Brendan Brendkins has a love of horror novels and that shines through lyrically in his songs. Brendan and I had quite the chat about where he gets his inspiration from and his latest single ‘Panda Eyes’
Okay Brendan tell me all about Necronata.
What do you want to know?
First off tell me where the name came from.
So the name is a play on a horror novel that I used to read when I was in my teens. I actually recently updated my biography to include this because it is probably relevant information. I used to read horror novels by an author called Darren Shan. He did a book series called The Demonata which was essentially a series about what would happen if demons came into reality. I essentially took the suffix of that and put Necro in front of it. It’s still edgy and has that horror vibe, which is what my music entails but at the same time it rolls off your tongue. My lyrics and even some of the song names do reference a lot of Darren Shan’s specific literature. The music that I write, in a cohesive format, is actually conceptually about what would happen if these horrors and these enemies of the imagination came into reality. It does have the same concept as the novels that I read. It’s very heavily influenced by Darren Shan stuff. Don’t want to say that I just copied his books but creatively I do take a lot of influence from a lot of that alternative, edgy horror stuff. Even on top of the Myspace rock vibes it kind of fits together to make its own little unique thing if you know what I mean.
I thought it was really cool. I was having quite the boogie to it. As soon as it started I was like ‘Yep I like this’ its got a groove to it.
It’s fun music and its really fun to listen to but if you were to go into the depth of the lyrical content as well as the type of intervals and harmonies that I use it’s a bit darker than average pop vibes.
It gave me My Chemical Romance/Panic at the Disco vibes. I missed Myspace, that was before I was computer literate!!! I never actually got to see that whole Myspace scene.
I was on Myspace briefly. It was very influential for my future as a person, but I actually wasn’t on it for to long. I’m not in the generation that was around during that. When I had Myspace I was actually only about 11 or 12. I only got on it because a couple of my friends were on there. Then you see all the themes, the bands, the dress style and the aesthetic and stuff and its like Wow this is so me. I didn’t even know this stuff existed. I listened to the music, but I didn’t realise that people dedicated their whole aesthetic to it.
It’s a lifestyle its not just the music. My kids all had Myspace, so we always had those Myspace bands playing at home.
We side tracked and talked bands and vinyl!!
I’m so Generation Z, I will just stream everything. I probably won’t own any vinyls and you can catch me probably with Necronata making vinyls for a really long time. Same with Cd’s and stuff like that. I find that my music specifically, the way I am trying to get it out there, is on the basis that I want it to be freely accessible. If people want to spend money on it I would love them too at gigs and stuff but for the exposure itself I would love it to be free. Not to say that there is no merit or value in CD’s. People love buying them. It’s just not my preferred way to share my music.
I stream 90% of my music too. In saying that I will always buy the CD or vinyl when a band release them. Streaming is just more convenient.
Before I turned 18 and streaming wasn’t a thing I did buy a lot of CD’s. I have a bunch CD’s from bands when they first came to Sydney. So I have Make Them Suffer’s early stuff from when they toured – Neverbloom and Lord of Woe. I have a bunch of really random rare stuff in terms of bands that don’t really exist anymore that were really good. One of the CD’s I owned is the first copy, literally 001, of a band called Walking With Mirrors which was a punk rock band. My dad went and saw them and said, ‘You might like this band Brendan’ and gave me the CD. This band, by the way, doesn’t exist anymore but I need to show people this music because holy crap they were good.
Oh are they on Spotify?
Would not be on Spotify. This band stopped existing about 7 years ago. Maybe look them up on YouTube. Definitely an old msn band. So freaking good.
Back to Necronata! Tell me about the new single ‘Panda Eyes’.
So Panda Eyes is probably one of the more upbeat songs that I am going to be releasing. This one is definitely, look I may as well reveal it now because I am putting it up everywhere, there will be an EP. A five song narrative EP. Panda Eyes is the fourth track. As I said it follows the concept of what would happen if monsters and nightmares actually existed in the real world. This is like the part of the story where our main character in the story gets entrapped by one of these vampire creatures. He is forced to cannibalise, though they didn’t know that they were doing it, so that is where all the references to ‘Oh wow this tastes like pig or something’ come from – yeah you’re eating human meat there! Lyrically it is so uncomfortable, it is very, very dark. I have to talk about this because I don’t like writing lyrics like this it just sucks that I am really good at it! I can write stuff that makes people uncomfortable and Panda Eyes is probably one of the most uncomfortable songs I have ever written. I’m coming out of the mentality where as an artist I want to make people feel discomfort. I’m coming out of that phase where I want to be doing that and I am starting to want to uplift people. Panda Eyes is really the synthesis between such uncomfortable lyrics but such uplifting music. It’s a pretty song.
I was just about to say you would not get that story line from listening to the music.
No not al all. It’s literally the moment where our monster entraps and kind of enforces their diet of human being onto our protagonist. It’s like the climax of the story, the bit were it all goes wrong. The chorus is literally the confession of like – this is my love for you and the manifestation of that love is this horrific deed that you are doing right now. It’s an uncomfortable song for sure.
I’m going to go back and read the lyrics again now!
It’s probably on the same level as The Police song Every Breath You Take where everyone thinks its so pretty but it actually kind of fucking creepy hey?
Absolutely because that’s a stalkerish song. It’s not like “I’ll be watching you” cos I think you hot!!
Really this song, and every song that is coming out on the EP, in the course of when I was writing them the intention was to make them as sing-along as possible. I’ve been practising the songs at home or with my live band and I’m kind of feeling like Man people are going to feel really weird singing the songs out loud if they knew what it meant. There is some part of me that probably wants to, before I even start the show, just say I really hope none of you relate to this because that would be really weird!!!
Hahaha that would definitely be weird! A couple of cannibals in the pit!!
It comes from a place of artistic expression, its like the guy who wrote Saw or something was probably kind of fucked up but it’s a good movie. Its worth enjoying that shock factor which is kind of the way I am justifying the EP.
So when does that come out?
That comes out on the 25th March. Its very exciting. I have two videos which will be streamed on Ghostkiller Entertainment. I’m hoping that people get around this monstrosity of a project that I have dreamed up. I have put a lot of energy and work into the songs and I really hope that it translates, not just when people are listening to it, to this is kind of different but I really dig it. Also to come along to the live shows and have a bounce and a mosh to it. I’m keen to play my music, to sing this stuff live. I’m so excited for the future of not just this project but for the future of Australian music. Bands that are trying to bring back that throwback emo vibe. I want to just be apart of that whole culture where everyone is reminiscing. Reminiscing in a way that has a really uplifting and modern edge to it.
I’m loving what is coming out of Australia at the moment.
Yeah. I have to send my regards to Wolf and Chain. They released Repent at the same time I released Diabolical and holy crap we had almost the exact same angle of marketing for it. They are literally My Chemical Romance from Adelaide and I freaking love that.
I saw them live about 18 months ago in a little bar on a Sunday arvo with about 8 other bands. I remember saying to the guy I was with that they were going to be big.
Their tour that came to Sydney sold out almost immediately. I didn’t manage to get tickets for it, so I hope it opens up again.
Fingers crossed for you. Anything else you want to let people know about Necronata?
The EP arrives on the 25th March. You will be able to stream Panda Eyes as well as the other two singles I released last year, Diabolical and Cirque Du Freak on March 4th. There are 5 songs on the collective EP. It is a narrative driven concept EP so listen to it from start to finish. Pick your favourite song and whack it in a playlist. I am super excited to finally be able to share this with the world, its been a long time coming. My job is to give back to the music industry, but this is coming straight from my brain into the ears of listeners around Australia and the world. It’s quite intimidating but at the same time I’m excited for not just me but everyone to band together and release some kickass music.