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AViVAAustralian/US based independent recording artist AViVA launched back into the scene late last year with her debut single ‘GRRRLS’. Since October the single has collectively garnered over 13 Million Streams online and is getting regular plays on Alt and commercial stations through the USA and Aus. From KROQ to idobi, AViVA’s music has peaked the interest of tastemakers globally. AViVA has toured for the last 3 years playing shows with local and international acts including festivals and shows in the US. Following the release of Crystaleyes in 2015, AViVA spent the next 24 months performing around Australia’s East Coast and playing at summer festivals until she retreated to write new music. This time, spent between LA and Australia, Aviva experimented with new sounds and styles drawing inspiration from all forms of art to create the new unique sound and imagery, seen with the release of GRRRLS and DROWN (MataisC, Ken Andrews (Paramore, Naked and Famous) and Matt Colton (Muse, Coldplay)). AViVA intends to spend much of 2018 touring and writing more music as she continues to divide her time between LA and Sydney as she continues to connect with her audience and build a supportive and inclusive community around her music.
Bare BonesSince their formation in 2013, Sydney’s Bare Bones have been all party and recklessness, a suspenseful maelstrom of off-kilter guitars and razor sharp vocals. This is sweaty, visceral, and feisty rock music that bears shades of The Bronx at their most relentless. With the release of their two EP’s, ‘Villains’ and ‘Cut Throat Living’, Bare Bones wasted no time in establishing themselves as a moving force within the Australian Punk scene, garnering sterling reviews from Australian music press, and turning heads of industry insiders. Recently Bare Bones joined the ranks of iconic heavy label Resist Records, with the band stating “"Each one of us cut our teeth in a scene that was pioneered by punk and hardcore bands under the Resist banner, so in that regard Resist has been held in such high esteem by all of us for more than a decade. Being asked to be part of the Resist family was extremely humbling, and feels like the perfect label for what Bare Bones is about.”” With this signing came Bare Bones long awaited debut full length record, ‘Bad Habits’, a natural progression from Bare Bones’ two EP releases ‘Villians’ and ‘Cut Throat Living’. There’s more melodic dynamics in these songs, but they’re balanced by tones and riffs more crushing than ever. The result is inspiring, stated by Rolling Stone Magazine as “a hit record of the genre. “ Bare Bones have more than held their own on-stage supporting high-profile heavy acts from Every Time I Die to Northlane, Black Label Society to Cancer Bats, and opened the main stage at Sydney's 2015 Soundwave installment alongside Slipknot and Marilyn Manson. A fearsome set at UNIFY 2017 grabbed attention from wasted punters and admiring industry folks alike. More recently, the band completed a national tour with Stone Sour as main and only support, playing to around 15,000 across one week. They also scored another main support slot with the notorious The Bronx for their Australian side shows while on tour with Pennywise. The crowds go nuts for 'em, because you never know exactly what kind of wild shit you're going to get. There's something damn sexy about it.
Between You & Me
Between You & MeFor Jake Wilson, growing up in the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia, represented the sort of suburban cage that more often than not crushes ambition and creativity in favour of fitting in, getting along and getting ahead. But when an inspirational high school music teacher discovered, and then nurtured, Wilson’s natural gift for both singing and songwriting, it pointed to a crack in the window through which Jake might make his escape. It was punk rock though, which smashed that window clean open, and changed the young vocalist’s life forever. “I was obsessed with the genre from the moment I heard it,” beams Jake. “I absorbed everything about it, from old records to new ones. It just got me so pumped and I knew it was what I wanted to do!” But without a band, the effervescent pop-punk energy Jake wanted to channel would have to wait a while. Instead he set about uploading a series of acoustic songs and covers to YouTube, gaining a local following that only served to further whet his appetite for musical endeavour. And then, his inbox lit up. “It was this band of guys who were already putting cover songs online,” explains Jake. “By the end of their first video I was like, ‘These guys are pretty good’ and after a few more I’d made the decision to go and audition for them.” After a successful try out, the nucleus of Between You & Me was formed and the band, now completed by guitarists Jai Gibson and Chris Bowerman, drummer (and brother of Chris) Jamey Bowerman and bassist James Karagiozis set about forging their own sound out of their wide-ranging collective influences. “Everyone in this band likes different things,” nods Jake. “From proper metal to really poppy stuff. That means that Chris ends up writing these technical guitar lines and Jamie is a shredder on the drums too. As for me, I’ve always been really interested in taking vocal parts that you might not expect in this genre and laying them over what we’ve built instrumentally. I spent about two years obsessed with harmonies. Every song on the radio I’d be working out where extra vocal lines could go in!” That combination of dextrous musicianship and instinctive songwriting nous immediately drew the attention of the legendary Hopeless Records, and when the band released their first single with the label—“Overthinking” in the summer of 2017—the impact was immediate. The video has already clocked close to half a million views on YouTube alone. But while the scale of the response was not lost on the band, it was only the first step of a much bigger journey. “Of course getting signed to a label like Hopeless and having people go so wild for ‘Overthinking’ has been amazing,” acknowledges Jake. “But this job isn’t like a normal job. It’s not like you do a course or achieve a thing and then you’re fully qualified and have ‘made it’. We want to do so much more, and I think our first album will show that.” One thing that Jake and his band won’t be giving up any time soon though is their ambition, not just to extend their impact on the burgeoning Australian scene, but to make their mark worldwide. Previously supporting Tonight Alive, The Maine and As It Is throughout Australia, Jake & co. have still higher aspirations.
City Of Souls
City Of SoulsBoasting members from bands that have etched their mark on the local and international hard rock and metal scene such as Blindspott, Blacklistt, 8 Foot Sativa, New Way Home, Cold By Winter, In Dread Response and Solstate, City of Souls was set to stir some interest, and stir they have. Too often when something is hyped it is followed with disappointment, yet the first City Of Souls single Sleep arrives unashamedly explosive, touting emotive energy juxtaposed with a certain calm which will become this band's signature. Recorded at Roundhead Studios, it was mixed by legendary engineer Clint Murphy, and mastered at Sterling Sound in New York. With a power reminiscent of Deftones and hinting at new wave, the song progresses and transcends towards a critical peak, and a journey into Killing Joke territory, before spiraling back out into the melodic emotive hook of the chorus. Received overwhelmingly by a growing fanbase, added to radio for day and night rotation Sleep went straight to number one on the itunes rock chart.
Darren Middleton (Powderfinger)
Darren Middleton (Powderfinger)DARREN MIDDLETON is best known from his previous life as guitarist and songwriter for Australian band, POWDERFINGER. The much loved POWDERFINGER played their last ever show in late 2010 and unsurprisingly Darren spent a bit of the time in a creative and emotional wilderness. For the last 20 years, this band was as much who he was as what he did. As the dust settled Darren started working as a producer from his new home in the creative hub that is Melbourne town. This is where the first seeds were planted for his debut solo album ‘Translations’. ‘Translations’ is classic alternative pop music that lives somewhere in the world between Beatles and Elliot Smith. In 2015, Darren hit the road with Guy Pearce and played sold out shows all over the country, reestablishing his presence in the music world. He then went on to release his second album ‘Splinters’ featuring performances by good friends Missy Higgins and Sahara Beck. Performing across the country, including on The Today Show, his journey continued. November 2016 saw Darren release his third EP ‘Lightning Halos’, an EP featuring a stunning instrumental track called 'Ghosts' and the gorgeous ‘Fly Away’. He has since performed at the NRL Semi Grand Final, A Day on the Green (with Rob Thomas and Pete Murray), Peninsula Picnic (with Missy Higgins and Kim Churchill) and many more.
Originating in Sydney's Northern Beaches, Dear Seattle have been shaking up the live music scene and crowdsurfing their way across Australia all year, and now they are here to serve you a new dose of headbanging, beer-in-the-sky melodic punk rock. The four piece has spent the last couple of years honing their signature sound following the prior release of their debut EP "Words Are Often Useless" and a split-release with Melbourne based act Fresh Nelson. Having now evolved their style into something truly unique and powerful, the band is seeing incredible traction following the release of their new single "Afterthought", as well as break out single "The Meadows" from their sophomore EP 'Dear Seattle'. Dear Seattle are no strangers to the live scene; having spent the past three years building on their dedicated audience up and down Australia's East Coast, sharing the stage with the likes of Citizen (US), Emarosa (US), Trophy Eyes (AUS), and Balance and Composure (US), as well as recently supporting Columbus on their national tour and Tired Lion and Kingswood regionally, all of which has led to their ability to deliver an impressive and energetic live performance.
“Their debut EP is sounding like some of the most exciting new indie rock the country has birthed in the past year or two.” - Pilerats
DecadesDecades are a rock band from Christchurch, New Zealand. Made up of 4 long standing friends; Emma Cameron (guitar, vocals, song writer), Liam Muir (guitar, song writer), Daniel Perry (drums), and Curtis Booth (bass, beard), they are proud to announce the release date of their debut album, titled The Truth and Other People, on July 14th. Decades have put together an album of 10 tracks forming an - at times - controversial story following the relationship tribulations and a love triangle of front-woman Emma Cameron. Leading the story with the band’s debut single, Terrified – which details the night she made the decision to change her life – The Truth and Other People rolls out in a track-by-track timeline of the emotions and events it spurned. “Often a taboo subject; but one I feel a lot of people my age experience when going through that development stage of being a late teenager in to adulthood, this album describes a period of time where you really start to figure out your own life path, values, passions, and seek to surround yourself with people who share these with you. It’s a hard story to tell; growing up, growing apart, the effects other people can have on each other, and finding the strength to tell the truth to people, but more importantly; to yourself.”
Eliza & The Delusionals
Eliza & The DelusionalsAcclaimed indie rock band Eliza & The Delusionals are one of the most exciting groups breaking out of the Australian music scene. Led by colourful front woman Eliza Klatt, they have been making waves since their inception in early 2015, with a sound that has been likened to that of Catfish & The Bottlemen and Alex Lahey. 2016 saw Eliza & The Delusionals release their debut single, ‘The Ground’ which was met with acclaim from fans and critics alike. Embarking on two Australian tours throughout the year, they capped off 2016 with the release of a new single 'Salt', which Triple J’s Dom Alessio described as, “a fuzzy stab of power pop that’s sure to brighten your day.” 2017 has seen Eliza & The Delusionals supporting Ali Barter, Polish Club, Moose Blood (UK) and Nothing But Thieves (UK), as well as heading off on Australian tours with Killing Heidi and Dear Seattle. They were featured in March as a Triple J Unearthed Feature artist, and shortly afterwards they embarked on their first international tour to Canadian Music Week. With ‘Salt’ landing a nomination for ‘Song Of The Year’ at the 2017 Gold Coast Music Awards, the Eliza & The Delusionals momentum only seems to be growing.
Killing HeidiIt’s been twenty years since triple j unearthed the Hooper siblings as Killing Heidi with their disarming folk pop song, ‘Kettle’. The band soon expanded into colourful teenage power pop and burst onto the national and international stage with their breakthrough debut album Reflector, released in March 2000.Anthemic singles ‘Mascara’ and ‘Weir’ made Reflector a blow-out success and cemented the work as one of Australia’s most loved pop albums. The early naughties belonged to Killing Heidi with Weir placing #2 and Mascara #14 in triple j’s Hottest 100. Reflector went onto to take out four ARIA awards and reach 4 x platinum status. The Hooper siblings also won the critically-acclaimed APRA songwriters of the year award.
The VannsRambunctious rock’n'rollers, The VANNS are the lovable reprobates that’ll give you a good time and a heavy hangover. With their dynamic blues tinged rock’n’roll, the four-piece have seduced audiences around the country supporting the likes of Sticky Fingers, The Delta Riggs, and Kingswood. Consisting of Jimmy Vann on vocals/guitar, Lachlan Jones on drums, Tom Switlek on Bass and Cameron Little on guitar/keys, The VANNS live show is loaded with catchy hooks, roaring guitars and unapologetically uplifting energy. Forming in 2012 on the South Coast of NSW, The VANNS have now played a plethora of shows up and down Australia, and hit some impressive festival stages (Party In The Paddock, Yours and Owls), with their relentless touring having seen them win over a legion of fans.
VillainyFrom the stage to the studio, Villainy have been triumphantly smashing everything in their wake. Multiple music awards for Best Rock Album? Tick. Six #1 Rock singles? Yep. AC/DC support around NZ? Yeah, that too. Formed in 2010, Villainy have established themselves as one of the most vital and relevant rock bands in New Zealand. With a sound rooted in a love of distortion and meaningful songwriting freed from the trappings of modern rock cliches, the band have resonated massively with audiences throughout New Zealand, and increasingly overseas. In an age where artists are resorting to digital trickery to achieve their sound, Villainy do it the old fashioned way - four guys in a room, pushing themselves and their instruments to their absolute limits. The resulting music is cathartic, honest and really fucking loud. The band stormed the New Zealand airwaves with debut album 'Mode. Set. Clear.' launching three massive radio hits in Alligator Skin, Ammunition and Gather Yourselves. It culminated in multiple national tours, a New Zealand Music Award for Best Rock Album , support slots for Incubus, The Offspring and Billy Talent and appearances at the Big Day Out and Homegrown festivals.
Woodlock have just spent the last year playing sold out shows all over the country, while also taking to the stage at prestigious festivals such as NYE on the Hill and Falls. All while managing to release the acclaimed single ‘The Only Ones’, which was co-written by Lindsey Jackson (Tori Kelly, Bertie Blackman)... And now Woodlock are back with another stellar single titled ‘Something Broke That Day’.Travelling seems to have long been part of the Woodlock story. Zech, Eze and Bowen formed a strong friendship after meeting whilst travelling overseas and from there, Woodlock was born. Kiwi brothers Zech and Eze Walters on guitar and vocals, and their mate Bowen Purcell on percussion.Now based in Melbourne, the boys have gained some great recognition and created a strong following from tirelessly busking on every corner of the Melbourne CBD. Woodlock have always focussed on developing strong, creative and energetic live performances, to take their shows to the next level.Woodlock’s second EP ‘Labour of Love’, released in 2014 was produced by Wayne Connolly (Josh Pyke, The Vines) and made an appearance in the ARIA top 100 and iTunes charts. Woodlock released 'Sirens' in September 2015, which gained them spots on the independent charts, top 50 iTunes charts and top 10 spots on Spotify viral charts. Woodlock have clocked up around 29,000 independent EP sales to date.