Author: Troy Culpan

Society of Beggars

Society of Beggars

“We feed a lot off the passion and the energy of the audience, and in a way it becomes a cathartic thing for everyone involved, the band, the audience, even sometimes the burnt out sound guy (only sometimes though). It’s like a cult meeting, only with less Kool Aid.” From Bio: Twenty years ago, Society Of Beggars would have been […]

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Hanson – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – June 21, 2017

Hanson – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – June 21, 2017

Twenty five years as a band is no mean feat, I mean I guess when you’re brothers you’re stuck with each other but in terms of making music Hanson continue to do it, and while here on this twenty fifth anniversary of their existence as a band and twenty years since the release of their debut album this ridiculously packed […]

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Touché Amoré

Touché Amoré

“Even if you are a considerate person to begin with, being in such small spaces with the same people so many days a year really tests your ability to co-exist with others. Maintaining a healthy relationship is the most important thing.” From Release: Every artist destined for greatness have that one defining album and for Touché Amoré it’s ‘Stage Four’. Named both in recognition […]

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Les McKeown of The Bay City Rollers

Les McKeown of The Bay City Rollers

“I think the thing is about The Bay City Rollers and the kind of thing that we did was such a brilliant thing, it was like a crazy thing we stopped traffic over there in Australia, we had hundreds of thousands of fans follow us regularly and they’re special memories for me that’s for sure…” From Release: Scotland’s greatest pop […]

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Luke Yeoward

Luke Yeoward

“I didn’t have anything to lose and wasn’t holding a gun to anybody’s head, so I thought fuck man I’ll give it a crack and it’ll be a cool experience at the very least and at the most come back with a cool record that people want to listen to and that I’m really proud of and a cool story […]

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Gavin DeGraw

Gavin DeGraw

“I’ll actually do my best to play all of the songs that I feel people have heard before because as much as I want to expose people to new music and want to act artsy and stuff like that I think it’s my first job as an artist to play my fans the music that they’re here to hear first […]

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Bad//Dreems

Bad//Dreems

“The whole is truly greater than the sum of the parts.” From Bio: Adelaide. There’s no time to wallow in the mire. If you do you’re just gonna get sucked away. Sucked up north through the city’s decaying fringe, past the closed Mitsubishi plant, past Snowtown, past Port Augusta and into the dry red nothingness Bad//Dreems know this. That’s why […]

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Chris Taylor Brown of Trapt

Chris Taylor Brown of Trapt

“… it’s just a place to release emotions and deal with all the negative stuff going on in your life and celebrating all the good stuff you’ve got going on in your life, and that’s what our shows are all about. I’ll say it’s a big release you know, release of tension and just taking the power back in your […]

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Apia Good Times Tour – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – June 9, 2017

Apia Good Times Tour – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – June 9, 2017

This is gonna be fun!! The Apia Good Times Tour is back for its fifth installment and tonight the line-up of The Black Sorrows with Vika and Linda Bull, Colin Hay, Deborah Conway and Mental As Anything are taking the stage to give us what we already know will be good times (it’s in the title). Deborah Conway kicks things […]

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Body Count – The Big Top, Sydney – June 3, 2017

Body Count – The Big Top, Sydney – June 3, 2017

It’s been twenty two years since Body Count were in Australia and tonight is something I know I’m looking forward to as are the many here! The crowds were a little sparse for Void of Vision and A.B. Original but both bands even with their completely differing styles did a great job warming up the Body Count hungry crowd and […]

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Photo: Jeremy Saffer

Wednesday 13

“So having that kind of team behind us gives us a bigger platform to stand on, and for me the whole point of being on this label is to get our music and get us in front of more people that have maybe never heard of us before. I say this all the time, we have a million fans out […]

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Jack Barakat of All Time Low

Jack Barakat of All Time Low

“I think that it was always in the back of our minds that we wanted something different and new and fresh, I don’t think we really knew what that meant, I don’t think we knew that it would be a darker moodier album per se, but yeah from the beginning we knew we didn’t want to do a straight through […]

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Dave Gleeson of The Screaming Jets

Dave Gleeson of The Screaming Jets

“…we’ve got so much history and the ego thing’s kind of been left behind we just want to get out there and showcase the fact that great Australian pub rock didn’t end in the mid to late ‘80’s, we came along and kicked it in the butt in the early 90’s and hopefully we were able to fly the flag […]

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Ryan Adams – The Hordern Pavilion, Sydney – May 27, 2017

Ryan Adams – The Hordern Pavilion, Sydney – May 27, 2017

Ryan Adams is back in Australia only five months after a spectacular show in Sydney last year prior to the release of ‘Prisoner’ and now on a national tour he’s back in Sydney in a much larger venue which I’m hoping doesn’t detract from the show and the music at all but in saying that the sides are blocked off […]

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Virgil Donati

Virgil Donati

“…I’m always struggling with myself to try and define those new ideas, those fresh things that happen spontaneously in the spirit of inspiration which is what I’m into on the drums, it’s not all about the written parts or the composed parts it’s about what you can bring to it, what energy you can bring to it, your expressive purpose.” […]

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Malcolm Bruce of The Music of Cream

Malcolm Bruce of The Music of Cream

“So we don’t play it note for note the way the guys did back in the day or sort of try to mimic it or anything like that, we just really get inside of it and make it our own at the same time respecting it as part of the tradition of popular music I guess.” From Release: The Music […]

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Little Steven – Soulfire

Little Steven – Soulfire

It’s been a while, well if you count around two decades as a while since Little Steven has given us a solo album, I mean he’s only been busy being an actor and the consigliere of that Springsteen guy so of course he hasn’t had much time to do anything else, but here we are in 2017 and we get […]

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Richard Patrick of Filter

Richard Patrick of Filter

“Filter is a band that looks at the worst things in society and says why and what is that and let’s talk about this strange phenomenon that is humanity. You know, a guy holds a press conference and blows his head off I want to understand that and I want to sing it from a perspective of his perspective.” From […]

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Papa Roach – Crooked Teeth

Papa Roach – Crooked Teeth

Papa Roach are back and after their last album ‘F.E.A.R’ which we loved we’re ready to hear what the guys have come up with over the last couple of years, the result being ‘Crooked Teeth’ and I feel like they’re crooked from that kick they gave them back in 2010, but that’s just speculation. Opening the album with ‘Break The […]

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Brandon Saller of Hell or Highwater

Brandon Saller of Hell or Highwater

“I mean it’s a lot more musical freedom and we’re building something from the ground up and it’s a whole different group of friends and a different kind of vibe, it’s a whole new experience of building a band again from the jump and for me that’s the fun part it’s the chase…” From release: Hell or Highwater, featuring Atreyu […]

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Grenadiers

Grenadiers

“You’ve got to just put your own thoughts down in the least corny/lame way possible, decide you hate them, screw them up and throw them in the bin, hit yourself in the face a few times, and start again. At its best, writing lyrics is like doing a massive, satisfying burp. At its worst it’s more like cutting out a […]

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Living Colour – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – May 13, 2017

Living Colour – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – May 13, 2017

After their return to Australia in 2014, Living Colour showed Australian audiences how it was done. These ridiculous musicians are now back on a headline run and tonight in Sydney a sold out crowd are in for a treat. Massive are up there killing it at the moment opening the night and I’ll tell you what, this is great! Man […]

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The Darkness – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – May 10, 2017

The Darkness – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – May 10, 2017

The Darkness are back in Australia after what feels like a very quick turnaround from their last trip but the fans have come out in droves to catch this killer band and tonight I’m expecting nothing less than the amazingness that is a Darkness show, but more on that later… Rackett warmed the crowd up and themselves as they belted […]

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Pekka Ansio Heino of Brother Firetribe

Pekka Ansio Heino of Brother Firetribe

“Brother Firetribe it’s all about positive vibes, it’s melodic rock music to the max, I mean what we’re always after is to put out a song that makes you do push ups *laughs*, makes you want to go running, I don’t know. It’s all about the hooks, the big sound and good vibes and if you put on a Brother […]

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Daniel Estrin of Voyager

Daniel Estrin of Voyager

“What hasn’t changed is that it’s still very melodic, atmospheric and still very heavy and it’s got something for progressive metal fans, it’s got something for rock fans, and something possibly for electronic and pop fans as well. I think it just continues that symbiosis of melody and heaviness that I think Voyager is so renowned for.” From Release: VOYAGER’S […]

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Photo: Robert Smith

Mike Portnoy

“Not only is it closure for me as an artist wanting to do it, but I think there’s some closure for the fans as well because there was a fear that once I left Dream Theater this would never actually happen, so there’s a sense of unfinished business in finally getting to do it.” From Release: MIKE PORTNOY is a […]

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Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

“I think that there’s a certain amount of theatricality that they expect from us, and of course they’re expecting a great band and they’re expecting those songs to sound great but I kind of think we’re like the Barnum and Bailey circus that comes to town every once in a while, they know that the Alice Cooper show is going […]

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Peter Criss

Peter Criss

“…when I do these things where I go out and these people that I meet blow my mind *laughs* it’s like they’re so die hard over us that it’s nice that you’ve got your die hard Paul’s, and Gene’s and Ace’s and then I’ve got mine, and most bands don’t even have that where they have so many fans that […]

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Atom Willard of Against Me!

Atom Willard of Against Me!

“I do like to say we’re a real high energy live show and everybody’s very happy to be there, everybody on stage is excited to be where we’re at and we’re all having the most fun. We take it seriously, it’s not goofy by any means but we take having fun very seriously too.” From Release: Celebrated American rock band Against […]

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The Tea Party w/ Sydney Youth Orchestra – The Star Event Centre, Sydney – April 21, 2017

The Tea Party w/ Sydney Youth Orchestra – The Star Event Centre, Sydney – April 21, 2017

If you’ve ever read one of my reviews before you’d know that I like to review in the moment and give a play by play of everything that happens, but for this show I knew it was going to be something special, something different that I needed to actually be in the moment for and not writing while at the […]

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