Peeling back yet another layer of their impending sophomore album Heroine due out on 3rd June, the brand new single ‘Raw’ from Melbourne rockers Thornhill oozes with blistering charm and towering soundscapes.
Driven by odes to classic Hollywood and cinematic scores, Heroine expands upon sonic elements explored on Thornhill‘s 2019 debut album The Dark Pool, with the group’s latest track ‘Raw’immersing into sharp alternative and rock flavours, complete with razor-sharp riffs, snarling basslines and pummeling beats.
Flitting between grit and billowing ambience, ‘Raw’ also ultimately allows its overarching narrative to take the reins, as vocalist JacobCharlton explains: “The story of the song ‘Raw’ follows an actress’s responses to various requests, love letters and desperate attempts made by fans and stalkers after her first major success, appearing in a soon to be cult classic film. This song primarily focuses on character of the voice rather than complex melodies and harmonies so I really wanted to bring a story to life that matches the attitude of the instruments. The way that she fights back these attempts and turns them down requires a lot of bravery and strength and it was more of the angle I wanted to hit, rather than relying on angry, dark lyrical themes.”
Continuing the wave of intrigue and inspiration caused by their latest single releases, Thornhill have announced the details of their highly-anticipated second album today. Featuring ‘Casanova’,’Arkangel’ and today’s epic new cut ‘Hollywood’, the band’s next full-length assault Heroine is due for its full release on the 3rd of June 2022 via UNFD.
Drawn to the class and flare of this world, Thornhill offer a stunning listening and visual experience on Heroine as they channel music, cinema, visual art and storytelling into a cohesive body of work. On today’s newest single offering, itself titled ‘Hollywood’, Jacob shares more behind its narrative centred around the process of falling out of love:
“The premise of this song follows a protagonist, who is coming to terms with being in love with another girl he’s just met while still being in a relationship that has been slowly falling apart around him. This one in a million encounter with someone who has changed his entire world in a matter of glances is the theme we follow throughout the song until he finally builds the courage to say it out loud. He makes little decisions, puts his current partner in a bad light to make himself feel like he’s in the right and calls her names as she begs him to announce his true feelings for someone he’s met on their trip to Hollywood.”
Check out the Cover Art, Tracklisting and video for the latest track, ‘Hollywood’ below.
1. The Hellfire Club 2. Leather Wings 3. Blue Velvet 4. Arkangel 5. Valentine 6. Casanova 7. Something Terrible Came With The Rain 8. Hollywood 9. Raw 10. Varsity Hearts 11. Heroine
After appeasing the masses with the astounding ‘Casanova’ in October, Thornhill return with their pulsing new single ‘Arkangel’ today.
The first new music since their acclaimed 2019 debut album The Dark Pool, ‘Casanova’ swung heads for its elevated imagery dripping in glitter and Hollywood glam. Backing it up with ‘Arkangel’ today, Thornhill no doubt confirm they’ve stepped into an inspired new era both musically and visually, and prove yet again they are one of the most forward-thinking bands in Australia today.
‘Arkangel’ was mixed by George Lever (Sleep Token, Loathe), meanwhile, its music video was written and directed by Jacob Charlton and edited by Third Eye Visuals.
Thornhill guitarist Ethan McCann shares how the track came to life instrumentally:
“I started writing ‘Arkangel’ after surrounding myself with media from the late nineties and early two-thousands. I found the hit of nostalgia to be incredibly comforting while we were all locked away. I wanted this song to make you feel the way I felt watching these shows and movies from this period, so I treated it almost like a film score. I found the opening credits to the old Sarah Michelle Gellar ‘Buffy’ series and basically wrote to that opening sequence. The sections of the song move quite rapidly, the root changes three or four times within the first minute which to me is what a band full of teenagers would be doing in their garage. They don’t really know what they’re doing but it feels natural and is such a perfect representation of that era that they are living in.”
Vocalist and lyricist Jacob Charlton adds how he leant into Ethan’s instrumentation when crafting the narrative behind the track:
“I usually write lyrics and melodies around the general atmosphere Ethan brings to each track to better bring it forward in the listener and myself, as a lyricist. But this time around with Ethan’s newfound method of creating, I decided to change up my workflow and write a bit more like a script or movie narrative to allow for more ambiguous storytelling and attitude to come through, rather than just giving up the meaning straight away. ‘Arkangel ‘is an alternate take on the story of ‘Icarus’, discussing the tension between two lovers who become violent with one another as friction builds in their lustful affair.”
Void Of Vision have teamed up with Jacob Charlton of Thornhill for a brand new version of their track, ‘Year Of The Rat’.
There’s still the heaviness on the track so don’t worry but now, there’s an added layer for ferosity with the Charlton’s vocals on the track.
Jack Bergin (Vocals) has comments:
“While I still feel like I’m not where I want to be mentally, it’s songs like this where I can truly see how much has really changed around me in such a short space of time. To gain a form of positivity from such an overwhelmingly negative track over the course of such an overwhelmingly negative year speaks volumes to the importance of heavy music and the reflection within it,” he says, adding:
“‘Year Of The Rat’ was written for those who have reached their expiry date, for the weak that have finally been weeded out. Watching an undeserving individual have a position of ‘power’ stripped from them has been a common theme throughout the year 2020, this song goes out to them.”
He also had this to say about collaborating with Jacob:
“About 5 years ago Jacob approached me after one of our hometown shows and asked if I wanted to do guest vocals on his new, up-and-coming band’s track. I’m pretty sure I said yeah, but forgot all about it until a good half a year later when our videographer Cian called and told me I had to come down to do guest vocals on this band that he was working with. The band in question ended up being Jacob and the rest of Thornhill tracking their debut EP, so I’m glad I listened to Cian for once.”
And Jacob adds:
“Jumping on this track was kind of like a little break for us both where we had the opportunity to build on something that had already been created,” he says. “Aside from that I was honestly super stoked to be a part of the project in general, VOV have always played a special part in Thornhill’s history so it was very cool to be included on a special part of their history”