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LIKE ROYALS Confront Demons In New Single + Video

LIKE ROYALS Confront Demons In New Single + Video

Sydney metallers (I don’t think that’s a word but it is now, fuck you) Like Royals have released a new single titled ‘Wither Away’, which deals with the battle between addiction and sobriety. Described as a “deeply personal song” for the band, ‘Wither Away’ confronts one of the largest issues within contemporary society and vocalist Landon Kirk hopes it might prompt some change. “The song is ultimately about the battle of sobriety versus intoxication, throughout the song lyrics and instrumentation convey a distinct dark atmosphere,” he said. Likewise, guitarist Alex Kresojevic added, “Many of the lyrics in the song point out the fact that our problems are still very much real regardless of the temporary relief a substance can provide us.” The band also released a video to accompany the single. You can watch it below. Like Royals plan on touring early next year alongside Brave Today. They’ll be stopping at Brisbane, Toowoomba, Sydney, Wollongong, and Melbourne to name a few locations. Info on tickets can be found on their Facebook page. LIKE ROYALS TOUR DATES: FRI 27 JANUARY The Youthie, Tamworth (All Ages) SAT 28 JANUARY ECP Studios AA, Central Coast (All Ages) SUN 29 JANUARY The Basement, Canberra (18+) SAT 4 FEBRUARY Kontrband Studios, Toowoomba (All Ages) SUN 5 FEBRUARY New Globe Theatre, Brisbane (18+) FRI 10 FEBRUARY Musicland, Melbourne (All Ages) SAT 18 FEBRUARY Red Rattler, Sydney (All Ages) SUN 19 FEBRUARY Rad Bar, Woollongong (All... read more
DEAD LETTER CIRCUS Announce 2017 Tour

DEAD LETTER CIRCUS Announce 2017 Tour

Brisbane locals Dead Letter Circus announced yesterday that they will be touring Australia early next year in celebration of it being one decade since releasing their debut self-titled EP. What were you doing ten years ago? Listening to DLC? Either way, ten years is a fascinating amount of time to look back upon. Frontman Kim Benzie elaborates: “I literally can’t wrap my head around that this crazy ride has been going for nearly 10 years […] I still remember pulling over the car yelling and screaming when I heard ‘Disconnect and Apply’ on triple j for the first time. The fact that people connected so deeply with our frantic hyper rock to this day still blows my mind. […] We thought the most fitting way to honour the ten year anniversary of the EP and the people and the audience who became our road family, was to completely re-invent and invert the songs in a new studio form, and take them on road to some of our favourite venues. We can’t wait to show you the new versions of the songs.” The Endless Mile Tour will visit Brisbane, Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, and Adelaide in March 2017. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday 14th December. DEAD LETTER CIRCUS AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES: Thursday 2nd March – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD Friday 3rd March – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW Saturday 4th March – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle NSW Friday 10th March – Max Watts, Melbourne VIC Saturday 11th March – Uni Bar, Adelaide... read more
sleepmakeswaves To Support DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT

sleepmakeswaves To Support DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT

Devin Townsend Project is making their way down under in 2017, and just earlier today Australian post-rock group sleepmakeswaves announced they will be the support for the entire tour. The band have toured across the world since recording and releasing Love Of Cartography, and have accompanied numerous bands including Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, Skyharbour, and even COG. Bassist Alex Wilson had this to say regarding the tour alongside Devin Townsend Project: “So glad to be offered the opportunity to support Devin Townsend when he comes to Australia in 2017. It was a great surprise and honour to get the news while we’re hunkered down preparing our new album for next year. Really excited about the new music and live shows ahead.” Devin Townsend Project was last in Australia in 2015. You can purchase tickets for the Australia/New Zealand tour... read more
Convicted Pedophile/Former LOSTPROPHETS Frontman Ian Watkins To Release New Music From Prison

Convicted Pedophile/Former LOSTPROPHETS Frontman Ian Watkins To Release New Music From Prison

Remember back in June this year when disgraced former As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis somehow gained access to the band’s official Facebook page in prison and posted a Happy Father’s Day message to all his fans? Yeah, same here, and it was a right laugh. Not quite as funny as when he tried to sue a Californian medical team who were responsible for his treatment in prison, claiming their negligence led to him growing a set of tits and demanded $35 million for the trouble. In short, laughing at people who are in prison is wildly funny, and my friends and I often make a day out of heading on down to our local penitentiary to have a hearty chuckle at the weak-willed sad men in jumpsuits, trudging around the exercise yard holding little hope for the future. Hilarious. What’s not quite as funny, however, is when convicted pedophile and former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins pulls the same sneaky trick, somehow gaining access to social media — in this case Twitter — to advise fans of his new and upcoming musical project, L’AMOUR LA MORGUE. New! SEQUENCE INITIATED https://t.co/uGCu53LOou on #SoundCloud — ian watkins (@ian_watkins) November 21, 2016 For the fortunately unfamiliar, Watkins was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 after multiple counts of sexual offences with a minor, including a one-year-old girl, with one prosecutor describing Watkins as “potentially the most dangerous sex offender” they had ever seen. It appears that not only are you allowed access to social media while in prison, you can also apparently gain access to recording equipment to smash... read more
THE AMITY AFFLICTION Fail To Win ARIA, Complain Like The Whiny Pack Of Bitchboys They Are

THE AMITY AFFLICTION Fail To Win ARIA, Complain Like The Whiny Pack Of Bitchboys They Are

Ah yes, The ARIA Awards. Bloody marvelous, aren’t they? A celebration of the best and brightest talent in the Australian music industry, with countless artists vying for the much coveted ‘Album Of The Year’ prize in their chosen genre. From it’s humble beginnings way back in 1987, with the Daddy of Australian power ballads John Farnham taking out both Album and Single Of The Year with Whispering Jack and You’re The Voice respectively, it’s launched the countless careers of some of our most well-respected Australian musicians, and is undoubtedly the highest honour in the industry at large. Except that it’s not. Nobody aside from latte-smashing industry snobs and stuffy label executives really give a shit about the ARIA’s, and winning an ARIA has rarely been an indication of anything other than your popularity within a certain group of industry figures from your chosen genre. Each genre category winner is decided by anywhere from 40 – 100 ‘notable’ individuals within that genre, while the other awards are determined by the ‘voting academy’; a group of around 1,000 people accepted into the academy via special invitation. Having established that, one would assume that if your band doesn’t happen to win the ‘Album Of The Year’ in your genre category, you probably wouldn’t give a shit, right? They’re industry awards after all, and you’re in a band for the people, man. Fuck those normie record label scum with their genderfluid pomeranians and almond microbead genital scrubs. They can suck 1,000 flaccid dicks while you smash out another innovative record that gains the adoration of your fans yet fails to capture the attention... read more
MARTIN SHKRELI Will Leak Unreleased Nirvana, The Beatles Tracks If Donald Trump Wins U.S Election

MARTIN SHKRELI Will Leak Unreleased Nirvana, The Beatles Tracks If Donald Trump Wins U.S Election

Smug-faced pharmabro Martin Shkreli has once again proven to be the greatest supervillain of our time by vowing to liberate his entire collection of rare and unreleased music, including previously unheard tracks by Nirvava and The Beatles — but only if Donald Trump wins the U.S election. If Trump wins, my entire unreleased music collection, including unheard Nirvana, Beatles, and of course, Wu-Tang, comes out, for free. — Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) October 27, 2016 He then live-streamed a video of himself supposedly listening to the unreleased The Beatles tracks, although whether they’re actually in his possession or if this is just another expert-level troll from the colossal shithead remains to be known. RELATED: MARTIN SHKRELI Trolls World Media Because He’s An Evil Genius Shkreli rose to prominence last year after his drug company Turing Pharmaceuticals acquired the rights to the drug Daraprim, used to treat specific symptoms of AIDS and cancer patients, and raised the cost of an individual pill from $13.50 to over $750. However, the mainstream media’s portrayal of Shkreli was skewed at best, with many of the original reports failing to contextualise the price-hike as a standard practice within the pharmaceutical industry. Shkreli’s greatest offence was remaining unapologetic of his obligation to his shareholders, and one that thrust him into the limelight as the poster-child for corporate greed. Ladies and gentleman, the choice is yours. Elect Hillary Clinton and get bombed by Putin, or elect Trump and score some unreleased music from two of the most influential bands of our time. Bit of a no-brainer,... read more
INSANE CLOWN POSSE Respond To ‘Killer Clown’ Hysteria

INSANE CLOWN POSSE Respond To ‘Killer Clown’ Hysteria

In the run up to Halloween, news headlines have been peppered with reports of ‘killer clowns’ creating mass hysteria over the last few weeks. Thankfully, seminal shock-rap collective Insane Clown Posse have spoken out against the recent ‘killer clown’ craze. Violent J, a sentient PSA about the dangers of methamphetamines one half of the popular rap-duo, penned an editorial for Time Magazine in regards to an ever-growing epidemic of clown sightings – arguing that the real killer clowns are actually politicians suppressing the rights of American citizens every day, in a move that surprised nobody. “These clowns threaten the very fabric on which our nation was supposedly founded upon – and for some fucking crazy-ass reason, they’re getting away with it,” Violent J, 44, wrote in a manner akin to my conspiracy theory-obsessed uncle’s various postings on social media. “From keystone-cop clowns shooting unarmed citizens to racist clowns burning down Islamic centers [sic] or clowns in the NSA spying on us through our cell phones and laptops, America has turned into something far more terrifying than Insane Clown Posse’s Dark Carnival. Even a scrub like me who dropped out of school in ninth grade can see what’s going on. Today’s reality is scarier than anything you’ll ever hear on one of our albums.” Mr J. continued to reiterate his stance, highlighting that their Juggalo fanbase have been specifically targeted by the FBI, whom categorised their fanbase as a gang under the National Gang Threat Assesment list in 2011. “Recently, there was a probation officer who was let go for being identified as a Juggalo, and her employer had no... read more
CHERRY BAR Poo Their Knickers Over Bad AIRBOURNE Review, Hilarity Ensues

CHERRY BAR Poo Their Knickers Over Bad AIRBOURNE Review, Hilarity Ensues

Melbourne venue Cherry Bar‘s Facebook page has a reputation amongst us cynical folk who enjoy a good yuk at other’s expense as a goldmine for cringeworthy, overly salty posts. Alas, they well and truly lived up to the reputation yesterday when they posted a passionate defence — which we have provided in all its unedited glory — of their beloved locals-made-good-rockers Airbourne, who received a scathing 1.5/5 star review from Beat magazine contributor Nathan Quattrucci: I was extremely disappointed to see that Beat magazine contributor Nathan Quattrucci has given the new Airbourne album ‘Breakin’ Outta Hell’ a scathing 1.5 star review. You idiot. Airbourne, originally from Warnambool but now Melbourne lads through and through, are currently the very best exponents of Aussie Pub Rock. A genre that sadly gets more respect overseas than it does at home. As evidenced by Nathan’s smart-arse review. Airbourne tour Europe to huge Full Houses and headline some of their biggest festivals, such as Wacken Open Air where the band have played to over 70 000 adoring rock fans. And its uninformed reviews such as this one from Nathan IN THEIR HOME TOWN that are exactly responsible for their Booking Agent and Manager having the attitude of: “why bother touring and investing in Australia when it’s the only place on earth where we are given no respect??!!” The exact same thing happened to AC/DC when they started out. Nathan’s criticism of the new album is that it all sounds the same. So what? If you’re onto a good thing, stick to it! Let me remind you of one of my favourite Angus Young quotes... read more
ARIA Charts Now Include Bandcamp Sales

ARIA Charts Now Include Bandcamp Sales

As of roughly three weeks ago, Bandcamp sales have been included in ARIA chart calculations. According to Bandcamp curator, Andrew Jervis, “ARIA now do actually count sales. They haven’t made the official announcement, but they started as of about three weeks ago,” Jervis said in an interview with fasterlouder “Hopefully that helps out the King Gizzards and Courtney Barnetts who do sell a lot of music on Bandcamp.” Whilst we don’t condone the purchase of anything of, or pertaining to Courtney Barnett, this will certainly augur well for independent artists Australia-wide. The aforementioned stoner rock outfit, King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard‘s debut album Nonagon Infinity charted in the top 20 in May, despite well over a thousand Bandcamp purchases being invalid. There will almost certainly be more details released when an official announcement is made by ARIA, but in the meantime, consumers of independent music all over the country can now be secure in the knowledge that they are now not only supporting their favourite bands financially but helping their chart position as well. This also represents a very real threat to the ascendancy of major digital music retailers, should more artists choose to remain on Bandcamp’s far more user-friendly, profit-friendly, and overall far superior platform, instead of feeling obliged to fill the already overflowing coffers of Apple, Google, and Amazon, among others. The real question, though, is eligibility. Given that this is very early days, and we haven’t had an official statement yet, it remains to be seen as to what the qualifier is, price-wise. It would seem patently unfair, for instance, if one band sold 3,000... read more
BLIND ORACLE Release New Single

BLIND ORACLE Release New Single

Newcastle natives Blind Oracle have dropped a new single titled ‘Bloodlines’, taken from their new album which is yet to be announced. The song targets society and organised religion. Vocalist Brodie Paul elaborated: “‘Bloodlines’ is an encapsulation of our aggression and frustration with the current state of societal unconsciousness prevalent in organised religion and the government. [It] looks at how they both influence us in our daily lives through subtle manipulation and fear, and ultimate how they lead us astray. Heavy music is the greatest artistic vessel for this mindset, so it came together naturally. This is simply a reaction to the world we live in.” ‘Bloodlines’ will be available on iTunes, Spotify, and all the jazz from Tuesday, October 11th. Stay... read more