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KOBRAKAI Explore Cult Behaviour With "Vessels"
Gold Coast heavy rock outfit Kobrakai have courted controversy with the release of their latest single “Vessels”.
Not that the subject matter is offensive; more so contentious, with the lyrical content loosely based around cults and the effects they have on people and society.
Guitarist/vocalist Cloudy joined HEAVY for a chat about the song and other happenings within the Kobrakai camp.
"The song came about from a few riffs that I had floating around that I recorded on my phone and sent to the other two guys as a voice mem,” he explained. “We do that through messenger and exchange ideas then get the basics down and do a few videos of the riffs then jam it out in the old jam room at Rock City Studios which is our usual haunt in Upper Coomera there. Our bassist at the time Phil came up with some lyrical content - he usually has a theme running through his head - and if we can we jam it out at gigs to get it in its final format, and then we commit to some studio time and knock it out there. That's pretty much how this one, and any of the others in the last 12 months, have gone as well."
With the song being set around famous cult figures, particularly David Koresh and his Branch Davidian cult and worshippers, it would be easy to assume that this is just another song riding off the back of the coattails of a bad period of history, but when you dive deeper into the lyrics you can see it is actually an indictment against all forms of cult and fanatical worship ranging from the individual to mass consumption.
"I think Phil, who came up with the lyrics on that one, he'd been watching a documentary I think it might have been on SBS about the Branch Davidian’s who based themselves at Waco, Texas,” Cloudy continued. “You might remember back in the 90s there was a siege when the FBI or CIA raided their facility which is a place at Mount Carmel in Waco and it resulted in quite a few deaths so that inspired him to write a bit about what a cult is. The lyrics with this particular song the verses take the aspect of the followers where David Koresh was the leader and then for the chorus you sort of flip the personality for those lyrics. That's what gave birth to the idea of it but then once we had the song finished we worked with a guy who has done a lot of production and recording for us plus he's done some videos for us as well so we sent it over to him and he has gone and delved a bit deeper into what the cults are actually are so obviously we touch base on the Manson Family, there's the Jonestown Massacre as well which took place in the 70s I believe, and then more recently political leaders; can followers of a particular leader be classed as a cult as well? That's reflected in the video if you have a close look at it you can see the storming of the White House a few months ago.”
In the full interview, Cloudy runs through “Vessels” in greater detail, outlines the film clip and what it is trying to portray, the difficulties in writing a song from two differing perspectives and personalities, the overall message of “Vessels”, plans for the rest of 2021 and more.
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Stemming The Tide With ARTERIES
Sydney hardcore outfit Arteries have recently dropped their crushing new album Outdoor Claustrophobic, a monumental slab of metal that gets better with each listen.
For this album, the band elected to go more back to the basics to create a more accessible listening experience, a goal that Arteries have managed to smash out of the ballpark.
Guitarists Braithe Selby and Daniel Graham joined HEAVY for a chat about the new album and the process behind it.
"We were just going for a balls to the wall, as low and heavy and crushing as possible,” Graham enthused. “With our previous release it was quite self-indulgent and with this one, we wanted to do something that was a bit more 4/4 (laughs) in rhythm and be a bit groovier.”
"We all got together and”, Selby continued “... it was more of a review process of what we wanted to play and we all decided to go straight for the ticket. We all decided on a direction that we all loved but at the end of the day, we want to play music that we love and we wanna hear. It's more a direction that naturally occurred and naturally evolved over time. We got together and worked together more as a band and cohesive unit and it's really what we are going for.”
"We also tried to keep it the lower range of the neck and not go over the third fret,” Graham laughed. “There's plenty of bass bins in there - I think there's about 69 in there."
When pressed about how they think debut album This Will Destroy Us became self-indulgent Selby is quick to explain.
"I guess we didn't really sit down and...,” he measured “we just kind of went for it. We knew what we wanted to do but after releasing that... you kind of look back at things and think 'we could tweak this or we could tweak that' and I guess make us a lot happier as a band by working together more. A more focused thing than writing whatever."
"I think from a live perspective as well This Will Destroy Us had a lot of crazy time signatures and as heavily influenced by Dillenger Escape Plan,” Graham added, “and when we would play a show unless you knew the song and had been listening to it you had no idea what you were listening to and so the crowd reaction in some cases was non-existent. We just wanted to write something that the whole crowd could get into even if you haven't heard us before."
In the full interview, Daniel and Braithe talk us through the album a bit more, discuss the latest single “Under The Influence” and it’s awesome film clip, hint at future plans, outline how COVID impacted Arteries and more.
ZOMBONIMO Find Their Voice
Newcastle hard rock outfit Zombonimo recently released their latest single “Speak”.
Featuring a three-pronged vocal attack, Zombonimo have been plying their trade for over a decade, with the band still retaining all four original members.
Guitarist/vocalist Kim Abbott sat down with HEAVY earlier this week to chat about the new single and what the future holds for Zombonimo.
"We are a bit of a crossover band,” he explained, “like rock/heavy rock with a sprinkle of metal thrown in there. We're a four-piece band with three vocalists - not just the one, but three - and "Speak" we have sat on for a while and we wanted to put something out and it was one of those songs that captured all elements of us in the band. There's a little bit of heaviness, a bit of groove, it captured the three vocals and it's a bit longer. Some people like to tell us it's too long but we really don't care (laughs). It's about how, when you write a song, what comes out. That's sort of what came out and how we recorded that song was really cool as well. There's a guy called James that lives at the Gold Coast now but he was down here at the time with a mobile studio - he comes to you - and he came around to our band central and set everything up and did everything basically in our jam room. It was a really cool vibe and all came together really well and he made it sound exactly what we wanted to try and capture our sound. I think some of the feedback we have gotten over the years is live we're brutal and we're big and we're noisy and some of the recordings we've done haven't quite captured that sound. It's something that we really wanted to do this time around was capture that and it's come across well. Lyrically, it's about having a voice and also using it wisely. Everybody tries to beat us down with words and fuck 'em. Don't believe them. Believe yourself. Everybody's got a voice, be heard, don't think that you need to be silenced. There's too many haters in the world today and if you listen to the lyrics it captures a meaning. Music with meaning."
In the full interview Kim talks about the killer film clip to go with “Speak”, the story premise of it and the red herrings thrown in, the origin of the band name and how to pronounce it, having the same lineup for 12 years, their plans for 2021 and more.
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