GRUNTS NO MORE
Actor Russell Crowe has revealed that his band, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, are no more. But fans will be thrilled with the news that the massive South Sydney supporter has a solo album in the pipeline. He says, "Well you will be pleased to know it looks like I will release an album soon that doesn't have 'What's Her Name?' on it. What you possibly won't be pleased about, nor understand fully until you hear this record, is that TOFOG would seem to have dissolved/evolved. While that holds certain disappointments, they pale in comparison to the joy of writing unrestricted, of talking from my heart and mind simultaneously about things that are important to me now, right now, in this time of my life, not when I was younger or dare I say it less world weary/wary, but now, as a 41 year old father/husband/lover/man." The album, to be titled My Hand, My Heart (as according to Crowe "what I have written comes from there") touches on varying subjects including everything from his family and friends to past relationships and family tragedy. He adds, "It is without doubt the most satisfying record I've ever made, and I know when you hear it you will be seduced by its beauty." First single, “Raewyn” has just been released through iTunes.
SNOW PATROL DEPARTURE
Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody has confirmed that bassist and founding member Mark McClelland is no longer a part of the group. He says, "I started the group with Mark 10 years ago, and he was a massive part of Snow Patrol and my life throughout the decade. However, over the last 18 months, touring has taken its toll on the rest of the band's relationship with him." Former Terra Diablo bassist Paul Wilson has been announced as his replacement. The band is currently in Ireland working on a new album.
Congratulations to AC/DC who are blitzing DVD charts all over the world with their latest DVD, Family Jewels. The 2-disc definitive visual history of the band rocketed to #1 on the ARIA DVD chart the other week and has enjoyed #1 success in recent weeks in Austria, the Czech Republic, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Also celebrating with a #1 are local boys the Bodyrockers, who have taken the top spot on the ARIA club chart with their current hit ,“I Like The Way You Move.” The track has been causing mayhem on dancefloors across Europe and was one of the most added tracks on Australian radio over the past month. The boys, who have been described as a dance/pop/rock fusion - think Scissor Sisters rubbing shoulders with the Prodigy, are currently putting the finishing touches to their debut album in East London.
BEAUTIFUL GIRLS ROCK JAPAN
Lead singer of Sydney outfit The Beautiful Girls has revealed that the band has been added to the line up of the 2005 Fuji Rock Festival in Japan with the likes of the Foo Fighters, Cake, Fatboy Slim and Moby. He said, “We are so stoked to be playing at Fuji this year. It is a huge opportunity for us. We love Japan and really dig the Japanese people - they have always been really supportive of our music and cool to us when we have been there previously on tour.” The boys will perform in front of more than 60,000 punters at the festival this July. In the meantime, the band is in the studio laying down tracks for their second album, which is due for release in July this year.
AFTER THE FALL
After The Fall is also currently midway through tracking their 2nd studio album. The follow up to last year’s self-titled debut album will be mixed this month by the legendary Kevin Shirley (Black Crowes, Led Zeppelin, The Darkness). The band are currently getting a heap of interest from overseas labels, but promise to be back on the road around July/August.
YEAH YEAH YEAHS
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are back in the studio recording the follow up to Fever To Tell. The trio has also been busy working on various side projects recently. Singer Karen O had a song on an Adidas commercial and has been working on solo stuff; guitarist Nick is readying a photography book, recording a thrash band and playing guitar on Bright Eyes' American tour next month; while drummer Brian's been recording with his other band, The Seconds ,and has been laying down some free jazz stuff.
BEKI & THE BULLETS
Congratulations to Melbourne based five-piece Beki & The Bullets, who have just signed a deal with Roadrunner Records. The band, fronted by Beki T of Mavis fame, present a range of hard-candy drenched pop/rock that comes off as a cross between Gwen Stefani, Cyndi Lauper, Blondie and Motley Crue. Their debut single, “Tuning In,” has just hit the airwaves while their debut EP is out on May 6.
Keith Urban’s latest album, Be Here, has just surpassed platinum with sales of over 70,000 units in Australia. The third single from the album, “Making Memories of Us,” has just been serviced to radio and will officially hit the stores on May 22.
Presidents of the United States of America have postponed their scheduled May tour to later this year. No details have emerged yet as to the reasoning behind the postponement. Their brand new single is called “Some Postman,” while a new album is due out in August.
N THE NO NAMES DEPARTMENT…
Which national broadcaster has been accused of ignoring a certain band after it went through a change of guard? After supporting the band in their early stages, the new guard decided to ignore the band based on subjective personal opinion - denying them any support and basically stalling their career. Interesting…
ME THE CONQUEROR SEEK SINGER
Canberra based four piece Me The Conqueror is searching for a new singer after the departure of Chris Canham. The band recently spent two weeks recording their debut EP before Canham’s departure due to "artistic differences." So if you think you fit the bill, send an email to their manager Andi Kippling at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0411 984 019. All enquires will remain confidential.
ANTHRAX BRING BACK THE NOISE
Speed metal masters Anthrax have announced that they’re coming back to Australia! The classic line up of Joey Belladonna, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, Scott Ian and Dan Spitz have reformed and are set to ‘bring the noise’ back down under for a tour this month. Often seen as one of the ‘big four’ acts that changed the face of metal (along with Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer), the band were responsible for the emergence of speed and thrash metal - combining the pace and fury of hardcore punk with the prominent guitars and vocals of heavy metal. 1991 was the last time this classic Anthrax line-up delivered their brutal noise to the Aussie public. Supported by Australian metal gods Mortal Sin, you can catch them at the Arena in Brisbane on May 12, the Roundhouse in Sydney on May 14, the Palace in Melbourne on May 15, Heaven in Adelaide on May 16, and the Lookout in Scarborough, WA on May 18.
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
After blitzing the northern hemisphere, Australian three-piece Wolfmother returns to their homeland to unleash their psychedelic brand of proto-heavy metal upon local audiences. Touted as the next band most likely to follow in the footsteps of Jet, the boys will rip it up for their first shows since the Big Day Out in January. They will be performing at the Plantation Hotel in Coffs Harbour on May 4, Newcastle Uni Bar on May 5, The Fisho’s in Manly on May 6, and at the Gaelic Club in Surry Hills on May 7. Tickets are on sale now.
Returning for the 5th year in 2005 is Australia’s favourite mid winter music festival, Splendour In The Grass. Promising two music filled days on July 23 and 24 will be acts such as Queens Of The Stone Age, Moby, Shihad, Interpol, Sarah Blasko and Bloc Party. It all takes place in the coastal wonderland of Byron Bay's Belongil Fields and tickets go on sale on May 9. Since the event’s debut in 2001, each year has sold out in advance so get in early to avoid disappointment.
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