Author: Troy Culpan

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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Justin Hawkins of The Darkness

Justin Hawkins of The Darkness

“…when we come to a place like Australia and you’ve travelled a long way and people just go nuts and it’s brilliant, that’s why you do this, that’s the reason you perform anyway because you feel the energy in the room, and there’s nothing like it, we’re just very lucky I think.” From Release: Rejoice, Australians fair, in your home […]

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Corey Glover of Living Colour

Corey Glover of Living Colour

“…we’re always constantly learning stuff, something new has to be learned when we’re together, someone is always going to come up with something we don’t know, so that’s something new and I love that and I love that I’m constantly learning and I’m constantly getting an education.” From Release: Spearheaded by guitarist Vernon Reid, Living Colour emerged onto the scene […]

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Jon Lawhon of Black Stone Cherry

Jon Lawhon of Black Stone Cherry

“…I like the fact that the Australian audience has no pretense it’s kinda like if they feel like moving around and having a good time they do, they’re not worried about the guy next to them and what he’s thinking they just cut loose and have a good time which is what it’s all about.“ From Release: Hard Rock Heroes […]

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Jon Stevens

Jon Stevens

“Music is a positive, beautiful thing to share with other people and make people happy and I fuckin’ love that, I love that aspect of singing and performing and making music and sharing it with people in a live environment you’ve got that one moment in time and that’s it, so I just live for that moment really.” From Release: Jon […]

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Tim Henwood of Palace Of The King

Tim Henwood of Palace Of The King

“I guess because we started out very small and we built it up through the pubs and clubs it’s just enabled all of us, me included to just be creative and just enjoy the music, have fun and not think about anything other than that you know?” As far as Aussie rock goes you can’t beat a band out there […]

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Alter Bridge – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – April 4, 2017

Alter Bridge – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – April 4, 2017

Australia loves Alter Bridge and tonight the band we love so much are here on the back of their newest album ‘The Last Hero’ and ready to turn the volume up, way up to show us how it’s done tonight in Sydney. Like A Storm open their set with a didgeridoo and take us into ‘Chaos’ with a big heavy […]

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Body Count – Bloodlust

Body Count – Bloodlust

Body Count is back in The House, and I for one am extremely ready for this album and what the band is going to give us this time around. So let’s settle in and press play on an album I feel like music needs today… Sirens, heavy guitars, riffs, a warning message from Dave Mustaine set up the beginning of […]

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Like a Storm

Like a Storm

“…I suppose one of the things about rock and roll is you can’t really plan out how it happens, you just sort of roll with the punches and you do your best and you’re grateful for the opportunities you have, so I think it’s all the more special to go home and play now having done the things we’ve been […]

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Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge

Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge

“So I think with each record we get maybe a little bolder here and there with our approach with arrangements and not being afraid to test the waters, and that’s fun, it keeps it interesting as opposed to just having to write three minute singles you know?” From Release: Orlando, Florida-based rock legends Alter Bridge are returning to Australian shores […]

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Ernie C of Body Count

Ernie C of Body Count

“Twenty five years ago we wrote ‘Cop Killer’ and we were young and thinking we were going to change the world, so twenty five years later we’re basically writing the same stuff. Over the years musicians have lost their voice, their scream and put into the music the way the people really feel, the outrage of the people should be […]

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Todd Hunter of Dragon

Todd Hunter of Dragon

“…it’s great to see how it’s travelling whether they get forgotten, so yeah it’s a great thing. I think the first time we heard it we were driving across the harbor bridge and it was like ‘Wow!’ it was amazing, we were all hanging out the windows.” From Release: When it comes to iconic songs, there are few as anthemic […]

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sleepmakeswaves

sleepmakeswaves

“Well we went into this record with a really clear goal in mind unlike the last ones where they sort of emerged and we just kind of dropped the stack around all the songs we’d sort of written up until that point then roped them in and dragged them kicking and screaming into the studio.” From Release: Post-rock trailblazers sleepmakeswaves […]

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Steel Panther – Lower The Bar

Steel Panther – Lower The Bar

It’s awesome in this day and age of music that a band like Steel Panther can be releasing their fourth album. Awesome because this band kicks ass, are killer live and never scared of writing songs that can make you laugh, cringe and if you’re lucky, pick up all at the same time. That’s talent and Steel Panther have it. […]

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Satchel of Steel Panther

Satchel of Steel Panther

“…there’s going to be people that hate us and always hate us and always leave bad reviews on iTunes and those people can just suck my dick, but for us we’re a really consistent bitchin’ heavy metal  band and if you’re into bitchin’ heavy metal that gets pussy this is another bitchin’ record, so…” From Release: Lower The Bar is Steel […]

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John Brewster of The Angels

John Brewster of The Angels

“…it’s a rock band and it’s a great rock band, we rock out and it’s quite an experience you know? I mean it blows me away *laughs* listening to the band, I play the rhythm guitar and I’m part of it but just listening to what everyone’s doing it’s just an absolute high, it’s a fantastic high without the drugs […]

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Jeff Burrows of The Tea Party

Jeff Burrows of The Tea Party

“The difference is that you have to be on point and you have to sort of relearn the songs in their intimacy and in the simplest way without any diverging off on any tangents so it’s a bit of a mind fuck if you know what I mean, you’ve gotta really stick to it *laughs* so it’s a bit of […]

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Jessica Pimentel of Alekhine’s Gun (Video Interview)

Jessica Pimentel of Alekhine’s Gun (Video Interview)

“We just really want everything to mean something and we want it all to connect and be fluid, so it’s kind of like the most fitting name for us and we wanted to be taken seriously, serious like a chess game. So yeah, something that’s concentrated and focused…” In Sydney, Australia on holidays while her partner Tomas of Meshuggah is […]

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Wednesday 13

Wednesday 13

“It’s fun for me too, it’s like a live meet and greet I take questions, I tell stories, I play songs so it’s live a live meet and greet I get to sit and tell stories with my fans and we’re all just in the same room with a real intimate setting…” From Release: With a vivid and vile imagination […]

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The Living End – Twilight at Taronga, Taronga Zoo, Sydney – March 4, 2017

The Living End – Twilight at Taronga, Taronga Zoo, Sydney – March 4, 2017

This is new for me, I haven’t had the opportunity to check out a show at Taronga Zoo during their Twilight at Taronga series, but boy howdy, this setting of the stage with the entire Sydney city behind it in the distance, I’m worried I’ll spend more time looking at the city than the stage… but The Living End are […]

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Herman Li of Dragonforce

Herman Li of Dragonforce

“I wouldn’t say we ever do anything like dramatically different, it’s almost like little changes we do continuously so it’s like continuous little steps of development like a human evolution kind of thing *laughs*if that makes any sense…” From Release: International metal superstars and power metal speed legends DRAGONFORCE have revealed that they will be touring Australia as part of […]

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Danny Bowes of Thunder

Danny Bowes of Thunder

“I think we’ve always been very honest with our fans about the good and the bad, I think they respect that, I think they understand that like I said before we’re always determined to give them a good show and give them the best performances and we’ve never been a band that wants to make the same record over and […]

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Starset

Starset

“Then you have other people who expect you to go somewhere and go somewhere new but only in the way they expect you to do it, so it’s a catch 22 there’s no way to please everybody so I just threw all that away and did what I wanted to do.” From release: STARSET’s story is unique. The band’s founder […]

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Mike D of Killswitch Engage

Mike D of Killswitch Engage

“Australian audiences pay attention to bands that don’t necessarily make it over too much and I feel like they pour their heart and soul into that dancefloor when you do finally make it over. We’ve been fortunate enough to be over a few times and every time feels like the first time…” From Release: KILLSWITCH ENGAGE re-defined heavy metal with the […]

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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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