Through fusing toe-tapping country dance hall fun with urban blues and folk-rock, Bellarine Peninsula’s Murdena have created a sound that tips its hat to the likes of Justin Townes Earle, Shovels and Rope and Mason Jennings. And it would seem the music world is taking notice, with the band taking out top honours in the Foot in the Door competition at Queenscliff Music Festival in 2012, as well as winning the Tamworth Music Festival’s Battle of the Bands Competition in 2013.
Can The Preatures top the year they had in 2013? A year which saw their single ‘Is This How You Feel?’ find love everywhere? Which saw the same single land an ARIA nomination and a ‘Song of the Year’ gong from Sydney’s FBi? Yeah, I reckon they can. The band is thrilled to welcome new single ‘Two Tone Melody’ – and they’re itching to take it on the road. The Corner – July 12.
As Dr. Seuss wrote – ‘A person’s a person, no matter how small’. There is a joy found in children that is so free that it is utterly infectious. Plus, they are the coolest toys you could have. They don’t even need batteries. So why shouldn’t kids have a festival just to themselves?
Thin Lizzy, Mötley Crüe, The Angels – Adelaide’s Laced in Lust have been likened to bands with some serious rock credentials. The band performed their first show in 2012, finding success early when they took out the Rocking Angel Bourbon Encouragement Award. The prize money allowed the band to self-fund and release their debut single ‘Fire’.
Norwegian pop outfit Highasakite will play a couple of shows on what will be their debut tour of Australia a little later in the year. Fronted by Ingrid Helene Håvik, who has drawn comparisons to Björk and Lykke Li, Highasakite was personally invited by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon to tour with the band after he caught a live performance. The band has released two albums, with Silent Treatment their latest. Howler – September 20.
Multi-platinum Irish folk band The High Kings will hit Australia shortly for a healthy run of shows across September and October. The band is the combined talents of Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden, four men from accomplished musical pedigrees.
Songwoman Melody Pool and songman Marlon Williams have announced a monster co-headlining tour which is due to kick off next month. With songs reminiscent of Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne, Melody released her debut album, The Hurting Scene, last year. Thanks to a successful crowdfunding effort, the young Kurri Kurri songbird found herself recording the album in Nashville.
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.