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SNIPPETZ – THURSDAY JULY 11, 2024

 

Thursday July 11, 2024

QUINNY ‘Settlers’ (Single)

Scottish-born, Melbourne-based artist Quinny weaves warmth into wistful, driving indie folk via his brand new single Settlers out in the world today. Previously renowned for his tongue-in-cheek Christmas sonic creations, as well as strangers frequently mistaking him for Ed Sheeran in public, Quinny’s brand new single showcases his absorbing creative flair, as does the accompanying video for Settlers also out today.

Penned in rural Maine in America during 2022 alongside friends Marie Collins (The Vegan Leather) and Hannah Daman, Settlers was given its finishing touches courtesy of Graham McCusker, a composer for BBC’s His Dark Materials and lead artist in Glasgow/Manchester bands KAZE and Marouli. Recording in Scotland with Robin Evans (Dodgy & The View), Settlers embraced many of Quinny’s musical muses while also capturing the poignant heartache that accompanies disappointment, as Quinny elaborates, “This song is about confronting those you rely on most when they have let you down. There’s a sort of stadium-folk feel to it. I wanted to have big chords, but also some delicate verses. If you listen to the piano, you’ll hear a bit of Sigur Rós influence, and I like to think I go a bit Billy Corgan at the end too.”

Featuring Quinny himself, aka Peter Quinn, on vocals, guitar and bass, Settlers also incorporates Graham McCusker on piano and vocals, Martin Tormey on drums and vocals, Marie Collins on vocals, Hannah Daman on vocals, Martin Quinn on vocals, and additional production by Nathan Cable. Also amplifying the track’s compelling subject matter and instrumentation, the visual accompaniment for Settlers features a relatable narrative, with director and filmmaker Conor Reilly working alongside Quinny and the clip’s actors Martin Quinn and Stephan Buchanan to bring the Settlers creative vision to life, along with some stunning landscape visuals shot in Quinny’s home country.

A talented singer and songwriter hailing from Scotland, Quinny’s musical endeavours has seen him fuse his burgeoning flair alongside his four influential B’s, namely Biffy Clyro, Blink-182, The Beatles and Bombay Bicycle driving behind Quinny’s ultimate trademark sound. With tours in the UK and North America under his belt, the multifaceted creative shifted to Melbourne in early 2020, with his newfound hometown sparking creative excitement in true rock’n’roll fashion. “I love it, honestly,” says Quinny of the Melbourne music scene. “Compared to Glasgow and London, Melbourne has remained rock’n’roll through and through. Less bands with backing tracks and more bass players jumping into the crowd at a packed out 100 cap show.”

Set to perform next week at Fitzroy Pinnacle armed with his latest track, the brand new Quinny chapter is already shaping up to be one to remember. “Generally, at my live shows I talk too much! I saw Georgia Knight at the Forum supporting Blonde Redhead recently and she hardly talks…I aspire to be that cool,” Quinny concludes. “No one can understand what I’m saying anyway. This will be the first outing for a few of the songs of my upcoming album, so I’m looking forward to starting to get them on their feet with the full band. If nothing else, the backing vocals will be amazing, Estelle and Naomi always do such a great job.” Settlers is out now.

QUINNY – UPCOMING SHOW:
THU 18 JUL | FITZROY PINNACLE, FITZROY NORTH VIC | 18+
Tickets available from Oztix
Soundcloud: SETTLERS
Stream: SETTLERS
Watch: SETTLERS

 

JOAN AND THE GIANTS ‘Feels Like Heartache’ (Single)

Joan and the Giants are back and as strong as ever with their new single ‘Feels Like Heartache’. This Boorloo/ Perth-based indie-pop band has made themselves known for their emotion-packed music and captivating live performances. So far, 2024 has been their biggest year yet, seeing overwhelming support for their two singles, ‘Good Time’ and ‘Born In The Wrong Time’, before performing alongside P!NK and Tones and I in Optus Stadium in March. With no hesitation, the band jumped back into the studio to continue raising their own bar on their music.

‘Feels Like Heartache’ is a gentle change of pace from their previous releases this year, but captures the endearing and unfeigned sentiments that Joan & The Giants are so fondly loved for. This slow, melancholy song spirals into a powerful and painful peak, combining ghostly acoustic guitar with layered vocals with an eventual kick-in of drums to forge an unforgettable buildup and a release of sorrow.

Tracking the path of a doomed romance, this song has a story close to many. It details in gentle prose how it feels to be stuck in a tragic love that hurts no matter what you do, playing on the familiar in a slow sad ballad. Grace Newton-Wordsworth speaks on the track:

““Feels like Heartache’ is the most deeply personal and honest song we’ve written. It’s  centred around longing for the person you love more than anything but knowing it’s an  addiction and isn’t good for you. Being brutally honest isn’t easy, but honesty to us is a  very important thing, especially in our songwriting.

It’s no secret frontwoman Grace Newton-Wordsworth and guitarist Aaron Birch have been creating music together, whilst also being in a relationship for the past 9 years. Despite all the band’s highs in 2024, the couple have navigated tougher times in their personal lives. Aaron Birch states :

“We wrote this song in the midst of a chaotic storm and it was a cathartic way of saying how we felt about stepping away from each other.”

Joan and the Giants share their mourning in a beautiful spiral soundscape in ‘Feels Like Heartache’, out now.

Upcoming Shows:
Saturday, July 13 – Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy | Tickets
Saturday, July 20 – Mojo’s, Perth

Joan & The Giants Support Belinda Carlisle The Decades Tour | Tickets
Wednesday, September 18 – Astor Theatre, WA
Friday, September 20 – Palais Theatre, VIC
Saturday, September 21 – Palais Theatre, VIC
Tuesday, September 24 – Civic Theatre Newcastle, NSW
Friday, September 27 – Anita’s Theatre Thirroul, NSW
Sunday, September 29 – Enmore Theatre, NSW
Monday, September 30 – Enmore Theatre, NSW
Thursday, October 3 – Twin Towns, NSW
Saturday, October 5 – The Tivoli, QLD
Sunday, October 6 – The Tivoli, QLD

Follow Joan & The Giants www.joanandthegiants.com
Spotify | Apple Music | Soundcloud | Youtube Facebook | Instagram | Triple J Unearthed | Bandcamp

 

IN HEARTS WAKE ‘The Flood (ǝɔᴉʇsnɾ)’ (Single) ‘Incarnation’ (Album out July 12) Touring September

Combustive and ravenously raw, the brand new single The Flood (ǝɔᴉʇsnɾ) from Australian metalcore band In Hearts Wake merges real-life devastation with vivid sonic dexterity. Releasing today via UNFD, The Flood (ǝɔᴉʇsnɾ) also features Parkway Drive’s Winston McCall on guest vocal duties. Another piercing cut from In Hearts Wake’s forthcoming sixth studio album Incarnation, due out this Friday July 12, The Flood (ǝɔᴉʇsnɾ) snapshots the band’s experiences during the 2022 floods that ravaged Northern NSW, with the addition of fellow Byron Bay native McCall adding ferocious gravitas.

Balancing pummeling arrangements with fleeting moments of austere atmospherics, The Flood (ǝɔᴉʇsnɾ) ultimately channels genuine fear and tragedy into a hulking and cathartic metalcore masterpiece. And, as vocalist Jake Taylor reveals, the return of McCall on guest vocal duties following his feature on the 2012 In Hearts Wake track Departure (Death) organically transpired during the aftermath of the 2022 floods.
“The Flood. Where to start,” shares Taylor. “It was February 2022 and torrential rains hit our home region in Northern Rivers NSW. Entire towns swallowed two stories underwater. Homes and lives were lost. The floods were biblical. My step-dad narrowly escaped out of a second story window by jumping onto a floating mattress.”

“In the weeks that followed, I was out in Lismore NSW delivering emergency supplies with the rest of the band and I bumped into Winston (vocalist of Parkway Drive) who was helping out on a food run. We couldn’t believe the destruction we were seeing, and yet at the same time, the resilience and strength of the people. 12 years since Winston’s last feature on Divination and it felt right to reconnect and collaborate on such an important event that happened to our community.”

In addition to McCall, Incarnation also boasts a sweltering lineup of guest features, including Paledusk vocalist Kaito Nagai on Shishigami シシ神 (ssǝɹdɯǝ ǝɥʇ), Chad Ruhlig of For the Fallen Dreams, David Gunn of King 810 and Alfonso Civile of Heartsick, and Don on Michigama (uɐᴉɔᴉƃɐɯ ǝɥʇ), and The Color Morale’s Garret Rapp on Shellshock (ssǝʇsǝᴉɹd ɥƃᴉɥ ǝɥʇ).

Throughout the lead up to the release of their new album, In Hearts Wake have been operating an official Incarnation Tarot-themed website that fans can visit throughout the album rollout for access to behind the scenes, exclusive info, and Incarnation announcements. And for fans keen to sleuth a sneak peek at parts of the unreleased track Feeding The Dead (ǝɔuɐɹǝdɯǝʇ), In Hearts Wake are currently offering a gateway to finding the song’s stem files hidden across the internet. Collect them all and piece them together to get your hands on the full instrumental for Feeding The Dead (ǝɔuɐɹǝdɯǝʇ) before its official release!
For more info, visit https://incarnation.inheartswake.com/.

THE FLOOD (ǝɔᴉʇsnɾ– OUT NOW https://ihw.lnk.to/Incarnation

INCARNATION – OUT JULY 12 https://ihw.lnk.to/Incarnation

IN HEARTS WAKE AUSTRALIA TOUR 2024 TOUR DATES:
THURSDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2024 – KING STREET BANDROOM, NEWCASTLE 18+
FRIDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2024 – LIBERTY HALL, SYDNEY 18+
SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2024 – THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE 18+
THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2024 – THE FORUM, MELBOURNE 18+
FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2024 – THE GOV, ADELAIDE 18+
SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2024 – MAGNET HOUSE, PERTH 18+
Tickets from inheartswake.com

 

TEENAGE DADS ‘Boyfriend’ (Single) ‘Majordomo’ (Album out August 23)

2023 Breakthrough Artist Of The Year ARIA Award Winners Teenage Dads announce their highly anticipated sophomore album, Majordomo, set for release on 23 August 2024. The announcement follows on from a huge world tour that saw the Mornington Peninsula 4-piece take their electrifying live show to crowds across the US, UK, Europe and Canada where they made their debut international festival appearances and teased the forthcoming new music. To mark the occasion, Teenage Dads have revealed a new single/video as a taster from the new record ‘Boyfriend‘, out now everywhere via Chugg Records.

“A Majordomo is a person whose job is to make arrangements or take charge for another: someone who runs the enterprise,” the band says of the new record. “We wanted to take that word and explore themes of control: how sometimes you might be the majordomo seizing the day, and others you are falling from the sky in a box, unable to do anything”. Featuring recent singles ‘Weaponz’, ‘I Like It’, ‘Tale Of A Man’ and ‘Speedracer’ as well as eight never-heard-before tracks, fans can expect a fusion of different soundscapes ranging from the more nostalgic, colourful and light songs of more recent times, to the punchy, alt-rock anthems that pay tribute to the band’s earlier sound all the while highlighting the band’s growth since their debut. Majordomo is not just a musical evolution but a testament to Teenage Dads’ commitment to authenticity and artistic integrity.

Teasing the forthcoming record, Teenage Dads have  released a new single ‘Boyfriend’ alongside a retro, Americana inspired official video clip.
WATCH :: TEENAGE DADS ‘BOYFRIEND’ OFFICIAL VIDEO CLIP

Gearing up to be their biggest year yet, Teenage Dads kicked off 2024 with a run of shows across the country as part of the 2024 Laneway Festival Lineup as well an appearance at Tasmania’s Party In The Paddock before they took off for their world tour playing shows across the US, Canada, UK + Europe including selling out headline shows across the globe and making their debut international festival appearances at the UK’s Tunes In The Dunes, A Stones Throw Festival, Block Party Festival and Italy’s Fans Out Festival. To celebrate the release of their new album, Teenage Dads will kick off their Majordomo AU/NZ Headline Tour on the album’s release day, taking their new record to major cities across Australia and New Zealand playing their biggest venues to date. Joining the band as a special guest will be Melbourne singer-songwriter Phoebe Go, and Adelaide rising star Aleksiah. Tickets are on sale now available here.

Following on from the huge AU/NZ album tour including a festival appearance at New Zealand’s Snow Machine Festival. Following on from their biggest ever AU/NZ headline tour, the band will be heading back to the US to join indie-pop royalty Dayglow as the main support on his US headline tour.

MAJORDOMO AU / NZ  HEADLINE TOUR – TICKET LINK
with special guests *Phoebe Go and ^Aleksiah

23 August – The Tivoli, Brisbane*^
24 August – Enmore Theatre, Sydney*^
30 August – Astor Theatre, Perth^
31 August – The Gov, Adelaide*^
1 September – Max Watts, Melbourne (U18 SHOW)*^
4 September – Snow Machine Festival, New Zealand
6 September – Galatos, Auckland
7 September – Moon, Wellington
8 September – The Church, Christchurch
13 September – Hobart Uni, Tasmania*^
14 September – Forum, Melbourne*^

‘BOYFRIEND’ SINGLE/VIDEO OUT NOW EVERYWHERE VIA CHUGG MUSIC  LISTEN / WATCH

MAJORDOMO, SOPHOMORE ALBUM FROM TEENAGE DADS OUT 23 AUGUST 2024 PRE-SAVE/ORDER

MORE INFO: WEBSITE  INSTAGRAM  TIKTOK  YOUTUBE   TWITTER

 

 

LOLA ‘Fast Life’ (Single out July 26)

Lola release a healthy dose of punk and speed with new single ‘Fast life’. LOLA has spent the past few years on the road, taking their chaotic show to any venue with a stage, bar, and preferably a halfpipe. From sold-out headline shows to festival stages in Europe, and starting mosh pits alongside DZ Deathrays, Smith Street Band, and Descendents, LOLA is set to release their first single of the year, FAST LIFE on Friday July 26.

FAST LIFE is LOLA at full throttle, forging their own path, rejecting the mainstream, and embodying punk’s raw spirit. Aggressive and unfiltered, FAST LIFE is appropriately delivered at breakneck speed. “I think you can tell I was listening to The Casualties at the time I wrote this song,” recalls singer Billy Burns.

FAST LIFE was recorded with Lachy Pitcher (Hindsight, Towns, Coldwave, Sleep Talk) who worked with the band to produce an unrestrained sound that is recognisably LOLA with raw, snarling vocals, frantic drums and guitar peppered with hectic riffage.

FAST LIFE wasn’t written to be the next trending TikTok song or to be approved by some corporate a-hole. But it is a testament to LOLA’s dedication to always raising their own bar and playing music that feeds the fire burning in every wild, unconforming soul.

Some links to LOLA’s pipes:
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0cD96GFyKaDX2LdpHpyT7d
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lola__oz/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjbGSV3_vBuYZ0H_CRVq2Xg

 

 

ORSTRALIA: A PUNK HISTORY 1974–1989 Book by Tristan Clark, out now

Companion volume Orstralia: A Punk History 1990 –1999 also out
Esteemed Californian independent and radical publisher PM Press has published a groundbreaking new book on Australian punk, Orstralia: A Punk History 1974–1989 by Melbourne author Tristan Clark. Clark has also today published a companion volume Orstralia: A Punk History 1990 –1999.

New books are based on interviews with members of an extensive list of artists including The Saints, Radio Birdman, Boys Next Door/Birthday Party, Babeez/News, Victims, Leftovers, Fun Things, Xero, Psycho Surgeons and X, through to the likes of Depression, Hard-Ons, pioneering all female-artists Gash and the Mothers, Cosmic Psychos and Grong Grong and onto The Living End, Meanies, Bodyjar and Frenzal Rhomb, along with scores of others. Both books tell the story on a city-by-city basis with regional centers also covered.

Author Tristan Clark has been involved in the Melbourne punk scene for over three decades. Oakland, CA’s PM Press has also published books by Noam Chomsky, Chumbawamba, Ursula K. Le Guin, Michael Moorcock and numerous other literary and radical figures

Named after a caustic track on The Saints’ classic second album Eternally Yours, the new books tell for the first time the story of Australian punk, not only from its beginning as an underground movement in the ’70s and the emergence of hardcore in the ’80s, but also to its huge and widespread popularity and its commercial ascent in the ’90s.  The books look beyond the music to take in cultural context and sociological concerns. They are based on interviews with members of an extensive list of artists including The Saints, Radio Birdman, Boys Next Door/Birthday Party, Babeez/News, Victims, Leftovers, Fun Things, Zero, Psycho Surgeons and X, through to the likes of Depression, Hard-Ons, pioneering all female-artists Gash and the Mothers, Cosmic Psychos and Grong Grong and onto The Living End, Bodyjar and Frenzal Rhomb, along with scores of others, many of whom have not been written about in decades. Both books tell the story on a city-by-city basis with regional centers also covered.

Orstralia: A Punk History 1974–1989 is available now from:
BigcartelPM PressNewSouth Books, other online book retailers and select bookshops and record stores.

 

SUGARBAG BLONDE ‘Freedom’ (Single)

‘Freedom’ – one of Hendrix’s last great masterpieces and released posthumously, performed by Australia’s own blues rock powerhouse Sugarbag Blonde. Paying homage to Hendrix in a reimagining of this classic with their own flare and attitude. Sugarbag Blonde originates from the scenic beaches of Australia’s Sunshine Coast, quietly making their mark in the rock and blues rock scenes. Known for their distinctive blend of original music and finely crafted songs, the band has become a mainstay at festivals and a sought-after support act for Australian music luminaries.

Having shared the stage with iconic names like Thirsty Merc, Russell Morris, Kevin Borich, and the celebrated blues rock organ player Lachy Doley, Sugarbag Blonde has left an indelible mark on audiences with their dynamic performances. The band has been a festival favourite at the Caloundra Music Festival and graced the stages of renowned events such as the Kickass Camping Festival, Sunshine Sounds Festival, Maroochy Foreshore Festival, and the Agnes Blues, Roots and Rock Festival.

The band, distributed worldwide by MGM Distribution, remains grounded in their commitment to sharing their craft on a broader scale.

Sugarbag Blonde is humbled by the support and opportunities that have shaped their journey, and they continue to navigate the music landscape with gratitude and authenticity.

Latest release: https://ffm.to/livefrommooloolaba1
www.sugarbagblonde.com

 

FLOYD THURSBY  ‘Every Day’s Another Dance’ (Album)

Floyd Thursby’s new album ‘Every Day’s Another Dance’ is a return to the Melbourne singer-songwriter’s folk and acoustic roots, featuring Thursby on vocals and guitar together with Dan Witton on double bass and backing vocals and Harry Lye on vibraphone. The twelve new songs range from a simple love song and exercise in close harmony (Brenda Lee) to a satirical take on environmental issues (Brand New 4WD), from a homage to pioneering publisher and suffragist Louisa Lawson (O Louisa) to a tragic tale of a mining disaster (This Beating Heart).

The album has a number of songs written during the long dark days of Melbourne’s COVID lockdowns, which conjure feelings of love (Brenda Lee), hope (Every Day’s Another Dance) and anxiety (My Constant Companion), as well as older songs that for some reason focus on poultry: Turkey Tail Blues was inspired by the fried turkey tail snack Floyd found at a Samoan cafe in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, and The Ballad of Chicken Corner came from an appreciation of a local roast chicken shop. There’s also a rare cover, ‘Do not forsake me’, a beautifully crafted ballad from the acclaimed Western drama ‘High Noon’ (1952), Floyd’s father’s favourite film.

The album was conceived around close vocal harmonies and Dan Witton’s exquisite voice is on show in a number of tracks including Brenda Lee, Every Day’s Another Dance and Would you stay with me.

MORE ABOUT FLOYD THURSBY
Australian folk singer Floyd Thursby has years of songs and stories to share, whether busking in the streets of Iran, playing in nursing homes, or performing for the Prime Minister of Vietnam. From singing French chanson with quartet La Mauvaise Réputation to spearheading the skiffle revival with Skiffle Party, Thursby is fascinated by all styles of music. His original songs cover the full spectrum of life, from the sweetest loves to the saddest losses, from grappling with anxiety to celebrating the opening of a roast chicken joint, or the simple pleasure of gazing at the stars.

Thursby has been booked to appear at festivals across Australia and internationally, including Cygnet Folk Festival (Tas), Majors Creek Folk Festival (NSW), Newstead Live Music Festival (Vic), West Australian Guitar Festival (WA), Yackandandah Folk Festival (Vic), Mount Roland Folk Festival (Tas), Brunswick Music Festival (Vic), Palm Creek Folk Festival (Qld), Mossvale Music Festival (Vic), Lymm Festival (UK) and Hay Glamping and Music Festival (Vietnam).

Website: www.floydthursby.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MrFloydThursby
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrfloydthursby
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AngFangIndustries
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5UugZIlIId9u3LjMsTxVgY

 

PABLO NARANJO ‘El Ultimo Hombre’ (Single) ‘Aururora’s Dream (Album out December 2024)

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Pablo Naranjo will be releasing ‘El Ultimo Hombre’ (The Last Man), the first single of his upcoming album ‘Aurora’s Dream’. The release includes a video clip available on July 5. ‘El Ultimo Hombre’ is a percussion heavy, guitar driven song featuring Latin American and African drums layered with evocative and mystical atmospheres.

Pablo Naranjo’s career spans over twenty years as the leading composer/songwriter of Septimo Aposento and guitar duo Orbeum. As a solo artist, Pablo has recorded three self-produced albums and his music has been featured in TV series, documentaries and films. Pablo is an accomplished producer who records, mixes and masters his own music, and does this for other artists as well. He has collaborated with musicians from all around the world, including members of the Melbourne, Vienna and Bogota Symphony Orchestras. His work has been described by UK music blog Audio Pulse as “a journey for the soul.”

‘El Ultimo Hombre’ is the first single of the nine track, haunting and ambitious new album ’Aurora’s Dream’, to be released in December 2024.

Listen to ‘El Ultimo Hombre’ here or download the track and find additional info here

 

EVA RUNDLE ‘A Familiar Place’ (Single out August 2)

Eva Rundle Releases Single ‘A Familiar Place’ Available worldwide on 2 August 2024 Accompanied by the aesthetics of space-age 1970s pop, Eva Rundle pulls us into a story of alienating surroundings with her new single A Familiar Place. The single is the second release from the emerging Australian singer-songwriter, and bares the personal experience of quite literally moving outside her comfort zone.

“I got inspiration to write the song when I moved house from the suburbs to a country town,” Eva says. “I went away from my friends and popular places to somewhere not many people lived… things felt familiar, but nothing was recognisable, so I didn’t know my place even though it’s where I lived.”  “So, the song is about feeling stuck in a familiar place – feeling lost, not only emotionally or physically, but in time and space – and then ultimately about finding yourself.”

Eva developed the song at Adelaide’s Island Studios with producer Joseph Cheek – and together they built it up into a dynamic, full-sounding production, energised by a strong kick drum rhythm and bursts of electronica. Along with the single release, Eva is teasing astronaut-themed clips from an upcoming music video for the song, directed by local filmmaker Ashley Pollard and arriving later in the year. “I wanted a video that supported the song lyrics, and that people could relate to in their own way – and to create the sense of feeling lost in a familiar place, I liked the idea of involving an astronaut,” Eva says. “Ashley was motivated and enthusiastic, and we spent almost a year bouncing ideas off each other to come up with a story that uses a past, present, and futuristic feel, which worked really well.”

More information, socials and streaming at https://linktr.ee/evarundle

 

 

SAGE ROADKNIGHT ‘Wake Up’ (Single)

Building their unique sound further, Melbournite Sage Roadknight (she/they) paves their brilliant chrome path further with their newest song Wake Up (out now), with her signature Future Alt-Pop style. Stream ‘Wake Up’

At just 18, Sage has already established themself as a person to watch, with their unique sound and powerful lyrics praised by Triple J Unearthed, Folk Artist of the Year Award, and the Environmental Music Prize, and even featured in the Ignite Festival at the young age of 14.  Already working with huge names in the industry, ‘Wake Up’ was co-produced and mixed by Ricki Rae – producer of Taylor Sheridan’s number one album in Australia and also known for working with Living End, Baby Animals and Tina Arena.

This retro-inspired single weaves in a synth-infused, decadent and hyper-emotional exploration of late stage capitalism and the class disparity. It doesn’t shy away from emotion, bursting with rage and euphoria. With its disco vibes, there’s a hint of tragedy to the dance-ready beat. Sage describes this song as: “A song that will get you dancing and singing your heart out about how the system has wronged you and the majority of the world. [It] voices our frustration about the enormous disparity between the working class and the ultra rich 1% of the population.”

Follow Sage Roadknight Spotify | Apple Music | Youtube | Website | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok

 

 

EDIE ‘Cool Girl’ (Single) Debut EP ‘unsaid’ Out August 9

Centuries of young women trapped in gendered expectations and idealised perceptions scream out through Perth/Boorloo artist EDIE’s latest single and music video ‘Cool Girl’, out now. Stream ‘Cool Girl’

Watch ‘Cool Girl’ Music Video

EDIE’s signature edge and cutthroat lyrics have resulted in eyes on her, earning her acclaim from the likes of Tone Deaf, Music Feeds, Pilerats, Triple J, Triple J Unearthed and much more.
With the release of ‘Cool Girl’, EDIE is also announcing the release of her highly-anticipated debut EP ‘unsaid’, dropping on Friday, August 9. Speaking on the 5-track EP, EDIE states: “This body of work explores all the things unsaid and all the things I never got to say. It deals with heartbreak, anger, and sadness, covering all the stages of grief over a breakup. It’s a personal glimpse into my own journal where I overshare with brutal honesty.”

Before that though, in this rock-pop ballad that is ‘Cool Girl’, EDIE takes a knife to the expectations placed onto her by the men in her life, the desires they have for her to be that “cool girl”. Through grungey guitar and addictive refrains, this song rips at the hand-stitched seams with emotion and is the culmination of years of frustration and centuries of gendered expectations. This song is the manic pixie dream girl striking back, shaking off the branding of ‘not like other girls’.

The music video expands on this concept, featuring EDIE as the ‘Cool Girl’ across the centuries:  a mediaeval darling, a regency-era debutante, a TV-perfect housewife, and finally, at the end of the video, herself. A man watches these idealised women on the screen as their real nature bleeds out into the reality around him, commenting on the unattainable nature of expectation.  EDIE describes the ‘Cool Girl’ phenomenon as, “From my experience in the dating world – men desire someone “chill” (which really means excuse everything they do and be okay with it). I wanted to show my frustration and anger towards this idea!”

EDIE’s biting new single ‘Cool Girl’ is available now and will be followed by her debut EP ‘unsaid’ on Friday, August 9.

Follow EDIE Spotify | Apple Music | Youtube | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok

 

 

TWO TONE PONY ‘Going Back’ (Single)

Staunch believers in authentic Australian country music, Two Tone Pony unveil their new single ‘Going Back’. The up-tempo track arrives ahead of the band’s debut album Born on the Road, set for release on Friday 19th July available for pre order now.

‘Going Back’ hits the ground running; from the driving backbeat to the twangy guitar lines, its pulse is irresistible. As its reverb-soaked licks weave between frontman David Kirkpatrick’s deft storytelling, it feels like the soundtrack to a silver screen scene. An attribute Kirkpatrick credits to producer, Rod McCormack (Gina Jeffreys, Adam Harvey). LISTEN HERE

“Rod gives it an almost spaghetti western feeling and adds to the cinematic sweep of the song,” he says.

Being the first song Kirkpatrick wrote for the band, it struggled to fit into a box. “I wrote freely, not thinking how it may sound in terms of genre,” he recalls. Yet within the storied walls of McCormack’s The Music Cellar studios, tucked away on the NSW Central Coast, the band’s unique sound took shape. Inspiration for the song came from Kirkpatrick’s father, legendary Australian performer, Slim Dusty. “I had the vision of driving back down the Nulla Nulla Valley to my father’s dairy farm,” unpacks the songwriter. “How he might have felt returning to a place he had in his own words – escaped from.”

“Going back to where it all began / Once a boy, now a man / Crossed some lines in the sand / He’s going back to where it all began.”  Kirkpatrick’s lyrics paint a vivid picture as he recounts the would-be pilgrimage.

Two Tone Pony’s alternative-tinged brand of country music is best enjoyed live. In the coming months, the Central Coast 5-piece will appear at Tamworth’s annual Hats Off to Country Festival and will be performing headline shows in Sydney and the Central Coast’s Hardy’s Bay. The latest offering ‘Going Back’ reveals the band’s grittier side, testimony to their versatility. Feeling both familiar and fresh, the single sets the tone for the band’s highly anticipated debut album Born on The Road – out 19th July.

SHOW DATES:
Saturday 20th July – Hats Off To Country – Moonshiners – Tamworth, NSW
Friday 6th September – Marrickville Bowling Club – Marrickville, NSW
Saturday 14th September – Hardys Bay Club – Hardys Bay, NSW

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THE CORONAS ’That’s Exactly What Love Is’ (Single/Video) Thoughts & Observations (Album out September 27)

A stirring new single out today from Dublin’s finest The Coronas, That’s Exactly What Love Is blends the trio’s knack for poignancy and indie pop and rock in charming fashion, with the group’s friend and collaborator Gabrielle Aplin also featuring on this latest release. The second single taken from The Coronas’ upcoming eighth studio album, Thoughts & Observations due out on Friday September 27, That’s Exactly What Love Is also arrives today accompanied by a brand new music video, with the track also destined to feature in the trio’s upcoming Australian live shows this November.

Opening with the beautifully wistful vocals of frontman Danny O’Reilly, serenely crooning “I’ll start with sorry / And please believe me / Kills me to see you cry”, That’s Exactly What Love Is burgeons as Alpin’s crystalline vocals fuse with O’Reilly into a heart-rending duet, echoing at times the sublime collaboration from Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush on the track Don’t Give Up. Driven by the group’s trademark pensive pop and mature songwriting with a modern twist, That’s Exactly What Love Is reflects its vulnerable lyricism through astutely simplistic instrumentation and warm tones, and the end result is ultimately one of hope rather than misery; a fact which carries across the broader upcoming album Thoughts & Observations. “Thematically, the album deals with love, loss and growing older,” shares The Coronas. “It’s possibly us fully embracing our man-band status. After seven albums we’re probably a little more cynical now than we were when we started! In saying that there’s still an optimistic feel to this album that The Coronas albums tend to have.”

Filmed in Glastonbury with longtime videographer and The Coronas friend Johnny Stewart (Hozier, Kodaline, Gavin James), the accompanying music video for That’s Exactly What Love Is effortlessly mirrors the track’s moving thematics, with the clip, filmed at a picturesque field near Glastonbury Tor. “That’s Exactly What Love Is was the first song I wrote after our last album came out,” vocalist Danny O’Reilly reveals. “I wrote it as a conversation between two people going through a breakup, and as soon as I wrote the female part, I had Gabrielle in mind to sing it. In fact, I bumped into her at a festival a week after I wrote it. I immediately told her about the song and, over a year later, it was amazing to have her in studio bringing her own character to the song. She’s so talented and professional she blew us away when she came to London to record her part.”

That’s Exactly What Love Is is out now Thoughts & Observations is due out on Friday September 27.

 THE CORONAS – UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

THURS 21 NOV | CROXTON BANDROOM, MELBOURNE
Tickets available from https://thecroxton.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/9b2e8104-0fc7-4f60-bf75-65ee6f8aa049

FRI 22 NOV | SELINA’S, SYDNEY
Tickets available from https://moshtix.com.au/v2/event/the-coronas/168917?skin=SelinasVenue

SAT 23 NOV | MAGNET HOUSE, PERTH
Tickets available from https://tickets.393murray.com.au/outlet/event/2f8576da-c523-4c8e-87dc-e0dcc38b3511

Stream: THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT LOVE IS
Listen: THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT LOVE IS
Watch: THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT LOVE IS

 

 

CHAVEZ CARTEL ‘Unfamiliar Boy’ (Single)

A hypnotic blend of grit and post punk narcosis, the brand new single Unfamiliar Boy out today from Gold Coast five-piece Chavez Cartel is a woozy yet powerful continuation of the group’s trademark sound, serving up simmering intensity alongside a fittingly moody music video also out today.

Opening in a stripped-back haze, Unfamiliar Boy soon grows to oscillate between smoky simplicity and raucous choruses, headily driven by the repeated mantra “I wanna change, I need a change / I’m only human after all” and healthy servings of post punk rock. With nods to the psychedelic stylings Iggy and the Stooges as well as IDLES, Arctic Monkeys and Fontaines D.C., Unfamiliar Boy ultimately draws you headfirst into a vivid reflection on the overwhelming rollercoaster that is time, as the band explains, “The song was inspired by a period of time where life seemed to be going really fast and having the feeling where you don’t have time to even think. Like life is slipping through your fingers and you can’t quite grasp what’s really going on. Not a good headspace to be in. There’s a line coming out of the breakdown, “I need to wheel-spin in the mud, now that the months feel more like weeks”, that paints the mental picture of that feeling. It’s sort of like a plea where I’m going “If my head is going to go round in circles this fast can’t we at least stand still while we’re burning out and overheating so we’re not wasting any more time while we’re doing it?”.

Wielding a slick yet gritty aesthetic, the accompanying music video for Unfamiliar Boy balances performance visuals along with punctuated shots of New York, resulting in a journey that feels simultaneously intimate yet perfectly curated, with all the featured visuals filmed by Brooklyn-based videographer Katie Oliver during the band’s recent North American visit.

In 2024, Chavez Cartel took off overseas once again, performing at The New Colossus Festival in New York as well as at SXSW in Austin, Texas, with both experiences broadening the global reach of this talented Gold Coast group. A band undeniably on the rise and one absolutely not to be missed, Unfamiliar Boy is the beginning of a phenomenal new chapter for Chavez Cartel; and following an extremely busy 12 months on the road, the band are raring to reveal even more new music to the world in the not-too-distant future, as they conclude, “It feels like we’re back to business. Whenever we get back off touring it always feels like we’re doing nothing because the pace is so slow compared to life on the road. Of course, we never stand still, but the change of intensity is always disheartening. It feels like we’re working again now. We’re still in the studio finishing off a second song which will be the follow up single to Unfamiliar Boy. It’s a real change of pace for us but it’s a really beautiful track. We played it live once in Byron Bay a couple of years ago and it was received really well. We don’t often get chance to perform any stripped-back songs, but Byron is a hippy town and we dropped it at a small venue down there. It was quite magic, so we’re really happy to be digging this one out and getting it laid down. It shows our versatility as writers. Stay tuned for more to come.”

Unfamiliar Boy is out now  Stream: UNFAMILIAR BOY    Watch: UNFAMILIAR BOY

 

 

LUPO.THEBOY ‘Perfect Plate’ (Single)

With only a handful of releases to his name, Newcastle’s LUPO.THEBOY, aka Matteo Verde, has quickly become known for his emotionally charged electronic productions. With a focus on live shows, the project is a direct result of playing late nights in dark clubs, inspiring the sample heavy and moving releases. Already receiving high praise across triple j, Unearthed, and Acid Stag alike, sharing “LUPO.THEBOY ensures that perfect levels of tranquillity and uplift are maintained.” Today, LUPO.THEBOY releases another luscious display of his musicality with his new single ‘Perfect Plate’. The record highlights a new sense of confidence in his production including the beautifully crafted melodic piano lines, endless sonic textures, and moreover, the use of his own vocals for the very first time.
BUY/STREAM: LUPO.THEBOY – PERFECT PLATE

Closing the loop on his last release ‘Nobody Will Love You’, LUPO shares “it’s an uplifting anthem dedicated to love, curiosity and vulnerability. I wrote NWLY in a pretty weird mindset, but with ‘Perfect Plate’, it was the opposite. It felt like closing out the story from headnoise and heartbreak to confidence and contentment.”

Further sharing how the production came together, LUPO details “the piano line is the standout feature of the track for me. I wrote an ambient loop with some lowkey drums, hit record and layered a stack of piano over the loop. What you hear in the track is still that original recording, mistakes and all. It’s also the first track featuring my own vocals. Which ties into that confidence the song references, it took a lot of convincing to get my takes on there, but I wanted to give it a shot, and make it something that was truly mine.”

Becoming known for his energetic and diverse performances, LUPO blends the worlds between live and DJ sets. With the former showcasing his musical aptitude and the latter his experienced ability to move between crowds seamlessly.  His stellar list of supports include, Justin Martin, Young Franco, K.I.M (The Presets), Crooked Colours, POOLCLVB and official tour support for both Client Liaison and RAAVE TAPES.

LUPO.THEBOY’s new single ‘Perfect Plate’ is out now on LOVE CLVB, and available on all platforms.

 

 

LACHLAN BRYAN & THE WILDES ‘The Continuing Saga’ (Single) 

TAKEN FROM THEIR FORTHCOMING NEW Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes are back with a vengeance and an appropriately titled new song, The Continuing Saga. It’s a joyous slice of slinky, 70s-singer-songwriter-inspired mischief  that appears to be a story-song, but chooses to avoid earnest, linear storytelling and instead leaves the details to the listener’s imagination. Think Harry Nilsson meets JJ Cale on this one.

The song was produced in Melbourne by the band – which these days consists of Lachlan, founding member Shaun Ryan, producer/guitarist Damian Cafarella, acclaimed singer-songwriter Riley Catherall and young Melbourne multi-instrumentalist Patrick Wilson.  Special guest Gabriella Cohen joins in the fun and adds her own soulful swagger on backing vocals. The Continuing Saga is out  now on all streaming platforms, coinciding with Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes’ headline appearance at the UK’s Maverick Festival and the start of their short UK tour. Lachlan will also do some solo shows with Emily Lawler on violin.

LACHLAN BRYAN & THE WILDES UK TOUR DATES
July 5-6: Maverick Festival, Suffolk
July 7: The Musician Pub – Leicester
July 8: The Cask Inn – Scarborough
July 10: The Kitchen Garden Cafe – Birmingham
July 11: Anni’s Burger Shack – Nottingham (Lachlan solo w/ Emily Lawler)
July 12: Kirton in Lindsey Town Hall – Kirton In Lindsey (Lachlan solo w/ Emily Lawler)
July 13: Cafe 9 – Sheffield (Lachlan solo w/ Emily Lawler)
July 15: The Greys Brighton – Brighton (Lachlan solo w/ Emily Lawler)

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J-MILLA ‘Boomerang’ (Single/Video)

Having enjoyed a milestone year of successes in 2023 off the back of singles ‘Gammon’ and ‘On My Soul’, not to mention powerhouse performances at BIGSOUND and on stages around the country, rising hip-hop star J-MILLA is back with a new joint in ‘BOOMERANG’.

The fresh music from the Marranungu artist provides another unique insight into his artistry, as his lyricism continues to show maturity and raw intensity. On ‘Boomerang’, J-MILLA flexes his lyrical prowess on every bar – with relentless energy that never wavers, weaving between hard-hitting verses and infectious hooks with ease. Thematically, ‘Boomerang’ is about cause and effect; the concept of karma – an ideal that J-MILLA wholeheartedly believes in. Incorporating traditional indigenous instrumentation along with language and Aboriginal slang, the creation of this song is one that J-MILLA counts as one of his favourite projects to date.

“As soon as I heard the instrumental, I came up with the line, “What goes around comes around like a boomerang”. This gave me inspiration on writing the rest of the song based on the effect of Karma, which leads to the motion of a boomerang when it’s thrown. What we release into the universe is what we eventually get back. Recording the song was second nature to me, everything went very well from the moment I pressed record.” J-MILLA

For ‘Boomerang’ J-MILLA collaborated with the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir (CAAWC), whose beautiful voices can be heard performing in language on the track. The language is taken from the song titled ‘Mayatja altimani mununi minala’, originally written by Tony Campbell of the Mimili Gospel Singers, recorded by the CAAWC the song in Germany back in 2015, where it was then included on their first album, Boomerang Tour Ansbach Live.

Sampled by J-MILLA here, the ethereal choir fuses with the contemporary production and J-MILLA’s rhymes in a striking way. Of using the CAAWC on this single, J-MILLA explains, “I always wanted some sort of cultural interest as an intro to the song. I was inspired by a movie called High Grounds, when I was seeking cultural elements for my music. As I was sourcing it I came across the CAAWC and knew straight away I needed something from them. I love their sound and the melodies they come up with. These ladies are something else, definitely national treasures. Their sample really starts the track off strong and brings a unique feature that contrasts extremely well with my vibe.”

For the ‘Boomerang’ music video, J-MILLA worked with director Tully Hemsley in Darwin to capture the energy of the track in an intimate and personal way; bringing together home video-style footage with spanning shots of J-MILLA and his friends on their home turf.

UPCOMING SHOWS
Wednesday, July 31st Clancestry Festival – QPAQ Concert Hall Brisbane, QLD
Warriors concert feat. Andrew Gurruwiwi Band, Jungaji, Radical Son TICKETS

September 3 – 6 BIGSOUND 2024 Brisbane, QLD
J-MILLA x Yung Milla – SAME BLOOD showcase TICKETS

October 14 – 18 SXSW 2024 Sydney, NSW
J-MILLA x Yung Milla – SAME BLOOD showcase INFO

J-MILLA: Website | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok

 

 

SNAKE MOUNTAIN  ‘Villainous 1: Reverence (EP)

Australian melodic technical death metal band Snake Mountain has released their debut EP, Villainous I: Reverence, and they are taking this heavy slab of riffs on the road with a stack of shows throughout June, July, and August.

Villainous I: Reverence is a collection of tracks that have shaped the band’s sound over the years, weaving in various influences brought in by members who contributed to the band’s story at the time. While some original members may have moved on to other projects or hung up their instruments, the remaining and newly found members have put together this hard-hitting EP ‘Villainous I: Reverence’ in tribute to their former band mates and the story that brought them here.

From Nev Pearce (vocals) – “This EP is in honor of our journey as a band, and to the previous members who contributed to it since its inception: co-founder Dan Maynard, who I started the band with; longtime drummer Shane Smith; guitarists Jamie Cotton and Dario Lagana; and bass player Rory Swayne. All of them left pieces of their personalities in these songs and helped bring them to life”.

The EP also features some incredible guest appearances by friends the band has shared the stage with over the years:
The Hunted (Apex Predator Edition):
•Matt G Walters (Freedom of Fear) – Solo

Fall of Eternia:
•Sam Wolstenholme (Aeon Nexus) – Melodic Vocals
•Geoffro O’Leary (Pistonfist) – Hails
•Oliver Fogwell and Wade Norris (Our Last Enemy) – Hails
•Ben Weber (Deprivation) – Hails

Before the band moves forward stylistically with their planned follow-up EP later in the year, which will see them delve deeper into the technical death metal genre (much like their 2023 single Veins), Snake Mountain invites the listener to join them in honoring the past and preparing for the future.

Snake Mountain also recently toured for their single Everliving and opened for Fleshgod Apocalypse (Italy) and Wolfheart (Finland) in Brisbane, as well as teaming up with industrial metal band Witchgrinder (Aus) for their QLD dates.

Snake Mountain – ‘Villainous 1: Reverence’ is out now digitally.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0NOFoTDQD6DIm0KGkwfRtE?si=y0Zm75aRRAKvCkXkLlGfUA
Apple: https://music.apple.com/us/album/villainous-i-reverence-ep/1745493392
Distrokid: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/snakemountain/villainous-i-reverence

Upcoming shows and tour dates:
July 20 – Burnside Tavern – Gold Coast
W/ We The Hollow, Allocer, Till Ya Dead and Zagtar
Tickets: https://shorturl.at/rpfSv

August 22 – Sydney – The Duke – Free Entry!

August 23 – Melbourne – The Leadbeater Hotel
W/ Ghost Seeker, Deadweight 80, Excuse for an Exit, Ghost Engine, Rise From Ashes and Matahari.
Tickets: https://theleadbeaterhotel.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/396aba44-e232-4a82-996d-4af2d40f71f9

August 24 – Geelong – Drencher Festival
W/ Pizza Death, Nicholas Cage Fighter, Immorium, Bog Monster, Munitions and more
Tickets : https://barwonclub.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/6854d005-b00a-4314-8005-3d8ac96b18ba

August 31 – Necrosonic Festival – Brisbane
Tickets: https://tickets.avclive.com.au/outlet/event/db315602-2a69-46d6-91a7-0632cd9ed3d3?utm_source=FB+Event

Keep up to date with Snake Mountain
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/snakemountainband
Instagram: https://instagram.com/snakemountainbandau

 

SALTY ‘See U In 3’ (Single/Video)

One of the most charismatic artists in Australian Pop Music is returning with her first new music in over a year – ‘See U in 3’ is the slinky and sensual new single by Salty out today. LISTEN TO ‘SEE U IN 3’ HERE

The track was produced and co-written by Cyrus Villanueva one of the country’s most in demand young writer /producers, who has written and recorded with the likes of GO-JO, MAY-A, Charley, Will Hyde, Oliver Cronin, Client Liasion and GRAACE. “’See U in 3′ is a song I have been sitting on for a while”, Salty reflects. ”I never felt quite ready to have it out in the world but it’s all fallen into place sooooo perfectly. This song captures an essence of my artistry that I feel like is only just beginning to come to fruition.”

The song’s accompanying high energy video is three minutes of pure dance with Salty and ten dancers giving it everything they have in a bare bones studio setting. The clip’s eye popping choreography comes courtesy of Cassie Bartho, one of the stars of the hit Prime series DanceLife.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

Salty felt driven to recreate the vitality that she absorbed from her time at Brent Street in the “See U in 3” video, which was directed by Bianca Georgievska.  “Going into the visual element for this song I knew I wanted to dance. I trained at Brent Street for 8 years and I really cherished my time there, and since, I’ve been craving that sense of community.”

 She wanted to express the deep connection between creatives that is unique to the dance world. “I am very lucky to have grown up in the dance community and to be mentored by incredible people like Cassie Bartho who I was lucky enough to have on board for this video. Her choreography was the final piece to bring this song to life. It also wouldn’t be what it is without the talented dancers, they make it so special and I am grateful to have them by my side. This is my favourite video to date, for sure.”

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TEENS ’Teens’ (Album)

TEENS’ self-titled debut album and first vinyl release is out today, via the band’s own label No Sleep, and available to purchase via Bandcamp. Written between 2020 and 2022 in a mouldy practice room at the Royal Hobart Showgrounds, the record’s conception was juxtaposed with the tragic circumstances of folks forced to reside in tents and caravans throughout the same facility, as a direct consequence of the region’s escalating housing crisis.

Bogged down by seemingly endless obstacles, including physical injuries passed like a relay baton between band members, a collapsing live music community, and the isolating effects of long-distance relocation, TEENS is a document of resilience and tenacity.

TEENS balances rawness and exactness, immediacy and precision. The persistent tension between perfectionism and the desire to capture something with a live feel, has been harnessed masterfully to create an album that is immediately, intensely captivating, and reveals more and more of itself on subsequent listens. The songs on TEENS are united by a stated intention to “write songs that were a little more rough and raw around the edges”. And while it often feels like the album is going to tear itself apart at the seams, a closer inspection reveals that the raw edges are anchored by deliberate and calculated intricacy, expertly embellished with precise stitches of harshness and delicacy. ‘TEENS’ – out now

TEENS’ next show following the album release will be in support of DZ Deathrays on their national Black Rat 10th anniversary tour, with the Hobart gig due to take place on July 12th at Altar.

LIVE DATES
Friday, July 12th – Altar, Hobart – with DZ Deathrays + A. Swayze & The Ghosts – Buy Tickets

Teens: Bandcamp | triple j Unearthed | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Spotify

 

 

IVANA “Ooh La La La” (Single)

Introducing IVANA, a dynamic force emerging from the spotlight of reaching Top 4 on this year’s season of Australian Idol. With her debut single, “Ooh La La La,” the 20-year-old Melbourne based vocal powerhouse and remarkable talent steps out on her own independent terms. Showcasing her energy and truly exceptional voice, she seamlessly blends pop sensibilities with an infusion of dance on the anticipated single, which is out now on all streaming platforms.

Collaborating with chart-topping producers DNA (Anthony Egizii and David Musumeci) “Ooh La La La” encourages everyone to let loose and dance without inhibition. IVANA shares, “I’m thrilled to share ‘Ooh La La La’ with everyone, this song is all about letting go, feeling the rhythm, and enjoying every moment. Working with DNA has been a dream come true, and I can’t wait for fans to experience this new chapter with me.”

 With “Ooh La La La,” IVANA is poised to ignite stages in Australia and around the world, firmly establishing her as an artist destined for international stardom.

LISTEN HERE OR HERE

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COREY LEGGE ‘Moment In The Sun’ (Single)

LISTEN TO THE SINGLE AND DOWNLOAD AUDIO AS WAV AND MP3 HERE 

Corey Legge plays heartfelt blues, rock and alt-country, drawing influence from growing up amongst the fertile pastures surrounding Bega (NSW). Now based in Wollongong (NSW), Corey has released three albums in three years, resulting in international radio airplay and a slew of support slots for high profile artists including Ash Grunwald, Dallas Frasca and Fanny Lumsden.

‘Moment in the Sun’ is the fourth single and album title track from Corey Legge’s highly anticipated 4th studio album. Recorded with producer Nash Chambers and co-produced by Syd Green, this upbeat bluesy track encapsulates Corey’s musical journey in a nutshell.

From a bedroom guitar-toting 8-year-old daydreaming of superstardom, to a teenager discovering the blues for the first time, to the realities of being a professional touring musician, this song is as close as it gets to a Corey Legge autobiography.

Featuring Corey’s signature guitar licks and tasteful harmonica lines from Dan Sullivan, this track is a mission statement with a positive outlook.

Corey is proudly endorsed by Cole Clark guitars and Fender. https://www.coreylegge.com/

 

 

WYN STARKS – “Who I Am’ (Single)

Curb Records recording artist Wyn Starks can find his uplifting song, “Who I Am”, featured in Celine Dion’s recently released documentary, I Am: Celine Dion. After stunning the America’s Got Talent judges with his performance of the song in 2022, “Who I Am” continues to resonate with those navigating a struggle to find their strength. I Am: Celine Dion can be found on Prime Video now. Watch the official music video for “Who I Am” HERE.

“I have no words to describe what I’m feeling. I’ll be on cloud nine for the rest of my life!” shares Wyn Starks about “Who I Am” being part of I Am: Celine Dion. “It’s such a full circle moment. Celine Dion has been such an inspiration to me, and her music has helped me get through so many obstacles in my life. Seeing her belt out ‘Who I Am’ with such strength and resilience in spite of everything she’s going through will be a moment I’ll never forget.”

Alongside this feature, Wyn Starks also takes off on a cross-country adventure in his recently released music video for current single, “Run” which premiered exclusively on Wonderland Magazine’s website HERE. Currently Top 30 at Hot AC Radio, listen to “Run” and watch the official music video HERE. Fans can also join Wyn Starks on an emotionally charged search for identity with, “Where Are The Giants”. The inspiring melody explores the impact of absent parental figures and the quest for self-worth. Listen to “Where Are The Giants” HERE.

Fans can check out more about Wyn Starks HERE. I Am: Celine Dion can be found on Prime Video now.

MORE ABOUT WYN STARKS:
Wyn Starks is already well-known for his 2020 appearance on America’s Got Talent and his “Black Is Golden” album, with songs like “Who I Am” garnering 2.7 million YouTube views and charting #14 on the Billboard charts. The Curb Records signee’s journey began in Minneapolis, where he grew up with his mother and four brothers. He listened to a wide variety of music, from the gospel harmonies of artists like Yolanda Adams and The Clark Sisters to Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. At 13 he sang an original song entitled “Angel City”, at church, thrilling churchgoers and affirming his potential. Eventually, he directed his church’s youth choir and praise team and joined a traveling ministry.

Starks then moved to Dallas, where a viral video of him singing caught the attention of producer and songwriter Fred Williams, who invited Starks to Nashville to work on music together. He released his debut single “Circles” in 2019 and crafted his 2021 “Black Is Golden”. Collaborating with professional songwriters and musicians throughout the country, Starks also toured as an opening act on folk band Delta Rae’s 2020 and 2023 national tours.

Starks spent the majority of 2023 prepping his sophomore album while out on the road with Delta Rae. The new project is a mesh of his R&B and soul influences, but will also be imbued with elements of pop, 80s rock, and other sounds that radiate his preferred vibe of timeless, feel-good music. Starks has always been a student of music, but now he’s more confident in jumping out of his comfort zone and exploring all kinds of sounds as an artist.

 

 

BRENDAN McMAHON ’Speed Humps’ (Single)

June 2024 saw the release of Brendan McMahon’s 7th studio album, ‘Somewhere West Of Nowhere’, which features 12 new tracks including no less that 6 No.1 singles from the AMRAP metro chart including ‘I Hear Your Voice’ which won an award at the Tamworth Australian Peoples Choice Awards in January 2024 for best video.

‘Somewhere West Of Nowhere’ has recently been nominated in the International Singer/Songwriters Awards in Atlanta, Georgia even prior to its full release based on the tracks that have been released as singles, “It’s extremely exciting to be recognised internationally for my songwriting” says McMahon… “it may mean a trip to Atlanta in October this year (2024) for the awards ceremony if I’m shortlisted.”

Brendan’s current single from the album is ‘Speed Humps’ STREAM AND DOWNLOAD AUDIO AS WAV AND MP3 HERE

What’s next for Brendan…? “Over to Nashville in May (2024) to play a few shows and then back in the studio to work on new material for my 8th album whilst preparing for Hats Of To Tamworth festival and the Gympie Muster in the second half of the year.”

More about Brendan McMahon
Multi-award winning singer/songwriter, Brendan McMahon, grew up in the small town of Kapunda near South Australia’s Barossa Valley. He discovered his love of music at the age of 15 after being “awed and floored” seeing some old footage of Jimi Hendrix played on television; amazed by the sounds that Jimi could pull from a guitar and captivated by the iconic performer’s showmanship.  Borrowing money from his mother (and paying it back at $2 a week) he promptly bought himself a $60 guitar and amp rig from a mate. Spending his late teens and early twenties as a lead singer/lead guitarist in rock cover bands playing across Adelaide and country Victoria, McMahon honed his skills the hard way – in front of demanding Australian pub and club crowds. In 1998, and now bitten by both the song writing and performance bug, McMahon released a 7-track EP called ‘Picture This’ with his band The Cunning Stunts

In 2015 and 2016, Brendan released the solo albums ‘Falling To Earth’ and ‘Marker 7-58’ under the moniker of Satellite Gods, and in doing so was fortunate enough to collaborate and work with some renowned Australian musicians including Peter Maslen (Boom Crash Opera), Jason Vorherr (Darryl Braithwaite), Bob Spencer (The Angels), Simon Hosford (Vanessa Amorosi) and Wilbur Wilde (Ol’ 55).

Brendan explains “I met these fabulous musicians through the studio I record, Soggy Dog Recording Studio in Upwey, Victoria. Not only did they contribute their instrumental talents to these albums, they also opened up my eyes to new concepts and helped me understand the importance of “leaving space’ in the music.”

After supporting artists such as Boom Crash Opera, Russell Morris, Wendy Stapleton and The Chantoozies in Australia, Brendan releas ‘On This Fine Occasion’, his third album in 2017, which received great reviews both locally and internationally. In 2019, McMahon, who now calls Melbourne home, released ‘In The Moment’ – his 4th solo album.  Maturity, reflection and drawing on his personal experiences, his inspired yet refined lyrics again take listeners on a captivating journey. Recorded with Steve Vertigan at Soggy Dog Recording Studios, and again drawing upon Australian music royalty in its creation – namely Dave Leslie (Baby Animals), Danny Spencer (Jimmy Barnes Band), Brett Kingman (James Reyne Band), and the previously mentioned Peter Maslen and Jason Vorherr, plus a string trio from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Sarah Curro, Gabi Halloran and Paul Zabrowarny), this powerful album embraces the essence of story-telling and leaves you thinking about the songs long after the last track finishes.

November 2020 saw the release of ‘No Rush Today’, an album that debuted at No. 2 on the iTunes country music chart on release. McMahon feels his 5th solo offering cemented him in the Country Rock space. The album delivered 3 top 10 AMRAP singles, Jack, Sugar Cane Man and Wired to the moon along with strong charting on many other Australian charts including a No.4 position in France with Sugar Cane Man. Once again, the collaboration of Soggy Dog Studios (Steve Vertigan) and McMahon, along with the incredible session musicians from previous albums, has delivered an album of stories about personal journey, travel experiences and people. The 17th of June, 2022, marked the release of ‘As The Road Unfolds’, the most successful record to date. It debuted as the highest selling Australian album on the iTunes Country chart. It has also delivered no less than 6 chart topping singles – Jenni J, When I See You Tonight, I Feel A Change, Skin & Bone, Gundry’s Track and Back Roads which went on to win the Australian Songwriters Association award for best song lyrics in 2023.

“I strongly believe that ‘As The Road Unfolds’ is my most cohesive and strongest offering yet”, McMahon says. “We’ve spent a lot more time listening to and fine tuning the tracks. I’ve also recorded a lot more of this album in my own studio and the studio of Aussie guitar virtuoso, Simon Hosford which definitely added more colour to the end product”.
“I’ve found it really exciting in 2021 & 2022 to be getting strong airplay all over the world… my songs are now being played in Ireland, England, Scotland, Canada, USA, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Luxemburg… it’s one of the positives of global reach to new audiences through the internet” states McMahon.

‘As The Road Unfolds’ won the Australian Country Music Peoples Choice Award for best album at the 2023  Tamworth music festival.

 

 

KARISE EDEN ‘Wild Hearts’ (Single)

Two-time ARIA No. 1 chart winner, Karise Eden, is thrilled to release her latest single, “Wild Hearts.” The song, which captures her incredible vocal range and features soaring melodies, offers listeners a glimpse into Karise’s personal happiness and love for her husband, Wade.

About “Wild Hearts”
Karise Eden’s “Wild Hearts” is a departure from her usual dark pop and heartbreak themes. This new single is a testament to her growth as an artist and an individual, showcasing a more positive and uplifting side of her music.

Karise shared the inspiration behind the song: ““I always used to rib my husband Wade, saying I’d pen him a cringe-worthy love tune one day, and it took me a good seven years, but here we are!,” she laughed. “In February 2024, I was on the road touring and had decided I would drive myself for the month’s run of shows. Long-distance driving on country highways is one of my favourite things. It had been a few years since I’d really been out on the road and had a lot of time to think, driving back and forth from Queensland to Victoria for shows.

“I remember this one day, out on the Newell Highway between Toowoomba, Queensland, and Dubbo, New South Wales, this urge hit me like a tonne of bricks to jump out of the car and belt out a tune on the border of a random farm!” she laughs at the memory.

“So, there I was, rolling through Moree (in New South Wales), heading south towards Victoria. I pulled over, grabbed my guitar, sang my heart out by the fence line of a stranger’s paddock, and bam, this song just kinda ‘fell out’ in about 10 minutes. As I was scribbling, I could practically hear the thunder of wild horses tearing through an open field. In hindsight, I recognise these feelings as my way of letting loose, finding a bit of bravery and love in the midst of it all.”

Karise hopes listeners will connect with the song’s themes of personal growth, freedom, and love. “It’s about letting go of all that baggage holding you back, being a bit wild, letting your hair down, accepting the past, and just living in the moment with a good heart. It’s all about personal growth, freedom, and love.”

Winter Tour 2024
Following a brief hiatus for necessary surgery, Karise Eden is back on the road, ready to reconnect with her fans on her 2024 Winter Tour. Joined by a guest guitarist, Karise will perform 12 dates across New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, and South Australia. This tour is a celebration of her resilience and dedication to her craft, featuring headline performances at metro, suburban, and regional venues. She will soon announce additional dates, extending the tour into spring.

LINK TO BUY/STREAM (pre-save available now) https://gyro.to/WildHearts

CONNECT WITH KARISE EDEN ONLINE: Linktr.ee

KARISE EDEN LIVE DATES:
NEW SOUTH WALES
Friday, July 19 (Bathurst)
With special guest Lueth Ajak
BMEC, 105 William Street, Bathurst
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: $45
Bookings

Saturday, July 20 (Bowral)
Bowral Bowling Club, 40 Shepherd St, Bowral
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: $44
Bookings

VICTORIA
Friday, August 9 (Melbourne)
Acrobat, 8 Arco Lane, Heatherton (18+)
Time: 6.30pm
Tickets: $82.50 (Dinner & Show)
Bookings

Saturday, August 10 (Melbourne)
Yarraville Club, 135 Stephen St, Yarraville (18+)
Time: 8.30pm (6.30 Dinner & Show)
Tickets: $30; $47; $96.50 (Dinner & Show)
Bookings

Friday, August 23 (Melbourne)
George Lane, 1 George Lane, St Kilda (18+)
Time: 8pm
Tickets: $40
Bookings

Saturday, August 24 (Birregurra)
Birregurra Hall, 42-44 Main St, Birregurra (18+)
Time: 8pm
Tickets: $42 (GA); $52 (Reserved seats)
Bookings

Sunday, August 25 (Ballarat)
Ballarat Blues Festival

TASMANIA
Thursday, July 4 (Hobart)
Republic Bar, 299 Elizabeth Street, Hobart (18+)
Time: 8pm
Tickets: $40
Bookings

Friday, July 5 (Devonport)
Frankie J’s, 13 Oldaker Street, Devonport (18+)
Time: 8pm
Tickets: $40.50
Bookings

Saturday, July 6 (Launceston)
The Royal Oak, 14 Brisbane Street, Launceston (18+)
Time: 9pm
Tickets: $39.00
Bookings

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Friday, July 12 (Adelaide)
Hahndorf Old Mill, 98 Main Street, Hahndorf (18+)
Time: 7pm
Tickets: $40
Bookings

Saturday, July 13 (Goolwa)
Murray Delta Juke Joint, 4 Dowdodd Crescent, Goolwa South (18+)
Time: 7pm
Tickets: $45
Bookings

Sunday, July 14 (Clare)
Greg Cooley Wines, 12 Main N Road, Clare (18+)
Time: 3pm
Tickets: $40
Bookings

 

THE DIRE STRAITS EXPERIENCE RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA

From sold out arena performances across Europe, and six years since their last visit to this part of the world, the celebrated and critically acclaimed The Dire Straits Experience is returning to Australia as part of their ‘Shiver in the Dark’ 2024 World Tour for three special east coast shows.

Saturday 19 October                           Sydney                        State Theatre
Tuesday 22 October                            Melbourne                  Palais Theatre
Wednesday 23 October                      Brisbane                      QPAC

Assembled by Brothers In Arms and On Every Street veteran Chris White and prodigious singer-guitarist Terence Reis, this world class ensemble reignites the greatest hits from Mark Knopfler’s platinum catalogue with the breathtaking skill and showmanship of the original 120-million-selling stadium phenomenon.

Money for Nothing, Walk of Life, So Far Away, Brothers in Arms, Sultans of Swing, Romeo and Juliet, Tunnel of Love, Telegraph Road, Private Investigations …and much more… in a two-hour show with full concert production.  The seven-piece ensemble has been handpicked from the highest echelons of the international touring circuit, with combined experience spanning Paul McCartney, Joe Cocker, Ray Charles, Roachford, Robbie Williams, ABC, Tears For Fears, and Mark Knopfler himself.

It has been more than 40 years since the opening line of Sultans Of Swing was first heard broadcast around the world. In the process, it introduced us to a majestic guitar player and songwriter in Mark Knopfler, and to what has become a musical universe unto itself: the music of Dire Straits.

Whilst Mark Knopfler and the band permanently parted ways in 1995, their music has never waned in popularity and continues to be heard on music platforms across the world. The Dire Straits Experience celebrates this musical legacy.

TOUR VIDEO HERE.

THE DIRE STRAITS EXPERIENCE TICKETS ON SALE FROM  www.direstraitsexperience.com.au

 

 

ANNIE HAMILTON ‘Slut Era’ (Single/Video)

Eora/Sydney-based multi-disciplinary artist Annie Hamilton shares her new single, ‘slut era’––an audacious anthem that boldly confronts and challenges patriarchal conventions, embodying themes of empowerment and rebellion. Describing the track as an “industrial-feminine-rage-pop song,” Hamilton deftly blends chaotic societal critiques with playful defiance, capturing the paradoxical nature of gendered expectations. LISTEN / WATCH

Reflecting on the inspiration behind the song, Hamilton shares, “slut era is an expression of the feeling of being bombarded with impossible patriarchal and societal standards. The chorus encapsulates the absurdity of these expectations – ‘gotta be shareable! vulnerable! fuckable! relatable! dinner-on-a-plateable! burn-her-at-the-stakeable!’ – It’s a commentary on the Madonna/whore complex, the inescapable pressures of social media and the inherent biases that women and femme-identifying people face.”

‘slut era’ intertwines jarring industrial rhythms with Hamilton’s signature sunshine gothic sonic and visual landscape, offering a nuanced auditory experience that prompts listeners to grapple with societal norms through a lens of feminism, fortitude, and the intricacies of contemporary womanhood. Despite this, the track is infused with a sense of IDGAF-playfulness, confidence and empowerment. Produced in partnership with Jake Webb of Methyl Ethel, the single incorporates unconventional sonic elements, featuring percussive textures fashioned from a vacuum cleaner and hammered metal bucket, adding layers of innovation to its evocative soundscape.

The single is accompanied by a bold and playful self-directed video featuring Hamilton playing the part of both the witch-hunter and the witch, wearing a hand-crafted outfit printed with the warped and melted ‘slut era’ lyrics. Speaking on the video, Annie elaborates, “I wanted the video to embody the contradictions that I explored in the song – the idea that you can be a victim of these societal pressures while simultaneously being an active participant in the perpetuation of them. I threw the hyper-feminine Sophia Coppola-esque glow, the over-exaggerated Tarantino-esque drama and the absurdity of 1970s surrealist cinema into the cauldron and set it alight. The outfit I created sits somewhere between medieval and avant-garde – I am literally wrapped head-to-toe in the lyrics of the song, torn into asymmetrical, deconstructed fragments to the point where they are illegible – a visual portrayal of the nonsensical and chaotic world of this song.”

‘slut era’ OUT NOW BUY/STREAM HERE

MORE INFORMATION: WEBSITE  INSTAGRAM  TIKTOK  SPOTIFY  BANDCAMP

 

 

NAILS ‘Give Me The Painkiller’ (Single) ‘Every bridge Burning’ (Album out August 30)

For the first time in over 8 years, the blistering assault on our nervous system that can only be described as the sound of NAILS, has reemerged. With Carlos Cruz on drums, Andrew Solis on Bass, Shelby Lermo on Guitars, and Todd Jones on guitar & vocals, the upcoming studio album, EVERY BRIDGE BURNING, will be revealed August 30th, 2024 via Nuclear Blast Records.

With the impending release of NAILS’ long-awaited, 4th full-length album, Every Bridge Burning, comes a new level of aggression. This week, the four-piece has revealed the 2nd single from the record, ‘Give Me The Painkiller’, a near 3-minute unrelenting blitzkrieg of unbridled, furious rage.

Set for release on August 30th from Nuclear Blast, Every Bridge Burning was produced by Kurt Ballou at God City Studio and is adorned with aptly diabolic artwork by Jef Whitehead. Their first record in 8 years features 10 tracks of unyielding, cataclysmic violence that can only be described as the sound of NAILS, as witnessed on the record’s opening track ‘Imposing Will.’

Stream the new single, ‘Give Me The Painkiller,’ now at:
https://nails.bfan.link/give-me-the-painkiller

Pre-order Every Bridge Burning: https://nails.bfan.link/every-bridge-burning

‘Give Me The Painkiller’ Visualizer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAmBKEDUG5M

Follow NAILS:
https://www.instagram.com/nailstyranny
https://www.facebook.com/NAILSoxnard
https://www.youtube.com/@nailstyranny
http://nailsmerch.com/

 

 

MICHAEL KIWANUKA  Floating Parade’ (Single)

Michael Kiwanuka returns with his powerful new single, Floating Parade. The track follows Michael’s recent return to the stage for a Summer of festival performances across the UK and Europe that included a stunning set on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage last month, where Floating Parade was first aired.

Underpinned by a driving bass line, a stirring flourish of strings, and capped by Michael’s distinctively phenomenal vocal, Floating Parade reunites the peerless British songwriter with the production team, Danger Mouse and Inflo, that has proven to be such a winning formula over his past two records.

The song itself is loosely written about utilising your senses to find an escape, particularly in oppressive circumstances, whether spiritually or physically. The floating parade is the metaphorical movement of taking yourself out of an uncomfortable situation and seeking comfort elsewhere, driven almost solely by the power of the mind.

In 2020, Michael’s widely acclaimed third album, 2019’s ‘KIWANUKA’, won the Mercury Prize and heralded his first Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album.

Floating Parade is his first new music since the release of standalone track “Beautiful Life” in 2021, for the Netflix documentary “Convergence: Courage in a Crisis” by the Oscar winning director, Orlando von Einsiedel.

In late September, following a series of festival performances, which includes a headline slot at Wilderness in Oxfordshire, Michael heads out on a 14-date joint headline tour of the US with Brittany Howard.

Listen to Floating Parade here

 

 

TOWNS ‘l8tely’ (Single)

Adelaide pop-punk, self-professed “two-piece puzzle”, TOWNS have shared their introspective new single ‘l8tely’ out now everywhere via Farmer & The Owl/BMG. Following on from recent single ‘Birthdays’ released in April, new single ‘l8tely’ takes inspiration from the iconic pop punk bands of the early 2000’s like Good Charlotte and Sum 41 that the guys had been spinning on repeat when working on the song. “‘l8tely’ is written about feeling like sh*t but being aware of it” TOWNS say. “It’s that introspective realisation of knowing you’re feeling a certain way and knowing how to fix it but not doing anything about it. Within reason, I think it’s healthy to wallow a little bit but not get too caught up in your own thoughts. We’ve been listening to heaps of Y2K pop-punk over the past year and it definitely reflects in this one.”

The new single follows on from TOWNS joining Australian punk legends Between You & Me on their national headline tour earlier this year in May playing to raucous, high energy crowds across the country. ‘l8tely’ also lands ahead of the duo jumping on tour with Trophy Eyes and Boston Manor playing as a special guest on their national headline tour coming up in August.

In 2018, TOWNS released their debut EP Television, which swept listeners off their feet from the first spin with its unique blend of 90s pop rock and Australiana.  Proving they love all things 90’s, the duo have even created a YouTube series TOWNS TV, hosting their own nostalgic TV show drawing inspiration from the ever-popular Cheez TV that captivated young Australian’s during the late 90’s. The duo has been named ‘Best Rock Group’ three years running for the South Australian Music Awards.

TOWNS continue to deliver their good-time vibes with their live shows. Over the past few years the pop punk duo have joined fellow Adelaideans Teenage Joans on a sold out co-headline tour, have hit the road for their own headline shows and supporting Ruby Fields, and played to packed out venues and bringing the high octane energy they are known for.  This is in addition to supports for Dune Rats, The Jungle Giants, WAAX, Bugs, Dear Seattle among many others. They have also been regulars on the festival circuit appearing on the bills of Yours & Owls Festival, Groovin The Moo, Falls Festival, NYE on the Hill and Spin Off Festival.

With no signs of slowing down 2024 is gearing up to be a huge year for the duo, with more new music and more electrifying live shows on the horizon (to be revealed soon…)

l8tely is out now via Farmer & The Owl/BMG.

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