Image: Oversimplified Complications.
Melbourne-based metal band Pridelands have dropped their new single, Heavy Tongue, alongside the announcement that the five-piece have found their new label home with Resist Records.
Speaking of the signing, guitarist Liam Fowler shares: "We’re insanely humbled to be working with Resist Records for this release. So many of the bands on their roster have influenced us in some way over the years. Some we consider good friends, and some played a massive part in shaping and inspiring us a decade ago when we were just kids jamming in a garage. Feels crazy to think back to that and look at how things have evolved to this point, so we’re very grateful, and equally as excited to see where it may take us."
Conceptually, the track comments on the corruption and mismanagement that plagued the devastating bushfires that raged through Australia from 2019 to 2020. Bringing their signature heavy stylings to the release, the track is made complete with rapid fire riffs and pelting drums, roaring beneath frontmen Joshua Cory and Mason Bunt's commanding vocals.
"Lyrically, the new single is at heart, a song about corruption in our home country of Australia, both from its inception to the current day." says Fowler. The track highlights tones of inequity, ranging from parliamentary ignorance, to the lack of indigenous cultural teaching in our education systems, to gender inequality. Too many of Australia’s inhabitants “graduate” from their places of education without learning a single thing of the culture, rituals and environmental preservation tactics that the First Nation’s peoples carved the way for so many years prior to the white man’s invasion of this land."
Made up of Cory, Bunt, Fowler, bassist Daniel Lohrey and drummer Joe Lipsham, the five=piece won the triple j Unearthed competition to perform on UNIFY Gathering’s main stage in 2019. Next month, the band will be hitting the road, supporting Gravemind on their national tour.
Heavy Tongue is out now! Watch the music video below.
GRAVEMIND CONDUIT 2021 TOUR
Wednesday 7 April - 170 Russell, Melbourne SOLD OUT
Saturday 10 April - Enigma Bar, Adelaide SOLD OUT
Saturday 17 April - The Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston SOLD OUT
Friday 23 April - West Room, Brisbane SOLD OUT
Saturday 24 April - Paddo RSL, Sydney