He has been tearing it up in Nashville and recently signed with the US-based Agency Group (The Pogues, Dead Kennedys), but Ash Grunwald has his sights set on a lengthy Australian run. In case you didn’t know Ash, along with his pal Xavier Rudd, enjoyed a run of shows in the US.
Brooklyn-based music-makers Obits are back for their second tour of Australia. What do they do? They play music in the areas of garage, punk and surf. You can call ’em surf-punk if you like. Garage-punk works, too. Just don’t be calling them surf-garage. The lads have a new album to show off, last year’s Bed & Bugs, the third in their career.
Not only has Sydney band Gangs of Youth secured a support gig with Foster the People on their Splendour sideshows, but they have also announced a mini headline tour. The tour supports the release of the video for ‘Poison Drum’, the latest single from the lads which is doing all sorts of good on triple j. Talk about a tough job, with the band taking to L.A. to shoot the video. NSC – August 14.
Despite blockbusters around us, there remain other films causing just as much talk. One such being the Michel Keaton project Birdman. Described as a “meta dark comedy”, Birdman stars Keaton as a washed-up actor who once played the iconic superhero of the film’s title. Variety has reported that the film is set to open the Venice Film Festival. A clip is available online if you are curious.
In what will be their first headlining run since 2010, British metalcore outfit Architects have lined up a handful of dates that kick off at the end of next month. Dubbed the Let the Ocean Take Me tour, the run of shows will cast an eye on their recent album, Lost Forever // Lost Together. The album is the band’s sixth studio release since their formation in 2004. Not a bad effort at all. Festival Hall – August 31 & The Corner – September 1.
Well, here is some exciting news. Following a chat with the triple j crew, Melbourne rockers Kingswood will be hitting the road next month for an extensive run of shows in support of their debut album, Microscopic Wars. The album was recorded in Nashville’s Blackbird Studios with Vance Powell, known for his fine work at Jack Black’s Third Man Studios.
Bob Brown spent 20 years as leader of The Greens and has been involved in politics for most of his life. He has seen successive governments on both sides of the political divide come and go, and fought numerous campaigns championing human rights and fighting for the preservation of the environment. Throughout it all, he has managed to remain upbeat and optimistic. Where does this optimism come from, and how important is a positive outlook for propagating change?
Quick bite: With servings of garage rock, power pop, glam, blues and punk, The Singles is the collective musical powers of Vincent Frederick (guitar, lead vocals) and Nicky Veltman (drums, back-up vocals). Both originally hail from Detroit; however, The Singles’ ball got rolling when the two hooked up in L.A. at the beginning of 2012. They caught the attention of producer Rick Parker and in April of this year released their debut album, Look How Fast a Heart Can Break. The Loft, Warrnambool – July 25.
Quick bite: He is a familiar name in local circles but Geelong singer-songwriter Kyle Taylor has his eyes set on our Ashes foes. With influences including Ed Sheeran, Damien Rice and Bon Iver, Kyle sings stories of people and of love. He has released a couple of albums and supported the likes of Jordie Lane, Josh Pyke, Carus Thompson and James Reyne. Set to head to England shortly, Kyle will play a couple of farewell shows at Ballarat’s Babushka on July 25 and Portarlington’s Saints & Sailors on July 26.