Core - February 1, 2012
Sweet Jesus, summer’s really kicking me in the balls at the moment. I’m so glad I wasn’t convinced by some enthused soul to attend Big Day Out on the weekend. I could barely string together a coherent sentence while sitting on my couch in my jocks, fanning myself furiously with an old issue of Rolling Stone. Power be to those who endure stifling heat each year to see their favourite bands, they are stronger souls than I. Speaking of festivals and live music, it seems everyone’s out to slag the slew of live shows available to us at the moment and it’s really grinding my gears. The way people are lambasting fresh, wide-eyed promoters is a little disheartening. Sure, their grand plans for world domination are falling flat for the most part, but I find it reassuring more than enraging that people are working hard to bring quality music to our shores. There’s a lot of manpower involved in bringing bands to Australia, and most of all, there’s a fuckload of money to be lost. So if old mate and his bestie want to start their own tour promotion company and bring out bands they reckon are tops, then they should go for it. I don’t think large promoters having an almighty monopoly on touring artists in particularly healthy, so if someone wants to risk their life savings and sanity by touring them themselves then I’m right behind them.
The ultimate summer lineup (mostly because of word play, but hey!) will play at The Hi-Fi on March 1 when A Rocket To The Moon, The Dangerous Summer and The Summer Set combine for a Soundwave sideshow. Tickets are available from February 3.
The rumours are true, Frank Turner has set the wheels in motion to start a hardcore band. He’s recently revealed that his lineup is confirmed and they’ve “been in the rehearsal room..writing songs. It’s noisy, tongue in cheek, aggressive, abrasive stuff”. No release planned yet, he says, but “it’s a lot closer to being a real band now than it has been previously”.
Parkway Drive have again underestimated their appeal and have had to upgrade their Geelong venue from the Bended Elbow to Geelong Arena. The show is still scheduled to take place on March 9. Should be a cracker.
Cobra Starship have thrown their hat in the Sidewave ring, announcing an evening at The Forum on Monday February 27 with Forever The Sickest Kids and These Kids Wear Crowns. Are these bands just being paired together according to lack of originality in the name stakes? Either way, tickets are up for grabs now.
Local dudes, The Mission In Motion have been added to the distinctly more Aussie-friendly Soundwave 2012 bill. They’ll play every show except Melbourne, which is sold out anyways so sucks to be you if you want to go. Currently you’ll need to get to Perth or Adelaide if you’re to catch the mammoth Soundwave bill this year.
Chino Moreno from Deftones and Far’s Haun Lopez have teamed up under the moniker Crosses, and they’ve just released a new EP which is available from their website at crossesmusic.com. Shit is serious too, they’ve just announced a run of tour dates in the US. Next stop Australia?
Iffy reviews on their last album haven’t deterred Blink 182 from planning their next effort. The band is already writing and compiling tracks for a new album . Mark Hoppus told NME it’s too early to know what it will sound like. I could speculate but that would be mean…