Faith No More announce rescheduled Australian tour dates

In a statement released today, the alt-rock legends voiced their dismay towards changing the dates, but acknowledged that the reasons were well out of their control. “The circumstances that have forced this decision are well beyond our control but not being able to play for you all stings like a motherfucker. We wanted to figure out how to address our upcoming tour down there in terms of rescheduling and postponements but basically… We fully intend to make good on our promise to come down and perform for you all.”

Faith No More have even managed to keep Melbourne’s RVG as the opening act for the tour, which should make for one hell of a show. If you do have a ticket to one of their Australian shows, fear not – it’ll remain valid for next year’s run. However, you can get a refund from Ticketek as of today should you feel the need. Check out the new tour dates below.
Faith No More Australian Tour 2020 2021
w/ RVG
Friday February 26 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane QLD
Saturday February 27 – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney NSW
Monday March 1 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne VIC
Thursday March 4 – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide SA
Saturday March 6 – RAC Arena, Perth WA
Head here for tickets and further information.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever announce new LP

The record is slated for release via Ivy League on Friday June 5, acting as the follow up on 2018’s critically acclaimed debut Hope Downs, which saw them support the album on a huge international tour and playing the likes of Coachella, Primavera Sound and Governors Ball. The band discussed how the nature of touring as an Australian act informed the direction of Sideways To New Italy in a statement released today, with singer-songwriter Fran Keaney lamenting “It’s fun but you get to a point where you’re like, Who am I anymore? You feel like you’re everywhere and nowhere at the same time. And no one in particular.” 
Bass player Joe Russo added to this sentiment, expressing that: “We saw a lot of the world, which was such a privilege, but it was kind of like looking through the window at other people’s lives, and then also reflecting on our own.”
The announcement of Sideways In New Italy is also backed with the release of a new single, ‘She’s There’, premiered by BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac overnight. It’s the second slice we’ve heard from the new record following February’s ‘Cars In Space’ – listen to it below. 

Sideways In New Italy, the new album from Rolling Coastal Blackouts Fever, arrives via Ivy League on Friday June 5.

ZVEX unveil the Fuzz Factory 7 Raw

The limited-run handwired pedal features a raw aluminium enclosure, while the guts of the Fuzz Factory 7 will contain two coveted NOS 1960s 2N404 germanium transistors to create a myriad of filthy velcro fuzz tones. Interestingly enough, these new ZVEX FF7 Raw pedals are being built by the team from home, which makes me feel a lot better about wearing socks and slides while working from the couch as of late. 

ZVEX are also offering the FF7 Raw at a special price for buyers, with an additional 20% being discounted upon checkout. Sounds like a steal to me…
Get your order in via the ZVEX Effects website today.

Fender’s Tom Morello Soul Power Stratocaster is out now

Given that his original Soul Power Strat currently resides in the Rock & Roll Of Fame, it only seems fitting for Morello to receive an Artist Signature model as replacement for his Audioslave-era weapon of choice. Morello discussed the creation of the guitar in a statement released today, saying “This Fender Soul Power signature guitar is made to my exact specifications and is an authentic replica of the instrument that forged my sound in Audioslave.”

“That was a period of renewed artistic freedom and limitless expression on the guitar for me and Soul Power was the sonic divining rod leading the way. Just as important as getting the specs right however is the charitable/social justice component of my collaboration with Fender. Together we are giving away hundreds of guitars to underprivileged schools and to the Jail Guitar Doors prison rehabilitation program to help unlock creative doors and create better (and louder) futures.”
Featuring a bound-top alder body with a Deep C maple neck and 9.5″-14” compound radius rosewood 22 fret fingerboard, the Soul Power Stratocaster also boasts a killer matching headstock and a Floyd Rose Locking Tremolo for all those dank divebombs. It’s loaded with two Fender noiseless single-coils, a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails bridge humbucker and a custom kill switch so you can make that sick stutter tone Morello is famous for.

Fender have also shared a video with Morello discussing the origins of the guitar, as well as a reflection on his time with Audioslave and relationship with Chris Cornell. There’s also plenty of footage of Morello jamming on some classic Audioslave and RATM-inspired riffs – it’s a must-watch for any musician.
Head to Fender’s website to check out the Soul Power Stratocaster today.

Iggy Pop and Josh Home share American Valhalla documentary to YouTube

In a post to his Instagram, Iggy Pop urged his fans to bunker down and use the documentary as an excuse to stay at home, saying “We are very dedicated to make sure you stay at home. Therefore we have treat for you on Monday. One and only screening of American Valhalla!”
In a nutshell, the film traces the story of how Iggy and Homme linked up to create 2016’s Post Pop Depression, recorded in the desert with Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders and Homme’s Queens Of The Stone Age bandmate Dean Fertita on bass. It’s well worth the watch, and you can check it out below. 

Revisit our review of Iggy Pop when he played live in Melbourne last year.