Deadlights

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DEADLIGHTS

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Tynan Reibelt has a sensational voice. The enigmatic frontman for metal heads Deadlights has a syrup-rich voice that’s slides across a wide range, impressive to hear and perfectly complimenting the angry vocals provided by bandmate Dylan Davidson. It’s songs like ‘Order Without Order’ that are evident of the band’s potential as a whole, with Reibelt manipulating melodic changes through pensive verses with ease. That pensiveness in the song is entirely intentional. “I guess it’s just about the state of the world,” says Reibelt, “It’s my escape and my solitude.”

“I’m a bit disenchanted, I guess. We’re such a reckless society, we’re so angry, so demanding, we lost patience a long time ago and I lost my patience with people too. This song in particular resonates with me because I’m looking for answers in all the chaos, just like everyone else.”

All Deadlights’ songs have incredibly catchy hooks – their debut album Mesma is full of post-hardcore tracks with an anathematic edge, difficult not to become ingrained in your psyche before the song is even over, and for all that it seems intentionally simply crafted for the purpose of being memorable, the Brisbane four piece have been hard at work to prove they aren’t just another post-hardcore Aussie group. Reibelt is of the opinion that the music was made to be enjoyed first and foremost. “I guess we don’t have any misconceptions about being the greatest band ever but we definitely want to be remembered,” he says.

“It’s a plus for me if someone can come up to me and say they love a particular song or it resonates with them in a certain way – but really, we just do what we love because we love doing it.”

For all that Mesma is heavy, full of angsty lyrics and captivating riffs, Deadlights as a whole are drawing from a rather eclectic source of influences. Citing the likes of Bob Dylan, Rage Against The Machine and Tool as their inspiration, it’s incredibly intriguing to try and pick apart the new album for hints of those music legends. “I guess it’s more what each member of the band is listening to, who likes what and what influences they can bring to the table,” Reibelt explains. “It’s not like we’re setting out to sound like any of those bands, we just love that we can be so diverse.

“It’s not so much a collective influence as, this is a group of people who have come together, loving different kinds of music and found a way to put it together to create something fresh.”

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And fresh indeed is Deadlights’ sound – the aforementioned melodic runs in the opener of Mesma sees Reibelt surreptitiously merge from the major to minor keys with a certain captivating slyness. But when he’s writing his vocal melodies, he’s not actively thinking of what he’s doing – or so he says. “I guess I’m really going with what feels right,” says Reibelt. “It’s about what the guitars are doing, sure, but it’s also the lyrics – it’s what I’m feeling that needs to be projected and understood with what I’m singing and saying.”

Indeed, the new album required a producer who would understand the empathetic and personal nature of Deadlights’ music. Bringing on board legendary producer Andy Marsh to finely tune Deadlights’ vision was, in Reibelt’s words, both an education and – though not necessarily one they’ll consider repeating in future. “Andy is great at what he does and never did he say to us, ‘this isn’t good’ – he brought things to the project that meant we could create the best version of what we had envisioned.

“I mean, he certainly knows his stuff but we needed someone who was invested in the project and not looking at it as a money maker, someone who believed in the sound. Andy didn’t always push for the goal so we had to guide him to our way of thinking – but all in all, we’re really happy with the result and experience we have in working with Andy!”

It was a fruitful collaboration in the end – the reception to Mesma has completely blown up, launching Deadlights in to a spotlight they hadn’t conceived of, with several reactions on an impossibly personal level from fans to track ‘Misconceptions’ in particular. “It’s just blown up over night!” Reibelt gushes. “Anyone who has heard the album has had nothing but good things to say about it all and it’s been pretty surreal, mind-blowing I guess.

“But look, we’re just a bunch of guys who are out to do what we love best. We may have a growing following, be playing all these shows but all we want is to love what we create and if people like it with us, then that’s awesome.”

 

Written by Anna Rose

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Written by Dave Griffiths

Dave has worked as a music & film journalist for over 20 years now. Aside from Heavy he does radio and various podcasts as well. He is the proud owner of Metal Cat.

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