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Rising Australian singer-songwriter Jack Botts returns with his latest single release, 18th Floor (Acoustic). It comes after the whirlwind response to the original 18th Floor in November 2020, which spawned triple j play and Unearthed rotation and a whopping 38-date Australian headline tour with limited tickets remaining.
Where the original 18th Floor is packed with movement and flow, 18th Floor (Acoustic) offers a stunning pared back take. Thematically, the track finds Botts digesting the highs and hurdles of his long distance relationship and the pressure it endured with COVID restrictions.
He shares: “What you are hearing in the acoustic version is ’18th Floor’ in its original form. How it was written, stripped back, key change, and mellow. In a way, this is the original version.”
Fresh from the release of a collaborative effort with label-mates Thornhill earlier this month, Void Of Vision return with an epic team up with none other than Ecca Vandal.
The reimagined version of Decay – taken from Void Of Vision’s 2019 album Hyperdaze – sees Ecca and VOV switch back and forth amongst their iconic brands of chaos.
Void Of Vision vocalist Jack Bergin explains how the unlikely team up came to life:
“We have all been familiar with the name Ecca Vandal for quite a while now, it wasn’t until our run together on Good Things Festival ‘18 that we REALLY pricked up our ears though. Unfortunately we clashed sets each day except for the last, so when I got to run over and catch those last few songs it was everything I hoped for and more, ever since then she’s been a playlist regular.
“We were so stoked that she was down to collaborate and work in her own style so effortlessly. Ecca has such a powerful presence and now it’s been stamped on a little piece of VOV history.”
Melbourne’s LOSER reveal their first cut of new music for 2021 today with the release of All I Need, recorded via the band’s newly launched Restless Noise Studios.
On the track, LOSER vocalist/guitarist Tim Maxwell shares:
“‘All I Need’ is a song about feeling incomplete even though you may have everything you need or want in life, yet you still can’t be satisfied. It’s an ode to all the people out there that may feel this way and to let them know that they are not alone,” adding:
“It’s been such a weird year and it really tested a lot of people’s mental health, this is my song for you to help you get through those tough times.”
Churning away slowly before drawing on big sing alongs and trademark guitar solos, All I Need will no doubt making for a future staple live track for the band, who recently supported both Slowly Slowly (solo) and Shihad at their respective sold out Corner Hotel shows.
The release also comes with the reveal of a new music video capturing a year in the life of LOSER. This raw and intimate DIY cut offers a snapshot into the band’s perseverance with self-recording during an interrupted last 12 months.
UNFD is thrilled to announce Australian rock trio Short Stack as its latest signing, alongside the reveal of the band’s new single + video Burn You Down. To celebrate the release, Short Stack will play one night in Sydney on Thursday with special guests Redhook.
It comes after the trio caused a stir with the announce of their comeback national tour in early 2020 which saw multiple cities sold out in a matter of hours. The now rescheduled run is set to hit capital cities across April, with limited tickets still available HERE.
On Burn You Down, Diviney explains that the track is part a reflection on the breakdown and rebuilding of the band and part observation on the world around them.
“‘Burn You Down’ is about the duality of being young and feeling both indestructible and fragile at the same time,” he says. “I don’t think the world needs another happy pop song at the moment, because I don’t think the world is a happy place at the moment. This song comes from a place of anger and destruction, about wanting to tear something down and begin again.”
Describing this comeback as even more significant than the first (see the 5 year gap and a few Short Stack kids now born), he adds that this time recording found the band paring everything back to their roots.
“I think a lot of bands at the time when we first broke out were put together by labels and a lot of people threw us in that basket, but we were just a bunch of dudes that went to high school together and played Blink covers and it snowballed from there,” he says.
“To go back to our roots now and really just strip things back and play together in a room was really important to us. The reason we broke up was that it just wasn’t fun… it’s been a fair chunk of time now, so coming back finds us in a different stage of life with a different idea about what we want out of music.”
Prolific metalcore progressives ERRA have hit us with one last peek into their forthcoming self-titled album with new single and video Shadow Autonomous. Ironically ERRA consider Shadow Autonomous as the album’s ballad track. Guitarist Jesse Cash explains:
“It’s one of the more experimental tracks on the record in terms of style and structure. ‘Shadow Autonomous’ is about adaptability. ‘Complacencies that we will never seek to replace’, establishes the solution of the song’s proposed problem – which is to live outside of your comfort zone often, and as a result, develop the skill of finding home wherever you are.”
Shadow Autonomous and its new music video are available today ahead of the release of ERRA’s highly awaited self-titled fifth record next Friday March 19. Seeding the five-piece as one of metalcore’s most prominent forces, ERRA’s massive riffs and enchanting melodies litter the cerebral, immersive soundscapes, no doubt culminating in a career-defining effort.
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