Sydney’s Bad Moon Born share their five favourite Aussie hard-rock bands

Bad Moon Born

Sydney hard-rock outfit Bad Moon Born, have recently dropped the gentle and poignant track, “Light Leaves the Day”. It’s a beautiful counterpoint to their heavier songs, and will be a welcome addition to their setlists. It addresses Jordan Von Grae’s (singer and lyricist) struggles with addiction and the path he has taken to sobriety. It’s heartfelt, poignant and beautifully crafted. Written from the heart, it is bound to strike a chord with many listeners.

Of the track, Jordan says “Light Leaves the Day addresses a time when I’d been newly sober following several years of chronic alcoholism and drug abuse. The initial clarity that came with sobriety brought several unaddressed mental health issues to the forefront, leaving me to confront them unaided through means of self-medication. It forced me into a terrifying loop of introspection which, through therapy and the support of my loved ones, ultimately resulted in a newfound desire to commit to my personal development, and change my behaviour. The song was written at a time when I was new to this change and whilst I was hopeful for the future, I was terrified that my efforts wouldn’t be enough to save the relationships I’d damaged throughout this time. 18 months on, I can safely say that committing to sobriety has been the best decision I’ve ever made.”

The band was looking for a ballad to help balance the heavier tracks from their recent singles. Voya, guitarist and producer explains: I had a couple of acoustic ideas in 3/4 I’d been playing with and decided to arrange them with multiple synths in a way that didn’t give it the feel of a ‘typical’ ballad. I was sort of envisioning it as a ballad composed by aliens, with enough nostalgic and latter-day elements to please a wide array of beings. When we got together to go through the lyrics and vocal melodies, everything fell into place quite naturally.”
Voya (Guitarist/Producer)

Accompanying the single is a beautiful video. It was produced by Jordan and Voya. Voya also directed, filmed and edited the clip. Voya gives us the lowdown on the background to the video: “The main objective with the video was to capture Jordan’s personal experience/journey with the walking shots, utilizing negative space to reflect the sense of emptiness and isolation addressed in the lyrics. We felt it was important to depict the act of moving forward in spite of an anxious and uncertain future. As for the band shots, we wanted to provide a feeling of personal intimacy with late 90’s/early 00’s undertones (what would Hinder/The Goo Goo Dolls/Creed do?). As it turned out, hanging up a couple of lights in the garage of our studio achieved that quite well.’


Justin Stewart Cotta


Bad Moon Born – Our 5 Favourite Aussie Bands (Heavy edition)

To celebrate the release of “Light Leaves the Day”, and to remind us that they are indeed a chiselled hard-rock outfit, the band has put together a list of five of their favourite Aussie hard rockers.  Read on !


Thornhill are a metalcore band, hailing from Melbourne, Australia. We’re relatively new to these guys but we’re huge fans of their music (particularly their most recent single), and can’t wait to see what they do next.


When it comes to Australian metalcore, Polaris are hard to beat. As long-term admirers of their work, they’ve definitely been a big influence on us, particularly on our recent material. We were really looking forward to performing alongside them at the recent Knight and Day Festival, however we had to pull out due to one of our band members testing positive for covid-19.


Northlane are a chart-topping, 2-time ARIA award winning metalcore band from our home-town of Sydney. The way this band incorporate electronic elements into their music has been a big inspiration for us in recent times, and we can’t wait to continue experimenting in this fashion.


A relatively new band (forming in 2019), Bad/Love are definitely one of the up and coming hard rock/alternative metal acts to look out for. We had the privilege of locking in a support slot for their Sydney show in 2021 before it unfortunately ended up being cancelled due to the pandemic.


Fusing heavy and dark elements with pop and alternative rock, Alt. are another relatively new group (formed in 2019) who are making big waves in the national heavy music scene. As fans of their music, we’re looking forward to seeing what they do

Justin Stewart Cotta

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