2021 TOYOTA AFL GRAND FINAL WEST AUSTRALIAN TALENT TO LEAD ALL-AUSTRALIAN LINE UP FOR TELSTRA AFL PRE-MATCH AND HALF TIME SHOWS

2021 TOYOTA  AFL GRAND FINAL WEST AUSTRALIAN TALENT TO LEAD ALL-AUSTRALIAN LINE UP FOR TELSTRA AFL PRE-MATCH AND HALF TIME SHOWS

2021 TOYOTA AFL GRAND

FINAL WEST AUSTRALIAN

TALENT TO LEAD ALL-AUSTRALIAN

LINE UP FOR TELSTRA AFL

PRE-MATCH AND

HALF TIME SHOWS

 


 

The AFL is pleased to announce an all-Australian line-up will perform at the Telstra AFL Pre-Match and Telstra AFL Half-Time Shows ahead of the 2021 Toyota AFL Grand Final on Saturday September 25.

 

The Telstra AFL Pre-Match Show will feature a host of local Western Australian artists including alternative singer-songwriter John Butler, Fremantle’s ARIA-award winning alternative rock band Eskimo Joe, guitar-slinging multi-award-winning artist Abbe May, critically acclaimed musician Stella Donnelly, multi-award-winning duo Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse and sisters Donna Simpson and Vikki Thorn from much-loved Australian Folk-Rock group The Waifs.

 

Men at Work’s lead singer and successful solo artist Colin Hay will also feature in the Telstra AFL Pre-Match Show as well as proud Yolngu man, rapper and Young Australian of the Year, Danzal Baker OAM- known as Baker Boy.

 

The Telstra AFL Half-Time Show will feature hometown favourites and popular contemporary rock band Birds of Tokyo alongside the West Australian Symphony Orchestra who will entertain fans in a spectacular performance under lights.

 

In addition, September favourite Mike Brady AM will conduct a special performance remotely from Melbourne.

 

The Welcome to Country will be conducted by proud Noongar man of the South-West region Richard Wally OAM, while the Australian national anthem will be performed by Perth-born Musical Theatre Star and leading lady of Phantom of the Opera, Amy Manford.

 

AFL Executive General Manager Customer and Commercial Kylie Rogers said the first 2021 Toyota AFL Grand Final held in Perth was a great opportunity to showcase the best Western Australian music talent.

 

“After the success of a local all-Australian line-up at last year’s Grand Final in Queensland, we know there is incredible support to bring together home-grown talent again this year.

 

“The 2021 Telstra AFL Pre-Match and Half-Time Shows will celebrate Australian anthems and showcase a host of Western Australia music talent who are all incredibly excited to play in front of a full-house on home soil,” Ms. Rogers said.

 

“This year’s line-up features artists spanning across multiple generations, so we’re confident there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

 

“I’d like to thank our longstanding partner Telstra for their support in bringing the 2021 Telstra AFL Pre-Match and Half-Time Shows to life which highlights their ongoing commitment to connecting Australians and their long-term support for Australian sport and the arts.”

 

Telstra Group Executive Consumer & Small Business Michael Ackland said the 2021 Telstra AFL Pre-Match and Half-Time Shows highlighted its purpose of building a connected future for all Australians.

 

“Telstra has been a proud partner of the AFL’s for almost two decades and we’re thrilled to present the 2021 Telstra AFL Pre-Match and Half-Time Shows which will showcase some of our country’s top music talent.

 

“The all-Australian line-up for this year’s AFL entertainment aligns with our recent ‘Australia is why’ campaign which highlights our purpose behind why we do what we do,” Mr. Ackland said.

 

“Telstra is passionate about supporting sport and the arts, so we are excited to bring these two passions together in the 2021 Telstra AFL Pre-Match and Half-Time Shows in what is sure to be a wonderful spectacle.”

 

The 2021 Telstra AFL Pre-Match Show will commence at 4:15pm (AWST), with both the Telstra AFL Pre-Match and Half-Time Shows broadcast nationally on Channel Seven.

 

ARTIST QUOTES AND BIOS:

 

Abbe May
“I am so excited and honoured to be a part of the Telstra AFL Pre-Match Show for this year’s AFL Grand Final! I know this will be a once in a lifetime experience and I am very proud to be involved with such an important community celebration.” – ABBE MAY

 

Having spent her early twenties performing in Australia’s most notorious rock venues and busted up studios, Abbe May graduated from her critically acclaimed early explorations of rock and blues to become a guitar-slinging, beat-driven, iconic performer with an atmospheric cocktail of sexy, indie riff-rock, gospel, soul and electronica.A champion of the LGBTQIA+ community, Abbe is a multi-award-winning artist, having been nominated for over 40 ARIA, WAM, AIR, AMP awards and so far winning 27, she is one of the strong women of the Australian music industry with much respect around the country.Her impressive career as an independent, original artist boasts many highlights including touring extensively as the hand-picked guitarist for Peter Garrett’s Alter Egos, support for iconic artists such as Midnight Oil and Killing Heidi and performing at a myriad of summer music festivals including Big Day Out, Meredith, and Pyramid. Abbe has had vast success with albums ‘Design Desire’ in 2012, and ‘Kiss My Apocalypse’ in 2013, singles Mammalian Locomotion, Taurus Chorus, Design Desire, Karmageddon, and T.R.O.U.B.L.E, while her fifth studio album “FRUIT” in 2018, was honoured with a shortlisting in the 2019 Australian Music Prize.

 

Amy Manford
“I am thrilled to be performing at such an iconic Australian sporting event and a particularly exciting moment in history for WA. I will certainly take pride in singing our national anthem back on home soil, it will be a surreal moment in what has been an unpredictable year for myself and many others,” – AMY MANFORD

 

Australian/American soprano, Amy Manford most recently performed the role of ‘Christine Daaé’ in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s original production of The Phantom of the Opera on the West End. She was due to reprise the role at the Sydney Opera house this year which was unfortunately postponed due to Covid-19. It has been rescheduled to 2022.  In 2020, Amy and fellow performer Genevieve McCarthy, started their own theatrical production company in Perth, where they are currently producing and starring in their largest project to date, ‘Disney in Concert: A Dream Is A Wish’ this October.Amy has previously performed the National Anthem for various members of the royal family including the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace and for HRH Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle for the 2018 Anzac Day Memorial Service in London.

 

Baker Boy
“It’s a massive dream come true to get to perform at the Telstra AFL Pre-Match Show, a real bucket list item to get to cross off. I love footy, grew up playing footy and I always said that if I wasn’t being Baker Boy that I would have followed the AFL path, so it feels really special to get to bring my two loves together. It feels like a long time coming after my Dreamtime at the G performance got rained out a couple of years ago, so it’s a real honor to get this opportunity to come back!” – BAKER BOY

 

Danzal Baker OAM, aka Baker Boy, is a proud Yolngu man, hailing from Milingimbi and Maningrida in North-East Arnhem Land. Upon his debut in 2017 with the instant-classic “Cloud 9”, Baker Boy struck the Australian music industry with his unashamed optimism and love for music, dance and his connection to his culture.Baker Boy has proved he is not a one-off success story, with his growing audience embracing his music and multiple releases he has rolled out since his debut.  The release of debut album ‘Gela’ on October 15 continues Baker Boy’s growing list of accomplishments including an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) and Young Australian of the Year, sitting alongside recent wins at the National Indigenous Music Awards (including Artist of The Year), his first Gold ARIA Certifications (‘Cool As Hell’ and “Mr La Di Da Di’), and numerous APRA and ARIA Award nominations.

 

Birds of Tokyo
“What an absolute honour and thrill it is to be a part of this year’s Telstra AFL Half-Time Show and have the AFL Grand Final here for the first time in our home city. The band is beyond excited to let loose to a full house. This is going to be all time!” – IAN KENNY, BIRDS OF TOKYO

 

Formed in Perth, Birds of Tokyo has grown from independent roots to become one of Australia’s most popular contemporary rock bands. The band has released six studio albums including ‘Human Design’ which topped the ARIA charts last May. Classic songs like “Good Lord”, “Two Of Us”, “Plans”, “Lanterns”, “Brace” and “I’d Go With You Anywhere” have all been top 10 airplay hits and more than seventy Birds of Tokyo tracks have featured on Triple J, making them one of the National Youth Broadcaster’s three most played artists of this millennium.

 

They have played major festivals like Splendour In The Grass and Falls and appeared as special guests for Muse, Midnight Oil, Cold Chisel and Bon Jovi. Birds of Tokyo has won “Rock Work of The Year” on a record setting five separate occasions at the APRA Awards. The band capped 2020 by releasing their summer anthem, “Weekend”, ahead of special concerts with some of Australia’s most prestigious Symphony Orchestras. Birds of Tokyo will release their new single “Superglue (feat. Stand Atlantic)” on September 17.

 

Colin Hay
“Like the country, this game is unique in the world, and I’m more than happy to be part of this year’s Telstra AFL Pre-Match Show. I look forward to watching the big men fly,” – COLIN HAY

 

While Scottish born Colin Hay may be best known as the songwriter, lead vocal and guitarist for Australian Grammy winners and multi-platinum selling hit makers Men At Work, he has received acclaim for his troubadour-style solo career, and some 13 solo albums, spanning the last 30 odd years.The last few years have been particularly rewarding for Colin, touring Europe, the US, Australia and New Zealand with his US band and being part of Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band, penning the title track, “What’s My Name”, for Ringo’s last album.

 

Colin has also performed on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and ABC’s Greatest Hits. In addition, Colin has shared the stage with iconic bands including Squeeze, Kings of Leon and Of Monsters and Men, and has been the subject of a documentary film about his career entitled Waiting for My Real Life, named for one of his best-known solo recordings. In a departure from his own musical path, Colin played Feste, in the Melbourne Theatre Company’s acclaimed 2019 production of Shakespeare’s 12th Night.

 

Now finding himself in the unprecedented place of having both Men At Work fame and a continuing growing following, Colin has released an album of cover songs he recorded during lockdown. Exploring the gems he heard growing up in his parent’s music shop, “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself”, features 10 versions of some of Colin’s particular favorites. These lushly arranged versions showcase Hay’s ability to interpret a song and remind one just how instantly recognizable his voice is. Colin also has a new album of original material entitled “Now And The Evermore”, due for an early 2022 release. “I remain ever hopeful about the future, and feel grateful to be still working, during these difficult and unprecedented times.”

 

Eskimo Joe
“We are so excited to play the Telstra AFL Pre-Match Show this year! This is a once in a lifetime moment for us, and we can’t wait to help celebrate the greatest sporting event on the planet,” – KAV TEMPERLEY, ESKIMO JOE

 

Eskimo Joe has certainly come a long way from their humble beginnings as much-loved indie rock kids in Fremantle, racking up a long list of impressive accomplishments over the last two decades.With six studio albums under their belts and sales in excess of 750,000 in Australia alone, the band has seen three of those albums debut at number 1 on the ARIA charts, with juggernaut ‘Black Fingernails, Red Wine’ shining for a monster 62 weeks in the ARIA Chart Top 50 and “Foreign Land”, from their fourth album ‘Inshalla’, bringing home two APRA Awards, for Most Played Rock Song on Australian radio and Best Rock Song of 2010.

 

Holding the title of number one ticket holders for the Fremantle Football Club, Eskimo Joe has enjoyed 35 ARIA nominations in their career thus far–a number only surpassed by Silverchair, Powderfinger, Kylie Minogue and John Farnham.The stage however, is where Eskimo Joe shine with the band performing at many significant events both in Australia and internationally, with large festivals and sold-out tours to boot. Following the release of their new single ’99 Ways’ in February 2021, Eskimo Joe will tour nationally in March/April 2022, playing their albums ‘Black Fingernails, Red Wine’ and ‘A Song Is A City’ in full. Tickets via: frontiertouring.com/eskimojoe

 

Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse
“We are so thrilled to be included in this extraordinary lineup and cannot wait to sing Noongar language at this event – it’s a true celebration of West Australian Music.” – GINA WILLIAMS and GUY GHOUSE

 

Ancient language, contemporary music, stunning vocals, poignant stories, and guitar brilliance.Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse use their music and performances to highlight one of the most beautiful and rare languages on the planet; the Noongar language of the southern corner of Western Australia.2021 has been a big year for the multi-award-winning duo, with Guy awarded Best Guitarist Award at the WA Music Awards, Gina awarded Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, and the recent release of their songbook “Kalyakoorl, Ngalak Warangka Forever

 

We Sing” through Magabala Books in September.Noongar singer-songwriter Gina Williams AM is a rare performer who captures hearts and imaginations by connecting deeply through the power of song. With less than 400 speakers of this language left, Gina – alongside Guy – brings a modern take on ancient traditions, matching powerful storytelling and that incredible, incandescent voice.There are few guitarists who connect to their music and perform without compromise like Guy Ghouse, one of the most respected guitarists in Australia, as a producer, artistic director, collaborator or any role where his guitar and music has a place. With Gina, he continues with his passion for preserving language through music.

 

John Butler
“I’m looking forward to performing at this very special AFL Grand Final here in our state of WA, particularly alongside such a high calibre of artists. It’s been a tough time for the music industry and I’m excited to share the stage with these talented musicians.” – JOHN BUTLER

 

John Butler is one of Australia’s premiere alternative songwriters and storytellers with accolades spanning from #1 charting albums, platinum records and ARIA Awards across his illustrious career as one of the country’s most successful independent musicians.His rich catalogue of iconic hits spanning over a quarter of a century include signature songs such as ‘Zebra’, ‘Better Than’, ‘Ocean’ and more.

 

His music continues to traverse the globe having performed on the world’s most iconic stages, venues and festivals including Fuji Rock, Glastonbury, Coachella, Red Rocks Amphitheatre and more with his high energy live show and revered musicianship.Butler’s most recent studio album, 2018’s ‘HOME’, debuted at #1 on the ARIA Charts with the record exploring new sonic territory, expanded instrumentation and experimentation which challenged but accentuated his core roots sound.

 

Mike Brady
“It’s always an honour to be a part of this great day and I never get sick of singing my footy songs. I love it when the crowd sing along and we become ‘one’ just like a team. It’s been a very tough year for musicians, and I’ve been looking forward to connecting with the AFL ‘family’ again all year,” – MIKE BRADY

 

Mike Brady once again adds his unique talent to our AFL entertainment with his iconic songs. It’s now 42 years since he first sang ‘Up There Cazaly’ at an Australian Rules football Grand Final and ironically that was at Subiaco in Perth in 1979.

 

 

Dr Richard Wally OAM
Dr Richard Walley OAM is a Noongar man of the South-West region. A musician, artist, director, actor, writer, linguist, educator, and activist – the extraordinary versatility of Richard Walley has seen him wear many hats over his long and illustrious career.Richard became involved with Aboriginal politics at an early age, having active involvement in the formation or operations of the Aboriginal Housing Board, Aboriginal Medical Service, Legal Service and the New Era Aboriginal Fellowship in Perth Western Australia.

 

In 1978, along with three other Aboriginals, Richard formed the ‘Middar Aboriginal Theatre Group’. Middar in its lifetime took the Noongar culture to 32 different countries around the world.Richard has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal (1993) and two honorary doctorates from Murdoch University (2001) and The University of Western Australia (2006) for his contribution to the promotion of Noongar Culture and the Arts. In 2010, Richard received the ‘Citizen of the Year Award ‘in the ‘Indigenous Leadership’ category of the Celebrate WA Awards. In 2021, Richard received the 2021 West Australian Senior Australian of the Year Award. A fluent speaker of the Noongar language, Richard continues to push boundaries, whilst always focussing on the bigger ‘community’ picture of Culture, Arts, Education and Environment.

 

Stella Donnelly
“Every year when we watch the AFL grand final my Dad says, ‘it could be you next year love’, and I say, ‘Dad, you know I can’t play footy!’. But in all seriousness, I can’t believe I have been given this opportunity, I am a lifelong fan of the game so to be on that stage performing will be a huge spin out, and to be doing it with John, Gina, Guy, Donna and Vikki makes it even more special.” – STELLA DONNELLY

 

Stella Donnelly has toured relentlessly in support of her critically acclaimed debut album ‘Beware of the Dogs’ which received international praise from outlets such as Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Billboard and The New York Times.

 

The record’s release and preceding singles such as ‘Old Man’and ’Tricks’ propelled Stella to new heights including studio sessions for NPR’s Tiny Desk and KEXP along with an envious international touring schedule which saw her sell out shows across North America and Europe and standout performance at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival.An artist totally in command of her voice, Stella’s ability to blend her inviting charm and sharp wit into authentically raw songs, leaves audiences wanting more. In addition, Stella is also a die-hard West Coast Eagles Fan, which she hopes you won’t hold against her.

 

The Waifs: Donna Simpson and Vikki Thorn
“This is a dream come true. I love my footy and feel so grateful to be asked to sing to the crowd in the first AFL Grand Final held in WA. Even though the AFL Grand Final belongs in Victoria, I’m hoping we can make you proud of how Western Australia will step up to the plate. The Waifs spent two years living in Collingwood and attending games back in 1996-1998 which is where our love of AFL manifested. It’s probably the most exciting gig of my 30-year career.” – DONNA SIMPSON, THE WAIFS

 

Two-thirds of much-loved Australian Folk-Rock group the Waifs, sisters Donna Simpson and Vikki Thorn grew up harmonizing and connecting through song, forging an intuitive understanding of one another through music. Since humble beginnings travelling and playing gigs throughout Australia in 1992, the Waifs have become an iconic band in Australia, securing multiple ARIA Awards, platinum albums and successful tours across the world. With a career spanning more than 25-years, the Waifs have produced ground-breaking records such as ‘Up All Night’ and ‘A Brief History’ and built a career out of continually circling Australia and the globe.

 

From bustling cities to the farthest regional and coastal towns, they have spent the past 25 years, reuniting with old friends, and gathering new fans, thanks to their enchanting live shows and affable natures. Four years on from celebrating their 25th anniversary and their #1 ARIA chart topping album ‘Ironbark’, Donna Simpson, Vikki Thorn and Josh Cunningham (with the long-standing rhythm section of David Ross Macdonald and Ben Franz) continue to share their folk-infused, feel-good sounds with adoring, now multi generation audiences. Vikki Thorn has recently released her first single Tempest from her soon to be released solo album, under the name Thornbird.

 

West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO)
From the centre of Perth to the furthest corners of the state, WASO presents extraordinary music and exhilarating performances for all West Australians to share. As the State Orchestra, WASO is the largest employer of performing artists in Western Australia and reaches hundreds of thousands of people each year on stage and in the WA community.

 

The Orchestra collaborates widely with major arts companies and independent artists, performing opera to ballet, movies to musicals, jazz to rock. WASO takes pride not only in celebrating our rich classical music heritage but in performing with contemporary musicians and bands including Birds of Tokyo, Eskimo Joe, Kate Miller-Heidke, Katie Noonan and Drapht, championing the breadth of music that shapes the soundtrack to West Australians’ lives.

 

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MIKE TAVEIRA DROPS NEW SINGLE “SEX FOR BREAKFAST (FT. ALLIE X)”

Mike Taveira

MIKE TAVEIRA DROPS

NEW SINGLE “SEX FOR

BREAKFAST (FT. ALLIE X)”

 


 

Rising queer pop star Mike Taveira returns with his new single, “Sex for Breakfast (ft. Allie X),” from his forthcoming debut EP, ‘Cut Velvet.’ Due out in early 2022, ‘Cut Velvet’ is a glittering record of spacey 80s new-wave and rudimentary 70s synths balanced precariously over slap bass and funk grooves. It’s a conceptual record that chronicles Mike’s wide-eyed move to Los Angeles, the rise and fall of young love, and all the predators along the way.

 

“Sex For Breakfast” is the second single to be released from ‘Cut Velvet,’ following the lead single, “Switch,” which was released earlier this summer. Featuring indie-pop superstar Allie X, “Sex for Breakfast” is a synth-fueled anthem packed with suggestive lyrical wordplay and beats that will get you moving. 

 

’Sex for Breakfast’ was one of those lightning-in-a-bottle songs,” Mike says of the new song. “The idea came to me after an intense morning with this guy I was head over heels for. We were essentially dating but kept pretending it was a fling. We ended up in this almost masochistic cat-and-mouse game, knowing we were so right together but both being too uncomfortable to admit it.”

 

Los Angeles-based Mike Taveira makes music that is wild, fun, and unabashedly queer. He showcases an infectious pop sensibility while tackling the complexities and vulnerability of sexual identity, love, gender and sex. Since making his artist debut in 2019, Mike has received praise from tastemakers like Billboard Pride, Gay Times, PRIDE, and Attitude. With an underlying message that preaches to be true to yourself, whoever you love, whatever you identity as, and whatever life throws your way, Mike is a vibrant force in the evolution of queer pop.

 

Listen to “Sex for Breakfast (ft. Allie X)” on all streaming platforms: https://ffm.to/sfbax

 

 


 

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WILDHEART ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM ‘GLOBAL CRISIS’ RELEASE NEW SINGLE/VIDEO

WILDHEART ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM ‘GLOBAL CRISIS’ RELEASE NEW SINGLE/VIDEO

WILDHEART ANNOUNCE

DEBUT ALBUM ‘GLOBAL

CRISIS’ RELEASE

NEW SINGLE/VIDEO

 


 

To be someone with a Wild heart means to be passionate, strong in conviction and have a willingness to stick the course and see it through. South-East Queensland-based hardcore act Wildheartexemplify this conviction, this passionate dedication to telling stories of truth and unearthing injustice through their music.

 

They reveal the fruits of their labour, the announcement of their debut album, Global Crisis. And if their words on the record seem angry, it’s because they are. The record contains 13 incendiary tracks – passionate, furious and raw – recorded, mixed and mastered by Gareth Hargreaves.

 

Global Crisis will be released on Friday 5th November, through Collision Course and MGM Distribution – and will be available through all digital platforms, which can be pre-ordered/pre-saved digitally at http://ffm.to/globalcrisis. Vinyl and Merch bundles can be pre-ordered at https://www.wearewildheart.com.au/store.

 

Along with the announcement of this new album, comes introspective, but no less raging new single ‘Show Me What It’s Like to Be Worthless.’ From Yugambeh man Axel Best, frontman for Wildheart, the new single is “…one of the more melodic songs we have written and is probably one of the darkest taken from the upcoming album. There has been an insane amount of uncertainty over the past few years with everything that has happened both locally and internationally – and we wanted to tap into something lyrically dark, but moving, with this song.”

 

Blunt Mag said: “For the hardcore hellions in Queensland outfit Wildheart, the sky really is the limit. Not only are they set to tear shit up at next year’s monolithic UNIFY Gathering, but they’re set to do so with a whole album of intensely ferocious mosh anthems.”

 

Though there have been a few tastes of Global Crisis already released – singles Rising Tide, Backburner and False Hope, Fake Happiness are already out in the world, there are still 9 new tracks to dive into. Shaun Allen from Gold Coast band Nerve Damage featured on ‘Rising Tide’, the iconic speech from Bruce Shillingsworth’s Q&A appearance featured at the start of ‘Backburner’ and still to come is a feature vocal spot from Danielle O’Grady from Brisbane band All Hours features on ‘The Long Slow Whisper’.

 

On the live front, Wildheart are performing at October 2021’s Halloween Hysteria alongside Spiderbait, King Parrot and Mammal and were recently announced as one of the performers confirmed on the UNIFY FOREVER (2022) line-up, alongside The Amity Affliction, Violent Soho, Alpha Wolf and more!

 

Wildheart’s history is storied and impressive. They have performed at BIGSOUND 2018 and the Mountain Goat Valley Crawl and has seen regular playtime across various well known platforms such as triple j (having been played on triple j lunch, Short.Fast. Loud, The Racket and Home and Hosed, as well as multiple songs added to rotation on triple j unearthed!) and Spotify’s ‘Homegrown and Heavy’ playlist; and have played alongside heavyweight acts including Casey (UK), Listener (US), The Brave, Deez Nuts, Belle Haven, Bare Bones, Young Lions, Deadlights, and Dregg; and hitting the road on several independent East Coast tours.

 

Wildheart’s Global Crisis album will be available from Friday November 5 through all digital platforms, which can be pre-ordered/pre-saved digitally at http://ffm.to/global-crisis. Vinyl and Merch bundles can be pre-ordered at https://www.wearewildheart.com.au/store. New Single ‘Show Me What It’s Like to Be Worthless‘ is out now.

 

 

Australian outlets, please include: “If you or someone you know is going through tough times, support is available at: Beyond Blue 1300 224 636, Lifeline 13 11 14, Kids helpline 1800 551 800 The Butterfly Foundation 1800 334 673, or in case of emergency call 000.”

 

 

1. Intro
2. The Lucky Country
4. Heartbreaker
5. Know Justice
6. The Long Slow Whisper feat. Danielle O’Grady
7. Oblivion
8. No Peace
10. Like A Dragon
11. Out For Blood

 

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SPIRITBOX HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM ‘ETERNAL BLUE’ OUT NOW VIA RISE RECORDS

SPIRITBOX HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM ‘ETERNAL BLUE’ OUT NOW VIA RISE RECORDS

SPIRITBOX HIGHLY

ANTICIPATED DEBUT

ALBUM ‘ETERNAL BLUE’

OUT NOW

VIA RISE RECORDS

 


 

The wait is finally over! The release of SPIRITBOX’s ‘Eternal Blue’, one of the mostly hotly anticipated debut albums in recent years, is upon us.

 

The release rolls in on a tsunami of critical acclaim and perfect score reviews with Metal Injectionstating “Eternal Blue will be remembered as a game changer, the kind of total reset of the rulebook we saw in Slipknot’s debut” in their 10/10 review, Kerrang! Magazine calling it the ‘debut of the year’ in their 5/5 review, Outburn Magazine calling it “a modern metal masterpiece” in their 10/10 review and Metal Hammer hailing ‘Eternal Blue’ as a “staggeringly brilliant record that resoundingly delivers on the hype” in their 4.5/5 review. Find Eternal Blue on all streaming platforms here and stream the video playlist on YouTube here.

 

 

SPIRITBOX – one of the hottest new bands in heavy music, thrilled fans back in May with the official announcement of their long awaited debut album, ‘Eternal Blue’. The band sold out of all vinyl pre-orders within the first 24 hours of announcement and on- sale.

 

 

Five songs have been released from the album prior to today. First came the unrelentingly brutal “Holy Roller” in September 2020. It debuted at #25 on Billboard’s Hot Hard Rock Songs and charted as the #1 song of 2020 on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal.

 

Then came heartbreaking and otherworldly “Constance” which recently re-entered the Billboard chats #1 Hard Rock Digital Song Sales, #4 Rock Songs Core Genre, #19 Hot Hard Rock Songs following the release of the very special reimagining of “Constance (Acoustic)”.

 

 

Next came the album announcement along with new track “Circle With Me” which charted on Billboard at #1 Hard Rock Digital Song Sales, #5 Hot Hard Rock Songs, #9 Rock Songs Core Genre, #12 Rock Digital Songs, #50 Hot Rock & Alternative Songs, #71 Digital Songs. “Secret Garden” followed and most recently, “Hurt You”. Between them, they have clocked up a staggering 53 million streams across streaming platforms to date.

 

Spiritbox’s ‘Eternal Blue’ is out now – with all details, streaming, digital and merch bundles here.

 

What Aussie Media Are Saying about ‘Eternal Blue’

 

“Eternal Blue is a stunning record, the kind that artists spend their whole lives trying to create. The fact they’ve hit these heights on their debut is mind-blowing.” – 10/10 – Hysteria Mag

 

“You may find yourself wiping away tears when you reach the end of Eternal Blue, but that’s because Spiritbox have crafted this incredible album that connects with the listener on an emotional level and takes them on a journey of self-discovery, empathy and overcoming.” – Wall of Sound


“From lurching instrumentals to swirling warmth and austerity, there’s a staggering weight behind everything the Spiritbox light touches. Ultimately offering a bewitching lesson in duality and impetuous beauty, Eternal Blue is a true and exciting journey that will keep you guessing right until the end, stealing and ultimately healing your heart under the guise of an alt metal album.” – TheMusic.com.au

 

“Their soundscapes reign with combination of bruising, down-tuned crunch, soul-numbing cymbal crashes, kaleidoscopic synths, and vocals that span wistful, Disney-esque melodies to vicious, barbed-wire bellows.” – Blunt Mag



“‘Eternal Blue’ is a colossal statement showcasing the tonal and genre fluidity that this band expertly wields. Spiritbox have existed for a couple of years, with killer EPs and singles under their belts already, yet ‘Eternal Blue’ is like a new beginning for the Canadian group. They’re only just getting started.” – killyourstereo.com

 

“Eternal Blue is a record greater than any one track, one riff, one melody. It feels entirely purposeful, fleshed out, with no holds barred and nothing left unsaid… It is beautifully crafted, nuanced, and subtle, a body of work that deserves a front to back listen – many times over.” – Heavy Mag

SPIRITBOX

Courtney LaPlante – Vocals | Mike Stringer – Guitar | Bill Crook – Bassist

 


 

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DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 TAKE YOU ON A JOURNEY WITH AN ELECTRIFYING COVER OF ‘DON’T STOP BELIEVING’

DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 TAKE YOU ON A JOURNEY WITH AN ELECTRIFYING COVER OF ‘DON’T STOP BELIEVING’

DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979

TAKE YOU ON A JOURNEY

WITH AN ELECTRIFYING

COVER OF

‘DON’T STOP BELIEVING’

 


 

40 Years after Journey took the world by storm with their iconic hit ‘Don’t Stop Believing’, Canadian duo Death From Above 1979 – made up of Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler -have unveiled their own unique version, exclusively for Amazon Music.

 

The song, which has woven its way into the fabric of pop culture, with appearances in everything from The Sopranos to Moneyball to Sesame Street, finds the Toronto two-piece putting a characteristically ferocious DFA spin on it.

 

We made a kind of witchy version of the song that would make Steve Perry magically join Journey again,” said Sebastien Grainger of Death From Above 1979.

 

Fans can hear the track now on Rock Scene, Amazon Music’s home for the most exciting new rock music from around the world.

 

Earlier this year, Death From Above 1979 released their highly anticipated fourth studio album, Is 4 Lovers. To record this album, the pair locked themselves away for several weeks in a single room basement in Los Angeles’s Highland Park to see what would happen and eventually emerged with the purest distillation yet of the power, precision and nuanced personality at the heart of DFA’s unique and influential vision. Written, recorded, produced and mastered by the duo, their fourth album was born, and DFA has never sounded more assuredly like itself than it does on Is 4 Lovers.

 

Fans can hear Death from Above 1979’s cover of “Don’t Stop Believin’” on the Rock Scene playlist, or by simply asking, “Alexa play the Amazon Original song from Death from Above 19790” in the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android and on Alexa-enabled devices. In addition to the new track, Amazon Music listeners can access hundreds of Amazon Originals featuring both emerging and established artists across numerous genres, available to stream and purchase only on Amazon Music.

 

 


 

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THE CITY IS OURS RELEASE NEW SINGLE / VIDEO ‘SO SAD’ FROM UPCOMING ALBUM ‘COMA’

THE CITY IS OURS RELEASE NEW SINGLE / VIDEO ‘SO SAD’ FROM UPCOMING ALBUM ‘COMA’

THECITYISOURS  RELEASE

NEW SINGLE / VIDEO

‘SO SAD’ FROM UPCOMING

ALBUM ‘COMA’


 

THECITYISOURS release their self-reflective new single ‘So Sad’ taken from the band’s sophomore album ‘COMA’. The album is set for release 22nd October 2021 via Arising Empire.

 

All good things must come to an end, and ‘So Sad’ is about just that. Speaking on their latest offing, Mikey Page remarks: “So Sad is about trying to come to terms with the decision to end something you feel is great, and processing the subsequent fallout. This was an interesting one for us as the lyrics came from two completely separate viewpoints. We have always been advocates for making music people can relate to in their own way and take from it what they need. This was the first time we really explored that idea consciously within ourselves to collaborate in a way that told both angles of the story, leaving the door open for interpretation from the listener.”

 

‘COMA’ was recorded, engineered and mixed by long-time collaborator Oz Craggs (FEED THE RHINO, NECK DEEP, MALLORY KNOX) at Hidden Track Studios and mastered by Ermin Hamidovic (ARCHITECTS, PERIPHERY, NORTHLANE) at Systematic Productions.’ Following the departure of long-standing vocalist Sam Stolliday (full statement HERE), the band unexpectedly found themselves in unknown territory. 12 months on, they are back with the introduction of new vocalist Oli Duncanson and ready to welcome a brand new era of TCIO.

 

Oli recounts “I remember being shown some demos of some new songs prior to Sam’s departure and absolutely loving the direction and progression of the band’s sound… so as soon as Mikey told me about the opening in the band, I knew I had to take a chance!” Page adds “Oli has been a part of our team for a long time. He is a very well respected entity in his own right amongst the music scene. We’d seen snippets of his capabilities over the years, so when he registered an interest in becoming a part of CITY, we knew we had to explore…and we clicked instantly.”

 

 

THECITYISOURS is a 5-piece metal band from London who has quickly garnered attention and growing support for peers, industry and fans alike, with their high-octane live show and the success of their debut album. »LOW« (2019) smashed into the top 5 iTunes metal charts with several singles appearing in editorial playlists with the likes of Amazon, Deezer and Spotify (Including 2 covers on New Core and Metal UK) supporting the band.

 

2019 was a very busy year for TCIO, with appearances at a slew of UK festivals including Camden Rocks, Macmillan Fest, Burn It Down, Holloween, a fly in appearance at High Fives Festival in Sweden, a headline set in the Doghouse Tent at the revered Download Festival to a 4000+ audience of festival-goers, and a sold-out album release show at Boston Music Rooms in London. Be sure to keep an eye on THECITYISOURS in 2021.

 

THECITYISOURS ’So Sad’ is out now. Official single artwork below

 

 


 

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SANNIA UNVEILS FRESH BOP ‘SAD RICH GIRLS’

SANNIA UNVEILS FRESH BOP ‘SAD RICH GIRLS’

SANNIA UNVEILS

FRESH BOP

‘SAD RICH GIRLS’

 


 

Traversing her own wave of indie luxe-pop, Melbourne’s SANNIA returns with new single ‘Sad Rich Girls’. The track is the follow up to Triple j favourites ‘Go and Get Over’, ‘Better’ and ‘Love You Like’.

 

‘Sad Rich Girls’ is a cheeky diss track that pulls no punches. It’s a statement on that one girl we all know who always brings the drama. The kind of girl that instead of lifting her sisters up will drag them down to get to the top – forgetting that women are stronger when we stand together. 

 

Sharing her feelings about ‘Sad Rich Girls’, SANNIA says “As such a strong feminist, I’m the most nervous I’ve ever been to release a song. I’m a firm believer that women have a duty to lift other women up, but I’ve had this recurring lived experience that there’s always one girl determined to win some sort of contest – pitting girls against each other – and I think it hinders the cause of women’s true equality. The sooner we stop bitching about what other women say and do and wear the better. Maybe then we can devote our energy towards something more important like fundamental rights for all or climate change.”

 

The song kicks off with samples of old paparazzi footage for that early-2000s TMZ energy, and the huge live drums – tracked on a vintage 60s Ludwig kit – sends the chorus into anthem territory. Bringing his textured and lush expansive sound to ‘Sad Rich Girls’ is Holy Holy’s Oscar Dawson who mixed and produced the track with SANNIA as co-producer, and mastering by Leon Zevros at Studios 301, Sydney.

 

I started by pulling some samples from early 2000s Paparazzi and fan-filmed celebrity interactions and stitched together the intro and ending of my homemade demo. I really wanted to capture that Paris Hilton-era cat-fight energy. I then took the demo to Holy’s Oscar Dawson where we tracked guitar, bass, vocals and live drums on a vintage 60s Ludwig Kit for that huge anthemic drum sound.

 

‘Sad Rich Girls’ is pure catfight energy, it’s Paris v. Lindsay, it’s Mariah v. Nicki, Kourtney v. Khloé, it’s every episode of The Bachelor – all while ignoring the real issues facing our world today.”SANNIA

 


SANNIA’s profile has grown significantly since winning the nationwide Triple j Unearthed competition to tour with The Rubens and supporting the likes of Tia Gostelow, Kira Puru, Eliott and Thando. She was also a  finalist in Nashville’s International songwriting competition out of 26,000 entries last year.

 

PRAISE FOR SANNIA

“Good things take time. Rightly so – it’s been worth the wait between releases for Melbourne’s SANNIA who has seemingly spent the last year and a bit adding a penthouse level to her already towering stature as a vocalist. This track looms above with a soaring presence and won’t let go of my attention. 4 stars”

Triple J Unearthed, Dave Ruby Howe

“Sannia has crafted this one to perfection. you create an emotional connection early then i was basically under your command for that swirling, building second half of the song. 4.5 stars”

Declan Byrne,Triple j

“okay go off, these vocals are insane! really love the storyline of the track and the build on this one is really something. 4 stars.”

Ash McGregor, Triple j

“Absolute gorgeous track from Sannia here. The vocals, the production. the lyrics. That beat switch up at the tail end of the track is other worldly.”

Dave Woodhead, Triple j

“What a commanding debut and guac damn, that note at 1:25. Can we just take a moment here!”

Bridget Hustwaite, Triple j

“Sannia’s finally found a track with the production to match the scale of her voice (well… as close as any can come). One for anyone in a relationship they’re just not sure about.”

Tommy Faith, Triple j Unearthed

“she shines a proper light on authentic and emotion-backed songwriting that feels like something real…”

Pilerats

“…retaining the emotion of her previous single while introducing bigger, bolder – and somewhat more upbeat – sonic territory.”

Music Feeds

“Sannia is on track to be one of the biggest names in Australian music”

Tyler Jenke, Tone Deaf

Love You Like’: “The result is a slow-burn bloom of pulsing synths, sharp pop sensibilities and strong, yet contemplative vocals that will disarm you right from the opening hook.”

Black Of Hearts

Love You Like’: “The song is a glorious, melancholic telling of the age old story of falling in love with the wrong person and having your heart broken in the process”

Women in Pop

 

‘Sad Rich Girls’ is released Wednesday September 15

 


 

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TELLTALE DEBUTS SCORCHING NEW SINGLE ‘SLOWBURN’

TELLTALE DEBUTS SCORCHING NEW SINGLE ‘SLOWBURN’

TELLTALE DEBUTS

SCORCHING NEW SINGLE

‘SLOWBURN’

 


 

Fresh off signing to international label Rude Records, Telltale have shared a scorching new single ‘Slowburn’. ‘Slowburn’ is a taste of what’s to come from Richmond-based rock band – fans can look forward to more new music coming later this year. The environmentally conscious track also arrives with an accompanying music video.

 

“I’m not claiming to be an expert on the climate crisis,” shares vocalist John Carteret. “The goal of a song like ‘Slowburn’ is to encourage people to ask questions. It doesn’t require an uncompromising shift to sustainable living, just an introspective look at ‘what can I do better?’”

 

He continues: “The biggest effort that young people can make right now is writing to their local politicians to oppose corporate CO2 emissions, and learning through research. Staying informed on the effects of globalization, polarization of the media, and just generally informing your political stance can make all the difference.”

 

Telltale is:
John Carteret (vocals)
Tim Fogg (bass)
Bryce Marshall (guitar)
Travis Slack (drums)

 

‘Slowburn’ is available worldwide now, via Rude Records

 


 

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ANNABEL GUTHERZ ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM ‘LOOSE ENDS’ OUT OCTOBER 1

ANNABEL GUTHERZ ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM ‘LOOSE ENDS’ OUT OCTOBER 1

ANNABEL GUTHERZ

ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM

‘LOOSE ENDS’

OUT OCTOBER 1

 


 

Montreal-based singer & songwriter Annabel Gutherz announces her debut album, Loose Ends,releasing on October 1st. The 11-track record includes 6 previously released singles and 5 brand new tracks. The album was co-produced by Dominique Messier, a long time band member for Céline Dion and owner of Studio Piccolo in Montreal, Quebec.

 

Loose Ends is stylistically eclectic yet entirely authentic. It’s a comforting record that cathartically encapsulates life’s unfinished moments: “Many times in my life, I was unable to get closure. Instead, I was left to bear the weight of the words I never said and the inescapable memories that tethered me to my past, suspending time. Understanding my need to let go of these ‘loose ends,’ I turned to song,” Annabel says.

 

Throughout the album, Annabel explores these complex and imperfect defining life experiences with a diaristic touch. Her ardent and perspective storytelling is on full display, complimented by honeyed melodies, layered instrumentation and full-bodied vocals. She take listeners on a journey as she writes from the heart with raw honesty and emotional conviction.

 

 

Annabel Gutherz made her debut in 2018 with the release of “Legends,” a philanthropic song whose proceeds are donated to education-based charities. After spending the past few years honing her musical talents at Berklee College of Music, the young singer-songwriter has come into her own as a promising artist to watch. On top of her musical endeavors and academic career, Annabel is the published author of children’s picture book series, Annie’s Pajammies. A portion of the proceeds from every Annie’s Pajammies unit sold is donated to help facilitate access to education in countries across the globe.

 

Pre-save Annabel Gutherz’s debut album ‘Loose Ends’ (out 10/1): ffm.to/aglooseends

 

 


 

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INVENT ANIMATE ANNOUNCE NEW EP ‘THE SUN SLEEPS AS IF IT NEVER WAS’ OUT SEPT 23

INVENT ANIMATE ANNOUNCE NEW EP ‘THE SUN SLEEPS  AS IF IT NEVER WAS’ OUT SEPT 23

INVENT ANIMATE

SIGN TO UNFD +

ANNOUNCE NEW EP

‘THE SUN SLEEPS AS IF

IT NEVER WAS’

OUT SEPT 23


 

Fresh from a string of US signings including Hollow Front, Vatican, Sleep Waker and Moodring, UNFD is now pleased to welcome fellow US heavy mainstays Invent Animateto the roster.

 

This signing news is bolstered by the announce of the band’s new EP The  Sun Sleeps, As If It Never Was and the reveal of its first single ‘The Sun Sleeps’. Out in full September 23, the EP finds Invent Animate opening up a powerful discourse on the ricochet effect of trauma and addiction.

 

Searingly close to drummer Trey Celaya and his family’s story navigating a drug addiction crisis, it comprises a one-two punch of songs describing both perspectives of this tragic and deeply painful scenario. The first track, today’s ‘The Sun Sleeps’ sheds light on the story from the perspective of the drug affected, meanwhile the accompanying ‘As If It Never Was’ explores the view of those left reeling in the sphere of impact of drug addiction.

 

Speaking of ‘The Sun Sleeps’, Trey shares: “We wanted to explore both sides of a deeply painful situation, and to draw out how nuanced and weird and difficult these things can be.

 

“I think people are learning in the modern day it’s not as simple as ‘this is just a bad person, and they were addicted to drugs and they did it to themselves’, there’s always a string of trauma and things that are not dealt with and stigmatised mental health that sets off a spiral. Even if one person is clearly in the wrong, it doesn’t exempt them from being a victim in another sense.”

 

Speaking conceptually of the EP as a whole, he adds: “Despite all attempts to keep our darker reality shadowed in secrecy, there comes a moment in time when the truth can no longer be hidden behind closed doors or empty excuses. And at once, everything is revealed, as if the Light is a constant law of nature laying bare the secrets we believe are ours to keep. In this infinite moment, the bond shared between two loved ones is severed. The flow of time does not wash away the scars, it only immortalises what is suspended in the balance – the pain of loss, the gift of hindsight, and the curse of hope. What will always be a memory. This EP is a true story of addiction and the trauma that lies in its aftermath of a secret too dark to be hidden.”

 

CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN TO ‘THE SUN SLEEPS’

 

 

About Invent Animate:
Amid a generation gripped by loneliness, fear, and a desperate concern for the state of the world, Invent Animate are grabbing fans by the hand and choosing to walk with them.

 

There’s a sense of duty among the band – comprising vocalist Marcus Vik, bassist Caleb Sherradan, drummer Trey Celaya and guitarist Keaton Goldwire – to bare their own pain and tragedy for their listeners, indeed creating a safe, familiar place for listeners to process their own. It’s this deeply empathic and concerned approach to their output that sets Invent Animate apart, and has seen the band develop a close knit, cult-like following over their 10+ years together.

 

“I think what’s really important to our generation of music consumers is finding something beautiful out of all the chaos,” shares bassist Caleb. “It’s important to us – we’ve got a lot on our plate, life is weird, life is hard – but we’ve come to understand how important it is as artists to be there with our listener, to be vulnerable ourselves so they might be able to say, ‘thank you, you guys helped me articulate this’ or, ‘you guys helped me walk through this journey’ because of what we’ve created.”

 

Stationed across Texas, Colorado and Sweden (following Vik’s recruitment in 2019), Invent Animate are now in prime position to break new ground on their new label address. Now rubbing shoulders alongside a plethora of previous touring partners including Silent Planet and ERRA, and Spotify “sounds like” mates such as Like Moths To Flames, Void Of Vision and Thornhill, the four-piece perfectly complement the UNFD roster with their blend of ambient metalcore, djent and prog.

 

Invent Animate release The Sun Sleeps, As If It Never Was on September 23.

INVENT ANIMATE IS:
Marcus Vik (vocals)
Keaton Goldwire (guitar)
Trey Celaya (drums)
Caleb Sherradan (bass)

 

INVENT ANIMATE // THE SUN SLEEPS, AS IF IT NEVER WAS
OUT SEPT 23 VIA UNFD OFFICIAL SINGLE ARTWORK BELOW

 

TRACKLIST:
1. The Sun Sleeps
2. ,
3. As If It Never Was

 


 

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BREATHE ATLANTIS RELEASE NEW SINGLE / VIDEO ‘SAVIOR’ FEAT EDDIE BERG FROM IMMINENCE

BREATHE ATLANTIS RELEASE NEW SINGLE / VIDEO ‘SAVIOR’ FEAT EDDIE BERG FROM IMMINENCE

BREATHE ATLANTIS RELEASE

NEW SINGLE / VIDEO ‘SAVIOR’

FEAT EDDIE BERG FROM

IMMINENCE

 


 

After the furious comeback with ‘Overdrive‘, their striking new single ‘Savior‘ by German alternative metalcore band BREATHE ATLANTIS gets prominent support in the person of Swedish singer and frontman Eddie Berg of IMMINENCE.

 

It’s his first ever vocal feature for another act. With ‘Savior’ the band’s musical journey leads into harder realms and impressively proves that they are one of the most exciting acts in the German hard-and-heavy scene today. ‘Savior‘ is a skillful mélange of profoundly sad pathos and raw bitterness about the fact of not being able to be the savior that the world or oneself could gladly use.

 

“It’s always a war with yourself. “SAVIOR” deliberately has no happy ending because reality is just not a Hollywood movie. We all wish to be needed by others and to help others with their problems. But we must finally start to help ourselves first and accept our own struggles. Otherwise we will fall by the wayside in this selfish world.” , says frontman Nico Schiesewitz.

 

“Eddie and I have a close friendship that goes beyond musical interests. He has family status; we talk on the phone regularly and visit each other from time to time. Making a song together was an incredible experience for all of us and broadened our creative horizons. The Swedish melancholy was just the right setting to process our emotions in the song.”, Jan Euler (guitar) explains.

 

Eddie Berg leads one of the hottest metalcore acts in the world right now. His own band IMMINENCE just released three new critical acclaimed singles and working with BREATHE ATLANTIS was a totally new experience for him.

 

Berg reports: “Over the years, Jan has become one of my closest and dearest friends, so when asked it only felt right to work on this song together with him and the band. It brings up an important subject that a lot of us are struggling with; the difficulty of learning how to love ourselves in the first place, before we can help others. I think that BREATHE ATLANTIS has come a long way in their song writing and vision and I’m excited on their behalf of what is to come.”

 

 

After their previous release »Soulmade« (2019) their new style implements more big heavy riffs and driving forceful drums. Nico Schiesewitz´ relentless bone grinding shouts let you shiver until the stadium chorus hits you right in the gut. The band teamed up with Andy Posdziech, best known for his work for ANY GIVEN DAY, NASTY and CALIBAN as producer and mixing engineer. What seems like an unexpected turn for the band was inevitable for singer Nico Schiesewitz:

 

“Musically, we’re just taking the route that feels best for us. There were just two options left: Starting over or let it be the end of this road. We are here to express our feelings through music and deliver the most honest and meaningful art. It just felt right for us to go for a darker and heavier sound than ever before and this ongoing pandemic was just fuel to the fire. We even relinquished the electronic elements in this song because we liked the roughness and raw energy”

 

It shows that BREATHE ATLANTIS is a very resilient band. They have reinvented themselves, mixing modern guitar sound with stadium-esque rock hymns.

 

BREATHE ATLANTIS have gained a lot of experience over the past few years; having played countless shows with big international bands like SUM 41, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE, ATTILA, BURY TOMORROW, CROSSFAITH or SLAVES, plus excessive touring throughout the EU supporting ANY GIVEN DAY, TO THE RATS AND WOLVES, IMMINENCE and slots on top German festivals.

 

Savior’ feat. Eddie Berg (IMMINENCE) is now available on all platforms.

BREATHE ATLANTIS are:
Nico Schiesewitz | Vocals
Jan Euler | Guitar
Lasse Weigang | Bass
Silas Fischer | Drums

 

 


 

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NAUTICAL MILE RELEASE ‘EMBERS’ EP AND ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN TOUR

NAUTICAL MILE RELEASE ‘EMBERS’ EP AND ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN TOUR

NAUTICAL MILE RELEASE

‘EMBERS’ EP AND

ANNOUNCE

AUSTRALIAN TOUR

 


 

Perth’s Nautical Mile have announced the release of their Embers EP! Released globally via US label Manic Kat Records. To celebrate, they have also announced Australian Tour Dates in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth, presented by the label and with their mates Carrington alongside them!

 

With the disruption brought about by the global COVID-19 pandemic the band spent most of 2020 writing the follow-up record to The Only Way Is Through, with the product of these writing sessions, Embers, out now via Manic Kat Records.

 

2019 took the band to new heights with the release of their debut album The Only Way Is Through, featuring singles Marionette, Shattered and Wake Up. The band toured extensively, including three trips around Australia and support slots with Hellions, Senses Fail and Hands Like Houses. Between tours, the band recorded and released a cover of Jesse McCartney’s Beautiful Soul.

 

 

Embers was Written and Performed by Nautical Mile, Additional Programming and Production was handled by Jay Huxtable and it was Engineered, mixed and mastered by Jay Huxtable of Oracle Sound. The gorgeous Artwork and Design was created by Zak Wynter.

 

Consisting of Brodi Owen, Caleb Wynter, Dan Ray, Nick Henrisson and Jake Vimini, Nautical Mile surfaced from Perth, Western Australia in 2016, releasing their first self-titled EP. Following this, the second EP, ‘Playing For Keeps’, was brought to life in 2017 and reinforced the bands foot in the pop-punk scene. Preceding “Wake Up” from the album were singles “Regicide”, “Marionette” and “Shattered”. “Regicide” raked in over 120,000 streams on Spotify since. “Marionette” was premiered exclusively on Triple J’s Short. Fast. Loud. before official release, which saw it added to Spotify editorial playlists ‘Pop Punk’s Not Dead’ and ‘New Punk Tracks’ and snatched up AU Review’s ‘Track Of The Day’ shortly after. Nautical Mile have shared the stage with the likes of Trophy Eyes, Hellions, Hawthorne Heights and The Decline to name just a few.

 

 


 

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A TWENTY-TWO LETTER PHRASE SHARES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO ‘PREDISPOSITION’ + NEW EP ‘JUST TELL ME WHAT I GOTTA DO’ OUT SEPTEMBER 30

A TWENTY-TWO LETTER PHRASE SHARES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO ‘PREDISPOSITION’ + NEW EP ‘JUST TELL ME WHAT I GOTTA DO’ OUT SEPTEMBER 30

A TWENTY-TWO LETTER

PHRASE SHARES NEW

SINGLE AND VIDEO

‘PREDISPOSITION’ +

NEW EP ‘JUST TELL ME

WHAT I GOTTA DO’

OUT SEPTEMBER 30

 


 

A Twenty-Two Letter Phrase, the artistic project of renowned Australian musician Angus Gardiner, has today released the compelling, melancholy new single and video Predisposition, a heavily metaphorical, contemplative song about getting a second lease on life, feeling new, and having a complicated relationship with your old self.  The track precedes the debut EP for A Twenty-Two Letter PhraseJust Tell Me What I Gotta Do out September 30, and written through the midst of grieving a close friend.  The EP release will be celebrated with an intimate live performance streamed to the A Twenty-Two Letter Phrase YouTube channel on October 1.

 

Predisposition evokes indie folk influences such as Laura Marling alongside the more symphonic art-rock of Rufus Wainwright, as Angus deftly weaves phrases amongst soft, pervasive acoustic guitar. Ultimately the song swells into a climactic crescendo, encompassing the wonder and confusion that permeate the lyrics of this song.  Unresolved, leaving the audience pondering, considering, the song then slows to silence. It’s a stunning, thought-provoking journey, as Angus explains, I wrote this song after reading the book Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E Frankl.  My psychologist recommended it and it was a transformative thing for me to read at a time when I was really struggling.  Predisposition is a song that came out of quite deep existential feelings about what it means to exist, persist, and make the world how you might like it to be while accepting that it won’t ever be that way.  Hopefully there are enough layers of metaphor that it means different things to different people.”

 

A Twenty-Two Letter Phrase – Just Tell Me What I Gotta Do It – official EP artwork

 

The video clip for Predisposition is a colourful, DIY affair, directed by Alex Bennison, and features Angus’ typewriter, punching out the lyrics to the track and overlayed over close, warm shots of Angus performing the song. The clip is saturated, vibrant, psychedelic, as Angus describes, “The clip feels very familiar to me since it was filmed in my apartment and neighbourhood, and features my trusty typewriter, which I use to keep a daily diary.  I also did all the lyric writing on that typewriter.  I love the mechanical feel and the physical and tactile routine of slotting the paper in, aligning the margins, and bashing out one letter at a time, with no backspace.”

 

The EP Just Tell Me What I Gotta Do is about as intimate and expressive as music can get. From the deep, cleansing breath of opening track Either Way to the piano-led, softly intense closer Working SilentlyJust Tell Me What I Gotta Do is a Jeff Buckley-esque offering, a deeply sophisticated collection of masterful songwriting from a mature, thoughtful songwriter.  Reflecting on the process of creating the EP, Angus says, “In 2018 my best friend and bandmate Luke Liang passed away and I was shattered by grief and trauma. Making this EP has mapped and reflected some of my paths as I have begun to understand and process that event.  I think I am still some way from what might be described as ‘healing’ and I don’t really like using that word but it is a gradual process and I do make progress every day.  Some of the songs, like Again, Either Way are quite raw and reactive and others are more metaphorical… I tried to distill things from a few different perspectives, but Just Tell Me What I Gotta Do is about living your life with fierce intention whilst accepting that there are things about the world that you simply cannot change.”

 

A Twenty-Two Letter Phrase – Predisposition – official single artwork

 

Angus Gardiner, the accomplished musician behind A Twenty-Two Letter Phrase, is a well-known session player for massive Australian acts Montaigne, Jack River, Jarryd James, E^ST, Dean Lewis and more, as well as a founding member of the hugely popular band Papa vs Pretty.

 

Gardiner set his intentions for the project early, insighting “I wanted to stretch myself and for the work to be truly reflective of me and uncollaborative/individualistic after years of collaborating, if that meant there were some flaws, then so be it.” And he has pulled it off, playing every instrument on the release himself (except for drums), mixing and mastering it himself and even creating the cover artwork. Drawing on years of practice, of mastering his craft, this EP is a true demonstration of both considered, perceptive songwriting but also a keen, skilled sense of musicianship.  These songs are something incredibly special – heartwrenching, devastating, yet calm, open and empathetic.  This EP is a comforting must-listen for anyone who has ever felt deep grief.

 

Angus Frederick Gardiner is A Twenty-Two Letter Phrase.
Predisposition is out today, the EP Just Tell Me What I Gotta Do is out September 30
.

 

A Twenty-Two Letter Phrase – Predisposition (official video)

 


 

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JACK RIVER SHARES NEW SONG/VIDEO ‘WE ARE THE YOUTH’ OUT NOW

JACK RIVER SHARES NEW SONG/VIDEO ‘WE ARE THE YOUTH’ OUT NOW

JACK RIVER SHARES

NEW SONG/VIDEO

‘WE ARE THE YOUTH’

OUT NOW

 


 

I OH YOU are proud to present Jack River’s new single ‘We Are The Youth’ – a propulsive, shimmering protest anthem that forefronts a new generation of advocates and activists fighting for change.

 

A lifetime in the making, the track draws from Jack River’s long-held passion for climate and environmental movements. But it wasn’t until late 2019, performing at the School Strike 4 Climate rally on Gadigal land (Sydney), that inspiration struck. “I played to 80,000 young people, and I realised that I didn’t have an anthem for them, and myself – to express how we felt about the times,” says Jack River (real name Holly Rankin).

 

The multiple global social movements of the last 18 months – and a culmination of Holly’s experiences which include her undertaking a law degree in 2019 – made her realise it was the right time to write and release the song. “At the same time as there is widespread climate injustice, there is ongoing abuse of power on many fronts in our society: against First Nations people, in the halls of parliament, and in workplaces everywhere. People are tired of it. We want change and action, and we are ready to work to build our way out of a broken system.”

 

‘We Are The Youth’ bottles the moods of these movements – alongside many other campaigns led by young activists – like a lightning bolt, with lyrics that speak directly and blatantly to their urgency. “I’m tired, I’m tired of silence / I’m sick, I’m sick of violence,” Holly sings, before launching into an all-out call to arms in the chorus: “We’re gonna run through the streets tonight / We’re gonna run to the riot”.

 

WATCH: Jack River – ‘We Are The Youth’

 

Young activists remain front and centre in ‘We Are The Youth’s accompanying video, directed and edited by Nyikina Warrwa and Wangkumara Barkindji filmmaker Marlikka Perdrisat, alongside Holly herself. Assembled from hours of archival footage, it features global change-makers including Jean Hinchcliffe, Grace Tame, and Brittany Higgins, as well as global advocates like Amanda Gorman (US), Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim (Chad), and Autumn Peltier (Canada).

 

The track is framed around a girl called Annie, who represents the teens of Australia working tirelessly, “pouring their youth into fixing the issues they didn’t create” says Holly. “It’s incredible, but they shouldn’t have to carry the burden. We should be seeing our leaders doing that, working around the clock on these issues – and we’re not.”

 

‘We Are The Youth’ pays homage to the forebears of what Jack River terms “political pop” – artists like Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young, whose music doubled as outspoken political statements. In its production – worked on in collaboration with Matt Corby and Peking Duk’s Adam Hyde, and mixed by Spike Stent (Lorde, Madonna, Beyoncé, Björk) – the result is a heady, electrifying mix of warped guitars and stomping drums that capture “the feeling of our times, like a folk song laced with acid” as River describes it.

 

With over 66 million streams, a Platinum, and multiple Gold singles, Jack River is a force to be reckoned with. Her debut album Sugar Mountain earned 3 x ARIA Award nominations, including Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Best Pop Release and Engineer of the Year, an AIR nomination for Best Independent Pop Album, and saw Holly nominated for Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year at the APRA Awards.

 

But Jack River has not only proved herself as a powerhouse musician in recent years, but as a voice for change. Last month Jack River spearheaded the ‘Our Soundtrack Our Stories’ initiative alongside ARIA after posting a now viral call-to-arms for Australian media and business to get behind homegrown music as it struggles under the pressure of a new wave of lockdowns, leading to action from Channel 7, Channel 9, Coles, 7-Eleven and Band Australia.

 

Earlier this year, in conjunction with the Sydney Opera House Jack River hosted an event using her platform to “pass the mic”. ‘Visions Of Us’ was an evening of music and poetry that united the voices of climate activism, First Nations leaders, and young artists. The event featured musical artists including Budjerah, and special guests Brooke Boney, Grace Tame and Kirli Saunders.

 

Both ‘We Are The Youth’ and its accompanying video serve as a celebration of the incredible work young people are performing all around the world, but also serves as a galvanising reminder of our collective power. “I want people to feel like this generation has their back if they’re taking urgent action” Holly says. “We’re all in this together, and every single individual’s actions matter.”

 


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IMMINENCE RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘GHOST’

IMMINENCE RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘GHOST’

IMMINENCE RELEASE

NEW SINGLE ‘GHOST’

 


 

Fronted by vocalist and violinist Eddie Berg, guitarists Harald Barrett & Alex Arnoldsson, drummer Peter Hanström and bass player Christian Höijer; IMMINENCE releases their new single ‘Ghost‘ – a psychedelic and supernatural cinematic experience that flirts with the occult and explores the darkest corners of the mind.

 

Following the success of previous single ‘Heaven In Hiding‘, that instantly became the fastest growing release in the bands history, even surpassing the previous record held by ‘Temptation‘ (May 2021), IMMINENCE has in a matter of a few months released two of the most successful metalcore songs of this year. Once again, the group displays their unrestrained diversity and dynamic approach with the new song ‘Ghost‘.

 

Director Pavel Trebukhin and IMMINENCE have invested more time and effort than ever on the video production, ensuring the viewer to experience a completely new level of artistic story-telling and raises the bar even higher for what can be expected from a quickly uprising metalcore act today.

 

The new single is a hard hitting fireball, mixing influences that haven’t been heard since the bands breakthrough single ‘The Sickness‘ (2015) with all the unique features the band has established as their very own, among others the unmistakable violin performance by singer Eddie Berg.

 

“Ghost is a perfect example of how the creative flow in Imminence just knows no boundaries. We don’t follow trends or try to fit our art into a format, rather we’re always eager to explore the unexpected.” – Harald Barrett (guitar)

 

The new single was recorded, mixed, and mastered in Sweden by Henrik Udd: Award-winning producer that has worked on some of the most critically acclaimed albums with acts such as ARCHITECTS, BRING ME THE HORIZON, AT THE GATES, and many more, including IMMINENCEas well.

 

Imminence – ‘Ghost’ Out Now Official single artwork below

 

After the remarkably successful announcement of the band’s exclusive acoustic tour “Live In Concert Halls“, granting the Swedish quintet a placing in Eventim’s Official Charts as one of the fastest selling tours in Germany, IMMINENCE recently announced a new European headline tour taking place in 19 cities during February & March 2022. All venue sizes has increased largely in capacity and these will be the bands biggest headline shows to date.

 

Since the release of »Turn The Light On: Deluxe Edition«, an album era that has acted as a significant milestone, where IMMINENCE took the step from being a promising up & comer to an established headline act, ‘Ghost‘ is the third new, heavy track the band has released in almost two years. With a placing in the Top 100 Official German Album charts, a sold-out run of album release shows and a 100% increase in ticket sales, and doubled venue capacities during the last EU headline tour, IMMINENCE has proven to be one of the most growing and exciting bands in the metal scene today.

 

IMMINENCE was formed in the south most part of Sweden and have over the years become one of the country’s most promising acts with a diverse sound and universe, embracing everything from metalcore to acoustic music. Founded in 2010 by Eddie and Harald when they were just teenagers, the band grew organically with a constantly expanding fan-base all over the world while touring actively in Europe since the release of the band’s breakthrough single ’The Sickness‘ (2015).

 

IMMINENCE has released three studio albums, »I« (2014), »This Is Goodbye« (2017) and »Turn The Light On« (2019).

 


 

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