The tours, songs and gigs to know about this week.
New Music Releases
Breathe by Monatomic
From its first line to its atmospheric fade out, Breathe by Monatomic steers the listener away from the duo’s usual, catchy pop tracks and takes them on a stripped-down, emotional ride exploring themes of vulnerability and despair.
Steffan Lazar, one half of the Sydney-based duo alongside Tarren Webster, explains that the track was written during a period of depression.
"This particular song gets deep into the despair and darkness you can feel when you’re totally in love with someone but they don’t love you back but just use you. It was written when I was suffering from depression and it all came out in one stream of consciousness," he says.
Breathe is the first of Monatomic's 2020 releases. The pair have announced they’re planning to drop more new tunes later in the year.
Rushmore EP by Future Haunts
Brisbane’s own Future Haunts have just announced the release date for their new EP, Rushmore. Out this Friday February 14, the new EP will feature songs Weather Vane and Fall In Line which were both previewed in 2019 on Richard Kingsmill and Home & Hosed. Through additional airplay via Spotify’s New Music Friday and Apple’s Best of The Week, the Brisbane quartet was exposed to a wider audience, and have just announced a big tour to coincide with their new material. Stay tuned for updates.
Catch them live, this Saturday 15 February at the Mountain Goat Valley Crawl.
Tour News & Live Gigs
Queen + Adam Lambert
Hot on the tail of 2019 box-office hit Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen arrives down under this week to perform a string of stadium performances. Featuring three original members, the band, now in its 49th year of touring, will be joined by Adam Lambert as frontman. Guitarist Brian May has teased this tour to be the band's most ambitious yet. We can't wait.
Catch Queen this Thursday 13 February at Suncorp Stadium.
For lovers seeking a trip down memory lane this Valentines Day, Australia rock icons Sunnyboys will be taking to the stage to celebrate their 40th year anniversary and new album Sunnyboys 40. The new album is the first-ever re-release of their 1980 debut, and features the original version of their classic hit Alone with You.
Supporting the band will be Painters & Dockers, and you can see them this Friday 14 February at The Tivoli.
A big announcement this past week was that California legends Green Day will be bringing their Hella Mega Tour to Australia this November, arriving in Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium on the 17th.
Tickets go on sale at 11am this Friday 14 February. They'll be returning to Australia with songs from their new album Father of All, plus 33 years of hits, and perform alongside Fall Out Boy and Weezer.
Also on sale this week are pre-sale tickets for the April show for progressive metal titans, Dream Theater. They are returning for the first time since 2017, touring in support of their 2019 release Distance Over Time. The band also celebrates a special milestone, with 2020 coinciding with the 20th anniversary and performance of their acclaimed LP Metropolis 2: Scenes From A Memory.
Catch them April 23 at QPAC, Brisbane. See ticket information here.