Victorian Leg of FALLS FESTIVAL Faces Fire Cancellation

Victorian Leg of FALLS FESTIVAL Faces Fire Cancellation

The Victorian leg of the FALLS FESTIVAL is facing cancellation in the wake of devastating bushfires that have plagued the Great Ocean Road and Otway Ranges. Organisers will hold a crisis meeting with emergency services representatives at midday today (Saturday) to determine whether the event scheduled to begin on the 28th of December will go ahead. The festival is to be held in thick scrub at the Falls Farm, 15km from the fire-besieged Surf Coast resort town of Lorne. 53 homes were lost along the Great Ocean Road at Lorne, Wye River, and Separation Creek, with the CFA saying they believe the fires could burn out of control for weeks to come. Despite constant warnings on the radio and news in the days leading up to Christmas, Channel 7 stated many (absolute dumbfucks) holiday makers claimed they were caught unaware by the fires. Don’t be a spatula, stay the fuck away from the area until given the all...
Song Review: The Digs – “Ready Set”

Song Review: The Digs – “Ready Set”

Band: The Digs Song: ‘Ready Set’ Genre: Punk Rock, New England Clam Chowder Rock Date of Release: November 21, 2015 Reviewer: Davey Boy For Fans Of: Teenage Bottlerocket, Success, Dunkin’ Donuts Bands like The Digs, who I assume work regular jobs between their proclivity for punk, occasionally suffer from a lack of polish. I presume this comes down to an issue of finance when compared to established bands with larger record label backing. That’s not to say that “Ready Set” is a bad song, in fact quite the opposite. Beantown punks The Digs deliver a track that isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but rather a comfortable, familiar entry into its genre. Remember when the show Friends found its groove in the late 90’s and settled into its snug position as reliable entertainment which didn’t stretch your brain too much? I find this track to be in the same vein, although with decidedly less David Schwimmer. With solid punk rock leanings and the occasional foray into pop punk, The Digs have produced a track with a super catchy chorus but somewhat uninspired verses. I enjoyed the three chords of the chorus and especially the sing-a-long lyrics. The riff during the verses seems to simply chug along although the lyrics appear to have some thought and passionate delivery behind them. I may be over-critical but I enjoy my punk rock with a little more variety and substance during the verses, which are essentially the body of the track. Solos in music can make or break a track in my opinion. Much like a sparkly tassel on a punk rock nipple, a fantastic solo...
Live Review: MISFITS – Rosemount Hotel Sunday 13/12/15

Live Review: MISFITS – Rosemount Hotel Sunday 13/12/15

When people talk about the Misfits these days, the conversations often aren’t very complimentary. Despite Jerry Only being an OG member of the band, he comes off as a poser, an imposter, a third-rate rip-off of Alice Cooper. It makes sense, the band has been through a whole bunch of singers and lineups, and they are closer to being a fashion label than a working band (in a lot of ways). But does it matter? Do you really fucking care? Isn’t sitting at home crying about how Danzig and Doyle are not in the band anymore worse than going out to a show and having some fucking fun? Of course it is, fuck all the politics. Opening up for the legendary punk/hardcore/horror-wop band was, relative new-comers to the Perth scene, Hope Street. These guys have really kicked some ass over the last 12 months, going from “who the fuck are they” to dropping a video and opening for the fucking Misfits. It’s pretty impressive. But it’s also not dumb luck, the guys put on a pretty solid show. Mixing a bit of a pop-punk mentality with some solid street-bounce the songs are not only catchy, they kinda rock too. It’s that combination of being able to sing along while pushing over people and copping elbows to the face thing – which is probably what you’re looking for in a punk band. Although the crowd hadn’t quite filled the room the boys put on a great show, they had a killer energy and seemed to win over the everyone in the room. Honorable mention goes to Todd Fishwick of Castle...
Interview: Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates)

Interview: Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates)

At The Gates are one of the most influential death metal bands in existence. Their 1995 album, Slaughter of the Soul is largely considered to be the definitive melodeath album. Their influence shows up every from your local metalcore bands to Dethklok – the quasi-fictional cartoon metal band from Metalocalypse. Before hitting the stage at their Perth show, vocalist Tomas Lindberg was kind enough to sit down with Dave Mullins to talk about their music, their legacy and their future. Dave Mullins: So this is the first show of your Australian tour, are you excited? Tomas Lindberg: Excited? Yeah, yeah it’s nice to be back. This is actually the last place we played, when we were here last time. This exact venue. So we feel we really are back. Dave Mullins: And how has your prep been going for the tour? Tomas Lindberg: So we’ve been supporting this new record for about a year now, playing more than one hundred shows, within the year (for the record) so you can say we are pretty much … we’re down with it. We know what we’re doing, we feel very confident. It’s a total new level for us compared to when we were here last time. We were just sort of like a reunion band, we were still excited but it was sort of like our past glory, now it’s for real. Dave Mullins: Yeah, one hundred shows in a year. That’s a lot of music, a lot of travel. Has the new record rejuvenated your love for it? Having all of these new songs to play? Tomas Lindberg: Definitely, there...
Song Review: In Dying Days – “The Forest”

Song Review: In Dying Days – “The Forest”

Band: In Dying Days Song: ‘The Forest’ Genre: Melodic Metalcore Location: Huelva, Spain Date of Release: 12 October, 2015 Reviewer: Dave Mullins For Fans Of: We Came As Romans All too often we’re hearing bands that are being held back by poor production. This is a great song, it’s well written, everything is well performed but there’s no life in the mix. The drums sound like they were performed on an 808 and the guitars suffer from a severe lack of character, like someone intentionally flattened the EQ, trying to kill any form of tone that might try and leak out. Then there’s the bass, which is wonderfully composed but once again toneless (albeit audible for a change)– and this would have to be a stylistic choice, because there are plenty of free VSTs out there that will give life to your bass tone – some of which are being used by some of the best engineers in the world. The whole thing results in a rhythm section that sounds like a muddy mess. I understand that recording is an expensive process, but that doesn’t mean it has to be cheap. The only time the engineering really passes is where the guitars are clean, but still, you could achieve a similar result with an SM-57 and a $50 interface. Go and punch your engineer in the dick (or penis-equivalent region) and tell them to do their fucking job better. As far as the composition goes this is a great track. With a five minute runtime it would be easy for the song to drag, but it could have been...