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Cormac Neeson

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Cormac Neeson is a name some of you will be familiar with as the lead singer of Irish hard rockers The Answer. Well Cormac has just recently released a couple of amazing singles as a solo artist. The very touching Broken Wing and the title track from his forthcoming album White Feather which will be released in Australia in Q2 2020 through Social Family Records.

I recently had a chat with Cormac about his transition as a solo artist, writing in Nashville and the very personal nature of this new album White Feather.

Be sure to follow Cormac on his social channels and I highly recommend you watch the YouTube documentary giving a touching insight into the personal story behind the meaning of Broken Wing.

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All Good Things aim ‘For The Glory’

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Next-generation rock group All Good Things recently dropped a monstrous new version of their anthemic hit For The Glory now featuring Johnny 3 Tears and Charlie Scene of Hollywood Undead. The track, an unapologetic victory song for the underdog, with lyrics like “We celebrate with the city tonight/ Hear the hometown cheer/ It’s the ultimate high,” has already resonated with millions of listeners around the world with its original version reaching over 100M streams across digital platforms to date. This new, amplified rendition comes ahead of the band’s first full-length studio album since signing with Better Noise Music, due later this year.

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Dan Murphy (Vocals / Guitar) and Liz Hooper (Bass / Keyboards) who Zoomed in from a sunny Los Angeles.  Like so many other bands, All Good Things were poised to have this collab, new album and a bunch of touring underway long ago, but as the saying goes “good things” come to those who wait….

Dan: This collab with Hollywood Undead has been in the works for a long time.  We had everything pretty much finalised a while back, but things like even the video have gone through so many different shapes and forms and edits.  It’s great to finally have it out there!  To be honest, we wrote this song over three years ago, so for us it’s kind of funny that it’s now this “new” song to so many people as it’s like one of our oldest jams.

“For the Glory’ is a swagger anthem about celebrating a hard earned victory against all odds, with all the people around you that helped get you there. We’re so touched by how many people have connected with this song since we first released it. We love collaborating and are so grateful to our friends Johnny 3 Tears and Charlie Scene from Hollywood Undead for hopping on this and taking it to the next level.”

The band have also released a music video for the song, directed by Wombat Fire. Featuring footage from the upcoming horror-thriller feature film The Retaliators, in which the song appears, coming later this year from Better Noise Films.

The new video very much embodies the band’s origins, with the LA-based group starting off creating monster rock songs that could be used across media like games, TV and films.  It seems that I’m not alone in having my first taste of the band via a Spotify Gym themed playlist, where the band initially released songs under the name of “Battle Rock”.

Liz: Actually that’s how a lot of people have discovered us, through doing songs for film and television.  We were just having fun in the studio making all these balls out rock tunes for Sport and Superhero movies etc.  So we basically threw those songs up on Spotify for shits and giggles, with no intentions of really being a band.  And then people just kept messaging us about our songs, so we got on Spotify one day and went Holy Shit, look at all these streams.  We just never realised, so that was when we decided we should actually do this as a proper band.  We’ve each been in hundreds of bands and done all the touring before, but this band is like this magic kind of thing.

Dan: We had other bands on the side that I was involved in, but this has just kept snowballing into something bigger and bigger and we thought we’ve got to put more energy into this.  In the beginning we really were just writing for songs to be licensed for different stuff.  We were writing the most ridiculous, bombastic, arrogant kind of songs, whatever came out, came out.  I’m a huge Hockey fan and would be watching NHL or NFL and get inspired.  Then there were fans who in the Anime and Gaming type world were making their own videos to our music and we just had no idea.  But now we’ve really embraced it and been engulfed by it.  We’re just grateful we had a licensing company who was doing all of that and placing our songs in all the right places, and from there it’s just snowballed into something pretty epic.

Being a band to seize an opportunity, they got onto the live-streaming early when it was clear that shows were not happening.  Taking those live streams even a step further, the band combined their love of collaborations and came up with some pretty epic footage that you can check out over on their YouTube channel.

Dan: Instead of touring, we just did live streams every week.  We had our studio set-up here and we live streamed to every platform we could.  Andrew (Guitarist) is really smart and figured it all out.  We worked through our whole back catalogue and got to play a bunch of stuff we’d never really played before. 

Liz:  With the collabs, we did one with Spencer from Ice Nine Kills, there was Kyle Gass from Tenacious D and also Hyro The Hero. 

Continues Dan, it was really fun, I actually felt like the host there, as we’d have these half hour interview segments as part of the stream.  It was really fun just to shoot the shit so to speak, it was so different from a show.  You can actually catch those collabs over on our YouTube channel.  The one with Kyle Gass was hilarious, we did a Neil Diamond song and Kyle dressed up as him and we did a Metallica cover with Spencer from Ice Nine Kills.

Whilst a date hasn’t been officially announced, the band is hoping for their latest album to be released around August / September and hopefully shows will also happen in the 2021…

Dan: We’re really hoping that the album comes out August / September.  We were basically all geared up and ready to go right when the pandemic hit.  We’d had the album kind of just approved and we got the mixes back we were super fired to get it out as soon as possible.  A lot of our fans have been waiting for such a long time for this album.

Liz: As far as the new album we have a collab with Hyro The hero, who’s on our label.  He’s an amazing rap / rock artist.  We haven’t released that one as yet, so people will have to wait to check that out when the album comes out!

Since chatting with Liz and Dan, they were just announced for the massive Aftershock Festival taking place in October 2021 in Sacramento, California. A huge multi-day festival featuring Metallica, Misfits, The Offspring, Volbeat, Seether + many, many more. Since having having had summer shows with Stabbing Westward and From Ashes To New canned, with the band embracing regular live-streams, their upcoming live performances will carry with it an interesting milestone in the bands evolution….

Dan: It’s been like a year and a half now since we played any shows.  It’s funny that we’ve done all these live streams, but when it comes time to playing on stage again to an audience, it’s going to only be like our 3rd ever show together.  As a band, we’ve done 4 times more livestreams than we have real shows!!

I just can’t wait to not only play, but to start going to shows again.  I was going to so many shows for a while there, like every week I was going to one or two shows.  Stripping away live music and sports, it’s been crazy…

What is also pretty crazy are the Aussie connection(s) that surround the band.  Liz and guitarist Andrew Bojanic are originally from Adelaide, prior to relocating in Los Angeles a number of years ago.  With a band name All The Good Things, surely they are destined for a slot on a future Good Things festival line-up? Not to mention lead singer Dan has the surname Murphy…so maybe a collab with Aussie liqour store giant Dan Murphy’s also awaits them?

Dan: That would be so awesome, but can you imagine how confusing that would be for ever audience member.  Now the other reason I really want to go down there is because Dan Murphy’s is like a liquor chain right? 

Liz: Whenever I go back home, I always send pictures back to Dan of myself standing out the front of a Dan Murphy’s saying “look at you….!!”

Before wrapping up our chat, upon spotting my framed Electric Mary vinyl on my wall, Dan drops another unexpected Aussie link by revealing,

Dan: Electric Mary is actually named after my Aunt (Mary Campbell), who ran a recording studio in New York the band recorded at.  I love Electric Mary, they’re one of my favourite Aussie bands, I’ve been listening to them from the beginning.

For All Good Things fans who have been with the band right from the beginning, a new album is not far away.  Being the first on label Better Noise Music, it’s sure to be a monster and destined to grow the bands fanbase worldwide.  For me personally, I await the opportunity to catch All Good Things playing Good Things festival here in Australia!

Be sure to follow the band via their platforms below:

Website | Facebook | Spotify | YouTube

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Dave Gleeson of The Screaming Jets

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The Screaming Jets

Dave Gleeson and The Screaming Jets need no introduction, having taken the Aussie music scene by the scruff of the neck over 30 years ago, cementing their spot as one of the absolute Rock N Roll powerhouses in the decades since.

C’Mon the track that opened up this latest Podcast Episode was the song that may have been your  first taste of The Jets, but it was debut album All For One and Better that introduced the band to the masses.

Celebrating it’s 30 year anniversary this year, The Screaming Jets have just announced a re-release of All For One, with re-recorded versions, as well as a National Tour that kicks off in July through October that will see that legendary album played from start to finish.

I had the pleasure of recently chatting with frontman Dave Gleeson where we talked memories of the “electricity” recording All For One in Paradise Studios, Sydney, The Jets finding their place in a rock world that saw them playing with Pearl Jam at their first ever L.A show – to supporting hair metal band KIX.  For those hanging for a new studio album from The Jets, Dave has some news for you there as well…

Be sure to head over to The Screaming Jets website to check out a bunch of cool pre-order options for the All For One Release and grab your tickets to one of the shows coming to a City near you!

THE SCREAMING JETS ALL FOR ONE
30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR DATES – 2021

GENERAL ON SALE – 10AM FRIDAY 23RD APRIL

JULY
THU 8 – WALLABY HOTEL, MUDGEERABA, QLD  (tickets here)
FRI 9 – MUSIC IS LIFE FESTIVAL, BILOELA, QLD (tickets here)

AUGUST 
FRI 13 – FREO SOCIAL, FREMANTLE, WA (tickets here)
SAT 14 – CHARLES HOTEL, PERTH, WA (tickets here)
FRI 20 – THE TRIFFID, BRISBANE, QLD (presale here | general on sale)
SAT 21 – BRIBIE ISLAND HOTEL, BRIBIE ISLAND, QLD (tickets here)
FRI 27 – CENTRAL HOTEL, SHELLHARBOUR, NSW (tickets here)
SAT 28 – REVESBY WORKERS, REVESBY, NSW (tickets here)

SEPTEMBER
FRI 3 – GATEWAY HOTEL, GEELONG, VIC (tickets here)
SAT 4 – COMMERCIAL HOTEL, SOUTH MORANG, VIC (tickets here)
FRI 10 – YOUNG SERVICES CLUB, YOUNG, NSW (tickets here)
SAT 11 – BATHURST PANTHERS, BATHURST, NSW (tickets here)
FRI 17 – BELMONT 16S, BELMONT, NSW (tickets here)
SAT 18 – SAWTELL RSL, SAWTELL, NSW (tickets here)
FRI 24 – THE BRIDGE HOTEL, ROZELLE, NSW (presale here | general on sale)
SAT 25 – THE BRIDGE HOTEL, ROZELLE, NSW (presale here | general on sale)

OCTOBER 
FRI 8 – THE BRIDGEWAY HOTEL, ADELAIDE, SA (tickets here)

http://www.screamingjetsofficial.com.au/

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Austrian rockers Shine ‘Bring Me Back That Feeling’

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In a first for Rock Lives Here, Shine are the first Austrian band to be featured… It’s awesome to be introduced to new artists from around the world and Shine’s blend of anthemic rock with a country tinge has been going down a treat here in Australia, with plenty of radio airplay.

The extremely talented entertainer and singer Gregor Glanz founded Shine, with the band releasing their first single We’ll Be Alright in July, 2020. Follow up single Bring Me Back That Feeling is a song about yearning for the good old days, for the times before the crises when we could get together with our friends and loved ones without a worry in the world. A time when we felt free. A time, I’m sure, we will get back again soon. But for now, I think this is a song everyone can relate to.

I had the opportunity to fire some questions the way of the band, check out the interview below and get more acquainted…even better, give them a listen whilst reading. Spotify link below!

In 33 words or less, describe to readers what Shine all about ?
Shine’s sound can be defined as pop/rock/country and can be described as authentic, honest and captivating. Modern melodies, rock guitars and profound lyrics characterise the band’s songs.

You’ve released two singles over the past 6 months, whilst the world has been in the grips of a pandemic. Thinking back to the recording process for the songs, what are some of your most immediate memories of the process, the location etc?
Thinking back on our first single We’ll be Alright I can remember we were so in the zone that it was written in half an hour! It was an amazing feeling. Everything just clicked. Our second single came alive after a funny coincidence while filming the video to We’ll Be Alright. One of the actresses on set was wearing a leather jacket with Bring Me Back That Feeling“ printed on the back….and so the idea for the next song was born! It’s funny how life can inspire you sometimes when you least expect it.

Musically, the songs have a really anthemic rock edge to them. What are some of your
greatest musical influences and what are some of your favourite rock anthems of all time?

Of course AC/DC has been a huge influence throughout the years. Also Bon Jovi and Keith Urban are high up there. Last but not least, the great Tom Jones has influenced us greatly. A few of our favourite rock anthems would have to be: You Shook Me All Night Long (ACDC), Livin’ On A Prayer (Bon Jovi), but also Sex Bomb (Tom Jones) and Somebody Like You (Keith Urban) have to be up there. We’ve got to keep it eclectic!

Lyrically, what would you say is the greatest inspiration to your lyrics?
A lot of our inspiration comes from ongoing world events. But also personal experiences, both past and present, play a big role in our lyrics.

What would you say are the key “ingredients” that are essential to the songs of Shine?
Big vocals, rock guitars, relatable lyrics and a splash of country elements make up the recipe!

With your first two singles having been released, what are the plans in 2021 as far as
further singles, an album release, etc?

We’re planning to release our 3rd single in August and a Christmas song in November. We are also working hard on finishing our debut album. We have just 3 more songs to write to complete it, which is very exciting! We are hoping to release the album in late 2021/early 2022.

What Movie Soundtrack from the past would have been perfectly suited for the music of Shine?
Winner Takes It All by Sammy Hagar from the movie Over The Top would have been great for
us.

You are based over in Austria and obviously been getting a lot of airplay over here in
Australia. I can’t help but ask who have been some of your favourite Australia music
artists over the years?

ACDC, Midnight Oil and Keith Urban have always been a must on our playlist down through the
years.

Now aside from Shine, who are some Austrian rock bands that we need to check out?
OPUS is a great Austrian rock band…maybe you can remember their hit Life is Life? Great song!

Looking ahead to the end of the year with much positivity, complete this… 2021 will have been an awesome year for Shine, because…?

  1. We will have released 3 singles and a Christmas song.
  2. Will have completed and hopefully released our debut album.
  3. We will finally have been allowed to get back on stage and perform our first live gigs for our fans
    all over the world!
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