Colourful and unique, LA. Faithfull has today announced her new single Heart Back, a gut-wrenching pop smash with a clear, vulnerable message, available now. This exciting newcomer has also released a raw, expressive video that conveys the truth behind the song through dance and visuals, and this effective clip has already racked up almost 60,000 plays on Facebook since its release.
Heart Back is raw, in every sense of the word. Produced by the legends at M Squared Productions (NUSSY, Imogen Brough), and evocative of Amy Shark’s heavy, hip-hop inspired beats, Heart Back is some seriously fresh pop from LA. Faithfull, otherwise known as Lisa Anne Faithfull. The chorus soars, with sharp, synth-laden production that nods towards Lorde’s renowned debut LP Pure Heroine, and Faithfull’s voice is the soft, reassuring comfort throughout. The song was inspired by a difficult time in her life, as she reflects, “Heart Back is about the moment when you fall apart and realise that maybe no one will ever be able to put back together those tiny pieces of your heart that feel like they are lost when tragedy strikes. I actually wrote the lyrics the night I found out my dad had prostate cancer…I was going through the motions of looking at my dad’s face when he had to tell us, and watching my mum’s reaction of pure fear – and then feeling that it will never be the same again…even when you have good days, you’re always worried about the next bit of bad news.”
The clip for Heart Back is stark; set in a grey, industrial landscape, yet manages to show that beauty can exist and thrive in any dark situation. Faithfull stands alone, in this concrete space, surrounded by the lyrics of the song written in chalk across the walls. A skillful dancer expressively moves through the space, interpreting the music in a way that words could never. Speaking about the process of making the clip, Faithfull says, “The idea is that the white, concrete space represents the mind. We spent hours covering the walls, pillars and floor with the lyrics of the song, which represents the feeling of anxiety – where you’re trapped in your mind going over and over your thoughts. The dancing represents the pain, and sometimes the dance is beautiful but that’s because I feel that sometimes pain isn’t ugly. The camera angles and filming were the reason I asked the incredibly talented Connor Dalton (Slowly Slowly) to film it. He’s one of my best friends and has a incredible eye for angles, and while some people might have all set shots and steady shots, instead for us the camera is constantly moving like a whirlwind, which is how this song feels in my head.”
With a tour set to be announced shortly, this thrilling indie pop artist cannot wait to show the world what she was born to do. “As a kid growing up with anxiety I was awkward, had almost no social skills and my mind would run 24/7. But…put me onstage with a mic and it was like silence – no anxiety at all, and it just felt like home! The stage is one of the only places my mind is still, calm and silent, and maybe that’s why I’m so drawn to being onstage!”
Legendary rocker Gene Simmons has today announced he will be moving his forthcoming Australian concert dates with the Gene Simmons Band to August and September 2018, celebrating the milestone 40th anniversary of the release of his self-titled solo album.
Gene’s new tour dates will kick off in Adelaide on August 28th at the Entertainment Centre Theatre, followed by Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne on August 30th, Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on August 31st, and winding up in Brisbane at Tivoli Centre on September 1.
For KISS fans, September 2018 is an important date as it marks the 40th anniversary of the release of all 4 Kiss band members’ solo albums (Sept 18, 1978). Gene’s was the highest charting album of the four and to mark the occasion, Gene will perform songs from his solo album at the Australian concerts.
Having sold more than 100 million albums worldwide with KISS, Gene Simmons has written and performed some of the most well known anthems in the history of music. His tongue wagging onstage antics and distinguishable makeup often overshadowed his grossly underrated musicianship, the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee receiving extensive accolades throughout his illustrious career.
Existing ticket holders for the original dates simply hold on to their tickets as they will be valid for the new dates.
Ticket holders who cannot attend the new dates are able to obtain a refund from Ticketek (Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide) and Ticketmaster (Brisbane). Venues will communicate directly with ticket holders.
Current reviews in the US are praising Gene for bringing a loose, fun and ferocious rock show direct to his fans:-
“This is what long-time KISS fans have been waiting for and the time is here.” Backstage Axxess
“It may be a bit bold to say, but as I was listening to them play, it was like I was listening to the KISS ALIVE I album. Gene and his band are killing it live!” Legendary Rock Interviews
“Did Gene deliver the goods? You bet your ass he did!” Mike’s Music & Concerts
“Just 5 guys on stage having a great time. Gene, Ryan, Jeremy, Phil and Brent put on one hell of a show. If this show comes to your town, GO! Gene once again showed the big boys how it’s done.” Legendary Rock Interviews
“Gene Simmons had several things to prove on this tour. He is not slowing down, he can rock the house without Paul, and the music of KISS is every bit as bombastic without the bombs as it is with them. All these things were proven.” Glacially Musical
Gene Simmons Australian Tour – featuring his monster line up of rock musicians in August and September 2018.
GENE SIMMONS AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES:
On sale now
Tuesday, 28 August 2018 Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide
Thursday, 30 August 2018 Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne
Friday, 31 August 2018 The Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Saturday, 1 September 2018 Tivoli Centre, Brisbane