September 11, 2022
Photo: Mike Dann

Perth’s premier electro power pop sensation VOYAGER has kickedoff their European tour with VOLA! The Witness Tour Europe began at the Feierwerk venue in Munich (DE), and sees the band traveling throughout 9 more countries until a final curtain at the mighty Euroblast Festival in Cologne (DE). A full list of confirmed shows can be found below. 

Voyager‘s brand new single Submarine, which was released last month, can still be viewed below. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming album which will be released via Season of Mist in 2023.

Voyager European tour

with VOLA

  • 11.09.2022 DE Berlin Cassiopeia
  • 12.09.2022 PL Krakow Zaścianek
  • 13.09.2022 PL Warsaw Hydrozagadka
  • 14.09.2022 AT Vienna Chelsea
  • 15.09.2022 HU Budapest A38
  • 16.09.2022 CZ Prague Rock Café
  • 17.09.2022 IT Milan Legend Club
  • 18.09.2022 CH Aarau KiFF
  • 20.09.2022 ES Barcelona Bóveda
  • 21.09.2022 ES Madrid Moby Dick
  • 22.09.2022 FR Toulouse Connexion Live
  • 23.09.2022 FR Lyon CCO
  • 24.09.2022 FR Paris Backstage
  • 27.09.2022 UK Bristol Fleece
  • 28.09.2022 UK Manchester Rebellion
  • 29.09.2022 UK London Garage
  • 30.09.2022 NL Tilburg 013 KZ
  • 01.10.2022 NL Amsterdam Melkweg OZ
  • 02.10.2022 DE Cologne Euroblast Festival

VOYAGER just released their 2021’s A Voyage Through Time virtual performance on Blu-ray and LP via Season of Mist! The performance was originally recorded on August 10, 2021 at Magnet House in Perth (AU) and aired on September 5, 2021 in celebration of the anniversary of the Voyager 1 Spacecraft that was launched by NASA. The band previously revealed a clip of their performance for White Shadow which can be seen and heard below.

A Voyage Through Time

To the Morning Light
2. The Eleventh Meridian
3. Sober
4. White Shadow [WATCH]
5. Devil in Me
6. I am the Revolution
7. Iron Dream
8. The Meaning of I
9. Hyperventilating [WATCH]
10. Summer Always Comes Again
11. Seasons of Age
12. To the Riverside
13. Ghost Mile
14. The Fragile Serene
15. Brightstar
16. Runaway

Photo: Mike Dann

Since their 1999 formation, whatever genre norms, boundaries and regulations thrust upon Perth, Australia’s Voyager have been smashed. They embrace, if not brandish pop; employ a keytar on stage, and bring forward a positive, if not uplifting feeling to their music, running head-first into the endless parade of heavy bands who see the world in a different light. It’s perhaps why the title of their seventh full-length and first for Season of Mist, Colours in the Sun, is apropos: Voyager simply prefers to see the bright side of things.

“Observations of the malaises of the modern world and the baffling obsession with purity and difference all make me think,” says frontman and founding member Danny Estrin. “We’ve never had it better and we’ve never had it more colourful. To me that’s progress, it’s adaptation, it’s evolution and it’s astounding.”

The follow-up to 2017’s Ghost Mile, Colours in the Sun finds Voyager enmeshed in rich, melodic, song-first tapestries, led by Estrin‘s smooth, capable clean vocal delivery. Estrin is self-aware of his vocals, calling them “unique and ’80s.” But whatever tag Estrin affixes to his voice, they are the propellent throughout Colours in the Sun, serving up a steady diet of soaring, emotive choruses, where melody is paramount and along the way, even getting some help from another distinctive belter, LeprousEinar Solberg on Entropy.  

Einar and I became good friends on our tours through Europe and Australia,” notes Estrin. “I couldn’t help but ask him to guest on the album. He is a fantastic musician and vocalist. I sent him a reference track which he swiftly ignored and laid his own tracks down. The result is stunning!”

The kaleidoscope of sounds that comprise the album’s ten cuts is the result of Voyager‘s far-reaching influences, many of which go beyond the traditional realms of metal and rock. Estrin calls it “catchy at the top, proggy at the bottom, as if Dream Theater and Depeche Mode had a baby.” It’s almost as if the term “progressive” is too limiting for Voyager, particularly when the guitar tandem of Simone Dow and Scott Kay merge for complex rhythms while doing battle against Estrin‘s vaudeville-like keyboards (!) on “Reconnected.”

The “proggy at the bottom” notice is served by way of the rhythm section of bassist Alex Canion and drummer Ashley Doodkorte, who stretch their musical tentacles across busy, active cuts such as Saccharine Dream and the syncopated Water Over the Bridge. “I think we found our ‘voice’ on V (2014) and have been building on that ever since,” says Estrin. “The synth-wave prog sound is really something that has naturally developed and has been refined even more on the new album. Every record is progress — that’s what progressive music is all about!”

According to Estrin, the Colours in the Sun album title encompasses a “vibrant multitude of people coming together under the hot Australian sun to create a beautiful and colourful soundscape.” It’s capped off by artwork courtesy of Doodkorte, who made the piece out of photographs near his house in Perth. A closer inspection reveals there are seven suns on the cover, one for each Voyager album, topped off by an updated version of the band’s logo comprised of five strokes, one for each member. No doubt a fitting visual summation of a band whose progress can be the described in the most literal and figurative of terms.

“It’s been a slow steady growth over the years,” concludes Estrin. “Other bands come and go after a year of fame. I really feel like we’ve built up an incredible fanbase, especially over the last decade, and the deal with Season of Mist seemed the logical step to take it to the next level together.”


Line-up:
Danny Estrin – Vocals
Simone Dow – Guitars
Alex Canion – Bass
Scott Kay – Guitars
Ash Doodkorte – Drums