With the band soon to arrive in the country for their first ever tour, we caught up with Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance of Jamestown Revival to find out a little bit more about the friends, their new record Utah, and what they might have in store for audiences as they make their way to Australia to play the Out On the Weekend Festival in Sydney and Melbourne, plus a few headline shows of their own.
Having just released their new album, Modern Vintage, Brisbane’s Cheap Fakes are about to embark on a national tour. We caught up with them before it kicked off to discuss their experiences producing the new record, and how best to capture the energy of a live performance. Check out the interview below!
Following the release of her new EP, Do I Make You Nervous?, we caught up with Melbourne’s Banoffee to discuss the EP, and her production experiences in the US. For the singer and producer, the record represents where she was as a musician at the time, and how she’s developed since. “When you release a record, you’ve been working on it for so long that by the time it comes out, it’s where you were, not really where you’re at,” she explains. “But it’s definitely had an impact on where I am now.” The EP was a chance for her to explore different types of music and genres that she hadn’t previously worked in. “I had a lot of fun with it,” she says. “I took a lot of risks.”
This month, the Philadelphia Grand Jury officially made their return, releasing their sophomore album, Summer of Doom. An album that almost wasn't even made but spurred on following the overwhelmingly positive response to their small run of shows around Australia in 2014, the record arguably has the trio at their refreshed best. It would seem that time away does help heal. Ahead of the album's release, MC Bad Genius and Dan W Sweat dropped by AU HQ in Sydney to chat about getting back together, working out of Berkfinger's studio in Berlin and their upcoming national tour.
In our 84th instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet Ornaments from Newcastle, and chat about being friends since high school, their eclectic influences and get a sneak peak at their latest track, 'Strangers'.
Australia's biggest heavy music exports Thy Art Is Murder are about to wrap up their national tour with Parkway Drive before heading straight back out on their own headline tour. Having recently dropped their latest LP Holy War which debuted at #7 on the ARIA charts, the band has embraced the controversy surrounding the release, publishing uncensored artwork and standing strong behind their choice. Guitarist Andy Marsh talks us through the album.
Two acts who are up for a cheeky few ARIA Awards apiece this year come straight outta NSW but from different ends of the spectrum; you've got The Preatures, the five piece who have been elevated to become one of the country's favourite live touring acts off the back of their debut album Blue Planet Eyes and then you have Hermitude, the Blue Mountains duo who've been storming festival stages around the world as well as sell-out headline shows with their slick and sophisticated electronic-driven tunes. Larry caught up with both at last week's ARIA nominations event in Sydney to see how everything's been going...
Fresh from the announcement that Peking Duk were down for two ARIA nominations - Best Dance Release and Song of the Year for "Take Me Over" - I sat down with Reuben Styles from the Canberra duo to talk about the nominations, the brilliant video for "Say My Name" featuring Matt McGorry (as well as the "Tour Diary" version), their work with Benny from SAFIA and the road ahead...
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Hau Latukefu demonstrated a strong return to the game with the release of his debut solo album, The No End Theory. Really, he hasn't gone anywhere, though this record has been a long time in the making for fans waiting for the Koolism legend to drop a full batch of new material. Most Australian fans have spent each Thursday evening with Hau as he hosts Triple J's Hip-Hop Show but with the release of 2014's Football, Feasts & Funerals mixtape, the MC got us excited for what was still to come from one of the country's best.
For Gang of Youths, this year has been full of highs off the back of their acclaimed debut record, The Positions. A solid year of live shows have seen the Sydneysiders rise up as one of the most popular touring rock bands of the year, while their recent national album tour saw multiple shows sell out incredibly quick. Today, the band scooped five ARIA Award nominations for the record, acting as a shiny, pointy cherry on the top of a pretty decent cake. Frontman Dave Le'aupepe caught up with Larry after the nominations were revealed today, not quite having processed the news yet.
Ahead of the return of one of Australia's newest New Years Festivals - Lost Paradise in the Glenworth Valley, NSW - Larry Heath caught up with the event's Directors (Wade Cawood and Simon Beckingham) to learn a little more about he origins of the event, the changes we can expect from their second year, the artists they're most looking forward to and more. Read on:
Dave Baxter, aka Avalanche City has been a busy man. Travelling across New Zealand and Australia, the artist has been touring extensively in support of his album, We Are For The Wild places, which released in July of this year. Currently on the road with Conrad Sewell, Dave is enthusiastic about the shows so far. “[They’ve] been really good,” he says. “I really like playing to Australian audiences. Really good, fun shows.” His last visit to Australia was two years ago, but his return is timed well, coinciding with the release of his new record. The reception to his live songs has been great so far. “Interestingly enough, this is the first time I’ve been playing the songs live... with a band set-up,” he says. “It’s gone down really good, and people love it. It’s a nice little boost to self-confidence that people like the new songs.”
On the brink of releasing his new album, we caught up with Dylan Joel to discuss the concept behind Authentic Lemonade (out now), and his collaborative experiences with fellow rappers Mantra and DJ Izm.
Earlier today, UK pop star Robbie Williams held a press conference in Sydney ahead of the start of his second Australian tour in 12 months. The last, The Swing Tour, focused on his most recent album Swing Both Ways, while the tour that kicks off this Friday in Perth will feature a collection of his greatest hits, alongside other favourites from the years. The tour has been aptly titled the Let Me Entertain You Tour and will be the first hits focused tour in Australia since 2006.