This week in The Singles Bar #34, Hi Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles features:

In honour of the life and legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen, and celebrating the new biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox), Troye Sivan has released his interpretation of the band’s 1976 gospel-inspired hit, Somebody to Love. Queen’s original version of the song appeared on the album A Day at the Races.

Troye said, “I’m so beyond honored to have been asked to cover ‘Somebody to Love’ by Queen, a masterful song by the most legendary band.”

‘’Troye’s version is a unique take on this Queen classic. It is both moving and totally original. Thank you from us all at the Mercury Phoenix Trust – fighting AIDS worldwide,” said Queen’s manager, Jim Beach.

Angus & Julia Stone, ARIA nominees for ‘Apple Music Song of the Year’, have covered another ‘Apple Music Song of the Year’ nominee – Youngblood by Sydney’s 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS).

Julia says, “I was listening to a Spotify playlist and as I played through the songs, ‘Youngblood’ stood out to me and I thought it would be a great song to cover. The melody was lovely… I listened through a few times and thought, we could do a version in our style, with Angus and me singing gently in unison. I put the idea to Angus, and then we booked a studio with the band and went in and arranged the song. It felt great to sing it together.”

Back in May, Alice In Chains introduced new album Rainier Fog (BMG) by releasing
The One You Know a video directed by Adam Mason that featured an electrifying performance interspersed with cryptic cinematic scenes. Three months and a No. 1 album later, the band and Mason are furthering the storyline with a video for latest single, Never Fade.

“The ‘Never Fade’ video is a continuation of ‘The One You Know,’” says vocalist/guitarist William DuVall. “The full story will gradually be revealed. For now, check out what we love to do best – play live and tell a story with our music.”

More exciting news for fans of The Cat Empire with the release of Sola, the next track delivered from the upcoming album which the band has just revealed will be called Stolen Diamonds and released on February 15th, 2019.

As the song’s co-author Felix Reibl explains, “Sola features Depedro from Madrid, who we met many years ago at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. He plays with one of my favourite bands Calexico, but is also a very well respected artist in his own right. There was a cumbia style riff we recorded, and I felt the lyrics should be in Spanish, so we got in touch and this song emerged with Depedro writing his lines. It’s very cruisey, and the melody just goes around and around in your head, and that felt like a good moment for the album, and for all our Spanish speaking fans.”

In honour of the life and legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen, and in celebration of the newly-released biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, multi-platinum Sydney band 5 Seconds Of Summer have released a cover of Queen’s 1974 seminal hit, Killer Queen.

Says 5SOS, “Queen have been such a massive influence on us as a band. Their unique harmonies, the fluidity to their songwriting and how they each used their own musicality to back each other up have always inspired us. We chose to cover, ‘Killer Queen’ because we kept hearing it while writing our third album, Youngblood and were so enamored by the production and their early realisation of the minimalist approach to the track. For us, the exploration of individual vocalists in a band is incredibly important and Queen helped us to see the future of how we want to sing, in addition to how we play our instruments. As a pioneer of individuality, Freddie taught us what it means to embrace the idea of truly being yourself and that’s a part of Queen that lives on in their music now, more than ever.”

The Prodigy have today released new track We Live Forever, taken from the band’s forthcoming album No Tourists. They’ve also just announced the Australian leg of their No Tourists world tour which will begin in Perth and take in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney in 2019.

We Live Forever brings together Keef and Maxim (plus a killer Ultramagnetic MCs vocal hook) over a sinister ascending riff that keeps coming at you, before erupting into a violent energy only Howlett knows how to bring. It’s a striking highlight from The Prodigy’s new record, No Tourists, and a reminder of a band that has resolutely followed their own route through the underbelly of popular culture since day one.

Indie-pop duo BROODS have today shared a new remix of their current single Peach from rising UK band Bad Sounds. The remix aptly arrives on the first day of the Taylor Swift Reputation Tour where the siblings will take to the stage as special guests on the AU/NZ leg of her tour. Taking the NZ born, LA-based Georgia & Caleb Nott to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane Broods will also perform at the This That Festival in Newcastle and the Handpicked Festival in Adelaide.

Of the remix, Bad Sounds shares, “The original already had loads of cool hooks for us to mess around with, so it was low pressure and fun for us. We both got really excited by that main groove when we first stumbled across it so from then on we just got to indulge in scuzzy bass sounds and tough drums for a few days.”

Described by one writer as “the perfect love song for that special demon in your life,” the new music video for Ghost’s track Dance Macabre, released today, is just that. Two party crashers talk their way into a surreal bash that one will never remember and one will never forget. The video was directed by Zev Deans (Ghost’s Square Hammer video) and is erotic and romantic as only Ghost can do it.

Dance Macabre, already with 15-million Spotify streams, is the second music video and radio single from the Grammy-winning rock/pop band’s most recent album Prequelle (released on Friday 1 June 2018 (Loma Vista Recordings/Spinefarm/Caroline Australia). Simultaneously apocalyptic with catchy, contagious hooks, the song tells of how some people coped with the devastation of 14th century Europe’s Black Plague that wiped out millions – by dancing and partying and seducing until they dropped. The music video puts its own twist on the celebration of the End of Days and beyond.

Brighton, UK quartet As It Is,  have released a chilling and intense new music video for The Reaper, the band heaviest and darkest cut to date. The song featuring guest vocals from Aaron Gillespie of Underoath fame, who also makes an appearance in the horror inspired music video.

Speaking of the video, guitarist/vocalist Ben Langford-Biss says:

“The Reaper is the moment in the record’s narrative where The Poet becomes so desensitised to the concept of death, that death appears and manifests before him, offering an “escape”- not in a malicious way, but as a means of release from the pain The Poet is feeling. It was one of the most crucial and challenging moments in the narrative, and it was the last one that came together – lyrically and musically.

Both the song and the video are so different to anything we’ve done before, and we’re so fortunate that our fans have embraced the darker and heavier side of our band & our constant desire to progress in new directions. And we just cannot wait to finally bring this album to life on stage when we finally start touring The Great Depression era this week: first in Japan, and then in Europe and UK (which culminates in our biggest headline show to date at the London Forum on December 1), and then we’ll be returning to the US in early 2019 for our first time since Warped Tour! There’s so much more to come from this chapter of our band, we are only just getting started.”

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