DZ Deathrays – Positive Rising: Part 1

"After a four-year gap between releases, DZ Deathrays imposing third album — 2018’s Bloody Lovely — saw the Brisbane duo of Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley’s shredding rock maelstrom reach audiences they’d only ever dreamed of. It lead to critical acclaim, a Top 4 ARIA Chart debut, huge tours, headlining festival slots, and playing the biggest venues of their career.

Following Bloody Lovely’s demanding touring schedule — and now with third member Lachlan Ewbank along for the ride full-time — DZ Deathrays found themselves with more song ideas than they’d ever had. The addition of Lachlan as a full-time member of the band meant a new set of ears to bounce ideas off, and a new set of riffs to dig into.

So doing things the way they had before, well… that wasn’t big enough. Not challenging enough. Not out of their comfort zone enough. So they did what every band worth their salt and wanting to change things up does: go record the first half of a double-album opus in LA with Miro Mackie (St. Vincent, Cold War Kids, Hatchie, WAAX).

Positive Rising Pt 1 bucks and heaves with disparate, heady atmospheres and avalanching instrumentation that pushes the DZ Deathrays into corners they’ve never visited. What’s on offer is a DZ Deathrays that swings quickly from leaner and meaner, to blown-out and expansive — and sometimes downright weirder —  while still packing enough punches to be destined to soundtrack flying bodies in mosh pits the world over."        

Expected release date: August 30th, 2019

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City Calm Down - Television

City Calm Down – one of Australia’s most exciting bands – will release their much-anticipated third album Television on Friday 23 August. Faster, simpler, tougher: this is City Calm Down like you’ve never heard them before. 

Television is a spectacular record: short, sharp and focused. Recorded with producer Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, DZ Deathrays, Julia Jacklin) at The Grove Studios in NSW, it sees Jack Bourke (vocals), Sam Mullaly (keys), Jeremy Sonnenberg (bass) and Lee Armstrong (drums) chase something new, without hesitation or second thoughts.

City Calm Down stripped back their sound and focused their message: wake up, the world’s happening to you. Sonically, Television is a direct hit to the body, packed with both punk energy and City Calm Down’s trademark emotional intensity. It’s also the band’s finest work yet. Television is the follow-up to 2018’s Echoes In Blue and 2015 debut In A Restless House.

With over 12 million streams so far, City Calm Down’s accomplished songwriting and exhilarating live shows have earned them praise from fans in Australian and across the globe. Airplay on triple j, RTR, 4ZZZ + more plus UK’s Radio 1 and BBC 6; international press coverage from outlets including NME, Rolling Stone, The 405, Stereogum, Consequence Of Sound, Indie Shuffle, Clash, The Independent + more. CCD have performed multiple sold-out headline tours and at festivals including Splendour In The Grass, Laneway, The Great Escape, Gold Sounds, Falls, Sugar Mountain, Beyond The Valley, Yours & Owls + more.

Expected release date: August 23rd, 2019

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Seeker Lover Keeper - Wild Seeds

Wild Seeds is the second full-length album from Seeker Lover Keeper - beloved Australian indie folk supergroup comprising of Sarah Blasko, Sally Seltmann and Holly Throsby. A collection of 12 songs, it is the long awaited follow-up to their 2011 self-titled debut.

Thematically the songs sit together effortlessly, reflecting a shared outlook and lived experience: the nostalgia of youth, the gravity of growing up, the endurance of friendship, and the ever-evolving process of self-realisation. These are both personal narratives and universal stories. There are yearnings for connection and celebrations of solitude; a vivid sense of past and present.

The title track ‘Wild Seeds’ seemed to capture the essence of it all – a woman, once wild, reflecting on her former tumults with a sense of grace and solace. It seemed a fitting title for such an assured record, an album that emboldens Seeker Lover Keeper’s sound with lucidity and strength.

Expected release date: August 9th, 2019

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