Say Anything have released the first song “Burn a Miracle” off of their forthcoming full-length album, Anarchy, My Dear for fans. This will be the band’s fourth studio album and first release on UNFD for Australia and New Zealand.

‘”Burn a Miracle” was written as a call to arms of sorts, to rally those who would destroy the boundaries that others and themselves placed on their lives,” explains Say Anything front-man Max Bemis. “It was the first song I wrote for the record and sums up the whole LP in certain respects. The song pretty much declares war on fascism on all ends of the social spectrum, from fat cats to faux bohemians. I cannot wait to hear it screamed back at me when we head out on tour, as playing it live was one of the main things I had in mind when I wrote it.”

“Burn A Miracle” is now available for purchase on iTunes.

Say Anything also revealed a new lyric video for “Burn A Miracle” that was created by Casey Crescenzo of The Dear Hunter, which can be viewed on the UNFD Youtube channel.

Anarchy, My Dear was recorded in Brooklyn, NY with …Is A Real Boy producer Tim O’Heir (All-American Rejects, Say Anything) and will be released in Australia and New Zealand in March 2012 via UNFD.


Bleeding Through are back with their 6th full length entitled The Great Fire which hits stores January 31st.  Already at legacy status years ago, BT continues where they’ve always been: fast and heavy.  Their no bullshit approach has always been appreciated by fans and critics. Never succumbing to trends or gimmicks, Bleeding Through will always be true to the underground metal scene.  Listen to “Faith in Fire” here


One of the most successful day festivals of 2011, Hit The Deck,  have begun to announce the line up for 2012. April 22nd 2012 will see some of the best alternative bands take over Nottingham, invading Rock City, Stealth, The Forum, and The Rescue Rooms. Tickets are on sale now from Alt Tickets and cost £20. You can check out the stage splits and set times for the festival here.






Confirmed Acts

 Arcane Roots | Arse Full Of Chips | Autumn in Disguise | Baby Godzilla | Bat Sabbath | The Black and Reds | The Black Youth | Blackstorm | Bury Tomorrow |  Cancer Bats | Campus | Crazy Arm | Crossfaith | The Dangerous Summer | Dead Harts | Decade |  The Defiled | Don Broco | Heights | Hildamay |  Imperial Leisure | Junius | Kids In Glass Houses | Lower Than Atlantis |  Mallory Knox | Of Mice & Men |  Perry Bryan (Acoustic)  | Polar  | Rise To Remain | Rolo Tomassi | Shadows Chasing Ghosts | Silent Screams | The Social Club | Spycatcher | Straight Lines | The Summer Set | The Swellers | TRC | Verses | Violet | We Are The In Crowd | William Bailey (Acoustic) | With One Last Breath | Wolves Like Us | The Wonder Years | Yashin | Zebrahead


One of the most successful day festivals of 2011, Hit The Deck,  have begun to announce the line up for 2012. April 22nd 2012 will see some of the best alternative bands take over Nottingham, invading Rock City, Stealth, The Forum, and The Rescue Rooms. Tickets are on sale now from Alt Tickets and cost £20.
Line-up so far includes the following bands, with further additions expected in the New Year.

Kids In Glass Houses
The Wonder Years
Every Avenue
Imperial Leisure
Of Mice & Men
Shadows Chasing Ghosts
Silent Screams
The Swellers
We Are The In Crowd
Wolves Like Us

Top 5 of 2011

It’s that time of the year again, and so soon! As we say Goodbye to 2011, our staff take a look back at their own personal highlights from the last 365 days.

Bella’s top 5 Albums of 2011:

The Horrible Crowes – Elsie

This was far and away my number one album of 2011, and though these aren’t in any particular order, Elsie demands to be at the top of the list. As far as I’m concerned, Brian Fallon can do no wrong and his latest partnership with Ian Perkins is absolutely, breathtakingly gorgeous. The album is theatrical and haunting both musically and lyrically from start to finish, and the vocals, as usual for Mister Fallon, are nothing short of magnificent. I don’t throw around the word ‘masterpiece’ too often but I would stick it on Elsie without hesitation.

Kanye West / Jay-Z – Watch The Throne

When choosing my top 5 albums of the year, it is literally IMPOSSIBLE to go past Watch The Throne. What could possibly top two of hip-hops biggest stars of our time, combining their genius and bestowing it upon the world? Not much. The album went platinum, spawned a tour that is currently blowing peoples minds and earned quite possibly the biggest buzz of the year (okay, we’re not counting Adele because she’s magic or something) from critics, publications and fans alike. Both controversial and relentlessly unconventional, there’s something about these two guys that I adore, and by joining up, they’ve just made themselves even more powerful- like when the Power Rangers become Megazord.

Alkaline trio – Damnesia

Is this Technically a cheat? I don’t think I care. Damnesia is a release from 2011, yes. But the songs (save for two and a cover) are not quite new. A re-working of fan favourites, everything old is new again with added acousticy goodness. Some criticised the move to re-release old tracks, but I think with a back catalogue as solid as Trio’s and as many loyal fans, that a ‘greatest hits’ of sorts is earned. The tracks not only stand up to the test of time, but benefit from the keys and strings, the slightly tweeked compositions showing off the skills they’ve fine tuned over the years. Listening to Damnesia is like trying out a new restaurant with a long time lover- ultimately, it’s predictable; you know how the night will play out, but you can appreciate an completely enjoy the different flavours on the way.

Friendly Fires – Pala

Name me a funner, more dance inducing, blessed out live act than Friendly Fires and I will call you a liar. Pala is hands down the ideal summer soundtrack, if ever there was one. It is truly pure stylized excess and unashamedly, unapologetic about it. Rightly so. It’s fast become my go-to for happy times and has barely made it out of my 5 stack player since the week it dropped, well back in march.

Saves The Day – Daybreak

After numerous line up changes and a release date that was nudged back more times than anyone cared to count, Saves The Day FINALLY came back with a stunning return to their glistening best with Daybreak. Chris Conley is quite frankly a legend as far as I’m concerned and has long been a pioneer and a trend setter in the alternative music scene. I don’t think this will be an exception, and that honestly can’t be a bad thing. This album is stunning and well worth the four year wait.

Honourable mention:

Lady Gaga – Born This Way.

Oh. Come onnn


The final listing of all Sidewave shows for the epic Soundwave Festival. More information can be found on the soundwave website and tickets for the shows can be purchased from here.

A Day To Remember with The Used and You Me At Six
27.02 – Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane LIC AA
28.02 – Roundhouse, Sydney LIC AA

Lostprophets with Kids In Glass Houses and Versaemerge
28.02 – Metro Theatre, Sydney LIC AA
01.03 – Billboard, Melbourne 18+

Dashboard Confessional [Chris Carrabba Solo] with Jack’s Mannequin and Relient K
27.02 – Manning Bar, Sydney 18+
29.02 – Prince of Wales, Melbourne 18+

Thursday [Playing ‘Full Collapse’ in their final headlining shows] with Saves The Day and Circa Survive
27.02 – Metro Theatre, Sydney  LIC AA
29.02 – Billboard, Melbourne 18+

Enter Shikari with Letlive and Your Demise
28.02 – Billboard, Melbourne 18+
29.02 – Metro Theatre, Sydney LIC AA

Bad Religion with Strung Out, Street Dogs and The Menzingers
27.02 – Palace Theatre, Melbourne 18+
29.02 – Big Top Luna Park, Sydney

System of A Down
28.02 – Entertainment Centre, Sydney LIC AA
29.02 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne LIC AA

Slipknot with Trivium
27.02 – Entertainment Centre, Sydney LIC AA
01.03 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne LIC AA

Bush with Staind and Cherri Bomb
27.02 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney LIC AA
01.03 – Palace Theatre, Melbourne 18+

Marilyn Manson with Coal Chamber, Wednesday13 and Motionless In White
24.02 – Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane LIC AA
29.02 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney LIC AA
06.03 – Metro City, Perth 18+ [Only Wednesday13 as support]

Hatebreed with Cro-Mags, Biohazard and Hell Yeah
28.02 – Panthers, Newcastle AA
29.02 – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne 18+

Machine Head with Chimaira, Shadows Fall and Time of Grace
28.02 – Palace Theatre, Melbourne 18+
29.02 – Roundhouse, Sydney LIC AA

Lamb of God with In Flames and The Black Dahlia Murder
28.02 – Eaton Hill Hotel, Brisbane LIC AA
01.03 – UC Refectory, Canberra LIC AA

Mastodon with Gojira and Kvelertak
27.02 – Billboard, Melbourne 18+ SOLD OUT
01.03 – The Hi-Fi, Sydney LIC AA

Alter Bridge with Steel Panther
28.02 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney LIC AA SOLD OUT
29.02 – Palace Theatre, Melbourne 18+ SOLD OUT


Deaf Havana have announced their biggest UK tour to date for April 2012 in support of their recently released album Fools and Worthless Liars. The band will stop off at the following cities along with a set at the recently announced Hit The Deck Festival in Nottingham.

18.04 – Academy 2, Birmingham
19.04 –  Academy 2, Newcastle
20.04 –  Garage, Glasgow
21.04 –  Cockpit, Leeds
22.04 –  Hit The Deck Festival, Nottingham
24.04 –  Club Academy, Manchester
25.04 –  Waterfront, Norwich
26.04 – Electric Ballroom, London LONDON Electric Ballroom
27.04 –  CF10, Cardiff


Fresh from their stint supporting The Blackout [tour diary can be seen here], Canterbury have announced an early 2012 tour set to hit an impressive 14 cities throughout the UK. Main support comes from Proxies, as well as additional special guests. Tickets are on sale from the usual outlets now, and cost between £7 and £10 + booking fees.

20.01 – Academy 2, Dublin
21.01 – Speakeasy, Belfast
26.01 – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
27.01 – Sin City, Swansea
28.01 – The Hydrant, Brighton
29.01 – Cavern, Exeter
31.01 – Joiners, Southampton
01.02 – Central Station, Wrexham
02.02 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
04.02 – Corporation, Sheffield
05.02 – Cockpit, Leeds
06.02 – ABC2, Glasgow
07.02 – Sound Control, Manchester
09.02 – KCLSU, London