NEWS: Weekly recap – Wolfmother’s New Crown, Soulfest Lineup, and Velociraptor Are Back

Wolfmother’s new crown

In what is rapidly becoming an annoying new fad, Aussie band Wolfmother released a new album this week without so much as a peep beforehand. The band, who’ve been on and off more than Ross and Rachel, presented the somewhat arrogantly titled New Crown – whilst bragging about the huge success of the album despite the lack of marketing.

Seemingly they’ve forgotten that when you’ve got a big enough name, the marketing machine will kick in anyway. Thanks internet. Nonetheless, Wolfmother have lost none of that distinctive retro rock sound that leaves your skin tingling – check it out below:

 

First Soulfest lineup released

Soulfest, billed by its organisers as “Australia’s first annual neo soul, jazz and hip hop festival,” has revealed a decadent musical lineup for its inaugural year. The festival also promises to feature local artists, alongside amazing soul food and the ability to see every artist on the lineup.

Soul fest

 

Frontman of GWAR passes away at 50

Interstellar thrash metal band GWAR sadly lost their frontman this week, after 30 years with the group in it’s various incarnations. Dave Brockie, who was known amongst fans by his stage name Oderus Urungus, passed away at just 50 years old, in a possible drug related incident.

Gwar had recently toured Australia as part of Soundwave Festival, generating controversy for decapitating a Tony Abbott effigy onstage. It’s as yet unknown about the future of GWAR, however it seems the GWAR-B-Q will go ahead as a tribute to Brockie.

 

The Black Keys announce new album

Stalwart guardians of rock, The Black Keys have revealed that their next album Turn Blue will be out in May 2014. Judging by the name, we expect the band are hoping to have exclusive rights to the soundtrack of the next Smurfs movie. Check out the brand new single “Fever” and see how quickly it gets stuck in your head.

 

The Griswolds support St Lucia tour

New Yorkers St Lucia are bringing their 80s inspired synth pop down under in April, with shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. They’ll be supported by The Griswolds, whose Tumblr is very much worth following.

The tour dates are:
Friday April 4: The Zoo, Brisbane
Sunday April 6: Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Tuesday April 8: Corner Hotel, Melbourne

 

Velociraptor returns with “Ramona”

Very few bands can stir up pride in Brisbane like Velociraptor do. Led by heady-on-life frontman Jeremy Neale, the energetic garage rock group seem to be made up of half the musicians in Brisbane. Perhaps that explains their lengthy absence – the catering bills alone would be astronomical. But here they are again with their catchy new tune “Ramona”, and a single tour no less – coming your way this April. Get pumped!

VR tour

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