TWELVE FOOT NINJA

Australia’s heavy fusion/experimental rock band Twelve Foot Ninja are back with their first original music in over 4 years. Despite this apparent hiatus, our favourite obscure ninja djents have been busier than Covid toilet paper!

The Ninja boys have been recording, filming, and preparing a ricockulously large amount of new music, videos, and other unique Twelve Foot Ninja carnage ready for their ever-expanding clan!

Today they release their new single ‘Long Way Home which you can find HERE.

The high energy banger (produced by Stevic Mackay and mixed by Forrester Savell) is elevated by a frenetic 12-piece orchestra straight out of a Gotham City car chase. With a heavy rock chorus and calamity themed lyrics around civil war between reality and the internet, it is an unhinged but calculated concoction.

Stevic Mackay, guitarist and creator of the video game that accompanied the song, said, “We tried to create something that harnessed the power of ACDC with a bend of surrealism, like eating a meat pie through your ear. This song is about the ‘real world’ becoming harder and harder to agree on…I’d rather take the path of resistance, the long way home, than acquiesce to relativism.”

In true Ninja fashion, there is a batshit-crazy film clip, BUT punters were made to work for it in the lead up to the official release; they had to complete the band’s platformer video game and find all 12 DynaTAC  cell phones (circa 1986) strewn throughout the multi-tiered level to unlock the music video. They just might be the only band in history to do so! In the first 48hrs, the game had over 10,000 plays in 76 countries – quite an achievement in the gaming world for a self-published, first time release! You can play the game HERE.

With so much more on the horizon for the band in 2021, this is a brand-new dawn for Twelve Foot Ninja. Fans can expect much more insane hijinks, new sounds, and surprising content to delve into.

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NATIONAL INDIGENOUS MUSIC AWARDS 2021

The NATIONAL INDIGENOUS MUSIC AWARDS are proud to unveil a huge live performance line-up for the 2021 event at the Darwin Amphitheatre on August 7. An extraordinary celebration of music, song, dance and the oldest surviving culture in the world, the night will once again be broadcast via NITV and online platforms, focusing on healing and reflection after a challenging time for our community.

Miiesha

With lockdowns, remote communities cut off from loved ones and a music community on its knees from the impact on touring and live performances, the NIMAs is a time for our First Nations music sector to come together as one with all of our community on Larrakia land to share stories, reflect on our shared experiences and look to our future.  

Baker Boy

As an associated event of Darwin Festival, this year’s musical line-up is one of the strongest in the event’s seventeen-year strong history with Baker Boy Miiesha Electric Fields King Stingray Dallas Woods and  Kee’Ahn Alice Skye and more to be revealed.

Dallas Wood and Kee’Ahn

After last year’s hosting interrupted by border closures, the host with the most Steven Oliver (Faboriginal, A Chance Affair, Black Comedy) will finally grace the stage to bring together the exclusive performances and the coveted award presentations, switching last year’s intimate indoor celebration for the bright stars of the Top End.

Creative Director Ben Graetz explained that this year’s theme of collective experience, healing and reflection has never been more pertinent as the world grapples with COVID-19.

“The vision for this year’s awards is to draw on our opportunity to come together and celebrate in person and as a community. We will reflect on our journey over the past year and acknowledge each other’s personal stories of being able to push through the challenging times but also finding gentle opportunities in these moments. This year we focus on healing as a community and how, through the magnetism of music, we can make this happen.”

National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA) 2019 in Darwin

Last year’s virtual NIMAs was the biggest in the event’s history, reaching over 250,000 people with broadcasts across NITV, Double J, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Featuring live performances captured across Australia including Archie Roach, Miiesha, Thelma Plum, Mambali,  JK-47 and more, the event also crossed live to communities as far as Yirrkala and Broome, with an amazing buzz lighting up social media and providing togetherness in a year that needed it most. This year’s event will continue to reach out across the country in a program that will welcome and include its online audience.

Tickets for the National Indigenous Music Awards are on sale now HERE.

BISON

Friday saw nu-metallers Bison make a triumphant return to the scene, after a 15 year absence, with the release of a new EP ‘Perfect Mistakes’. Their first two singles, the aptly named ‘Begin Again’ and ‘Take Your Place’ have seen old fans rejoice and the band garner some new fans. Andy and I had a chat about the new era of Bison and how it came to be.

Bison are back!

Yeah, we are, well somewhat back.

How did that happen after all these years?

We had the opportunity to play a gig a couple of years ago, we have all stayed friends for the last 15 or so years. There was an option to play part of a bill with a few American bands coming out, so we said, ‘Okay we’ll jump back in a room and see what we’ve got’. We started jamming and running through the old songs. One of the other guitarists, Richie, had half an idea up his sleeve so we thought we would flesh it out and that is when the bug kicked in. We decided to explore some new music and it just sort of steam rolled from there. We all got creative again and thought bugger the old stuff let’s see what we have got. That’s basically where it started, and it’s just rolled along from there.

I actually missed you guys first time around unfortunately.

A lot of people did. It’s been awhile between drinks!

Nu-metal is making a bit of a comeback.

It is, it got uncool there for awhile back in the day, but everyone still secretly enjoyed it.

I’m a massive Superheist fan so it’s always been cool to me!

DW (Superheist guitarist) actually produced our first couple of EPs. We were on his Faultline Record label to begin with. It seems like metalcore and metal have kept going but I think people are dipping their toe back in the water with the nu-metal scene. It seems to have come back out and that’s our groove, so we just thought why not. We mainly did it for ourselves to begin with, we were just enjoying it thinking this is actually fun to do this again. It’s hard because we are a lot older and have children and responsibilities and jobs and such. But the creative process, the ideas just kept coming and we just went okay lets get some tracks down and let’s actually record something. Let’s do this properly.

Your EP ‘Perfect Mistakes’ is out this Friday.

Yeah, it’s kind of snuck up. It’s been in the can for a little while now. Once we got the release dates it seemed like ages away. With the releasing of the last couple of singles it built up the momentum and yeah, I actually forgot that it comes out Friday!! That’s how good I’m going (laughs).

How have the old fans reacted to your return?

The reaction has been pretty good. A lot of the old fans have said it’s just a more mature sounding Bison, we ditched a bit of the rapping and stuff we used to do back in the day. We have grown up in what we listen to and what we enjoy. A lot of people said it still sounds like Bison but it’s different. It’s a bit of a grown-up version of what we used to do. The reaction from new fans has been fantastic as well, we seem to have picked up quite a few. It’s been really pleasing because we didn’t know what to expect, we have been out of it for a long, long time. You don’t know what you are heading back into. People could turn around and say this is rubbish, what are you doing? It’s been the opposite. We are proud of what we have done and that was the main box to tick. Are we happy with what we have done? We certainly ticked that box and so far, the feedback has been fantastic. So we will see.

The EP is themed around exploring the lessons that you have learnt. I guess being older you have that more mature take on things that have happened in the past.

We are five pretty different cats; we are not all the same sort of guys. We have all lived different journeys over the last 15-20 years. Brendan who is our vocalist, he’s taken a lot with his lyrics, I think he feeds off a bit of our experiences as well. There has been quite a few ups and downs for some of us. Like he has pointed out there has been addictions and all that sort of stuff but there is also the happiness that goes with it. I think that is his approach to writing the vocals and I work with him a bit on that, bouncing off him. In terms of the music, we are writing I think it’s just what we have listened to over the last 15-20 years, it’s a culmination of everything that each one of us enjoys. We do have similar tastes and it has all just come together that way. It’s hard to put a finger on it and a lot of this was done remotely. We had the basic ideas for the songs down before Covid hit. We managed to get into a studio and get all the drum tracks down, we had the ideas there and then that was it we were shut down. We thought okay what do we do? We grabbed some recording equipment to work from home and then just listening back to the songs we thought there was a lot more we could do. I thought Covid was a blessing in disguise that we had more time up our sleeve to actually sit and add to the songs, really put some more melody in there and just muck around with them a bit more. I reckon they have improved out of sight from what we probably first thought we had. I actually enjoyed the time in lockdown rewriting bits and adding bits in. We had that luxury, and it seems to have worked in our favour.

I’ve had a few bands say the same, it gave them more time to fine tune their songs.

You do, you reassess because you listen to it, its different to the traditional way that we would normally do it. We have never been a big budget band, so we’ve had a studio for maybe two weeks, basically once we are in there that’s it. Once you are done, you’re done, and you walk out knowing you can’t do anymore. I think the way this happened, there were frustrations along the way because it felt like it was going on for too long, but for me like I said I took it as a blessing and really reconstructed parts of the song. What else could we do really. It improved the EP out of site.

It’s damn good. Are you looking to tour it? Or is that something that is still kind of in the air?

The carrot is definitely there, it would be a bit of a downer if we didn’t actually get to play it live. In saying that it is just so difficult for the five of us to get together in the way our lives run at the moment. If we are going to do it, which I am pretty certain we will, it will be around the summertime were we can allow ourselves to get in a room and really get our performance down. We don’t want to go out there and let down what we have done with a poor live performance. I guarantee we will get out there its just a matter of when. Things run a bit slowly in this band so its just a matter of being able to coordinate some time together in a studio to rehearse and just work out what we are going to do. I know that we are all really keen to play live, it would kind of feel like something was missing if we went through all this and then not got to enjoy that part. That’s the part that we all love, that’s half the reason you do this. That’s half the reason we did it when we were younger. I think we are all just a bit apprehensive and nervous about it. It also depends on restrictions and everyone’s work but I’m confident we can make it work.

Are you guys all in the same state?

Yeah we are. We aren’t too far from each other. As I said it’s more peoples work schedules. We are all pretty busy.

Any last words?

We just hope people enjoy it. We have put ourselves back out there, as much as the positivity is there I am sure that there will be criticism as well. We are just really proud of what we have been able to do under the circumstances. Having Sam Bassal from Ocean Grove guide us was a massive help. That just gave us further inspiration to go you know what we can keep doing this, we don’t need to do an album, we don’t need to do another EP. If we come up with another song, we can just start to put a song out every couple of months. Just to keep the fire burning and not just let this EP happen and then be like Oh shit there is nothing left. We will be doing another film clip probably in the next month or two for one of the songs. We would love to get another two songs released this year, its just a matter of getting the right songs and the right ideas together. We all have ideas, its just finding that next bit.

I guess you have 15 odd years’ worth of song writing to get out of your systems. Have you guys all continued to play or just jam over the last decade or so?

Dino the bass player and I are pretty close so even during this period we have been writing other music. Richie is pretty busy with his job; he is still involved in the music scene. We bounce off each other quite a bit, we are all pretty close for a bunch of guys that don’t see each other very regularly. The good thing about the way things are these days is that if I come up with an idea on a Friday night I can send it through instantly and you get that feedback immediately. Our intention is to not let this be the only thing we do. I think we have learnt a lot; this took a long time to get done, and I think we can sharpen up our focus. I think it was finding what sort of music we were doing. It was just gelling again and making sure that we weren’t too far away from where we came from but at the same time not rehashing old ground.

Everything would be a bit different to how you guys did things last time around. Like you said about releasing a song every few months, it is only a matter of whacking it up on Spotify these days and the writing process can be done remotely.

Yeah all the ideas back then were generated in the jam room. That’s when you fleshed everything out. It is frustrating sometimes because I’ll be sitting in my studio with a guitar and I might think I’m going to write ten riffs, if someone was next to me they’d be able to go “Yes that one” and you sort of tie yourself up in knots. I do miss that interaction of getting in a room together and just coming up with stuff on the spot. It has its ups and downs. We are all pretty keen to get into a room together. The way these songs are now, we have never actually played them together as a whole. It would be nice to get into a room and see if we know how to play our own songs as a group! It’s certainly different to how it was fifteen years ago but it is certainly no less enjoyable that’s for sure.

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BLACK COAST

I’ve been singing these guys praises since they hit my desk earlier this year. Nu-metalcore fiends Black Coast have released the video for their new single ‘Ache’ which in parts has given me a huge Ocean Grove vibe. Chatting with guitarist Scott Pinnington back in March revealed that the Stoke-on-Trent boy’s vibe our local lads in OG (Black Coast)

Along with the video we now have the track list and artwork for their debut album ‘Outworld’ which is set to be released 27th August via Blood Blast Distro. The guys have two previously released singles off of this Paradise and Vodka Smile which received support from numerous international publications and radio play world-wide. I also recommend checking out their back catalogue of tunes.

1. Ache

2. Paradise – Out Now

3. Addict

4. Mental

5. Vodka Smile – Out Now

6. Void

7. Outworld

8. Twisted

9. Burn

10. Daydream

11. Domino Rose

12. Strangers Skin

Ache sees the ‘Stokie’ pub-loving five-piece celebrate their brooding nu-metal KoЯn and Deftones influences, melded with the forward-thinking metallic hardcore sound for which they are lauded. Worn heart-on-sleeve and capped off with a chorus worthy of sticky-floored rock club renditions for years to come – Black Coast continue to shape a sound uniquely their own.

With their last tour shelved mid-way due to covid and staring into a void of uncertainty, they entered the studio. New music gave means for reflection and a coping mechanism and writing the album ‘Outworld’ proved to be a healing process.

Singer Charlie Hewitt explains: “Ache has a mixture of meanings, l like to think this one was born out of all the shit we have been through in the years as a band. As people it’s that sum of all the problems we’ve faced but being very good at hiding them from each other and from the people listening when in fact we are just as the line says, ‘embracing the chaos’. Surrounding ourselves, life is hard and everyone has different things going on but l like to think this song brings us together to say ‘f*ck you’ to those problems.”

What emerges from the somehow both separate and collaborative time away is 12-tracks from a band who have undergone a sonic and personal evolution. In conjunction with partnership with Nuclear Blast’s Blood Blast‘Outworld’ could very well be the record that takes Black Coast worldwide.

Black Coast are: Charlie Hewitt – Vocals // Scott Pinnington – Guitar // Joe Mayer – Guitar // Jack Beardsall – Bass // Matthew Clarke – Drums


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MERCURIOUS

Brisbane based Prog Rock Quartet Mercurious release their immersive new single ‘The Fade’. ‘The Fade’ is a multi-layered, complex in its construction, varied and dramatic track that showcases the remarkable diversity that is characteristic of its composers. 

This vibrant single treats the listener to savagely powerful riffs, groovy bass & drum rhythm patterns, anthemic choruses, technical yet melodic fretwork, and soaring orchestral layers showcasing a band that is bold and confident in their signature sound. The instrumentation oscillates between ferocious riffs curating inevitable tension and encapsulating spacious passages providing a colourful soundscape for Rhys Bryant’s dynamic vocals.

Vocalist Rhys Bryant on the new single “Fade is about a hypnotherapy session that I had where I experienced an alternate reality. In this altered state, I experienced a different life as an alien lifeform. During this session, I witnessed many incredible things, including my own death. This death involved a cataclysmic solar event which I was trying to prevent, resulting in the death of an entire extra-terrestrial armada. This experience was followed by a discussion with what could be described as my higher consciousness. The song explores the idea of reincarnation, feeling the burden of empathy and finding purpose and meaning in one’s human experience”

Coming off a successful release of their latest single ‘Revelation’ which garnered Mercurious national and international press, ‘The Fade’ is an impressive composition to be added to the band’s growing repertoire. With more new music in the works, Mercurious are showing absolutely no signs of slowing down!

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IAMMERAKI

FFO: A Day To Remember, Third Eye Blind.

Just the name alone of this project caught my attention. Meraki is one of my favourite words, it means to do something with soul, creativity, passion and love. IAMMERAKI’s doesn’t hold back in the passionate delivery of his debut single ‘Contrast’ taking us on that journey of not being able to say goodbye to someone.

Sydney based Alternative/Modern Rock outfit IAMMERAKI is the brainchild of Lachy Campbell who has poured his heart and soul into creating music that is authentic, vulnerable, and true to himself. Combine that with driving riffs, catchy hooks, high-quality production and accompanying visuals,

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Colour and Shade


Colour and Shade’s EP Hostile Ground came out Friday. Mat Purcell virtually sat down with me to talk us through the EP.

Your EP ‘Hostile Grounds’ is out this Friday.

Yes. I don’t really know how to explain it because we had our plans change on us so many times. We had three different main approaches on how we were going to release everything and it obviously got changed. We ended up releasing more singles than we had planned. We have released three and there are two more to come out, they are a little bit different. One song has a Hans Zimmer influence on it, its very different for us. The other one, which Tim had a lot to do with, is cleaner and more laid back. I don’t think there is any distortion guitar in it which is very out of the comfort zone, for me especially.

Are the songs all connected by a theme?

No, they are all very much stand alone songs. They were written over the course of a year. Tim already had the chorus for Therapy when we started and we built the song from there. Zak had all these guitar riffs that he had smacked together and that was Phoenix. Equilibrium was a couple of my little guitar parts which Zak built on. We had all these songs written before Covid, it was at the point where we were about to start organising the artwork and release and then Covid happened. Music videos were what tied us back the most because we couldn’t leave the house or plan anything. As soon as lockdown ended we were quick on it. We actually shot the Therapy video at my mum’s house because it was organised so quickly, just so we could get it done. We probably sat on these songs for 18 months before we could release them.

Your latest single Equilibrium is probably your best song yet!

Thank you. It’s definitely the one we put the most work into and I think the result is showing that. We’ve had a really good response from Equilibrium. Moving forward from Equilibrium, given the fact that it has done so well, will give us a bit more direction.

There are five songs on the EP, what are the stories behind them?

Therapy is about people needing to ask for help. Zak wrote the concept of Phoenix around being a person in the past and then changing and bettering yourself to not be that person that you were. Sometimes you won’t even like yourself and I know Zak has had a hard time in the past, that was a song that was really close to him. Equilibrium is exactly what it says – equality. Equality across the globe -nationality, race, gender and all the rest. It doesn’t matter, it should be kind of a standard. Canvas is our opening track, it’s a short one, it’s very much an intro song. It’s a bit of an open love song that Zak wrote the lyrics to for his now wife, they got married last year. Rest is that slow song that I was talking about. You work your way through a lot of stuff but eventually you will have to take a step back and not burn yourself out, if that makes sense.

Total sense!!

Maybe listen to that one!

That will be the first one I listen too…

Getting back to Rest!! It’s interesting now because when we were in lockdown, me personally, I was very eager to do something or anything to do with the band. Just getting stuff organised because sitting at home doing nothing, especially when you cant gig or even practise, was very frustrating. The one thing I didn’t do during lockdown was relax. For me it was very hard to relax because nothing was getting done, even though nothing could be done. Even know there is a result from that where I am like we can do it so we should be taking advantage of it. It’s keeping me very driven. I think that has washed off on Zak too, he’s doing so much at the moment. He was doing his podcast, his YouTube channel for audio production, he stays pretty busy.

What’s next for Colour and Shade?

We have the EP coming out and then after that it’s a blank canvas, see where we go next I guess.

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BARUNGA FESTIVAL

In an Australian first, an entire symphony orchestra will head to a remote Indigenous community to collaborate with remote First Nations artists singing traditional songs at the famous Barunga Festival  this June.

Maintaining its long and proud history as one of Australia’s most important cultural events, Barunga Festival celebrates the best of First Nations art, sport, dance, music and cultural activities. The 2020 event was due to be a celebration of its 35th anniversary until it’s unfortunate cancellation due to COVID-19. This year the return to the community and the importance of the event to the area will be celebrated like never before.

Held over three days, from Friday, June 11 to Sunday, June 13, 80 kilometres southeast of Katherine, Barunga will attract over 3000 people from across the Northern Territory and beyond. With an audience of over 65% First Nations attendees, the event has become an important and immersive experience for both First Nations Australians and travellers seeking genuine connections with Australia’s thriving cultural history.

The DARWIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA will make the four hour drive down the Stuart Highway where they will join with Manuel Dhurrkay (Saltwater Band), Don Nunggarlu (MAMBALI), Jason Gurruwiwi, PHL The Beat Dancers and Galiwin’ku Youth Band live on stage. The orchestra will also join Maningrida’s Ripple Effect in a special collaborative performance– the first time a Western orchestra has collaborated on-country with an all-female First Nations act.

Darwin Symphony Orchestra + Ripple Effect

The acoustic stage will host artists both Indigenous and non-Indigenous including Kankawa, Archer, Serina Pech, Emcille, Lena Kelli and more. Cross cultural dance will also be a key feature of the event with a Filipino-Australian dance group as well as the annual fashion parade and the famous Barunga Disco, the biggest social event for local young people in the year’s calendar.

Barunga will once again be the home of the Top End’s most ferocious sporting competition with teams from across the Top End and beyond competing in football, basketball and softball, while local traditional art will again be on display along with cultural practices including spear throwing, basket weaving and didgeridoo making.

The event has a healthy food policy, with a range of cuisines on offer as well as a 100% drug, smoke and alcohol-free policy to ensure the family spirit of the Barunga community is maintained.

Barunga is a real community, welcoming you to their home to celebrate all that is great about being Australian through their eyes. Whether you fly, drive or walk, all roads lead to Barunga this June and it will change the way you see Australia

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SENTIMENT

Sentiment are back with a new single ‘Once A Rose, Now A Parasite’ and a new sound. I caught up with Alex, Hayden, Matt and their new vocalist Sebastian (Seabass) for all the goss.

New music guys!!!

Alex: Yes and with the new music we are also announcing a new vocalist in Seabass. He’s pretty fucking fantastic for lack of a better description. We’ve got this new song recorded and it’s a bit of a different direction, a bit more fun, upbeat and dancy. Something that is going to get stuck in your head for awhile.

Bit of an earworm.

Alex: Absolutely. We are so excited to get it out, for us it is almost like starting again. Which is both terrifying and exciting at the same time.

Seabass: I have been in other bands; I was in Days Like These before I stepped away. I couldn’t be prouder of what they are doing now. It’s a bit scary for me too, starting with these boys. It’s different.

And you have a different role with Sentiment.

Seabass: Exactly, I am still trying to figure out what to do with my hands on stage.

Give the man a guitar boys!!

Seabass: That is exactly what I have been saying (laughs). I feel like if I can focus just on vocals then I won’t have to be delegating my concentration too much. But it’s super fun and I am enjoying it. The way these guys write is very old school as in we literally just rock up to a rehearsal expecting to rehearse and someone will start playing something. Basically there goes the whole rehearsal because we end up screwing around with it and we’ve written a song!

Alex: That’s how we write all out songs. I think that is why they come across a little bit more fun and unique.

Hayden: Raw

Alex: Yeah raw.

Seabass: At least we can take them back to the studio at my place and record them how they are supposed to be, while we remember. Then we can work on it.

Hope you are recording while you are practising!

Matt: There is literally a phone in the middle of the room. Poor Seabass, we were never very high tech.

Seabass: I have sat in on a couple of those sessions now and we have started a few things so hopefully we can get around to doing a lot more of that.  The down side is these guys all live northside.

Alex: Its about 45 minutes away. The positives with Seabass joining and the new process, we are really opening our eyes as to what we can do. From starting with a really good song in ‘Sentiment’  a simple and to the point song, which is what we really liked about it, to now being able to expand on our ideas a bit more and actually working to improve them.

Just having someone with that bit more experience.

Matt: Even just having Seabass come in and fill in on the first three gigs after Kye left and coming to rehearsals, we would practise and be like this is how this song goes and having him say “What if we did it a little bit like this?” We would be like “Ah shit that’s really good”.

Seabass: I picked up Alex’s guitar the other week when we were on a five minute break and they guys were listening really attentively, and I thought to myself shit do they want to bite my head off right now because I’m telling them what to do….

Hayden: I think just in general Seabass has been a really good decision forward for us because he does bring a lot of experience. He’s a fun dude that we have all met outside of being in a band, we were all friends with him before this. He just gels with us really well and brings a different outlook into the band. Obviously we weren’t running out of ideas but as Alex said before we weren’t pushing ourselves and were hesitant to take out music that bit further.  Seabass just comes in and provides us with this different outlook and new sense of direction for where to go with each song. It’s been refreshing and really cool.

Matt: That’s not to say we were directionless before him. We were already a good band (laughs).

Seabass: I’m not afraid to be honest with you guys, I think that’s the best bit. I can tell you guys if a riff or something is shit and offer a suggestion and they are okay with it. We can then go through why and figure out how to make it better.

So tell me about the new song. What’s it called, what’s it about?

Alex: So it’s called ‘Once A Rose, Now A Parasite’. I guess its about breaking up with someone and realising that you are now better off in so many different ways. Really celebrating the fact that you are better off. It’s very anthemic and upbeat and it really packs a lot of energy and a lot of heart. The way we wrote it was I came into practise with the main riffs and the lyrics ready to go. The boys said yep this is sick and we wrote it in like two sessions. I’m more excited about this song than anything else at the moment. I think if we get the reach that we want its going to be a big hit for us.

Matt: It is really cool too because it was one that was written with all of us in the room. You know how we were saying the writing process is us just all hanging out, anyone who knows us personally will be able to tell who came up with what part. It was quite guitar heavy and pop/punky sort of feel and then all of a sudden it kicks into this big China part and it’s like Matt Clay had a go at that haha!!

Hayden: It’s very pop/punky/post hardcore.

Seabass: Easycore. If you like A Day To Remember I think you will like it.

Alex: That’s not to say that the other stuff we haven’t released isn’t heavy, but this is just more of a ‘Hey we are actually cool dudes, and we can write some catchy shit’.

Matt: It’s not a departure from that sound its just more of a window into what we can do. We have also recorded a couple of other songs which are far heavier than Sentiment.

The majority of people are happy to see bands mixing it up a bit.

Hayden: Lucky for us we are still a relatively new band which gives us a bit of grace to still explore different sounds and where we want to head. We’ve all got fairly different influences and it definitely shows when we write. All the songs that we have in our catalogue so far are all quite different from each other. I don’t think there are any two songs that sound similar which is good because it expresses who we are as a band and as individuals.

Seabass: That is what I am enjoying about this too, they didn’t want to just stick with one sound. They had a catalogue of all these different ideas sonically which made which made me feel really comfortable to put out my ideas as well. When they asked me to be a member of the band I wasn’t going to be limited to just writing one certain thing. I think we are fortunate that we are not strictly bound to one sound.

Who are your influences then?

Hayden: I’m very much a metalcore kid, like an early 2000’s metalcore kid. So I loved all of that Of Mice and Men, Amity, Sempiternal era BMTH all that sort of stuff. In the last three or four years I’ve been getting into more of the Make Them Suffer, Stray From The Path, Saviour etc.

Alex: I do like Beach Bunny a lot. I really like songs with big chorus’s, and I don’t just listen to one genre. I really like local bands like Deadlights. I found that its really a lot of the Australian music scene like Deadlights, Windwaker, Make Them Suffer. Also a lot of poppy stuff. Like Once A Rose has a big chorus and I think I can attribute being able to write those types of chorus’s from listening to stuff like Katie Perry and Ariana Grande. You can really learn a lot from pop music to be able to put into metal.

Seabass: That being said don’t expect me to be able to sound like either of those two!!

I was expecting great things from you Seabass!! They have just all told me how awesome you are….

Seabass: Let’s just say I’m in a different ballpark. Influentially I am kind of in the same boat as Alex in that I don’t really listen to the one thing. It depends on my mood, but I have always found traces of Circa Survive in there. I’ve been listening to them since mid high school. A lot of the demos I started writing even before I was in bands I found myself going back to Circa and listening to them. Not just the sounds that they were producing but the way that they were writing as well was really cool. Bilmuri as well. I think listening to Bilmuri he’s got this idea that he doesn’t really care about genre and I found myself caring way to much about continuity in my writing to the point where now I couldn’t care less. I’m not afraid to do that now. Then my metal influence is Linkin Park all the way. I was literally listening to them before I was born, my brother had Hybrid Theory and was playing it to my mum while my brother and I were in the womb.

Matt: Gee they all came up with such detailed responses. I just took the basic white boy slide down into metal. I listened to Nollsy and then one day I heard Metallica and thought oh that’s kind of cool. So yeah 80’s thrash which moved onto 90’s numetal like Slipknot and Limp Bizkit and shit like that. Now I’ve moved onto more modern numetalcore like Alpha Wolf, Graves and more of that hardcore like Knocked Loose and Kublai Khan. Big heavy drums, the more I get to hit my china the better.

Gigs… you guys have been killing it. You were popping up everywhere.

Alex: Yeah more or less. We took a three month hiatus from gigs to write and record and sort out a vocalist. We are really keen to just play any show that we can.

Matt: Especially in the world at the moment everyone appreciates a small show. You can just have four local bands and there will be a pretty solid turnout.

They are my favourite gigs anyway.

Hayden: They are always a real solid crowd; everyone is super nice, and you know most of the people.

Alex: We have a gig coming up on April 22nd at the Brightside. We were lucky enough to go with Empire Within. They are really cool dudes, and they seem just as keen as us to play it. In Eyes are also playing and Neverfold. It’s going to be a really energetic fun night. It will have a taste of everything. We are really keen for that one as it will be our first show back in a while and we will have a new song to go with it.

We just want to give a quick shoutout to the Deaf Cult Initiative boys. We wouldn’t have gotten Once A Rose as good as it was, especially with the music video, if it wasn’t for the grant that we got from them. Nick Hargans our videographer, he took time out of his very busy schedule and filmed our music video with us so big shout out to him. The Deaf Cult Initiative boys are doing really good things for the local band scene. I couldn’t think of a better set of dudes to do it. They really want the best for all of Brisbane and anywhere else they can get their hands on.

We are so lucky because we have so many people just wanting to help. The Deaf Cult Initiative boys, Piky and Jacob from Anti Vinyl Club, Jase and Burgo with their podcast and all the other things they are doing. It’s so good.

Hayden: It’s great that in a good scene in general you have all these other small groups like AVVC, UNFD Social Club that bring people even closer together. It’s just really cool to see what the scene does day in, day out. I think the DCI boys have just taken that and ran with it, doing so much for so many really good local bands.

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