Author: Troy Culpan

Paolo Gregoletto of Trivium

Paolo Gregoletto of Trivium

“…it’s kind of gotten stronger over time, that Matt, Corey and I always really had each other’s backs and always been able to work out differences, and always working towards the same goal and we always know what we want and we’re working towards that together.” From release: Trivium catapulted into the first ranks of modern metal with 2004’s Roadrunner […]

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Chris Jericho of Fozzy

Chris Jericho of Fozzy

“…we wanted to do a record that’s almost like ‘Hysteria’ or ‘Appetite For Destruction’ or ‘Kick’ from INXS your countrymen, or ‘Back In Black’ you know, albums that just had songs that every single one on the record could be a single.” From Release: Fozzy has always been about a heavy groove and a good time. And when you have two […]

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Sebastian Bach

Sebastian Bach

“You know if your purpose or your goal is just to pretend you’re a teenager the rest of your career then your career is not going to be interesting, it’s going to be boring.” From release: The Original Voice of SKID ROW, Musical Royalty SEBASTIAN BACH returns to Australia this October! Hailed as one of the finest front men to […]

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Vinnie Fiorello of Less Than Jake

Vinnie Fiorello of Less Than Jake

“…considering that Less Than Jake has surpassed my first marriage, Less Than Jake has survived rap metal, Less Than Jake has survived like three versions of pop punk being popular, I mean we’re cool, twenty five years in, man, it feels great.” From release: Twenty five years and over three hundred releases since their original formation in small town Florida, […]

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Everclear – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – October 3, 2017 

Everclear – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – October 3, 2017 

The last time Everclear were in Australia was in celebration of ‘Sparkle and Fade’ and here we are tonight celebrating ‘So Much For The Afterglow’. Man it is packed in here so as we all get ready to go back twenty years to revisit an album that cemented Everclear’s place in music let’s sit back, relax and enjoy what is […]

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Francis Rossi of Status Quo

Francis Rossi of Status Quo

“I don’t really know what it is about any audience and why they connect with Status Quo because I’m aware of all the criticisms of it all being the same, but we’ve always said that you have to commit physically to playing stuff that we play otherwise it really is boring…” From Release: Revered as one of the best classic […]

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You Me At Six – The Big Top, Sydney – September 23, 2017

You Me At Six – The Big Top, Sydney – September 23, 2017

Now I’ve seen You Me At Six a few times now and I had to make sure I was here tonight as they certainly are a band that you don’t want to miss live and with their newest album ‘Night People’ out and with them here in support of it I can’t wait to see how the band has and […]

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Max & Iggor Cavalera Return to Roots – The Big Top, Sydney – September 22, 2017

Max & Iggor Cavalera Return to Roots – The Big Top, Sydney – September 22, 2017

I do love an album celebration tour, this one though is a little different as Max and Iggor Cavalera return to Australia and to their ‘Roots’ for a special night where they’ll play the classic Sepultura album ‘Roots’ in full. This is going to be insane! Skindred make their way to the stage to the Imperial March and we’re ‘Under […]

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Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens

Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens

“I try to keep all my music as positive as possible, I feel like the world we live in is very negative so I try to make music that kind of helps you get through the hard parts in your life, and it definitely shows when fans come up and say that our music has helped them get through things […]

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Max Cavalera

Max Cavalera

“…it’s like nostalgia a little bit and kind of takes us back in time a little bit but kind of cool also, a lot of bands make an album and go out on tour but this is a bit different, it’s an album that’s twenty years old so it’s had a chance to be heard by a lot of people […]

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Dashboard Confessional – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – September 16, 2017

Dashboard Confessional – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – September 16, 2017

It’s been five years since Dashboard have been in Australia and judging by the sold out show tonight it seems that they have been missed. So as I take my position at the back of the venue with the best vantage point to watch it all I know I’m ready! Far Away Stables open the night and do their best to warm […]

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Chris ‘Motionless’ Cerulli of Motionless In White

Chris ‘Motionless’ Cerulli of Motionless In White

“I think that we continue to write songs that still fit what we think are the vision of Motionless but are definitely trying to push more musical boundaries and bring things together to create new sounds and new just new looks that have been seen before but never together.” From Release: Motionless In White are one of the most exhilarating […]

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Andy Leo of Crown The Empire

Andy Leo of Crown The Empire

“Obviously we want to keep evolving as people and as a band and really telling yourself to stay in your own lane, keep the blinders on to at least focus on what you’re doing and what you’re creating with your guys rather than constantly looking at what everyone else is doing…” From Release: Texas metalcore quartet, CROWN THE EMPIRE. The […]

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Deaf Havana – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney – September 13, 2017

Deaf Havana – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney – September 13, 2017

They’re in Australia supporting Placebo but that’s not what this show is about tonight, this is a chance for UK band Deaf Havana to play for their audience, the people that know who the band are and maybe even some that saw them support Placebo and want more, and although the crowd is sparse I know for a fact those […]

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Tim Commerford of Prophets of Rage

Tim Commerford of Prophets of Rage

“Ultimately we’re taking that song to the stage and we are going to play that song better than we recorded it and better from show to show and that’s what me and Tom and Brad have always strived for is to be better than what we recorded and to try to be better live…” From Release: Prophets Of Rage came […]

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Rival Fire

Rival Fire

“…it’s not a self-help sort of record, it’s just an awareness thing without being preachy that’s just how I write and it just sort of fell out that way, but it’s more about the duality of man sort of situation like there’s always an internal struggle no matter if you’re singing in a huge band or if you’re laying bricks […]

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The Preatures

The Preatures

“It’s just one of those things that we tried to do on the first record was get a sense of who we are as a recording band in no time and now we’ve got Doldrums and we’ve got this space to play around and experiment with what we are on record. We tried to elevate that identity and elevate that […]

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Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional

Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional

“So yes I’ve pushed the envelope of how to present a song maybe sonically, maybe production wise, maybe dynamically, but still ultimately I think I’m probably a lyricist more than anything else and so that’s kind of the heart of the matter for me.” From Release: What was originally born as a solo side project for musician Chris Carrabba, Dashboard […]

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James Veck-Gilodi of Deaf Havana

James Veck-Gilodi of Deaf Havana

“…we just try and make the music different, we try and change genre slightly per record, I always try and bring different instruments in and different genres of music. I guess you’ve just got to keep changing what you’re listening to and trying to get different influences.” From Release: Deaf Havana has a well-earned reputation as an impressive live act, […]

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Rex Brown

Rex Brown

“It wasn’t planned out I just let the wind blow on this thing, like I was saying, taking one note at a time. Like I said before also, it’s not rocket science, it’s just eleven pretty fuckin’ killer songs, that’s it. I’m not one of those arrogant bastards I’m just a musician and I’m no different to anybody else.” From […]

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Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg

“I’d just say that the most important this is the songs really, I’m not trying to take it from anyone else that could be an influence but sometimes there can be a fine line between inspiration and imitation so I think that’s something to watch out for, so just the good songs I think.” From release: Jake Bugg is set […]

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Jade Puget of AFI

Jade Puget of AFI

“…the reason we started doing this in the first place when we were just kids was never to make money, wasn’t to be popular, wasn’t to be on the radio, back when we started it was about playing a show, writing a song, recording that song, just very simple things and I think in that respect those are the things […]

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Stone Sour – The Hordern Pavilion, Sydney – August 26, 2017

Stone Sour – The Hordern Pavilion, Sydney – August 26, 2017

It’s been a few years since Stone Sour have been back to Australia, and tonight in Sydney and in support of their new album ‘Hydrograd’ the crowd are ready for some kick ass rock and roll the way Stone Sour deliver it every time. First up though to warm up the what feels like already warm crowd despite it actually […]

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Richie Kotzen

Richie Kotzen

“…if you look at putting out music as literally output at some point if all you’re doing is output you’re gonna run out, you’re gonna run dry so you need input, so for me I get the input on taking long breaks and doing other things with my time and then coming back to music or even not coming back […]

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Art Alexakis of Everclear

Art Alexakis of Everclear

“Yeah I think there are always people where the first thing they hear from a band is all they ever like, and there are people like “they were so much better last time” that didn’t give ‘Afterglow ’a chance, but the majority of our fans got what this record was about, it’s very dramatic, it’s very cinematic and had a […]

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Brett Scallions of Fuel

Brett Scallions of Fuel

“It’s like sometimes songs are just done right when it comes to the writing and the performance and the people that are involved, it just all comes together in a proper way and the beauty of having something like that happen you get very lucky when you become part of songs that dare I say become timeless to where they […]

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Train – The State Theatre, Sydney – August 1, 2017

Train – The State Theatre, Sydney – August 1, 2017

Next stop, Sydney… Train are back in Australia and tonight they’re going to ‘Play That Song’ for us as well as hopefully a few others as otherwise we’re in for a very short show… A mix of disco and House of Pain lead us in as the train arrives at the State Theatre, seriously there’s train sounds and that is […]

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Cristian Machado of ILL NIÑO

Cristian Machado of ILL NIÑO

“We were purely just bodies trying to create some kind of music that we thought was cool and at least made us feel culturally powerful I suppose and us being metal heads and doing what we did I suppose that’s the one thing and it’s also the one thing that’s allowed us to still continue to do this so many […]

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The Dives

The Dives

“There’s so much out there now whether it’s trying to be profound or deep or witty to me the stuff that connects with me is the stuff that I believe no matter how simple it is it’s believable, so we just try and play and sing what we love you know and do our best to connect with people and […]

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TRAPT – The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney – July 7, 2017

TRAPT – The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney – July 7, 2017

One of my favourite things is when a band hasn’t toured Australia before, well by that I mean there’s so much excitement, anticipation and uncertainty about what to expect. So tonight TRAPT make their debut in Sydney and let’s see if these songs fans have been listening to for years come across as good as we hope they will on […]

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