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Coffin Torture – Dismal Planet

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On February 16 2018 sludge/doom band Coffin Torture will unleash Dismal Planet. The album will be the first release on the newly formed UK based Sludgelord Records.

The band commented “We’re excited to have The Sludgelord unleash our first full-length album. Dismal Planet is coming soon. Prepare for filthy riff destruction! Cheers to Sludgelord Records!”

Label owner Aaron Pickford commented “In life you’re often given opportunities you don’t recognise cause it’s staring at you in the face and you need that push or that spark to get your ass in gear and motivate yourself do something that  makes total sense given the following we have already at the Sludgelord. I’ve toyed with that idea of setting up a digital label in the past but never got it off the ground, but by the luck of happenstance I was scrolling through Instagram and found COFFIN TORTURE.

I was immediately struck by the album art and the description of their music. The fact they’re a duo appealed to me. I love the dynamics of a two piece. Two individuals have to be symbiotic for it to work. Immediately I messaged my partner on this venture and said we gotta approach this band and here were are. The band were stoked on our vision and to be able to issue their new album with the Sludgelord name is one of my proudest moments.

Album embedded below. If you can’t see it click here!

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Interview with Sally-Anne Whitten

 

Sally-Anne Whitten is a singer/songwriter you may not have come across if you’re not that familiar with the Australian Country Music.

This Tamworth bred performer’s latest offering, Burgundy Street, was inspired by her life-long dream to visit New Orleans, which she did in 2015. The album cover depicts the singer’s holiday digs, where she wrote some of the tracks and the place where she was inspired to cover Jon Cleary and Alan Toussaint songs.

Tomatrax caught up with Sally-Anne to ask a few questions.

You’ve just put out your 3rd album, how does it feel to have it out?

Relieved! But also excited.  I’m really proud of this one- it feels most like me out of all the albums I’ve done I think, so I’m pumped to get it out to everyone, and as always with a new release a bit nervous as to what the reception might be.

It’s been 6 years since your last album, what have you been up to over this time?

Life … just doing messy life. I’ve lost some very important people in my life, and that took the wind out of my sails for a long time…traveled a bit, studied music at University, quit my awful day job, written songs, drunk lots of wine and played lots of gigs.

What’s the significance of ‘Burgundy Street’?

It’s the name of the street I stayed on on a 2 week trip to New Orleans in an attempt to heal a broken and bruised heart.  It’s in the middle of the French Quarter and I was able to stay in a unit there and immerse myself in the sights, sounds, tastes, and all things N’awlins…. and hence, the inspiration for this album. I wrote songs, gathered inspiration, listened to other performers/songwriters, soaked up the history.,. and lots of that ended up coming out in this album.

The album features appearances from including James Craswell, Rae Moody, Allison Forbes and Mick Pealing. Was it hard to get all the guests together?

Yes! It was a bit like herding cats… trying to get different musos together in one room!  Technology of course makes things a bit easier, but we ended up doing sessions and sending files at word times of the day and night to make it happen. But so worth it- these guys are amazing, and making music with your mates is the best.

What made you pick ‘Watch it burn’ as the album’s lead single?

I needed a strong opener… it’s almost like I’m making a comeback, I’ve been out of the recording world for a few years now!  It needed to be a statement, and this song is about trusting yourself and moving forward, throwing away things and people in your life that no longer serve you.  Seemed appropriate!

You’ve received a lot of critical acclaim for your work, does this make you feel any pressure going forward?

It probably should… Of course I’m always apprehensive about releasing something new.. I want people to love it… and I’m always wondering how it will be received, if people will understand it.  I really strived to make this album authentic though- All I wanted to do was make a record I’m proud of that reflects who I am and what I do… with great grooves. I think I’ve done that, so I try to think any pressure on me is mostly from myself.

When writing what comes first, the words or the music?

I’m so not a formula writer. Sometimes I get a riff in my head first, which leads to a rhythm pattern, then a melody, then an idea for a lyric… sometimes I write words first, then find the chords and melody and metre to support it.  Whichever way the muse strikes!  I’m a songwriting tutor’s nightmare.. lack of formal method!!

Do you ever listen to your own music?

Not really.  Sometimes I’ll pop an album of mine on after listening to something else to compare the mix. but I’m generally quite uncomfortable listening to my own music. Especially just after you’ve spent all that time in the studio with it…I start thinking about all the things I could have done differently… you send yourself crazy!

What music do you listen to?         

I have my favorites- Jon Cleary, Bonnie Raitt, Rodney Crowell, John Hiatt, Sheryl Crow.. those guys are always an inspiration to me.  At the moment I’m really digging the Black Sorrows last effort, Robben Ford, and the California Honeydrops. Grooves for days!

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

Doing a film clip, and Tour, tour, tour!  Get our stuff out to as many wars as possible! Keep writing, collaborating,

Check out Sally-Anne Whitten’s website to find out more!

HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON: A JOURNEY TO UNITE THE MUSIC OF CUBA AND JAMAICA

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Photo credit Lara Merrington

The HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON 15 piece Super Group will make their debut live appearances in Australia and New Zealand in March 2018. Playing dates at WOMADelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and WOMAD NZ.

A live sound clash with a difference, bringing roots reggae, dub and dancehall together with son, salsa and rumba The HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON band boasts a world-class lineup of musicians: the legendary rhythm section of SLY & ROBBIE (JA) and Band Leader MISTA SAVONA – Keys (AU), are joined by BARBARITO TORRES – Tres/Laud (CU)and ROLANDO LUNA – Piano (CU) from the Buena Vista Social Club, JULITO PADRON from Irakere – Trumpets/Vocals (CU), YAROLDY ABREU from Chucho Valdes – Percussion (CU), RANDY VALENTINE – Vocals (JA/UK), BRENDA NAVARETTE – Vocals/Percussion (CU), SOLIS – Vocals (CU), BOPEE from Inna de Yard – Guitar (JA), OLIVER VALDES – Percussion (CU) and a supporting Australian Horn section.

The innovative, culture-centric HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON album – which was released on November 3rd last year – paired legendary and emerging Cuban and Jamaican musicians to re-imagine classic songs and create new compositions – all infused with Jamaican reggae and dancehall as well as traditional Cuban and Afro-Cuban rhythms.

HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON is the first full-length project to present the blended sounds of these two distinct is land nations supported by an all-star cast of musicians.

For generations, Cuba and Jamaica have been at the forefront of trends in music, art, fashion and food throughout the Americas. HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON meshes these musical pathways, effortlessly blending Cuban rhythms and melodies with reggae’s rumbling basslines and hypnotic drums. The result is an exceptional listening experience and what promises to be an unforgettable live experience.

THURSDAY 8 MARCH

THE TIVOLI THEATRE QLD

SUNDAY 11 MARCH

WOMADELAIDE SA

WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH

THE ENMORE THEATRE NSW

THURSDAY 15 MARCH

THE FORUM VIC

SATURDAY 17 MARCH

WOMAD NZ

CHECK OUT HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON’S WEBSITE TO FIND OUT MORE!

Nanaki – Epilogue

 

‘Epilogue’ is the brand new album from the Isle of Man’s post-rock/instrumental act Nanaki.

Nanaki is the solo project of Michael Daugherty, guitarist of Tomatrax Top 100 winners of 2015 Postcode!

The album provides 6 post-rock sensational instrumental tracks. Ranging from 5 to 18 minutes, each track takes off on its own epic and atmospheric journey exploring elements of shoegaze, post-punk and slowcore in places. Mr Daugherty makes great use of his energetic guitar riffs to create heavy yet hypnotic soundscapes before shifting to a more keyboard focus in the  epic album-closer ‘Into The Afterlife’.

The album is embedded below, if you can’t see it click here.

‘Epilogue’ is the first of several releases planned for 2018 from Nanaki’s Michael Daugherty.

Check out Nanaki’s Facebook page to find out more!

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