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The Tea Party hold a special place in the hearts of Melbourne music fans after breaking into the local live scene in the early ‘90s as unknown three-piece. Word spread fast and it soon seemed everyone had a copy of the trio’s second album Splendor Solis in their CD player.
While most other three-piece bands were trying to get their teen spirit on, The Tea Party blew everyone away who saw their live sets. While grunge reigned, The Tea Party served up a mix of blues and rock with middle-eastern influences that captivated audiences.
As the Canadian trio grew out of bar gigs to bigger venues, stages were increasingly full of various stringed instruments from around the world that only emphasised their talent.
Having not seen them live for two decades I was unsure of what to expect, but the intimate stage at 170 Russell had little room for an excess of instruments and set the scene for an up close and personal rock show.
So, when the band approaching its 30th anniversary walked out on stage and opened with The River the scene was set for a trip down memory lane.
And the audience full of ‘90s children lapped it up.
“Do you all remember the ‘90s?” frontman Jeff Martin asked. “I don’t.” Many heads nodded in agreement. It was a solid decade and live music was huge in Melbourne.
There are many revered Tea Party songs off some classic albums, but this was a night that would journey through their own hits and others.
When mid-song Martin broke out with Tool’s Sober – “Why can we not be sober” – it set a path for some fantastic sidesteps throughout the night, and Martin stepping back to soak up the audience singing along.
Unfortunately, an early sound issue saw the band stop to fix it and punters rush the bar, but after a few minutes, the show was back on and flawless.
Martin was chatty, humble and, while still the rock star, he’s clearly enjoying middle age and parked the dark side.
Sister Awake was a fabulous journey that slipped into the Rolling Stones’ Paint It Black moving into David Bowie’s Heroes, which was a highlight of the night.
The night’s biggest singalong was U2’s With Or Without You. And to hear Jeff Buckley’s Last Goodbye thrown in was wonderful.
Some fans weren’t happy about so many covers, but the night was loaded with Tea Party classics. Save Me, The River, The Bazaar, Fire In The Head, Temptation, Psychopomp, and Sun Going Down were all part of the night’s journey.
Showing that they are still a rock band the newly released Way Way Down and last year’s Black River is hard-edged rock at its finest that’s as good as any off their back catalogue, and shows they still have a lot to offer.
In a set that lasted almost two hours, it was apt that on the night before the shortest day of the year their encore included Winter Solstice.
While some may have been disappointed with too many covers, Martin’s interaction with the audience and self-deprecation lightened the mood for a showcase of 30 years of the band’s hits and their influences. I loved it. And they promised another bigger tour next year.
You’d be mad to miss it.
Review Contributed by Daron Jacks
Soldiers Of The Royal Council unite! Palaye Royale are heading back to Australia to dazzle audiences along the East Coast in September. The country had its first taste of rock’s most talked about trio at the inaugural Good Things Festival last year, where Hysteria Mag declared, “the band’s first time in Australia will surely be remembered”.
And right they were. Hailed as the band picking up where My Chemical Romance left off by NME Magazine, the Canadian fashion-rock trio were crowned “The Hottest Band of 2018” and simply “the” group of the year by the adoring English music press. Palaye Royale possess a flair for the dramatic with the kind of dirty glam rock swagger that summons The Rolling Stones, Iggy Pop and The Arctic Monkeys. They draw as much inspiration from cinema and philosophy as they do from their musical muses, building a story with libertine reverence for Alan Watts and debauchery-fuelled nights at the Chateau Marmont.
Comprising of the Brothers Kropp, the band are equally at home in the hallways of Los Angeles Fashion Week or climbing the lighting tresses at the Vans Warped Tour. Their recklessly unpredictable live performances saw Palaye Royale elevated from support act on any tour that would have them, to selling out theatres on their first-ever headline tour. Their showmanship has become so legendary they steal the spotlight at every major festival they play, and they are just as comfortable performing alongside Waterparks as they are The Foo Fighters.
With two albums, several magazine covers, awards and over 30 million YouTube views to their name, Palaye Royale inspire the cult-like devotion usually reserved for Twenty One Pilots. Amongst their most ardent supporters are James Iha (The Smashing Pumpkins / A Perfect Circle) who worked with the band as a producer, Corey Taylor (Slipknot / Stone Sour) and Andy Biserak (Black Veil Brides) who both took them on tour. Sleeping With Sirens’ Kellin Quinn also made a guest appearance on their debut album Boom Boom Room (Side A).
Before Palaye Royale shimmy back to Australia, the band will put in show stopping appearances at Rocklahoma, Reading & Leeds and more. If their history and rabid fanbase are anything to go by, these tickets will fly out box offices.
2019 AUSTRALIAN TOUR
TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY 30th MAY @ 9AM VIA DESTROY ALL LINES
Thursday 12 September
The Brightside, Brisbane (18+)
Friday 13 September
Crowbar, Sydney (18+)
Saturday 14 September
Corner Hotel, Melbourne (18+)
Sunday 15 September
Wrangler Studios, Melbourne (AA)
Andy LaPlagua and his band of miscreants, COMBICHRIST have redefined the sound of modern industrial music and they will be bringing their uncompromising blend of vocal aggression, metal guitar filth and brutal synth manipulation to Australian fans this October.
COMBICHRIST took founder Andy LaPlegua’s hardcore past and electronica present and merged them into a singular, mechanical music monster and mastermind Andy LaPlegua says: “Welcome to the birth, growth, death, and rebirth of a band. COMBICHRIST has become a purely visceral creature, driven by instinct and emotion; stripped of all pretension. It’s raw and uncompromising – it’s fueled by expressions of lust, anger, pain and hate. The never-ending evolution of a sound has finally come full circle. It’s time to feed our demons. It’s been way too long since we visited the roots of this band, and we are injecting it with the future!”
Over the years COMBICHRIST have evolved beyond the demon it was into an unrelenting, malevolent force in music. It’s been 8 long years for COMBICHRIST fans to get to witness their visceral live show and as The Void Report so aptly put it “there’s just not enough bands who bring so much pure entertainment, electronic mastery and nightmarish theatrics to their shows. But we’ve got Combichrist. – The Void Report
DARKCELL is the dark horse of the Australian music scene. Having released a critically acclaimed fourth album this year, the Brisbane quartet of black sheep continue to thrive, delivering explosive shows that have solidified their place in the industrial metal scene. Boasting many successful headline tours, festival appearances and tour support for the likes of Motionless in White, Wednesday 13 and Combichrist, DARKCELL are truly an Industrial stadium rock powerhouse not to be missed.
Wednesday 2 October – The Basement, Canberra 18+
Thursday 3 October – The Brightside, Brisbane 18+
Friday 4 October – Corner Hotel, Melbourne 18+
Sunday 6 October – Crowbar, Sydney 18+
Tickets on sale Wednesday 29 May @ 9am local via destroyalllines.com
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Polaris, arguably Australia’s fastest rising, elite heavy music exports announce a string of shows in August through out North Queensland and Western Australia. Brisbane’s Stepson will support the Sydney five-piece on the North Queensland dates while Melbourne’s Pridelands join the Westen Australia shows.
Tickets are on sale now.
The hardworking Sydneysiders have not slowed down since their 2017 release, ‘The Mortal Coil’. Taking the world by storm, 2019 kicked off with Polaris returning to Europe and the UK supporting UK metalcore kings, Architects on their massive arena run throughout January and February. A run which will also see Polaris supporting Architects in August on their ‘Holy Hell’ Australian Tour.
In March, they returned to perform their first shows of the year on home soil as part of Download Festival in Sydney and Melbourne- entertaining the largest crowds to date. “Playing to a HUGE hometown crowd, the metalcore lords tore through a set of both newer and older material—and they had the pit spinning through it all.” – Hysteria Magazine
2018 was a huge year for Polaris, cementing their place in the global scene with a metalcore torch held high in their hands. In January, they toured with seminal down-under heavy heroes Parkway Drive and a show-stealing appearance at their second Unify Gathering. They slapped a sold-out sign on all three of their Australian headline tours in less than 12 months, including their national spring tour in November where they performed their biggest shows to date
One of 2017’s most anticipated heavy releases, Polaris’ debut album, ‘The Mortal Coil’ stunned audiences and critics upon its release in November, landing at #6 on the ARIA Album Charts and #1 on the Independent Albums Chart, scoring a Triple J Feature Album. Polaris gain a reputation as one of Australia’s most invigorating live heavy acts.
Destroy All Lines & Resist Present
NORTH QUEENSLAND & WESTERN AUSTRALIA TOUR DATES
THURSDAY 15 AUGUST: EDGE HILL TAVERN, CAIRNS (18+)
WITH GUESTS STEPSON
FRIDAY 16 AUGUST: DALRYMPLE HOTEL, TOWNSVILLE (18+)
WITH GUESTS STEPSON
SATURDAY 17 AUGUST: CBD HOTEL, MACKAY (18+)
WITH GUESTS STEPSON
SUNDAY 18 AUGUST: HEADRICKS LANE, ROCKHAMPTON (18+)
WITH GUESTS STEPSON
FRIDAY 30 AUGUST: NEWPORT HOTEL, FREMANTLE (18+)
WITH GUESTS PRIDELANDS
SATURDAY 31 AUGUST: PRINCE OF WALES, BUNBURY (18+)
WITH GUESTS PRIDELANDS
SUNDAY 1 SEPTEMBER: YMCA HQ, PERTH (ALL AGES)
WITH GUESTS PRIDELANDS
TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT POLARISAUS.COM
‘HOLY HELL’ TOUR DATES
TUESDAY 6 AUGUST: THEBARTON, ADELAIDE
THURSDAY 8 AUGUST: FORTITUDE MUSIC HALL, BRISBANE
FRIDAY 9 AUGUST: BIG TOP, SYDNEY
SATURDAY 10 AUGUST: BIG TOP, SYDNEY – SOLD OUT
SUNDAY 11 AUGUST: FESTIVAL HALL, MELBOURNE
Arizona’s The Maine have continued to push onwards and upwards in their career as their seventh studio album You Are Okay hit #1 on the Billboard Independent Album Charts recently; and now the band are taking the show on the road, proudly announcing they’ll be joining their Australian fans this September for their biggest headlining shows yet. “This is us, for the first time, fully realising a vision we had from conception to finished product. All hype aside, this is us making music, putting everything into it, and holding our heads up higher than we ever have before.” Words of lead singer John O’Callaghan ringing honest and true.
Don’t Bore Us caught The Maine at their last sold out Sydney show, and could not speak highly enough of a performance that was not to be missed. “‘Am I Pretty’ was extended into a long bluesy jam that allowed frontman John O’Callahagn to flex his dance moves and sweet talk the crowd with his signature charisma, only amplified by his soaring voice. Their performance of establishing hit, ‘Girls Do What They Want’ didn’t feel like a ride through nostalgia – it was a celebration of their wild ride through ten years as leaders of the scene. ”
Seven albums in, and The Maine’s new release You Are Ok is arguably the band’s most considerable sonic leap in their twelve year career. What makes The Maine, The Maine is their ability and inspiration to take risks, all while staying tuned in and consistently exceeding the expectations of their fans. 2019 is shaping up to be another milestone year for these desert dwellers, which kicked off with their second ever headlining music festival in their hometown. You Are Ok marks The Maine’s first top 10 album in it’s premiere on the charts (peaking at #8), and also came in at #1 independent record, #2 rock album, #2 vinyl album, and #3 alternative album. Known for their live show, The Maine is taking You Are Ok around the globe this year including stops on their home continent, across South America, Europe, and more. The band will spend their summer on the Sad Summer Festival, co-headlining the inaugural year of a touring music festival in the US.
The Maine have never been a band to rest on their laurels with their live performance, and they have promised that this run of Australian shows will not be ones to miss. Proof of the band’s desire to reinvent themselves, trying new ideas while showing their love for their fans, watch the video below to see the band perform the latest single Slip The Noose at the Orpheum Theatre with a full string section, to one incredibly lucky fan.
An experience most fans would do just about anything for.
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THE MAINE ‘YOU ARE OKAY’ AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2019
WED 18 SEP – Lion Arts Factory, ADL LIC/AA
THUR 19 SEP – Metro Theatre, SYD LIC/AA
FRI 20 SEP – 170 Russel, MELB 18+
SAT 21 SEP – The Brightside, BRIS 18+
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 3RD MAY @ 10AM
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After spending the Easter long-weekend away relaxing and camping, what better way to reinvigorate yourself further than with a double-headline sold out Easter Monday rock show!
Thanks to Destroy All Lines Touring, that’s exactly what was on offer at The Gov in Adelaide.
With California’s The Story So Far on the road in support of their latest album Proper Dose and the UK’s Basement out for their latest, Beside Myself, this co-headlined tour is packing out venues across the country and this all-ages gig was completely sold-out well in advance.
I was sure to arrive at the venue in time to see Adelaide’s local support Madura Green kick off the night. It was great to see quite a large crowd already at the venue and even better to see them actually paying attention to the support act. The young band did well to hold everyone’s attention with their short set of mostly pop-rock tunes.
Next up was Sydney band Endless Heights. Their energetic set turned the rock factor up a notch and they did a decent job of warming up the crowd even further for the headlining bands to come. Singer Joel Martorana has the makings of a great front-man as he managed to get everyone singing and clapping along to their tunes, but unfortunately, he was having issues with his vocal sound on the stage which seemed to distract him from his full interaction with the crowd.
Keeping to the schedule nicely, it wasn’t long before Basement made it to the stage. With the co-headlining format of the night, sets from both headliners were kept to a short and sharp hour each, which allowed Basement to keep up a fairly high-energy set nicely for the full duration. There was no time for any lulls and this suited me and my inability to focus for a long time just fine. Vocalist Andrew Fisher seemed to prefer to let the music do the talking as he didn’t say a whole lot between songs apart from quickly thanking the crowd on a couple of occasions. By the time their opening number, Earl Grey kicked in, the steady stream of crowd surfers started, answering my thoughts on why there was such a large stage barrier in the relatively small venue.
After opening with a song from their debut album, the band then kicked into the opening track from their latest, Disconnect. From here, their set was made up of a good mix of tracks representing all four of their albums. The only part of their set that seemed to slow things down, just a touch, was their second to last song of the night, 2012’s Covet. Even this ballad was played with enough power to keep the crowd surfers in business. By the end of the set, it appeared that the crowd was left satisfied and the band appeared to have used their hour on stage to maximum effect, not leaving much in the tank themselves.
Still keeping perfectly to schedule, tonight’s final band The Story So Far arrived on stage not too long after Basement had finished their set.
The set was opened with Empty Space from 2013 album What You Don’t See. This started off the crowd surfing again right away (keeping the security guys busy for the next hour) and had a lot of the crowd singing along to every word. Just like with Basement’s set, it didn’t take long for the band to get into the newer material with Out of It from new album Proper Dose. Once again, this was another set that represented four albums quite well, however, unlike the Basement set which kept up the high energy levels for the full hour, The Story so Far momentarily brought out the acoustic guitar for a couple of the newer, softer songs from the Proper Dose album. Unlike the uptempo pop-punk that made up the majority of the set, the pairing of new tunes Upside Down and Take Me as You Please made for a welcome change of pace and brought some nice contrast to the set. On the latter song, drummer Ryan Torf kept the song on track nicely while providing keyboard while still keeping the drumbeat in perfect time. Throughout their set, just like Basement, the band kept a fairly low profile on stage. There were no rowdy rock and roll performances from members of either of the headlining bands. TSSF front-man Parker Cannon came across as quite reserved and didn’t say a lot, apart from thanking everyone from being there. He delivered the tunes passionately but between them, there did seem to be some awkward silence at times with Parker even commenting at one point that it sounded a bit like a library in the venue. The crowd were definitely at full voice during the songs and cheered enthusiastically after, but at times, it seemed they were waiting for some words of wisdom to come from the stage that never came.
Closing out the set for the night, it was back to the more familiar up-tempo tunes that the band are known for. 2013’s The Glass got the room back up to full speed again quickly, with Heavy Gloom and Nerve from 2015’s self-titled album finishing off the night.
I for one really liked the co-headlining format of this gig. With the short set from a local support act, followed by touring interstate support, then the two overseas supports given equal timeslots, the night seemed to have a nice flow to it. The crew did a great job of keeping the night on schedule and getting the stage changeovers done quickly, resulting in a very well-received gig.
Thankfully, security on the night dealt with the constant crowd surfing and attempted stage-diving very professionally (even though it looked like they were frustrated at times) resulting in everyone filing out of The Gov in seemingly good spirits.
With any luck, both Basement and The Story So Far will return to Australia to play in larger venues on the next tour, giving more people a chance to catch them before they sell out.
Review Contributed by Kym Robey
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Announcing THE TEA PARTY to tour Australia for the first time in intimate venues!
Canadian iconic rockers THE TEA PARTY are heading back to Australia and bringing their genre-defying career to selected intimate venues across Australia this June.
The one constant at a THE TEA PARTY show is how deeply Jeff Martin, Jeff Burrows and Stuart Chatwood connect with their audience, you really feel; not just hear them during their performances. Complex and provocative THE TEA PARTY will be showcasing a treasure trove of songs from across their incredible catalogue and for the first time ever fans will get to witness this in intimate settings across cities and regional areas.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with THE TEA PARTY and tickets go on sale Thursday 28 March, 9am.
Wednesday 19 June – Westernport Hotel, Hastings 18+
Friday 21 June – 170 Russell, Melbourne 18+
Saturday 22 June – The York, Lilydale 18+
Sunday 23 June – Metro Theatre, Sydney 18+
Tuesday 25 June – Kambri @ ANU, Canberra 18+
Wednesday 26 June – Nex Theatre, Newcastle 18+
Friday 28 June – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast 18+
Saturday 29 June – The Valley Drive In, Brisbane 18+
Sunday 30 June – HQ Complex, Adelaide 18+