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With a new line-up in tow, and a stack of new material on the way, Destrends returned with their new single ‘Medication’ on 23 September 2019, via Bread & Butter Records.
The official music video for the new single was directed by Rick Clifford at Spilting Films and depicts the band members in an abandoned power plant. Dusty floors, graffitied walls and broken furniture form the backdrop for Destrends‘ punk-rock performance – paralleling the lyrics of the song, which speak to a derelict and dystopian future.
The official video for ‘Medication‘ is now available to view on YouTube.
‘Medication’ marks the Melbourne outfit’s first single since 2017 and their first release for Bread & Butter Records. The track speaks of our leaders apathy towards issues that affect the next generation, with a focus on climate change. In a political climate where the individual feels increasingly powerless, hope begins to fade as we surrender to an inevitable fate:
“The ice caps are melting, waters over your head.
Temperature rising, drink till you’re dead.”
– excerpt from ‘Medication‘
Destrends are a Melbourne based post-punk collective who produce an angular, bass-driven sound and have built a reputation as a distinctly theatrical live outfit. With a sound influenced by early 80’s post-punk, Destrends produce a confident mix of gloomy goth-laden punk with some real Aussie grit.
Destrends 2017 EP ‘Lousy Lover’ solidified the group as a menace to behold, scoring support slots with Aussie favourites King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Spiderbait, & Hoodoo Gurus.
The band is comprised of brothers Matt (Vocals) and Nathan Savage (Bass), Liam Burgan (Drums), & Billy Watts (Guitar). The accomplished guitar work of Billy Watts is by no means a surprise, being the son of late Robbie ‘Rocket’ Watts, former guitarist of Aussie-punk legends Cosmic Psychos.
– Beat Magazine
– Tone Deaf“DESTRENDS’ aggressive approach to post punk and their virile live performances have pricked up quite a few ears over the last 12 months. You should probably start listening too.”
– Happy Mag
“Take the day off, stay at home and listen to this song over and over. It will be time well spent.”
– Richard Kingsmill, Triple J
“There’s fuzzed-up guitars, hollowing singing, hard-hitting rhythms, and a whirling wah-wah solo that’s sure to melt some faces live…”
– AAA Backstage
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