This week in The Singles Bar #45, Hi Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles features:

The Amity Affliction have shared their official music video for Drag The Lake, which is featured on their #1 ARIA album Misery. The music video for Drag The Lake is streaming now on The Amity Affliction’s YouTube channel. It is the fourth video to be released from Misery.

Misery was released in August 2018 and was the fourth consecutive album from The Amity Affliction to debut at #1 on the ARIA chart. MISERY – which is highlighted by Ivy (Doomsday), Feels Like I’m Dying and D.I.E. – is available now at all DSPs and via the band’s website.

Money For Rope are excited to announce the release of their new album Picture Us through Cheersquad Records & Tapes on Friday March 8. As a precursor to the album the band have also released their brand new single Actually which is available now.

Making its world premiere on Line Of Best Fit, this blistering new surf rock single Actually came together whilst the band were on tour in the dog days of a Berlin heatwave, and is the perfect indicator of what fans can expect on this forthcoming new album.

“We started it staying in a small AirBnB flat in Berlin owned by someone who worked for a music products company; there was an upright piano in a beautiful first floor apartment in an old building. We could spend our evenings in the middle of a hot summer heat wave playing battery amps and piano with the windows wide open listening to the sounds of Kruezberg below. We would wander around the city late at night, wondering how we became fortunate enough to be here.” Recall the band on writing Actually.

Today sees the release of Swan Song, the latest track from global pop artist and 2019 four-time BRIT Award nominee Dua Lipa. The track and accompanying video precede the Twentieth Century Fox February 5th theatrical film release of ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, the epic action-adventure from producers James Cameron and Jon Landau (AVATAR) and director Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY).

The video, directed by Floria Sigismondi, places Lipa on the treacherous streets of Iron City in the middle of Alita’s world. Floria said of the video “While in the film Alita is quite literally on a journey to discover who she is, her story serves as a really powerful allegory for any girl who doesn’t yet know her own power. I wanted to play with that same profound notion by dropping Dua into a facet of Alita’s world and allowing Alita to serve as a surrogate that leads her on a journey to discover she’s stronger than she ever could have imagined.”

PLATINUM-certified independent singer, songwriter, producer, and pop visionary Lauv unveils new single i’m so tired… with Troye Sivan. The pair are also set to perform the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on February 6th.

Troye Sivan said on the song, “’i’m so tired…’ is a heartbreak song about an inescapable person. Lauv is such a great songwriter, and him and I were writing together for his project when the song came about. We ended up creating an accidental duet, and I couldn’t be happier to be on the song.”

Lauv added, “I’ve been a huge fan of Troye’s music and what he does for the world for years, so working with him was an absolute honor. When we wrote ‘i’m so tired…’ he just sounded too good singing it, so I think it was just natural to do the record together.”

Legendary guitar-god Tom Morello has released the music video for Every Step That I Take featuring Portugal. The Man & Whethan off his recently released collaborative album, The Atlas Underground. The album – available everywhere here – marks the most ambitious artistic effort of Morello’s storied career, which includes being co-founder of Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave and Prophets of Rage.

The concept of the video was to convey a modern take on the story of Joe Hill. Morello explains, “Revolutionary labor troubadour Joe Hill was murdered by a Utah firing squad for a crime he did not commit. They pinned a heart & crosshairs to his chest so the firing squad wouldn’t miss. His ashes were mailed to the four corners of the world and from those ashes generations of new revolutionaries continue to rise. The Atlas Underground sprang from those ashes as well and is proof that ideas, songs and struggle are bulletproof.”

Following their successful Australian tour, Interpol have released a new Fine Mess, now available to stream and purchase via Matador / Remote Control.

Fine Mess continues the invigorated creative spirit of 2018’s triumphant album Marauder, presenting Interpol at their more urgent and essential – with Paul Banks’ feverish vocals and haunted lyrics telling of “a sanguine and starry pair, buoyed and dashed alike by their own dreams and appetites” interlocking with Daniel Kessler’s serpentine riffs and Sam Fogarino’s thundering rhythm section, distilled around the seditious refrain: ‘you and me / make a fine mess’.

Fine Mess is further testament to a band at their peak, and the first chapter in what promises to be yet another eventful year for Interpol.

Sydney-via-Tamworth singer songwriter, Charlie Collins, today returns with the glittering, emotive new single Beautifully Blind. Following her upcoming appearances at Laneway Festival, Charlie will embark on her first headline tour in March, delivering her stunning live show to audiences in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.

Charlie Collins is also thrilled to announce her debut album Snowpine will be released on May 31st via Mirror Records. The album will be available digitally and on limited edition coloured vinyl, and is available for pre-order now.

A deeply personal track, Charlie explains “‘Beautifully Blind’ is a look at toxic relationships. The song was written with friends who came to the session with this idea of two people tearing each other apart, not knowing that pain was already in my orbit. Our words connected on this tune that shows the contradictory pathetic and poetic faces we use to mask our hurt.”

Newton Faulkner has today announced new single Don’t Leave Me Waiting will be released through Battenberg Records via The Orchard on Friday 25 January. Faulkner has an exciting year ahead having previously announced his new album The Very Best Of Newton Faulkner…So Far which will be released in March with a major UK headline tour taking place this Spring.

Newton comments; “I wrote this on a trip to Australia when I was meant to have a day off, which doesn’t normally happen when working so far away so I put a writing session in and I’m very glad I did. It’s a song about a friend’s relationship and a situation I think most people have found themselves in, of waiting to find out if someone wants to go out with you, or not. She said yes, so it’s all cool.”

Simple Creatures is Mark Hoppus (blink-182) and Alex Gaskarth (All Time Low). Their debut single Drug was written by Hoppus and Gaskarth in collaboration with their producer and friend, Zakk Cervini (blink-182, Yungblud, All Time Low, 5SOS) and is available via all digital services now [available HERE.

Hoppus and Gaskarth are long-time friends who both found some downtime whilst blink-182 and All Time Low were between albums. They came together to work on something a little different and thus Simple Creatures was born.

“’Drug’ is always the first song we play people when introducing them to Simple Creatures, so it only makes sense that it’s the first single. I love the ratty guitar lead mixed with the thumping kick drum. Lyrically, the song is about being destroyed by the things you love,” Hoppus commented.

January 25th 2019 turned out to be quite a day for Danzal Baker aka Baker Boy. Since Cloud 9, the Fresh Prince of Arnhem Land has played over 70 gigs and collected 23 key awards. His feet don’t look like touching the ground anytime soon with the release of his first track for Island Records Australia/ Universal Music titled Cool As Hell. The date coincides with the announcement of Young Australian of the Year 2019 for which Danzal Baker has been nominated.

Cool As Hell was written by Baker Boy, along with Hip Hop greats Thundamentals and writer/producer Carl Dimataga; and is a fresh new style. With hooks galore, sprinklings of disco and a dancefloor bass-line, Cool As Hell proves “fun” is infectious. Working with Thundamentals pushed Baker Boy to build on his arsenal and embrace his singing nature. He rose to the challenge with Cool As Hell where we get to witness another side of this brothaboy who has the innate ability to keep the element of fun and positive vibes burning bright.

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