- Jimmy Barnes releases new single ‘Flesh And Blood’ – listen here
- The album Flesh And Blood will be released in July and is available to pre-order here
- Jimmy premiered ‘Flesh And Blood’ at last night’s State Memorial Service for Michael Gudinski
At last night’s State Memorial Service for his mate and mentor Michael Gudinski, Jimmy Barnes unveiled an epic new song appropriately titled ‘Flesh And Blood’. The emotive track (co-written with Diesel) is out now – listen here.
“It’s about the unbreakable bonds that bind us to our families through all of life’s ups and the downs. Without Jane, my kids and grandkids I wouldn’t be here today”, Jimmy explains. “The song has taken on an extra meaning for our family since Michael’s passing. When I say he was a brother to me, I mean that in every sense. We could drive each other nuts sometimes but there was always a deep and loving connection there.”
‘Flesh And Blood’ was performed during the service’s opening segment at the specific request of Michael’s son, Matt.
“Dad was so vibed about ‘Flesh And Blood’ and had it on repeat at home, which was always a sign that he truly loved a song. Jimmy and Dad had a friendship and work partnership that stretched across decades. He was one of the first people Dad would call for advice or to perform at a special gig, so Jimmy was always at the top of the list to perform at Dad’s memorial. In a night which had so many special moments I know this was one that Dad would have particularly loved,” says Matt Gudinski (CEO Mushroom Group).
Barnes added, “I was so excited when I played the single to Michael – he was really pumped about it and we were both really looking forward to sharing this new record together”.
‘Flesh And Blood’ was produced and mixed by long-time Jimmy Barnes and Cold Chisel collaborator Kevin “Caveman” Shirley. It will be the title track of a new Jimmy Barnes album that will be released in July. The album is available to pre-order here.
“Most of the songs on the album – including ‘Flesh And Blood’ – were written when everyone was staying close to home due to COVID-19. Life really slowed down for a while and I think it reminded lots of people about how much of our lives revolve around our family”, says Jimmy.
These connections also flowed through the creation of new music. Jimmy’s wife, son, daughters and son-in-law all contributed to the writing and recording of the album. As millions of Australians discovered through their entertaining pandemic performances of over 100 songs on social media, when it comes to the Barnes’, it’s a family affair.
The album Flesh And Blood will be available on limited edition blood red vinyl, CD, digital download and streaming, and on a limited edition deluxe CD/DVD package. The bonus DVD will feature 10 of the best home performance videos which Jimmy and Jane Barnes, along with their family and friends, filmed throughout the pandemic.
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Bad Juju Unveil Touching New Single ‘In The Clouds’
Following on from their critically praised EP ‘You’re Not Alone’, Melbourne-based alternative rock group Bad Juju have just revealed their sentimental new single ‘In the Clouds’ – produced, mixed, and mastered by Callan Orr at Avalanche Studios (Young Lions, Bad/Love, Stepson).
‘In the Clouds’ opens with colourful guitar chords and emphatic drums, as the diverse vocals of Russell Holland guide the melody through calm verses, floating with ghostlike atmosphere, before reaching an impassioned singalong chorus, textured and pervaded with maturity. A vigorous instrumental bridge leads into a heartfelt finale, as the song delivers a poignant message about chasing youthful imaginings.
Holland talks about the meaning behind ‘In the Clouds’:
“The song is about ignoring people who tell you your dreams are out of reach and pursuing your goals regardless of what others say about them.”
To coincide with the release, Bad Juju will be performing launch parties at at The Workers Club in Melbourne and the Crown and Anchor in Adelaide. This continues on from a slew of shows around Australia, having shared stages with international juggernauts Mayday Parade (USA), along with local heavyweights Trophy Eyes, Young Lions, Dream On Dreamer, and Press Club. The band also performed showcases at BIGSOUND 2018.
Singles off ‘You’re Not Alone’ were widely embraced by Spotify, Apple Music, Pilerats, Depth Magazine, The AU Review, Hysteria Mag, HeavyMag, Tone Deaf, and Everyday Metal. Their tracks have also received support from Australian community radio stations 4ZZZ, 2RRR, and Radio Adelaide. They have been featured as a triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, and their single ‘Moving On’ was added to rotation on triple j. Its accompanying music video recieved support from MTV Upload and ABC’s rage.
In the coming weeks Bad Juju will reveal an accompanying music video for ‘In the Clouds’.
‘In the Clouds’ will be available worldwide on Friday, April 16
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Hailmary release first new music in 5 years with new song Raiser
“Intricate yet accessible throughout, this is music that packs a punch, soothes the soul and reminds you of why you started listening in the first place” – Loud Stuff UK
“Hailmary are an amazingly solid live act, backed by one of Australia’s best vocalists, with the potential to mix it with any of the top tier bands, not only in Australia, but worldwide”. Heavy Mag AUS
Australia has produced some quality hard rock in the last 50 years and that honest, straight up no bullshit rock n roll attitude is still prevalent and very much a part of today’s music scene. Perth’s Hailmary live and breath it. The blood, sweat and tears, the denim and leather, the wall of sound. Stand in front of this band when they play and you cant help but get moving!
A rock band that makes you remember why you got into it in the first place! Loud guitars, even louder drums, vocals that send shivers down your spine and make you involuntarily raise your fist in the air.
Hailmary have the goods and are ready to deliver once more!
Listen to their brand new single, Raiser distrokid.com/hyperfollow/hailmary/raiser
Raiser delivers like a punch to the face with its hooky melody, massive guitar riffs combined with the right amount of pounding drums and groove.
Hailmary has been a key figure of Australia’s underground Hard Rock scene for the past decade. They have touring nationwide multiple times, playing festivals across Australia including Rock The Bay, Rock N Load, Brewtality, Wallapolooza and Perth Hard Rock Festival.
Gaining national attention in Australia by winning Best Heavy Rock release in the WAM (West Australian Music Awards) for their debut EP, Lottery Of Life, Hailmary rode the momentum and began touring incessantly. Releasing EP number two A Million Miles And Days in 2009, the band quickly became national road dogs but also set their goals higher and achieved them with s string of successful US dates.
Their debut full length, Choice Path Consequence Solution in 2012 saw them release their first music video for Yellow Light Of Death and continue their live assault on the nation, playing every festival and venue possible and earning their reputation as one of the hardest working bands out there. In 2014 the band released their Navigate The Sunrise EP that saw them undertake an epic 26 date national run. They also released a video for the track My Song which is now a live favourite for the band and crowd alike.
2016’s Evolve Dissolve EP saw them gain more momentum and lead to the band touring with Ugly Kid Joe extensively all over the UK, as well as playing the Hard Rock Hell festival alongside such acts as Living Colour and Ratt.
With a sound so varied in flavours of different rock genres, Hailmary has supported Fuel, The Screaming Jets and Superheist.
2021 will see Hailmary release a plethora of new material, including a brand new album planned for later in the year.
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ALBUM PREMIERE EXCLUSIVE: M Hofmann releases debut album ‘Lavender Sleeping’
Sydney based Indie Rocker M. Hofmann this week is unveiling his debut album Lavender Sleeping and you can hear it exclusively on Rock Lives Here ahead of it’s official release this Friday, 16th April.
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I’ve had this album on high rotation since it first came through, it’s songs bursting with layers of Heartland Rock and Americana and so incredibly well crafted.
Whilst you are listening to the album, be sure to read through the Track by Track below. Hofmann lays it all bare in his recollections of recording, penning and the inspiration behind the songs on Lavender Sleeping, which focus on themes of relationships, grief, and the rippling effects of mental health.
Hofmann has also announced his album launch show at The Vanguard, Sydney on April 21, details below.
Hofmann teamed up with fellow collaborators Tim McArtney and Charlie Finn to record his debut album, which was mostly tracked live. The first single Feel The Fire from the album was released back in March. The single was premiered via AAA Backstage and received airplay on radio stations nation wide, with a video that really captures the spirit of the song.
Debut album Lavender Sleeping is available on all major online stores from Friday 16, April.
LAVENDER SLEEPING TRACK BY TRACK….
Old Home is a bit of a self encouragement song. The verses are just little reminders to myself that when the depression sets in, things will still be ok. The sun is still shining, the world is still turning, your friends and family are still there, and life will carry on. I am rather cautious of toxic positivity, especially in the mental health realm, and I was initially worried this song would come off cheesy, but I think the simple truths it represents are just enough to get the message across. Initially this song had a real Birds-y chime to it, with a lot of 12 string guitar. But I really wanted this song to feel bigger, even though it’s just two verses and a chorus. David Andrew came in and played organ and synth and piano all over it and with a little slide guitar I think we sent it into a really strong atmosphere to kick the album off with.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO STAY
This was the first song I released as M. Hofmann back at the start of 2020, and doesn’t that feel like an eternity ago now! Actually both this and Old Home were two songs I wrote at the beginning of a super productive writing streak which lead to this album even existing so it’s nice to have them as track 1 and 2 respectively. To me this song fits right into the pocket of ‘my sound’. There’s 12 string guitar, chorus and a lot of reverb, acoustic rhythm, synths, and a strong bass line holding it all together. Johnny Marr is one of my all time favourites so there’s a lot of his influence in there. Lyrically this is a classic break up song, in this case it’s about calling out all of the signs that point to something going nowhere.
RAIN IN THE SUMMER
You know when you’re dating someone early on, and you’re getting to know each other and everything is awesome and for some reason your insecurities try and fuck with you and make you question everything? Well this song is about that. But it’s also about how two people can create a safe place for each other to feel insecure but then work through it and begin to to trust each other and start to build a life together.
In my experience of grief and loss, I’ve noticed that as time passes and life starts to move on, there will be moments when it all comes flooding back. These moments can be rather random too; disjointed memories, words spoken, scenes long forgotten. Nothing that ties in and forms a complete picture, but rather a series of frames that are there to sit with you in that specific moment. Indeed one of those moments came to me one afternoon and Percy Street was born.
If Percy Street is a moment of recollection, then Lavender Sleeping is the morning after the event. This is a song that just fell out of me. I was having one of those moments where it all came surging back to the forefront of my mind and then these six verses came out. And they were the perfect six verses that sum up exactly how I felt the morning after my mum passed away. This song is more of a poem, it didn’t require a chorus or any kind of traditional song formation. It was written exactly as it needed to be, accompanied by a very Smiths-esque guitar hook over three chords. To me this song is the lynchpin of the album. The very centre piece that brings everything else together.
END OF TIME
End of Time rounds out a trilogy of sorts that heavily ties to the previous two tracks. It’s another perspective, actually more leading up to the event than looking back, about preparing yourself in a way for the grief and loss that you know is coming. It might seem strange chronologically having these three songs in reverse after you know what they’re about, but to be honest I really like it that way and it works really well musically. I love all the moments we have on this song, David’s piano and organ parts, and I thoroughly enjoyed writing the guitar parts for this song. It’s an arrangement I really like and I think suits the song perfectly. I almost named the album after this one but it did seem a touch dark!
FEEL THE FIRE
Feel The Fire speaks of someone who is going through the process of deconstructing their worldview, which is something I have found myself doing a lot of as I get older. We all come from times and places that inform our beliefs and I think at some point we have to put those beliefs to the test, to sift through the things we maybe never questioned before. The idea of ‘feeling the fire’ happens as we grow and learn about the world and those around us. We may have views and opinions that we’ve inherited that don’t sit right, and that can create a friction within us. Once that process starts, then there is a need to reconcile those views with what you have learned. I think that’s just about learning and growing into awareness of what is happening in the world outside of your own little bubble. This song attempts to capture the thoughts and feelings of going through such a process. I was listening to The Stone Roses a lot when we were recording this one. We recorded this in a really short time frame too, my producers and friends Timothy McArtney and Charlie Finn and I played all the rhythm section live on the first day, I over dubbed all guitars and synths the next day, and I may have done vocals that day too? Then we mixed by the end of the week! It was a whole lot of fun. The band and I are loving playing this one live.
The second break up song. Sometimes when you are on the receiving end of a break up, you can’t help but wonder if the other person always knew this was going to happen, right? Well that’s the question posed in this song. This is maybe my personal favourite arrangement wise. There’s 12 string, acoustic and an electric guitar hook all moving around each other, we layered synths, piano and Wurlitzer as well. And Charlie’s harmonica right at the end is the perfect send off.
IN THE DARK
One night last year I was just strumming on a single chord for I don’t even know how long, I believe it was an A; I looked down at my phone and realised it was 11.30pm, and so this song was born. This song is just about getting caught in your own thoughts late at night and feeling a touch lost in it all as the questions roll in one after the other. I actually wrote this maybe a couple of weeks before we were due to record the last few tracks for the record and decided that this one had to be included. We kept the arrangement pretty simple and as it started to form I knew this would be the final track on the album. Our good friend and all round gentleman Jy-Perry Banks laid down the luscious pedal steel you hear in the instrumental and bridge.
LAVENDER SLEEPING | ALBUM LAUNCH
Apr 21st – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
W/ Lady Lyon
Tickets available via www.moshtix.com.au | 18+ only