Isy Cappo – Rebound Girl

Rebound Girl is a fresh, rambunctious, boppy song ready for all to dance along to! The storyline follows a woman who’s sick of being the second option / “Rebound Girl” this song is an anthem of “I’ve had enough”.

Isy Cappo has been bubbling under in the Australian music scene for the past two years and is beginning to grab the attention of a national audience. Refusing to be bound by the expectations of others, she is building a reputation as an artist that can navigate the waters of diverse genres like a seasoned professional.

Based out of Australia, still only 16 and inspired by artists such as Adele, Paramore and Jessie J, it is clear from her five singles to date that she is a woman on the cusp of commercial success. Featuring on Triple J Unearthed and Atomic Radio, Isy is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter whose voice soars effortlessly above her own original compositions. Powerful, emotional and addictive, her lyrics display a connection to her own truths and the sassiness of her peers. With over 100,000 plays on Spotify in an incredibly short space of time, it is clear that her music is resonating with an ever-growing audience.

Her pop sensibilities are underscored by the joy of making music and a dedication to create tracks that can speak to everyone. From straight out rock to raw emotional ballads, she pivots from one genre to another with an unerring sense of confidence that speaks to her true talents as an artist. Responsible for every part of the creative process, Isy Cappo weaves complex harmonies and melodies with a narrative that only the dreams of youth can inspire. An old soul in a young mind, and painting sonic landscapes of a world unimagined, the power of her voice is a gift that keeps on giving.

As she continues to release music at a frenetic pace, the future is safe in Isy’s hands and her journey is only just beginning. Join her on her travels and discover just what that future sounds like.

The Engagement – Heaven So Close

Melbourne band The Engagement are back with a timely single ‘Heaven So Close’, an uplifting anthem about enduring and overcoming obstacles during hard times. Triple J called it “a poppy sugar hit to meet your cravings.”

In collaboration with NYC based producer Brent Kolatalo – who has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry – the band have managed to capture all the qualities of the catchy and meaningful electro-pop that has allowed their previous singles to garner close to a million streams on Spotify.

To celebrate the release, the band will headline at ‘The Espy’ on Friday, September 17th along with a Regional Victoria tour later this year.

‘Heaven So Close’ is now available worldwide on all streaming platforms followed by a debut EP in 2022.

Band Bio:

Triple J say “They can clearly put together the hooks and glitz.” Fox FM labelled them “a cool 80s/retro sound” and Triple M called them “fantastic.” The Engagement deliver independent music with a stadium sound drawing influence from the likes of Imagine Dragons, Coldplay and Bastille.

Their songs combine earnest storytelling and big hooky melodies to create their own brand of electro-pop that has gained them close to a million streams on Spotify.

They’ve performed to audiences in Melbourne and across Australia, including shows at St Kilda’s Oktoberfest, and residencies at Luna Park.

With a number of independent singles under their belts (In The End, Another Year and Heaven So Close), they continue to evolve their sound and engage with a growing fanbase both online and at shows.

The band are excited to showcase new material to Melbourne and regional Victoria in 2021.

SELFISH SONS – Hard Enough

Selfish Sons are a three-piece band from Brisbane who make rock music with pop sensibility, these brothers have established themselves as eccentric entertainers with a powerful sound. Today they release their new song, ‘Hard Enough’.

The rock outfit consists of brothers, Jordy and Finn who met Jonty in a commercial audition room at the age of 8. This spontaneous friendship grew tenfold through high school after realising their love for infectious melodies and having a laugh was better suited to writing songs ‘tongue in cheek’ for an aptly named band, not getting kicked out of a classroom.

After many devious nights and failed cover attempts, the addictive energy of live shows became an obsession leading to numerous tours and sold out shows up and down the East Coast, endearing themselves as an energetic and passionate upcoming act.

More recently the band have signed on with LA based management teams, ‘Connexion Music’ and ‘Goodlife Management’ as well as independent label ‘Riveting Management’.

Selfish Sons plan to showcase their songs to radio on the East Coast when it becomes possible post Covid.

Michael Waugh – Dark

‘Dark’ is the third single from The Cast (out now). It follows ‘Flying’ and ‘Dirty River’ – which peaked at #13 and #15 respectively on the TMN Countrytown Hot 50 airplay chart. It’s a celebration of the classic pub rock songs of the ’80s – especially Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing in the Dark’ and Cold Chisel’s ‘Khe Sanh’ – and the pub and club culture of the day.

“Ringers Nightclub in Sale was the place to go on a Saturday night when I was growing up in Gippsland,” says Waugh. “It was a place where FIFO workers from the oil rigs, young dairy farmers, local tradies – and even the odd underage kid – would meet up on a Friday night for a drink.”

The music video, shot by long time collaborator Sean Kirkwood, is directed and conceived by Waugh. He tells of how “we were inspired by music videos from the ’80s – especially Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark and Pat Benatar’s Love is a Battlefield videos. The concept was about living out a night in reverse – almost like you’re piecing together a messy night. The highlight for me though was working with a group of ex-students who play the backing dancers and the young woman at the night club.”

Chris Rose – Made For Loving You

Inspired by the intimacy of love and the importance of remaining present, Chris Rose is entering the Australian country music scene with his heart on his sleeve as he welcomes ‘Made For Loving You’ to his singles slate.

The Port Macquarie (regional New South Wales) singer-songwriter has always been blessed with ample helpings of the perfect combination of beach and bush to inspire his musical output. But when it comes to his latest single, ‘Made For Loving You’, his childhood sweetheart Ruby is front of mind.

Embracing being effortlessly in the moment with the one you love, the emotionally-charged single is centered around Chris’ devotion and commitment to Ruby, his now wife, offering a loved-up country-rock-ballad.

While Chris was inevitably made for loving Ruby, it is undeniably clear he, too, was made for the Australian country music scene. ‘Made For Loving You’ offers a cherished message straight from the heart, taking listeners on an adoring journey through a landscape of intimate vocals, classic drums, soaring pedal steel, and electric guitar melodies.

Spending much of his youth with like-minded friends, guitar in hand, and his songwriting notepad at the ready, Chris always had his sights set on music. Despite earning considerable experience within the industry co-writing with some of the biggest names, Chris discovered his fundamental passion remained to pen his own brand of beautiful, melodic lyrics.

Now, thoughtfully welcoming ‘Mad e For Loving You’, produced by his long-time collaborator, the in-demand Stuart Stuart (Sheppard, Caitlin Shadbolt), the Australian country music scene is set to fall in love with Chris Rose.

The love-struck lyrics are bound to become stuck in your head (and heart).

CJ Shaw – Adelaide

Armed with a guitar and a swag full of harmonicas, singer-songwriter CJ Shaw’s intricate finger-picking, word play and storytelling never fails to captivate his audiences. CJ Shaw’s music is distinctly Australian in style, influenced by Paul Kelly and Slim Dusty. His lyrical storytelling and musicality lends itself to audiences of all ages.

In 2020, CJ Shaw was nominated for an ARIA Award for ‘Music Teacher of the Year’ with Jimmy Barnes as his official ambassador presenting him with the nomination. This prestigious music industry acknowledgement recognised his dynamic and poignant songwriting for primary-aged children. These celebrated songs are woven through his performances and albums, played alongside satirical and storytelling Australiana folk songs.

In 2021 CJ Shaw will release his album ‘All Sorts’. Combining the best of his children’s songs with his unique brand of contemporary Australiana, Shaw has dubbed ‘All Sorts’ “the ultimate Family Album”. With over a decade experience touring and performing at music festivals in Australia and Timor-Leste, CJ Shaw is an exciting Canberra musician at the top of his game.

The Rolling Stones – Living In The Heart Of Love

The Rolling Stones have today announced the release of 40th anniversary, expanded deluxe editions of their chart-topping, multi-platinum 1981 album Tattoo You, via Universal Music.

The newly-remastered set, out on October 22, will be accompanied by no fewer than nine previously unreleased tracks from the era. The first of these, the irresistible rocker ‘Living In The Heart Of Love’, is available now on all digital services, and Tattoo You (40th Anniversary Edition) is available to pre-order in multiple formats
here.

Today’s announcement comes 40 years to the week since the celebrated album was first released on August 24, 1981, and as the rock ‘n’ roll legends prepare to return to the road with 13 new dates on the No Filter tour in the US. The new itinerary starts on September 26 in St. Louis and extending into November.

Anticipation for the new editions of Tattoo You will be high among Stones devotees and new admirers alike. The 40th anniversary remaster of the original 11-track album includes such enduring favourites as ‘Hang Fire’, ‘Waiting On A Friend’ (showcasing jazz saxophone giant Sonny Rollins) and of course the opening track that’s been a band signature ever since, ‘Start Me Up’ . The deluxe formats will also include Lost & Found: Rarities and Still Life: Wembley Stadium 1982.

The Lost & Found disc contains no fewer than nine songs from the period of the album’s original release, newly completed and enhanced with additional vocals and guitar by the band. Among these, ‘Living In The Heart Of Love’ is a quintessential Stones rock workout with all of the group on top form, complete with urgent guitar licks and fine piano detail.

Other highlights of Lost & Found include a killer version of ‘Shame, Shame, Shame’, first recorded in 1963 by one of the band’s blues heroes, Jimmy Reed; their reading of Dobie Gray’s soul gem ‘Drift Away’; and a fascinating reggae-tinged version of ‘Start Me Up’.

Still Life: Wembley Stadium 1982 is an unmissable memento of the band’s London show in June of that year on the Tattoo You tour. The mighty 26-track set is packed with Stones mega-hits, including an opening ‘Under My Thumb’ and all-time greats such as ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’, ‘Honky Tonk Women’ and ‘Brown Sugar’.

The Wembley show has covers of the Temptations’ ‘Just My Imagination,’ Eddie Cochran’s ‘Twenty Flight Rock,’ the Miracles’ ‘Going To A Go Go’ and early rock ‘n’ roller the Big Bopper’s ‘Chantilly Lace.’ It also features early live workouts for tracks from the then-new Tattoo You such as ‘Start Me Up’, ‘Neighbours’, ‘Little T&A’ and ‘Hang Fire’.

Universal Music’s Tattoo You (40th Anniversary Edition) follows the 2020 reissue of the Stones’ 1973 landmark Goats Head Soup, which took the album back to No. 1 in the UK. Remarkably, this marked the second time their peerless catalogue had produced a UK chart-topper twice over, after 2010’s deluxe edition of their 1972 staple Exile On Main St.

On first release, Tattoo You, produced by the Glimmer Twins with associate producer Chris Kimsey, topped the charts in the US (where it went quadruple platinum), Canada, Australia and across much of Europe, with gold and platinum awards around the world.

Andrew Farriss – Son of a Gun

Andrew Farriss hardly needs an introduction to music fans. He is the man behind the songs that saw INXS sell more than 50-million albums throughout their career. Consequently his music has been on welcome and constant radio rotation globally for over 3 decades.

Andrew’s new single, Son Of A Gun remains true to the classic wild west inspired country concept of Andrew Farriss’s self-titled album, a collection of songs traversing roots, blues, Americana and country, released internationally earlier this year BMG.

Andrew explained “

Son Of A Gun is my vision of a tragic tale set in earlier times. It’s about a young gunslinging outlaw , who thinks he can solve all his problems with a gun, even though his father warned him that the devil lies on both ends of a gun. However the law eventually tracks him down to a silver mine where his fate is sealed and he winds up in a grave. Even today this still happens.”

A true cowboy track, Son Of A Gun, was penned towards the end of the recording process, specifically for the album release. Andrew wanted a song about an outlaw, a young man who is always on the other side of the law. It evokes imagery of gun-slinging cowboys and an old-Western mentality. The resulting track is actually one of Andrew’s favourites.

“The music was tracked before I had any lyrics written,” he says. “Then I took it back to my hotel room and worked on the melody and the lyric idea of Son Of A Gun on my own, using the template of the instrumental recording that I’d already tracked in the studio. Ironically, that is a very similar way to the way I used to work when I was working with INXS. I would come up with the music bed first. I thought if you can write a music bed that has no singing, and people still like the music, then that is pretty good. When I tracked the music in Nashville the guys thought it was funny that I had no lyric for it, I said, ‘don’t worry, I will be back’. I sat down and listened to the music bed and realised that I had a lyric idea that I always wanted to write a song about, and here it is – Son Of A Gun.”

The film clip for Son Of A Gun was filmed between two continents; “because of the similarities between our farm, Piedmont Station, in Northern NSW and the ranch in Arizona
where I had shot some other videos, we were able to put together the two locations into this video seamlessly.” The clip features local cowboys who also featured in Andrew’s previous western inspired videos Come Midnight and Good Mama Bad. The clip is a cinematic journey of the outlaw – Farriss added that “in these uncertain times where the entire world is struggling one way or another, I think this track and it’s video are a bit of escapism to a different era, like a short music version of the movie Tombstone.”

Son Of A Gun is the fourth single from Andrew’s self-titled solo album . His previous singles – Run Baby Run, released in early 2021, Good Momma Bad, released at the start of 2020, and Come Midnight, released in 2019 – have already garnered strong radio support.

The Killers – Pressure Machine

The Killers will release their seventh studio album, entitled Pressure Machine, on Island Records on August 13, 2021. The album was co-produced by the band, Shawn Everett, and Jonathan Rado (of Foxygen), all of whom worked together on The Killers’ critically-acclaimed album Imploding The Mirage, released last year.

When the Covid-19 pandemic shut down the promotional run and worldwide tour for The Killers’ majestic, critically-acclaimed 2020 album Imploding the Mirage, “everything came to this grinding halt,” says frontman Brandon Flowers. “And it was the first time in a long time for me that I was faced with silence. And out of that silence this record began to bloom, full of songs that would have otherwise been too quiet and drowned out by the noise of typical Killers records.” Indeed, for the first time since 2004, the relentless momentum and pressures of being in a globally-renowned, stadium-shaking band stopped. Enter Pressure Machine: a view into the everyday realities of a small American town with a stark, tough beauty, and The Killers’ most restrained and resonant album yet.

A quieter, character-study-driven album, Pressure Machine lives squarely in Flowers’ hometown of Nephi, Utah, a close-knit community of 5300 people with no traffic lights, a rubber plant, wheat fields, and the West Hills. Nephi is the place Flowers spent his formative years (10-16), saying “had it not been for advancements in the automotive industry, Nephi in the 90s could have been the 1950s.” The album’s songs are based on the memories and stories of people that impacted him growing up, interspersed with commentary from current Nephi locals about their town. “We were discussing [Brandon] moving to Nephi as a kid and being stuck in the middle of nowhere,” says the band’s drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. “And during Covid-19, it started to feel like we were all in the middle of nowhere.” Concurs Flowers, “I discovered this grief that I hadn’t dealt with,” he says, “many memories of my time in Nephi are tender. But the ones tied to fear or great sadness were emotionally charged. I’ve got more understanding now than when we started the band, and hopefully I was able to do justice to these stories and these lives in this little town that I grew up in.”

The resulting record is an aural document of growing up – and living – in the American Southwest, told from a myriad of perspectives. For the first time in his life, Flowers had complete lyrics before a note of music was put to tape. No stranger to inhabiting different characters in songs, on Pressure Machine he steps into the shoes of some of the people whose lives he watched unfold as a teen. The album weaves the threads of Flowers’ signature lyricism throughout his career into a perfect whole culminating in the most elegant album The Killers have ever made.

Through its characters and also its title, the album squares up to the unbending pressure of the American dream compounded by religious disenchantment. A born optimist, moments of beauty inevitably shine out of the grief of Flowers’s songs: the healing arrival of summer, the first crop of hay, sweeter skies. Pressure Machine’s stories detail the real life personal battles, overwhelming regrets, local tragedies, and the opioid epidemic that hit Flowers’ hometown, as well as every hometown in America. Flowers sings about the choices people make, for better and for worse, and the consequences of those choices; the ones who were left behind, and the ones that can’t be forgotten.

Pressure Machine’s album cover image was shot on the highway just outside Nephi, taken as photographer Wes Johnson passed a roadside inspirational display set up by a local Baptist church. Johnson took dozens of incredible images of Flowers’ hometown throughout the early part of 2021, many of which are featured in the album’s packaging for the physical edition.

The Killers will be heading back to the road to celebrate both Pressure Machine and Imploding The Mirage, along with their much-loved catalogue of global hits, in 2022. Tickets for these shows go on sale on Friday, July 23rd, at 10 am local time via the band’s website.