INTERVIEW: MATT AND BROCK OF DROWNING ATLANTIS ON NEW EP TRANSITIONS.
SICK AND SOUND is pleased to present to its readers an exclusive interview our editor-in-chief Alessandra had with Matt and Brock of DROWNING ATLANTIS outfit hailing from Sydney, Australia. The band is spanning over metalcore, progressive metalcore and post-hardcore soundscapes crafting a very unique sound.
We are exploring with the band their background and second EP TRANSITIONS out on May 27th, 2018. Our detailed track by track review for TRANSITIONS EP is available at: www.sickandsound.it/drowning-atlantis-transitions-il-quintetto-prodigio-da-sydney-e-il-nuovo-killer-ep .
- Hello guys and very welcome at SICK AND SOUND. Let’s introduce your outfit and your background.
Hi thanks for having us! Matt and Brock here from Drowning Atlantis. We’re from Sydney, Australia. We’ve been a band a little over 4 years with 2 EP’s and a couple of East Coast tours under our belts.
- What main influences in terms of genres and bands have inspired your journey?
We all have a range of different influences individually that help shape the sound of the band. Such as; Architects, The Plot In You, After The Burial, Bullet For My Valentine, Volumes just to name a few. Growing up and seeing bands like Parkway Drive and I Killed The Prom Queen really inspired us to pursue our musical journey.
- I was lucky enough to bump by chance into your fabulous new EP titled TRANSITIONS which was out last May 27th, 2018 and following up GRIEF EP. What main features have been introduced and how your sound progressed since your previous record?
Thank you so much! For this record I (Matt) focused a lot on the actual song writing aspect, so learning and understanding scales and song structures. I also worked more on layering and adding strings and other ambient sounds into the songs to fill them up more and make the choruses bigger etc.
As far as how the sound has progressed, we had a few member changes during the Grief cycle, and with Brock, Jake and Chris now in the band we were able to shape our sound to each of our strengths. Which resulted in an EP we are all very proud of.
- While reviewing your record I have found a massive potential. I have fully appreciated the tracks being all individual and different from one another, each one reflecting the unique sound you have crafted spanning over a few soundscapes. Brutality is wisely diluted with melodic-atmospheric and synth effects, arpeggios, carillon effects, dark textures, intricate guitar work. If you could pick a few adjectives, how would you describe your own sound?
Thank you (again)! Heavy, melodic, emotional, bouncy and djentalicious haha
- Let’s spend a very few words on GRIEF EP. This previous record was discussing the 5 stages of human grief. Let’s talk more about the topics and concept approached on the record.
Our previous vocalist Adam brought the idea of doing a concept EP to us, along with a rough draft of the direction the songs could go, and we all fell in love with the idea instantly, it was a topic we all felt was very relatable. Myself (Matt), and Adam spent a few weekends going over the concept and how each song should represent (both musically and lyrically) the 5 stages of grief.
- Is it correct to consider TRANSITION also a concept EP? What lyrical themes were discussed?
Yes and no, there wasn’t really a theme or concept planned as such during the writing process. Although each song (besides Black Smoke) is about overcoming certain obstacles and experiences that I (Brock) have been through.
- Let’s explore a couple of tracks together. Opener Black Smoke. I have defined this piece “a killer track for a killer welcome”. This is to me the best piece to kick off a journey into the music output you are presenting encompassing all your features. Let’s discuss the songwriting and mindset behind the track and the reason why it was picked for a video release.
THANK YOU (x3 <3)! To keep it brief and G rated. The idea for Black Smoke came around after several conversations between Brock and myself about our views on religion, and how when we were younger we were taught in school scriptures to believe in Christianity. Growing up we tried to believe and have faith, but always found ourselves questioning the morals and existence of a higher power and creator of any sort. By all means we have nothing against anyone that has these sorts of beliefs, it’s just not for us.
- Father To All. This is one of the best tracks ever reviewed in the melodic-atmospheric aspects of -core. There is a massive quantity of emotion and melancholy. Some beautiful clean guitar hooks, a monologue together with a clean catchy chorus. The enchanting elements are oxygenating sections in between your brutal assaults. In this piece there must be a message you wish to spread as this seem to deliver heaviness together with pain. Let’s go in depth of the track itself.
Yeah sure, Father to All was written in memory of our good friend and former Manager and Booking agent Justin Nichol, who sadly passed away unexpectedly after our Two Years of Grief Tour late 2016. I (Matt) wanted to write a song for him as something I could give back to him for all the things he did for us over the years. Former vocalist Adam and myself wrote the lyrics together. It is a song that means a lot to all of us, and is a very difficult song emotionally to perform live.
- I would love you to share your experience at working on TRANSITIONS EP. Any challenging stuff or cool easy moments while writing the record.
We’ve had our fair share of difficulties throughout the writing and recording process of Transitions. First thing that comes to mind would be us parting ways with our vocalist during the recording process, which left us unable to complete the recording, and left us also having to find a new vocalist. Luckily we found Brock and gave him a mere 2 months to write lyrics for 5 songs, and 3 days to track all 6!
Another challenge we had, was deciding to scrap one of the songs less than 2 weeks prior to the initial recording. Forcing us to write a new song in a little over a week. It worked out fine in the end though, because that new song was Black Smoke.
Probably the easiest part was actually writing Faminor and Black Smoke, which took me (Matt) about 20 minutes to write each song. I just woke up one morning with the ideas in my head, so I called in sick to work to pump them out. Funnily enough they are our two favourite songs on the EP.
- Are there any news you would love to share with our readers, an upcoming tour or thrilling news about Drowning Atlantis?
We’re in the middle of planning two East Coast tours later this year in support of Transitions. We are also in the works of new material, which hopefully will be recorded, in the near future.
Thank you for having us! We really appreciate the awesome review! We’re really glad to hear you’re enjoying it as much as you are. As our clown of a drummer, Chris would say, stay lit!
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