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GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum artist Lukas Graham share their latest single, Lie on Warner Records, alongside the official video. On the new track, lead singer Lukas Forchhammer continues to write from a personal and autobiographical place, taking listeners back to the beginning of a young, tumultuous teenage relationship that has proven to stand the test of time, and is partially inspired by his now-fiancé. In fact, the official artwork for “Lie” is a photo taken on the same night that the couple met.
The Hard Aches return with a brand new single – Wasted. It’s the first taste of new music from the Adelaide stalwarts since the April 2018 release of their last album Mess and comes ahead of their October shows as main support for Grinspoon on their Chemical Hearts Tour.
While the album – which also featured title track Mess and Happy (feat Georgia Maq) – placed an emphasis on breaking down the stigma that surrounds mental health, this time it’s all about getting sober. Recorded once again with good friend Sam Johnson at Holes and Corners Wasted was mastered by Brian Lucey (Biffy Clyro, Royal Blood, Black Keys) at Magic Garden Mastering.
“Wasted follows my own personal journey of getting sober, a journey I’ve been on for about a year now.” Says frontman Ben David. “Often alcoholism is glorified in music, and drinking culture can be really celebrated in music communities. We mostly consume music in pubs and venues where we are encouraged to drink, creating a culture that mixes a love for music with a love for alcohol. So twelve months ago I made the decision to go completely sober, not an easy feat given that I spend more days than not inside pubs and venues, playing music. As someone who has struggled with my mental health for most of my life, cutting out alcohol and other things has been such positive leap forwards, and towards feeling truly free from the struggles I’ve fought through in the past. Alcohol and Music don’t have to be married together, and seeing live music and hanging out with friends can be just as great without it too. It’s been a long journey to get to the point I’m at now, where I feel truly happy with the decision I’ve made. I couldn’t feel stronger about advocating for safe and healthy environments for us all to celebrate our mutual love for music in.”
From the small Aboriginal community of Woorabinda in Central Queensland comes a 20 year old with a voice ready to be heard. Miiesha (pronounced My-ee-sha), a strong, proud Pitjantjatjara/Torres Strait Islander woman, has been singing for her family and her community since the age of 8, developing her songwriting through her teenage years.
Gifted with a voice that showcases vulnerability and strength, often in the one breath, Miiesha sings of her people and her community with the words of a leader and a teacher – summed up perfectly by current single Drowning. Miiesha explains, “I like to carry my culture wherever I go; carry my people, my community. It’s very important, spiritually,”
The video for Drowning was filmed in Woorabinda and features many of the local children.
Long Island hard hitters Stray From The Path have unleashed a monster new single and video in the form of Actions Not Words. Recently, Kerrang! joined the band in the studio to discuss the making of the track, which is now available to view in the latest entry of Will Putney’s Art of The Record series.
Opening with a punishing barrage of drums and distortion before kicking into signature-Stray groove-laden riffs, Actions Not Words harnesses the band’s frustrations at inaction towards inequality. Lyrically, the track is directly inspired by the band’s experience working alongside humanitarian organisations including Actions Not Words and Hardcore Help.
After releasing his warmly received single Swerve, Sydney-based artist Friendless is set to release another stellar tech-house cut in Robots – produced and mixed by the musician himself.
Robots immediately draws the listener in with its hypnotic vocal loop, before swiftly transitioning into its pounding bass and beats, as flickers of melodious synth hover above. Brooding verses are composed with prowess, retaining a compelling energy as a series of subtle intricacies cleverly build the track back to where it first started on the hook line “the Robots are taking over”.
Foals have previewed the October 18th release of Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2 with the tracks The Runner and Black Bull – both of which were picked as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record. Now Foals continue to build anticipation for the release by sharing a mesmerising new video for The Runner.
The video focuses on frontman Yannis Philippakis as he’s relentlessly pursued by a doppelganger, played by Vincent Heneine. Yannis’s meandering attempt to escape takes him through a variety of locations – some naturalistic, others more fantastical – as the journey encompasses some surrealist twists. Its denouement sees Yannis standing alone, surveying the embers of a world in flames. The shot completes a visual that plays with themes of masculinity, identify and environmental collapse.
Rock band Saint Asonia have shared their brand new video for The Hunted, feat. Godsmack’s Sully Erna. The track continues to be one of the fastest growing songs at rock radio over the past few weeks & is poised to break into the Top 20.
“I’m super excited to share The Hunted video with our fans,” says singer Adam Gontier. “We worked with PR Brown, who did our ‘Better Place’ video from the first record, again. He’s also done all of Saint Asonia’s record artwork and is absolutely brilliant. He’s an amazing photographer and his vision always seems to line up perfectly with ours. ‘The Hunted’ video sort of has a Little Red Riding Hood vibe to it. But it’s a little more ‘creepy,’ if you will. It’s kind of a straightforward song, and I really wanted the video to be simple and visually intriguing. I think we’ve achieved that.”
Following his electrifying performance of James Bond on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and fascinating conversation with Jim Jarmusch, Iggy Pop has now unveiled the video for Loves Missing from his new album Free.
Directed by Simon Taylor, the clip for Loves Missing was shot on location at Sweat Records in Miami with a special appearance by Ale Campos from Las Nubes, Miami. Like the song itself, the Loves Missing video reveals another dimension of what it means to be Free, putting a visual face to raw emotions laid bare via close-ups of Iggy intoning, “She’s thinking about something we all need/ All need/ Clock’s ticking, not giving her room to breathe/ To breathe/ Loves screaming/ Loves missing/ Loves screaming, so quietly and in pain/ Loves absent, it’s failing her once again, again.”
Fiona Steele and Ailsa Mitchell are the talented duo, GraceJean. The songwriters from Melbourne have been making music together since 2017, a journey that has led them to 2019, where they celebrate the release of their anticipated debut album, Long Black Road. From it, GraceJean share their new single, Turn Away, a beautiful example of the group’s musicality and thriving songwriting energy on record. Set to launch the album with an unmissable show at the Thornbury Theatre, Long Black Road is ready to enchant in the live realm as it does on record.
Heartfelt lyricism meets lush arrangement as GraceJean explore harmonic balance and indie folk territory. A shared love for music and creating together has formed strong foundations for GraceJean and with Turn Away, Steele and Mitchell showcase a strong dynamic as both performers and songwriters.
OLYMPIA gives us an insider’s look at her recent European tour, in a three and a half-minute postcard from the road for the song Easy Pleasure. Describing Easy Pleasure, Olympia says, “On the whole album, this is the song that shows the point of transformation. Someone in between states, walking along a busy street at night, but not feeling part of it. It’s the point of slipping away.
“We actually recorded all the lyrics spoken as well as sung under the main vocals. It was the most embarrassed I’ve ever been in the studio. I made Burke (producer) turn the lights off and not look at me while I whispered into the microphone like some strange and aggressive story time. A treat for good headphones!”
Sydney based Punk act THE KIDS have released a brand-new video for their recently released single I Thought My Family Was Rich on Riot Records which is part of the Golden Robot Global Entertainment Group. The track features on their recently released double A-Side, along with a powerhouse cover of Rage Against the Machine’s Killing in the Name.
With each member under the age of 17, THE KIDS are exactly that, kids. But don’t let their age fool you, because this young punk band with attitude can rock and play hard and aggressive, leading the charge for Aussie punk bands across the globe with authentic original punk songs. Channelling their teenage angst into their music, The Kids’ rage fuelled rock embraces the punk and grunge greats of the past, with their inspirations ranging from Nirvana, Dead Kennedys and Bad Brains, to Generation X, Black Flag and the Sex Pistols.
Grunge, glamour and a southern tinge collide with classic rock roots on The Black River – a record which sounds like it could only have been conceived in a cell by none other than THE JAILBIRDS.
Over the course of the last three years, the power trio – consisting of the intricate guitar work and powerful vocals from Myke Penney, the sludgy bass lines of Liam Hills, and the pounding drums of Eric Parent – have performed extensively across Ontario demonstrating, both in the studio and on the stage; they’re a band you simply must hear.
Blessed with the ability to conjure challenging emotions into melodic and engaging pop, the hotly-tipped Ruthie shares her brand new single The Tide. It’s the first track to preview her debut EP Universal Heartbreak Now, out on Friday 22 November. It follows her three independently released singles Land of My Lover, Spirit Now Moves and What Kind of Woman.
“‘The Tide’ is another banger about feeling terrible,” says Ruthie. “It’s about sitting in my room feeling lonely, like the sea had just spat me out onto a deserted beach. It’s definitely melodramatic and now I can’t remember ever feeling that way, but that’s the alchemy of songwriting: you can crystalise a feeling that becomes an object to look at rather than an overwhelming tidal wave. I also wanted to echo a very classic country music narrative of ‘Once I had everything, but now I’ve lost everything.’”
With the release of Reckless Italian alt metal superstars Lacuna Coil are presenting the second single of their new album, Black Anima, out on October 11 via Century Media / Sony Music Australia. The official music video to Reckless continues the story, which began in the video to previously released single Layers Of Time and was again filmed by director Roberto Saku Cinardi.
Cristina Scabbia comments: “Reckless” is the second track taken from our new album “Black Anima”. We wanted the concept of the video for this song to be somehow related to the one in “Layers Of Time”: that’s why we filmed both of them in the same location picked by Roberto Saku Cinardi.
We had the band’s performance at the core of the “Layers of Time” video, while in “Reckless” the ideas of freedom and being true to yourself come to life through disturbing horror images to cause a reaction in the audience and actually represent the obscure atmosphere of our new record.
In “Reckless”, Lacuna Coil became part and parcel of the nightmare and fears experienced by the little redheaded girl. As usual, working with Saku in such a stunning location and with great actors that completely committed to the roles, has been absolutely inspiring. It was definitely worth it and I hope you will like this video as much as I do!
“Personally, it’s my life experience of being on both sides of the song: being the person that needed help, and being the person that has reached out and given somebody help. I feel that in those times we can find who we really are.” – vocalist Jacoby Shaddix
Papa Roach have shared their Come Around music video, from their tenth studio album, Who Do You Trust?, shot in New York from their Who Do You Trust? U.S. tour, their largest headlining tour to date.
It begins with Jacoby saying, “This music gives me a connection to something bigger than myself. This music connects me with people. This music gives me purpose.”
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