Alexisonfire is coming together for a special Australian performance in January 2017 to headline Unify Festival. This is the first Australian appearance since their anticipated sold-out 10th Anniversary Australian dates in 2012.
One of the biggest bands to come out of Canada’s underground music scene, Alexisonfire released four hugely successful albums, amassing a legion of fans the world over. Multi award-winners in their native Canada, Alexisonfire has topped sales charts in North America and achieved a Top 20 ARIA Chart debut in Australia with 2009’s ‘Old Crows/Young Cardinals’.
The band have performed on the main stage of legendary festivals like UK's Reading and Leeds, Riot Fest and took over native Toronto, ON for a 6 night stay boasting over 9000 tickets sold, and sold out tours in Canada, US, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Japan.
After the breakthrough success of their Gold accredited third record Hungry Ghost, 2016 has been the biggest year of Violent Soho’s career. In March their latest album ‘WACO’ debuted at number one on the ARIA Album charts and was triple j feature album of the week. They toured with best mates DZ Deathrays and Dune Rats selling out every single ticket in huge theatres across Australia. They’ll also be heading overseas on a 14 date North American headline tour before heading back to Victoria for Unify 2017
Northlane will make their triumphant return to Tarwin Lower. Since we last saw the band on the inaugural UNIFY Gathering in early 2015, Northlane released their ARIA #1 album, Node, scored triple j Feature Album, won the ARIA Award for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album, dropped a surprise collaboration EP called Equinox with their best mates In Hearts Wake and slayed massive stages around around Australia, UK and Europe. They will be heading back to Europe for a run of shows with The Amity Affliction before trekking down to UNIFY.
Every Time I Die will feel right at home on the festival stage when they return to Australia in 2017. These New Yorkers have played the main stage of the Big Day Out in 2013 as well as completed countless headlining laps of our continent. Currently travelling around the US on their seventh Vans Warped Tour, this morning Every Time I Die announced their brand new album, Low Teens, out September 23 on Epitaph Records.
The Getaway Plan will be venturing back to 2008 to play their wildly successful album, Other Voices, Other Rooms, in its entirety. Upon its release, their critically acclaimed debut was a chart success, landing at #14 on the ARIA Chart and #1 on the AIR Chart. This will be the first time they’ve ever performed the album in full. More recently, in 2015 TGP released ‘Dark Horses’ which landed at no. 10 on the ARIA charts and culminated in an epic tour of Australia where they performed over 40 shows to thousands of fans….
Thy Art Is Murder’s be back in the fields of Tarwin Lower after demolishing the stage in 2015. Their most recent album, Holy War, debuted at #7 on the ARIA Chart – the highest ever position for an extreme metal act, and is a feat they’ve scored twice. Always stoking controversy and criticism, the band refuse to tone down their art for the sake of palatability which has seen Holy War generate a wave of controversy for the strong anti-religious stance of the title track’s video, as well as the album cover which features references to a suicide bomber. Will you get in the pit or get out of the way come January?
letlive. will be making their first trek Down Under since scaling the scaffolding and completely destroying stages on Soundwave 2014. With a sound that Afropunk described as "the first truly unique post-hardcore band in years", LA’s most radical soul punks have just scored their first ARIA Chart #18 with their fourth album, If I’m The Devil… which is out now via Epitaph. When letlive. let the passion unfurl onstage, their UNIFY debut will be one of the most explosive Tarwin Lower has seen yet.
House Vs Hurricane will be reforming for their first shows since they played for the last time in 2013. Their last album, Crooked Teeth, was released in 2012 and remains to this date one of the highest selling UNFD releases of all time. The former triple j darlings will return to the stage for a very special one off show with their Crooked Teeth lineup.
One of the most revered punk bands Australia has ever produced, Bodyjar have come a long way since forming in the Melbourne suburbs over 20 years ago. Graduating from pub stages during the worldwide '90s punk boom, Bodyjar went on to tour the globe several times over with many of the era's most respected acts, appearing on festivals like the Vans Warped Tour and Big Day Out.
Tassie’s favourite sons Luca Brasi will be hitting the UNIFY stage after their biggest year yet; latest album If This Is All We’re Going To Be crashed the ARIA top 20 on debut and topped the AIR indie charts, sold out headline dates around the country as well as sharing stages here and abroad with mates The Smith Street Band, Moose Blood, Turnover and Pup, plus punching the nation right in the feels with an incendiary cover of Paul Kelly’s How To Make Gravy on triple j’s Like A Version that melted the internet. Grab your mates, an armful of stubbies and get around the boys.
“A fusion of 90’s British indie and American Emo,” Moose Blood are now fully aware of the expectations surrounding them and are therefore preparing to release the follow up to ‘I’ll Keep You In Mind…’ coming in August this year. Recorded again with Beau Burchall, the bands sophomore album ‘Blush’ promises to continue their journey into becoming one of the UK’s best new bands, and expand their fanbase worldwide.
One of Australia’s fastest rising heavy rock bands, Storm The Sky, have returned with their most dynamic track yet - “Jaded Ghost”. Jaded Ghost is the start of a journey through the life of frontman Will Jarratt: a 20-something living in Melbourne trying to make sense of what surrounds him – sex, drugs, gender fluidity, depression and loss.
COUNTERPARTS has come quite a long way since their formation in 2007. With a fan base that has progressively expanded beyond their home province, the young artists have toured Canada relentlessly since March 2009. The band's upward trajectory truly took off after the release of their debut full-length, Prophets, in February 2010.
Deez Nuts have been touring the globe relentlessly since 2008 and have never taken more than a few weeks off at a time. That intensity takes its toll, and Peters found himself looking long and hard at not just who he is, but who the world thinks he is. Word Is Bond showcases frontman JJ Peters at his most real. It's a short, sharp shock of pure honesty delivered in inimitable old-school style, and shouts loud and proud that Peters, guitarist Matt 'RealBad' Rogers, bassist Sean Kennedy and drummer Alex Salinger are here to stay.
Returning from a wild set at Unify 2016 and conquering the world on the touring circuit throughout 2015, The 5 piece alternative punk group from Newcastle are back after what will be an even bigger 2016. The year sees them as main support for The Amity Affliction on their Australian tour this August then heading back to North America with The Amity Affliction, Being As An Ocean and Hundredth in September and October.
King Parrot’s new offering 'Dead Set' lays waste to the senses with high-octane grind, thrashing riffs, pummelling beats and punk rock mayhem. Produced by the legendary Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual) at Nodferatu’s Lair studio in Louisiana, ‘Dead Set’ is a relentless aural assault proving that somehow the band show no signs of wear and tear.
Ocean Grove are not just another band; they are a collective. Emerging from the depths of Melbourne in 2010, Ocean Grove have progressively developed a distinguishable sound like no other. As one of the most talked about acts in the heavy music world, Ocean Grove aren’t going to buy your respect, they are going to earn it as per their binding agreement in the Rhapsody Manifesto.
Saviour's acclaimed debut album, First Light To My Death Bed, released via UNFD in October 2013 put the band on the fast-track to becoming one of the best in the genre - until their sudden decision to call it a day in early 2014. The freshly rebooted Saviour features three brand new members, including the addition of Shontay Snow who has always had a presence in the band’s music. Snow’s addition to the band as a full-time member helped Saviour reshape their sound as seen in the 2016 single 'Lovers'.
Brisbane trio Columbus are fast becoming a band to remember. Their very own blend of earnest and intelligent punk rock has seen Columbus make their mainstage debut at Soundwave in 2015 and UNIFY 2016 as well as racking up kilometres with likeminded acts Basement, The Ataris and Real Friends. Columbus will be releasing their debut album later this year.
For The Dirty Nil, the past three years have been a period of ceaseless, reckless action. Though the band formed in 2006, while they were still in high school, it wasn’t until the release of their first 7” in 2011 that they truly began to harness the propulsive, kinetic energy of their live shows.
Polaris have made 2016 their own. Bouncing off a strong year of touring that has rapidly earned them a reputation as one of the country’s most intense live acts, the rising quintet independently released their sophomore EP The Guilt & The Grief to widespread critical and fan acclaim. Polaris’ first appearance at Unify will showcase a band hungry to prove themselves alongside some of the world’s best and heaviest.
Born and raised in Brisbane, The Brave came together in late 2013 with the goal of creating meaningful, melodic heavy music on their own terms. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Bring Me The Horizon, While She Sleeps and Underoath, their debut single, Searchlights, is available now via UNFD.
Since the release of their 2013 debut EP ‘Villains’, Sydney’s Bare Bones have been a hard act to categorize. Not one to buckle to current trends, Bare Bones’ have commitmed thick and thin to their own style of “Punk Rock”. Currently in the studio working on their debut full length, Bare Bones will burst into 2017 on the UNIFY stage playing alongside friends both new and old.
Prior to and since the release of this single, JFTD have toured relentlessly across the country, concreting themselves as a band known for both the energy in their performance as well as the infectious passion they display as people. With a 'can't stop, won't stop' attitude, there seems to be no end to their constant endeavors to deliver to the widest audience possible.
Drown This City are a band that heralds an entirely new age in heavy music in Australia - set to turn heads and set themselves apart through the intense and impassioned delivery of firebrand front-woman Alex Reade. Behind Reade is bassist and main songwriter Michael Furolo, highly skilled guitar slingers Laurence Appleby and Matt Bean, and the propulsive grooves and frenetic playing of drummer Anthony Pallas.
Since their formation in late 2015, Ocean Sleeper have aspired to leave their mark on the Australian heavy music scene. Currently recording their self-produced debut EP, scheduled for release late 2016. Ocean Sleeper are ready to show Unify that a couple of boys from a country town are determined to leave a big impact.