Following Birds of Tokyo’s channel ten sports-montage-anthem ‘Lanterns’, to say the band had fully embraced pop-rock success would have been a fair assessment. Rarely does a band make a record like ‘March Fires’ and then emerge two years later with something entirely different. During the ‘Lanterns’ era, many would not have guessed the next Birds of Tokyo album would be hell-bent on channelling anger, disillusionment and general vitriol at the state of the modern world. Read more …
In an Extra B Radio first, we got to sit down to talk with Australian taste-makers and tune breakers Seb (Basenji) and Sid (swindail) for a quick chat about tour things, clothes things and music things during their stop at Monash for the Homework tour hosted by V Energy Drink Australia. Due to a technical error, we have unfortunately lost the interview with Swindail, which not only included cake tastings but also a surprise cameo from Wave Racer! Bummer! I’m kicking myself over it, but hopefully we’ll have the opportunity to interview them again as they continue to slay. Incredibly talented producers and lovely human beings.
‘Cauterize’ and ‘Dust’ epitomise a no-frills, uncompromising and masterful amalgamation of rock n roll, soaring melody and speed metal. Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti fronts the solo-project-turned-full-fledged-band Tremonti, who have built themselves a spot in the rock and metal history books with the release of this double album.
I was raised a rocker. From Kiss to Bruce Springsteen, Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil and Guns N Roses, my life since had been a perpetual tug-of-war between metal and rock. As I age, my taste refines and expands, but I never found that perfect amalgamation of the two… until I first heard a band called Alter Bridge back in 2004. As an avid WWE fan, Edge’s theme song Metallingus—an Alter Bridge classic—was so enticing. It was not heavy metal, neither was it hard-rock and it rocked my fucking world. Read more …
“And it’s a long way back from seventeen…”
Seventeen years ago, Blink-182 released what some say to be the most iconic Pop-Punk record of the last 20 years, ‘Enema of the State’. The album notoriously became linked to the adolescence of Generation Y, communicating the feelings of angst and hopelessness of teenagers all over the world. Selling over 15 million records, this album caused the explosion of the three piece on to the mainstream music scene. The band at the time consisted of front-men Tom Delonge and Mark Hoppus, with newly crowned drummer Travis Barker.
Since then they have sold 35 million records world-wide, released multiple award winning singles and arguably reinvented music videos with their own unique brand of satirical performing.
Blink-182 have also broken up twice. Most recently, the band split in January 2015 due to tension between Delonge and the other two members. As a result, Hoppus and Barker soon replaced Delonge with Matt Skiba, the vocalist and guitarist from Alkaline Trio.
We’ve all lost a lot of heroes this year. Groundbreaking individuals who shaped and soundtracked all our lives have now lost theirs and we have all had our hearts broken over and over again.
But today has hit me harder than anything. Then again I guess I can’t truly say; it hasn’t really hit me yet. I could never have prepared myself for the news I got this morning.
So how did you guys decide on your sound? There’s some Pantera vibes, some Killswitch Engage, maybe some more progressive stuff too..
Rudy [Guitar]: I guess what we’re trying to aim for- well aim probably isn’t the right word- we somehow end up writing songs with aggressive music and still keep the vocal lines melodic and clean; almost like a hard rock vibe. And it’s been difficult for us to put ourselves into a pocket because there aren’t many bands that sound like us. Usually when you play aggressive music the vocals and the melody tend to follow the aggressiveness, but in our case we want to give it a different twist, where there’s a combination of hard rock and modern metal.
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This year Swedish dark horses GHOST took out the GRAMMY Award for Best Metal Performance with their 2015 single ‘Cirice’. But who are they and why should you care? Good question! Read more …