Monday, 4 March 2013

GUITAR ICON ORIANTHI PREPARES FOR HEAVEN IN THIS HELL Platinum Selling Australian Solo Artist Announces the Release of Rock Album Set for March 12th

Hollywood, CA - Platinum selling solo artist and iconic guitarist Orianthi is gearing up for the release of her new album, Heaven In This Hell. Orianthi will captivate fans with a record that delivers a mega-dose of rock and weaves elements of modern country and swampy blues. The album, produced by Dave Stewart, will be released on Robo Records (distributed by Universal/Fontana) and is scheduled to drop on March 12, 2013. The first single, “Frozen”, will be serviced to Rock and Classic Rock radio on January 28th.

From writing her first song at the age of 6, to being discovered and playing alongside her idols Carlos Santana and Steve Vai early in her career, Orianthi has made an enduring mark on the music industry. While many were introduced to this timid guitar goddess when she played the Grammy Awards in 2009 as part of Carrie Underwood’s band, it was being selected for Michael Jackson’s ill-fated “This Is It Tour” that exposed her to mainstream audiences. In the Fall of 2009, Orianthi released “According To You,” her first solo single, which went platinum in the U.S. and abroad.More than just a gifted guitarist, this success showed she had serious vocal chops as well.

In late 2011, between legs of Alice Cooper's world tour (where she played lead guitar), she began work on her forthcoming project. “I am so proud of this album because it really showcases my style of riff heavy rock and energetic blues,” Orianthi remarks. “The success of Believe [her previous CD] helped give me credibility and afforded me the freedom to create the kind of album I have been wanting to make, with musicians I respect, playing together live in a studio, creatively exchanging ideas...the way I want all my records to be made. My friend, collaborator and producer, Dave Stewart and I just jammed and hashed out a variety of songs and sounds until we found the grooves that inspired us” she continued.

While Orianthi recorded a majority of Heaven In This Hell at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, she also recorded several songs and overdubs at Dave Stewart's (of The Eurythmics) Hollywood Studio. “Working with Ori over the last year has been an inspiring experience for me,” said Stewart . “She is such a dedicated guitarist and focused songwriter; her enthusiasm is infectious and all the musicians who worked on the record were motivated to give her their best. When we went to Nashville, we knew we were about to embark on something exciting, something career altering,” he continued.

The time spent in Nashville left an indelible impression that can be heard in several of the tracks, which were mixed by Nashville resident John McBride. New tracks like "Rock” and “Another You” are examples of crossover country-AC songs that blend heartfelt harmonies and melodies with lyrics that showcase a more vulnerable, exposed emotional side, often veiled by her signature PRS axe. “Heaven In This Hell” the title track, is a blues-rooted rock song which features swampy guitar riffs with an edgy Zeppelin-esque vibe. Songs like “Frozen”, the first single, and “You Don’t Wanna Know” provide listeners with some insight into a couple of her primary musical influences with raw, crunchy guitar riffs reminiscent of Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn. “If You Think You Know Me” is an arousing anthem with thunderous drums, meant to inspire and empower anyone who has ever felt alone. This track, which begs to be played in a large arena, asks listeners: “Have you ever felt like you didn’t fit in?/Like there's somebody else inside your skin?/ Well you’re not alone/We all came here for something."

"To say that we are excited about this record is a complete understatement" said Rob Christie, founder of Robo Records. "Not only is Orianthi one of the most gifted musicians I've heard, but she also has a heart of gold. She is extremely passionate about music, animals, family and her fans. She truly is an inspiration to adults and children, literally around the globe."
“I’m so excited to share Heaven In This Hell with the fans! It’s been a long time coming for me,” says Orianthi.
Click here to see a sneak peek into the making of Orianthi's Heaven in This Hell
Track listing:
Heaven in this Hell 4:32
You Don't Wanna Know 3:40
Fire 2:54
If You Think You Know Me 3:35
How Do You Sleep? 4:15
Frozen 3:41
Rock 4:34
Another You 3:43
How Does That Feel? 3:09
Filthy Blues 3:17
If You Were Here With Me 4:11
Heaven In This Hell will be available on March 12, 2013 on Robo Records.
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The Beards Announce First World Tour 2013


The USA, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, England and Scotland are amongst a list of first-world countries that can expect a visit this year from the kings of totalitarian beard-rock: The Beards.

‘The First World Tour’ will take in a series of relatively well-off countries, including a run of shows in the group's homeland, Australia.

“People living in developed countries are more susceptible to shaving.” Said the band's frontman, Johann Beardraven. “They are a high risk group, so it's important for our message to reach them before it's too late.”

Over time The Beards have gone from strength to strength. After three albums, four filmclips, countless sold out shows across Australia, over two million hits on their YouTube Channel, a place in Triple J's Hottest 100 (2012) and an ARIA award nomination, The Beards are ready to take their steadfast message into new territories.

“The message is: Grow a beard.” Said Beardraven.

The tour, which will run from March through to June will see the band playing their home-grown brand of beard-related rock anthems across North America, Europe and Australia, and will include festival appearances at South by Southwest, Canadian Music Week, Bearded Theory and Byron Bay's Bluesfest.

The First World Tour will mark the first time The Beards have ever played in Europe with shows scheduled across the UK, Germany and Holland. It will also be the band's first time in North America since performing at the opening ceremony of the 2009 World Beard & Moustache Championships in Anchorage, Alaska.

“Our job is not done yet, and we will not rest until all people have beards.” Said bassist Nathaniel Beard.

Their refreshingly original and always-entertaining live act has made The Beards one of Australia's great underground success stories; but social media and other online resources have earned the group a significant international fan base too. For most of those fans, The First World Tour will be their first opportunity to see The Beards live.

The Beards
First World Tour 2013
Australian Dates
*Tickets On Sale Monday 4th March

31/5/13 – Jive, Adelaide

7/6/13 - The Capitol Bar, Perth

8/6/13 -  Prince of Wales, Bunbury

13/6/13 - The Pelly Bar, Frankston

14/6/13 Theatre Royal, Castlemaine.

15/6/13 - The Hi Fi, Melbourne

21/6/13 - The Hi Fi, Brisbane

22/3/13 - The Northern, Byron Bay.

27/6/13 – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle

28/6/13 -  Waves, Wollongong

29/6/13 – The Metro, Sydney