German modern metal outfit VENUES released their fourth single ‘Mountains‘ from their upcoming album »Solace«, due for release on 27th August via Arising Empire. »Solace« comes as CD and limited colored vinyl and unique merch bundle – pre-orders available now!
In close cooperation with videographer Marius Milinski the story that began in their previous singles ‘Rite of Passage‘, ‘Shifting Colors‘ & ‘Uncaged Birds‘ goes on in another crazy and phenomenal music video which underlines this striking new single.
“For me,” Mountains “sums up the ups and downs of last year perfectly, but also the hope and confidence that the band gave me. For me, the song represents the inner struggle with myself and the resulting strength, about to grow out of it.” – Lela
From the depths of their deepest crisis, VENUES emerge victoriously, welcoming two new members – clean vocalist Lela and guitarist Valentin. When former vocalist Nyves quit the band mid-tour, following the release of their pivotal debut »Aspire« (2018), the modern metal juggernaut was shaken to the bone.
Despite this, the remaining members refused to give up and tirelessly searched for new talent. Following guitarist Constantin witnessing a performance of Lela at (of all places) at a STEEL PANTHER show, the band found their new clean vocalist.
VENUES went into the studio with producer Christoph Wieczorek (Annisokay) to record »Solace«, who coated their massive sound with a metallic alloy of remarkable precision.
“We wanted to be more metal,” Robin comments.“There were some pop sensibilities of Aspire we wanted to replace with rather the opposite.”
Melody and punch-drunk heaviness, metal and alternative rock, zeitgeist and authenticity, barbed choruses and unleashed creativity: with their soaring sophomore release, VENUES fulfill every single promise they gave on »Aspire«.
Lela | clean vocals
Robin | shouts
Constantin | guitar
Valentin | guitar
Dennis | drums
Musical authenticity that opens the heart – that is what distinguishes the artist Fish And Scale aka Roland Wälzlein. He loves to touch people deeply with his music and to evoke inner knowledge and wisdom in his listeners. His artistically arranged songs pay homage to life and reflect its deeper meaning. Sometimes powerful and passionate, sometimes subtle and soulful. And always a bit different, surprising and extraordinary.
Fish And Scale has a growing and dedicated fan base. He is attracting attention all over the world.
“My favorite independent folk artist.” Journalist and Emmy Award winner Michele Gillen, USA
“Rare and unique artist.” Wyatt Easterling, former A&R Manager Atlantik Records and award winning songwriter, USA
“I truly believe that music is the voice of nature. Fish And Scale is at the very epicentre of that voice.” Chas Burns, Actor, Writer, England
“People who hear his music are touched.” Lana Read, film director, USA
In France, Fish And Scale entered the iTunes singer/songwriter charts at number 15 this year. Furthermore, he provides the movie sound track for “Key Lime Voodoo” (Amazon Prime production).The music clip for the song “Dream” by Fish And Scale, created by the Spanish artist Laura Huerta, was a finalist at the Buenos Aires Music Festival.
In 2019, Fish And Scale was very successful with the “Songs from the Inner Child” from his last EP on the “Inner Child” tour through Germany and the Benelux countries.
Roland Wälzlein describes his music as Independent Folk Music with a mystical touch. It differs from conventional “folk music” in many aspects. meaningful lyrics also ensure recognition value. Typical is the intense and at the same time soulful voice, in which one can discover a slightly smoky Mick Jagger colouring. The often unusual song structure and the meaningful lyrics also ensure recognition value. As you immerse yourself in the songs of Fish And Scale a deeper dimension of music comes into play, which roots in the mystical secret of life.
What is the story behind this exceptional music?
Growing up in Franconia (a south part of Germany), as a six-year-old child Roland survived a serious heart operation. This life and death experience stayed with him all his life. Existential questions are reflected throughout his lyrics. A turning point was his first stay in a “silent retreat”, which completely changed his understanding of life.
Ultimately, Roland sums up these experiences in his latest studio album “You can Call Me LOVE”, which will be available on all streaming portals from May 28th, 2021. “LOVE means our pure, undisguised essence,” he reveals on the album. “When we are naked and pure, free from all collective narratives, from all our expectations of how life should be and all concepts in our mind, a deeper meaning shows up that we can call LOVE. The more we dive into this dimension, the more we feel happiness, love and the joy of simplicity. We realize that we are life itself.”
In this sense, “You Can Call Me LOVE” becomes the motto of Fish And Scale’s artistic expression. The “You Can Call Me LOVE“ album contains 11 expressive songs (including 2 bonus tracks) with a synergistic effect. 11 intimate musical encounters with life that put together the message of the album piece by piece. The tracks are about the search for truth, about longing and inner conflict, about wrong decisions, reversal and arriving. An inner dialogue with archetypal figures reveals itself and leads the listener into the wondrous world of fairy tales, mystics and wisdom teachers.
Fish And Scale below
It becomes obvious that the confrontation with one’s own shadows, even with the deepest unconsciousness, already carries the path to healing within itself Surprisingly, there is sometimes only a fine line between opposite poles such as right and wrong, strength and vulnerability, confusion and clarity, accusations and forgiveness, freedom and surrender, intensity and silence. One aspect of truthfulness and being “real” is not to deny or exclude either side.
Fish And Scale’s distinctive sound mirrors this by combining different stylistic elements into a harmonious totality full of surprising changes of intensity.Roland’s voice effortlessly oscillates between rough tenderness and elemental outbursts of power. Raw, pure notes merge with gentle melodies. Dreamy soundscapes develop a wild dynamic. “You Can Call Me LOVE“ dissolves dividing lines and thus not only provides a magical sound experience, but also gets its own, authentic expression.
The theme of authenticity runs like a thread through the new album and is explicitly taken up again in the second single released “Unmask Myself”. The song describes the inner liberation from self-imposed and socially imposed role specifications that often mask our true personality core beyond recognition. The key to happiness lies in the decision for true authenticity. Only when all invisible masks, (self)-deceptions and interpersonal barriers are allowed to disappear, real intimacy becomes possible and a deeply fulfilling letting go happens. This is what “Unmask Myself” is about.
The first single released, which is called “You Can Call Me LOVE” like the album, shows us a way to deeply felt joy of life; back to our unique inner radiance and a fulfilled life in self-empowerment and fellow humanity. It is the way into our heart.
Since the release of the first two album singles, interviews and reviews about Fish And Scale have been published in many different German and international music magazines and blogs. A worldwide promotion of the “You Can Call Me LOVE” tour is currently underway and has met with a great response. The “You Can Call Me LOVE” tour can be understood as a process of consciousness-raising that takes place inside each listener. The aim is to strengthen one’s own heart intelligence and to come closer to oneself again. The songs on the album describe the different steps of this inner musical journey.
When external circumstances allow it again, the “You Can Call Me LOVE” tour will be continued as a live tour.
With his outstanding musical potential, his open-hearted, amiable way of inspiring people and a lot of contagious soulfulness Fish And Scale is now well on the way to making it big internationally.
Last year, old friends Fraser (guitar/vocals) and Amelia (drums/vocals) reconnected after losing touch for many years. When lockdown hit, they began collaborating as a creative and cathartic outlet. Their musical partnership quickly developed into something bigger, writing 70 songs by June 2020. On Amelia’s return to Scotland, after eight months of writing together via video call, they finally had the opportunity to jam live and decided to form Midnight Ambulance.
In February 2021, they released their debut single ‘Black Gloves’ which quickly gained the attention of national media, including a BBC Scotland Introducing premiere, BBC Alba Single of the Week and The Scotsman on Sunday Artist of the Week, with 15+ national radio plays in the first fortnight from BBC Radio Scotland (Vic Galloway & BBC Introducing), BBC Alba (Rapal), Amazing Radio (Jim Gelletly & Charlie Ashcroft), and 70+ playlist features including Creative Scotland, Fathersunday (Fatherson) and Charlie Ashcroft’s Fresh Finds.
Midnight Ambulance below
“The debut single by Midnight Ambulance, Black Gloves is a brilliant first step. Ominous, looming and with a real sense of menace, the duo conjure a unique atmosphere with Amelia’s heartfelt vocal and pounding drums front and centre, elegantly accompanied by Fraser’s playing and production. This is a serious opening salvo and promises greatness in whatever they do next. As a listener, I am excited and slightly scared!!” Vic Galloway, BBC Radio Scotland.
“Amelia’s voice is sort of angelic which kind of doesn’t go with the darker music but in a really good way, it really works. Definitely going to keep an eye on these guys.” Shereen Cutty, BBC Introducing.
“Amelia’s angelic vocals delivered against a dark, enveloping instrumental, one driven by throbbing guitars and unconventional rhythm patterns. Inspired by lockdown and its effect on their personal relationships, it’s a hypnotic listen and a mesmerising debut.” (Tenement TV)
Midnight Ambulance ‘5 AM’ is out now on all streaming services. Official single artwork below
Today, Natalie Imbruglia has announced her forthcoming new album, Firebird, set for release on September 24 via BMG. Alongside the announcement, Natalie has shared the first single taken from the album, the instantly catchy ‘Build It Better’, accompanied by the single’s official video (out tonight here) bringing a touch of La La Land to Nell’s Cafe.
New album Firebird was written in an array of international locations alongside Albert Hammond Jr of The Strokes, Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers, KT Tunstall, Eg White (Adele, Dua Lipa, Sam Smith), Luke Fitton (Little Mix, Girls Aloud), Fiona Bevan (One Direction, Ed Sheeran), Rachel Furner (Little Mix, Jason Derulo, Craig David) and more, touching on themes of independence, vulnerability, the juxtaposition of strength and fragility, revealing Natalie’s newfound sense of confidence.
In contrast, the album was almost entirely recorded in lockdown, produced remotely by Natalie and My Riot with additional production from Albert Hammond Jr, Gus Oberg (The Strokes, Albert Hammond Jnr) and Romeo Stodart (Magic Numbers).
Discussing the album, Natalie says “Making this album has been such a profound and satisfying experience. Having gone through a long period of what essentially was writer’s block, it was sometimes hard to envisage getting to this place. Before the pandemic, I started the process of writing this album in London and soon after, I headed to Nashville. With each session and new collaborator, I started to gain confidence, find my voice again, and craft the sound and style that felt authentic to me. It’s been such a privilege to work with such an array of talent on Firebird. I just can’t wait for people to finally hear it.”
New single ‘Build It Better’ is the first to be lifted from the forthcoming Firebird. Though unintentional, it could be about a world recovering from a pandemic. Natalie describes the single as “surrendering to the chaos and seeing what’s on the other side of it is a good life lesson. Letting something fall apart, and being okay with that, is something that I have had to do in my life, numerous times, but especially moving into this record and becoming a mum. So, I’m really excited about that song, and about the video, which is total escapist fun – the world needs that right now.”
Firebird will be available on CD (Standard & Deluxe) limited signed CD (Standard & Deluxe), limited blue Vinyl and Digitally via BMG on September 24.
About Natalie Imbruglia
Natalie Imbruglia was propelled into the limelight in the nineties, kicking off her career in music with the chart-topping ‘Torn’, reaching #2 on the UK Singles Chart, #1 airplay around the world and #1 on the Billboard Airplay chart for 14 weeks, with more than a million copies sold in the UK alone. The single was taken from her subsequent 1997 album Left Of The Middle which went on to sell over 7 million copies worldwide. Natalie went on to release studio albums White Lilies Island in 2001, Counting Down The Days in 2005 which charted at #1 in the UK Albums Charts, and Come To Life in 2009, before releasing an album of covers entitled Male in 2014. Natalie has accumulated sales of over 10 million albums and 1 billion streams, 5 x UK Top 10 singles, 10 x UK Top 40 singles, 1 x UK #1 album, 3 x UK Top 10 albums, 2 x BRIT Awards, 8 x ARIA Awards, 3 x MTV Music Awards, 1 Billboard Music Award, 3 x Grammy Award nominations and more.
Off the back of the successful release of their last EP, Mantell returns with a mesmerising new single teaming up with Melbourne based singer, Stella Dunai of Empress.
Honest and vulnerable, Mantell showcase the evolution of their songwriting with latest single ‘Dear Mia’, an earnest description of a fragmented relationship “Oh the friendships, I miss the friendships and the fights”. Recorded at the band’s own studio – West End Recordings, Mantell enlisted the mesmerising voice of Stella Dunai to help create their powerful new single.
‘Dear Mia’ is a retrospective look into a fragmented relationship and the piecing together of the broken pieces. Mantell explores the regrets and self-reflection one has when they question where and how everything went wrong “How can I trust what you said when everything you’ve done gone to waste”. Their new single sees Mantell adapt a stripped-back composition while expertly building a cinematic and emotive journey.
June will see Mantell performing shows for the first time since heavy lockdown laws. Celebrating the release of ‘DearmMia’ alongside some of each city’s finest local talent. An unmissable opportunity to see one of Melbourne’s most promising new names thriving.
MANTELL ‘DEAR MIA’ TOUR DATES
Saturday, June 19th Transwel’s Commercial Hotel
Saturday, July 17th The Curtain Hotel
Praise for MANTELL
“Its the gentle heartache we all need from time to time, for me.”
– Triple J, Nkechi Anele
“It cruises but never lacks direction, a sprawling new one from Mantell thats gonna get people closing
their eyes and getting lost in it.”
“A moody, emotional, final scene in the movie type song from Mantell right here. gorgeous stuff!”
– Triple J, Declan Byrne
“Blissfully chilled out. Going back in for another dip now.”
“This one reaches a well earned four stars as Mantell control the brooding psych-y build up carefully.”
– Triple J Unearthed, Dave Ruby Howe
“Yeah this is sick, wanna fight about it.”
– Triple J, Tommy Faith
“In just two songs, Mantell achieves what many struggle to on full-lengths with ten or more tracks. The
cohesion between The Fog‘s two tracks is virtually flawless.”
– Doyle Smith, Velvet Independent
“The Fog is one of the best Unearthed songs I’ve heard in a long time. It’s a perfect blend of soul and alt- country. Plus,
features a perfect contrast in its intimate moments to its epic large scale instrumental breakdowns.”
– Lochie Stevens, 2RRR
“With their latest single ‘Can I Set It Right’, Mantell prove they’re well on their way to securing a place as one of the most exciting
up-and-comers to navigate their way through Melbourne’s notoriously overwhelming music scene.”
Sydney-based pop-punk quintet A Swift Farewell have returned with a new line up and a blistering new single ‘Mousetrap’ – produced and mixed by Mark Williamson (Inertia, Far Away Stables, Closure).
‘‘Mousetrap’ kicks off with muted guitar and the congruent vocals of Emma Mather, before gritty bass and bolstering drums propel the song into its virulent chorus. Intricate dynamics and cunning instrumentation spotlight the group’s chemistry, while delicate synths add diversity throughout the arrangement. Amidst the band’s animated signature sound, the lyrics explore the song’s profound underlying message.
Accompanying the release is the effervescent music video. Filmed, directed and edited by Robbie Walcott, the clip shows the band members finding themselves at the mercy of evil scientists. They are anesthetised and cloned before a childish mistake allows hilarity and farce to ensue. Featuring ambiguous filming techniques and a convoluted plot, the video accurately encapsulates the band’s quirky personality.
Bassist Sarah Bonnet talks about the meaning behind ‘Mousetrap’
“’Mousetrap’ is about feeling trapped in a relationship in which you are not able to give some-one the time and attention they demand from you and feeling burnt out from trying. In the end, the person doesn’t notice they are asking too much from you and you feel yourself grow emotionally distant from them.”
A Swift Farewell below
Previous single ‘Save Yourself’ was widely embraced by Spotify and Australian radio stations triple j Unearthed and The Faction. The band have also received support from the likes of Alternative Press (USA), Wall of Sound, and Hysteria Magazine.
SUPPORT FOR PREVIOUS RELEASES ‘THE FIRE’ AND ‘SAVE YOURSELF’
“From heart wrenching to head banging, the band ticks off every facet of pop punk.”
Alternative Press (USA)
“High-energy brand of emo, power pop doesn’t stray too far from Aussie favs.”
Wall Of Sound (AUS)
“It feels like you’ve packed the biggest amp you can find and climbed to the top of a moun-tain to blast this punk / emo / pop mix to the masses!” – 4/5 stars
Declan Byrne – triple j (AUS)
Added to Spotify’s playlists ‘New Punk Tracks, ‘Pop Punk’s Not Dead’
Since their inception, A Swift Farewell have traversed the East-Coast of Australia, selling out headline shows and sharing the stage with Australian behemoths Hands Like Houses, along with local heavyweights Young Lions and FANGZ.
Kiwi new-wave indie-soul 4-piece SOULDROP will release their brand new & much anticipated EP ‘Gypsy Lizard King’ via label Meow on Friday June 18. Featuring the stunningly smooth singles ‘Cadet’ & ‘Jive’, this latest EP release furthers their reputation as a talented band on the rise. Currently making waves in the Australasian music scene, Souldrop have drawn favourable comparisons to acts like Ocean Alley, San Cisco and Saskwatch, with frontwoman Anna Benneto’s magnetic vocals the perfect pairing to the indie-soul jams of Finn Perring (guitar/ bass), Fin Gilzean (guitar) and Elliot Millar (drums).
Renowned for their summery surf rock, Souldrop have developed a genre-bending sound, infusing elements of reggae, rock, pop, jazz, funk and a dash of psychedelic lemon. Not afraid to experiment with different instruments to get the right groove, they’re a group that embraces musical diversity.
‘An experimental band blending genres seamlessly’ – Sniffers (NZ)
‘This band excels at indie soul grooves…’ – thecarousel.com
Having just recently dropped addictive singles ‘Jive’, ‘Cadet’ and ‘Trip’, the band are set to take the next step in their musical journey with latest EP ‘Gypsy Lizard King’. Originally from Christchurch, the band relocated to Wellington to pursue musical opportunities, and have since thrived. Releasing two EP’s in consecutive years (2017’s ‘Hazy Days’ and 2016’s self-titled EP), they suddenly found themselves with a keen fanbase, with single ‘Out of Mind’ earning over 1 million Spotify streams. Capitalising on this newfound popularity, they have used the energy of their fans, translating that spirit into captivating and exhilarating live shows, and earning them tour slots with notable bands including There’s A Tuesday, Great Gable, Dolphin Friendly and The Butlers.
With a solid 2021 touring & release schedule, and the promise of even more new music in the coming months, there’s no better time to immerse yourself in the indie-soul grooves of Souldrop.
‘Gypsy Lizard King’ EP – Tracklist
1 – Trip
2 – Jive
3 – Gypsy Lizard King
4 – Cadet
5 – Sober October
Frontier Touring are delighted to announce award-winning singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke’s Child In ReverseTour, taking place across September, October, November and December 2021! Joined by her six-piece band, the tour will see Kate play regional towns and cities across Australia, performing 15 shows over four months.
“It has felt like an eternity waiting for this tour to begin. I’ll be playing with my favourite musicians and we are bursting with joy and excitement at the prospect of hitting the road again after so long. We will be premiering some brand new material plus selecting some deep cuts from the back catalogue, as well as celebrating some old favourites.
Playing live has always been a pivotal part of what I do – the connection with you all and sharing loved moments in time and space. This one is going to be special.”
Miller-Heidke will take to the stage in Cairns, Darwin, Sydney, Wollongong, Western Sydney, Newcastle, Bendigo, Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Warragul, Geelong, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth and Swan Valley.
Kate Miller-Heidke below
‘With a range that extends beyond the operatic and into the stratospheric, Kate Miller-Heidke may be a vocal show pony but she is certainly not of the one-trick variety. She is equal measures quirky alt-pop princess, musical theatre songwriter, empowered protest singer, classical diva and yearning folk balladeer.’
– ★★★★★ The Adelaide Advertiser
Trained as a classical singer at the Queensland Conservatorium, Kate’s work is as diverse as her voice. She has performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, dazzled in several roles for the English National Opera, won four Helpmann Awards for her debut opera as a composer, ‘The Rabbits’, written the music and lyrics (with her collaborator Keir Nuttall) to ‘Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical’ and represented Australia at Eurovision in 2019 with her original song ‘Zero Gravity’ – coming first in her semi-final and achieving a top ten placing in the Grand Final.
‘Impossible to pigeon-hole, the multi-talented artist offered an
evening that mixed pop delight and cabaret intrigue.’
Kate has been nominated for ARIAs in categories varying from Best Pop Release, Best Adult Contemporary Album, Best Classical Album, Best Cast Recording, Best Comedy Release and Best Australian Live Act.
‘Miller-Heidke always seems to have another vocal gear – and she works as effectively both in taking things up a notch, or moving into more delicate territory. Such was the case with the inevitable encore, her Eurovision entry, ‘Zero Gravity’, which took on an entirely new and poignant dimension….’
Kate Miller-Heidke below
Frontier Members can access their pre-sale from Monday 21 June, before tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday 23 June. Secure tickets early to avoid missing out on this power-house voice!
Kate Miller-Heidke will also perform at two CELLAR DOOR SERIES shows, one at Victoria’s Rochford Wines and one at Western Australia’s Nikola Estate. Developed by the team behind Australia’s iconic outdoor summer concert series a day on the green, the CELLAR DOOR SERIES offers an up-close, intimate, boutique experience adjacent to the cellar doors of some of the most picturesque wineries across the country, featuring a day on the green’s trademark good food, fine wine and great music in magnificent locations.
VIDEO: ‘Deluded’ by Kate Miller-Heidke
KATE MILLER-HEIDKE CHILD IN REVERSE TOUR
SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER 2021
The video for the single dropped on Tuesday morning Australian Time at Slipknot’s Festival KNOTFEST’s music blog! The band were also announced to be playing at Knotfest’s Pulse of the Maggots streaming festival at their twitch channel on 25th June from 3pm PT (Saturday morning 26th June 8am Australian AEST). Their set will be streamed alongside bands like Hyro The Hero, As Everything Unfolds, Lotus Eater and more.
The band says that the new song “…is a narrative which explores our protagonist’s state of mind and his internal conflict when found at a crossroad in his life. The result of his devastating actions has him struggling to understand the fallout. What has lead him here in this moment to have “blood on his hands”? The song explores how he struggles with conflicting voices trying to determine whether the outcome was justified or damning.”
‘I, Exist (Voices)’ was written by Druid & The Loud Noise Estate. Evan Lee and Ash Daws from The Loud Noise Estate also produced, mixed, and mastered the track.
Music Feeds described their previous single ‘DTHBLW’ as “A spectacularly twisted mash of nu-metal and metalcore, the maniacal track jerks you around like an out-of-control speed coaster before crushing you with its raw emotional weight.”
Later this year, the band will collect the singles already out (Room 44, DTHBLW and now I, Exist (Voices)) into a release entitled ‘The Beauty and The Decay’. More details will be revealed as the year progresses.
Each of the singles’ cover art brings the viewer/listener one step closer to the final view – with each piece of art stepping through a new door, bringing the final image and full view into focus.
Druid’s singles ‘Room 44’ and ‘DTHBLW’ received play on triple J’s The Racket with Lochlan Wattwith DTHBLW getting a follow up play on Richard Kingsmill’s 2021 show on triple J, added to rotation on The Faction and a tonne of spins on MMM Hard N Heavy!
“Amongst the most brilliant names of Australia’s dance music space” – Pilerats
“Cinematic ambient experience” – Purple Sneakers
“Soaring” – NME Aus
In a time where we are all in need of some good news, Soothsayer are thrilled to today release Juno Mamba’s exceptional sophomore EP Freedom, with a spotlight on his explosive new track ‘Frequency’. The release also comes with headline shows in Melbourne and Ballarat this August.
‘Frequency’ is trademark Juno Mamba. It’s driving urgency and purpose, with a pulsating acid undertone relishes in the emotional dance palette that has become synonymous with Juno Mamba. A track that will surely become an instant live highlight in his full band live show next month, ‘Frequency’ reminds us not only where Juno Mamba has come from, but what universe he is building, one that’s all his own.
LISTEN: ‘Frequency’ by Juno Mamba above
Opening track and first single ‘Siargao Dreams’ is named after the Philippine Islands surfing capital, which Vinci made his first-ever trip to in 2019. Born in nearby Cagayan de Oro and then raised in Ballarat from the age of five, the pilgrimage back to his family’s homeland was a chance to explore the history of his father, of which he knew little about. He reveals, “The emotional connection I felt as soon as I got there was incredible. For the first time, I felt like I belonged and I was free from judgement. I wanted this song to feel exploratory and in a dream-like state.”
On ‘1996 (feat. ANTONMOND)’, Vinci reflects on his childhood. He recalls “I can remember that year vividly as a sports fan, because of the Atlanta Olympic Games. I have a lot of happy and naive memories but looking back, there were also a lot of difficult moments trying to fit in culturally.” It also marks Juno Mamba’s first-ever artist collab, with Naarm/Melbourne vocalist ANTONMOND. A match made in a warehouse somewhere in heaven, the track is straight 90s rave at its finest. Like an Antipodean nod to artists such as Underworld, Orbital and Chemical Brothers, the fist pumping vocal chant serves as an elegiac ode to the power that memory can hold.
As a curtain call on the immersive listen is the final track ‘Slow Malady’, which leans on emotion and experience. A more downbeat number on the EP and serving as a beautiful palate cleanser after the rave that was ‘1996’. Not only an incredibly emotive listen, the track acts as an aural journey to a very personal story of Juno Mamba finding out during his first trip to Siargao that his Papa’s health was in a serious condition. He describes this as “a surreal experience visiting a place where he was born and raised, which I was only starting to discover, then being told this jarring news. I wanted to convey the sense of freedom and positive energy he displayed when I saw him.”
Musically, the four songs on Freedom demonstrate Juno Mamba’s advancing capabilities as a producer and musician, crafting textured electronic sounds for the head and heart, as much as the feet. Mixing two of its four songs himself, he revels equally in slow-build moments as he does headrush highs, and in the freedom the EP title implies. Juno Mamba surmises, “The journey has been far from perfect, but I’m in a place of peace.”
Siargao Dreams’, ‘1996 (feat. ANTONMOND)’ and ‘Slow Malady’ have garnered support from BBC Radio 1 (‘Siargao Dreams’ was featured as their ‘Chillest Record’ back in March), Double J, Triple R, Soundcloud, Amazon, Spotify, Apple, Pilerats, NME AU and Purple Sneakers. They have also received love from RÜFÜS DÜ SOL, Tchami, Qrion, Bob Moses, Lane 8, Eelke Klein and Moullinex amongst others.
A step up in production and sound, Freedom straddles the lines of deep yet emotive dance music. It serves as the perfect vessel for Juno Mamba to bring back the applauded live show to crowds in Victoria this August (with more shows to be announced), and Soothsayer could not be more excited.
“The way a drum machine and a couple of synths can conjure up certain thoughts and images is pretty f***ing magical. Listening to these songs, Vin creates new worlds and invites me away with each of them… Whether it’s a sweaty warehouse rave (1996), a heady nighttime trip through the city (Frequency) or sunrise swims in the ocean the following morning (Slow Malady), this EP has the potential to transport you to another place. I like that and I reckon you will too (hopefully).”
– Chris Rigney (Soothsayer)
JUNO MAMBA FREEDOM EP TOUR DATES
(+ more to be announced!)
Melbourne powerhouse heavy quartet To Octavia are sharing their infectious second single, “Sleep”, from forthcoming EP ‘Somewhere In A World, Not Of The Dream’ and are accompanying the release with their most energetic and attitude-filled video to date.
Followingon from previous single “The Sound Of The Rain”, “Sleep” is another groovy heavy hitter, exploring the notion of avoiding problems and distracting oneself with vices that ultimately make things worse in the end. Produced, mixed and mastered by Chris Lalic (Windwaker, The Last Martyr, Rumours), this is the second release from To Octavia’s upcoming EP, out Friday July 16.
To Octavia teamed up with long-term collaborator Colin Jeffs for a music video that compliments the theme of the track, demonstrating unhealthy habits and coping mechanisms, careless characteristics and glitched out effects that echo a destructive state of mind. Watch here.
To Octavia announced their own headline show to celebrate the release of “The Sound Of The Rain” and to showcase their new sound. The show was rescheduled to Saturday June 26 due to Victorian restrictions. The Motion Below and The Last Martyr will play support for the band at Cherry Bar. Tickets here!
“The Sound Of The Rain” lead the way for the bands sophomore EP, making its debut on triple j Unearthed TOPs. Shortly after premiere the track was added to Unearthed rotation, received a number of rave reviews on the band’s Unearthed page, has been played on Short. Fast. Loud, The Racket, Home and Hosed, Lunch and 2021 with Richard Kingsmill. On top of all the triple j love, the track made its television debut on Channel 7 Friday Night Football (Richmond vs Brisbane Lions) and has cracked tens of thousands of Spotify streams in just a few weeks.
To Octavia is an Australian alternative metal group consisting of vocalist Merry Kirk-Holmes, guitarists Molly Congreve and Justin Keurntjes, and drummer Lucas Keurntjes. The band started in mid-2018 with the release of their debut single “After All”. Then in early 2019, they dropped their debut EP ‘Nocturnal’ which garnered attention from Alternative Press who commented: “the band prove that metalcore is alive and well.”
2020 was well spent working towards their sophomore EP that takes To Octavia’s melodic sound and builds on it tenfold. To Octavia recently wrapped up a couple of support,
“Sleep” and “The Sound Of The Rain” are out now and available on all streaming platforms. ‘Somewhere in a World, Not of the Dream’ will be available Friday July 16!
To Octavia ‘Sleep’ is out now. Official single artwork below
CHUNK! NO, CAPTAIN CHUNK! — Bertrand Poncet, vocals; Éric Poncet, guitar; Paul Cordebard, guitar; Mathias Rigal, bass; and Bastien Lafaye, drums — have just shared the video for the anthemic and inescapably dancey title track of their upcoming fourth albumGone Are The Good Days, out July 30 on Fearless Records.
The video features the band in performance mode, Sheriff Woody from Toy Story, and a love story told through old school media such as VHS tapes and cassettes.
“Gone Are the Good Days perfects the Paris-based band’s DNA-distinct blend of “easycore.” It’s teeming with incredibly catchy jams that invite you to pump your fist in the air, sing along, and to dance like no one is watching! It will serve as the soundtrack to your next party. Pre-order it here.”
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! previously shared the video for first single “Bitter.”
Gone Are The Good Days follows Get Lost, Find Yourself (2015), Pardon My French (2013), and Something For Nothing (2010).
Because of the pandemic, the writing process for Gone Are The Good Days happened remotely: Bert and Bastien handled most of that initial work, then swapped files with their bandmates, who were scattered in other areas. The members of Chunk! were able to connect in person for a short stint at Alias Studio in January 2021 — the first time they’d all been in the same room for the last four years. Making Gone Are The Good Days was a redemption in numerous ways.
“The album was a way for us to turn the 2020 bullshit into a better mindset,” Bert says. “To give us a better future.” Chunk pulled off a magic trick with their long-awaited fourth LP: staying true to their pop punk path, while finding brand new avenues to travel down.
‘Gone Are The Good Days’ will be available Friday July 30 via Fearless Records/Virgin Australia. Pre-Order at https://found.ee/gatgd. Official single artwork above
GONE ARE THE GOOD DAYS’
“Drift Away” “Gone Are The Good Days” “Marigold” “Made For More” “True Colors” “Good Luck” “Complete You” “Blame It On This Song” “Painkillers” “Tongue Tied” “Fin.”
100s + 1000s are elated to announce the sophomore EP from Melbourne/Naarm rising star D’Arcy Spiller – Disarray is out Friday 6 August. Premiered overnight by Richard Kingsmill on triple j, D’Arcy Spiller shares the EP’s showstopper ‘K Karma’, with a hypnotic video directed by Madeleine Purdy (Flowerkid, Gordi) and announces her debut headline tour in August.
‘K Karma’ could not come at a more pertinent time, with her home state undergoing its fourth Covid lockdown in 14 months, D’Arcy Spiller releases a searing observation on how ignorance has a way of coming back to bite us. Written amid the mayhem of 2020, D’Arcy took pause and reflected on our historic treatment of our planet and refusal to change our destructive ways, coming to the conclusion that Mother Nature had finally had enough.
‘Karma’s coming for us / we’re running but she’s catching up.’
WATCH: ‘K Karma’ by D’Arcy Spiller above
Co-written with Ali Barter and Holy Holy’s Oscar Dawson, ‘K Karma’ cements D’Arcy status as one to watch in 2021. With ‘K Karma’ she stands centre stage, in front of a hefty production, offering one of her most sophisticated and catchy tracks to date.
D’Arcy first burst into our hearts in 2019 with her crushing debut single ‘Cry All Night’ which peaked at #9 on triple j’s Unearthed Chart. In 2020 she released her debut EP Little Demons which featured powerful follow up ‘Wildfire’, closely followed by the spine tingling ‘Deep Black Sea’ ,which earned her triple j Unearthed Feature artist and an add to rotation at triple j.
In 2021, D’Arcy came back swinging with her new single ‘Wolf Blood’ which was added to rotation at triple j and saw international airtime on Amazing Radio (UK). The track exploded on streaming platforms, seeing cross-genre playlist additions to playlists like Spotify’s The New Alt which has over 1 million subscribers, and securing D’Arcy a loyal fanbase of listeners worldwide and culminating in a sold-out hometown (Naarm) show.
D’Arcy Spiller – Disarray
EP out 6 August 2021 through 100s + 1000s
D’Arcy Spiller – Disarray tracklisting:
1. Wolf Blood
2. In Another Life
3. Forgot Your Meds
4. K Karma
Forthcoming EP Disarray is a peak into the “hidden depths of her inner self”, as D’Arcy explains. Sometimes upbeat, sometimes quite dark, the EP is an honest and authentic reflection of the times we live in, as uncomfortable as that might be.
EP closer, ‘K Karma’ is a song about uncomfortable truths, packaged in an absolute belter from the Melbourne songwriter. D’Arcy will take her new material on tour this August, with shows in Brisbane, Castlemaine, Sydney, and Melbourne.
D’ARCY SPILLER DISARRAY EP DATES: Tickets on sale at now
Metallic Hardcore outfit ‘Sedative’ are Perth, Western Australia’s newest heavy exports! Today, they are releasing their debut single and video – ‘Cough Medicine’! It is available on all online stores and streaming platforms now at http://ffm.to/sedative_cough.
Previously known as Grenade Brain, the band have re-branded to bring #PerthMisery to the world. On May 11, they released the following statement: ” . ‘ ℎ ℎ ℎ ℎ ℎ ℎ . ℎ ℎ ℎ ℎ ℎ ℎ . ℎ ℎ ℎ’ . ℎ ”
Sedative is an amalgamation of heavy music created by 5 individuals from a plethora of influential backgrounds – Sonically ranging from slam to modern metallic hardcore, and touching on themes such as despondency, grief and personal turmoil. Sedative seek to create a viscerally confronting atmosphere in their music through exploration of heavy themes, as well as creative and unique twists on the tropes of modern heavy music.
Vocalist Matthew Daly says that this debut single ‘Cough Medicine’ is “…about the agony that is presented from not coping with something. Lyrically speaking, the song talks about abusing alternate methods of release, to escape the turmoil that one may be dealing with, whilst also touching on the unfortunate mental state that can be brought on as a result of both the situation to begin with, and also the poor means of coping.”
*’Cough Medicine’ features an array of dark, ambient spaces scattered amongst the onslaught of heavy music to create dynamic moments of breathing room for the listener.
The band have also announced that they are playing their debut shows as Sedative in Western Australia with two shows alongside fellow heavy hitters Vengeance June 25 and 26 in Perth and Bunbury.
The new track comes with a hard-hitting clip – Directed by André Avila & Matthew Daly, Filmed by Sarah Avila, André Avila & Matthew Daly and was Edited & Colour Graded by André Avila . The song was Recorded by Ilija Stajic (Illyria) for instrumentals and Luke Green for Vocals, then Mixed andMastered by Modern Nihilism Recordings.
Sedative (below) are Matthew Daly (Vocals), Raphael Abadi (Guitar), André Avila (Guitar/Vocals), Ryan Spencer (Bass/Vocals) and Nathan Wolfenden (Drums).
Sedative’s debut single ‘Cough Medicine’ is out now on all digital stores and streaming platforms at https://ffm.to/sedative_cough. Tickets are available now for their debut shows as Sedative at their Events Page.
Sydney trio Mansionair today share the second cut from their forthcoming album due later in the year. The new song, ‘Don’t Wait’ arrives just in time for the band’s imminent run of dates along the east coast – their first run of headline shows since August 2019.
The perfect combination of Mansionair’s trademark dreamy soundscapes, an irresistible beat and a silky groove, ‘Don’t Wait’ was co-produced by the band and accomplished UK producer, Jon Gilmore (The 1975). It follows on from the release of the epic ‘MORE’ in February and arrives with a poetic music video from Sydney creative Courtney Brookes that is sure to appeal to the dancer in us all.
WATCH: ‘Don’t Wait’ by Mansionair
On the meaning behind the song, singer Jack Froggatt shares:
“This song is about confronting the demise of a relationship, letting go of past versions of yourself – mistakes and all – and finding freedom in that fact. It’s a song asking for honesty from your partner and from yourself, to rip the band-aid off and not stretch out an inevitable ending. It’s the joy in moving on and embracing the great unknown.”
Coming off tours with some of the biggest acts in the world (Florence and the Machine, CHVRCHES), Mansionair released their debut album Shadowboxer in March 2019. A triple j feature album, Shadowboxer was written and self-produced by the band, the culmination of a journey that started with a viral hit single and led to high profile collaborations, including a Grammy-nomination for their single with Odesza in ‘Line of Sight’, gold ARIA-accredited tracks in ‘Easier’ and ‘Astronaut (Something About Your Love)’, Billboard charting singles and over 250 million streams across DSPs.
Following the release of ‘Don’t Wait’, Mansionair will return to local stages this June and July, with a run of shows across Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. First shows in Melbourne and Sydney have already sold-out, with second dates on-sale now.
Friday June 25 | The Factory Theatre, Sydney – Early Show
Friday June 25 | The Factory Theatre, Sydney – Late Show (SOLD OUT)
Thursday July | The Triffid, Brisbane (SOLD OUT)
Friday July 9 | Night Cat, Melbourne – Early Show
Friday July 9 | Night Cat, Melbourne – Late Show (SOLD OUT)
Mansionair – ‘Don’t Wait’ Out now through Liberation Records. Buy/stream here Official single artwork above