years, where they’ve rotated around the all-too-familiar downward spiral of record-promote-tour-hope for relevance-rinse-repeat: it’s hardly a recipe for the cutting edge.

There is, however, an impressive boldness with the simple honesty with which they’ve approached their career crossroads moment: shunning the best-ofs and karaoke tour of their past glories in favour of a 38-song full career retrospective (a completist’s wet dream), a fly-on-the-wall cinema doco exposing the bands lowest moment of changing their name in a doomed attempt to storm the US market, and topping it all off with a solid live whip-around aimed squarely at the true believers.
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SHIHAD ‘IGNITE’ TOUR – November 2010

  They’re back.

Hot on the heels of the SOLD OUT run of Killjoy and General Electric album shows comes news of SHIHAD’s national tour in support of IGNITE – their new album slated for a September 24th release through iconic rock label Roadrunner Records.

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Shadow Thieves CD launch ‘Space Between’ @ Hard Rock Cafe – Surfers Paradise – 27 Aug 2010

To coincide with the Shadow Thieves CD launch ‘Space Between’ @ Hard Rock Cafe, Surfers Paradise on the 27th August 2010, we have a few copies of the album up for grabs!… See below for details.

  Shadow Thieves perform a fusion of rock, indie, progressive rock, roots, funk and atmospheric music on the first wave of the socialistic digital age. The band consists of four key members; Matt Buckley, Jack Letizia, Joey Green and Cass Wilson. The project began as ‘ENACIO’ in early 2006 after performing with other local Gold Coast bands. The word soon spread, and national agency ‘The Pushworth Group‘ began to book the band shows including supports with Spiderbait, The Angels (Angel City),

Shihad, You Am I, Grinspoon and more. The band was later discovered by Blue Tongue Management, and was included in the 2009 Big Day Out, Loud Fest and Caxton Street Festivals. Continue reading

SHIHAD: Killjoy & The General Electric Tour

After 21+ years in the business, 7 studio albums, 3 number 1 studio albums*, platinum sales*, ARIA nominations for best rock album and sold out Australian and New Zealand national tours; SHIHAD have seen and done it all.

And we’re happy to announce they’re about to do it all over again for you.

In August this year, the boys in black will perform two iconic albums from their amazing catalogue; KILLJOY and THE GENERAL ELECTRIC. Both albums will be performed track-for-track over two iconic shows in Melbourne & Sydney ONLY as a special treat for fans.

In 1996 with their release of their sophomore album KILLJOY, SHIHAD burst onto the mainstream music scene. Receiving praise from the likes of Metallica and Iggy Pop for the record, Killjoy was the band’s first album to receive a Gold certification. SHIHAD went on to tour relentlessly following the release; proving their magnitude translates on stage as well as it does on the album.

THE GENERAL ELECTRIC was released in 1999 and further went on to demonstrate SHIHADS talent and ability to create great music. Their best selling album to date, The General Electric has received Double Platinum certification and was re-released with a bonus disc including live tracks from the 2000 Big Day Out festival, which they toured nationally following sold out shows across the country.

The KILLJOY & THE GENERAL ELECTRIC landmark shows will be followed by the release of SHIHADS yet untitled 8th studio album in September through new label partner Roadrunner Records.

To help celebrate these one off shows; SHIHAD are offering limited Premium tickets for each show – 10 tickets per show. Each premium ticket holder will get to meet the band and receive an exclusive limited edition (40 ONLY) screen printed and individually signed posters.

SHIHAD’s KILLJOY & THE GENERAL ELECTRIC TOUR

Tickets on sale Wednesday 26th May

Single Show Tickets $25 incl booking fee
Double Show Tickets $40+bf (MELBOURNE) & $44+bf (SYDNEY)**
Premium Show tickets $55 incl booking fee (Single Show Tickets)**

Fri 13th Killjoy & Sat 14th August 2010
The General Electric – NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB Melbourne
Tickets on sale from shihad.oztix.com.au and Oztix phone charge 1300 762 545, www.northcotesocialclub.com and at the box office 94861677 or in person via Corner Box Office 57 Swan Street, Richmond

Fri 20th 2010 Killjoy & Sat 21st August 2010
The General Electric – ANNANDALE HOTEL Sydney
Tickets on sale from shihad.oztix.com.au and Oztix phone charge 1300 762 545 and from the Venue phone charge 02 9550 1078 or www.annandalehotel.com

* In New Zealand only
** Only available through Oztix

Live Review | Sounds of Spring Festival 2009

Sounds of Spring 2009
Review by Bek Grealy
Photo by Stuart Blythe

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Being a typical Sydney Festival goer, I was excited to finally attend a Brissy festival, and Sounds of Spring line up was amplifying my anticipation. With an extremely talented line up, featuring the likes of Calling all Cars, After the Fall, Dead Letter Circus, Mammal, Shihad, Frenzal Rhomb, Dave McCormack and the Polaroids, Little Birdy, Tim Rogers, Tex Perkins… the list goes on! What a cracker of a day, temperatures reaching 32 degrees, and a venue that boasted great stages, a beer tent on every corner and water around every bend. The ANA showgrounds in my mind proved to be the perfect festival venue.
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Live Review | Sounds of Spring 2009 (part 2)

Review By Jose Eduardo Cruz
Photo by Matt Palmer

MammalAfter overcoming security guards that were more intent on removing bottled water from punters then checking bags for dangerous items, I entered the RNA to a sea of people ready to have a good time. There was an incredible amount of space for everyone to move around in; there were plenty of real toilets, not those disgusting portaloo’s made famous by Kenny, and sufficient shade to shelter during the midday sun.
The first band on the agenda was Melodyssy on the Trash Stage.
With a sizable crowd present, Melodyssy dive into a powerful set. Unfortunately, the mix was way too bass driven and overpowered the guitar and vocals. Overall, they managed to please those that stayed around to listen to their whole set.

After The Fall at the Main Stage begin to warm things up with their danceable vibrant set. The crowd was rather tame considering the high energy these guys were putting out. Nevertheless, a masked Mexican wrestler and Barney Rubble made an appearance in the crowd which was duly noted by their front man.

Next in line was Dead Letter Circus and the first sing along of the festival gets started. These guys are professional and could be the next big thing potentially taking over the spot currently held by The Butterfly Effect. The pit was still subdued and only until their front man decided to jump from the stage and acquaint himself with the front row that the energy in the pit picked up. We see the first crowd surfers and the crowd ignites. In a gesture that will make everyone remember them, Dead Letter Circus started to throw multiple bottles of water into the crowd. DLC proclaim that “Sounds Of Spring” is the best festival and that there are “No glow sticks here!!”

Now I will dedicate several more words to the next band for they were, for me, by far the best band in the line up. Mammal exploded onto the stage with Ezekiel Ox wearing a pair of bull horns through the entire first song. The entire pit was electric and fed off every move from the entire band. Mid set things got a little interesting. Mr. Ox pointed to the Australian flag and explained why he did not associate himself with it. He pointed to the Aboriginal flag fixed to his mic and pledged his allegiance to Indigenous Australians. Not ever having associated Mammal with a political stance, it’s a pleasure to see and hear some level of social commentary in such a massive public gathering. Perhaps not the best delivery, considering alcohol and ignorance can lead to violent patriotism, but nonetheless an excellent move. It does not stop there, Mr. Ox decided to dive into the crowd, crowd surf his way to the middle of the pit while signing and carrying on a call and response. Looking forward to documenting this band in the near future.

Shihad, the on again off again band from across the pacific, jump on stage with their trade mark low rider guitars and embark on a greatest hits set. They struggle to get the crowd motivated enough, but it’s a hard task having to follow Mammal. The regulatory sing along is carried out as is the diving into the crowd.

As 5pm approached, the sun begun to set and people begun to tire and the ample grass space was taken over by sleepy bodies. Anticipating the forecasted dust storm, I made my way to a more protected area within the RNA.

Something with Numbers on the Triple J stage was an interesting band. They had the whole tent from the front to the back dancing. In between songs, I was approached by a fairy, which seem to come out a lot at festivals, and given a present. Before she left she said for me to dance and continue having fun.

The Beautiful Girls is a special band that is always well received wherever they play. Two new songs are debuted and near the end of their show they had the crowd singing to a Phil Collins classic. “I can feel it in the air tonight”, “I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life”… very appropriate considering the dust storm that hit Brisbane that night.

Blue King Brown is received by a much smaller crowd then they are used to. They are always cultural, political and acknowledging. The fusion of latin, reggae and rock has made them the premier band in Australia within their genre. However, this is the third time watching this band and although I am a big fan, the format of their performance has been the same the three times I have seen them. My fear is that they will be overexposed and quickly become stale. Nevertheless, they are one of the best Australian independent bands. This reviewer just hopes that something new begins to happen in their shows.
As yet another festival draws to a close, Josh Pyke gently sends everyone home with his beautiful sound.

Overall this was one of the best festivals I have ever attended. The atmosphere was excellent, there were no overly drunk idiots ruining the day for someone else, the punters were very calm and respectful and even with a dust storm that made everything seem apocalyptic, fun was had by everyone. We all await 2010 with anticipation.

Interview: Tex Perkins on Sounds of Spring, Album and Film Scores

Interview: Bek Grealy

Tex PerkinsThe Sounds of Spring line-up reads like a who’s who of Australian music. Tex Perkins is prominent and takes time out to chat to us about the festival, his album and writing film scores.

Bek – Have you checked out the final line up for Sounds of Spring? Are you looking forward to playing alongside some really great bands?
TexNo I don’t know who’s on the line up. Who is??

Bek – Shihad, The Panics, Tim Rogers, The Living End, Josh Pyke and Clare Bowditch – just to name a few – Sounds of Spring looks set to be a massive day, really impressive?
TexYes some of those are my very good friends, so I am really happy to hear that. I’d love to go and watch them when time permits. Yeh fantastic line up.

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