Author: Troy Culpan

Yellowcard – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – February 19, 2017

Yellowcard – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – February 19, 2017

It always makes me a little sad when bands are on farewell tours because there’s always a sense of sadness but the other side of that will be a band that want to go out on a high. Tonight, Yellowcard are in Sydney for the last time and to make it even more special tonight they’ll be playing their landmark […]

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Ryan Adams – Prisoner

Ryan Adams – Prisoner

Ryan Adams, you either know him, know of him, adore him, have no idea who he is, or are thinking you hate that ’69 song yeah well if you’re the later, shame on you because that song rules and also wrong Adams. OK now that that’s out of the way, Ryan Adams truly is a musical chameleon, this man can […]

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Andrew McMahon of Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

Andrew McMahon of Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

“I think because I was writing a lot of the record while I was working the first Wilderness record and the fact that so much of that process was a new adventure, it was a big risk I think stepping away from Jack’s Mannequin and taking time off and then jumping into this project. So I wanted to capture some […]

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Damon Johnson of Black Star Riders

Damon Johnson of Black Star Riders

“We work very fast together, there’s no ego, there’s a lot of mutual respect, there’s a lot of knowledge and just a real passion for music, again, all genres of music and all the elements that we like, so we’re looking forward to a long relationship together…” From release: There’s a beautiful purity to the finest rock ‘n’ roll, a […]

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Fredrik Åkesson of Opeth

Fredrik Åkesson of Opeth

“Some shows are more special than others like in Australia they’re energetic shows and people are getting into it and you can tell that they’re enjoying listening to the music you know. So it’s a great feeling walking on stage, adrenaline. It’s a treat really.” From Release: The evolution of OPETH as a band is wondrous, witnessing spine-tingling music which […]

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Panic! At The Disco – The Hordern Pavilion, Sydney – January 27. 2017

Panic! At The Disco – The Hordern Pavilion, Sydney – January 27. 2017

As ‘Rosanna’ by Toto plays over the speakers before Panic! At The Disco make their return to a Sydney stage I feel like this is a test. I look around and see maybe three other people enjoying it and singing along. Definite age gap here tonight at this all ages sold out show at the Hordern. Panic! Return to Australia […]

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Ben Barlow of Neck Deep

Ben Barlow of Neck Deep

“The fact that I am living my actual dream is the best thing about it, and every aspect of that is everything I ever wanted, I haven’t lost sight of what my dreams and aspirations are, I’m still very grounded, I still appreciate and respect everybody, none of us have let an ego go to our heads at all…” From […]

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Mark Holcomb of Periphery

Mark Holcomb of Periphery

“…we’ve always had a superb comradery as far as touring and hanging out, we’ve never been a band to go at each other’s throats just from being around each other, but being creative especially as every single band member is a song writer which we are and we all contribute greatly, being creative in a group environment can be pretty […]

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Starset – Vessels

Starset – Vessels

I love finding ‘new’ bands, and I mean new to me, as this is Starset’s second album and all I want to do is go back and find their first now, and I will. So let’s get into an album I’ve already listened through about five times and discuss why I think this one is so rad! ‘The Order’ is […]

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Jimmy Eat World – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – January 18, 2017

Jimmy Eat World – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – January 18, 2017

It’s not even been a couple of years since Jimmy Eat World have been in Australia, but every time they are it’s evident that their fan base in Australia is strong. Here on the first of their ‘Integrity Blues’ shows we’re back in Sydney to a great crowd and I for one can’t wait to see what one of my […]

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Icehouse – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – January 14, 2017

Icehouse – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – January 14, 2017

Forty years, Happy Birthday, Icehouse! Normally we’d throw you a party but tonight on night two of their Sydney shows they’re giving us a party, a show that will cover their career and give us all the songs we know and more. I know I can’t wait! A video package sets up the scene as the band make their way […]

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Joel & Ryan O’Keeffe of Airbourne (Video Interview)

Joel & Ryan O’Keeffe of Airbourne (Video Interview)

“We have just had our head down and we’ve been just not looking back, looking around, we’ve just been going, but the crowds have been singing all the words and they’ve been loving it and that’s been the good thing…” While on tour and in Sydney we sat down with Joel and Ryan O’Keeffe of Airbourne to talk about touring, […]

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Airbourne – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – January 13, 2017

Airbourne – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – January 13, 2017

It’s a hot one in Sydney tonight!! So the air conditioning in The Metro is a welcome friend as we head in to check out a night of Aussie rock and roll with Airbourne! The crowd is peaking too early! The chants have started, the people are restless and there’s still twenty five minutes before they’re on stage! Now with […]

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Halestorm – The Factory Theatre, Sydney – January 11, 2017

Halestorm – The Factory Theatre, Sydney – January 11, 2017

The last time I remember a band returning to Australia within a year and on the same album cycle was Matchbox 20 back in 1997/98 and well they did OK ha ha, so today as Halestorm return to Sydney for the second time on their ‘Into The Wild Life’ album cycle the room is packed and ready for some straight […]

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Josh Franceschi of You Me At Six

Josh Franceschi of You Me At Six

“…our mission statement for every record from the start has always been that we don’t want to make the same record that we just made and with ‘Cavalier Youth’ not that there’s any sense of regret but there are some things we would’ve done differently…” Now a decade into their career, the five friends who form You Me At Six […]

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You Me At Six – Night People

You Me At Six – Night People

Now I’ve been a little excited about checking out this new album from ‘You Me At Six’ after their last effort ‘Cavalier Youth’ was one of my favourite albums of the last five years, so let’s see how the last few years have treated the band and what they’ve come up with… Opening with a big riff for the title […]

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Paul Mahon of The Answer

Paul Mahon of The Answer

“It is seen as a ‘departure’ but for us it is a ‘progression’. There are certainly much darker themes and arrangements on Solas and the production and playing is very different to our normal rock n roll approach. We used our home studio much more and embarked on a journey of experimentation without being necessarily too worried about following the […]

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Keith Urban  w/ Carrie Underwood – ICC Sydney Theatre,Darling Harbour, Sydney – December 14, 2016

Keith Urban w/ Carrie Underwood – ICC Sydney Theatre,Darling Harbour, Sydney – December 14, 2016

It’s a bit of a special night in Sydney as tonight the first show at the new ICC ‘Entertainment Centre’ or Sydney Theatre is happening, and it’s one I get to be at with Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood taking the stage it’s somewhat exciting to not only see two great artists but to also be a part of history […]

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Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball

Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball

“It’s weird because we’re all between twenty three and twenty five years old, so the last five years of our lives have been a really crucial growing up period, or at least it would’ve been if we had normal jobs or something *laughs* but it’s been crazy for all of us to have to start dealing with real life grown […]

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Javier Reyes of Animals As Leaders

Javier Reyes of Animals As Leaders

“I think there’s always a population of people who are fans of technical music or seeing someone excel at music, I think that bands that are able to do that and also write catchy music is slightly different from the Satriani’s and the Vai’s who are inherently guitar centric which is the focus, for us we’re still trying to compose […]

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Garbage – The Hordern Pavilion, Sydney – December 2, 2016

Garbage – The Hordern Pavilion, Sydney – December 2, 2016

Would you believe I’ve never seen Garbage before?! Yeah I know right… so tonight upon their return to Sydney I finally get my chance and am looking forward to hearing these songs that I’ve heard for a number of years. Opening with ‘Supervixen’ Shirley Manson graces the stage in her dress full of fringes looking like she stepped straight out […]

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Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless

Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless

  “It could take six years to write one song or magic could happen in five minutes, you never really know and that’s why it’s a weird thing but it’s the most rewarding thing because there is no better feeling than finishing a good song and sitting back and going ‘wow I made that, this is something from nothing’ it’s […]

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James Michael of SIXX:A.M.

James Michael of SIXX:A.M.

“…you and I spend so much of our day now hearing how rock is dead or rock is going through changes and the reality is that it’s not, it’s actually a resurgence and you’re right I think people are coming to rock music now for a sense of salvation now, for a sense of hope and SIXX:A.M. is the perfect […]

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Billy Duffy of The Cult

Billy Duffy of The Cult

“I think I’m just a more mature gentleman, me and him don’t own the songs, they’re the property of the fans and I just try and do my best to play them with as much enthusiasm and integrity as I can so that they come and enjoy it, you know? So that’s kind of where I’m at with it and […]

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Anthony Raneri of Bayside

Anthony Raneri of Bayside

“…you just hope that people are going to like it, it’s not even about numbers or sales or success, it’s just about the people and at this stage in our career you just hope that the people who like all your other records like this one too, you never want to disappoint your fans.” From release: Where Bayside’s last album, […]

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Kim Wilde

Kim Wilde

“Well I think a lot of people who were around in the 80’s see it with rose tinted spectacles and it was a time before they got a mortgage most people or a divorce, or children *laughs* and I think people associate it with a sort of more carefree time in their lives… From release: Mention KIM WILDE and people’s […]

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Frank Iero (Video Interview)

Frank Iero (Video Interview)

“I always felt like when you make a record, especially like a second record you have to kind of go in and reinvent yourself as an artist and kind of rethink how you make music and what kind of music do you want to make. The band starts to change and evolve…” While in Sydney, Australia and only hours before […]

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Chris Britton of The Troggs

Chris Britton of The Troggs

“The say to see the world join the army or the navy, but it’s even better when you join a rock band because you don’t have to fight. It’s a great way of seeing the world and we actually enjoy playing to a new audience because we get a buzz back from the audience.” From Release: THE TROGGS first entered the […]

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L7 – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – October 15, 2016

L7 – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – October 15, 2016

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen L7 in Australia, over twenty years in fact, so when they were announced as part of Soundwave 2016 people were excited, unfortunately that didn’t eventuate, nor did their first scheduled tour, but third time lucky as they say and here I am with a whole lot of people at The Metro tonight […]

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Valentino Arteaga of Of Mice & Men

Valentino Arteaga of Of Mice & Men

“You can’t do this alone, we all have our problems, we see it in our daily life & we need to seek the comfort of others to weather it. So many things are out of our control but a lot of it starts from the INSIDE. That feeling of isolation begins within & projects outward into the universe.” From Release: […]

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