Doomswitch”; a term used to describe a theoretical mechanism where an online poker site inflicts bad luck on a player. And, as of today, the very moniker sparking the start of a brand new chapter for Perth metalcore outfit Make Them Suffer, with their new single Doomswitch showcasing a renewed sonic spirit for the group, as well as the first song to feature new member Alex Reade.
Taking up the position as backup vocalist and keyboardist, aka “The Fifth Member” for Make Them Suffer, Reade (ex-Drown This City) seamlessly welds into the Make Them Suffer psyche. With symphonic flourishes, blasting beats, jagged guitars and oscillating light and shade between frontman Sean Harmanis and Reade, Doomswitch is equally energetic and ethereal, levelling up the band’s heaviness alongside emphatic melodics while presenting a resonating narrative: “It’s not how you get knocked down, it’s how you get back up.”
The Everblack Podcast spoke to Alex Reade from Make Them Suffer about their new single ’Doomswitch’, working on the video with Colin Jeffs, joining the band after the the breakup of Drown This City, bringing back keytar to live music, sold out shows and North American tour, future of the band and more!
Watch/listen to the interview here :
Also accompanying the new single’s release today is a blistering music video, directed by Colin Jeffs and filmed at The Paint Factory in Brisbane.
“Doomswitch is a term coined by online poker players used to describe a hypothesised mechanism by which an online poker site will continually infer bad luck onto a player,” reveals the band about their new single. “Sean related to this term and, at the time, it felt as if a Doomswitch had flicked on his life, so used the concept as the main inspiration for the song. We’ve adopted a new element into our sound along with the inclusion of a new member; Alex. This song marks a new chapter and the next step forward for the band and the sonic shift in Doomswitch really drives that home.”
Centred around the feeling of claustrophobia as well as the journey Harmanis has experienced with his own mental health, Doomswitch was produced by Nick McLernon at his home studio in Victoria, with mixing and mastering courtesy of Jeff Dunne.
The band recently completed a sold out run of shows across the country and are about to embark on a North Amercian tour.
LISTEN TO DOOMSWITCH HERE