Rollo Ellis has just released his third album entitled Songs From Under the Stares and will be touring the record in support. Admittedly, before the interview I hadn’t heard of Rollo, but from having a chat to him, he has led a rockstar lifestyle. After growing up in Detroit and playing in bands throughout the ’60s and ’70s, Rollo moved out to Australia in the early 2000s after meeting the love of his life.
After travelling the world, Kirsty Mac has come back to her hometown of Geelong for her new show Feminazi, which she performs at GAPA as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Kirsty first left Geelong when she was 18 but has since toured around Canada and the UK – and become a fully qualified dog trainer. Feminazi is a project Kirsty has worked on and nurtured for the last several years, waiting for the moment when she was happy to share it with the world.
On the back of the release of their fourth album Oddments, local psychedelic rock legends King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard are off around the country. Kicking off with the WA leg of the tour, the tour winds its way around Australia before a couple of regional dates in Castlemaine, Ballarat and Geelong. A day or two before the tour kicked off, I got the opportunity to sit down with Stu Mackenzie from the band to chat about their rise to fame.
Forte’s favourite mad men of mixtapes have done it again! Their fifth instalment of mash-up madness, Oddity Number 5, is out now for your listening pleasure. Like the others, it’s available for free online – and has already been touted as their best yet. So to celebrate Gaz and Guy have enlisted the help of a few rising stars to launch Oddity Number 5 to infinity and beyond. “We think it’s great music – and we’re our own worse critics, so hopefully people dig it!” Gaz confessed. “These shows we’re planning will be a lot of fun.”
Once in a while there will appear a person with the ability to produce an atmosphere and excitement that results, more often than not, in a kick-ass party. It appears that Bryce Spratling, aka Bad News Toilet, has that ability. Wielding an arsenal of classic mash-ups and a drunken stagehand and a big ol’ pile of costumes, Bad News Toilet tears apart clubs in a messy whirlwind of hilarity.
With the release of their third album Raise the People, Calling All Cars are showing progression and growth in the sound many fans have become accustom to over the years. If you are hoping to find the same band that released ‘Hold, Hold, Fire’ and ‘Dancing with a Dead Man’ in these new songs then you may be disappointed, but as frontman Haydn Ing reveals, it’s a risk the band was willing to take.
DMA’s are a band with an air of mystery about them. Signed to label I OH YOU without releasing any material or playing any gigs, the band was snapped up off the strength of a few demo tracks recorded in a bedroom. Their sound is self-described by lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Matt Mason as “noise pop” and “Garagey”, with a very ’90s Manchester rock feel about it.
When US rockers Killswitch Engage disarm and descend on our east coast next week, they’ll be bringing with them a rare treat. Bassist Mike D spilled the beans: “We’re coming over with L.A.-based Kill Devil Hill [not to be confused with The Kill Devil Hills, country crooners from Fremantle] – Pantera’s Rex Brown is heading up the band. I’m a huge Pantera fan, though I haven’t seen them live yet. I’m waiting for the surprise the first night we play – I think we’ll be a match made in heaven.”
Within the pages of Forte you’ll find stories of aspiring musicians alongside those of household names. No two interviews are the same, but there’s always a common theme: unforgettable music. The Fratellis know a thing or two about writing a catchy tune. Their smash, ‘Chelsea Dagger’, has become an indie-rock anthem loved by millions the world over; an instant classic. But as I found out, The Fratellis are no one-hit wonders.
Groovin’ the Moo will soon play host to some of the best acts from around the globe. Billed as “Australia’s only regional musical odyssey”, 2014‘s line-up is arguably the finest yet. Add to that each event is set to the backdrop of the stunning Australian countryside and you have the makings of one hell of a welcome home party for The Jezabels.