Interview: Drown this City

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Drown this City are making news for being a ground breaking Post- Hardcore band. Set to get out an hit the road soon to showcase some new music, we caught up with the band for a chat about what inspires them to make music, the awesomeness of having a female front woman and the things they are most looking forward to coming up.
So it has been a busy few months for you guys, what has been the highlight so far?
 
I think the highlight has definitely been getting a chance to breathe and be ahead of the game this year, particularly writing new songs! Last year was so hectic, it felt like we were always trying to catch up and rise to the occasion for some crazy opportunity, but now we’ve spent months writing and connecting with each other as musicians again, it’s amazing.
 
What inspired you with the new music and what has it been like working with Ted Furuhashi?
 
Hmmmm, I really wanted to write lyrics that were as personal as possible, and for BEND/BREAK it’s pretty obvious the song is literally about the relationship I have with a family member. With all the new music we are writing, I am focusing on getting my heart and soul out there as real and raw as I possibly can! That’s lyrically, musically I’m just super inspired by amazing melodies and all the qualities in songs you can’t stop listening too, I really wanted to try and achieve something that was more catchy and accessible this time around.
 
Ted’s amazing, and it’s cool that he comes from a djent/tech (Circles) background, but he also really appreciates pop and pop sensibilities in producing music so we had great contrast in influences and styles to bring to BEND/BREAK. It was also our first time working with a producer and the whole experiences was amazing.
 
Who are your major music influences?
 
We all have really different influences, but personally my favourites are Parkway Drive, Heaven Shall Burn, As I Lay Dying, Bring Me The Horizon, AFI, Alexisonfire & I See Stars (OK that’s a lot) – but these are the bands I constantly refer back to for inspiration in all forms. As a band we’ve got this crazy mix of influences: our drummer is into deathcore/tech, our bass player loves nu-metal/techno/electronic stuff, one guitarist loves straight up hardcore, and our other guitarist listens to heaps of pop-punk and local music as well as post-hardcore as well. I think the one thing we all have in common is we really appreciate post-hardcore as a genre, and somehow manage to bleed all our weirdness into one!
 
With the tour coming up what are you most looking forward to?
 
Just getting out there and winning over new fans! Playing live is the best part about being in a band: getting to travel with your best friends, do stupid shit, regret doing stupid shit, laugh about it later, there’s nothing like it. We are also really keen to get to know the Save The Clock Tower boys and have some good times with them, July can’t come soon enough.
 
 
It’s been said that your music is breaking new boundaries in the metal core genre. How are you finding that your fans are responding to this direction in music?
 
That’s really cool whenever I see this, and I can only put it back to chatting about influences, we are just a weird bunch who try and make great post-hardcore music – but we end up creating something that sounds really unique! Whether it’s ground-breaking, I don’t think we are there yet, but we are focusing on getting better with every song.
 
 
Alex, it’s pretty ground breaking (and kinda awesome) for a woman to front a metal band in a predominately male genre, have you experienced any challenges in this respect?
 
Thank you! I’ve never seen it this way so I find it really hard to have the gender topic shoved in my face constantly. When I was growing up listening to my idols like Davey Havok and Winston McCall, I saw no evidence that I was any different and that there was a limit on what I could achieve as a girl in metal. The only thought process I had was that it is less likely for girls to need aggression and anger and to want to scream on stage – not that there were any problems or that I’d experience misogyny, so I just went for it. I’ve been in three bands, always been treated with respect by the members and other bands as well, and only recently have I seen all the misogyny and fuckery associated with being a woman in a heavy genre.
 
The way I deal with it is to ignore any potential insinuation that something is gender based unless someone straight up makes it about gender and then I can challenge them. I don’t think the scene is misogynistic, I think misogynists are everywhere, and when you are dealing with the internet and social media these idiots have a greater/public platform to speak their bullshit, simple. So for me I just keep pushing through and mostly ignoring the topic and I’ve been reluctant to comment publicly on a lot of issues that have come up. I’m just going to keep leading by example and providing an ear to any women who feel they need support or advice to get going as a woman in metal/hardcore.
 
 
Why should people buy a ticket to one of your shows? What will they experience that is different to any other metal band?
 
Because it’ll be fucking awesome and we’ve got solid support acts from each city – come hang with us!
 
What’s up next for the band?
 
Anything and everything we can get our hands on.
Look out for a Drown this City show near you soon
TOUR DATES
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS SAVE THE CLOCK TOWER
Friday 14th July – Brisbane Crowbar – 18+ BUY TICKETS
Saturday 15th July – Sydney Factory Floor – 18+ BUY TICKETS
Friday 21st July – Adelaide Enigma Bar – 18+ BUY TICKETS
Saturday 22nd July – Melbourne Workers Club – 18+ BUY TICKETS
Friday 28th July – Hobart Brisbane Hotel – 18+ BUY TICKETS
Saturday 29th July – Launceston Club 54 – 18+ BUY TICKETS
More information at drownthiscity.com

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