Words by Freya Langley
No Oaths, formerly know as Roadhouse, have burst out of the blocks with new single ‘Waster’ - a fierce attack on Australia’s political landscape.
Born out of the ashes of the beloved Raccoon City Police Department, No Oaths is an outlet for Dylan Cooper’s alt-country rock songwriting, inspired by The Drones and Murder By Death. A name change was in order after a rotating line-up saw the band take a slight change in direction, and the songwriting take on a different feel. The name is a reference from Murder By Death’s ‘No Oaths, No Spells’ and is representative of the new flavour for the band.
‘Waster’ is the first taste of a whole album worth of songs, recorded by Jimmy at Ghost Note (formerly Capitalsound); though No Oaths currently have no plans to release the album - that’ll be figured out eventually. ‘Waster’ is fuelled by politically charged, angry songwriting with strong punk overtones and flavours of Australian pub-rock. The song channels feelings of disillusionment and frustration with the current state of affairs in Australian politics.
“The people making the decision for the rest of the world aren’t even the people who experience the gravitas of their decision and won’t be living in the future they’re creating. The idea of all these old, white men remaining in power is bleak to me, and I wanted to express that,” says Dylan.
(There’s some strong language in the song, so if you’re at work or around sensitive ears, maybe chuck your headphones in.)