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Rock music doesn't get much rawer and honest than Nashville Pussy.Even their name invokes visions of decadence, but it is their live show that has seen Nashville Pussy endorsed publicly by none other than Lemmy Kilmister.Think a bunch of the coolest hillbilly's and hippies you have ever seen, throw some instruments in their hands and point them at the nearest amplifier, and you have a rough insight into the world inhabited by Kentucky's (least) favourite sons and daughters.Brought up on a diet of Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix, Nashville Pussy guitarist Ruyter Suys has been likened to a female Angus Young, and rightfully so. Her guitar playing is frenetic and infectious and when coupled with the vocal brilliance of singer (and Suys' husband) Blaine Cartwright, delivers a sonic output that almost dares you not to enjoy.With Nashville Pussy set to touch down in Australia for a run of shows next week, HEAVY caught up for an entertaining chat with Suys who seems excited to be coming back."It's Nashville Pussy," she replied when asked what we can expect from the shows, "so it's a classic Southern brand of debauchery and sweat and subtle sexuality and class (laughs). Just what you would expect from a Nashville Pussy show. Leave your best clothes behind because you will wind up sweaty and covered with whisky and hopefully with some new friend on your arm (laughs)."The last time Nashville Pussy were in Australia they packed out every show they played, such is the love for the band and their music in this country.Without being disrespectful, we ask Suys why Aussies gravitate to her band so much."I think our music is definitely spawned of the same shit that most Australian pub rock is," she offered. "It's like we are all cut from the same cloth. We all bow down to the same Gods (laughs)."In the full interview, Ruyter talks about the secret show they are playing, why they aren't coming to Brisbane, what you might get at the meet and greet, the early days of Nashville Pussy, going to the Grammy's and getting locked out, comparisons to Angus Young, proposing while on acid and more.
Good Things Festival not only brings Australian music fans a feast of international talent for their annual December listening pleasure, but they also showcase the best in established and rising local talent as well.Not just with the bands named on the initial bill but also by way of a unique and unexpected finale to the line-up that involved local bands in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane facing off for one last spot in each city.It is a bittersweet situation. On the one hand, it pits mates against each other in a show of public popularity that reflects on the groundwork put in by bands on all levels, but on the other, it is a concept that has to be taken seriously by participating bands with such a prestigious and potentially career starting prize up for grabs.Brisbane winners Apate deservedly take their place on stage just after midday this Sunday, December 4, after emerging triumphant in last week's final.Now, with the competition stage of the journey now behind them, the Brisbane metal outfit can focus on the big stage, with vocalist Zakk Ludwig and guitarist Caleb Patch joining HEAVY to talk about their path to Good Things. We start by asking if they feel they are ready to rise to the challenge of mixing it with the big boys."We're ready brother, trust me," Ludwig said confidently. "We've been looking forward to it for a long time, so we're ready. We're hungry to play. We wanna play, so…""We're used to playing a lot of small rooms and stuff," Patch took over, "but I think our set has the energy to hopefully take a couple of people that haven't seen us and make them think 'oh, I'd love to come see that again'."Although the whole experience will be unlike anything some bands never get a chance to experience, even smaller things like stage sizing has to come into consideration. Bands at the local level are generally used to playing on smaller, indoor stages, so the shift to a massive outdoor expanse is something that can't be overlooked."We actually have experienced something similar to this before," Patch offered. "We won the chance to play a festival when we were first starting out as a band - it was called the Live It Up Festival - and Apate got the chance to open up the festival and In Hearts Wake played and Parkway Drive played. Violent Soho were there… it was a pretty cool experience. That was when we were really young, and we ended up playing to… 3000 kids showed up super early to watch us play which was mental. We did well then, and I think we've been touring quite heavily the last few years as a band with several months playing back to back shows, so I think we're definitely ready. We all play off each other quite well in that sense."In the full interview, the boys talk more about the heats in the lead-up to last week's final, the feeling amongst the other bands, who they are looking forward to sharing the stage with, tailoring set lists to suit crowds, Good Things' focus on Australian music, the deluxe release of their recent album RAGE, heading back into the studio, next year's tour with Dregg and more.
The annual Chopped Festival in Carisbrook, Victoria, is on again this weekend, featuring the usual array of music, motorcycles and hot rods.To be held on December 2,3,4, Chopped promises another bumper year with all of the things you love about the festival and more.This year, for the first time, Chopped will play host to the Indoor Chopper Motorcycle Show which compliments the muscle car theme with drag races and a load of live music also returning.Amyl & The Sniffers headline the 20+ bands playing over the weekend, with C.O.F.F.I.N, Smoke Witch, Grindhouse and more all on display.HEAVY caught up with the main man, director Kyle Ford, to find out more."It's a pretty wild mix," he laughed. "It's good fun and nice the way it brings three groups together and get a few people that just have a little bit of interest in some of the other parts which expands their horizons a little bit. There's always something else happening that you haven't seen or heard of before. It's pretty good on that note."In the full interview, Kyle talks more about the activities over the three days, some of the bands playing, getting a good variety of music for people to listen to, the new additions to this years event, where to get tickets, camping availabilities, some of the highlights of the last 11 years and more
Emerging Brisbane progressive rock/metal outfit Gladiolus have thought long and hard about introducing their music to the world.Earlier this year the band released Chrysalis, a more accessible take on the prog genre that showcased the more up-tempo style of the band, while for their second single The Wanderer - to be released on December 2 - Gladiolus selected a more stripped back and open side of their musical psyche.Both songs are strong representations of Gladiolus' musical DNA, acting as a gateway into their sonic universe that promises to continue with more plans laid out for the not too distant future.Vocalist/guitarist Dan Hendrex and bass player Anson sat down with HEAVY to talk more about The Wanderer which will be premiered via HEAVY at 2.30 AEDT on December 2."Compared to the first thing we put out, Chrysalis - which was mid this year - this is more of a calmer, stripped back thing," Hendrex explained. "I guess, the material we've been working on spans from very heavy stuff to very light stuff, and this is kind of the lighter side. It's also a bit more of a deeper cut. It's less accessible in a way; it's not traditional song structure, it's got a lot of messing around in it but it also flows nicely.""That's not to say that it does'nt have its hard hitting bits," Anson added. "A lot of thought and effort and time went into its composition and recording. It's been quite a journey getting to where we are now where we can actually show people our art and what we've spent so much time creating and really trying to curate to our target audience."In the full interview, the boys run us through The Wanderer in greater detail, the thought process behind releasing early singles to best represent the band, the history of Gladiolus, whether these two songs are stand alone tracks or part of a bigger picture, what that picture is, choosing to release an album as a first major release rather than an EP, building interest through music, music as an artform, future plans and more.
Back in the Summer of 1997 the seeds of a band who have thrived over the ensuing quarter of a century were sewn from humble beginnings.When guitarist Aaron Butler returned from Florida armed with a bunch of tascam 4 track recordings and a mind recently blown by the music coming out of the scene he had just left, the initial strands that were to become Frankenbok DNA had begun to fester.The musical inspiration brought home from the US was the catalyst for a band that this year celebrates 25 years of music, and one which was set to redefine the way heavy metal music was played in this country.Along with vocalist Adam 'Hutchy' Glynn, Butler began scheming and manipulating an idea, in the process setting off a chain of events that will manifest at The Tote in Melbourne on December 10 when Frankenbok play a special anniversary show featuring each of the five major incarnations of the band from their 25 year history.Original vocalist and fellow founding member Hutchy embraced Butler's early eclectic vision, veering off in his own unique sonic tangents and giving voice to a form of music that until that point was the sole domain of international superstars and visionaries.It was a form of rap, metal and hard rock given a uniquely Australian fabric and one which was to revolutionise many aspects of the Australian heavy metal scene.Hutchy went on to record one album (Greetings & Salutations) and an EP (Loopholes & Greatest Excuses) before leaving the band just when the toils of their hours of hard work and dedication were starting to bear fruit.It was the first sign of fracture in Frankenbok's fledgling journey, but one which was to be repeated a number of other times over the ensuing years.Each time a member left another folded into their place, with the Frankenbok faithful welcoming each new addition without question. But it was the departure of Hutchy - who at the time was integral to the sonically diverse nature of Frankenbok's music - that caused the biggest and most lasting ripples.That's not to say incoming vocalist Adam B Metal wasn't equally as important in the continued evolution of Frankenbok, but it was the sporadic experimental techniques that Hutchy brought to the table that formed a massive part of Frankenbok's core sound.After deliberately moving in different directions to his former friends and bandmates for a number of years, Hutchy finally rejoined what has been dubbed the "Frankenbok Family" earlier this year when the ambitious decision to attempt to reform each significant Frankebok line-up for a one off celebration recognising the entire history of the band was floated.It was a suggestion that at the time seemed almost too left of field to stand a chance of succeeding, but now, less than two weeks out from the show, the planets have aligned without dispute and all of the past and present members of the Frankenbok Family are ready to once more flex their musical muscles.HEAVY sat down with Hutchy for a frank and open discussion about his time in Frankenbok, the factors that resulted in his premature exit, what to expect from the anniversary show and much more.We start, of course, with the start..."I remember hearing from Azza's fiance at the time, Sonya, and she rang me and we caught up and she told me that Aaron was coming back," Hutchy recalled. "I was very excited because when I first met Aaron all those years ago he was playiing in band's with Tim and I just really liked what he did. I knew him throughout high school and he was just one of those guys that stood out and I always wanted to approach him back in the day when I was younger and less confident and hit him up to do something. He came back and he had these tapes with the recordings he had done - it was quite different to what he'd previously done - and at the time my band Bacterium was on the way out, so I said to him I'd love to do something and would you be open to me putting vocals over this stuff and he said yeah sure.He said what do we do for a drummer (the recorded tracks were all done using a drum machine) and I said you have the drum machine so let's just start from there and build."Despite the excitement that inevitably surrounds any new band project, Hutchy says the aspiring revolutionaries still had a semblance of a musical vision from which to mould this new beast."My old band was a bit more Mr. Bungle influenced," he recalled, "so lot's of metal crossed with funk jazz combinations, so I wanted to be a brutal death metal band. I was really into Damaged and Napalm Death and Bloodduster, so I didn't really want to sing clean at all. I just wanted to do growling and screaming all the way through, so if you listen to the earlier stuff that's where the vocals kind of were. The drum machine gave it a kind of quirky edge to it, a really tacky, tinny, casio sound and sound and that inspired some of the vocals as well, in the sense of the weird stuff I was doing back in the early days."In the full interview, Hutchy gives a comprehensive look at his time with Frankenbok, the problems that led to his departure, other musical projects, reconnecting with the band and much more.
Most musicians will tell you that creating music is their lifeline. Most serious music fans will also attest to this. Almost all of us can summon a song or album to mind that we really connected with at a turbulent time in our lives, and in turn it became the soundtrack to our survival. Music, of course is just as synonymous with happy occasions, however Ville Valo and his former band HIM, don’t exactly conjure up images of sunshine and rainbows. The frontman of the iconic gothic rock band is about to release his first solo album under the moniker VV. He opened up to HEAVY about how writing this album helped him survive the uncertainty and unhappiness of the pandemic, and how creating music has always given him purpose. Valo has not deviated far from the sweetly melancholic, brooding gothic aesthetic that HIM is well known for. “I still hate happy music.” Valo muses, “Sad, melancholic music makes me really happy. That’s my thing.”Valo graciously dedicated time to deep dive with HEAVY about what it means for him to be releasing this solo record, titled Neon Noir, after being part of HIM for some twenty plus years. He jokingly remarked that Neon Noir is “like a HIM album, but it’s played a bit worse and sounds more like the 80’s.”Valo is no newbie to composing records, after all he was responsible for all the song writing in HIM. However, on Neon Noir he also plays all the instruments and mentioned that when writing for HIM he would compose songs keeping in mind the individual styles of his band mates and what sound they would bring on board. He noted that the difference now is that he can infuse influences that he didn’t necessarily share with the other members of HIM. “They weren’t such huge fans of Duran Duran and The Sisters Of Mercy and The Chameleons, all that sort of stuff, so I was able to put all that influence onto the album.”Check out the interview to reacquaint yourself with Ville Valo and learn more about Neon Noir, tour plans and everything in between!Neon Noir is to be released in true gothic style on Friday the 13 th of January, 2023.
Such is the wealth of talent currently in Australian music that you don't even have to win a battle of the bands style competition to be a winner.When Melbourne melodic metal outfit Primitive failed to win their place on the local Good Things line-up last week their disappointment was only shortlived.Not long afterwards the band got the nod to support Soulfly at both of their Melbourne and Sydney side shows, going a long way to numbing the pain of missing out on the full festival.It has been a massive year already for Primitive, who released their well received EP With The Rats And Snakes in August and have been making waves ever since. They close this year out by supporting Exenobiotic in Melbourne and see in the New Year playing alongside King Parrot and Unearth.Not bad for a band who are less than half a decade old.Frontman Tim Gauci sat down with HEAVY to discuss a whirlwind last half of 2022."Honestly, it was probably one of the most fun shows we have had," he enthused of the Good Things battle. "We had the two shows, the first heat and the final, and because it was done during the middle of the week it was a little bit of a nervous thing figuring out if we were gonna get people there or not but because there was an effort to go there and support our friends and support us during the week - it was free entry - it ended up just being a really good, fun vibe. The shows were great. We played as best as we could. I won't give us any less credit for not winning, but I think we did a great job and had a great time. I can't say anything bad about it. All of the other bands were great and we met a lot of new people and made some friends along the way so there's really nothing more you could ask for. Other than getting a festival slot of course (laughs). In saying that, it eventuated into some good things, so we can't complain."In the full interview, Tim talks more about how Primitive approached the shows, finding the balance between enjoying yourself and competing, choosing the set list, what Primitive learned as a band from the experience, scoring the Soulfly support, the reception to With The Rats And Snakes, upcoming shows, new music and more.
To pigeonhole Melbourne outfit Unscored into one set genre would be worse than difficult.It would almost be criminal.With a musical disparity that belies their youth, these four high school friends are refreshingly yet to be tainted by the expectations of the music world at large.Instead they are still encompassed in their own sonic bubble where anything is possible; a place where music dictates direction and expectation fades quickly into the background.After introducing the world to their craft with Cowboy and Static in 2021, Unscored are now preparing to unleash Big Fkn Aorta, a track which is lifted from next years debut album Amorphis.Accompanied by an even more eclectic music video, Big Fkn Aorta is an amalgamation of everything and nothing, highlighting a band in their infancy with nothing to prove and everything to gain.Daniel (guitar), Carter (bass) and Harry (vocals, guitar) sat down for a chat with HEAVY to strip back the layers of Big Fkn Aorta and things to come."It's a song that was written in the first lock down," Harry began. "I feel like it's quite accurate of that because it's a bit of a suffocating type of song. It's loud, like a massive wall of sound. We wanted to go with something that was a bit unsettling, that's kind of the vibe of the song. The music video really captures that as well.""We really tried to go for the contrast of loud and soft, melodic base with crunchy guitars and wavey vocals and get a sense of contrast musically through the whole song," Carter added.In the full interview, the boys run us through Big Fkn Aorta in more detail, disect the awesomely creepy music video, discuss the lyrical content, the rest of their debut album and how this song reflects the overall sound, why they chose it to represent the album, this weekend's launch party at Whole Lotta Love and more.
US alternative rock outfit Mom Jeans are returning to Australia after a three year absence early next year for The Sweet Tooth Tour with fellow US rockers Microwave.The band's latest album Sweet Tooth, released at the start of this year, saw Mom Jeans deviate from the emo foundations that launched their first two albums, instead focussing on more of a late 1990's, early 2000 style pop rock and pop punk nature.So named because the band members universally refer to the new sound as "ear candy", Sweet Tooth saw Mom Jeans strike an even bigger market and justified their decision to spread their metaphorical wings somewhat.HEAVY caught up with frontman Eric Butler to find out more."Nothing too crazy," he laughed when asked what Mom Jeans have in store for the tour. "It's been so long. Especially now, but in general it's so hard getting across the ocean and trying to play gigs so we're more or less trying to give whoever manages to make it to these shows their monies worth as much as we can and make sure that we take advantage of the time and play as many songs as we possibly can in the amount of time that we have. We try to treat every tour like it's the last one we're gonna get to do and we try and leave it all out on the field in that respect. We're gonna give it our best and we're gonna play loud and have a lot of fun. We're gonna play a whole bunch of songs from our new record and a bunch of old ones too. We don't play any favourites in the catalogue, so we're gonna practice as much of our songs as we possibly can and be ready to take requests. That's our goal."In the full interview, Eric talks more about the run of shows, why they are bringing Microwave with them, the reception to Sweet Tooth, how their fans reacted to the sonic change, why they changed things up, memories of previous trips Down Under and more.
Electric Callboy are a band like no other.By blending modern trap with alt rock, pop punk and many other genres, the German entertainment machine transcend musical barriers in a way that allows them to appeal to a broad spectrum of music lovers.The band will make their first visit to Australia this weekend as part of the Good Things Festival, which starts in Melbourne on December 2 before hitting Sydney on December 3 and Brisbane on December 4.Celebrated for the energetic live performances, Electric Callboy are champing at the bit to give Australian crowds their first taste of the band, with vocalist/keyboard player Kevin Ratajczak sitting down with HEAVY to prepare us for their run of shows."We've been around for more than ten years now," he began, "and we've travelled to so many countries but we've never been to Australia and it has always been on our bucket list. From the stories we know about Australia the people are nice and laid back and relaxed totally matches our lifestyle so we can't wait. We've already got many messages on social media and everyone is very excited. This makes us even more excited so let's go!"Electric Callboy are no strangers to playing the festival circuit, having appeared on most of the worlds biggest concert events, so we press Kevin as to whether the thought of playing a new festival still excites the band."Absolutely," he stressed. "Festivals are always a different situation. You can play your own headlining shows or support shows but festivals are so many people coming together that are not coming out for you in particular, so I love to be in other countries and having people in front of the stage that haven't heard about us before. Or they have heard of us and just wanted to check out those crazy guys from the internet (laughs). Either way I love festivals, and to be in Australia... come on. Leaving the cold Germany in winter and arriving in Australia in summer at the beach... there is nothing better."In the full interview, Kevin talks more about what to expect from an Electric Callboy show, who he is most looking forward to sharing a stage with, their blending of styles and how it works, the band's universal appeal and the benefits of that, keeping the flow of a set list with so many moving musical parts, their latest album TEKKNO and how it was received, the early days of Electric Callboy and where they fit in, side shows in Australia and more.
It's not often a band can lay claim to having an entire musical movement named in their honour, but that's precisely what was bestowed on UK rock outfit Ride early in their career.When British press dubbed the band "shoegazers" for their shy disposition and head down, focused concentration on their guitar pedals when playing live little did they know the term would become synonymous the world over with the style of music performed by Ride.To this day shoegaze is a recognised genre, and one which might not have been birthed had it not been for the unassuming quartet.When Ride debuted their album Nowhere in 1990 they unleashed a musical monster which has resonated with fans around the globe ever since.It is widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of the shoegaze genre, spawning the track Vapour Trail which is now considered the blueprint for the man made genre.Now, some 30 years later, Ride are taking to the road to re-introduce fans to the album that started it all, with an Australian run of shows scheduled to commence on November 29 in Adelaide.Drummer Laurence Colbert sat down with HEAVY to talk about the tour and 30 years of Nowhere."Luckily we were pretty young when we recorded it (Nowhere)," he laughed when reminded that anniversaries such as this remind us of just how old we are. "so the thirty years doesn't weigh quite so heavily, but it's always a bit of a shock when that number comes up. Thirty years, my goodness (laughs)."Although Ride will be playing Nowhere in its entirety as part of the celebrations, we also press Colbert on what else fans can expect."You're gonna get a very energetic, lively and truthful, authentic rendering of that album," he affirmed. "The album was recorded basically live in the studio, before the days of digital editing etc, etc. The band were very new and very young. It was our first album. So we weren't really doing many clever studio techniques or anything. We just went in and played it. And that's what you're gonna get live, with the exception of lots of experience and lots of practice (laughs). We're getting good at doing these songs, so I think you're going to get a real exciting, live, electric version of it."
For just over 20 years American hard rock/metal outfit Fozzy have been riding a gradual wave of success.After starting life as a cover band in 1999, Fozzy released two albums mainly comprising other band's material before deciding to release an album showcasing their own orginals with All That Remains in 2005.That album spawned the singles It's A Lie, Enemy, Born Of Anger and The Test, in the process establishing Fozzy as a band to look out for in their own right.Chasing The Grail followed but it was with 2019's Sin and Bones that the Fozzy train started gathering steam.Do You Wanna Start A War (2014) preceded 2017's Judas which saw Fozzy break free from their shackles and hit the stratosphere of metal.This was helped in no small part by the titular single, which became frontman Chris Jericho's entrance theme song for his highly successful wrestling career and introduced Fozzy and their music to legions of fans that have remained strong ever since.Now, following the sustained success of this years album Boombox, Fozzy are set to hit Australian shores for a series of shows with good buddies Buckcherry, starting in Brisbane on Wednesday, November 30.HEAVY caught up with Fozzy's guitarist and founding member Rich Ward for the lowdown."I'm so excited to be coming over to Australia for a big tour," he beamed. "I'll be looking forward to seeing all of you guys at the gigs and playing some crushing riffs and having some fun. It's been since 2018, so it's exciting to get back on that plane again and come and visit my friends."We press Ward on what to expect from the shows."Big set and travelling with our friends in Buckcherry, which is fantastic," he smiled. "We've toured with them previously and built a great kinship and brotherhood with those guys, so riding down the road with them is gonna be a lot of fun. It's gonna be a double treat for the audience because I think both bands feel like they belong on the same bill, but we are very different in other ways as well. Buckcherry is much more rooted in classic rock n roll, where we're kind of rooted in classic heavy metal. Still living under the same big tent, but it's gonna be fun. The same ice cream, just a little different flavours. It's gonna be a fun gig. It's always fun when you get to see friends of yours again on the road and I've got so many friends from Australia that I look forward to seeing every time we're over. I love the culture. I love the climate. It's exciting. I'm an American, so every time I get to travel and tour I feel like a bit of a tourist too. I try to find a great coffee shop and a nice meal and soak up some of the local flavours."In the full interview, Rich talks more about what to expect from the shows, what's different about Fozzy and their stage show since their last visit in 2018, their relationship with Buckcherry, the early days of Fozzy and how they grew from a covers band to playing their own material, having a well known wrestler in the band, the reception to Boombox, the gradual ascension of Fozzy as a band, his status as a guitar player and more.
Emerging from the shadows of a music world left in turmoil, Brisbane blackened death metal outfit Black Lava have wasted little time in establishing themselves on the national radar.Comprising members and former members of known acts such as Hadal Maw and Ne Obliviscaris, Black Lava have remained relatively quiet in the lead up to their debut album Soul Furnace which strikes today, preferring to let their music rather than their profile dictate terms.With a sound deeply rooted in old school sensibilities that embrace groove-laden melodies and progressive elements, Black Lava have created a uniquely crushing and brutally heavy foundation that transcends labels and instead concentrates on the one thing that seemingly gets forgotten about too often in the modern industry.The music.Founding member and drummer Dan Presland sat down with HEAVY on the eve of unleashing Soul Furnace to bring us up to speed.*NOTE: INTERVIEW WAS CONDUCTED PRIOR TO THE ALBUM RELEASE SO WHEN DAN AND HEAVY TALK OF IT BEING OUT TOMORROW IT IS ACTUALLY NOW!!!*"I guess I am more known for extreme metal, progressive metal releases over the last 15 years so this is something different for me," he began. "It's more of a rock n roll, old school vibe and it's been quite a different process to get it all put together. It was very much a capture the moment rush, rush, rush to get it done to meet the deadline sort of thing, but I'm actually very happy with the end result. Typically speaking I'm normally calculated and planned out with the releases I do so this one is a bit more rock n roll but I really enjoyed the process."Prior to dropping the album Black Lava released the singles Northern Dawn, Eye Of The Moon and the title track, with Presland agreeing those three songs are a good sonic representation of Soul Furnace as a whole."I definitely think so," he nodded. "All three have different soundscapes going on. There's some more upbeat stuff on Northern Dawn and some blasty stuff in there, and the other two are a bit more rock n roll with a bit of mood, so I definitely think those three are a good representation of the whole record."In the full interview, Dan talks more about Soul Furnace, what types of things Black Lava considered going into their debut album, finding the balance between old school influence and modern music trends, the compact running time of Soul Furnace which comes in at a tick over half an hour, the nature of the fantasy themed lyrics, forming during COVID and how that impacted the bands formation and development, their double launch show at the Bendigo Hotel in December and more.
Australian metal outfit Thornhill proved their musical confidence and diversity earlier this year with the release of their sophomore album Heroine, an album that defied the traditional safety first approach of second albums and instead veered into new sonic territory for the band.Where debut album The Dark Pool touched fans with its mix of crushing riffage and atmospheric metalcore, Heroine saw Thornhill flexing their skills in the alternative and rock worlds, referencing a tapestry of sounds from the likes of Smashing Pumpkins and Red Hot Chili Peppers, to Silverchair and Deftones. In two weeks fans will get the opportunity to hear some of that new album live when Thornhill jumps aboard the Good Things Festival train, with stops in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.HEAVY caught up with frontman Jacob Charlton to get more information."I'm really keen dude," he enthused. "It's a big, big honour for us for sure. I can't wait to play. It's reminiscent of Soundwave and that's the first festival I had ever gone to, I think I was only 13 or 14 and it was a big deal for me so I'm really keen."With Good Things taking in three states over consecutive days it almost becomes a war of attrition for the bands performing on the entire run, with Charlton admitting it almost becomes like hard work."It's definitely gonna be full on doing back to back to back," he smiled, "especially with my hay fever at the moment being outside the whole time is gonna kill me. Sometimes it's good because you get in the rhythm of it and shake the fear off a little bit. It will be fun."In the full interview, Jacob talks more about what we can expect from Thornhill's shows, the high number of Australian bands on bill and what that means for Australian music as a whole, the response to Heroine and if the fans appreciated Thornhill's experimentation, writing a cohesive set list that allows the band to perform music from both releases, plans for the festive season and more.
Organisers of this years Good Things Festival have managed to find a way to open the showcase event up to an even larger percentage of Australian bands.Rather than select the final band to play on each of the three line-ups themselves, organisers instead threw that challenge over to fans who first voted on line to narrow the potential candidates down before pitting the best supported bands against each other in a play off to decide who walked away with chocolates.Emerging Brisbane progressive metal outfit Citadel were one of the many bands to have been enriched by the experience, with frontman Russell Miller joining HEAVY to share the love, unfortunately on the back of their narrow defeat at the hands of Apate the previous evening in the Brisbane heats. Rather than dwell on the negatives we instead ask Miller how the experience enriched his band."It was really cool," he offered, still obviously a little deflated by the nights events. "Even just being able to play last night with the line-up of Apate, Bad Neighbour and us was sick, just being able to play with two bands that we admire, two bands that have hustled and grinded their way to success. Both play very different music, really good music, so it was a lot of fun. We made a lot of new friends as well. It was good to be back at The Brightside. It's been a few years since I played there."In the full interview Russell explains the mentality of going into competitions like this where you are essentially competing against your friends in a situation where the victor gains a massive step forward in their careers, finding the balance between taking it seriously and having fun, structuring a set list to give yourself the best chance of progressing, who he would have liked to play alongside at Good Things, their recent debut album Decompose and the early reception, the themes of death and sorrow that permeate through the release, focussing on the music rather than the genre, future plans and more."
Early in their career Sydney rock outfit Chasing Lana managed to tap into that sweet spot of music that enabled them to appeal to a wide variety of music lovers.By embracing their heavier elements but balancing them with equal parts accessible rock, the band burst out of the blocks largely on the back of their uncompromising live show that dripped with raw energy and old school mentality.2016 debut EP Suffocate/Medicate showed glimpses of the boundless talent at their disposal, but it was the arrival of Chasing Lana's debut album The Fight in 2019 that demanded attention.So much so that before the band had even shed their metaphorical baby teeth they had forced their way onto support slots with international heavyweights acts P.O.D, Trapt, Theory Of A Deadman and Saliva.As to be expected for a band whose live sets are a major factor in their appeal, Chasing Lana stagnated somewhat during the COVID period. While the passion and fire still raged strong the growing demise of a world at war with the elements surrounding them stifled Chasing Lana's creativity and dragged them back to a pack from which they had led for the better part of half a decade.But, in true Aussie fashion, you can't keep a good band down with Chasing Lana finally regaining their voice and harnessing it into their new single Breaking Free which will be released on November 25.A product of its environment, Breaking Free also marks the next phase of Chasing Lana's musical development, with a harder edge and driving underbelly hinting at a more heavy handed approach to future music.Frontman Dave Cutting sat down with HEAVY to discuss Breaking Free and its harder exterior. "It's a lot different than what we usually release," he nodded. "We changed producers - we're working with Zak Knight from Earthtide Studios - to get something different. We thought we would try one track with him and the whole experience was mind blowing. It was a lot different to what we are used to and I feel that's what we really needed. It was good, man. I can't wait for everyone to hear it. It's definitely a different Lana sound to what everyone is used to, that's for sure."As Chasing Lana's first new music since The Fight, Cutting agrees that Breaking Free is somewhat of a statement musically, sonically announcing that Chasing Lana have returned bigger, stronger, and better than ever before."It's been three years," he sighed, "almost three years since we have actually released anything. We released The Fight in 2019 and did a bunch of shows for that but because of the whole COVID thing - like everyone - we just got into a whole bubble and did nothing. I wrote a few songs, but nothing too much to actually do anything. It was hard to motivate everyone in the band, including myself. Once all of that died down and everything started to re-open it was time to do something, and do something fresh."In the full interview, Dave discusses the heavier direction in greater detail, outlines the subject matter of Breaking Free, whether it is part of a bigger album picture, the modern dilemma of albums versus EP's, Chasing Lana's recent show at Frankies Pizza and the hole that venues closing will leave in the Sydney music scene, his recent catch up with manager Mark Dalbeth and what came out of those discussions, Chasing Lana's immediate future and more.
In my entire concert going life I don't think I have ever been to a show where I didn't know one song from either the support band or the headlining act and still thoroughly enjoyed it.But, as is the case, there is always an exception to the rule which for me came in the form of the recent IDLES Brisbane concert with Melbourne punk brats Pinch Points opening the night.I had never heard of these guys before, which is yet another reason why people should ALWAYS try and make it for the full line-up of bands no matter what the event.Because you just never know what you might discover.Pinch Points grabbed me from the outset, with their unashamedly Australian approach to their music and structure making them instant stars in my eyes.They were young, brash, confident and respectful of their surroundings - despite the fact they were playing to a capacity crowd at one of Brisbanes largest indoor venues.Such was the strength of their 45 minute set, I felt compelled to track Pinch Points down for a chat - if only to congratulate them on a job well done.I was lucky enough to corner three quarters of the band in drummer Isabella Orsini, bass player Acacia Coates and guitarist Jordan Oakley, all of whom also lend vocals to the musical output that nestles somewhere between punk, rock and rockabilly with enough individual swagger to elevate their music into a plethora of contrasting genres that somehow manage to gel.Not wanting to heap too much praise on the young band too early in the conversation, we start by pointing out the bleedingly obvious fact of how great a live unit British legends IDLES are."They were phenominal," Orsini agreed. "They had another level to their performance that I haven't seen in such a long time, especially having a band from overseas coming to Australia to play a run of shows. It's really cool to see.""It was awesome," Oakley affirmed. "Everybody was loving it. It was so cool to see the passion in the crowd every night, you could see that they were a very special band.""I think we were all inspired by getting to watch them seven times in a row," Coates added, laughing.In the full interview, Pinch Points talk more about the run of shows, what sorts of things they learn as a young band from playing with established overseas artists, their use of Australian colloquialism in their music and where it comes from, having four members in the band capable of singing, how they work out vocal parts in the writing and recording process, the reception to this years album Process, how it was a musical leap forward for the band, their blending of genres and how they make it work, future plans and more.
Who would have thought an album dedicated to Migloo the White Whale would be the catalyst for a chain of events that has seen Melbourne rock/punk outfit Dune Rats sweep all before them in 2022.Since releasing their latest album the impossibly difficult to say out loud Real Rare Whale earlier this year Dune Rats have toured relentlessly, suddenly and unforgivably becoming the darlings of Australian music.They have recorded a classic song by The Angels - with both Rick and John Brewster appearing, played to 1000's of punters in one night, won the Bangalow Billy Cart Derby and been nominated for Best Hard Rock/Metal album at this years ARIA Awards.Not bad for a bunch of self confessed larrikins who don't even take spelling their own name seriously.This weeks release of album single Space Cadet and it's hilariously poignant film clip have ushered in the next chapter of Dune Rats quest for world domination, which early next year sees the battle lines drawn on a 45 date run encompassing the U.S.A, Canada, U.K and Europe.HEAVY tracked down frontman Danny Beus for a chat before his shining star becomes so bright that he no longer needs to bore himself with the trivialities of media promotion.We start by asking him about the latest single Space Cadet."It's one of those ones where it started off - like any one of our songs - the idea in general started off like when you're a kid and you wanna do a million things, but you either don't have the talent to do those things or really process what it takes to do them," he recounted. "Then the crushing realisation of your Mum and Dad telling you to go wash the fucken dishes up kind of brings you back down to reality (laughs). It started off as this joke between us when we were writing that someone has to go and do the dishes and it would be like 'go away, I'm trying to write a rock song here' but you've gotta do the dishes first mate and it all tied into that. That's where the genesis of the song started, and then like any of them we fleshed it out and did some good nah nah's and gave it a few ooh's and then, bang, it was a finished song. It was one of those ones where our producer liked the overall vibe of the song as well."In the full interview Danny talks about the film clip to Space Cadet and sheds some truth on the cash bonanza the band received from winning, the reception to Real Rare Whale, the downright nasty reasons behind naming the album as such, being nominated for the ARIA's, how their acceptance speech might go should they win, the cover of Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again for Triple J, having the Brewster brothers play on the track, the Dune Rats upcoming shows to round out the year, next years massive overseas tour, keeping it fun on the road and more.
While most metalheads are loath to admit it, the correlation between EDM and heavy metal is often closer than you think.While being two completely contrasting styles of music, metal and EDM follow similar trajectories sonically in certain aspects, as evident by the amount of collaborations between the genres over the years.One of the main protagonists in this field is The Crystal Method - these days largely the baby of Scott Kirkland - who have released songs with artists such as Filter, John Garcia (Kyuss), Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit) Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) and Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots).Now, for the first time since performing at 2007's Big Day Out, The Crystal Method are poised to return to Australia for a run of dates starting in Sydney on December 9.Kirkland sat down with HEAVY earlier this week to discuss the tour and how EDM and metal make unlikely bedfellows."Definitely a lot of pent up energy will be released," he smiled. "I've been looking forward to this tour - I think we initially had this one booked for June of 2020, and of course we all know what happened from that point on - and then it continued to happen. We kept pushing it, and pushing it so I'm just so excited to finally be able to come back out there and hang out with the kind people of Australia. It's the perfect timing for everybody to get back out and have a good time and I've got a lot of pent up energy that I'm ready to exercise. I'm looking forward to performing and seeing the beautiful country."In the full interview, Scotty talks more about what we can expect from the shows, the mixing of metal and EDM and how he makes it work, how the genres co-exist in the music world, his collaborations with the above mentioned artists and how they came about, having Iggy Pop on his latest album and more.
Gaupa is a Swedish band described as “progressive stoner rock with doom, folk andpsychedelic rock influences”. At first that’s a lot to digest, however once you sit down andlisten to their music and really take it in, it all comes together. Heavy got to chance tointerview lead singer Emma Näslund and guitarist Daniel Nygren to chat about their newalbum ‘MYRIAD’ which was released recently on the 18 th of November.After making sure I got the pronunciation of “MYRIAD” correct – we got stuck into talkingabout their new album and what has led them to this chapter of their journey. I was curiousto know how they started and what influences are at play behind their music, and I reallyappreciated their creativity and openness answering my questions. Often I found myselfthinking, “Shit, I’m glad I asked that. What an amazing/ unexpected answer”.It's been a slow burner starting out for Gaupa. Covid did the Covid thing and cancelledshows left right and centre, making it near on impossible to play for anyone. I’m excited tosee what happens with the realise of their new album and the chance to perform for fans.When questioned about where they want to see Gaupa going in the future, their answerwas simply, “We just want everyone in the band to be happy and have lots of fun while wecreate together”. That response made me immediately want to see these guys succeed.Gaupa strike me as a very organic and creative band that isn’t doing it for anyone else butthemselves. I always appreciate that approach because that’s when you get the best musicthat’s straight from the heart and not accommodating what you ‘think’ people want.‘MYRIAD’ is best turned up full blast so you can really enjoy Emma’s beautiful and hauntingvocals, perfectly accompanied by the band to create a whole experience for you. Its veryemotion driven music and these sweet Swede’s sure know how to write a song and rock thefuck out. If you like your stoner rock with a touch of doom and psychedelic rock – thisalbum is for you, sink your teeth into ‘MYRIAD’.Gaupa have plans to tour Europe in May 2023 for any of our readers over that side of theworld, get out there and support them! Hopefully that means they will get the chance tocome to Australia soon and bring their music to our shores for us to enjoy.Have a listen to the interview in its’ entirety below. There is plenty of laughs and some greatstories told. I have to say that I really enjoyed getting to know Emma and Daniel, wemanaged to cover heaps of interesting topics. I certainly learnt a lot about the world ofGaupa.Now it’s your turn to have a peek inside, enjoy!
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