Coming off the back of their positively received second single Without You, and accumulating over 25,000 streams since their first track, Among The Restless release their third and heaviest single to date, Wastecase. Among The Restless reveals a darker and more serious side to the band with their new single, shining light on a subject close to the band, and many others around them. Wastecase is a song of frustration, stemming from what the band have witnessed over the last couple of years being a part of a new generation fed up with the hierarchical system of the world and where it’s heading. The band drop by to answer some questions for Hi Fi Way about their new single.
How has the build up been to the new single Wastecase?
The build-up previous to Wastecase dropping was exciting and extremely busy! It was something unlike anything we have released so far, so we were anticipating a different type of reaction, which turned out to be quite positive.
What is the background behind the single?
Wastecase highlights a darker and more serious side to the band, shining light on a subject close to us, and many others around them. Wastecase is a song of frustration, stemming from what the band have witnessed over the last couple of years, being a part of a new generation fed up with the hierarchical system of the world and where it’s heading.
What has the fan response been like so far?
So far, we have had a very positive response to Wastecase from our fans. Due to the heavier sound of the song, it pleased many and gave a new side of the band to see. It is a fun song live, creates an awesome atmosphere, whilst still similar to the rest of our catalogue.
How would you compare it sonically to some of your other music?
Musically it is quite different to our first two singles, but in terms of melody it still has our signature sound, as well as it’s almost rap-like structure in the verses.
Is the band building towards an album or EP?
We recently finished recording our debut EP with producer Steve James, at Red Engine Recording Studio, in Brisbane. We are extremely pleased with the result, and are excited to show our fans and the wider community what we have been working on.
Does the music come before the lyrics?
It just depends on the song! Usually, we have the music down first, but sometimes we have lyrics that fit perfectly. We have no real structure to writing. The more relaxed we are the better the song turns out!
Who would you say is the biggest shared musical influence/ inspiration for Among The Restless?
The influences we have are endless, but to sum it up in a few bands, we would have to say Nothing but Thieves, Megadeth and Australian band Holy Holy are all influencing the song writing we are achieving at the moment. We are so attracted to the diverse nature of all genres, and really love mixing them all, creating something personal, unique and special from it.
Did the band lose much momentum last year due to the pandemic?
In terms of gigging and gaining a wider fan base, we would have to say this held us back a lot. We did however, manage to build an online presence and released three singles over this period, which enabled us to interact with our fans, albeit in a different way during 2020!
Are you looking forward to being able to tour more broadly around the country this year?
We haven’t played interstate yet, but it is definitely something we look to achieve within this year. We pride ourselves on the live performance we deliver, and will continue to do so in Melbourne, then nationally when the time is right, and it is safe to do so.
What’s next for Among The Restless?
The EP and singles leading up to it are a major focus at the moment, but we are determined to continue our gigging grind, and pursue broader scenes beyond Melbourne. We aim to continue to share our love and passion for music with others. It’s time to take Among The Restless to the next level!
Interview By Rob Lyon