MASSIVE – DESTINATION SOMEWHERE (2016)
Release Date: 22th April 2016
℗ 2016 Earache Records Ltd
- One for the Road
- Blood Money Blues
- Sinking Ship
- The Fall
- Made of Stone
- Destination Somewhere
- Up in Smoke
- The Way It’s Always Been
- Beaten Dog
- Better Off
Band Members: Brad Marr, Jarrod Medwin, Aidan McGarrigle, Brendan Forward
Australian arse kickers Massive are about to release their latest instalment in Destination Somewhere. April 22 2016, for many, will not come fast enough. Now, those of you familiar with their sensational party sound will immediately notice something different. Something earnest and determined. A fresh edge with this album that truly illustrates the bands understanding of the multifaceted rock genre. The individual experience of each band member is hereby made manifest in a serious collective assault on the global market. Let’s explore further.
One For The Road provides the pathway for traditional followers into the new sound. The early release of this track demonstrates several critical components of the group’s contemporary professionalism. The first is a solid grasp of their traditional audiences taste for solid rock and roll. This is by no means a marketing ploy to bait the faithful but more an acknowledgement of their loyal supporters and an invitation for them to take the journey onward and upward. The second constituent immediately obvious with this release is that the best of their previous work in Full throttle, is the least you can expect from this album. The third and most critical consideration afforded this release has to be the incredible talent and hard rock edge of lead guitarist Brendan Forward. Although this man is a relatively humble and unassuming protagonist, his influence and skill seems to have lifted each band member to a whole new level of excellence. And yes, thanks very much Jarrod. Prompted to shoot a shot with every utterance of the word ‘one’, by the finale of first listening, I must admit to being thoroughly trousered. But that’s where the fun and pub culture of drinking game frivolity ends for Massive. With their international exposure and experience under their collective belts, it becomes evident that it’s ‘game on’ for their future and their career. This is a serious album for a next level group, intent on domination.
Blood Money Blues smacks of serious hard rock with a light sprinkling of bluegrass but an enormous helping of hooks. This one will be a certain crowd favourite, and again would be an obvious choice for early release. But Massive have obviously considered their traditional fan base, and opted for the former. Sinking Ship….Jarrod…that cowbell! But here we go with yet another dimension to the brilliant rock appreciation afforded to each track, this time with a sound typical of waaaay down south. An instant rock classic. Just add beer, a crowd and Brendan’s riffage. Mid track Adam takes the lead with his sensational rhythmic stylings and invites the remaining members to pop back and rock your socks off. Just brilliant. Hooks a plenty.
The Fall will have you helpless to get involved. Again, representative of an alternative hard rock direction. Brad’s delivery is brilliantly bipolar. Retrained and relaxed through to ferocious. I can only imagine the choice of undergarment required to produce the upper scale heights of vocal delivery for Brad. Hope the lads are ok man. But seriously the solos are brilliantly entwined in this killer track. This exploration of their tremendous diversity and capabilities will surely result in widespread success.
With Made Of Stone we further explore how Brendan’s influence and capabilities have provided an incredibly influential dimension to Massive’s collective creativity and a fresh edge to classic rock track creativity. Oh yeah, you’ll hear Slash in there made manifest in Brendan, right alongside a host of your old school rock favourites. Magnificent.
Destination Somewhere is almost a ballad in opening, but fast becomes a rock jewel with more hooks than your local BCF. Yet another brilliant display of the groups contemporary edge, doubtless gleaned from their considerable global experience and exposure. The aforementioned sentiments remain consistent to the finale, so they are yours to explore without my repetitive references and enthusiastic celebrations. This is of course right up until the sensational, and beautifully sequenced Beaten Dog. The perfect end to this genre wide demonstration of understand and superiority. Right down to slide guitar.
This album is a brilliant progression for Massive and likely the one that brings about the arguments at the future meet and greets of ‘well, I was into them when….’ A tremendous progressions from their previous release, but I suspect with the journey three years on, they expected something special from themselves.
Pre orders for Destination Somewhere are available at
Saturday, April 23: The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne
Supporting The Screaming Jets
Fri, May 6: Hallam Hotel – Victoria
Sat, May 7: The Corner Hotel – Melbourne
Fri, May 13: The Governor Hindmarsh – Adelaide
Sat, May 14: Charles Hotel – Perth
Fri, May 20: Villa Noosa Hotel – Sunshine Coast
Sat, May 21 – Hamilton Hotel – Brisbane
Sun, May 22 – Blue Mountain Hotel – Toowoomba
Thurs, May 26: Bridge Hotel – Rozelle, NSW
Fri, May 27; Rooty Hill RSL – Rooty Hill, NSW
Sat, May 28: 16’s Belmont – NSW