90’s Post Rock Collective JUNE OF 44 (USA) are finally back in Australia and New Zealand

For the first time in 24 years, 90’s Post-Rock collective JUNE OF 44 will grace the shores of Australia and New Zealand in March 2023.
 
Joining them on this stretch of long-awaited epic performances is Sydney’s Bleak Rock group ‘A Broken Sail’.
 
June of 44 band will play material from across their entire discography (1995 – 2020).
 
Originating in 1994 in Brooklyn, NYC, June of 44 recorded and travelled tirelessly for the first 5 years of their collaboration, then stopped for a long 18-year hiatus, and then started again in 2018 with their appearance at the Uzeda 30th anniversary celebration in Catania, Sicily.
 
Outside of North America, June of 44 has had the privilege of performing all over the planet in such places as Taiwan, Guatemala, Europe, and Australia.
 
June of 44 is Fred Erskine, Sean Meadows, Jeff Mueller and Doug Scharin.
 
This March 2023 tour will bring them back to Australia for their 2nd time, plus a first visit to both Japan and New Zealand, see the dates below:
 
THURSDAY 16/3/23 – WOOLLY MAMMOTH, BRISBANE AUS
FRIDAY 17/3/23 – THE LANSDOWNE, SYDNEY AUS
SATURDAY 18/3/23 – THE EVELYN, FITZROY AUS
TUESDAY 21/3/23 – VALHALLA, WELLINGTON NZ
WEDNESDAY 22/3/23 – WHAMMY BAR, AUCKLAND NZ
 

COCKNEY REJECTS AUS/NZ FAREWELL TOUR 2023!

🥊 Your Mate Bookings and Get On The Stage are proud to present the Australian and New Zealand leg for Legendary UK Punk Band Cockney Rejects on their farewell tour in February 2023!

👇 Catch their authentic brand of OI! on the dates below:

💥 TUES 31/1 Badlands Bar Perth

💥 WED 1/2 Woolly Mammoth Mane Stage Brisbane

💥 THURS 2/2 Marrickville Bowling Club Marrickville

💥 FRI 3/2 Bendigo Hotel Collingwood

💥 SAT 4/2 Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood

💥 MON 6/2 Neck of the Woods Auckland NZ

💥 TUES 7/2 San Fran Wellington NZ

💥 WED 8/2 12 Bar Christchurch NZ

👉 VIP and GA tickets available from www.yourmatebookings.com now

Increased travel means increased ticket prices

Loyal punters of Your Mate Bookings, We need to speak to you about some changes that will come into effect as of midnight 28.07.2022.

Recently we have been booking quite a few tours for international bands which we know you have been excited about and we are as well – believe me.

However, in the last two years, the international airline companies have decided to change their policies in regards to baggage meaning we now need to book in double the check in baggage at double the cost. I’ve reached out for clarification from Qantas who obviously do not want to hear about the struggles of the music industry (I’m yet to get a response) and there is no way around these costs as we need to ensure the quality of the bands you love is not compromised in their live setting.

In saying this, the costs of any 3 – 5 piece band, ranges between $1,500 – $3,000aud per tour (and that is on top of the international and domestic flight costs).

This means the extra risk now involved in booking these tours, is up by 10% at a minimum.

Due to these increased costs, imposed by the airlines, we have no choice but to raise our presale ticket prices by $5 for every tour moving forward, effective at midnight today 28.07.2022.

This will also mean the door price increases as well.

We hope you understand the issues we now face and you can continue to support Your Mate Bookings and the bands we are bringing to Australia and New Zealand since 2017!

Thank you

Anthony

Your Mate Bookings

WHRS AUS & NZ TOUR AUGUST 2022

US Abrasive Noise Punks Whores. will make their way to Australia for their long-awaited tour.

Since their inception in 2010, the natives of Atlanta, Georgia, have spent the last 10 years establishing Whores. as one of heavy music’s most distinctive acts thanks to the formidable combination of the group’s punk ethos and the ferocity of their sound.

Confrontational and relentless, the music of Whores. will now be seen and heard in its fully-formed state in Australia for the first time ever.Beginning with 2011’s Ruiner EP, Whores. brought a welcomed new vision to the often-tired “extreme music” scene.

Two years later saw the release of the Clean. EP, a six-track musical display of visceral rancor and songwriting brilliance. Highly anticipated by critics and fans alike, Clean. sold out within a month, prompting the group to release a second pressing.

Touted by SPIN as one of 2013’s ‘Best Metal Albums’, Clean. simply reaffirmed what listeners had suspected all along. Whores. isn’t here to fuck around.

Their 2016 debut full length album GOLD was included in Rolling Stone’s top 10 metal albums, and Metal Injection named the album the top noise rock album of the decade stating, “There is simply no topping what Whores. has done here.

”Presented by Your Mate Bookings and Get on the Stage”

Tickets available from www.yourmatebookings.com


For all media enquires please contact Anthony via yourmatebookings@gmail.com

SASQUATCH RETURN TO AUS & NZ with a new album “Fever Fantasy”


🤘 Californian Stoner Rock Legends Sasquatch will make their way back over to Australia and will finally make their debut in New Zealand
with support from Pieces Of Molly this September to celebrate the release of their latest album “Fever Fantasy”.

⚡ 1/9 Thursday – Vinnies Dive Southport
⚡ 2/9 Friday – King Lear’s Throne Brisbane
⚡ 3/9 Saturday – The Vanguard Newtown
⚡ 4/9 Sunday – The Baroque Room Katoomba
⚡ 7/9 Wednesday – La La La’s Wollongong
⚡ 8/9 Thursday – The Basement Canberra Canberra
⚡ 9/9 Friday – Singing Bird Studios Frankston
⚡ 10/9 Saturday – Bendigo Hotel Collingwood
⚡ 11/9 Sunday – Enigma Bar Adelaide
⚡ 15/9 Thursday – Whammy Bar Auckland
⚡ 16/9 Friday – Valhalla Wellington
⚡ 17/9 Saturday – 12 Bar Christchurch

👉 Tickets Available here:
https://www.yourmatebookings.com/upcoming-events/

SKELETAL REMAINS (USA) make their debut in Australia and New Zealand this November 2022

💀 TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT – Skeletal Remains 💀

🤘 Californian Death Metal Aggressors Skeletal Remains are set to tour Australia and New Zealand for the first time ever this November 2022!
👹 The Gore Obsessed nod to the “Old School” Death Metallers will take their chainsaws on the road and hit the following cities; Bunbury, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Katoomba, Sydney, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington.

🪓 Witness the Violence:
⚡ 10/11 Thursday – Woolly Mammoth Mane Stage Brisbane
⚡ 11/11 Friday – Baroque Room Katoomba
⚡ 12/11 Saturday – BRUTEFEST at Crowbar, Sydney
⚡ 13/11 Sunday – The Basement, Canberra
⚡ 17/11 Thursday – The Prince Of Wales Hotel Bunbury
⚡ 18/11 Friday – Badlands Bar Perth
⚡ 19/11 Saturday – TBA, Adelaide
⚡ 21/11 Monday – Whammy Bar Auckland
⚡ 22/11 Tuesday – Valhalla Wellington
⚡ 23/11 Wednesday –12 Bar Christchurch
⚡ 25/11 Friday – Bendigo Hotel Melbourne (18+)
⚡ 26/11 Saturday – KILLFEST, Kilmore
⚡ 27/11 Sunday – Bendigo Hotel Melbourne (All Ages)

👉 Early Bird Tickets available now until the end of May from https://www.yourmatebookings.com/upcoming-events/

XIBALBA (USA) Return to Australia in August 2022

👹 US Hardcore Titans Xibalba return this August 2022 for a stretch of terrifying shows along the east coast of Australia.

🤘 Joined by Honest Crooks (AUS) and Saving Grace (NZ); the heavy weights of hardcore tinged death metal will bring their reign of terror to the following cities on the dates below:

⚡️ 18/8 Woolly Mammoth Brisbane

⚡️ 19/8 La La La’s Wollongong

⚡️ 20/8 Crowbar Sydney Sydney

⚡️ 21/8 The Basement Canberra Canberra

⚡️ 25/8 The Eastern Ballarat

⚡️ 26/8 Singing Bird Studios Frankston

⚡️ 27/8 Bendigo Hotel Melbourne (18+)

⚡️ 28/8 Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne (AA)

👉 Early Bird tickets available from https://www.yourmatebookings.com/upcoming-events/

Review: Bleed This Earth – The Slow Decline

Band: Bleed This Earth
Album: The Slow Decline
Year: 2022
 
Its’ not every day you hear of a Funeral Doom Metal band from Aotearoa (New Zealand) however the trio of Megalithic proportions “Bleed This Earth” have truly captured the true essence of the genre.
 
 
Four Tracks weighing in at 42 minutes long tumbles and buries any life left in this dark expression of loneliness.
 
 
The title track “The Slow Decline” ticks the boxes of a scene that is set in barren, stripped back Post-Apocalyptic battle, where man struggles for life on a plain of decomposed land.
 
 
Burnt trees and Black mud fills the ears of the listener on the eleven-minute epic “When” un-strangely reminiscent of early ‘My Dying Bride’, as the vultures trot slowly through the field of dead, looking for the last piece of flesh left on the recently risen worms from the depths.
 
 
The slowly paced double kick drum moments, complimented by drum rolls and long drawn power chords from the guitars, keeps the ears alert whilst the vocals narrate a blunt command without exhaustion.
 
 
Probably one of the best extreme releases come out of NZ for quite a while.
 
 
For fans of Samothrace, Pallbearer & My Dying Bride
 
 
Review by Anthony (YOUR MATE REVIEWS)

Review: Thrall – Schisms

Artist: THRALL

Release: Schisms

Year: 2022

Beyond the pale grimness of Melbourne, Victoria lies the new album by the crushing Blackened Doom Metal group ‘THRALL’.

The album displays a whirlpool of filth, destruction, decomposition and chaos under the guise of Black, Doom and Post Metal.

Toms commanding and raspy choking vocals were highly impressive to me and above all that I could hear on this dissonant soundtrack to the apocalypse, I felt his vocals stood out as the guiding force on this stellar album!

Every track was absolutely punishing brilliant however I felt the tracks explained below highlighted the genius work THRALL have been able to put together on this fourth display of black metal vehemence and blasphemy.

“Hollow” was a straight up blast fest and although you can hear some huge ‘Mayhem’ influence; the calm sections of Bass, Drums and Guitars find their way in to create a creepy realm on the side of the madness that THRALL pulls, throughout the rest of this brutal spewfest Tom chants above and over.

“Nihil” brings us a classic guitar solo outta left-field that I didn’t expect and damn its hot – definitely reminiscent of some ‘shining’ (From Sweden)!

“Abyss” begins with a dissonant melodic grimness similar to something you’d hear from ‘Naglfar’ before Toms vomits forth his emotions and then the real chaos begins with all instruments of death, each time returning to the intro riff and finally the bass twang making its way to the forefront.

The blast beats met with the drum rolls on “Epoch” were outstanding and the groove of the guitar riff definitely spun me out as this album drove itself in another direction I didn’t expect and assisted in paying homage to the folk elements that Black Metal sometimes loses – Considering the Norwegians started this ravishing genre that stood against the grain of mainstream politics and agendas.

“Dust” closes out the album with a gradual build of tremolo picking, until a seismic onslaught of riffs pound you in the face before hitting a soft calm section of lead melodies and then again slicing you apart with Toms Cut-throat vocals over Satyricon-esque riffs. “Dust” a perfect seven-minute storm to complete the album!

For Fans of Mayhem, Chapel of Disease and Satyricon.

Mixed by Richard McMaster (Impure Sounds)

Mastered by Jack Control (Enormous Door)

Released soon via IMPURE SOUNDS (AUS) / BRILLIANT EMPEROR RECORDS (AUS)

Review: Frozen Planet 1969 – Not From 1969

Artist: Frozen Planet 1969

Album: Not from 1969

Year: 2022

In Late 2012, the trio got together for a jam in Sydney not knowing an unstoppable force of Psychedelic worship would amount to 10 albums worth of tripped-out, spaced-life and meta-physical journeys under the guise of Frozen Planet 1969. 

In 2022, Frank, Paul and Lachlan bring you “Not from 1969”, just to make it clear to the listener that Psych Rock in this day and age is thriving – better than it ever has in the last fifty years! 

With three songs coming in at 45 minutes long, FP1969 venture into unknown passage ways of music and global cultural influences on this monolithic masterpiece, jammed and recorded in the blistering hot studio based in far Western Sydney, Frank Street Studio (AKA Pepper Shaker Records Headquarters’).

Diamond Dust begins with a cross-over of Spanish Flamenco and Eastern European guitar wizardry before the rhythm section takes grounding to the wild space journey that Paul does not give up on, as he rides the wave of stars in the sky whilst stomping on the pedal board to send the guitar into unearthly directions

Strangelands is a fuzzy jam of jovial proportions and experimental value.

This track particularly shines bright on the technical side of Franks progressive percussive nature and his work with Lachlan on this seven stretch, is completed by a funky riff that an oldie would call “A pretty cool Bass Noodle” yet its as if Lachlan makes his four string finger puppet talk (In what language, I don’t know).

Dissolver is twenty-seven minutes long, so roll one, light it up and get the munchies ready.

I gotta say this track had some beautiful organic production.

The way all instruments are exposed so tastefully with clarity and rawness is something a lot of local rockers in general could use some help with.

That element of live sound and capturing that raw essence of Rock n Roll is seriously such an important thing that can make or break a band (In my Opinion).

Lachlans psychotic noodling at the sixteen minute mark is fierce as is Franks thumping tantrum on his kit; and as they keep up this chaos like ants bursting out of their nests, there is a calm order that arrives at the end as Lachlan bends his notes and the delays of Pauls Guitar give in to the closure of an insane bloody album!

For Fans of Comacozer, Electric Octopus & Electric Moon

Out now via Pepper Shaker Records