PRIDELANDS ON NEW EP ANY COLOUR YOU DESIRE.
An interview by Anthony Talanca
SICK AND SOUND has the pleasure to present to its readers an exclusive interview our Junior Editor and Live Reporter Anthony had with Mason Bunt of metalcore outfit from Australia Pridelands.
We are following up with the band after the release of their new album ANY COLOUR YOU DESIRE EP, self-released on May 4th, 2018. Our track by track review is available at: www.sickandsound.it/pridelands-any-colour-you-desire-ep-album-review .
- Where exactly are you guys from in Australia and how would you classify the music scene there?
Pridelands originally started in a town called Mount Gambier, a small city in country South Australia. When we still lived there the music scene was doing quite well, with shows most weekends and plenty of tours hitting the town. Unfortunately not much goes on back there anymore. We decided to move to Melbourne nearly 4 years ago, and it was the best decision we’ve made. It’s safe to say that Melbourne has the most booming music scene in Australia, it’s like our version of L.A.
- For viewers that have not heard of Pridelands before, how would you label your sound?
Dynamic, is one way to put it.
- What would you guys say is the biggest difference (musically, sonically, lyric wise, etc.) between Any Colour You Desire and Natives, with also the singles in between?
A big difference is that we changed our attitudes and approach to the band. The music in ACYD was written as more of a group effort this time around, whereas Natives and our singles following it were written solely by our guitarist Liam, and then Josh would write the lyrics. We wanted to create something that each of us loved and could relate to. It’s a much more honest reflection of who we are as a group of people compared to our previous work.
- What is your favorite song off of Any Colour You Desire?
That’s a very hard question to answer, because I honestly love all the songs we made for it.
My favourite song would have to be Slowly. It’s a very relatable song for me. I look for music that makes me feel something and that song in particular makes me feel all kinds of emotions. It also gets stuck in my head so easily, which is kinda cool considering I never had that with any of our previous work before ACYD.
- I first heard your song Machina off of the Dreambound YouTube channel. How exactly did you guys your song featured on the channel? What was the process like?
Basically we sent the videos to them in hopes that they would feature it. The idea came from knowing Dreambound would help us reach more international listeners, and it definitely worked as you just confirmed. Thankfully they loved the songs and we’re happy to help. It was all a very easy process and they are wonderful at what they do for young bands like us!
- When listening to the EP, I hear some Sean from Make Them Suffer vibes, especially in the song Machina. Is that a band that influenced your sound? What other bands do you guys draw inspiration from?
I wouldn’t say they influenced our sound as a band. Sean however is an incredible vocalist, so getting that comparison is quite cool. I used to listen to their first album Neverbloom quite a lot when I was younger before Pridelands was even a thing. I can remember mucking around in my dads shed with Josh trying to scream some of their songs, so yeah I would say Sean had a hand in influencing what my vocal style became. I just found my sweet spot one day and continued to work on it from there. We actually had the pleasure of touring with them back in 2016, very lovely people in that band!
We all listen to a very wide range of bands that it’s hard to list what our inspirations are. A few would be Deftones, Architects, Muse & Thirty Seconds To Mars.
- Who are some of your favorite bands/artists to listen to right now?
Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Placebo, Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein and Marilyn Manson.
I’m a moody guy, and what I listen to will often compliment how I’m feeling at the time. All of those bands/artists can shift through moods and emotions dramatically, much like myself. Lately if I’m feeling sad or depressed I will listen to Placebo; Brian Molko’s voice has a way of resonating with my sadness, like it’s the little voice inside my head. When I’m angry at the world and people around me I will listen to Nine Inch Nails or Marilyn Manson. Both have a way of delivering exactly how I’m thinking in those states of hatred and confusion, both lyrically and sonically. And of course when I’m feeling happy or in the party element I’ve found myself putting on Rammstein and turning it up nice and loud. Something about their crushing riffs, pounding drums and German language speaks to the playful side in me. It makes me want to have fun and not take things too seriously in those moments.
- Who is a band you would love to tour with?
Man, I would love to tour with Marilyn Manson. I just want to sit in a room with him and have a conversation, hear what he has learnt over the years and see how he operates as a human being in his position and infamy. He would probably think I’m a complete fucking idiot but that’s ok with me.
- A question I like to ask all Australian bands is why do you think your country is so good at creating such top-notch bands? It seems like every release is so powerful and skilled at what they are trying to achieve.
I’m not too sure, it could be many things. We do have a hard work ethic engrained into our society, and a competitive nature also. Combine that with angry and confused youth and you can expect something explosive to happen. However we do have our fair share of lazy clones I can guarantee you that, but that is also something that helps the true originals to stand out in the local and international scene.
- Do you have any big shows/tours coming up soon? And where is a place/country that you would love to tour?
We have a couple tours happening in the last half of this year, they are yet to be announced so I can’t say much. In August we’re headlining a mini festival in Melbourne called Takedown Fest. We are currently working with our booking agent for our touring schedule next year and there are some exciting ideas and support opportunities coming our way. Australia can expect to see us touring with some of your favourite heavy bands in 2019.
I would personally love to tour anywhere in Europe. I’ve never been over there myself but all the different cultures have appeal to me. I like to be around progressive people, people who express themselves freely and Europe seems to be the place for that.
Thank you for your time and we wish you nothing but the best with your amazing record. We are enthusiastic for more music to be dropped by Pridelands. Will follow you up and fully support you into US and Europe!
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