Brisbane hardcore four-piece, Headwreck are back with the punchy new single Eulogy.
Premiering exclusively via Maniacs today, Eulogy delves further into the electronic, synthy exploration that the band established on prior tracks Freefall and Empty Space.
Lyrically the song explores the rollercoaster of emotions that are experienced post-diagnosis, with vocalist Connor Hickman baring his soul as he expresses the frustration, anger and emotive back and forth he experienced following being diagnosed with Depersonalisation-Derealisation Disorder. The contrasting light and shade of the vocals serve as a sonic expression of that back and forth, resulting in an immersive listening experience.
Eulogy will be officially released this Friday and is lifted off of Headwreck’s upcoming debut EP Glamorise Demise, which will drop on November 19th. Speaking about the inspiration behind the EP, Hickman goes deeper into the personal lyrical inspiration of the release.
"The lyrics of the EP revolve around my experience dealing with an anxiety dissociative disorder known as Depersonalisation-Derealisation Disorder (DPDR). The lyrics of the EP tell the story of my initial symptoms, a false diagnosis and the aftermath of finally coming to terms with this, and having an answer for the reality-warping feelings I had, and still have to this day."
Watch the visualizer for Eulogy, premiering exclusively via Maniacs, below.
Headwreck are Connor Hickman (vocals), Jamo Benadie (guitar/vocals), Colby Horton (drums) and Callen Batson (bass). The band is a collaborative effort of four like-minded individuals striving to carve their own unique mark in the Australian alternative music community. Featuring two members of Brisbane alternative band, Days Like These, Headwreck occupy a heavier space and bring a fresh perspective to brooding metal music with an emo-pop appeal.
Prior to the release of Eulogy, Hickman was kind enough to answer some questions about the band.
The band fuses a lot of electronic elements with heavy guitar-based influences, what forged the decision to blend these styles and where did they come from?
"For this EP we really wanted to create something unique for the Brisbane heavy scene. We all have a love for rap music which has heavy elements of different electronic beats and sounds. We tried to merge hardcore with rap tracks and this is what we have ended up with! Our guitarist Jamo is our main music songwriter and began dabbling with the idea towards the end of 2020. We wrote "Freefall" first and decided that this was the sound we wanted to continue with."
Tell us a bit about the writing and recording process. Being an in-house project, how did that affect the creative decisions you had making this EP?
Yeah, so all production is done by our guitarist Jamo. I think being able to do recording in house is such a valuable asset to have, as this allows for a much more comfortable space to record and allows us to continually update and change parts even after the song is finished. On multiple occasions we believed this EP was finished, but after a few listens we decided to change parts, re-record vocal lines, change guitar tones, etc. The ultimate advantage for myself is that when recording vocals it's just Jamo and myself in a room. This is a much more comfortable setup as opposed to recording in a crowded studio."
What is next for Headwreck creatively? Are there new sounds yet to be explored and what are you interested in exploring with future releases?
"I think what's next is to continue writing and to just continue working on our sound for our next release. I think there are so many different things we can try and sounds we can explore so hopefully our next release is just as unusual/unique as this one!"
Outside of music, what do you consider yourself to be a bit of a Maniac for?
"Personally, I am a bit of a maniac for shoes! I have a small shoe collection of different sneakers. I have display cases of shoes and always try to wear something different ... even if the other guys in Headwreck disapprove!"
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