Newcomers and last year’s Bank of Melbourne ‘Melbourne Music Bank’ winners, Tempus Sun have today announced their debut single Owls, an unstoppable powerhouse that is built to embolden listeners and encourage them to discuss their struggles with others, out June 23. The accompanying clip encompasses this completely, making the journey through hardship to come out stronger on the other side. To celebrate, Tempus Sun will be launching the single with a show at The Toff on June 30.
Owls is just one of those songs; it hits you immediately, and doesn’t leave you until long after it is finished. From the gentle acoustic opening, to the crescendo that roars into the final chorus, Tempus Sun have conceived a living, breathing entity, one which offers earnest guidance to the listener: “Speak up, my friend, the time to be heard is now.” Helping to interpret the colossal anthem, lead guitarist Ed Borromeo offers, “Owls is about speaking up about our struggles. It’s a tune relatable to anyone with troubles, be it in the past or ongoing. It was created with mental illness in mind and the intention of influencing people to just have a chat about it with someone. Coming from personal experience, something as simple as having a chat is very easy to disregard as helpful, or is easy to procrastinate on, but I found it to be the first step in combatting almost anything.”
Side by side, the video and track work seamlessly, anchoring the message of Owls assuredly and elegantly. Directed by Edwin Tedjokusumo (Eskimo Joe), the clip boasts epic scenary and stunning underwater shots. Keys player and vocalist from the band Grant Hardisty reflects on the making of the clip, “Our team has really gone to town in producing something visually beautiful, to match the depth and colour in the single. We had a ton of fun driving around the Yarra Valley and searching for filming locations and eventually settled on the beauty of Redwood Forest in Warburton. Combined with a couple of other locations, the story details the positive progression of mental health through the help of something as simple as speaking out.”
Well-deserved winners of 2016’s Melbourne Music Bank competition, Tempus Sun have gratefully reaped the rewards which have enabled them to propel their careers forward like they never could have imagined. Out of hundreds of entries and thousands of public votes, the group took out the top prize which included the EP recording and mixing process, press photos, publicity, radio plugging and much more. Grant enthuses, “Winning Bank of Melbourne’s Melbourne Music Bank was the most exhilarating experience of my life. We entered it on a whim, with an optimistic ‘why not?’ attitude, but we never honestly considered that we’d be a shot. I remember the call so vividly, where I had to leave class to answer and hear the ridiculous news that we had made the Top 12. I replied to Laura on the phone, ‘are you kidding?’ to which she said, ‘that would be a pretty sick joke’!”
The band are set to wow audiences with Owls and much more at their single launch show at The Toff in Town on June 30.
Tempus Sun is Andrew Wortes, Rya Park, Grant Hardisty, Ed Borromeo, Sean Close and Liam Purser.
FRI JUNE 30 | THE TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE | 18+
Earlier this week deathcore legends Suicide Silence shocked us all with the announcement that they would be heading Down Under. Well Dave G decided that would be the right time to sit down and have a chat with frontman Eddie Hermida to talk about what the band loves about Australia and just how they produced that awesome video clip for You Can’t Stop Me.
You can listen to or download our Suicide Silence interview right here.
SUICIDE SILENCE AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES SEPTEMBER 2016
Saturday 3rd – BRISBANE – Woolly Mammoth 18+
Sunday 4th – SYDNEY, Manning Bar 18+
Tuesday 6th – NEWCASTLE, The Cambridge 18+
Wednesday 7th – MELBOURNE, 170 Russell 18+
Thursday 8th – ADELAIDE, Fowlers Live Lic/AA
Friday 9th – PERTH, Amplifier 18+
Tickets On Sale 9am Tuesday 5th July 2016 via: http://tickets.destroyalllines.com/
Iconic Aussie rockers, Grinspoon have sparked a ticketing frenzy, selling out within hours of going on sale to the general public. To keep up with the overwhelming demand, the boys have added five new shows to their monster Guide To Better Living 20th Anniversary tour, with second shows hitting Enmore Theatre on Thursday July 6, The Tivoli on Sunday July 9 and Granada Tavern on Sunday August 6. To add to the excitement, two new shows have been announced for Barooga and Newcastle fans, with the tour now swinging via Barooga Sports Club (NSW) on Thursday September 21 and NEX Newcastle on Saturday September 23.
There sure is a lot of love out there for Grinners, with tickets to the Tivoli Theatre show selling out in just thirty minutes after going on sale. And with very limited tickets still available across all capital city shows, fans are encouraged to get in quick to avoid disappointment.
Chuffed with the positive response to the long-awaited tour, vocalist Phil Jamieson says, “Australia! You have turned it on with the mad demand for the 20 year anniversary of Guide To Better Living… we are beyond flattered that you want to join the party, so we have added some more party times to ensure no-one misses out!”
The band will be supported nationally by Hockey Dad, and will be playing the album cover to cover across June-September 2017, alongside a selection of later favourites from their albums that followed. To correspond with the tour, an accompanying expanded, multi-format reissue of the album will be released on June 23. Grinspoon have curated a 20th Anniversary edition of Guide To Better Living, expanding the original 16-track album to a mammoth 49 track feast of rarities, live tracks and unreleased recordings. The album also appears on vinyl for the very first time in the form of a limited edition red vinyl pressing, coupling the original album with a second disc Live At CBGB’s – an incendiary 10-track live recording of the band taken from the fabled CBGB’s venue in New York.
“It’s a real honour to be releasing the 20th Anniversary of Guide To Better Living. It was an amazing time in the band’s life. Going back and listening to the album and watching old footage reminds me of what was an unbelievably exciting time in all our lives,” says guitarist Pat Davern.
Grinspoon is Phil Jamieson on vocals, Pat Davern on guitar, Joe Hansen on bass and Kristian Hopes on drums.
Guide To Better Living 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is set for release on June 23. Pre-order album bundles are onsale from www.grinspoon.com.au.
GUIDE TO BETTER LIVING NATIONAL TOUR DATES
Presented by TEG LIVE and Triple M
FRI 23 JUN | KAY ST ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX, TRARALGON VIC | 18+
FRI 30 JUN | MARGARET COURT ARENA, MELBOURNE, VIC | LIC AA
SAT 1 JUL | VILLAGE GREEN HOTEL, MULGRAVE, VIC | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
THURS 6 JUL | ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY, NSW | LIC AA **JUST ANNOUNCED**
FRI 7 JUL | ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY, NSW | LIC AA **SOLD OUT**
SAT 8 JUL | THE TIVOLI THEATRE, BRISBANE, QLD | 18+ ** SOLD OUT**
SUN 9 JUL | THE TIVOLI THEATRE, BRISBANE, QLD | 18+ **JUST ANNOUNCED**
SAT 29 JUL | ONE TROPICAL DAY @ DARWIN SKI CLUB, DARWIN, NT | LIC AA ***
THU 3 AUG | THE WOOL EXCHANGE, GEELONG, VIC | 18+
FRI 4 AUG | PIER BANDROOM, FRANKSTON, VIC | 18+
SAT 5 AUG | GRANADA TAVERN, HOBART, TAS | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
SUN 6 AUG | GRANADA TAVERN, HOBART, TAS | 18+ **JUST ANNOUNCED**
THU 10 AUG | THE JACK, CAIRNS, QLD | 18+
FRI 11 AUG | DALRYMPLE HOTEL, TOWNSVILLE, QLD | 18+
SAT 12 AUG | MAGNUMS, AIRLIE BEACH, QLD | 18+
THU 17 AUG | VILLA NOOSA, NOOSAVILLE, QLD | 18+
FRI 18 AUG | REDLAND BAY HOTEL, REDLAND BAY, QLD | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
SAT 19 AUG | SHAKA FEST – MIAMI TAVERN, GOLD COAST, QLD | 18+ ***
THU 24 AUG | DUNSBOROUGH TAVERN, DUNSBOROUGH, WA | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
FRI 25 AUG | METRO CITY, PERTH, WA | 18+
SAT 26 AUG | ADELAIDE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, ADELAIDE, SA | AA
THU 31 AUG | THE CAMBRIDGE HOTEL, NEWCASTLE, NSW | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
FRI 1 SEP | LISMORE CITY HALL , LISMORE, NSW | 18+
SAT 2 SEP | RACEHORSE HOTEL, IPSWICH, QLD | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
THU 14 SEP | THE ENTRANCE LEAGUES CLUB, BATEAU BAY, NSW | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
FRI 15 SEP | WAVES, WOLLONGONG, NSW | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
SAT 16 SEP | UC REFECTORY, CANBERRA, ACT | 18+
WED 20 SEP | CSU, WAGGA WAGGA, NSW | 18+
THU 21 SEP | BAROOGA SPORTS CLUB, BAROOGA, NSW | 18+ **JUST ANNOUNCED**
FRI 22 SEP | BEER DELUXE, ALBURY, NSW | 18+
SAT 23 SEP | NEX NEWCASTLE, NEWCASTLE, NSW | 18+ **JUST ANNOUNCED**
***Hockey Dad not appearing
My Ticketek is offering their customers an exclusive pre-sale on newly announced Sydney, Hobart, Barooga and Newcastle shows from 12pm Tuesday 18 April 2017.
Ticketmaster is offering their customers an exclusive pre-sale on the newly announce Brisbane show from 12pm Tuesday 18 April 2017.
The general public will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to all newly announced shows from 10am Thursday 20 April 2017.
To purchase tickets, head to www.grinspoon.com.au.
Due to unforeseen venue renovations beyond TEG Live & Grinspoon’s control, the scheduled Batemans Bay Soldiers Club performance will not proceed. The Batemans Bay Soldiers Club apologises to ticket holders, and refunds will be available via Ticketek.
A new wave of artists are breaking into the music scene. SZA, Kali Uchis & NAO are the pioneers in the newest music era likewise we see a darker more eerie ABRA make her own path to success. The “Darkwave Duchess” of Awful Records teamed up with the Red Bull Music Academy’s Road to Weekender on August 27th to perform at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel giving her fans a dark but honest look into her life.
Her stage presence requested your attention & you wanted to give it. With hit songs like Fruit & Pull Up she had the whole crowd singing along to the lyrics with such passion and energy. Perhaps you’d think maybe they were the performers and she was their audience.
ABRA manifested her Atlanta swagger into each performance. With Influences from Gucci Mane & Waka Flocka Flame. The current Atlanta music scene was alive and well in the dimly lit room in Melbourne.
ABRA’s vibe is unlike any other, she is open, honest and raw in her artistry. Don’t miss out, go check out one of her shows in your local area.
Donnarumma have today announced their raucous debut single Love Your Man, a horn-bouyed heavy hitter that leaves little to the imagination, out June 2. The trio have also dropped a spectacularly menacing clip to accompany the track, directed by Lewis Brideson (Last Dinosaurs, West Thebarton Brothel Party). Love Your Man is the first taste of the upcoming EP from the guys, Billy Billy, due for release on June 30. Donnarumma will be hitting the road to celebrate Love Your Man and Billy Billy throughout July, hitting up Adelaide, Melbourne, Wollongong and Sydney along the way.
Love Your Man is undeniable in many ways; those drums, those horns, that hook – you better love your man, love your man, delivered with just the right concoction of desperation, frustration and bubbling, tenuous anger. With hints of jazz influences that filter through the likes of The Cat Empire, and notable production and arrangement references to Gang of Youths, Donnarumma have devised a unique and innovative composition in Love Your Man. The accompanying clip, with its scorned female conceiving cruel and perilous circumstances for her unfortunate lover, reflects the frenzied nature of the song perfectly. Speaking on the song and its unforgettable, ominous video, lead singer Louis Donnarumma says, “Love Your Man is about the jealousy that warped my perception of a relationship I was once in. The song travels back to a time where I felt betrayed by my partner – what an innocent boy I was! The video shows this toxic relationship where the girl goes insane, kidnaps her partner and tries to kill him – then it is revealed that he’s been cheating on her the whole time and he ends up getting what he deserves. Sounds ridiculous I know, but we tried to be as over the top as we could be. It’s like those moments when you’re so angry you picture the most outrageous stories in your head. We find it amusing and love the irony; there’s this man singing how he doesn’t feel loved, but does nothing but betray her!”
Billy Billy, the EP that Donnarumma have been honing and crafting for a year, provides a fine example of a band that understand how to express the highest highs and the lowest lows of the human experience. Not only do they express, but they communicate with the listener, through punchy horn lines, irresistible rhythmic turns and hooky lyrics. Drawing from a wide net of influences cast as far as Nina Simone to Arcade Fire, Billy Billy was engineered by Tom Barnes (The Shaolin Afronauts) and includes guests Paige Court (MANE), Maggie Rutjens (Timberwolf), and Ollie English on backing vocals. Reflecting on the record, Louis remarks, “Firstly, the main message in these songs is one of feeling lost as you’re growing up. I imagine Billy as being a general name for anyone that’s feeling lost with the whole business. I feel like not many songs nowadays tackle this issue and it’s one that hits close to home, so I had to share it. The other biggy is love, but not the way most people go about it, we have no rose coloured glasses so all of our love songs are about loves that have been lost.”
After experiencing Donnarumma through the speakers it’s pretty clear that this is a band that simply must be seen live. Luckily for audiences the trio will be hitting up a bunch of venues along the east coast of the country and in their hometown of Adelaide throughout July. Excited to be hitting the road, Louis gives audiences a taste of what to expect, “Loud guitars, a drummer that jumps around and a bass that looks like a huge violin is just the start. Armed with those, and a bunch of songs both from the EP and brand new, the live shows will leave you singing the hooks hours after you go home.”
Love Your Man will be available from June 2 and Billy Billy will be released on June 30.
DONNARUMMA ‘BILLY BILLY’ SHOWS
SAT 1 JULY | GRACE EMILY HOTEL, ADELAIDE SA | 18+
FRI 7 JULY | WHOLE LOTTA LOVE, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+
THURS 13 JULY | RAD BAR, WOLLONGONG NSW | 18+
FRI 14 JULY | THE TOWNIE, SYDNEY NSW | 18+
UK song-smith Robbie Boyd recently released his new single ‘Hey Girl’ and we absolutely love it!
Shortly after finishing up a run of European tour dates, Robbie stopped off down under for a highly successful run along the East Coast.
Check out ‘Hey Girl’ below and be sure to head to Robbie’s Facebook page for more info.
“Isolation and dissatisfaction seep through Thomas’ teeth, but they are delivered through infectious melody that is as contagious as it is toxic” – Happy
Melbourne three-piece scuzz rockers, Claws & Organs unveil their latest efforts in the form of a new single, ‘Alphabetti Spaghetti’. The band spent this year wowing audiences across the country with their raw and energetic performance, sharing stages with acts such as Adalita and DZ Deathrays.
‘Alphabetti Spaghetti’ is dark shoegaze-inspired with themes of isolation, angst and trying to find your place in the world. Recorded at Head Gap Studios with long-time producer, Neil Thomason, the song sees Heather Thomas’ sultry vocals wrapped around an infectious melody, driving bassline and pulsing drums. The song builds into a chorus that you gotta get outta your head.
Claws & Organs launch ‘Alphabetti Spaghetti’ on September 4th at The Old Bar and will be available as a double A-side 7” via LISTEN Records.
Chris Cavill & The Prospectors have really changed their new sound with their new All That You Got EP. Dave G decided to catch up with Chris to see what brought about the change in sound and also the inspiration behind this great new EP.
You can listen to or download our Chris Cavill interview right here.
This week sees Aussie rocker Sarah McLeod not only release her brand new album Rocky’s Diner but also embark on her national tour. Dave Griffiths caught up with Sarah to chat about the inspirations behind the new album and also the new challenges she has set herself with the tour.
You can listen to or download our Sarah McLeod interview right here.