Dream Theater have been at the top of the game for such a long time …
Earlier this month, Together in Tragedy shared their first track of the year, a crushing number titled Collapse.
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We were lucky enough to premiere it, and now, with it still on heavy rotation up at Hysteria HQ, we got the band on the line to talk us through what inspired it and more. Catch our chat with the next rising stars of Oz metal here.
Hysteria: Let’s get the band introduced.
Alex: The band consists of Aaron Dalton (drums), myself (Alex Woollams, vocals), David Rea (bass) and Michael Webb (guitar).
The new track Collapse is killer! Give us some insight on what inspired it lyrically.
Band: Thank you! The main theme throughout the track revolves around loss. Specifically, scrambling to save something or someone amidst everything falling apart, near beyond the point of return. Rather than divulge the specifics on what directly inspired the lyrics, we hope listeners can apply their own experiences to the song and relate or find comfort in it.
You’ve spoken about this track embracing more riffs than your past singles. Was that change just a natural progression?
Michael: There are a lot more riffs because this was my first chance to have primary influence in writing material for the band since I joined.
Alex: Michael really took the lead on songwriting for this release. Our debut was written when we didn’t have a permanent guitarist, so Aaron, me and our engineer for that EP, Nat, wrote it. Michael joined the band as we entered the studio to record it but hadn’t written anything until we began working on this release. His influence can definitely be heard, and he really helped our sound progress yet remain familiar.
The main theme throughout the track revolves around loss. Specifically, scrambling to save something or someone amidst everything falling apart, near beyond the point of return. [Together in Tragedy]
Describe your sound to your Grandma.
David: Heavy, with a bounce and cool melodic riffs.
Michael: Aggressive groove, themed around the grief of losing a loved one.
Who are some Aussie bands you’re loving at the moment?
David: Diamond Construct, Polaris, Artisan, Diesect and Fifth Dawn.
Alex: Above,Below, Conform and The Gloom In The Corner. They’re not Australian but also Kaonashi. They need to be heard by more people.
What’s next for the band?
Michael: Hopefully, COVID slows down, and we can get back to playing shows.
David: We want to play as many shows as possible, God willing.
Alex: Definitely create more music and play more shows.
Anything before we let you head off?
David: The last thing is Everybody Love Everybody x
Alex: Thank you for reading this. Listen to our music for a cathartic experience, and sign up to our mailing list for early access to what’s next!