Melbourne thrash band, Desecrator, have been a local staple for the last decade. They return with the second offering off of their forthcoming album Summoning, with a charming ditty named, Hate At First Sight. We have the exclusive premiere right here, right now below.
After a successful double-sold-out 10-year anniversary show at the Bendigo Hotel in May, Desecrator will be taking the new material on tour this September with other thrash lords, Harlott and The Ascended. All tour dates and ticket links can be found at desecrator.net.
We had a quick chat with the band's lead vocalist Riley Strong, about navigating writing an album and touring through COVID and what inspired the latest tune.
Congratulations on the album! What was the writing process like putting this body of work together?
Thank you. It’s been a longer covid-paved road than anticipated when we initially set out to write, record and release Summoning, so we’re very happy to be here. The process of piecing the album together was actually very organic and happened mostly in rehearsal rooms together as a group which was a new approach for Desecrator.
What is Hate At First Sight about?
We all know someone who could be the inspiration for the song. Listen, you’ll know what I mean.
How has it been doing this album on your own as opposed to through a label?
It’s been fantastic so far. The response for the first single and film clip has been great and has only reinforced the decision to surround ourselves with the right team and push.
You recently celebrated your 10 year anniversary of Live Til Death with a pretty crazy show at the Bendigo, what are the biggest lessons you've learned in the past decade?
I could teach a tafe course on this one by now I reckon, but if there’s one thing I can’t stress enough it’s to have a plan. It’s one thing to want to take over the world but if you don’t sit down as a group and plan step by step how to get there you will have very minimal chances of it. Oh, and earn some money along the way - you’ll need it.
Speaking of live music, how has it been navigating the chaos of the pandemic with planning tours etc.
It’s led to some pretty hectic, last minute show-adjusting but we’re not a band that's afraid of a challenge, or unable to convert a seated crowd into a memorable show. Plus, I think in a time when the entertainment industry is on it's knees and venues are struggling to survive there is great opportunity for bands to fill the void and keep their local music communities alive.
Watch the premiere of the video for Hate At First Sight now below.
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