Hack The Mainframe are looking to global horizons

LOGGED ON: Newcastle skate punk band Hack The Mainframe are gearing up for a massive 2018 after releasing their debut album Disorder Of Consciousness. NEWCASTLE skate punk band Hack The Mainframe are planning their maiden overseas tour later this year following the international release of their debut album.

Disorders Of Consciousnessdropped on December 22 andcontinuestheir brand of melodic high-energy punk they introduced on their 2015 debut EPTrapped Online,which was voted album of 2016 by music blogMelodic Punk Style.

Hack The Mainframe formed in 2014 out of the ashes of Newcastle punk stalwartsWiseheimerand Central Coast band Pants Optional, but have quickly exceeded either act.

“We had no expectations, and then we got a few things out and people really enjoyed it,” guitarist Leigh Markwell said.“We got some good feedback, so we kept going with it.”

Disorder Of Consciousnesswas released overseas through Disconnect Disconnect Records inEuropeandBird Attack Records in US.

Markwell said pre-sales were strong and they plan to tour in Japan and Europe by the end of the year.

“We’ve actually sold more copies of our EP overseas than we have in ,” he said.

Hack The Mainframe’s next show is on February 3 at Maitland Leagues Club, sharing the stage withfellow Newcastle punk bands No Quarter and All In A Year.

CHINGY’S NEW RAP SECOND TAKE: US rapper Chingy is returning to the Hunter to perform at the Warners Bay Hotel on January 18. Picture: Edwina Pickles

CHINGY is coming back to the Hunter. That’sa sentence most people wouldnever have expected to read in theNewcastle Heraldfollowing the US rapper’s shambolic Finnegans show in 2014.

On that night Chingy, who is famous for his creative spelling and 2000s hitsRight Thurr,Pullin’ Me BackandHolidae Inperformed for just 20 minutes before moving onto the VIP after party.

However, the 37-year-old rapper and actor declared in a recent article in theSt Louis Postthat he’s a changed man following the death of his mother last April.

Chingy alsohasa new songF.Y.R, anacronym for “forget your respect” and a new albumBlack Rosein the pipeline.

You can check out the new Chingy on January 18 when he performs at the Warners Bay Hotel, which isbecoming the new home of US rappers in the Hunter.

Last August hip-hop star Bow Wow also performed at the Lake Macquarie venue.

TORI’S NEW DAWNKURRI Kurri’s rising alt-country star Tori Forsyth is promising to unveil a new ‘70s Californian-inspired sound on her forthcoming single In The Morning.

The track will be the second single from her untitled debut album, which has been pushed back to a May release date.

It follows the dark bluegrass-flavoured Grave Robber’s Daughter.

Tori Forsyth – Grave Robber’s DaughterForsyth will launch InThe Morning at the Tamworth Country Music Festival on January 19 when she performs with her band The Spurs and fellow country artist Aleyce Simmonds.

“It was a last-minute song for the album, I didn’t want to put it on there but it’s turned out obviously good enough to be a second single,” Forsyth said.

“It steers into a newdirection, so it’s a very different song from anything else I’ve ever released.

“I’m excited to see what people think of that.”

Tori Forsyth and The Spurs play the Small Ballroom on February 16.

DARYL MANIAWHEN will this Daryl Braithwaite revival end? It’s been an unbelievablesix months for the ex-Sherbet frontman.

Braithwaite, 68, was inducted in the ARIA Hall Of Fame in November and his 1990 classic The Horses has been embraced as a cultural icon by Millennials.

So much so that at last weekend’s Falls Festival in Lorne many in the crowd worehorse hats, onesies and horse motif T-shirts to celebrate Braithwaite’s appearance at the youth-orientatedfestival.

Braithwaite’s popularity is also galloping along strongly inthe Hunter. His January 28 show at the Toronto Hotel is sold out.

HOLY SUPPORTAFTER impressing at Newcastle’s 48 Watt Street in November supporting Alex Lahey, Sydney retro rocker Sloane Peterson is headed back.

Peterson will support Holy Holy at the Small Ballroom on February 24, the final night of their Love Is For Amateurs tour.

SUMMER ROAD TRIP ROLLING ON: Fanny Lumsden is hitting the road with the Dashville crew later this month.

THREE-time Golden Guitar nominee Fanny Lumsden is the latest addition to the Dashville family for their summer road trip series.

Dashville On The Road#2 is carving a dusty path north to Nundle’s Dag Sheep Stationon January 26, before stopping at the Federal Hotel in Bellingen (January 27) and Port Macquarie’s Black Duck Brewery (January 28).

Lumsden, broke onto the alt-country scene with her debut album Small Town Big Shot in 2015 and followed with last year’s Golden Guitar-nominatedReal Class Act.

Joining Lumsden for the Dashville On The Road tour will be regular favourites William Crighton, Nicholas Connors,Ahlia Rain, Baghead, Magpie Diaries andDave Wells.

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