Wollongong Heavy Metal band Nosedive are celebrating the release of their latest single Bad Mood through Best Wishes Records. The track is a melancholic introspection on depressive episodes, with haunting guitar solos and rabid vocals which pull you down into a concoction of seething anger and misery. Nosedive are a Hardcore band located south of Sydney, NSW. Comprised of Josh (Vocals), Marcus (Lead), Jesse (Rhythm), Jack (Bass) and Jake (Drums) they draw inspiration from bands such as Power Trip and Mammoth Grinder, bringing the sound of Texas to the South Coast of Australia. Releasing their 2019 debut EP, Original Agony, they crashed into the Wollongong music scene playing small bars, clubs, warehouses and art spaces, supporting acts ranging Deathcore to EDM, including A Night in Texas, Moonbase, HOON, and Day by Day on the Wollongong leg of their Australian tour. The band answer questions about the new single and what they have been up to.
How has the build up been to the new single Bad Mood?
Bad Mood’s a song that was in the pipeline for a long time. We had it mostly finished and was part of our live set, but we didn’t record it for almost a year. Even when it was recorded, we were sitting on it for a while, sort of waiting for the right time to release it. Now that the song’s finally out, it almost doesn’t feel right because it’s just been this constant cycle buildup and reworking.
What is the background behind the single?
We had this song in a different form for a while but lockdown really forced Josh to take some time and focus on lyric writing. The track was really a result of being stuck indoors working from home. He fell out of bed at 9, sat at his desk until 5 and then went back to bed. It was really a hard time with little self care and recreation. Josh was in a slump and was pretty depressed; that state of mind leads to dissatisfaction and self judgement. Looking back on it became the inspiration for the song.
What has fan response been like so far?
Fan response has been great! We couldn’t have imagined the amount of people who’ve listened and reached out to us about Bad Mood. We’re so psyched people are liking it!
How would you compare it sonically to some of your other music?
Bad Mood feels a bit more mature and focused than anything else we’ve done. It’s heavier, groovier, slower and sounds bigger. We spent a hell of a lot of time making sure the song could sound as good as it could be before we released it, and hopefully that comes across when you compare it to the rest of our songs.
Is the band building towards an album or EP?
Currently we’re working toward an EP. While we don’t have a particular release date set in stone, we are writing songs that work cohesively as parts of a larger body of work.
What’s the best piece of advice you have been given so far?
Don’t get caught up in what sounds trendy, just focus on what sounds good.
Who would you say is the biggest shared musical influence for Nosedive?
The biggest musical influences on Nosedive would be Slayer, Power Trip and Mammoth Grinder.
Did the band lose much momentum last year due to the pandemic?
At the end of 2019, we sat down and spent a bunch of time trying to set out a plan for 2020 that mostly involved trying to tour as much as possible. By March, those plans were out the window. It was tough trying to recalibrate when we’d decided to put so much effort into a live set, but if the pandemic had never happened we probably wouldn’t have ended up with the opportunity to refine our song writing way more. So yeah, we lost momentum, but we also gained a lot of momentum in areas we otherwise wouldn’t have.
Are you looking forward to being able to tour more broadly around the country this year?
Absolutely. We’ve been looking into doing a run of shows all around Australia towards the back half of this year, so make sure you keep an eye out for that.
What’s next for Nosedive?
We’re going back into the studio soon to hopefully do a bunch more recording. We’re also looking into playing more shows, but obviously that’s all very dependent on what’s happening with Coronavirus restrictions.
Interview By Rob Lyon
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