For those that love their music heavy and loud, Metal Down Under is a shot of 100 per cent proof metal. Featuring over 40 exclusive interviews with some of the most interesting characters in the game, Metal Down Under takes us on the metal journey that has been happening in this country since the late 1970s. Here, we speak with writer and director Nick Calpakdjian.
Massive by name and massive by sound, this Melbourne four-piece deliver some of the ballsiest rock and roll you’re likely to come across. So we brought out the hard liquor in order to have a chat with Massive drummer and founding member, Jarrod Medwin.
It wasn’t long ago that I chatted to Ash Grunwald about his plans to take his unique style of gritty blues to the US to see how well it would be received, but he has already begun to make quite a name for himself on foreign soil. Playing alongside good friend Xavier Rudd, Grunwald has wowed American audiences and even collected an award for ‘Best International Act’ from the LA Music Critic Awards.
“We feel incredibly blessed to be part of the show – all these amazing artists coming to Australia. It’s going to fun!” Gary began when I sat down for a chat with the pair recently. “When we first heard who was on the bill, we thought ‘Is it real!?’” Natasha interjected excitedly. “It’s too good to be true.”
Not all of us can pick up an instrument and perform a perfect blues song or grab a paintbrush and capture that moment forever. Luckily for Lincoln McAlister, while he can’t perform the song he can do sketch it out. We had a chat to Lincoln about his artistic ability and his love for the blues.
Last year, Brisbane’s Joe Agius and Jarrod Mahon decided to record a song and make a video one weekend as a bit of a laugh, doing it under the name of The Creases. Little did they know that legendary UK label Rough Trade would soon have the band in their sights, and things were about to get a lot more serious.
August 16, 1977 is a day that will be etched into the world’s memory forever. Most prominently, because it is the day that Elvis Presley died. Max Pellicano like most people can recall exactly where they were when the news came out across the radio. “Actually, believe it or not, I was going for a job interview that day. I didn’t want the job and I wanted to keep playing in my band.
Armed with brightly coloured lips, a blonde pixie crop, dresses Twiggy would kill for and the perfect synth-laden pop tunes, Nussy is attacking the music industry head on. Though her life may seem perfect it hasn’t been without challenges. In 2012 her partner and footballer John McCarthy passed away. But it’s these challenges and pressures that have helped make her the musician and person that she is.
Lucky us! Scottish rock legends Biffy Clyro are about to make their way back Down Under for the second time this year, following their impressive Soundwave performances. Bassist James Johnston expressed his excitement towards the September dates after having a ball on the Soundwave bill: “We’re the lucky ones,” he beamed. “It was incredible, it was just amazing fun. It was really nice to come back and play there with so many amazing bands! It was great to be a part of!”