Sydney based Indie Rock band Adaptors have just released their new film clip for single ‘Closer’.
The band have recently been touring the East Coast of Australia to celebrate their latest release.
Check out ‘Closer’ below:
Sydney based Indie Rock band Adaptors have just released their new film clip for single ‘Closer’.
The band have recently been touring the East Coast of Australia to celebrate their latest release.
Check out ‘Closer’ below:
We are very excited to premiere the new single ‘Half My Blood’ from Sunshine Coast based solo artist Jason Stern!
‘Half My Blood’ is a heartfelt acoustic rock ballad that will have your toes tapping in no time, whilst thinking of your loved ones.
The chorus is extremely catchy, and will be stuck in your head all day.
Jason Stern pens earnest acoustic pop songs from the soul.
The young singer songwriter has spent the past year honing his craft in studios around the coast, whilst playing as many shows as possible to build his fan base.
Check out the exclusive premiere of ‘Half My Blood’ below (released Tuesday 17th January via iTunes) and be sure to keep an eye on this talented up and comer!
Post-grunge Aussie rockers Grinspoon have announced their very own not-quite New Years bash, Best Night Ever!, set to shake up Nightquarter on the Gold Coast on December 30. The legendary Grinners will be joined by fellow rock royalty British India and local up and comers Eliza & The Delusionals and Voiid.
Off the back of their hugely successful and fully sold-out 31 date national tour to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of their debut album Guide To Better Living, Grinspoon just can’t get enough of the stage and are thrilled to announce one more show for the year.
Presented by NightQuarter and New World Artists, Best Night Ever! is putting every effort into living up to its namesake for the fans. To make their night as seamless as possible, punters only need to present their tickets to receive free public transport on SE QLD Translink network on show day. The lineup is not to be missed; alongside Grinners will be British India, smashing through their latest hit record Forgetting the Future plus some older fan faves. Eliza & The Delusionals have been making waves since their debut single The Ground was met with rapturous praise in 2016, while VOIID are some talented young punk rockers who are guaranteed to make faces melt.
Phil Jamieson, lead vocalist of Grinspoon, is stoked to be kicking it on stage for one last massive 2017 party, saying, “It is with great pleasure that we’re taking out the year in style at the NightQuarter. 2017 has been a brilliant year for GSPN HQ… we’ve played to many friends, danced with many dancers, traversed over land & sea visiting every state & territory in this wonderful country of ours. We want to have one final party to celebrate and this is where YOU come in. Dear Friends, you are cordially invited to the BEST NIGHT EVER! it will be the… BEST NIGHT EVER! because that is what its name is – THERE ARE NO EXCUSES! See you there!”
This is one for the fans who can’t face those New Years crowds – enjoy a flat-out night of great music without the stress of the New Year’s countdown or the trauma of trying to catch a maxed-out Uber in a packed-out city. Some punters might even treat this as a hefty entrée to their New Year’s bender – any way you spin it, it’s set to be the Best Night Ever!
Grinspoon is Phil Jamieson on vocals, Pat Davern on guitar, Joe Hansen on bass and Kristian Hopes on drums.
Grinspoon / Oztix presale from noon Thursday 12 October to 9pm Saturday 14 October
General public on sale commences 9am Monday 16 October
Guide To Better Living 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is out now
BEST NIGHT EVER! PRESENTED BY NIGHTQUARTER AND NEW WORLD ARTISTS
SAT 30 DECEMBER | NIGHTQUARTER, GOLD COAST | 18+
Tickets available from https://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=79611 and grinspoon.com.au| 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets
After a massive 2017, neo-soul vocalist Maya is back with a stellar new single Blackout, about a moment forever lost in time, out tomorrow May 11. Produced by the renowned Joel Quartermain (Eskimo Joe, Meg Mac, British India), Blackout is an exciting addition to Maya’s impressive discography. The young artist has also dropped a video to accompany the track, directed by Grace Moore. To celebrate Blackout, Maya will be performing at The Penny Black in Melbourne on May 10, Rising Sun Hotel in South Melbourne on May 12 and The Toff In Town on May 26.
Blackout is ominous, and intuitive – as though Maya knows something we all don’t, and she’s trying to let us know. Her flawless vocals sit atop a motivated rhythm section with urgency and skill, as her lyrics persuade the listener to pay attention. Joel Quartermain’s expert touch has propelled Blackout into a whole new dimension for Maya, and as her star begins to rise one can only wonder what’s to follow. Speaking on the creation of the track, Maya says, “Releasing this single has got to be one of the most exciting times of my career. Blackout means so much to me lyrically and I feel like the production is the next step sound that really represents my aesthetic…Most people have ‘blacked out’ before, whether it’s when they drink, if they black out a bad memory, or if they just forget certain things. This song takes you through my perspective and how I felt when it happened to me – it was inspired by so many moments of blackout in myself that I still fight everyday.”
The video is as striking as the track itself. Dramatic lighting cloaks Maya and her sisters, as Maya tries to navigate her own personal blackout. Maya was specific about her goals for the video, as she reflects, “The Blackout video shows a cross between the dark reality and positive space. It captures a representation of the dark energies that are felt in those fragile times, juxtaposed with a bright, welcoming space that leads to happiness. The video, set the morning after the night before, features the Blackout Girls chasing me out of my dark memories until finally I arrive at a space where there is no black. There I’m free from the watchful eyes of the blackout, and surrounded by positivity and light.”
With three hometown shows coming up, these intimate gigs are Maya’s element, and fans are lucky enough to be able to catch her before she jets off to New York City to continue writing with world-class musicians over there, as she enthuses, “I have been working with many writers and producers in NYC on my next project, and I’ve been writing a lot and am now just doing the final touches on some seriously felt and fresh music. I’ll be doing more writing in Australia, and working on production of the tracks I already have written in New York. Some more release this year, and an EP toward the end of the year, with a full insight into my new sound.”
Blackout is set for release on May 11.
BLACKOUT LAUNCH SHOWS
THURS 10 MAY | THE PENNY BLACK, BRUNSWICK VIC | 18+
Free entry all night
SAT 12 MAY | RISING SUN HOTEL, SOUTH MELBOURNE VIC – SPECIAL JAZZ SHOW | ALL AGES
Tickets available from https://www.ellasmusicclub.com/maya
SAT 26 MAY | THE TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE VIC – LADYHOOD SUPPORT SHOW | 18+
Dramatic and ferocious, the elusive MANE is back with her impressively bold new single What If The Love Dies that is accompanied by an astounding, mind-bending clip that is sure to gather all the right attention. To celebrate the release, MANE is set to hit the road later this year, stopping by The Gasometer (Melbourne) on October 19, Rocket Bar (Adelaide) on Oct 27, Rad Bar (Wollongong) on Nov 1 and Brighton Up Bar (Sydney) on November 2.
What If The Love Dies says it all, really. An afflicting question, made even more so when chanted eerily by MANE in the depths of her luscious, chesty voice, as the song peddles the connection between two people in a long distance relationship, and the struggles, uncertainty and frustration the distance can bring about. Reminiscent of the theatrical and innovative Montaigne and characterised by razor-sharp vocal melodies that are not dissimilar to those of wunderkind Gretta Ray, What If The Love Dies includes all the bluesy rawness that audiences expect from MANE, but with a new electronic edge that feels dangerous and exciting all at once. Mixed by the Grammy and multiple ARIA winning Eric J Dubowsky (Chet Faker, Kimbra), the woman behind MANE, Paige Renee Court, opens up about the new single, saying “I’m very keen to be releasing this one – I’ve worked hard on it and had the good fortune of some great people working with me.”
Dave Ruby Howe from triple j Unearthed has already gifted the single four stars, saying, “This song has this towering pop feel to it – which could be due in part to the mix from studio heavyweight Eric J (Flume, Meg Mac, Odesza). Throw in MANE’s big but dark vocal delivery and you’re entering impressive territory.” Also a fan, Dom Alessio from Home & Hosed says, “There’s something enchanting about this dark, caliginous pop song.”
The clip for What If The Love Dies is appropriately spooky, playing out like a Hollywood blockbuster with a foreboding sense of lovers scorned. Directed by Kieren Ellis-Jones of Crystal Arrow Films (The Hard Aches), nothing is as it seems as the MANE band play blindfolded upside down and right side up; a man and a woman, also blindfolded, try to find common ground which proves a difficult task when the gravity keeps playing tricks. Reflecting on the meaning behind the video, Paige remarks, “We played on a ‘love is blind’ narrative quite literally. Between the performance shots of the band, the story of two people evidently in love spans over three completely different eras in time…but there is a constant sense of distance between them.”
Currently on tour in Europe and the UK, the seasoned performer is thrilled to head back to Australia for a few shows to promote What If The Love Dies, enthusing, “The past year I have been working really hard with the band to create a live sound that emulates the recordings but also has a rawness to it that I feel excited about. I put a lot of energy into the performance; at times it’s a little dark but other times it’s a lot of fun.”
WHAT IF THE LOVE DIES EAST COAST SHOWS
THURS 19 OCT | GASOMETER UPSTAIRS, MELBOURNE | 18+
Tickets available from https://gasometer.oztix.com.au/?Event=77088
FRIDAY 27 OCT | ROCKET BAR, ADELAIDE | 18+
Tickets available from http://www.bit.ly/CatsOct27
WED 1 NOV | RAD BAR, WOLLONGONG | 18+
Tickets available from http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/mane-supports-tba/97956
THURS 2 NOV | BRIGHTON UP BAR, SYDNEY | 18+
Tickets available from https://www.musicglue.com/brighton-up-bar/events/3beb71a0-6077-0135-5379-664640c4859d
Francisco’s Fortune is somewhat a mysterious surprise for Sydney’s ever growing indie pop music scene. Following up from his previous single release ‘Magnetic Lines’ mid last year the band’s latest offering the single ‘The Bells’ is a potent follow up release. With both tracks featuring on the upcoming debut EP, ‘The Bells’ is a glimpse of the vibrant and delicate Music that is Francisco’s Fortune.
Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Manik Mayadunne is the face behind the Francisco’s Fortune mask. Taking the time to fuel the musical project and release The Bells has proven to be a more wholesome endeavour for the part time medical professional. With an upcoming east coast tour mapped out toward the middle of 2015 Francisco’s Fortune shows all signs of running a sure way to reaching the hearts across Australia.
The Bells itself is a curious number that whimsically besets itself gradually upon the listener, uplifting keys and soft melodic vocals coupled with light percussion set the soft overtones of the track. Listen carefully and transposing the message conveyed within the The Bells is both poetic and comforting, life’s journey through love is often complex and incessant, the lyrics ‘you’re ringing isn’t getting any softer’ communicates this beautifully. A key strength is the ambient and gradual progression within the song, you arrive at the chorus feeling caught up in Manik’s tale of past love, reflecting on your own experience with uncertainty of emotion with new beginnings once relationships end. In a way the faster energy of the chorus captures the unsettled nature of oneself when your thoughts are preoccupied on such things which is perhaps why this track lends itself so willingly.
Don’t be surprised to find yourself humming the chorus lines replaying it in your mind over and over again. The Bells is a title that uses subtle sounds to deliver an intelligent and emotive illustration of modernised indie pop. The upbeat hooks are inviting and memorable even to those that are not avid fans of the genre. The Bells is therefore a track most people can appreciate and relate to, it’s easy listening nature makes it permeable to a variety of audiences young and old. It is encouraging to think about the upcoming EP from Francisco’s Fortune, if The Bells is any indicator then we can expect a release with plenty to offer.
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+
Indie rockers The New Yorks have today announced their new single We Enjoy This Too Much, a seriously fun, guitar-driven bop reminiscent of The Wombats, out July 14. An endearing clip, featuring the charismatic half wolf/half human frontman Sir Wolf, accompanies We Enjoy This Too Much with a perfect nostalgic quality. This lively track is the second taste of their sophomore EP I Wish I Was You, But That’s Just Me, a collection of clever and irresistibly catchy songwriting, set for release on July 31. To celebrate the release, The New Yorks will be hitting the road, kicking off with a free show at Hotel Steyne in Sydney on August 18, then heading through their hometown of Adelaide on August 25 and wrapping up in Melbourne at the The Reverence on September 22.
We Enjoy This Too Much is so steeped in mid-2000s influences, yet somehow it exists as new today, and audiences will surely be grateful that it does. Evoking thoughts of The Strokes, Catfish And The Bottlemen and early offerings from The Jungle Giants, We Enjoy This Too Much goes hard and fast, guitars and riffs abound, and buoyed by clever lyrics and lead vocalist Vinnie Barbaro’s energetic performance. Of the inspiration behind the track, Vinnie says, “We Enjoy This Too Much is a rant about an irrational adoration for constant debate and agitation between a couple. It’s a bit of a complicated relationship… the idea of love-hate and what is actually healthy is one that is dwelled upon, with conversational lyrics intended to represent bickering about what to watch on Netflix. The temptation to push the quarrel in order to get one’s way is unanimously accepted to be a waste of time, instead they both take comfort in meaningless argument.”
The clip is a VHS-soaked alternate universe where it’s somehow completely normal for a wolf/human hybrid to start a band in their garage and ultimately suffer a meteoric fall from grace. Directed by Oliver Del Vecchio of EAT SLEEP EMPIRE (The Coconut Kids), the concept behind the clip sounds a bit off-kilter but somehow makes perfect sense when all is in motion. Vinnie explains, “The film clip is a prequel to the video of our previously released track, Sir Wolf. Sir Wolf was established as a dominant character, a gobbling narcissist of a business man that’s interested in the dollars generated behind the music. Sir Wolf is extravagant in order to out-shadow his dissatisfaction. We Enjoy This Too Much provides a backstory to how he became this figure. Set in 1985, the clip shows the failure of Sir Wolf’s band, ‘Steppe & The Hunting Men’ and his adoption in the music business. A love for being a musician results to be detrimental, with his failure turning him bitter.”
The EP encompasses this world, cleverly crafted by the band, and spins it into an indie pop/rock wonderland. Upon listening to I Wish I Was You, But That’s Just Me, you would be forgiven for thinking you had transported back to the time where Hot Fuss by The Killers was first doing the rounds. Recorded at Chapel Lane Studios in Adelaide by Michael Carver and Simon Kither and mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound (Paolo Nutini, The National, Talking Heads), the songs fold into each other with ease, swelling and deflating most sweetly; crescendoing at Truman and taking a gentle breath in at Death In Modern Time. Speaking about the EP, Vinnie says, “The main themes of the EP are admiration and resentment; love/hate relationships and the irrelevance of questioning juvenile morality. The notion of love/hate relationships is not necessarily based on human interaction, but rather how a love for something and the search for admiration or approval can rob that process of the elements that made you love it in the first place.
Anyone who listens to these recordings will likely be hungry for the live show, and luckily The New Yorks are set to deliver. The group are thrilled to be stopping by Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne in August and September, and more than ready to hit the ground running with high-energy live shows. Vinnie enthuses, “The recently built set is an honest representation of the recordings. We have always been a traditional band with an organic set up, little time for smoke, mirrors and bullshit.”
The New Yorks are Vinnie Barbaro, Marcus Rosella, Carlos Carosi and Jared Grimm.
The single We Enjoy This Too Much will be released on July 14. The EP I Wish I Was You, But That’s Just Me is out July 31.
THE NEW YORKS ‘I WISH I WAS YOU, BUT THAT’S JUST ME’ TOUR
FRI 18 AUG | HOTEL STEYNE MANLY, MANLY NSW | 18+
Free entry show | supported by Space Monk
FRI 25 AUG | ROCKET BAR, ADELAIDE SA | 18 +
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets
FRI 22 SEP | THE REVERENCE HOTEL, MELBOURNE VIC | 18 +
Tickets available at doors
Australia’s hottest new pop rock trio and winners of MTV Brand New 2015, At Sunset, are about to drop their new single, Kiss Me (available January 22), alongside national show dates through January and February supporting Californian siblings, R5 and London exports, The Vamps.
Following on from their last single, Every Little Thing, Kiss Me further highlights the band’s impressive knack for writing incredibly catchy, guitar-driven pop rock smashes. At Sunset are all about spruiking up-beat, positive vibes through their music, with lead singer Harrison saying, “Kiss Me throws you to another place! Let that place remind you of the days when nothing mattered to you apart from what is happening in that exact moment.”
Excited about hitting the road to support some of the world’s biggest buzz acts, Harrison goes on to say, “We are so pumped to be opening shows for R5, Jack & Jack and The Vamps this week! We’ve been following these guys for quite some time, so we’re super excited they’ve invited us to support them.”
With well over one million fans on facebook, 250,000 plus followers on twitter and having amassed over five million views on youtube, there’s no wonder everyone is talking about this talented trio from Adelaide.
2015 was a big year for the band, having been announced as Nova Australia’s Fresh New Discovery, which scored them mentoring by Ed Sheeran, as well as label support to release their debut single. Later in the year, thanks to the incredible support from their fans in the voting-based competition, they were recognised as the first ever winners of MTV Brand New Australia. And with their new single and national tour dates just around the corner, 2016 is set to be an even bigger year!
At Sunset are brothers, Harrison and Andrew Kantarias, and their good friend, Tom Jay Williams.
Kiss Me will be available on iTunes January 22
AT SUNSET NATIONAL TOUR DATES
Presented by 123 Agency and Razor Mgmt
Sunday 17 January 2016 | Luna Park Sydney (R5 and Jack & Jack National Tour) | Tickets: http://bit.ly/1SeZpHt
Monday 18 January 2016 | Remember the Days Festival @ Old Adelaide Gaol |Tickets: http://bit.ly/1ZhrEUX
Tuesday 19 January 2016 | Palais Theatre Melbourne (R5 and Jack & Jack National Tour) | Tickets: http://bit.ly/1RyAW02
Wednesday 20 January 2016 | Eatons Hill Hotel Brisbane (R5 and Jack & Jack National Tour) | Tickets: http://bit.ly/1mRM2Q8
Friday 22 January 2016 | The Studio, Auckland (R5 and Jack & Jack National Tour) | Tickets: http://bit.ly/1P5BJ1C
Saturday 23 January 2016 | Allphones Arena Sydney (with The Vamps) | Tickets: http://bit.ly/1UKS7sB
Tuesday 26 January 2016 | Australia Day Concert, Rooty Hill | Free Event
Saturday 13 February 2016 | Summersault Festival, Melton | Free Event
Tuesday 16 February 2016 | Smart Araneta Coliseum, Manila Phillipines (with Boyce Avenue) | Tickets: http://www.etix.com/ticket/p/2257224
Musical wunderkind Black Summer, otherwise known as Rhys Toms, is back with a luminescent new song Sadness, featuring Bahamian vocalist Chloe Campbell, set for release on March 23. The perfect followup to 2017’s Young Like Me, which has racked up over three million streams across multiple platforms, Sadness is an exciting offering from the accomplished producer who is still yet to turn 15 years old. Black Summer has also dropped a truly spectacular video to accompany Sadness, directed by Tim Maxx.
Sadness is perfectly crafted; undeniably hooky, with masterful production that sinks and swells around eighteen year old Campbell’s expressive vocal. The track is steeped in heavy emotion, something that Rhys has woven within the music with the skillset of someone years his senior. The arrangement borders on subtle, yet percussive patterns and dense synths duck underneath the lead melody in impressive layers. Speaking of the inspiration behind Sadness, Rhys says, “Sadness is a track that I wanted to give a chilled but also energetic vibe to. It’s about two people not quite connecting – one of them is in love with the drama of the relationship, but they can’t figure out how to make it work. I wanted to relay this feeling in the track so I used these dark muted synths…we recorded Chloe’s vocals in LA and then I took her vocals and further built the track around them. She brought this amazing life to the track with her awesome adlibs and harmonies.”
The clip for Sadness is epic, and sweeps the audience into the atmosphere in much the same way that the track itself does. Set in multiple breathtaking settings, Rhys walks across a desert, along a stormy beach, through a forest and into flames, following the elusive Chloe throughout the wilderness. Working alongside Tim Maxx who also directed the impressive Young Like Me clip, Rhys explains, “We shot the video while Chloe and I were both in LA…the story of the video is two people who are trying to connect but they can’t get to the same place at the same time. Like in the song, they’re in two different mindframes.”
It’s been a wild ride for Rhys, since he was Unearthed by triple j at the tender age of 11 as one of the country’s most exciting young producers. Young Like Me, his most successful release to date, was debuted on national television across Channel 9’s Children’s Hospital Telethon, and attracted a lot of international attention after being added to high rotation on triple j, and in its wake Black Summer appeared at Groovin’ The Moo. Now still only 14 years old, he has a fantastic attitude towards the industry and is thrilled to be working towards some live performances for 2018, saying, “I still can’t believe that I’m doing what I’m doing now – it is literally a dream come true. I’m so grateful for the opportunity triple j gave me to get my music out there, they really gave me the confidence to do what I love! Over the years I have learnt so much about music theory and the industry… I love anything to do with computers, from programming video games to making my own music. I love to travel and see new parts of the world and performing live is one of my favourite things to do!”
Sadness is set for release on March 23.
WEDS 25 APRIL | THE WALL IN THE WORLD BAR, KINGS CROSS, SYDNEY | 18+