NEWCASTLE skate punk band Hack The Mainframe are planning their maiden overseas tour later this year following the international release of their debut album.
Disorders Of Consciousness dropped on December 22 and continues their brand of melodic high-energy punk they introduced on their 2015 debut EP Trapped Online, which was voted album of 2016 by music blog Melodic Punk Style.
Hack The Mainframe formed in 2014 out of the ashes of Newcastle punk stalwarts Wiseheimer and Central Coast band Pants Optional, but have quickly exceeded either act.
“We had no expectations, and then we got a few things out and people really enjoyed it,” guitarist Leigh Markwell said. “We got some good feedback, so we kept going with it.”
Disorder Of Consciousness was released overseas through Disconnect Disconnect Records in Europe and Bird Attack Records in US.
Markwell said pre-sales were strong and they plan to tour in Japan and Europe by the end of the year.
“We’ve actually sold more copies of our EP overseas than we have in Australia,” he said.
Hack The Mainframe’s next show is on February 3 at Maitland Leagues Club, sharing the stage with fellow Newcastle punk bands No Quarter and All In A Year.
CHINGY’S NEW RAP
CHINGY is coming back to the Hunter. That’s a sentence most people would never have expected to read in the Newcastle Herald following the US rapper’s shambolic Finnegans show in 2014.
On that night Chingy, who is famous for his creative spelling and 2000s hits Right Thurr, Pullin’ Me Back and Holidae In performed for just 20 minutes before moving onto the VIP after party.
However, the 37-year-old rapper and actor declared in a recent article in the St Louis Post that he’s a changed man following the death of his mother last April.
Chingy also has a new song F.Y.R, an acronym for “forget your respect” and a new album Black Rose in the pipeline.
You can check out the new Chingy on January 18 when he performs at the Warners Bay Hotel, which is becoming the new home of US rappers in the Hunter.
Last August hip-hop star Bow Wow also performed at the Lake Macquarie venue.
TORI’S NEW DAWN
KURRI Kurri’s rising alt-country star Tori Forsyth is promising to unveil a new ‘70s Californian-inspired sound on her forthcoming single In The Morning.
The track will be the second single from her untitled debut album, which has been pushed back to a May release date.
It follows the dark bluegrass-flavoured Grave Robber’s Daughter.
Forsyth will launch In The Morning at the Tamworth Country Music Festival on January 19 when she performs with her band The Spurs and fellow country artist Aleyce Simmonds.
“It was a last-minute song for the album, I didn’t want to put it on there but it’s turned out obviously good enough to be a second single,” Forsyth said.
“It steers into a new direction, so it’s a very different song from anything else I’ve ever released.
“I’m excited to see what people think of that.”
Tori Forsyth and The Spurs play the Small Ballroom on February 16.
WHEN will this Daryl Braithwaite revival end? It’s been an unbelievable six months for the ex-Sherbet frontman.
Braithwaite, 68, was inducted in the ARIA Hall Of Fame in November and his 1990 classic The Horses has been embraced as a cultural icon by Millennials.
So much so that at last weekend’s Falls Festival in Lorne many in the crowd wore horse hats, onesies and horse motif T-shirts to celebrate Braithwaite’s appearance at the youth-orientated festival.
Braithwaite’s popularity is also galloping along strongly in the Hunter. His January 28 show at the Toronto Hotel is sold out.
AFTER impressing at Newcastle’s 48 Watt Street in November supporting Alex Lahey, Sydney retro rocker Sloane Peterson is headed back.
Peterson will support Holy Holy at the Small Ballroom on February 24, the final night of their Love Is For Amateurs tour.
SUMMER ROAD TRIP
THREE-time Golden Guitar nominee Fanny Lumsden is the latest addition to the Dashville family for their summer road trip series.
Dashville On The Road #2 is carving a dusty path north to Nundle’s Dag Sheep Station on January 26, before stopping at the Federal Hotel in Bellingen (January 27) and Port Macquarie’s Black Duck Brewery (January 28).
Lumsden, broke onto the alt-country scene with her debut album Small Town Big Shot in 2015 and followed with last year’s Golden Guitar-nominated Real Class Act.
Joining Lumsden for the Dashville On The Road tour will be regular favourites William Crighton, Nicholas Connors, Ahlia Rain, Baghead, Magpie Diaries and Dave Wells.