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Sydney Quartet Hot Work to Release Debut Album ‘Boys Club’ via Pay No Attention Records

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Sydney, Australia-based quartet Hot WorkRiley Pierce (drums), Jack McPhee (bass), Michael van Dyk (vocals/guitar), and Liam Wilson (guitar/slide)—will release their debut album, Boys Club on October 21st via Pay No Attention Records.

The twelve-track concept album, according to a recent press release, “…rages against toxic masculinity. It is a story of accountability, education, and growth, ultimately ending with a message of hope for the future.”

The band was formed in 2018 and offers up a mixture of sun-drenched rock, punk, surf, doo-wop and psychedelia, creating a vintage sound with a decidedly 2022 message.

Artwork for the album ‘Boys Club’ by Hot Work

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Django McLear Folkabilly Maestro Drops “Eye of the Storm”

Berlin, Feb 10, 2024 – Django McLear, the Folkabilly maestro, drops the climactic conclusion to his album “Eye of the Storm” on Feb 16.

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Django McLear

Django McLear, the Folkabilly maestro, drops the climactic conclusion to his album “Eye of the Storm” on Feb 16. Known for his distinct style, drawing inspiration from legends like The White Buffalo and Johnny Cash, McLear’s powerful ballad echoes resilience.

As the 11th track, “Eye of the Storm,” wraps up the strategic waterfall release, depicting a journey through life’s tempests. McLear, a one-man band, showcases his multi-instrumentalist skills in this heartfelt creation. Following Folkabilly tradition, the song embraces a powerful ballad style, narrating resilience in the face of challenges. Recorded in McLear’s Berlin home studio, it follows the previous single “A Ramblin’ Man,” and combines evocative melodies with heartfelt lyrics.

“Eye of the Storm” is a metaphorical refuge in the tumult of life’s challenges. McLear’s lyrics portray an unwavering determination to stand tall amidst adversity. The song’s emotional landscape weaves through personal trials, offering a narrative of strength and growth, ultimately finding calm within the chaos. The main message is: “I don’t break.”

Debuting on Spotify and YouTube on Feb 16, the song promises a crescendo of emotion, marking the final chapter of the album’s strategic release. Django McLear plans an extensive social media campaign and live performances across Berlin post-release. “Eye of the Storm” takes center stage, serving as the emotional centrepiece in shows, embodying the essence of a wandering troubadour.

Django McLear “Eye of the Storm” single artwork

Django McLear “Eye of the Storm” single artwork

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Shakira Confirms 12th Studio Album ‘Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran ’

Shakira has confirmed that her 12th studio album, ‘Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran,’ will be out on March 22nd – get all the details here!

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Shakira, photo by Jaume de Laiguana
Shakira, photo by Jaume de Laiguana

GRAMMY® and Latin GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Shakira has confirmed that her 12th studio album, Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran, will be out on March 22nd! Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran notably marks her first album in seven years and is a dazzling testament to Shakira’s resilience and strength and music’s power to transform even the most trying experiences into precious moments.

Earlier this week, fans got a glimpse of what is to come during her Super Bowl commercial teaser. The new album boasts 16 tracks, eight new plus a remix, and seven previously released smash hit singles, including “Music Sessions Vol. 53” with Bizarrap, “TQG” with Karol G, “Te Felicito” with Rauw Alejandro, “Copa Vacía” with Manuel Turizo, and more.

Shakira shares her experience of making the new album:

“Making this album has been an alchemical process. While writing each song I was rebuilding myself. While singing them, my tears transformed into diamonds, and my vulnerability into strength.”

Shakira’s latest album marks her debut release on vinyl, featuring distinct artwork editions in Canada. The Sapphire edition will be exclusively offered on Amazon Canada. Fans can find the Emerald edition exclusively on Shakira’s official website, and all major retailers will stock the Diamond edition.

Shakira already holds the place of the best-selling female Latin artist in history, with a decades-long trajectory of trailblazing and hit-making, but has continued to solidify her legendary status in the past year due to the runaway success of her latest releases. Her success will no doubt continue with the release of her new album, as her vulnerability, confidence, and passion highlight both her personal challenges and her triumphs.

Shakira ‘Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran’ album artwork

Shakira ‘Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran’ album artwork

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The Empty Page Tease New Record ‘Imploding’ with “Cock Of the Fifth Year”

Manchester alt-punks The Empty Page announce their new album ‘Imploding’ and preview it with the lead single “Cock Of the Fifth Year.”

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It’s been a long time since uncompromising Manchester alt-punks The Empty Page first unfurled their debut album Unfolding back in 2016. It was never their intention to leave it that long, but founding member and original drummer Jim Cattell left the band during the recording process due to ill health; then there was the pandemic, then life stuff got in the way. Some one-off songs and seven-inch single releases kept the fire and desire to play burning, signalling the path to the stunning new album Imploding, due for release this coming May 10th via the band’s own Vociferous Records.

Drummer John Simm (who also serves as percussionist for Stockport indie band Blossoms) plays on the record and at current live shows alongside front-woman Kel Page and guitarist Giz as The Empty Page prepare to enter their exciting next phase, which starts now in the guise of new single “Cock Of the Fifth Year,” the first track to be released from Imploding. The band wastes no time getting established with conviction and power. The new single bristles with attitude and energy and hits hard from the moment it leaves the speakers and wallops your ears and guts.

Page explains:

“‘Cock of the Fifth Year’ is what we called the biggest jock types when I was in high school. Cocky, brash loud and overly confident. Puffed up and swaggering and often quite intimidating. I liked the name for a song and wrote it initially about a cartoonish bloke who unselfconsciously uses up all the space available and makes others feel shoved out of the way. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of blokes like that I encounter when walking around my home city of Manchester. Swaggering, mouthy bellends who can be pretty intimidating when you’re a woman just trying to get from a to b. I was thinking about the idea that being a big deal in high school is the peak of some people’s lives. I hated school with a passion and my own Ife has got better and better as my school days have receded in the rearview. Seems a weird flex now to have been a big deal in high school.”

For Imploding, the band worked with producer Morton Kong and, for the first time, found themselves with the luxury of not having to rush the recording process and took full advantage of the creative space, utilizing the studio’s vintage gear and experimenting with sounds and fresh ideas and generally pushed themselves and their music further than it has ever gone before.

Imploding Track Listing:

1. Dry Ice
2. Cock of the Fifth Year
3. Life is a Wave
4. Medication Nation
5. I’m a White Hot Blade (Witches are Wicked)
6. Gorge (Oh Well)
7. Level Sedentary
8. Big Nasty Palpitations
9. Leaf Thin
10. What Happens Now?

The Empty Page will be playing the the following shows in May:

May 10 – The Night Owl London
May 16 – Yes Basement Manchester

The Empty Page ‘Imploding’ album artwork

The Empty Page ‘Imploding’ album artwork

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