Get excited! Melbourne’s much loved Smith Street Band have set a release date for their new album as well as announcing a huge headlining national tour this September. Poison City Records revealed this week that the Smith Street Band’s second album will be titled Sunshine & Technology and will hit stores on August 24. Melbourne will get an album launch on August 25 at The Tote. Shit yeh!
The Living End have announced a huge retrospective tour for the end of this year. It’ll see the band playing each of their six albums in full, start to finish, back-to-back, across five capital cities. That’s one HUGE Australian tour, and I’ve gotta say, I’m a bit excited. Melbourne shows will take place at The Corner Hotel and run as such: December 11 – self titled, December 12 – White Noise, December 13 – State Of Emergency, December 14 – Modern Artillery, December 15 – The Ending, December 16 – Roll On, December 17 – self titled. Christ. Tickets on sale August 2.
Lamb Of God singer Randy Blythe was arrested for manslaughter in Prague last week. Management made an official statement this week clarifying the circumstances surrounding the arrest. Apparently a fan rushed Randy during a performance several times and on the third attempt security could not stop him. Randy pushed the overeager fan into the audience where he “supposedly” fell and hit his head. The fan died from subsequent injuries. No formal charges have been made yet.
Behind Crimson Eyes have announced a comeback of sorts with a run of club shows booked nationally for this August. It’ll be the band’s first tour since 2009. They’ll be at Next on Thursday August 30.
Resist Records have signed Adelaide’s Crisis Alert to its already stellar roster. The band, which only formed this year, will release a debut 7” on July 20. Check it out if you’re into ‘80s-style short, fast, brutal punk and hardcore.
If you’re keen to check out Melbourne’s newest live music venue, The Reverence, then this weekend is the time to do it. Located at 28 Napier St, Footscray at the old Exchange Hotel, it’ll be hosting some excellent local talent in coming weeks, mostly of the punk rock variety. Launch night is this Saturday July 7 and features The Hawaiian Islands, Hoodlum Shouts, Lincoln Le Fevre, Cavalcade and Being Amazing. There’s an arvo show on Sunday featuring Wil Wagner, Darren Gibson, Maricopa Wells and Lucy Wilson. Sick.
Melbourne’s regional centers will cop an earful of House Vs Hurricane on their newly announced Crooked Teeth Regional Tour. The band will branch out to Geelong’s Bended Elbow on August 30, Ferntree Gully Hotel on August 31 and Pier Live in Frankston on September 1. They’ll be bringing Confession along for the ride.
The Amity Affliction have announced full details for their upcoming Chasing Ghosts album tour. They’ve got quite the support bill in tow too, with Architects, The Ghost Inside and Buried In Verona accompanying on all dates. See this circus when it hits Palace Theatre on October 5. Underage show will be in the afternoon, and overage at night.
Cancer Bats have broken hearts by cancelling their upcoming Australian tour. They’ve consoled fans by reassuring them they’ll return as part of Soundwave 2013 and advising that anyone who holds a ticket to the current show will be able to use it on their accompanying sideshow. If that doesn’t cut it, you can grab a refund at point of purchase.
Pennywise have cancelled all remaining shows on their European tour after new vocalist Zoli Teglas collapsed repeatedly on stage during their Full Force Festival show. The band reports, “Zoli was having back pain throughout the tour and at Full Force during the set he collapsed on stage a few times and was taken to the emergency room where they said he needed immediate operation or risk the chance of paralysis”. No word yet on his recovery.