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ALLDAY - ONETWO/Wind-Up Records/UNFD

AllDay
AllDay

Tom Gaynor, better known by his stage name AllDay, is an Australian rapper from Adelaide, South Australia. Allday became active in 2011, when Gaynor began uploading his music for free online. Following his works becoming increasingly popular, he moved to Melbourne to pursue a serious career. It was around this time when Allday was based in Melbourne that he attended lessons with headteacher Peter Vox at Vox Singing Academy. Primarily to work on his singing voice more so than he's rapping. His works have been influenced by bands such as Silverchair, Frank Ocean, and TLC. Allday released his debut album, Startup Cult, in July 2014 with critical acclaim to Australian audiences. Startup Cult achieved amazing success and reached number 3 on the ARIA Charts and Number 1 on the Australian hip hop and R&B charts. Gaynor/Allday also raps under the alter ego, MC Disturbance.

2011–15: Early life and Career origins, mixtapes, Loners Are Cool and Startup Cult

Gaynor previously played in a punk band at school called sissycunt, which generated his interest in music. He began producing works under the Allday name in January 2011, after dropping out of art school. He has released an album, an EP and a number of mixtapes to date. These include Soon I'll Be in Cali, A Skateboard Soiree, Euphoria, Noue Yesue, Soon I'll Be in Cali 2 and Loners Are Cool. He went on a national tour of Australia in May/June 2014. Labelled the Right Now National Tour, he held concerts in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. His debut album to be released in-stores nationally was Startup Cult in July 2014, which a week after its release reached number 3 on the ARIA Albums Chart. It was supported by a headlining tour around Australia. In December 2014 he released the single "Wolves" featuring Sunni Colón. He featured on Tasmanian singer Asta's song "Dynamite" in 2015. Gaynor has also performed stand-up comedy. He was a runner-up for the 2011 Raw Comedy national final. In 2015, he was featured on the Troye Sivan song "for him." on his album Blue Neighbourhood, which was released 4 December 2015.

Upcoming second album

On 23 June 2016 after a delay from his new label Wind Up Records, Allday released "Monster Truck", which was produced by Cam Bluff, one of Allday's frequent collaborators. On 15 July 2016 he released the lead single from his upcoming second album, the single was premiered on Triple J and is called "Sides" (featuring Nyne). Allday later released the single "Send Nudes" on August 24, 2016 which hit the top ten on the iTunes hip-hop charts.

As of February 2017, Allday is now based in Los Angeles, California. The relocation to America is allowing Allday to work and collaborate with some of hip-hops biggest producers and artists in preparation to release he's 3rd album due to be released late 2017/ early 2018 and to break the lucrative American market.
Unfortunately Allday does not have any tour dates or commitments booked for Australia in the near future. So when he is in town next be sure to check him out are as he will be predominately focusing on the American and European market.


ROB MILLS - Sony/BMG & Major Theatre Productions

Rob Mills
Rob Mills

Robert "Rob" Mills (born 21 June 1982) is an Australian actor, television host and Australian singer-songwriter best known as one of the finalists from Australian Idol (season 1). He was a co-host on the late-night quiz show The Mint as well as a regular singer on the game show The Singing Bee both on the Nine Network. He has starred on Dancing With The Stars and Celebrity Apprentice. In 2008, Mills won the coveted lead male role of Fiyero in the hugely successful production of Wicked and continued the role when it moved to around Australia. He has since starred in a number of popular large scale musical theatre productions. In 2012, Mills was announced as the host of Network Ten's revamped Young Talent Time, a show considered an icon of Australian television.
Rob attended singing lessons at Vox Singing Academy under the guidance of director and principal teacher Peter Vox before and during his appearance on Australian idol. Rob worked incredibly hard during and especially after Australian idol to take his voice and dancing to the next level.

Early Life
Mills attended Brentwood Secondary College until the end of Year 10, frequently participating in the school Battle of the Bands concert. He completed Year 11 and 12 at Box Hill Senior Secondary College. Mills formed a band called "The Megamen" with two friends and soon developed a keen following on the Melbourne live music scene with their sessions every Sunday at the Red Eagle Hotel at Albert Park. Mills is a resident of Melbourne.

Australian Idol
Mills was a contestant for the first series of Australian Idol and he made the top five. He performed on "Rise Up", the #1 Australian single performed by all the Australian finalists in 2003. Mills performed the song "Dirty Girl" on the double platinum album Australian Idol: Final 12 soundtrack released in October 2003.

Rob's song list you for Australian idol:

Melbourne Audition – "Swear It Again" (Westlife)
Semi Final Group 5 – "Angels" (Robbie Williams)
Final 12 (70s) – "Alright Now" (Free)
Final 10 (#1 Hits) – "You Don't Treat Me No Good" (Sonia Dada)
Final 8 (Aussie Hits) – "Take Me Back" (Noiseworks)
Final 6 (80s) – "If I Could" (1927)
Up, Close and Personal – "When You Say Nothing At All" (Ronan Keating)
Final 5 (R&B/Soul) – "Too Close" (Next) and "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" (R. Kelly)

Musical theatre
In 2005, Mills toured Australia in Grease - The Arena Spectacular as Johnny Casino alongside an all star cast with Craig McLachlan, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Magda Szubanski & John Farnham.

In May 2007, Mills appeared as the lead role of Claude in the sold out Perth production of the rock musical Hair along with Cosima De Vito and Nikki Webster. The production was directed by Chris Kabay and musically directed by Simon Holt of Yellow Glass Theatre.

Mills then originated the coveted lead male role of Fiyero in the Australian production of the Broadway musical Wicked. The show opened on 12 July 2008, in Melbourne where it ran for 13 months, closing on 9 August 2009. It then transferred to Sydney from 12 September. He originally starred oppostie Lucy Durack as Glinda, Amanda Harrison as Elphaba and the late Rob Guest as The Wizard.[9] Mills played his final performance on 6 June 2010. Tim Campbell was cast to replace him.

From 13–30 July 2011, Rob played the role of Jamie in Jason Robert Brown's musical "The Last Five Years" at Sydney's Seymour Centre.

In March 2012, it was announced that Mills will play Warner Huntington III in the Australian production of Legally Blonde, which also starred his Wicked co-star Lucy Durack as the main character, Elle Woods.The Australian production season began in September 2012 at the Lyric Theatre, Sydney, before opening on 4 October 2012. It then went on to play at the Lyric Theatre in Brisbane from March 2013. It then opened in Melbourne at the Princess Theatre in May 2013.

In 2013, Mills played the role of Danny in the Australian tour of Grease, which began performances October 2013 at Sydney's Lyric Theatre, has travelled all around Australia, which finished its run doing a second season in Melbourne at Her Majesty's Theatre. The show closed in late January 2015.
In August 2015 Mills joined Swing on This, a quartet of musical theatre stars which includes Michael Falzon, Matt Lee, Luke Kennedy and Ben Mingay.Swing on This perform contemporary swing in a predominantly cabaret format.

In 2015, Mills toured with his Cabaret show 'Surprisingly Good', playing in cabaret festivals in Melbourne, Noosa, Sydney, Mackay and Brisbane.

In 2016, Mills will play 'Corny Collins' in Brisbane's leading Musical Theatre Company, Harvest Rain, Arena Spectacular version of Hairspray. He will then take on the leading role of 'Sam' in the Australian Premier of 'Ghost the Musical’
Robert has an amazing loving and giving personality and donates a lot of his time to numerous charities and is a regular guest performer at Carols by Candlelight. Robert is also an avid AFL football fan following and supporting the Hawthorne Hawks.

Robert has a big 2017 ahead of him with various singing and musical theatre projects planned throughout the year.

http://youtu.be/8kH2N7ITYdo


AIRBOURNE - EMI/Capitol Records

Airbourne
Airbourne

Airbourne formed as a hard rock band in late 2003 in the Victorian country town of Warrnambool by Joel O'Keeffe and his younger brother Ryan. Joel had played guitar and singing his favourite rock songs since the age of 11 and Ryan got his first drum kit four years later also at the age of 11. Joel met David Roads when the two worked at the Hotel Warrnambool. The pair brought their guitars to work and, after their shifts, jammed on song ideas, Roads was asked to join the O’Keeffe brothers on rhythm guitar for rehearsals at their house. By late 2003, Adam Jacobson had joined on bass guitar, the group was named Airbourne and played regular gigs at prominent local venues.

In March 2004 the four-piece won a statewide band competition, Push-On, in Melbourne. Their early material was influenced by Australian rock bands AC/DC, The Angels, Billy Thorpe, Skyhooks, and Rose Tattoo. They recorded an eight-track extended play, Ready to Rock, which appeared in July 2004 as an independent self-funded release. By that time Jacobson was replaced by Justin Street on bass guitar – Ryan had met Street while stumbling home drunk from a party one night. In early 2005, the band relocated to Melbourne and in August, they signed a five album record deal with Capitol Records. According to Joel, while the band were living in a shared house they threw a party, and during listening to a Krokus CD, Rock the Block, a blown fuse resulted in a fire burning the back part of the house. The group have supported Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Motörhead, Iron Maiden and The Rolling Stones, as well as performing at summer music festivals.

Runnin' Wild (2007)

In 2006 Airbourne travelled to the United States to begin work on their first studio album, Runnin' Wild, with producer Bob Marlette (Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper). Runnin' Wild was released in Australia on 23 June 2007. Three singles were issued from the album, "Runnin' Wild" (May), "Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast" (June), a playable track on Guitar Hero World Tour; and "Diamond in the Rough". In February, Capitol Records had cancelled their contract with Airbourne, but the album was still issued in Australia through EMI. In June, the band signed with Roadrunner Records for international distribution.
The album peaked in the top 30 on the ARIA Albums Chart in Australia, top 40 on New Zealand's RIANZ Albums Chart and appeared on charts in Austria, Switzerland and France. During late 2007, the group toured the United States supporting Kid Rock and Korn. Runnin' Wild was issued in North America, Europe and Japan in January 2008, after which they relocated permanently to the US. The album reached the Top 100 on the UK Albums Chart and appeared on the Billboard 200.

Live at the playroom. (2007)

In September 2007, they issued a five-track live extended play, Live at the Playroom. Featuring the band at the very energetic best doing there hits.

In a September 2008 interview with MetalSucks, Joel discussed comparisons with AC/DC, "whoever you are when you come out, especially if you’re from Australia and you sound like we do, you’re going to get compared to anyone who is out there. It doesn’t matter who you are, you are going to get compared to somebody. To be compared to the best rock and roll band in the business, who are still going today and are about to release another album, there is no higher compliment..." In November at the Astoria in London, Dan Hawkins (Stone Gods/The Darkness) joined Airbourne on stage to play the AC/DC song, "Whole Lotta Rosie". Hawkins played Joel's guitar (white Gibson Explorer) while Joel sang without any guitar.

No guts, No glory (2010)

Roads confirmed that in January 2009, Airbourne would enter the studio to begin recording their second album, No Guts. No Glory. In the 17 January issue of Kerrang! magazine, Joel revealed they had earlier written the tracks in the Criterion Hotel, "We're getting all our gear plugged in and getting set for Aussie pub rock written in an Aussie rock pub!"
The album was produced by Johnny K, mixed by Mike Fraser, and was released on 8 March 2010 in the UK, Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and in the U.S. on 20 April. "Born to Kill", was first played live at the Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland, New Zealand in October 2009. In January 2010, another new song, "No Way But the Hard Way", was played on the BBC Radio 1's Rock Show. On 9 February it was available on iTunes, as the first single from the album. The album reached the top 20 on the ARIA Albums Chart, and top 20 on albums charts in Austria, New Zealand, Finland, Greece, Sweden and Switzerland. In the UK it peaked at No. 31, while on the US Billboard 200 it reached the top 100.
The Band went on a UK Tour supporting Iron Maiden on their Final Frontier World Tour from 20 July Starting at Glasgow SECC Arena ending at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena on 1 August 2011

Black Dog Barking (2013)

It was announced in November 2011 through their official Facebook page that since mid-2011 the band had been working on a new album, and that updates were to follow soon. The album's name, Black Dog Barking, was announced in early February 2013 on their Facebook page. It was released on 21 May 2013 via Roadrunner. The cover artwork was once again created by Australian artists The Sharp Brothers, who also did the cover artwork for No Guts. No Glory.According to David Roads, the idea behind the album title was, to use the Black Dog as a metaphor for the band's ability to break the rules, especially not to care for db limits. At the end of 2013 Airbourne toured Europe, supported - amongst others - by the Swedish band Corroded.

Breakin' Outta Hell (2016)

In November 2014, Joel O'Keeffe revealed the band was already writing songs for their next studio album.
In January 2015, the band revealed that they signed for a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records.
In June 2016, the band announced that the new album would be titled Breakin' Outta Hell, being released September 23th, 2016. The title track was released as a single on July 8th.

Airbourne are currently Australia's most infamous and famous rock band behind AC/DC. Their lives shows have to be seen to be believed with lead singer and guitarist Joel energy being insatiable, whipping the crowd into a frenzy.

Airbourne are currently on a worldwide tour and will be finishing this in February 2017 in there homeland, Australia.

Airborne are signed through EMI, Capitol, Roadrunner, Spinefarm Records

For more information visit the Official Airbourne website.

http://youtu.be/2T6e_mk0O24


Northlane

NORTHLANE - Capitol Records/Rise/ UNFD

Northlane
Northlane

Northlane are an Australian metalcore band from Sydney, formed in 2009. The band comprises guitarists Jon Deiley and Josh Smith, bassist Alex Milovic, drummer Nic Pettersen and vocalist Marcus Bridge, who replaced founding vocalist Adrian Fitipaldes in late 2014. Both Marcus and Adrian attended singing lessons at Vox singing Academy with headteacher Peter Vox. Northlane have released three studio albums: Discoveries (11 November 2011); Singularity (22 March 2013), which reached No. 3 on the ARIA Albums Chart; and Node (24 July 2015), a number one album. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2015 the group won the Best Hard Rock or Heavy Metal Album category.

Early years and Discoveries (2009–2012)

Northlane in 2011
Northlane were formed in 2009 as a metalcore band in Western Sydney by Jon Deiley on lead guitar, Brendan Derby on drums and percussion, Adrian Fitipaldes on lead vocals, Alex Milovic on bass guitar and Josh Smith on rhythm guitar. They are named after the 2007 track "North Lane" by British metalcore band, Architects. In 2013 Fitipaldes described their formation, "pretty much, through the internet and common interest" where Deiley and Milovic had contacted each other to start song writing. He continued that "once they had the songs down, they started recruiting members."

Their six-track debut extended play, Hollow Existence, was released in January 2010: it was generally well received. Kill Your Stereo's All Shall Perish praised the group's "admirable and mature standard, a vital quality that is rapidly becoming extinct in most up-and-coming Australian bands" and summarised that it is a "Fantastic six track EP that has substantial replay value and will leave you craving more." Mark A of Sputnikmusic felt "One can certainly tell that it is a first try, given the deriative presentation of the music. Breakdowns are incredibly over-utilized on the 6-song EP, punctuated by clean guitars only when they are gearing up for another breakdown."Northlane toured Australia in support and "established a reputation as a tireless live act."

In late 2011 the band signed to the UNFD record label, which released their first studio album, Discoveries, in November that year. It reached the ARIA Albums Chart Top 100, No. 49 on the ARIA Digital Albums chart and No. 1 on the ARIA Hitseekers Albums chart.The album was followed by the Discoveries tour around Australia, and tours supporting August Burns Red and House Vs Hurricane shortly afterwards. Parkway Drive took them on the Sick Summer tour in February 2012.

In September 2012, the band went to Canada on tour with Counterparts and Stray from the Path. At the end of the tour, they settled in New York City to record their new album with Will Putney. In December 2012 the band toured with in arenas with Parkway Drive on their "Atlas" tour in Australia.

Singularity and Fitipaldes' departure (2013–2014)

In January 2013 the band completed a tour across regional Australia with In Hearts Wake and Endless Heights as supporting acts, in support of their new single "Worldeater". They also played in Adelaide at The Cavern to make up for their missed flight the previous month. In most shows the band leaked a new song titled "Masquerade". Northlane played at the 2013 Soundwave festival and Pushover 2013 alongside other Australian hardcore acts such as Thy Art Is Murder, Amity Affliction and In Hearts Wake.

A music video for the song "Quantum Flux" from Singularity was released on 22 February 2013. It achieved mainstream success, debuting at #14 on the ARIA Australian Artists Top 20 Singles Chart in the week of 4 March 2013. On 22 March 2013 Northlane released their second studio album, Singularity, which debuted at No. 3 on the ARIA Albums Chart. It went to #1 in the Australian iTunes albums chart. "Singularity" received critical acclaim around the world. It was nominated for Triple J's "J Award Album Of The Year" as one of the 10 best albums of 2013, and was voted as the Best album of 2013 on both The Racket and Short Fast Loud. In the Blunt Magazine readers poll, Northlane took home a multitude of awards in 2013 including "Band Of The Year", "Album of The Year" and "Best Vocalist". iTunes Australia nominated "Singularity" as one of the most notable albums of 2013.

The "Singularity" tour in Australia included Structures, Stray from the Path and Statues. In August they supported Karnivool around Australia.

Northlane made their United States touring debut in November 2013, touring nationally with Veil Of Maya and Structures. In January 2014 they played on the Big Day Out touring festival, before touring the USA with Bring Me The Horizon, Of Mice and Men and Issues on the American Dream tour. In March and April they supported Architects on a 39 date tour of Europe and the UK. Northlane announced that they would curate their own festival called FREE YOUR MIND, with the first tour taking place in May 2014 in Australia. Northlane headlined the festival with support from Thy Art Is Murder, Veil of Maya, Volumes and Make Them Suffer. All dates on the tour sold out in advance. Northlane appeared on the cover of Blunt Magazine in the April edition prior to Free Your Mind. It was after this tour that Northlane became activists and heavily supported many charities including The Smith Family by donating used drums sticks and guitars.

It was announced in September 2014 that founding vocalist Adrian Fitipaldes would be leaving the band. Northlane issued a statement via their Facebook page, citing an impact on Fitipaldes' health as the catalyst.Northlane also announced that they will be accepting audition videos for a new vocalist.

Arrival of Marcus Bridge and Node (2014–2016)
On 14 October, Northlane announced that they had found their new vocalist. Two days later, they announced that they were shooting a music video together for a new song, titled "Rot". The track was recorded with producer Will Putney in Sydney shortly after being written. Describing the new single as "one of the heaviest Northlane tracks ever", the band released the song on 20 November and the new vocalist was identified as Marcus Bridge.

Their third studio album, Node, was released on 24 July 2015, with Will Putney producing, which reached No. 1. Smith stated that Node features "a lot more ambience and rhythm section driven stuff" as well as "more depth and dynamics" and possibly more clean vocals. Additionally, in 2015, the band hopes to perform in New Zealand, South East Asia,Portugal and, in the summer, Germany. They also hope to do a headline tour of the UK some time after playing Download Festival there. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2015 Node won the Best Hard Rock or Heavy Metal Album category.

Equinox
On 19 April 2016, the band announced that they had been working on a collaborative release with In Hearts Wake entitled Equinox. (both vocalists Kyle & Jake from In Hearts Wake are also Vox singing Academy students) It was recorded in Sydney with producer Will Putney. The EP features three songs: "Refuge", "Equinox" and "Hologram" and was released on 20 April, through UNFD. The band have stated that they will be playing all songs live on the Equinox tour, co-headlined with In Hearts Wake and supported by Hands Like Houses & Ocean Grove. Since their European tour of early 2016, the band have changed their stage appearance in an effort to make themselves look more unique. They now all wear black with a few individual differences. Since early 2016, Jon has worn an array of masks, including an anti pollution mask, a black medical mask and a rhinestone covered mask which conceals his entire head, and a pair of large black contact lenses. Alex wears a long wrap-around jacket he acquired while in Japan. Nic wears a black singlet and medical mask. Josh wears basic black clothes and Marcus wears a moth eaten black t-shirt.

An Absolutely huge year is planned for Northlane in 2017 with Guitarist Josh Smith confirmed the band's fourth album would be released in May / June 2017. Two national tour of Australia will take place in 2017. One in early 2017 and the second commencing late 2017 with the release of the new album. A World tour in support of their fourth album in late 2017.

Be sure to catch Northlane's high energy performance next time they are in a city near you.

https://youtu.be/sIPdH7vLmgQ


CONTRIVE - Contrive Music/Ditto

Contrive are a heavy metal band from Melbourne, Australia formed in 1999. Their musical style has been compared to that of Sepultura, Metallica, Opeth and Stone Sour.

The band consists of twin brothers and Vox Singing Academy student Paul Haug (vocals, guitars) and Andrew Haug (drums). Andrew Haug is perhaps better known from his history as the host of the weekly Triple J metal radio program The Racket between 2002 and late 2011.
They released two EPs Finally & Prosper before releasing the band's first studio album, The Meaning Unseen, was released in September 2005. It was mixed by Frederick Nordström. It received favourable reviews highlighting the combined elements of stomping modern hardcore, '80s thrash and old-time heavy metal.
Their second album, The Internal Dialogue, was recorded in MelbourneAustralia with producer Adam Calaitzis and mixed by Devin Townsend.
The third studio album, Slow Dissolve was released in 2017 too critical acclaim! Musically by far their boldest, deepest and most progressive offering to date. Brilliantly mixed by the Young Bros. in Vancouver Canada, B.C.
The band have performed extensively since their inception and include three performances at the (now defunct) Metal For The Brain festival as well as opening slots for overseas bands which include Parkway Drive, Opeth, Stone Sour, Sepultura, MayhemMachine HeadDestructionDevin Townsend, and Testament. In 2009 the band toured South East Asia, including a show in Singapore with Parkway Drive. During 2011, they toured Vietnam and were the first Australian metal band to do so.
2019 looks to be a massive year for Contrive which will see them tour the United States and release there much overdue 4th studio album.

ASH GRUNWALD - Black Market Music/Delta Groove Music

Ash Grunwald
Ash Grunwald

Ash Grunwald (born Ashley Mark Groenewald, 5 September 1976) is an Australian blues/soul/roots/ bluegrass musician. Ash had singing lessons at Vox Singing Academy with principal and headteacher Peter Vox in the mid to late 90s. He has issued eight studio albums and has received five nominations for ARIA Music Awards. Four releases peaked in the ARIA Albums Chart top 50: Fish out of Water (September 2008), Hot Mama Vibes (June 2010), Trouble's Door (May 2012) and Gargantua (by Grunwald, Scot Owen and Andy Strachan, July 2013).

In 2004 Ash released his follow up album I Don't Believe, once again recorded solo and live. Since his initial release he had been made aware of two Tom Waits albums, Swordfishtrombones and Bone Machine. As a result, he emulates Waits' experimental bang and clang percussion using hammers, spanners, pots etc., in addition to a boss loop station as a bed for his lap steel, dobro and acoustic guitars. The album included six originals, two Waits compositions, "Going Out West" and "Jesus Gonna Be Here" (a cappela with hand claps) and blues standards "Walking Blues" and "Cross Roads" (Robert Johnson), "Empire State" (Son House) and "How Many More Years" (Howlin' Wolf).

In May 2005, Grunwald was invited to take over as host of Triple J's Thursday night show 'Roots N All'.

In August 2006 Grunwald released Give Signs recorded on his own record label, Delta Groove Records. As with preceding albums it was recorded live and solo which received another ARIA Award nomination for 'Best Blues and Roots Album'. In 2006, Grunwald supported James Brown at his Tasmanian concert.

On 21 December 2006 Grunwald finished his role as a Triple J presenter. In September 2007 he was nominated for another ARIA award for Best Blues and Roots Album.

Ash released his next studio album, Fish Out of Water on 30 August 2008, with the album reaching No. 43 on the ARIA charts. The new album was greeted with positive reviews with many of the critics saying it is one of the best blues/roots albums of the year and a career highlight for Ash. The new album which was written with TZU's beatsmith Phillip Norman (aka Countbounce) enters new territory for Grunwald with many of the songs gaining a hip hop edge to Ash's traditional Delta blues. Several tracks gained significant airplay on the national youth broadcaster Triple J some of these included "Breakout", "Devil Called Me A Liar" and "Joke on Me". The album was also nominated 'Best Blues and Roots Album' at the 2009 ARIA Awards.

Grunwald appeared for the first time in a Triple J Hottest 100 with one entry in the 2008 countdown, with "Breakout" reaching number 50.

In October 2009 Grunwald recorded a performance at Fremantle's Fly By Night club for a release as a live album in early 2010.He also revealed in an interview with Sarah Howells of Triple J that he has started work on a new studio album.

Ash Grunwald's fifth studio album, Hot Mama Vibes was released 4 June 2010. It was recorded at Alchemix Studio in Brisbane, DJ Debris Studio in the Adelaide Hills and The Container in Melbourne. The Album features contributions from Mr Trials, Countbounce, Chasm, Fingers Malone, Benny Owen and Kanchana Karunaratna.

After the success of 2010’s Hot Mama Vibes, Ash Grunwald relocated with his family to the warmer shores of Byron Bay, Northern NSW. A new home with a new home studio was built, and it was here that the recording began for the 2012 album Trouble’s Door. Teaming up with his good friend and dubstep sideproject partner, Fingers (Colin O’Reily) Ash created his most internal and political album to date.

Throughout 2014 Ash toured rigorously overseas, most significantly venturing out on his groundbreaking debut tour of the United States in support of his close friend Xavier Rudd. With Rudd's well established US profile, Ash was enabled access to some of the most iconic stages in America including The Brooklyn Bowl and the famed Fillmore in San Francisco. During that trip he was awarded the LA Music Critic Award for Best International Act.

In late 2014, Ash headed back into the studio, this time taking with him Ian Perez keyboardist for Wolfmother and Pete Wilkins, former drummer for Blue King Brown. Under the guidance of famed American Producer Nick DiDia (Springsteen, Rage Against The Machine, Pearl Jam, Powderfinger) an intense focus was brought onto the structure of song composition, to record an album that has been described sonically as 'psychedelic blues using synth rather than stringed bass' and conceptually as 'strongly political, rumbling from the depths of internal rage.' The title of the album was unveiled in February 2015 as NOW, along with a photo of Grunwald without his dreadlocks, which he has worn for the past 20 years. The album was subsequently released on 25 September.

With the release of the new album worldwide success and the world tour quickly followed. The NOW album was critically acclaimed and well received across all genres but especially in the blues and roots seen. Ash is an amazing Singer and guitarist and he’s live set list is now jampacked with he's biggest hits. Be sure to see him next time he's in town.

https://youtu.be/n2jI1xlzjCo


THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT - Sony/Roadshow Music

The Butterfly Effect
The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect are an alternative Progressive Rock band from Brisbane, Australia, formed in 1999. The band released a self-titled debut EP in 2001, and then three full-length album afterwards; Begins Here in 2003, Imago in 2006, and Final Conversation of Kings in 2008. During this time, the band consisted of Clint Boge on lead vocals, Kurt Goedhart on guitar, Glenn Esmond on bass, and Ben Hall on drums. After struggling for years to work on a fourth studio album, Boge left the band in 2012 due to personal and creative differences. The remaining recruited Brisbane-based singer Paul Galagher for a final single and tour before announcing their split in 2016. They announced the breakup on their website alongside a limited edition vinyl release of their full back catalogue.

Formation and self-titled EP (1999)
The band first formed in 1999, consisting of drummer Ben Hall, guitarist Kurt Goedhart and a few schoolmates. The band in this form played a few live shows in 1999, most notably one at the Ipswich Racecourse, where Hall met future lead singer Clint Boge after the show. The two discussed musical ideas for what would become the band's first release of music, and by Winter 2000, Boge replaced the band's prior vocalist. The band released their self-titled debut EP in 2001.

Two singles were released from the album, "Take it Away" and "Crave", both receiving extensive airplay on Australian radio station Triple J. The band toured extensively throughout 2002 in support of the album, with the band recruiting final long-term member Glenn Esmond as a bassist, and then playing the Rapid Festival, the Shihad Tour, and the 2002 edition of the Big Day Out festival. The single's and tour lead to band's EP, an independent release, to exceed over 10,000 copies sold. After being featured as Triple J's "Unsigned Find" of 2002, the band signed to record labels "Roadshow Music" and "Rough Cut Publishing", and began working on a full-length album.

Begins Here (2003)
In November 2002 the band released "Crave", the first single from their debut album. It debuted on the ARIA Charts at No. 59 and also achieved No. 1 on the independent charts.

The Butterfly Effect spent November 2002 to March 2003 recording their debut album, Begins Here, at Modern Music Studios in Brisbane, Australia. The album was released in Australia on 4 August 2003. It debuted at No. 24 on the ARIA Charts and again topped the independent charts. It remained in the charts for 56 weeks in total. To date, it has sold over 30,000 copies.

Distribution deals saw the album being released by RSK in the UK, Sony in Germany, Suburban in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The band started to garner attention in Europe, with mentions in several media including Metal Hammer, Rock Sound, Classic rock, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer Germany and Aardshock. In August 2004 the band did a six-week tour through Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, the Netherlands and the UK. From September to November The Butterfly Effect played 32 shows in 40 days. Album sales have now exceeded 10,000 units in the UK and Europe, and the band has also had some success in South Africa.

During 2005 the band recorded a new single titled "Phoenix" featuring Kenn Malaxos on banjo. The single was released during September, and a film clip was also made. During October and November the band toured Australia, playing some material from their forthcoming second album, Imago, which was released in Australia during July 2006.

Imago (2006)
The band finished recording their second studio album, titled Imago, in early 2006 and it was released on 17 June 2006. It debuted at No. 2 in the ARIA Chart for Weekly Top 100 highest selling music albums. Their previous album, Begins Here, was released in the US through hard rock record label Megaforce Records. The band commenced the Imago tour around Australia in July.

In mid-2006, after nearly three years since its release Begins Here was certified gold in Australia, exceeding sales of 35,000 copies. Shortly afterwards, Imago also attained the same status, only this time it reached the gold mark in only eight weeks, including debuting at No. 2 on the ARIA album charts.

Following the release of Imago, The Butterfly Effect spent the remainder of the year touring the record including an appearance on the 2007 Big Day Out festival tour. Shortly after, work began on material for the follow-up album. In July 2007, the band undertook the In A Memory Tour, with Chicago's Chevelle and upcoming Brisbane act Dead Letter Circus. On this tour, they previewed '7 Days' and 'Rain'. In early 2008, the Home Alone Tour was announced to fill in time before the recording of the new record. The tour, previewed additional new songs called "The Hidden" and "In These Hands".

Final Conversation of Kings (2008)
Recording of the album began in March 2008. The album, Final Conversation of Kings, was released in Australia on 20 September. The cover and booklet art was illustrated by Monaux. It debuted on the ARIA Charts at No. 3. On 14 July the band's first single Window and the Watcher was debuted on radio station Triple J, with the single being released on 23 August. After the release of the album, The Butterfly Effect set off on a tour of Australia spanning October and November, with support from Melbourne acts Trial Kennedy and Sleep Parade. They also performed as part of the Big Day Out 2009 festival, headlining the Converse Essential stage.

Aborted fourth album and breakup (2010-2016)
Initial plans after wrapping up touring in support of Final Conversation of Kings involved writing and demoing material for a fourth album in 2010 and releasing it in early 2011. The band would also tour during this time, performing the "Four Wheels and a Heartbeat" tour in 2010, where they even played new material, most notably a track entitled "Five Golden Rings" in full. Despite this, the band would privately struggle to work on the album for over three years. The band went through extended periods of tension and frustration, with members, most notably Boge with the rest of the band, not getting along. Boge desired for the band to return to their heavier, earlier sound of the initial EP and Begins Here album. Conversely, the rest of the band wanted to push forward even further into progressive territory, as they had with Final Conversation of Kings album, and incorporate further unconventional instruments for rock music into their songs, such as mandolin or bells.

In September 2013, the band announced an Australian tour for October, shortly after announcing Paul Galagher as the band's new lead singer. The band released their first and only Galagher, "Eyes Down",at the same time. After a second period of years of public silence and inactivity, the band officially announced their disbandment in August 2016.

Vox Singing Academy student and lead singer Clint Bode has continued to write new music and pushes vocal boundaries since leaving The Butterfly Effect with great success in his bands 1000 Needles in Red, Like Thieves and Clint Bode (solo). Clint recently toured Australia with Dead Letter Circus. Look out for new music from Clint Bode in 2017 with an all-star band including members from Static X and Coal Chamber.

“They don’t call you the master for no reason! You have taken me from Clark Kent to Superman! You have shown me that with hard work and dedication I can achieve anything I want and more. Not only do you put the pro in professional vocal instructor but are one of the best blokes I know!

Thank you for your continuous help and irreplaceable insight over the years. There is no voice this man can’t fix!”

Clint Boge – The Butterfly Effect

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PSEUDO ECHO - RCA/EMI Records

Pseudo Echo
Pseudo Echo

Pseudo Echo are an Australian new wave band that formed in 1982 in Melbourne. The original line-up consisted of Brian Canham (vocals, guitars and keyboards), born 3 July 1962, Pierre Gigliotti (as Pierre Pierre) (bass guitar, keyboards), Tony Lugton (guitars and keyboards) and Anthony Argiro (drums). A later line-up included Vox Singing Academy student James Leigh (keyboards) and his brother, Vox Singing Academy student Vince Leigh (drums). In the 1980s, Pseudo Echo had Australian top 20 hits with "Listening", "A Beat for You", "Don't Go", "Love an Adventure", "Living in a Dream" and their cover of "Funky Town" (from Lipps Inc.), which peaked at No. 1 in 1986. In 1987, it reached No. 1 in Canada and New Zealand, No. 6 in United States and No. 8 in United Kingdom.

They released their debut album, Autumnal Park in 1984 which peaked at No. 11 on the Australian Kent Music Report. Love an Adventure followed in 1985 and reached No. 14. Their third album, Race (1988) peaked at No. 18 and in 1990 the group disbanded. They reformed in 1998 and issued Teleporter in 2000. Rock music historian Ian McFarlane, stated they "combined flash clothes, blow-wave hairstyles, youthful exuberance and accessible synth-pop to arrive at a winning combination ... and found a ready-made audience among teenagers who fawned on the band's every move.

1982-1986: Formation, Autumnal Park & Love an Adventure
Main articles: Autumnal Park and Love an Adventure
Pseudo Echo formed in Melbourne in 1982 by high school friends Brian Canham on vocals, guitars, and keyboards and Pierre Gigliotti (as Pierre Pierre) on bass and keyboards, they were joined by Tony Lugton (ex-James Freud & the Radio Stars) on guitars and keyboards. The group were named for a sound effect available on their keyboards and were influenced by New Romantics bands, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and Ultravox. Molly Meldrum, television presenter for the pop music series Countdown, saw the group at a gig and aired them on the show with a demo version of "Listening" in June 1983.They were signed to EMI Records and "Listening" – produced by Peter Dawkins – was issued in November as their debut single, which peaked at No. 4 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart.

Their debut album Autumnal Park, produced by Dawkins and John Punter, was released in June 1984, which peaked at No. 11 on the Kent Music Report Albums Chart. It was an Ultravox-influenced effort which yielded the singles "A Beat for You" (No. 12 in April), "Stranger in Me" (July) and "Dancing Until Midnight" (December). "His Eyes", another album track, received overseas exposure when it was used in the film Friday the 13th: A New Beginning.

In October 1984 Tony Lugton was replaced by Vox Singing Academy studentJames Leigh (aka James Dingli). Tony Lugton left the band due to musical differences. Lugton eventually joined synth rock band Talk That Walk. Another line-up change occurred just after the recording of the second album, with Argiro replaced by James's brother Vox Singing Academy student Vince Leigh (aka Vincent Dingli). In November 1985, Canham joined a charity project for research on little penguins, as a guest vocalist with other Australian artists and backed by The Incredible Penguins. They covered the John Lennon and Yoko Ono hit "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)", which peaked at No. 10 in December.

Their second album, Love an Adventure was issued in November 1985 and was produced by Mark S. Berry, and Brian Canham. The album reached No. 14 in Australia. Three of its singles reached the Top 20 including "Don't Go" (No. 4 in October), "Love an Adventure" (No. 6 in January 1986), and "Living in a Dream" (No. 15 in May). A fourth single, "Try" (August), peaked at No 60.

In October 1986, Pseudo Echo released a rockier version of the Lipps, Inc. disco song "Funky Town", which spent seven weeks at number-one from December. The album, Love an Adventure, was re-released the following year to include their remake of "Funky Town" which brought the group their biggest international success, the single reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and No. 8 on the UK Singles Chart in July 1987.

The overseas release of Love an Adventure featured a different track listing and included re-recorded versions of three singles from Autumnal Park: "Listening, "A Beat for You", and "Destination Unknown".

1987-1990: Long Plays 83-87 & Race
Main articles: Long Plays 83-87 and Race (album)
In 1987, the band re-released "Listening" for the movie North Shore starring Nia Peeples. In October they won the 1987 World Popular Song Festival (aka Yamaha Music Festival) with "Take on the World", which provided a prize of US$10,000. and released a compilation album Long Plays 83–87. It was released as Funky Town - The Album in New Zealand where it peaked at No.1. Their third studio album, Race was released in 1988. It was produced by Julian Mendelsohn and Brian Canham, had a more mature rock sound. It featured the Australian singles "Fooled Again", "Over Tomorrow" and "Eye of the Storm".The album reached No. 18 on the Kent Music Report Albums Chart and No. 32 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Pseudo Echo disbanded shortly after touring for Race in 1990.

1990-1997: Other projects
After Pseudo Echo disbanded Canham moved into record production including Chocolate Starfish's 1994 debut album, Chocolate Starfish, which peaked at No. 2 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Gigliotti performed with a covers band, All the Young Dudes. The Leigh brothers formed Vertigo (later renamed as Invertigo) in 1996 with Vox Singing Academy student Christian Argenti. In 1997, Canham formed Brill with Darren Danielson (ex-Chocolate Starfish) on drums. Andy McIvor added on bass guitar and Dave Stuart on Keyboards, they toured as Brill and issued an album titled Brill in August 1997. In 2002 Canham along with Ben Grayson and Matilda White formed dance outfit Origene. They achieved success with their song Suddenly Silently (originally written for Pseudo Echo), and followed up with the club hit Sanctuary which reached number 1 on the Billboard Club chart in the United States.

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CUT COPY - Universal Music / Modular

Cut Copy have had private singing lessons at Vox Music Academy
Cut Copy

Cut Copy (sometimes stylised as Cut/Copy) are an Australian electronic music band formed in 2001 by DJ Dan Whitford (vocals, keyboards and guitar). Initially a home-recording project, the band now includes Tim Hoey (guitars), Ben Browning (bass guitar) and Mitchell Scott (drums). So far they have released four studio albums, an EP and a number of singles and remixes, all on Modular Recordings. They achieved breakthrough success in 2008 with their second album, In Ghost Colours. Some of their most well-known singles include "Lights & Music", "Hearts on Fire" and "Take Me Over".

Cut Copy was established in 2001 in Melbourne, Australia as the solo project of Dan Whitford, a DJ and graphic designer. Whitford was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne and studied graphic design at Monash University. During his studies he became interested in dance music and began DJing while hosting a radio-show. Around this time he bought a sampler and keyboards to experiment with. Musically he was "inspired by indie low-fi stuff as much as dance". Upon graduating Whitford co-founded the design-agency Alter, who continue to produce all of the graphical material for the band. Whitford began producing music at his home-studio and submitted a demo-tape to Modular Recordings, who subsequently signed him sometime in the first half of 2001. He enlisted the help of veteran guitarist Harry Howard to record the debut single "1981", which was released on vinyl only.

According to Whitford, the band's name was a random choice: "I was in the edit menu [of my computer] and I moved down in the document to the few words that didn't make sense together, and at that particular day and time the words 'cut' and 'copy' really stood out to me. At the time it felt like a fairly abstract choice but now it feels very tied in with what we do".The name is often displayed as one word with a forward slash in between: Cut/Copy.

With Howard filling in on guitar, Whitford asked his childhood friend Bennett Foddy to join on bass with the view to release an EP. The band was assisted by Robbie Chater of The Avalanches who produced the seven largely instrumental tracks that were leaning heavily on samples. I Thought of Numbers was released in September 2001 and spurred a number of remixes on vinyl. The following year saw Whitford remould the band with a view to take to the stage. Their live debut at the 2003 Livid festival was described by Foddy as "our first show was in front of 5,000 people at a festival, which was sort of terrifying".

In 2003, Howard was replaced by Tim Hoey, a student at the Victoria College of Art after he and Whitford began exchanging demo tapes. Drummer Mitchell Scott joined shortly after, explaining that "we were just in the same circle of friends, and Tim was sort of roped in because he could play guitar and Dan's sampler had actually broken down, which kind of brought on the need to find a new way of thinking about a live show". Prior to Hoey and Scott joining, a Cut Copy performance was essentially Whitford together with Joel McKenzie doing a DJ set that included sampling their own material. Throughout their career, the band has continued to do DJ sets and remixes for others.

2003 to 06: Bright Like Neon Love

Whitford began working on the band's debut album in early 2003 and had written half a dozen songs when during a DJ gig, one of their samplers broke down. Together with Hoey, Scott and Foddy he began reinterpreting the material. Later in the year Whitford gathered all the recordings and travelled to Paris to mix the album with Phillippe Zdar and his team and found that he had "two different versions of the recordings, so I started taking parts from both of those, and putting them together". In April 2004, Cut Copy released their debut LP, Bright Like Neon Love to moderate success and supported by the singles "Saturdays" and "Future". The four-piece began rehearsing for a tour and began to play 'a garage band version' of the material. At this stage Foddy left the group to study for his Ph.D, and the band continued as a three-piece.

In 2005, the trio toured internationally for the first time, as support to international acts such as Franz Ferdinand, The Presets, Junior Senior, Bloc Party and Mylo while also playing a number of European festivals. By playing a large number of shows their fan-base grew and three members became more proficient in their instruments. In contrast to previous occasions, Whitford began songwriting with the others in the band. A third single, "Going Nowhere", was released in January 2006. In the first half of 2006, Whitford was asked to produce a mix for the Fabric label, which included a number of Cut Copy mixes. It was released in August 2006 as FabricLive.29 and described as "collection of indie, hip-hop, electroclash and straight up rock". He did the same for the American clothing company Triple 5 Soul in the same year, which Modular later released as a podcast. In December 2007, the group toured Australia with Daft Punk on the Nevereverland tour, the Sydney leg of which attracted a crowd of almost 50,000 people.

2007 to 09: In Ghost Colours
For much of 2006, Whitford had been working on the second album using the three-piece template that had been touring the world. Towards the end of September, he had much of the album complete in demo form. These recordings were sent to Tim Goldsworthy who agreed to produce the new record. In early 2007 the band travelled to New York where the new album was completed in a six-week period. Whitford commented on Goldsworthy's contribution that "he was almost like an extra member of the band and gave us feedback on things that were working and things that he thought we could change. On top of that he has an incredible wealth of experience with what he's done with other records and brought some of those recording techniques to our music".After some mixing in Los Angeles, the album was finalised at the band's homebase in Melbourne.

In May 2007, the band decided to play a small Australian tour while Modular Recordings released the single "Hearts on Fire" digitally and on vinyl. In September, the band had announced the completion of their second album, In Ghost Colours, but its Australian release was delayed until 22 March 2008 to co-ordinate with its international release. The rest of the year was spent doing a number of remixes, playing a number of local festivals and supporting Daft Punk on their Australian dates. The promo-only single "So Haunted" was made available for airplay while Whitford was putting together another compilation of mixes.

As a prelude to their second album, the band released the So Cosmic mix in February 2008, showing the disco/new wave inspiration behind In Ghost Colours. The album debuted on the ARIA Albums Chart at number one. Cut Copy's next single, "Lights & Music" was used in video game FIFA 09. "Far Away", album's third and final single, was played on Nip/Tuck, a United States TV series, on one of its final episodes, in a club scene.

2010 to 2012: Zonoscope

In July 2010, radio station Triple J broadcast the teaser track "Where I'm Going", ahead of Cut Copy's third album, Zonoscope, which drew inspirations from the early 1980s. It was largely recorded in a Melbourne warehouse with only the band and an engineer working on it. The band confirmed they had officially become a four-piece with the addition of bass guitarist Ben Browning. "Where I'm Going" became the theme song of RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook's sneak-preview video, which was released in September 2010.

The band premiered the album's first official single, "Take Me Over", in November 2010 on Triple J's breakfast show with Tom & Alex. In an interview with The Music Network, guitarist Tim Hoey described it as "certainly one of the more pop moments on the album." Zonoscope peaked at number three in Australia in February 2011 to critical acclaim. In March 2011, the group performed on the Saturday of the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, US. In June 2011, the band played at Indie Fest in Puerto Rico and later that year at the Zappa Club and the Barby Club, in Tel Aviv. In July 2011, the band performed to an audience of 25,000 people at the Camp Bisco Ten festival in Mariaville, New York. On 10 September 2011, Cut Copy played the Virgin Mobile FreeFest in Columbia, Maryland, US.

In March 2012, Cut Copy bassist Ben Browning released his debut solo EP Lover Motion. It was preceded by the single "I Can't Stay".

2013 to 14: Free Your Mind
In early September 2013, the full version of the title track to their fourth album Free Your Mind debuted at six specific locations worldwide. Fans were informed that they could visit selected billboards in Mexico, Chile, Australia, two locations in the US (Detroit, and California) and one in the UK at Blaneau Gwent in South Wales. When fans were standing near the billboard, they could open an app which would allow them to stream the track through their smartphones. The track quickly appeared on Triple J's hitlist getting regular airplay. The music video for "Free Your Mind", directed by Christopher Hill and released in October 2013, stars Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgård as a cult leader.

The album Free Your Mind was released on 1 November 2013 to considerable success. After rehearsals in Nashville, Cut Copy embarked on a world tour of North and South America through to Europe and Russia. The music video for "We Are Explorers" premiered in February 2014, followed by the release of the vinyl single "In These Arms of Love" for Record Store Day. The latter was later included in the deluxe re-release of Free Your Mind.

2015 to present: New album
The band spent most of the 2015 working on the follow up to Free Your Mind. In September 2016, they released January Tape, a 44-minute ambient instrumental piece recorded during those sessions available as a limited cassette run of 400 copies. According to Dan Whitford, the new album was about three quarters complete as of October 2016.

Cut copy are looking to build on there already large following in America and Europe with the new album to be released in 2017 followed by a world tour.

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THE PANICS - Capitol Records/Dew Process

The Panics
The Panics

The Panics are an indie rock band originally from Perth, Western Australia, and currently based in Melbourne, Victoria.

The band started out with Vox Singing Academy student Jae Laffer (then known by his actual first name, Justin) and Drew Wootton were still at high school in Kalamunda, an outer suburb of Perth, Western Australia. Laffer and Wootton met on their first day of school.

"You just look at someone and go, alright; you can be my friend, you have the same haircut as me". - Laffer

They added Drew's younger brother Myles on drums, Vox Singing Academy student Paul Otway on bass and Jules Douglas on slide guitar, keyboards and vocals soon after. After being spotted playing at the Inglewood Hotel by Happy Mondays' Gaz Whelan and Pete Carroll, following Happy Mondays' Perth performance at The Big Day Out in 2000, they were the first signing to the UK-based label LittleBIGMAN Records, a label set up by Carroll and Whelan.

"Yeah well that’s what’s been really cool about us and the label is that it was just the fact it was new for everyone and we weren’t just another band that they were adding to their roster. It felt really exciting to be part of a label that seemed to have really good ideals and be run by guys who certainly have their heads in the right place and are pro-artist as opposed to pro-money and I truly believe that. And it’s just good to have people who believe in you and playing for a couple of years it’s very rare that anyone comes along and wants to help you without wanting to take your money straight away and all that kind of thing. It’s just nice when people come along and go “we love what you do and we’d love to help”. And to have someone like the guys that run our label getting us gigs and getting us exposure, it’s like a massive weight off our shoulders that’s for sure. And also we’re really relieved to not have to go through the probable years of sending out demos hoping for replies trying to sweet talk people and suck up to people. It’s nice to straight away be our own little community and just start making records." - Laffer

Their first release, a self-titled EP in 2002, enjoyed high rotation on Australian radio station Triple J and community radio stations around Australia, from which they gained some attention. The following two EPs This Day Last Year and Kid You're A Dreamer also generated radio exposure across Australia.

In 2002, The Panics were the first Australian band to be invited to play at In The City, the UK's annual music convention.

"It was just a very spooky event. It was like playing a pub in Perth. It was condensed down to a couple of nights. In this one kind of block in Salford in Manchester there was about ten pubs all within walking distance, each with about five bands playing a night and just a huge huge amount of industry just doing the rounds, walking through. Every person in the crowd had a laminate. Our place was packed when we played which was great but it’s very hard to read industry people ‘cause they don’t want to jump around and cheer. We’d just finished recording and I remember being on stage and we were just having a laugh because it was just so great to be playing in England." - Laffer

While in England they commenced recording tracks for their debut album, with parts being recorded in Manchester UK and the rest co-produced with Steve Bond in Australia, and mixed by Jeremy Allom (The La's, Massive Attack). A full-length album, A House on a Street in a Town I'm From followed in 2003 to local critical praise. Following the release of A House on a Street in a Town I'm From they toured Australia for the first time and also played a series of gigs with Morrissey, Gomez, Grandaddy, The Church and Badly Drawn Boy. They went on to complete several sell out national headline tours of Australia.

In 2004, the band signed a worldwide deal with Festival Publishing. They have also had several tracks featured in films, including This Day Last Year which was commissioned for Jew Boy, broadcast in 2005.

In late 2004, the band headed back to England for a second UK tour, including supporting the Happy Mondays at a sold out show to over 12,000 people on Clapham Common in London. While in England, The Panics were invited to record a live broadcast for the BBC. They performed three tracks live, which was also broadcast throughout the UK and digitally worldwide. The band then based themselves in Manchester and commenced writing new material for their next album, Sleeps Like a Curse. On return to Australia they recorded the album at Megaphone studios in Sydney with Australian producer Tim Whitten (who produced albums by The Clouds, Powderfinger, Art of Fighting, The Go Betweens, The Necks, 78 Saab and worked in England with The Smiths).

The song "Kid You're a Dreamer" (from A House on a Street in a Town I'm From) was used as the credits theme music for the Australian drama The Surgeon which screened on Network Ten in 2005.

Their second album, Sleeps Like a Curse was released in August 2005, and was nominated for a J Award in the same year Shortly after the release of the album, the band relocated to Melbourne, where they were still based as at November 2007, with a number of the band's members sharing a house in the inner city suburb of Collingwood.

In October 2006 they released a three track EP, Factory Girl on littleBIGMAN Records. The songs were covers of the Rolling Stones' "Factory Girl" from their 1968 album, Beggars Banquet, Bob Dylan's "Just Like A Woman" from his 1966 album, Blonde on Blonde, and Leonard Cohen's "Who By Fire", taken from his 1974 album, New Skin for the Old Ceremony.

The song "Monkeys in the Hallway" (from A House on a Street in a Town I'm From) was used in an episode of the television drama series, Tripping Over in 2007.

In February 2007 The Panics signed with Dew Process, and under this new label their third album, Cruel Guards, was released on 13 October 2007. The album was Triple J's feature album for the week of 8 October 2007 and went on to win the 2007 J Award. The album achieved gold status (sales of 35,000) within six months of its release.

The song "Don't Fight It" was featured in an episode of the Australian television drama series, Underbelly and appears on the soundtrack album. It was also used for the end scene of the Ugly Betty episode, "Tornado Girl" (which was the eighth episode in the third season of the show).

The album was nominated for four 2008 ARIA Awards including 'Best Adult Contemporary Album', 'Best Breakthrough Artist - Single', as well as two artisan awards for 'Best Engineer' - Scott Horscroft and 'Best Producer' - Scott Horscroft. The band won its first ARIA for 'Best Adult Contemporary Album'

"We like to consider ourselves a bit more contemporary than adult, but we'll take that."
"The award was nice recognition after seven years together as a band. It's almost like just a bit of validation for a lot of hard work. Also it keeps the band a little bit hungry just knowing that people are listening."

— Jae Laffer
The Panics are already working on their next album and plan to tour the UK and the US in 2009.

"We need a few new frontiers to try to start making a little impact. We just want to make sure we grow old knowing we gave everywhere as much of a chance to get to know who we are as we do here at home."

— Jae Laffer
At the beginning of 2010, The Panics played a show at Kings Park, Perth backed by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra features many performers not unaccustomed to this form of cross-over with many, notably Michael Ingle, having previously played with Ben Lee and The Cat Empire.

In 2011, they released the new album "Rain on the Humming Wire", written in the UK and recorded in New York.

In 2013, The Panics were commissioned to write an original soundtrack for the ABC archival documentary Girt by Sea (2014). The film premiered at the Perth International Arts Festival in February 2014 where The Panics performed the score live to a sold out audience.

The critically acclaimed "Hole in my pocket" album was released in October 2016 through due process records. It peaked at number 52 on the aria charts. A national tour coincided to support of the release of the album and a world tour for 2017.

Hole in Your Pocket - Dew Process (7 October 2016) No. 52 ARIA Top 100.

http://youtu.be/t_cK_cIydHY


Gyroscope

GYROSCOPE - Warner Music/ Festival Mushroom Music

Gyroscope - Our Famous Students - Vox Singing Academy

Gyroscope are an Australian rock band from Perth, which formed in 1997 as Gyroscope Sunday. The members are former Vox Singing Academy students Daniel Sanders as lead vocalist and on guitar, Zoran Trivic on guitar and backing vocals, Brad Campbell on bass guitar and backing vocals and Rob Nassif on drums. As of 2014 the group has released four studio albums on major labels.

Gyroscope's first major label album, Sound Shattering Sound, was released in June 2004 – seven years after formation. It peaked at No. 37 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Their second such album, Are You Involved?, was issued in September 2005, which debuted at No. 20. It was followed by a double A-sided single, "Fast Girl / Beware Wolf", both tracks polled on the national radio station Triple J's Hottest 100 in 2005. The band's rise in popularity continued with their third album, Breed Obsession, which appeared in March 2008 and peaked at No. 1. It was nominated for 'Best Rock Album' at the ARIA Music Awards of 2008. It was released through Warner Music Australasia and provided four singles, including "Snakeskin" (No. 30 on the ARIA Singles Chart and listed at No. 16 on Triple J's Hottest 100 in 2007) and the anthem, "Australia". The band's fourth album, Cohesion, was released in April 2010, which reached No. three and included the singles, "Some of the Places I Know" and "Baby I'm Getting Better", which charted at No. 32 and No. 34, respectively.

Early years

Gyroscope are an Australian rock group which started as Gyroscope Sunday in Beechboro a suburb in Perth, Western Australia in 1997, with Rob Nassif on drums, Carl Maiorana and then Kim Pengilly on bass guitar, Daniel Sanders on guitar and lead vocals, and Zoran Trivic on guitar and backing vocals. Trivic and Nassif had started jamming together and found Sanders through mutual friends. Gyroscope Sunday issued a five-track cassette, First..., in 1998.

By May 1998 Pengilly was replaced by Brad Campbell on bass guitar and backing vocals. Trivic and Campbell had attended the same secondary school. At that time they had formed a garage band and performed covers of Nirvana and Foo Fighters. Trivic later recalled "this was a way of learning our individual instruments as we were always about starting our own band – it was just gunna take some time."

In late 1998 as Gyroscope, with the line-up of Campbell, Nassif, Sanders and Trivic, recorded eight tracks which were released on a compact cassette, Gyroscope Demo, in June 1999, with only 500 copies made. While performing on the Perth live circuit the members also had work or school commitments. The band provided support slots for Reel Big Fish (October 1999), Toe to Toe and 28 Days (December), Millencolin (February 2000), The Living End, Unwritten Law.

Two independent extended plays, Scalectrix (April 2000) and Means to an End were recorded and issued on cassette in 2000, where the former also appeared on CD. From December 2000 the band went on a six-month hiatus when Nassif travelled to Canada to study. Both EPs were combined on cassette, in April 2001 (originally available in four different covers), as Injuring Yourself Whilst Making Music.

Upon Nassif's return in June 2001, the group signed with Redline Records, owned by fellow Perth rockers, Jebediah, and they supported that band on an Australian tour. Gyroscope's first release for Redline was another EP, Take Time (May 2002). In October that year Juice Magazine named them as one of the next big things along with The Vines, Jet and The Datsuns. At the end of 2002 Gyroscope won a WAMi Award for "Most Popular Local Original Punk Act".

Gyroscope signed with Festival Mushroom Records at the beginning of 2003. On 3 February that year, with Jedediah, they supported a gig by international headliners Jimmy Eat World at The Globe, Prahran East. Gyroscope issued two more EPs in that year: Midnight Express in May – which contained the live favourite "Fire Away". Driving for the Storm / Doctor Doctor followed in September, and received airplay on Triple J radio across Australia. "Doctor Doctor" was listed at No. 92 on the station's Hottest 100 for that year.

Album number 1, Sound Shattering Sound

2004 was Gyroscope's breakthrough year. They supported international visitors including Blink-182, Brand New, Thursday, Dashboard Confessional (their lead singer, Chris Carrabba, insisted that they open for his group upon hearing Gyroscope's EP), Sparta, Saves the Day and The Get Up Kids. A new single, "Safe Forever", came out in March 2004 and earned Gyroscope more mainstream exposure, it peaked in the top 100 of the ARIA Singles Chart.

Their first studio album for Festival Mushroom Records, Sound Shattering Sound, was released on 14 June 2004. It debuted at No. 37 on the ARIA Albums Chart in the following week —a culmination of seven years' work while consolidating their live following. It combined newer material with tracks from their previous two EPs and "Safe Forever".

Andrew Murfett of The Age felt it was "an assured release full of crunchy riffs and emotive lyrics." FasterLouder's Josie9 felt that older tracks "like 'Doctor Doctor', 'Driving for the Storm' and newie 'Confidence in Confidentiality' are excellent indicators of the bands live sound, with contrasting heavy/soft guitars thanks to guitarist Zoran Trivic, trade off vocals/screams courtesy of singer/guitarist Dan Sanders and Brad Campbell (Bass/vox) and thumping drums from Rob Nassif". In support of its release Gyroscope commenced their first headlining tour of Australia. Sanders described difficulties while touring and trying to maintain relationships, but noted an advantage: "I could be away for seven weeks and write some of my better lyrics because I'm missing a girl or mates."

Album number 2, Are You Involved?

In May 2005, Gyroscope recorded their second album, Are You Involved?, in Los Angeles with Mark Trombino (Jimmy Eat World, Drive Like Jehu, Finch, The Living End, Blink-182) as producer and engineer. During the sessions, they filmed a music video for one side of the album's first single, "Fast Girl" (March 2006), in Death Valley. Trivic described their sound "I hope people get chills when they listen to it! ... It has the same core elements [as on] the last record, yet this record pushes our musical boundaries a lil further." Sanders felt one should not "focus on lyrics or the ins and outs of our songwriting but just enjoy.

Are You Involved? was released on 25 September 2005, which peaked at No. 20 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Initial copies had a bonus DVD featuring 'making of' documentaries for both the album and the "Fast Girl" video. FasterLouder's Kellanator opined that their "lyrics cut you when you least expect it. Their whirling sounds take you on a journey. This isn't just music... the band have grown and shifted a little since their last release... [they] have the knack of writing a good meaningful song with delicious pop hooks. Best combination ever." Bemused on Punknews.orgwebsite noted that Trombino had "[helped] achieve a fuller, more realized sound than on previous recordings" and the album "has the ability to gradually work its way into your mindset with a lyric or vocal delivery here and a guitar line there."

During 2005 it was nominated for the inaugural J Award – Triple J's Australian Album of the Year. Two tracks, "Fast Girl" and "Beware Wolf", were listed, at No. 29 and No. 62 respectively, on that year's Hottest 100. "Fast Girl" was nominated at the ARIA Music Awards of 2006 for Breakthrough Artist – Single; and the band also received two WAMi Awards in 2006 for "Best Rock Act" and "Best Punk Act". "Beware Wolf" has been used on the Australian soap opera, Home and Away.

Album number 3, Breed Obsession

Following a successful tour of South Africa, Gyroscope recorded their third major label studio album, Breed Obsession, in Liverpool during mid-2007. Dave Eringa (Idlewild, Manic Street Preachers) produced the material while mixing occurred in London.] In September that year Gyroscope toured Australia supporting Fall Out Boy on that group's Australian leg of their Friends or Enemies Tour.

The first single from Breed Obsession, "Snakeskin", appeared in October 2007, which debuted at No. 30 on the ARIA singles chart. It was the number-one most voted video on JTV, number-one most requested track on Triple J's Super Request, and was ranked No. 16 on Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2007. The music video for "Snakeskin" was shot in Wiltshire, near Stonehenge, south of London. It has the band playing in a 200-metre crop circle – made specifically for the video. This was the same farm where Led Zeppelin's crop circle was made, which features on the cover of that group's Remasters compilation album (October 1990).

Gyroscope performed at the Big Day Out festival, which toured Australia and New Zealand in late January and early February 2008. Rhythmelody at FasterLouder caught their performance at the Claremont Showgrounds on 3 February, "they let loose a fantastic set filled with old tracks from Gyroscope's younger years, tracks which long time supporters and new fans alike soaked up."Later that month the band released the second single from the album, "1981", which peaked in the top 100.

Breed Obsession was issued on 8 March 2008, which debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, the highest debut in the band's history and the first Australian artists' number-one album or single for fifteen weeks. AllMusic's Stewart Mason found that they "shake off their always tenuous connection to punk and reveal themselves to be a mainstream pop/rock band with few musical aspirations further than a handful of FM radio hits" and summarised that it was "generically tasty, but full of meaningless empty calories."] By August that year the album was certified gold by ARIA for shipment of 35,000 units.

In May 2008 Gyroscope released a music video for "Australia". It was filmed in Sydney and directed by Tom Sparks. "Australia" appeared as the next single in the following month, which peaked at No. 52. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2008 Breed Obsession was nominated for Best Rock Album. The fourth single, "These Days", appeared in November that year.

Album number 4, Cohesion and Best of Gyroscope
Following a national tour supporting The Living End, Gyroscope began writing for their fourth studio album, Cohesion. The band had 25 songs prior to sorting out the final track list. They signed with Island Records Australia and from September 2009 Gil Norton (Pixies, Maximo Park, Foo Fighters) produced their sessions at Rockfield Studios, in Monmouth, Wales. On 16 October 2009 in an interview with Triple J, Sanders announced that the record would be completed by mid-November. He also said that they were considering a self-titled album.

In December 2009 the group revealed a track from the album, "Live Without You", for radio spots and as an album teaser, on their MySpace page. The first single from the album, "Some of the Places I Know", was released in March 2010, which peaked at No. 32 The music video had appeared in February. Cohesion followed on 9 April 2010, which debuted at No. 3. Mike Allen at SputnikMusic described it as "straightforward rock... it is keen on its utilization of blistering riffs, incongruent dynamics, and Daniel Sanders' soaring clean vocals, all of which play an intricate role in creating the melting pot. Monstrous choruses and infectious hooks are strewn throughout." In June they started their national tour to promoted the album.

On 22 April 2010 the band blogged on their official MySpace page that Warner Music were due to release a compilation album, Best of Gyroscope, on 7 May via iTunes, without the band's permission. They only found out about the compilation through their fans on Facebook. The band issued a joint statement through their management, criticising Warner for not consulting them. They declared, "The song selection, artwork and everything about this release has been done without consultation with the band. Gyroscope are a band who have always put our fans first. In our opinion, the release of this album without consultation with the band, and without including any material from our new album Cohesion, does not represent good value for our fans." The album was released anyway. The album has since been removed from iTunes and recalled from stores.

In May 2011 they performed at the annual Groovin' the Moo festival at regional centres in Australia In May 2012 Trivic broke both legs when he was struck by a car whilst riding his motorcycle. Initially it was anticipated that his recovery would only take three to four months however his rehabilitation took longer. As a result, the band went into an enforced hiatus until December 2014 when they recommenced live performances with a national tour to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the release of their debut album, Sound Shattering Sound.

In May 2015 Gyroscope played a secret show at The Hen House studios to celebrate the Hen House's 5th birthday. In February 2016 the band announced a one off show at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Bunbury over the Easter weekend. On 3 March 2016 the band posted a photo of reheasals on Facebook announcing that they are working on some new songs.
2017 plans to be a big here with the rekindling of the band and the release of the new album. Look out for them on their Australian National tour and world tour in 2017.

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CLOWNS - Shock Records

Clowns
Clowns

Here they are Clowns are a 5 piece hardcore punk rock n roll band from Melbourne's Bayside suburbs fronted by Vox Singing Academy's student Stevie Williams. Stevie is an amazing hard-core punk rock screamer. We are always playing, touring and releasing music because we honestly have nothing better to do.
There debut album 'I'm Not Right' was voted at number 5 on Triple J's Short.Fast. Loud Top 40 releases of 2013, not bad for a couple of kids from the suburbs of Melbourne.
2015 seen release of the" bad blood" album to critical acclaim. Touring nationally and worldwide for this album.

and in 2017 To celebrate the release of Lucid Again, Clowns will launch the album with a 10-date national tour in June for some of their largest headline shows to date, joined by special guests Night Birds (USA). Kicking things off in Cairns, the band will make their way across the country including stops in Darwin, Perth, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart before wrapping up in Melbourne for a hometown party, unleashing their latest offering live for the first time and to deliver the wild and chaotic live performances they have become renowned for.

2017 Will also see The Clowns headed back to Europe for the third time playing a number of club shows and festivals! In The UK they'll be supported by the amazing Throwing Stuff!
Check out the highly energetic and must see show next time they are in town.




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