Friday, 2 March 2012

Sydney punks Villa Rise relocate to the UK and release free EP on Monarch Records

Hailing from Sydney Australia, hardcore punks Villa Rise took a massive leap of faith when they relocated to England to make their mark on the UK scene, and with the release of their “Wastelands” EP and high profile shows in the pipeline, the gamble has paid off.

Set for release on 30 April for FREE via Monarch Records, “Wastelands” features six tracks of honest, emotional hardcore songs, as rich in melody as they are in aggression, with an overall sound of passion and honesty. The raw driving rhythm section, fuelled by discordant, metallic riffing and atmospheric arpeggio work provides a powerful vehicle for the spine-tingling heartfelt vocals. With the overall message that happiness is a state of mind, the EP tells a story of a young man who descends into madness, because of his inability to accept the positives and in his life.

Taking influence from the likes of Defeater, Alexisonfire and Comeback Kid, the band’s roots are firmly in hardcore, but through tireless hard work and experimentation, they have crafted their own unique melodically abrasive sound. Check out the stream of ‘Keeper’, taken from the "Wastelands" EP:

Track listing:

1 - Fracture
2 - Keeper
3 - Blindeye
4 - Wastelands
5 - Villains
6 - Shadows

With numerous tours and festival appearances in the pipeline, Villa Rise have a busy year ahead of them, and it all kicks off next month on a weekender with Napoleon:

16 Mar – Black Bull, Dewsbury
17 Mar – The Ivy, Sheerness
18 Mar – The Barfly, Camden

Having toured Australia countless times with the likes of Oh, Sleeper, House VS Hurricane and Antagonist A.D to name a few, Villa Rise have built up a strong and loyal Australian fan-base, so leaving their home was a very tough decision, but one they had to make. Vocalist Jarrod Martin explains:

“We relocated to the UK for personal reasons as individuals; we all wanted a fresh start from our lives and to experience new things, but also the UK music scene is thriving, so it would great to be a part of it. Not to mention that and geographically speaking there are heaps of new people all really close together compared to what we’re used to!
Australia was great to us and it is our home, but we want to experience the rest of the world too.”

Primed to take on the UK and Europe in 2012, Villa Rise release “Wastelands” on 30 April via Monarch Records.

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