The second wave of bands for Australia’s Soundwave Festival has been announced, with the addition of Anthrax (featuring John Bush on vocals – though he’s not listed as an official member again yet… get your ass into gear John, just sign on officially again already!), Placebo and Shinedown. Rad. I’m kinda surprised by the addition of Placebo amongst all those hairy metal men, but I’ve been into ’em for years (even interviewed them once way back in the day) and if they stick to their edgier stuff for this gig I think they’ll do just fine.
Second announcement time!
After much conjecture we can finally release the second round of artists for Soundwave 2010.
After fifteen years, six studio albums, ten million album sales, breakdowns, clean ups and the dizzy swell of global success, few will argue that PLACEBO are among the world’s great rock bands. For the first time in three years the guys will be bringing their swag of hits to the Soundwave stages in 2010.
One of the few heavy-metal-oriented bands to get consistently high critical marks, ANTHRAX – along with Metallica and Megadeth – redefined the metal genre in the ’80s, stressing anger, speed, and emotional intensity over big hair and power ballads. After a huge campaign run by the fans John Bush will be back on vocal duties which has the Anthrax faithful worldwide frothing at the mouth!
Last seen wreaking havoc at Soundwave 2008, MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK are back armed with a brand new album chock full of pop punk masterpieces. Of course the boys will be throwing in their catalogue of classics as well.
Once in a while, amidst the bullshit, half-assed, money hungry, no talent clone bands sucking their way to the top of the charts, there comes a band able to transcend that stereotype and bring some quality music to the masses. SHINEDOWN is one of those bands.
SET YOUR GOALS have been slaying crowds since 2004. In five years they’ve already achieved what most bands only dream about: toured the world, gained huge respect from their peers and achieved massive credibility among their wide-spread legion of fans. They will be bringing their kick ass brand of pop punk hardcore to Soundwave.
For those that witnessed ENTER SHIKARI on their Australian tour in 2008, they would remember the sweat and the smiles, the laser beams and the elegiac choruses. We remember the blur of flashing Shikari cygnet rings as somersaulting fists pumped the air; we remember the surges of serotonin up the spine into the lower cortex. We remember looking at the crowds and thinking: holy shit – this is a generational thing! We warned you.
When people think of environments that foster America’s best music imports, they usually think of the UK or perhaps Canada. They most certainly don’t think of Australia as a breeding ground for transcendent musical talent, but a closer look reveals that the opposite is indeed true. This is no more truer than with CLOSURE IN MOSCOW who have been taking the US by storm. This will be the guys first tour back in Australia in over a year and we are pumped!
These bands are added to a line-up which includes:
Faith No More
My Chemical Romance
Taking Back Sunday
Sunny Day Real Estate
Eagles of death Metal
The Get Up Kids
Reel Big Fish
All Time Low
A Day To Remember
It Dies Today
Escape The Fate
A Wilhelm Scream
The Devil Wears Prada
Dance Gavin Dance
Four Year Strong
You Me At Six
Maximum The Hormone
February 20, Brisbane, RNA Showground
February 21, Sydney, Eastern Creek Raceway
February 26, Melbourne, Showgrounds
February 27, Adelaide, Bonython Park
March 1, Perth, Steel Blue Oval
More info at the Soundwave website.