Pixies’ reputation as alt-rock trailblazers has been reignited in recent months. Their singles ‘Dregs of the Wine’, ‘There’s A Moon On’ and ‘Vault of Heaven’ have reconnected with long-standing fans and inspired newcomers too, a blend reiterated by a series of outdoor headline shows as well as a huge Hyde Park gig as guests to Pearl Jam. Today, Pixies release their new album ‘Doggerel’ on Infectious Music / BMG Australia, their first studio set since 2019’s ‘Beneath The Eyrie’.
In addition to the recent singles, ‘Doggerel’ is full of new material which lives up to their iconic status. It’s a mature yet visceral record of gruesome folk, ballroom pop and brutal rock, haunted by the ghosts of affairs and indulgences, driven wild by cosmic forces and envisioning digital afterlives where no God has provided one. And all the while, right there on the news, another distant storm approaches.
Produced by Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Ghost), ‘Doggerel’ represents an evolution for Pixies, one that you wouldn’t always associate with a band deep into a storied career. Their famously off-kilter streak is still present, but it’s channeled into songs which are bigger, more orchestrated and in some aspects a little more direct. Black Francis’s lyrics have also altered, his surrealist phrasing playing upon myths, legends, pop culture and a little nostalgia.
A congregation between darkness and beauty consistently emerges throughout the record. Opener and new focus track ‘Nomatterday’ sets the tone, lurching and grinding with an ominous intensity before unfolding into a breezy, power-pop rush. The ‘50s-tinged ‘Haunted House’ is possessed by the spirit of ghosts both literal and metaphoric, while ‘The Lord Has Come Back’ will be familiar to fans who have attended Pixies’ recent shows. Later on, beguiling folk-rock melodies propel ‘Pagan Man’ and then ‘Who’s More Sorry Now?’ asks questions about recriminations while carrying elements that recall guitarist Joey Santiago’s admiration for Ennio Morricone.
Santiago recently had his first Pixies songwriting credit for ‘Dregs of the Wine’, while his second follows with the album’s title track (both alongside Francis). Loosely styled and irregular in measure, it’s a slowburning song which is ‘Doggerel’ both in name and nature.
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‘Vault of Heaven’
Dregs of the Wine’
‘The Lord Has Come Back Today’
‘Thunder & Lightning’
‘There’s A Moon On’
‘Who’s More Sorry Now?’
‘You’re Such A Sadducee’
Australia is set to be one of the first countries to hear songs from ‘Doggerel’ live with Pixies returning in 2022 for their mammoth – Come On Pilgrim… It’s Surfer Rosa tour. The tour will bear witness to both seminal albums being performed in full – plus new and old tracks spanning their extensive catalogue.
Fans had better get in quick with most shows sold out and only a handful of tickets remaining for Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sunday 4th December and Freemantle Arts Centre, Sunday 11th December.
Come On Pilgrim… It’s Surfer Rosa
Presented by Live Nation
BRISBANE Fortitude Music Hall, Friday 2nd December SOLD OUT SYDNEY Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Saturday 3rd December SOLD OUT
SYDNEY Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sunday 4th December
MELBOURNE Forum, Tuesday 6th December SOLD OUT MELBOURNE Forum, Wednesday 7th December SOLD OUT ADELAIDE Thebarton Theatre, Thursday 8th December SOLD OUT PERTH Fremantle Arts Centre, Saturday 10th December SOLD OUT
PERTH Fremantle Arts Centre, Sunday 11th December
My Chemical Romance (aka MCR/My Chem) has announced Arizona’s finest Jimmy Eat World as support for their 2023 Australian arena tour.
Celebrating nearly three decades and ten albums, lead vocalist and lead guitarist Jim Adkins, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Tom Linton, bassist Rick Burch, and drummer Zach Lind, will return to Australian shores for the first time in six years.
The Mesa, Arizona quartet’s commercial breakthrough came with the release of Bleed American, with single “The Middle” hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Airplay chart and peaking at No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, where it spent 33 weeks total on the chart.
Futures, their follow-up album to Bleed American, featured single “Pain,” which also hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Alternative Airplay chart, made Billboard’s Hot 100 (No. 93), and is RIAA-certified Gold. In October 2019, the band released their tenth album, the critically acclaimed, Surviving.
June 2022 saw Jimmy Eat World return with their first independent release, single “Something Loud”.
My Chemical Romance’s March tour, will be their first return to Australia since their appearance at Big Day Out festival in 2012.
Second shows in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney were announced off the back of their original shows instant sell-out; tickets for the additional shows are on sale now from livenation.com.au.
For complete tour and ticket information, visit livenation.com.au.
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE
With Guests Jimmy Eat World
Mon 13 Mar Entertainment Centre Brisbane QLD
Tue 14 Mar Entertainment Centre SOLD OUT Brisbane QLD
Thu 16 Mar Rod Laver Arena Melbourne VIC
Fri 17 Mar Rod Laver Arena SOLD OUT Melbourne VIC
Sun 19 Mar Qudos Bank Arena SOLD OUT Sydney NSW
Mon 20 Mar Qudos Bank Arena Sydney NSW
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
For complete tour and ticket information, visit livenation.com.au
THE BLACK CROWES have today announced support acts for all headline shows on their 2022 Shake Your Money Maker Australian tour. Full Flower Moon Band will open in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, with You Am I also supporting at Melbourne’s massive Palace Foreshore event on Sunday, November 20.
Centred around the prolific songwriting skills of singer/guitarist Tim Rogers, You Am I is without doubt one of Australia’s all-time essential rock n’ roll bands, with a formidable live reputation.
With eleven studio albums under their belt, You Am I is responsible for some of this country’s standout rock records – debut album Sound as Ever featuring hallmark single Berlin Chair, the concise pop of Hi Fi Way which earned the band the first of its four consecutive Australian number one albums plus a handful of ARIA Awards, the ’60s retro concept album Hourly, Daily, and back to basics album #4 Record. Most recently, the band released the magnificent collection, The Lives Of Others, featuring The Waterboy, a single that so effortlessly demonstrates the immense storytelling skills of Tim Rogers, the album landing at No 2 on the ARIA Album Chart.
The Black Crowes return to Australia to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1990 breakthrough album Shake Your Money Maker, playing the album in its entirety along with other classics from across their vast catalogue.
In 1990, when journalists were lamenting the death of rock, as cheesy pop and hair metal dominated the charts, Atlanta’s Black Crowes gave the genre a swift and much needed kick in the ass with Shake Your Money Maker. Fueled by singles “Jealous Again,” “Twice As Hard,” “She Talks To Angels,” and the break-through cover of Otis Redding’s “Hard To Handle,” the band immediately took the rock world by storm, topping Rolling Stone’s “Best New American Band Readers Poll” in late 1990.
The Black Crowes went on to release eight studio and four live albums, selling in the tens of millions along the way; they sold out shows around the world; had legendary guitarist Jimmy Page join as a member; got kicked off a tour with ZZ Top for insulting the sponsor; got screwed by bad record deals; got married and divorced, fought amongst themselves and against the rest of the world. In other words, they’ve done everything a legendary rock group should do. Don’t miss The Black Crowes November 2022 headline shows!
THE BLACK CROWES PRESENT:
SHAKE YOUR MONEY MAKER
ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY SUNDAY NOVEMBER 13* SOLD OUT
ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY MONDAY NOVEMBER 14*
FORTITUDE MUSIC HALL, BRISBANE WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16*
HARVEST ROCK, ADELAIDE SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19
PALACE FORESHORE, MELBOURNE SUNDAY NOVEMBER 20**
*with Full Flower Moon Band
**with Full Flower Moon Band and You Am i
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Laneway Festival is back for its 18th birthday (the best birthday) with a blockbuster line-up, an all-star cast featuring the world’s pre-eminent sibling indie-rock band, the internet’s favourite superstar story-teller, the fastest-rising electronic act in the world and many, many others.
As previously announced, Laneway Festival will hit Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth in Jan/Feb 2023 with four fresh new venues.
Register now for access to the Laneway pre-sale and your chance to win the ultimate Laneway x Afterpay VIP experience. Follow us @lanewayfest for all the latest.
Pre-sale starts Tuesday 27 September, 11am (local time). General public on sale starts Thursday 29 September, 9am (local time).
HAIM (Exclusive) – JOJI (Exclusive) –
– PHOEBE BRIDGERS –
– FINNEAS – FONTAINES D.C. – FRED AGAIN..-
– GIRL IN RED – SLOWTHAI – TURNSTILE –
– 100 GECS – CHAOS IN THE CBD – KNUCKS – MALLRAT –
– ROSS FROM FRIENDS – THE BETHS – YARD ACT –
– ADAM NEWLING – THE BACKSEAT LOVERS –
– HARVEY SUTHERLAND – JACOTÉNE – JAMESJAMESJAMES –
– LOGIC1000 – SYCCO – TASMAN KEITH – THE LAZY EYES –
LANEWAY FESTIVAL 2023
AUCKLAND / Tamaki Makaurau (18+)
Monday 30 January
BRISBANE / Turrbal (16+)
Saturday 4 February
SYDNEY / Burramattagal and Wangal (16+)
Sunday 5 February
ADELAIDE / Kaurna (16+)
Friday 10 February
MELBOURNE / Wurundjeri (16+)
Saturday 11 February
The Park, Flemington
PERTH / Whadjuk (16+)
Sunday 12 February
It’s not often I go out on a school night these days but when The Plot In You, Erra and Deadlights come to town, Thursday night somehow becomes the beginning of the weekend! It had been far too long since I had last seen any of these bands play live, so with much excitement, I headed into the city.
With the crowd starting to build, the sound of Brisbane’s Deadlights echoed through Lion Art’s Factory. Having not had the opportunity to see this band live since the release of their latest album The Uncanny Valley the opening notes of Schedule 1 are literally, excuse the pun, music to my ears. This band holds a special place in my heart, stumbling across their amazing album Mesma back in 2017 was a major factor in starting my love for metalcore. The set list included a selection of songs from the new album like The King of Nowhere, Contact and Echo Chamber along with favourites Invisible Hands and Bathed In Venom. Vocalist Dylan Davidson addressed the crowd pointing out that we all had one job – to feed off each other and create some energy. Punters took this advice on board and ensured that energy was high for the remainder of the evening.
There are no two ways about it, ERRA are a class act and after a five year wait Adelaide was more than ready for them. The hammering intro of drums kicked us into Gungrave and set the scene for what was a wild ride. ERRA have a magical way of pulling you in and holding you there until they are ready to release you. While JT Cavey’s powerful vocal range took us on a frenetic journey, Jesse Cash’s melodic vocals gathered us in for brief moments of respite before we were catapulted back into the vortex. Gifting us with a varied selection of their catalogue, with songs like Scorpion Hymn, Eye of God, Drift, Snowblood, Breach and my personal favourite Skyline – Erra could do no wrong.
Releasing Swan Song since visiting our shores last you can feel the crowd’s anticipation to witness live some of the songs off this superb album. A lone Landon Towers appears on stage, the crowd erupts as Landon emotionally gives us the first lines of Face Me while being joined on stage by the rest of the band. Prowling the stage while delivering Fall Again, Enemy and Paradigm, Landon encourages the sea of fans to “show me some shit”. Adelaide obliged as the band broke into past hits including NOT JUST BREATHING, THE ONE YOU LOVED, RIGGED, Time Changes Everything and Take Me Away with the crowd helping vocally. Bodies were lifted above the crowd of swirling moshers who couldn’t seem to get enough. For a heavy band Plot deliver every song with such raw emotion that sometimes it’s hard to decide whether you need to mosh or cry. And then just like that the night was over. Fans slowly made their way from the venue emotionally and physically spent, but with the biggest smiles. Damn it's good to have not only live music back but to see international acts touring again.
After 10 years and two rescheduled tours due to the “C” word, Marianas Trench finally made it back to Australian shores to perform their sold-out Suspending Gravity Tour.
Preparing the crowd, support band “Reside” opened the show playing their fast-paced Alt-Rock generating more energy for the already excited crowd.
As each song on the preshow playlist finished the silence between songs whipped the crowd into a frenzy only for them to back off once the next song started playing.
Finally, Marianas Trench took to the stage to screams of delight and thunderous applause.
Opening to the full house with the title track from their 2015 album “Astoria”, immediately bringing lead singer Josh Ramseys soaring vocals to the forefront, the next 90 minutes were full of all their fan favourites from across the catalogue.
Featuring songs like “Here’s to the Zeros”, “Shake Tramp”, “Cross My Heart”, “Who do you Love” the entire set was full of energy from start to finish with many of the songs showcasing their signature trademark vocal harmonies, theatrical compositions, driving beats and the showmanship of Josh Ramsey.
The crowd was given plenty of opportunity to sing along and they knew all the words with the band making them go it alone on “All to Myself” and many of the songs throughout the set.
The band featuring Matt Webb on guitar, Mike Ayley on Bass and Ian Casselman on drums were left to hold the fort while Josh Ramsey went for a crowd walk during “Stutter” and “Haven’t had Enough” with Josh later thanking the audience for being one of the most respectful he has encountered on one of his walks.
Ever so appreciative of the crowd, Josh thanked everyone throughout the night and when the time for the encore came after smashing their popular hit “Fallout” instead of leaving the stage Josh said he was going to continue onstage as he was having such an amazing time.
Going solo for “Good for you” once again has the crowd showcasing their knowledge of the lyrics and singing along to every word.
Wrapping up the set with the operatic like “The Killing kind” which is also the last set off their album “Phantoms” Marianas Trench put on a show that exceeding all expectations and left myself and the crowd wanting more.
Hopefully, they are back on our shores in a much shorter timeframe than last time, playing bigger venues to many more fans which they deserve.