DAMIEN is a queer, non-binary artist from Ipswich in Queensland creating captivating alt-electro rock. We are thrilled today to be premiering “Human”, which will be on his next album, Wrong Age. Wrong Race. Wrong Gender, to be released in 2022. The track is a dark synth-driven song, encased in a mesmerising driving beat. It draws influence from industrial and darkwave artists such as Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails. “Human” follows on from “Love Myself” which was released in September.
“Human” is an entrancing song. From the driving percussion opening the track making way for the deep smoky vocals, and then it takes you on a gritty brazen trip, it’s a striking and effective amalgam of different influences. I was reminded a little of early Shriekback listening to this. Driving home the wizardry of DAMIEN, is knowing that he played all the instruments on the track. There are some kick-arse guitars featured on this one as well.
DAMIEN describes the inspiration for the track “‘Human’ is inspired by the spiritualist idea that there is something uniquely sacred and divine about our humanity, and that the truly human experience is one in which to grow in compassion, love, empathy and unity towards one another. The song’s release is timely in the wake of tragedies in Afghanistan, and also amongst the continued tensions and frustrations being felt through lockdowns and border restrictions.”
“Human” was written and produced by DAMIEN in his home studio in Ipswich. It was mixed by Hugh Middleton in West End, QLD, and mastered by Matthew Gray in Brisbane.
DAMIEN has had a busy and successful 2021. Earlier in the year, he released his debut album, Girl to critical acclaim. Many of his songs focus on discrimination, relationships, transgender issues and more. Wrong Age. Wrong Race. Wrong Gender promises to continue this exploration and is influenced by the DAMIEN’s own experiences as a queer, non-binary artist with bipolar disorder.
Do enjoy “Human”. It’s glorious. Make sure you turn it up LOUD.