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To Octavia debut “Made To Break”

To Octavia are here with their brand new single, “Made To Break”. Taken as the second single off their debut EP, Nocturnal, the fresh new Melbourne band are looking to let people know that they mean business.

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To Octavia are here with their brand new single, “Made To Break”. Taken as the second single off their debut EP, Nocturnal, the fresh new Melbourne band are looking to let people know that they mean business. 

Beginning as a band in mid-2018, To Octavia have already made an impact on the local heavy scene, playing alongside bands such as Thornhill, Alpha Wolf, SECRETS, Wither, and many more. They have also recently announced their spot as the main support on Windwaker’s upcoming headline tour. Big things are coming for them, and I have no doubt that the incoming release of Nocturnal will keep this momentum going.

On “Made To Break”, vocalist Matt Ashley said;

“This track is a personal track for me, detailing the reality of a toxic relationship that is perceived as one that brings joy. The music is experimental in composition because it is has elements of the softest sections on the EP as well as the heaviest sections. This paired with the raw honesty of the lyrics, really defines To Octavia as well as us as musicians.”

As a listener, the “Made To Break” features some hard-hitting and bouncy verses that involve grinding guitars and an immensely tough bass tone. Impeccable clean vocals and brutal screams complete the verses and lead perfectly into the flawlessly catchy chorus. Focusing purely on the clean vocals now, the perfectly mixed and well structured hook is what makes the song stand out especially well for me. The cleans are excellent, and work so well with the screams that I simply can’t wait to hear more from this EP. 

“Made To Break” is out on all platforms now. Listen to “Made To Break”:

The Nocturnal EP itself was produced, mixed, and mastered by Windwaker’s own Chris Lalic, and can be pre-ordered now

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Hangtime share “Can I Take You Out” video

There’s no escaping the 90s sound

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Not too long ago we had a short chat with Canadian pop-punk band Hangtime about their new EP and the video for the track “One Nine Nine Five”. The aptly titled song is a throwback to a pop punk thought long gone but as this Toronto band will attest, is by no means dead. Now the band have debuted their new music video for the track “Can I Take You Out”; a sweetly romantic, melodic pop punk ode.

The track is a cut from their 2019 EP Invasion, which you can pick up via Bandcamp. Hangtime have a couple of upcoming Canadian shows on the horizon; with all the details available on their Facebook page.

When we spoke to the band and where their sound comes from, guitarist/vocalist Warren Gregson explained their influences;

“There’s no escaping the 90s sound I’m afraid, that’s just who we are. Actually, our biggest influences go back further than that. Most of us were first listening to bands like ALL, Misfits, Dag Nasty, Big Drill Car, Bad Religion, Doughboys, Nils… etc, back in the 80’s. I suppose that’s where the 90s sound for many other bands originated as well.”

Check out the new video and let’s reminisce about some good old school pop punk.

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Longwave return with “If We Ever Live Forever”

Longwave still know how to make an impression

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New York indie rockers Longwave are returning with their first album in a decade. Titled If We Ever Live Forever, the album is the follow-up to 2008’s Secrets Are Sinister. The band have recently been releasing new music over the last year, with the single “Stay With Me” hitting airwaves in October of last year. Longwave have now revealed the music video for the new song “If We Ever Live Forever”, which you can view above.

If We Ever Live Forever is due for release October 25th via Bodan Kuma Recordings and will be followed by a short run of dates through the eastern side of North America. You can pre-order the new Longwave album from the band’s webstore.

Longwave first burst on to the scene with 2000’s Endsongs, but really started making waves with their 2003 release The Strangest Things (which included the hit single “Tidal Wave”). The latter was the band’s major label debut for RCA Records. We last covered Longwave in 2005, reviewing their terrific album There’s A Fire.

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