Author: Dylan Oxley

Interview: Heartline talk new single “Lovers”, live shows and the benefits of technology

Adelaide alt-metal act Heartline have returned with the animated new single and accompanying video “Lovers”, their first offering of a busy year ahead. Co-written by Thornhill guitarist Ethan McCann, it explores modern monotony in a digital landscape and encourages you to find beauty in the little things. Chunky riffs and dark electronics compliment the sweet…

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ISHAN shares five fun facts and catchy new single “Her Boyfriend’s House”

Every now and then you come across a promising young hopeful who is so talented that it’s not fair. Melbourne pop-rock songwriter ISHAN is one of those people, back again with a fresh tune and video in “Her Boyfriend’s House”. At just 21 years old, he’s already got a bunch of music out including the…

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Interview: East Capri talk new single “Not What You Want”, influences and visual storytelling

Brisbane alt-rock trio East Capri are one of the most exciting acts to emerge on the local heavy scene in recent years. The band shared their empowering single “Not What They Want” last Friday, the latest in a string of fresh tunes since their debut EP Wake n Repeat in 2021. This melodic anthem shines…

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Wolf & Chain share new single “Not Giving Up” and offer their fave music videos

Adelaide emo act Wolf & Chain are steadily making a name for themselves as ones to watch in the local alt-rock space. The band have recently released the new single “Not Giving Up”, exploring lycanthropy as a metaphor in their first offering of the year and third single since their 2021 sophomore EP Amor Mortal….

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Caskets sell out Brisbane ahead of their Reflections Australia tour in May with exciting supports

Leeds, UK post-hardcore outfit Caskets have officially sold-out the Brisbane show of their Reflections Australia tour in May at The Brightside Outdoors. Supporting the band will be Seattle pop-rockers The Home Team in their Australian live debut, as well as Brisbane emo favourites Stepson and Melbourne alt-metal act Bad/Love. The seven-date tour will be kicking…

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Northlane offer the ultimate taste test with new EP Mirror’s Edge

Australia has been blessed with some legendary heavy bands over the years, but there’s one name that remains a regular on our roads and airwaves after leading the scene for more than a decade. ARIA award-winning Sydney alt-metal powerhouse Northlane have constantly evolved their sound and approach to push the envelope, and have today unveiled…

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Live Review: Days Like These delivered a night unlike those at Brisbane’s Black Bear Lodge

Beginning as a melodic hardcore quintet, alt-rock duo Days Like These have come leaps and bounds since their 2021 debut EP Wide Awake. After releasing their anticipated debut album ICON in 2023, they now make their own brand of dark pop songs with the occasional breakdown. The band kicked off their Suckers for Fame tour…

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Leo bares all with their unflinching debut EP Please Leave Quietly

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all of the incredibly talented artists who have saturated the independent music market lately, each offering a piece of themselves that is (sadly) oftentimes lost in the echo chamber. But every now and then, you stumble upon a song that just hits differently and stays with you long after…

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ALTERJOY talks influences, talented friends and living in the moment

Adelaide-made and Gold Coast-based artist ALTERJOY (aka Ben Heidrich) has returned with his fresh new single and video “Better Make a Move”. Known as the drummer of Adelaide metalcore act The Daily Chase, Ben launched his solo project last year with his debut single “This is Real” and exuberant No Doubt cover “Hella Good”. The…

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Live Review: Hot Mulligan made it fun to feel sad at The Princess Theatre in Brisbane

Michigan emo larrikins Hot Mulligan have just wrapped up their 11-date debut Australia and New Zealand tour with a sold-out show at The Princess Theatre in Brisbane on Saturday 9 March. Upgraded from The Brightside Outdoors, the beloved punks were supported by Nashville five-piece Free Throw and esteemed locals Bad Neighbour in an emotional farewell…

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Interview: Bad Party talk new single “Pray”, local influences and romantic advice

Brisbane metalcore act Bad Party have been turning heads with their unique electro-punk style since their debut EP Beyond Repair in 2022. After releasing standalone single “Want It” last year, the band have recently shared the sultry single “Pray” – the first with newly appointed vocalist Dale Dudeson of Revoid. Produced, mixed and mastered by…

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Bloom are set to explode with their anticipated debut album Maybe in Another Life

Sydney melodic hardcore act Bloom have today unveiled their highly-anticipated debut album, Maybe in Another Life, via Greyscale Records and Pure Noise Records. The five-piece made waves with their acclaimed 2020 concept EP In Passing, followed by a live version in 2021 and pit-splitting single “Sink into the Soil” in 2022. Now, the band returns…

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Product of Neglect share explosive debut album Synthetic Freedom

Product of Neglect may not be a name you are familiar with, but the Brisbane deathcore act have today unleashed their brutal debut album, Synthetic Freedom, which will surely put them on the map. Featuring the singles “Perpetual Night” and “Cerberus”, the nine-track project was a long time coming and went through numerous iterations to…

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Eliza Hull takes us track-by-track through her new EP Here They Come

Castlemaine singer-songwriter Eliza Hull is a leading voice for individualism with her honest new EP Here They Come, released 1 December. Featuring the singles “Running Underwater” and “Island”, the five-track project is the fifth record from the Victorian songstress since emerging with her debut single “Without Words” in 2012. Timed to coincide with International Day…

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Sunsick Daisy take us through their debut EP Breathe In… Breathe Out

Kaurna/Adelaide indie pop-rock act and triple j Unearthed finalists Sunsick Daisy are quickly on the rise with their anticipated debut EP Breathe In… Breathe Out, released independently 24 November. Boasting the lead single “Underwater”, the relatable project delivers five dreamy shoegaze tracks addressing mental health struggles. Produced by Jarred Nettle (Teenage Joans, TOWNS), Breathe In……

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Old-school Atreyu fan Alex Hill of Mélancolia reviews their new album, The Beautiful Dark of Life

California metalcore legends Atreyu have been influential to many heavy bands that followed in their footsteps during the 2000s particularly. Their latest record, The Beautiful Dark of Life, was released today via Spinefarm Records to conclude the trilogy of EPs they have shared throughout the year. A whopping 15-track journey, the band’s ninth studio album…

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Review: Future Static’s Liminality is a stunning debut album (2023 LP)

Naarm/Melbourne alt-metal five-piece Future Static have today shared their highly-anticipated debut album Liminality via Wild Thing Records. The 12-track project two years in the making is a blend of deft guitarwork over intricate rhythms as vocalist Amariah Cook brings a passionate and powerful performance. Produced, mixed and mastered by Christopher Vernon (Windwaker, The Beautiful Monument),…

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Review: Melbourne’s Colourburn sets a high bar with Compromise in Colour (2023 EP)

Melbourne alt-rock trio Colourburn have today released their debut EP Compromise in Colour, a bold entry to the scene with clear talent and intent. The five-track project was produced by Christopher Vernon (Bloom, Belle Haven, Tapestry) and draws influence from the likes of Movements, Citizen and Eat Your Heart Out. Comprised of Jordyn Briggs (vocals),…

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Interview: Lucas Woodland of Holding Absence talks unfinished art, tours and comic books

Welsh alt-rockers Holding Absence have gone from strength to strength and their third album The Noble Art of Self Destruction – released 25 August via SharpTone Records – is no exception. With a hectic tour schedule and exceptional live show, the band are turning heads and capturing hearts all over the world. Featuring the singles…

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Fletcher Gull shares the art that inspired his debut album Songs From Before

Naarm/Melbourne folk artist Fletcher Gull is mysterious and insightful on his intriguing debut album Songs From Before, released 22 September. The 10-track project explores indie-pop soundscapes with poetic storytelling in a reflective time capsule of his life thus far. Featuring the singles “Light Up” and “She Knows”, Songs From Before comes after the 2022 EP…

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Interview: Jono Hawkey of Bloom talks signing to Pure Noise Records, new single and arena dreams

Sydney melodic hardcore five-piece Bloom have been turning heads since their phenomenal 2020 sophomore EP In Passing. Last week, the lads shared their latest single “Bound to Your Whispers” – the first offering since 2022’s “Sink into the Soil” – and announced their signing to Pure Noise Records in partnership with local label Greyscale Records….

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South Summit share latest EP Tales of the Yeti and six artists they’re listening to right now

Perth indie-rock five-piece South Summit have returned yet again with their second EP of the year, Tales of the Yeti – released 4 August – just six months after dropping the former Creatures. Featuring the singles “Just Like You” and “Sidelines”, the six-track project explores more of a reggae style with local influences. The past…

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Live Review: Windwaker + Caskets + alt. + Headwreck – The Brightside, Brisbane (27.07.23)

Melbourne alt-metal favourites Windwaker brought their Love in the Dark Tour to The Brightside in Brisbane last Thursday night, supported by Caskets, alt. and Headwreck. The sold-out fourth show on their six-date run proved them as one of the nation’s most exciting frontrunners in the next generation of heavy music. Opening the night soon after…

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Interview: Amy McIntosh from Vilify talks latest single, tours and Newcastle’s heavy scene

Newcastle hardcore act Vilify have emerged as a force to be reckoned with since their debut EP Clarity in 2020. Featuring Amy McIntosh and Lizi Blanco of The Beautiful Monument, the quartet have come out swinging this year with blistering single “Take the Pill” and latest offering “From the Inside”. We caught up with Amy…

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Interview: Joshua Moore from We Came As Romans talks tour, perseverance and golf

Michigan metalcore outfit We Came As Romans have undergone a significant change these past few years yet still power through as one of the genre’s leading acts. Since the passing of vocalist and keyboardist Kyle Pavone in 2018, an integral member from their 2009 debut album To Plant a Seed onwards, WCAR soldiered on for…

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Album Review: Bad Juju – Blue Heaven (2023 LP)

Melbourne alt-rock outfit Bad Juju have today dropped their awaited debut full-length, Blue Heaven. Produced by Callan Orr (Dream on Dreamer, Hands Like Houses) and Sam Bassal (Ocean Grove, Trophy Eyes), the 12-track album explores life’s subtle complexities through moving lyrics and affecting music. The title track opener sets the tone of the record with…

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Joan & the Giants share heartfelt single “Sleep Alone” and top five tips for a good night’s sleep

Perth indie-pop outfit Joan & the Giants unveiled new single “Sleep Alone” yesterday, the second since their debut EP Me & You in 2022. The haunting confession of unrequited love showcases singer Grace Newton-Wordsworth’s velvety vocals over reverberating keys and rumbling drums with muted riffs and jingling tambourine. “Sleep Alone” began as a country-tinged acoustic…

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Thrice share top five Australia moments ahead of The Artist in the Ambulance 20th anniversary tour

California post-hardcore rockers Thrice are heading to Australia for a largely sold-out 20th anniversary tour of their seminal record The Artist in the Ambulance this September. The extensive tour will see them perform two shows in Melbourne and Perth, stopping at Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide in between. Thrice will be performing the album in full,…

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Interview: alt. talk debut album, tours and influences

Adelaide melodic metalcore outfit alt. are quickly becoming one of the country’s most talked-about heavy acts – and for very good reason. With their debut album ABEYANCE to be released this Friday 16 June via Resist Records and SharpTone Records, the forward-thinking rockers let us in on their creative process and 2023 plans. We had…

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Interview: Days Like These talk new EP, lineup change and community

Brisbane alt-rock duo Days Like These are back better than ever with a new lineup and sophomore EP ICON, released 19 May. Comprised of vocalist Callen Batson and drummer/vocalist Noah Murphy, the two bring an exciting flair to contemporary punk with pop hooks and killer collabs. We had a chat with the two about their…

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