Song: The Sitch
Area: Melbourne, Australia
Date of release: 01/02/2019
Genre: Alternative Melodic Metalcore
Engineered, Mixed and Mastered: Chris Lalic
Videographer: Ben Anderson of Brightside Film
For Fans Of: Kisschasy, Hands Like Houses, Bring Me The Horizon.
“Take a part of me. Play the tape and put it on repeat. Take the pain and flip it onto me. Summoning the beast. I say obsession’s obsession. And there’s a truth to the lesson. We’ll never get it right. If we keep on second guessing.”
'The Sitch' is the latest single from this Melbourne-based Alternative Metalcore band. What is immediately apparent from the first listen of this new track is a big shift in gears, musically. There is a groove-laden progressive energy to the song with chugging guitar solo, subtle electronic touches, fiery screams, angelic cleans and a powerful uplifting chorus.
Lyrically, this is probably the most personal track the band has written thus far. It’s about accepting and overcoming your mistakes instead of running away from them. I think it’s a very relatable issue for most people as they enter adulthood. The past often catches up with us and by then it’s too late.
Maturity and personal growth come from owning your shit and learning from what you’ve done wrong. Then there’s also the mental health side of things in which anxiety and depression can interfere in your thought processes, causing your sense of mortality to become distorted, leaving self-worth scattered into a million pieces.
Vocalist Will King has clearly matured as a person and as a musician which a greater degree of depth in his vocal harmonies and song writing ability. The band in itself entirety are pushing the boundaries of what they can create musically and refuse to be trapped inside a boxed marked “Post-Hardcore” or “Melodic Metalcore” or whatever genre you feel like placing onto this band. The point is that they’re evolving and it’s very exciting to witness.
The music video directed by Ben Anderson (of Brightside Films) offers a very comedic side to the band that we’ve yet to see. It depicts the band members as blundering criminals trying to dodge and outwit the cops and an ex-lover. It makes some neat references to the Grand Theft Auto series of video games. Guitarist and Vocalist Liam Guinane drives around town and picks up the boys one by one, each cracking a beer open and headbanging to the song.
Then it’s revealed that drummer Chris Lalic has been tied up in the boot (OH NO!). Unfortunately, a couple of local cops catch them in the act (BUSTED!) and the boys are suddenly on the run from the law. Thinking that they’ve escaped, the boys decide to gatecrash a house party but end up getting sprung by the ex-lover. But they turn the tables by beating up some look-a-like band members and taking their places. It’s a pretty wild plot but very entertaining to watch! Also, the cinematography is gorgeous to look at. Windwaker have definitely stepped up their game since last year’s release of 'New Infinite'.
Be sure to pre-order the band’s upcoming EP Empire released on March 22nd here
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Video Narrative : 8/10
Video Production: 17/20 Visual Effectiveness : 23/25
Personal Enjoyment: 9/10