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Capturing both their ethos and the spirit of their explosive live show, Refused have released Blood Red, the first single off their upcoming album War Music which will be released on October 18th via Spinefarm / Caroline Australia. The album is now available for preorder here.
Blending the musical and political passions that have helped the band rise to near legendary status since their founding in 1991, the accompanying music video showcases the band’s roots in early 90’s Umeå, Sweden juxtaposed against the present day – making it clear that the dynamism that brought the band to international prominence shows no sign of slowing down in 2019.
Multiplatinum, record-breaking superstar Ariana Grande and buzzing LA singer, songwriter and producer duo Social House release their new song boyfriend via Schoolboy Records/Republic Records.
The video, also out now, made its broadcast premiere on MTV Live, mtvU and the iconic Times Square Viacom billboard, and it will also air on MTV’s Fresh Out Fridays and TRL.
Of the song Social House says, “We’ve always had so much fun working with Ariana, so we’re really excited for this song to finally be out in the world and for our fans to hear it! We hope everyone loves it as much as we do.”
The Money War’s years of globetrotting have profoundly affected both the lives and the music of its founding members Carmen Pepper and Dylan Ollivierre. Their forthcoming EP, Life Is Better In Dreams, is inspired by such travels – owing itself to the beauty of Olliverre’s ancestral home of Bequia, and the sheer wonder of New York’s eternal metropolis. Juxtaposing the serenity of a Caribbean Island with the greatest city ever built, The Money War have distilled their troubadour lifestyle into a joyous musical ride fuelled by nostalgia.
Following on from the heartwarming EP title track, new single We’re Alright is The Money War at their jangly best. Ollivierre explains, “While Life Is Better in Dreams literally came to me in a dream and had a surreal sort of wonderment to it, We’re Alright is a more direct but reassuring song about sticking together through the hard times and troubling confusion. I think a lot of people, myself included, are struggling to figure out where they fit in the world. It really feels like it’s a strange time to be alive.”
Sydney-born, NYC-raised, Lila Gold, who today shares new single and accompanying video for Big Sad Eyes, produced by LA production duo DJDS. Big Sad Eyes is an infectious pop bubbler influenced by hip hop, dancehall, reggaeton, and electronic pop.
Big Sad Eyes adds another layer to Lila’s whimsical world, lyrically mirroring her own mixed bag of emotions — depressive thoughts, anxiety, heartbreak – all tied up in an infectiously catchy, synth pop bow.
The sci-fi inspired video, directed & designed by Natalie Falt (Billie Eilish, King Princess, Grimes), plays with the idea of transcendental science featuring Lila exploring different inner psyche dimensions via virtual reality.
Much-loved Melbourne band Slum Sociable, today unveil a brand new cut, Déjà Vu, lifted from their highly anticipated EP L.I.F. out via Liberation Records. Premiering overnight on triple j Good Nights, this high energy number has already proven a fan favourite from a handful of recent live performances, regularly generating crowd sing-alongs by the song’s final chorus.
“Déjà Vu’ is a song that was initially written in LA. We were going through an interesting time and wanted to write something that reminded us why we started making music together” – Ed Quinn
Sleater-Kinney share Can I Go On, the fourth track to be released from their highly anticipated new studio album, The Center Won’t Hold, out Friday 16 August via Milk! Records / Remote Control Records. Stream/download Can I Go On here and watch the lyric video here.
Can I Go On pulls the listener in with its upbeat, hooky guitar riffs and catchy chorus, but delivers a contrastingly pained message of existential despair; “Sell our rage, buy and trade, but we still cry for free every day…… maybe I’m not sure I wanna go on at all.” Carrie Brownstein (guitar/vocals) explains, “In this song, a woman’s desire is used against her, so she turns it into a sinister infectiousness. The narrator finds herself on the brink of self-annihilation, grappling with the paradox of an internal darkness at odds with the pressure to outwardly perform modes of joy, relatability, and likability.” SiriusXMU exclusively world premiered Can I Go On earlier today ahead of its wide release, giving fans an early preview of the band’s latest offering.
Perfectly timed for the UK heatwave, HAIM have shared their new single, Summer Girl, a Lou Reed inspired song co-produced by Ariel Reichstaid and Rostam Batmanglij. The single was premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World last night on BBC Radio 1. In tandem with the new song, the Los Angeles sisters have also released a video for Summer Girl, reuniting with longtime collaborator and friend Paul Thomas Anderson to shoot and direct the new visual.
“I started the song when I found out my partner had cancer. I was on tour and felt like I was trying to send positive energy his way almost telepathically. Whenever I would come home in between shows I wanted to be his sunshine – his summer when he was feeling dark. His hope when he was feeling hopeless,” shares Danielle Haim.
Kirin J Callinan returns this month to play his first Australian shows in 18 months. It comes on the back of sold-out shows in Paris and London in support of the release of his acclaimed new album Return To Center.
To coincide with the return, he is thrilled to unveil the video to the latest track lifted from the album, the Billy Field Australian classic You Weren’t In Love With Me.
A poetic visual tale of unrequited love danced beautifully between Kirin and none other than absolute screen goddess and star of classics films Sex, Lies and Videotapes and Four Weddings and a Funeral the brilliant Andie MacDowell.
Andie said of the experience “Kirin is friends with my daughter and somehow his cool old car ended up broken down in my driveway for a while. When he came to collect it we shared a La Croix and we just talked as we waited for the mechanic to come. Kirin was so charming in his apology about the car I ended up agreeing to be in a video! It was a wonderful ensemble of young and daring artists making a beautiful piece of art. I loved being involved.”
Shame is inspired by BATTS love of ‘60s music mixed with her exposure to and love of music coming out of England in the mid to late ‘90s, where she was raised. You can hear the live and raw energy, something BATTS was striving for when she and her band (Lachlan O’Kane, Ross Beaton, Brendan Tsui and Adam Dean) tracked the song live with Isaac Barter.
The powerful vocal delivery, combined with the driving ‘90s-esque guitar tones and the odd touch of psychedelia scream out 1990s England, whilst still holding its own as a song from the current year.
Lyrically, the song is about BATTS’ view of the world and the idea that humans continue to think if they were to colonise a different planet – Mars – it would turn out any different. Also, the song is about wanting to see more acceptance and positive change.
TGIF! Soothsayer are thrilled to add a tasty slice of news to your Friday morning cereal. It marks the release of the hotly anticipated Fata Morgana, the second EP from enigmatic Sydney artist Love Deluxe. But before you tuck into the whole thing, Love Deluxe offers up another humdinger of a tune in Souvenir (feat. dip in the pool), the third to be released from the EP following Campari & Coke and Dance of the Lizard People.
“Souvenir went through a lot of changes in the writing. The idea of working with a vocalist floated to me so I made a list of singers that I would have loved to collaborate with and Miyako Koda was at top of that list. Her and Tatsuji, also from dip in the pool agreed and send me back a bunch of vocal ideas, which I structured to the rest of the song. A little bit backwards maybe, but it really helped the creation of this one 😊.” – Mike O’Connell [Love Deluxe]
Following up their recent signing with Dew Process, releasing of the killer single, Sad Guy, and selling out shows across the country, Perth indie punks Sly Withers return with a brand-new track, this time featuring a cameo from fellow West Australian rising star – Carla Geneve.
The new single, Lately, which premiered on triple j’s Home & Hosed program followed by an online premiere at Pilerats, sees Sly Withers co-frontman Jono Mata team up on vocals with Geneve to create gorgeous harmonies over the top of crunchy power chords and thundering beats – the two managing to float melodic petals on a bed of searing punk rock. It’s yet another anthemic cut from the four-piece, who are quickly establishing themselves as a new force in the Australian music scene – drawing on plenty of influences while also carving out their own, distinct lane.
Set to embark on a 15-date national headline tour next month, today HOLY HOLY release their third studio album My Own Pool of Light via Wonderlick Recordings. To celebrate, the band has shared the spellbinding live video for new single Maybe You Know.
Album opener Maybe You Know is a song about the effects of depression; “…maybe you know, but you’re loved by everyone. Or maybe you don’t and you feel like you’re alone…” Wrapped in an uptempo bass-driven groove, the song speaks to the power of isolation, but also to the enduring power of our connection with loved ones. Directed by Josh Dawson at Bakehouse Studios in Melbourne, the live video features guest vocalist Ali Barter and consummately captures the magnetic synergy HOLY HOLY are lauded for.
Following the release of his debut single Nice, Adelaide Hip Hop artist Jeneral (Jral) is back with his brand new single JOHNY OH SNAP (the second single to be taken from his forthcoming debut EP).
This energetic rock rap track is about a fictional character who represents the explosive part in all of us that comes out when someone pushes our buttons just that little bit too far… and with its punchy intro, JOHNY OH SNAP comes out swinging…. it’s a banger!
Following her recent East Coast Headline tour, as well as support runs with Dean Lewis and Matt Corby, indie-pop artist Eliott is riding a wave of productive momentum with today’s release of her a new single Find A Way.
Premiering earlier this week on triple j, the follow-up to single Shaking My Hips, Find A Way sees Eliott experiment even further with pop sounds, richly layered with her lush, unforced vocals. The Melbourne-based artist worked with Dylan Nash (Broods, Angus & Julia Stone) and once again Jack Grace (a constant, formative influence throughout her blossoming career) – who produced what has already been touted as a ‘real game-changer’ from her recent live shows.
Eliott explains, “Find A Way is about losing all your insecurities and finally finding peace in who you are and where you are. Having trust in not only yourself but your surroundings, in a place where your intuition brings serenity and allows you to get your shit together.”
As the pre-order launched for their new album, Hey, I’m Just Like You (Sire), Tegan and Sara shared the first single, I’ll Be Back Someday, an infectious track with an indelible chorus that bristles with punk rock fervor. Sara directed and created the illustrations for the lyric video.
Those four words – I’ll be back someday – also reverberate as a hint of the full-circle nature of their ninth studio album. While revisiting their teen years for their first memoir, High School – which will be published by MCD X FSG (USA) in hardcover, ebook and audiobook on September 24 – Tegan and Sara discovered two cassette tapes containing their very first songs, written between the ages of 15 and 17. With Hey, I’m Just Like You, set for release on September 27, Tegan and Sara return to the songs contained on those 1990s cassettes and reinvent them.
Two Birmingham tradies walk into a recording studio in Melbourne armed only with a drum machine, a cold slab of Carlsberg and a notebook full of striking poetry. A white hot spark of creativity ignites, they draft the engineer, call in another mate and The M.O.A is born.
Mind At Large is the debut single for Melbourne via Birmingham quintet The M.O.A Featuring the aforementioned Brummie tradesmen – vocalist and singer Daz Houghton and his long-time mate, junior football buddy and guitarist Rossi, along with Melbourne musicians AJB, Donovan and recent addition Conrad on guitar, bass and drums respectively.
Written at that catalytic first session, Mind At Large is a spacious cinematic drive, metered by the pace and urgency of Houghton’s inventive wordplay. There is much being said, but it is being done with such economy and muted colour that only the key words, phrases and feelings latch on initially. Hidden lyrical gems begin announcing themselves as repeated plays bring familiarity.
The Faim have shared Humans, the first single from their forthcoming debut album State of Mind which will be released on Friday, September 13th via BMG. The track was produced with Patrick Morrisey (Weezer, Pharrell, Hayley Kiyoko) and David Dahlquist (Aurora, Fletcher) in New York and Los Angeles, and includes a great balance of unique pop-rock sounds, rounded out with lush live band elements and a massive, resonant chorus.
“‘Humans’ is about embracing the unique qualities that make up who we are, from our individual character and personality traits, to our strengths and weaknesses. These diverse characteristics, and how they evolve throughout our lives, show us what it means to be human and how connected we all actually are,” the band explains.
Texas Hippie Coalition has released a new music video today for Dirty Finger. Once again directed by veteran director Justin Reich (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, EVERY TIME I DIE) this is the second music video the band has released from their recently released LP, High In The Saddle.
“Let me see your dirty finger in the air! This set was the most fun I’ve ever had shooting a video, bar none, we just cut loose” says frontman Big Dad Ritch. “Around 4:20 pm, we started partying, grilling, drinking, and burnin’ with a bunch of friends and extended family. BarBQ, Beer, and Bud! Living in live color! That’s OUTLAW Baby!”
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