“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.
Proof that good things come in small packages – meet Bonnie Scott, the pint-sized powerhouse and frontwoman of Melbourne’s most in-demand Acca Dacca tribute band. Bonnie, aka Laura Davidson, is well-known in the live music scene, locally and nationally, thanks to her impressive set of lungs and rock chick attitude to boot.
With the 10th Phillip Island Jazz Festival nearing in November, I caught up with Robin Blackman, organiser and musical director for the increasingly popular jazz festival. Robin Blackman and the community of Phillip Island are gearing up for a huge festival, with more bands this year than ever before, as well as a few more added surprises to the program.
Remember that time you told your mum you brushed your teeth, or to your teacher that you did your homework, you swear you did, but left it at home? Truth is we’ve all lied, and Lawrence Mooney tells a few more in his new show Stupid Liar.
There’s a touch of Irish in all of us, or it seems to be that way in Australia at least. It’s because of this that we were delighted when we got the opportunity to have a chat with Sean and Jacintha, two fine folk behind the music and dance extravaganza Celtic Legends.
“No one is truly sure of exactly where Spaulding came from. We happened to come across him in an abandoned wool mill midst the corpses of his fallen woollen brethren. Over time we have come to learn that our intergalactic overlord has come from the deepest, darkest pits of an alternate universe, his home planet destroyed by his kind’s own malevolent gluttony and corruption.”