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Figures drop new video/single ALPHA, EP ‘Chronos’ out June 16

Aussie rockers FIGURES have premiered the video for new single ‘Alpha’, the second track released from the upcoming new EP, Chronos , set for release on 16 June. They are also announcing today the launch of the EP to the world on the live stage at The Evelyn Hotel in Melbourne on 7th July 2017 with special guests A Gazillion Angry Mexicans, Colibrium and Phoenix Day.

Vocalist Mark Tronson commented: “Alpha lyrically explores the idea of ‘the artists’ struggle’ through both the eyes of the artist and their supporters, both view points being vastly different. Where a fan may look upon an artist as someone living out their potential in an awe-inspiring or romanticised way, the fact is this: behind the curtain there is a whole world of stress, doubt, financial struggles, anxiety and thousands of other pressures that any artist must endure to achieve and maintain success. For myself, it’s a song about the internal risk/reward debate that comes with this type of lifestyle choice. The video itself was shot and edited by our good friend and photographer Andrew Basso from Electrum Photography here in Melbourne. He followed us around the last few gigs of 2016 and early 2017 to make an awesome live montage, including footage from Progfest 2016 and our support show for Twelve Foot Ninja in Jan 2017.”

FIGURES is a band not interested in subtlety. The Melbourne 5-piece delivers a torrent of blistering riffs expertly paired with inspirational and extremely memorable melodies. They have complete authority over their brand of melodic hard rock, standing out against Australia’s backdrop of rising heavy bands as THE act to watch in the next year.

Exploding onto the scene in 2014, Figures has made their mark on critics and music lovers alike and while Australians are fervently getting behind Figures, brethren in the UK and Europe are not far behind. The debut self-titled EP has received 100% positive reviews around the globe with a common theme of hot anticipation for what is coming next.

Featuring more of the snarling grooves and ear-pleasing refrains that is signature Figures, producer Luke Cincotta (Dead Letter Circus, Airbourne, Karnivool) has expanded the sonic spectrum, adding depth and detail to the follow-up record.

RADIO BIRDMAN and DIED PRETTY Announce Tour Supports

 

The names Radio Birdman and Died Pretty evoke many images for those who know and love Australian independent music. Now, in what just might be this year’s most exciting Australian musical events, both bands will perform in a series of one off double headline shows across the land – and today announce support acts for the upcoming national tour.

Formed in 1974, Birdman burst onto the Sydney scene with an energy and attitude previously unseen in that city. Clashing with the powers that be of the time, the band chartered a steadfastly DIY course kicking down doors as they went. By the time of their demise in 1978 they had helped overturn the way the music scene operated allowing a new generation of musically diverse bands and independent labels to form and prosper beyond the constraints of the traditional music establishment.

Died Pretty formed in 1983, becoming an important part of the unfolding post Birdman Sydney environment. Predicated on a series of lauded indie albums and extensive domestic and international touring, the band built a loyal global following over a career that ended up lasting twenty years. Always determining their own musical directions, the band never deviated from the course they set themselves, ultimately earning their unique position in the Australian musical landscape. Please Note: Both bands will be alternating headline positions. Check venue websites for more details closer to the day.

RADIO BIRDMAN & DIED PRETTY
DOUBLE-HEADLINE NATIONAL TOUR
Tickets on sale now

Friday 16th June 2017
Enmore Theatre – Sydney NSW
* Radio Birdman to headline
With special guest Kim Salmon (solo)
Tix: http://www.enmoretheatre.com.au/

Saturday 17th June 2017
Capitol – Perth WA
* Died Pretty to headline
With special guests The Volcanics
Tix http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=70360

Friday 23rd June 2017
The Tivoli – Brisbane QLD
* Died Pretty to headline
With special guests Mick Medew and the Mesmerisers
Tix http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/event/13005239DF0AD47E

Sunday 25th June 2017
The Gov – Adelaide SA
* Radio Birdman to headline
With special guest Kim Salmon (solo)
Tix http://thegov.oztix.com.au/?eventId=70442

Friday 30th June 2017
The Croxton – Melbourne VIC
* Radio Birdman to headline
With special guests Kim Salmon Power Pop Trio
Tix http://thecroxton.oztix.com.au/?Event=70469

Saturday 1st July 2017
The Croxton – Melbourne VIC
* Died Pretty to headline
With special guests Dave Graney & The MistLY
Tix http://thecroxton.oztix.com.au/?Event=70467

CD Review: Figures – Chronos

 

This is a heavy hitting EP with 5 electrifying metal tracks. The hazy almost grungy guitars create a thick and energetic atmosphere, while the mix of loud screens and melodic vocals give each song great character and emotion.

The EP smashes open with the high intensity industrial-esq ‘Recoil’. With elements of Fear Factory and Devon Townsend the track achieves massive energy and an intense atmosphere.

‘Alpha’ takes on a relatively softer and more melodic sound, while maintaining the heavy hard hitting soundscape. ‘Tied around’ takes things to a much darker place with the chilling use of echoes creating an abandoned and empty atmosphere. ‘Point of doubt’ brings in a slow but vivid atmosphere that drags you off things through deep dark caves. The EP closes with the softer and more emotionally charged ballad ‘Crying door’ acting as a kind of warm down to the brutal hart hitting that has occurred previously.

This is a great EP that sees Figures develop their sounds further covering heavy and intense metal sounds paired with softer atmospheric soundscapes.

Check out Figures’ website to find out more!

Interview with Tim Byles from Far Away Stables

Sydney’s Far Away Stables have mused released their debut album ‘Between Rage and Serenity’. A blistering, complex, interesting, twisting-and-turning album, Far Away Stables might just be one of Australia’s most intriguing heavy acts.

They are following up the release with two release launch shows – Melbourne 3rd June at BANG! and Sydney 9th June at Red Rattler.

Tomatrax caught up with Tim Byles to ask a few questions.

How did the band form?

The incredible thing about this is we all got together through the love of music. Mitch and I were in a band previously, and he played music with Nick back in high school. And Brendan and Tim met at a concert. When Tim came to Mitch with the idea of starting a band we were all recruited and so began Far Away Stables.

Where did the name Far Away Stables come from?

We had nothing and had just recorded our first EP. We needed a name and through no copyright infringement at all we “borrowed” it from a Silverchair DVD. I’m not even going to lie and say we came up with some intricate flow of words that has some deep meaning but hey if it gets Daniel Johns’ attention then there’s nothing wrong with that!

You’ve just released your debut album, how does it feel to have it out?

In one word, relieved. But to elaborate on that we’ve been working on this for close to 2 years and had the plan of releasing an album since day one. To be able to finally present this piece of ourselves to the world is great. We are so proud to have been able to create this and are truly ecstatic to have it out.

How does the album compare with your previous two EPs?

It almost doesn’t compare. I mean we have had the same lineup throughout all 3 records but everything about it is a step up. The production, musicianship, songwriting, lyrics, you name it. We feel it’s better in every way and if you know us and have heard any of our music you’d definitely agree.

You’ve said that this is the album you’ve envisioned releasing since the band’s inception, was it hard to get the actual sound to match what you imagine?

It is extremely hard. You have ideas and visions of what you want but they change all the time and you are constantly questioning yourself and your thoughts. Is this right? Is this what people want to hear? But we stayed true to ourselves and made the album we wanted to make. To say this is the exact vision from the bands inception is in a way true because the original idea is there, we wanted this album to be the best representation of us. But through the course of creating it and even to the point of recording and producing it these visions change and mould into what has finally become BRAS (Between Rage And Serenity)

Do you have any visions in terms of your next release?

We’re always working on and brainstorming ideas together. Whether it be lyrics or themes, or even the feel of the album, but nothing is set in stone just yet. We definitely have some ideas but no real clear vision of what we want at this present time.

Where did the title Between Rage and Serenity come from?

It all came from the original feel and vibe of the album. Our first few demos explored those exact feelings with them having hard-hitting energetic parts as well as sections with that calmness and tranquility which you can feel throughout BRAS. The idea stuck and became a theme of the album with tracks named after that juxtaposition between the two.

Do you ever listen to your own music?

All the time. As vain as it may sound we love our music. Ok listening to the same tracks over and over to make sure we nail our parts and vocals live can be excruciating at times but overall we love what we’ve created and truly enjoy listening to our own music.

What other music do you listen to?

I don’t want to be that guy but I personally enjoy a wide variety of music and so do the rest of the band. One minute we’ll be rocking out to some Parkway Drive and the next minute unwinding to some Thrice. However some personal favourites of ours include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Silverchair, Underoath, Circa Survive, Saosin, Dance Gavin Dance, Tame Impala, Arctic Monkeys, Jeff Buckley and I’ll stop right there because I don’t want you to spend the rest of your day reading this.

Now that the album is out what do you plan on doing next?

First thing on the agenda is a few shows to get our album out there. One in Melbourne at BANG! on June 3rd and a hometown show in Sydney at The Red Rattler on June 9th. Along with that we’ll be constantly promoting the album and getting it out to anyone and everyone who wants to listen. Then looking at a more extensive tour a bit later down the track but always working and pushing to get bigger and better in every way we can.

Check out Far Away Stable’s Facebook page to find out more!

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