Melbourne heavies Starve are adding to their growing discography with the release of “Shiver” today. Coupled with a music video by Martin Wood, the new single adds to what promises to be a strong year for the band. They started 2020 by playing in support of Stray From The Path and Kublai Khan at Stay Gold in Melbourne, and will be supporting Dealer in Adelaide and Melbourne.

“Shiver” captivates from its introduction. Kylan Ridings’ fierce effort on drums combined with guitar squeals open the track, before it launches into a solid and menacing pace. It’s quickly made apparent with the lyrical calls to “Shut your mouth” coupled with chaotic instrumentation that there’s a battle going on. Maybe an internal one.

“Just let me feel the same again.”

Surrounded by punishing pace and instrumental bombardment, the battle never sounded so good with the two vocalists adding their own different voices to the mix. And the slowing down toward the end matches the vibe of wading through difficulty before seeming to give up in defeat.

Starve’s vocalist Jordan Dunbar shared the inspiration behind “Shiver” with me, saying that the song is about “feeling disconnected from yourself”. Elaborating, Jordan said “Falling into toxic patterns and not being able to remove yourself from situations that you know are bad for you. Even if your instincts are telling you no, you’re still too afraid to do anything and then ultimately blaming yourself for your own depression.”

For now, “Shiver” is a standalone single, giving a taste of where Starve are heading with their sound.  Check out “Shiver” now via YouTube below, or stream it via your favourite streaming places.

Kel Burch

Creator and caretaker of Depth Mag, Kel uses her superpowers of empathy, word-weaving, and feeling everything deeply, to immerse herself in music before returning to reality to write about her experience with it. [Loved the read? Shout Kel a latte.]

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