CMC Rocks QLD: Australian Country Festival Announces 2018 Lineup

We’ve been known to have a soft spot for the Australian music industry and the artists they produce. From Keith Urban to The Lazys, and dozens in between, we’re into it. And now we’ve got something we can totally get behind: The CMC Rocks QLD Country Music Festival 2018 lineup.

You’ve got to see this thing to believe it. We’ve seen some of the biggest acts in the world of country music on stages at Boots & Hearts, the Canadian Country Music Association Awards, and at concerts all over… and Australia is getting a heavy dose of some of the best out there.

Note: It’s especially cool to see Dean Brody, High Valley, and Gord Bamford on this lineup. We know that all three of these Canadian country artists will represent us well.

Boots and Hearts 2017 - Dean Brody

CMC Rocks QLD is scheduled to take place from Thursday, March 15 to Sunday, March 18 about 50 kilometres outside of Brisbane. The Willowbank, Ipswich festival is going to be big if the lineup is any indication. And really, how can it not be.

American headliners Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, and Kelsea Ballerini are all super talented. And with a crop of artists including Brett Young, Luke Combs, Brothers Osborne, and more taking the stage along with them… we wish we were headed to Australia in March.

Check out the full lineup below, and if you are in Australia, or you want to make this part of your 2018 spring vacation plans – tickets go on sale Monday, October 9th. Click here to learn more.

Boots and Hearts 2017 - Luke Bryan

We love country music festivals. We love this list of artists. We love the idea that country artists from the United States and Canada get to make this trip. And we love that Australian country music fans get to see them alongside their own local favourites!

CMC Rocks QLD, 2018 Artist Lineup

🇺🇸 Luke Bryan
🇺🇸 Darius Rucker
🇺🇸 Kelsea Ballerini
🇺🇸 Dustin Lynch
🇺🇸 Old Dominion
🇺🇸 Dan + Shay
🇺🇸 Randy Houser
🇺🇸 Brett Young
🇺🇸 Brothers Osborne
🇺🇸 Luke Combs
🇺🇸 Russell Dickerson
🇺🇸 Davisson Brothers Band
🇺🇸 Ryan Follese
🇨🇦 Dean Brody
🇨🇦 High Valley
🇨🇦 Gord Bamford
🇳🇿 Jody Direen
🇳🇿 Kaylee Bell
🇦🇺 Busby Marou
🇦🇺 Steve Forde
🇦🇺 Travis Collins
🇦🇺 The Sunny Cowgirls
🇦🇺 Troy Kemp
🇦🇺 Christie Lamb
🇦🇺 Melanie Dyer
🇦🇺 Missy Lancaster
🇦🇺 Baylou
🇦🇺 Mustered Courage
🇦🇺 Viper Creek Band
🇦🇺 Jayne Denham
🇦🇺 Casey Barnes
🇦🇺 Route 33
🇦🇺 Rachael Fahim

5 Quick Questions with The Dead Love

We’ve got another CMW 5 Quick Questions for you. This time we’re talking to Clint Ossington of The Dead Love. We came across this band last year at the Aussie BBQ and I fell hard for their music. It’s grunge, it’s rock, it’s loud except when it’s not. Some of my favourite tracks are the acoustic versions of Wastelands and This is a War. Their stage show is not to be missed, it’s intense and amazing.

The Dead Love have 4 scheduled shows during Canadian Music Week including  The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit Tour Showcase, The Aussie Night Out Showcase, the Black Lamb Music Launch Party and The Beaches Showcase. Check here for dates, places and times!

Let’s get to the questions!

Q1: What artist/band would you most love to have on a bill with you?

Small dirty venue with Biffy Clyro (Vertigo of Bliss period)

Q2: What are you most looking forward to at CMW?

CO: This will be our second time back to Canada since playing CMW 2016. We’ve made a lot of great friends, so besides the obvious shows, catching up with our Canadian pals is going to rule! Oh and the Caesars, those sweet sweet Caesars!
The Dead Love CMW 2016 HorseshoeQ3: What is the first concert you remember going to?

CO: Sorry I’ll have to expand on the question a little and add a band to this – Offshore Festival, a 3-day festival down near Bells Beach Australia (you know, the POINT BREAK one!?), this stuck with me for a few reasons. I was a grommet and it was my first interstate adventure for a camping festival. Sick of it All came on and I’d never heard of them, it also seemed that way for a huge majority of the 10,000 strong crowd! Like the majority I was trying to get a good spot for Primus (who ruled) and SOIA were on prior so had to watch – they came on and no one seemed to care but neither did they and fucking dominated. Within 1 song they’d converted the whole crowd, the energy was amazing! They schooled everyone, they didn’t give a fuck and just went mental – it was killer! Respect.

Q4: What Artist do you think we should be paying more attention to?

CO: The Lazys have just finished tracking their new album, it’s going to be a fucking monster – stay on that shit for sure!

Q5: What’s up next for you in 2017?

CO: We’re well into writing album 3, so you can expect new music….we’ll actually be hanging back for another week after CMW to record a tune! We’ve got one of your hometown greats, John-Angus from The Trews, producing. It’s going to be rad!

Thanks to Clint for taking the time to answer our questions. We’re looking forward to beers, Caesars and catching up.

You can find The Dead Love at these fine internet locations.

Facebook: The Dead Love Band
Twitter: @TheDeadLoveBand
Instagram: @thedeadlove
Soundcloud: thedeadlove
Spotify: The Dead Love
YouTube: thedeadloveband

The Dead Love

The Dead Love: So Whatever at The Bovine Sex Club

On October 20th The Dead Love started their Canadian tour at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern playing songs from their sophomore album So Whatever. The band embarked on a 7 date tour in Ontario and Quebec bringing a little attitude and a lot of talent.

We caught up with the boys during Canadian Music Week 2016 and we’ve been following them closely ever since. What can I tell you about the band that will convince you to listen? The Aussie three-piece has an amazing energy, intense and positive. They can strip it down and be soft and quiet, and then they can turn it all the way up and make you want to jump up and down and bang your head. Think modern grunge with hints of Nirvana, of course. It’s punky, it’s progressive, it’s contagious and you’ll want to play them again and again.

Thanks to Clint and the boys for taking the time to answer our questions.

Q. Could you talk to us about the writing and recording process for “So Whatever”?thedeadlove-so-whatever

A. We got right back to basics with so whatever, it was more about capturing the sound and vibe as you would live! We did it full DIY at Stevie’s studio with very minimal post production, no replacing or tuning it’s all as it went in! It’s raw and real.

Q. Do you have a favourite track?

A. We all have our babies. For me it’s probably Down, Miles it’s The End and Summer is Stevie’s. But that answer would probably be different tomorrow haha

Q. I love the cover art, who’s responsible for that?

A. It’s a dude named Sindy Sin from Sydney, he does heaps of amazing work! I’d say he’s kinda like Sydney’s prolific skull guy! Be sure to check him out all his stuff rules – very fortunate to be a pal that digs the band, he did all the single art for us as well.

Q. You released the Wastelands – Acoustic video 3 months ago, what prompted doing the video? I love this video btw!

A. We always say any good song will break down to an acoustic form and translate, I guess it was just a fun thing to do to showcase it to people and let them hear it in that format. Glad you dig it 🙂

Q. What’s your favourite thing about Toronto? What’s your favourite thing about Sydney?

A. The amazing nightlife, so many cool bars, beers, fireball, people and poutine. Jumping on the plane to leave for Canada 😉

Q. Who would we find on your playlist?

A. Pretty broad amongst the 3, anything from action Bronson to Billy Talent to Slayer

Q. If you could pick any two bands to go out on tour with, who would you choose and why?

A. In Canada The Lazys because they’re our buds from Aus and equally love a few froths! Really digging The Dirty Nil at the moment, that’d be rad!

The Dead Love at The Bovine photo by rcstillsQ. What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not making music?

A. Stevie and Miles the 2 pretentious fucks like going to the beach and walking up and down with surfboards they can’t ride! I like riding my pink Vespa to go shopping at IKEA and looking at all the fluffy pillows.

Q. Best advice you’ve ever been given?

A. Don’t shit the bed.

Q. Name a band that you think our readers should give a listen.

A. The Wiggles

I’m pretty sure they’re kidding but they are Australian, and so are The Wiggles. Last words, go buy the album!

You can check out The Dead Love at these fine locations:
Web –
Twitter – @TheDeadLoveBand
Facebook – thedeadloveband
Instagram – @TheDeadLoveBand
YouTube – thedeadloveband

Thanks to RC Stills for being a gentleman and providing us with some awesome photos from the October 27th gig at The Bovine.

Love the live show photos? You can check out RC Stills images at these fine locations:
Web –
Twitter – @rcstills
Facebook – rcstills
Instagram – @rcstills

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1 year ago

Rising With The Sun: The Cat Empire Q&A

A fusion of ska, jazz, rock, funk with lots of latin influence, The Cat Empire calls Melbourne, Australia home.

The band is Felix Riebl – percussion/vocals, Harry J Angus – trumpet/vocals, Ollie McGill – keys, Ryan Monro – bass, Will Hull-Brown – drums, Jamshid ‘Jumps’ Khadiwala – decks/percussion, Kieran Conrau – empire horns, Ross Irwin – empire horns and they’ll be starting their Canadian Tour in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec on July 21st.

The Cat Empire - April 2016 - 1000Playing 14 shows in 24 days, they’ll be crisscrossing Canada to support their new album Rising With The Sun which is currently sitting pretty at number one in Australia. We had a chance to chat with drummer Will Hull-Brown about the album, the band, social media and more.

Thanks to Will for taking them time to answer our questions, we can’t wait to see these guys live on July 27th at The Danforth Music Hall. Tickets are still available!

For a few fun facts before we get started check out their awesome infographic.
the cat empire infographic 1000Q. Wiki tells us you started out in 1999, can you tell us the biggest difference between 1999’s The Cat Empire and the band today?

A.  Wow, 1999 feels like such a long time ago. Most of us knew each other in 1999, but the band didn’t do its’ first gig until May 2001. Even so, that’s still 15 years. We were kids really. We were in our late teens. I guess the main difference is that in 2001 everything about the music industry was new to us – Gigs, festivals, recording, travelling and record companies! I think it’s fair to say we had more energy back then. In 2002 we played 15 nights in a row from 3am – 5:30am at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I’m not sure we could do that now! Because we were so young, I think we took more musical risks. Some of them we pulled off, but of course some we didn’t. These days we have 15 years of experience and I think we are confident in what we do.

The Cat Empire - Rising With The Sun Album Cover 300Q. You’ve got the #1 Record in Australia. What can you tell us about the writing and recording process for Rising With The Sun”?

A.  We are very proud of having a #1 record in Oz. Especially seeing as we released it ourselves on an independent label. In the studio, the writing and recording process was really relaxed and creative. Harry and Felix had some strong ideas that they brought in for us, but a lot of the music, especially Harry’s songs, were inspired and created out of jams in the studio. In that way, it was actually a really collaborative process. Everyone was involved in the jams.

Q. Can we talk about the music industry in Australia? What’s it like for you and other bands trying to play shows and make a living?

A.  The music industry has changed so much already in The Cat Empire’s lifetime. When we started out, CDs were king, now they tend to collect dust in people’s cupboards. However, I must say I still love the look of a good CD collection. The live scene is very good here in Australia, particularly in Melbourne. I think there’s always a hunger for live music. You can pirate recorded music, but you can’t pirate being at a show. I guess we have seen parts of the industry that have collapsed or shape-shifted – mainly the record companies and the larger recording studios. You see now a lot of smaller labels and people are setting up their own recording stations in their homes. It’s nice to have more control over your music, but it’s a costly investment doing things yourself. It’s definitely harder for bands to make a living now given the move from CDs to downloads, to streaming. You need a lot of streams for it to be anywhere near financially rewarding! It will be interesting to see where it’s all at in another 10 years.

Q. Is there a difference between Canadian and Australian audiences ?

A.  I don’t think there’s a lot of difference at all. I find Canadians and Australians to be both relaxed and worldly on the most part. I love playing in Canada, partly because it’s such a beautiful country, but also because I feel a connection to the people, it feels a bit like home.

Q. We saw that you’ve got a contest with Exclaim! to give away a sound check experience, can you tell us what that experience is like for a fan? (Contest closes July 24th)

A. I have to remind myself that soundcheck for a fan is actually really unique and exciting for them. It’s easy for us to be nonchalant about it because we do it all the time and it’s a fairly routine and straight forward operation for us. If we have fans at the soundcheck, though, we do try and have a bit more fun with it and play some more songs, or even take a request. To be honest, I think most of what they’ll see is us fiddling around with our in-ear monitors, talking to the sound guys and running bits of songs. But it is a good insight into what we need to do to prepare for a show. The sound has to be good!

the cat empire promo shot 1000Q. How does social media factor into success/fan engagement?

A.  I think social media has become such a big factor that you can’t ignore it anymore. You’ve got to jump on that train, or you’ll get left behind. Not with the actual music, but fan engagement and exposure. We’ve had to navigate our way through the whole social media thing because it wasn’t there when we started out. I imagine for bands starting out now, it’s just second nature. For us in the early years of the band, it was always about the music and word of mouth. We are quite involved now with social media, because that’s how fans want to engage with us, and if you can do it well, there are really a lot of opportunities out there. I find it amazing that you can post a video or photo and the whole world can see it instantly. That is so powerful for a band, but I do believe that the content has to be good!

You can find The Cat Empire at these fine internet locations:

Twitter: thecatempire
Instagram: thecatempire
YouTube: thecatempire
Facebook: thecatempire


2 years ago

Black Rebel Tour: The Lazys Come Back to Canada

We’re always told not to judge a book by its cover. BUT, when you look at the boys from The Lazys with their long hair, healthy beards, ink, and beers in their hands – it’s hard not to see rock and roll.

The Lazys 4395This week we sat down with lead singer Leon Harrison and guitarist Matty Morris at Lou Dawgs on King St. West in Toronto to talk about the transition from Australia to Canada, the rock scene back home, condos, venues, chicken wings, what’s coming next, and more.

Big thanks to the boys for meeting up with us before a hectic 5 week schedule – we’re pretty sure every interview from now on should include beer and BBQ.

Just over 24 hours after they landed in Toronto (via LAX), The Lazys were already gearing up to hit the 401 east for a Kingston show before playing 22 more shows on the ‘Black Rebel’ Tour (in support of their new single, Black Rebel) between November 14th in Arnprior, ON and December 19th in Saskatoon, SK. With a total of 23 shows in 37 days, covering well over 3,000kmincluding a stop at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on Friday, November 20th – these Australian rockers know that they need to walk the line between preserving some energy and enjoying the hell out of the experience.

The Lazys 4393 editThis isn’t the first trip that The Lazys have come to play for Canadian crowds. In fact, they were just here for Canadian Music Week, playing shows at The Horseshoe and The Rivoli and loving every minute of it. It’s why they’re back. Matty and Leon love the fact that rock and roll is alive and well in Toronto and across Canada (they’ve hit the prairies before and been to the east coast), and sad that it’s not the same at home in Australia. The scene has all but disappeared according to the boys, with the local venues they went to as young music fans being sold, torn down, and the land used to build condos.

When we talked about the same thing happening here (with the Guvernment as one example) Leon started to wonder out loud if there wasn’t a song in there somewhere.

Note: Maybe we’ll get a little love in the liner notes if anything comes from that idea.

And speaking of new music, The Lazys have some writing, recording, producing time written in pencil on their 2016 calendar. It would be another trip to North America (frequent flyer miles are piling up) with some time spent in Canada and the US, with Nashville as a hopeful maybe on Matty’s agenda.

The Lazys 4390Producer GGGarth Richardson (Rage Against The Machine, Nickelback, Mötley Crüe) has told the boys to have songs in mind, to get the writing process going when they have it in them, and be ready to make a record. It’s something that they’re excited about judging by the way they talk about Richardson and writing.

As we sat and talked and ate (Leon loved the dry rub chicken wings, and the guys are all about poutine as a late night party snack) it felt a whole lot more like hanging out than an interview – and we’re totally okay with that. Matty and Leon both got comfortable and showed who they are… 2 dudes that play in a rock and roll band, that love to make loud music, and can’t wait to get on stage to show everyone what they’ve got 23 times before they fly home to Australia for Christmas.

Thanks again to the guys for hanging out, to Lou Dawgs for treating us well and giving Leon a new pint glass to take home – and we’ll see you all at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on Friday, December 20!

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2 years ago
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