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BLINK-182 // Release New Single Blame It On My Youth
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After two years without an official Blink-182 release, the pop punk forerunners release new single Blame It On My Youth.
With the release of the deluxe edition of California in May 2017, Blink-182 have been busy touring their home turf. Now they’ve announced the release of Blame It On My Youth, a track that shows a more reflective side to the San Diego three piece.
Produced by Tim Pagnotta, the track see’s Blink-182 explore the forming of the band and the personal hardships along the way, showing a more mature side to their lyrics. The single comes with a graffiti laden lyric video, with graffiti artist RISK providing artwork for the video and single.
The band, who have sold 50 million albums worldwide, are renowned for their 1999 release Enema Of The State and 2001 release Take Off Your Pants And Jacket. The bands were nominated for the 2017 Grammy award for best rock album with California.
This release marks the second release of new line-up Mark Hoppus (vocals/bass), Travis Barker (drums) and Matt Skiba (vocals/guitar), after joining forces before the recording of California.
The single’s release comes before their 2019 North American tour, co-headlined by American rapper Lil Wayne. The tour begins on June 27 in Atlantic City and will come to an end in mid-September.
BRING ME THE HORIZON // Release Video For Mother Tongue
After starting 2019 with the release of their first album in four years, touring across the globe, and garnering critical acclaim Bring Me The Horizon have released a video for single mother tongue.
mother tongue, which is off the band’s fifth album amo, was originally released as a single earlier this year. Now it comes accompanied with a supernatural themed video.
Harbouring imagery from horror movies like Get Out and Carrie, it continues a motif of otherworldly forces. The single, along with the album, feature love at it’s core with the video focusing on a couple.
The release of the video comes after the bands sold out tours of Australia and South America, with the band being set to perform at the All Points East Festival later this month.
amo, has been described as a concept album by frontman Oliver Sykes. The album has received near universal acclaim, including GRAMMY nomination for single MANTRA.
Currently on tour in the US the band have announced they will play a rescheduled War Child/Brits show on May 29.
STRAY FROM THE PATH // Announce Live Album With New Video
With the release of a new live video for First World Problem Child, Stray From The Path announce the impending release of a new live album. The album, named Smash ‘Em Up: Live In Europe 2019 will be released on May 17, marking the band’s first release on independent label UNFD.
The Long Island band present their live prowess in the new, pulsating video. The albums release shows the mindfulness of Stray From The Path, who will donate their royalties to non-profit organisation Hardcore Help Foundation
The video for First World Problem Child features Architects’ Sam Carter and was recorded during a performance at the Roundhouse in London. The video presents Carter’s screamed vocals mixing with vocalists, Andrew Dijorio’s own.
“We’ve wanted to do a live record for years now, but the stars really never aligned for it,” Stray From The Path explained. “An opportunity presented itself on our latest tour supporting While She Sleeps, and we were fortunate enough to be able to make it happen.”
“This album takes place across Mainland Europe and the United Kingdom, with each song performed in some of our favourite cities on Earth,” the band sates. “This record is live, unedited, no backing tracks, and all songs are performed and written by the people in this band.”
Stray From The Path will perform a 20 date tour in support of Smash ‘Em Up: Live In Europe 2019’s release, playing gigs in Europe and the UK.
IDLES // Present New Single Mercedes Marxist
With an album charting in the top 5 of the UK album charts and attention from outlets as varied as Rolling Stone to The Guardian, 2018 has been a big one for Idles. Refusing to rest on their laurels, however, Idles have announced the release of Mercedes Marxist.
The song is one that explores lyricists Joe Talbot’s discontent with his place in the world and feels more in keeping with the style of their 2017 album Brutalism. Vocalist Joe Talbot explained that despite the song being the second to be written for Joy As An Act Of Resistance, it was never intended to be on the album
A physical release, on 7” vinyl, has also been announced and will be released on August 2 by Partisan Records. The non-album single will be backed with B-side I Dream Guillotine on its physical release.
With the release of the single Idles have announced new US tour dates for September, as tickets to see the Bristol band going on sale on May 10.
Idles Joy As An Act Of Resistance won multiple plaudits including BBC Radio 6 Music’s Album of 2018 and came third on indie legends Rough Trade’ Top 100 Albums of 2018. Since the albums release the punk rock five piece have been busy touring the US, Europe and the UK.
DIRECT UNDERGROUND FEST 2019 // Announce Brisbane Sideshow
Dark Funeral and Immolation have added a Brisbane show to their Direct Underground Fest 2019, set to take place on September 5. With tickets on sale, this is the chance for Brisbaner’s to catch these bands at The Triffid.
Presented by Soundwork Direct, Swedish black metal act Dark Funeral and US metal group Immolation will be joined by Australian acts Descent and Christ Dismembered. This show will now kick off a run which includes performances in Sydney and Melbourne.
On explaining the reason for the addition of a Brisbane show Lord Ahriman of Dark Funeral stated that with the demand they could not miss Brisbane.
“Did you really think we would miss you when coming all the way to Australia? With such an overwhelming demand to see us live how could we not,” said Lord Ahriman. “Make sure to grab your ticket now and we’ll see you on September 5th!”
Legends of the black metal scene Dark Funeral have been ever-presents of the European scene since there 1996 release In The Sign…, with this showing in the reception of their most recent release, 2016’s Where Shadows Forever Reign.
While New York black metal group Immolation have experienced a rebirth since the release of their 2017 album Atonement, enjoying two years of successive touring.
SABATON // Release World War 1 Themed Single Fields Of Verdum
With Sabaton set to celebrate 20 years of playing music, the Swedish heavy metal have announced the release of Fields of Verdun.
Fields of Verdun will be the first single released off new concept album The Great War, which is set for release on July 19. The album was recorded with partner Jonas Kjellgren, and began recording on the hundredth anniversary of the first world war.
The single has been released with a heavily stylised video depicting World War 1, with the band playing above the trenches of the battlefield.
“We choose ‘Fields of Verdun’ to be the first single since we felt it represent the album perfect, a classic Sabaton metal song which we cannot wait to include in the future setlists,” states bassist Pär Sundström
Sabaton had previously released Bismarck, however, the decision was ultimately made to not include the track on the album as it did not fit the First World War theme.
“We decided to write Bismarck outside the album since the story does not connect to WW1 and also that (sic) it was recorded at a different time,” Pär Sundström explains. “The meaning of this song was a tribute to all fans who have contributed over the years by sending us ideas for future songs, please continue with that!”
In conjunction with the release of the album Sabaton have announced they will be launching a history channel celebrating the themes war, battles, and heroes present throughout their lyrics.
SLOWLY SLOWLY // Announce Jellyfish National Tour
With a performance on Triple J’s Like a Version and being set to perform at the prestigious Splendour In The Grass, Australian punk rockers Slowly Slowly have announced a headline tour of Australia in support of latest single Jelly Fish.
The single is now number two on Triple J’s most played list and with an arena tour supporting Amy Shark, over the band decided to continue the momentum. Tickets for the tour go on general sale on May 9.
“We are so pumped on this tour,” says Slowly Slowly frontman Ben Stewart. “We have been in some exciting, but scary situations lately with the Red Hot Chilli Pepper supports, Like A Version and the arena tour with Amy Shark – we can’t wait to blow off some steam with some headline shows.”
Jellyfish was the first release since 2018’s St. Leonards and tackles the idea of unconditional love being a foil to such crisis’s in existentialistic questioning.
Slowly Slowly will be playing a number of gigs across Australia’s capital cities, including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. They will be joined by two Australian bands in support, punk rockers Sly Withers and indie band Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers.
SLOWLY SLOWLY JELLYFISH NATIONAL TOUR DATES w/ special guests Sly Withers + Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers
BYRON BAY // Sunday, 21 July // Splendour In The Grass // 18+
HOBART // Saturday, 27 July // Hobart Brewing Co // 18+
CANBERRA // Thursday, 1 August // UC Hub // 18+
MELBOURNE // Saturday, 3 August // The Corner Hotel // 18+
BRISBANE // Friday, 9 August // The Triffid // 18+
ADELAIDE // Saturday, 10 August // Lion Arts Factory // 18+
SYDNEY // Saturday, 17 August // Crowbar // 18+
FREMANTLE // Saturday, 24 August // Mojos Bar // 18+
OPETH // Announce Australian Tour
After defying convention since their debut in 1995, Australian audiences will get to experience Opeth this December. The Swedish band, who are encroaching their thirtieth year of performing music, will play their mix of acoustic and metal.
Opeth will play five tour dates, as they explore the capital cities of Australia. The band promise music without peer, with tickets going on sale May 10.
The band are set to perform new material that will appear on their 13th study album. Ever since their formation in Stockholm during 1990 the band have continued to release music, with 2018’s live album Garden of Titans giving fans a glimpse into what to expect.
The band have explored directions throughout the years with the band delineating from their black metal roots towards a Swedish folk sound, which first became present on 2003’s Damnation.
OPETH AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
ADELAIDE // Tuesday, 10 December // Thebarton Theatre
PERTH // Wednesday, 11 December // Astor Theatre
MELBOURNE // Friday, 13 December // Palais Theatre
SYDNEY // Saturday, 14 December // State Theatre
BRISBANE // Sunday, 15 December // Tivoli Theatre
DEVIN TOWNSEND // Announces Australian Acoustic Tour
Off the back of a critically acclaimed album, Devin Townsend has announced a set of acoustic tour dates across Australia. The show promises to be an intimate experience with Townsend exploring his back catalogue.
The ‘An Evening With’ solo tour will feature a Q&A in which Townsend will answer audience questions, as well as talking about new album Empath. Townsend has noted the reason for this tour is to explore his motivation as a musician, so he continue to grow as a musician.
“Before I tour with a band again, I wanted to have the opportunity to play for you, and meet up with the people who not only have made my work possible, but inspire me to continue,” Devin Townsend explains. “In a world of computers and social media, to be stripped of all the bells and whistles is a very important step for my reintroduction to the live concert world.”
The tour will come after Townsend’s tours of the UK, Europe, the US and Canada. It will mark a departure from the more band driven elements of his live shows.
Along with the tour Devin is celebrating the 20th anniversary of working with label Iniside Out Music, with a new contract. A vinyl boxset of Townsends work has been announced, Eras Part 1 and Part 2, with Part 3 set for release on December 7.
AN EVENING WITH DEVIN TOWNSEND AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES:
ADELAIDE // Tuesday, 10 September // Governor Hindermarsh // 18+
BRISBANE // Wednesday, 11 September // Old Museum // 18+
SYDNEY // Friday, 13 September // York Theatre // 18+
MELBOURNE // Saturday, 14 September // Thornbury Theatre // 18+
PERTH // Sunday, 15 September // Freo Social // 18+
THE PINHEADS // Announce East Coast Shows
After the release of their eponymous album in 2017 and members experimenting with different musical avenues, The Pinheads are back on track. Fresh off the announcement of a new album The Pinheads have announced shows across the east coast of Australia.
The Pinheads second album, Is This Real, will be released on May 24 via Inertia and Farmer and Owl. It’ll mark a departure from the punkier sound of their debut, with new single Feel It Now showing more melodic arrangements.
Now the band from the ‘leisure coast’ are set for a busy month of touring, with multiple support and headline dates announced. Included are two record store performances for interested punters.
The album, recorded by the band in their home study lovingly known as ‘The Shed’ follows the bands manifest of never play it safe and always make it fun. The band promise an album of The Pinhead’s exploring untouched territory.
The band are set to perform dates in the UK and Europe in June, with the tour kicking of in Coventry.
THE PINHEADS UPCOMING SHOWS:
WOLLONGONG // Wednesday, 22 May // UniBar, Wollongong // 18+
SYDNEY // Friday, 24 May // Red Eye Records
SYDNEY // Friday, 24 May // The Metro Theatre // 18+
SYDNEY // Friday, 24 May // Marly Bar // 18+
NEWCASTLE // Saturday, 25 May // The Newy // 18+
WOLLONGONG // Monday, 27 May // Rad Bar Release Party
WOLLONGONG // Tuesday, 28 May // Rad Bar Release Party // 18+
MELBOURNE // Thursday, 30 May // Oh Jean Records In-Store
ULLA DULLA // Friday, 31 May // The Marlin // 18+
GOOD DOOGS // Announce New Single How I Feel Ahead Of Tour
With shows selling out and another month on the road, Good Doogs have convened at the studio to record How I Feel. This decidedly spur of the moment decision means they’ve now released two singles in the space of three months.
Built around reverbed vocals and repeated refrain, the songs more melancholic meaning may escape listeners. The band describe the song as being about losing someone special and the overwhelming realisation it’s all your fault.
This is their second single of 2019, Nobody/Alone also features more personal meanings. They’ve only just disembarked on a tour in support of Nobody/Alone, showing the bands dogged determination.
In regards to their tour, they’ve already sold out gigs in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Newcastle. While this tour marks Good Doogs debut in Canberra, they’ve championed several gigs for all ages so younger fans can attended
The band have already done four laps of the country supporting bands DZ Deathrays and Tired Lion along the way. With sell out shows in Western Australia and an initiation to perform at the Bigsound Festival in 2018, being notable highlights.
The WA boys are experiencing a spike in interest, being championed by programs like Triple J and Unearthed. The only thing they’ve admitted stopping them is not missing their mums Christmas dinner.
GOOD DOOGS ON TOUR: Supported by FLOSSY (WA shows only) and SEASIDE (all shows but WA)
NEWCASTLE // Friday, 17th May // Cambridge Hotel // 18+ *SOLD OUT*
CANBERRA // Saturday, 18th May // UC Hub
CANBERRA // Saturday, 18th May // UC Hub – Evening Show // 18+
PERTH // Friday, 24th May // HQ *SOLD OUT*
BUNBURY // Friday, 31st May // The Prince // 18+
ADELAIDE // Thursday, 6th June // Lion Arts Factory *SOLD OUT*
MELBOURNE // Saturday, 8th June // Stay Gold // 18+
SYDNEY // Thursday, 13th June // The Lansdowne // 18+
SYDNEY // Friday, 14th June // The Lansdowne // 18+ *SOLD OUT*
BRISBANE // Saturday, 15th June // Brightside // 18+ *SOLD OUT*
PERTH // Saturday, 29th June // Jack Rabbit Slims // 18+