Blending the aggression of deathcore and the emotion of hardcore, Of Misery is a downtempo and bone-crushing heavy band from Brisbane, Australia that deals with hard subjects such as depression, anxiety, denial, bullying, and abuse.
Tell us about the history of the band?
We formed around the start of 2017, with most us knowing each other from previous bands and just around the local scene. What started off as fairly casual and non-committal jam sessions quickly turned into something more serious and dedicated. After a few early lineup changes we began working hard on writing and forming our sound and musical direction. At the end of 2017 we recorded our first single “Immortal” and then a few months later at the start of 2018 we were ready to record our debut EP ‘Black Noose’, which is being released this Friday August 10th.
How would you describe your music?
In a nutshell we call ourselves a downtempo deathcore band, but beneath the surface our music has a lot of nuances and different aspects. It can be angry, emotional, aggressive, exciting, depressing, even cathartic. Ultimately we try to create music that is heavy and something you can mosh to.
What are your influences/musical heroes?
Collectively as a band we have many influences. Some bands include The Acacia Strain, Liferuiner, Emmure, Chelsea Grin, Glass Cloud, Knocked Loose, Thy Art Is Murder, Defeater, I Declare War and Every Time I Die.
What record are you currently listening to?
This depends on who you ask in the band so I’ll just list them all! Black Mamba by Alpha Wolf, The Place I Feel Safest by Currents, The Royal Thousand by Glass Cloud, The Gold Record by The Bouncing Souls and Eternal Nightmare by Chelsea Grin.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Again this changes depending on who you ask. The top 3 are probably Black Noose, Broken and Discarded.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
We’re still a relatively new and small band and have yet to go on tour, so right now we’d just be happy to play shows outside of our hometown. As for dream tours, playing in the US or Europe one day supporting some of our main influence bands would be pretty awesome.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
The Brisbane music scene right now is quite tough for small metal bands like us, and even live music in general. There have been a lot of venues closing down due to council laws, insurance issues, etc. Even for larger more successful bands, it can be hard sometimes to fill venues here. We’ve played shows with some awesome and incredibly talented bands to relatively small crowds, which is sad to see.
As for the music industry in general, from our point of view it is a bit of a love-hate relationship. On the one hand, the increase in digital downloading and streaming platforms has certainly made it easier for us to distribute our music and has greatly increased our chances of getting it out to more people than ever before. But on the other hand, it has become a very saturated market and it’s getting harder and harder to make any money back from the financial investment we put in. You have to pour a lot of hard work, time, energy and money into putting your music together and getting it heard, and it can sometimes feel like an uphill struggle.
What advice would you give to someone starting their own band?
Work hard and love what you do! The most successful bands are incredibly hard working behind the scenes and have put their all into their music and band, usually for years before most people ever hear of them. You have to be prepared to spend countless hours working on your music and thousands of dollars on gear and recording costs, not to mention things like rehearsal rent, travel costs, distribution, PR, etc. It all adds up. It’s a lot of hard work and can sometimes be daunting, but then when you’re on stage and people are moshing to your music, and then afterwards a stranger comes up and tells you how much they enjoyed your set, that’s when you know it’s all been worth it!
What are your future plans?
After we release our EP we plan to play as many shows as we can, both locally and around the country. We’re also currently working on new songs so hope to have some even heavier releases in the near future. Stay posted!