Criminally under-acknowledged Brisbane alt-rock outfit Awaken I Am have loosed another monster earworm from its cage.
The sophomore cut of the group's upcoming EP The Beauty In Tragedy is dubbed ‘Indifference’, but inspires anything but.
The single sounds like a reverse-engineered ‘Punk Goes Pop’ track, a infectiously hook-riddled electro-laced bop with sparkling production that just so happens to be powered by a huge wall of crunching guitars.
Lyrically, the song spills its guts about a toxic relationship, as vocalist Jimmy Stevenson explains:
“Sometimes you are in a relationship where you want the best for your other half, yet that person wants to push you away and only be happy when it benefits them, and that is meaning behind ‘Indifference.’”
Awaken I Am's forthcoming 5-tracker will be released on Friday, April 26 and will serve as a tribute to their late guitarist Connor Verner-Oakley.
In the words of drummer Luke McKenzie:
“During the writing, recording and the lead up process to completing these songs, it forced us to face grief and loss everyday as we worked through it. The release of this EP is our chance to give ourselves and fans something to always remember Connor by while giving us closure to move on to a new chapter as a band.”
Listen to ‘Indifference’ below and catch Awaken I Am touring live around the country supporting Secrets (US) later this month.
Awaken I Am Live Dates
THURS JAN 31 | JIVE | Adelaide
FRI FEB 1 | The Evelyn Hotel | Melbourne
SAT FEB 2 | Crow Bar | Sydney
SUN FEB 3 | Club Azzurri | Newcastle
THURS FEB 7 | Transit Bar | Canberra
FRI FEB 8 | Crowbar | Brisbane