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“We put a lot of thought into this album”, declared Nathan Garland, vocalist for Melbourne hardcore band Born Free about their recently released self-titled offering. “We wanted every part of it to count and every section of every song to make people go nuts or wanna sing along or stage dive or get involved and pretty much the way we wrote the album we wanted people to listen to it and want to put it on again”.

Going into recording the album Garland admits there was only one clear goal surrounding his own performance that he stayed focused on.

“On the previous records I tried to do a bit of melody or clean singing if you want to put it simply”, he said. “I tried to branch out a bit more – or as much as I was comfortable with – because I’ve never had any clean singing training or anything like that, it’s all just come along naturally and when we recorded it we didn’t use any auto-tune or those effects apart from reverb or whatever to suit the part. We wanted to write something heavier so we definitely achieved that by getting heavier and harder and catchier. We wanted something that would appeal to not just hardcore metal kids but also people that are into punk as well”.

In the full interview Nathan outlines the response to the album, playing the new songs live, how much thought goes into being able to replicate songs live in the writing process, his favourite track on the album, the emotional and sonic content, the difficulties in putting thought and emotions into verse, why they named the album after themselves, new member Josh and more.

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Written by Kris Peters

Kris has been writing freelance for about 20 years. Kris always found his taste in music a little too eclectic for the mainstream market but has found his niche writing for HEAVY. Based in Brisbane, Kris also runs a promotions company, KSP Productions.

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