Author: Troy Culpan

Kram of Spiderbait / ARC

Kram of Spiderbait / ARC

“It’s funny, a lot of the times with these sorts of supergroups, they’re good on paper but they might not necessarily work on stage as well as you would hope, but this one has got a really special energy to it. So it was a nice accident that came together and here we are.” From Release: In celebration of Abbey […]

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Patrick Robertson of Motor Ace

Patrick Robertson of Motor Ace

“Thirteen years since we’ve been on stage I think if it’s not gonna happen now it’s never gonna happen you know?” From Release:  It’s 2001, you’re driving home from work, flicking through the radio stations, and Five Star Laundry by Motor Ace is being played on triple j, Triple M and a bunch of other stations in between.  Then, as […]

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Laurie Vincent & Isaac Holman of Slaves (Video Interview)

Laurie Vincent & Isaac Holman of Slaves (Video Interview)

“We’ve kind of spent a lot of our career trying to make our record as good as our live show because we’ve been known as a live band.” From Release: Slaves Since first bursting out of the UK pub scene in 2012, Slaves have gone onto become of the UK’s most ferocious live bands, and their brand of high-energy punk rock […]

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Josh Todd of Buckcherry

Josh Todd of Buckcherry

“…change is really good for Buckcherry as painful as it is sometimes but you know the old line-up it just wasn’t a united front for like three years before it actually happened, so it was a long time coming, people are much happier, the people who left and the people who are here now and Buckcherry is thriving again…” From […]

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Rob Halford of Judas Priest (Video Interview)

Rob Halford of Judas Priest (Video Interview)

“I call ourselves a working metal band, and what I mean by that is it’s all relevant to making yourself relevant, and for as long as this band has been together we’ve always gone out on these big worldwide treks supporting our latest music. So this is like doing again what we’ve done since Rocka Rolla in nineteen seventy blah […]

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Hanson – String Theory – Sydney Opera House – March 4, 2019

Hanson – String Theory – Sydney Opera House – March 4, 2019

I couldn’t think of a more iconic venue for Hanson to bring their ‘String Theory’ show to Australia, tonight we are in the Sydney Opera House. Hanson have always delivered live so in not looking at track listings or any footage from this String Theory tour tonight I am ready to immerse myself in a journey. Looks like the sold […]

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Anders Fridén of In Flames

Anders Fridén of In Flames

“…it’s a hobby that turned into a job that still in some ways is a hobby, I love music I listen to great music and it couldn’t be better, I couldn’t be happier. I’m so fortunate that I’ve been able to do this for a long time.” From Release: At this point, IN FLAMES are less of a band than they are […]

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Tobias Sammet of Avantasia

Tobias Sammet of Avantasia

“The whole album is pretty much a celebration of the love for the abnormal *laughs* I can say, and I can relate to that and it’s a very heartfelt and honest album.” From Release: AVANTASIA, the all-star rock opera spaceship piloted by EDGUY singer, songwriter and producer Tobias Sammet, have released their eighth full-length album, ‘Moonglow’, via Nuclear Blast Records. […]

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Mark Morton

Mark Morton

“For the most part I wasn’t chasing people around in fact honestly I was flattered and kind of humbled at the same time to find in most instances the people I reached out to were willing to listen and once they listened they wanted to be a part of it.” From Release: Mark Morton, the prolific guitarist of Lamb of […]

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Kin Etik of Twelve Foot Ninja

Kin Etik of Twelve Foot Ninja

“… there’s no difference in preparation whether or not we’re playing to a small room of 100 or a festival with 10,000 people it’s all the same… ” From Release: Get ready. Twelve Foot Ninja are coming for their first headline tour of Australia in two years. The hard rock outfit have cemented a cult following off the back of their brand […]

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Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain

Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain

“…this time around I mean personally I just enjoy it more now because we’re still here, whatever it was we were doing we’re doing it right because we’re still here and you just chill out more now.” From Release: Brothers William and Jim Reid led THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN to become pioneers of the post-punk notion. Like mad scientists, the brothers would concoct formulas of […]

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James LaBrie of Dream Theater

James LaBrie of Dream Theater

“We knew we wanted to go in and write a heavier album, more hard rock but at the same time keeping the progressive elements that have been a strong signature for Dream Theater…” From Release: Chemistry triggers action. The bonds of disparate elements yield friction, energy, and ultimately incite creation. It happens throughout all of existence—especially in music. The music […]

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Isaac Hanson of Hanson

Isaac Hanson of Hanson

“…we’ve been doing this for a long time and we love making pop rock music or whatever it is we make and to have the chance to present the music we’ve been working on both new and old in one show in a different way than ever before…” From Release: During the past quarter-century, Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson have […]

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Nickelback – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney – February 15, 2019

Nickelback – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney – February 15, 2019

It’s time to feed the rock and roll machine! Nickelback are Nickelhere in Sydney tonight promoting their newest album ‘Feed The Machine’ and being a Nickelback friendly zone here at MTRBWY we never miss these guys when they’re in town, so tonight we’re ready once again! Warming up the crowd tonight Bad Wolves instantly hit it and hit it hard. […]

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Chris Taylor Brown of TRAPT

Chris Taylor Brown of TRAPT

“I think that’s the main thing that makes me want to keep doing Trapt is the fans and how they react to it.” From Release: Formed in 1997 TRAPT and have sold over 2.5 million records worldwide. It was their eponymous major-label debut, the self-titled ‘Trapt’ album that really got things going for them. The album was a perfect mix […]

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The Struts (Video Interview)

The Struts (Video Interview)

“To be honest all of our biggest opportunities to date have been as a result of people seeing us. It’s one of those funny things where I look on it and I’ve kind of like created a monster.” From Release: Having opened for The Rolling Stones, The Who, Guns’n’Roses and Motley Crue, The Struts are a band you don’t want […]

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Taime Downe of Faster Pussycat

Taime Downe of Faster Pussycat

“I’ve always been in the aspect that I just try and keep the family together always, shit that happened before in the old days we just kinda fell apart…” From Release: When you think of Hollywood’s infamous ‘80’s rock ‘n’ roll scene, it won’t take long before you turn your mind to Faster Pussycat. Led by the incomparable Taime Downe, […]

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Dee Snider – ‘Shouted’ – The Manning Bar, Sydney – February 1, 2019

Dee Snider – ‘Shouted’ – The Manning Bar, Sydney – February 1, 2019

Tonight we’re all here for the love of metal!!! It’s been thirty five years since Dee Snider has been in Australia and he’s back and I guess you could say we’re not gonna wait here anymore… As the band take the stage and Dee gets introduced they jump straight into ‘Lies Are A Business’ with some amazing guitar work and […]

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The Struts – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney – January 31, 2019

The Struts – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney – January 31, 2019

So, you may have seen that I gushed all over them as a support act when they blew me away with Greta Van Fleet earlier this week but tonight in their first and only headline show in Australia I’m ready to be doubly blown away, yeah that’s a thing. I remembered the fucking name. Here once again are The Struts… […]

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Greta Van Fleet w/ special guests The Struts – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – January 29, 2019

Greta Van Fleet w/ special guests The Struts – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – January 29, 2019

Tonight we’re going to get musical. Two amazing bands and let’s just get into it… “Get your hands in the air!” Luke yells as The Struts take the stage. The band jump straight into ‘Primadonna Like Me’ And this is fun, this is rock and roll. I shit you not I could go home now, that was an opener and […]

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Slash ft Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney – January 28, 2019

Slash ft Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney – January 28, 2019

It’s always a big night of rock when Slash and his band of merry men are in town, so tonight let us prepare for said rock!! Sirens ring as Devilskin take the stage and with a big riff and a big scream they kick things off. They rock through their set with tracks covering their two albums and as the […]

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Jennie Skulander of Devilskin

Jennie Skulander of Devilskin

“I guess we have a lot of energy on stage, I like to run around the stage, jump around, sometimes throw a cartwheel or whatever and we just play hard and just look like we’re having a lot of fun…” From Release: DEVILSKIN have earned a formidable reputation by earnestly demonstrating commitment to unpretentious musical values, writing songs that have depth […]

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Bring Me The Horizon – amo

Bring Me The Horizon – amo

Bring Me The Horizon are back and as I sit in a room with other writers at Sony Music in Sydney we’re all being treated to a very early playback of the band’s new album ‘amo’. So as we hush, they press play. The intro builds for ‘I Apologize If You Feel Something’ and sets the tone for the album, […]

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Jason Aalon Butler of Fever 333

Jason Aalon Butler of Fever 333

“I think that all of us involved really wanted to see what it is we’re doing now so we were all ready for it and we were all waiting, and us all together and having like minds and having energy that we share the way we do…” From Release: In the midst of America’s 2017 socio-political upheaval a self-described “bi-racial […]

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Erik Weideman of 1927

Erik Weideman of 1927

“The best you can do is make new music, release it and tour and see what happens, I mean no one really knows what’s going to happen, ‘…ish’ proved that to me.” From Release: 1927 formed in 1987 and went on dominate charts with songs such as That’s When I Think Of You, If I Could and Compulsory Hero – all of which […]

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Taking Back Sunday – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – January 14, 2019

Taking Back Sunday – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – January 14, 2019

Tonight is my first gig of the year, let’s do this! I haven’t seen Taking Back Sunday for many years, so tonight as they prepare for the first of two nights at The Metro I’m thinking we’re in for a fun, nostalgic night and I think TBS are going to make damn sure that happens. Young Lions from Brisbane are […]

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Tommy Thayer of KISS

Tommy Thayer of KISS

“…there are a lot of artists that go out and do these kinds of things but this is legitimately going to be the last tour for KISS.” From Release: Known for their trademark larger-than-life blistering performances, KISS has proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock n roll.  The Rock & Roll Hall […]

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Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday

Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday

“…we’ve all been a little like looking back retrospectively and we’ve been reminded a lot recently just how lucky we are and how fortunate we are to be and just kind of that we’ve been able to do what we do…” From Release: If you can’t believe that Taking Back Sunday have been around for 20 years, you’re not alone, […]

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Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield

“…the industry has always confused me I feel like I’ve always been in the opposite corner of the business, I’ve always just done what I felt was right and what I felt was good even when I came over here…” From Release: 50 years after their formation, Australian supergroup Zoot is proud to unveil career retrospective ‘Archaeology’ including new song ‘Life In A Northern […]

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Sharon den Adel of Within Temptation

Sharon den Adel of Within Temptation

“…the fire that we have when we started is still there and that I think is the main reason to go on with making music…” From Release: WITHIN TEMPTATION – the legendary leaders of dark anthems, with a career spanning two decades – have announced their 7th album titled Resist, scheduled for release on 14 December 2018 via Vertigo/Caroline Australia. […]

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