TRIMMED TO A LEAN SOUND
Dead Letter Circus head to the Gold Coast high on the sizzling success of their album The Catalyst Fire and say their sound is condensed ... kind of like concentrated orange juice
When progressive rockers Dead Letter Circus land on the Gold Coast in two weeks, they come at the top of their game.
Red hot since the release of their sophomore album The Catalyst Fire in 2013, the Queensland heroes have enjoyed their biggest run of success since their formation in 2004, joining fellow innovators Karnivool in the upper echelons of Australian heavy rock’s elite.
Singer Kim Benzie says the band is aiming for a quick turnaround on album No.3 following the sizzling success of The Catalyst Fire.
“We’re doing some writing at the moment for a new record,” he says. “The Catalyst Fire is still fresh for us in a live sense, but we didn’t want it to be another three years between albums.”
The Catalyst Fire has enjoyed a golden run since its release in August last year.
Almost unanimously praised by critics, the album debuted at No.2 on the ARIA Charts and has seen the band crisscross the country and the world on a huge round of dates.
Dead Letter Circus have been busy with their own headline tours, support slots for fellow heavy heroes Karnivool and a couple of international festivals to boot.
Benzie says one of the most interesting parts of playing live is discovering “what the crowd gets down to”.
“We play the songs quite a bit before we get it out there, but it’s different when you see the energy from the crowd and which bits become singalongs – you can never predict that,” he says.
Since kicking off The Catalyst Fire tour, Benzie has noticed crowds respond strongly to the album as a whole.
“The reaction for all the tracks has been pretty even across the board, but as far as a bit of ‘wow factor’ goes, The Veil sounds a lot bigger live than on the CD,” he says.
“Another song that isn’t on the album but seems to get everyone going is Reaction.
Subtly darker than their previous effort, Benzie says their new album features two new members on guitar, after the departure of Rob Maric in late 2012 for personal reasons.
“Rob and I wrote most of the music in the past and I guess spawned most of the ideas,” he says.
“I guess for me personally, on the new album, we wanted to make sure we still sounded like the band (with the new members), yet bring in what they brought to the fold.
“We’re pretty strict in what makes it to a song. If you notice, we don’t do a lot of the eight to 10 minute songs like a lot of other bands in our sound.
“Our sound is really condensed, like concentrated orange juice or something.
“Whenever we’re in the studio, it’s about trimming the fat.
“Whoever brought in that big bit of guitar indulgence is probably going to get beat down.
“We’re pretty brutal at that stage of things, but we’re still all friends at the end.”
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