SIGNED AND SEALED: Newcastle band Introvert joined heavy independent label UNFD after impressing during their support shows for Balance and Composure and Hellions.INTROVERT guitarist Mitch Raschke says the Newcastle band is gearing up to take their sound to the “next level” after signing with independent label UNFD.
The alternative four-piece have enjoyed a massive 2017 supporting Balance andComposure, Hellions, Basement and AFI and their live performances and last year’s EP Old Taste eventually caught industry attention.
Following their support slots for Balance andComposure and Hellions last autumn UNFD contactedRaschke and his bandmatesAudie Franks (vocals, guitar),Max Priest (bass) andStephen Hopkins (drums).
UNFD specialise in heavy and alternative rock and boast Northlane, In Hearts Wake and Tonight Alive on their roster.
Following a meeting at Brisbane’s BigSound festival in September UNFD signed Introvert.
“It will give us the freedom to put every ounce into our music and try and pump out a product that actually reflects Introvert,” Raschke said.
“We feel we’ve had a taste. I wouldn’t say we were rushed, but our EP was a bit hurried along and there wasn’t much development.
Introvert – Is It Too Late“We feel we could have taken that EP to the next level, so we hope to do an EP with UNFD.Having the luxury of time and all the resources from those guys, I think, is really going to pay off and take our sound to the next level.”
Last week Introvert released a new standalone singleDecemberthrough UNFD, which they will support in November with their first national headline tour.
Raschke said the band are concentrating on experimenting with new material for a possible debut album in 2018. Introvert’s December single tour passes through the Cambridge Hotel on November 24.
THUNDA PARTYWHEN Alison Wonderland closes outThis That Festival at 10pm on November 4the party won’t be heading off to bed.
The Cambridge Hotel have secured hip-hop posse The Thundamentals for the official This That Festival after party. From midnight Tuka and Jeswonwill be spinning a DJ set.
Earlier in the evening you can catch The Thundamentals in full flight at Wickham Park, alongside The Presets, Tash Sultana, The Preatures, Winston Surfshirtand many more.
Meanwhile, Newcastle electronic-pop duo Luunes have the biggest opportunity of their formative career, after they won the Triple J Unearthed competition to perform at This That. The duo ofSam Litchfield and Anna Milat have released the tracks Torrents and Glass, but have never performed the material live.
MORE BLUESTHE line-up for the 2018 Bluesfest was fleshed out more this week by a massive second round of artists.
CONTRACT INKED: Human hit-maker Rag N’ Bone Man will make his Bluesfest debut next Easter.
Bluesfest favourites Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jackson Browne and Jimmy Cliff are returning next Easter, but the Byron Bay festivalwill also welcome pop superstar Seal, new RnB star Rag N’ Bone Manand African legendYoussou N’Dour for the first time.
Red-hot country artist Jason Isbell &the 400 Unit will also return after an amazing 2016 where they won two Grammys for best roots song and Americana album.
Other acts announced include UK legends Gomez, The Wailers, Canned Heat and emerging n soulact The Teskey Brothers.
The Bluesfest 2018 line-up already includesRobert Plant, Lionel Ritchie, John Butler Trio and Tash Sultana.
PAPER THRASHNEWCASTLE emo-punk bandPaper Thin will perform at Thrashville on January 20.
Thefour-piece join the headliners Frenzal Rhomb and Melbourne’s Batpiss on the line-up for Dashville’s “slightly heavier” festival.
TAPES RETURNNEWCASTLE dance-punk sweethearts Raave Tapes have been spreading their party vibes across the country in recent weeks, even making their debut in the golden west at Perth’s Jack Rabbit Slims.
However, the three-piece know where their bread’s buttered. Raave Tapes will return to the Cambridge Hotel on November 11 for a homecoming show. The support acts include Fritz, Jacob, Clypso and King Single.
SOLO HART ATTACKSYDNEY folk-rockers Boy & Bear haveenjoyed the adoration of sold-out crowds at Wests NEX in recent years due to their well-crafted pop tunes and slick harmonies.
DIFFERENT BEAT: Boy & Bear’s Tim Hart will play Lizotte’s in February to promote his second solo album.
Boy & Bear are on a brief hiatus, givingdrummer Tim Hart the opportunity to shine in his own right. Hart will release his second solo record The Narrow Corner on February 2 and he’s hitting the road to take centre stage.
Newcastle will be one of first places to hear tracks from The Narrow Corner when Hart performs at Lizotte’s on February 10.
BREAK THE MOULDIT’S going to be squashy on the Lass O’Gowrie’s Hotel small stage, but seven-piece The Mouldy Lovers carry quite the live reputation. The Brisbane band will play the Lass on November 4 during their Boondock single tour. The Mouldy Lovers melda variety of genres, including punk, ska andgypsy.