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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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Like father, like son: That’s My Jazz

That’s My Jazz is a beautiful story about fathers and sons

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That’s My Jazz is a short (14 mins) documentary that details the story of pastry chef Milton Abel II. He is the son of renowned Kansas City jazz musician Milton Abel Sr who made a name in the local jazz circle. The documentary is a beautifully shot piece that tells the story from the perspective of Abel II- reminiscing about life growing up the son of a famous jazz musician and how it would ultimately shape his own life as a pastry chef.

The documentary was made by Breakwater Studios and aside from it being visually arresting, it is a very well put together story of the oft-complex relationship between fathers and sons. The crux of the story is the question Milton Abel II has asked himself- would he trade his successful career as a pastry chef to have stayed home to take care of his aging father?

As the film opens, he states

“If you were to put a button in front of me today where we would go back and I would say ‘no’ to the French Laundry and stay at home with my dad, live in a split-level apartment, take care of him, I would hit that button.”

Abel Sr. passed away some 12 years ago and the film asks the hard question of whether or not one should forgo the potential of a future for familial responsibility. One that Abel II clearly answers.

However, the film isn’t just about this moral dilemma, it is also about the connection one has with their craft. In this case, the similarity between the dedication it takes to be a renowned pastry chef and that of a legendary jazz musician. The film is soundtracked by jazz’s timeless sound, adding to the short film’s remarkable resonance. As the film concludes, we find that there is a circular grace to life- and that the choices we make going forward will at times find its way back to the beginning.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Abel II says with simplicity, that in the end regardless of your work, your children care about one thing above all;

“They don’t care if dad is a great pastry chef. They just care that dad is a great dad.”

If you have 15 minutes, That’s My Jazz is well worth your time.

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Berwanger remembers “When I Was Young”

Berwanger preps new album with video for “When I Was Young”

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For those who were big Vagrant Records fans in the late 90s and early 00s, there was one band that flew just under that Get Up Kids / Saves the Day radar. That band was The Anniversary, and while they didn’t quite reach the same heights as some of their more noted label mates, their two albums are still some of the best from that label, not just of that era, but period. Josh Berwanger knows, he was there. As lead singer for The Anniversary, Berwanger’s work along with his bandmates still has resonance to this day.

The Anniversary broke up in January of 2004 but John Berwanger remained busy all through the years after. And even though The Anniversary reunited in 2016, Berwanger continued to release and perform as a solo act under the moniker Berwanger.

Now Berwanger is on the cusp of releasing his new solo album, titled Watching a Garden Die (the follow-up to 2017’s And The Star Invaders). The new album is due June 28th via Wiretap Records and pre-orders are being taken now. In the lead up to the release, Berwanger has released the wistful video for the track “When I Was Young”- an ode to yesterday and growing up, wrapped inside that comforting super-8 video blanket.

The song features that great country-strewn sound of pedal steels and open roads and showcases the backing work of Hot Rod Circuit members Jay Russell and Casey Prestwood. This one is going to be a good one folks, I can feel it.

For those unfamiliar with Berwanger’s work, I would recommend checking out his 2016 album Exorcism Rock and of course, The Anniversary’s Designing A Nervous Breakdown.

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