The Race For #1 In Triple J’s Hottest 100 Is TIGHT

Have you placed your Hottest 100 votes for this year yet? Well, in one of the most overwhelming years yet for voters, triple j has revealed that the race between #1 and #2 is extremely close.

Yup, there’s less than 350 votes separating the two frontrunners of the national countdown. You know what that means… every vote counts.

The national youth broadcaster has also revealed that there are 63,000 voters with their shortlists sitting and waiting to be culled and submitted.

There are three key contenders in the Hottest 100. Spacey Jane with ‘Booster Seat’, Glass Animals with ‘Heat Waves’, and Ball Park Music with ‘Cherub’.

Tame Impala, Flume, Mallrat, and G Flip are all still very much in the running though, according to Warm Tunas.

Triple j reckon they haven’t seen a countdown this close since 2007. Only 14 votes separated Muse and Silverchair, but Muse beat out ‘Straight Lines’ with ‘Knights of Cydonia’.

Voting closes Monday, 18th January at 3pm AEDT. Submit your votes here.

Find all the key dates below and have a listen to some of the frontrunners for the countdown.

Hottest 100 2020 Important Dates

12pm (AEDT) Saturday, 23rd January
Hottest 100 countdown on triple j

10am (local time) Sunday, 24th January
Hottest 200 countdown on triple j

12pm (local time) Monday, 25th January
Hottest 100 of 2000 on Double J

11pm (local time) Friday, 29th January
Hottest 100 videos on rage

Illy – The Space Between

The Melbourne hip hop superstar Illy (Alasdair Murray) was compelled to further delay his long-awaited sixth album, The Space Between, due to the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Still, Illy kept us entertained through 2020. He revived his Friday Flips series, even personalising Dua Lipa’s ‘Don’t Start Now’.

Then he participated in triple j’s 24-hour songwriting challenge Quarantune, yielding the hilarious pub-rap ‘Parmas In June’.

And, an engaging Tweeter, Illy offered satisfyingly frank commentary on the US election, declaring the outgoing president Donald Trump a “snowflake cry baby” and suggesting he “have a sook then fuck off mate.”

Honestly, whatever the outcome, has there EVER been a bigger snowflake cry baby than trump? Have a sook then fuck off mate

— Illy (@illyal) November 5, 2020

But Illy didn’t forget The Space Between, releasing successive singles – December’s ‘I Myself & Me’ the seventh overall.

The multiple ARIA nominee has always striven for momentum. Early on, he resisted traditional Aussie boom-bap purism. But, through embracing the new electronic hip hop hybrids as well as rock and pop, Illy is no iconoclastic post-rapper.

He believes in evolution, both musically and personally, but finds space within trends for his own stories, style and classicism.

The law student began his rap career as a member of the Crooked Eye crew alongside Phrase and Daniel Merriweather before making an official solo debut with 2009’s Long Story Short on Obese Records. The next year, The Chase spawned the radio hit ‘It Can Wait’, elevated by Owl Eyes.

2012’s Bring It Back won “Best Urban Album” at the ARIAs. Illy subsequently started a label, ONETWO, presenting Cinematic. The Guardian boldly proclaimed him “Australia’s answer to JAY-Z.”

In 2016 Illy issued Two Degrees – his first chart-topping album containing the mega-hits ‘Papercuts’, featuring Vera Blue, and ‘Catch 22’, with the UK’s Anne-Marie. Illy toured solidly behind the album, rightfully accepting an ARIA for “Best Australian Live Act”.

Illy announced a global record deal with Sony Music in 2018, heralding another album for the following year. In fact, he’d only drop the hooky lead single ‘Then What’ – today platinum.

Meanwhile, Illy materialised on Hilltop Hoods’ ‘Exit Sign’ with Ecca Vandal off their comeback, The Great Expanse.

In many ways, Illy has bridged the generational divide in Australian hip hop – emerging soon after the old school Hoods and Bliss N Eso, but pre-empting new wavers such as ONETWO’s own Allday, influenced by Kanye West’s radical individualism.

Like 360, Illy contemporised his sound, and assumed a Drake-y sing/rap approach, but without shedding any ‘day ones’. The goal for him now is to re-establish his pace and remain relevant.

The Space Between signifies a soft relaunch – Illy flexing about his rise on the braggadocios intro ‘Wave’. Indeed, he doesn’t so much as recast himself as consolidate and expand. Illy has reunited with longtime beatmakers M-Phazes, Styalz Fuego and Cam Bluff.

But, this go, he also collaborates with the Swedish LIAS, credited on John Legend’s Bigger Love. Again, Illy favours homegrown guest vocalists – the most unexpected Guy Sebastian. Nonetheless, there’s a notable international singer/songwriter in the American Wrabel.

Crucially, on The Space Between, Illy opens up more. The thirty-something thematises change, journeys and growth, alluding to hedonism, a relationship ending, loss, mental health, and isolation. Yet Illy is aware of his fortune – and privilege.

Several songs have the pop fervour of ‘It Can Wait’ or ‘Papercuts’. Illy teams with local newcomer Carla Wehbe for ‘No Feelings’ – airy Allday-ish trap; his vocals Auto-Tuned.

Wrabel graces the electro-hop ballad ‘Mirror’ – produced by M-Phazes, who, since famously contributing to Eminem’s 2013 The Marshall Mathers LP 2, has worked with Demi Lovato and Noah Cyrus plus his soulful protege Ruel.

‘Lean On Me’, with New Zealand singer (Anna) Robinson, is effervescent Styalz-stamped EDM.

The album’s immediate festival anthem is the percussive single ‘Loose Ends’. Melbourne power-pop virtuoso and queer icon G Flip is shining in her first big cameo, with Bluff at the board.

Illy writes poetically about passing time, recognising the latent poignancy of nostalgia and faded idealism. The rapper has understandably expressed dismay that ‘Loose Ends’, released last winter, wasn’t “an absolute fucking smash” – but it’s never too late.

How this wasn’t an absolute fucking smash will never make sense to me

— Illy (@illyal) January 3, 2021

Illy switches up things majorly for the bass-heavy ‘Codes’ – which could be mistaken for a Chillinit track, its gamer-referencing lyrics are grime-y, emo and self-destructive. But most revelatory is ‘Lonely’, Illy addressing grief in a tuneful duet with Guy.

A battle rapper of old, Illy can still spit. In the LIAS-helmed ‘Then What’, he wryly dissects the vagaries of success and fake friends. Similarly, ‘I Myself & Me’ delivers straight lyricism, Illy decrying his overthinking and being terminally online on top of M-Phazes’ throwback beat.

In the swaggeringly on-brand ‘Last Laugh’, he mocks the haters.

Illy has cut hard rock previously – soliciting The Amity Affliction’s Ahren Stringer for ‘Youngbloods’ – but ‘Cheap Seats’, a rowdy collab with Brisbane band WAAX, is a punk banger. The MC rebels against the celebrity and VIP mindset, preferring to hang with his larrikin mates.

A decade on from Long Story Short, Illy continues to diversify creatively, but he isn’t sacrificing authenticity for aesthetics. Ultimately, Illy manages to centre his art while avoiding pretension. The Space Between is a manifesto of dynamism.

Illy’s The Space Between is out now. Listen here.

NEW AUS MUSIC PLAYLIST: Our Favourite Tunes Of The Week

Happy Friday and Happy Music Feeds’ New Aus Music Playlist Day! This is where we put all our favourite new Australian music from the week that’s been. Alongside those from weeks prior.

It’s the perfect chance for you to brush up on your local music releases, discover new artists, and support our industry. Grab your headphones, sit down, and chill out while we take you through the must-listens from this week.

Head here to see last week’s releases.

And make sure to follow us on Spotify for more curated playlists!

New Aus Music Playlist — 15/01/21

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – Pukebox
G Flip – Queen Feat. Mxmtoon
Teenage Joans – Something About Being Sixteen
Middle Kids – Questions
Running Touch – Juno
Jaguar Jonze – ASTRONAUT
The Veronicas – Did Ya Think
Yorke – Ice
Semantics – Fire Link
Cat & Calmell – Dramatic
Fritz – Die Happily
Georgia Van Etten – Deep Black Water
Cool Sounds – Crimson Mask
Cantrips – Goodbye Yesterday

TikTokers Have Transformed Bridgerton Into A Musical

Netflix’s latest obsession, Bridgerton has been transformed into a TikTok musical. Yup, first they brought us Ratatouille the Musical, now TikTokers are sharing songs inspired by the new period drama.

The show has basically been dubbed the period Gossip Girl. It’s seen massive success after being released on Christmas Day and supported by an influencer campaign.

Now, TikToker Abigail Barlow is turning the show into a musical. “Ok, but what if Bridgerton was a musical?” she asks before cracking into ‘Daphne’s Song’.


Ignore the terrible queens English ##IsThisAvailable ##fyp

♬ original sound – Abigail Barlow

She followed it up with a part two. This time a song for Daphne and Simon after they got married, called ‘Burn For You’. “If this is what you call a honeymoon, pacing around our separate rooms,” she sings.


I’m pitchy but I’m having too much fun writing this ##IsThisAvailable ##fyp

♬ original sound – Abigail Barlow

Abigail also creates a song for Penelope Featherington.



♬ original sound – Abigail Barlow

Abigail Barlow currently has five instalments of the Bridgerton musical live on TikTok, with other users joining in too.

Barlow is now even sharing the instrumental versions of her songs, so people can now properly audition for roles if the musical eventuates.

She revealed via TikTok that a full project may be incoming, “First of all, I want to say thank you so much for being so invested in the Bridgerton musical.

“It was a fun idea I had and now it could possibly be a full-length project that I share with you guys.

“You guys have given me a lot to work on and I’m so excited.

“It’ll probably end up being a concept album. Possibly for pitch when theatres open back up. Who knows? I’m writing something new everyday, [so] keep checking in.”

Chuck Norris Denies Attending US Capitol Riots After Photo Of Lookalike Surfaces

Chuck Norris has denied involvement in the US Capitol riots from last week. It comes after a photo surfaced online of a Chuck lookalike.

“It wasn’t me and I wasn’t there,” the martial arts icon tweeted.

“There is no room for violence of any kind in our society. I am and always will be for Law and Order.”

He shared a photo of himself with the tweet, perhaps to point out that he’s a fair bit older than the lookalike.

I recently learned there was a Chuck Norris lookalike at the DC Capitol riots. It wasn’t me and I wasn’t there. There is no room for violence of any kind in our society. I am and always will be for Law and Order.

Your friend, Chuck Norris

— Chuck Norris (@chucknorris) January 12, 2021

The drama started after a photo was uploaded of two Trump supporters at the riots.

“Wait, so are we not going to mention the fact that Chuck Norris was at the MAGA insurrection?” they said.

One of the said supporters obviously looked fairly similar to Chuck Norris.

Norris’ manager shared a statement with Associated Press after the image went viral.

“This is not Chuck Norris and is a wannabe lookalike although Chuck is much more handsome,” he said.

“Chuck remains on his ranch in Texas, where he has been with his family.”

“I have no doubt Chuck Norris is MAGA but this guy isn’t him,” said one Twitter user, posting side-by-side shots of Norris and his lookalike.

“Very good lookalike but too young.”

I have no doubt Chuck Norris is MAGA but this guy isn’t him. Very good lookalike but too young.

— Danielle Huss (@daniellehuss) January 12, 2021

A Handy Guide to Buying Instruments Second Hand

So you’re looking for a second-hand instrument? That’s awesome! We LOVE that for you! There are few things more satisfying than the sound of playing a perfectly formed chord on some vintage gear. Whether it’s your first time or fiftieth, the notes will fill you with a feeling of warmth and joy that’s rivalled only by the thrill of showing off your new love to someone else. Finding the perfect pre-loved instrument can be a tricky and expensive task though, even for music lifers. So we’ve teamed up with Cash Converters to clear out the clutter and make more music possible with our handy guide to buying instruments second hand.

Why buy second hand?It’s cheaper.

First up, the obvious: price. A well-chosen second-hand instrument can offer significantly better value than a new one. So before you throw your money away on that bargain-priced department store guitar + amp pack, take a look at your local Cashies as there are stacks of affordable, 90-day-warranty protected instruments sitting in-store RN.

The quality is often better.

That value isn’t only reflected in the price tag though. Unlike a lot of other products, when it comes to musical instruments, newer doesn’t always mean better. In fact, some instruments don’t start to truly shine until they’ve been ‘played in’. There’s a reason many musicians are borderline obsessed with vintage gear, it often just sounds better. Add to that the changes in production techniques and the frequency of model releases (especially for things like guitars and bass), and you’ll find that there’s a LOT of amazing second-hand instruments out there just waiting for you to love. This is particularly good news for players at the budget level as you should be able to find a mid-level instrument at an entry-level price. Whether you’re looking for an electric guitar, a violin, a cello, a drum kit or perhaps the most hyped instrument of 2020, the saxophone, you’ll likely get better bang for your buck.

Nothing sucks the fun out of playing music like an instrument that just sounds bad, and most budget instruments sound bad. Whether it won’t stay in tune, the action is too high or it just sounds off, somehow, a low-quality instrument will make the experience far less enjoyable. With superior quality second-hand instruments, none of these issues should arise.

Whether you’re looking for an electric guitar, a violin, a cello, a drum kit or perhaps the most hyped instrument of 2020, the saxophone, you’ll likely get better bang for your buck.

Better quality instruments hold their value.

Which is good news for you, now, as you get a nicer instrument, but also later! Quality second-hand instruments hold and sometimes even increase in value, so when it’s time to upgrade, you shouldn’t find yourself out of pocket in the same way you would if you bought new or a budget entry model, which typically don’t hold their value at all.

Second-hand instruments come with a history

When you purchase a second-hand instrument, you’re typically purchasing a treasured part of someone’s personal history. Every note played, scratch, indent or customisation, adds to the unique sound of the instrument. Second-hand instruments often feel nicer to play as well, as they lack the factory stiffness of newer items. Of course, there’s also the chance that the instrument you’re picking up at Cashies has played a part in writing or recording a seminal work by an influential artist. Sometimes you’ll know this at purchase time, other times you won’t, but either way, the possibility adds a little bit more romance to what is an exciting moment for any musician.

You can find rare or limited edition models.

Purchasing second-hand isn’t just for beginners. If shows like Pawn Stars have taught us anything, stores like Cash Converters can be hotbeds for finding rare or limited edition models. A lot of people will sell instruments not fully aware of what they’re parting with.
So if you’ve been trawling the internet looking for that certain sunburst Tele’ to no avail, head down to your local store or search online and see if it’s waiting for you.

Buying second-hand in-store means you can physically see what you’re buying.

An advantage of being able to buy in-store at one of the 150 locations Cash Converters have Australia wide, is that you can physically inspect and often play the instruments that you’re buying. This is not true of online marketplaces and you never know where it might have originated from.

You can get advice from music experts.

Many second-hand stores such as Cashies have music experts who can advise you as to the best instrument available in-store to suit your needs. The valuations are done in consultation with these same people, meaning you can rest assured you’re making a quality purchase. These both add to peace-of-mind.

You can trade-in your old instrument for credit on your new one.

One of the benefits of buying second-hand in-store at Cashies is that you can trade-in your old instruments, for instant cash, and put it towards purchasing your new one. Which helps save you money, as well as the frustration of waiting for someone to come to your house, and if they turn up along with low-ballers.

It’s better for the Environment!

Buying second-hand means that you’re giving an instrument another life. Instruments can last several lifetimes, and help to fulfil many lives. By opting for second-hand you’re ensuring that the materials that went into creating the instrument, continue to live on. It also means you’re not contributing to the manufacture of new unnecessary, cheap and mass-produced instruments that are destined for landfill. Win-win!

Many of your favourite musicians still buy second-hand gear!

From rockstars to concert pianists, film scorers and weekend warriors, musicians worldwide are obsessed with hunting down quality second-hand gear. Just strike up a chat with any notable musician you happen to meet and they’ll no doubt have a doozy of a story about a second-hand find. If it’s good enough for them, it’s surely good enough for you!

There you have it, a list of reasons why you should buy second-hand. Now that you’re sold, head out to one of the over 150 Cash Converters locations in Australia and find your perfect instrument. With a 90-day warranty on most items, expert advice, the ability to physically see and in most cases play the instrument, an opportunity to trade-in towards your purchase and the best prices, buying second-hand will make more music possible.

Listen To Foo Fighters’ New Single ‘Waiting On A War’

We have another taster from Foo Fighters’ forthcoming album Medicine at Midnight’. ‘Waiting On A War’ is the third single from the new album and it’s a slow burner.

No strangers to creating the perfect build up of energy in a song, Foo Fighters have delivered the goods with ‘Waiting On A War’.

The song is apparently inspired by a conversation Dave Grohl had with his 11-year-old daughter.

“Last fall, as I was driving my daughter to school, she turned to me and asked, ‘Daddy, is there going to be a war?’ My heart sank as I realised that she was now living under the same dark cloud that I had felt 40 years ago,” Grohl said in a statement.

“As a child growing up in the suburbs of Washington DC, I was always afraid of war.”

“I had nightmares of missiles in the sky and soldiers in my backyard, most likely brought upon by the political tension of the early 1980’s and my proximity to the Nation’s Capitol. My youth was spent under the dark cloud of a hopeless future.”

“This song was written for my daughter, Harper, who deserves a future, just as every child does,” said Grohl.

Grohl wrote the song last year, sadly with the US Capitol riots last week, it’s as poignant as ever.

The new Foo Fighters album, Medicine at Midnight is due Friday, 5th February. It’ll follow up their 2017 effort Concrete and Gold.

Mia Rodriguez Takes On Rex Orange County’s ‘Corduroy Dreams’ For Triple J Like A Version

Triple j’s Like a Version is back and the first cab off the rank for 2021 is 2020 sensation Mia Rodriguez. The Sydney-based ‘Psycho’ singer and TikTok star came along to cover icon Rex Orange County’s ‘Corduroy Dreams’.

The cover sees Rodriguez combine her ethereal pop vibes with Rex Orange County’s jazzy casualness.

She does a cheeky switcheroo with the lyrics too. Where Rex sings, “Don’t call me Daddy, ’cause that’s just fucking weird,” Mia opts for “Mummy”.

In her Behind the Like a Version, Rodriguez said, “I chose to cover ‘Corduroy Dreams’ because… Actually, I didn’t really choose it. I just pressed shuffle on my phone and I was listening to music and I was like, ‘Hm, I’m going to do this song for Like a Version.’”

“And so I did,” said Mia Rodriguez.

“I like the jazzy vibes they have and the raw instruments they involve, it’s really cool.”

Chatting about her path to get where she is now, Rodriguez says she started making funny videos on TikTok to get people’s attention. She explains once she had their attention (she has two million followers today) she started work on entering the music industry.

“I’m now more of a musician than I am a TikTok person.”

She also performed the song that started it all, ‘Psycho’.

Catch Mia Rodriguez’s take on Rex Orange County’s ‘Corduroy Dreams’, ‘Psycho’, and her Behind the Like a Version interview below.

Running Touch Releases New Single ‘Juno’

Running Touch has shared a new single today. ‘Juno’ is a bop of a song with the beat and production in contrast with the lyricism and vocals.

It’s an absolute vibe. “This song is my kind of escapism,” said Running Touch.

“I didn’t want to focus and write about what I was going through last year, so I wrote this story instead.”

The producer will return to the stage next week. He’s playing Summer Sounds Festival in Adelaide, before hitting up Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl, For The Love Festival, and of course, Yours & Owls Festival.

Catch ‘Juno’ and its lyric video below.

Running Touch Aussie Shows

Friday, 5th February
Live at the Bowl Series, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
Tickets: Live at the Bowl

Saturday, 13th March
For The Love, McCallum Park, Perth
Tickets: For the Love

Saturday, 3rd April
For The Love, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne
Tickets: For the Love

Saturday, 17th April
For The Love, Doug Jennings Park, Gold Coast
Tickets: For the Love

Saturday, 17th – Sunday, 18th April 2021
Yours & Owls 2021, Stuart Park, Wollongong

Ariel Pink Accused Of Sexual Misconduct & Harassment By Former Girlfriend & Bandmate

Ariel Pink has been accused of sexual misconduct and harassment by his former girlfriend and bandmate Charlotte Ercoli Coe, according to Pitchfork.

Court documents show that Pink attempted to having a restraining order placed against Coe. However, on Wednesday, 6th January, Los Angeles County Superior Court Commissioner Laura Cohen dismissed Pink’s request.

The Commissioner also ruled that Pink’s ex-girlfriend, Coe would be entitled to “reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs,” following his attempt.

The order was based on California’s “anti-SLAPP” statute. It’s in place to discourage unnecessary or frivolous lawsuits that are often used to intimidate.

The court also deemed that Ariel Pink’s ex-girlfriend, Charlotte Ercoli Coe “made a threshold showing” that the behaviours Pink had cited as harassment were “Constitutionally-protected activities”.

Coe detailed instances of sexual misconduct and abuse by Pink.

““I began dating [Pink] in 2015, when I was 19 and [Pink] was 38,” she wrote in her declaration.

“It was a tumultuous relationship, characterised by a power imbalance: [Pink] was 19 years older than me; [Pink] was famous, and I was not; [Pink] was established in the music business, while I was just beginning my music career.”

Other allegations from Coe say he “physically attacked” her on stage during a concert back in October of 2017.

At the time, Music Feeds reported that a Reddit user said, that Pink had treated his girlfriend and bandmate Charlotte Ercoli “like a piece of meat” on stage and at one point “pinned her down to the stage and got on top of her.”

Coe tweeted at the time that the pair were “just having fun”. In her declaration though, she said that tweet was created “under pressure from” Pink.

Coe went on to allege that Pink bullied her into having unprotected sex, gave her herpes, and distributed naked photos of her to his fans, illegally.

In 2018 after they broke up, Coe says Pink continued harassing her via text messages.

Pink denies the allegations. He says “claims that [he] is a sexual predator, physically abusive, and a pedophile are intentionally false, misleading and defamatory.”

His lawyers told Pitchfork that he intends to appeal the decision.

Ariel Pink was recently spotted at the US Capitol riots and was called out by fans. His record label later dropped him.

Macaulay Culkin Wants Donald Trump Digitally Removed From ‘Home Alone 2’

As the world prepares for an era where Donald Trump will no longer be in charge of a country – we made it – people have been calling for the man to be removed from the various other culturally important mediums he’s been a part of – specifically, his cameo in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

Now, the star of said film, Macaulay Culkin, is backing the idea that Trump should be edited out of his brief role.

In response to a tweet that reads “petition to digitally replace trump in ‘home alone 2’ with 40-year-old macaulay culkin”, Culkin backed the idea with a simple “Sold.”


— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 13, 2021

In another instance, someone did actually digitally remove Trump from the film, which just means Macaulay Culkin is talking to thin air. Culkin got word of this tweet as well, and gave the user props.


— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 13, 2021

Frankly, a recasting of Trump as current day Macaulay Culkin would truly save what is already a hellfire year. Godspeed.

Listen To Cat & Calmell’s New Banger ‘Dramatic’

Cat & Calmell, a pop duo out of Sydney, have hit two for two today with the release of their new single ‘Dramatic’.

‘Dramatic’, which was produced by Hauskey, is one for fans of moody, bass-driven pop like that of Billie Eilish, and is a far cry from the duo’s soaring, anthemic debut ‘dumbshit’.

“Dramatic is one of our favourites,” the duo said of the song in a press statement.

“We wrote this song as a way to express our frustration at the people in power and their complacency with the state of the world, it’s a cry of frustration from our generation to theirs and we hope it resonates and you think it’s a good jam!”

Watch the music video for ‘Dramatic’ below.

Nightwish’s Vocalist & Bassist, Marko Hietala, Has Left The Band

Marko Hietela, bassist and co-lead vocalist of Finnish metal legends Nightwish, has announced he’s leaving the band after 20 years.

In a statement shared by BLABBERMOUTH, Hietala revealed that he hasn’t felt “validated” by his life as a musician for some time now.

“We have streaming company big guns demanding 9/5 work from artists of inspiration while unfairly sharing the profits,” he said.

“Even among the artists. We’re the banana republic of the music industry. Biggest tour promoters squeeze percentages even from our own merchandise while paying dividends to Middle East. Apparently some theocrasies can take the money from the music that would get you beheaded or jailed there without appearing as hypocrites. Just a couple of examples here.

“This past year forced me to stay home and think,” he continued, “and I found myself very disillusioned about these and a lot of things.

“I found out that I am in need of that validation. For me to write, sing and play, I need to find some new reasons and inspirations. ‘My Walden’ so to speak. And it’s even in my book that I’m a chronic depressive. It’s dangerous for me and the people around me, if I continue. Some of the thoughts a while back were dark. Don’t worry, I’m fine. I have my two sons, a wife, the rest of the family, friends, a dog and lots of love.”

He also said that he might not be gone for good from public life, but he will be gone for at least a year.

“There are a couple of things agreed on that I will do on 2021. Otherwise I kindly and with respect ask the media, bands, artists projects etc. to not ask me for anything within the next year. I have some reinventing to do. I hope to tell you about it on 2022.

“It’s not a promise though.”

Hietala joined NIGHTWISH in 2001 and recorded six albums with the band, from 2002’s Century Child to 2020’s Human. :II: Nature.

Glass Animals Say They’ll Get Australia Tattooed On Their Bums If They Win The Hottest 100

If you’re the sort who keeps up to date with Hottest 100 predictions, you’ll know that UK psych-pop quartet Glass Animals are in with a very real chance to take out the top spot this year courtesy of their Dreamland hit ‘Heat Waves’. Reddit sleuths have placed it at number one in their guesses, as have 100 Warm Tunas.

Well, now the band have raised the stakes a little. Taking to the band’s official Facebook page yesterday, frontman Dave Bayley explained that in the “miraculous event” that ‘Heat Waves’ comes out on top, he’ll get a tattoo in the shape of Australia on the “top right of [his] bum… where you might print the italicised initials of a lover”.

So…apparently the betting shops have Heat Waves tipped to do well in the triple j hottest 100. I’m not sure they’re…

Posted by Glass Animals on Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Bayley went on to say that drummer Joe Seaward and guitarist Drew MacFarlane are on board too, but that bassist Ed Irwin-Singer reckons they’re all idiots and refuses to join.

“Our love for Australia runs deep. It is where we had our first sold-out shows. it is where triple j gave us some of our first airplay in the world. it is where we had to play gooey in the ding dong lounge for 20 minutes straight because we didn’t have enough songs for a full set on our first tour,” Bayley reflected.

“Australia has been incredibly generous to us…and now, if we come #1, we will proudly display our gratitude and celebrate by cementing our affection for your country deep into the skin of our butt cheeks.”

This year’s Hottest 100 is set to take place later this month on Saturday, 23rd January.

Middle Kids Announce New Album ‘Today We’re The Greatest’ And Tour, Share New Single

A little while back, Sydney trio Middle Kids returned with their first new music in 18 months, a buoyant, cathartic slice of guitar-pop gold called ‘R U 4 Me?’. Now we know what it was leading to, with the band announcing their new album Today We’re the Greatest will arrive on Friday, 19th March.

The band recorded Today We’re the Greatest in Los Angeles with producer Lars Stalfors, and will follow their 2019 EP New Songs for Old Problems. Their last studio album, Lost Friends, arrived back in 2018.

“I want to make music that loves its listener. Music that makes people feel seen, seen in the tiny little places that hide away in their hearts,” explained the band’s Hannah Joy in a statement.

“I want people to hear our music, and feel a sense of love. And when I say love, it can be challenging, intense and tough. But it’s in the guts.”

To coincide with the announcement, the band have shared new single ‘Questions’. It’s an introspective cut that sees Joy meditate on intimacy and honesty. It starts deceptively sparse, with atmospheric guitars anchored by its particularly nimble rhythm section of Tim Fitz and Harry Day – all building up to a big, cathartic climax replete with explosive horns.

The trio have also announced a headline east coast tour for May. The run of shows will kick off at Brisbane’s QPAC Theatre before heading to Melbourne’s Recital Centre. They’ll wrap up with a hometown show at City Recital Hall in Sydney. Pre-sale starts next Tuesday, 19 January at 10am local time – sign up here for access.

‘Questions’ arrives alongside a wild one-shot video directed by collaborator W.A.M. Bleakley. Watch that – and check out tour dates – below. Today We’re the Greatest is available for pre-order now.

Middle Kids ‘Today We’re the Greatest’ Album Tour

Thursday, 13th May
QPAC, Brisbane
Tickets: Handsome

Friday, 21st May
Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne
Tickets: Handsome

Friday, 28th May
City Recital Hall, Sydney
Tickets: Handsome

Corey Taylor’s New Video For ‘Samantha’s Gone’ Features A ‘Vanderpump Rules’ Star, Steel Panther And More

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor dropped his debut solo record CMFT last year, and he’s now shared a video for album track ‘Samantha’s Gone’ that features some familiar faces.

The DJay Brawner-directed video features Vanderpump Rules star Tom Sandoval, actor Dean Cameron of Summer School fame and parody glam-rock band Steel Panther.

The ‘Samantha’s Gone’ clip sees Sandoval star as the frontman of an indie-rock group shooting a video for the track, delivering an over-the-top, flamboyant performance that doesn’t get the approval from director and crew (Cameron and Steel Panther). Naturally, Taylor and his band step in to replace them, but they don’t end up being up to scratch for Cameron either, who ultimately requests Steel Panther do the job.

“The video for ‘Samantha’s Gone’ served two purposes: making fun of so-called ‘indie rock’ bands and getting all my friends together to hang out and have a good time,” commented Taylor.

“We all went back and forth between having fun and social distancing. Watching the first ‘band’ was great, then being fired from our OWN song in favor of Steel Panther was the icing on the cake.”

Watch the video for ‘Samantha’s Gone’ below.

NOFX rework their classic track ‘Linoleum’ on meta new single, ‘Linewleum’

LA Punk notaries NOFX return today with news of their 14th studio record, Single Album, out February 26. News of the record comes alongside the release of a new single, ‘Linewleum’ – a meta take on their 1994 classic, ‘Linoleum’ that was made with a little help from some of their friends in Avenged Sevenfold.

Single Album will be the band’s first record since 2016’s First Ditch Effort. It’s also the first time the band has released music since *THOSE* tone deaf comments they made about the Las Vegas shootings back in 2018.

Frontman Fat Mike says ‘Linewleum’ was the inspired result of a night of binge watching covers of ‘Linoleum’ on the internet.

“I have no idea why ‘Linoleum’ is THE NOFX song that is covered by so many bands while other NOFX songs get hardly any attention”, he said.

“‘Linoleum’ wasn’t a single, it had no video, it got no radio play, and most importantly, it didn’t even have a chorus!!! All popular songs have choruses! WTF! So, one night I stayed up till 4:00 am checking out all the different versions on YouTube. Watching hundreds of bands from over 28 countries (mostly Indonesia) doing ‘Linoleum’ was a humbling experience for me.”

“So I decided to write a song that was a shout out to all those people that learned those four chords and remembered the non-rhyming lyrics. Then I asked the biggest of all the bands (Avenged Sevenfold) to play some leads on the song.”

“Then M Shadows suggested we do a video together. Then I figured I should put all of the bands in the video. Well, I couldn’t fit all the bands, but I picked a bunch of cool ones!
“A song about not playing a song that’s not a hit song with a video about other bands covering the song! This is why I love punk rock writing punk songs. Rules out the door!”

Single Album will be out on February 26 via Fat Mike’s record label, Fat Wreck Chords. Watch the clip for ‘Linewleum’ below.


Tkay Maidza, Jerome Farah & Miiesha among inaugural recipients of Youtube’s Black Voices Fund

Overnight, Youtube announced the recipients of their first Black Voices Fund – a worldwide, multi-year commitment that will see the platform working to grow and centre Black creators and artists through a number of initiatives. Youtube launched the $100 million fund back in October.

Long term, Youtube is planning to directly invest in 500 creators by the end of 2023. They’re hoping to give Black creators the resources they need to succeed on the platform.

The fund’s inaugural year will see the platform investing in narratives that “emphasize the intellectual power, authenticity, dignity, and joy of Black voices”.

Youtube have announced the fund’s first grant recipients, with 132 creators, including 21 musicians, from across the globe receiving some support from the platform.

There are three Australian artists copping some of that sweet mulah, with Tkay Maidza, Jerome Farah and Miiesha on board.

This means that they’ll cop some dedicated partner support from the platform, with funding being put into the development of their channels – this means funding for things like hiring a video editor. They’ll also have access to some specialised training and networking programs too.

It’s a massive fund that is arguably one of the biggest of its kind and hopefully, it means we’ll get to see some killer content from these three sometime soon.

Ashnikko borrows an iconic Kelis sample for ‘Deal With It’

After physical copies of her forthcoming mixtape was accidentally sent out to fans ahead of schedule, this week, Ashnikko announced via Instagram that she would be bringing forward the release date of her highly-anticipated new mixtape, DEMIDEVIL.

It’ll be dropping this Friday via Warner Records, and to get us all super keen for its release, she’s imparted a massive new track with us titled ‘Deal With It’.

On the track, she channels a huge Kelis’ classic, “Caught Out There”.  “I HATE YOU SO MUCH RIGHT NOW!” is the fuel to her fire on this one, where she anthemically explores themes of sexual liberation the freedom of getting over an ex.

The clip is directed by Ashnikko’s previous collaborator Charlotte Rutherford. She says it’s “My tentacle break-up fantasy brought to life. And having a sample of Kelis’ “Caught Out There” is an actual dream come true. My childhood musical hero.”

Hear & watch ‘Deal With It’ below.

Lana Del Rey claps back at critics again, saying her words on the US Capitol riots were taken out of context

It’s been a huge (and kind of yikes) week for Lana Del Rey. Let’s recap.

She started the week with the announcement of her forthcoming seventh LP, Chemtrails Over The Country Club. Alongside the name, tracklist and album art, came a preemptive response to potential criticism about the lack of diversity on the album’s cover where she asked her followers to not make her art “a WOC/POC issue”.

A few days ago, she jumped on a lengthy interview with Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1. There were a few takeaways from their conversation; the major one being that she thinks that narcissism is a bigger threat to the world than climate change.
She also offered up some thoughts on the US Capitol riots and addressed some of the criticism she received for her preemptive comments about the album art’s lack of diversity.

In the days following the interview, she’s garnered more criticism for her seemingly sympathetic view of Donald Trump and the US Capitol insurrectionists.

Now, in a five-minute video posted to Instagram, Lana is fighting back, saying that her comments about Donald Trump and the US Capitol insurrectionists that she made in the interview were “taken out of context”.

“I get it. I have something to say, and I don’t just show up giggling, talking about my hair and my makeup. I was asked directly political questions for over forty minutes by the BBC Radio 1 and I answered them. And I said, when someone is so deeply deficient in empathy, they may not know that they’re the bad guy.
“That may be a controversial opinion, but don’t make the controversy that I don’t think that he meant to incite a riot. It’s not the point. The general point is the wider ranging issue of sociopathy and narcissism that’s being reflected in our government.”

“I really don’t appreciate being painted as some white Republican who has always been given anything and supports the insight of a Capitol riot. I grew up struggling, working my ass off. We had nothing, period, no matter what the story is.”

Watch the full clip below.


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Hate To Break It To Ya But Bruce Willis Is Apparently An Anti-Masker

As we approach the one year mark of COVID-19 being named as a global pandemic, celebrities are contuining to show their ass in feats of stupidity and ignorance.

The latest fool? Everyone’s favourite Christmas movie star Bruce Willis, who has been filmed refusing to wear a mask in a store in America.

According to Page Six, Willis was shopping at a pharmacy in Los Angeles – aka the biggest city in a state that just recorded almost 37,000 cases of COVID-19 yesterday – without wearing a mask.

Others in the store were allegedly upset with Willis not wearing a mask, so staff at the pharmacy asked Willis to put a mask on (he was wearing a bandana around his neck).

However, Willis refused to do so and ultimately ended up leaving the store with little fuss but also no purchase.

You’d think Willis would be into wearing a mask for anonymity purposes at least, but he joins those who have chosen a very strange hill to die on.

Willis has yet to make a comment on the situation.

Watch Members Of The Used, Limp Bizkit, Mastodon & More Cover A Jane’s Addiction Classic

An ultimate quarantine-formed supergroup consisting of members of The Used, Mastodon, Limp Bizkit and more have linked up to deliver a thrashing cover of the Jane’s Addiction classic ‘Mountain Song’.

Dubbed the Kings Of Quarantine, the supergroup was formed by Slaves Of Dope‘s Jason Rockman and Kevin Jardine, Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher. For this particular cover, they enlisted help from The Used’s Bert McCracken, Limp Bizkit’s Wes Borland, In Flames‘ Tanner Wayne, Veruca Salt‘s Louise Post, Filter‘s Richard Patrick and 311′s P-Nut. What a bloody lineup.

This isn’t the first offering the Kings Of Quarantine have given us. Late last year, they brought in assistance from Korn, Run-DMC and Anthrax to produce a cover of Faith No More‘s ‘We Care A Lot’.

Immerse yourself in the ‘Mountain Song’ cover below.

HUGE: Aussie Hip-Hop Star The Kid LAROI Just Overtook Kendrick Lamar On Spotify

Sydney Kamilaroi rapper The Kid LAROI is absolutely ruling the world right now, and if you need proof, just take a look at his Spotify specs.

At just 17-year-old, the rising hip-hop sensation has just shot past K-Dot himself Kendrick Lamar for number of monthly listeners, kicking off 2021 with more than 25.5 million of them.

That eclipses the ‘HUMBLE.’ rapper’s monthly listener tally by more than a million, just FYI.

It comes after a breakout year for the teen prodigy, who spent 2020 dropping his debut album F*CK LOVE plus a collab with the late JuiceWRLD ‘Reminds Me Of You’, as well as featuring on tracks by Bankrol Hayden, Tokyo’s Revenge and Sydney collective OneFour.

Of course, an artists’ monthly listener count ebbs and flows according to how often they release music and it’s been a while since we’ve heard any new stuff from Kendrick. Still, eclipsing the popularity of one of the biggest rappers on earth is no mean feat.

The Kid’s even got Justin Bieber and Post Malone following him on Twitter now, to boot.


Rising rapper @TheKidLaroi trends on Twitter after people discovered he has more monthly listeners on Spotify than Kendrick Lamar.

— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) January 11, 2021

Justin Bieber AND Post Malone
are following Laroi on Instagram 🤓

— The Kid LAROI Updates (@thekidlaroii) January 10, 2021

Lana Del Rey Reckons Trump’s Presidency “Needed To Happen” To Expose The Global Threat Of Narcissism

Lana Del Rey reckons narcissism is a bigger threat to the world than climate change.

She’s shared some thoughts on the matter in a loaded new interview with BBC Radio 1, arguing that Trump’s presidency has brought long-ignored issues in our society to the surface.

“The madness of Trump… As bad as it was, it really needed to happen,” she claimed. “We really needed a reflection of our world’s greatest problem, which is not climate change, but sociopathy and narcissism. Especially in America. It’s going to kill the world. It’s not capitalism, it’s narcissism…”.

The alt-popstar also framed the country’s shitty response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a “huge wake-up call”.

“Your life is not about what kind of shoes you buy, it’s not about going to Harvard or Oxford,” she said.

“It’s about what kind of person you are. If you’re an asshole and everyone… if you’re a jerk and everyone tells you that you are and everyone tells you that you’re a jerk, then we finally need to address this big issue in the world of what do we do with all these people who don’t know they’re hurting other people? Do we put them all on an island together?”

Elsewhere during the chat, Del Rey elaborated on an Instagram statement she made earlier this week addressing predicted criticism over the artwork for her forthcoming album, Chemtrails over the Country Club, where she pointed out that the black-and-white LP cover featured women of colour, and asked followers not to make her art “a WOC/POC issue”.

She also shared some odd reflections on the recent chaos in the US that saw Trump fanatics storm the Capitol.

“I think, for the people who stormed the Capitol, it’s disassociated rage,” she said. “They want to wile out somewhere. And it’s like, we don’t know how to find a way to be wild in our world. And at the same time, the world is so wild…”

“Again, I think people are having to re-evaluate what is strange and not strange. Watching the people storm the Capitol, everyone gets to go look at that and figure out what Capitols they’ve been storming this year in their own freakin’ lives. ‘Cause everyone’s running amok.”

Del Rey has just released her forthcoming LP’s title track  ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’.

You can peep the music video below and listen to her full BBC Radio 1 interview here.

Pete Evans’ Podcast Has Finally Been Axed From Spotify

It seems Pete Evans’s goose is nearing fully cooked status with Spotify now axing the controversial chef’s podcast for spruiking false information about COVID-19.

“Looks like my podcast channel has been removed from this company,” the conspiracy peddler posted on Instagram (which, mind you, is one of the only sites from which he has not yet been turfed) in response to being booted off the platform.

“Could it have something to do with the many brave doctors and scientists that we interview, that are warning people about these poisons that’s disguised as medicine?”

But Spotify has responded with a big nah mate, instead calling bullshit on Evans’s tinfoil hat baloney in a statement to The Guardian.

“Spotify prohibits content on the platform which promotes dangerous false, deceptive, or misleading content about COVID-19 that may cause offline harm and/or pose a direct threat to public health,” the company said.

“When content that violates this standard is identified it is removed from the platform.”

Sadly, Evans’ podcast is still available on other platforms.

However a bunch of major brands including – but not limited to – David Jones, Dymocks, Pan Macmillan, HOUSE and Woolworths have axed ties with him after he posted Neo-Nazi content on Facebook.

FYI Facebook itself has also given him the boot.


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Double J Is Replaying The Hottest 100 Of 2000 In Full

Our happiness is slowly creeping back with the news that Double J is replaying the  Hottest 100 of 2000 in full this month.

That’s right, be still elder millennial beating hearts and get ready to ‘rip it up’, as Double J is bringing the Hottest 100 of 2000 in all of its turn-of-the-millennium weirdness back to your earholes.

Topped by Powderfinger’s iconic ‘My Happiness’, the Hottest 100 of 2000 is home to a ton of iconic bangers like Wheatus’ ‘Teenage Dirtbag’, The Avalanche’s ‘Frontier Psychologist’, Foo Fighters ‘Generator,  Dandy Warhol’s ‘Bohemian Like You’, Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Sleep Now In The Fire’, Bodyjar’s ‘Not The Same’ and Limp Bizkit’s ‘My Generation’.  It also features U2’s ‘Beautiful Day’ at the #2 slot, which honestly, in hindsight feels it might have been a bit of gag by triple j listeners.

While the top of the countdown is home to tunes you’re still hearing flogged on the commercial stations daily, the real fun in this countdown is in revisiting the stuff outside of the top 10, most of which is great and a lot of which is very much ~ the year 2000 ~.

Where else are you going to hear the likes of Bomfunk MC’s ‘Freestyler’, or Groove Armada’s ‘I See You Baby’, played on the same show as Slipknot’s ‘Wait and Bleed’, Millencolin’s ‘Penguins and Polarbears’ and George’s absolute gem ‘Bastard Son’?

From Magic Dirt’s ‘Dirty Jeans’ to The Superjesus ‘Gravity’, Lo-Tel’s ‘Teenager of the Year’ (remember Looking For Alibrandi anyone?), to 28 Days ‘Rip It Up’, Jebediah’s ‘Please Leave’ and of course, Silverchair’s ‘Paint Pastel Princess’, the countdown is also choc-full of Aussie rock icons turning it up and letting it rip in a myriad of styles.

It also contains OPM ‘Heaven is A Half-pipe’ and Machine Gun Fellatio’s ‘Unsent Letter’ – two songs that are just impossible not to enjoy, no matter how ridiculous they are!

The replay will hit the airwaves on Sunday 25th January, so tune in and enjoy time travel.

Listen via Double J.


The Jungle Giants To Headline Queensland’s New ‘Day Trip’ Music Festival

The Jungle Giants will be bringing the feelgood vibes of their live show to Townsville this February thanks to Day Trip Festival.

The legends behind hits ‘Used To Be In Love’, ‘Feel The Way I Do’ and ‘Heavy Hearted’, top a ‘Day Trip’ bill that is STACKED with Aussie talent including Eves Karydas, Genesis Owusu and Stace Cadet.

Taking place in the intimate and beautiful surrounds of the Townsville Turf Club, Day Trip Music Festival will bring the boutique festival feels to Northern Queensland on Saturday 20 February. With a limited cap of 2500 tickets, ‘Day Trip promises a different, less hectic and more enjoyable festival going experience under the Townsville sun.

Promoter Jake Reid explains, “We really wanted to pair a stellar lineup with an intimate setting. The event is going to be a new experience for North Queensland – we can’t wait for you to experience it.”

Sinking a few cheeky bevs in the sun, with enough room to bust a move to The Jungle Giants and Genesis Owusu, sounds delightful to us. Head below for the full Day Trip Music Festival lineup and ticket details, then crank some jams from The Jungle Giants and Eves Karydas to get hyped.

Day Trip Music Festival 2021

The Jungle Giants
Eves Karydas
Genesis Owusu
Stace Cadet
Young Franco
Health Club
Late November
Otherwise DJs
Very Casual DJs

Saturday 20th February,
Townsville Turf Club, Townsville.


‘Sex And The City’ Revival Confirmed With Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon And Kristin Davis

A Sex and the City revival is in the works with three of the original series’ main characters over at HBO Max. Original stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis shared the news on social media earlier today. Watch a brief teaser Parker posted on her Instagram below.

All three will return to their roles as Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes and Charlotte York respectively. Kim Cattrall, who played Samantha Jones in the original series, will not be returning.

Anything is possible. This is New York. @AndJustLikeThat ⁦⁦@hbomax⁩ ⁦
@SJP@KristinDavis#AndJustLikeThat #SATCNextChapter

— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) January 10, 2021

As Deadline reports, HBO Max has confirmed the 10-episode series will be titled And Just Like That… and follow Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte navigating life, love and friendship in their 50s. Michael Patrick King, who directed many episodes of the original series, has signed on as an executive producer, alongside Parker, Nixon and Davis. Production is set to begin in New York City in the second quarter of the year.

The original Sex and the City, created by Darren Star for HBO based on Candace Bushnell’s 1997 book of the same name, ran for six seasons between 1998 and 2004. It went on to spawn two feature films – Sex and the City in 2008 and Sex and the City 2 in 2010 – along with the prequel series The Carrie Diaries, which ran between 2013 and 2014.

“I grew up with these characters, and I can’t wait to see how their story has evolved in this new chapter, with the honesty, poignancy, humor and the beloved city that has always defined them,” commented Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max, in a statment.

Comedian Ash Williams Of ‘I’m A Celebrity…’ Has Been Charged With Recording Intimate Images Without Consent

Australian comedian Ash Williams, who stars on the current season of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! Australia has been charged by police after it was alleged he took intimate screenshots of a woman without her consent or knowledge while the pair were engaged in phone sex over FaceTime.

As the Sunday Telegraph reports, the woman reported the incident to police in November of last year, and NSW Police have confirmed that a 38-year-old man was charged last month, following investigation, with intentionally recording intimate images without consent.

Williams is set to appear in Newtown Local Court on Monday, 1st February. If found guilty, he faces up to three years in prison.

“I’m really upset by the ­allegation and I’m distressed about the impact it’s had on members of my family, particularly my mum,” Williams told the newspaper in a statement.

“The allegation has left me feeling shocked and confused. I don’t propose to make any further comment and look forward to resolving the matter in court.”

This year’s edition of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! Australia premiered earlier this month. The series was pre-recorded in Murwillumbah, NSW last year instead of its usual location of South Africa due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent travel restrictions.

Network 10 are yet to publicly address Williams’ charge or how it will affect his appearance on the show.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Says Donald Trump Will Go Down In History As “Worst President Ever”

Arnold Schwarzenegger has shared a video in which he condemns those who took part in last week’s Capitol riots – also discussing democracy, Donald Trump and drawing on his childhood in Austria.

The actor, bodybuilder and 38th Governor of California posted the lengthy video to his social media channels earlier today. He opens by pointing out that he is an immigrant to America, having grown up in Austria and seen the lasting impact of attacks on freedom.

“I’m very aware of Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass. It was a night of rampage against the Jews carried out in 1938, by the Nazi equivalent of the Proud Boys,” Schwarzenegger explains. “Wednesday was the Day of Broken Glass right here in the United States.”

“I grew up in the ruins of a country that suffered the loss of its democracy. I was born in 1947, two years after the Second World War. Growing up, I was surrounded by broken men drinking away their guilt over their participation in the most evil regime in history.”

The Terminator star goes on to offer a personal and candid story from his youth.

“I’ve never shared this so publicly because it is a painful memory. But my father would come home drunk once or twice a week, and he would scream and hit us and scare my mother. I didn’t hold him totally responsible because our neighbour was doing the same thing to his family, and so was the next neighbour over… They were in physical pain from the shrapnel in their bodies and in emotional pain from what they saw or did. It all started with lies, and lies, and lies, and intolerance. So being from Europe, I’ve seen firsthand how things can spin out of control.”

From there, Schwarzenegger criticises outgoing US President Donald Trump for his attempts to overturn the results of last year’s federal election, in which Joe Biden was fairly declared the victor, and for facilitating the recent coup attempt by misleading and lying to people.

“President Trump is a failed leader. He will go down in history as the worst president ever. The good thing is he will soon be as irrelevant as an old tweet.”

Towards the end of the video, Arnie also wielded a huge broadsword – a prop from when he starred as the titular character in 1982’s Conan the Barbarian.

“You see this sword? This is Conan’s sword. Now, here’s the thing about swords. The more you temper a sword, the stronger it becomes. The more you pound it with a hammer and then heat it in the fire, and then thrust it into the cold water, and then pound it again, and then plunge it into the fire and the water, and the more often you do that, the stronger it becomes. Now, I’m not telling you all this because I want you to become an expert sword maker. But our democracy is like the steel of this sword. The more it’s tempered, the stronger it becomes. Our democracy has been tempered by wars, injustices, and insurrections. I believe, as shaken as we are about the events of recent days, we will come out stronger because we now understand what can be lost.”

Last week, it was revealed that a number of musicians had taken part in the riots at Capitol, including indie artists Ariel Pink and John Maus, with the former dropped from his record label as a result. Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer was also photographed at the riots – with his bandmates going on to condemn the violence that took place.

Watch Schwarzenegger’s video below.