We caught up with Sydney's post-hardcore roars, Isotopes, to find out more about her before her poignant new single, WYWFM, was released.
The band recruited some outstanding talent to work on the song, including producer Stevie Knight (Stand Atlantic, Yours Truly) and mixer James Paul Wisner (Paramore, Underoath).
On a foundation of relentless drumming and anthemic guitars, front man Justin Miller lifts “WYWFM” to his rousing chorus with resounding vocals. It's a powerful performance by the entire band, full of complex interplay and complicated chemistry.
The accompanying video shows the band in exquisite suits in Sydney's Marble Bar and explores the narrative of lust-guided temptation.
Miller explained the meaning behind the song: "'WYWFM' is about the love hunt always leading to heartbreak. So for the first time you put love aside and ask a little to wait for you while you choose yourself. " he said.
“The concept of the video is about lust / love / temptation. A game of cat and mouse that accompanies these feelings. When you find that it goes away as soon as you get all of those feelings that you always so long for; you are calm, you are alone. So, was it ever really there? "
Before 'WYWFM' was released, we thought it would be a good time to chat with the band to find out more as part of our popular Get To Know series.
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& # 39; WYWFM & # 39; is available worldwide on Friday June 4th.
Take a look at ‘WYWFM’:
How did your stage name come about?
The Simpsons, Springfield ISOTOPES. Uh! Haha.
How would you describe your music to your grandma?
God have mercy on their souls. I guess if she was still alive she would love to hear us. I would probably just yell at her like I do with my dishwasher and she would laugh about it with me over a cup of tea.
Tell us about some of your tracks; their title and what is it about?
"WYWFM" is about making a decision for myself, instead of falling into the pursuit of love and neglecting my personal health. Usually I always neglect a lot of things when I fall on the idea of love and the pursuit of love, which is how I Never Should Have Let You In came about.
I fall so hard into the beauty of love that in the past I've pushed everything and everyone in my life aside and it led me on a path into substance abuse and attempted suicide that included the song & # 39; Nightmare & # 39; came to light. All of the songs contain a story from a point in my life, and the song names solidify the piece of the puzzle.
What do you love about your hometown?
I love all of the little hidden gems that you can find. Whether it's great Asian food or underground bars that you never knew existed. You are constantly discovering new places and meeting new people in the process.
Previous career highlight?
The collaboration with Bradley Walden from Emarosa and Japan tours are neck and neck. Both are things I never thought would happen, and both of these things I will cherish forever.
Favorite hobby without music?
Cook. Without a doubt, I always cook. It's one of the best things I do every day to relax and get creative. And a girl loves a man who can cook.
Check out "I should never have let you in":
What does your dream driver say?
Unlimited Margaritas or Cafe Patron.
Dream Music Collaboration?
A collaboration with Paul Jason Klein from LANY. Something a lot softer from us with a little more groove and pop. To introduce. Hearts would fall
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I would like to say that I am still in a band and touring, but most likely I will live in Bali and play in a cover band in bars three times a week and have the coolest life there with all my family.
What's your favorite karaoke song?
"Tribute" by Tenacious D is always a treat, but I think "The Reason" by Hoobastank and "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt are always on the list when I'm in a karaoke booth with some rum fought back.
What's the best advice you've ever been given?
I don't remember who told me, but someone once told me to never settle for something safe. Now I know that might not be much for the reader, but I've somehow always lived by this simple advice.
What obsession do you have that no one would guess after listening to your music?
My only obsession is probably cleanliness haha. It sounds super lame, but I hate clutter. When I see something is out of place or not clean, it annoys me so much that I have to bring it up. When I try to just let it be, it almost causes this cramp to the point where I have to go back and fix it. It's pretty messed up.