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INDIGO POINT: Monochrome

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Released August 27

Words by Vince Leigh

Slogging it out on the Sydney gig circuit helped Indigo Point to develop a hybrid rock sound, taking elements of post-grunge and classic rock while adding a few contemporary nuances to the mix.

Will I Still Be Here Tomorrow, the band’s latest single, is the lead track from their EP Monochrome, and is a stirring embodiment of the EP’s overall style—an earnest and dynamic approach underscored by a melodic heart and plenty of grinding grit.

The EP opens with Transformation, a brooding scene-setter intro piece featuring guitar-based effects and other assorted sonic accompaniments that do, in fact, induce a mild state of anticipation and restrained dread.

The EP’s title track follows, with its lazy rock groove and fulminating chorus amid a series of chomping guitar work and increased intensity.

The sense of trepidation continues with the single, highlighting a lyric that poses a very pertinent question: Is this still the same old sorrow? The track contains quite a few of these interrogatives: ‘Is it satisfying? / Is this really what we want to be? / Have we already been here?’ When it comes to style, yes, we have been here before, but there’s a balance between light and dark, heft and air, that the band toys with, and the result is a disciplined collection of hard rock songs with some simmer in the verses and the occasional torrential hook in the choruses.

As the band has said, “We would love to be a part of a movement that brought rock back into the mainstream, or at least into the new Australian scene which seems more and more to be defining itself by a new, psychedelic and surf-oriented sound that we’re not that into.”

This ambition is noticeable.

In the face of a saturated music marketplace—pardon the corporate-speak—this aspiration to steer Australian rock towards the mainstream is admirable.

School friends Sam Morrell (guitar, vocals) and J.J. Tempas (bass) formed the band in 2017, going on to be joined by drummer Josh Mason. With an EP and four singles released to date, the new EP is sure to appease the band’s fans and initiate a groundswell of attention. ‘

The band states: “We like to think that our shows make us stand out. We put a lot of work into them and really bash ourselves when we feel like we gave a shit show. We try to put on a show, not just a performance.”

The energy of these live shows is successfully transposed on Monochrome, creating a vigorous and effective contemporary hard rock EP.

Pre-save Monochrome here: https://ip.lnk.to/monochrome

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