Embrace the sumptuous darkness with Adelaide’s alt. and their glossy new single FRIENDINTHEDARK officially out today.
Taken from alt.‘s upcoming debut album ABEYANCE, due out on Friday 16 June via Resist Records in Australia and SharpTone Records for the rest of the world, FRIENDINTHEDARK opens with swooning sonic ink, swaying melodics and modern production while also sporadically erupting with towering soundscapes.
Showcasing the Adelaide group in a dark-pop-meets-rock hue, FRIENDINTHEDARK is also today accompanied by a deliciously ominous new music video.
“FRIENDINTHEDARK came about when someone I know was auditioning for a role in a teen slasher film during COVID when everything was being filmed in Australia,” shares alt. vocalist Daniel Cullen-Richards. “The idea excited me and brought to mind the movies I grew up watching as a kid like Scream, Freddy Vs Jason and I Know What You Did Last Summer, etc. That inspired me straight away and I put myself in the slasher film and wrote the lyrics in five minutes about a character who is at threat by any of their friends to be the victim in our song.”
Due out on Friday 16 June, ABEYANCE finds alt. emerging from a turbulent few years armed with rejuvenated focus and ferocity, set to stupefy the senses and catapult one of the city of churches’ brightest stars further into the spotlight. Alongside previous singles WRAITH, THE GREAT DEPRESSION, A.D.D and, most recently, APEP featuring Void Of Vision‘s Jack Bergin, FRIENDINTHEDARK marks another beguiling peek into the rich alt. tapestry lying in wait on their debut album.
Working on ABEYANCE alongside Marcus Bridge (Northlane), Landon Tewers (The Plot In You), Zach Britt (Dream On, Dreamer) and Trenton Woodley (Hands Like Houses), producer Callan Orr also returned after his work on alt.‘s 2020 debut EP dysfunctional – and the end result is nothing short of astonishing.
Spending years honing their signature brand of punk, pop, electronic and alternative rock since first erupting onto the scene in 2019, alt. have previously performed with the likes of Karnivool, Cog, sleepmakeswaves, Belle Haven and, most recently, as the national support for American rockers Saosin and Brit rock party-starters Don Broco during their respective Australian tours. Also recently appearing at Unify Off The Record 2023 at Hindley St Music Hall in Adelaide alongside Teenage Joans, Thornhill, Ocean Grove and more, alt. are now primed to join Windwaker and the UK’s Caskets around Australia this July.
FRIENDINTHEDARK – OUT NOW
ABEYANCE – OUT FRIDAY 16 JUNE
LOVE IN THE DARK AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2023
FRIDAY 21 JULY – JIVE BAR, ADELAIDE
SATURDAY 22 JULY – MAX WATTS, MELBOURNE
THURSDAY 27 JULY – THE BRIGHTSIDE, BRISBANE
FRIDAY 28 JULY – HAMILTON STATION HOTEL, NEWCASTLE
SATURDAY 29 JULY – CROWBAR, SYDNEY
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