Muse’s Matt Bellamy Declares Guitar “No Longer A Lead Instrument”, Starts Collaborative Album With Zedd

Muse’s Matt Bellamy Declares Guitar “No Longer A Lead Instrument”, Starts Collaborative Album With Zedd

International DJ Zedd has revealed that he’s been working on a new collaborative album with Muse frontman Matt Bellamy, at the same time as the legendary rocker has shared some thought-provoking insights on the role of guitars in modern music.

In a new interview with the BBC , Bellamy has declared the age of the axe-wielding ‘guitar hero’ pretty much over.

“The guitar has become a textural instrument rather than a lead instrument. And I think that’s probably a good thing,” he says.

“What’s exciting about this period of music is you can mix classical with hip-hop and rock in the same song. As a rock band you’re slightly one foot in the past, playing instruments like guitar, bass and drums.”

Bellamy adds that Muse have “always kept an eye on what’s gong on” and “taken influence from things we think are cool in contemporary music”, which we saw in action with 2012’s controversial foray into dubstep on The 2nd Law and — more recently — the trap-inspired drums on their new single, ‘Thought Contagion’.

“That’s the first time we’ve used something like that – big 808 [drum machine] drops and stuff,” says Bellamy.

“It’s almost like genre was an aesthetic that people attached themselves to, not just in music but also in the way they dressed and the kind of friends they hung around with,” he continues.

“I feel like that age has come to an end and what’s interesting about music now is not just the style-blending but the era-blending. So you’ll have an artist like Lana Del Rey doing a song that sounds and feels like it’s set in the 1950s, but she’s singing about video games.

“It’s an interesting time for era-blending and creating something which is timeless, and not particularly attached to any time.”

And it seems that the Muse multi-instrumentalist has been attempting to do just that with German-Russian producer Zedd.

“I’ve started a new record with Matthew from Muse,” Zedd recently spilled to Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio.

“We started towards the end of last year — it’s a super exciting project for both of us because he’s never co-written a song with anybody and I don’t know if he’s actually done anything outside of Muse,” he continued. “He’s a complete legend to me and massive inspiration. I wouldn’t be making the same music if his band wasn’t around.”

Meanwhile, Muse — who recently wrapped up a tour of Australia — are tipped to drop their yet-to-be-titled eighth studio album later this year.

Watch their new video for ‘Thought Contagion’ below.

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5 Seconds Of Summer Return With Snippet Of New Tune ‘Want You Back’

5 Seconds Of Summer Return With Snippet Of New Tune ‘Want You Back’

Attention fanboys and girls! 5 Seconds Of Summer are readying a brand new dose of choonage to shove down your gullets this Friday, 23rd February.

The song in question is dubbed ‘Want You Back’ and judging by the tiny snippet they’ve just shared on Instagram, it sounds nothing like the Jackson 5 song of the same name. And apparently it won’t sound a whole lot like classic 5SOS either!

The imminently dropping ditty comes from the Aussie pop-rockers’ forthcoming third studio album, which guitarist Michael Clifford has assured fans will be out this year, and also represents a “departure” from their established sound.

“I think when all the new stuff comes out, it’s like a departure of our old sound but it still keeps elements of all of the things we liked about it. It was just time for us to change,” Clifford recently told Billboard.

It comes after the band were pictured in the studio alongside Blink-182 and Steve Aoki  a while back, following the release of their 2015 album Sounds Good Feels Good.

According to the band’s latest Insta post, new tune ‘Want You Back’ will land at exactly 11am AEDT this Friday.

While you count down the minutes until then, have a listen to the song’s teaser and cop a squiz at the lyrics, below.

WANT YOU BACK // COMING 23.02.18

A post shared by 5 Seconds of Summer (@5sos) on Feb 19, 2018 at 10:00am PST

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With Confidence Announce First Show Since Sexual Misconduct Allegations

With Confidence Announce First Show Since Sexual Misconduct Allegations

With Confidence are back following a brief hiatus.

The Sydney pop-punks have announced their return to the live arena with a new show for a very good cause.

They’ll be performing a benefit gig in California alongside Arlington and States & Capitals on the 19th of next month, with all proceeds going to Hope For The Day, an organisation that works to prevent suicide prevention through mental health support and education.

“Come hang and learn more about an organisation that’s important to us,” the band writes on Facebook.

The news comes after With Con announced back in December that they’d be “taking time off” after both guitarist Luke ‘Rockets’ Thomas  and frontman Jayden Seeley  were accused of sexual misconduct with a minor.

“We have put all touring on hold and postponed the recording of our second album,” the boys announced at the time. “We will instead be spending time at home with our families to personally process everything that has occurred. We need to and want to be a band that deals with their past, present and future responsibly.”

Following the accusations, Thomas parted ways with the group;  however, according to their official Facebook page, Seeley still remains an active member of the lineup.

Music Feeds has contacted the band’s reps to confirm.

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Billy Corgan Reveals New Smashing Pumpkins Song Titles

Billy Corgan Reveals New Smashing Pumpkins Song Titles

Billy Corgan has unveiled the titles of eight new Smashing Pumpkins  songs ahead of the band’s Shiny And Oh So Bright pseudo-reunion tour.

ICYMI: The Corganator has hooked back up with OG bandmates James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin for a fresh world tour featuring the band performing classic tracks from their first five albums, however the whole thing’s been somewhat overshadowed by an ugly stink surrounding bassist D’arcy Wretzky’s exclusion  from proceedings.

Nonetheless, Corgan has continued teasing new tunes from the reunited trio, and he’s now released the names of a bunch of them via Instagram.

Revealing that he, Iha, and Chamberlin would be returning to Malibu next week “to sing shiny new lyrics and cut final guitar overdubs” for eight songs, he went on to list the titles of the fresh crop of recordings (which are apparently being produced by the legendary Rick Rubin) as ‘Alienation’, ‘Travels’, ‘Silvery Sometimes’, ‘Solara’, ‘With Sympathy’, ‘Marchin’ On’, ‘Knights of Malta’, and ‘Seek and You Shall Destroy’.

It’ll be interesting to see if any of them end up being the band’s next ‘Bullet With Butterfly Wings’ or ‘Disarm’.

Corgan, Iha, and Chamberlin haven’t recorded together since The Pumpkins’ 2000 double LP, Machina.

FYI the Pumpkinhead’s accompanying pic on Insta appears to be some kind of quote referencing himself, likely in light of D’arcy Wretzky’s incredible spray against him  recently.

Check it out for yourself below.

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Liam Gallagher Being Interviewed By Kids Is The Best Thing Ever

Liam Gallagher Being Interviewed By Kids Is The Best Thing Ever

Notorious potty mouth Liam Gallagher has spectacularly managed to holster his F-bombs for a four-minute Q&A session with some adorable tots.

Noisey went and recruited a bunch of primary schoolers to quiz the Oasis icon on anything they wanted, with some truly hilarious results.

Fielding queries about everything from his favourite Disney film to his very “naughty” brother Noel to the intellectual quandaries of the human fart, Liam’s answers (and the kids’ questions) are pure LOL fuel.

Watch possibly the greatest Liam Gallagher interview of all time go down below (featuring a shoutout to your boy Big Shaq), and ICYMI: here’s what he reckons it would take for Oasis to get back together.

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Meg Mac & Nina Las Vegas Headline Electric Lady Gold Coast Lineup

Meg Mac & Nina Las Vegas Headline Electric Lady Gold Coast Lineup

After a hugely successful first outing in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s “all girl electric show” is back to *zap* the Gold Coast.

A crop of supremely talented Aussie artists are heading north of the wall for the Electric Lady festival’s Queensland debut, including Meg Mac , Nina Las Vegas , Wafia, Jack River and Kardajala Kirridarra.

The event is set to hit Surfers Paradise on Tuesday, 10th April as part of Festival 2018, the Gold Coast’s arts and culture program for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The free nighttime event aims to celebrate talented women in sport and music.

“This partnership feels super historic in a year where we are seeing monumental shifts in the way women are championed and respected in sport, music and entertainment,” says Electric Lady Director Holly Rankin AKA Jack River.

“We have curated some of the most exciting female Australian artists to play at this event, all whom stand for change and all whom use their voices in their own way.”

Catch all the details below.

Electric Lady 2018 Gold Coast Lineup

Meg Mac
Nina Las Vegas
Wafia
Jack River
Kardajala Kirridarra

Electric Lady 2018 Gold Coast

Tuesday, 10th April
Surfers Paradise Main Stage
Tickets: Free

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The National’s Matt Berninger Working On Comedy Series With Australian Director Trent O’Donnell

The National’s Matt Berninger Working On Comedy Series With Australian Director Trent O’Donnell

The National frontman Matt Berninger has revealed he’s developing a comedy television series with Australian director Trent O’Donnell, who’s known for his work on shows like No Activity, The Chaser’s War On Everything, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Good Place and New Girl.

Speaking with Double J today ahead of The National’s 2018 Australian tour , Berninger said the half-hour show has been in development “for a while”, but “won’t see the light of day this year”.

“My brother, my wife and I have been creating it and then we just kind of teamed up with Trent and his wife,” he said.

“He’s just the type of ‘just rush forward without any fear’ sort of person we need, because we’ve never really done anything in television before, my wife, my brother and I. So he’s pulling us through the woods on this thing.”

Berninger said the show, which is still without an official title, has “a lot of the same tone” of Mistaken For Strangers, the 2013 documentary about The National which was directed by Berninger’s brother Tom.

“It’s more scripted than that is, and it’s not a film Tom’s making, Tom’s just a subject of it. It’s not a fake documentary,” he said.

“I play myself and my brother plays my brother — Tom plays Tom; Tom can’t play anybody else — but then the rest of it’s all cast.”

Berninger said he’s in a band in the show, which will also feature members of bands who appeared on The National’s Grateful Dead tribute album Day Of The Dead Dead, which featured the likes of Wilco, The Flaming Lips, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Courtney Barnett.

“I’m in a band and actually Aaron helped cast the band, with all the guys that were working on the Grateful Dead project together, and so it was a bunch of guys from different bands that we’ve known and been friends with for a long time, who play the band,” he said.

“Aaron’s kinda in it as a producer, sort of as himself, but not really.”

The National are currently touring Australia in support of their latest album Sleep Well Beast .

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Middle Kids Announce 2018 ‘Lost Friends’ National Tour

Middle Kids Announce 2018 ‘Lost Friends’ National Tour

Fresh from announcing their forthcoming debut album Lost Friends , Sydney trio Middle Kids have locked in a national headline tour off the back of their new tunes.

With two shows in Sydney and Melbourne already sold out for March, the band have now plotted a stack of new shows across the country in May, kicking off in Perth before heading to Fremantle, Adelaide, Brisbane, Ballarat and Melbourne (again).

Lost Friends is set for release on 4th May, and you can watch the video for lead single ‘Mistake’ below, alongside the band’s upcoming national tour dates.

Middle Kids 2018 ‘Lost Friends’ National Tour

Tickets on sale 9am Friday, 23rd February

Sunday, 11th March — SOLD OUT
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Tickets: Official Website

Monday, 19th March — SOLD OUT
Howler, Melbourne
Tickets: Official Website

Wednesday, 9th May
Rosemount Hotel, Perth
Tickets: Official Website

Thursday, 10th May
Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 11th May
Fat Controller, Adelaide
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 18th May
Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 25th May
Karova Lounge, Ballarat
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 26th May
Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Tickets: Official Website

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Kirin J Callinan Cleared Of Obscene Exposure Charges In Sydney Court

Kirin J Callinan Cleared Of Obscene Exposure Charges In Sydney Court

Singer-songwriter Kirin J Callinan has been been cleared of all charges after pleading guilty to flashing his penis at the 2017 ARIA Awards.

Callinan, who was facing a potential $1,100 fine or six-month prison sentence after entering a guilty plea this morning for wilful and obscene exposure in a public place, has instead been handed a 12-month good behaviour bond. No conviction was recorded.

Callinan is yet to comment publicly about today’s hearing, but his lawyer Christian Hearn has described the flashing incident as “an error of judgement”.

“Why did he do it? He did it as an error of judgement, he did it in a jovial mood, he didn’t do it to shock anyone,” he told the court, as the ABC reports.

The incident took place in Sydney on 28th November, when Callinan was allegedly encouraged to lift his kilt while being photographed by media at the ARIAs outside Sydney’s Star Casino.

Callinan was charged earlier this month, after video of the incident emerged .

The incident led to Callinan being dropped from the 2018 Laneway Festival lineup, after fellow Laneway act Sian Vandermuelen (AKA Miss Blanks) took her concern’s about Callinan’s inclusion on the lineup to festival organisers.

Callinan later defended Vandermuelen , telling his followers to “respect” each other and not to harass her. He also admitted he was “a wee bit disappointed” to not be performing at Laneway Festival, but still managed to perform onstage with Mac DeMarco at the Sydney leg of the festival.

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Kirin J Callinan To Plead Guilty In Court After Allegedly Flashing His Penis At The ARIAs

Kirin J Callinan To Plead Guilty In Court After Allegedly Flashing His Penis At The ARIAs

UPDATE: Kirin J Callinan Cleared Of Obscene Exposure Charges In Sydney Court

ORIGINAL STORY: Singer-songwriter Kirin J Callinan intends to plead guilty after allegedly flashing his penis at the ARIA Awards in Sydney in November.

The ABC reports the Sydney artist’s lawyer told Downing Centre Local Court this morning that he intends to plead guilty. While Callinan wasn’t present in court at the time, his case is expected to be heard in full later today.

Under New South Wales law, Callinan could face a $1,100 fine or a six-month prison sentence.

Callinan was charged with wilful and obscene exposure in a public place earlier this month, after video emerged of him lifting his kilt and flashing photographers at the ARIAs.

The incident led to Callinan being dropped from the 2018 Laneway Festival lineup, after fellow Laneway act Sian Vandermuelen (AKA Miss Blanks) took her concern’s about Callinan’s inclusion on the lineup to festival organisers.

Callinan later defended Vandermuelen , telling his followers to “respect” each other and not to harass her. He also admitted he was “a wee bit disappointed” to not be performing at Laneway Festival, but still managed to perform onstage with Mac DeMarco at the Sydney leg of the festival.

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