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the AU interview: Nathan Willett on 10 years with Cold War Kids (California), 'Hold My Home' and returning to Australia for New Year's!

It's not long now before Cold War Kids return to Australia for another dose of summer festivals and headline shows. The Californians, who will be touring their new album Hold My Home as well as their four studio album swag of material, have been keeping things busy since their last major Australian visit (Splendour, 2013), but to chat with Nathan Willett about everything in their camp at the moment, he's very chilled out, agreeing, "We're doing well, but we've been very busy."

the AU interview: Harry Howard talks about his brother Rowland S. Howard's new anthology and tribute shows.

Liberation Music will release a brand new Rowland S. Howard anthology, Six Strings That Drew Blood, on October 24th, on what would have been the late musician’s 55th birthday. Released as a double CD with 40-page booklet, and four-LP deluxe vinyl box set with large format 16-page booklet, the collection celebrates the work of one of Australia’s most innovative musical talents.

Listen as we challenge Ed and Jamie from Bombay Bicycle Club (UK) to a round of Australian Music Trivia

We challenged Ed Nash and Jamie Maccoll of UK quartet Bombay Bicycle Club to a game of Australian Music Trivia while they were in Australia last month. it's slightly possible we made the game a little harder than we need to - but in any case, listen back and enjoy as we delve into the past and present of Australian music through ten trivia questions:

the AU interview: Husky (Melbourne) talks "Ruckers Hill" and America!

the AU review's Larry Heath sits down with Husky and Gideon from Melbourne group Husky to talk about their latest album Ruckers Hill, the two years since their last release Forever So, their experiences in America, touring plans and much more!

the AU interview: The Murlocs (Geelong)

Last month we sat down with two parts of Geelong quintet The Murlocs while at BIGSOUND in Brisbane last month. Watch the full chat here, as we talk about their music, the festival, upcoming plans and much more!

the AU interview: Elize Ryd of Amaranthe (Sweden) talks about new album Massive Addictive and sexism in the industry.

One can’t help but feel good listening to Amaranthe, after all the European sextet is all about creating positive energy. Less than two years since the release of The Nexus, whose single of the same name has had over six million views on YouTube, modern metal’s hottest act is back with a new album.

the AU interview: Stu Mackenzie of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard (Melbourne) talks America, China, CMJ and "I'm In Your Mind Fuzz"

Earlier this month I caught up with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard's Stu Mackenzie to talk about their new album I'm In Your Mind Fuzz coming out at the end of the month, recording at Daptone Records in New York, their upcoming performances at CMJ (this week!) and their recent trip to China - plus we reflect on their American experiences at Austin Psych Festival, opening for You Am I in Toronto and much more...

the AU interview: Julia Henning (SA) on "Another Day" and how music helps us overcome sadness.

Last month we sat down with South Australia's Julia Henning while she was at BIGSOUND in Brisbane. Watch our full chat here on the AU as we talk about the festival, her music (including latest single "Another Day") and touring. Julia also talks about how music helps us overcome sadness.

the AU interview: Mike and Dan of Horsehunter (Melbourne) on their highly anticipated debut "Caged In Flesh"

Having shared the stage with legends High On Fire, Conan, and Windhand, Melbourne four-piece Horsehunter are inarguably the most sought after and exciting young doom bands in the country. On September 30 they released their highly anticipated debut album Caged in Flesh, which is currently the most popular doom metal album on bandcamp. I caught up with Mike (guitar + vocals) and Dan (guitar) to chat about the band, recent success, and the album.

the AU interview: Johnny Marr (Manchester) talks "Playland", a renewed passion for playing live & his relentless work ethic

Fresh off stage from a sold out show, the legendary The Smiths guitarist and prolific collaborator and songwriter Johnny Marr takes the time to talk to the AU about his new album Playland, why it was time to go solo and how he came to love playing live.

the AU interview: Demi Louise (Melbourne) talks about CMJ, performing in Korea and the UK

Hello Asia editor Johnny Au chats with Aussie artist Demi Louise in Seoul, South Korea. Demi was in Seoul as Australia's first showcase artist at the MU:CON conference. Demi spoke about her past year performing in the UK, Malaysia and her experiences in Seoul. We also spoke about her upcoming CMJ appearance and a lounge room tour in November.

the AU interview: Dana Roskvist of Sydonia (Melbourne) talk "Reality Kicks" and crowd-funding their tour.

Dana Roskvist from Sydonia sat down with the AU's Larry at BIGSOUND last month to chat about their latest album Reality Kicks, their successful crowd-funding campaign that allowed them to tour, getting more radio play than they've ever had and concentrating on writing new, faster and heavier songs.

the AU interview: Andrew Davie of Bear's Den (London) talks their debut album "Islands" and USA, Australian experiences

After touring Australia with Matt Corby last year, UK group Bear's Den left a lasting impression. Today, they release their much anticipated debut album Islands! While in Berlin, Andrew Davie of the group spoke with the AU to discuss the album, their immediate tour plans and the prospect of visiting Australia again.

the AU interview: Ryan Bowles of Prepared Like A Bride (Gold Coast) talks Religion, Overcomer and the Ocean Tides tour.

The Ocean Tide Tour kicked off this week, travelling around the country with Prepared Like A Bride and Graves, with 100% of event proceeds doing to the Cancer Council after Confession pulled out of the tour with vocalist Michael Crafter taking leave to be with his family and father, who is battling cancer.

the AU interview at BIGSOUND: Pierce Brothers (Melbourne)


Photo Credit: Hans Peter van Velthoven

The Pierce Brothers sat down with the AU review's Larry Heath at BIGSOUND last month to chat about snapping guitars, The Northern Lights Tour visiting new Australian regions, their first European tour, the Jack White Party, writing a lot and focusing on making an "interesting" album.