ASTRODEATH Album Launch Tour Announced!

Astrodeath have announced the run of dates for their upcoming self-titled debut album launch tour! The two-piece from Sydney are a Desert Highways fav and well worth experiencing live if you haven’t been lucky enough to catch them yet. Check out the promo clip below, and click the links for more info for each gig! As part of the launch they’ll also be releasing 100 limited hand-numbered comic books created by artist Glenno Smith!

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ANDY GILL (GANG OF FOUR) Interview.

Returning the Gift (of ‘Entertainment!’): an interview with Andy Gill by Mikaelie Evans.

Since forming in 1977, Gang of Four has had multiple reincarnations which have twisted and turned melodies from the band’s initial sound through genres and decades alike.

From their first release in 1979, their record ‘Entertainment!’ solidified the band’s mark on early punk rock; with their 12-tracks boasting guitar twangs and fierce lyrics, Gang of Four would progressively influence a vast range of bands to later come.

In 2019, Gang of Four is celebrating the 40th year anniversary of ‘Entertainment!’, with an international tour showcasing their musical diversity throughout the band’s history. Chatting with the last founding member still a part of the legacy, original guitarist Andy Gill speaks about what fans can anticipate on their forthcoming tour. Continue reading

TATSU MIKAMI (CHURCH OF MISERY) Interview.

Interview Mark Ireland.
Photo Eriko Kagawa.

Church Of Misery (Japan) landed in Brisbane yesterday to kick off their Australia / New Zealand tour as part of the Doomsday Festival by 666 Entertainment. Mark Ireland caught up with their founder, bass player and songwriter Tatsu Mikami.

Mark Ireland: The 7 inch cover ‘Hallowed Axe‘ is a copy of the classic John Mayall Blues Breakers album cover, has the 60’s blues scene inspired your sound?

Tatsu Mikami: I am not influenced directly that much. However, many 70s heavy rock bands which became basic of our musical roots are influenced by the blues. Therefore I think that it may be said that we come under influence indirectly. Continue reading

El Colosso – Not Drowning, Touring… Part 4 of 4…

Words Matt ‘Koops’ Cooper – Vocals, El Colosso.

Post-gig meet-and-greet with our biggest, most important fans. Ourense, Spain

Days 21-24 – Ourense ES

The last few days have been a total blur of amazing food and wine, laughing, drinking, hot springs, drinking, exploring, drinking, and so on… We arrived in Ourense for our gig on Sunday night at Café Cultural Auriense. Once again, we’ve had the benefit of being looked after by folks who may as well have been old friends. Before the gig we hung out at a local bar and met a few of the native hoodlums. Got a wee bit tipsy and had a ball. Then we had our load-in, and after we were settled, and sound was checked, we went to one of the best restaurants I’ve so far had the pleasure of – Café Monte Carlo. This place is amazing! Octopus (pulpo), baby eels (zamburiñas), Galician wine, and so on… The gig went very well – another great crowd and huge fun. Oh! I forgot to mention that on the way into town today we stopped off at the local hot springs – Termas Ouratiz. No need to say how DELIGHTFUL that was! The time since Sunday has followed a similar pattern. Sleeping in until late, then a delicious breakfast (usually with wine), huge walks exploring the old town, a trip to the termas, then dinner, drinks, and enjoying the incredible experience of meeting the locals and sharing the stories of each other’s lives. The sun is up late here – it’s usually still light at 11pm – and so around the streets and plazas you still see families out and about until at least midnight. It’s wonderful to witness and experience. We are in Ourense for another day. We’ve been staying above the venue and so have had easy access to a lot of local stories! Soon we are off to Plasencia and continue working south until we hit the Mediterranean and Estepona. We’ve arranged to rent a townhouse there for three days – according to Benny and D, Estepona is the jewel in the tour. It’ll mean three days on the beach, more incredible food and drink, and more delightful indulgences of the senses! Continue reading

El Colosso – Not Drowning, Touring… Part 3 of 4…

Words Matt ‘Koops’ Cooper – Vocals, El Colosso.

Just a little lunch in Besançon with Koops and Benny.

Days 13-14 – Besançon FR

Two days rest back in this beautiful town. Lots more sun and time spent in it. Lots more amazing food and wine. Have met so many delightful people. The French in this place have a great love of life and its sensual indulgences. No small wonder they excel at wine and cuisine! A couple of reviews have been posted about our Krefeld show and they are overwhelming in their praise. Great to hear that the locals are digging our stuff. We’ve had A LOT of great eating and drinking here in Besançon. Still can’t shake off this bloody cough and cold though. It’s probably driving everyone else nuts. I feel terrible about it. I’m just glad I have lots of good medicine here – hahaha! To have come all this way, and after two weeks to still be struggling with it is doing my fucking head in.

Starting to really miss my family back home. Touring is amazing, but the separation from loved ones – especially kids – is difficult. Continue reading

El Colosso – Not Drowning, Touring… Part 2 of 4…

Words Matt ‘Koops’ Cooper – Vocals, El Colosso.

[Ed – We were going to get El Colosso’s Euro tour diary in installments, but when touring, and especially overseas, tour life can totally consume you. So instead, we recieved it all in one big massive lot and will post it in three installments (Parts 2, 3 & 4). Such an awesome read and we’d like to thanx Koops and El Colosso for sending this through, such an awesome band and great guys too! Cheers!]

On the tour bus on the way to Bremen with Max – Teenage Head Music.

Days 1-2 – Brussels

Feeling very run down after the crazy-long flight. Got to our apartment right in the middle of Brussels, dropped off our gear and went straight to the bar across the plaza. Baguette and beers! Crashed early after having some fruit and water. Lost my headphones somewhere between Dubai and Brussels, so mission #1 is to get a new pair…

Day 3 – Bremen DE

Today we met our tour manager from Teenage Head Music – Max. A cheeky and cool Frenchman who has spent a lot of time on the road. There is really only one main rule for the tour – no drugs on the bus. Max also informed us that rule number two is – do not be late to the bus. Cool. We had a big six hour drive from Brussels but Bremen has turned out to be very nice. First gig is Meisenfrei Blues Bar. A great venue, and great staff. A bit freaked out by the crowd – everyone seemed pretty old and uninterested, but it turned out they loved us! I lost my voice during soundcheck and got a bit spooked. Max gave me some magic lozenges and by the time we got on stage it worked out fine. Hope it clears up! The boys drank on after the show but I crashed after a long hot shower… Continue reading

El Colosso – Not Drowning, Touring… Part 1 of 4…

We’re lucky enough to have Koops, El Colosso vocalist, submitting a tour diary while they’re away on their European tour. We wish them all the best! Thanx Koops and El Colosso! – Ed.

In another few days the band that I sing in – El Colosso – is traveling to Europe for its first international tour. First tour of anywhere, actually. We haven’t toured Australia yet, apart from a few gigs in Ballarat, Bendigo and Frankston.

We’re heading off to play twenty-odd shows in thirty-odd days, promoting our debut album Pathways, taking in Germany, Slovakia, Belgium, France and Spain. It’s a tour that doesn’t just involve a crap-ton of money and a big flight to get there, but also a kind of leap-of-faith to remove ourselves from our families and jobs and commit to really living rock and roll every night for more than a month in a different city every day, in rooms full of perfect strangers, 14,000 kilometres away from everything we know.

Not fucking fantastic being away from our families though. In truth, that totally sucks.

Preparing for the tour has been a lot of work, but huge fun. We’ve not just stepped up rehearsals for the many weeks leading up to it, we’ve also been preparing new songs for our next record. AND we’ve also had the opportunity to play at The Forum, supporting South African band Seether. How many times have we all been at that venue and dared to dream of one day playing there? We were like kids in candy stores. Or just like the big bloody kids we really are playing at the Forum! But the new album is written, we are super-tight with our tunes, and all that remains is for us to get there and show a different part of the world what we can do. Continue reading

JOHN GARCIA (Kyuss / Slo Burn / Unida / Vista Chino) Interview.

Interview El Jefe.

After thirty odd years playing music, with the heavily influential Kyuss through Slo Burn, Unida and Hermano as well as a couple of solo projects, John Garcia, is well known to those into stoner / desert rock. His vocal style is often imitated (or at least attempted!), and the musical output is of a consistently high quality as well. Garcia is about to tour Australia in acoustic mode for the first time, and will be playing selections from his entire back catalogue. I recently spoke with John to get a run-down on what’s in store for the tour.

El Jefe – What’s your inspiration for choosing the songs you want to tackle acoustically, and how do you decide what might work best?

John Garcia – Well, to start with, I dig the challenge of doing things in a totally different way and to keep moving forward musically. Some songs like ‘Green Machine’, which work well with a full band can be much harder to do acoustically, so there is the challenge to make it work with just a guitar which is really cool. ‘Gardenia’ as well, is much harder to do this way, so it means I have to keep pushing the boundaries musically. ‘El Rodeo’ is just a rad song, and really fun to play, and with a tune like ‘Space Cadet’, I get to change a couple of the things with the vocals I didn’t like with the original. Continue reading

SCOTT RUSSO (UNWRITTEN LAW) Interview + Tour Info.

Words Mikaelie A. Evans.

When Californian Skies are forecast to meet Australian shores: an interview with Unwritten Law’s Scott Russo.

As Scott Russo answers the phone, he’s having several other conversations with those in the lounge room. It’s 1pm in San Francisco and the people from immigration have arrived an hour early to complete his paper work for Unwritten Law’s upcoming tour of Australia. After an initially jolted introduction, we settle into the exchange of questions and stories related to the bands future, past and present.

With the frontman’s paperwork currently in process, we nostalgic punters Down Under have a lot to be excited for. With the beginning of their scheduled tour dates quickly approaching, we know that we can anticipate their 1998 self titled album AKA The Black Album in full, but what else?! Despite the fact that I may be considerably too young to be an old-school fan, I couldn’t hold back my excitement when it came to asking Scott, “So, what can you expect? Well, we’re gonna play the Black Record from front to back, the first song to the last song, and then we are gonna break down that set and play additions.” Continue reading

DEVIL ELECTRIC Self-Titled Album Review.

Words El Jefe.

Doom. The name says it all. From the opening riff to Black Sabbath, to the heavier than heavy tones of bands like Electric Wizard and Monolord, it’s a genre defined by dark sounds, and heavy lyrical themes. The breadth of styles within the genre is also as extreme as the sounds. The vocals can range from upper register screams to gravelrash intestine shredding and the music from the dirtiest sludge to plain old heavy rock’n’roll shot through with blues licks. But I love it all, start to finish!

Enter Devil Electric! They’re a four-piece from Melbourne and have just punched heavy music fans everywhere right between the eyes with their self-titled debut. The sound is classic doom, but they’ve also managed to twist an age-old formula to their own perverted uses, and in turn created a distinctly unique collection of songs. Continue reading