Dallas Green, the man behind City and Colour, was in the country last week to promote his new album If I Should Go Before You and while he was here, announced an Australian tour for early next year. Fans will be able to see Green with a full band, playing new material, when he arrives at Sidney Myer Music Bowl on April 2. Tickets are on sale now.
One of the most fascinating tales of a buzz band quickly unravelling online arose last week when Whirr issued some rather offensive tweets and paid a very dear price for their 152 characters of less. The band made some rather shitty homophobic and transphobic remarks in the same tone as your idiot 14 year old nephew might and effectively offended almost everyone in the process. They deleted the posts and issued an apology, blaming the tweets on their mates, but their half-arsed, vague admission of guilt saw them swiftly slapped into line by the broader industry. Graveface Records and Run For Cover, who were both associated with the band, publicly announced they’d no longer be working with the band.
Victory Records have filed a lawsuit against Streetlight Manifesto singer Tomas Kalnoky claiming that he has been deliberately delaying releasing new material under Victory’s strict four-album deal with the band. As a result, Victory are asking for over $1 million in damages. The label, who have had several falling outs with their artists in the past due to some dubious business practises, claim that Kalnoky has also been encouraging his fans to illegally download his previous Victory releases.
Travis Barker was all up in the news last week after promo for his upcoming book release involved discussing some of the gnarlier details of a plane crash he was involved in and the subsequent PTSD that ensued. Some dark stories were floating about, including one in which Barker offered to pay his friends $1 million to help him commit suicide. So in slightly happier news, Blink 182 are recording again, and they’ve got five songs in the bag with Tom DeLonge replacement Matt Skiba. “Matt’s killing it,” Barker said. “He’s fun to play with and write with.”
Much-loved Philly-based duo Girlpool are bringing their minimalist punk to Australia this year for Sydney Festival and a special little show in Melbourne. Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad will play a set at Melbourne’s Reverence Hotel on Wednesday January 27. Perfect way to spend a hot as hell mid-summer night.
If you’re up for some market action this week head over to The Reverence Hotel where a punk swap meet will go down in their bandroom. It’ll run from 1-5pm on Saturday October 31 and you can score yourself some tasty vegan/vegie/carnivorous Mexican food while you’re at it. If you want to hold a stall hit up firstname.lastname@example.org.