It’s always an exciting day when we debut the first single of a band, and we’ve struck gold with Albury/Wodonga-based alternative rock band SOULSLEEP and their first tune to hit the airwaves in “Glass Heart”. We’re thrilled to be premiering the single ahead of its release on Friday.
In “Glass Heart”, the band has tackled mental health head-on and showcases the courage and benefits of acknowledging challenges and reaching out. The prize is there to be had by those who ask for help. The track is difficult to pigeonhole genre-wise, as it deftly shifts between alt-metal, some pumping EDM beats and a healthy serving of euphoric pop. “Glass Heart” is packed with big choruses, killer guitars and kick-arse grooves. This is a sizzling white-hot debut from SOULSLEEP.
SOULSLEEP’s guitarist Jayden Zago discusses the meaning behind ‘Glass Heart’: “When the COVID pandemic began, my mental health deteriorated. I was depressed and angry and felt like I had no quality of life. I was encouraged to see a psychologist and was lucky to get an appointment. I ended up on medication, and for someone who always thought things like that were ‘all in your head’, it was a huge reality check, and I am now aware of how naive I was. Music is how I express myself. With all of the lockdowns and restrictions, my outlet was taken away. Like glass, we are breakable, not indestructible, and speaking up and getting help is not weak.”
As well as the premiere of the audio of “Glass Heart” today, we also have the eye-catching video to bring to the world. It was filmed at keys player Jimi Fischer‘s home studio and a warehouse. The clip is thought-provoking, with the interaction between the therapist and patient highlighting the fear and reluctance of seeking help. It was directed by Colin Jeffs of Ten of Swords Media (RedHook, Future Static, Make Them Suffer).
Jayden explains about the clip, “We built a stage out of an MDF board, which we found quite challenging, as we had to design it in a way that it could be put together and dismantled in a time efficient way and still be able to hold the weight of all of us and our equipment.”
Fans of Bring Me The Horizon, Northlane and Enter Shikari should find plenty to love here. The band recently had their debut show supporting To Octavia at Naarm/Melbourne’s Yah Yah’s. It’s an exciting time for a band packed with potential.
“Glass Heart” will be available worldwide on Friday, October 20. You can go ahead and pre-save it HERE, and in the meantime, enjoy our exclusive premiere.