Hellions have revealed their brand new single “Thresher”, the second cut from their breathtaking new album, Opera Oblivia, to be released on July 29 via UNFD, and they will be taking it on the road at the same time on their Australian headline tour. On Sunday night, Hellions unveiled “Thresher” during their interview on 2016 with Richard Kingsmill, who compared the theatrical nature of Opera Oblivia to that of British rock legends Queen.
On “Thresher” guitarist Matthew Gravolin explains: “About Existential disillusionment – the need for constant escape. I had a particularly bad day and opened the floodgates on this one. We were stuck on this track for a while during the writing process, musically it sounded quite sweet so originally I had wanted it to be a love song, but it ended up sounding too sweet and was incongruous with the other songs. After months of being stuck with this lyrically we decided to go in the complete opposite direction and make it as dark as we could lyrically. The contrast between the sentimentality of the music and the rawness of the lyrics made for a much more unique song.”
Opera (n) Plural of opus, meaning work of art
A collection of wonderful moments that tend to drift away from our memory: at its best, this is what life is. And for Hellions, their third album Opera Oblivia is a glorious celebration and forensic examination of everything that makes being alive worthwhile – from high to low, they say, the nearest thing any of us have to a shortcut to happiness is the necessity of being true to oneself.
“We would love for Opera Oblivia to be an escape for its listeners,” suggests Gravolin, “but more than that, we want it to commiserate with people through our common unpleasantries and overwhelming hardships, and also celebrate alongside our inevitable victory. We want people to allow it to befriend them and remain with them long after its sounds fade out.”
Structured like a theatrical presentation, Opera Oblivia is the Sydney quintet’s defining statement to date, a brave masterpiece that lays bare the colossal scope of both their ambition and talent. Recorded at Karma Sound Studios in Thailand, frontman Dre Faivre, guitarists Gravolin and Josh Campiao, bassist Chris Moretti and drummer Anthony Caruso have, alongside producer Shane Edwards and collaborations from Northlane riffmaster general Jonathon Deiley, Ocean Grove’s Sam Bassal and Duane Hazell of Heroes For Hire, stretched themselves like never before, taking the flashes of glory that peppered Die Young (2014) and Indian Summer (2015) and expanding them into a fully-formed project that vibrates with energy and joy.
The album runs riot with its subject matter, from the existential disillusionment of the thrilling ”Thresher” to the self-determination of “Quality Of Life” and the shocking and sad “He Without Sin”. It’s a collection of songs as concerned with the state of the world outside our heads as the one within, and the musical palette reflects this accordingly.
These songs are bangers, basically, even if they don’t always make sense. Just like life.
Opera Oblivia is available now for preorder via 24Hundred and iTunes.
“They’ve not held back, they’ve thrown everything into this record.” – Richard Kingsmill, triple j
“Flaming-hot Australian punks get ready to set the world on fire.” – Kerrang!
“Your new favourite band.” – Team Rock
“Hellions is one of the most exciting things to happen to the Australian music scene so far this year.” – Music Feeds
2. Quality Of Life
4. Lotus Eater
5. He Without Sin i) Halation
6. He Without Sin ii) Heels of the Hands
7. Bad Way
8. Nightliner Rhaposdy