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Josie Proto shares her debut body of work – Pub Songs: Volume 1 EP

Josie Proto shares her debut body of work – Pub Songs: Volume 1 EP

JOSIE PROTO

PUB SONGS: VOLUME 1 EP


Following a monumental start to her career this year, rising British talent Josie Proto today shares her debut body of work – Pub Songs: Volume 1 EP.

Josie has been steadily forging a path for herself throughout 2020, with her endearing, playful approach to music instantly capturing the attention of millions (as well as Lily Allen) via her confidence-inducing track “BTEC Lily Allen”, which immediately went viral across Tik Tok.

Follow up singles “Sliced Bread” (“a breakup song that’s not about crying into your pillow and burning photos of your ex”) and “Burner”, a playful critique on misinformation spread through social media, have been just as well received by the 19 year old’s rapidly growing fanbase, with a significant set of stats building for the British artist: 4.5M+ Tik Tok views, 50K+ across socials and 200K+ Spotify streams.

An intriguing young artist, Pub Songs: Volume 1 is an exciting window into the unique world of Josie Proto. Josie’s witty lyrical style – delivered in a quintessentially British manner – shines across the EP, capturing teenage experiences through her sharp, amusing song writing from a more matured, reflective angle. Paying full attention to all details of her craft, Josie skilfully brings these themes to light through the production’s usage of childish, naive, simple sounds; Game Boy synths and dinky pianos coated over toy-like drum beats.

Of the EP, Josie explained: “PUB SONGS: Volume 1 is a collection of angsty teenage pop songs in essence. Some of the songs were written when I was about 16 and others were written recently, but all of them will remind you of alcopops and crushes! I like to think that the songs in PUB SONGS really are a summation of my teen years and also of my personality. There are songs about escapism and wanting to run away and there are songs about hating the words ‘I Love You’; some are happy, some are angry and some are just plain moany! I think they feel like reading a bit of a diary that I used to keep or maybe a collation of phone conversations with best friends.”

Inspired by the vulnerability of Carole King and Nina Simone as well as the everyday relatability of Madness, at just 19 years old the British teen is taking all these formative sounds and experiences somewhere new. With acclaim already coming in from top-tier tastemakers like CLASH, EARMILK and Radio 1 amongst significant blog hype, Pub Songs: Volume 1 is a celebration of a well-earned buzz around the teenager and a marker of bigger things to come.

Tracklist:

  1. Sliced Bread
  2. BTEC Lily Allen
  3. Burner
  4. Wales
  5. 3 Words

Emerging British band MIYA MIYA share their debut EP Cold Blood

Emerging British band MIYA MIYA share their debut EP Cold Blood

MIYA MIYA

Cold Blood


The EP comes through as a polished, cohesive five-track body of work representing the band’s unique fusion of anthemic stadium sounds with alt-pop vibes which they have been gaining traction for in 2020.

Cold Blood’s two singles – the explosive “Underwater” (WATCH) and cinematic experience “Hometown” (WATCH) – have already racked up over 350K collective streams since launching earlier this year, with acclaim coming in from top-tier tastemakers such as Radio 1 and Clash alongside significant editorial support from Spotify – certifying the band’s reputation as a rising talent to keep tabs on. 

The four-piece – Ginnie (vocals), Jordan (vocals / keys), Gio (guitar) and James (drums) – started making music together after they connected at university. They formed a songwriting team to write and produce music for other artists, racking up credits with their unique, powerfully emotive style; most notably “All Night Long” by Jonas Blue & Retrovision, which hit top spots in streaming charts around the world and the No.1 spot on the Billboard Dance Chart.

They grew up listening to classic artists like Fleetwood Mac, Queen and Jeff Buckley, which has heavily influenced their ‘distressed glamour’ style and huge, layered music. This timeless sound, coupled with the inspiration from contemporary artists like Imagine Dragons and The Chainsmokers, has given MIYA MIYA an exciting combination that blends intimate storytelling with an epic stadium sound.

After honing their craft behind the scenes, 2020 marks MIYA MIYA’s first foray onto the scene as a fully-realised band with Cold Blood; a selection of captivating sounds from an undeniably talented collective stepping out into the spotlight who are sure to pick up heat through 2020 and beyond.

 

 

ZEKIEL REVEALS NEW SINGLE “9 DAYS STRAIGHT”

ZEKIEL REVEALS NEW SINGLE “9 DAYS STRAIGHT”

ZEKIEL REVEALS NEW SINGLE “9 DAYS STRAIGHT”


Sydney-based rapper ZEKIEL has returned with his new single “9 Days Straight”, a low-fi, trap-pop infused track that combines his signature melodic flow with the relatable and poignant message of feeling like a misfit.

The follow up to his 2019 track “Skipping School”, which saw ZEKIEL praised by the likes of PileRats and Life Without Andy, “9 Days Straight” tells the story of the exciting artist’s move to Sydney from his small hometown in Queensland. The lyrics speak to the heart of anyone who has ever felt misunderstood, overworked, and far from home, intolling, “take me back to the place I know, where the grass is green, and the love I get ain’t on a screen.”

 

 

“Everybody has their own personal battles and “9 Days Straight” is the story of mine,” said ZEKIEL. “A constant cycle of self reflection, addiction and disregard for my own well being. I had a bout of stress related insomnia at the end of 2019 when I wrote this song. At the time I would have only slept about 12-15 hours over 9 days (night shift work hours, struggling with addiction, poor diet)… I was physically exhausted, physiologically vulnerable and on the verge of a major breakdown. The chapter in my life I call; one step forward – two steps back. I wanted to highlight the contrast between the highs and the lows that I couldn’t seem to escape.”

The music video for “9 Days Straight”, premiered by Music Feeds, was shot almost entirely by Zekiel himself, and strongly conveys the idea of feeling lost and confused embodied by the song itself.

Growing up in the Queensland town of Mackay, 23-year-old ZEKIEL is one of six children. Moving to Brisbane at 18, ZEKIEL flexed his newfound passion for writing and performing, while working hard independently promoting his music, before the hustle saw him move to Sydney in 2019.

Quickly building a network of talented next-generation artists around him, ZEKIEL puts a particular emphasis on collaboration and championing the success of those around him. It’s something he believes that makes this new generation of musicians unique. Instead of viewing each other as competition in this cut-throat industry, they work collaboratively on each other’s projects.

Since moving to Sydney he’s worked with the likes of Thelma PlumCosmo’s Midnight and Jack Gray – as well as working as a topliner and guest writer.

Wise beyond his years, ZEKIEL says of his craft: “It’s hip-hop. It’s pop. It’s songwriting. It’s ZEKIEL. I love melodies, I love a good beat, but personally, I try to focus on storytelling more than anything. If I can connect to a concept or an idea, I can really hone in and bring it to life. If the lyrics stir a feeling or connect with somebody, then my job is done. Sometimes that feeling could be melancholy, other times it could be joy, that’s the beauty of songwriting and music. You are in control of what people hear and feel. I love that.”

“9 Days Straight” is available on all streaming platforms now.

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SONNY FODERA AND DOM DOLLA COLLAB FOR ‘MOVING BLIND’

SONNY FODERA AND DOM DOLLA COLLAB FOR ‘MOVING BLIND’

SONNY FODERA AND DOM DOLLA COLLAB FOR ‘MOVING BLIND’
FOLLOWING SOLD OUT TOUR


Following a string of huge sold out shows together, Sonny Fodera and Dom Dolla now team up for new single ‘Moving Blind’ via Sweat It Out / Solotoko.

Having teamed up for their first roadblock US tour in 2019, the start of 2020 saw Sonny Fodera and Dom Dolla back on the road by popular demand selling out over 10,000 tickets across The Shrine in LAMission Ballroom, Denver and The Midway, San Francisco.

Working on Moving Blind from an NYC studio amidst a busy touring schedule, the duo have already road tested this certified dance anthem, receiving incredible reactions along the way. Ahead of the rescheduled remaining co-headline East Coast dates in November, Moving Blind is set to satisfy the cravings of fans around the globe who eagerly await the chance to catch the duo in the flesh once more.

The accolades between the two are endless, with Sonny dominating both club and crossover realms with his critically acclaimed RISE LP last year, multiple Beatport no.1s and his recent single One Night alongside MK that amassed over 22 million streams whilst landing BBC Radio 1 daytime playlisting.

This new single also follows Dom’s remix for One Night adding further recognition to its release. Meanwhile, Dom’s recent originals  Take It and San Frandisco have amassed over 60 million streams combined, landing Beatport no.1 spots, earning him BBC Radio 1 Pete Tong’s future star and additional plays from R1, Triple J, Beats 1 and more.

With new tour dates in the pipeline, Sonny Fodera and Dom Dolla’s Moving Blind is set to continue the pair’s glowing partnership until clubland unveils its doors once more. Combining their undeniable skill, Moving Blind weaves husky vocal hooks with elastic synth leads and bumping basslines, making for a hypnotic house groover destined to be heard in its natural club setting and intimate home dancefloors alike.

Sonny Fodera, Dom Dolla – Moving Blind is out now via Sweat It Out / Solotoko.

 

BUY/STREAM: SONNY FODERA & DOM DOLLA – MOVING BLIND

 

 

DOM DOLLA AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2020
Tickets on sale now: http://bit.ly/DOMDOLLA2020

Thursday 22nd October – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide | 18+
Friday 23rd October – Centenary Warehouse, Perth | 18+
Thursday 29th October – Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane | 18+ SOLD OUT
Saturday 31st October – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney | 18+ SOLD OUT

SONNY FODERA X DOM DOLLA US TOUR
Tickets on sale now: https://sonnyxdom.com/

Thursday 5th November – Concord Music Hall, Chicago IL | 18+
Friday 6th November – Secret Warehouse, Brooklyn NY | 19+
Saturday 7th November – Big Night Live, Boston MA | 21+


For more info on Dom Dolla, visit:
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SYDNEY’S GRACE FARRISS SHARES FUNKY SINGLE ‘ALL THE PEOPLE’

SYDNEY’S GRACE FARRISS SHARES FUNKY SINGLE ‘ALL THE PEOPLE’

SYDNEY’S GRACE FARRISS SHARES FUNKY SINGLE ‘ALL THE PEOPLE’


Boasting a rich musical pedigree, it’s no surprise that explosive newcomer Grace Farriss is sure to impress and set tongues wagging as she today shares her impressive debut single, All The People, a funky fireball of a track with a powerful and timely message – to celebrate the interconnection between the diverse cultures that shape the world.

In a nutshell, Grace Farriss is a poet, singer, songwriter, composer, producer, painter, artist, author and environmentalist. Born into an artistic and musical family and the daughter of rock and roll royalty, Grace grew up in the United Kingdom and Australia, her parents Shelley Farriss, a lead theatre actor and yoga teacher and Andrew Farriss, a farmer and the main composer and songwriter for INXS.  Having played guitar for most of her life after being gifted a nylon string guitar from her parents for her twelth birthday, Farriss explains,I was always encouraged to play the piano and guitar growing up, we express a lot of music and art in our family and my Dad’s amazing writing style is genius and has inspired me beyond knowledge and so greatly.”

All The People was recorded and produced by Tony Buchen (The Preachers, Montaigne, G-Flip) in LA at his Lucy’s Meat Market Studio, and Valentine Recording Studios, and mastered by Leon Zervos (Amy Shark, P!nk, Maroon 5). It is a bold and soulful introduction to this exciting artist that oozes talent and fun with this effortlessly cool, 70s-inspired funky disco powerhouse track that is driven by crisp saxophones and gallant horns, balanced perfectly with a potently catchy, dreamy chorus – exceptional musicianship on full display here from the minute that drum beat, saxophone and bass groove hits.


All The People came about while I was thinking deeply about the larger and more worldly aspects of life,” Farriss explains. “The chord progression and rhythm of the song came first, very strongly, and then I put the melody and the lyrics over the top at the same time. I ended up singing the All The People lyrics unknowingly and the meaning became more obvious the more the song took life.”

Inspired by the world’s cultural diversity, Farriss says, “This song is an explosion of my heart and I feel in many ways at this time, the worlds heart. I have always had such a deep fascination with how all of the world’s cultures united and came to be and how we all interact with one another and interconnect through our wonderful cultural differences. What I feel other cultures teach you is that we are all one and the same, which I feel music and the arts certainly accomplish to bring this awareness to us all so intimately and so beautifully, internally and in celebration with one another.”

 

 

Currently studying her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, Farriss is also an Ambassador for both the Jane Goodall Institute and SeaShepherd, and has founded her own environmental institute, The Grace Earth Organisation.  I am an active advocate for the welfare of our earth and the environment we inhabit. I support environmental causes, as this is what feels most important to me,” insights Farriss. “I grew up with and have close relationships with Aboriginal people and Elders who have so much essential knowledge that have taught me a great deal about the land and world we live in, and I feel very fortunate to be a part of the movement towards us becoming more aware and conscious of our environment.”

Farriss is set to release her debut album Grace later this year, featuring performances from some of the world’s greatest musicians – The Section Quartet, Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley) on drums, Joey Waronker (Beck) on drums, Abe Rounds (Andrew Bird, Meshell Ndegeocello, Birds of Prey Score) on drums, Benji Lysaght (Adele, Father John Misty) on guitar, Ralph Carney (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and the B-52’s) on saxophone, John Kirby (Solange) on keys, and Todd M. Simon (Angel City All-Star Brass Band) on horns.

And as if she’s not busy enough, Farriss is also set to publish her first book, Poetry, Sayings and Stories that is due to hit bookstores later this year.

All The People is out now.

 

 

KIT ANNOUNCES DEBUT SINGLE AND VIDEO GOOD GUY

KIT ANNOUNCES DEBUT SINGLE AND VIDEO GOOD GUY

An integral part of the beloved Australian group All Our Exes Live In Texas, Kit (otherwise known as Katie Wighton) has announced her debut solo release, Good Guy.  A gritty, guitar-led powerhouse of a single, Good Guy calls out every dude who’s ever gotten away with bad behaviour.  Kit has also released a stellar clip to accompany Good Guy, created in collaboration with Gina Somfleth of Pop Candi Films (Merpire, Peach Noise, Press Club). 

Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Kit has had to be creative with her single launch shows. After performing at ISOLAID on March 22 she was inspired to do her single launch show live on Instagram. With support from Bonnie Songs , Nancie Schipper & Hannah Blackburn, Kit performed live from her livingroom on Friday April 17 at 7pm AEDT. She had a Bandcamp set up with the idea that people can buy the single and donate what they may have paid to come to the show, and a percentage of the proceeds from the night will also go to Support Act to help those who are seriously suffering in our musical community.

“I find it very interesting that at the moment the things we seem to be talking about are our healthcare workers and hospitals, schools and universities and The Arts. In a crisis, these things become the most important and I hope that when we get through this awful time we will remember that.” Kit remarks.  “Being creative can sometimes be a burden but right now, it’s our biggest asset. I’ve been doing the crossword on Instagram live and also have started an insta-choir – which is so much fun. I was sitting in my room playing a Hank Williams song and really missing the harmonies, so I chucked it up on my socials and asked people to send in their harmonies. The second week has really taken on a life of its own – we did Two Strong Hearts and had drums and bass and even a wine bottle solo! It’s so beautiful to connect with people safely and bring a little smile to people across the interwebs!

Co-written with Ali Barter (also featured on backing vocals) and created with producers Dave Symes (Boy and Bear, Sarah Blasko, Missy Higgins) and James Seymour (Merpire, Eaglemont), Good Guy is a sharp, hard-hitting track with a vital message.  One for fans of rockers Alex Lahey, Angel Olsen and Ruby Fields, Good Guy leads with its heart on its sleeve; with amps cranked and driving percussion alongside clever and playful melodies, this track is impossible to ignore.  Speaking on the inspiration behind the track, Kit explains, I wrote this song with Ali Barter last year after having one too many conversations with amazing women about men in the entertainment industry getting away with bad behaviour.  There is a long and specific story behind it, basically I was tired of hearing sad songs by incredible women about other remarkable women who were wronged – I just wanted to get mad about it. The chorus is kind of a G-rated ‘fuck the patriarchy’.  One of the lyrics is ‘it’s bigger than us both’.  The conversations stopped just being about my own sadness, anger, disappointment and horror and turned into ‘What the actual shit is going on around us?  How can we fix this?’

The clip for Good Guy reinforces the message behind the track wholeheartedly.  Reflecting on the video, Kit says, “It’s kind of alluding to the experience of someone seeming like a lovely person at first and lulling you into a semi-false sense of security.  Then bam, they do something shit and you’re all confused.  And I feel like it’s so common now.  Sometimes it’s not even something that bad.  Ghosting and not replying to texts, not going straight for a condom, not being honest and open about where they’re at.  Anyway, it’s that.  In a film clip.  You’ll just have to watch it to get the full scoop!  And it’s shot in Melbourne at some of my favourite spots!  The patriarchy is giving me a lot of creative fodder, ha!”

Good Guy is a far cry from the exquisite folk stylings of All Our Exes Live In Texas that fans might know Kit best for, but it’s all a melting pot of influences as she explains, “I’ve been listening to different music – more rocky, raw stuff.  We played folk songs for a long time and I got to a point where I wanted to yell a bit.  Get my punk on!  And have my own voice too.  The band has definitely been a part of KIT, even if it isn’t conscious.  Those women are a really important part of my music and emotional history and it would be naïve to think it hasn’t influenced KIT.”

 

Good Guy out now through Believe.

 

TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT | BLACK VEIL BRIDES ANNOUNCE THEIR AUSTRALIAN HEADLINE TOUR

TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT | BLACK VEIL BRIDES ANNOUNCE THEIR AUSTRALIAN HEADLINE TOUR

BLACK VEIL BRIDES
ANNOUNCE THEIR
AUSTRALIAN HEADLINE TOUR


Destroy All Lines are thrilled to announce the return of BLACK VEIL BRIDES for their Australian headline tour which sees them performing in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide in June. Their long-awaited return is the band’s first Australian shows in 6 years.

BLACK VEIL BRIDES have championed the isolated, the dismissed, and the forgotten since the band’s early inception. That ethos and spirit persists in the fully realized incarnation of the band whose image is the object of devotion and obsession, and whose anthems are sung in unison by an international audience, a diverse legion who refuse to surrender.

In an era when rock music is regularly declared “dead,” BLACK VEIL BRIDES music videos have been viewed over a half a billion times. The band (and its members including vocalist, Andy Biersack, who was named as one of the 100 Greatest Living Rock Stars by Revolver) Instagram and Twitter accounts command close to 10 million followers between them.

In late November 2019, BLACK VEIL BRIDES released two brand new songs, The Vengeance + Saints Of The Blood = The Night, on the band’s brand new label, Sumerian Records. “They came, they went, they’re back again–Black Veil Brides exude far more heavy metal tones than they ever did before, and we like it.” said Hysteria Magazine

BLACK VEIL BRIDES have an impressive stack of awards and accolades under their belt with multiple Kerrang! Awards, Revolver Golden Gods Awards and Alternative Press Music Awards. Vale, the group’s most recent full-length album, went to No. 1 on the US Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums chart.

The band’s tour history reads like a textbook of subcultural mile markers in the modern heavy music scene. An initial hardscrabble headlining outing in 2009 has been followed by multiple mainstage runs on the Vans Warped Tour; tours with Slash, Motley Crue, Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine; the massive Resurrection Tour, co-headlined by new labelmates Asking Alexandria; multiple US festivals, including Rock on the Range and Aftershock; and several appearances at the UK’s acclaimed Download Festival.

With a rightful reverence for the pop cultural icons of the past, the young outfit has nevertheless fashioned their own collective future, with relentless fury. In the hearts and minds of their fans, Black Veil Brides represents an unwillingness to compromise and a resistance to critics (personal and professional), fueled by the same fire as the group’s own heroes, the iconoclasts whose creative output, once dismissed, is now canonized.

Be sure to pick up your ticket for one of the hottest tours of the year.

Early Bird pre-sale: Wednesday 26 February, 9am local time
Sign up here to access: http://bit.ly/BVBAU20
General Public on sale: Friday 28 February, 9am local.Tickets from www.destroyalllines.com
BLACK VEIL BRIDES
AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
 
THURSDAY 25 JUNE: EATONS HILL, BRISBANE (LICENSED ALL AGES)
FRIDAY 26 JUNE: THE ROUNDHOUSE (UNSW), SYDNEY (LICENSED ALL AGES)
SATURDAY 27 JUNE: CROXTON BANDROOM, MELBOURNE (ALL AGES) – Afternoon
SATURDAY 27 JUNE: CROXTON BANDROOM, MELBOURNE (18+) – Evening
MONDAY 29 JUNE: THE GOV ADELAIDE (LICENSED ALL AGES)

 

REVIEW | IRISH BAND WALKING ON CARS ROCK OUT AT MAX WATTS

REVIEW | IRISH BAND WALKING ON CARS ROCK OUT AT MAX WATTS

We had the pleasure of seeing Irish band ‘Walking On Cars’ rock out at Max Watts in Melbourne for their first ever headline tour of Australia and NZ. 

It was a decent crowd turnout with the majority being Irish expats roaring on their heroes. They played a great variety of tracks from their 2 studio albums – Speeding Cars, Hand in Hand,’Too Emotional’ which was exactly that! Catch Me If You Can, Ship Goes Down,’ ’Don’t Mind Me’ from their brilliant 2016 debut release Everything this Way, and their latest release, ‘Monster’ which has 258 million streams and sounded brilliant!  Their tracks are heart/soul wrenching and unique!

Hailing from Dingle, Ireland these childhood friends looked very comfortable on stage with lead singer, Patrick Sheelhy engaging with the crowd regularly and expressing how happy they were to be performing ‘Down Under’ for the fans. The crowd knowing all the lyrics sing along enthusiastically, with Sheehy often pointing the mic into the crowd encouraging them to sing along with him. They were happy by the amazing response that were getting from the Melbourne crowd. You could see how much the crowd could feel the emotion and energy.

 

 

The band play the songs as if they were playing them for the first time, with every member of the band complimenting each other’s sound. You can see why they have such a massive following in Europe!

The 1 ½ set was a great chilled/rocking night, leaving all the fans and new fans wanting more! We highly recommend seeing them live! A great bunch of guys and we see a huge future ahead for them! Thanks for a great night!

 

 

WALKING ON CARS INTERVIEW

WALKING ON CARS INTERVIEW

 -Walking on Cars Interview –

” Being Creative is the Most Important Thing”

Irish natives Walking on Cars shot to fame in Ireland in 2012 with their debut single ‘Catch Me if you Can’ and have been shaking up the music scene ever since with their chart topping hits.

Following on from a summer of European festival shows and a sold out UK tour, the Irish natives make their Australian debut with shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Black of Hearts caught up with Keyboardist and Vocalist, Sorcha to talk about the bands spectacular new album ‘Colours’ and how they’re gearing up for a busy year.

 

How did you guys meet?

We met in Dingle the town where we grew up so we’ve known each other for a very long time. It’s a pretty small town where everyone knows everyone.

 

What motivated you to start playing music?

We started playing together at a time when we were all back in Dingle with a lot of time to spare, trying to figure out what to do with our lives and so initially it was just for fun. It was a natural progression to get to the point where we decided to take it seriously.

 

How did you come up with the band name?

It was a drunken idea after a gig one night.

 

How would you describe your sound to people?

It’s quite a full sound, very melodic with a mixture of rock and synth textures. We don’t try and stick to any genre in particular, it’s fun to keep it open and experiment.

 

Who are your biggest influences?

We have a lot of different musical influences. I’m a huge Arcade Fire fan. I come from a very musical house with a mixture of traditional Irish music and I trained in classical piano. Evan brings a rock vibe with some hip hop grooves, Paul used to play in a covers band so he has dipped in all the classics and Pa is very into singer/songwriters and any well written songs.

 

Name of your fav albums? Fav band?

My favourite albums are The Subarbs by Arcade Fire and Kingdoms In Colour by Maribou State. As a band though there’s definitely a few albums that have influenced us collectively especially when we first started making music together. Bon Iver’s Bon Iver, James Vincent Mc Morrow’s Early In The Morning and Ben Howard’s Every Kingdom.

 

Where do you gather song writing inspiration?

We have a studio space where we live, it’s quite isolated with amazing views.

 

Is there a main songwriter?

We all contribute to the songwriting and each song is different.

 

Is there a song you wished you had written?

Yellow by Coldplay

 

What is your song writing process?

Sometimes we Jam it out together in a room, sometimes we take more of a production approach and we also do a bit of Co-writing

 

We are loving your new album ‘Colours’! Esp tracks like ‘Monster’ and ‘Too Emotional’, is there a story behind these?

Monster is a song about facing something that has been negatively impacting you and Too Emotional is about when you’re so mad about someone that you get overwhelmed and can’t even talk to them.

 

You guys are about to do your first ever headline shows in Australia, New Zealand and Russia. Is there a venue/place your looking forward to playing the most?

We’ve heard loads about the Gactory Theatre in Sydney. Everyone keeps telling us it’s a super cool venue to play.

 

What has been the highlight of ‘Walking on Cars’ so far?

Selling out our Arena shows in Ireland and touring around the world is pretty amazing.

 

Where do you see yourselves in the next few years?

We’re going to continue making music and touring and just take it all as it comes. Being creative is the most import thing.

 

Last but not least, if you weren’t musicians, what do you think you would be doing today?

I’d love to have gotten into human rights, Paul would be surfing or golfing, Pa would be a soccer player and Evan would be a pilot. 

 

WATCH: ‘Monster’ by Walking on Cars

 

Dan McKie SINGLE ‘Old Skool New Kool’ OUT NOW

Dan McKie SINGLE ‘Old Skool New Kool’ OUT NOW

Barcelona-based, UK house producer and label boss Dan McKie heads into the second half of 2019 with new single ‘Old Skool New Kool’, out NOW on McKie’s 33 Music imprint.


A minimal cut brimming with tightly paced energy primed for the dance floor’s dark hours, the original edit sees McKie flick vocal samples and a smattering of disco melody up against relentless rhythms and brooding basslines. A big, dark and confident production, ‘Old Skool New Kool’ has reaped a wave of support from peers across the genre, including Tyree Cooper, Melodic Deep, Graham Gold, Roog, Oscar G, Per QX, Severino DJ (Horse Meat Disco), Lorenzo Al Dino, Kryder, Anna Lunoe, Treasure Fingers. The track also comes with Josh Wyen’s chugging, lingering progressive-tech remix, providing the perfect b-side to McKie’s own work.

Based in Barcelona and a regular in Ibiza thanks to his five-year residency at the iconic Café Mambo radio studios, McKie has been in the thick of Southern Europe’s renowned house scene for well over a decade. Supported by the likes of Danny Howard, Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Fatboy Slim, Rob Da Bank, Monki, B-Traits, Carl Cox, Vanilla Ace, Roger Sanchez and more, McKie has been bubbling under for long enough. With a string of original new music coming over the next couple of months, the UK artist looks set to finally take his place on the A-list as 2020 draws nearer.

 

 

DAN MCKIE ‘OLD SKOOL NEW KOOL’ (ORIGINAL & JOSH WYEN REMIX) IS AVAILABLE INTERNATIONALLY TO STREAM AND DOWNLOAD ON SEPTEMBER 20TH 2019 VIA 33 MUSIC.

DAN MCKIE // ABOUT:

An Ibiza, London, Barcelona and Andorra resident, Dan McKie the renowned DJ and producer behind an array of house and techno music across the entire spectrum of 4×4 genres. Be it funky disco groove, laid back beach vibes or dirty dance floors, Dan McKie is guaranteed to bring the fire. An eccentric, approachable and talented producer, Dan uses his unique and energetic blend of DJ sets to share his passion for electronica on the dance floor and in the ears of the iPhone generation. His work and his label releases (1980 Recordings) have been supported by the likes of Danny Howard, Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Fatboy Slim, Rob Da Bank, Monki, B-Traits, Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, Vanilla Ace, Roger Sanchez and many more. A regular over on the White Island of Ibiza with appearances at Space Ibiza, Es Vive, Turo Turo, Booom!, Carl Cox’s Sands and also Café Mambo Radio, Dan was also resident for Neil Moore and BFSB Radio as the official Ibiza Resident DJ, broadcasting live from the iconic Café Mambo studios from 2013 for a prolific five year stretch. He has toured regularly over the years as a Pacha Ibiza global ambassador and under his own moniker, playing venues in Egypt, the UK, Germany, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, the Ukraine, Belarus, Italy, Spain, Ireland and more.

DAN MCKIE // CONNECT:

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BACKSTREET BOYS ANNOUNCE DNA WORLD TOUR DATES FOR AUSTRALIA

BACKSTREET BOYS ANNOUNCE DNA WORLD TOUR DATES FOR AUSTRALIA

BACKSTREET BOYS
The Rumours Are True! DNA World Tour – Australian Tour Announced
+ Watch 60 Minutes on Channel 9 This Sunday Night To Preview The Tour!


Backstreet’s back, alright! Get your group together, because the biggest selling Boy Band of all time (100 million albums), the BACKSTREET BOYS are heading back to Australia in 2020 for a national arena tour. AJ McLean, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough and Kevin Richardson have been enthralling fans for more than 25 years and are expanding their massive world tour to Australia starting at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Wednesday, May 20 before visiting Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Featuring their signature, flawless choreography, costume changes, a pyramid-shaped stage of light, trap doors and giant video screens, Australian fans will experience their harmony-laden vocal prowess and arsenal of mega-watt hits such as; ‘I Want It That Way’‘Everybody (Backstreet’s Back’) and ‘As Long As You Love Me’, plus songs from their tenth studio album, “DNA”.

Tickets will go on sale at 12pm Monday, September 23.

Optus customers can be among the first to secure tickets during the Optus Perks presale, starting at 3pm (local time), Tuesday September 17. Visit optusperks.com.au or download My Optus App today.

My Live Nation members can secure tickets during the pre-sale starting at 3pm for all cities except Perth at 4pm Thursday, September 19.

For complete tour, ticket and VIP Experience information, visit: livenation.com.au.

For meet n greet information, visit: backstreetboys.com.

Fans can hear from the Boys and catch a preview of the DNA World Tour by watching 60 Minutes on Channel 9 this Sunday, September 15.

Touring in support of their tenth studio album and Billboard No. 1, DNA (Sony Music), DNA features the Grammy-nominated single ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ from Stuart Crichton (DNCE) and Jamie Hartman; ‘Chances’ penned by Ryan Tedder and Shawn Mendes plus songs written by Lauv (Charli XCX), Andy Grammer, and Mike Sabbath (J Balvin).

BSB analysed their individual DNA profiles to see what crucial element each member represents in the group’s DNA. Watch the video here, to see how their individual strains, when brought together, create the unstoppable and legendary Backstreet Boys.

That’s what I love about the DNA album,” says Kevin Richardson. “We were able to bring all of our influences and styles into one coherent piece of work. These songs are a great representation of who we are as individuals and who we are as a group. It’s our DNA. We’re really proud of that.

After 14 months of setting and breaking records in Las Vegas, BSB’s residency “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life” ended on April 27 following 80 shows.

Produced by Live Nation, the Backstreet Boys DNA World Tour – their largest arena tour in 18 years – began on May 11, 2019, with sell-out performances throughout Europe and the United Kingdom and is currently trekking across North America.

Vegas was amazing and the UK, European and US dates have been an absolute party,” says Howie D. “Now it’s time for us to visit our fans all over the world.”

The journey is ongoing with us and there is so much left to do,” added Brian Littrell. “We’re living the next chapter that hasn’t been told yet, and that’s exciting.”

Praise for The Backstreet Boys live;

‘There are trap doors, giant V-shaped video screens, a pyramid-type stage of light, impeccable choreography, numerous outfit changes and a whopping 32 songs’ – The Guardian (UK)
‘Two hours of pop perfection were matched by impressive vocals, a perfectly pitched setlist and proper interaction with the crowd. An array of tracks from new album DNA slotted seamlessly into the repertoire, but never distracted from revelling in the riches of the past’ – Express (UK)
‘Backstreet Boys party like its 1999’ – Variety Magazine
‘The performance was a reminder of a time when pop music was at its finest’ – Daily Star
The Backstreet Boys have spent the best part of two decades honing their craft, no other Boy Band compares.  For a night of pure nostalgia and entertainment, you do not want to miss them live in 2020.


BACKSTREET BOYS
The DNA World Tour – Australia 2020
BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
WEDNESDAY MAY 20

QUDOS BANK ARENA, SYDNEY
FRIDAY MAY 22

ROD LAVER ARENA, MELBOURNE
TUESDAY MAY 26

RAC ARENA, PERTH
SATURDAY MAY 30


TICKETS ON SALE 12PM MONDAY SEPTEMBER 23

Optus Perks pre-sale begins 3pm Tuesday, September 17 until 3pm Thursday, September 19
Live Nation pre-sale begins 3pm (4pm Perth) Thursday, September 19 until 11am Monday, September 23

For complete tour, ticket and VIP Experience information, visit:
backstreetboys.com & livenation.com.au

Steel Panther Release song ‘Gods of Pussy’

Steel Panther Release song ‘Gods of Pussy’

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RELEASE THE SONG ‘GODS OF PUSSY’ 

“GODS OF PUSSY” OUT NOW
“HEAVY METAL RULES” ALBUM OUT SEPTEMBER 27
https://lnk.to/HeavyMetalRules


On the heels of the recently announced new album and headline tour, California’s greatest export and relationship experts Steel Panther are releasing another song from their highly-anticipated upcoming album, Heavy Metal Rules. The song “Gods Of Pussy” is now available on all digital streaming services and is available as an instant download via all digital retailers.

Lyrically, “Gods Of Pussy” is a life manifesto as only vocalist Michael Starr, guitarist Satchel, bassist Lexxi Foxx and drummer Stix Zadinia can unleash upon the world. Fans can go to: https://lnk.to/HeavyMetalRules to check out the song.
The new album Heavy Metal Rules is scheduled for release on September 27th. The hard-partying foursome have created the heavy metal version of a self-help manual and ultimate party album combined. The new album is available for pre-order in various bundle configuration here: https://lnk.to/HeavyMetalRules.
For the uninitiated, Steel Panther was formed in 2000 and is comprised of Michael Starr (lead singer), Satchel (guitarist), Lexxi Foxx (bass) and Stix Zadinia (drums). Hailing from Los Angeles, the epicenter for rock n’ roll in all its debauchery and glamour, Steel Panther has established themselves as the world’s premier party band, melding hard rock virtuosity with parody and criminally good looks.

 

Steel Panther’s fifth studio album will be unleashed into the world on Friday September 27 and can be pre-ordered at https://lnk.to/HeavyMetalRules. Singles “All I Wanna do is Fuck (Myself Tonight)”, “Always Gonna Be a Ho” and “Gods Of Pussy” are out now!

 

 

 

 

BLACKBEAR RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA IN 2020 WITH ‘DEAD 2 THE WORLD TOUR’

BLACKBEAR RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA IN 2020 WITH ‘DEAD 2 THE WORLD TOUR’

BLACKBEAR
Returns to Australia in 2020 With “Dead 2 The World Tour”


Established songwriter and double-platinum selling artist,BLACKBEAR returns to Australia this summer with his brand-new album, “Anonymous” on the Dead 2 The World Tour.

The Palm Beach, Florida-raised, Matthew Tyler Musto, better known by his stage name blackbear is one of the most talented and musically inclined personalities in R&B. Currently on tour across Europe, the Australian leg will begin at The Tivoli in Brisbane on Tuesday, January 7 before heading to Melbourne and Sydney.

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 11am Tuesday September 24.

My Live Nation members can secure tickets first during the exclusive pre-sale beginning 10am Monday, September 23 until 10am Tuesday September 24.

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: livenation.com.au.

Blackbear is a rock star who defies genres. Swinging between hip-hop and punk, rapping and singing and the increasingly fragile wall between obscure internet culture and the mainstream, blackbear is a tattooed middle finger to all expectations. Covered in denim, he accompanies his listeners through the life of a rock star. It’s nihilism, drugs, sex, anxiety, and insensitive ex-girlfriends – it’s blackbear singing “do re mi fa, so fuckin ‘done with you, girl”, before moving on to the next destructive adventure.

With around a billion streams and collaborations with just about everyone, from 2 Chainz, Cam’ron, Machine Gun Kelly, Ne-Yo to T-Pain, blackbear is one of our most interesting rap hybrids of our time. After leaving Florida-based rock band, Polaroid, Musto relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to work with Ne-Yo and pursued a solo music career.

Throughout his 13-year music career, blackbear has released six EPs, five studio albums, and two collaborative albums. His most recent release, ‘hot girl bummer’ (Interscope/Universal Music Australia), has surpassed more than 25 million streams in just 3 weeks and currently placed at #34 on Spotify’s “Australia Top 50” chart.

The 28-year-old singer and songwriter has also produced songs for some of the biggest names in music including Justin Bieber, Linkin Park, G-Eazy and more.  Don’t miss out on this hot Florida rapper’s return to Australia this summer – catch him in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

 


BLACKBEAR
Dead 2 The World Tour – Australia 2020

THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE
TUESDAY JANUARY 7

170 RUSSELL, MELBOURNE
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 8

METRO THEATRE, SYDNEY
THURSDAY JANUARY 9


TICKETS ON SALE 11AM TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 24
Live Nation pre-sale begins 10am Monday, September 23 until 10am Tuesday September 24

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: beartrap.la & livenation.com.au
Listen to blackbear’s new single ‘hot girl bummer’ here.

 

 

 

LIAM GALLAGHER AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND TOUR 2019

LIAM GALLAGHER AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND TOUR 2019

Secret Sounds Present
LIAM GALLAGHER 
AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND TOUR 2019
WITH SPECIAL GUEST GERRY CINNAMON*
PRESALE: 10AM WED 04 SEP – 9AM THU 05 SEP LOCAL TIME
GENERAL SALES: 10AM THU 05 SEP LOCAL TIME
SIGN UP FOR PRESALE ACCESS: SECRETSOUNDS.COM


Once voted by the readers of Q Magazine as the “greatest front man of all time”, living legend Liam Gallagher will return to Australia and New Zealand in December as he celebrates the release of his massively anticipated second solo record, Why Me? Why Not? (out Sept 20).

Shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Auckland will give Australasian audiences a chance to revel in tracks from Gallagher’s untouchable back catalogue as well as taking in newer cuts from his more recent output.

Also on offer for Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane fans will be a stoic support set from independent Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Cinnamon, in the country to spruik his debut albumErratic Cinematic.

We all know the Oasis story by now: Manc lads discover the magic formula, pump out several anthems for a generation, release some of the highest selling (and most loved) albums of all time, define British guitar music, burn out in a blaze of glory…

Now, as we hurtle towards 2020, it’s a sheer delight to hear the unmistakable voice of Liam Gallagher producing music just as timeless as he did at the peak of Britpop’s heyday.

His debut solo album As You Were was released in October 2017, proving to be a critical and commercial success as it sold over 103,000 units in its first week and becoming the ninth fastest-selling debut of the decade in the UK.

Calling it a “debut” may seem a bit strange when we’re talking about an artist responsible for some of the most momentous albums in the history of recorded music, but Gallagher’s solo career to date has very much been about starting again with renewed vitality.

This attitude is on display through As It Were, a documentary released in June this year that documents the release of As You Were and the subsequent soul searching forced upon Gallagher in the wake of the break-up’s of Oasis, Beady Eye and several other personal relationships.

“I’m not doing this to be more famous, I’m f**king famous enough – you know what I mean,” he announces early in the film. “I’m not doing it for the money. I joined a band because I love music.”

With this typically confident catchcry in mind, Gallagher started work on his new record with super-producers Greg Kurstin and Andrew Wyatt, eventually pumping out Why Me, Why Not? and its stomping singles

‘Shockwave’ and ‘The River’. Both replete with oodles of the swagger and bluster that made Liam Gallagher a household name, the tunes are perfect precursors a much-anticipated sophomore release, both going down a treat at his recent Glastonbury performance.

In fact, if that show was anything to go by, audiences in Australia and New Zealand are in for something very special as Gallagher stacks his setlist with some of Oasis’ most well-known tunes and sends the likely lads and ladette’s into Supersonic ecstasy.


Secret Sounds Present
LIAM GALLAGHER 
AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND TOUR 2019
WITH SPECIAL GUEST GERRY CINNAMON*

FRI 06 DEC ‧ FORTITUDE MUSIC HALL ‧ BRISBANE *

SAT 07 DEC ‧ FAIRGROUNDS FESTIVAL ‧ BERRY

MON 09 DEC ‧ ENMORE THEATRE ‧ SYDNEY *

WED 11 DEC ‧ MARGARET COURT ARENA ‧ MELBOURNE *

SAT 14 DEC ‧ BIRD IN HAND ‧ ADELAIDE

TUE 17 DEC ‧ FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE ‧ FREMANTLE

FRI 20 DEC ‧ SPARK ARENA ‧ AUCKLAND


TOOL Releases Long-Awaited Album ‘Fear Inoculum’, Their First Album In 13 Years

TOOL Releases Long-Awaited Album ‘Fear Inoculum’, Their First Album In 13 Years

TOOL RELEASES LONG-AWAITED ALBUM FEAR INOCULUM, THEIR FIRST ALBUM IN 13 YEARS 

LISTEN TO THE YEAR’S MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUM NOW


The news arrives as the band announces a six-week North American tour, launching the trek on Oct. 13 at the Aftershock Festival.

Fear Inoculum’s release caps off over a decade of speculation and anticipation, with confirmation of the release arriving in May as the band flashed “August 30” from the stage as they performed two new songs:Descending and Invincible.

As August arrived, TOOL released their back catalog via digital service providers, seeing OpiateUndertowÆnimaLateralus and 10,000 Days rack up in excess of 20 million streams in the subsequent 48 hours and occupy the top five spots on iTunes’ Top 10 Album Charts. 23 years after its initial release, Ænima re-entered the ARIA Albums chart, arriving at #6, with Lateralus (#8), 10,000 Days (#9), Undertow (#21) and with Opiate (#43) making all 5 albums landing in the Top 50. The band also broke records in the US that week: taking four of the top five spots on Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums chart (the first act to achieve that feat upon digital release) and claiming 15 (of 25) spots on Billboard’s Rock Digital Song Sales chart.

The title track arrived as details surrounding the collection surfaced, including a limited-edition CD version of Fear Inoculum. The collectible offering, which was conceived by and directed by Adam Jones, features a 4” HD rechargeable screen with exclusive video footage, charging cable, 2 watt speaker, a 36-page booklet and a digital download card. A vinyl release will be announced soon.

TOOL formed in 1990, releasing four multi-platinum studio albums: Undertow (1993), Ænima (1996),Lateralus (2001) and 10,000 Days (2006); two EPs: 72826 (1991) and Opiate (1992) and the limited-edition boxset Salival (2000). The band has won three GRAMMY Awards®: Best Metal Performance(1998, “Ænima”), Best Metal Performance (2002, “Schism”) and Best Recording Package (2007,10,000 Days).

TOOL is Danny Carey (drums), Justin Chancellor (bass), Adam Jones (guitar) and Maynard James Keenan (vocals).