Twelve Foot Ninja Premiere New Video For “Over And Out” Featuring Jinjer’s Tatiana Shmailyuk

Twelve Foot Ninja have premiered a new video for their latest single “Over And Out.” This track features Jinjer’s Tatiana Shmailyuk and it will appear on the band’s new album “Vengeance.” As previously reported, that effort will be released on October 15 alongside a graphic novel of the same name and a new “high fantasy” novel titled “The Wyvern And The Wolf.” Guitarist Stevic MacKay said the following about the clip:

“A man covered in cow shit wanders the Australian bush seeking clarity. Tortured by recurring dreams about having no face, meeting the ferryman in a Finnish swamp, old twitchy people with straw heads, vacuuming the forest, cradling a pike and squash playing goat people who spoil Christmas and drink everyone’s dregs…The only obvious thing to do is find a door Goblin to suck ‘dream gravy’ (aka Vegemite) off his fingers so he can teleport to a Ukrainian mechanical genie to blow his mind with Australian metaphors about being fucked in the head.”

Twelve Foot Ninja Premiere New Song “Over And Out” Featuring Jinjer’s Tatiana Shmailyuk

Twelve Foot Ninja have premiered a new song titled “Over And Out.” This track features Jinjer’s Tatiana Shmailyuk and it will appear on the band’s new album “Vengeance.” As previously reported, that effort will be released on October 15 alongside a graphic novel of the same name and a new “high fantasy” novel titled “The Wyvern And The Wolf.”

Twelve Foot Ninja’s Kin Etik commented:

“The song is an ode to the complicated relationship we have with our own mortality and how death can seem like the arms of a lover beckoning us to an early demise. The French first coined the phrase ‘l’appel du vide,’ which is the feeling of wondering what it would be like to jump in front of a truck or to jump off a cliff. It translates into English as the ‘call of the void.’ The phenomenon is actually a positive affirmation that by not answering the call you unequivocally choose life.”

He also commented on working with Shmailyuk:

“We wanted someone who could represent the lyric ‘the devil in my blood’ – both the darkness and the light. Tatiana embodies what we needed for this track perfectly so asking her to feature on it was a no brainer. Her band Jinjer and Twelve Foot Ninja have played together a number of times and we instantly connected the first time we met in the Ukraine capital Kyiv. We’ve since tom to respect Tatiana as a musician and as a human so we’re stoked she’s agreed to jump on this track.”

Shmailyuk added:

“When the TFN guys asked me to feature on one of their new tracks, I immediately said yes without even hearing it! The song and video were a lot of fun and very different from anything I’ve done with Jinjer… it’s a great pleasure to be an honorary member of the Twelve Foot Ninja clan now!”

Twelve Foot Ninja Announce Australian & European/UK Tours

Twelve Foot Ninja have announced a 2021 Australian tour and a 2022 European/UK tour. The band will be touring in support of their new album “Vengeance,“ which will be released on October 15.

Tour Dates:

2021

10/14 Adelaide, AUS – The Governor
10/16 Brisbane, AUS – The Princess Theatre
10/21 Melbourne, AUS – The Croxton

2022:

02/16 Bristol, UK – The Trinity
02/17 Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute2
02/19 Dublin, IRE – Voodoo Lounge
02/20 Belfast, IRE – Limelight 2
02/22 Glasgow, UK – G2
02/23 Manchester, UK – Academy 3
02/25 Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
02/26 London, UK – O2 Academy Islington
03/01 Cologne, GER – Luxor
03/03 Hamburg, GER – Knust
03/04 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset
03/05 Berlin, GER – SO36
03/07 Warsaw, POL – Hydrozagadka
03/08 Prague, CZE – Rock Cafe
03/10 Frankfurt, GER – Batschkapp Halfhouse
03/11 Munich, GER – Backstage Halle
03/12 Zurich, SWI – Komplex Klub
03/14 Milan, ITA – Legend Club
03/15 Lyon, FRA – CCO
03/17 Bilbao, SPA – Stage Live
03/18 Madrid, SPA – Shoko
03/19 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 2
03/22 Paris, FRA – La Maroquinerie

Twelve Foot Ninja Announce New Album, Book, And Graphic Novel

Twelve Foot Ninja will be releasing a new album, titled “Vengeance,” on October 15. The effort will be released alongside a new “high fantasy” novel, titled “The Wyvern And The Wolf,” and a graphic novel, titled “Vengeance.“

The book was written by Nicholas Snelling and the following was said about it in a press release:

“Set in a grim and savage world, ‘The Wyvern And The Wolf tells the tale of an orphaned samurai boy named Kiyoshi who is adopted by the ruthless leader of a clan of ninja. Much more than a mere origin story, however, the novel is a tour de force in fantasy fiction and world-building, and represents a unique partnership with Snelling. Published by The Venn Gents, the novel can be pre-ordered now from www.twelvefootninja.com. The original story of the Twelve Foot Ninja was conceived by [guitarist, Stevic] MacKay and his partner Fiona Permezel. It was that concept which first inspired ‘The Wyvern and The Wolf.’”

The following was also added about the graphic novel:

“Also available now from the band’s website is the graphic novel ‘Vengeance,’ written by Mackay with artwork by George Evangelista. The graphic novel sees the band’s namesake, the Twelve Foot Ninja, journey through alternate dimensions to take on an evil alien entity.”

Guitarist Stevic Mackay commented:

“This is an exorcism of content that’s spent a decade in gestation. ‘Catharsis’ is close to what it feels like to finally share Kiyoshi’s story; and I guess respond to all questions pertaining to our name; All this time, so many have thought ‘Twelve Foot Ninja’ was tongue-in-cheek, when in actuality, the story’s genesis occurred a year before the formation of the band. I really hope our fans enjoy the vastness of what we’ve created, and we’re able to continue to surprise people with new methods of storytelling.”

In other news, the band have also shared the track listing for “Vengeance.” You can check that out below:

01. “Start The Fire”
02. “Long Way Home”
03. “Vengeance”
04. “IDK”
05. “Shock To The System”
06. “Gone”
07. “Culture War”
08. “Dead End”
09. “Over And Out”
10. “Tangled”

A new video for the record’s latest single,“Start The Fire,“ can be found below. Mackay said the following about that:

“‘Start The Fire‘ drew lyrical inspiration from Todd Phillips and Scott Silver’s portrayal of the Joker. When you start treating people according to broad prejudice, they’re left with little reason not to become what they’re supposedly guilty of already being. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The video concept revolves around the threat of total annihilation. The strung-up band is being injected with a copper-based enzyme that, when mixed with human blood, can be extracted to power up current collector fuel cells (purposed for reanimating Primordian bio-technology). The band’s performance is a shared, mutual delusion. It’s all pretty straight-forward, really.”

Twelve Foot Ninja Premiere New Song “Start The Fire”

Twelve Foot Ninja have premiered a new song titled “Start The Fire.” The track is expected to appear on the band’s upcoming album. Stevic Mackay commented:

“‘Start The Fire‘ drew lyrical inspiration from Todd Phillips and Scott Silver’s portrayal of the Joker. When you start treating people according to broad prejudice, they may see little reason not to become what they’re supposedly guilty of already being. It can be a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

Twelve Foot Ninja To Release New Single “Start The Fire” On Friday

Twelve Foot Ninja have announced that they will be releasing a new single, titled “Start The Fire,” this Friday (July 9). This news comes after the band released another single, titled “Long Way Home,” earlier this year.

Twelve Foot Ninja Debut “Long Way Home” Music Video Through Steve “Stevic” MacKay’s New Video Game

Twelve Foot Ninja’s Steve “Stevic” MacKay has released a new video game called “Brusnik’s Long Way Home.” You can play that HERE. Notably, after fans complete the game they are granted access to a music video for the band’s new song “Long Way Home.” If you don’t want to try the game, you can also watch the clip below:

MacKay commented:

“There’s nothing like a global pandemic to shake the Etch A Sketch. I decided to get addicted to caffeine and throw a year of my life at making a video game…And like chucking a bag of shrunken heads into a Hadron Collider; I’ve never done it before, had no reason to believe I could do it, and didn’t know what would happen if I did…But here we bloody are! We are here, aren’t we?

I assembled a gang of willing rogues to prepare this sacrifice for your enjoyment; in the hope you will be pleased and bless us with your financial support and encouragement to continue. There would be nothing funnier to me than Brusnik becoming a legit game franchise (replete with his own line of rat poison).

Huge thank you to Mathew Chalker who salvaged my code equivalent of when Seth Brundle accidentally merged with his Telepod in The Fly and was a putrid mess on the floor.

Now we have our little syndicate of misfits; help us level up by shouting us a beer; and by that I mean, putting the money that would buy a beer that just gets pissed out…Into something worthwhile, like a rad game.”

Twelve Foot Ninja Drummer Shane Russell’s Significant Other Battling Cancer, GoFundMe Launched

Jolene Anderson, the significant other of Twelve Foot Ninja drummer Shane Russell, is sadly battling cancer. You can help her out by donating via GoFundMe.

Jolene‘s sister Naomi commented:

“This is my sister Jolene. What should be an amazing time in her life with the new arrival of her second daughter Layla, has become nothing short of a nightmare we cannot awake from.

In 2018, unbeknown to her family and most friends, Jolene battled a silent fight with Breast Cancer, with the love and support of her partner Shane by her side. 2018 was a tough one for our family, and Jolene selflessly didn’t want to worry anyone as she underwent IVF egg preservation, breast surgery & radiation. During that time Jolene continued working full time and raising their 18 month old daughter, Chloe.

During 2019 Jolene did extensive tests to make sure her attempt for another child would be safe. She received the all clear and Layla was welcomed into the world one year later.

During her pregnancy she had worrying symptoms but they were passed off as pregnancy related. Jolene requested further investigation after the problems continued postpartum.

On 29th May 2020, Jolene was given the news no mother can bare to hear: she has Stage 4 Colorectal Cancer which has metastasised to her Liver. It’s a separate and unrelated cancer to her earlier breast cancer. But this time the cancer is inoperable, it’s incurable and it’s aggressive.

This cancer has a genetic mutation called BRAFV600E and is extremely rare, and prognosis is poor with an on average life expectancy of 2-5 years. Her beautiful girls may never remember their mother.”

[via The PRP]

Twelve Foot Ninja Share Quarantine Cover Of Huey Lewis & The News’ “Stuck With You”

Twelve Foot Ninja have released a quarantine cover of Huey Lewis & The News’ “Stuck With You.” You can check that out below:

The band commented:

“No doubt a lot of people are “stuck” with each other due to Covid-19…So we thought, f!@# it! Let’s bloody do a version of the great Huey Lewis and the News classic, “Stuck with You“. Filmed via Zoom for $0.

“Stuck with You” was written by Chris Hayes and Huey Lewis and first released in 1986.

Twelve Foot Ninja version performed by Twelve Foot Ninja in March 2020 during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Produced by Stevic MacKay.

Mixed & Mastered by Forrester Savell.”

Twelve Foot Ninja To Continue On Without A Bassist

Twelve Foot Ninja parted ways with bassist Damon McKinnon last year, but it appears the band are not planning to replace him. The group have issued a statement in which they confirmed that they will be moving forward as a quartet.

Twelve Foot Ninja commented:

“BASS PLAYER NEWS: Oi…about that bass player announcement yesterday…April 1st stitch up! *snort* (roflfarkincopter right!?)

We’ve actually reached the decision to move forward as a 4 piece. After playing together for over a decade, there’s a bloody lot to consider when bringing on a new band member (logistically, financially, interpersonally, etc) and the only recurrent justification for staying a 5-piece centered around “convention”; something we actively disregard in almost all other aspects of this project.

Playing Download UK as a 4 piece to an amazing crowd, the additional European shows, and writing and recording what we think is our best album to date demonstrated to us that we’re sorted…And more importantly, we credit our fans to support our judgment on what is best for the band. We might change our mind down the track, but in the immortal words of Celine Dion…”That’s the way it is”.

We’ve noticed 3 recurrent questions about all this over the past few months, so we thought we’d address these in one hit. Thank you and go wash your hands! – TFN

1.) Won’t it sound shit with no bass?

No bass player does not mean there will be no bass. Animals As Leaders and Periphery are good examples of this (they also do not have bassists playing live). Technology is part of our DNA whether it’s switching tunings/guitars mid-song with Shuriken Variax, running our lighting rig from midi cues or bringing our DIY production into the live forum…Adding bass into this is quite a logical step considering the majority of parts are either unison with guitars or tonally nuanced in accordance with the various genre exploration (currently impossible to replicate accurately with a single bass guitar).

2.) I’m an awesome bass player, can I play with you for free?

There’s no shortage of amazing musicians out there and although one of the factors for us to consider is structural (contractual/financial)…It’s not sustainable or right for us to leverage musicians’ love for the band to get what would essentially be “free work”. I think there might also be some misdiagnosis of what is actually involved in playing these parts (have you seen Whiplash? Hahaha)

3.) I loved the bass parts in your music! Won’t it be a different band without them?

Stevic and Ro write the majority of bass parts; so nothing is going to change in this department.

4.) But..but…Fuck you guys!

As Fermit the Krog says: “You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time” and everybody knows Krog wisdom is infallible.”