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Vera Blue Releases New Single & Announces National Tour – Playing UOW Unibar, August 31

Posted on May 26, 2017

Following the release of ‘Private’, which scored over 2 million streams worldwide, incandescent singer-songwriter Vera Blue today releases her arresting new single, ‘Mended’ – available here – and announces dates for a major national album tour this July through September.  Her three previous Australian headline tours all sold out and tickets to the upcoming ‘Mended’ tour are expected to go just as fast. Tickets will go on sale Monday 29th May at 10am local time from  www.verablue.com/tour

The nakedly honest ballad was premiered yesterday on triple j’s Drive show with Veronica and Lewis, and details the aftermath of an intense relationship. ‘Mended’ was penned with longtime collaborators Andy and Thom Mak (Boy and Bear, Winterbourne, Bertie Blackman) and marks the beginning of a new sonic and personal journey for Vera Blue.

“‘Mended’ is a very special song,” she says. “It was about a relationship that I had a few years ago. It had been a little while since we’d ended it and we hadn’t made amends, said we were sorry. It’s funny because you think the song is going to be about resolution, but we haven’t quite made it there yet.”

“She doesn’t put songs out that don’t come from her heart,” adds co-writer Andy Mak, “so I wanted to make sure we captured the rawness and emotion of the lyrics in the way the song was produced. We wrote the song in a couple of hours and recorded a vocal and acoustic and then built the production around that. When Thom and Celia are in the zone the songs can flow really quickly.”

Born from a Malibu writing session during Vera Blue’s first American trip in 2016, ‘Mended’ sees the 23-year- old expressing a raw emotion in her music which now comes naturally. From its sparse opening, it blossoms into a gorgeous torch ballad well overdue for such a powerful and unique voice.

“I like relating to people and making them feel what I feel. It’s where I’ve grown to as an artist,” she says. “That vulnerability is very special in music, being able to open up to your listeners is incredibly important.”

Intensely personal, ‘Mended’ is a song that Vera Blue has been waiting to share with her fans for a long time. It’s got big notes, to be sure, but it comes from an even bigger heart. “I just love it. I love performing it and can’t wait to give it to the world and let them feel how I feel.”

Co-produced by Andy Mak and Grammy-nominated founder of Deep Well Records Adam Anders, and mix engineered by the multiple-Grammy winning Manny Marroquin (Rihanna, Sia, Kanye West), ‘Mended’ will be supported with a national tour. It will also include Vera Blue’s second appearance (but first full set) at the sold-out Splendour In The Grass festival.

Saturday, August 31

Presale: $30/$35 + BF – here.

Thy Art Is Murder Announce ‘Death Sentence’ National Tour – Playing UOW Unibar, Aug 3

Posted on May 26, 2017

Confidently attracting a potent mix of young death metal acolytes and older vintage thrashers alike, Thy Art is Murder’s unrelenting aggression has made them a hallmark of heavy music worldwide. The stunning domestic success of their third LP ‘Holy War’ included landing at #7 on the ARIA Charts, the highest chart position for a domestic extreme metal act. Thy Art is Murder have nailed down the exceptional skill of combining riffage tailor-made for huge stages with fearless lyrical themes careering from terror to death, existential crises, to the end of humanity itself. It’s epic stuff. And it promises to destroy both your hearing and have you questioning your existence, as the band chew through venues the nation over.

Fans of gettin’ their souls shaken by truly, deeply, awesomely heavy death metal are going to stoke out on this gargantuan all-Aussie line-up.  This nation-wide conglomeration of excellent heavy music talent includes…

Melbourne’s ALPHA WOLF. Recent signings to Josh Merriel & Ash Hull’s Greyscale Records, these guys are righteous and dissonant. Alpha Wolf released their shattering tune “#104” back in March and they’re currently staring down the barrel of a huge winter tour with Aversion’s Crown and Boris the Blade.

Perth metalcore lords CURSED EARTH bear shades of Black Breath and Entombed, and utterly shred on stage. Bastions of the Western Australian scene, these guys recently sharpened their teeth on tour with Killswitch Engage and The Black Dahlia Murder.

Also joining the fray are fellow Greyscale alumni DEADLIGHTS, hailing from Brisbane. These guys front up with an energetic brand of powerful alternative hardcore. Their debut album “Mesma” hit us last month to huge fuss amongst local heavy media and punters.

Do not miss Thy Art is Murder, killing it across the nation through July and August as they charge up to reveal more kick-ass career developments very soon. Ears to the ground.

Thursday, August 3

Tickets: $25.00 + BF – here.

Strawberry Visions Announce May Edition Of Strawberry Boogie – UOW Unibar, May 25

Posted on May 8, 2017

Line Up: Bad Pony + MEZKO + Raised as Wolves + Enter the Jaguar + Homewrecker

Strawberry Boogie returns for another month! For anyone who hasn’t attended a Boogie before, we have two core aims. One, to celebrate the melting pot of creativity that exists within our local realm. Giving a platform to exhibit these art forms in front of like-minded rabble, we have welcomed everything from live art, cinematography, visual mixing and independent fashion to interactive concept installations.

What’s equally as important to us though, is bringing music from all around Aus and delivering it locally, putting these bands in front crowds that we know they deserve, but the word might be a little slow getting out so far.

Tickets can be found in the bio link, at yoursandowls.com.au and UniBar Box Office for the tangible tragics. Keep your eyes peeled for announcements and a few little surprises along the way.

Join us to celebrate and assist the growth of this thriving creative culture that we’re currently lucky enough to be immersed in.

+++ Strawberry Visions+++

Thursday, May 25

Tickets: $15 + BF – here.

We’re Back! Save The Date – Yours & Owls Festival 2017

Posted on May 2, 2017

YOURS & OWLS FESTIVAL 2017
Supported by triple j
SAVE THE DATE 

Yours & Owls Festival is quickly establishing itself as one of the premier small festivals in the country by bringing the country’s best alternative acts to a smaller town infused with an intimate, relaxed vibe. “Chill” is the word that will come up most often.” Huffington Post

We hit hard in 2016! A killer line up, gorgeous location, increased capacity, officially sold out and an unbelievably good time had by all!

In 2017, we are back, and coming to you bigger and better than ever! Known for our carefully curated line-ups, personally handpicking the best homegrown talent and international acts from around the world, get ready because this year we are taking it to a WHOLE other level. Once again, proving ourselves to be a “one to watch” in the AUS festival game, this year you will see artists making their way to the ‘gong for the very first time, plus a mix of shredders, chillers, and dance-floor fillers…but you will just have to keep your eyes peeled for May 16 when the official line-up gets announced!

So, open your iCals, gather your tribe, and mark these dates in an easy to locate place….

Line Up Lands May 16th 2017

Event dates are September 30 October 1 Stuart Park North Wollongong NSW

Pre-Release Tickets (available to Y&O mailing list subscribers) on sale May 19

from moshtix & www.yoursandowlsfestival.com

GA Tickets on sale May 22 from moshtix & www.yoursandowlsfestival.com

Yours & Owls Festival is an 18+ event. 

The day began with a gorgeous coastal walk up and along the beach towards Stuart Park – the gorgeous green grounds in whichYours & Owlsfestival was situated. The land was littered with vintage stalls, food trucks plus plenty of art and culture surrounding the two stages to keep every punter satisfied throughout the whole weekend. Yours & Owls really killed it this year!” The Music

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See you in a couple of months!

San Cisco Announced For UOW End Of Session Party – UOW Unibar, June 3

Posted on May 1, 2017

The kings and queen of awkward relationship stories have just been announced for this semesters End Of Session party at Wollongong Unibar!

Tickets are on sale now and selling fast, be sure to get yours early!

Saturday, June 3

Tickets: $35 + BF – here.

Teenage Bottlerocket Announce Australian Tour Dates – Playing Rad Bar, October 2

Posted on April 21, 2017

Having recently announced their re-signing to legendary punk rock label Fat Wreck Chords and with a new album, titled “Stealing the Covers” due out on July 14th, Arrest Records Australia and Bombshellzine.com, ahead of an about to commence tour for Orange County’s Death By Stereo, are excited to announce that Laramie, Wyoming’s Teenage Bottlerocket will be returning to Australia for a run of dates this September/October.

Since forming in 2000, Teenage Bottlerocket have built a strong global following with their well crafted style of melodic punk rock, having released a string of highly regarded records via Red Scare Industries, Rise Records and the aforementioned Fat Wreck Chords, this will be the first time since touring with Frenzal Rhomb in 2011 that an Australian audience will get to see these songs performed live.

Tickets go on sale Monday, 8th of May.

 

Monday, October 2

Tickets: $40.00 + BF – here.

Dune Rats Release Regional Tour Dates & New Video Clip For ‘Braindead’ – Playing UOW Unibar, June 11

Posted on April 20, 2017

Fresh off the back of their sold-out national Australian tour, and the news that they have been added to the lineup for the Splendour In The Grass, DUNE RATS are pleased to announce the F$#K YEAH LEDGE YEW! regional tour in June/July, which will hit regional towns throughout NSW, VIC, WA, QLD and TAS.

Dunies will be joined on the run by Perth legends Tired Lion and party-happy Rocky band Pandamic.

Sunday, June 11

Tickets: $37.00 + BF – here.

The Pinheads Announce Debut Album & Release New Single, Film Clip & Tour Dates – Playing UOW Unibar, July 8

Posted on April 12, 2017

The Pinheads are a seven-piece rock n roll outfit who can be found ten-pin bowling and eating slimy pizza in the suburbs of the Illawarra.

In their short lifetime, the band become notorious for producing some fuzzy, raucous rock ‘n roll and a wild screaming live show to boot. Well on the way to becoming seasoned road hogs, the Pinheads have toured and shared the stage with King Gizzard, Fat White Family, Tumbleweed, Tomorrow’s Tulips, Hockey Dad, Drunk Mums and Skegss.

Following up from their debut EP ‘I Wanna Be A Girl’, The Pinheads are set to release their self titled debut LP. The album was written in parts, beginning at “el rancho relaxo” deep in the hinterlands of Northern NSW. The second half of the album was written at the Pinshed Sound Laboratory – a makeshift studio nestled in the middle of their bushland home on the South Coast. The album was recorded in the Pinshed and engineered by Merlin Magneto, Mixed by Owen Penglis (Royal Headache, The Grates, Straight Arrows) and mastered by Crystal Studios.

The Pinheads aren’t a revivalist band, shock rock, nor any other thing an outsider could adequately dissect; Just a bunch of mostly human reprobates banded together to make music. There really is no other way to understand the band until you make your way along to a sweaty show, but you’d best be quick, they’ll either sell out or be shut down. The Pinheads will scare you, swoon you, and make you consider the existence of interterrestrial beings. You won’t know whether to run, dance or scream. But either way their spell will have you fall in love and howling for more.

Debut Album out May 12th via Farmer & The Owl/Inertia.

Saturday, July 8

Tickets: $12 + BF – here.

San Cisco Announce Album Tour Alongside Release Of ‘The Water’ – Playing Wollongong Unibar, June 3

Posted on April 4, 2017

Fremantle indie-pop quartet, and triple j faves, San Cisco are back on the road touring their brand new studio album The Water. The third album from San Cisco is going to guarantee some party vibes on the dance floors of venues around the country. From the disco tunes of “SloMo” to the rollicking rock outs of “The Kids Are Cool”, the new album is more dance, less dark.

Still in their early twenties, San Cisco have an enviable catalogue of hit songs such as “Awkward” and “Fred Astaire” that will be sure to feature on the setlist alongside the new tunes.

Touring as a very, very special guest will be another triple j favourite Thelma Plum, who will be highlighting new material from her forthcoming debut album.

To celebrate the release of the new album The Water, fans are being offered limited special Ticket + CD or Ticket + Digital Download bundles at point of purchase.

For only $12, a physical copy of the album will be delivered to your door bang on the release date of April 21st. Likewise for $10 the, digital album will be emailed to you on the day of release. This will give fans plenty of time to get familiar with all the new songs before the national tour kicks off in May.

Saturday, June 3

Tickets: $35.00 + BF – here.

The Grenadiers Release New Single & Tour Dates – Playing Rad Bar, May 13

Posted on April 3, 2017

Everybody knows that GRENADIERS are the real deal. The Adelaide rock warriors have returned, with acerbic new single ‘Suburban Life’ and a high volume east coast tour.

‘Suburban Life’ is a driving justification of why Australian rock music is firmly back on the up and up. Drawn from some new recordings you’ll hear more of soon, everything about it is BIG. Driving guitars, relentless pace, that shout-along refrain. Frontman Jesse Coulter’s whiskey and smokes growl is more incisive than ever. Suburban Life rolls on, tongue firmly in cheek…

For over seven years, Grenadiers punk/rock straddling fury has seen them rise above the tangle of middle-of-the-road domestic rock. The trio emerged victorious to claim triple j feature album status for their acclaimed 2nd LP ‘Summer’ last year, touring nationally with punk legends Millencolin and Shihad and decamping to the UK to dominate at The Great Escape. Happy Mag listed Jesse in their ’20 Aussie Singers You Need in Your Life’ piece. Rad.

Individually, Jesse, Phil and Jimmy are rooted deep within the history and mythology of rock, punk and hardcore. This common fanatical adoration is the foundation-stone of their relationship. Combined, they become a fearsome, relentless beast that sounds like its feasted on the souls of Queens of the Stone Age, The Bronx and Bad Religion, at midnight in an abandoned desert truck stop. With these awesome powers they write songs that dissect the absurdity of the everyday. And that is refreshing as hell.

Always eager to abandon the well-beaten touring path, Grenadiers have plied their rock wares in such unconventional locations as Griffith, Dunsborough and Arnhem Land. They’re as comfortable in a far-flung RSL as in a dive bar or on a festival stage. See for yourselves what they’ve learned about delivering an all ruckus, no rubbish rock show when they take ‘Suburban Life’ down the east coast throughout May.

Come, witness the mighty Grenadiers worship expertly at the alter of rock.

Saturday, May 13

Tickets: $10.00 + BF – here.