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the AU interview: Sam Totman of Dragonforce (UK) talks the new album "Maximum Overload", tours and cider!

Dragonforce, a name synonymous with either speed playing, Ibanez guitars or the Guitar Hero franchise, are poised to release their sixth studio album Maximum Overload. Dave Roberts sat down for a chat with the band's co-lead guitarist Sam Totman to talk the album, tours, and of all things - British Cider.

Gettin' to know the Glaswegians #04: The Amazing Snakeheads

As we continue our showcase of some great bands our of Glasgow, Scotland, today we profile emerging outfit The Amazing Snakeheads. As they continue to celebrate the release of their record Amphetamine Ballads (released in the UK back in April) have a watch of our interview with the trio in Scotland, backstage at T in the Park where we talk about their music, potential trips to Australia and more:

the AU interview at T in the Park: Van McCann of Catfish and the Bottlemen (UK) talks "The Balcony" and naming themselves after an Australian busker.

It's easy to enjoy UK garage four-piece Catfish And The Bottlemen, and now the band are finally releasing their debut album The Balcony in September. We got to know the band while they were in Scotland for T in the Park by way of this exclusive interview with frontman Van McCann, in which he talks about the record and reveals a connection to Australia with the band name...

the AU interview: Pepa Knight (Central Coast) talks Rahh!, Clams, Inspiration, India, Jinja Safari and his debut solo tour...

When you think of the influence of Indian culture on Western music, it seems impossible to tread past George Harrison and Ravi Shankar. Yet, stepping down off the unattainable Beatles pedestal into a sleepy coastal town called Long Jetty, one encounters another brand of world music born from the mind and solo musings of Jinja Safari co-frontman, Pepa Knight.

the AU interview at Lollapalooza: Mark Foster of Foster The People (Los Angeles) on Splendour, returning to America and more!

Only mere hours before they took to the Samsung Galaxy Stage at Lollapalooza on Saturday evening, Mark Foster chats with me about the last few weeks for him and his Foster the People boys. We all flew out of Australia at the same time, funnily enough, last week after Splendour in the Grass and so it's good to see he held up well after the time spent Down Under.

the AU interview: Matty and George of The 1975 (UK) talk Splendour in the Grass, festivals and support acts...

In the final part of our interview with Matty and George from The 1975, they reflect on their weekend at Splendour in the Grass and stripping their sets back (sans the light show they're touring around the UK with). They also look ahead to touring with the band You, who are their best friends from their hometown... and the band confirm they'll be back in Australia for New Years!

the AU interview: Millions (Brisbane) talks about Mexico, guitar pedals and their debut album 'Max Relax'!

Brisbane indie pop quartet Millions are heading out to some interesting places after the recording of their first album Max Relax, namely Mexico to perform a few festivals there. We asked a few questions of Campbell from the band while he was sunning it up and drinking tequila, obviously.

the AU interview: The 1975's Matty and George open up about the realities of Fame, Fandom and Success.

In Part Two of our interview series with The 1975 (not pictured), Matty and George open up honestly about how they feel about Fame, Fandom and Success after a relentless year on the road. Matty talks about how he struggles to say no to his fans, how he was originally fascinated by the idea of being sexualised through fame, and about how he's now coming to terms with the realities of day to day life that comes along with it... "The Price of Fame" perhaps?

the AU interview: Tom Meighan of Kasabian (Leicester) on critics, "48:13" & the two biggest shows of his career.

Kasabian have had a long running love affair with their Australian fans. Maybe it's the shared innate raucous behaviour that both share when it comes to getting loose at a rock and roll show. Perhaps it's a shared and well-respected ethos of not giving a fuck about the hard stuff. Regardless, it's evident that whenever the band has been through the country, festival or headline tour, the people have responded. And responded well. The Leicester four-piece are going to be back in the country for a run of shows this August with new album 48:13 raring to go.

the AU interview: Matt and George of The 1975 (UK) on touring the globe, Bastille, Metallica & a third return to Australia in 2014...

Larry interviewed Matthew Healy and George Daniel from The 1975 in Sydney, Australia while they were in town for a Splendour in the Grass sideshow. In part one, we talk about their second visit to Australia this year - discover that they have plans to return before the year is out - and find out how their manic touring schedule has been treating them since they last were in Oz for the Big Day Out.

the AU interview at T in the Park: The Magic Numbers (UK) talk about their long awaited new album "Alias"!

In just a couple of weeks, UK quartet The Magic Numbers will finally be delivering their long awaited fourth album Alias onto our eardrums. While I was in Scotland a couple of weeks ago covering T in the Park, I got to spend some time with the group backstage and over a beer, conducted an interview where we reflected on their time between records, talked about this one and found out if we'll ever get them back to Australia! Watch it here:

the AU interview: Andy Babiuk of The Empty Hearts (USA) talks studios, monster movies and their debut album!

Getting things done. That’s what The Empty Hearts have been all about in their short existence. Well, short compared the oodles of experience the current member have playing in like The Cars, Blondie, The Romantics as well as bassist Andy’s Babiuk’s own legendary garage rock outfit, The Chesterfield Kings. Here’s what Andy had to say to Philippe Perez about getting together making this new outfit as enjoyable as he can.

the AU interview: Humans As Animals (Melbourne)

Lillian chats with the local and amazingly talented lads/musicians of Humans as Animals. The band have been performing together around Melbourne for six years and are about to release a 4-part epic-funk opera that incorporates a character called Bilack. Their debut EP Eukaria’s release is just around the corner, August 1st, and we chatted to them about the release of the EP, its first single, “Her Name” and the EP’s upcoming release at the Evelyn Hotel on August 14th.

Gettin' to know the Glaswegians #02: We Came From Wolves

Following on from our feature on DEATHCATS yesterday, today we bring you the next band in our series highlighting Glasgow based bands - We Came From Wolves. We sat down with the band while at T in the Park in Scotland, and we'll leave it to them to let you know what they're all about, before we bring you their latest EP in its entirety!

the AU interview: Circa Waves (Liverpool) on Australia, Splendour, touring with Metronomy and The 1975.

Larry sits down with Liverpool's Circa Waves to talk about their first ever Australian tour, their local tour with Metronomy on the back of Splendour in the Grass and their upcoming UK shows with The 1975 and The Libertines. We find out what's coming next for the band musically and how life on the road is treating them...