Fijian born, Australian/ Samoan trap artist LETOA is set to blow up with the hot new single ‘SHEESH’ dropping today via X-Rae Music. The 17-year-old sensation has already accumulated a legion of die-hard fans, racking up over 10 million YouTube views and 6 million Spotify streams. Through notable collaborations, mixtapes and tours, he’s fast become one of trap’s most magnetic underground acts.
The buzz around this breakout trap and hip-hop star is insane, and shows no signs of slowing down. A cosign with elite Youtube taste-maker Dolo helped LETOA first break through with single ‘slatnotslime’, quickly cracking 1 million YT views. Capitalising on momentum, his brilliant and hugely popular mixtape ‘GLOCSTARR V1’ dropped early 2020, including stand out track ‘Ice Cold’, racking up a combined 2 million views on streaming platforms. This was followed by a successful NZ tour supporting Lil Rae on his “Lost in the Void” tour across NZ. Recent collaborations include a guest feature on Lil Rae’s ‘In My Prime’, as well as with partner in crime lilbubblegum on singles ‘Back It Up’ and ‘Guap’.
Boasting hypnotic trap beats, effortless bars and memorable refrains, LETOA has crafted a slick and unique sound drawing from similar artists like $NOT, NIGHT LOVELL and SYBYR. The release of single ‘SHEESH’ represents a giant next step for this artist on an astounding and deserved rise to the top.
Globally renowned jazz composer/ saxophonist Lucien Johnson releases his latest single ‘Blue Rain’ via brand new record label, Deluge Records. It’s the second single off the upcoming album Wax///Wane, which is made up of six compositions about the moon and other wonders. The album is being released on limited edition vinyl (300 copies) plus digitally and is due out March 30th.
A distinguished artist with a long list of accomplishments, the sound of his saxophone has featured on albums by The Black Seeds, Hollie Smith, The Phoenix Foundation and The Yoots.
Wax///Wane is the first digital release for Lucien Johnson under his own name, and the album features an intriguing ensemble; John Bell on vibraphone, Michelle Velvin on harp, Tom Callwood on double bass, Cory Champion on drums and Riki Piripi on percussion – all combining to create immersive landscapes and smouldering grooves. Johnson’s saxophone, described by Jazz in Paris as “lyrical as Coltrane, as powerful as Rollins”, soars above the ensemble, bringing mystique and aura to these unique pieces, themselves an expert study in light and shade.
Lucien Johnson below
From Pukerua Bay, New Zealand, Lucien Johnson has forged a reputation of being a formidable composer and multi-instrumentalist, with a crossover audience for jazz & classical music through to electronic & experimental. He has performed with a long list of luminaries from jazz and improvised music, such as Mulatu Astatke, Barre Phillips, Marilyn Crispell, John Betsch, Steve Potts, Jobic Le Masson and Lol Coxhill. Prior to signing with Deluge Records, he released music through the influential Japanese label ‘Wonderful Noise’, with album ‘West of the Sun’ being a finalist for NZ Jazz album of the year in 2017.
Lucien Johnson below
He was also musical director of Shogun Orchestra, which released two albums on German label Jakarta Records. In Paris in the 2000s, he performed in a free improvising trio with Alan Silva and Makoto Sato, releasing an album on French label Improvised Beings. Other notable accomplishments include winning Sound Designer of the Year and a nomination for Outstanding Composer at the 2017 Wellington Theatre Awards, winning the Susan Rhind Award for Composition ‘Addis Nocturnes’ on solo piano in Paris 2017, composing for New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Dance Company, and the inclusion of his performance of his work titled ‘Strasbourg 1518’ at New Zealand Festival 2020 and the upcoming Auckland Arts Festival 2021.
“A composer and arranger of supreme skill” – Dominion Post
“a unique musical vision” – Sea of Tranquility
“A miraculous musician with a terrific creative imagination” – Radio NZ
A rough and raw shot of garage punk from down under, BLOWERS’ self-titled debut album features a three-pronged vocal attack delivering songs themed around giving zero fucks. The album comes out March 1st on 12” vinyl/ digital via Spooky Records (Australia) and Chaputa Records (Portugal), along with single/ video ‘Ripped’.
From opener ‘Ripped’ through to tracks like ‘Waste of a Man’, ‘Eat It Up’ and ‘Too Old For This Shit’, it’s 15 tracks full to the brim with expletives, sick humour and fast guitars. Recorded by the band, then dumped onto an 80s Tascam 4-track, the album was mixed and mastered by Mikey Young.
From the sick minds of Kit Convict (Kit Convict & Thee Terrible Two/ The Kits/ The Spasms), Andrew Porter (The Bowers/ Cakefight/ Brat Farrar), Shannon Aswell (The Reprobettes/ Juliette Seizure & The Tremor-Dolls) and Pip McMullan (The Exotics/ Wrong Turn).
So far, they’ve shared dive bar stages with Sore Points, The Cavemen, Salad Boys, Jackson Reid Briggs & The Heaters and Stiff Richards.
If you dig Wipers, The Reatards, Wet Ones and The Spits, then this one’s for you. So damn fast, so damn raw, so damn rude, so damn good!
BLOWERS launch their debut self-titled LP at the Tote Bandroom on Sat 17 April, with support from CUTTERS.
Ahead of the release of their hotly-anticipated Debut Album, Stoke-On-Trents Nu-Metal bright lights Black Coast have revealed a new single ‘Paradise’. The new single’ ‘Paradise’ can be pre-saved/pre-ordered here.
The track’s official release comes alongside a new music video. ‘Paradise’ 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: “It’s about questioning myself, why did l think being a certain way, a way that destroyed myself should be celebrated?” He explains. “Things in life do that to everyone at some point and dependant how people deal with them is how they move forwards. l almost revelled in this state for so long, thinking the way that l was being was okay when it was just making me lose everything around me slowly but surely.”
The first of a number of singles in line to support the announcement and release of their Debut Album, ‘Paradise’ sees a level and growth in maturity and sound that not any bands are able to establish this early on in their careers.
Tying this in with a solid partnership with Nuclear Blast’s Distribution arm ‘Blood Blast’, the world could certainly be seeing a breakout year for the northern 5 piece. Since the band’s inception, Black Coast continue to meet widespread praise and hit career highlights. In 2018, the five-piece were offered the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to Japan to showcase their talents on an international level.
Meanwhile the bands previous releases received national attention including Kerrang! Radio, BBC R1, Metal Hammer, Rock Sound, Kerrang, Upset Magazine and more. Black Coast burst out of their local scene in 2017 with their debut EP ‘Crows Of The North’, followed by EPs Ill Minds Vol1 & 2. Moving into 2021 Paradise unravels the challenge and adversity-filled year that was 2020 for the band personally and professionally, and the means for reflection and coping that writing their debut album was for them.
Black Coast will perform at a number of Festivals across 2021 and 2022 including; Your City Festival, Burn It Down Festival and Hammerfest. Keep up to date with the band’s socials for all the details.
Marseille, France based metalcore stars LANDMVRKS are back with a vengeance. After successfully building their reputation through asserting their own style on their masterpiece Fantasy (2018), the band returned in 2020 both fresher and heavier than before with their singles ‘Rainfall’, ‘Lost In A Wave’ & ‘Paralyzed’.
They launched the pre-orders for their upcoming third album »Lost In The Waves«, their heaviest and most organic album to date with an uncompromising, distinctive style. This is LANDMVRKS in their purest form.
Lost In The Waves will be available as CD, limited vinyl in two different colour variants and alimited special fan box on the 19th of March 2021 via Arising Empire.
LANDMVRKS release their heavy and super catchy fourth single ‘Overrated’, out now worldwide digitally! Official single artwork below
LANDMVRKS’ was born in 2014 in Marseille, France. The band now consists of Florent Salfati on vocals, Rudy Purkart on bass guitar, Nicolas Exposito and Paul C. Wilson on guitars and KévinD’Agostino on drums.
On this new album, The band members gathered together when lockdown ended in France, after one of the strangest periods ever experienced. The time had come for them to assemble, within the vocalist’s studio (Homeless Records), the elements of their 3rd album, fashioned for months. The purpose of this album, entitled Lost In The Waves, is clearly not to reinvent LANDMVRKS.
The purpose is to fully deploy the band’s arsenal in order to definitively impose its style. An uncompromising style, assumed, claimed, and highly distinctive. The listener goes through massive, energetic, or even aerial parts, without escaping the efficient groove inherited from a rap culture. The musical production of this album is the most accomplished and organic that the group has ever had. The tone was clearly set by ‘Rainfall’, the first single released in early October.
This album shows that instead of getting lost in the waves, the French band firmly holds the helm.
“They’ve followed up their crashing 2016 Hollow debut with a record that plunges deeper into both big concepts and the dynamic potential of the genre itself. Vocalist Florent Salfati and guitarist Nicolas Exposito manage the jagged, unwieldy shifts between luxuriant melody and serrated madness with a verve that’s equally parts classically heavy and up-to-date cutting edge.” – Kerrang
“If you’re craving metalcore with more depth, soul and artistry than the average, Marseille’s Landmvrks have you covered.” – Rock Sound
Following on from gaining attention from BBC introducing, BBC Radio Bristol, BBC Radio Wales, Amazing Radio and This Feeling with their first three releases, Bristol band Glass Violet return with a’ Joy Division’ and ‘Idles’ inspired single ‘Hourglass’.
‘Hourglass’ was born from trying to write something slightly darker sounding than our previous releases. Most of our songs are written in major keys, so this was an attempt at trying out a different pallet of colours and was influenced by bands such as ‘Joy Division’ and ‘Idles’.
Lyrically this song was inspired by experiencing being both introverted and extroverted and how at times mood states can flip, similar to an hourglass being turned onto its opposite sides. As the song progressed, the lyrics saw influence from dream sequences and the questioning of life after death.
The band are currently recording new material and their debut EP release is expected in the coming months! This is one band to listen and watch out for!
East-London based producer Riva Starr releases his electrifying new single ‘Ride This Sound’ on Club Sweat. The globally respected producer uses a classic 1920s blues-inspired vocal, adds delicate piano chords and a thumping bassline, creating an instant dancefloor groover.
Gushing on why he wanted to work with Imaginary Cities, Riva Starr explains “It’s no secret that I have always been fond of indie vibes in my music, this is evident on my 2013 album Hand in Hand, so when I heard the Imaginary Cities I fell in love instantly. Her unique voice just gives me thrills everytime. Enjoy!”
The dynamic producer has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Armand Van Helden, Camelphat and Green Velvet and created remixes for the likes of Calvin Harris, Major Lazer, Wiley and London Grammar. These releases have earned Riva Starr recognition from an array of tastemakers, Giles Peterson, Adam Beyer, Pete Tong and Annie Mac. With a reputation for making powerful electronic records, Riva Starr has released tracks on Dirtybird, Hot Creations, Truesol and Crosstown Rebels, while his impressive live sets have landed him slots at festivals such as Glastonbury, Fuji Rock, Creamfields and Tomorrowland as well as opening for one and only Jamiroquai.
“‘Warrior’ is song about persistence and never giving up,” the band shares. “We hope this song can be the puzzle piece that helps people realize that we ALL have the capacity for greatness. Sometimes, greatness can exist in the shadows and lives buried under negativity, trauma, or anxiety. ‘Warrior’ is about searching through all of that endless darkness to finally find the sunrise.”
Atreyu continues, “When we wrote ‘Warrior,’ the idea to do a big marching drum break came about. We wanted it to feel like a hometown football game. Travis Barker was the perfect person to bring this to life. It’s cool to have him be a part of the song and to perform in a different light than what people may be used to.”
About “Underrated,” the band says, “We’ve always had to prove ourselves. We’ve never been handed anything nor have we taken any shortcuts. It’s never been ‘the easy way.’ Over two decades later, we’re still making our mark.”
Melbourne alternative rock five-piece Reside have revisited the past and are breathing new life into “In This Moment” with a brand new Summer Remix – marking the first from a collection of Reside favourites that have been reimagined to find a home on upcoming EP, ‘Relight’, out Friday April 23.
The single brings an upbeat, summer vibe to a previously melancholic track and made its radio debut on triple j Unearthed Tops on Monday night. Dave Ruby Howe reviewed with: “Reside tinkering under the hood of their old tracks and ‘suping this puppy up into a shiny emo banger”
After testing out new sounds and taking a more stripped back approach to their live performance, the demand for a full remix release was hard to ignore. Frontman Liam Guinane explains, “The summer remix of this song came about last year when we were in lockdown. I couldn’t imagine playing heavier songs to a seated crowd so I started thinking about arrangements that would work for an audience in any context.
“Thankfully when we did get an opportunity to play these versions supporting Stuck Out, we had lots of people request we put them out officially. What’s been produced for both this EP and our new music covers all bases and certainly feels like the most authentic music we’ve put out to date.”
‘In This Moment’ is out now. Official single artwork below
This track comes one week before the bands Melbourne headline shows at Northcote Social Club on Saturday March 13 supported by The Rollercanes and Wifecult. Due to popular demand and a sold out late show, an evening show has been added – tickets available through Eventbrite.
Reside formed in 2017 with the longstanding original lineup of vocalist Liam Guinane, guitarists Ariel Johnson and Will Eggleton, bassist Sale Brown and drummer Dylan Houston. Reside turned heads in 2019 with sophomore EP ‘The Light That You Saw’, which made its way to the ears of hundreds of thousands of listeners, leading with “In This Moment” which received high praise from triple j and was added to Spotify playlists New Music Friday AU + NZ and Rock Out.
Reside sold out their EP launch show at Melbourne’s Cherry Bar late 2019 and welcomed 2020 atop the main stage at UNIFY Gathering after winning the triple j Unearthed opener competition, joining the line up alongside hardcore legendsThe Ghost Inside, metalcore heavyweights Architects and Australian favourites in Northlane, Polaris and more.
2020 welcomed a standalone single, “Fallen”, which premiered at Pilerats who highlighted that the single “[continues] to emphasise this grand and somewhat cinematic take on emo-rock that’s become really unique to Reside“. Hysteria Mag coined it a “rocking anthemic track”, Music Feeds weighed in with: “This is arena-sized emo rock… think Angels And Airwaves meets Bring Me The Horizon”, triple j’s Richard Kingsmill reviewed with a four star “Houston, we have lift off” and Tone Deafaffirmed that Reside have “proven to be a real force to be reckoned with”.
Reside’s reimagined single “In This Moment” (Summer Remix) is out now to stream and purchase. Watch video below. ‘Relight’ will be available Friday April 23.
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In 2020, Alternative Press named them as one of ten “Rising Australian Pop-Punk Bands You Need to Hear. All Hours, the Brisbane outfit influenced by rock heavyweights such as Paramore, A Day to Remember, Blink 182 and Sum 41, are again bringing their energetic spin on the genre with their poppy melodies, frenetic riffs, and female-vocalist Dani at the helm!
Their new single ‘Downward’ is out now and All Hours announces the imminent release of their EP ‘Perspectives’! Downward is out now and available on all digital stores and streaming platforms, and Perspectives can be pre-ordered now, for release on Friday April 16! Downward can be purchased/streamed at http://ffm.to/AllHours_DW and the Perspectives EP can be pre-ordered at http://ffm.to/AllHours_Perspectives,
On the topic of the themes contained in the EP, vocalist Dani O’Grady said that “‘Perspectives’ delves into the theme of relationships and is like a glimpse into my private journal. It explores the breakdown of relationships, toxic friendships, and reflections on ‘what could have been.”
Continuing, O’Grady said that the new single Downward “…is the opening track from the EP. It’s about cutting loose toxic friends and relationships and finding your own way. Despite the darker theme of the lyrics, the song is one of the more bouncy and fast-paced tracks off the EP. “
With two EP releases under their belt—a self-titled debut in 2015, followed by 2017’s Sightseeing—All Hours went on to release a cover of Amy Shark’s hit song, ‘I Said Hi’, followed by their single “Saving Grace” which they supported with shows throughout the first half of 2019. The second half of 2019 saw the release of ‘Black Rose’, the first single from the band’s upcoming EP ‘Perspectives’.
All Hours saw out 2019 with a set on the local stage of Good Things Festival. After a quiet 2020, All Hours are back with new music and their trademark energetic live show.
All Hours ‘Perspectives’ EP Is Released Friday April 16 Official EP Artwork below
Eclectic Sydney quartet dip are making a statement with the release of their brand new single “Fire Escape”, coming as the first single from an extended release set for detonation later in the year. The band will take their new anti-pop bob to the stage Friday March 12 in Newtown to celebrate in chaos.
Recorded in a cabin in Wine Country, Hunter Valley, “Fire Escape” is the bands first release of 2021 and is premiering today at AAA Backstage. The new track represents the disconnect between brainwashing pop hooks and uncomfortable reality. Where there is love there is heartbreak, and where there is happiness there is pain.
Vocalist Dil Harre explains, “the chorus ‘sometimes I wish the world would explode so we could all die together’ was a one line poem I wrote that had this lovely irony: the happiest ending we could wish for is to all go together so we don’t have to miss each other.
“The reason I chose that line for a chorus is because it is the most absurd line in the song, and last year when we were writing it, the world was in an absurd place, yet pop artists were releasing these inspirational COVID singalong videos that were at total dissonance with how everyone was actually feeling. We like the idea of making our chorus ridiculous mantras that feel real, and contain an honest and obscure truth.”
dip is Dil Harre (vocals, guitar, synth), The One, The Only YZ (guitars), Christopher Paine (bass) and Al Belling (drums). Formed in the fringes of lockdown number one of 2020, dip got real dark real quick. Constructing a canvass of fuzzy riffs and erratic heartbeats, glitch-rock melancholy, sharp synths and cathartic poetry, dip are painting a picture of the absurd modern life as we know it.
In just a year, dip have graced iconic Sydney venues including The Lansdowne, Frankies Pizza, The Factory Theatre, and an art gallery. The quartet are ready to bring their debut extended play to life in 2021.
“Fire Escape” will be out now to stream and purchase. Official single artwork below
Brisbane’s Days Like These are back with a vengeance. It’s been nearly two years since the last release and the band are in fine form, and finally unleashing brand new single “Gravity“. The new single also accompanies the announcement of the release of their upcoming EP, ‘Wide Awake‘ – available Friday May 14.
“Gravity” makes its debut today at HEAVY Mag and is the first single to release from ‘Wide Awake’, produced, mixed and mastered by Chris Lalic (Windwaker), who helped guide the band into a more refined space and enabled them to become the band they always wanted to be. “Gravity” features catchy melodies, simple and effective guitar hooks and an in-depth exploration into more electronic soundscapes and textures.
Welcoming two new members, Connor Robins and Jamo Benadie, this single marks the first from a new, rebranded, bold and unique Days Like These. “We feel that this song is the ultimate summary of where we currently are as a band” explains frontman Callen Batson.
“Gravity is a look into the struggles of anxiety and displacement that I face in social situations. As long as I can remember, I’ve felt uncomfortable around people I don’t know so well and/or simply feeling out of place within a group. Not knowing when to speak or what to say and then getting trapped in my head about these feelings, has been a hurdle to overcome. The song looks into moving forward and breaking myself away from these thoughts and habits.”
On top of the release of brand new music, 2021 also brings the announcement of the bands first show in over a year. Days Like These will be joining Belle Haven’s ‘Nobody Likes A Hospital’ tour to play the Brisbane leg at Black Bear Lodge on Thursday March 11 alongside Adelaide infectious rock outfit, Alt.. Tickets on sale now via Destroy All Lines.
Days Like These is Callen Batson (vocals), Noah Murphy (drums/vocals), Connor Robins, (bass) Jamo Benadie (guitar) and Russell Hodgeson (guitar). The band burst onto the scene in 2018, jumping on stage to support Stepson at their sold out all ages Brisbane show in August, backing it up with another set alongside Awaken I Am and Picturesque (USA) in October before rounding out the year supporting We Set Signals in November.
2019 brought the release of singles “The Absolute” and “Antidote“, highlighting the band as ones to watch in the Brisbane alternative scene and saw the band join Brisbane’s huge ‘Bris Big 4‘ Festival with Shorelines, Stepson, The Brave, She Cries Wolf and Deadlights. The end of 2019 saw Days Like These travel to Melbourne and Sydney to play to new audiences before finishing the year with a sold out Brisbane show alongside Ocean Sleeper and Stepson.
Days Like These spent 2020 working tirelessly towards their upcoming ‘Wide Awake’ EP – due out Friday May 14. In the meantime, “Gravity” is a taste of what’s to come, and is available tomorrow, Friday March 5, on all digital and streaming platforms.
Days Like These ‘Gravity Released Friday March 5 | Official Single Artwork Below
After the pace-setting release of their praised debut album Unalive in 2019, modern horror metal band MISTER MISERY, spawned from the hollowed parts of Sweden (2018) has not slowed down, despite the fact a global pandemic crushed schedules, MISTER MISERY kept busy during quarantine, writing new breathtaking material, while still releasing numerous compilations for their fans in the meantime.
MISTER MISERY recently launched pre-orders for their new album A Brighter Side Of Death and will be available as CD, a limited special colored vinyl and a special fan bundle including CD and rare items on the 23rd of April 2021 via Arising Empire.
This week the band released the second single of the album: ‘Devil In Me’ combined with another mind-blowing music video. This album marks a milestone for the band and opens up the next chapter of their horror story! Stronger, scarier and more diverse than ever.
The band released their debut record »Unalive« via Arising Empire in October last year. Buy and/or stream »Unalive« as CD or vinyl here: https://MisterMisery.lnk.to/Unaliv
“Welcome to the new shock horror rock and metal generation.” – Rock Tribune
“A killer gothic circus show performing a soundtrack between Metalcore and Visual Kei. This mixture has never been heard or seen before!” – METAL HAMMER
‘Here comes the new alternative metal sensation from Sweden! Horror and theatrical melodies in a mix between early Avenged Sevenfold and Wednesday 13.” – Rock Hard IT
“A super energetic album filled with very catchy, steaming songs that I won’t be able to get out of my system in the coming months.” – AARDSCHOK
“The melodies are carving their way unstoppably into the auditive ear tunnels and so there is one hit following the other. That’s what entertainment on a top-notch level looks and sounds like!” – Legacy
“Every track of “Unalive” will haunt your head for a long time to come! Newcomer of the month!” –ORKUS! Magazine
“They’re going to take the scene by storm with “Unalive”.” – Sonic Seducer
Sydney’s KASKEID are bursting back on to the scene today with the announcement of their new single and video ‘Drifter’! The single will be released this Friday February 26 on all digital stores and streaming platforms at http://ffm.to/kaskeid_drifter! The video for this taut new single premiered yesterday at themusic.com.au.
The new single was written by Kaskeid and Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Will Thackray. The thrilling video was directed, filmed & edited by Gareth McGilvray.
James Temo, vocalist for Kaskeid, said that this new track is “…about learning to dedicate time to the things in life you truly take for granted. We all get stuck in our daily work lives, hobbies, ambitions and side hustles but tend to forget the little things that we are around every day. Drifter is a story about realising this from a personal struggle – you sometimes don’t know what you have until it’s gone. This song walks through personal experiences that have happened in our lives and we hope it can resonate with yours too.”
Kaskeid burst onto the scene in late 2017 with “Where My Heart Belongs”, and 2018 saw the 5-piece enter the studio to work on their debut EP ‘Helical’. The Sydneysiders sought to tell their story and sonically illustrate both the divide & bond that our human emotions can share.
2018 also saw the release of the ‘Eclipse’ EP, which opened the door to head out on their first tour, where they sold out their first headline show on the Sydney leg of a sweep through Melbourne, Canberra, Gosford, and Sydney and have had the privilege of playing alongside Windwaker, I the Mighty (USA), Awaken I Am, Secrets (USA) & Slaves (USA).
Kaskeid is James Temo on Vocals, Joey Sykes on Guitar & Vocals, Ethan Sykes on Bass & Vocals, Will Thackray on Guitar & Production and Mitchell Wilkinson – Drums.
Adelaide melodic metallers Heartline today share their explosive new single “As The Crow Flies” featuring none other than alternative powerhouse David De La Hoz (Wither/Belle Haven). “As The Crow Flies” also marks the first single to be released from forthcoming EP, ‘I Call For The Sinking Warmth’, available on Friday March 26.
“As The Crow Flies” is mixed and mastered by Lance Prenc (Polaris, Gravemind, Diamond Construct, Thornhill) and weaves its way through electronic interludes and hard hitting segments that master the contrasting light and dark.
The single premiered at Maniacs yesterday, who accompanied with a rave review: “There’s a level of songwriting maturity on display here that is rarely seen from a band so fresh into their journey, and they do a fantastic job of striking the delicate duality between melody and heaviness, with down-tuned cybernetic riffs, electronic elements and a crushing breakdown at the end too. It reminds us a little bit of Node/Alien era Northlane, but still with a distinctly different feel overall.”
The track narrates a struggle with vulnerability and being unable to reach out when in need. The band highlight the theme, explaining that: “The single demonstrates a young person finally confiding in their long time friend and confessing that they are not okay.
“This is something a lot of young people who struggle with mental illness go through – the struggle to admit to vulnerability. However, the twist visually is that he never opens up and is once again inside his head trying to bring himself to do so.”
Heartline is Luke Taylor (vocals), Fraser Stiles (guitar), Nevenko Sarunic (bass) and Michael Cooper (drums). After the group’s formation in 2019, the four-piece released their debut single “Frail” and followed up with their EP ‘Essence’. “Crystal Eyes” came soon after, solidifying the band as ones to watch going forward.
The band received attention and respect early on from their peers and from the alternative scene for their advanced musicianship at such a young age as well as their captivating live show, leading to support slots with some of Australia’s finest metal and alternative acts including Thy Art Is Murder, Gravemind, Diamond Construct, The Brave, RedHook, Wither, Tapestry and Windwaker.
Heartline have earned themselves a loyal fan base and are preparing to take their new presence and sound across the country with their upcoming release ‘I Call For The Sinking Warmth’ – coming very soon.
“As The Crow Flies” featuring David De La Hoz is available now on all digital and streaming platforms. Official single artwork above