Newcastle rockers dave are launching new single Juice at the Lass O’Gowrie this Saturday, May 26.
Jono B-Smith will kick the night off at 8.30pm, followed by Catnip, The Hedonists and dave at 11pm. Entry is free.
A video clip for the ’90s indie-rock inspired track has already been released – you can check it out online at theherald.com.au – and the band can’t wait to play it for their home crowd.
“I wrote Juice after watching the first episode of The People v. O.J. Simpson on Netflix with my girlfriend and thinking it was really shit,” vocalist Noah Church said.
“As I wrote the lyrics it took on a new meaning: not needing to stay up watching shows that we don’t even like when we have each other. It started out as a bit of a joke but ended up being a little sweet.”
Last year was a big year for Church and bandmates Ga be Argiris (drums) and Max Tuckerman (bass). They released mini-album YOCH! Bangers Vol. 1; songs Take It All and Rock n Roll were regulars on triple j’s Unearthed Radio; and Eggiwegs came in at No.18 on FBi Radio’s top-played tracks of 2017. The song was also voted third-best song of the year in Happy Mag’s top 100.
dave releases new EP Never Yoch Alone later this year.
Byron Bay’s Parkway Drive have announced a seven-date tour in support of their sixth studio album, Reverence. And Newcastle made the list.
Fellow Aussies Thy Art Is Murder and US metalcore giants Killswitch Engage will join Parkway Drive at NEX Newcastle on October 27. Tickets are on sale now through Oztix.
Reverence debuted at No.1 on the ARIA chart, making it Parkway Drive’s fifth ARIA top 10 debut and second consecutive No.1. The anthem-heavy album was influenced by a series of tragedies the band had endured over the past few years, including the untimely loss of two loved ones.
Musically, Reverence is a change of pace for the band and has divided opinion among fans. But there is no doubting the band’s popularity – to headline or even co-headline a tour featuring Killswitch Engage is huge.
If you like acoustic blues, keep an ear out for Lloyd Spiegel. He is touring his eighth album Backroads, which is described as “a hard-edged, brutally honest account of Spiegel’s life outside of music”, and will stop by the Stag and Hunter in Newcastle on June 8.
“So much of what I’ve written in the past is focused on where I’m going. Both literally and figuratively,” Spiegel said.
“I’m a driven person and never really paused to think about the sacrifices, what I’ve left behind, until I sat for a moment and started writing.
“The plan to step outside of what people might expect from me, sound fresh and push harder, made it feel like I had no boundaries placed on me and I had a sense of creative freedom with this one that I hadn’t felt before.”
Denis Carnahan is bringing Rugby League The Musical to Lizotte’s Newcastle on August 31. It’s a humorous and satirical look at the sport and the players – and you don’t have to be an NRL fan to enjoy it.
Forty years ago The Angels released the album that started it all, Face to Face. It put the band on the map, both nationally and internationally, with songs like Take A Long Line, Marseilles, After the Rain and Be With You and remained in the charts for 18 months.
Not bad for a band’s second release.
The Angels of today are paying homage to the album with a two-hour show that features two sets – Face To Face in full, followed by band’s other classics. It’s coming to Belmont 16s on June 9.
“It’s impossible to describe the atmosphere of those days but it will be amazing to celebrate this album 40 years on,” John Brewster said.
“It’s a celebration and a tip of the hat to the two members of the gang who are no longer with us – Doc and Chris Bailey.”
Tickets on sale now at proticket.com.au. Other gigs coming up at Belmont 16s include Jon Stevens & Band on June 23 and The Black Sorrows on July 7.
Tickets are still available, we are told, if you want to join Jet at NEX Newcastle on May 29 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of album Get Born.
Jackie Brown Jr are playing at The Cambridge on June 10 and are worth checking out. Paper Thin and Rachel Maria Cox are also on the bill. Soundbites stumbled upon Jackie Brown Jr at the Wollombi Tavern a couple of years ago and they put on a good show.
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