Author: Troy Culpan

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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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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