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Duran Duran share the anthemic ANNIVERSARY, produced by the band along with British DJ/producer, Erol Alkan and the third song taken from their fifteenth studio album, FUTURE PAST, set for global release on October 22 via TAPE MODERN for BMG.
ANNIVERSARY is Duran Duran at their exhilarating best and continues to show why they’re still one of the most exciting and progressive bands on the planet. Celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, the song is sure to be a massive live favourite.
Speaking from London, where they are rehearsing for a string of upcoming UK dates, Duran Duran bassist and founder member John Taylor said today:
“‘ANNIVERSARY’ is a special song for us. Obviously we were conscious of our own impending 40th anniversary of making music together, but we wanted the song’s meaning to be inclusive in the broadest possible way. After playing and working together for so long, we very much appreciate what ‘being together’ and ’staying together’ can really mean, it’s not something we would have thought song worthy 40 years ago but we do today! It was also fun to build a track with hints of previous Duran hits, they’re like Easter eggs, for the fans to find.”
On their first single in over two years, BROODS give into the darker side of escapism. Piece Of My Mind, the first taste of the beloved sibling duo’s fourth album Space Island, is a classic BROODS anti-anthem, a reckoning with grief and denial lit up in spectacular neons and animated with NZ brother and sister duo, Caleb and Georgia Nott’s trademark wit and verve.
Despite its anthemic, arena-ready highs, Piece Of My Mind, might be one of the darkest songs BROODS have ever written, deceptively bright in its tone but complex and exploratory in its lyrics.
Piece of My Mind premiered globally this morning on triple j Breakfast with Bryce and Ebony and is the first chapter in a suite that builds on 2019’s Don’t Feed The Pop Monster, with new layers of emotional clarity and pop atmospherics, it’s a heady, intoxicating welcome to the much-anticipated next era of BROODS.
Georgia says of the new single, “‘Piece Of My Mind’ is the opening fanfare of Space Island. The song describes the many paradoxes we encounter when we try to escape our problems – the more we try to run away from our problems and ourselves, the more we are confronted with the aspects of each that we don’t like. ‘Piece of My Mind’ is the moment I start reasoning with myself at the crossroads – to figure out where I am, and what’s really at the heart of what I’m denying and trying to escape.’
It only takes hearing a tiny burst of searing guitars at the start of their brand-new single Most Hated Girl for you to know… WAAX are back in a big, big way.
The first new music from the Brisbane five-piece juggernaut in over 18 months needed to be a hell of a statement to blow off the cobwebs, and suffice it to say the band’s legion of fans aren’t going to be disappointed one iota.
“‘Most Hated Girl’ was definitely a COVID song that came out of the first lockdown in April of 2020,” says WAAX singer/songwriter Maz DeVita of writing the blistering new cut. “I was feeling pretty low and pretty hysterical and not very good about myself and I felt that I really needed to write because I hadn’t been writing much at that time because COVID got in the way of my motivation.
“A week before that I was staying with my parents through the first lockdown and we were going through the garage and I found a diary from when I was 16. I went through and read it and I was like, ‘Oh, I haven’t really changed that much. I’m pretty much the same fucking person,’ and it was just kind of a potent thing. I hadn’t read anything I’d written as a teenager in so long, so I didn’t even know what to expect. It was just an interesting thing to know that I’m still kind of the same person at the core of it.
“Fast forward to a week later when I was having this emotional moment and wanting to write a song, that memory popped through and I started writing about that experience and how it doesn’t matter how many years go by you can still be the same person and at the end of the day the way that you see yourself doesn’t actually change too much. When I was younger I felt so socially isolated and I felt that I had this idea that everyone hates me. I guess the one wisdom I’ve taken away over the years is that usually that’s all to do with the way you see yourself and I’m the most hated girl according to me and it’s not to do with anyone else.”
Liam Payne has released his brand new single, Sunshine, which is out now via Capitol Records. The new song will appear in the upcoming animated film from 20th Century Studios and Locksmith Animation, Ron’s Gone Wrong, which opens in cinemas this October. Ahead of its official release, Liam gave fans an early taster of the feel-good single with a teaser clip going live on TikTok which generated over 4.7 million views and has led to over 7000 creations in 5 days.
Ron’s Gone Wrong is the story of Barney, a socially awkward schoolboy and Ron, his new walking, talking, digitally-connected device, which is supposed to be his “Best Friend out of the Box”. Ron’s hilarious malfunctions set against the backdrop of the social media age, launch them into an action-packed journey in which boy and robot come to terms with the wonderful messiness of true friendship. Ron’s Gone Wrong features the voices of Zach Galifianakis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Olivia Colman, Ed Helms, Justice Smith, Rob Delaney, Kylie Cantrall, Ricardo Hurtado, Marcus Scribner, Thomas Barbusca.
Liam Payne also voices a character in the film, which is directed by Jean-Philippe Vine and Sarah Smith with Octavio Rodriguez co-directing. The script is written by Peter Baynham and Smith. Julie Lockhart, and Lara Breay produce, with Locksmith chairman Elisabeth Murdoch, Smith and Baynham serving as executive producers. Watch the teaser trailer for the film here.
Liam said: “I am such a big fan of Disney, so to be working on this is a dream come true. I can’t wait for you all to hear Sunshine and to see ‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’. It has been a lot of fun!”
The Bronx have released their highly-anticipated new album, Bronx VI, out now via Cooking Vinyl Australia. Alongside the album release, the band have also debuted a Craig R. Stecyk-directed video for the song Peace Pipe.
“Working with Craig Stecyk on the ‘Peace Pipe’ video was the first fit and a dream come true,” says Matt Caughthran of the Joshua Tree set performance clip. “The feel of the song matches Craig’s aesthetic perfectly and honestly just being around him is very inspiring. His style and vision will always be completely original and unique. They just don’t make ‘em like CRS anymore!”
Perth’s indie four-piece Death by Denim are back and determined to get you on the dancefloor with their new single & clip Cause A Scene, a pulsating and high energy party-starter.
The track, which premiered on triple j’s Good Nights, was inspired by the various instances of social and environmental activism seen over the past few years and the need for significant reform – where it’s not enough to stand and commentate from the sidelines, you’ve got to cause a scene.
To coincide with the single Death by Denim have released a clip, which is a nostalgic look at what life was like on the road. Premiering on Life Without Andy, the band explain the new clip, “Playing live shows and touring especially is what we as a band love doing more than anything else. With the fragility of the current situation, we wanted to give our fans an insight into what it’s like being on the road with us, it’s a lot of fun! The video was shot by Dan Hildebrand who has been working with us for a while now and he really captured the chaotic energy of the song through the video.”
New York pop-rockers State Champs have unveiled a brand new single with, Just Sound. This catchy new track has also been released alongside a fun-loving new music video featuring lead vocalist, Derek DiScanio, dressed as America’s favourite TV painter, Bob Ross.
About State Champs’ new era, DiScanio shares, “It feels amazing to be back, and we’re just getting started. “Just Sound” is the perfect introduction to the new age of Champs. Fast, catchy, and edgy are what we’ve always been known for and this one takes it to the next step. If you’re wondering what the song is about, use your imagination, listen to the lyrics, and I’m sure you can figure out the subtle, yet not-so-subtle meaning. As far as the video goes, I’m still trying to figure out how the rest of the guys convinced me to do this one… Let’s go ahead and call it “motivational pressure” to not take ourselves so seriously and just have fun with every step along the way.“
Rock & Roll icon and two-time Grammy winner Tom Morello released a new single from his recently announced album project The Atlas Underground Fire. The original song Driving To Texas featuring Phantogram is now available.
“I’d worked with Josh from Phantogram on my first Atlas Underground album and I was thrilled when he and Sarah reached out about collaborating on this record. This song is creepy as hell –a dark journey, a struggle for a tortured soul. The guitar solo needed to feel like a vengeful angel who has come down to decide the fate of the protagonist. Will they descend into the abyss or will they find redemption? “Driving To Texas,” really shows the breadth of the music you’ll hear on this record. Sarah has one of the most haunting and beautiful voices of anyone singing today, and Josh’s production is stylistically so fresh and eerie,” said Tom Morello.
UK favourites The Vaccines release El Paso, the latest song to be taken from their brilliant fifth album, Back In Love City, which is set for release on Friday 10th September via AWAL.
The new album’s tender midpoint, El Paso finds Justin Young channelling a dreamy nostalgia. The song first took shape, along with much of the album, when the frontman set himself up in a house swap in Los Angeles, a pre-pandemic adventure that fuelled his fascination with disconnection that was to become a thematic core to the album. “I literally swapped lives with a stranger. I lived in his house and drove his car while he lived in mine, but we’d never met and had no previous connections.”
El Paso was, with the rest of the new album, recorded at Sonic Ranch in its namesake town with producer Daniel Ledinsky (Tove Lo, Zara Larson, TV on the Radio, Rihanna). Fans of music history will enjoy that the nylon-stringed guitar on the song was originally owned by Elliot Smith.
In the lead up to the release of their sophomore full-length All The Rage next month, Melbourne rock group LOSER have lifted another single titled Skyward, after its premiere on triple j’s 2021 with Richard Kingsmill last night. It comes alongside its alien-infused music video – watch it here.
Boasting guitar solos channelling the likes of Queens Of The Stone Age, Skyward is sandwiched in the middle of a rock lovers-delight of a record. Self-recorded out of LOSER’s newly launched Restless Noise Studios and mixed by Anton Hagop (Silverchair, Powderfinger), All The Rage draws on the band’s penchant for nostalgic rock, pummelling riffs and larger-than-life solos.
Combining threads of bands like Oasis, Wheezer, blink-182, Smashing Pumpkins and Green Day with a distinctive LOSER twist, All The Rage is set to be remembered as essential Melbourne-rock listening in years to come.
Speaking of the album, bassist Craig Selak comments: “I hope there’s something on this album that people feel like they can relate to,” adding:
“Even a song like ‘Skyward’ – I mean, it’s about aliens, but it’s also about feeling like when shit’s hitting the fan, you can step out and just focus on yourself….I think that’s the overarching theme of the album: you don’t have to step away and hide from the world, you can look within and find something that makes you feel more comfortable. And that really sums up the personal growth we all went through in trying to record this album, learning not to overthink things, and Tim (Maxwell, vocals)’s personal journey with his mental health over the pandemic.”
So goes the anthemic chorus of Charlie Collins’ new single Just My Luck, from her forthcoming second album. Premiered last night by Declan Byrne on triple j’s home n hosed, the new release is a simmering document of heartbreak, self-discovery and empowerment.
As the follow up to her blistering guitar song Fuck it, Collins once again steps into dynamic new territory, tearing into a full-throttle race through a tunnel of heartache.
“It’s about the feeling of always throwing yourself in the deep end, but the other person isn’t there to catch you when you fall,” says Collins of the song, which she began writing in her living room with partner Mitch Sexty.
But it was a serendipitous moment of scheduling that took the track to dizzying new heights. A long-planned collaboration with Gabriel Strum, aka Japanese Wallpaper, finally manifested – landing the pair at Sydney’s storied Forbes Street Studios (which has previously hosted recording sessions for Billie Eillish, Ocean Alley and Flume).
Lyrically, the song’s a tapestry of experiences, in part drawn from the dissolution of Collins own relationship, as well as the experiences of friends.
“I related to it in a sense that I was in a relationship that I knew wasn’t quite right, but the thought of being alone was so much worse somehow.”
I’ll Be Your Mirror, reimagined by Courtney Barnett for I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico, is out now. The record, executive produced by Lou Reed’s dear friend and producer Hal Willner who passed away last year, is due September 24 via Verve Records, the Velvet Underground’s original label home.
“I love them… (The Velvet Underground & Nico). When I listen to “I’ll Be Your Mirror” and read the lyrics, I realise it’s a perfect song. I can relate to every inch of it. I just felt like I could get inside the world of this song,” Barnett says.
I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico also features contributions from Michael Stipe, Matt Berninger, Andrew Bird, Lucius, Kurt Vile & The Violators, St. Vincent & Thomas Bartlett, Thurston Moore, Bobby Gillespie, King Princess, Courtney Barnett, Fontaines D.C., and Iggy Pop & Matt Sweeney. It’s a track-by-track tribute to the original debut album.
While we are all still waiting for the world to return to a normal state, Brazilian legends SEPULTURA refused to sit back and wait for better times. And maybe, these times are finally here: SepulQuarta their new live album has been released.
With the help of dozens of international colleagues and friends, the band recorded their live album directly from the safety of their own living room studios – together with renowned guest musicians such as Devin Townsend, Matt Heafy, Danko Jones and many more, who also supplied their parts from home. To celebrate the release, SEPULTURA presents the music video for Slave New World featuring Trivium’s mastermind Matt Heafy.
Happy Machine, the new house album from superstar producer, songwriter and DJ Dillon Francis, is out October 5 via Mad Decent and Sweat It Out. He shares a new track and video Reaching Out, featuring Scottish singer Bow Anderson.
“Making Happy Machine throughout quarantine has been one of the most fulfilling and serendipitous processes I’ve experienced as a musician,” Francis says. “My goal was to give people something joyous during a time of deep uncertainty and turmoil, something I hope will provide a little levity and fun. This is my most collaborative album yet, and being able to work with so many talented artists, songwriters and producers from all over the world toward this common goal to create something positive when we were all going through this difficult experience felt unifying and hopeful.”
HEART OF GOLD, the pop act brought to life by Michael McGough, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist of both HEART OF GOLD and rock-band Being As An Ocean, has released a new solo single Headache along with a brand new music video.
Produced by Phil Gornell (5 Seconds of Sumer, All Time Low, Boston Manor etc) this new single explores the impact love can have on a person, and the joy and excitement that comes with finding true love. The upbeat track also features Will Gardner (Black Peaks) performing on the Alto Saxophone.
Michael McGough of Heart Of Gold shares, “Headache is a story of love, and how the so-called honeymoon phase can last an entire lifetime if you’re with the right person. It’s the feeling of pure joy and excitement being with that person and how they can change your life for the better despite what you initially bring to the table, and that person can change the rhythm of your heartbeat with their love.”
As Boston Manor delve headfirst back into the world of live music this August, they’ve released a fearsome new anthem in Carbon Mono, their first single out via SharpTone Records. Hook-laden, coherent, blackly witty and with a molten emotional core, it’s the opening of a new chapter, hinting at even greater brilliance to follow. “This song is a conversation that sort of goes back & forth between two people,” explains vocalist Henry Cox. “It’s about people’s unwillingness to change & acknowledge our own shortcomings. It’s a classic Boston Manor tune that we wrote for people to rage to live. We’re so excited to be back playing shows & we just wanted to have something to play that people could blow off some steam to.”
On the track, Cox reasons acerbically that “Desperate times call for desperate pleasures”. “My lyrics aren’t ‘political’,” Cox says, “but they are about the alienation I began to feel from the common person on the street, an alienation magnified by the way the world has reacted to Covid and the lockdown, and the George Floyd murder… Isolation, anxiety, dread…”
Rhode Island metalheads KINGSMEN are paying homage to the 30th anniversary of METALLICA’s seminal self-titled masterpiece the Black Album with a faithful rendition of the classic song Sad But True.
Commenting on the track, the band states:
“Metallica’s black album was monumental to our growth as musicians. Their presence as a band is unmatched, uplifting and inspiring. As an aggressive band, we decided it was best to honour them by recording a true to the roots cover of their heaviest track, “Sad But True”. Everything from the equipment to the recording techniques are ‘to a T’ the same as Metallica did in 1991. We wanted to show patronage to them by covering the song in a similar way to how they recorded it… but with an extra aggressive edge.”
In addition to four decades of incredible original material that spawned a whole new genre of music, industrial mainstays MINISTRY and creator/frontman Al Jourgensen are also well known for a series of memorable cover songs from BLACK SABBATHS’s Supernaut to Bob Dylan’s Lay Lady Lay. The newest tribute is a take on THE STOOGES’ Search And Destroy offering a uniquely slowed down tempo and Jourgensen’s guttural howl that amplifies the song’s wartime critique.
The Video was directed by the iconic Dean Karr (Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Dr. Dre, Velvet Revolver, Rob Zombie). Featured on the song is Billy Morrison (Billy Idol, Royal Machines) who worked closely with Jourgensen to hone MINISTRY’s version, an idea they came up with after teaming up on the track in a moment of accidental kismet at the Above Ground benefit concert in Los Angeles in 2019.
Recalls Jourgensen: “We rehearsed it and the song was perfect but the show was running late and by the time we got on stage, I was in half time and singing the lyrics twice as slow. Fortunately Billy and Dave Navarro are professionals and they realized what was going on and sort of covered for me but I felt horrible. Billy thought it actually sounded really good in half-time so he came to me with the idea of going into the studio and recording it that way. And I figured I owed him one.”
For the music video, filmed in a desert wasteland in a remote part of Los Angeles where airplanes are retired, Jourgensen learned how to operate an antiquated war weapon and wore an arsenal of heavy artillery to get into character. He says, “It was the smoothest shoot I’ve ever done and one of the memories I’ll take to my grave.”
SPIRITBOX have unveiled a brand new track titled Hurt You, from their highly anticipated debut album, Eternal Blue, set for release on September 17th on Rise Records/BMG Australia. The band have also released an accompanying music video for the song which can be watched here or by clicking the image below.
Speaking on the new song and its accompanying music video, Spiritbox guitarist, Mike Stringer shares: “Hurt You is a song that was written before the pandemic, in early 2020 during a snowstorm. We were stuck inside, and couldn’t go anywhere, so this song flowed out of myself, Courtney, and our producer Dan pretty quick. The subject matter of the song explores toxic co-dependency, and the feeling of knowing that something is doomed to fail, but making the choice to go down with the ship. The video, directed by Dylan Hryciuk, is horror inspired, and depicts love in four different acts. It’s the first video we’ve made where we do not make an appearance, and allow the story to be the main focus.”
Rising Australian alternative outfit Between You & Me return with the new single Deadbeat via Hopeless Records, another taste of their long-awaited forthcoming sophomore album.
Written while in the studio finishing their new record, Deadbeat sees the band hold a mirror up to the self-preoccupation and isolation that can come from pursuing one’s dream, and the impact this can have on relationships.
“Being in a band, I am often away from home for long periods of time,” says frontman Jake Wilson. “Whilst at home, I also found myself prioritising my own endeavours over my relationship. During the pandemic, I was able to spend a lot more time with my girlfriend and I felt a sense of remorse for the unwavering support that she gave me whilst I was absorbed in my own career. ‘Deadbeat’ is a self-reflection of my behaviours as a boyfriend and how I recognised I needed to do better.”
Rest For The Wicked, the brand new project from Melbourne artist Ben Townsend and Sydney based multi-skilled producer Tasker, release their second single, Feel The Same Way – the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut Bones.
Feel The Same Way is a relatable indie-pop-rock track with an all-out ‘90s vibe about indecisive love. Filled with warm and woozy synths, it captures the uncontrollable freefall of a burgeoning romance. The overwhelming feelings of lust and love inevitably take control, only to be held back by timid insecurities: “Do they feel the same way I do?” or “What if I’m just embarrassing myself?” On the song, Ben Townsend and Tasker beg for a sign, a semblance of validation that they’re not alone in wanting to take the next step with their crushes.
They explain, “‘Feel The Same Way’ is an upbeat jawn sure to lure your crush into letting them know they are the one. Might destroy a relationship or six. Mystery is intended…” The situation is all too familiar for many. You have a wonderful connection with someone but the fear of opening up and losing them holds you back. “I wrote this to remind myself and others in the same position: ‘you’re awesome, you’re the reason they have feelings towards you and not because they think you’re someone else.’ If you never go, you never know…” elaborates Townsend. Staying silent would only fill you with regret, this track stands to tell you that the time to say something is now.
It all started on TikTok. Los Angeles-based, Australian-born trio Chase Atlantic reached out to rising star Maggie Lindemann on the viral social media platform to share praises back and forth on their latest respective releases and are sharing the first product of their newfound friendship with a brand-new version of hit single OHMAMI.
“Working with Maggie Lindemann was a pleasant surprise that transpired through social media; it was a new and exciting approach for us in terms of modern collaboration,” shares the band on the collab. “From the moment we started creating ‘OHMAMI’ we believed that a female vocal would complement the track significantly. Once we heard Maggie’s verse we were immediately taken back by her understanding of our sound and the way we create our music. To put it simply, Maggie completely understood the assignment. A+.”
The original version of this track, released earlier this summer, has gained its place at the top of TikTok and streaming charts alike, with over 30 Million streams worldwide and 30K TikTok uses, making it their second most used sound on the viral social media platform. Forever pushing boundaries and constantly failing to be placed in a box, Chase Atlantic propelled themselves forward again with this Spanish-influence track that ties in pop sensibilities and a heart-pounding breakdown.
“When Chase Atlantic DM-d me asking if I wanted to collaborate on a new version of OHMAMI — I was hyped,” shares Lindemann. “I was a fan of the original and was excited to do something a lil’ different on the track.”
Japanese genre-blenders, Crossfaith, have today released their brand new single, Slave Of Chaos. Speaking of the song, frontman, Kenta Koie, says:
“This is our message to the powers who try to control us – we have been strangled by your ego and we need to take back control! Slave Of Chaos mixes trap with hardcore punk and rock’s attitude, so it’s different from our last releases but you’re going to find out about the new Crossfaith style as soon as you hear this song…”
Sam Fender has shared brand-new single Get You Down, which premiered on BBC Radio 1’s Future Sounds as the Hottest Record. The new track is lifted from his forthcoming second album Seventeen Going Under out October 8 via Dew Process / UMA.
Following Sam’s stunning return with chest-pumping first single and title track, Seventeen Going Under, Get You Down launches like a rocket to the heart, as Sam looks inward on one of his more personal singles. It’s a soaring, pulsating taster to one of the most anticipated records of the year.
Sam says of the track, “The whole record is about growing up and the self-esteem issues that you carry into your adult life, this song in particular is about how insecurity has affected my relationships. Definitely one of the more personal ones”
ROB ZOMBIE has revealed a new music video for Shadow Of The Cemetery Man.
His latest album The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy is ROB ZOMBIE’s first No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart. The multiplatinum singer and filmmaker’s first album with Nuclear Blast cracked the top 10 in several countries, including Germany, Canada, Scotland, and Australia. In the United States, it’s Rob Zombie’s seventh consecutive Top 10 album since his first solo outing in 1998
Dear ladies and gentlemen, please prepare for landing: THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA have released their new album Aeromantic II! The new album of Sweden’s most famous cabin crew is another thrilling journey to the band’s core and their passion for traveling and being in motion – accompanied by the balance act of bittersweet sadness and pure joy of life.
But before heading off to your next destination, please take some time to listen to the pilot’s announcement:
“Aeromantic II is another triumphant return from classic rock heavy-weight contenders The Night Flight Orchestra. At least they don’t seem to plan on throwing in the towel anytime soon. A celebration of life with that constant undercurrent of Swedish melancholy, Aeromantic II is the golden glitter that you don’t want to get rid of, even if it gets stuck everywhere. It’s every memory you didn’t know you had, and every future you didn’t know that you were wishing for. It’s the fork in the road, the light in the tunnel and the unexpected fudge in the unassuming loaf of bread that is life. Bear with The Night Flight Orchestra, and they will teleport you into the neve rending sinful, neon-lit night by pure Swedish willpower. Those men and women won’t back down, but you know that they love you, even though they might come across as a tad too much at times.”
Together with this epic ride of an album, THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA released stunning video for their song Change. Join the band for a glass of Champagne and a nice chat in our virtual open sky lounge. Boarding starts is open. Here’s to the check-in:
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