The boys are drinking a beer in a booth at the Unibar, looking at home among students lounging around chairs after, or before classes and sharing some friendly banter.
After a busy 2015, Tomorrow Rising haven’t played live since January due to working on new music.
“It felt like it was turning into a bit of a drag for everyone involved, so we’ve taken a step back, recorded the new song and now we’re looking to come back and be like, hey, here’s it is. It’s exciting and it’s going to be different. We’ve written quite a lot of songs, polished up, had a breather and now we’re really looking forward to it. “
“For our new sound, if you came and saw us live then you’d see we’re into heavy-melodic-rock-stuff.”
A five-piece, heavy-rock band, they’ve likened their new stuff to DZ Deathrays, Children Collide, Royal Blood and Violent Soho.
Since releasing a self-titled EP and Oasis in 2014, as well as single 'Wolves at Bay' in 2015, they admit the reason for the change in direction was due to trying to get their older ideas out there first before finding a sound that they like playing live.
“We wanted stuff that we liked playing live, before that we would write songs and they’d sound good but they’d feel boring to play. We had started writing songs that had the most ridiculous shit in it, then we’d play it and come out being like…what the fuck was that. We experimented with backing tracks…it was sounding shit and nothing was working. Then Steff started writing more garage songs and so we’ve gone down that path. The stuff that is fun to play live just feels more natural.”
Morgan: So how did you record this new single?
Callum: The guy we recorded with for this, also did our first two EPs, Hugh, he has a great little studio in his shed up in Hahndorf. It’s not something you expect, it’s at this farm with animals running around.
Have you been to North Sentinel Island? Where did it come from?
Kieren: I was just watching this documentary on YouTube about this island. These people are hostile to outsiders and they just don’t want form governments, they live in the Stone Age.
So what resonated with you?
Callum: Nothing resonated [laughs] we were drunk at the pub and I was complaining about never having anything to write about, Kieren was like, 'write about North Sentinel Island, man!' Next day I’m doing nothing, look it up and I’m like 'fuck, this is really cool.'
Kieren: They kill outsiders, there’s like a 10km radius around the island and it’s just off-limits.
Will you send them a CD in a bottle once it’s released?
Callum: We’d have to do a process - send them some classics first. We’ll send them Jimmy Barnes, that’ll do it.
So what other themes can we expect?
Callum: Well during the time of writing, I was thinking a lot about the end of the world type stuff.
Kieren: Concept album.
Callum: ...yeah that’s what the album is going to be called. Tomorrow Rising - Apocalypse.
Bit of an oxymoron, that is.
Kieren: If you’re going to write about the end of the world, you might as well do something to stop it.
Callum: Our first two were pretty focused on feeling and personal shit, I think I got that out of the way when I was an angsty teenager.
Kieren: You were about 9 when you wrote the lyrics for those...
So, after the single?
We know what we want in our minds but haven’t told anyone. We’re going to Melbourne in June for a show, and then we’ve got a couple of other shows lined up. We just want to play a heap of shows after this and then sort out what we’re doing. We have so many ideas but we need to know how all this new stuff is going to go.
We’re going to get signed by Sony, release an album and do a stadium tour. That’s our five year plan.
You can check out their new sound at the Exeter on May 28th.