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Sydney rock outfit The Grand Union have achieved in just a few months what many in the industry have strived sometimes years for.Their blending of blues fuelled hard rock with lashings of metal sprinkled throughout is a craft often too difficult to manufacture, but when someone gets it right the result forces the hairs on the nape of your neck to stand to attention.After releasing their debut single Cathedral Of Pain in May, The Grand Union have followed that up quickly with Darkest Horse, an epic and atmospheric hard rock number that will be released on October 15.Guitarists Stu and Rohin caught up with HEAVY earlier this week to discuss the new single."It’s interesting,” Rohin began. “The musical content is sort of supposed to match the lyrical content but if we start with the music it starts with this opening melodic introduction that sets the scene as if you're in a barren desert land or rolling grass field. It then builds up into this hooky pre-chorus which is trying to build some tension and atmosphere before crashing into this rock style chorus. Throughout it the music has a motif that runs throughout the whole of the track which reflects what we're going for in the music video. Then there's this epic crescendo in the middle of the song with a guitar solo and acapella vocal which our singer Jack absolutely nails. That's the genesis of the song. Build some anticipation and then try and tear people's heads off (laughs)."In the full interview the boys talk more about Darkest Horse and its film clip, the guitar driven sound, how they have changed from the debut single to here, getting the balance between blues, rock and hard rock, future music, the different nationalities which make up The Grand Union and how they transform to the band’s music, surviving COVID and more.
Melbourne hard rock outfit The Dreadful Tides have achieved a great deal in a short amount of time.Born inside the residual embers of a never ending lockdown with a singular vision to create rock music, The Dreadful Tides began at a time when many were packing it in, unable to sustain a musical career outside of the restrictions placed on them by a new look society.Debuting with the single Crazy, The Dreadful Tides made a statement of intent from the outset, and despite their relative youth displayed a musical maturity and pedigree that far outweighed their youth.Driven by powerful guitar riffs reminiscent of the 70s and 80s metal movement, the band refined their sound in such a manner to put their stamp of individuality on a time proven genre and have continued that early promise with follow up single House Of Pain which will premiere through HEAVY on October 15.Lead vocalist Holden Stirling and guitarist Justin Strudwick joined HEAVY to chat about their new single and life in the fast lane of rock and roll."For me... House Of Pain, so that song really came in the first day I auditioned for Dreadful Tides,” Stirling began, “and I had only heard Crazy at the time so we were sitting around and I asked Struddy do you have any more songs and he started playing House Of Pain and from there I was sold on it. Struddy already had the idea there ready to go so it made it a hell of a lot easier. Those lyrics were written prior to me joining so they were actually Struddy's. He had already made it before we got together."House Of Pain shows a definite honing of The Dreadful Tides sound, keeping the fundamentals of rock but infusing it with a different structure."I find it's a bit more complex musically,” Strudwick offered. ‘It's still a basic rock song, but it's got a different feeling. It’s a bit of a slower tempo and I think there's a bit more... we had a bit of a reaction with Crazy, it seemed to connect with a lot of people but with this one it’s the same again. Its gonna connect with a lot of people but in a different way. This one does tell a bit more of a story. This one is more straight ahead and will hopefully set a light switch off in someone’s head."In the full interview, the boys talk more about their guitar driven focus and how it translates to their music, the animated film clip to House Of Pain and the meaning behind it, their outlook and vision for The Dreadful Tides, future music and more.
One of the beautiful things about music is you can never judge a bands sound by looking at them.Not to say they are ugly in any way shape, or form, but to look at photos of Greene County hard rock outfit Scattered Hamlet and you would subconsciously place them more in the bluegrass area of rock, but if you look further, and, more importantly, crank up their new album Stereo Overthrow you will awaken a very different beast indeed.In fact, that form of judgement features prominently on the upcoming album which deals with public perception and more specifically record labels and industry insiders who want to change existing bands into a set formula and structure more conducive to sales than content.Scattered Hamlet are one of those rare, unpolished gems you seldom come across that would rather go down with their integrity and moral fortitude intact than succumb to an industry machine that often values image over substance.After cracking the Billboard Heatseeker’s Top 10 with 2016’s Swamp Rebel Machine, the powers that be came predictably knocking with promises of fame and fortune – if the band was willing to sell their soul for the machine.Thankfully they politely told said people to stick it where the sun don’t shine so to speak and pressed on with their own musical vision that has culminated in Stereo Overthrow which is due out on November 12.Combining elements of Southern rock with punk sensibilities and hard rock dismissiveness, Scattered Hamlet have delivered a definite contender for album of the year, but, more importantly, did it their way.Frontman Adam Joad sat down for an often humorous hat about the album and the steps that have led them to their current position atop heir own mountain, with their own vision well and truly alive.Without label support."It was kind of like... we've always combined classic Southern rock with punk rock like Motorhead and I was just listening to Johnny Thunder so we're a combined sum of Southern Rock and punk rock elements that we're from,” he explained. “This album, when I started writing it, was all about our experiences dealing with the industry and record labels and stuff. I’ve always felt like we have a couple of New York hardcore moments because I always thought those guys were good at standing up for the shit they believed in so I have a lot of breakdowns where I think that's my New York hardcore moment (laughs)."Joad admits the unexpected – but deserved – success of Swamp Rebel Machine did place a touch of pressure on Scattered Hamlet going into the follow up, but he also says the experiences learned through that run were a major motivating factor on their new material."It did,” he laughed, “because... it was so weird because every label passed on Swamp Rebel Machine. They were like, this albums not gonna work. We'll sign you, but you have to re-record the whole album. You have to sit down with our team of writers, and they offered us every bad deal in the world, and I was like no, fuck it, we're gonna finish this album and put it out, and we put it out, and it did pretty good. Our album cycle got interrupted because our drummer was in a really bad accident so basically it put us out of commission for almost a year while we were in the middle of the album cycle and we just ... our drummer is like our brother so we weren't sure what we were gonna do next and after talking to his family and stuff and him now we ended up moving on and moving forward again, then friggin COVID hit (laughs). I was like, damn, man it’s a kick in the balls from every direction. We finally had momentum and it was like we're back and then it was more like no you're not (laughs).”In the full interview, Adam runs through the musical content on Stereo Overthrow, the title and opening track and how it sets the tone for the rest of the album, the film clip to Stereo Overthrow and it’s funny as fuck film clip, their sound and how they shaped it into their own, the cover image and how it (inadvertently) has appeal to Australian’s, the birth of Scattered Hamlet and more.
Florida hard rock quartet connected on a global basis with their 2019 album Pressure, opening up a broader fan base and introducing countless new fans to their brand of hard rock.The album and its singles had a combined Spotify stream tally of more than a quarter of a billion listens and propelled the release into Loudwire’s Top 50 Metal Albums of 2019.Following up a success like that is never easy, but with their recent release Manic, Wage War have managed to recapture that magic while simultaneously unleashing an entirely new beast.Manic is a collection of 11 tracks designed to connect through turbulence and has landed at a time when turbulence is more the accepted normal than an unwanted distraction.Clean vocalist/rhythm guitarist Cody Quistad joined HEAVY to talk about the album, starting with its early reception."It's been crazy man,” he beamed. “Honestly I don’t think I’ve ever been this overwhelmed with positive feedback. People seem to be loving the album. We've certainly been on both sides of the coin, people praising everything you do and then people seemingly hating everything you do so it's cool to be in a spot where everyone loves you again (laughs)."With their recent success still very much in the forefront of fans – and the bands – minds, Quistad says although things didn’t change to much with the recording process for Manic, there were a few minor points which the band gave added attention to."I think we always have the same goal, and it sounds corny or whatever, but we always wanna write the best songs that we can,” he shrugged. “Not only just for our genre, but in general. Something that can go wherever. I wanted to diversify more than ever and the third thing is I wanted to give our band an identity on this record and not have anything where people can say it sounds like this band or something. Something where people are gonna go wow, this is fresh, this is new, and I think we seemingly achieved that. As always, putting out the best record possible at this moment in time."In the full interview Cody runs us through Manic in more detail, why he feels this is the bands strongest album yet, their slower and anthemic tracks on the album and why now is the right time to release them, the popularity of Pressure and why he thinks people connected with it, their recent tour with Beartooth, upcoming plans and more.
Seether have been a mainstay on the rock/hard rock scene for just over two decades.In that time they have received phenomenal critical and chart success, and to celebrate 20 years of the band they have compiled Vicennial – 2 Decades of Seether, which is out on October 15 via Craft Recording.More than just a greatest hits package, 16 of the songs have reached number one on the Billboards charts, while the other four all attained Top 5 status, making the album a slice of history as much as a celebration of achievement and longevity.Bass player Dale Stewart joined HEAVY to chat about the album and the bands career.We started by asking if he gets as nervous or excited about releasing a veritable Best Of album than when putting out an entirely new body of work."No, I don't think so” he measured. “I guess the jury is out already on those songs that have been released before, like we know people like this one because it did well on radio (laughs). So it’s not as nerve racking. When you release a new album, you never know how it will work or what people are gonna think because it is all new and each album is a little different. We're changing the whole time. You change as people, and you change as a musician as well. Your influences change. Your general mindset changes. You get older. So, the music changes as you change mentally and you don’t know if people are gonna like that. So far, we've been lucky with our journey but there is always that in the back of your mind when you release a new album of shit, what if they don’t like it? What if it bombs? What if people hate it? I think it’s good to put yourself under a bit of pressure because it keeps you vigilant and keeps you trying. I felt like if you didn’t have that you'd become complacent and maybe the art would suffer."In the full interview Dale runs through the song selection, including their cover of a Wham song, the album artwork which was chosen from fan submissions, the band’s longevity and how they have sustained it, their relationship with fans, his personal favourite Seether songs, their upcoming live stream event and how you can help shape the setlist plus more.
If there was any justice in the world then US hardcore/metalcore outfit Johnny Booth would already be a global name.But, as we all know, justice is only dished out by people that wear capes and those such people don’t usually care for metal music so unfortunately Johnny Booth are still finding their path to the top.Fusing the technicality and finesse of modern metal with the visceral power and melodic aggression of hardcore, Johnny Booth have firmly carved out their own niche, winning over thousands of fans across the US. Or put quite simply, they fucken rock!Since the 2019 release of debut album Firsthand Accounts, Johnny Booth have gradually seen their profile lift but with a newly picked team behind them in order to spread their music to a broader base, one gets the feeling it is only a matter of time before the band are rightfully a global sensation.Vocalist Andrew Herman joined HEAVY to discuss Johnny Booth’s latest single deepfake and how they plan to blast through your speakers in the very near future."We wrote a lot of the new singles that are coming out now during the height of the shutdown here in New York,” he began. “Also it was during the presidential election, so there's a lot of turmoil, a lot of... the height of the worst of what makes up America all at once (laughs), so that's definitely going to inspire you being your environment and what you're going through. What was going on in our communities, in our lives, and politically what's going on all at the same time. All the singles we have all kind of have that theme for sure."Towards the end of deepfake Herman reiterates the point that “you were at fault, but you would never say it”, leading HEAVY to believe the song has a touch of personal venom to it."The song definitely - like I said, there was some personal stuff going on in my life - along with everything, so I feel there was this multi pronged thing where I felt like politically, globally the US was not really owning up to our own bullshit, really,” Herman offered. “We're a society where we really don't like to admit guilt, but at the same time too I was going through somethings personally where people were attempting to scam and distort reality for some people around me, which was definitely a big part of it as well."In the full interview Andrew talks more about the single and it’s musical direction, the film clip and its meaning, future releases, the history of the band and where they come from, how Johnny Booth’s new music differs from their early stuff, public expectation, touring plans and more.
What started out – in the eyes of many punters – as a bit of a novelty project, The Omnific have systematically dismantled any and all preconceived notions about a persons ability to produce music that is not considered conventional.The Omnific are not merely an instrumental band, they are an instrumental band comprising two bass players and a drummer. Their music is exciting, intense and quite simply beautiful in nature, utilizing the bottom end sounds normally associated with the bass and morphing them into a lead sound of their own that is as unique as it is crushing in parts.Over the course of their five year existence The Omnific have released a couple of EP’s that hinted at the extreme talent coursing through their members veins, and have now manifested that output into their debut album Escapades which is out now.The two men who provide the bass lines, Matt Fackrell and Toby Peterson-Stewart sat down with HEAVY earlier this week to discuss the album and it’s reception to date.“(It’s been) surreal,” Matt enthused. “I guess if you look back five years when we started this band we never thought we would be at a point where people were respecting the two bass idea. It's been surreal."Already the terms “atmospheric”, “euphoric”, “melancholic” and “swirling textures” have been used to describe the sound on Escapades, but the two band members see it in more simplistic terms."The broad term is we've just used the bass in various ways,” laughed Toby. “That's probably the easiest way. There's a lot of different techniques we've used and different tones which encompasses all the bass we have used."And what are some of those styles?"A bit of everything,” Toby continued. “Some slap, thumb stuff, finger stuff, tapping... the list can go on. Plus, all the different bass guitars themselves that we used have fused their way into their own place on the album. I wouldn’t say we've invented anything, but we've tried to use it in our own way."In the full interview Matt and Toby talk more about the songs on the album, run through the process of selecting songs for a debut album, shed like on the term “nintendocore” used to describe the tone, the mixing of genres and how they work, musical challenges posed by being an instrumental band, naming songs without lyrics to draw from, upcoming shows and more.
Melbourne music juggernaut Twelve foot Ninja are a band who have never been afraid to not only push musical boundaries, but more redefine the very parameters on which they were founded.They have delivered some of Australia’s finest musical outputs over the years, including the highly popular 2016 album Outlier, but they return in 2021 armed with a swag on new material in the form of Vengeance, which will be unleashed on October 15 through Volkanic Music.The album has already spawned the singles Start The Fire, Long Way Home and Over and Out, plus seen the introduction of a range of new platforms including a video game, graphic novel and fantasy novel, with each, in typical Twelve Foot Ninja style, being an eclectic extension of the bands musical taste and vivid imagination.Guitarist Stevic Mackay joined HEAVY to chat about the album and other things that go bump in the night."It's not like any of the other albums,” he revealed when quizzed about Vengeance. “I think... we sort of went down more of a... I can't name one thing, but if there was a theme it does go down a bit of an 80s video gamey kind of vibe a little bit more than other albums. There's also quite a bit of orchestral stuff. We worked with a 12 piece orchestra and recorded in Sing Sing in Melbourne - and that was wild, it was really cool. There's probably the heaviest song we've ever written is on there and the softest song we've ever written is on there so it's a bit of a journey as they say."It has been five years since previous album Outlier, and while this may not seem much of a time lapse in the overall scheme of things, when you are dealing with a band with as many differing components as Twelve Foot Ninja it may as well be a lifetime.So we pose the question, how has the band changed and grown musically in that period."Well, we're definitely closer to death,” Mackay laughed. “I think in that time we've really honed... we kind of became really aware of, I guess, what we internally call the dark side of the force, which is this fixation on riff porn. You know, like writing songs for the technical purpose, like riffs. Lots of riffs. But that doesn't necessarily make it a song... We kind of went on a bit of a trip of really breaking down what makes a song a song. What's interesting? Does it work when you strip it back to just an acoustic and what are we saying? What's the point? is it purposeful? I think we, I guess, rejected the temptation to be clever for clever sake and really tried to prioritize songs, like a cohesive idea that's communicated by that medium. So, I think if I was gonna try and summarize it, it would probably be that."In the full interview Stevic runs us through the diverse nature of Vengeance, how far they are willing to push musical boundaries, public expectation, their film clips and how much thought and preparation goes into them, the novels and video game, having Tatiana from Jinjer provide guest vocals on their recent single, heading back out on the road and more.
Playing gigs in the current climate is hard enough, but to be able to record a live show and spontaneously release it as a live album is pretty much the stuff of dreams.Well, dreams can come true, as proven by Melbourne heavy punk/rock/blues artist Maggie Alley who not only got to play live at the Brunswick Ballroom during a brief break in lockdowns, but also got the opportunity to record and release the set live in the form of Maggie Alley Live At The Brunswick Ballroom.Alley caught up with HEAVY to discuss the release, with one of the topics for discussion the point of whether or not she though people would appreciate being able to listen to a live album recorded during COVID or whether it might seem like a slight slap in the face for those who can’t watch or play live themselves.“"Yeah, yeah, I did think of that,” Alley admitted. “To be honest people's reactions are the complete opposite. People are like oh my God, thank God we've got this live recording because we can't go out to gigs, so people are listening to it more to get a taste of what that life was like. It did cross my mind a little bit, as in I could be rubbing something in their faces to release something live, but I've got a lot of people really happy that its being released and that they can listen to a live recording. Especially for people who wanted to come to that gig that couldn't."In the full interview Maggie talks about the spontaneous decision to release the album, the early reception, her upcoming single which is a cover of Pissing In The River by Patti Smith, premiering four new tracks on the live album, future plans and more.
It’s not often these days that a debut album causes a stir on the global market, as is the case with the recently released offering Wait For The Night from Melbourne hard rock/heavy metal outfit Wicked Smile.Comprising former members of bands such as In Malice’s Wake, Black Majesty, Eyefear, Virtue and Pegazus, Wicked Smile have transcended the sounds for which each individual member is known and combined them to form a remarkable album – debut or not.Guitarist Stevie Janevski joined HEAVY to chat about the album and the universally positive response."Some people are even calling it album of the year,” he exclaimed, “so it's been very humbling worldwide. I keep on walking up every morning to more reviews and they have been amazing. So have the pre-orders. I guess we've got a bit of a history with some of our past bands we've played in but slowly, slowly as we've released singles over the past year it has created a bit of interest in the band. It’s been amazing."In the full interview Stevie runs us through the album and its musical composition, the goals they had going in, their thought process going into the album and how they made it work, the lyrical content, the bands influences and how they harnessed them to create their own path, upcoming shows and more.
The Dark Horde is an ambitious concept no matter how you look at it.The brainchild of Andrew Drage – who goes by the stage name Brewin – The Dark Horde is a veritable supergroup comprised of over 30 actors and musicians from around the globe who have all combined to produce the upcoming album, The Calling, which will be out on October 22.Much more than an album, bordering on the metal rock opera side of things, The Calling is a conceptually based album that tells the story of the central character Henry and his descent into and subsequent rise from chaos.It is an epically stunning body of work that has been years in the planning and even more in the creation, but with The Calling finally set for release Brewin joined HEAVY to run through the latest single Victim as well as the overall production."With Victim, it is essentially a straight up heavy metal track,” he explained. “There is no narration - it's the only track on the album that’s got no narration - with driving guitars, nice melodies and leads, and of course Danny's amazing vocals. It’s a very high intensity track and it reflects the angst and the anger of the main character Henry, who is the story of the album."The cover image for the track depicts a young boy fleeing from a werewolf, a body of art that Brewin admits plays a large role in the overall direction of the full album."It does. So, the werewolf first of all is essentially one of The Dark Horde demons, which are werewolf like with demonic powers. He's tormented by these demons and that's him as a young child. The character Henry is the narrator of the album and he's telling the story of how he got to this point which starts with his childhood. Victim is telling part of that story."In the full interview, Brewin runs us through the three singles released to date and how they impact the story arc of The Calling, the road to completing The Calling and its many obstacles, the main players on the composition, the musical vision for the project and how close he came to achieving it, his personal involvement with The Dark Horde, his ultimate goals and vision, the chances of it making a theatrical appearance and more.
It doesn’t seem like that long ago that I was reviewing the debut EP from Bendigo, Victoria’s heavyrockers Spacegoat when they dropped ‘33’ in the Autumn of 2019. In retrospect it wasn’t that long agobut as we know the entire planet has changed so much and unfortunately it isn't all good. For a bandthat is located in Central Victoria gigs were/ are already few and far between and this has been the caselong before “lockdowns” and “mandates” were the new normal. With only one venue now bookingoriginal bands in Bendigo, the almighty Golden Vine Hotel is now the soul place for original live musicwhere gigs have become more of a relief and of course a celebration of music for a City that is home to100,632 people!!On a positive note, Spacegoat are about to drop their second EP entitled ‘Catharsis’ and I was fortunateenough to chat to lead singer Erin Eddy about the vulnerability, self-doubts and the straight up truthsabout what it took to create this bar raising release. At Heavy Mag every now and then an interviewwith someone becomes an absolute hive of down to earth conversation about the real stuff that ushumans endure and enjoy on this our Mother Earth.If you like it honest, if you like it heartfelt and if you are not a Spacegoat fan already then, I suggest yousort that out pronto as they’re about to drop a downright quality listen!So sit back, (don’t) relax but please......enjoy!
Probably better known as the bass player for punk heavyweights Black Flag between 1984 and 1986, or as half of the bass playing duo in Dos with Mike Watt, U.S bass player Kira is now branching out into a solo career, with her debut self titled album due for release on October 19.On her new release, Kira "takes full control and turns down the volume, finding balance in the expanse of dark minimalism."To find out exactly what is meant by that, and to hear more about her journey, HEAVY tracked Kira down last week for an informative chat about her past, present, and future."Musically it is... actually a set of songs that tells a story and I think some people might be surprised," she began. "If they know anything about my background they might have been expecting something a little more raucous. It is sort of moody and quite spacious and very personal; very much trying to connect to my emotions and express my emotions and maybe in that way help connect to others who may feel somehting when they listen."In the full interview Kira talks more about her debut solo offering, including its musical direction and reasons for what some may see as a change in direction, her punk ethos and how it fits despite the nature of her music, playing with Black Flag in a male dominated industry, her working relationship with Mike Watt and how it has shaped her career, future plans and more.
After introducing listeners to their music with first single Preservation Of Privilege earlier this year, Australian death metal outfit Nesher return with the follow-up, Fabulist Colonists.Featuring members of existing bands sleepmakeswaves, Lo! and Hadal Maw, Nesher perform a brutal style of metal coupled with anthemic moments to accentuate the sonic impact.Directly inspired by the Australian bushfires which devastated large parts of the country just over 18 months ago, Fabulist Colonists is unrelenting and confronting – both musically and visually with the accompanying music video.Containing before, during and after images of the fire and the destruction it left in its wake, Fabulist Colonists perfectly captures the horrors of a dark period in Australian history that still has lingering consequences that require urgent attention today.Vocalist Sam Dillon (Lo!, Hadal Maw) and drummer Al Belling joined HEAVY to talk about the song."This is actually the first tune that Alex Wilson, who is the third member of the project, and I wrote together," Belling began. "When Nesher started, Alex sent me a whole bunch of demos of different tunes to dig through and get my thoughts on but when we started writing as a joint team this was the first one did so we really wanted to tap into… the idea was to have one simple idea for each song and just and expand those as much as possible. We're not trying to re-invent the wheel, we're just trying to do the fundamentals really, really well. Particularly with this tune as well, we were listening to a lot of Still Life by Opeth and some early Emperor and stuff to give it that blackened tinge as well."In the full interview, the boys talk more about the confronting subject matter of Fabulist Colonist, the film clip and why they thought it was important to include some harrowing scenes, the lingering effects of the aftermath to the bushfires and how it has been seemingly swept under the carpet, how this song differs to their debut single Preservation Of Privilege, future plans and more.
Rising Victorian metal outfit ATLVS are undergoing somewhat of a metamorphosis.Not that long term fans should throw in their arms in the air in complaint. Quite the contrary.Their sound has become increasingly heavier since debut EP Memoir, with upcoming single Nazareth set to emphatically announce ATLVS are not here to make up the numbers, they are here to take the world by storm, starting with their home country!Matt and Nick from the band joined HEAVY to chat about the new single and heavier direction, with Matt offering first opinion."Its definitely more into the hardcore route than we have released up to this point. Our last release was "Siren" and that was branching into the sound where we wanna be at. This release is definitely cementing that sound that we wanna be pushing from now on."As for the musical direction, Nick chimed in."I think in terms of the change it just comes down to different influences in our music styles and evolution as a band as well. At the start, when we wrote our first EP Memoire, we kinda didn’t really know what we wanted at the time. We were literally writing as we were going, and as we grew up playing shows, meeting new bands and listening to new bands and exploring it a bit, and then discovering these new styles we went hey, we're leaning more towards this now."In the full interview, the boy discuss the single in greater detail, including it’s meaning, the new direction and why it is important to the future of ATLVS, upcoming releases and when to expect them, having the song mixed and produced my members of fellow Aussies Alpha Wolf, future plans and more.
What does one of the most creative bands of the century so far do when forced into lockdown?Plan ways on how to release more music, of course.So was the case with European rock outfit The Pineapple Thief – a band that has released 13 studio albums, 7 live, 2 compilations and 5 E,P’s in a career spanning just 22 years – when they were forced into hibernation shortly after releasing their latest albumVersions Of The Truth in late 2020.The band decided if they couldn’t play to their fans in a live environment then they would play to them in a more controlled environment and stream the process and result for all to see.Out of that idea came the successful Nothing but The Truth, a pre-recorded streamed event that more resembled a cinematic experience such was the grand planning and design.With the world slowly starting to return to some semblance of normality, The Pineapple Thief have decided to release the concert on disk, Blu Ray and DVD, capturing their popular and exhilarating performance and making it available the world over.Founding member Bruce Soord joined HEAVYT during the week to talk about the album and pretty much whatever else took his fancy."Where do I start?” he replied when asked to give us a rundown of the release. “We released our last studio album about a year ago, Versions Of The Truth, and that was in the depths of lockdown over here in England so we couldn't tour. We all got together and said what are we gonna do? When a band releases an album the actual thing to do is go on the road and tour it. So we thought right, we have to do something. We decided to a live... well it’s a stream - we prerecorded it - and we had to make it really nice and the production really good and we got the big camera crew in. It was pretty high stakes really, because you know it was lockdown and we had to prove that we had to travel for work and we had to take tests and all that kind of stuff and we met up on the day and thought is this going to work, how’s it gonna look? We put all our trust in our cameraman and director of music who did all our videos - we knew he was great, but we were still thinking how’s this gonna turn out? At the time we were pretty anxious, and we only had one shot at it because it was pretty expensive but obviously it turned out well and everyone really loved it thankfully so we can look back on it now and laugh but at the time... it was strange times. It was strange and it was stressful because of the situation we were in and double stressed because we only had one shot to nail it."In the full interview Bruce runs us through the song selection including a number the band hadn’t played live before, revisiting old tunes years later and the nostalgia involved, the early vision for The Pineapple Thief and how it has changed over the years, their sound and those who try to define it, their phenomenal output of music, future plans and more.
The music industry needs more bands like Suburbiasuburbia.Bands who sing music about real life happenings that others might shy away from, but adding a touch of humour and individuality in the process.Playing a fusion of hard rock and blues that the band has described as “raspy, passionate screams from your next door neighbour’s garage as he cuts his hand off with a chainsaw” (a great definition in anyone’s books), Suburbiasuburbia have plied their trade over the last couple of years, releasing 13 tracks and two albums and building a steadily growing fan base despite obvious restrictions.With a plan to release music roughly every eight weeks, Suburbiasuburbia launch that goal with new single Swifty Goes To The Shops, a simply named song about… a simple task.Frontman Tony Townsend joined HEAVY in an entertaining chat about the song and more.Much more."We all know a Swifty,” he pointed out. “He's either gaunt with a footy jersey on and a pair of shorts, or he's got a flannelette shirt on and a pair of jeans and a beanie. We all know him. It’s about someone who's been in lockdown for weeks and weeks and he's just going to the shop to buy some enjoyment and some relief. He's over beer so where does he go? He goes for some plant residue! So its straight down to get a $20 bag and you know what, he doesn’t even wait until he gets home. He just smokes the lot!”In the full interview we run through Australian rock and blues history, Suburbiasuburbia’s sound and where it comes from, the relatable nature of the band’s music, keeping humour in music, connecting with your roots, future music and more.
Asking Alexandria have celebrated their signing to Better Noise Music earlier this year with a new album, See What’s On The Inside, due out on October 1.Having released the anthemic single Alone Again, Asking Alexandria are already basking in critical praise for See What’s On The Inside, an album that the band themselves have publicly stated has galvanized their resolve and allowed them to write and record together for the first time in over a decade.Enigmatic frontman Danny Worsnop joined HEAVY to discuss the album and the fresh approach to recording it.“We wanted to go back to our roots and the place we started, which was, in one form or another, big rock songs,” he explained. “We grew up on that kind of music in the 70s and 80s and kind of the 90s - just big, beautiful rock songs that make people feel. That was the point of this record, both in tone and how we made it as well. We wanted it to be very real, very organic, very... analogue. We wanted to make it feel like a record that when you listen to it you feel like you’re in the room."Guitarist Ben Bruce is quoted as saying the album is “a result of the band reconnecting and falling back in love with what started the band in the first place”. I put this to Danny to see if he agrees. “He's a dirty liar!” he laughed, adding “I think the album was a very different thing for each of us, but it was definitely a process that we haven't done in a very long time. We haven't done it like we did now ever! We haven't been in a studio with each other since the very first record and even then, it was a lot of programming and doing stuff digitally. There was a lot of manipulation on everything. There's not one word on that record that sounded like it did when I actually sang it so it was... we were a very, very, very digital band and I think as beautiful as technology is in helping us create more and have access to all these incredible creative tools it can also in many ways sterilize the soul of what you're trying to do and this definitely gave us an opportunity to fall in love with making music in this way and with each other."In the full interview, Danny talks about the album in greater detail, the importance of choosing the right song to open an album, the musical influences on the album and how they gel, the early days of Asking Alexandria and where they fit in musically, their upcoming run of shows and more.
Legendary Swedish death metal outfit Hypocrisy have been a little quiet of late – eight years in fact – but have announced their triumphant return in the form of new album Worship which will be released on November 26 via Nuclear Blast Records.Front man Peter Tagtgren joined HEAVY during the week to discuss the new material."I don’t like to review my own stuff,” he laughed, “so I think it's... a damn good Hypocrisy album, for sure. It’s got what you need if you're a Hypocrisy fan."We broach the subject of the nearly decade long gap between albums, but Tagtgren is quick to emphasize the point he has been busy with other things and that you cannot rush perfection."Eight years, but I've been busy with other things,” he said. “We toured a lot on the last album and went around the world a couple of times I would say. Also I had PAIN and Lindemann who both had albums and did tours so eight years goes like this (clicks fingers) when you have shitloads of stuff to do. Starting to think about the next Hypocrisy took a while and I needed the spark and I needed to be motivated. I wanted to do it and not just do it because we had to release an album and go out and play. It was not really like that. it was more I need to have something good to represent and I didn’t know what to come up with because I felt what are you supposed to prove? I just started writing good riffs, I guess, and started piling them together."In the full interview Peter talks about the album in greater detail, outlines the cover image and what it represents, the singles released and how they relate to the album as a whole, the video for Chemical Whore and what it stands for, writing with his son Sebastian, future plans and more.
US heavy outfit Invent Animate are riding a dual wave of success,Fresh from signing with UNFD, the band have also recently released their three track EP The Sun Sleeps, As If It Never Was, a powerful exploration on the ricochet effect of trauma and addiction based on life experiences of drummer Trey Celaya.Celaya joined HEAVY during the week to discuss the EP and the personal nature of its content."Musically we were really just aiming to distil all of the parts that make what we are,” he said of the sound of the EP. “We've had a few key themes that we've always stuck with, one being super heavy parts but also really heavy on the atmosphere then using synths and layers to create things like landscapes, so we were really just... we weren't trying to impress anybody, we weren't trying to write a hit radio single or anything. We just wanted to write a really authentic version of ourselves at this stage in our careers. That's all we were going for. I think we did the idea justice."In the full interview Trey talks about his own personal demons and how they translate to the songs on the EP, the telling of different viewpoints through the lyrics and why that is important, why he felt the need to share his darkest moments with the world, the healing process and where it begins, future plans for Invent Animate and more.
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