From supporting some pretty impressive Australian bands over the last few years, to preparing to release their sophomore EP, Melbourne’s In Deception seem to be a band on a mission. Having recently released their latest single Forever//Always, I caught up with vocalist Andrew Burnham to find out some more about the single and just who In Deception are.
Tell me about In Deception
We all met in high school and bonded through our love of heavy music. We were about 16 (2009) when we first started jamming out in our garages, spare rooms, back yards and Jordan’s nasty poolside bungalow, to our favourite bands like Bullet For My Valentine, A7X, Asking Alexandria, A Day To Remember and bunch of bands I’m too embarrassed to admit liking.
The jam sessions became more frequent and we became far more intense with our performance, trying to put on the best shows we can for the rehearsal room walls. It became clear we wanted to write our own material, to play shows and eventually take over the world with the craziest riffs and the most angelic vocals you’ve ever heard. But we didn’t know how to write songs, we didn’t even know the best method to get an idea from our head, to our ears. The truth is… we still don’t!
Our songs come about in different ways. From writing to recording we’ve learnt to do whatever works for us in that moment, and to learn by working with people who are far greater at your craft than you. We’ve been incredibly fortunate to share the stage with some serious talent from all over Australia, like Deez Nuts and Dream On Dreamer to name a couple. We’ve also been lucky to have Nick Sjogren from Thornhill produce our three most recent singles, at a time where Deception didn’t know what direction to take regarding releases and writing. Working with Nick really made me appreciate and understand the importance of working with a producer as understanding and patient as him. We would constantly change songs or what song we were working on in the most sporadic and confusing ways, but Nick carried the team the entire journey and managed to smash out some badass singles in the end.
You have just released a new single “Forever//Always – what is the story behind the song
Forever//Always was written out of frustration with my surroundings, I felt an ever growing divide between people, where everyone demands pity or sympathy, but are never willing to show any in return. People scream genuine cries for help in times of duress, but the cries get lost in a selfish society of people who insist that their problems matter more and that they shouldn’t have any attention taken away from them. I believe we all share a dream where everything is fine and everyone is happy. Unfortunately, it’s entirely possible the reality in our heads will remain a dream. “Can you imagine a life where we can all live side-by-side, and we can live like this forever and always… this dream I could fall in to forever”.
What can we expect in the future from In Deception? Plans to tour the EP once it’s released and venues reopen?
You can expect more from Deception in the near future. Once Covid clears and venues open, it’s going to be gigs and writing as often as we possibly can, as well as playing bigger / better shows all over Australia with an EP we’ll hopefully be able to release by that time
In Deception are:
Andrew Burnham – Vocals
Jordan Ley – Drums
Matthew Paxton – Bass
Nathan Spikin – Guitar
Mitch Turner – Guitar and Vocals
Keep your ear out for future releases from these guys!
I’ve come to the conclusion that Matt New doesn’t sleep!!! This man seems to have his finger in a lot of pies. I caught up with him to talk about his new business venture Pedalto the Metal and a cool side project he has happening called Band Together: Isolation Covers Project
You seem to be one of the busiest people in the industry! Every time I jump on fb all your socials have something going on….
I like to remain active and creative. Even before the pandemic, I would also keep myself occupied with something to do. Whether that be through songwriting, producing music, attending gigs and writing reviews. But the one thing that I have now more than anything is time since losing my full-time job. So rather than sit on my hands, I’ve been wanting to expand upon my musical endeavours. Figure I may never get this amount of free time to pursue so many projects. It’s amazing to see that my hard work is getting noticed across social media.
Pedal to the Metal is your new online business venture with a cool side project attached. How did that all come about? (The business and the side project)
Pedal To The Metal was born in 2018 beginning as a pedalboard building service for musician’s that needed a professional setup to their live pedalboard rigs. A skill and service I was in demand for when I used to work at The Guitar Factory in Gladesville in the inner suburbs of Sydney. As time progressed I have realised that my skill set transcends beyond this service, and it was time to expand.
I have elaborated the business into an all purpose online music service business which will be going live very soon. Focusing on my strengths as an artist including services like production, composition, musical instrument servicing, management and promotions.
Yes, the side project is very exciting that is connected to this business. Band Together, which is an isolation covers project on YouTube. This was an idea that came to me early on with the pandemic. The thought and mission behind Band Together was to unify musicians from all across the country, or the world with a common love for a cover song of a favourite artist. I feel a tad conflicted about pushing new music in this current climate due to the inability to play live or physically connect with an audience. So a familiar piece of music is the next best thing to connect over, like a warm hug.
Episode one of Band Together: Isolation Covers Project had some impressive musicians involved. How has the response to your call out been? What can we expect in future episodes?
Yes, indeed. Episode one was an amazing experience and I’m so proud of how the final product turned out seeing everyone involved really delivered something special. I’m a massive fan of Osaka Punch. Their music has had an extra special drive for me, as I battled some serious depression issues around the time Pedal To The Metal began. So it seemed natural to have Jack sing on the Incubus cover as I know he is massively influenced by them, and secondly I’ve begun to get to know him better as a friend. Chris who drums for Full Scale delivered his blistering drums all the way over from Perth. Jeremy who runs Scale Records in Brisbane originally was going to play drums on this video, but to show the depth of his talent and cooperation, let Chris play drums and he focused on bass.
I’m super excited and overwhelmed by the response to the project and the call out for musicians to participate. With no end in sight with this pandemic and no clear idea when musicians can hit the stage, I see this as an opportunity for musicians to remain relevant and have some fun. Also to overcome some of the mental health stress caused by isolation and the lack of work we are all used to in this industry. So far I have episodes scheduled and booked fully up to September with artists, some of which are international!!
You guys are performing covers – is it a group decision on what you cover? A song that resonates with all of you. And any hints as to what’s to come….
It all really starts with whoever is singing on the track, or whoever is the most influential member of the lineup. I merely suggest a band to cover based on knowing the collaborating musician’s influences. Naturally with what is suggested there is no resistance to the song we proceed with. I also like to suggest a track that isn’t the most notable song. I feel it’s an opportunity to dig into an artist’s back catalogue and reimagine a hidden gem.
Episode 2 we are covering “Eulogy” by Tool. This will feature Doug from Hemina/Anubis on vocals, Pete Borzeta from Cirrus Crown on guitar, Cam Swales and Jason Hogan from a new and upcoming Brissy prog band called Dimensionist, and of course little old me chugging away on the guitar. I can tell you that we have covers locked in for Karnivool, Deftones and possibly a Sia cover.
I loved the first episode. Do you think this might be something you continue with after restrictions have lifted? I know everyone will be itching to get back to live audiences, but I love this idea and it’s great to see musicians from different bands jamming together.
I’d like this to be able to continue as long as possible. The other cool element to this project is the opportunity to work with a musician you may never have thought you would have had the chance to collaborate with, albeit on a cover. I’m all about the music community. My sole purpose in this industry is to bring us closer together and support each other more.
Let’s face it within a lot of hard rock and metal genres, the majority of the fans are fellow musicians in other bands. The industry is now too small to have the larger than life rockstar attitude. The success of a scene is reliant on everyone supporting all their friend’s endeavours and reciprocating the love.
I also believe the lack of festivals and overseas acts touring will pave the way for a rebirth of the local scene like in the 90’s and early 00’s. Band Together is a means to keep us connected and educated on what everyone is doing and who they play with. Plus everyone involved is making new contacts and friends in the industry.
What’s next for your other projects Painting Fires and Code Atlantic?
Sadly Code Atlantic is taking some time to rebuild after some line-up changes. Something I don’t want to go into in much detail, however I am working on a four part concept album that depicts four different psychological states of mind that we identify in society. I haven’t decided whether these will be released as individual albums or two double albums. All will be revealed in the not too distant future.
As for Painting Fires, I’m furiously trying to get this album demoed and written so I can begin tracking. Like Band Together, this upcoming Painting Fires album will be a music community driven incentive. I have a long list of fellow musicians from the Australian prog, metal and doom scene loaning their talents and instruments to the project. I am to use this music to raise awareness and raise money for mental health in the music industry. A large portion of the sales of the album and merch will be donated to selected mental health charities. I’m aiming to hopefully have this album ready to release by late 2020 or early 2021. The main challenge is coordinating so many other musicians on so many different tracks. I’m very confident this will do very well and I hope the music I wrote for this project resonates with people that struggle with mental health, to find the power to overcome it like I have been doing.
Episode 2 of Band Together goes live tonight.
Check out Episode 1 below. Hit that subscribe button!!
Deathcore is alive and well with Melbourne’s Inhibitor dropping their latest single “Death“
“A lifeless land with nothing more. This is death knocking at the door”
A dark, chaotic video combined with frenzied drumming and beefy breakdowns highlight the lyrical content of the song. Death explores the effects that have befallen Earth through mankind’s greed to deplete the land of its resources.
This is Inhibitor’s second single off their upcoming EP Abhorrence and if these two singles are anything to go by we are in for one hell of a treat when the EP drops.
Your channel would have to be one of the most unique music channels out there!
How did you get started doing this? Where did your love of music come from?
I’ve been a music lover all my life as far back as I can remember. My dad would always play classic rock n roll like Deep Purple and Pink Floyd while my mother would always jam Van Morrison and Journey. The show started as someone telling me that it was a stupid idea and that I shouldn’t do it. I wanted to prove them wrong and did!
You’ve also been in bands yourself, what’s been your favourite/s? Biggest band you’ve played with/supported?
H.I.T.M. was probably the most talented band I was in but in a different project, Michael Jackson’s dad was our manager. Wild lol! That same band opened up for DJ Mugg’s (for a Cypress Hill Party) that was a pretty fun show.
What is the highlight moment for you with LBS?
Highlight moments would be when I get VIP passes to do Weed events. That never gets old 🙂
What issues/challenges have you encountered? What would you do different if you could start again?
Occasionally a band will have a change of heart and asked for their video review to be removed as they’re not wanting to be associated with marijuana anymore. I get it, but that shits lame to me lol. I probably wouldn’t do anything different up to this point.
It’s grown so much since I first came across your YouTube channel. What other areas do you cover apart from reviewing? Any other plans to expand on what you are doing?
I really wanna get more into streaming on a regular basis, but I’m forever working on a new computer build that just never seems to be ready. When its time to unveil it, I will.
You’ve been a great supporter of Australian bands. It’s so great to have another platform for them to get their music out into the world.
I get more Aussie submissions than any other country. This even includes USA submissions! Plus, nearly every Aussie band i hear is fucking awesome so it makes my job even easier.
What are some of your standout Aussie bands?
Windwaker, To Octavia, Virtues just to name a few but I could literally list about 30 that I love!
Favourite band you have reviewed?
This is too tough to answer. Anything that made the first compilation/Spotify tops list would def be considered a favourite though.
Most famous band that has sent in for a review.
The Used/Volumes/Currents/Dance Gavin Dance – the thing with those kind of submissions though is that Facebook always flags those video asking if I have clearance to use their music. Sometimes I win that dispute, sometimes I don’t….even though the band themselves sent in music to me.
Have you ever had a submission and been like I can’t review that?
Nope. Even if its the worst quality song ever and contains no musical talent….I reviewed it.
You review bands from all genres. What do you listen to in your down time?
Mostly Post Hardcore or Metalcore probably. Though I do love jazz as well.
Where do you see the industry heading after Covid given that big gigs are probably a fair way off?
I’m not exactly sure. I think were all kinda curious about that. I’m down to try a drive in concert though. I’m sure, in time, gigs will slowly get back to normal.
I love your pinned world map! How many countries have you had bands submit from now?
Unfortunately, the map had to be taken down during a recent move. I was around 30+ countries prior to taking it down.
Drawing inspiration from the likes of Deftones, A Perfect Circle & Twelve Foot Ninja, their melodic approach to modern heavy music is driven by crushing riffs and dynamic soundscapes.
Having endured the ebb and flow of life in original bands with several members, vocalist Casey Dean and guitarist Tim Chilman decided to record and produce their music independently and remain a two piece. – Warnings Bio
I’m starting to think there is something in Melbourne’s water… The number of talented bands that have appeared over the last 2 months just keeps growing.
Tim Chilman and Casey Dean have merged their creative forces to bring Warnings to life. Their first single “Fan of Flames” quietly made its appearance a few weeks back and on the eve of their second release “Waterboy” I caught up with Tim to find out a little bit more about them.
You and Casey have a new project, Warnings, how did you guys end up on this together? I know Casey has been around the music scene for a long time. Had you guys played together prior to this?
Not until a few months into this project. It started with a demo I was working on that was missing vocals. I asked a few people around town, but they were either not keen or too busy. I didn’t expect Casey to be interested as I had him on a bit of a pedestal from EngineThree Seven, but I had nothing to lose so I sent it to him and he rang me back saying how keen he was. We arranged a vocal session at his joint and after 3 late nights in the studio we had what became our debut single ‘Fan of Flames’. When it was done, I asked if he wanted to sing on another song that needed vocals and it gradually built from there. We did a couple of gigs together (not as Warnings) during this time though – One with E37, and an acoustic gig at an Irish pub. We left about 3 hours after it closed…..
I love that you are staying as a 2 piece and recording/producing your own music. What factors played into that decision?
We have found this approach to be more productive and overall, more enjoyable. Our decision making and creative process is much easier with ‘less cooks in the kitchen’. We still work with mates who enjoy contributing here and there but it’s more of a no strings attached arrangement. We have also saved a lot of money recording and producing ourselves, but that will probably balance out when it comes to gigging. There have been some big hurdles learning this aspect of it, but we aren’t getting any worse at it, so for now we intend to continue this way.
Is there an EP/album on the way or are you just releasing singles?
There is an EP ready and waiting to be released!
What does the future look like for Warnings? Gigs when lock down eases?
COVID definitely forced us to change our plans but when the lock down eases we will re-book the show we had planned. Obviously, the EP will be out before then. We are writing new material at the moment so we can’t wait to continue releasing music and play live!
Any other influences you draw inspiration from?
I think you naturally draw inspiration from everyone and everything you encounter in life, but some key influences in our music lately have been Northlane, Deftones, Pantera, anything with Maynard James Keenan. Too many to pin it down to though.
Waterboy is set to be released live online on Friday 22nd May.
One of Adelaide’s metalcore favourites, Mauvais, dropped their latest single “I Feel Nothing” last week. I’m a pretty big fan of Mauvais. I’m a massive fan of their new track. Mauvais never fail to deliver and anyone who has seen them live can attest to that. To hear the growth and maturity of the band in this single was a pleasant surprise. Jaycob Page (vocals) was kind enough to catch me up on what the boys have been up to.
You’ve just released “I Feel Nothing” (Damn it’s good!) It’s been awhile between releases what have Mauvais been up to?
Thank you we are glad you like ‘I Feel Nothing’ it really does mean a whole lot. As for what we’ve been up to, we’ve had members finishing uni degrees and starting new careers which lead us to take more or less a break from our play first, ask questions later mentality. We spent a lot of time writing and thinking about what was working for us and what wasn’t. We also sat down a lot and thought about our goals and operations as a band e.g. marketing, merchandise etc.
You worked with Scottie Simpson and Lance Prenc on this single. How was that?
So for this we bounced ideas back and forward with Scottie for a while which was difficult in ways as Alpha Wolf were taking over the world and always on the road but he always did his absolute best to make time for us and for that we will always be grateful. After bouncing idea’s, we set a date to record with him and I’m not sure how to put it into words other than we loved it. He was great to work with, yet firm with what he felt worked and didn’t. He made the whole experience an easy one for us to adjust to. As for working with Lance we reached out and let him know we were working with Scottie on a track and how much we loved the sound he produces, went back and forward on some test mixes and instantly knew we’d made the right decision for our sound.
Mauvais songs always touch on subjects that need to be openly talked about. What influenced this track?
This track is about the struggle of the unknowns that come with anxiety and the mistakes you can make because of this, but it’s more so about owning that blame and acknowledging the situation. It’s mostly all a self-reflection. However, there are counters to this throughout the song as certain memories bring up anger, again the song is about embracing your own mistakes and not everyone else’s. I think it really shows a growth in character overall.
And the big question …is this part of an EP??
I Feel Nothing is not part of an EP. It will remain a standalone single, as it steers the ship towards the new sound and direction. We feel proud with how we have stepped up on the track and have set the goal of topping that with an EP in the not so distant future (hopefully).
Covid has affected the music industry heavily, so it’s been good to see so many bands still go ahead with releases. Do you think the industry will be different post covid?
I overthink a lot, I think the industry will be clearly different in a few ways e.g. internationals and travels, the distribution of music and merch etc to a degree. However, I think there is room for a lot of positives to come out of this all, depending on whether or not people choose to embrace them. Nationwide support could reach an all-time high for Australian artists I feel if people truly decide to come together and fly the flag, however music is also a business and there can be a lot of risk involved.
While gigs aren’t happening we are lucky to still have bands dropping new tunes. Gippsland’s Alt/Punk rock band Doonie Way have just released their latest single Stumblin’. Be prepared to find yourself singing this one even when its not playing!!
I caught up with the boys to have a chat about the single and what’s up next for them post lockdown.
Who are Doonie Way?
We are a four piece alt rock band from Gippsland. Our line-up consists of Tim Irwin (Vocals, Guitar) Blaike Murphy (Drums) Bryce Robinson (Lead Guitar) and D’Arcy Connaughton (Bass).
Getting our name from a street sign near a family members house, the band originated as a two piece between Tim and Blaike and later recruited D’Arcy and Bryce to form the full band. Combining our shared love of alt and surf rock, including bands such as Dune Rats, Hockey Dad and Dear Seattle, we established our sound, playing shows around Victoria and releasing a couple singles in the last few years.
You have a new single dropping, it’s a real ear worm. I’ve found it stuck in my head since listening. Tell me the story behind it?
It was definitely intended to be stuck in people’s head! We felt that the catchy and simple chorus was a great idea for both fans and for people who haven’t heard of us before to have a sing along song at gigs.
The song was created one afternoon after Tim had showed us a demo he’d been working on, it was pretty bare bones but had good structure and potential. After a few drinks and some fiddling around with the demo, “Stumblin’’ was born.
The lyrics are a reflection on one of our band mates past relationship, who was struggling with it at the time. It’s about the feeling of ending a relationship and having to deal with the hardships of letting go of that person while still caring about them.
The track is a little more ‘pop punk’ than our previous releases but we definitely think it was the right direction to go with it. It really does sound huge thanks to the production work done by our long time friend and producer Darcy Handley, complimented by a wicked guitar solo that was smashed out in a single take by legend Christopher Vernon, who also did the mastering for this track.
How has covid affected your plans?
Its been an odd feeling having gone from a big year playing gigs every other weekend to this lockdown shutting down every show. We were planning on continuing playing as many gigs as we could, including a couple of release shows to accommodate the release of Stumblin’.
We also had a music video sorted for Stumblin’ that was set to film right as the lockdown begun. That’s when we all came up with the idea of asking our fans to film themselves singing our song while in lockdown and compile all submissions into a music video, making the best out of a strange situation this virus has put us all in.
What’s next for you guys?
At the moment we’re all really just itching to get back on stage to play some shows again. We also want to get back into the studio as we’ve got a few demos in mind for release. As far as future plans go, we’re hoping to do a couple of interstate shows.
You’ve supported some cool bands lately, what would be your favourite to date?
We’ve been so lucky to have the opportunity to play with some amazing acts these last couple of years. Opening for The Bennies was our first ‘big’ show and being support for both of the Hands Like Houses Melbourne shows were probably our wildest gigs to date.
A big highlight and probably our favourite was when we supported The Smith Street Band at the Pier Bandroom in Frankston. That was our last show before the lockdown. It was a surreal feeling opening for the band that had been one of our biggest influences on our music. The crowd were great to us and really made our presence feel welcomed. We were invited on stage to sing and dance with the Smithies during their final song which is a memory none of us boys will ever forget.
The country may have been in lockdown but that hasn’t stopped new Melbourne pop-punk band Paperweight from releasing their debut single Waster which comes out tomorrow. I had a chat with them to find out more.
Who are Paperweight?
Paperweight was born in 2020. We are a band of 5 humans with pop-punk roots and a shared passion for music. We’ve all been in bands before (some of us even in bands together) so we’ve taken all of that musical experience and poured it into a band that we really believe in! We’re all about having fun – it’s cliché, but what better way to do that than to play music with your best friends?!
Where did the name Paperweight evolve from?
It actually kind of stemmed from a song we wrote called ‘Paper Anchors’ – it symbolises those things that you think are weighing you down but help you realise your own strength. Then that kind of translated into a band name and we landed on Paperweight!
You’re about to drop your first single “Waster “(which I’m really digging by the way) – is the writing process a shared project?
Thank you so much, really glad you dig it! It is absolutely shared – we’ve found that a mix of everybody’s writing strengths is the best formula. We love working together – we vibe really well as a team and I think that shows through our music.
Bands that influence you guys?
We have a pretty broad range of influences -we’re obviously heavily inspired by Sum 41, Blink 182, all your pop-punk Lords… but we love anything from Elvis to Iron Maiden to The Beatles to Maroon 5 to Neck Deep and everything in between
Have your release plans had to change due to Covid?
We were sort of lucky, in a sense – Covid launched itself before we had the chance to, so we had a bit of a head start. We saw the way the world was changing so we adapted our plans to suit – we are actually happy with the way it’s turning out (minus the covid) and just can’t wait to finally jump on a stage!
What’s up next for Paperweight?
Well, like every band right now, we’re keen to play some shows and tour with our friends! We have all been iso-writing so hopefully we can get some recording done when we’re allowed out again. In saying that, we do have a few tracks lined up and ready to release so stay tuned!
To stay tuned to what Paperweight are up to jump on their socials
For fans of Polaris, Northlane, Norma Jean, Architects, Silent Planet.
Nearly 10 years in the making, and finally out of hibernation, Dweller’s debut EP White Rabbit is something special. This EP has had me captivated from the first spin. It’s one of those “I’m never going to get sick of this” albums.
For those of you new to Dweller the 5 piece metalcore outfit from Melbourne comprises of:
Daniel Mcgorum – Drums, Matt Manders – Bass, Andy Holt- Guitar, Rory Bond-Guitar, Ryan Mickan – Vocals.
After being in another band together, Ryan Mickan and Rory Bond decided to start writing their own heavier material and boy are you going to be glad that they did! In my opinion White Rabbit is going to become known as one of the best metalcore debuts to come out of Australia. Think Polaris’s The Guilt and The Grief and you’re on the right track.
“We’re a sheep herd without the shepherd”
White Rabbit is an aggressive, energetic, in your face look at the world around us. Sick riffs and breakdowns wrapping around the emotional vocals of Ryan make you sit up and listen. Lyrically White Rabbit is thought provoking. Looking at the personal journeys taken through mental health and addictions, the demons that are fought and won. Compelling you to wake up to what is happening in the world, to awaken your moral compass and to question what doesn’t sit right with you. The lyrical content is quite prophetic to the current world events although Ryan assures me this is completely accidental.
My one piece of advice is that Dweller are destined for massive things so don’t sleep on them
The EP drops on the 22nd May on all platforms but till then make sure you subscribe to their YouTube channel and follow their socials.
For fans of: Blink 182, Sum 41, Yellowcard, Boxcar Racer
“I can’t remember ever feeling this insane,
Feels like forever but it’s only just been days”
The time in lockdown has been very productive for Melbourne’s punk rock trio Drastic Park. Their latest single “Feels like forever” dropped yesterday and it’s a banger. Summing up the isolation feels with the help of friends and fans, the single was written, recorded, mixed and mastered remotely by the boys during social isolation. There seems to be no end to DP’s talents!
With the addition of new drummer, Joe Larwood (Steadfast), John Stokes and Chris Tannahill have once again produced the goods with a catchy, fast paced, hook filled single that they are quickly becoming known for. Giving you an upbeat take on what is a shit situation this could well be our isolation anthem while waiting for that happy ending!
Go and give the new single a suss, check out the video (you may see some familiar faces!) and follow their socials via the links below: