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DIESEL ANNOUNCES ‘BOOTLEG MELANCHOLY ALBUM TOUR 2024’ + SHARES NEW SINGLE & VIDEO ‘REMEMBER MY LOVE’

Following the acclaimed release of his seventeenth studio album Bootleg Melancholy late last year, Australian icon Diesel is proud to today announce a national headline run to close out 2024, hitting the road with a full band for the Bootleg Melancholy Album Tour, presented by New World Artists. And accompanying Diesel’s tour excitement is the addition of a brand new music video for Remember My Love, aka the modern swoon closing out 2023’s Bootleg Melancholy.

Commencing a 13-date national run on Saturday 31 August in Adelaide, Diesel’s Bootleg Melancholy Album Tour will also journey through Melbourne, Warragul, Hobart, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Batemans Bay, Canberra, Perth and Darwin, with proceedings drawing to a close on Friday 13 December in Caloundra. Pre-sale tickets for the Bootleg Melancholy Album Tour 2024 will be available from 12pm AEST on Thursday 11 July, with general tickets on sale from 12pm AEST on Monday 15 July. To keep up to date with all things Diesel, including upcoming tour pre-sale opportunities, head to dieselmusic.com.au/mailinglist.

An exuberant and multi-faceted collection of 14 tracks, Bootleg Melancholy coalesces the myriad of talents wielded by Diesel, aka the prolific American-born and Aussie-based roots/rock guitarist and vocalist Mark Lizotte. Loaded with hooks, honeyed vocals, and a range of stylistic hues, Bootleg Melancholy’s songs greet with the warmth and familiarity of a good friend, with songs about family, mortality, childhood, and dreams. Travelling across time, place, and memory, this is rousing yet reflective pop music that celebrates the joys of everyday life while braving the difficult stuff – the challenges we all eventually face – with insights and tenderness; a fact witnessed vividly on the album’s closing track Remember My Love. “The song is about not forgetting that there are others around us who are experiencing the same human condition and not to get stuck in a moment,” shares Diesel of Remember My Love. “In part, I’m speaking to myself; a reminder that one must be at peace to some degree to be able to give solace to others. It’s also a mantra that in times of despair I’ve tapped into, just the idea of being loved can snap me out of spiralling down.”

As with the broader album’s output, Remember My Love was tracked by Diesel on his own, later bringing in Lee Moloney on drums (“to add some more weight”, as Diesel puts it). Starting with an 808 drum pattern heard in its verses, Remember My Love grew continuously over the space of a few days, resulting in the eerie yet bright track ultimately heard on the album that is also brought to stunning life today via its accompanying music video. “The music video for Remember My Love was shot by my daughter Lily Lizotte and edited by Blake Fraser, who worked on the multi-award-winning Patricia Moore series,” shares Diesel. “For the video, I thought it would be a good fit to return to where I remember writing most of the song, which is down by the nearby ports where I spend a lot of time decompressing. With a wide open horizon leading west, the sunsets are always vivid.”

Recently showcasing his enigmatic live show as part of his solo Forever Tour, including a sold out performance at the Sydney Opera House, Diesel’s upcoming performances in the latter half of 2024 will feature a three-piece band along with a celebration of the talented artist’s abundant back catalogue – including, of course, the tour’s titular release Bootleg Melancholy. “17 albums in, I’m probably not second guessing as much about the process,” shares Diesel. “My experiences working with other artists collaborating has really rubbed off on what I make too. I’ve had a lot of really positive feedback from people on this record, especially after making and releasing 2 albums during the pandemic, it’s affirming to get peoples reaction first-hand in real life!”

“Having so much material to draw from is a nice problem,” Diesel adds. “My band have been good at reminding me of songs and albums that I may have neglected for no particular reason. Having a new piece of the puzzle in Bootleg Melancholy will help shape the set. I can already see songs from other albums “putting up their hands” to be in the set, as I’ve found new songs will evoke feelings and parallel lines to older songs. We make quite a bit of sound it’s been said for a three-piece band and these shows coming up won’t be an exception, I really enjoy the juxtapose of playing band shows, and the same could be said for solo shows, I’m pretty blessed to have both!”

One of Australia’s greatest success stories, the American-born Diesel, aka Mark Lizotte, has spent three decades weaving his one-of-a-kind musical magic into his rock and blues-fuelled sounds, both as part of the band Johnny Diesel & The Injectors and, more recently, as a solo artist. With multiple #1 ARIA charting albums under his belt, six ARIA award wins and millions of streams alongside a legion of fans, Diesel’s creative skillset also expands beyond his own projects, with the talented artist also renowned for his work as a producer and multi-instrumentalist. And good news for Diesel fans and music lovers in general out there – the man himself is primed for some exciting upcoming creative endeavours alongside his impending tour, as he concludes, “It’s pretty normal for me to start writing another body of songs and start the recording process for another album, and I’ve been doing just that, in between shooting eps for an upcoming TV series where I get to interview music artists and shine a light on concerts and the stories behind them. Even though I’m a working musician, I’m still a fan and love talking music with anyone whose interest is piqued!”

Diesel’s Bootleg Melancholy Album Tour commences this August. Exclusive fan pre-sale from 12pm AEST Thursday July 11 ends 10am AEST Monday July 15 (online pre-sale, password required, join dieselmusic.com.au list for unique code & link), public on sale 12pm AEST Monday July 15 from outlets and dieselmusic.com.au.

Bootleg Melancholy is out now via Bloodlines.

Diesel – Bootleg Melancholy (official album artwork)

DIESEL – BOOTLEG MELANCHOLY ALBUM TOUR DATES
Proudly Presented by New World Artists

SAT 31 AUG | NORWOOD CONCERT HALL | ADELAIDE | SA | 7:30-10:30 PM*
Tickets available from www.ticketmaster.com.au | All Ticketmaster Outlets

SUN 1 SEP | SHEDLEY THEATRE | ELIZABETH | SA | 6:30-9:30 PM*
Tickets available from https://www.theshedley.com.au 08 8256 0500, Box Office

SAT 7 SEP | RMIT – THE CAPITOL | MELBOURNE | VIC | 7:30-10:30 PM
Tickets available from www.ticketmaster.com.au |All Ticketmaster Outlets

SUN 8 SEP | WEST GIPPSLAND ARTS CENTRE | WARRAGUL | VIC | 6:30-9:30 PM
Tickets available from https://wgac.com.au 03 5624 2456, Box Office

FRI 4 OCT | THEATRE ROYAL | HOBART | TAS | 7:30-10:30 PM
Tickets available from https://www.theatreroyal.com.au 03 6146 3300, Box Office

FRI 11 OCT | REDLAND PAC | BRISBANE | QLD | 7:30-10:30 PM*
Tickets available from https://www.rpac.com.au 07 3829 81 31, Box Office

FRI 18 OCT | CITY HALL | NEWCASTLE | NSW | 7:30-10:30 PM
Tickets available https://tickets.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au | 02 4929 1977

SAT 19 OCT | YORK THEATRE-SEYMOUR CENTRE | SYDNEY | NSW | 7:30-10:30 PM
Tickets available from https://www.seymourcentre.com 02 7255 1561, Box Office

FRI 25 OCT | BAY PAVILIONS | BATEMANS BAY | NSW | 7:30-10:30 PM
Tickets available from https://baypavilions.com.au 02 4415 1800, Box Office

SAT 26 OCT | THE STREET THEATRE-ANU | CANBERRA | ACT| 7:30-10:30 PM
Tickets available from https://www.thestreet.org.au 02 6247 1223, Box Office

FRI 8 NOV | STATE THEATRE CENTRE OF WA, HEATH LEDGER TH | PERTH | WA | 7:30-10:30 PM
Tickets available from https://www.artsculturetrust.wa.gov.au 08 6212 9292, Box Office

SAT 16 NOV | ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE | DARWIN | NT | 7:30-10:30 PM*
Tickets available from https://www.yourcentre.com.au 08 8980 3333, Box Office

FRI 13 DEC | PLAYHOUSE THEATRE, THE EVENTS CENTRE | CALOUNDRA | QLD | 7:30-10:30 PM*
Tickets available from https://theeventscentre.com.au 07 5491 4240, Box Office

EXCLUSIVE PRE-SALE: 12PM AEST THURSDAY 11 JULY – 10AM AEST MONDAY 15 JULY or until allocation is exhausted.
Online pre-sale, password required, join dieselmusic.com.au list for unique code & link.
PUBLIC ON SALE: 12PM AEST MONDAY 15 JULY – From outlets and dieselmusic.com.au .

DIESEL performs entire concert – Greatest Hits + songs from the Bootleg Melancholy Album in 2 parts + intermission, with band – except solo shows*
FULLY RESERVED SEATING. DIESEL Presale available for mailing list members to access the best seats. Times shown above are for doors open & close.
Limited VIP Meet & Greet front row seat Packages & Premium Seating options available. Concert is suitable for AA (11+ recommended).

Listen: REMEMBER MY LOVE
Watch: REMEMBER MY LOVE

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Yours Truly Share New Single ‘California Sober’ & Sophomore Album ‘TOXIC’ Due Out August 16

A soul-baring ode to being present in the moment, the brand new single California Sober out today from Sydney alternative trio Yours Truly is an empowered and engaging step closer to the group’s upcoming sophomore album, with TOXIC set for release on August 16 via UNFD.

Raw yet polished and loaded with forward-thinking pop punk hooks, California Sober finds Yours Truly‘s Mikaila Delgado taking another star turn with power-laced confessional lyricism amplified alongside sharp drumwork and emphatic guitars.

“California Sober was written during the same period as Sour,” the band shares. “We’d started working on Sour – we were getting nowhere with it. We had a bit of a breakdown; we were crying and talking about things.”

“We were mucking around, playing guitar, and Mikaila started singing about when you come over and your friends are stoned; just sitting there, not wanting to do much. It’s all good and fun, but you can’t enjoy other people’s company and think “I’m not good enough to hang out with”.”

“California Sober is the essence of trying to be present with your friends and loved ones. You don’t have to just put on this facade, this mask, and hide yourself away.”


From their 2020 album Self Care scooping up an ARIA nomination for Best Hard Rock or Heavy album, to boasting massive international performances, millions of streams and an ever-growing legion of global fans, Yours Truly remain transfixed as one of the most exciting young bands on the scene courtesy of their striking songwriting and dynamic live performances.

Never ones to stagnate or rest on their laurels, in 2022 Yours Truly catapulted their previous trademark pop punk style into a new stratosphere via their EP is this what i look like?. Armed with raw honesty and heightened influences, is this what i look like? explored moments of pop punk and introspection while also forging an amalgamation of organic yet unexpected new sounds, emerging as an irresistible exploration into heightened rock, emo and dance-ready sparkle woven into the Yours Truly DNA.

With their name now firmly cemented on a global scale, Yours Truly retain their versatility moving into their sophomore album chapter while also expanding beyond any stylistic confines or expectations. Produced by Ocean Grove‘s Sam Bassal and mixed by Daniel Braunstein (Spiritbox, Dayseeker), TOXIC ultimately nods to the fun pop-punk essence of earlier Yours Truly works while also demonstrating a boldness to step forward and explore heavy rhythms and, at times, darker direction. Via TOXIC, Yours Truly arrive at their most open, visceral and engaging material to date, with themes of anger, desperation, sadness and exhaustion forming alongside sanguine acceptance and self-awareness.

Spending 2023 touring Europe alongside You Me At Six, ticking off their first ever UK headline shows, supporting Against The Current in North America and touring Australia nationally with Neck Deep, Yours Truly kicked off 2024 with an appearance at THPS25 in Brisbane, celebrating 25 years of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater with Tony Hawk himself in attendance, as well as embarking on their entirely sold out Call My Name Tour across Australian in March. Yours Truly will also return overseas later this year, appearing at Reading and Leeds Festival in the UK this August alongside headliners Blink-182, Fred Again, Lana Del Rey, Liam Gallagher and many more.

CALIFORNIA SOBER – OUT NOW
https://yourstruly.lnk.to/TOXIC

TOXIC – OUT AUGUST 16
https://yourstruly.lnk.to/TOXIC

YOURS TRULY IS:
Mikaila Delgado – Vocals | Teddie Winder-Haron – Guitar | Henry Beard – Drums

TOXIC TRACK LISTING:
01. Back 2 U
02. Sour
03. California Sober
04. Let Go
05. All That I’m Not
06. Love Feels Like
07. Bloodshot Eyes
08. Sinking feat. Bloom
09. Desaturated
10. Call My Name

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FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE Reveal New Album OPERA + New Single, ‘Bloodclock’, Out Now!

Italian Symphonic Death Metal maestros FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE are finally back with their brand new, 6th album titled Opera, a gut-wrenching musical journey inspired by the tragic mountain climbing accident occurred to their frontman and mastermind Francesco Paoli, in 2021.

Due out August 23rd via Nuclear Blast Records, the whole album is structured like a 10-act theatrical piece, as the title itself, Opera, draws a clear thread with the everlasting tradition of Italian classical music theater combining it with the epic brutality of death and symphonic metal, which has become their trademark sound. Mixed and mastered by Grammy-nominated producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Epica, Arch Enemy), Opera definitely marks another step forward for the band, incorporating new suggestions into that unique blend that FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE are renowned for: sheer violence, majestic orchestrations and soaring melodies. Such an ambitious musical endeavor called for an equally impressive artwork, a team effort between two arising Italian talents (artist extraordinaire Felicita Fiorini and visionary photographer Francesco Esposito), following the path traced by baroque painters like Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi. The cover art portrays Veronica as Music, a superior entity that defeats the social and artistic decay of modern age.

With this new record, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE are setting the bar even higher than before, pioneering what looks like a completely new sub-genre that might be called “Opera Metal”: an unprecedented mix of extreme music and theatrical elements.

The best stories always come from pain, it’s a bitter truth yet undeniable.” Francesco P. states. “We managed to turn one of the worst things in life into a work of art, that embodies our personal and artistic growth and takes the listeners on a rollercoaster of emotions, where they can experience what I’ve been through hand in hand with me. It’s a waking nightmare but that’s how life is sometimes, just scary.

Francesco P. continues: “In my visionary representation of this journey, that begins with my near death experience and culminates in a much desired physical and psychological rebirth, I wanted to frame every single step of my calvary, as if they were acts of an “Opera Lirica”, with dialogues or even confessions to imaginary characters, who have been constant presences throughout my whole (mis)adventure.

This album tosses you in a vortex of discomfort and uncontrollable feelings, where you can experience pain, fear, desperation, anger, frustration, but also resolve, courage, hope and a profound desire for redemption. I strongly believe that this album is a solid manifest of resilience, and I hope that my story will inspire people who got “lost” for whatever reason.

We can’t wait for you to hear the full album and play it live at the four corners of the world. We’re planning to take everyone to “Opera” with a massive new show, so get ready!

Pre-Order Opera: https://fga.bfan.link/opera

With the album’s announcement comes the new single ‘Bloodclock’, a roaring song seething with anguish, pain and visionary tales of life and death.

Stream “Bloodclock’ here: https://fga.bfan.link/bloodclock

Francesco P. says of the new song:

What do we see right before we die? Well, with ‘Bloodclock’ I bear my witness and reveal the personal visions I had while hanging on a rope, unconscious, a few hundred meters above the ground. It’s insane how reality can be much more terrifying and soul crushing than imagination.

Soon after my discharge from the hospital, me and Francesco Ferrini started writing immediately, even if I was still bedridden and unable to play. The idea was to capture the mood of those dramatic days and make sure to keep intact the sense of desperation and fear that was still running through my veins after the accident. Later on, we worked with the others to develop those ideas and create the music that such a strong story deserves, music that takes your breath away and tosses you into a vortex of mixed feelings and discomfort.
I believe we nailed it 110%.

And the video is a spectacular representation of that disaster. I pushed Martina (McLean, video director) to the limit because I knew she could find a poetic, metaphorical yet extremely impactful way to match the fury of the song with awe-inspiring images. She did an amazing job and we’re proud to state that this is the best music video we’ve ever had in our career.

‘BLOODCLOCK’ MUSIC VIDEO: https://youtu.be/CatkW_p5hwc

But this song is not only about death, it’s also about life. ‘I’m not dead yet’ was some sort of mantra that became my battle-cry. The moment I woke up, I started my war to stay alive, that with time turned into a true and never-ending calvary as I’m still carrying the cross for what happened that day. But this is another story and its time is yet to come…

FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE’s new single, follows the previously released song ‘Pendulum,’ a video for which can be seen here: https://youtu.be/Lkv9v-W5PAY

Opera Tracklisting:

1. Ode to Art (De’ Sepolcri)

2. I Can Never Die

3. Pendulum

4. Bloodclock

5. At War With My Soul

6. Morphine Waltz

7. Matricide 8.21

8. Per Aspera Ad Astra

9. Till Death Do Us Part

10. Opera

About FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE:

Formed in 2007, Italian Symphonic Death Metal maestros Fleshgod Apocalypse are finally back with their sixth and brand new album titled “Opera”, a gut-wrenching musical journey inspired by the tragic mountain climbing accident occurred to their frontman and mastermind Francesco Paoli, in 2021:

“The best stories always come from pain, it’s a bitter truth yet undeniable” says Francesco.

“That’s why human struggles have always been an unending source of inspiration for artists throughout history. But one thing is creating art that gives voice to someone else’s tribulations, another is accepting to bare your soul to the world and reveal your weaknesses and frailties, while attempting to turn them into new resources for your own creativity. It’s a dangerous game, since we never know what our twisted mind has in store for us, but it’s a game you must play if you really want to bring your art to the highest level and leave a trace that has a deeper meaning, not just mere entertainment for distracted people.

After my fall while mountain climbing, I woke up in a hospital, underwent several surgeries, constantly getting terrible news and spending many months not knowing if I would ever be able to play an instrument again. I felt condemned. Fear, painkillers, wheelchairs have been daily food for my frustration. Retracing what happened that day, as well as the days, months, years after, has been such an exhausting and frightening journey, in which I had to face my demons once again and deal with memories I hoped I had left behind.

Was all this worth it? Let the others tell. All I can say is that, although it was clear that this was the right thing to do, we could not even remotely imagine how strongly this process would have affected our songwriting, igniting our creativity and reinvigorating our attitude after years of deep coma due to the pandemic. We managed to turn one of the worst things in life into a work of art, that embodies our personal and artistic growth and takes the listeners on a rollercoaster of emotions, where they can experience what I’ve been through hand in hand with me. It’s a waking nightmare but that’s how life is sometimes, just scary.”

The whole album is structured like a 10-act theatrical piece, as the title itself, “Opera”, draws a clear thread with the everlasting tradition of Italian classical music theater and its icons, from Giuseppe Verdi to Giacomo Puccini, combining it with the epic brutality of death and symphonic metal, which has become their trademark sound.

On the trail of such powerful heritage, embodied by Veronica Bordacchini’s outstanding vocal performance, each chapter enlightens a different angle of Francesco’s story, both musically and lyrically.

Francesco adds:

“In my visionary representation of this journey, that begins with my near death experience and culminates in a much desired physical and psychological rebirth, I wanted to frame every single step of my calvary, as if they were acts of an “Opera Lirica”, with dialogues or even confessions to imaginary characters, who have been constant presences throughout my whole (mis)adventure.

Death, Life, Hope are among these entities, masterfully interpreted by Veronica, that from time to time assist or prevent me from digging deeper in my memory and personality, examining objectively my emotional states and behaviours and finding a sense to all this.

This album tosses you in a vortex of discomfort and uncontrollable feelings, where you can experience pain, fear, desperation, anger, frustration, but also resolve, courage, hope and a profound desire for redemption.

In fact, besides being grateful for the privilege of sharing my personal experience through Fleshgod Apocalypse art, I strongly believe that this album is a solid manifest of resilience, and I hope that my story will inspire people who got “lost” for whatever reason. Since the accident I’ve been posting on socials about my rehab and received hundreds of messages of appreciation for that. People need motivation, need examples that can make them restart believing in themselves. And for me, this is part of the game, this is the best way I can give them something back after all these years of loving support.

Life is a wonderful thing, even when everything around us seems to be falling apart we must find a meaning for existing and, unexpectedly, sometimes second chances can be way more exciting than the first ones.”

Mixed and mastered by Grammy-nominated producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Epica, Arch Enemy), “Opera” definitely marks another step forward for the band, incorporating new suggestions into that unique blend that Fleshgod Apocalypse are renowned for: sheer violence, majestic orchestrations and soaring melodies.

While showcasing new maturity in songwriting, the album retains a strong stylistic bond with the band’s previous efforts, from the furious blast beats of “Mafia” and “Agony” to the epic, grandiose atmospheres of “Labyrinth” or “King”, along with the unquestionable technical prowess that made “Oracles” and “Veleno” instant classics among fans of the genre.

Such an ambitious musical endeavor called for an equally impressive artwork, a team effort between two arising Italian talents (artist extraordinaire Felicita Fiorini and visionary photographer Francesco Esposito), following the path traced by baroque painters like Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi.

Born in 2007, Fleshgod Apocalypse quickly established themselves among the leaders of symphonic death metal.

As of today, some of their most acclaimed releases such as “Agony” (2011) or “King” (2016) are still considered milestones by fans and critics alike. With this new record, they’re setting the bar even higher, pioneering what looks like a completely new sub-genre that might be called “Opera Metal”: an unprecedented mix of extreme music and theatrical elements.

For sure, this won’t sound surprising for anyone who has witnessed one of their intense live performances.

The band is now preparing a huge worldwide touring campaign in support of this new masterpiece.

Fleshgod Apocalypse are now ready to take everyone to “Opera”.

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HIGHER POWER Release New Single ‘Stillpoint’ Feat. Never Ending Game

Alternative rock quintet HIGHER POWER have revealed a new single titled ‘Stillpoint‘, that sees them tap into their hardcore roots with a bruising feature from NEVER ENDING GAME. The new single lands just in time for the bands appearance at Outbreak Festival this month.

Vocalist Jimmy Wizard comments: “Old school HP rocker for the mosh pit freaks, Mikey from Never Ending Game making the middle 8 harder than I could ever make it sound, keep on rocking in the free world 💕”

Stream ‘Stillpoint’ on all platforms now at:

https://higherpower.bfan.link/stillpoint

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thrown – Announce debut album for Aug 30. New single ‘look at me’ Out Now. Touring in August with Alpha Wolf

Swedish heavy weights thrown have announced the release of their highly anticipated debut album Excessive Guilt, set for release on August 30 via Arising Empire.

Since forming in 2021, thrown have been mesmerising the metal world with their signature blend of aural violence, live intensity and enigmatic performances.
thrown are undoubtedly the most listened to new metal artist right now, having already amassed over 81 million streams worldwide since the release of their debut single.

In 2022 thrown released their debut EP Extended Pain which has been sitting in Spotify’s Top 200 Global Metal Chart for almost a year, with over 50 million streams across its five songs.

By late 2023 thrown had nearly one million listeners, been hitting Spotify’s Viral Top-50 in both Australia and USA and had taken the stage by storm touring with Knocked Loose, Fit For A King, Emmure, Counterparts and many more massive artists throughout North America, Europe and Australia.

The band are also following up on their previous singles with their brand new track ‘look at me’.

Watch ‘look at me’ here
https://youtu.be/NAiDhARhIiU

Stream the track here
https://arisingempire.com/excessiveguilt

Tracklisting
01. guilt
02. backfire
03. on the verge
04. bitter friend
05. nights
06. look at me
07. dislike
08. ignored
09. bloodsucker
10. vent
11. so done

Now with over 1.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify alone, and huge international touring plans ahead, thrown are set to be the biggest breakout metal band of the decade with the release of Excessive Guilt.

Pre Save Excessive Guilt at
https://arisingempire.com/excessiveguilt

Catch thrown on their upcoming Australian tour with Alpha Wolf!
Alpha Wolf – Half Living Things Australia Tour 2024
Special guests: The Devil Wears Prada, Invent Animate & thrown

TOUR DATES
July 31: Lynotts Lounge, Perth (HEADLINE SHOW)
August 1: Metropolis, Perth SOLD OUT
August 2: Chelsea Heights Hotel, Melbourne SOLD OUT
August 3: Forum, Melbourne SOLD OUT
August 4: Hindley Street Music Hall, Adelaide
August 7: Liberty Hall, Sydney
August 8: Liberty Hall, Sydney SOLD OUT
August 9: King Street Band Room, Newcastle SOLD OUT
August 10: Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane

Tickets from
https://www.destroyalllines.com/tours/alpha-wolf

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Zac Cross Band Share New Single & Video ‘If You Have To Know’ + Announce Forthcoming Tour Dates

QLD Country rockers Zac Cross Band have “A sound that’s catching attention and making serious waves in the music scene” (Unfiltered & Undiscovered). Today the boys unveil their warm-hearted new single, ‘If You Have to Know’.

“If You Have To Know tells a part of the story of how my now fiancé and I started seeing each other,” shares frontman, Zac. The three-and-a-half-minute bop reminisces on the newly engaged couple’s roots.

“The intention of If You Have To Know is to capture the moment when you realise that this person could be the start of the rest of your life and that you want more than a kiss goodnight, you want a kiss good morning.”

Cruisy guitar lines and a lazy backbeat form the backdrop for Zac’s earnest words. “The lyrics are words that were said, the depiction of the story really happened. It can be daunting to put your life on paper and tell your story to the world, but I am proud of this story and the life it has given me.”

As the band descended on Machine Lab Recording, alongside Gold Coast hit-maker, Jared Adlam (Adam Brand, Matt Cornell), they dug through the archives to find the new single. “This song was written 5 years ago and was basically an entirely different song. When it came time to cut the track, I felt that the essence of the story was there, but the lyrics were outdated and needed a fresh coat of paint. Between myself and Jared, we re-wrote the song and by the end of the day, it was basically finished and recorded.”

To stay true to the song’s authenticity the boys opted to shoot the music video in their hometown, Rockhampton. Produced by good friend and fellow artist Josh Setterfield, the clip heavily features the renowned Great Western Hotel. “The whole idea for the music video is a boy meets girl story, but literally my story. Ironically the two main actors are my brother and his wife, who met the same day and at the same place as me and my fiancé!”

Since releasing their first music only two years ago the 4-piece have become favourites on the live circuit. “..Zac Cross Band, showcasing undeniable talent that permeated the room.. The performance set a monumental tone for the rest of the night.” (Scenestr)

They opened for Aussie legends Dragon at the 2023 Rocky Nats; lit up the Big Beer Festival, Country on Keppel, Country on Quay and countless PBR’s. This year fans can find them on some of the best festivals stages – Country Fest Queensland, Baralaba Bash, Boon Lane Country Festival, Gympie Music Muster, Wild As Country Party and Goombungee Country.

On top of their festival appearances, the boys keep a rigorous touring schedule. Over the coming months they’ll trace their way down the coast to play a slew of shows through the sunshine state.

Zac Cross Band continue to produce genuine music, ranging from heart-warming ballads to full pelt Rock. ‘If You Have To Know’ is a testament to their versatility and a sure-fire hit for “a band undoubtedly at the top of their game” (Stereo Stickman).

SHOW DATES:

Saturday 22nd June – Arcadia Bar – Mackay, QLD

Friday 28th & Saturday 29th June – Johnny Ringo’s – Brisbane, QLD

Friday 5th July – Maraboon Tavern – Emerald, QLD

Saturday 13th July – The Club Hotel – Chinchilla, QLD

Saturday 27th July – Boon Lane CMF – Emerald, QLD

Wednesday 21st August – Gympie Music Muster – Gympie, QLD

Friday 30th August – Baralaba Bash – Baralaba, QLD

Friday 13th September – Maraboon Tavern – Emerald, QLD

Saturday 14th September – Morven Cup Race Day – Morven, QLD

Saturday 28th September – Bull, Bronc & Barrells – Imbil, QLD

Friday 10th October – Thomson River Festival – Longreach, QLD

Saturday 18th October – Goombungee Country – Goombungee, QLD

Saturday 18th October – Wild As Country Party – Sunshine Coast, QLD

Friday 1st November – Maraboon Tavern – Emerald, QLD

Saturday 30th November – Wild As Country Party – Brisbane, QLD

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SIMONE SIMONS Releases Video For Second Solo Single ‘In Love We Rust’

SIMONE SIMONS of EPICA fame has revealed the video for the second single to be taken from her debut solo album, Vermillion, that is set for release on the 23rd August via Nuclear Blast Records. Written alongside ARJEN LUCASSEN (AYREON), the new single is titled ‘In Love We Rust’.

SIMONE SIMONS & ARJEN LUCASSEN comment:

The video was filmed in just one take to keep it as pure and raw as possible. We opted to keep it in black and white so as not to distract from the song or the performance.
In Love We Rust is quite different from our first single Aeterna, which shows how diverse this album is. This is one of our favourite songs. We hope you love this as much as we do.

Watch the video for ‘In Love We Rust’ now at: https://youtu.be/45SP4O2PcJs

Pre-order and pre-save Vermillion now at:

https://simonesimons.bfan.link/vermillion

About SIMONE SIMONS:

For more than 20 years, ever since she was a teenager, SIMONE SIMONS has been carving her own path as a woman within the world of metal. As a lead singer, icon, and role model for a whole generation of female metalheads, the Epica lead singer remains one of the most prominent key figures in all things metal. After eight albums and countless global tours with her band, SIMONE SIMONS finally found the time to release her first solo album – a moment 15 years in the making! Her breathtaking debut Vermillion is a stunning feat chronicling her storied past as well as her rise to fame, and showcasing her many different influences ranging from prog rock to film scores to metal to electronic elements.

Of the timing for her eagerly awaited foray into the realms of a solo career, the Dutch singer says with a disarming grin: Epica has my priority and I always have the liberty to do other musical projects besides my career in Epica. Yet, I never had the time to dive into a project to this extent.

Some endeavors require patience and time, and rightly so. Simone chose not to rush her solo project, opting instead to thoughtfully consider how she wanted to present herself. Enter stage right Arjen Lucassen (AYREON). Her musical partner and longtime collaborator is no stranger to her soaring operatic voice. Together they have crafted a sonic universe that befits the influential figure she is. And while many would use their solo effort as a radical, even provocative departure from everything they stood for, SIMONE remains true to her love for epic melodies, huge choruses and monumental, intelligent music.

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The Offspring Announce New Album ‘SUPERCHARGED’ Out October 11 & Release Kick Ass New Single ‘Make It All Right’

Punk rock legends The Offspring are once again making some major noise and announce they will be releasing their new album SUPERCHARGED available October 11 via Concord Records. The album pre-order begins today and is lead by new single Make It All Right out now.

PRE-ORDER SUPERCHARGED HERE
STREAM MAKE IT ALL RIGHT HERE
LISTEN TO MAKE IT ALL RIGHT ON YOUTUBE HERE

The new single,Make It All Right comes hot out of the gate in legendary Offspring fashion-but lyrically talks about how it feels to have your “partner in crime” by your side. The person who makes you feel like you can do anything and give you confidence things will work out: “And you make it all right, And it’s gonna be fine, We’re like partners in crime, And you make it all right.”

In talking about the track and the upcoming release of SUPERCHARGED frontman Dexter Holland said: “We wanted this record to have pure energy – from the start to the finish! That’s why we called it SUPERCHARGED. From the height of our aspirations to the depths of our struggles, we talk about it all on this record…in a way that celebrates the life that we share and where we are now. Our single “Make It All Right” is a great example of this because it talks about the people in our lives who make us feel strong when we are feeling low – our partners in crime who make us feel all right.
The album was recorded in three different locations this time around: Maui, Vancouver, and our home studio in Huntington Beach, and together with our producer Bob Rock everything came out awesome. I feel like this is the best we have ever sounded! We’ve been rocking out and headbanging to it for months! And we can’t wait for you guys to hear it!”

Last week, The Offspring performed to a massive crowd at Napa’s BottleRock Festival performing career-spanning kick-ass fan favorites and were joined by a very special guest – global superstar Ed Sheeran. Sheeran – who is a longtime fan of The Offspring – surprised the crowd and performed Million Miles Away from the band’s Conspiracy of One album (released in 2000).

Earlier in the day Sheeran rehearsed with the band backstage- even showing off his Offspring tattoo inspired by Conspiracy of Onebefore joining them onstage. Later the band introduced Sheeran by saying “We were hanging out backstage and somebody said this was one of their favorite songs in the history of songs and he said he might be open to playing it with us – so let’s give him a shot you know?”

As fans erupted as Sheeran walked onstage, Dexter said to the crowd: “Ed told us that one of our records was one of his first cd’s he ever bought when was a kid and that really meant a lot to us and we thought wow we’d love to have you come out and join us onstage. We’re gonna play a song he wanted to play: Million Miles Away. See performance HERE and Sheeran’s post on the iconic performance HERE.

Sheeran shared a recap of the special moment with the caption: “The first album I ever bought was the @offspring – Conspiracy of One. I used to pretend to be in their band in the mirror and sing along to the album when I was 9, mostly to their song Million Miles Away as it was the first song of theirs I heard. I mentioned it in an interview and Noodles / Dexter got in touch with me when we found out we were all playing the same festival, to see if I wanted to get on stage and sing it. It was an instant yes obvz. Really felt like living out a childhood dream thank you for having me up there guys. Music is a wild ride, every day I’m so grateful to be living my dream in reality. Hope you enjoy the vid x”

Earlier in the day the band joined Alton Brown at the William Sonoma Stage where they used some of Dexter Holland’s Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce to spice up some wings! See photos HERE.

Then just a few days later, on June 1st, the band performed a special sold-out hometown arena show in Anaheim, CA for “The Offspring: 30th Anniversary of SMASH and Honda Center” concert-celebrating over three decades of their iconic 6x Platinum album SMASH and the historic Honda Center. The band performed SMASH in its entirety plus some fan favorites. See footage from the show HERE!

Continuing on the road the band are performing overseas at numerous festivals as well as Inkcarceration Festival in Mansfield, OH on July 19, Louder Than Life Festival on September 26 and more in North America.

SUPERCHARGED TRACK LISTING:

01. Looking Out For #1
02. Light It Up
03. The Fall Guy
04. Make It All Right
05. Ok, But This Is The Last Time
06. Truth In Fiction
07. Come To Brazil
08. Get Some
09. Hanging By A Thread
10. You Can’t Get There From Here

About The Offspring
The Offspring is an American rock band from Garden Grove, California, formed in 1984. Originally formed under the name Manic Subsidal, the band’s lineup consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Dexter Holland, lead guitarist Noodles, bassist Todd Morse, drummer Brandon Pertzborn and percussionist Jonah Nimoy. Over the course of their longstanding career, they have released ten studio albums. The Offspring is often credited—alongside fellow California bands Green Day and Rancid—for reviving mainstream interest in rock in the 1990s. They have sold over 40 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling rock bands in history.

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FALLING IN REVERSE DROP VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “ALL MY LIFE”

SONG FEATURES GUEST VOCALS
FROM AWARD-WINNING
COUNTRY MEGA STAR JELLY ROLL

NEW ALBUM POPULAR MONSTER
ARRIVES AUGUST 16
VIA EPITAPH RECORDS

FALLING IN REVERSE have today shared the video for their latest earworm anthem, titled “All My Life,” which features a guest appearance by award-winning country music mega-star Jelly Roll.

It’s a twangy banger that will undoubtedly be the feel-good hit of the summer, thanks to its seamless blend of Falling In Reverse’s supremely catchy and in-your-face hard rock and Jelly Roll’s down-to-earth charm and heartfelt country drawl. Bonding over their shared roots, modest upbringing and rebellious spirits, the collaboration between Ronnie Radke and Jelly Roll tells a story of resilience through the ups and downs of life. Southern-fried riffs, soaring guitar solos and singalong choruses make “All My Life” a crossover smash.

“All My Life”
WATCH | LISTEN

Photo credit: Jeremy Pavia

The song appears on the band’s forthcoming album (and first since 2017’s Coming Home) Popular Monster, which arrives on August 16 via Epitaph Records. Pre-order the album, which was produced by Radke and Tyler Smyth, here.

“All My Life” follows “Ronald,” which features Tech N9ne + Alex Terrible and has racked up over 50 million streams in under a month, securing the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot Hard Rock Songs chart for three consecutive weeks and getting as high as No.17 on the Spotify Viral 50 charts in Australia.

Additionally, Falling In Reverse’s Summer 2024 headline tour, “The Popular Monstour II: World Domination,” kicks off August 18 and will roll through 7,000-12,000 capacity venues in the US, with support coming from Black Veil Brides, Dance Gavin Dance, and Tech N9Ne. Jeris Johnson and Nathan James appear on select dates. This is the first announced leg of a planned world tour. Additional dates and cities around the world, and their support acts, will be announced soon.

Falling In Reverse have long made anthems that provoke and inspire. Unnervingly ahead of the pack and yet always decisively right on time, their mix of bombastic declarations and intimate confessions connect with diverse crowds worldwide. The rule-breaking, genre-busting, hellraising band delivers raw emotion with double and triple entendre like Molotov cocktails thrown at pop culture. Since 2017, the band has continued to explode by leaps and bounds. The catalog has clocked billions of streams, several gold and platinum certifications, recognition from top tier press such as Pitchfork, Billboard, The New York Times, and Forbes, and several No. 1 radio singles.

Popular Monster —both the 2x platinum song and now the album of the same name — couldn’t have come from anyone else but Radke. Both Kerrang! and Revolver Magazine counted the charismatic Las Vegas-born frontman and bandleader among “the greatest living rockstars.” The album arrives with several RIAA certified singles, which have been released over time since 2018. “Popular Monster” is certified 2x Platinum. while “Zombified,” “Voices In My Head,” and “Watching the World Burn” are all certified Gold.

Falling In Reverse’s catalog has accrued 5.8 billion streams, with 1.85 billion across all the album singles released to date. The catalog streaming remains robust at 45 million per week. Over on TikTok, the band has a stronghold, with 5 billion video views, with 4 million creations and a 1.5 billion creator reach.

The numbers don’t lie — Falling In Reverse are the rock scene’s biggest sensation.

POPULAR MONSTER TRACK LISTING:
“Prequel”
“Popular Monster”
All My Life” (Feat. Jelly Roll)”
Ronald (Feat. Tech N9ne + Alex Terrible)”
“Voices In My Head”
“Bad Guy” (Feat. Saraya)
“Watch The World Burn”
“Trigger Warning”
“ZOMBIFIED”
“NO FEAR”
“Last Resort – Reimagined”

ABOUT FALLING IN REVERSE + POPULAR MONSTER:
FALLING IN REVERSE return with 2024’s Popular Monster, the postmodern trailblazer’s first full-length in seven years. The album arrives armed with no less than three RIAA-certified gold singles (“ZOMBIFIED,” “Voices in My Head,” “Watch the World Burn”), the double-platinum title track, a reimagined nü-metal classic, and six brand new anthems of furious metal, melody, and hip-hop.

Popular Monster is a defiant statement and triumphant victory for singer, songwriter, bandleader, and provocateur Ronnie Radke, who invented Falling In Reverse inside a prison cell.

Radke fills the fifth full-length from Falling In Reverse with invincible and irresistible songs that resonate across generations and genres. Co-produced with longtime collaborator Tyler Smyth (I Prevail, Lights), Popular Monster is full of confessional angst, bravado, and clever wordplay.

Ronnie formed a series of pop-punk bands in Las Vegas as a teenager, culminating in the creation of Escape The Fate. The metalcore group’s meteoric rise coincided with the singer’s spiral into addiction. By the time he was sentenced to two years in prison, the band he started had moved on without him. Some fans, critics, and industry types figured his story would end there.

They were very wrong.

The gold-certified debut album from Falling In Reverse, The Drug In Me Is You (2011), arrived less than two years after Ronnie’s release. Thanks to his formative fascinations with metal, punk, and hip-hop, he almost single-handedly revived rap rock with the ambitious Fashionably Late (2013). Just Like You (2015), debuted in the Top 5 on the US Rock chart. The grungy and atmospheric Coming Home (2017) demonstrated yet another adventurous side of Radke’s self-expression.

“Losing My Mind” and “Losing My Life” surprised the so-called “scene” all over again in 2018 when he became the first of his peers to swerve from the album format to standalone singles. “Drugs” explored the American substance abuse epidemic and channeled Ronnie’s own heartbreak.

The massive “Popular Monster” became Ronnie’s first No. 1 song on the radio and his first platinum single less than two years after its release. It was also the first No. 1 song on Billboard’s inaugural Hot Hard Rock Songs chart, which considers airplay, streaming, and downloads. “Popular Monster” eventually went double-platinum in the US and 3x platinum in Australia. “ZOMBIFIED” and “Voices In My Head” went to No. 1 back-to-back. “Voices In My Head” was also the No. 1 Song of 2022 at SiriusXM’s Octane. The unconventional, caustic, and super heavy “Watch the World Burn” dominated rock radio in 2023 and improbably became his first Billboard Hot 100 song.

As with the top-notch producers and directors Ronnie has hired to help execute his vision, he’d regularly surrounded himself with incredible live players, resulting in unforgettable performances with various lineups over the years. Radke owns the stage, whether taking the Warped Tour mantle held by My Chemical Romance, Avenged Sevenfold, and Fall Out Boy in the tour’s final years, performing in prominent spots on every major rock festival, or on massive headlining treks.

Popular Monster, the album, marks another chapter in the ongoing story of an artist who continually beats the odds, surmounting obstacles (and adversaries) both within and without.

“Radke stands as one of this generation’s most revered rock frontmen,” wrote the esteemed Forbes Magazine in a 2020 profile. “And maybe even one of the scene’s last true rockstars.”

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