A particularly shady pawnshop in Brunswick is where the story of punk rockers The Sinking Teeth begins. More accurately, the flat above a particularly shady pawnshop in Brunswick is where the story begins. You see, there were holes in the walls and the roof leaked. The owner of the pawnshop also threatened the band with shooting if they practised there. What’s an aspiring band to do? Not let the threat of shooting get in the way. So they set about writing tunes and had some epic parties.
HBO has confirmed that the network has ordered 18 episodes of Vice Principals, the new baby of Jody Hill and Danny McBride, the pair behind Eastbound & Down. As you may have guessed, the new show focuses on a US high school through the eyes of its vice principal. In a chat with Splitsider, Jody said that the show is based on a movie script he and McBride wrote a long time ago.
Guns N’ Roses are joining the 3D world with Appetite for Democracy 3D: Live from the Hard Rock Casino – Las Vegas. Released early next month, the DVD captures their November 21, 2012 performance at the Las Vegas venue as part of 25th anniversary celebrations of Appetite for Destruction. It is the band’s first official concert movie since 1992’s Use Your Illusion, recorded at Japan’s Tokyo Dome.
Sydney trio Tin Sparrow have been spending their time writing and enjoying overseas adventures in recent times but are now back to give us new single, ‘Echoes in the Dark’. From the press release: “Echoes in the Dark taps into the notion of memory, and the small pieces of someone that get left behind that, whether we like it or not, remind us of them.” It is lifted from the band’s forthcoming new EP, The Shoelace Ring. Grace Darling – June 21.
Chatting with the guys from the Surf Coast’s own Barbarella is like listening to some sort of mutual admiration society. Barb Peppard and Evan Jones are just so full of praise for each other’s abilities and clearly deeply respect each other as musicians. The duo plays a mixture of a few covers and Barb’s original songs, with Evan providing the lead guitar alongside Barb’s acoustic rhythm and beautiful vocals. They met while playing in a backing band for Victoriana Gaye and then decided to play some solo gigs.
On July 1 songbird Tracy McNeil will release her new album, Nobody Ever Leaves. The album is one which fuses two worlds – that of her homeland, Canada, and her now permanent Australian residency. Tracy said hello to Melbourne’s music world as one-half of alt-country-folk duo Fireside Bellows; the other half being Jordie Lane.
The short-lived series Freaks and Geeks lives on in the hearts of an ever-growing fan base. Featuring names including James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel, the show centred on a bunch of students at a high school during the early 1980s. Late last month indie Australian DVD label Via Vision announced it would be releasing the series on DVD. Extra material includes bonus footage and commentary.
Playing music that nourishes the soul, Grace Barbé is an artist whose music has been compared to Angelique Kidjo and Miriam Makeba. While the Seychelles islander’s music is filled with the cultural influences of her Indian Ocean heritage, touches of modern reggae, pop and soul dance playfully within her sound.
D at Sea is set to release a new EP next month. The stage name of songman Doyle Perez, D at Sea found his following through his acoustic covers of hardcore and metal tracks. However, he has showed us he has a few tricks in his bag. Titled Anchors & Diamonds, the EP is said to be a more polished, layered effort. It also features a full backing band. D at Sea recently wrapped up a tour with Gabrielle Aplin.
Mike Perry is Paces, a guy on the DJ watchlist. Mixing influences from Jersey Club, Future Beats and Garage, Paces released his debut EP, The Pact, last year. He released the EP on Kastles’ US label Symbols, being their first Australian release. At the beginning of the year he followed it up with Julian. The EP featured the vocal talents of Erin Marshall on the title track. It also found its share of love, with triple j, London’s XFM and New Zealand’s George FM all giving the EP a working.