TOEHIDER NEW EP & MELBOURNE LAUNCH SHOW ANNOUNCED
Fresh from touring Europe for the first time (both as a headliner and support for fellow Aussies The Beards), Melbourne prog-rock act TOEHIDER have announced the release of a new EP – ‘Mainly Songs About Robots’. Featuring guest drums recorded by Dio/Black Sabbath legend Vinny Appice, the 4-track record displays all of singer/songwriter Mike Mills’ trademark bombast and melodicism, whilst lyricizing a story of man and machine.
To celebrate, the band will launch the EP in their hometown of Melbourne on Friday February 12 at Ding Dong Lounge, with support from prog rockers Orsome Welles & A Lonely Crowd.
The follow up to 2014’s successful second album What Kind Of Creature Am I? is also the remarkably prolific band’s sixteenth EP release since 2008.
Led by singer-songwriter Mike Mills, the band will take their Queen-influenced, larger-than-life progressive rock on the road in 2016, sporting a healthy dose of the quirkiness and tongue-in-cheek humour that makes them one of the most entertaining live bands in the country.
After releasing their debut EP back in 2008, Toehider caught the world’s attention by releasing an impressive 12 EPs in 12 months, covering everything from up-beat pop through to chilled out folk, each complete with unique artwork and a 2-page comic by Brisbane illustrator Andrew Saltmarsh. 2011 saw the band’s first full album To Hide Her and some of their catchiest material to date. In recent times singer/songwriter Michael Mills has featured alongside members of YES, DREAM THEATER and NIGHTWISH, on AYREON’s album “The Theory of Everything”, and gone viral with his cover of KATE BUSH’s Wuthering Heights passing 500,000 views. Following a busy 2013 spent touring alongside The Protomen (USA) and Devin Townsend (CAN), TOEHIDER toured extensively in Australia during 2014, headlining their own shows, supporting Voyager, The Beards and Closure in Moscow.
In 2015, Mike Mills also performed Devin Townsend’s role as ‘Rage’ in the stage adaptation of Ayreon’s rock opera ‘The Theatre Equation’ across five sold out nights in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The shows were preceded by Toehider’s first ever European tour with friends The Beards, playing sold out dates across Sweden, Denmark and Germany. The band wrapped up the year with their only Australia show for 2015 at the Bird’s Robe Records 5th birthday alongside sleepmakeswaves & Troldhaugen on Sat Dec 5 at Manning Bar in Sydney.
TOEHIDER – live at Ding Dong Lounge, Friday February 12 with Orsome Welles & A Lonely Crowd
Tickets on sale here
Mainly Songs About Robots is out now through Bird’s Robe Records/MGM
Contact Mike Solo firstname.lastname@example.org / 0404 937 095 for press enquiries
Live at the Evelyn Hotel
Wuthering Heights (Kate Bush cover, 500,000 views)