WILDHEART stand up for indigenous rights in new single 'Rising Tide'
Brisbane melodic hardcore five-piece Wildheart are today releasing their fierce new single "Rising Tide", a statement track about the mistreatment of the Indigenous people of Australia that reads enough is enough. The band will also jump on board Summit's The Good Life Tour and Ambleside's Still Life Tour in November to officially launch this massive single across the East coast.
"Rising Tide" is recorded, mixed and mastered by Gareth Hargreves and is about the invasion of the Indigenous people of Australia. The single features guest vocals from fellow Yugambeh/Bundjalung man Shaun Allen of Nerve Damage and talks about those that have had their homes, their children and their rights taken away, the continuous mistreatment by government and law enforcement, the growing number of incarcerations and Aboriginal death's, and the ongoing racist rhetoric that has plagued the first nations people.
As an Indigenous man from Yugambeh himself, the track is close to vocalist Axel Best's heart, and Best explains that "Rising Tide follows on from our last single Depression. Oppression. Anxiety. (D.O.A.) released in 2017 where the lyrics deal with issues of bigotry and racism on a more global spectrum, whereas Rising Tide is very much a personal statement about issues surrounding the indigenous people of Australia."
The band debuted in 2015 with their self produced EP 'A Thousand Days' and slowly carved themselves a place as a heavy, emotional outfit that demands the attention of punters through their relentless live performance. Going on to play a large number of shows up and down the east coast of Australia, the band then released "Above/Below" and "Exhale" showcasing the bands strong devotion to writing heavy heartfelt pieces based around very personal lyrics.
Wildheart's Depression. Oppression. Anxiety. track dealt with issues of racism and bigotry and saw a shift towards more worldly themes rather than introspective. August 31, 2018 brought the release of 'We Are', an EP that peaked at #2 on the iTunes Metal charts and #39 on the overall iTunes charts. The leading single of the same name premiered on Killyourstereo and was cited as a "fresher, larger re-introduction to the sound and intent", cracking #6 on the Triple J Unearthed Metal chart and #3 on the Indigenous chart to rave reviews from curators.
Shortly after release, Wildheart were picked to play BIGSOUND 2018, had airplay on Triple J's Short. Fast. Loud., rotation on Spotify's editorial Homegrown + Heavy playlist and have played alongside heavyweight acts including Casey (UK), Listener (US), Belle Haven, Bare Bones, Young Lions and Deadlights. The band are also proud advocates of an open conversation surrounding mental health and discrimination, and have performed in support of multiple not-for-profit organisations including Beyond Blue, Support Act/The Black Dog Foundation, and Sea Shepherd.
Wildheart play their hometown show at Brisbane's Crowbar on Saturday November 2 alongside Homefront and Sleepwell in support of Ambleside on the Still Life Tour. Wildheart will then follow it up with another set on Thursday November 14 in support of Northern Territory band Summit, before heading to Sunbury's Sound System Studios on Friday November 22 and Melbourne's Wrangler Studios (All Ages) on Saturday November 23 and The Tote Bandroom in Melbourne on Sunday November 24.
"Rising Tide" is out now and and available on all digital and streaming platforms. Catch it live on The Good Life Tour - Tickets available at https://campsite.bio/summit.
For more information, go to facebook.com/wearewildheart
SATURDAY 2 NOVEMBER - CROWBAR - BRISBANE
SUPPORTING AMBLESIDE W/ HOMESTATE +SLEEPWELL
THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER - CROWBAR - BRISBANE
FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER - SOUND SYSTEM STUDIOS - SUNBURY
SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER - WRANGLER STUDIOS (AA) - MELBOURNE
SUNDAY 24 NOVEMBER - THE TOTE BANDROOM - MELBOURNE