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RICHARD MARX Brings ‘THE SONGWRITER TOUR’ Downunder In Feb & March 2023

Frontier Touring and Arena Touring are delighted to announce Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, producer and best-selling author Richard Marx as he brings his 12-date The Songwriter Tour to New Zealand for the very first time and returning to Australia in February and March 2023.

“I couldn’t be more excited to return to my home away from home, Australia, to perform for the fans once again. That I’ll also finally be able to play my first ever concerts in New Zealand is icing on the cake. Can’t wait to get there.” – Richard Marx

Having last toured Australia in 2018 and playing New Zealand for the first time, The Songwriter Tour will play Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland before Brisbane, Tweed Heads, Newcastle, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Wollongong, Penrith and Perth.

Frontier Members pre-sale kicks off Tuesday 4 October at 1pm local time before the General public on sale on Thursday 6 October at 12noon local time. Tickets via: frontiertouring.com/richardmarx

Richard Marx is a cultural touchstone, whose influence remains steadfast in pop culture today having written and performed some of the most indelible hits of the late ’80s and early ’90s, ‘Endless Summer Nights’, ‘Hold on to the Nights’, ‘Should’ve Known Better’, ‘Don’t Mean Nothing’ and ‘Right Here Waiting’.

Marx’s unwavering talent has led him to a string of triumphs through classics ‘Right Here Waiting’ which reached #1 status in both Australia and New Zealand and ‘Hazard’, also peaking at #1 in Australia and #7 in New Zealand. With a loyal following Down Under, Marx has enjoyed eight Top 40 Hits in Australia along with other smash singles such as the hauntingly beautiful ‘Now and Forever’, ‘Angelia’, ‘Take This Heart’ and ‘Satisfied’. Marx’s sophomore album Repeat Offender, featuring the singles ‘Right Here Waiting’, ‘Angelia’ and ‘Satisfied’, peaked at #1 in Australia, surpassing Double Platinum album sales and #3 in New Zealand with Gold status

Today, Marx releases his thirteenth studio album, the multi-genre-spanning Songwriter (available now via BMG Australia – here), with four sets of all new songs, each influenced by his success across pop, rock, country music and ballad genres.

The new album’s first single ‘Same Heartbreak Different Day’ was co-written with Lucas Marx (Katy Perry, Tyron Hapi) and Michael Jade (Little Big Town, Andy Grammer) – listen hereSongwriter also features the released singles ‘One Day Longer’, co-written with Keith Urban and ‘Shame On You’, co-written with his son Jesse Marx.

Don’t miss the captivating voice of Richard Marx with his live band performing his biggest hits and songs from the new album in Australia and New Zealand next February – March. Tickets via: frontiertouring.com/richardmarx 

RICHARD MARX
THE SONGWRITER TOUR
​AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
​FEBRUARY & MARCH 2023

​Presented by Frontier Touring, Arena Touring, WSFM 101.7 (Sydney), Gold 104.3 (Melbourne), Triple M (Newcastle) and The Breeze (NZ)


FRONTIER MEMBERS PRE-SALE
via frontiertouring.com/richardmarx
Begins: Tuesday 4 October (1pm local)
​(or until pre-sale allocation exhausted)


GENERAL PUBLIC ON SALE
​Begins: Thursday 6 October (12noon local time)


ALL SHOWS ALL AGES*


Sunday 19 February
​Isaac Theatre Royal | Christchurch, NZ

​All Ages
ticketek.co.nz | Ph: 0800 842 538

Tuesday 21 February
​Opera House | Wellington, NZ

​All Ages
ticketmaster.co.nz | Ph: 0800 111 999

Wednesday 22 February
​Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre | Auckland, NZ
​All Ages
ticketmaster.co.nz | Ph: 0800 111 999

Friday 24 February
​QPAC Concert Hall | Brisbane, QLD

​All Ages
qpac.com.au | Ph: 136 246

Sunday 26 February
​Twin Towns | Tweed Heads, QLD

​All Ages
twintowns.com.au | Ph: 07 5536 2277

Wednesday 1 March
​NEX | Newcastle, NSW

​All Ages
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

Friday 3 March
​Llewellyn Hall | Canberra, ACT

​All Ages
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

Saturday 4 March
​Palais Theatre | Melbourne, VIC

​All Ages
ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 13 61 00

Sunday 5 March
​State Theatre | Sydney, NSW

​All Ages
ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 13 61 00

Tuesday 7 March
​Anita’s Theatre | Wollongong, NSW
All Ages
ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 13 61 00

Wednesday 8 March
​Panthers | Penrith, NSW

​All Ages
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849 

Friday 10 March
​Astor Theatre | Perth, WA

​Licensed All Ages*
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849 

Keep completely up to date by following the Official Richard Marx Channels Below

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[GOOD THINGS FESTIVAL 2022) Interview with NOVA TWINS!!

Asked about what it takes to make it into a Nova Twins song, the heavy alt. rock renegades have a few words that spring to mind. “Power and fight” replies singer and guitarist Amy Love. “Imagination” adds bassist Georgia South. “We imagined this band because we didn’t have any one like us to look up to. That was the fun bit. There were no rules to who we can be.”

Nova Twins are the zeitgeist-capturing polymath pioneers that our times have been waiting for. Whether pushing the MOBO Awards to create a category for POC alt. acts, to teaming up with No Music On A Dead Planet and Oxfam to play for environmental change, working with Dr. Martens to raise money for The Black Curriculum or aiming to inspire a new wave of young, diverse talent, Amy Love and Georgia South are much more than one of the UK’s most exciting bands – they are changemakers.

Formed in London in 2014, the two childhood friends came together to create something that destroyed boundaries and defied expectations. A clash of ideas from the worlds of punk, rap, pop, hard rock and beyond, their sound is one that smashes genres but showcases the many facets of the duo and where they’re from. “Some of our favourite music is ‘00s R&B and hip-hop” says Love. “That guided us when we were younger and gave us some kind of stability. Then we wanted to venture out and were met with people saying, ‘you don’t belong here’.”

They have battled through the old guard of rock’s narrow-minded expectations. Their debut album ‘Who Are The Girls?’ planted their flag as outliers on a mission, when it dropped in 2020 to much critical acclaim. Name another act that could support Bring Me The Horizon and Wolf Alice but also Enter Shikari and Sleaford Mods? One of the UK’s premiere live bands and fiercest festival acts reach a very broad church, without diluting what they’re all about.

Rage Against The Machine icon Tom Morello dubbed them “an incredible band who deserve to be huge” as well as inviting them on tour with Prophets Of Rage. Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes called them one of his “favourite new bands” before having them collaborate on song ‘1×1’ from 2020’s UK No.1 album ‘POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR’. Furthermore, they’ve already scored the “bucket list” moment of appearing on the cover of NME, as “the band rewriting the rules of alternative music”. It’s true, rules are not in Nova Twins’ vocabulary, so don’t think about forcing them upon them.

“People just assume that women who dress colourfully can’t play” says South. “We want to change that – for everyone. We want to change the way that people look at heavy music.” Love agrees: “People say, ‘oh is that supposed to be punk?’ just based on our look and aesthetic. The New York Dolls and David Bowie can wear flamboyant clothes and be celebrated for it. When women do it, you get taken less seriously. Suddenly people think you’re posers, playing to a backing track. That makes us play into it more.”

Their attitude runs through everything they do – bursting out of their music and into the vision they have for their art-punk music videos and DIY outfits. They make their own clothes because nothing else feels quite ‘Nova’ enough. “Clothes are our armour” says Love. “They make us feel Nova. Fashion is just an extension of what you want to tell people.” South agrees: “As long as you feel like your most authentic self, that’s cool. We just happen to feel comfortable covered in spikes, fake fur and clown make-up.”

Now they too are advocates for diversity and those who might otherwise feel like they don’t fit the standard rock mould. Through their ‘Voices For The Unheard’ platform, they give a stage and a spotlight to marginalised talent, in order to help heavy music evolve. “The rock scene was regurgitating the same headliners over and over again, and in the same breath saying, ‘rock is dying’” says Love. “It’s like, ‘hang on a minute, have you not heard what’s going on over here?’ You need to make sure you’re nurturing a new generation, so that they can have the opportunity to fill those crucial spots one day. It’s a really interesting time for alternative music and I think it’s about to have its fucking heyday.”

There’s no band out there quite like Nova Twins. If more artists blazed a trail like this, we’d be celebrating a lot more difference, rather than craving what’s safe and similar. From being “shunned” when they arrived on the scene, now Nova Twins are leading a game all of their own. Now, there are no rules.

GOOD THINGS FESTIVAL LINE UP:
 
Bring Me The Horizon | Deftones | NOFX (performing ‘Punk In Drublic’ in full + all your favourites) | TISM (Exclusive: First shows in 19 years!) | The Amity Affliction | Gojira | ONE OK ROCK

 
In Alphabetical Order:
 
3OH!3 | Blood Command | Chasing Ghosts | Cosmic Psychos | Electric Callboy
Fever 333 | Jinjer | JXDN | Kisschasy (Performing ‘United Paper People’ In Full)
Lacuna Coil | Millencolin | Nova Twins | Polaris | RedHook | Regurgitator
Sabaton | Sleeping With Sirens | Soulfly | The Story So Far | Thornhill
 

DATES AND VENUES:
Friday 2nd December – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne (LIC AA 15+)
Saturday 3 December- Centennial Park, Sydney (18+)
Sunday 4 December – Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane (LIC AA 15+)

Early Bird pre-sale tickets on sale Tuesday 21 June @ 10am AEST Time
Sign up now for early bird pre-sale tickets at www.goodthingsfestival.com.au
 
General Public tickets on sale Thursday 23 June @ 10am AEST Time
https://www.oztix.com.au/

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Enter Shikari Share Video For New Single ‘The Void Stares Back’ Feat. Wargasm.

Fresh from dominating the main stages at Reading & Leeds festivals over the weekend, Enter Shikari are today sharing the video for their latest single, The Void Stares Back feat. Wargasm. The song became the subject of much conversation over the weekend as the band brought Wargasm themselves out on stage with them for a first live airing.

Lead vocalist / producer Rou Reynolds previously described the song as being about “the forward march of social progress” and today the stunning official visual for the song is unveiled, directed by Elliot Gonzo.

Enter Shikari are also announcing that they will headline the 2023 edition of Slam Dunk Festival. Reynolds comments on the booking: “I’ve been intoxicated by the idea of headlining Slam Dunk again ever since our Take To The Skies celebration headline set back in 2017. It’s such a great festival, always nails its bills, and has the added bonus that us lads can actually cycle to the Southern date, being that Hatfield is a neighbouring town to us!
 
In fact, essentially, this will be our biggest “hometown” show ever, now that the festival has grown even more. I cannot wait. In fact, I will not wait. I demand we play this tomorrow!
 
I think playing outdoors is my favourite thing to do in life. Just being able to look up and see the sky, with the expanse of people underneath it, all sharing the same emotions and experience, it’s just such a raw, beautiful, and reifying thing.
 
Slam Dunk is a festival I try to attend every year regardless of whether we’re playing it. I love both the sites, and it’s always full of mates and has such a convivial vibe. (That’s my word of the week).
 
We’re already thinking about stage production ideas, we’re going to do everything we can to make this our biggest show yet.”

Enter Shikari will also return to Australia in November for their national headline tour with special guests Creeper and Windwaker.

A SO Recordings, 30 Century Management & X-Ray Representation,
In Association With Destroy All Lines Presents

 
ENTER SHIKARI (UK)
AUSTRALIAN NOVEMBER 2022 TOUR 

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
CREEPER (UK)
WINDWAKER


FRIDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2022: FORUM, MELBOURNE
SATURDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2022: ROUNDHOUSE, SYDNEY
SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2022: EATON’S HILL HOTEL, BRISBANE
TUESDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2022: THE GOV, ADELAIDE

Tickets on sale NOW
www.destroyalllines.com

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JULIA JACKLIN Announces ‘PRE PLEASURE’ East Coast Headline Shows – FEB 2023

With her highly anticipated third studio album, PRE PLEASURE, released this Friday, Frontier Touring and Penny Drop are delighted to announce acclaimed singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin will perform three special headline theatre shows in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in February 2023.

Currently on tour in the US – part of a comprehensive US, UK and Europe trek which will see her performing in her biggest venues to date, including London’s Roundhouse and Brooklyn Steel in New York – Jacklin today also revealed another slice of her upcoming longplayer, with new track ‘Be Careful With Yourself’ out now.

A loose jam, ‘Be Careful With Yourself’ equates true love with the fear of losing it. It reinforces the album’s throughline – Julia Jacklin at her most authentic; an uncompromising and masterful lyricist, always willing to mine the depths of her own life experience, and singular in translating it into deeply personal, timeless songs.

The February tour dates will be Jacklin’s first Australian shows with her full band since 2020. Get early access to tickets via the Frontier Pre-sale, which starts Thursday 25 August (1pm local time – see website for details). General Public tickets go on sale Monday 29 August (1pm local time) via frontiertouring.com/juliajacklin.

New album PRE PLEASURE, released by Liberation Records, is a masterclass in songwriting, cementing her status as one of the most important Australian talents of our time. Fans’ first taste of PRE PLEASURE came in the form of lead single ‘Lydia Wears A Cross’ (which the singer described as being “about a lot of things but mainly being a seven-year-old Jesus Christ Superstar fanatic attending Catholic school trying to figure out which way is up”), followed up by songs ‘I Was Neon’ and ‘Love, Try Not To Go’.

Jacklin recorded the 10-track PRE PLEASURE in Montreal, Canada, alongside producer Marcus Paquin (The National, The Weather Station), with collaborator Owen Pallett on string arrangements, which were recorded by an orchestra in Prague.

With over 200 million streams to her name to date, ever since the arrival of 2016 debut Don’t Let the Kids Win and 2018’s ARIA-nominated follow-up Crushing, the Melbourne-via-Blue Mountains singer-songwriter has carved out a reputation as a direct lyricist, wiling to excavate the parameters of intimacy and agency in songs by stark and raw, loose and playful. Earning accolades from Pitchfork, Uncut, the New York Times, i-D, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, NPR, BBC1, BBC 6, Sirius XMU global, Jacklin’s exquisite narratives and singular vision make her an artist not to be missed.

‘A masterclass in narrative songwriting’ – ★★★★★ The Independent
‘Julia Jacklin’s Crushing is exquisite’ – Pitchfork ​
‘The result is a profound statement…this year’s strongest singer-songwriter breakthrough’ – Rolling Stone

Don’t miss Julia Jacklin, live on stage in February 2023 – tickets on sale Monday 29 August.


JULIA JACKLIN
​AUSTRALIAN TOUR
​FEBRUARY 2023
Presented by Frontier Touring, Penny Drop and triple j


FRONTIER MEMBERS PRE-SALE
Via frontiertouring.com/juliajacklin
Runs 24 hours from: Thursday 25 August (10am local time) ​
or until pre-sale allocation exhausted

PENNY DROP MEMBERS PRE-SALE ​
Via pennydrop.com.au
Runs 24 hours from: Thursday 25 August (10am local time) ​
or until pre-sale allocation exhausted

GENERAL PUBLIC ON SALE
Begins: Monday 29 August (10am local time)


Saturday 25 February
​Enmore Theatre | Sydney, NSW
Licensed / All Ages
Ticketek.com.au | 132 849

Sunday 26 February
​Tivoli Theatre | Brisbane, QLD
18+
Ticketmaster.com.au | 136 100

Tuesday 28 February
​Forum Theatre | Melbourne, VIC
18+
Ticketek.com.au | 132 849

PRE PLEASURE
Out Friday 26 August through Liberation Records
​Pre-order available here

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Social Distortion & Bad Religion Announce Australia & New Zealand Co-Headline Tour.

Punk rockers of Australia and New Zealand unite! For the first time in history two of the most influential and enduring punk bands of all time are heading down under together. Fans never thought they would see the day so get ready to tick this off your bucket list as LA heavyweights Social Distortion and Bad Religion team up and hit our shores in February 2023.
 
The tour will kick off at Trusts Arena in Auckland before it makes it way over to Brisbane’s Riverstage, Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion, Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne’s and closing out their Aussie run at Red Hill Auditorium in Perth.

Traversing multiple and significant line-up changes, internal challenges and tragedies, and the demise of the very Los Angeles hardcore scene that conjured them for over four decades, California mainstays Social Distortion have spent a lifetime honing their uncompromising rootsy, hard-hitting brand of punk since first emerging back in the late 70s.
 
Following the release of the group’s debut 1983 album Mommy’s Little Monster, Social Distortion‘s transformation from pioneers in the then-fertile L.A hardcore scene into a distinctive sonic force to be reckoned with saw the group become one of the few punk bands to be featured on MTV in its 80s glory days and, over time, branching out to cement their now-trademark blend of punk, blues, country and rockabilly. Currently in possession of seven studio albums, with whispers of an eighth full length release on the horizon, Social Distortion‘s live prowess is overshadowed only by the passion and innovation relentlessly on display onstage, fearlessly helmed by the band’s founder, guitarist and vocalist Mike Ness. This is Social Distortion’s first Australian headline tour ever and their second time coming to Australia in over 40 years so it’s fair to say we may not see them ever again!

Bad Religion have become synonymous with retaining their underground credibility alongside building a staggering punk empire since forming back in the early 80s. Constantly on a journey of evolution and philosophical exploration, Bad Religion‘s storied career, including 17 studio albums and the label as one of the best-selling punk rock bands of all time, has seen the group remain relevant and vital in the hardcore community while welding their trademark sonic foundations with inflections of psychedelia, heavy metal, hard rock and lashings of melody along the way.
https://youtu.be/GEbd76i1S6Q 
With front man and remaining original member Greg Graffin‘s steadfast guidance, Bad Religion have defied the odds and expectations of an ever-changing industry around them, touring the globe armed with an overwhelming back catalogue of material, including fan favourite tracks like American Jesus and 21st Century (Digital Boy). Don’t miss out on seeing Bad Religion next February, their first Australian headline tour in over a decade!
 
Returning to Australia in 2023 since last appearing down under for Good Things Festival back in 2019, don’t miss some Bad Religion goodness next February.

2023 will undeniably declare punk’s not dead – be sure to catch Social Distortion and Bad Religion live in action when they bring their explosive live shows to a town near you.
 

Early Bird pre-sale tickets on Sale: Friday 26 August @ 9am local time

To Gain Early Ticket Access Register Here -> https://bit.ly/BR-SD-AUNZ-

General tickets on sale Tuesday 30 August @ 9am local time
Tickets from destroyalllines.com.au

SOCIAL DISTORTION & BAD RELIGION
TOUR DATES:
 
WEDNESDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2023 – TRUSTS ARENA, AUCKLAND
FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2023 – RIVERSTAGE, BRISBANE
SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2023 – HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY
SUNDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2023 – MARGARET COURT ARENA, MELBOURNE
WEDNESDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2023 – RED HILL AUDITORIUM, PERTH
 
General tickets on sale Tuesday 30 August @ 9am local time
Tickets from destroyalllines.com.au 

 

 

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PIXIES Unleash New Single VAULT OF HEAVEN

The return of Pixies has been rapturously received, the alt-rock trailblazers reconnecting with long-term fans and introducing themselves to a fresh new audience. In recent weeks, they’ve headlined large outdoor venues across the UK, performed as special guests to Pearl Jam in Hyde Park, and played one of their most intimate shows in years at Manchester’s Band On The Wall. The shows come ahead of the release of their new album ‘Doggerel’ on 30th September, which was previewed by its lead single ‘There’s A Moon On’.

Pixies’ momentum continues as they today share the follow-up single ‘Vault of Heaven’.

‘Doggerel’ tracklist:

‘Nomatterday’
‘Vault of Heaven’
Dregs of the Wine’
‘Haunted House’
‘Get Simulated’
‘The Lord Has Come Back Today’
‘Thunder & Lightning’
‘There’s A Moon On’
‘Pagan Man’
‘Who’s More Sorry Now?’
‘You’re Such A Sadducee’
‘Doggerel’

Mixing dusky, Morricone-style desert noir atmospherics with a chiming, melodic guitar motif, ‘Vault of Heaven’ also takes a leftfield turn as flourishes of female backing vocals provide an almost hymnal touch. Black Francis’s lyrics combine elements that are both abstract and everyday in a surrealist narrative, in which the protagonist aims for salvation but only ends up falling flat on his face.

‘Vault of Heaven’ is released alongside an official video which brings its absurdist tale to life. It begins with a semi-clothed Zorro-esque figure who is heading into Los Angeles on the back of a toy horse. He arrives at a 7-Eleven, where things get stranger still with the help of bizarre Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe lookalikes. The visual was directed by the filmmaker and musician Charles Derenne.   

As we’ve heard from both ‘Vault of Heaven’ and ‘There’s A Moon On’, ‘Doggerel’ is a mature yet visceral record of gruesome folk, ballroom pop and brutal rock. Its stories are haunted by the ghosts of affairs and indulgences, driven wild by cosmic forces and envisioning digital afterlives where no God has provided one. Pixies – completed by Joey Santiago (guitar), Paz Lanchantin (bass) and David Lovering (drums) – recorded the album with producer Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Ghost) in Vermont.

‘Doggerel’ is available to pre-order HERE. The band’s official store offers a range of physical product, merch and bundles as well as two exclusive formats: an orange vinyl and a red cassette. 

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 Fremantle Arts Centre, Sunday 11th December.

Pixies
Come On Pilgrim… It’s Surfer Rosa
Australia 2022

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
**TICKETS AVAILABLE**

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 
**TICKETS AVAILABLE**

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: pixiesmusic.com & livenation.com.au  


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Interview with Jona Tee (H.E.A.T)

Today marks the seventh album release for Swedish heavy rockers, H.E.A.T. Titled Force Majeure, this album sees the band extend their live show energy into a collection of stadium anthems including monster singles ‘Hollywood’, ‘Back To The Rhythm’ and ‘Nationwide’, and is a return album for founding frontman Kenny Leckremo. The band will also be making their Australian live tour debut next month, playing four shows across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Adelaide.

Silver Tiger Media’s Tammy Walters had a chat to keyboardist Jona Tee ahead of their release and shows.

How are you feeling with your new album Force Majeure about to be released on Friday 5 August?

I don’t think we have really realised it is so soon. But we’re really excited! Going to burst. We will be in Finland on Friday opening for Toto so we will have some sort of nice release party I hope.

Oh, that will be such a good time. As soon as ‘Africa’ comes on you’ll jump into full party mode!

[Laughs] Oh yeah, for sure!

So how long has Force Majeure been in the works?

Basically we had a singer swap, so we got our original singer, Kenny, back in the band. He rejoined in June or July in 2020, which was the beginning of the pandemic which means we had a lot of time to sit down and write music. So somewhere around there we started to write for it and we started to record August last year, so one year later, here is the release!

Kenny was a big part of the identity of H.E.A.T your debut record, and Eric was a huge part of the band for a big part of your lifespan so it would have been nice to have H.E.A.T II as a send off for Eric.

Oh yeah, definitely a big send off. We love that album too so he left with a bang!

Exactly and H.E.A.T II received a lot of praise for returning to your heavier roots. Have you tried to continue that for this album with Kenny being back?

Absolutely. We set out to continue the same vein as HEAT II, and obviously it’s a little different because we have a new singer and he sings a bit differently than Eric, but Kenny is super involved in songwriting and production and Kenny plays a lot of different instruments so with all of that in it, it becomes a bit different to HEAT II but still i think the sound is still on par or in the same vein.

We’ve already heard three songs from this record, ‘Hollywood’ which has already been turning a lot of heads to watch what H.E.A.T are doing, ‘Back to the Rhythm’ and ‘Nationwide’ – all of which are huge stadium anthems. Is that what this album is about?

Hell yeah! I mean, we love to play live and that’s what we’re kind of doing now which has been awesome, and ‘Hollywood’ is working so well live. It’s probably my favourite to play at the moment – when that chorus hits, it’s like ‘YES!’. You can feel the energy!

I’ve seen footage and it’s wild! Was ‘Hollywood’ written with the live show in mind?

You know when we first started the band, we were studio based really and me and Dave we had been working the studio a lot back then but as we started to play live it was like ‘okay’. We always felt like a heavy metal band, rather than a studio AR band so when we went on stage we felt more like Iron Maiden rather than Coat or some band like that who are moreso musicians. I guess at some point, and I think it was Tearing Down The Walls, around there, that maybe it started reflecting in the music that it was more raw and live focused and more ‘okay, what do we want to do live? What do we want them to sing and play more awesome live music? But it should be awesome to listen to in your headphones as you’re going to sleep as well.

I think you’ve found that balance well. But you are known for being a great live act and I think touring with so many amazing rock legends like Alice Cooper, Toto and Sabaton has elevated your live show even more.

Oh yeah! We were blessed to play with so many incredible acts like Alice Cooper and Toto and all of the festivals we’ve been to. Last weekend we played in Wales at Steelhouse Festival and I saw Saxon play for the first time and I was blown away. I was like ‘what the fuck!’[laughs], and that really inspires you to lift your game and step it up!     

Australia hasn’t had the opportunity to witness that though. H.E.A.T hasn’t played here before!

No, it’s our first time now in September. It’s going to be awesome. Me and Eric flew over in 2016 and played Melodic Rock Fest in Melbourne but it wasn’t H.E.AT, we did a few HEAT songs acoustically and played with another band which was for fun. We had a break with the HEAT before into the great unknown, so we flew over for that and spent a week in Melbourne. But now we’re going to come full force with HEAT which is going to be awesome. And CRAZY LIXX are coming along as well so it will be amazing. Awesome band as well, amazing live!

Being your first show here in Australia, and with a new album, what will a set look like for you? Are you going to try and balance out the newer songs with older ones that we love but haven’t seen live?   

We try to incorporate songs from every album but we have seven albums [laughs] and a bunch of music and it gets harder. We want to play the new stuff and we really want to play songs from HEAT II as well because we didn’t get to tour it so we have four or five tracks from HEAT II, yes we will play a few from Force Majeure as well but we try to play at least two from the first album, one from Freedom Rock and a couple from the Eric albums as well!

That sounds great because we had missed out on seeing you through all of your era’s, and it will be great seeing Kenny step up into the Eric vocal songs. Has that been a learning process for him?

I think he has done his thing with Eric’s songs. It’s not copying Eric’s style, he does his own thing and adds his melodies and small wails and stuff like that. He’s more soulful – I don’t know if that’s a word – he likes more soul and does the runs more than Eric who is more of a power singer. He does his interpretation on tracks, it sounds really cool! It’s awesome to play all of the tracks live at the moment!

I have to ask about the new album’s title, Force Majeure. Is that a nod to the changeover of singers or is there another meaning to it?

For us, it’s like the word force was with us all along. We wanted to make it undeniable and have this force – that was the key word – and we thought about naming the album just Force but then we thought of Force Majeure and we’re like ‘oo’. It’s like a major force and it reflects the pandemic it was written during. Force Majeure, I mean swapping singers is almost a force majeure but you can read some meanings into it.

Up for interpretation!

Most of all it sounds badass.

It does! I won’t lie I did look up to see whether you were using the English or French pronunciation but glad I didn’t have to add my French ‘r’s onto it.

[laughs] Haha yeah we’re using the English pronunciation until we go to France and sound quite pretentious! *imitates French accent* Force Majeure.

So it’s out on Friday – are there any other single releases or music video releases coming with the release?

We wanted to but couldn’t make it work because we are touring. But as you do these days, you have a focus track and that is ‘Tainted Blood’ for us. That is the one we pitched to streaming platforms. And I really love that track and cannot wait to play it live! Actually I think we’ll be playing it for the first time in Australia because the album will be out by then so we can play more songs from Force Majeure!

Amazing! We obviously can’t wait! Why was ‘Tainted Blood’ a standout for you?

I’m not sure it’s a standout but it has this heavy riff that is reminiscent of Judas Priest and I kind of love that classic metal vibe to it!

We love Judas Priest here so that’s a good sign! In terms of that logical side of pulling this album together, you did say it was created during the pandemic. Was that during lockdowns, were you writing together?

Most of the time we would write individually to get the basic idea of the track and then get together to finish it. But in terms of lockdowns, we didn’t have any hard lockdowns in Sweden which everyone had to do their share of separating and distancing from each other. So it was up to everyone to make sure they didn’t affect people. So we all got together and hung out in the studio together and we did!

That makes it so much easier. And I guess with Kenny being back it would have been important for dynamic.

Yeah and just hang out and get to know each other!

Were you in contact with Kenny during his departure?

Every now and then but not really in contact. We met up in 2015 the last time before he rejoined the band, with me, him & Dave, and Dave wasn’t in the band then. We had dinner and a few beers, actually a lot of beers [laughs] I remember! But apart from, that there would be the text are Christmas or birthdays. Until he decided to rejoin.

So how did that conversation happen that he wanted to rejoin? With him rejoining like an instant back to being close or was there a big transition period?

We had to make sure he had his priorities right this time because he left the band for a reason back in the day but he has a lot of regret leaving and you can tell and he has been very open about that. He missed it and wanted to get back. He told me in 2019 when Eric was still in the band that he wanted to come back and I told him it would be pretty hard because we had a singer but you never know for the future. It happened quite quickly for him actually. You never know!

It all happened for a reason!       

It worked out so well and we’re super happy to keep it in the family!

   That familiarity helps with excitement for fans as well.

We can tell that because we sold out our show in Stockholm and I think a lot of that is because Kenny is back. We sold out our biggest venue so far! It has to be because he is back and we’re so glad for what’s happening moving forward.

So does that mean already planning for the next album?

I actually couldn’t sleep last night because I was shifting through a shit load of song ideas! I’m constantly working on new stuff. So absolutely. We’re touring now but creating music is a constant thing. I can’t turn it off. We should start recording again next year, at least I hope!

Incredible! Well, remember when you do start planning the next album tour to add Australia to the top of the list!

We will, I cannot tell you how excited we are to be coming down and playing!

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