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THE HERD

The Living End, Cloud Control and more join the lineup for Mission to Launch in Canberra

The wait is finally over! Following the announcement of Australian dance powerhouse, Sneaky Sound System, as the first act on the Mission To Launch Festival this New Year’s Eve in Canberra, the party organisers are beaming with excitement to reveal the full line-up:

THE LIVING END

SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM

IAN CAREY [USA]

CLOUD CONTROL

THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS

THE HERD

THE POTBELLEEZ

BRITISH INDIA

The Herd + Sietta + Ellesquire - The Metro Theatre, Sydney (17.09.11)

On the back of their Future Shade Tour, I went to check out The Herd at the Metro Theatre, supported by Sietta and Ellesquire.

Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to see Ellesquire, but I did get to catch the end of Sietta's set; pulsating and heaving with dark, droning bass-lines, laced with an insanely powerful set of vocal chords, they blew me away.

Photo Gallery: The Herd + Sietta + Ellesquire - The Metro Theatre, Sydney (17.09.11)

Known for their boisterous live shows, The Herd flaunt their new songs on the Future Shade Tour this August, starting at Splendour In The Grass and ending mid-September in Canberra.

They will be supported by the electrifying soul duo Sietta – who are creating quite a buzz ahead of the release of their debut album, The Seventh Passenger.

Photo Gallery and Live Review: The Herd + Sietta - Metropolis, Fremantle (10.09.11)

Saturday night at Metropolis Fremantle saw The Herd hit town and demonstrate why they are one of the premier hip hop acts in Australia (and in my opinion, the world) today.

By the time they hit the stage, the crowd were starting to bounce of the walls in anticipation and as the band worked its way through the first chords of “20/20”, the place simply erupted.

the AU interview: Ozi Batla of The Herd (Sydney)

Everything's pretty hectic for The Herd at the moment – for the first time in three years, they're promoting a new album and touring like crazy. I caught up with Ozi Batla to chat about the tour, Fat as Butter festival and the album, amongst other things.

So first of all, how's it going and where are you right now?

The Herd - Future Shade (2011 LP)

The Herd are back with their 5th album, released in the middle of their tenth year together. It's been a decade, and it shows - in a purely good way, rest assured. Since “Scallops” and their self titled debut, The Herd have audibly matured and grown. Future Shade is an album that perfectly balances politics, social issues and personal issues and is one of The Herd's most accomplished releases to date.

Photo Gallery: The Herd + Sietta + Impossible Odds - The Hi Fi, Brisbane (03.09.11)

Brisbane hip hop fans ignored Riverfire and turned out in force to welcome the Herd to town. Erin Smith brings you these photos.

Queenscliff Music Festival announces their 2011 lineup

The Queenscliff Music Festival takes place over the weekend of 25-26-27 November and the organisers are clearly revving up the heat this summer with the critical first round of artists revealing some significant names on the cards with old school meeting modernity meeting new wave… showcasing the best in past, present and future Australian and world music.

Fat As Butter announces their massive 2011 lineup

Over the past four years, the Fat As Butter Festival has grown into one of the … well… FATTEST musical and cultural events in Newcastle, and indeed the country. But this year, we’re set to exceed all expectations with a line up of local and international acts that is sure to send your musical taste buds into a fat frenzy!

The Herd - Signs Of Life (2011 Single)

The Herd - Signs Of Life

This is a real mellow, almost sad track, from The Herd.

They’ve really utilised some nice female vocals and live instrumentation to lay the foundations to this track. Lyrically, the song does have a positive message under the somber tone and melancholy rhymes around it. Musically, the group have really pushed the limits of their skills as musicians and writers.