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Evergrey To Release ‘Escape Of The Phoenix’ On Feb 26

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Gearing up for the release of their highly anticipated 12th album, Swedish progressive metal band EVERGREY is at a point in their career that many of their peers can only dream about. Since the release of “Hymns For The Broken” in 2014, EVERGREY has enjoyed increased notoriety and success with “The Storm Within” (2016) and “The Atlantic” (2019) – ironically, a conceptual trilogy – which is highly unusual for a veteran act, and something frontman / founder Tom S. Englund considers an honour and a privilege. They mean to continue this tradition on February 26th, 2021 with “Escape Of The Phoenix”, another heavy, melancholic and thought-provoking journey as only EVERGREY can create.

Watch for the singles from “Escape Of The Phoenix” below…

Written and recorded during the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic, “Escape Of The Phoenix“ came to life according to plans that had been laid out in 2019. Englund and drummer Jonas Ekdahl began composing the songs in January, creating a foundation for the album before EVERGREY gathered together and arranged the songs as a group. Unlike a typical creative process, which is often interrupted by appointments, travelling and one-off shows, lockdown requirements gave the band much needed time to work unhindered. The result is 11 songs that embody everything EVERGREY fans have to expect, albeit “a more metal version of “The Atlantic”, with songs that are more direct” according to Englund and producer Jacob Hansen.

“Escape Of The Phoenix” continues to showcase Englund as a powerful lyricist as he once again digs deep into himself, only this time he wasn’t restricted by the story developed and told over the previous three albums. With this new freedom he was able to write about whatever came to mind, with subjects ranging from intensely personal, his view of the world, mankind, and personal relationships.

“I write lyrics for myself, to get things out of my system,” says Englund. “This has been my therapy, really, for the last 25 years. I’m very certain that if we didn’t do this, I would be a much more miserable person. I’ve got to thank music for everything, especially having the outlet to write lyrics. There’s a theory that writing things to yourself is therapeutic, and I think that’s very true. The composing of the lyrics is extremely important to me; just as important as writing the music. Even more, sometimes. For me it’s like painting a picture with words. I see really clearly what it’s about; it’s a world for me.”

As for calling the new album “Escape Of The Phoenix”, it wasn’t a title dreamed up out of desperation to find something that sounds cool. As with everything Englund does, he had a very clear concept in mind.

“When you talk about the resurrection of the phoenix, that started a mindgame for me,” Englund reveals. “What if the bird doesn’t want to be resurrected? What if it doesn’t want to come back? That sort of resembles things in life; sometimes you get tired of standing up and being strong. I guess that was the main idea. It came to me after we’d finished writing the music.”

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Rock Lives Here – Monthly Record Club, Just Launched!

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Remember growing up as a ROCK fan in the 70’s 80’s & 90’s, when buying a new album from your favourite band / artist was an entire experience that most likely centred around your favourite local record store and music loving mates?

Launched in February 2021, the Rock Lives Here Record Club exists to try and help fill that void. A Record Club built by a ROCK fan and music lover, for those who love the same.

Built on old-school values, a Record Club that wants to help you build your collection of awesome ROCK music and take away some of the pain involved in tracking down physical releases in the 2020’s.

ROCK sure ain’t dead and there’s still plenty of us who love holding a double gatefold LP in our hands, inhaling the brand new smell, hearing that first crackle of vinyl and pouring over the liner notes…

What You Get

With various membership options starting from $50AUD per month, you’ll receive:

  • One LP delivered monthly (including shipping)
  • 15% off all other purchases whilst Membership is active
  • Monthly Members Giveaways
  • Random Free Swag, Special Offers & Events/Opportunities
  • First access to limited quantity items, before they are listed on rockliveshere.com.au
    – great for times like Record Store Day issues etc.
  • Throw specific requests our way and we’ll do our best to source items from our various distributors that you might be struggling to find yourself

Check out the various monthly plans starting from $50 per month below…

Record Club No Commitment Membership

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SoSo Unveil The Rousing New Single ‘Yeah Nah’

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Sydney-based pop-punk quintet SoSo have just revealed their assertive new single ‘Yeah Nah’ – produced by Stevie Knight (Trophy EyesStand AtlanticYours Truly) and mixed by James Paul Wisner (Hands Like HousesUnderoath).

‘Yeah Nah’ finds SoSo at their most forthright, diving headfirst into social commentary surrounding Sydney’s lockout laws and drug enforcement policies, through the use of quintessential Australianisms and gratifying pop-punk. The track frantically races and builds to its climatic, rambunctious bridge that delivers the anthemic line of rebellion “we all know you’re fucking liars”!

Lead singer Rhys de Burgh talks about the inspiration behind ‘Yeah Nah’:

“’Yeah Nah’ originated as a bit of a joke song and ended up a rebellious, energetic earworm. The track is a big call out of the shitty lockout laws that killed so many Sydney music venues, archaic drug enforcement policies and the true enemy of live music – poker machines. Fuck pokies.”

To coincide with the release, the band will support mates RedHook at La La La’s in Wollongong, before performing ‘Yeah Nah’ launch shows at the Rhythm Hut in the Central CoastThe Lansdowne Hotel in Sydney and Diamond Dogs Music Lounge in Dapto. Due to the worldwide pandemic, SoSo only played their first live show in November 2020, but have since supported Sydney contemporaries These New South WalesFANGZ and Down For Tomorrow.

Previous singles have been widely embraced by Spotify and Apple Music, and Australian radio stations triple jtriple j Unearthed4ZZZSYN FMAussie Music Weekly89.7 FM and 96.5 Inner FM. They’ve also seen support from online blogs NME (AUS), Life Without AndyBlunt MagazineHysteria MagazineHEAVY MagThe AU Review and The Soundcheck.

In the coming weeks, SoSo will reveal an accompanying music video for ‘Yeah Nah’ featuring social media personality Frenchy and shot on location at The Lansdowne Hotel. 

‘Yeah Nah’ will be available worldwide on Thursday, February 25


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YEAH NAH TOUR DATES

THU 25 FEB | LA LA LA’S, WOLLONGONG NSW *
SAT 20 MAR | RHYTHM HUT, CENTRAL COAST NSW
SUN 28 MAR | THE LANSDOWNE HOTEL, SYDNEY NSW
SAT 17 APR | DIAMOND DOGS MUSIC LOUNGE, DAPTO NSW

* Supporting RedHook and FANGZ

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Kingswood Unleash New Single ‘You Make It So Easy` Out NOW!

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Kingswood just keep rolling! Following on from the release of singles “Say You Remember” and “Bittersweet”, the Melbourne four-piece blister through global pandemics throughout 2020/2021 with their latest single, the high-octane “You Make It So Easy”.

Although COVID has thwarted the touring plans of musicians globally – Kingswood continue to charge, dropping bread crumbs along the way in preparation for that sweet, sweet loaf when the world is finally given that wonderful green light.

A dynamic force on stage, the ARIA nominated group has enjoyed strong success on the road in Australia and abroad, with a tour history that counts tours with AC/DC and Aerosmith, festivals including Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival and Groovin The Moo; and multiple sold out tours across the country as proud achievements. Kingswood have been invited as special guests for the Baby Animals 30th Anniversiary tour (date’s listed below).

The journey towards the release of “Juveniles” has been one paved creative reinvention. Throughout the album, fans can piece together definitive elements of music that has formed Kingswood’s dynamic musical identity over the course of six years of relentless touring and recording. “You Make It So Easy” shines as an incendiary example of the band’s love for guitar-driven rock music; some may say it aligns itself strongly with the music of “Microscopic Wars”, however looking more broadly at Kingswood’s body of work, the progressions and stylistic arrangement of the band’s latest represents their genre- diverse tapestry of individual music tastes.

Melodically rich and delivered with the punch 2017’s “After Hours, Close To Dawn” became synonymous with, “You Make It So Easy” shines is Kingswood at their unfiltered best. It’s a temperament that Kingswood applied to “Juveniles” as a whole. Embracing creative chaos has led the band to make music that has refused to be pigeonholed over the last handful over years, and it’s the way they like it. “You Make It So Easy” was originally inspired by the new acquaintances, and the exciting tales an and adventures that unfold whilst reminding you of what you’ve always been drawn to.

A truly global record, Kingswood’s new music came to fruition across multiple writing and recording sessions across the US, UK and Europe. Through it all, the dynamic between chief songwriter Alex Laska and front-man Fergus Linacre strengthened and diversified in personal – as well as combined – style and delivery. Working with frequent collaborator and producer Eddie Spear in their second home of Nashville, the record was an emotional one to solidify.

“The album we’re finally presenting was an incredibly long and winding investigation through many different facets and avenues; almost a rediscovery, if you will, of who we are and what we find inspiring.” Alex Laska

BABY ANIMALS 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS – KINGSWOOD

JUNE – AUGUST 2021

Tickets are available now –  https://thebabyanimals.com/tours/

June 25th – The Triffid, QLD
July 26th – The Gov, SA
July 23rd – Twin Towns, NSW
July 24th – Nightquarter, QLD
August 6th – The Corner, VIC
August 7th – The Croxton, VIC

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