Crunch! - July 18, 2012
Death Audio Update
Death Audio have issued a ten minute update on YouTube to explain what the fuck they've been up to for the last year. The short version is "recording, rerecording and being brutal," but you can get the full lowdown here: bit.ly/Lk8ckM
Long Holiday Make Rode Top 10
A few weeks ago I told you about Long Holiday, the new Melbourne post-grunge band who had just released the video for the song Hate Potion No. 8. The song has been selected as one of the ten finalists in the Rode Rocks! international band competition (out of over 500 entries). It was selected by the likes of Alain Johannes, Dave Catching and Matt Sorum. Vote for them at rodemic.com/roderocks/long-holiday to Hollywood to record with Alain Johannes at the Record Plant.
4ARM Escape Zombie Apocalypse
4ARM have been forced to walk off The Zombie Apocalypse Tour (with Deprivation, Casket For Cassandra and Prey For Sleep) due to what they say were sub-standard arrangements and communications on behalf of the tour promoters, Nemesis Records. The band sent out a photo to media of what can only be described as a ramshackle shed which they say is an actual venue at which the band were expected to perform. "Needless to say, this was the final straw triggering 4ARM's exit from a poorly organised and misinformed operation," they wrote. "4ARM warn all bands to exercise caution in dealings with Nemesis Records. 4ARM apologise to fans who were planning on attending any of the US dates, but would like to assure them of a return to the US under better circumstances." The band later went into further detail, explaining "We pulled out because we had absolutely no itinerary and the communication with the promoter on our end was very poor if not nonexistent, we would find out venue addresses on the day, not be told load in times, set times, line-up, or even be given any kind of idea of the running of any of the shows. We are a band that likes to have things very well organised and none of our performance needs were met in any way. We were promised certain advances to help financially and never received them. It is because of the total lack of organisation and professionalism in which the tour was expected to run that we were forced to re-asses the benefit to the long term interest of the band. We were accused of not showing solidarity toward the other bands on tour with no justification to the claims. Everyone claims to throw their arms in the air when they hear stories of bands having to pay to play. We spent in excess of $20,000 to come to the US for a run of shows where we never received what we were told we were going to receive."
Breaking Orbit Get Their Prog On
Check out The Time Traveller, the new album by Sydney's Breaking Orbit. It's a complex album which manages to somehow bridge the divide between alternative and progressive rock without alienating fans of either genre. Check it out if you're a fan of Karnivool, King Crimson and A Perfect Circle.
Voyager Wants To Make A Video With You
Voyager is asking fans to participate in the video for the song Seize The Day from their latest album The Meaning of I. Here's the deal, in the band's own words:
1. Learn the lyrics to Seize The Day
2. Film yourself on your smartphone singing the song (ridiculous costumes and antics preferred - interpretive dance also accepted). Seriously – GO NUTS!
4. We edit the footage to the song.
Send us the footage by July 21, 2012!
Baroness: Yellow & Green
Just a reminder: Baroness's Yellow & Green is out this week and it's …how do I put this… one of the best albums ever.
Wednesday 13 Support Announced
DARKC3LL have picked up the support slot for October's Wednesday 13 (of Murderdolls) tour, which is on the verge of selling out. The Melbourne show is at the Espy on Saturday October 27.
Gig Alert: Thunderstag, Kisstroyer, High Voltage
Melbourne rockers Thunderstag (great name) return to the stage Friday July 20 at the Ferntree Gully Hotel with Australia's hottest KISS tribute show Kisstroyer and High Voltage: The AC/DC Show. Thunderstag is a glam-rock/psychobilly juggernaut comprising of members of The Shine, Voodoo Love Cats, Road Ratz and Rock City Riff Raff. Their CD launch late last year saw them sell-out the Corner Hotel so get in early and witness Thunderstag doing their thunderry, staggy thing.
Ordnance Release Debut EP
New Melbourne death metal band Ordnance have just released their debut EP Blight and have a big launch show coming up at The Prague in Thornbury on next Friday July 20.
Gig Alert: KoR Fest II
Melbourne's infamous shock rockers The Deadthings have reformed after a three-year hiatus to headline KoR Fest 2 at the Gershwin Room at The Espy on July 20. It's a fund raiser for Bowel Cancer Australia in memory of their close friend and Melbourne metal icon Kieran O'Reilly (Catwitch) who passed away from the disease last year. The line-up includes The Eternal, Decimatus and Overproof Groove. Entry is $15 and doors are at 8pm. There will also be a one-off auction of Catwitch memorabilia on the night, with all proceeds and door takings being donated to this important cause.
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