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‘.
The EP features guest drums recorded by Dio / Black Sabbath legend Vinny Appice and 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 12th 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.
Give it a listen / purchase below.
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.
In recent times 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‘.
Following a busy 2013 spent touring alongside The Protomen, and Devin Townsend, Toehider toured extensively in Australia during 2014, headlining their own shows, supporting Voyager, The Beards and Closure in Moscow.
In 2015, 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 in Sydney.
Tickets for the Melbourne launch are available [Here].