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Following his recent appearance with the Hilltop Hoods at Triple J’s One Night Stand, Adelaide’s critically-acclaimed talent Timberwolf (aka Christopher Panousakis) returns to cement his place as one of South Australia’s most masterful writer/ producers with an irresistibly witty commentary on what many Australians would recognise as their first, or first-of-many escapades to Bali, far away whatever’s been getting the better of you.
The Winnie Blues is described by Chris as “initially a track I wrote for a laugh, but it grew on me slowly. For ages it was just slang for ‘the winter blues’ between a good friend and myself, both living skint by the beach until I realised how true the song had become for how I was living at the time, and that it was probably similar for anyone else living in their first share-house. It’s hard running in to all those mundane week-to-week speed bumps that get us down, grappling with the voice inside your head making you feel like you should be more grown up than you are. It’s pretty tongue in cheek though… As a catastrophic over-thinker I guess I always found it fascinating and a little bit funny that for some people, the solution is as simple as spotting a discount air-fare, packing the suitcase and leaving it all behind to smoke a few ciggies in the tropics. That’s the dream. There is a bit of a sad theme that makes up the undercurrent of the song, because I remember at the time I was feeling pretty blue about having vocal surgery and not playing gigs, earning money… But what I liked about the song was it always seemed to cheer me up.
The originators of Rap Metal are back. ICE-T and his band Body Count are as angry as ever on their 7th studio album, titled CARNIVORE, which coincides with their 30th anniversary as a band!
CARNIVORE, the band’s second album for Century Media Records/Sony Music Australia, continues the path of its uncompromising and critically acclaimed predecessors, Bloodlust (2017) and Manslaughter (2014), in pairing ICE-T’s angry and socio-critical lyrics with thick guitar riffs and nods to metal and hardcore greats like Slayer, Metallica, Pantera, Suicidal Tendencies and Rage Against The Machine.
Mongolian rock sensation THE HU have joined forces with Papa Roach front man Jacoby Shaddix who adds guest vocals to the band’s critically acclaimed single Wolf Totem, the original version of which charted at #1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Digital Song Sales chart back in April and the highly-acclaimed video has garnered over 21 Million views.
The original single is featured on THE HU’s Top Ten-charting debut album The Gereg released on September 13 via Better Noise Music. “I’m honored to be part of such a powerful new blend of rock n roll,” says Shaddix. “The Hu are the real deal. Don’t sleep on this.”
Grimes has released her newest single 4ÆM.
Grimes, who will be voicing Lizzy Wizzy in the game, performed the new track live on the TGA stage. Her performance was accompanied by a music video inspired by the world of Cyberpunk 2077!
Northern Beaches powerhouses Ocean Alley return with the smooth new single Tombstone, infusing their summery, psychedelic sound with a sprinkling of funk, soul and classic rock.
Recorded at The Grove Studios and produced by longtime friend and collaborator Callum Howell, the passionate and heartfelt Tombstone is quietly self assured; diving headfirst into bright, psychedelic tones and a floating melody, creating an intoxicating combination pairing Baden Donegal’s buttery vocals with the group’s signature epic harmonies. The track reminisces about a place that was once the perfect respite, however is now just a wasteland, and the upbeat drums and endlessly catchy chorus juxtapose the sombre lyrical tone.
Multi-platinum, GRAMMY Award-winning artist EVERLAST has dropped a new music video for his Dream State directed by Jason Goldwatch.
The Alchemist-produced Dream State is the final track on Everlast’s most recent album, WHITEY FORD’S HOUSE OF PAIN. “The videos that are the most fun to watch, are always the ones that were fun to make. With the perfect ratio of fine glass, fine music and fine malt liquor we let the video come to us,” comments Goldwatch. The song features Everlast rapping smoothly over an effortless blend of piano melodies and hard-hitting bass.
Crashing back into the collective consciousness of Australia, Vacation Forever is everything you want from Mansfield’s favourite sons Violent Soho. A bold, much-needed dose of every day Australian honesty with lyrics like “There’s a baby boomer across the street and it won’t stop staring at me” and “Cause they all want the good life, but I just want to breathe”.
Vacation Forever was written while lead guitarist and vocalist Luke Boerdom was at his parent’s house, after a major upheaval in his life “I guess lyrically I’m trying to describe a certain frustration. No matter what I did in life I always ended back there.” “Back there” is in reference to his childhood bedroom, where he wrote Violent Soho’s first record, and where he ended up after being dropped by their American label in 2010. “I was back here again years later – the same damn fucking room!”
Ordinary Me sits in glimmering contrast to the Americana-influenced song that has been dominating Australian airwaves since its release in mid-October. Reminiscent of an early Dolly Parton folk song, Ordinary Me is a gentle lullaby that draws on the traditional music of Hayley Mary’s Scottish heritage. The way she warbles the word ‘mind’ – “As it goes on and on forever/Ordinary me, but with you on my mind” – adds an element of familiarity to a song that is so uniquely ‘Hayley Mary’.
Macklemore releases his first-ever holiday song, an original entitled It’s Christmas Time. The song features UK soul singer Dan Caplen doing his best Bing Crosby-worthy croon, as well as Macklemore’s eldest daughter Sloane. It’s Christmas Time is co-produced by Tyler Dopps and Josh “Budo” Karp.
Macklemore says of the song, “Every year around Christmas time I think to myself ‘Just do it Ben. Make the song. You can be the new Mariah Carey’. Well, this year I finally am.”
Bad//Dreems have dropped a brand new video clip for Sonny, the latest cut from their recent record Doomsday Ballet. The band has also announced their return to the UK in March 2020, as well as their first shows in Europe.
Off the back of the first two blistering singles, Double Dreaming and Morning Rain, comes Sonny. With its thick, lush guitar textures, Sonny was “originally a jangling ballad about the passing of time, loss and longing,” explains guitarist, Alex Cameron. “In the studio it took on a more rough and tumble form including a rambunctious guitar solo”.
For his new video for the #1 US rock track, Under The Graveyard, OZZY OSBOURNE re-teamed with acclaimed film director, screenwriter and music video director Jonas Akerlund (who worked with OSBOURNE on videos for Let Me Hear You Scream and Gets Me Through).
The semi-autobiographical video was recently filmed in Los Angeles and features actors Jack Kilmer (as OZZY OSBOURNE) and Jessica Barden (as Sharon Osbourne). Set in the late 70s in the early part of OZZY’s solo career, the clip shows the darkness of life and how a helping hand and love can change everything.
“For ‘Under the Graveyard’ Jonas (Akerlund) developed the story into a ‘mini movie,’” says OZZY OSBOURNE. “But, to be quite honest, it’s hard for me to watch because it takes me back to some of the darkest times in my life. Thankfully Sharon was there to pick me up and believe in me. It was the first time she was there to fully support me and build me back up, but it certainly wasn’t the last.”
In Eyes are Queensland’s newest alternative rock prodigies – and they are announcing the imminent arrival of their brand new single and video – Time Won’t Wait – and while time may be running down on the 2019 clock, there’s no time like the present to check out the new track and video from this Gold Coast based trio!
The new single Time Won’t Wait is an extension of the band’s new style, and hammers home a simple message: “Time won’t wait for you!” This message is delivered through an honest retelling of Jacobson’s experience with trying to fight for her passion while faced with mental illness, and its fast-paced drive and heavy guitar and drum lines provide a powerful instrumental filled with all the angst to match.
Hot off the heels of their frenetic new single JUNKIE$, Ocean Grove are welcoming in summer with the reveal of their new track SUNNY.
Dripping in summer-y, Brit pop sensibilities, SUNNY rounds out an exceptional trio of singles for Ocean Grove in 2019, alongside JUNKIE$ and Ask For The Anthem. The track explores the paradox between being stuck in a downward mental cycle and only wanting to stay inside, and how being outside in the sun can actually be the best tool for getting out of that rut. Ocean Grove frontman Dale Tanner adds:
“‘SUNNY’ is the musical antidote to the self induced slump that our generation, modern society and Ocean Grove as individuals can all relate to on some level. It’s a kick up the listener’s ass to kill the anticipation of what may be to come on any given day, and to get out into the Odd World despite their depression, existential dread or hangover.
“At the same time this track is also an ‘F You’ to anyone that looks down upon the recluse behaviour inherent in the youth of today and the joy that comes with partying, staying up late and sleeping in all day because you can.”
En Route To Mayhem, the new music video from Finland’s multi-Platinum cello-rock band Apocalyptica, transports the viewer to a fantastical post-humanity future.
This imaginary world is barren, dusty, and littered with broken pieces of things once considered essential to humankind: bits of plastic, a teddy bear, crumbling structures, cell phones and computers, bleached bones, and long-forgotten musical instruments. The setting is devoid of mankind, but brimming with the hope of new life; and then one day, thunder, lightning, and one drop at a time, it begins to rain, and Mother Nature steps in.
Said Apocalyptica’s Eicca Toppinen, “’En Route To Mayhem” is a journey of hedonic needs growing into greed and aggression, driving into inner mayhem and ending without satisfaction. This video underlines the fact that however we think we are in control by destroying things and life around us, life itself will take over in the end, always. We are not in control of the bigger picture, and we should be aware of it and raise our respect to life around us.”
Fresh of the back of her triple j most played track Talk Deep, 21 year old Australian pop maverick E^ST (aka Mel Bester) today gives us a second taste of music from her forthcoming debut album, I’m Doing It, with new track Flight Path.
Crafted with long-time collaborator Jim Eliot (Halsey, Ellie Goulding), E^ST notes “Flight Path is a bittersweet song that tells the story of going from being close and intimate with someone, to being complete strangers, and touches on the odd feeling of being alone again and all the possibilities that come with that.”
The beloved Melbourne Ska Orchestra has unveiled their new single Good Days Bad Days – a showstopper of a track lifted from their most recent album One Year Of Ska – the box set album that just saw them take out the 2019 ARIA Award for Best World Music Album. To celebrate, the epic 25 piece band have announced a huge national tour, which will see them hitting up metropolitan and regional cities across the country throughout the early months of 2020. The group will be kicking things off at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall on February 28, then moving through Brisbane, Maroochydore, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong, Canberra, Fremantle, Pinjarra (WA), and wrapping up with a massive hometown show at The Forum, Melbourne on May 1.
The new single Good Days Bad Days is just one of the tracks borne of this intense year of work. Bright, spunky and full of life, it’s everything audiences have come to love about the band. The track reflects on exactly that – the good days and bad days that are all part and parcel of life – with geniuine happiness and wisdom, as Nicky says, “The Good Days Bad Days sentiment is universal and it covers all walks of life. The second verse is particularly close to home, as it relates to putting our own gigs on – it’s always a risk, and things can turn on a dime. Life is full of the extremes of the pendulum swing. Finding the balance is the key, eh!”
Australian singer-songwriters Tash Parker and Emma Anglesey have teamed up to form new folk pop band Runaway Belles. They have released their first single Dream a bouncy and care free song – the perfect soundtrack for packing the car and heading off on a summer holiday.
Dream is one of a collection of songs recorded in one of the heritage listed bluestone cottages at Duck Reach (Launceston). Co-produced by Angelsey and Parker in what is their first foray into producing, they worked with the assistance of Melbourne based mixing and mastering engineer Becki Whitton (Tash Sultana, G-Flip). The song also features Anita Quayle on cello (Melbourne Amplified Strings, The Waifs) and Josh Barbar on Bass and percussion (Gretta Ray, Gotye). The track was mixed and mastered by Lachlan Carrick (Lior, Missy Higgins) at Moose Mastering.
“Given these wonderful opportunities to play our songs, we wanted to release Dream ahead of schedule to give our fans something they could take home with them”.
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