WILDHEART: THE BLISTERING AND EMOTIONAL OUTFIT FROM BRISBANE DISCUSSING “WE ARE” EP.
SICK AND SOUND is introducing you to WILDHEART, a blistering and emotional outfit from Brisbane, Australia, belonging to the melodic hardcore soundscape. Our editor-in-chief Alessandra had the pleasure to have a chat with the band to explore their sound, their heaviness-melodic formula and last record, WE ARE EP, released on August 31st, 2018.
- Hello guys and welcome at SICK AND SOUND. I would love to introduce your background, how Wildheart were brought together and the meaning behind the name chosen.
When we started a couple members were in a band together that was breaking up so we wanted to keep creating music so we partnered up with other musicians in similar circumstances (band breaking up) who were also keen to keep pursuing music.
And to be completely honest there isn’t really that music meaning behind the name really…when the band started we couldn’t think something we all liked and a few months passed and we had an entire EP written and recorded still with now definitive name and one day out of the blue someone dropped the name ‘Wildheart’ and we kinda looked at each other yeah okay that’s kinda cool, lets see how we feel in a week or so. Here we are 3 years later haha.
- Who are Axel Best, Adam Finlay, Jaya Shinn, Kerry Rowe and Andrew Cooke outside of their Wildheart outfit?
We are pretty ordinary dudes stuck weaving our music around our day jobs. If we aren’t jamming, writing or playing shows, we’re hanging out with our respective girlfriends, going to shows to watch other bands, I spent a lot of time writing and working on new material or playing video games when I have writers block, movies, TV shows etc. All the consumables, we’re pretty chill dudes to be perfectly honest.
- WE ARE EP is your last record released on August 31st, 2018. In terms of the writing process, how much has your sound changed since your debut EP A Thousand Days dating back to 2015?
The writing process hasn’t really changed that much in that the songs get demo’d out and everyone gives feedback and we tweak things until we’re happy with it, except with ‘We Are’ I wrote all the music and then sat down with the other boys really work on structuring songs and going over drums parts with Andrew until we were happy with all.
I also think everything is more focused, looking back ‘We Are’ felt like it hit all the right beats at the right time. I spent a lot of time really working on improving my song writing and structuring than trying to see how many ‘cool sounding riffs’ I could fit into a song….which I still totally do occasionally as Calloused if a great example of that but then the title track is super simple and is about the big chorus’s with the super catchy hooks.
- And how much have you changed as musicians and individuals over the years?
I don’t think we’ve really changed that much as individuals, but as a band I think the longer we’ve worked together the better our music has become, and hopefully this is a trend that continues.
- Wildheart is a heavy-emotional outfit, wisely combining heaviness and melodic to create a catchy and dramatic equation in the melodic hardcore soundscape. What’s the songwriting process and mindset behind this dichotomy?
My mindset is literally I like playing heavy parts with nice sounding parts over the top haha, I just really enjoy it and I think it just speaks to my history with heavier music. When I started listening to heavy music it was ALOT of melodic metal bands when I was younger such as In Flames, Soilwork (who I still listen to very regularly) Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquility and then I was introduced to hardcore bands like The Ghost Inside and For The Fallen Dreams and just keeped cascaded from there. When I was younger and had more free time on my hands I used to learn every song I could by every new band I listened too and that definitely had a big impact on my playing and writing style.
- What were the most listened to albums or bands in terms of inspiration for this record?
At the time it was Lost Together/Lost Forever and All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us by Architects. Tragedy Will Find Us by Counterparts, Death Grip by Fit For A King and probably You Are We by While She Sleeps.
- Wildheart is also a band who have meaningful messages to spread. Music seems to serve as a place of inspiration, safety and empathy for the listener. Let’s talk about the relatable lyrical themes behind your tracks and the vision related to the common/personal human sphere you are bringing forth with your music.
I think the lyrics reflect the music, they’re very grounded and very raw. Literally just looking within at ourselves on dealing with certain situations. We’ve all had our fair share of issues over the years and it can be super helpful to just simply write some words based on those feelings and can be just as cathartic for us as it is for the listener.
- Title track WE ARE. It’s one of my favorites off the whole EP and one of the most iconic examples of heaviness and catchiness. What can you tell us more about the track and in what measure does it fully represent the album as a title track?
I have to give credit to Kerry for the title and the idea for the song. This was the last track I wrote and all the other songs are great but we both felt like it needed some breathing room, so I just came up a super simple lead and it spiraled from there. But the title is kinda a bit meta in that it represents us as a band (all our internet handles are ‘we are’ wildheart haha) but it really represented a re branding of the type of music and ideas we wanted to talk about. We Are is the exact opposite of introspection, it really is about the ‘people’ and the struggles we are all getting handed to by the power’s that run the world.
- Track SOLITUDE. I would love you to share the experience of featuring the guest appearance at vocals by Tom Devine-Harrison of Tapestry and discuss more the personal cathartic experience related to Adam in this lyrical content.
Tom is a really good friend and so are all the dudes in Tapestry, I think we spoke about getting Tom to feature before we even started writing the new EP. I’d never really written lyrics before but Axel needed some more ideas so I just penned some thoughts down which eventually turned into half a songs worth and Axel did the latter half; essentially just about how I have felt at the time and no doubt many other creative people have felt at some stage, when you feel like what you’re doing is not amounting to anything. Hence the line “Nothing Becomes Nothing”. At least that is my perspective, it can definitely be interpreted in others ways.
- What else can we expect from Wildheart in 2019? Any news or anticipation you would love to share with our readers on upcoming tours, dates or new materials you have in store.
We definitely have plenty planned for the next year, plenty more shows and more music!
Thank you for your time and good luck with your amazing work. We are longing for more music to be dropped by WILDHEART and support you into Europe and US!
For our track by track review (Italian) of WILDHEART – WE ARE EP, please check out: www.sickandsound.it/wildheart-we-are-ep-la-musica-come-catarsi-della-vita-tra-aggressione-e-melodia
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