Keep Calm and Bring On The Panic!

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Here’s a little something for all you hardcore pop rock fans. Panic! At the Disco have announced a 2017 Australian tour!

Now before you’re all flooded with distant memories of a fever we all had trouble sweating out of (stay with me), the Las Vegas rockers are returning to our shores in January next year with current fifth studio album Death of a Bachelor.

It’s been waaaaaaaay over a decade since Brendon Urie and his crew first released their debut album, but they’ve grown up since (and so have we thankfully) with Urie calling an end to his bachelor days by marrying Sarah Orzechowski, which inspired some of the tracks found on the new record.

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Death of a Bachelor stands alone as a triumphant collection of songs where the band has effortlessly blended the sounds of Sinatra and Queen and made it all their own. The contemporary and old world feel of the LP will no doubt provide one hell of a live show for audiences.

With each album release the band has gone above and beyond to push the boundaries, establishing a number of unique genre bending records that have fans coming back time and time again. So it’s no wonder the news of their Australian circuit has been received well by us all.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday July 7 at 9:00am so be sure to get your hands on them fast because we predict they won’t be available for too long. For those of you who can’t wait, an exclusive fan pre-sale will begin on Tuesday July 5 from 9:00am. Fans must sign up to be eligible, so check out Select Touring for more details.

Tour Dates 2017

Wednesday 25th January, Metro City, PERTH 18+

Friday 27th January, Hordern Pavilion, SYDNEY Lic/AA

Saturday 28th January, Festival Hall, MELBOURNE Lic/AA

Tuesday 31st January, Eaton’s Hill Hotel, BRISBANE Lic/AA

DISCOVER: Bel Esprit’s New Single ‘Leave Me Here’

Meet UK alt-rock quartet Bel Esprit. The Southampton lads first burst into the music industry back in 2013, on a mission to rejuvenate the noughties indie scene with particular nods to The Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol.

The foursome spent most of last year promoting their debut EP Lose My Mind, which received positive feedback from the critics and folks back home. Their leading single of the same title racked up over 150,000 plays across several different platforms, leading to it being featured on BBC Radio 6 Music with Steve Lamacq.

The band has since had a fantastic 12 months performing gigs at their local music festivals Common PeopleWickhamIndependence and Icebreaker. They’ve even managed to hit the studio and come out with brand spanking new song Leave Me Here.

The new track is a nifty tune with its suave composure and hints of psychedelia. Its infectious swagger features distorted guitars, layered chants and front man Billy Herklots’ self-assured and ever present vocals. The song is definitely a bit of a deviation from some of their previous work, but it has left us and devoted British fans thirsty for what we can only hope is a potential album in the near future.

Leave Me Here will be available for purchase on April 8. Want more? Be sure to check out Bel Esprit’s SoundCloud for some of their older hits. The band’s music video for Lose My Mind can be found below.

Tegan and Sara Announce Exclusive 2016 Side Shows

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Fans of Canadian duo Tegan and Sara rejoice! If you’re reading this crying your eyes out because you’ve missed the chance to see them at the now sold out Splendour in the Grass festival, never fear we’ve got you.

The twosome have announced two exclusive shows happening in Sydney and Melbourne this year where they will perform songs from their 8th studio album Love You to Death. The forthcoming record is slated for release on June 3 and sees the pair working alongside Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia, Ellie Goulding) yet again. It will follow up from their previous pop breakthrough album Heartthrob, which featured singles Closer and I Was A Fool.

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Their first single from the new album is Boyfriend and it’s already receiving rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Rolling Stones proclaimed “The synths beam and blare over thundering percussion, while Sara Quin belts the song’s charmingly cheeky and lovestruck hook.”

Tickets will be available at 9am on Friday April 29 from handsometours.com. Check out Tegan and Sara’s new single Boyfriend below.

Tour Dates

July 25 – 170 Russell, Melbourne VIC

July 26 – The Metro, Sydney NSW

ALBUM REVIEW: This Is How I Let You Down- The Franklin Electric

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Proving that the folk genre is not solely reserved for British legends Mumford and Sons, is indie-folk outfit The Franklin Electric with the release of their debut album: This Is How I Let You Down.

Having just wrapped up their first ever Australian tour supporting Brisbane’s Holy Holy, the Canadians have been impressing not just us, but well-known artists like City and Colourand Half Moon Run since they were discovered back in Nashville in 2012.

Their first record is an assortment of heartfelt tunes and captivating melodies, mostly composed of a warm piano, acoustic guitar, roving percussion and orchestral arrangements. Strongest Man Alive is a well driven opening track with reflective undertones, but it’s lead singer Jon Matte’s vocals, which are equally dulcet and empowering, that really draw you in. The sporadic falsetto notes he hits with ease will have you feeling them right down to your very core.

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Most of the songs on the album follow the same formula: slow burning build ups before hitting their respective climatic conclusions. This can sometimes seem a tad repetitive but makes you take notice of those rare moments found in songs like piano ballads AloneShow Me The Quiet Air and Old Piano. Title track, This Is How I Let You Down, also packs an emotional punch as Matte sings of being a disappointment – his wounds are left gaping and exposed. Its slower pace shows a depth and vulnerability that is an enticing journey to be on. The remaining band members, Kevin Warren, Ken Pressé, and Martin Desrosby deliver impressive instrumental performances, which stand firmly on their own.

This Is How I Let You Down is a 10-track (not including the three orchestral remixes) assemblage of honest songwriting and downright catchy harmonies and we can’t wait to see what The Franklin Electric do next.

Unfortunately, the band will be hitting up most of Canada along with Europe later this year, so if you’ve missed out on seeing them live this time around, we suggest you give them a like on their Facebook page to fix that. And for those of you who enjoy a good folk record, we highly recommend you give the album a listen, which you can download on iTunes or stream on Spotify.

Sydney gigs you need to hit up this March

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Despite Sydney’s infamous lock-out laws slowly creeping their way into the city’s music scene, there are still some amazing live music experiences to be had in the Harbour City. If you’re anything like us and always looking for a chance to catch some live music when work’s done for the day, then look no further. Here’s a list of shows every Sydneysider worth their salt should be at.

4. NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS 

This is not a drill. British music icon and one of modern rock’s finest songwriters Noel Gallagher will be taking the stage to headline shows in both Australia and New Zealand accompanied by his band the High Flying Birds. Formed back in 2011, the former Oasis member and his crew will be playing hits from their current LP Chasing Yesterday and some from their 2011 self-titled album too.

The last time they were on our shores was back in 2012 for a headline spot at the now cancelled Big Day Out festival. Recent UK set lists have included Oasis classics: Champagne SupernovaThe MasterplanWhatever and Don’t Look Back in Anger so Australian audiences might be in for a 90s flashback treat.

When: Saturday, March 26 at 7.30pm
Where: Hordern Pavilion
How much: $101.85 from Ticketek

 

3. ART VS SCIENCE 

Sydney’s three-piece electro-pop ensemble has been grooving since they formed back in 2008, thrilling fans with their take on fist-pumping, bass-throbbing dance anthems.

Now they’re returning to the stage to promote their new album Off The Edge Of The Earth and Into Forever, Forever supported by Sydney DJ, producer and vocalist KLP. The new album is a follow up to the band’s ARIA award winning debut, and has reached #1 on the AIR Album chart.

Off The Edge Of The Earth and Into Forever, Forever is a ten-track compilation filled with pop, rock and 70s funk tunes demonstrating the trio’s new found sophistication and their usual lively spirit we’ve all come to know and love.

When: Saturday March 12 at 8pm
Where: Metro Theatre
Price: $33.90 from Ticketek

 

2. PALMS 

This four-piece indie rock band from Sydney will be hitting the road nationally to play songs from their brand new album Crazy Rack, which was released just last year.

The outfit was first created a few years back by former Red Riders members Al Grigg and Tom Wallace and were later joined by Brendan Walsh and Dion Ford. Their first album Step Brothers earned the group impressive media attention for a freshman effort.

The band’s second LP is an 11-track collection of songs brimming with garage-rock tunes and playful lyrics about hanging out and pursuing hard-to-get crushes. Its feel good vibe will leave you mellow and missing those summer days.

When: Saturday March 19 at 8:00pm
Where: Oxford Art Factory
How much: $17.90 from Moshtix

 

1. MODEST MOUSE 

The long-awaited return of America’s best loved indie rock outfit is finally here. Forming back in 1992, loyal fans have stuck with them thanks to favourites like DashboardThe World At Large and Float On.

This will be the first time the band has set foot on Australian soil since 2009 and their latest album Strangers to Ourselves is their first body of work after an eight year break. Infectious new singles Lampshades On Fire and Coyotes are currently being pumped all over our airwaves, with the album itself hitting #15 on the ARIA Albums charts.

When: Monday March 21 at 7:00pm
Where: Enmore Theatre
How much: $78.90 from Ticketek

6 emerging Australian artists who need to be on your radar

Ella Fence: Bringing cinematic folk to the masses.

Ella Fence: Bringing cinematic folk to the masses.

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Tired of listening to the same old songs on your iTunes library or Spotify playlist? We get you. That’s why we’ve put together a list of fresh Australian talents you might not be familiar with, but who definitely deserve a place in your music collection.

6. Bad Pony

This five-man indie rock sensation has been around since 2012, collecting awards like RAW Musicians of the Year in 2013 and hitting up Australian Music Week in Sydney just last year. The group’s debut EP Limbo was released late 2015, with fan favourites Michael Moore and White Russian featuring on the record.

Fronted by Jarred Young, the band has since served up new track Zombie – less than a month after wrapping up their 16 date Limbo EP tour. Produced by their very own Cron Van Niekerk, the new single is a raw and dark manifestation, reflecting on love, blame and the acceptance of guilt, but still maintains an impassioned melody that is uniquely Bad Pony.

If we’ve piqued your interest, you can catch Bad Pony live during their mini east coast tour. For more details check out their Facebook page.

 

5. Demi Louise

22 year-old singer-songwriter Demi Louise decided to begin her music career travelling the globe, growing her fanbase organically as she played live shows. Originally from Ballarat in Victoria, the pop-folk musician has charmed audiences around the world with her rich vocals and sincere lyrics. The songstress has opened for the likes of KodalineGabrielle Aplin and recently come off Joshua Radin’s Australian tour.

She released her first EP Songs from My Bedroom in 2013, impressing fans with her unique brand of folk-inspired pop songs. The acoustic compilation showed a maturity and confidence well beyond her years. Fast forward to now and Demi Louise has popular track Ruins under her belt and will be releasing much awaited music in 2016. Track like Taxi Driver, which will be available on February 26.

Demi Louise will be doing a mini tour in Australia in February along with a second appearance at SXSW festival in Texas on March 15.

 

4. Jenny Broke The Window

Originating from South Coast NSW, brothers Sam and Matt Lathlean have been writing lyrics together for the past 20 years. It’s this fondness for simple and honest songwriting that drew other members Matt McCaffery and Joel Van Gastel to their side.

The band has taken the last two years to work on their artistic material, delivering hit after hit. After releasing their self-titled EP three years ago, tracks Rum ‘n’ Cola and Black Skeleton, were given high praise from fans and critics alike. The boys have even gone on to play several supporting shows including an east coast tour with Scottish rockers The Fratellis.

The indie rockers’ latest single Skinny Dip has a care-free, heavy grooving pop sound reminiscent of American group The Drums. Its catchy as hell melody is a refreshing burst of energy, that will have you feeling ecstatic for the remainder of summer. There’s no doubt the four-piece outfit’s forthcoming EP will be one to keep an eye out for.

 

3. Ella Fence

Beginning her music career in 2013, this singer-songwriter and performer is paving her own way in what she calls the ‘cinematic folk’ genre. Think classic Hollywood – black and white cinematography meets a Gin Wigmore-esque sound.

Ella Fence has spent the last 18 months focusing on perfecting and crafting her music and with the release of her debut single Unknown Water in 2015, she was ready for the world to hear what she had to say. The track was quickly followed by her debut EP Wanderlust, which was recorded with the help of Ken Stringfellow (R.E.MThe Posies) in Paris.

Having started the new year playing gigs in the UK, Ella Fence is back on home soil ready to play for Aussie crowds once more. For details about her upcoming tour check out her Facebook page.

 

2. Bears With Guns

Founded in May 2010, this five-piece indie rock group has two EPs already under their belts – Taken for a Fool (2012) and Only The Quick and Hungry (2013), both of which gained them a pretty impressive following. The Bears’ formed after sharing a house for 12 months to focus on their music – their sound is a one of a kind fusion of delicate acoustic ballads, jovial rhythms and roaring guitar solos.

The band likes to keep busy, which is why they have been fortunate enough to take their show on the road across Australia and abroad, touring with the likes of The Delta Riggs and Stonefield. In the past The Bears’ have played New Zealand’s Rhythm and Vines music festival and made a guest appearance on the 100% Pure New Zealand campaign. Their latest single, The Deep End, produced by LA-based Al Clay (BlurP!nkStereophonics) is a buoyant and triumphant indie pop anthem that explores love and the hardships that sometimes come with it. Check out their Facebook page for more of their stuff.

 

1. Ed Wells

After spending most of 2014 building a name for himself in the UK, singer-songwriter Ed Wells has come back to Australia like a conquering king. The alternative-folk musician toured the country in 2015, releasing single Sparrow and Seed in the process – which was later followed by an EP of the same title.

With musical influences like Jeff BuckleyMatt Corby and Vance Joy, the 22 year-old from Sydney combines dark, powerful vocals with proficient piano skills and sophisticated songwriting abilities. His new track Snow is a brooding and captivating piece, led by Wells’ effortless vocals that could melt butter. Equally as enthralling is the video released to support the single, depicting Wells trekking through stunning landscapes before ascending a snowy mountain. Hit up Wells’ Facebook page for more.