For Fans Of: The Amity Affliction / Captives / Thousand Below
There’s something undeniably late naughties about these guys; huge, barreling riffs that give way to sweeping singing choruses and all of the emotion you could possibly fit into a 3-minute track. Not once does ISOTOPES border on a nostalgia act though and that’s the beauty of this Aussie metalcore outfit. We chat to them now about recording their latest single and more.
Tell us a little about yourself. Where the name came from, how long you’ve been going for and anything else new fans would want to know.
The band name basically came to mind as a joke to begin with, ISOTOPES, from The Simpsons. We’ve been together as a band since about 2015, we’re from Sydney, though our members come from all around the area. We’d love you to know we have a new single called “Flower” out now – so check that out!
Can you recall your first memory of music?
Does the dial-up sound of a modem in the 90’s count? I’d say it would have been some classic Aussie rock artists such as Midnight Oil, Cold Chisel and INXS. Fond memories of those tunes on the old tape player come to mind for sure.
Who’s on your wishlist of artists that you’d love to collaborate with and/or open for on tour?
Because we each listen to such different music it’s very hard for us to agree on a particular artist. I think we’d like to collaborate with someone left field not in our genre such as LANY, Childish Gambino or Charlie XCX to really bring some contrast. As far as Aussie bands go we’d love to open for Polaris, the boys are killing it right now and are just really nice dudes.
“It’s a flowing, melodic, metal affair”
Music Feeds on ‘Flower’
Speaking of live shows, what’s your favourite story from a show so far?
I would have to say the time that a Sydney venue banned crowd surfing and moshing so we brought out a whole bunch of pillows for the crowd just before a heavy section in one of our old tracks. The moshpit was a giant pillow fight for the remainder of the song and it was straight up wild, security even propped us after the show just stating ‘How do you break up a pillow fight, it’s a pillow fight’. We’ve also had a fight break out, but don’t do that, just love each other please.
You’ve just released ‘Flower’. What were some of the most fun and also most challenging aspects of recording it and can we expect more music soon??
The hardest part was honestly deciding what to have for lunch on a given studio day! We were super prepared for the recording process this time around, so from a writing perspective it wasn’t too difficult. The most challenging part was definitely for Millsy and pushing what he could do vocally. There’s a lot of really cool vocal parts that we never could have done before, so it was very refreshing to see how far he has come since our first EP.
Settle an argument for us (and the rest of the world) pineapple on pizza?
There are no rules in the kitchen but also N.O.
Rising to the challenge, ISOTOPES have put together an electrifying collection of songs that best encapsulates the artists and music that inspire them as a band.
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