Words by Tom Gaffney
Queens of the Stone Age? Nah, more like Kings of the Aussie Stage. Fuzz rockers Battlehounds have been tearing it up locally and nationally for the last couple of years in what seems like a solid, consistent upward trajectory. The refinement of their sound has led to a growing fan base of Australian rock lovers whispering their name.
The local legends are set to release their latest single ‘Good Man’ at YEWTH’s Issue 007 launch on November 19th. “We had the song ('Good Man') on the back-burner for ages, but we’ve put it out a couple of weeks ago and had a great response. We’ve written a ton of songs for the upcoming EP, and originally we decided to put our last couple of singles out just to put something out, but people seem to take a liking to them,” front man Alex explains.
“Because I didn’t really have a terrible upbringing, or a lot of heartache, or any of that stuff, I usually prefer to explore fictional stories through songs. ‘Good Man’ is about those people who everyone says is a good guy, but you know they’re, deep down, a bit of a dickhead. It’s a really fine line between creating that attitude that a rock song needs, original song writing, and the depth that a good story brings,” Alex states. “In the earlier days, we were pretty unrefined with the concept of what we wanted to put out, but the songs we’ve been making have been more toward story-based songs. I find that really enjoyable to write – it’s like film or writing – it isn’t all autobiographical.”
The boys have worked a unique sense of attitude and style into a genre that’s arguably tough to individualise. “I think we’re seeing this unique suburban take on rock music – we’re seeing less of those ‘flared jeans’ Jet cover bands, and more story-based rock that The Peep Tempel, West Thebarton Brothel Party, and Bad//Dreems do so well. I think we’re in an awesome stage of rock music in Australia."
Battlehounds have managed to slot themselves into the heavyweight category of Adelaide’s rock scene. “We have so much respect for what Adelaide’s rock music scene is doing. Between our show with The Peep Tempel and A Day of Clarity, we feel like everyone in the scene is truly supporting each other and going to each others’ shows.”
“We know it’s a hard slog to get such an integrated community up and running, but we really feel like Adelaide’s got something going for itself” Alex concludes.
The boys headline Yewth 007 Launch Party at Ed Castle alongside Archers, Hyder Seek, Attila My Honey, and The Smocks. This party kicks off at 3pm on November 19 – be there. Also, don’t be afraid to check out their Soundcloud.
Battlehounds also play Melbourne’s The Reverence Hotel November 26.