After a triumphant Australian visit earlier this year, New Zealand heavy act Beastwars return to Australian shores in February, spitting out a sharp three date run up and down the east coast in support of new single, This Mortal Decay.
With a newfound perspective and deep understanding of the fragility of life stemming from vocalist Matt Hyde’s recent battle with cancer, the band are back in world-class form.
They will return to Australia on the back of sold out shows at the Gershwin Room in Melbourne and a Dead of Winter festival set laid down to a 1500-strong crowd at the Tivoli in Brisbane.
Promoting new single This Mortal Decay, the introspective work was the last song written for latest Beastwars album, ‘IV’, and also the most triumphant, shaped by Hyde’s recent experiences delving into the abyss.
“I was lucky that I had music to express what had happened to me,” Hyde says. “A lot of people don’t have that.
“I was very lucky that we could make a record.
“I took the time to process it and turned it into something else.
“It’s interesting to have the ability to confront the void, to confront the idea of mortality.
“I didn’t make peace with it either.”
Beastwars’ fourth album IV debuted domestically at number one on the Top 40 album charts and saw the band nominated for Best Group and Best Rock Album at the New Zealand Music Awards this year – a nomination they’ve earned for every album release.
“We are so excited to be coming back to Australia this summer,” drummer Nathan Hickey says.
“You guys have always welcomed us with open arms and the love shown was immense on our last visit.
“Last year’s shows were huge. It was a dream to pack out the Gershwin Room in Melbourne and to play to a full house in Brisbane at the Tivoli.
“These next shows will be extra special too as it’s Matt’s birthday… so we will be bringing the party.”