Australia’s Dead Letter Circus are headed to Europe, including five shows across the UK, in support of their latest LP.
“After touring the ‘Aesthesis’ album through Australia, New Zealand, and the US, we’re beyond pumped to finally be bringing our new album and tour to the UK in October,” says frontman Kim Benzie.
The band play The Dome in Tufnell Park, London on 14 October 2016.
The Brisbane five-piece – Benzie, guitarists Clint Vincent and Luke Palmer, drummer Luke Williams, and bassist Stewart Hill – saw their 2010 debut album ’This Is The Warning’ and its successor, 2013’s ‘The Catalyst Fire’ both reach the #2 spot on the Australian charts. So for their third, ‘Aesthesis’, they felt confident about shaking things up.
“On our first two albums, we first wrote the music and then the lyrics. This time around, we did it vice versa,” explains Benzie. “We just met at the rehearsal room and jammed along to some vocal parts which I had already composed. What had initially been intended as an experiment worked really well from the start. Right from the beginning ‘The Burning Number’, the first track we worked on, was like a breath of fresh air for the band.”
The approach to instrumentation was also, according to Benzie, “freer and more focused, with more space for the vocals, but also with better and more interesting guitar work”.
“Our sound has generally become more hymnic and more multi-layered,” he adds.
Helping the band realise this were long-time producer Forrester Savell and mixer Chris Lord-Alge, known for his work with the likes of U2, Muse, and Green Day.
The results are powerful, but melodic.
“Australia has a strong indie rock scene which proves that you don’t necessarily have to scream to sound heavy,” concludes Benzie.