Stepson – Smother (Track Of The Day, 11th August)

How amazing are Brisbane based melodic hardcore band Stepson?! We’ll be catching them on their “Come With Me” tour when it hits Melbourne this weekend, and as ‘homework’ have sunk deeply into their music.

“Come With Me” is undeniably heavy, but Stepson can do more than just face-melting heaviness. They seem to have a knack of making music so truthful that it hurts, and it might just make you fall in love with them a little bit.

Their 2016 EP The Beautiful Lie is a three-track collection of the lighter side of Stepson, but emotional heaviness is still felt noticeably, like a lump in the throat.

“A never ending cycle
Of feeling
Like I’m dying
Tell me I’m okay
I don’t care if you’re lying”

“Smother” seems to be talking about the intensity of experiencing something so anxiety-inducing that they are barely able to breathe. Desperation gains volume and screams reflect attempts to hold onto any kind of anchor or help or support.

It’s so powerful and sad at the same time, because you can hear and feel that that desperation loses its fire and defeat wins as the song fades out.

Can’t wait to see Stepson in full flight this weekend! Details on their shows are HERE.

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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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