JIMMY BARNES, DARYL BRAITHWAITE + MORE ANNOUNCED FOR WOLLONGONG MINI FESTIVAL – PLAYING MCCABE PARK, FEBRUARY 11
Posted on November 20, 2017
Five Aussie rock legends, who together represent the sound and spirit of Australian music, are joining forces and hitting the road next February for a very special one-off show. The event will see
Mental As Anything
share the stage on Sunday 11 February 2018 at McCabe Park in Wollongong.
Jimmy Barnes is the heart and soul of Aussie Rock ‘n Roll. Jimmy is an icon and has sold more records in Australia than any other domestic rock & roll artist. Jimmy’s live shows are legendary for their intensity and much loved songs including Working Class Man, Flame Trees and Lay Down Your Guns.
Daryl Braithwaite will be hitting up the stage with one of the country’s most loved anthems, The Horses, followed by Ian Moss, Diesel and Mental As Anything.
Audiences can expect a day jam packed with classic hits and it will certainly be one concert to remember.
PNAU Announce New Album & Massive Wollongong Show – Playing UOW Unibar, January 4
Posted on November 13, 2017
Following on from their massive triple platinum selling summer anthem “Chameleon”, Australia’s electro pop hit pioneers, PNAU announce
the forthcoming global release of their long awaited fifth studio album ‘Changa’. Consisting of core members Nick Littlemore, Peter Mayes and Sam Littlemore
and featuring LA based Shakira Marshall (back-up singer for Ms. Lauryn Hill) – on vocals, bringing a new and electrifying layer to the band’s live showPNAU have developed a reputation for delivering eccentric dance tracks since their inception in 1999. Changa will be PNAU’s first full length album since 2012’s
‘Good Morning To The Night’, produced in collaboration with Sir Elton John and debuting at #1 in the U.K. album charts and in the Top 5 in
Australia. With ‘Chameleon having already scored over 25 million streams on Spotify alone, Pnau recently unveiled a new 90’s rave style single ‘Into The Sky’
coinciding with a short & hugely successful return to Australian stages as one of the headliners on Listen Out Festivals.
With the much anticipated release of ‘Changa’ coming November 10th and two coveted ARIA Award nominations, Pnau announce a return to
Wollongong with full band for a one off headline show which will undoubtedly be the must attend NY holiday event happening.
Skegss Announce EP Tour – Playing UOW Unibar, January 13
Posted on November 13, 2017
SKEGSS are stoked to announce they are taking their EP Holiday Food on the road to regional Australia this coming December and January. The No Future tour comes fresh off the back of the Holiday Food tour which saw the trio sell out shows in all major cities in Australia, as well as the highly successful Spaghetti Fest under-18s shows. Now the boys are back and will be hitting 15 regional stops with special guests Crocodylus and TOTTY.
SKEGSS – Ben Reed, Toby Cregan and Jonny Lani – have been described as a band with ‘infectious on stage chemistry’ (The Music). They have charmed listeners with their warm surf-punk – seeing high rotation on Triple J with hits like ‘Spring Has Sprung’. The follow up single from the EP, ‘Got On My Skateboard’ had a successful video with YouTube’s Aaron ‘Gocsy’ Gocs in a clip that reflected a nostalgic vision of youth, 90s fashion and bowl cuts.
With high energy performances that seem to have some sort of hypnotic effect over their fans (Moshcam), SKEGSS go fast and loud with a show that will surprise every time. Following their previous sold out Australian tour and a steam of packed European and UK shows – this regional tour will showcase their presence as an unstoppable force in the Australian music scene.
MANE ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE + RELEASE NEW CLIP – PLAYING RAD BAR, NOVEMBER 1
Posted on September 25, 2017
Dramatic and ferocious, the elusive MANE is back with her impressively bold new single What If The Love Dies that is accompanied by an astounding, mind-bending clip that is sure to gather all the right attention. To celebrate the release, MANE is set to hit the road later this year, stopping by The Gasometer (Melbourne) on October 19, Rocket Bar (Adelaide) on Oct 27, Rad Bar (Wollongong) on Nov 1 and Brighton Up Bar (Sydney) on November 2.
What If The Love Dies says it all, really. An afflicting question, made even more so when chanted eerily by MANE in the depths of her luscious, chesty voice, as the song peddles the connection between two people in a long distance relationship, and the struggles, uncertainty and frustration the distance can bring about. Reminiscent of the theatrical and innovative Montaigne and characterised by razor-sharp vocal melodies that are not dissimilar to those of wunderkind Gretta Ray, What If The Love Dies includes all the bluesy rawness that audiences expect from MANE, but with a new electronic edge that feels dangerous and exciting all at once. Mixed by the Grammy and multiple ARIA winning Eric J Dubowsky (Chet Faker, Kimbra), the woman behind MANE, Paige Renee Court, opens up about the new single, saying “I’m very keen to be releasing this one – I’ve worked hard on it and had the good fortune of some great people working with me.”
Dave Ruby Howe from triple j Unearthed has already gifted the single four stars, saying, “This song has this towering pop feel to it – which could be due in part to the mix from studio heavyweight Eric J (Flume, Meg Mac, Odesza). Throw in MANE’s big but dark vocal delivery and you’re entering impressive territory.” Also a fan, Dom Alessio from Home & Hosed says, “There’s something enchanting about this dark, caliginous pop song.”
The clip for What If The Love Dies is appropriately spooky, playing out like a Hollywood blockbuster with a foreboding sense of lovers scorned. Directed by Kieren Ellis-Jones of Crystal Arrow Films (The Hard Aches), nothing is as it seems as the MANE band play blindfolded upside down and right side up; a man and a woman, also blindfolded, try to find common ground which proves a difficult task when the gravity keeps playing tricks. Reflecting on the meaning behind the video, Paige remarks, “We played on a ‘love is blind’ narrative quite literally. Between the performance shots of the band, the story of two people evidently in love spans over three completely different eras in time…but there is a constant sense of distance between them.”
Currently on tour in Europe and the UK, the seasoned performer is thrilled to head back to Australia for a few shows to promote What If The Love Dies, enthusing, “The past year I have been working really hard with the band to create a live sound that emulates the recordings but also has a rawness to it that I feel excited about. I put a lot of energy into the performance; at times it’s a little dark but other times it’s a lot of fun.”
With only two weeks until the Yours & Owls Festival kicks off the crew behind the massive two-day weekender have something that will make you just that little bit more excited, today revealing the set times for this year’s line-up. So whip out that highlighter and start marking off your wish list!
With only a handful of tickets left before completely selling out, you better jump online and grab yours ASAP because this is one case of FOMO you won’t be able to shake!
MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM AND AUS TOUR DATES – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, FEBRUARY 4
Posted on September 13, 2017
Atlanta based indie rock band, Manchester Orchestra make their anticipated return in support of their brand new album ‘A Black Mile To The Surface’. The album is the band’s fifth, following on from the release of 2014’s “Cope”.
A Black Mile to the Surface is a bold record of vision and purpose, inspired by and dwelling in a sensory and imaginative experience. It’s a reinvention of sorts, both musically and personally-a sort of cosmic worldview shift.
Manchester Orchestra had always prided themselves on their approach. The band, led by singer/lyricist Andy Hull with Robert McDowell (who is also Hull’s brother-in-law and lifelong friend), had spent their career challenging each other to build a poignant, exhilarating narrative with each new album and EP. The band had worked relentlessly to cultivate a passionate fan base the old-fashioned way: releasing music, making music videos, and touring.
Catch the bombastic, cinematic and incandescent indie rockers live in February – expect most of the classics we all know and love as well as the new Manchester sound we’ve been searching for.
“Delicate harmonies lightly contrasting the darkness of the instrumentation. If Fleet Foxeshad an angry sibling, this is what they would sound like.” – Hysteria
“Complex musicality, emotional lyricism and an altogether sprawling take on indie rock that’s as tasteful as it is affecting.” – Double J
Listen to the single “The Gold” now and check out where you’ll be seeing Manchester Orchestra this February below.
THE BELLIGERENTS ANNOUNCE ALBUM & TOUR DATES – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, NOVEMBER 2
Posted on September 13, 2017
The Belligerents are excited to announce a national tour in support of their excellent album Science Fiction, out September 8. The band will play headline dates in Perth, Adelaide, Sunshine Coast, Wollongong, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, before closing out the tour with an epic hometown show in Brisbane. Joining them on all east coast dates is Sydney newcomer Bus Vipers, who recently signed to Future Classic.
The Belligerents have also shared a blissfully catchy new single. Listen to the album’s title track ‘Science Fiction’ below.
The band’s frontman, Lewis Stephenson, on the making of the song: “Sonically I wanted it to feel polished in a unique way whilst still holding the core of a rock song.” Lyrically, Stephenson says he“wanted tobottle that inescapable feeling of being trapped inside a reality you can’t shake – a longing for escape.“
Recorded on a farmhouse on Stradbroke Island during the North Queensland summer, the album is a confident and expansive step forward for the Brisbane five-piece. The 11-song collection includes album singles ‘Caroline‘, ‘Before, I Am‘ and ‘Flash‘, and explores the far reaches of worldly psych-pop.
Known for their magnetic stage presence, The Belligerents are ready to perform the album in a live setting for the first time. “As a band we’ve been holding back on playing the album tracks live for what seems like a really long time now”, says Stephenson. “We’re incredibly excited to get back on the road and play them to everyone who’s been with us on the journey so far.”
Six years on from their formation, no-one can accuse The Belligerents of being in a rush. Their debut full-length statement Science Fiction rewards the wait.
ALEX THE ASTRONAUT ANNOUNCES NEW EP & TOUR DATES – PLAYING UPW UNIBAR, OCTOBER 27
Posted on September 13, 2017
Alex the Astronaut has packed a lot of life into her 22 years. Never more so than in 2017 since the March release of her debut EP, To Whom it May Concern.
Alex The Astronaut’s new song, Not Worth Hiding, introduces a subtle change of course. It’s the first taste of her forthcoming EP See You Soon and arrives
embedded with the young songwriters already signature stream-of-consciousness lyrics. Only this time Not Worth Hiding reflects a little more of its author. “This should be in
your own voice / in your own time” she sings.
That’s a natural progression for Alex, who studies maths and physics when not writing music. As a scientist might, she sees the link between the two disciplines.
“I like how science can help you explain the universe using bits of information that on their own wouldn’t mean anything,” she says. “You take data points and put them
into a useful context. That helps both you and other people understand something, about earth or the space around us that can help us improve our daily lives.”
Alex says music is similar. “You use little lines written about random events, conversations or newspaper headlines, and eventually
build them up into a song other people can relate to,” she says. “And just like science, sometimes people will find what you write helpful and sometimes they won’t.
That’s the fun of them both – to look at what you think is important and present it to other people in a way they can understand why it means so much to you.”
WINSTON SURFSHIRT RELEASE NEW SINGLE & ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, NOVEMBER 24
Posted on September 13, 2017
One of this year’s brightest acts is Sydney six-piece Winston Surfshirt, who today share their new single “Same Same” out via Sweat It Out. Accompanying the single arrives news of their debut album titled Sponge Cake set for release September 29, celebrated with a national headline tour.
“Same Same” is armed with a throbbing bass line, catchy chorus and vibrant jazz-infused interludes. The multi-layered track is only to be complemented perfectly by Winston’s signature vocals.
”This was one of the last songs written for Sponge Cake, It started in a different pitch and was much slower, I think through almost playing it live a couple days after it was written for about a year helped to form it into the party that it is now. We called in some extra brass and percussion which really helped create it in to the song you’re hearing today.” – Winston.
Following on from their breakout single “Be About You” and follow up “Ali D”, “Same Same” arrives with the news of their highly anticipated debut album titled Sponge Cake, set for release on Friday September 29. To celebrate, the boys will embark on a national headline tour (their second of the year), hitting all major cities, with support from frequent collaborators Polographia and local legend Crooked Letter. Kicking off in at Sydney’s Metro Theatre on November 10 and ending at Adelaide’s Fat Controller on Saturday December 2 – if it’s anything like their sold out debut tour, you’ll want to get a ticket fast.
Hailing from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Winston Surfshirt have developed a cult following with their smooth style and raucous live shows. The band are set to continue their golden run of form having already garnered support from the likes of Elton John (on his Beats 1 show), Zane Lowe (who branded them as one of his breaking acts of 2017) and BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens. Locally, triple j have shown their full support with both “Be About You” and “Ali D” added to full rotation upon release. The band showed their appreciation last week as they hosted triple j’s Like A Version, bringing it home with their killer rendition of 50 Cent & Nate Dogg’s classic “21 Questions”.
Their recent performance at Splendour In The Grass was nothing short of spectacular and a clear standout of the weekend. While they may have opened the Mix Up Stage, their crowd was reflective of a headliner, with adoring fans filling up the tent to see a blaring performance from the band, setting the festival standard for the artists that followed.
Winston Surfshirt are fast becoming one of Australia’s most prolific acts – delve into “Same Same” & prepare for their forthcoming full-length album, out this September.