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Australian Rock Label, Rue Morgue Records, Celebrates Second Birthday With New Compilation, Murders In The Rue Morgue Vol II

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Australia’s very own Rue Morgue Records started off as a dream for acclaimed music photographer John Raptis. That dream started off as wanting to set up an online record store that would eventually become a bricks and mortar store… along the way it evolved into a record label that has just celebrated its second birthday.

Over those two years, Rue Morgue has released eleven 7” singles for artists including Palace Of The King,Espionage, Nothing Sacred, Riff Raiders and The Vendettas. The singles have all become instant collectables for vinyl collectors and music lovers right around the world and have given an alternative voice to a number of talented Australian artists.

2020 saw Rue Morgue Records release their critically acclaimed compilation – Murders In The Rue Morgue Vol 1. The compilation, which featured artists including Palace Of The King, Espionage and Fierce Deity was made available in a number of different styles, including the elusive picture discs, and sold out in record time as they were snapped up by music lovers and vinyl collectors alike.

Watch Jimmy Van Zeno of Sonic Circus ‘Unbox’ Vol 1 here
https://youtu.be/Z_KwZnYPL2E

Not only was the compilation well received by the public but it also made the Top Ten Albums lists of 2020 for both Melbourne based blog and radio show Subculture and also Australia’s premiere heavy music magazine – HEAVY Magazine.

The aim of the compilation was to give a voice to local artists but in turn the release managed to rejuvenate the public’s interest in the compilation concept, not bad considering production of it was held up when the Covid-19 pandemic twice shut down the record manufacturing plant.

Now Rue Morgue Records are looking into the crystal ball of 2021 and are proud to announce that orders are being taken for Murders In The Rue Morgue Vol II.

This time the compilation will include tracks by artists including Fight The Sun, Dive Into Ruin, Low Gods, Cicadastone, Karly Jewell, Warbirds, 74 Kings, Riff Raiders, Sonic Circus, Filth Wizard, and two bonus artists on the CD – Wolfpack and 29 Bones.

It will have an open CD release but will have restricted releases including black vinyl (only 50 produced), splatter vinyl (666 produced) and hand numbered picture discs (100 produced). Those that pre-order the compilation also receive an exclusive Rue Morgue Records Vol II sticker, exclusive Rue Morgue Records guitar pick, a Japanese style OBI and entry into the exclusive Facebook Group The 300 Club – which entitles members to discounts on all Rue Morgue Records stock, early access to special pre-release vinyl releases, early access to rare and signed collectable vinyl and their name emblazoned on the inner sleeve of Murders In The Rue Morgue Vol II.

TRACKLIST
Fight The Sun: Goodbye Gravity
Dive Into Ruin: Moronic Fatigue
Low Gods: King Of The Sun
Cicadastone: Dime A Dozen
Karly Jewell: Dancing With The Devil
Warbirds: My Symphony
74 Kings: Green Desert Jesus
Riff Raiders: Walk Of Shame
Sonic Circus: Over The Line
Filth Wizard: Snowflake

Murders In The Rue Morgue Vol II will be available on
CD, LP Picture Disc, Black Vinyl and Splatter Vinyl

Murders In The Rue Morgue Vol II will be available by the Australian winter.
Pre orders are available now!
www.ruemorguerecords.com

For further information on the release contact John Raptis
0419419902 or info@ruemorguerecords.com

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RedHook Reveal Monstrous Debut EP ‘Bad Decisions’

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Sydney-based alternative-rock trio RedHook have unleashed their long-awaited debut EP ‘Bad Decisions’ – produced by Stevie Knight (Stand Atlantic, Yours Truly, Trophy Eyes), and mixed by James Paul Wisner (Hands Like Houses, Underoath).

‘Bad Decisions’ consists of six emotionally-charged songs of audacious alternative rock. From the defiant rage of ‘Cure 4 Psycho’ to the bittersweet oddity of ‘I Don’t Keep Up’, to the fragile moments of despair in ‘Alien’, each song pulsates with its own unique energy while delivering the unmistakable infectious hooks, passionate lyrics, bold arrangements, and genre-bending quirk that have come to define RedHook’s expansive sound.

Lead singer Emmy Mack talks about the process of making ‘Bad Decisions’:

“’Bad Decisions’ feels like my Horcrux. There’s a chunk of my soul trapped in here. I wrote most of these lyrics when my mental health was circling the drain. I was going through a challenging time where I couldn’t understand my own mind; I felt like a freak, like a fuck-up, like no matter what I did, I couldn’t stop hurting the people I cared about most. And I poured every last ounce of hatred, rage, confusion, frustration, depression and despair that I felt towards myself and the world around me into these six songs.”

EP opener ‘I Don’t Keep Up’ is a playful declaration of identity and difference, setting up crucial themes of navigating mental illness – as well as ensuing feelings of imperfection, abnormality and failure – which reverberate across the entire EP. The second track, ‘Cure 4 Psycho’ delivers trenchant arrangements, complemented by Mack’s grimacing vocals travelling through the darker lyrical elements of RedHook’s catalogue.

This steers the listener into title track and lead single ‘Bad Decisions’, where RedHook use a confessional punk slice to assert their energy and immensity, before introducing the record’s heaviest track, ‘Kamikaze’. Layered with unshakable riffs and haywire electronics, ‘Kamikaze’ is a high-tempo explosion of frantic instrumentation. Mack’s rasping vocals are complimented by feature guest Will King of Windwaker, with both singers colliding in an exhilarating bridge, leading into the song’s fiery climax.

Next up, ‘Alien’ shows us RedHook at their most vulnerable. Stripped-back verses launch into a titanic chorus, rich in texture and melody, as lush guitars, verdant vocal harmonies, and atmospheric synths add even more weight to Mack’s emotionally-wrought storytelling. Finally, ‘Your Heroes Are Bullshit’ caps off the EP impressively with a tale of existential meltdown. Mack’s brutal performance is front and centre as the track hurtles towards the EP’s colossal finale.

Guitarist Craig Wilkinson, assistant producer on the EP alongside Dave Petrovic (Northlane, Tonight Alive), talks about the development of ‘Bad Decisions’:

“It feels huge to finally release our debut EP. The one silver lining of watching our entire 2020 schedule go up in flames was finally getting the chance to double down in the studio and give our fans what they’ve been asking for. Musically, we wanted to challenge ourselves and push our song writing to fresh limits, cross breeding our love of riffs and all things heavy with fresh sounds from the worlds of EDM, pop, hip-hop and more. I even got to go back to my high school jazz band roots and bust out a sax solo!”

Singles off the ‘Bad Decisions’ EP have been widely embraced by the likes of Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music, with ‘Cure 4 Psycho’ being added to rotation on triple j, along with further radio support from Kerrang! Radio (UK), triple j Unearthed, The Faction, 4ZZZ and Aussie Music Weekly. The tracks have also received praise from blogs Rock Sound (UK), Rolling Stone (AUS), Music Feeds, HEAVY Mag, Hysteria Magazine and The Soundcheck, with multiple video clips being added to rotation on ABC’s Rage.

To coincide with the release, the band will be embarking on an Australian headline tour, including shows at The Brightside in Brisbane, Crowbar in Sydney, the Crown & Anchor in Adelaide, Northcote Social Club in Melbourne, the Prince of Wales in Bunbury, along with Amplifier (+18) and HQ (AA) in Perth.

They’ll also be joining the likes of Northlane and In Hearts Wake at the inaugural Full Tilt Festival in Sydney this July, before appearing as part of the music line-up of Sydney extreme sports festival District X alongside Hands Like Houses and Hooligan Hefs in October.

This continues on from appearances at Download UK, Good Things, BIGSOUND and Halloween Hysteria, as well as supporting the likes of The Amity Affliction, Sevendust, Hands Like Houses and Ocean Grove.

‘Bad Decisions’ is available worldwide nowClick Here To Stream

REDHOOK BAD DECISIONS TOUR

All tickets on sale via weareredhook.com

FRI 30 APR | BRIGHTSIDE, BRISBANE QLD
SAT MAY 1 | CROWBAR, SYDNEY NSW ** SOLD OUT **
SAT MAY 1 | CROWBAR, SYDNEY NSW (SECOND SHOW)
FRI MAY 7 | CROWN & ANCHOR, ADELAIDE SA ** SOLD OUT **
FRI MAY 7 | CROWN & ANCHOR, ADELAIDE SA (SECOND SHOW)
SAT MAY 8 | NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE VIC ** SOLD OUT **
SAT MAY 8 | NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE VIC (SECOND SHOW)
FRI MAY 14 | PRINCE OF WALES, BUNBURY WA
SAT MAY 15 | AMPLIFIER, PERTH WA
SUN MAY 16 | HQ, PERTH WA (AA)
SAT JUL 31 | FULL TILT FESTIVAL, BELLA VISTA FARM NSW
FRI OCT 29 | DISTRICT X, SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL REGATTA CENTRE NSW

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Sydney Heavy Rockers Dreamers Crime Unleash New Single ‘Dreaming’

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Sydney based Heavy Rock outfit Dreamers Crime have just released their anthemic new single and music video ‘Dreaming’.

They have also announced a local launch show at Crowbar (Sydney) on April 30 with supports Livewire and Screaming Eagle.

The single is taken from their upcoming album called ‘Here We Are’, which was recorded at Electric Sun Studios with award-winning producers Dave Petrovic and Stevie Knight.

Dreamers Crime debuted in 2014 with the release of their EP ‘What Is Real’. The band have since toured Australia multiple times.

Since 2018, the boys have completed two tours across South East Asia that included shows in the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. They have also shared the stage in Australia with the likes of Trapt and Hybrid Theory.

Dreamers Crime released their single ‘Silence’ in January and are now ready to unleash their epic new single ‘Dreaming’.

New single ‘Dreaming’ is available on all major online stores.

DREAMERS CRIME – ‘DREAMING’ SINGLE LAUNCH

April 30th – Crowbar, Sydney, NSW
W/ Livewire + Screaming Eagle
Tickets available at www.oztix.com.au | 18+ only

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Counting Silence Release Debut EP ‘Faraday’

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Melbourne-based alternative rockers Counting Silence have unleashed their dynamic new EP, ‘Faraday’ – which features the debut single of the same name. The EP was recently premiered via AAA Backstage.


‘Faraday’ is a collection of diverse rock tracks that build, twist and turn. They hold a sense of curiosity. And they display a style that’s dynamic, heavy and complex, but also uniquely approachable. It’s a style that Counting Silence are making their own.


The band brings together four life-long musicians who want to write music that’s free from limitations and genre stereotypes. Singer Chris Fullwood, guitarist Wayne Bauman, bassist Eric Stock and drummer John Rankin want to engage and surprise fans of heavy, melodic music. And they’ve got the musicianship, experience and passion to do just that.


The band recently premiered the EP’s title track, ‘Faraday’, via The Music, and it has since been aired on more than 50 radio stations across Australia, including Triple M.

“It lulls you into a vibe… and then just smacks you in the face!”
Dave ‘Higgo’ Higgins – Triple M


Counting Silence’s debut EP ‘Faraday’ is available for download and streaming on all major online platforms.




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