Sydney heavy-wave newcomers Five Island Drive excite the senses with the frenzied debut single The Record. Watch the video premiering exclusively via Maniacs today.
Sydney heavy-waver's Five Island Drive bounce into all of our lives today with their extraordinary, frenzied debut single The Record.
The Record, the first single from their upcoming debut EP, is a lethal introduction to the trio’s diverse capabilities. The solidifying layers of ominous synths and thunderous guitars complement each other as the distinct melodies resonate throughout the track’s rapid duration. The song sways through a dynamic fusion of hip-hop, rock, hardcore and electronic music as the concept of allyship is explored by nonbinary lyricist Frankie Jean, who advocates passionately for LGBTQIA+ representation and support as they themselves stand on the precipice of their own gender-affirming journey into transitioning. Produced by the band themselves – The Record sounds every bit like a major hit in waiting, providing just enough shine to showcase their impressive songcraft without removing any of the passion that drives the tune at all times.
Talking about The Record the band shares a little insight into its artistic intentions and deep meaning.
"‘The Record’ was written during the apex of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020 and centres around the concept of allyship vs performative allyship, with help from some of Frankie’s friends and family who were able to give their own context as black leaders in their respective communities. Whilst this was the initial spark behind the lyrical meaning of the song, it can be attributed to allyship in any space whatsoever – a theme that is as crucial as ever to our world right now"
The accompanying video, which premiered via Maniacs today, takes a more light-hearted approach. Filmed in several locations around Sydney, by Elder and band member Kim Quint the clip follows Frankie as a pest control worker called into an IGA supermarket to deal with a large cockroach problem. Featuring a cameo from former Northlane bassist Alex Milovic, quick-cut action and perceptible hilarity, the music video is a vivid and clear encapsulation of the group’s ingenuity.
Five Island Drive is the birthchild of multitalented humans Frankie Jean, Kim Quint and Bradley Michael de Leon, with their in-house recording studio and careers as visual content creators providing the backbone of anthemically imperative tunes and astounding creative content.