Over the next six months, Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows will visit Geelong twice in support of their latest album Certified Blue. A couple of weeks ago, the album went to number two on the ARIA Jazz and Blues charts, second only to Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s latest offering. Initially Camilleri doesn’t know whether the album fits on the chart, but is impressed with the accolade none the less.
Following in the footsteps of The Waifs by packing up the van and trekking around to every music festival in Australia, Siskin River is carving out their own success story and is quickly developing into a must-see act on the acoustic/folk circuit. Comprising sisters Shalane and Tullara, with the music that Siskin River has been releasing, it’s hard to believe that they are just a duo.
Have you ever thought there might be something missing from your experience at the cinemas? You walk in, popcorn in hand, and sit down to watch the movie. You might laugh or cry, but once the credits roll you lift yourself out of the seat and head back home. While this is pretty much the peak of what your movie experience will be, a few times a year we’re graced with the film festival: several days of events, socialisation and, of course, good films.
In the past a gig for Jack Carty involved getting shoeless and losing himself so much in the music that he wriggled his toes. While Jack now plays with his feet covered, the passion is still there – and he’s taking it with him in a national tour.
So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu; no matter how you say it, parting is such sweet sorrow. So when we heard that Guy and Gaz were putting Yacht Club DJs to bed to go their separate ways, we wanted to say au revoir, wish them well, and reminisce about the good times.
“Honestly, Trivium wouldn’t exist without In Flames,” Trivium frontman Matt Heafy told Forte unequivocally. “They were one of the bands that showed me the extreme pairing of melodicism and brutality. The fact that they mix death metal, new wave and British heavy metal with traditional Swedish folk music, all into one amazing package, is simply mind-blowing!”
“Beatles fans are everywhere. We regularly meet fans who were there in the audience in 1964 or even in The Cavern at a school girl in ’62. We often see the same faces flying around the country to catch another of our shows. I see fans with as big an appetite today for the music and characters they love as ever. It is a privilege to be a Beatle Boy.”
“I am a music lover, music in its totality, and when I compose a piece of music I feel the need to be 100% free to express myself, not thinking about a specific genre but more to concentrate on the flow. One of the main reasons I make music is because it makes me feel free, no boundaries, no genres, no restrictions of any kind, it is my form of expression; it is simply myself.”
Atlanta rockers Manchester Orchestra are bringing hope to our shores when they touch down next month – quite literally. “When we got back from our last tour we spent six weeks re-recording a version of our latest release Cope. Hope is a more stripped-down sounding album,” explained lead guitarist Robert McDowell. “We all love playing these songs different ways, and you’ll hear both versions when we play the Australian shows.”
Fresh from a tour of Germany, Liz Stringer is back in the country and instantly playing keys for friend and fellow musician Mia Dyson on her national tour, before playing her own solo tour around the country to promote her new live CD and DVD. Meet a very busy woman.