Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Global Financial Downturn = More Touring Bands

One of the most obvious signs of the Global Fnordancial Downtown is the way that the Australian dollar is worth chasing for international touring acts. The "It's too far, and the take isn't worth it" factor seems to have disappeared. It's a golden time for music fans, ride it while you can.

Acts as obscure as the one below would never have made it before - but now Australians are supporting these acts, and the international word is out, and all sorts of acts are making it down under.

Provided by HM Clare, as my example, I present:


Avast, ye landlubbers! From the deepest darkest depths of eastern Scotland comes ALESTORM, a drunken band of three mad Scots and one Irishman, setting sail to Australia on an epic quest to slay posers, drink beer, and steal our lands of all its metallic riches! Describing their style as “True Scottish Pirate Metal”, ALESTORM plays an infectious blend of folk and power metal in the vein of bands such as Turisas and Korpiklaani, but with a unique piratical twist. Their latest offering "Black Sails at Midnight" offers a treasure chest of sweeping Scottish Pirate Metal worthy of any loot-loving corsair. Irresistible growling choruses from the port side and lively keyboard melodies and heavy metal riffs from the starboard side form the basis of this highly explosive rum-induced metal mix. Australian metal fans let us unite our forces, storm out en mass and present to ALESTORM the strength of our mighty comradery.
Preparing for battle to defend our vast lands is Australia’s own CLAIM THE THRONE. Inspired by ale and ancient battles, this mighty five piece have become renowned for their exciting stage shows and unique brand of metal. In 2009, the mini-CD/DVD “ALETALES” was released showcasing a more folk metal approach with greater production and songwriting to rival the leaders of the genre. CLAIM THE THRONE is sure to have the metal lords craving for a feast of turkey and a brew to celebrate victory!
Rock, Metal and Folk
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I like the fact that three mad Scots and an Irishman are enough to make a five piece. Maybe there is someone whose country of origin isn't piratical enough to mention?