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Salt & Steel empower listeners on fiery new single ‘The Beast, The Devil and Me’


Featuring an unapologetic grinding rock sound driven by loud, layered guitars, ‘The Beast, The Devil and Me’ by Gold Coast’s Salt & Steel emphasizes the significance of embracing one’s inner wildfire.

The vocalist communicates a strange yet clear message within the song, describing how she sets free a beast like creature and befriends the devil who's on his own path to redemption. 

“These characters symbolise our primal instincts and the darkness that we each hold inside,” says the musician.

Salt & Steel remind listeners that accepting their whole selves means accepting their darkness too, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
They add: “By connecting, embracing and accepting our full selves, we will become stronger and more resilient… We are taught to act, look and live a certain way to fit into society, but we think that you should be able to be who you are, dance how you feel and live the life that your soul craves.”

We need more artists like female duo Salt & Steel for their unquestionable desire to inspire through music, encouraging fans to seek their inner truth. Stream this insanely powerful song now, and check out the duo’s tour dates below.


JUNE 8 | Howling Moon Festival | Port Macquarie

JUNE 14 | Crow Street Creative | Gladstone

JUNE 15 | Club Limbo | Brisbane

JUNE 16 | The Shared | Yandina

JUNE 22 | Beyond The Blues Festival | Tweed Heads

JUNE 29 | Miami Marketta | Gold Coast

JULY 5 | The Wickham | Newcastle

JULY 7 | Hawkesbury Hotel | Windsor

JULY 10 | The Drunken Poet (Acoustic) | Melbourne

JULY 11 | Bombay Rock | Melbourne

JULY 14 | The Taproom (Shedshaker Brewing) | Castlemaine

JULY 18 | Frankie’s Pizza | Sydney

JULY 20 | Jamberoo Music Festival | Jamberoo

JULY 22 | Jindabyne Bowling Club | Jindabyne

JULY 24 | Jindabyne Bowling Club | Jindabyne

AUGUST 4 | Russell’s Pizza | Adelaide

Xanza – Western Sydney has a new Bedroom Pop Princess

Photo credit – Brandon Tam

Photo credit – Brandon Tam

Watch out Western Sydney, you’ve got a new voice in bedroom pop! I present Xanza and her soothing debut ‘Stars Like Us’.

As the track starts, you’re hit with massive 90’s vibes, which remind me of that Leonardo DiCaprio movie ‘The Beach’ (the book is better, but I digress). However, the 90’s rave vibe soon melts into feelgood smooth tones, with Xanza’s angelic voice floating like whisps of cloud across the top. That is, until the tropical rains arrive and you’re dancing naked in a forest (doesn’t sound too bad, huh?).

The samples and xylophone sounds bounce together like they’re on a trampoline at 3am on a Sunday morning. The layers here are like linked puzzle pieces and highlight the producing chops of Elina Godwin. NB: Elina’s is a name that you should keep your ear to the ground for - as this is only her second foray into producing. I’ll definitely be keeping a keen eye on what comes next!

With a debut EP around the corner in November, along with some live shows, be sure to keep your ears propped up like a curious puppy if you’re an Aussie music fiend!