A SOMERSET PARADE
Brisbane Post-Hardcore Heavyweights Release Their Merciless New Single ‘Alpha’
Brisbane-based Post-Hardcore Heavyweights, A Somerset Parade, are back with their brand new single ‘Alpha’. ‘Alpha’ treats their listeners to an onslaught of syncopated instrumentation, terse riffs, powerhouse vocals and hook-laden chorus’ interwoven with industrial-inspired synthwave soundscapes.
Beginning with a muted reprise of the verse, a crushing Nu-Metal inspired riff, the listener is lulled into a false sense of security before being abruptly launched into a maelstrom of savage fretwork, brutal breakdowns and magnetic vocals which evoke the polished ferociousness of Legendaries such as Bring Me The Horizon, A Day to Remember, Nine Inch Nails and Rammstein. The heavy instrumentation is punctuated with pulsing synths and driving drum & bass rhythm patterns bolstering Frontman Daniel Cornish’s interplay with melodic and extreme vocal textures and styles. ‘Alpha’ showcases a great deal of intensity and sonic assault in its vicious yet captivating run time of 3 minutes – This is A Somerset Parade, Merciless, Deliberate and Sophisticated.
Cornish on the new single “Since the release of our single ‘Clementine’, it’s become more and more obvious to our fans that the pop-punk band we started out as has evolved into something a lot heavier. It was always our intention to push the envelope further with Alpha and give it more of a nu-metal vibe as that’s the genre we all cut our teeth on.
The writing process for Alpha was really organic and collaborative. We spent a week in an air BnB nestled in the mountains up in Maleny with all of our gear and recording equipment. It really helped us to focus collectively on a single idea and explore what it could be. Then it was just a matter of re-recording things in the studio and beefing it up with synths, samples and all kinds of wild stuff.
Lyrically the song started with the Norse myth of Fenrir. We took that story and applied a broader metaphor to it which is being held back from reaching your potential or goal for whatever reason, and then fighting back against what is stopping you, really going for broke, do or die, ‘swallow the sun.”
Coming off a successful release of their full-length record ‘Against All Odds’ A Somerset Parade has been garnering national as well as global coverage and airplay. The band subsequently shared stages with the likes of Unwritten Law, Strung Out, Death By Stereo, Zebrahead, Guttermouth, Custard, Phil Jamieson and Butterfingers as well as completed a successful European Tour where they performed at the Noppen-Air Musik Festival, Austria. With new music in the works, A Somerset Parade are ready to take over the Heavy Music Scene in Australia and beyond!
Alpha is Written and Performed by Andrew Nolan, Bradley James, Daniel Cornish and Mitch Matheson
Produced and Mixed by Andrew Nolan
Mastered by Mike Kalajian, Rogue Planet Mastering
Photography by Astrid Cornish Dan Cornish
Music Video by Collin Jeffs, Ten of Swords Media