SPEED Unleash The Raw Power Of Flute On Punishing Single 'The First Test'

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    Sydney hardcore heroes SPEED have unleashed a new single The First Step. The second taste of their forthcoming debut album ONLY ONE MODEThe First Step sees the band seamlessly incorporate a flute-driven breakdown into a punishing dose of NY style hardcore, adding new flavour to what is already shaping up to be one of the best debut albums in modern hardcore. 

    The First Step arrived accompanied by a video shot by Thomas Elliott and Jack Rudder showing the Sydney crew's energetic live performance style, giving vocalist Jem Siow the chance to showcase his talent as a flautist to an unsuspecting world. 

    Lyrically The First Step features Siow opening up on feelings of marginilaztion he has experienced as an Asian-Australian.  As always the message is aggressive, defiant and yet life-affirming, staying true to the elements that have made SPEED one of the most talked about band's of the last few years.  ONLY ONE MODE will be released on July 12 via Last Ride Records and Flatspot Records.

    The First Step follows REAL LIFE LOVE in previewing the album. REAL LIFE LOVE is a track about the loyalty and realness SPEED learnt from hardcore, how SPEED connected through showing up; a depth of expression and emotion set against very punishing music, REAL LIFE LOVE is pure SPEED. Featuring tough vocals, jolting grooves, coarse breakdowns, it has everything that makes up the SPEED sound.

    Speaking on REAL LIFE LOVE  vocalist Jem Siow states: “My time in hardcore has informed the relationships I have with everyone I hold close. An unconditional sense of love and loyalty. A bond that knows no words. Relationships that now span a lifetime. To us, this unique sense of deep-seated understanding is the essence of HC, it's what we're most passionate about and grateful for. Yet there are many in, and especially outside of this space who conflate this idea. If you stick around long enough, you might just get it. Otherwise, what's the point to all of this?”

    The music video, which you can watch below, celebrates the Sydney hardcore scene.

    SPEED and hardcore are two words that have become synonymous on a global scale. The band have staked claim on the genre through exhilarating live performances, epic music videos, and staying true to themselves. ONLY ONE MODE, a phrase coined by the group, declares the title of their first full-length album, a debut which exemplifies the band’s growth while still delivering the SPEED ethos.

    This is what they’re about: Hardcore, played hard, played fast, “for us, by us”—explicit, immediate, definitive—hinting at all the crucial bands that have come before them. The album is available for PRE-ORDER now.

    Speed Only One Mode album cover

    SPEED 

    ONLY ONE MODE

    1. REAL LIFE LOVE

    2. DON’T NEED

    3. NO LOVE BUT FOR OUR OWN

    4. ONLY FOES…

    5. THE FIRST TEST

    6. KILL CAP

    7. SEND THEM 2 SYDNEY

    8. SHUT IT DOWN

    9. I MEAN IT

    10. CAUGHT IN A CRAZE

    ONLY ONE MODE VINYL | SPEED

    Pre-order ONLY ONE MODE on Cassette, CD & Vinyl



    Formed in 2019, the members of SPEED - brothers Jem Siow (vocals) and Aaron Siow (bass), guitarists Josh Clayton and Dennis Vichidvongsa, and drummer Kane Vardon - never set out for popularity. The band has always done things on their own terms, working with the same collaborators since inception - producer Elliott Gallart and videographer Jack Rudder. When 2021 single We See U was released, the song quickly rose to a million streams, unprecedented for a hardcore act from Sydney at the time. 2022’s Gang Called Speed EP became a definitive moment for the band.

    Global praise poured in from press outlets like Rolling Stone AustraliaNMEKerrangRevolverThe FaderStereogum, to name a few. SPEED found themselves touring across the world - North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia - and documenting it all along the way. 2024 shows absolutely zero signs of slowing down. SPEED is currently at the start of a six week North American tour supporting Knocked LooseShow Me The Body, and Loathe, the band is slated to open two of the Have Heart reunion shows, and have festival plays, including Download and Hellfest, in Europe in-between. 

    This is a hardcore band from Australia who surpassed what they thought they might do at the start, and has since doubled down, ONLY ONE MODE, as fast and as hard as possible. SPEED are doing what they do for the love of their friends, family and the culture of Australian hardcore. They’re under the global spotlight for now, bright enough that their whole scene’s right there with them.


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Sydney hardcore heroes SPEED have unleashed a new single The First Step. The second taste of their forthcoming debut album ONLY ONE MODEThe First Step sees the band seamlessly incorporate a flute-driven breakdown into a punishing dose of NY style hardcore, adding new flavour to what is already shaping up to be one of the best debut albums in modern hardcore. 

The First Step arrived accompanied by a video shot by Thomas Elliott and Jack Rudder showing the Sydney crew's energetic live performance style, giving vocalist Jem Siow the chance to showcase his talent as a flautist to an unsuspecting world. 

Lyrically The First Step features Siow opening up on feelings of marginilaztion he has experienced as an Asian-Australian.  As always the message is aggressive, defiant and yet life-affirming, staying true to the elements that have made SPEED one of the most talked about band's of the last few years.  ONLY ONE MODE will be released on July 12 via Last Ride Records and Flatspot Records.

The First Step follows REAL LIFE LOVE in previewing the album. REAL LIFE LOVE is a track about the loyalty and realness SPEED learnt from hardcore, how SPEED connected through showing up; a depth of expression and emotion set against very punishing music, REAL LIFE LOVE is pure SPEED. Featuring tough vocals, jolting grooves, coarse breakdowns, it has everything that makes up the SPEED sound.

Speaking on REAL LIFE LOVE  vocalist Jem Siow states: “My time in hardcore has informed the relationships I have with everyone I hold close. An unconditional sense of love and loyalty. A bond that knows no words. Relationships that now span a lifetime. To us, this unique sense of deep-seated understanding is the essence of HC, it's what we're most passionate about and grateful for. Yet there are many in, and especially outside of this space who conflate this idea. If you stick around long enough, you might just get it. Otherwise, what's the point to all of this?”

The music video, which you can watch below, celebrates the Sydney hardcore scene.

SPEED and hardcore are two words that have become synonymous on a global scale. The band have staked claim on the genre through exhilarating live performances, epic music videos, and staying true to themselves. ONLY ONE MODE, a phrase coined by the group, declares the title of their first full-length album, a debut which exemplifies the band’s growth while still delivering the SPEED ethos.

This is what they’re about: Hardcore, played hard, played fast, “for us, by us”—explicit, immediate, definitive—hinting at all the crucial bands that have come before them. The album is available for PRE-ORDER now.

Speed Only One Mode album cover

SPEED 

ONLY ONE MODE

1. REAL LIFE LOVE

2. DON’T NEED

3. NO LOVE BUT FOR OUR OWN

4. ONLY FOES…

5. THE FIRST TEST

6. KILL CAP

7. SEND THEM 2 SYDNEY

8. SHUT IT DOWN

9. I MEAN IT

10. CAUGHT IN A CRAZE

ONLY ONE MODE VINYL | SPEED

Pre-order ONLY ONE MODE on Cassette, CD & Vinyl



Formed in 2019, the members of SPEED - brothers Jem Siow (vocals) and Aaron Siow (bass), guitarists Josh Clayton and Dennis Vichidvongsa, and drummer Kane Vardon - never set out for popularity. The band has always done things on their own terms, working with the same collaborators since inception - producer Elliott Gallart and videographer Jack Rudder. When 2021 single We See U was released, the song quickly rose to a million streams, unprecedented for a hardcore act from Sydney at the time. 2022’s Gang Called Speed EP became a definitive moment for the band.

Global praise poured in from press outlets like Rolling Stone AustraliaNMEKerrangRevolverThe FaderStereogum, to name a few. SPEED found themselves touring across the world - North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia - and documenting it all along the way. 2024 shows absolutely zero signs of slowing down. SPEED is currently at the start of a six week North American tour supporting Knocked LooseShow Me The Body, and Loathe, the band is slated to open two of the Have Heart reunion shows, and have festival plays, including Download and Hellfest, in Europe in-between. 

This is a hardcore band from Australia who surpassed what they thought they might do at the start, and has since doubled down, ONLY ONE MODE, as fast and as hard as possible. SPEED are doing what they do for the love of their friends, family and the culture of Australian hardcore. They’re under the global spotlight for now, bright enough that their whole scene’s right there with them.


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