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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


Image: Ashley Lim

Perth-based melodic-punk group Onslow have made their debut with their single, Let Me Rust. The release comes alongside an official visual, directed by Timothy Elphick.

Made up of Harmanis (Make Them Suffer), and Scott Kay (Voyager, Statues, Absent Heart), the duo take their influence from Deftones, and The Smashing Pumpkins, creating heavy soundscapes below angst-fuelled punk lyricism.

Speaking of the release, frontman Sean Harmanis shares: “This tune was probably the main catalyst for starting the band in general. To me, the song is about feeling as if you’re going to waste. At the time, I was struggling to find purpose and felt as if I very had little direction in my life. Between Make Them Suffer tours I felt an increasing sense of isolation and separation from my friends and normal life at home. This led to some unhealthy habits. The lyrics ‘Let me rust. Drink me empty. Turn to dust, slow and steady’ are about the vicious and unhealthy cycle I felt I had fallen into and the increasing sense of isolation that paired with my reclusivity. Musically, I tried not to think about it too much. I just see each section as a bite-sized moment from my favourite bands of my early adolescence. They come together to form the alt-rock Frankenstein that the song is."

Let Me Rust is out now! Watch the music video below.


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