BIGSOUND 2021

  The Southern Hemisphere’s biggest music industry gathering, BIGSOUND is back in Brisbane September 7-9 with three fun-filled days of music discovery, connection and a timely conference program focusing on building a new future for the music industry.

Kicking off on the Tuesday with the BIGSOUND Indigenous Showcase and Women in Music event, the industry’s leading players will gather at the BIGSOUND Conference on the Wednesday and Thursday to grapple with the big issues of the day, laying out a roadmap for a future that addresses changing industry and audience dynamics, post-COVID business transition, cultural change, inclusivity and innovation, gender equality and safety, international economics and domestic politics.

By night, discovering the future of music at BIGSOUND Festival will come to the fore, as some 150 artists showcase their talent in venues across its spiritual home in the Fortitude Valley live music precinct from Tuesday – Thursday night; with artist applications open today.

“Never before has connection for our music community been more important,” said Angela Samut, QMusic CEO and BIGSOUND Executive Producer.

“This year, BIGSOUND will provide the chance for us to collectively grieve the losses the industry has faced over the past year and celebrate the treasure trove of Australasian talent that has been incubating throughout this time.

“Our commitment to rebuilding a stronger, safer, more inclusive industry as we emerge from COVID has never been greater and BIGSOUND is once again stepping up to the plate as the place where people come to discover the future of music and to be part of the future of music.

Building on 2020’s industry-leading First Nations program, BIGSOUND remains committed to producing an extensive Indigenous program, both of discussion and live music.

“With BIGSOUND back in business, like any workplace, safety of our delegates and patrons is paramount. We need to be more culturally proactive to achieve true inclusivity and safety for all. As such, BIGSOUND will soon unveil an innovative, industry-first safety and inclusion program, led from the front by a Safety Council bringing together BIGSOUND alumni, psychology professionals and technology partners to create a physically and culturally safe environment for patrons.

“We will also be working with members of our Council and wider industry in designing program content and hope that we can instigate conversations that will offer best practice solutions.”

Australasia’s largest annual music prize, the Levi’s® Music Prize in partnership with BIGSOUND returns, contributing an incredible $90,000 in cash prizes this year, with $15K to be awarded in the latest round to three artists selected to showcase at BIGSOUND 2021.

BIGSOUND will welcome tastemakers from across the country, including media, A&R, agents, promoters, music supervisors, buyers and more, and for national and international  industry and delegates who cannot physically attend BIGSOUND, digital doors will be open for business.

The one place in Australia where the talent on stage is only matched by the influence of those out in the crowd, you just never know who you might be standing next to at BIGSOUND.

Artist applications for BIGSOUND 2021 are open from today at www.bigsound.org.au and close May 28.

JAGA

FFO: Machine Gun Kelly, NIN, Papa Roach.

‘Blacked Out’ ‘is the first release for Jacob Thrum’s solo project JAGA. Blacked Out is a 2.56 minute rollercoaster ride that you don’t want to get off of. Following the single release is the announcement of JAGA’s debut EP ‘Disturbia’ on July 9th.

You’ve just released your first single under the moniker of Jaga.

I have. I think it was a good choice for a first single.

It certainly was. It has such a vibe to it, and it is so different.

Thank you. That’s what I was aiming for. Being my first solo project, and just entering the world with it, it has been kind of nerve wracking having something so different. You still try to have aspects of what is relevant within the scene at the moment, but you have to do what comes out naturally and not force it. There are some songs on the EP that will be coming out that have some crazy sounds on them. It’s wicked, it is going to be awesome.

I’m a big fan of different and it is so good to see so much interesting music coming out at the moment.

I was talking to someone the other day about the recordings that local bands are putting out. They are crazy, people have taken production on themselves. All of my stuff was done by Callen (Batson) from Days Like These, I’ve been friends with him for awhile. We started writing this time last year and the final product is starting to come out now. Callen produced the songs and has co-written them with me. It’s a good way for me to get things out that I can’t do with the band. (Jacob is also in alt/rock band Tragic Me). There is heavy music deep in the heart that you have to get out somehow.

I interviewed someone the other day who is more a blues musician and I said to him I love most music, but I will always have a Deathcore heart, I need that heavy in my life.

It’s funny, when Callen and I first started this I said to him I didn’t want it to be to heavy, but this is just what naturally came out. It’s not heavy, heavy but it’s definitely got that aspect of hardcore in a way.  

You’ve been busy if you have written enough for an EP.

Yeah I have five written and I have a few dates with Callen over the next few months to write some more and get started on the next EP.

Where did Blacked Out come from?

It’s not a personal experience, I like to write from an outside point of view. It’s being manipulated within a relationship and having the courage to get up and leave it. Taking control of your own life and not letting other people rule it. It was funny actually because after I released it I had people messaging me asking me if I was okay and saying that the lyrics were pretty fucked up! I’m fine and the song is not about me.

You can write fucked up lyrics in heavier songs because that angsty feels match the music.

Yeah that’s right, it’s not like it’s a pop song which needs to be happy and feel good.

Your EP ‘Disturbia’ comes out in July.

Yes. I have two more singles coming out prior to the release. One on the 21st May and the other a week before ‘Disturbia’ drops. It’s been a bit of a tricky one to navigate with releases because Tragic Me is also in the middle of releasing an EP, we have a single dropping Friday (Dances Alone). I haven’t fucking stopped really. I promote mine and then I’m like ‘Oh also…..’ (laughs)

The joys of being in two bands I guess!!

If you haven’t given Blacked Out a spin yet go have a suss below of the video clip and keep your eyes peeled for some more new music from the JAGA camp.

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DEAF CULT INITIATIVE X ANTICLINE VINYL RELEASE

What is no longer a secret is the fact that Anticline’s ‘URGENCY’ is getting pressed on vinyl thanks to the legends at Deaf Cult Initiative.

Deaf Cult Initiative are proud to announce our second vinyl release. We will be releasing Anticline’s much anticipated sophomore EP ‘Urgency’ for the first time on vinyl.

It is no wonder why ‘Urgency’ is considered by Australia’s own Wall of Sound to be a ‘breath of fresh life in what can be an otherwise stale genre’. ‘Urgency’ is a blistering force of the finest blends of metalcore in one release. The six track EP features such tracks as the infectious Headspinning Bias, the heavy grooves of In The Open and the relentless Pitch Black, featuring Justice For The Damned’s Bobak Rafee.

The EP will be released on May 20th via Deaf Cult Initiative in two variants. The Headspinning Smash, a blue and pink smash that is exclusive to Deaf Cult Initiative’s store and The Urgency Splatter, a clear splatter that will be exclusively available on tour throughout May when Anticline tour alongside acts such as Thornhill, Wraith and Apate.

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It was a busy weekend for Anticline a few weeks ago. Not only did they play an AA gig at Wrangler, organised by the legend Aiden Recupero, but they ghost dropped ‘Urgency’ on vinyl.

I got to have a quick chat with Darcy prior to the Saturday night gig.

How exciting is it to be sneakily dropping this vinyl tonight???

Yes. It’s definitely a bucket list thing for me and the boys. I was a vinyl head when I was a bit younger, so it is so cool to have our stuff pressed on vinyl.

They came out sick.

Yeah the variants are really cool.

I’ve been hassling Jake for weeks trying to work out who this release was and didn’t think it would be you guys because you did the AVVC one.

Surprise!!

Ha yeah! Did the boys approach you with the idea?

Jake messaged me out of the blue saying “Hey we have an idea. If you’re interested we would love to have a chat.” It was all very casual at the start. He presented us with the idea and straight away we were excited. They have been really good to work with. They are very flexible and very open to our ideas and how we want to go about it. Honestly they have just been all round legends.

And you are going to ghost drop it tonight at the Wrangler gig.

Yeah I believe we are going to have 10 of each variant there. We aren’t promoting it on line, we are just going to do it at the show and see how word gets out that way.

I really like that idea.

Yeah I think it was Luke’s idea from memory. Just letting it spread via word of mouth.

You have the AA gig tonight thanks to the legend that is Aiden.

Yes we are very excited for that. It’s good that Aiden is getting his foot in the door with booking gigs. I’m really, really proud of him. We were just playing video games one day and he was saying how there are hardly any AA shows. Me and the boys where like well start booking them then and make it happen. Lo and behold he has done it.

I’m super proud of him too, something was lacking in the scene and instead of complaining constantly he went and did something about it.

Absolutely, and he is doing well. Apparently there are only 5 tickets left.

That is so good to hear. I love that everyone is getting around him and throwing their support behind him.

Back to the vinyl! So there are the two variants. The purple smash and the clear splatter.

Yes. I believe there are 100 of each variant. They will be hand numbered individually I think. So each variant will be /100. I’m pretty sure that is how we are doing it.

The purple one looks insane.

They both turned out really good. We got the smashed variant first and I opened it up at work. Straight away I went up to my boss who is a vinyl head, and I was like “Look at this”.

I’m still deciding which one I want!! And you’re about to tour?

Yes. We are touring with Wraith and 23/19 in May. The first week will be Brisbane, Wollongong etc, the east coast. The following weekend is Melbourne and Adelaide. I’m very keen to come back to Adelaide. Adelaide always makes us feel very much at home.

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TALL RELATIVES

I think drummer Flynn Ord summed it up best when he said “State of Disaster is very much a song that kicks you in the head. It’s like an up-tempo, right up in your face, spin kicking in your lounge, listen. It’s got the whole shebang”. I caught up with Flynn, Dan and Will from Tall Relatives, to find out where the inspiration for the song came from and learnt that they are changing up their sound a bit!!

You guys released your new single ‘State of Disaster’ a few weeks back.

Flynn: We did indeed. We put quite a bit of effort into it all, we went to the boys at Loud Noise Estate who did Polaris’s The Guilt and The Grief. We really wanted to step it up with this one. The mixing and engineering side of things has been getting really good feedback.

It’s a cool tune. You guys have been around for awhile now.

Dan: Yeah we have been gigging for about four years.

Will joined us at this point.

Have you guys had practise tonight?

Flynn: It was a bit of a split up practise cos Will might have Covid, so we are isolating him from society.

Will: It’s just a runny nose!

Don’t you be shutting the borders again Will…..

Will: Luckily I’m in the country so its kind of hard to see people.

Dan: We officially announced Will today as our official bassist for the band.

So you have had a line-up change?

Dan: We have had so many line-up changes. We haven’t had a consistent line-up since about early 2019. That’s why we have taken so long to get back into it, that and Covid. We have probably gone through about ten members. It’s been pretty crazy. Flynn and I have been the consistent ones in the band.

Tell me about ‘State of Disaster’.

Dan: I’ve been hearing a lot of people who have listened to the single and then some of our newer demos call this song a red herring sonically. It’s sort of teasing a lot of stuff. It’s a very heavy alternative punk song and its quite fast as well. I think it was like 200bpm. This single isn’t going to be on the EP we are working on, but it was a way to vent out all the frustration of all the line-up changes, the stagnation and not being able to play shows and to get back on with it. That was the point of releasing the single. Like a hard, fast, quick song to get back into it. We released another song before this called Ice Age and an EP, I feel like State of Disaster is a new and improved of what we were trying to do with Ice Age. Both in terms of what the song is like, but also in how it was produced. We did it properly this time. We just wanted to get back to where we left off and move forward from there.

What is the main message from the song?

Dan: The song was written a long, long time ago and it has been through a few name changes as well. It was sort of an anti-authority song for awhile around all the minor inconveniences that you get like tickets and fines. Very minor authoritarian type stuff and really making big deal about it, song wise, from a few incidents that we noticed. The song changed as Covid State of Disaster got announced. The name of the song changed as soon as they mentioned that it was a State of Disaster. I think I was in the Botanical Gardens walking around during the second wave, I kept walking around in circles and I had the boys on a messenger call. I said to them we needed to change the name and when they asked what to I said State of Disaster. The whole song is being disenfranchised I guess at a lot of minor things building up into bigger outbursts. It’s also almost a critique on itself. I’ve heard people even using the song for different things, a mate of ours used the song when he was going through a meltdown. He shaved his head while listening to the song recently.

Did a Brittney?

Dan: It sort of became this thing, this is the state of disaster, when anything bad happens to you it’s a state of disaster. Its almost like a critique on the nature of critiquing stuff in a privileged place. That is something I have wanted to address for a long time because we are in Australia, a first world country, but we are still complaining about things like parking tickets, fines and license issues. We had to acknowledge that; I think in a way it is a little bit self-aware in that regard.

What can we expect from the EP then?

Dan: You can expect a lot.

Flynn: There are going to be a lot of interesting flavours involved in it all because as Dan was saying the single was our sort of punky side of things coming out, with a bit of a fun break down and a slight little progressive twinge. But now we are wanting to change the aggression that went into that and make it more ambient would we say?

Dan: I wouldn’t say textural. The biggest difference is that we have introduced  a synth into the band. All those piano lessons from when I was a kid are finally being put to use.

Will: It sounds a lot bigger too. When you guys showed me some of the new stuff I was like ‘Woah’. This new sound is really interesting. I am keen to see where it goes.

Flynn: It’s the fun thing of taking the really cool parts of like State of Disaster for example and then tweaking it and making it our own. It’s different from what we have done before but your still getting that same great taste.

Dan: And I think that the song writing process for these tracks, because we do have a more stable band, has really changed. As people we have had a gazillion things happen leading up to now and that has led to a sort of change into different sounds for us. I guess now all the songs that we write is me writing with each of the boys and so each song has a different flavour. Everyone’s personalities get to shine depending on which song it is, it will have a well-rounded flare to it. It’s also easier to just meet up with one person as we are so spaced out around the Melbourne. The synth is a huge factor that is going to change the sound but its as if you chopped up State, condensed it and sprinkled it into something more, I guess atmospheric, moody and haunting. That is what the EP will sound like.

Flynn: The really interesting thing is that we have a taste of that EP that is going to be coming out some time soon. To give a special hint there is a certain UNFD band member who is very much involved with that. When we drop that one I think that will get some heads turning.

Dan: I think a really important thing that I need to mention as well is that the State of Disaster single did one thing that nothing we had done before did which is captures the feel of actually being at one of our shows. Our gigs are rowdy and energetic but also a very inclusive and fun environment. That’s my main mission, is to create a fun place where people can go and actually feel like they are a part of the surrounding. That was important for us going forward. The EP will probably change the way we perform too. I am used to getting off-stage and getting crazy with everyone down in the front, I’m literally used to performing the whole show down with the audience. Now we are trying to focus on the sonic aspects of it and the textural elements of it. To give you a show that you can really remember musically. I’m still going to be jumping off but hopefully in lesser doses because it is exhausting.

The older you get the harder it gets too!!

Dan: That’s it. I think also when it comes to watching younger bands performing, the ones that have the most energy really make you kind of question why it is you do certain things. I guess I am an introverted person who had become extroverted to give people a good show. I see younger performers doing a lot more things than I could possibly do, I just don’t have that in me anymore. I think to an extent I was never interested in that aspect but watching other bands changed the way I thought about it. For me and the band to stand out we needed to give people that show. That became the priority for a long time, but I guess after four years of doing that I have reached a point where its time to give the people something that they can play on Spotify and actually know what it is we do rather than the atmosphere we create.

Flynn: State of Disaster very much kicks that in the head you know. It’s like an up-tempo, right up in your face, spin kicking in your lounge listening to it. Its got the whole shebang.

Dan: We could have written six or seven songs along those lines, but we are not trying to be the next idols, we are trying to create our own stuff from within. I hope that is what the new EP represents.

It gave me old school punk vibes and for the life of me I can’t remember the name of the band that I got the vibe of.

Dan: Interesting. I think because it is such a fast song it was undoubtably going to be compared to a lot of punk sounds. You cant play that fast and not get those comparisons. I didn’t write it with that in mind. I wasn’t really listening to a lot of punk music before then but after the song was done that changed a bit. Like an Agent Orange vibe but mixing it with a Black Sabbath sound, just sped up!! We used to get that comparison a lot with the doomier stuff that we were doing but we were more trying to figure out our sound. The doominess came from the guitars and the vocals. I think the doominess is still in the vocals, but the guitars don’t reflect that anymore.

That’s a mix! Your influences are pretty wide then?

Flynn: Great question isn’t it.

Dan: We used to have an EP back in the old days on Spotify, I told Flynn to take it down recently, so I hope it’s still not up there, it was the influences of the band which was so fucking dorky for a start up band (laughs). Flynn can go first, that’s a big question.

Flynn: I think one of the interesting things with this band is that we bring a lot of different sort of influences to create these varied songs. From my world it’s Messhuggah, Lamb of God, a little bit of Tool and Puscifer stuff. More on the progressive side of heavy.

Dan: More on the Unify side of things for sure. Flynn has introduced me more to that world, hasn’t quite sold me to it yet to be honest.

It’s a good world to be in!!

Dan: I’ve heard good things.

Will: I guess in terms of guitar tones I get pretty inspired by Death From Above, not that we sound much like them, but I like their guitar tones.

Dan: There’s been a lot of bands that I have been enjoying now like The Drums, and we don’t sound anything fucking like them!! We couldn’t be further removed from a band like that, but I find them fascinating. For me I think what makes things different is that I make EDM as well under a different moniker called The Nylex Factory and so I think I bring a lot of that into the synth work. I used to use a Korg minilogue which is obviously quite small, and I used that for EDM. When I wanted to bring that sound to the band they would always laugh at me because they would be like ‘That sounds like eight bit shit, that cant work’. So I invested in a Nord Lead so that I can adapt it to what the band are doing. So for me it’s obviously a lot of Aphex Twin and big EDM kind of groups. Groups that can fuse those two world together fascinate me.

Flynn: I know from a writing perspective Will always goes on about Converge, those sort of heavier bands hey Willy?

Will: Oohhhh yeah!

Dan: If you asked JD he would say Radiohead. I’m hesitant to do that because any time a band mixes electronic shit with rock it’s like there is this transitionary period, this is ours. We are genuinely just trying to make a different kind of thing. Its not all rock being turned into electric, its not analogue going into digital. We are just trying to say what we wanted to say the first time around. Properly this time, and we need equipment such as synth’s to do that. I find it much easier to write with a synth. It’s more a song writing thing than a sonical thing. If I could do it without the synth I would!

Did you guys write this EP during Covid or was it done prior?

Flynn: Bits and pieces were.

Dan: The first song on it, that we have been working on for months, was written at the tail end of November or December 2020. JD and I were writing the song at his house and the whole town of Druid had a power blackout, obviously because the song was so fierce it shut everything down (laughs). We did the synth parts and when it came time to do the vocals the computer was still able to turn on. We went to go get some food but there wasn’t any in the entire 100km radius of the town. When we got back the power came on and we had no food, but we managed to record the song. That song was the basis for two other songs that are in C# or C# minor. I guess it was because we were trying to come to terms with what it was we were actually doing. We figured it out in the end, and it gave us a new freedom to pretty much write whatever we want.

Flynn: Like we said before with the big, beautiful Will Pain joining us now we have gone back to the drawing board. We were sitting there thinking we have had our noses in this alt/rock thing for awhile what can we expand on to make it interesting. We started messing around with more up-tempo punk stuff but while doing that we brought the synth in and started mucking around with that a bit more. We found that you can actually fuse a lot of heavier elements with that sound and create a really interesting piece of sound that not many people are doing at the moment.

Will: One of the things I definitely learnt about when joining the band, even playing a lot of your old songs, in other bands where I have been playing bass I have been the rhythm section and there has been another guitar playing the same thing. Whereas in Tall Relatives JD is definitely playing lead and I am definitely playing rhythm. It’s been cool because I have had so much more sonic space to experiment with guitar tones and get weird which is really good.

Dan: From a basis that was actually the biggest thing we wanted. It wasn’t what we asked for, but it just happened to work because he is a creative person. He thinks about it not from a musical perspective necessarily but from a creative stand point. He is adaptable and isn’t afraid to show us his material. The bass is such an important facet to us, and we have someone who can use the bass as a driving force.

Will: Thanks Dan you little sweetheart.

Dan: You’re welcome.

What else does the world need to know?

Dan: That’s a big question! I reckon just keep those eyes peeled on things that are coming soon that are involving some cool people and some cool sounds. What we are actually doing is going to be not only fun to listen to but quite surprising for people who might think that they know us based off of what they have seen live, only to find out that it is a different band all together. But one that has the same energy, integrity and values as the one that they see on stage.

Any gigs?

Flynn: No set plans but keep those eyes peeled….

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MUMS FAVOURITE

Sasha Theunissen – Vocals

Brooke Squire – Bass

Nick Ursida – Guitar

Maarlee De Jong – Guitar

Jordy Theunissen – Drums

I will always bang on about if you are going to a show then make sure you get there for all the support acts because that is where you will find the future of the music scene. What I wasn’t expecting is for the support act to absolutely floor me. Adelaide’s Mums Favourites may well soon be everyone’s favourites. With a sound and style that belies their age this band is on my ‘one to watch’ list.

Hey guys thanks for taking the time to road trip for a chat! How did Mums Favourite come to be?

Sasha: We formed in high school, it was Nick, Brooke and I. Maarlee went to the same school, but he joined later. We were playing at Mass, assemblies and stuff, it wasn’t really our groove, especially when the first song we wrote was all about the devil!!!! We have just been kicking at it, writing songs. We did some recordings and that is how we got our first two songs out. People seemed to like it and kept asking us to play so here we are.

Brooke: We have been busy.

You guys have such a unique sound. The first time we saw you guys play Sascha opened her mouth, and we were all like holy shit. The four guys that were with me are all musos and they were blown away.

Jordy: That’s what everyone says about Sascha’s vocals.

How did you guys all get into music?

Nick: I’ve been playing brass since I was in primary school. During high school I picked a bunch more instruments and that’s when we started playing music together. Maarlee and I are mostly self-taught.

Sasha: I think we had to make a band for an assessment at school, it wasn’t this band there was only a few of us. Some people dropped out and others came in and then we kind of just stuck with it. We asked Maarlee if he wanted to be in it as well because he is so good on the guitar. Then Jordy joined as our drummer.  

Brooke: Your mum is pretty musical; you guys were sort of raised around music.

Jordy: I’ve been playing drums since I was 10 years old.

Brooke: I did piano in primary school and then when I started high school I decided I wanted to play music again and I chose the bass. I thought it was pretty cool.

What would you call the style of music that you play?

Sasha: I don’t know. There’s blues in there, there’s rock.

Jordy: Each song is so different.

Brooke: When we played at the Metro we went up to the bar after the gig and the guy behind the bar said it was a bit like 90’s grunge. Like Alice in Chains. We’ve never had that one before, but we will take it.

Do you write a lot?

Sascha: We just finished a new song today. It’s been a slow process and trying to find our sound. And to be happy with our sound. It’s hard when there is no one around that sounds like us. When we play gigs we stick out so much. We played a gig at the Uni Bar the other week and it was a punk/metal show. It was fun, it was one of my favourite gigs.

Jordy: It was probably the best gig I have played with you guys so far.

Brooke: It makes us hard to follow sometimes because the audience might get a bit of a shock when we start to play.

The audience were definitely into what you were playing at the Fat Controller.

Sasha: With us and Mum Thinks Blue the thing that stands out to me the most in our similarities is that Austin and I don’t sing in Australian accents. We don’t play with a lot of bands that don’t sing with the accent.

Which again makes you stand out. I think regardless you guys are going to stand out.

Brooke: Sasha has the voice; we may as well use it.

I know my mate was floored when you sang. Very old school blues/jazz sounding.

Jordy: It’s definitely of that era. If you closed your eyes you would think you were back there.

Sasha: I get so many Janis Joplin comments. Personally I don’t hear it.

I think it’s the way you move onstage as well.

With such a unique sound you obviously draw from a lot of different influences.

Nick: I don’t really have artist that influence me. I kind of just listen to a lot of complex music, like a lot of sounds of guitar, brass and stuff like that. That’s what inspires me when I write.

Maarlee: At the moment it’s Pink Floyd.

Sasha: For me it’s Led Zeppelin. Arctic Monkeys are a massive influence for us. At the moment for me personally I have been getting into 70’s rock. So that is what is influencing me and then I am influencing these guys!

Brooke: I don’t know. I listen to Sasha! She will bring something in and say you have to listen to this; you should play something like this! I’m just like okay. We are influenced by the lyrics that Sasha writes. When we first start writing a song and the vibe that Sasha and Nick start creating will decide how I think the bass line should sound.

Jordy: Definitely Dave Grohl when he used to drum, Matt Helders from Arctic Monkeys. I listen to a lot of old 70’s and 80’s funk so a lot of that has crept into my style.

You obviously write together as a group?

Jordy: Yeah somehow this weird medley fits together.

Sasha: We also write a lot of our songs in Minor keys and other bands don’t tend to, no shame or anything but they just write in Major chords.

Brooke: I guess our time signature as well. The song we just finished writing has a ¾ chorus and Red Room has a 6/8. So we have a couple of songs that are not just 4/4.

Nick: Trying to keep it more interesting.

It works. Like I said we just sat there floored when we saw you guys the other week.

Sasha: It tends to be, not the older, but the more mature, experienced people who get what we are doing.

Brooke: We played at the Metro and the dinner service was still going. There was a bunch of older people sitting there. Before the gig they came up and started talking to us about our music. Afterwards they came up and were like you guys are so good.

Aspirations for who you would like to play with?

Brooke: Its hard when you have your own sound, its hard to figure out where you sit. I feel like we are in-between genres. Arctic Monkeys are a big one for us.

Sasha: When we saw them live two or three years ago it was so good. I’d love to be able to even meet them. Brooke and I are pretty big on female/non-male musician’s so we would definitely like to start playing with more diverse line-ups. We were on a line-up awhile back and out of all the bands Brooke, myself and our old drummer were the only females. It’s empowering to be one of the three but it’s also really disappointing.

I know some places now won’t book shows unless there is female representation in at least one band which is good to see.

Sasha: At the Fat Controller they have Lisa and that is really inspiring for me because I am studying to be a sound engineer. It’s good to have her there as a role model.

There are plenty of accomplished female role models in the industry.

Sasha: I don’t really know who we would like to play with but as long as there are other females.

Brooke: Like sometimes people will comment that its cool that we have a female singer and bass player. Yeah it is but why are you so surprised! We are just musicians.

Sasha: I think the worse thing is that sometimes we are considered the token females. Kind of like of we need a female band on the line-up. Why can’t we just be another band on the line-up.

Brooke: It’s a bit lonely sometimes when you are standing around. Like even your course Sasha.

Sasha: Yeah I’m the only female in my course.

So do you guys record your own music?

Brooke: When we did the first two songs we did them at Mixmasters Productions and we are going to go back there soon to record some more.

How did you get your name?

Jordy: Here’s a bit of trivia for you.

Sasha: We played at Jordy’s 19th birthday party in our backyard.

Brooke: We had only done two proper gigs I think.

Sasha: We were fresh. We didn’t have a name. That night it was raining, and our dogs were all wet, so we called ourselves Soggy Dog. The guests were like we need something to chant so we picked that!!!

Haha that’s good.

Jordy: That’s a great band name.

Sasha: Nooo!! I didn’t like it.

Brooke: We were sitting in the kitchen in our break and talking about having to come up with a better name because we had been arguing the whole night about it. We were like the bands going to break up before we’ve even started (laughs). As a joke we were tossing around Mums Favourites and that is what stuck.

Sasha: At the time Nick was his mums favourite! We just stuck with it and its not a name we can ever really grow out of. Everyone has a mum.

Brooke: There’s a few Mum bands around, they kind of all just popped up. We first saw Mum Friends back in 2019 at the Towns Christmas show.

Sasha: We get confused with them all the time. People have come up to us at gigs and said oh you are the girls from Mum Friends. Nope Mums Favourite! We did a radio interview, and we took in an unreleased song, the radio show is one where you can play your song and they give you their thoughts, we did it with Mum Friends and even then people got us mixed up.

It’s so exciting to see the influx of young bands in Adelaide.

Brooke: We played The Climate Strike with Witch Hunt, That was a good gig it was pretty much an all-female line-up. Hey Harriot played too.

Jordy: It was literally just us three boys and the two boys from Harriot.

Brooke: We have played with Lucy; they are a new band with four females.

Sasha: It was a really good female representation. I think our favourite female band is Pelvis, I’m not sure if you have heard of them.

They played a gig in the parklands a few weeks back that I went to.

Brooke: They played with us at our headline show at Jive.

Sasha: Maisie played with us that night too, they are a psychedelic band.

Brooke: They were awesome.

Sasha: And Pelvis. I fucking love them.

The new generation of musicians coming out of Adelaide are of such a high quality and if you haven’t had a chance to see or hear Mums Favourites, or the other bands that the guys have named I highly suggest you get do.

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SPRING LOADED – GRINSPOON

Turning back the clock to the late 90’s/ early 2000’s when I worked behind the bar, every Friday night there would be an aural onslaught as the jukebox pumped out hit after hit of some amazing Aussie bands. Fast forward to 2020 and the majority of those bands have jumped on together to tour the nation on the Spring Loaded Festival. Although I was well into adulthood, these bands and their songs became the soundtrack to a huge part of my life.

Getting together with some mates to tour Spring Loaded 2020 is one of the best bands of that era – Grinspoon. Drummer Kris Hopes is pretty excited to be back playing and even happier that he is doing it with so many mates. We caught up earlier today to chat about the festival and the fact that after all this time there is some new music in the works for the Grinners.

Spring Loaded!

Yeah its gonna be good. I’m really looking forward to it.  We got our first gig out of the way a couple of weeks ago in Hobart which is the first one back since Covid. This will be the second one for us. We are pretty excited to get on this thing and get it under way finally.

I had a chat to another band the other day and I said to them its just like a big school reunion!

Yeah I know, I’m looking forward to catching up with heaps of people that we haven’t seen in years. Congrats to all the other bands that are still around as well, it’s awesome.

I was thinking that when I was going through the bands. You guys are all still relevant today, still playing gigs and touring, 25-30 years down the track.

We are in our 26th year as a band. Whoo hoo!!

1995 Triple J Unearthed was a long time ago!

Yeah it was, wasn’t it. For us, other than maybe a couple of years off, we have been pretty much working the whole time. It doesn’t seem that long ago for us (laughs). And it still feels good.

I saw you guys play a few years back in Adelaide and that was the first time I had ever seen you play.

How did we go?? Was that at the Entertainment Centre?

You killed it. Yeah it was. I don’t even remember who the other acts were. I was so excited to be finally seeing you play.

Awesome.

I worked in a pub when all you guys were releasing music. If It wasn’t for that I probably would have missed that whole era of music. Looking back now that was an insane time in the Australian music scene.

Yeah I think so. At the time we were just happy to be around and playing with those bands like You Am I, Magic Dirt and Regurgitator, they are all great bands. We looked up to those bands, so we were just stoked to be around as well. But coming all this way now and they are all still around, congrats to them.

And you are all still playing gigs and touring. You guys tour nearly every year just about don’t you?

We do our best.

I was disappointed last year because it was the 25th anniversary of your self-titled album and I thought for sure there would be a tour.

We were right in the middle of hitting our straps. We had just come off the back of a big tour and we had all these shows booked. We were pretty disappointed because we were primed to kick on for that year. But anyway these things happen. We have to reload and go again.

That’s it and gigs are back.

It’s good, its so great.

You guys are also playing Scene and Heard later in the year.

Yeah that’s in November and then I think we have Splendour as well. If they all happen it will be great. We are going to try and get some new material out before the end of the year.  When we finished up at the V8 Supercars in Adelaide, prior to Covid, we stayed for a week and went to a local studio there and recorded a whole bunch of stuff. He was a cool drummer who was in a few bands and he ran the studio. He recorded with us and it worked out real good. We ended up recording 15 tracks, there were a few good ones in there. We are not 100% sure what we will release of that stuff and there might be a bit more work to go between now and the end of the year, but we will have some time here and there to be able to start wrapping a few of those tracks up. Getting them ready and putting them together for a release.

I think that will excite a few people!

That’s good to hear. We will be excited to play new material too. For these shows coming up we will be playing what everyone wants to hear, which is a sprinkling of all the albums that we have done over the years. So we will do that for this bunch of shows and then we will probably switch it up for the next bunch of festivals, see what we release and maybe do a tour on our own at the end of it. We will just see what happens.

That’s where we are at at the moment. In the last year we haven’t had a lot going on to talk about, for obvious reasons. But it’s exciting to be back out there and doing all these shows with bands that we haven’t played with for years. It’s fun for us to go and watch them play as well so you will probably see us hanging around at some of the shows.  

Tickets and dates for Spring Loaded are below:

SAT 8 MAY | ON THE LAWN AT ROYAL RANDWICK, SYDNEY | NSW | 18+ Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 12 JUN | CAIRNS SHOWGROUNDS | QLD | 18+ Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 19 JUN | SANDSTONE POINT HOTEL, BRIBIE ISLAND | QLD | 18+ Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 26 JUN | ADELAIDE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE | SA | 18+ Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets

FRI 23 JUL | DARWIN AMPHITHEATRE | NT | 18+ Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets

SAT 16 OCT | GOSFORD ENTERTAINMENT GROUNDS | NSW | 18+ Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets

SAT 23 OCT | STUART PARK, WOLLONGONG | NSW | 18+ Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 30 OCT | RED HILL AUDITORIUM, PERTH | WA | 18+ Tickets available from http://www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 438 849 | All Moshtix Outlets Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets

SAT 27 NOV | VENUE DETAILS TO FOLLOW | VIC | 18+ Venue details to come, sign up for pre-sale http://www.springloadedfestival.com.au

THE LAST MARTYR


“The song ‘Hindsight’ speaks to the realisation I’d been manipulated and had lost my voice in a situation. It expresses all the confusion and anger that came with that epiphany.” Monica Strut

I have been a huge fan of The Last Martyr for a few years now, so I was excited when I heard they were releasing new material. This week sees their newest single ‘Hindsight’ hit our ears. Vocalist Monica Strut is one of the most wholesome and helpful people in the scene and I was stoked to catch up with her last week for a deep dive into the song.

Let’s talk about this new single!

First off you have a new band member in Ricky.

Yes so Ricky is new to the public, but he has actually been around for about eighteen months but then covid hit and we couldn’t get new band photos. He was actually a core songwriter in the new single ‘Hindsight’. He has really brought his numetal influence into the band. He is also very much into electronic music which is really cool because we are able to bring the new songs that we wrote in 2020 into a live setting. It’s really cool because he has written all these electronic interludes between the different parts of the set which just really brings it to life. He has brought a lot of value, not only in terms of song writing, but in terms of our visual direction. We had a lot of time last year to really think about how we wanted to present ourselves to the world and who we were as artists. Ricky was such a core part in helping us orchestrate that and bring that together.

So ‘Hindsight’. Ricky actually wrote this song, but it came about from you talking about a toxic friendship.

Yes. He came with the first demo of the track and then I wrote all the lyrics. The track kind of developed in the studio. We worked with Chris Lalic from Windwaker who is fantastic. I was actually writing a lot of the lyrics in the studio as we were doing preproduction which I rarely do. I usually come to the studio with a complete song. We were doing pre-pro with Chris and also the production within a very small window so it was a real test of my skills as a songwriter as to whether I could whip something up fairly quickly. Naturally I went to ‘Ok what is happening in my life at the moment’. At that point in time I had a very fresh friendship breakdown which I probably had never experienced since I was a teenager. It was also a somewhat working relationship, and I realised this person really had an influence on me that meant that over a long period of time my voice and opinions in this work situation had become quieter and quieter. Reflecting on that I was kind of angry with myself. Angry at them but more so angry at myself for being so submissive and letting them get to my own psyche because that is not who I am at all. I am very vocal normally about my opinions and everything. Other people don’t have to agree with me and that is totally cool as long as I feel like I have been heard. I think that is the basic human fundamental thing that we crave is just to be recognized and to be heard. That was the catalyst for the song but of course diving deeper into that and thinking about as well my role as a woman in the music industry and in the world I was thinking about other relationships where maybe I was stuck under someone’s thumb so to speak, which is one of the lyrics. Really it was a combination of several experiences, and also reflecting on being a woman in the music industry. If you listen to the song there is only a very subtle nod to that which is in the lyric “If you think I should smile” because often as woman we are told ‘Why don’t you smile more and look pretty and fit into this mould’. So there is a very subtle nod to that, but it was very prevalent on my mind. That is kind of my venting on all of that happening at that particular moment.

You can hear the anger in your vocals. I listened to the song with my headphones on and I was like ‘Woah Mon that is some heavy anger coming through there’.

Yeah. The scream was a different sort of scream actually that I had never tried before. This is another thing about working with Chris is he really pushed us outside of our comfort zone. This song was actually recorded back in December 2019 so its been kicking around for awhile. It was pre-Covid so all of us were in the studio and we were all mucking around as bands do, and I playfully yelled at one of the guys for something and this scream just kind of came out. Chris turned around and said, “Right you’re doing that in the song”. It is in no way a real screaming technique; I have since learned how to take that to a live setting so that I don’t hurt my voice, but what you are hearing is extremely raw. It’s not correct in terms of a vocal technique standpoint but it is what the song needed.

Absolutely it did! Like I said there was a lot of anger coming out in that scream.

Oh God I can’t wait to show you the rest of the EP then!

I’m so excited for this EP.

Yes. We already had ‘Like A Ghost’ which came out in October 2019, and we have released ‘Hindsight’ today and then we took the rest of 2020 to record three brand new tracks. We did that in between the lockdowns, mostly remotely actually with just one person allowed in the studio when we were legally able to. The rest of us just Zoomed in. It was a very disjointed process in some ways, but you can hear the progression I think. The EP is going to be called ‘Purgatory’, it’s really about being stuck in limbo, which I think a lot of us can relate to in 2020. The songs aren’t specifically about Covid, but I think Covid brought about some of those feelings. Feeling like your goals aren’t being achieved, your career is being stalled, maybe time is passing, and you are getting older.  There is a real sense of this limbo, this purgatory.

We have a video coming out in a few weeks for ‘Hindsight’ so definitely keep an eye out for that. I think it is a really cool visual accompaniment from the angst and the darkness that you are getting from the song. That is definitely reflected in the video as well as our numetal influences.

As soon as I listened to it I was like this is different!

Yeah. We were originally going to release a whole bunch of singles, then we made the decision to go with the whole EP and I think that it was a good decision. I’m really proud of the body of work, there is a lot of diversity, but it also still sounds like a cohesive unit. Even though 2020 was really hard it enabled us to have this rebirth of the band, so I am very excited.

Check out ‘Hindsight’ at the links below:

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KASTIELL

Dave and Duff from Perth band Kastiell were only too happy to share the story of how a message on Instagram led to having Dan Marsala (Story of The Year) not only guestie on their latest single but also how he ended up mixing and mastering it.

Dave: We have been on a hiatus for about five years. We started with a bang, then a couple of things happened that created speed bumps for us which led to us having the break. In the last couple of years we have started getting our act together again and writing more music and trying to get back out there playing gigs. Being fortunate in WA to still be playing gigs was a huge inspiration to us to get back out there. It was a big inspiration to get our act together and make use of the blessings we have compared to the rest of the world and the country.

And with that you have a new single ‘Brave New World’ with guest vocals by Dan Marsala! How did that happen?

Dave: We had already finished the track as such, the music was done, and Dylan’s vocals were down already. We just had a bit of time up our sleeve. When we were pulling all of this together it was around lockdown, post lockdown we were still a bit scattered as well not knowing what we could and couldn’t do, so we thought we would just sit on it for a bit. Beau is a massive Story of The Year fan, we all are, but Beau is definitely the fam by isn’t he Duff? You gotta say that he is the one that fanboys hardest. He had the pipeline dream that maybe we could reach out to a couple of bands. I think to start with he was thinking Aussie bands, then he just messaged Dan on Instagram basically and sent the song to him. He didn’t think anything would come of it, but Dan actually replied the next day and said, ‘I like the song, I really dig it and I would be happy to put some guest vocals down’. So that’s how it started really. Then as far as the mixing and mastering goes that sort of came about because the guy who previously was looking after that for us fell ill and couldn’t continue doing it. We were looking for someone to put the finishing touches on the song when we started engaging with Dan.  Dan put his hand up and said he could do it for us. We were like okay. Two birds with one stone and how cool is that to say that Dan from SOTY has mixed and mastered our track and featured on it.

I know another band that did the same thing recently and now they are working with the artist on an upcoming track.

Dave: It just goes to show that we think some of these musicians, that are big stars in our eyes. might not even read their messages but they clearly do. And Dan has been such a humble guy the whole time. He has been a real pleasure to deal with. Very accommodating and they have been helping us out by sharing some of our content on social media.

That’s excellent. That is a whole new audience for you guys.

Duff: it’s unreal.

Like you said most of the bands are pretty approachable and worst case scenario they say no.

Dave: Exactly. I guess it was sort of up Dan’s alley I guess in terms of his vocal style. Especially the part that we had in mind for him to feature on. We did give him free reign and said put on whatever you want basically but he picked the section that we had in mind. He nailed it, he absolutely smoked it. Just trademark Dan Marsala vocals.

I’ve never really given them a good listen so I’m unfamiliar with the band, but I will be going to check them out. I always see everyone talking about them.

Duff: They have a lot of good tracks. The album Page Avenue hit the top 100 of the Billboard charts during mid 2000’s and that’s when they skyrocketed.

‘Brave New World’ is obviously a covid related story?

Duff: It’s about dwelling on and being effected by the media. Not knowing what to believe. It’s about not dwelling on it and to just keep moving on . Taking the positives out of the situation instead of the negatives.

Dave: That was definitely Dylan’s main draw that he used when he was writing the lyrics. We had the music finished before Dylan wrote any lyrics to it, so from a music perspective there was no theme other than to hit hard and fast! With Dylan’s vocals it was smack bang in the lockdown time. I think all of us really related to the vocals that he came up with as well because there was so much misinformation and fear mongering in the media.  The big media outlets always like to put that fear in regardless of whether its international or national news. Unfortunately Dylan couldn’t make it today, it would be better if he could explain it.

You also have an EP in the works.

Dave: Yeah that’s on the horizon, there are no set dates yet for it. We have maybe three or four extra songs that are in the works at the moment but are not finished yet. A couple of them are not far off being finished.

Duff: We are playing it by ear because the situation is still very unpredictable, its still hard to plan stuff in advance.

Dave: We definitely have more material it’s just a matter of putting the icing on it. You can expect a lot of variety on the finished product. We want to delve into a couple of different areas, like maybe a proper acoustic song or a ballad. Our last EP had a mellow, piano instrumental track.

I saw that Thrice were one of your influences, such a good band. Who else inspires you guys?

Dave: Yeah Thrice is a big one for us. Obviously Story of the Year for Beau as well. A Day To Remember.

Duff: Mainly for me it’s Rise Against. Anti-Flag, Greenday and older punk like Rancid and Casualties.

Dave: We all have a pretty different mix. I’m probably more like you Suze, I love my deathcore and stuff like that. I like heavy music. I do like my melodic stuff as well especially as I have gotten older. Adelaide has a pretty good heavy scene; it always has done. Prom Queen are from there aren’t they?

Yeah they are. We have some great bands here.

Dave: When Prom Queen came out it was when I was just starting to play drums in bands. They were a huge inspiration for me and then obviously Parkway Drive when they started, they were massive for me too. I grew up on Pantera, Sepultura and Metallica, they were my three big bands. We have a good mix in the band that’s for sure.

Its always good to have a lot of different influences, it creates more of your own sound.

Duff: It is. Some of our songs have that fast beat and then turn mellow, which makes people be like what!? But it sounds so good.

Dave: It keeps things interesting as well because you’re not sticking to the same old formula. You can start making new formulas. That’s what we want to try and do with this new EP because we have those different influences to bring in.

Duff: It is hard to please everybody, some people like it and some don’t. Just make music.

Any chance of you guys touring on this side of the world?

Dave: We would love to Suze.

Duff: When the stars all align we will be doing it.

Dave: Obviously we want to get this EP finished off and get that cranking. Tour a bit in WA first, but the end goal is definitely getting to do an East Coast tour.

Who do you play with in Perth normally?

Dave: We have a gig here on the 23rd at Lucy’s Love Shack with Patient Sixty Seven, Icarus Lives and The Faux. But we never pigeon hole ourselves into one type of gig. We will play with anyone.

I really hope that we start to see more mixed bills.

Dave: They are the best. You get a more diverse crowd in and you get people falling in love with kinds of music that they didn’t think they could. Especially when you get out to see live music, you get to appreciate the musicianship as well. Probably more so because you can see it with your own eyes and hear it in the flesh. I have definitely fan-boyed over heaps of Perth local bands just from that fact. Getting glued to a drummer I have played with and  then following his or the bands socials. I love that feeling and meeting new people as well.

I love that feeling of meeting new people as well and it was really great to meet you guys and have a chat. Hopefully in the not to distant future you will be able to do that East Coast run.

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BLACK COAST

‘Vodka Smile’ is Black Coast’s latest offering off their album ‘Outworld’ which is set to be released later in the year. A heavier, faster paced song compared to ‘Paradise’, which was the bands first single off the album, but still having that grungey vibe Black Coast have again produced a belter of a tune.  This is definitely a band to get behind and although their sound has grown and matured they have a hell of a fine back catalogue of tracks that you really need to check out.

‘Vodka Smile’ explores a sentiment perhaps many can relate to, after vocalist Charlie Hewitt found himself coming to a personal realisation during the writing process of this song, saying that “Originally the song was written lyrically as a party song, that feeling of being so mangled you have no idea what’s going on. l always wanted a song like this – when l was in that frame of mind. It still scares me that l was so far gone and not accepting life itself for so long, l love the song don’t get me wrong but it takes me back to that lost feeling when we play it.

Nuclear Blast’s Distribution arm ‘Blood Blast’ and Capital Artist Management (Yours TrulyEat Your Heart OutBetween You & Me) have gotten behind the band, as have media around the world.

In Australia alone, the band have been spun on triple j’s Short Fast LoudThe Faction Radio on rotation and featured on Blunt MagHysteria MagWall of SoundHeavy MagRecurrent Verse and more.

Black Coast’s new single’ ‘Vodka Smile’ can be accessed on all digital platforms here: https://ffm.to/vodkasmile

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DAYS LIKE THESE

With a line-up  change, two new singles and their EP ‘Wide Awake’ dropping 14th May, Days Like These are back! I recently spoke to frontman Callen Batson about the EP.

Welcome back!! I was beginning to think you guys had vanished.

Yes it was a very, very, very long time, but we just worked on this EP as hard as we could until it was ready, and yes we are back.

With a new single and an EP on the way!

Yes we do. And a second single dropping in a few days (High and Glow), it’s very exciting.

How was your show with Belle Haven?

It was really good. It was great to see them again and to meet Alt. for the first time. They are a very good band. Very, very good. It was good to get our foot back into the live music door again, its been a very long time. It was a good show to start off again with.

And with a sold out show.

Yes that was good.

How long has it been since you guys have played a show?

Our last show was with Ocean Sleeper in November 2019. 2020 was going to be quiet for us but it was a bit quieter than we expected but things are happening again.

You also have a new line-up?

We introduced our good friends Jamo and Connor which we are very excited about. I actually play bass with Jamo in Headwreck. He was filling in for us a little bit before he officially joined.

Did you write the EP during Covid or had you already started it prior too?

Some of the songs we had been writing for a long time, the end of 2018 even. We have a bad habit of spending a bit to long on our songs. We took a couple down to Melbourne to record and we wrote a couple more while we were there. We worked with Chris Lilac on the EP, so we made the trip to Melbourne a couple of times. We think it’s a huge step forward for us and we have introduced a lot of new elements and we feel the song writing is better. Each song has its own character so hopefully that makes for an interesting listen through the six songs. It’s been a long time coming really. Hopefully it shows our progression as musicians. Chris definitely helped us achieve our vision and he taught us heaps along the way. Already the material that we have been working on since has improved so much. All round it was a really good experience, and we will continue to work with him on future releases. There is a great vibe between us all.

He seems to be able to do that well doesn’t he, create that vibe with bands.

Yeah, he is great at what he does but he is also a straight forward and very humble person. He says it how it is, when we were showing him some of our demos he was honest and told us when things weren’t that flash. I think that makes for the best product in the end because you cut the bullshit and rather than salvage something that isn’t so great you start from scratch again. That definitely helps the process and I think that is how he gets so many good products of his own.

Did you have this recorded prior to Covid?

We made a couple of different trips but the last time we went we were there for two weeks. That was in June last year, so it was kind of peak covid, but we managed to get down and back with not to much hassle. We had booked those dates in and then played it by ear with restrictions and border closures and it was just good luck that at that time all we needed was a border pass.

So what’s next for you guys? Release the EP and tour???

Yes! We have announced a Sydney show at the end of this month, so we are excited for that. It’s AM/PM with Headstrong. Then next month release the EP and plan our headline show to celebrate it. We have some other stuff, but nothing is locked in yet. We’ll get through these exciting two months and then hopefully that will leave us in a good position to do something cool after that.

You have another single coming out in a few days. One more single releases after that before the EP?

Yeah we have one coming out Friday and then the third single will come out a week before.

Did Connor and Jamo have any input into this EP or was it written before they joined?

The material was written before they joined so their musicianship is not very present on this EP. Going forward they will definitely make their mark though. They are both great musicians, Jamo writes pretty much everything for Headwreck, and Connor was very involved in his last bands song writing. They are both very talented and we are lucky to have them.

What else do we need to know?

Like I said we have a couple of shows and releasing the EP. That’s all our focus has been on at the moment. It’s been a long time coming so we didn’t want to screw it up right at the important stage. Everything is locked in and ready to go which means there is not much last minute fiddling which is great.

‘WIDE AWAKE’ will be available everywhere on 14th May.

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