WARNINGS

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 Engine Three 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.

Link to the live release : https://www.facebook.com/events/2581385985511944/

Pre save: https://ditto.fm/waterboy-warnings

https://www.facebook.com/warningsmusic/

https://www.instagram.com/warningsmusic/

https://twitter.com/warnings_music?s=20

MAUVAIS

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. 

https://www.facebook.com/MauvaisBand/

https://www.instagram.com/mauvaisband/

DOONIE WAY

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.

Check out “Stumblin” below

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https://www.instagram.com/dooniewaytheband/

PAPERWEIGHT

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

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgLupXCr7k6Xy1CI2cpDvqQ

https://www.facebook.com/paperweightaus

https://www.instagram.com/paperweightaus/

https://twitter.com/PaperweightAUS?s=20

DWELLER

Release: White Rabbit

Release date: 22nd May

Genre: Metalcore

Record label: N/A

Produced and recorded: Beau McKee

Mixed and mastered: Jeff Dunne

For fans of Polaris, Northlane, Norma Jean, Architects, Silent Planet.

10/10

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.

https://www.facebook.com/dwellerau/

https://www.instagram.com/dwellerau/

https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/dweller

DRASTIC PARK

Release: Feels like forever

City: Melbourne

Genre: Punk rock

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:

https://www.facebook.com/drasticparkband

https://twitter.com/DrasticParkBand?s=09

https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/drastic-park

https://www.instagram.com/drasticparkband/