I don’t mean to alarm you, but did you know that Ignite are releasing a new album this year? They’ve reunited with Century Media and will release their new album before the end of the year. It’s the band’s first since the flawless Our Darkest Days dropped way back in 2006, and it’ll see the return of Zoli Teglas who was rather uncerimoniously dumped from frontman duties in Pennywise when a back injury meant he couldn’t tour with the band. Not amazing treatment considering the man provided vocals on one of Pennywise’s best albums in 20 years.
Classic punk rock band Good Riddance are headed back to Australia following the release of their first studio album in almost a decade. Peace In Our Time came out via Fat Wreck Chords last month and now the band are returning for their first official headline tour since 2004. See them at the Corner Hotel on August 7. Tickets are available now.
Up-and-comers Tired Lion have announced their first ever headline tour. The Perth band will launch EP number two Figurine before they hit the road. You can see them at teeny Melbourne venue Shebeen on July 25.
Against Me! are back in the country this week after a lengthy hiatus. You’d be an idiot to miss out on these massive headline shows. The Corner Hotel show on Saturday June 6 with Ceres has sold out, but make sure you choof along to the Sunday night show where Pale Heads are lending support. Guaranteed to be an incredible performance.
Blueline Medic and Fear Like Us have scheduled in a short run of shows next month, the first of which will take place at The Reverence Hotel in Footscray on Friday June 5. Have/Hold, Employment and The Revenants will lend their support. This will rule.
If you were still unsure whether to buy tickets to see Title Fight next month, the addition of Paper Arms to the national tour might give you the push you need. They’re currently in Europe performing for their sizeable Euro-fanbase. This is your first chance to see them playing tunes from Great Mistakes, which came out this month.
Brisbane melodic punk band Stepson are touring nationally in July in support of their new EP Echoes In An Empty Room. They’ve mixed their supports up a bit and will be joined by Fresh Nelson, Mindshank and Vitals at various stages throughout the tour. The Melbourne shows go down at Bendigo Hotel on July 2 and Lilydale Bridge Builders (AA) on July 3, both with Fresh Nelson.
Sydney’s Controlled have a split 7” coming up and they’re celebrating with a show at the Bendigo Hotel on June 13, supported by Ill Natured. Soak in the local punk rock.
In rad combo news, members of Direct Hit! and Galactic Cannibal have joined forces to form a new band called Eradicator. They’re going to release a 10” in October and they currently have a self-titled track streaming online, so go on, listen to it.
In case you were considering making the pilgrimage, The Fest has added a stack of very rad bands to it’s 2015 lineup including Title Fight, Modern Life Is War, Masked Intruder, Bigwig and War On Women. Yikes. Time to check the frequent fliers.