From Deep Within
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From Deep Within

Perth, Western Australia, Australia | INDIE

Perth, Western Australia, Australia | INDIE
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From Deep Within's highly anticipated EP, ‘Limited Imaginings’, is a concoction of frustrated musings, (from Patrick Gengler, Brendan Manns and David Meyrick), and progressive thrash/punk rock; a sound the band’s been developing since it first discovered music during its high school years. With essay-like lyrics, the boys spit out their angst in songs themed around love, politics, death, life and the rights of living things.

The four-song EP allows From Deep Within to showcase their abilities as both lyricists and mature songwriters. From the beginning of the record we see a band that doesn’t merely right songs for the sake of it, but utilises music as a means of expressing subject matter they deem critical and important to the world. All up, ‘Limited Imaginings’ aims a big, fat middle finger at a pop culture and central interest of celebrities, sex and shallowness.

The opening track, ‘Aleea’ presents a grim look at the self-centred and arrogant nature of our politics and media, telling the story of a woman and her sick daughter struggling in poverty-stricken Africa. Through fierce guitar and thrashing drums, the group’s frustration seems almost desperate at times. ‘Four Wolves and a Lamb’ draws attention to our failings as human beings of the ‘lucky country’. The track continues with the tone set previously, through the cascading fall of pounding, aggressive rhythms and vocals filled with disgust, disbelief and disappointment.

The subject matter of ‘Withdrawal Symptoms’ is deceptively simple. The band uses angry riffs to support the bleak, three lines of lyrics, which are drenched in the need to withdraw our society from the vicious cycle of decay and death. This track emphasises how crashing, in-your-face guitars and drums can enhance meaning and mood in a song; something From Deep Within seems to have mastered. Finally, the band makes its emotional breakthrough in ‘The Falling Parts of a Dream’. With a surprisingly soft introduction that leads into heavier instrumentals and signature angst-filled vocals, the track addresses how and why we become so discontented with life.

If one thing is certain it’s that ‘Limited Imaginings’ is not going to leave you sitting in silence. It’s deep, it’s personal, it’s universal, it’s thought provoking and its raw compassion for the state of humanity can be surprising. Although the boys tend to lend a similar sound to each track, the themes, issues and subtle changes prevent the record from sounding too same-same. A knock-out EP, purely for its display of real, unhindered emotion which dares to take a risk, and carefully balances a mix of high-end music and lyrics. - Spaceship News


Discography

"Limited Imaginings" (EP): Released 11th June, 2010.
Running time: Approx. 23 mins.

Track List:
1) Aleea
2) Four Wolves and a Lamb
3) Withdrawal Symptoms
4) The Falling Parts of a Dream (fashioned out of warped glass, mirrors and crystal prisms).

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A long time ago, a suburb or two away, a group of teenaged boys – confined to the monotony of maroon-tie-blue-shirt Catholic high school education in middleclass suburbia – found itself voicing its frustrations through music. It starts off as a group of close friends generally dissatisfied with the prevailing order and pretty soon our whole year group has reached the consensus that we’re a group Satanists who sacrifice goats on the weekends. Oh, the irony, given our hard-boiled secularism and the fact that we were all pretty concerned with animal rights.

So, on the weekends – around the time we were supposed to be sacrificing goats (/babies/virgins) – four lads (Patty, Brendan, Aaron and Dave, at least one of whom is me) began jamming in Brendan’s rental house garage, wherein you froze if you stood still for longer than ten seconds at a time. Aaron, at the time our vocalist, spent less time singing than he did head banging with dangerous paraphernalia like hedge clippers, sledge hammers and pruning saws. Eventually, we were forced to part ways with Aaron, but, funnily enough, it had nothing to do with this practice.

These days, the three of us remaining just spend our time making vaguely-aurally-pleasing noises in the vain hope someone might be listening.

If you’re a stranger to our antics, come to one of our shows and have a beer with us. Say hi! We’re friendlier than we look.