AUSTRALIAN SINGER SONGWRITER EMILY BARKER RETURNS HOME AND TURNS HER LYRICAL GAZE INWARDS ON FILMIC NEW ALBUM

AUSTRALIAN SINGER SONGWRITER EMILY BARKER RETURNS HOME AND TURNS HER LYRICAL GAZE INWARDS ON FILMIC NEW ALBUM

AUSTRALIAN SINGER SONGWRITER

EMILY BARKER

RETURNS HOME AND TURNS HER LYRICAL GAZE INWARDS ON FILMIC NEW ALBUM


The first song Emily Barker recorded for her latest record, Fragile as Humans, was its title track. To capture the “hyper-real recording” he desired, producer Luke Potashnick surrounded Barker with microphones at The Wool Hall, an impressive sixteenth century stone building converted into a studio by Tears For Fears in the early ’80s. She accompanied herself on Potashnick’s 1938 Gibson L37 archtop guitar. They recorded six takes, but the first was the best.

 

Written and recorded as her time living in the UK was coming to a close, Fragile as Humans sees Barker turn her lyrical gaze inwards. The expansive themes of her previous album, A Dark Murmuration of Words (released 2020), are replaced by an empathetic concern for matters more personal, familial, closer to home.

 

Feathered Thing was written while she navigated cumulative grief following a miscarriage. “It’s basically about grieving an idea or imagined future,” she clarifies of the song, the central image inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem ‘“Hope” is the thing with feathers’. Commencing gently, with oscillating piano and distant drums, the arrangement gradually transforms into an instrumental dervish of vibrant strings and cymbal crashes. Throughout, Barker’s vocals float and hover like a slipstreaming feather.

 

“I had this idea of putting Emily out front, diving further into what her voice could do and exploring much quieter parts of her voice,” Potashnick explains. “Every single line had to be faultless, otherwise the illusion and the contract between her and the listener would collapse.”

 

Barker’s introduction to Potashnick had come via their mutual friend, producer and engineer Dom Monks (Big Thief, Nick Cave, Laura Marling). Barker shared some demos she’d been working on and fondly recalls, “Luke noted my harmonic choices and lyrics – two aspects I’d worked particularly hard at – and asked what sort of album I’d like to make.”

 

Potashnick set about placing each song under the microscope, line by line. “I’d never spent so long working on the songs with a producer before and really trusted Luke with his background in songwriting,” Barker reflects. “The songs were made stronger through him pushing me to dig deeper, to tweak a part, to substantiate a choice.”

 

Barker worked on editing the songs while touring the States with Mary Chapin Carpenter, performing and refining them on the road. On her return she was ready to begin recording.

 

The album’s calling card, the filmic single Wild to be Sharing This Moment, introduced the production ideas: “We wanted to push the dynamics, so it could be intimate in parts and cinematic in others,” Barker reveals, “whilst also exercising restraint; creating tension.”

 

Ahead of the Fragile as Humans songwriting sessions, Barker wrote the word ‘EXPERIMENT!’ on a postcard and pinned it to a cork board in her writing room alongside family photos, postcards of Aretha Franklin and Red-tailed black cockatoos, and “a strip of paper from my niece wishing me a happy day”. This word, in all caps, served as a reminder for Barker to challenge herself creatively and actively pursue the unknown: “I wanted to favour the odd and less obvious lyric, chord progression, melody.”

 

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FRAGILE AS HUMANS ALBUM

 

 

 

The closing track, Acisoma, began as an imagined question to Sir David Attenborough about life and death, but soon metamorphosed into something completely different. “I sat at the piano and moved my fingers around trying not to think about it too much,” she recounts. “Some chords fell into a loose order, I set my voice free to roam and hit record on my iPhone. Listening back to my sketch, it didn’t sound like anything I’d written before – my word [EXPERIMENT!] had infiltrated my process.”

 

When it came to recording Acisoma, Potashnick revealed—just before hitting RECORD—that the microphone he’d set up was the one Dom Monks had used on Nick Cave’s vocals at Alexandra Palace. “I loved the sound of Idiot Prayer – using that very same mic lent me an appropriate mood for capturing the song.”

 

Potashnick’s vision is present throughout the album: the meditative, introverted Loneliness was a song Barker had envisioned with full-band production, but Potashnicks’s instinct was to keep it minimal: a felted piano, a dulcimer and a trio of strings to add haunting textures. Barker acknowledges, “Luke got it right…it’s lonelier this way.”

 

Half of the album’s tracks are solo, Barker accompanying herself either on guitar or piano. These songs were recorded first and then she was joined by the session players – Tim Harries (electric and double bass/piano/string arrangements), Tom Visser (drums) and Richard Causon (keys) – at The Wool Hall, tracking the remaining songs in a matter of days.

 

Album opener With Small We Start showcases the band, the song’s warm acoustic aesthetic drawing the listener into Barker’s discourse on the benefits of concentrating on the simple things in life.

 

Call it a Day chronicles Emily’s positive experiences – friendships, music connections – from two-plus decades spent living in the UK.

 

“Making this record was a beautiful way to wrap up my 21 years of living in the UK before heading home to WA,” she points out.

 

As a teenager, Barker left Western Australia, with an acoustic guitar and a backpack, first arriving in England in the summer of 2000. She has previously written entire albums about longing for home, but Fragile as Humans was inspired and written in both hemispheres: during a writing residency in Stroud, while people-watching at London’s Kings Cross station and upon returning to WA following the state’s strict, pandemic-related border closures.

 

The ten songs on Fragile as Humans take us on a deep dive into the human condition, an unflinching self-examination of grief, pain, loneliness and loss, at the same time sparkling with hope, optimism and connection.

 

“If I could choose one word for people to hold in their minds as they listen to this album,” Emily muses, “that word would be: compassion.”  

 

 

 

Fragile as Humans is scheduled for release on 3 May through Everyone Sang / Kartel Music Group.

 


 

EMILY BARKER LIVE SHOWS

Sat 15th  June 4:30pm Junction Records, Fremantle

Sat 15th June 7pm Vinyl Cafe, Leederville

Sat 29th  June – Bridgetown-Pottery Restaurant

Sun 30th  June – The Marritree presents @ Live in the Chapel, Witchcliffe

Sun 7th  July – Lyric’s Underground, Maylands (Perth)


 

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BILLIE EILISH ANNOUNCES ‘HIT ME HARD AND SOFT: THE TOUR’

BILLIE EILISH ANNOUNCES ‘HIT ME HARD AND SOFT: THE TOUR’

BILLIE EILISH

ANNOUNCES

HIT ME HARD AND SOFT: THE TOUR

 

2024/25 DATES REVEALED FOR AUSTRALIA, NORTH AMERICA, EUROPE, UNITED KINGDOM AND IRELAND
​AU PRESALE STARTS MAY 1 & GENERAL ONSALE BEGINS MAY 3

 

THIRD STUDIO ALBUM
HIT ME HARD AND SOFT OUT ON MAY 17
[DARKROOM/INTERSCOPE RECORDS]


Following the news of her highly anticipated third studio album HIT ME HARD AND SOFT, set for release on May 17 (pre-order/add/save here), Billie Eilish has announced Australian arena dates, produced by Live Nation and Frontier Touring, for her HIT ME HARD AND SOFT: THE TOUR. Starting in North America in September 2024, Eilish will embark on an Australian leg in February 2025, ahead of her European, U.K., and Ireland arena shows. For a full list of tour dates, see below or visit billieeilish.com.

 

Tickets for BILLIE EILISH: HIT ME HARD AND SOFT: THE TOUR will go on sale Friday 3 May – times staggered per market (see below in tour dates for full details).

 

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning next Wednesday 1 May (while supplies last) – this is one of the many entertainment benefits American Express Card Members can access. Presale start + end times will vary by market, check your local listings at billieeilish.com for more information.

 

Vodafone customers can secure early tickets during a pre-sale commencing Thursday 2 May (times staggered, refer below). Head to Vodafone.com.au/ticket for more information.

 

In keeping with her commitment to making a difference in the environmental impacts of her music and touring, a limited number of Changemaker Tickets will be available for the Australia dates. A portion of the proceeds from the Changemaker Ticket will support OzHarvest and other not-for-profit organisations in collaboration with Support + Feed addressing the impacts of food insecurity and the climate crisis.

 

Please note all shows have been announced and will go on sale on Friday 3rd May – no further Australian shows to be added. Get in fast to avoid disappointment!

 

 

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS


Billie Eilish will continue her long-standing partnership with environmental nonprofit REVERB on this tour, building on the success of previous efforts, which resulted in over $1 million donated to environmental, greenhouse gas reduction, and climate justice projects, more than 150,000 fan actions, and much more. Sustainability efforts on this tour will include reducing greenhouse gas pollution, decreasing single-use plastic waste, updating concession offerings to promote and encourage plant-based food options with Support+Feed, and supporting climate action.

 

ECO-VILLAGE


The Billie Eilish REVERB Eco-Villages will be set up at 2 locations in the main concourse of every show where fans can take part in the tour’s sustainability efforts, connect with nonprofits, and take meaningful action for people and the planet.

 

TRANSPORT


Fans are encouraged to join the effort to make the HIT ME HARD AND SOFT: THE TOUR more sustainable. Where possible, take public transportation and carpool to and from the shows to help reduce greenhouse gas pollution and encourage more public transportation options. Fans will receive information via email about public transportation options before the show.

 

VENUES

Venue partners are also helping to lessen the environmental footprint of the tour. In addition to efforts to decrease waste through reducing or eliminating single-use plastics and diverting landfill waste with compost and recycling, venues will be offering plant-based food options at all shows.

 

FAN PARTICIPATION


Bring an EMPTY reusable water bottle or donate for a custom RockNRefill Nalgene bottle to fill up at the free water refill stations located at each venue. The RockNRefill bottles and refill stations are located at the Eco-Villages located in the main concourse at all shows. Fight fast fashion by opting for thrifted, upcycled, or borrowed clothes instead of buying new clothing to wear to shows.

 

Billie Eilish’s forthcoming album, HIT ME HARD AND SOFT was written by Billie Eilish and FINNEAS, her brother and long-time collaborator, who also produced the album. HIT ME HARD AND SOFT will be available on all digital platforms, and in a continued effort to minimise waste and combat climate change; across all physical formats in limited variants on the same day, with the same track-listing and using 100% recyclable materials. For more information on all sustainable practices for this album release, please visit HERE.

 

 

 

 

HIT ME HARD AND SOFT is out everywhere on May 17.
Pre-order/add/save here.


BILLIE EILISH
HIT ME HARD AND SOFT: THE TOUR
AUSTRALIA
​FEBRUARY & MARCH 2025
Presented by Live Nation and Frontier Touring


 

AMERICAN EXPRESS MEMBERS PRE-SALE  ​ ​
​via www.Amex.com.au/Experiences
Wednesday 1 May – Thursday 2 May
Or until presale allocation exhausted
​Presale timings staggered per show, visit website for more details

 

FRONTIER MEMBER PRESALE
via frontiertouring.com/billieeilish
Thursday 2 May – Friday 3 May
Or until presale allocation exhausted
​Presale timings staggered per show, visit website for more details

 

LIVE NATION PRESALE
via livenation.com.au
Thursday 2 May – Friday 3 May
Or until presale allocation exhausted
​Presale timings staggered per show, visit website for more details

 

VODAFONE PRESALE
via Vodafone.com.au/ticket
Thursday 2 May – Friday 3 May
Or until presale allocation exhausted

 

TICKETS ON SALE
Begins: Friday 3 May (times staggered, see below)


ALL SHOWS ALL AGES

NO FURTHER SHOWS TO BE ADDED – GET IN FAST!


 

Tuesday 18 February
​Brisbane Entertainment Centre | Brisbane, QLD

​On sale: Friday 3 May (2pm AEST)
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Wednesday 19 February
​Brisbane Entertainment Centre | Brisbane, QLD

​On sale: Friday 3 May (2pm AEST)
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Friday 21 February
​Brisbane Entertainment Centre | Brisbane, QLD

​On sale: Friday 3 May (2pm AEST)
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Saturday 22 February
​Brisbane Entertainment Centre | Brisbane, QLD

​On sale: Friday 3 May (2pm AEST)
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Monday 24 February
​Qudos Bank Arena | Sydney, NSW
On sale: Friday 3 May (1pm AEST)
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Tuesday 25 February
​Qudos Bank Arena | Sydney, NSW
On sale: Friday 3 May (1pm AEST)
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Thursday 27 February
​Qudos Bank Arena | Sydney, NSW
On sale: Friday 3 May (1pm AEST)
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Friday 28 February
​Qudos Bank Arena | Sydney, NSW
On sale: Friday 3 May (1pm AEST)
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Tuesday 4 March
​Rod Laver Arena | Melbourne, VIC
On sale: Friday 3 May (3pm AEST)
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Wednesday 5 March
​Rod Laver Arena | Melbourne, VIC
On sale: Friday 3 May (3pm AEST)
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Friday 7 March
​Rod Laver Arena | Melbourne, VIC
On sale: Friday 3 May (3pm AEST)
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Saturday 8 March
​Rod Laver Arena | Melbourne, VIC
On sale: Friday 3 May (3pm AEST)
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We cannot guarantee any ticket purchase made through any means other than the official ticketing agents.


 

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TOURIST SHARES NEW ALBUM ‘MEMORY MORNING’ OUT NOW VIA MONDAY RECORDS

TOURIST SHARES NEW ALBUM ‘MEMORY MORNING’ OUT NOW VIA MONDAY RECORDS

TOURIST

SHARES NEW ALBUM

MEMORY MORNING

OUT NOW

VIA MONDAY RECORDS


Pioneering electronic musician Tourist shares his fifth album ‘Memory Morning’ out now, on his own imprint Monday Records.

 

Following the successful release of singles like ‘EST’, ‘Second Nature’, ‘A Little Bit Further’, ‘Valentine’, and ‘Crush’, Tourist’s new album, ‘Memory Morning’, promises an immersive journey through nostalgia and disorientation, offering a captivating departure from his previous works. Garnering support from a wide array of electronic music media outlets, including Pitchfork, Music Tech, DJ Mag, and Magnetic Mag, Tourist’s releases have enjoyed significant radio play, totaling 824 spins across 7 networks, including heavyweights like BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 Music, reaching a combined audience of over 8.3 million. Esteemed tastemakers such as Clara Amfo, Lauren Laverne, Pete Tong, Steve Lamacq, and Sian Eleri have all supported, with Tourist also set to take on the esteemed Radio 1 Essential Mix in July. 

 

Reflecting on the album’s creative journey, Tourist shares, “‘Memory Morning’ is one of those albums that really took shape as I wrote it. Often my music draws from specific life events, but this album truly lives in and was born from my imagination. I wanted to write something that felt like it whisked you away, an album that felt like a ‘place’, its own world, somewhere you might find new corners with each listen.”

 

With ‘Memory Morning’, Tourist explores new sonic territories, drawing inspiration from a diverse range of influences, including shoegaze, psychedelic music, and the lush strangeness of artists like Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, and The Avalanches. The album’s 10 tracks offer a rich tapestry of soundscapes, from swirling pianos to pulsating house beats, each contributing to an immersive and dreamlike atmosphere. Made with the same, simple home set-up he used during the pandemic – an OP1 synthesizer, a laptop, a smartphone – ‘Memory Morning’ moves away from explicit autobiography and towards a mood-based, instinctive style of electronic songwriting and composition.

 

 

 

 

Tourist further elaborates on the album’s concept, stating, “I wanted Memory Morning to be disorientating in the nicest possible way; to sound like a memory of the music you love.’ It’s the effervescent feeling of when you discover a new piece of music – and particularly in the act of listening on headphones, which is a miraculous experience that I think people take for granted, to feel as though you are physically inside the music.”

 

Growing up in London and Cornwall, Tourist fell in love with rave music played on pirate radio transmissions and club sound systems, which later evolved into a passion for the melodies of house and synth-pop, shaping the Tourist sound. Across several EPs, he has remixed a striking variety of artists, showcasing his versatility and creativity. After winning a Grammy Award in 2015 as a co-writer for Sam Smith’s massive hit single ‘Stay With Me’, he has released four albums under the moniker Tourist – 2016’s ‘U’, 2019’s ‘Wild’ and ‘Everyday’, and 2022’s ‘Inside Out’ – all on Monday Records.

 

Having garnered widespread acclaim for his previous album ‘Inside Out’, Tourist continues to push boundaries and captivate audiences worldwide with his innovative sound and soulful melodies. With accolades including a Grammy win and collaborations with industry giants like Sam Smith and The Weeknd, Tourist stands out as a visionary artist in the ever-evolving electronic music landscape. As the release of ‘Memory Morning’ approaches and with headline tours selling out rapidly, Tourist demonstrates that he is poised to captivate an even larger audience with his artistry.

 

 

 

ALBUM TRACKLIST

 

1.Lifted Out

2. A Little Bit Further

3. Valentine

4. Siren

5. Ithaca

6. Blink

7. EST

8. Second Nature

9. Crush

10. Memory Morning

 


 

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DONATACHI ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE ‘BAD DREAM’ MARKS PARTNERSHIP WITH FADER LABEL AND CENTRAL STATION RECORDS

Donatachi

DONATACHI

ANNOUNCNEW SINGLE

‘BAD DREAM’


Donatachi shares their latest single, ‘Bad Dream’ featuring the ARIA-nominated Muki. Marking Donatachi’s first release of 2024, it also signifies their official partnership with the esteemed FADER Label in the United States and Central Station Records in Australia and New Zealand.

 

‘Bad Dream’ is a hypnotic journey into the heart of eurodance, reimagined for the modern era. From the opening beats, trance and breaks of ‘Bad Dream’, the track’s nostalgic homage to ’90s dancefloor anthems is undeniable, yet its production is sleek and contemporary, offering a fresh take on a classic sound. The track’s production escorts listeners to the dancefloors of 90s eurodance clubs, while Muki’s vocals add a modern piquancy – a seasoned pairing.

 

‘Bad Dream’ distinguishes itself through a nuanced interplay of complexity and accessibility, a delicate equilibrium that speaks to Donatachi’s evolving artistry. The release of the single heralds a transformative moment, as evidenced by its striking artwork reminiscent of the iconic title card from ’90s anime classic “Neon Genesis Evangelion.” This stylistic departure not only underscores a shift in sonic direction but also foreshadows a bold new chapter for them.

 

Reflecting on the creation of the track, Donatachi states “During my first tour for ‘donatachi.com’ I developed a more intimate relationship with music, with the crowds and the relationship that we share. Every night was a different city with different punters but the collective bliss we felt was the same each time. The euphoric trance and breaks of Bad Dream were born in those clubs from the energy of those dance floors.” 

 

 

Donatachi speaks pure, blurry eyed sincerity into the rave. They take the molten core of proto trance and gives it a heartfelt, glittering new edge: packing it up in an acrylic Ken doll box, with a beautifully designed gloss, and turning the familiar into something ecstactic, comforting and new. In the last few years they’ve moved skilfully and playfully across the most enlightened forms of fast paced music, toying with bubblegum and jungle in equal measure.

 

As producer, DJ and pop girl, their work has courted attention from Ashnikko, Kim Petras, Slayyyter, that kid and Rina Sawayama, becoming a figurehead of hyperreal, impossibly fun electronic music. Their approach is crushingly heartfelt. Their singular style has connected quickly with audiences and established them as a link between Australia and forward thinking scenes abroad – a sentiment that has been absent in the country for many years.

 

Donatachi

 

The world they build finds digital parallels between safety and intensity – recalling chrome paint on a sportiva, a character selection screen, plastic sneakers so new they squeak when they move, DDR backing tracks, lip gloss spilling on latex, hyaluronic acid, and jet set radio future. To listen to Donatachi is to evade suffering and to be ridiculously in love.

 


 

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IDLES SHARE LATEST VIDEO FOR ‘POP POP POP’ TAKEN FROM ‘TANGK’

Idles

IDLES SHARE LATEST

VIDEO FOR ‘POP POP POP’

TAKEN FROM

ALBUM ‘TANGK’

 


 

IDLES share the new video for ‘POP POP POP’, a close-up in motion that sees Joe Talbot delivering the track’s singular lyrics, shot on location in Iceland. Widely acclaimed as one of the highlights from their critically-acclaimed fifth studio album TANGK, ‘POP POP POP’ is arguably the moment that deviates furthest from what you’d expect from IDLES. The sonic ambience is darker, a grittier hip-hop-tinged groove which lurches with grim menace. Yet the immediacy of its beat and Joe Talbot’s conversely upbeat lyricism with the terms “freudenfreude” and “joy on joy” balancing the sinister with the sweet.

 

 

IDLES share the new video for ‘POP POP POP’, a close-up in motion that sees Joe Talbot delivering the track’s singular lyrics, shot on location in Iceland. Widely acclaimed as one of the highlights from their critically-acclaimed fifth studio album TANGK, ‘POP POP POP’ is arguably the moment that deviates furthest from what you’d expect from IDLES. The sonic ambience is darker, a grittier hip-hop-tinged groove which lurches with grim menace. Yet the immediacy of its beat and Joe Talbot’s conversely upbeat lyricism with the terms “freudenfreude” and “joy on joy” balancing the sinister with the sweet.

 

IDLES are touring in Australia and New Zealand in January 2025, playing their biggest shows to date in the region. Tickets on sale now.

 


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ALTERJOY SHARES EXPERIMENTAL NEW ALT-METAL TUNE “WORLD SO LOUD”

Afterjoy

ALTERJOY SHARES

EXPERIMENTAL NEW

ALT-METAL TUNE

“WORLD SO LOUD”

 


 

Dark-pop solo powerhouse ALTERJOY shares new single World So Loud, tackling themes of hypocrisy, societal decay, and the consequences of human actions. The official music video will premiere this weekend in Sydney at Clipped TV’s Inner West Film Festival.

 

World So Loud critiques societal norms and behaviours, diving into the destructive cycle of hypocrisy and exploitation. Once again working alongside established producer ChrisLalic (Windwaker), Ben Heidrich, also known as ALTERJOY, explores the overwhelming and chaotic nature of the world in his new single, as the title suggests.“‘World So Loud’ encapsulates a sense of dissonance, noise, and confusion, reflecting the challenges and contradictions faced by individuals in society.” explains Heidrich. “It also implies the pervasive influence of external pressures and societal expectations that contribute to the struggle talked about in the lyrics.”

 

World So Loud carries over themes established in previous single Better Make A Move, which took a step into the dark side of ambition and desire, exploring our addiction to instant gratification and the hunger for attention as we prioritise status and wealth over human connection, particularly in such a social media driven society.

 

Afterjoy cover

 

ALTERJOY is the brainchild of singer songwriter Ben Heidrich, predominantly known for his role as drummer in Adelaide alternative metal outfit, The Daily Chase. Relocating to the Gold Coast last year, Heidrich ignites his creativity in the form of ALTERJOY, a project free from genre restraint and restriction. Experimenting with elements of EDM, metal, dark pop and hip hop, inspired by artists to the likes of Enter Shikari, BILMURI and Ghostmane, ALTERJOY borrows from a broad range of genres, setting out on a unique path of self discovery and sonic exploration.

 

Launching in 2023, This is Real became ALTERJOY’s debut single, a rock anthem built upon a cinematic landscape, paving the foundations of alternative pop rock mixed with EDM elements. A blend of dark synths and vibrant keys sought to strike listeners in the feels from the first drop. This years sophomore single Hella Good is a fierce and confident cover of a No Doubt favourite. The single reached tens of thousands of streams across YouTube and Spotify and further established ALTERJOY as a newcomer worth watching.

 

 

Launching in 2023, This is Real became ALTERJOY’s debut single, a rock anthem built upon a cinematic landscape, paving the foundations of alternative pop rock mixed with EDM elements. A blend of dark synths and vibrant keys sought to strike listeners in the feels from the first drop. This years sophomore single Hella Good is a fierce and confident cover of a No Doubt favourite. The single reached tens of thousands of streams across YouTube and Spotify and further established ALTERJOY as a newcomer worth watching.

 

World So Loud is available and streaming everywhere now.

 


 

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GOLD COAST ROCKERS HAMMERS RETURN WITH BRAND NEW SINGLE ‘TOP FUN’

GOLD COAST ROCKERS HAMMERS RETURN WITH BRAND NEW SINGLE ‘TOP FUN’

GOLD COAST ROCKERS

HAMMERS

RETURN WITH BRAND NEW SINGLE

TOP FUN

 

ARRIVES ARMED WITH TOP GUN-INSPIRED MUSIC VIDEO

PERFORMING AT WHERE WE BELONG FESTIVAL IN REDCLIFFE
ALONGSIDE BUTTERFINGERS & MORE THIS MAY


Do you feel the need, the need for speed?

 

Sliding off the sweaty back of a long, hot Gold Coast summer, local riff-slingers HAMMERS are set to start dropping song bombs all across the land, kicking off with their brand new single Top Fun, out now via Summerland Records.

 

Taken from the band’s debut full length LP mud-mapped for a late 2024 release, Top Fun serves up a punch that leaves you wanting more, with all the trademark HAMMERS rowdy feel-good vibes welded with sharp execution. Top Fun also mark’s the quartet’s first new music since releasing their 2020 EP Kicking Goals.

 

A wild rock’n’roll ride mixed with high octane grooves, filthy riffs, and more hooks than Rex Hunt’s tackle box, Top Fun was ultimately inspired by the seminal volleyball scene from the 1986 Tom Cruise classic Top Gun, with the lyrics also centered around classic Aussie summer vibes.

 

“The video itself was thematically inspired by the volleyball scene from the OG 1986 Top Gun flick – which is a story in itself – but lyrically, we did our best to sh!t-stain it with all the typical Aussie Summer nostalgia and imagery that we love most about our twisted culture,” shares vocalist and guitarist Lucas Stone of Top Fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forging unpredictable grooves, jagged riffs and tasty hooks, Gold Coast/Northern Rivers rockers HAMMERS are Australia’s answer to the lovechild of Every Time I DieHe Is Legend and Alice In Chains. Comprising vocalist Leigh ‘Fish’ Dowling, guitarist and vocalist Lucas Stone, bassist Ricky T and drummer Ryan ‘Ruckus’ Lucas, the trademark HAMMERS brand gifts a rock’n’roll explosion for the ages, bringing together passion, technicality and an affable tongue-in-cheek swagger.

 

A grower and a shower, a lover and a fighter, Hammers are unapologetically flying the flag for true blue Australian rock’n’roll in a modern industry where fortune rarely seems to favour the bold. But, in true HAMMERS fashion, the quartet’s uncompromising wares have continually transcended any roadblocks in their way, striking an unforgettable balance between flippant fun and searing substance without sacrificing genuine craftsmanship. Equally in-demand onstage as they are for their diverse sonic smorgasbord, the brawny might of HAMMERS is only amplified further by the band’s boisterous musical flavours, Aussie spirit and authentic camaraderie.

 

Sharing stages across the country in 2023 supporting their brothers from North Carolina He Is Legend nationally, HAMMERS also launched their own Weekend Bender touring initiative in 2024, a campaign aimed at reaching as many of the too often music-staved Aussie communities in regional areas. Visiting regional areas one weekend at a time, the first Weekend Bender series saw HAMMERS blast stages at the Sunshine Coast, Ipswich and Maryborough, with more locations to be announced.

 

The band also recently launched their very own Patreon hub, with multiple budget-friendly tiers on offer directly curated to foster the HAMMERS community. Expect plenty of extra HAMMERS fun, including sneak peeks, Patreon-only perks and more.

 

And if that’s not enough excitement, HAMMERS are also holed up in the studio chiselling away at what is shaping up to be an absolute chokehold of a debut full-length album. Stay tuned for more to come.

 

“We’re that excited about this upcoming record and where we’re headed with the new material,” Stone concludes. “Top Fun is definitely the perfect fire starter for what’s to come and we’re pulling out all the stops on this one so saddle up!”

 

 

 


 

WHERE WE BELONG FESTIVAL
Saturday 18 May
Picnic Hill, Redcliffe

Get ready Redcliffe! Where We Belong Festival is heading your way! Redcliffe’s biggest music festival will be happening at Picnic Hill, May 18.

The one and only BUTTERFINGERS will be headlining this years event, bringing with them a huge showcase of local bands!

With food trucks, Merch stands and a Beer Garden! Everything you could ever need for a good ole fashion day on the green.

Tickets are on sale now, so do not miss out on this festival goodness!

Gates open 12pm
Tickets $45
Tickets available here.


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MELBOURNE POP POWERHOUSE GREG GOULD RELEASES SEXUAL ABUSE ANTHEM ‘WHO GAVE YOU PERMISSION?’

MELBOURNE POP POWERHOUSE GREG GOULD RELEASES SEXUAL ABUSE ANTHEM ‘WHO GAVE YOU PERMISSION?’

MELBOURNE POP POWERHOUSE

GREG GOULD

RELEASES SEXUAL ABUSE ANTHEM

WHO GAVE YOU PERMISSION?’


Primal, moody and inescapably moving, the powerful new single Who Gave You Permission? out now from Australian powerhouse Greg Gould is a potent blend of pop, soul and searing intimacy. With an accompanying music video slated to land next week, and also set to captivate crowds with his latest release live in action throughout 2024, including onstage at SYNTHONY, Australia’s biggest orchestrated dance party this June, Gould also vigorously tackles exceedingly difficult narrative terrain via Who Gave You Permission? with unwavering finesse and poise.

 

Opening with a melancholic piano line, Who Gave You Permission? swells alongside Gould’s cogent vocals, ultimately building into a formidable primal pop anthem. Equally gripping musically as it is lyrically, Who Gave You Permission? weaves nods to the likes of Benson Boone, Rag’n’Bone Man, Teddy Swims and Sam Smith while also profoundly detailing an exceedingly personal experience for Gould himself.

 

 

 

“To be honest I’m only just starting to feel comfortable to talk about this,” shares Gould. “The first time I performed the song live I burst into tears. I have been a victim of sexual abuse on four separate occasions in all very different circumstances from when I was 10 years old, right up until I was 30. Each time left me feeling so violated, so powerless, paralysed. Nobody has the right to touch you without permission. No means no. It was a very emotional, heart wrenching and confronting experience to write this song to be honest as I’d pushed a lot of those feelings and
experiences down and hadn’t dealt with them – it took a while for me to be ok to admit it. There is a stigma around sexual abuse in general, and I do think it can be really difficult for men who are the victim – whether it be at the hands of another man or a woman. In my case, it was both on separate occasions. I want other men to feel comfortable to talk about this and speak up too.”

 

Seeking to empower fellow survivors through Who Gave You Permission? Gould co-wrote the compelling new single with Benedict, working alongside Gould to unpack his trauma and ultimately pen a connective and sonically robust ode to survival, along with production by Sydney duo Cressbrook, with live strings composed by Ryan Youens. With a striking music video set to accompany this deeply powerful song on April 20, filmed in Gould’s home state, the clip for Who Gave You Permission? flourishes with its sonic elegance alongside poignant visuals to further
amplify the driving message at the track’s core. “The music video features a protagonist moving through an old house,” shares Gould.” As they enter each room, a different storyline unfolds, each scenario reveals as we move back and forth between the rooms. I wanted to highlight that sexual abuse can happen in many forms and in many ways…without over-dramatising or sensationalising it.”

 

A creative cauldron from way back, Greg Gould began singing the moment he could talk; a talent which ultimately followed him to securing the runner up slot at the grand finale of Australia’s Got Talent in 2013. Following his Australia’s Got Talent success, Gould has gone on to generate
millions of streams as well as views of his award-winning videos, perform multiple sold out shows and festivals, tour the globe and ignite charts at home and abroad; and all while continuing to foster and grow an authentic connection with his fans through his heartfelt creations.

From snagging the #1 spot on the iTunes Albums charts via his 2020 album 1998, through to collaborating with En Vogue’s Maxine Jones (“a real pinch me moment”, Gould shares), Gould’s proudest moment to date remains releasing his first-ever self-directed music video, a cover of
En Vogue’s 1996 smash single Don’t Let Go (Love) with the song’s heart wrenching video having amassed an impressive 20 million+ views. Fast-forward to 2024, and Gould has embraced the mixture of excitement, anxiety, nerves and relief to unveil the vulnerable yet hopeful Who Gave You Permission? with the latest track also offering a hint as to what’s to come from Gould’s debut album of original songs, Strings Attached, set for release July 12, including his duet with one of the Philippines’ most successful artists, Morissette called Love It All Out (co-written by Bachelor Girl’s Tania Doko) which recently hit over 1 million views on TikTok. Gould has also written and performed the main song for the credits of a new Australian feature film getting its theatrical release later this year, which is set to debut at the Berlin International Film Festival.

 

Set to perform Who Gave You Permission? at an array of events this April and June, fans can expect to hear Gould’s latest track live in action alongside many other original songs. As to what fans can expect in the not too distant future? “Whether the subject matter is darker or lighter, guests at my shows can expect big vocals, big moments and lot of fun,” Gould enthuses. “I love to perform and I’m excited for the next 12 months! I’ve got big plans and even bigger dreams. I am so proud that Who Gave You Permission? is out now and I’m moving forward both personally and professionally! I would love if even one survivor of abuse feels stronger as a result of hearing this song. I want people to know they are seen, they are heard and they are believed. We won’t be broken.”

 

Who Gave You Permission? is out now.
Strings Attached is out July 12.

 

 

 

GREG GOULD – UPCOMING SHOWS

KEEP THE FAITH – GEORGE MICHAEL & WHITNEY HOUSTON
SAT 13 APR | LOEV, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+
Tickets available from loevmoorabbin.com | All Eventbrite Outlets

GREEK LEGENDS OF THE 20TH CENTURY
SAT 20 APR | STATE THEATRE, SYDNEY NSW | ALL AGES
Tickets available from www.ticketmaster.com.au | All Ticketmaster Outlets

GREEK LEGENDS OF THE 20TH CENTURY
FRI 10 MAY | PALAIS THEATRE, MELBOURNE VIC | ALL AGES
Tickets available from www.ticketmaster.com.au | All Ticketmaster Outlets

KEEP THE FAITH – GEORGE MICHAEL & WHITNEY HOUSTON
SAT 18 MAY | ROYAL BRIGHTON YACHT CLUB, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+
Tickets available from trybooking.com
SYNTHONY
FRI 7 & SAT 8 JUNE | CARRIAGEWORKS, SYDNEY NSW | 18+
Tickets available from www.carriageworks.com.au


 

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MICHAEL MARCAGI ANNOUNCES DEBUT AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND TOUR FOR JULY 2024

MICHAEL MARCAGI ANNOUNCES DEBUT AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND TOUR FOR JULY 2024

MICHAEL MARCAGI

ANNOUNCES DEBUT AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND TOUR FOR JULY 2024


Frontier Touring is thrilled to announce US singer-songwriter Michael Marcagi will make his debut in Australia and New Zealand with a series of headline shows this July.

 

The Scared To Start’ hitmaker will kick off his antipodean visit with a show at Auckland’s Powerstation on Saturday 13 July, before taking in Australia’s East Coast with stops in BrisbaneMelbourne and Sydney.

 

Frontier Members can access presale tickets on Monday 15 April from 11am local time before general tickets go on sale Tuesday 16 April from 12pm local time. Tickets and tour information via frontiertouring.com/michaelmarcagi.

 

A homegrown success story with a career built largely through grassroots social media support, Michael Marcagi earned his legion of fans with a folk-rock and age-old American sound listeners yearned for. Destined to be a performer, Marcagi grew up playing in rock bands in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, before he began creating and posting solo endeavours on TikTok, his videos drawing in fans from across the world.

 

Viral track Scared To Start’ pushed his TikTok view counts into the millions, and catapulted Marcagi into the spotlight at the start of 2024. Reaching the Top 10 in the UK and US as well as Top 20 in Australia and New Zealand, the song’s instant popularity cemented Michael’s status as a folk prodigy, securing a record deal with only two songs to his name.

 

Releasing his highly anticipated debut EP American Romance earlier this year, the project exudes timeless sounds and songwriting that proved Marcagi’s talent for authentic storytelling. Working with producer David Baron (Lana Del Rey, The Lumineers, Shania Twain), the two were able to create a debut album that excelled, with Ones To Watch naming it “the calling card of one of 2024’s most exciting new artists”.

 

Now, with global streams of more than 100 million and close to 20 million monthly listeners on Spotify, Marcagi will hit the road for the first time this year as a signed artist, poised to continue his incredible trajectory. Touring internationally later this month, he will play headline shows across the UK and Europe, with a number of shows already sold out. Returning home to the US for a string of sold out headline shows in May before heading to Australia and New Zealand for the first time, don’t miss Michael Marcagi playing intimate venues on his debut down under this July.


FRONTIER MEMBER PRESALE
via frontiertouring.com/michaelmarcagi
Runs 24 hours from: Monday 15 April (11am local time)
or until presale allocation exhausted

TICKETS ON SALE
Begins: Tuesday 16 April (12pm local time)

 

 

SATURDAY 13 JULY
​Powerstation | Auckland, NZ (18+)
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MONDAY 15 JULY
​The Triffid | Brisbane, QLD (18+)
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WEDNESDAY 17 JULY
​170 Russell | Melbourne, VIC
 (18+)
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SUNDAY 21 JULY
​Metro Theatre | Sydney, NSW (Lic. All Ages)

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We cannot guarantee any ticket purchase made through any means other than the official ticketing agents listed on the Frontier website.


 

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SIMPLE PLAN AUSTRALIAN TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS BOYS LIKE GIRLS, WE THE KINGS & JAX IS OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT!

SIMPLE PLAN AUSTRALIAN TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS BOYS LIKE GIRLS, WE THE KINGS & JAX IS OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT!

SIMPLE PLAN
AUSTRALIAN TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

BOYS LIKE GIRLS,
WE THE KINGS & JAX
IS OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT!


It’s been an unforgettable start to a truly iconic tour, with Canadian rockers SIMPLE PLAN currently on our shores for their 2024 Australian run. And as of today, SIMPLE PLAN‘s entire down under tour is now officially sold out, with sold out signs hung up for all shows alongside supports BOYS LIKE GIRLSWE THE KINGS and JAX.

 

“Thank you so much to all of our amazing Aussie fans for selling out every single date of the tour! We’ve been coming to Australia since 2003 and the shows just keep getting better and better. We absolutely love playing here and we’re so grateful for all your love and support. We already can’t wait to come back!”
– Simple Plan

 

As the song goes: “I’m gonna be iconic, yeah”. One of the most enduring names in the world of pop punk, Canadian rockers SIMPLE PLAN have returned to Australia in 2024. From their new millennium rise to MTV superstardom through to pop punk’s modern resurgence that has introduced their iconic, multi-platinum sound to new audiences around the world, Simple Plan have been an indelible part of pop culture for more than two decades, dominated by the fact that they’ve never lost sight of what got them there in the first place: their fans.

 

The quartet, formed in Montreal in 1999, enjoy the rare sort of artist-audience dynamic that’s never dulled over time. Free agents for the first time in their storied career, 2022 saw SIMPLE PLAN keep their circle tight to bring to life their sixth studio album Harder Than It Looks, with a lack of deadlines and pressure from external forces enabling them to finally deliver the record they wholeheartedly wanted to make. In doing so, they rekindled a spark they didn’t know was missing.

 

Revered for their timeless and immersive live performances, as well as smash singles including I’m Just a Kid and Welcome to My LifeSIMPLE PLAN‘s touring history spans Blink-182, Green Day, Avril Lavigne and Good Charlotte, as well as unforgettable festival sets across the globe, including their show-stopping appearance at Australia’s Good Things Festival in 2019.

 

Since forming as teenagers in 2004, BOYS LIKE GIRLS have skyrocketed from their humble beginnings in damp basements and garages to wielding half a billion Spotify streams alongside multiple platinum and gold-certified releases. Following a hiatus and eventual jubilant return in 2016, BOYS LIKE GIRLS are set to release their first new album in over a decade, with SUNDAY AT FOXWOODS due out in 2023 before returning once more down under in 2024.

 

Armed with a buoyant spirit and emotionally poignant songwriting, Florida’s WE THE KINGS erupted straight outta the gates in 2007 with their self-titled debut album, spawning the ear-candy single Check Yes Juliet which would go on to claim its stake as one of the most iconic songs of the late 2000s. Now in command of eight studio albums and a ever-growing legion of fans, WE THE KINGS‘ catchy material is as renowned their charismatic live show.

 

JAX, a music and social media sensation after amassing close to 15 million TikTok followers and releasing her top 40 smash-hit Victoria’s Secret in 2022 has captivated audiences around the world with her powerful vocals and dynamic performances. Recently collaborating with SIMPLE PLAN on a reimagined version of the band’s single Iconic, JAX showcases her versatility and ability to seamlessly fuse different genres of music.

 

SIMPLE PLAN continue their Australian run tonight in Melbourne, before performing in Sydney, ticking off two shows in Brisbane and closing out on Thursday 18 April for a second and final performance in Sydney closing out this monumental tour.


 

SIMPLE PLAN
AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2024
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
BOYS LIKE GIRLS, WE THE KINGS & JAX

SATURDAY 6 APRIL – METRO CITY, PERTH SOLD OUT
SUNDAY 7 APRIL – METRO CITY, PERTH SOLD OUT
TUESDAY 9 APRIL – ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE THEATRE, ADELAIDE SOLD OUT
THURSDAY 11 APRIL – JOHN CAIN ARENA, MELBOURNE SOLD OUT
SATURDAY 13 APRIL – HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY SOLD OUT
SUNDAY 14 APRIL – FORTITUDE MUSIC HALL, BRISBANE SOLD OUT
MONDAY 15 APRIL – FORTITUDE MUSIC HALL, BRISBANE SOLD OUT
THURSDAY 18 APRIL – HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY SOLD OUT


 

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MAHALIA ANNOUNCES BECCA HATCH AS SPECIAL GUEST ON IN REAL LIFE AUSTRALIAN YOUR THIS APRIL & MAY

MAHALIA ANNOUNCES BECCA HATCH AS SPECIAL GUEST ON IN REAL LIFE AUSTRALIAN YOUR THIS APRIL & MAY

MAHALIA

ANNOUNCES BECCA HATCH

AS SPECIAL GUEST ON IN REAL LIFE AUSTRALIAN YOUR THIS APRIL & MAY


Grammy-nominated UK singer-songwriter Mahalia has announced she will bring local music sensation Becca Hatch on the road for her In Real Life Australian tour this April and May. ​

 

Delivering soul well beyond her years, Becca Hatch has curated a space in the Australian contemporary R&B and dance scene that is entirely her own. Rising to prominence after winning triple j’s Unearthed High Indigenous Initiative in 2017, Becca has established herself as a dynamic artist on a fast upward trajectory.

 

Recent releases ‘Without You’ and ‘Blessed’ have seen Becca diversify her sound, embracing the dance-pop realm while staying true to her soul and R&B roots. More self-assured than ever, her first release of 2024, ‘Bass Keeps Calling’, is a playful drum and bass track reminiscent of nights out with friends and letting go of inhibitions. ​

 

”I’m so excited to be joining Mahalia on tour!!! I’ve been a massive fan of her since I was in high school. I literally have memories blasting ‘I Wish I Missed My Ex’ on my car speakers while singing along with my best friend. It’s not often you get the opportunity to support an international artist as incredible as Mahalia and I can’t wait. I’m feeling extremely grateful and excited to play all the new music I’ve been working on!” said Becca.

 

Mahalia returns to Australia for the first time since 2020 and for her biggest Australian tour yet, after playing Laneway Festival and selling out Sydney and Melbourne headline shows on her last visit. ​

 

2023 delivered Mahalia’s biggest year yet, the songstress playing a huge sold-out UK and European tour, collaborating with legendary US pop/R&B superstar JoJo on single ‘Cheat’ and releasing her second album IRL. With a live show that’s been touted as “powerful, bold and raw both vocally and emotionally.” (Epigram) and a “glittering gem” (NME) of an album under belt, watch this space as Mahalia’s star continues to rise in 2024. ​

 

As she lands down under for her biggest ever Australian shows, Mahalia’s intoxicating live presence will be sure to wow her adoring fans. Effortlessly weaving soul, sleek 70s and contemporary R&B in one enchanting concoction, Mahalia will take audiences on a journey with hits ‘What You Did’ (feat. Ella Mai), ‘Simmer’ (feat. Burna Boy) and ‘I Wish I Missed My Ex’, as well as tracks from IRL, on her anticipated return.


 

MAHALIA
​WITH SPECIAL GUEST BECCA HATCH
​IN REAL LIFE TOUR
​AUSTRALIA
​APRIL & MAY 2024
Presented by Chugg Entertainment & Frontier Touring

 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW
via frontiertouring.com/mahalia


Tuesday 30 April
​Astor Theatre | Perth, WA
Lic. All Ages
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Thursday 2 May
​Hindley Street Music Hall | Adelaide, SA
18+
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Saturday 4 May
​Forum Melbourne | Melbourne, VIC
18+
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Monday 6 May
​Enmore Theatre | Sydney, NSW
Lic. All Ages
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Wednesday 8 May
​The Tivoli | Brisbane, QLD
18+
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We cannot guarantee any ticket purchase made through any means other than the official ticketing agents listed on the Frontier website.


 


 

 

 

CREATURE FEAR RELEASE NEW SINGLE “SORBET” AHEAD OF HIGHLY ANTICIPATED RETURN TO THE HEADLINE STAGE

CREATURE FEAR RELEASE NEW SINGLE “SORBET” AHEAD OF HIGHLY ANTICIPATED RETURN TO THE HEADLINE STAGE

CREATURE FEAR

RELEASE NEW SINGLE

SORBET

AHEAD OF HIGHLY ANTICIPATED RETURN TO THE HEADLINE STAGE

 

SINGLE LAUNCH TOUR ON SALE NOW


Naarm-based retro pop / garage rock outfit Creature Fear today return with their first release of 2024 – the tongue-in-cheek, introspective new single “Sorbet”. Stream HERE. “Sorbet” arrives ahead of the band’s first headline shows in almost two years, and as songwriter and vocalist Cameron Graham reflects, was “composed in a state of self-awareness and frustration.”

 

“The song paints a picture of an unhealthy relationship with food, using it as a coping mechanism and the complications that surround it,” he continues. “While it was written in a way that’s somewhat ambiguous, ‘Sorbet’ expresses determination to break free from difficult patterns and persevere through mental health challenges, though at the same time expresses a lot of self-doubt.”

 

Creature Fear emerged from an evolution-driven creative hiatus in late 2023 with their dancefloor-filling indie rock anthem Adulthood. The release saw the band debut a refreshed lineup, with two new members – Louise Gaul (vocals) and Liam Brennan (bass) – joining Cameron Graham (songwriter/vocals), Larni Pearce (drums) and Jason Mercieca (guitar). With more fresh material at the ready and a revitalised sense of enthusiasm, Creature Fear will make their highly anticipated headline return next week at Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar. The local launch will be followed by a stint in NSW next month, with headline shows in Wollongong and Sydney. Tickets are available HERE.

 

 

 


 

CREATURE FEAR

“SORBET” SINGLE TOUR

Friday 12th April – Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar – Melbourne, VIC

with Ramona Sky & Tig

Friday 17th May – Towradgi Beach Hotel – Wollongong, NSW

with The Sweaty Bettys & Tallulah

Friday 18th May – New Brighton Hotel – Sydney, NSW

With Chloe Parche & Mt Nadir

For tickets & more information click HERE


“SORBET”

OUT NOW

 


 

ABOUT CREATURE FEAR

Quirky, nostalgic, and undeniably compelling, Naarm outfit Creature Fear offer up a dynamic blend of 60s retro pop and garage rock that playfully swings between lighthearted and introspective.

 

After a string of independently released singles had them noticed by former Untitled Group label Daily Nightly, the band released their 2021 debut EP 17 Minutes of Creature Fear – a vibrant and varied showcase of the band’s signature tongue-in-cheek, yet always evocative, sound. The collection paved the way for the band’s electrifying festival appearances at Beyond The Valley, Grapevine, and New Years On The Hill, as well as sharing the stage with the likes of Ball Park Music, Boo Seeka, Killing Heidi, The Delta Riggs, Tired Lion, and Kingswood. Their frenetic, theatrical live show and infectious spirit has earned the band an ever-growing and loyal following, leading to multiple sold-out headline shows across Melbourne and a national tour.


 

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SEEYOUSPACECOWBOY RELEASES NEW SINGLE + VISUALIZER TO THE DANCE FLOOR FOR SHELTER FT. COURTNEY LAPLANTE

SEEYOUSPACECOWBOY RELEASES NEW SINGLE + VISUALIZER TO THE DANCE FLOOR FOR SHELTER FT. COURTNEY LAPLANTE

SEEYOUSPACECOWBOY
RELEASES NEW SINGLE + VISUALIZER
TO THE DANCEFLOOR FOR SHELTER

FT. COURTNEY LAPLANTE

 

NEW ALBUM COUP DE GRACE
OUT FRIDAY 19 APRIL


San Diego, CA – Post hardcore band SeeYouSpaceCowboy have shared To The Dance Floor For Shelter, the latest single from their highly anticipated new album Coup de Grâce which features guest vocalist Courtney LaPlante of Spiritbox.

 

“This song is our little ode to the emo songs that we were all obsessed with growing up, we wanted something that would almost feel cinematic in nature and felt like it carried you through from the piano in the beginning to the journey through the middle to the climax,” the band shares. “It’s a song that Courtney’s vocals beautifully fit into as a voice that leads you to that destructive end.”

 

 

 

 

Coup de Grâce is a complex and imaginative record that invites listeners into a neo-noir world of the band’s creation. It’s set to be released on April 19th via Pure Noise Records and features previous singles Respite For A Tragic Tale (ft. iRis.EXE), Silhouettes in MotionRhythm and Rapture (ft. nothing,nowhere.), and Chewing The Scenery.

 

North American fans can catch new music live for the first time starting in April as SeeYouSpaceCowboy hits the road with Better LoversForeign Hands, and GreyhavenSeeYouSpaceCowboy will also be performing at this year’s Sound and Fury Festival in Los Angeles this July.

 

Stream To The Dance Floor For Shelter Ft. Courtney LaPlante here
Pre-order Coup de Grâce here


 

 

COUP DE GRÂCE TRACK LISTING:

01. Allow Us To Set The Scene
02. Subtle Whispers To Take Your Breath Away
03. And The Two Slipped Into Shadows
04. Red Wine And Discontent
05. Lubricant Like Kerosene (ft. Kim Dracula)
06. Respite For A Tragic Tale (ft. iRis.EXE)
07. Silhouettes In Motion
08. To The Dance Floor For Shelter (ft. Courtney Laplante)
09. Rhythm And Rapture (ft. nothing,nowhere.)
10. Sister With A Gun
11. Chewing The Scenery
12. Curtain Call


 

ABOUT SEEYOUSPACECOWBOY:
Every single song SeeYouSpaceCowboy have released since forming in 2016 has been deeply rooted in the life experience and trauma of frontwoman Connie Sgarbossa. Whether that’s existential anguish, substance addiction or suicidal ideation (and attempts), Sgarbossa has never been afraid to detail her pain and torment in excruciating detail. She holds nothing back and combined with the band’s intensely dark (and darkly intense) blend of sasscore, punk, mathcore and metalcore, it’s always made for profound and devastating listening. Coup De Grâce is no exception to that rule. The band’s third album, it follows on from 2019’s The Correlation Between Entrance And Exit Wounds and 2021’s The Romance Of Affliction. But unlike those two records, which were unadulterated, no-holds-barred accounts of her life at the time, Coup De Grâce takes a different approach to its lyrics. Rather than Sgarbossa baring her most private and innermost thoughts for all to hear, on these 12 songs they’re funneled through the lives of fictional characters within a noir-inspired world of the singer’s invention.

 

It makes sense, then, that the record begins with something utterly unlike anything the band has ever made before a sax-laden, smoky, late night smooth jazz ballad. It immediately draws the listener back to a time and place that exists decades in the past, a Moulin Rouge-esque club that’s not quite in the real world—and it’s within that parallel decadent and dystopian universe, and its various buildings, that everything then plays out. That ‘everything’ is just as personal as anything the band — completed by Connie’s brother Ethan Sgarbossa (guitar/vocals), Taylor Allen (bass/vocals), Tim Moreno (guitar) and AJ Tartol (drums) — have ever released, but it manifests itself across Coup De Grâce’s 12 songs in an entirely different way than before. And with valid reason, too.

 

“The record started as a visual idea,” explains Sgarbossa, “because when it came to lyrics, I didn’t know what the fuck to write at first. I’m not a drug addict junkie anymore, so I’m not going to write another album like The Romance Of Affliction — I can’t, and I don’t want to. So my mind wandered to things that I love, like Frank Miller’s Sin City graphic novels, where there are all these stories interlaced within a city. That led me to think about noir and neo-noir, and then pulp comics and novels from the ’40s and ’50s, which started to make it all come together lyrically and thematically, where each different song can be a different tale of the city.”

 

After the first minute and a bit of that opening song, however, the theatrics stop, their fuzzy, nostalgic warmth shattered by blast beats and screams, pulverizing guitars and exasperated spoken word, as the band deliver the kind of chaotic, violent noise they’re known for. And yet, as that gives way to second song Subtle Whispers To Take Your Breath Away, its ravaged, ferocious edges also reveal a new and surprising development in the band’s sound—a more catchy and accessible sense of melody influenced by what Sgarbossa terms “dancier indie-rock” influences like Bloc PartyFoals and Two Door Cinema Club. That came, she says, after she’d convinced, with some difficulty, the band to go with her proposed visual aesthetics for the record.

 

Recorded by Matt Squire at Mixwave Studios, Coup De Grâce is an album in the truest sense of the word. Wholeheartedly ambitious, it’s a graphic novel in musical form that not only succeeds in creating its own deliciously dark, noir universe, but one whose characters truly inhabit the world that SeeYouSpaceCowboy have invented for them. In fact, listening to it is more akin to watching it all unfold onstage. That’s partly due to the narration of Iris.EXE (who also appears on Respite For A Tragic Tale, a kind of intermission in the album’s middle), but also to the masterful execution of these songs

 

Of course, it’s nothing new for the band to switch up their sound—they do that with every record — but they’ve taken it to the next level with this one. And just as The Romance Of Affliction proved that art doesn’t always soothe suffering — Sgarbossa attempted to take her life two weeks after finishing that record — so Coup De Grâce proves that you don’t necessarily need to suffer to make great art. The singer is clean now and in a much better place than ever, but her band have also created the most ambitious, epic and accomplished album of its career.

 

I hope,” she says, “that people can look at this as a complete expression—not just ‘Oh, this song has a good breakdown’, but at the whole story, the whole setting, the visuals of it all and the way the music all ties in. I hope they see the creativity of that and the risk we’ve taken by embedding Cowboy with more weirdo outside influences that you usually wouldn’t see from a band like us. It’s like a full, unified creative venture, and something we put a lot of work into, so I hope they appreciate the weirdness of it. I feel like a lot of times people hear clean singing and more melody from a heavy band and think they’re selling out. But no — we’re actually technically weirder on this record than we’ve ever been.”

 

With that, it’s time to put your best shoes on. You’re going to need them as you dance inside the fire.


 

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RELIQA ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM SECRETS OF THE FUTURE DUE OUT FRIDAY 31 MAY

RELIQA ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM SECRETS OF THE FUTURE DUE OUT FRIDAY 31 MAY

RELIQA
ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM
SECRETS OF FUTURE
DUE OUT FRIDAY 31 MAY

 

UNLEASH DYSTOPIAN NEW SINGLE/VIDEO
KILLSTAR (THE COLD WORLD)


In 2024, the secret is out, the future is now; and its name is Reliqa.

 

Following on from their 2022 EP, the endlessly innovative I Don’t Know What I Am, Sydney-based alternative luminaries Reliqa take a daring and dexterous step into a brand new chapter, today announcing the upcoming release of their debut album Secrets of the Future, due out on Friday 31 May via Greyscale Records and Nuclear Blast Records. Pre-orders are available now via https://grysclrec.lnk.to/reliqa.

 

Heralding the arrival of Secrets of the Future is the brand new single Killstar (The Cold World); a scintillating progressive metal opus oozing with vitriolic guitarwork and serpentine vocals spliced between rapid-fire delivery, all building towards a pummeling climax that will leave you utterly breathless.

 

 

 

A lush, diverse and sci-fi-hued collection of songs that traverse fleeting moments of the human experience, Secrets of the Future also possesses a melting pot of stylistic inspiration, with elements spanning melodic metalcore through to contemporary rap, K-Pop, J-Metal, atmospheric pop, modern progressive metal as well as more traditional rock and metal.

 

With Secrets of the FutureReliqa aren’t merely gazing at what’s to come; instead, they conjure it with poise and finesse, unpacking a rich and vivid tapestry that explores political injustice on tracks like Killstar (The Cold World), finding power in femininity on Sariah, as well as oscillating spotlights on the inner push-and-pull between protest and acceptance of reality.

 

“Aesthetic-wise, Secrets of the Future has some soft sci-fi elements to it, especially through the artwork and some of the soundscapes throughout,” shares the band of their forthcoming debut album. “We say ‘soft’ because it’s not a fictional concept album, but with the album title focusing so much on the future, the vibes are inherently dark, ominous, foreboding, a little bit dystopian at times.”

 

“Our songwriting style shifted in 2023 when we started writing this album,” adds the band, “and that change in workflow is another reason why some of the songs on this record are so different to anything we’ve done before, like Cave, Terminal, Crossfire and Two Steps Apart.”

 

Defying genre labels and harnessing their potent sonic identity in the heavy music landscape over the years, Reliqa have evolved from being “ones to watch” into an act destined for genuine greatness.

 

Whether dazzling onstage supporting the likes of SpiritboxHalestormSevendustBABYMETAL or Northlane, whipping festival crowds into a frenzy or headlining their own shows, Reliqa never cease to enamour in a live setting alongside multiple singles commanding over 2 million individual streams, including Doomed and Mr. Magic.

 

Most recently flexing their nuanced take on heavy modernity with their 2022 EP I Don’t Know What I AmReliqa brandished dark grooves, layered soundscapes, electronic flourishes and more. I Don’t Know What I Am may have initially stemmed from the group themselves and the broader music industry being unable to categorise Reliqa‘s unique and immersive stylings; but ultimately, it’s the group’s bold and boundless sense of self that radically sets Reliqa apart from your standard heavy act.

 

Facing the future to their impending new album and fresh off supporting American rock powerhouses Halestorm for their Knotfest Australia 2024 headline sideshows, Reliqa are primed to take on the world.
PRE-ORDER SECRETS OF THE FUTURE HERE
RELIQA ARE:
Miles Knox – Bass | Benjamin Knox – Drums
Monique Pym – Vocals | Brandon Lloyd – Guitars

 


 

 

 

SECRETS OF THE FUTURE TRACK LISTING:
01. Dying Light
02. Carve
03. Killstar (The Cold World)
04. The Flower
05. Sariah
06. Terminal
07. Keep Yourself Awake
08. Crossfire
09. Physical
10. Two Steps Apart
11. A Spark
12. Upside Down


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CLOE WILDER SHARES ETHEREAL NEW SINGLE AFTERGLOW NEW EP I SPENT MY SUMMER ON THE ROAD SET FOR RELEASE APRIL 19

CLOE WILDER SHARES ETHEREAL NEW SINGLE AFTERGLOW NEW EP I SPENT MY SUMMER ON THE ROAD SET FOR RELEASE APRIL 19

CLOE WILDER

SHARES ETHEREAL NEW SINGLE

AFTERGLOW
NEW EP I SPENT MY SUMMER ON THE ROAD

SET FOR RELEASE APRIL 19


A stunning mix of romance and nostalgia, the new single Afterglow from American singer-songwriter Cloe Wilder is a shimmering modern folk gem, marking an ethereal step closer to the release of Wilder’s impending new EP I Spent My Summer on the Road, set for release on Friday April 19.

 

A folksy ballad soaked in acoustic guitar and dreamy melodics, Afterglow also features glossy vocals from both Wilder and her long-time collaborator NICOLOSI, with the track reminiscent of Bon Iver and Lana Del Rey caught in a gauzy trance. Simultaneously introspective and
wistful with celestial overtones, Afterglow ultimately evolved from a melancholic narrative, as Wilder elaborates, “Escaping from locations is a big theme in my songs, but I also love the concept of leaving someone behind. Afterglow sort of morphed into this story of two people growing apart in the wintertime the understanding that the house has gone cold and there’s no way to imagine what that could feel like until it happens. I absolutely love that visual.”

 

Following on from her debut 2021 EP Teenage Lullabies, Wilder spreads her sonic wings on her upcoming EP, with I Spent My Summer on the Road traversing everything from stripped-back bedroom pop (Little White Pills) to coming-of-age odes (Fake ID), lush indie swoon (Take It In),
folk-hued warmth (Afterglow) and enraptured calm (Five Years). And while still laden with youthful exuberance following the release a few years ago of her debut EP at the age of 14.

 

I Spent My Summer on the Road is a stirring and disarming experience, with Wilder once again
finding magic alongside NICOLOSI and an array of influences, as Wilder explains, “I started writing with Sam when I was 14 and working on my first EP. I honestly didn’t let him go after. Lana Del Rey is my ultimate reference for everything. Bon Iver, Matt Maeson, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes, The Lumineers, Florence & The Machine, and so many more came into play. This EP is a testament to the last three years of my life. It’s my coming-of-age scrapbook through the lens of being 17 and confused. In the course of processing that evolution, I started to accept it and I had to write about it.”

 

 

 

Emerging as a teenager armed with earthy melodies, wistful narratives and gossamer vocals, Cloe Wilder’s innate ability to evoke warm and familiar melodies with her witticism and heartfelt lyricism aligns her comfortably as a Floridian young Taylor Swift, with sonic poise well
beyond her young years. Dabbling in the bedroom pop realms of Lana Del Rey and Phoebe Bridges as well as folk and modern sentimentality, Wilder is as much a confidante as she is a conduit for evocative and memorable music.

 

With her previous single Call Me If You Need Me currently in command of over 1 million individual streams, Wilder also has an array of live performances in her wake, including Breaking Sound in Los Angeles, and supports with EMELINE, Spencer Sutherland, Steinza and is currently on the road with Charlotte Sands. And in 2024, her journey continues with the impending release of her sophomore EP, I Spent My Summer on the Road.

 

“I put out my first EP out when I was 14, so I’m beyond excited for this new introduction,” Wilder concludes. “These songs are really important to me, and I’ve loved being able to grow with them.”

 

 

Afterglow is out today.
I Spent My Summer on the Road is due out on Friday April 19.

 


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