Featured Video, Music, Videos

Video: The Ataris debut “Graveyard of the Atlantic”

Long-standing pop punk band The Ataris have debuted the new material from their upcoming new album Graveyard of the Atlantic.

An acoustic version of the title track can be heard in the video of Kris Roe performing below, the first sample from the follow-up to the commercially disappointing (but quality… at least we thought so) album Welcome the Night.

Roe has promised a return to their upbeat, catchy nature of their earlier material on Graveyard of the Atlantic, stating;

I feel that today where I am at is sort of coming around full circle and just having fun again and being newly inspired by the art that made me discover music in the first place.”

No solid release date has been announced as of yet with only a vague ‘late 2010 – early 2011’ time frame given. The Ataris first burst onto the underground pop punk scene in 1999 with their sophomore album, Blue Skies, Broken Hearts… Next 12 Exits which spurned the hit single “San Dimas High School Football Rules.” Their mainstream breakthrough came in 2003 with the album So Long, Astoria.

The Ataris will be touring Australia early next year as part of the Soundwave Festival.

Film, Trailers

Trailer watch: I Am Number Four

Science fiction flick I Am Number Four has debuted a brand new trailer. The Steven Spielberg/Michael Bay produced movie tells the tale of nine infant aliens who escape their home planet to land on Earth. Closely resembling humans, the aliens are being hunted down by those who destroyed their home planet and can only be killed in sequential order. Weird.

From the trailer we see that we conveniently join the movie after three of the nine aliens are killed (otherwise, like, we would totally have to change the title of the movie), and with shiny special effects, a teen romance, and beautiful people, have the makings of big movie success.

Directed by DJ Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia) and starring teen stars Alex Pettyfer (Stormbreaker) and Dianna Agron (Glee) alongside Timothy Olyphant (Deadwood, Justified) and Teresa Palmer, the movie is the big-screen adaptation of a novel (of the same name) written by Jobie Hughes and James Frey (the latter of whom, was busted for writing a lot of stuff he said was true, that actually wasn’t).

I Am Number Four hits cinemas February 18, 2011. You can view the trailer below.



Christopher Nolan confirms return for Batman 3

Director Christopher Nolan has confirmed he will return to the director’s chair to helm the third and final Batman movie.

Empire Online spoke to Nolan who has now confirmed his return;

I feel myself falling into it, I guess. And getting it all figured out and I’m pretty excited about what we’re doing so… If I haven’t announced it, I think that people probably all know at this point that I’m doing it.”

Fresh from the success of Inception (Hollywood’s first piece of originality since God knows when … although Duck Tales may have something to say about it), Nolan recently confirmed he will be working (not as the director) on the refreshing of the the Superman franchise as well. His schedule continues to fill up with the inclusion of the final Batman trilogy, one he reignited with Batman Begins in 2005.

Christian Bale is expected to return to reprise his role as Batman, but so far, no other casting announcements have been made. The Joker however, will not be returning.


Fearless Vampire Killers support Sophie Lancaster Foundation with new song

London-based metal/pop punk band the Fearless Vampire Killers are releasing a brand new single to support the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.

The track, titled “Palace in Flames”, has been described by frontman Laurence as;

“…a mini Rock Opera in two and a half minutes, but the lyrics are metaphors for real emotions. It chronicles a prince’s rise through a hedonistic palace of derangement, in a city that stretches on forever. There’s twisted cardinals, vampires and intoxicated kings involved.”

The aim is to raise awareness for Sophie Lancaster, the British teen who was kicked to death because of her appearance. Her parents have set up a foundation that has become very important for the group;

What drew us toward the foundation the most, was the idea of Stamping out prejudice, hatred and intolerance everywhere. Growing up in the country, we all faced intolerance and hatred on a daily basis – never to the horrific extent that Sophie suffered – but it did still have a big affect on us as kids. It shouldn’t be like that, and if The Sophie Lancaster Foundation want to try and change it, we want to get involved.”

The track, which can be streamed below, will be available soon from the band for all of those who purchase a Sophie Lancaster wristband. All proceeds will go directly to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.

AUDIO STREAM: “Palace in Flames”
Fearless Vampire Killers – Palace In Flames

Album Reviews, Highlights, Music

Review: Bad Religion – The Dissent Of Man

In an interview prior to the release of The Dissent of Man, Brett Gurewitz had referenced Tom Petty and The Kinks as influential outlets for the album’s songwriting. It was a disarming statement at first, but why can’t a Bad Religion album sound a little like something Ray Davies would have written? Yet as The Dissent of Man unfolds, it is clear that it is still a distinctively Bad Religion album- compact melodies, sharp guitars and Brooks Wackerman’s great percussion work- but there are many instances where they venture out into the kind of ambition unseen since Into the Unknown.

It isn’t a grating, blatantly abstract form of musical diversity- they’ve exercised these textures with certain restraint. Most evident perhaps, in the closing “I Won’t Say Anything”, an acoustic driven, soft rock-tinged tune that will play closer to Tom Petty and Ray Davies than Greg Ginn and Steve Soto. But the song’s diversion from the regular Bad Religion sound is still in line with the album’s bigger thematic nuances- so it doesn’t feel out of place. Mid tempo tracks “Won’t Somebody” and “The Devil in Stitches” are from the same book as “The Answer” and “Honest Goodbye” while “The Pride And the Pallor” is a great example of forward thinking songwriting blended perfectly with accessible rock aesthetics and their trademark lyrical attack.

Where The Dissent of Man really tests the waters are with its two (yes, two) love-themed tracks, and as alarming as it is to know that Bad Religion have written a love song, it is less so once you hear it. Lyrically, it’s a mix of cheese and embittered lovelorn couplets in “Cyanide”; “Let me say / (Oh oh) well there’s no place left to hide / (Oh oh) from the loneliness inside”, complemented well by the song’s country-punk flavoured sound. “Turn Your Back On Me” is equally pessimistic.

The most effective aspects of The Dissent of Man are when Bad Religion ups the tempo and dives into more familiar waters. “Only Rain” and “The Resist Stance” (first heard on 30 Years Live) is closer to vintage BR, while tracks like “Meeting of the Minds” and “Wrong Way Kids” would not feel out of place on Generator or Against the Grain.

Gurewitz has said that there have been a few cases where they would step back from the progressive writing to pen a more straightforward punk album (as with New Maps of Hell and The Empire Strikes First) but this is not one of those times. Greg Graffin has made no secret of the band’s intake of music outside of punk rock since their earliest of days. Their latest simply shows these influences on a more prominent level. Some 30 years after their formation, The Dissent of Man is proof that one of the smartest bands on Earth is still challenging music on a multitude of levels. They’ve now challenged long-time fans and listeners as well, with remarkable effect. (Epitaph)

[xrr rating=4/5]

AUDIO STREAM: “The Pride And the Pallor”
Bad Religion – The Pride And the Pallor (from the album The Dissent of Man)


Paramore gets the Glee treatment

Paramore’s stock has continued to propel towards the stratosphere with the inclusion of their song “The Only Exception” on hit musical show Glee.

The episode featuring the track was the second from the show’s current season, titled “Britney/Brittany”, and pays tribute to pop star Britney Spears. Video of the cast’s interpretation of the song can be seen in the video below.

When we last spoke to Paramore back in 2005, we knew the band were good, but who would have ever expected such global success and adulation. Hayley Williams, speaking to us in 2005, said this about the potential of the band;

Who knows where this next year or two will take us. Whether we are playing clubs for a couple hundred kids or playing on big tours in front of much bigger crowds … we will be playing.”

Safe the say they ended up playing to much, much bigger crowds. Paramore will soon embark on their Australian tour with Reliant K starting October 10th in Perth.



Social Distortion / Gaslight Anthem announce Soundwave sideshow

Rejoice! Hallelujah! We don’t have to go to Soundwave! The two best bands of the festival have just announced a sidewave scheduled to take place March 2nd, 2011 at The Palace (in Melbourne).

Both acts were part of the first announcement of next year’s Soundwave Festival touring across Australia alongside Iron Maiden, Queens of the Stone Age, 30 Seconds to Mars, New Found Glory and much, much more.

Social Distortion were slated to appear at previous Soundwave events but cancelled due to them being Social Distortion (they like cancelling things). However, they have confirmed their appearance and announced on their Facebook that the side show will indeed go ahead. The band are scheduled to release their much anticipated new album, Hard Times And Nursery Rhymesin November.

Tickets for the Social Distortion / Gaslight Anthem sideshow go on sale in Friday, October 1st.

Show info:
March 2, 2011 @ The Palace