Melbourne hard rock outfit The Dreadful Tides have achieved a great deal in a short amount of time.
Born inside the residual embers of a never ending lockdown with a singular vision to create rock music, The Dreadful Tides began at a time when many were packing it in, unable to sustain a musical career outside of the restrictions placed on them by a new look society.
Debuting with the single Crazy, The Dreadful Tides made a statement of intent from the outset, and despite their relative youth displayed a musical maturity and pedigree that far outweighed their youth.
Driven by powerful guitar riffs reminiscent of the 70s and 80s metal movement, the band refined their sound in such a manner to put their stamp of individuality on a time proven genre and have continued that early promise with follow-up single House Of Pain which will premiere through HEAVY on October 15.
Lead vocalist Holden Stirling and guitarist Justin Strudwick joined HEAVY to chat about their new single and life in the fast lane of rock and roll.
“For me… House Of Pain, so that song really came in the first day I auditioned for Dreadful Tides,” Stirling began, “and I had only heard Crazy at the time, so we were sitting around, and I asked Struddy do you have any more songs, and he started playing House Of Pain and from there I was sold on it. Struddy already had the idea there ready to go, so it made it a hell of a lot easier. Those lyrics were written prior to me joining, so they were actually Struddy’s. He had already made it before we got together.”
House Of Pain shows a definite honing of The Dreadful Tides sound, keeping the fundamentals of rock but infusing it with a different structure.
“I find it’s a bit more complex musically,” Strudwick offered. ‘It’s still a basic rock song, but it’s got a different feeling. It’s a bit of a slower tempo and I think there’s a bit more… we had a bit of a reaction with Crazy, it seemed to connect with a lot of people, but with this one it’s the same again. It’s gonna connect with a lot of people but in a different way. This one does tell a bit more of a story. This one is more straight ahead and will hopefully set a light switch off in someone’s head.”
In the full interview, the boys talk more about their guitar driven focus and how it translates to their music, the animated film clip to House Of Pain and the meaning behind it, their outlook and vision for The Dreadful Tides, future music and more.
Check out a short teaser for House Of Pain below.