“Excuse me while I start my own private mosh pit to this song” – Dom Alessio, Triple J
“The rock’n’roll outfit marries big choruses with lashings of modulated guitar and enough stomping riffs to make the average punter think that they’re caught in a stampede. Aerials deliver a set with a potent mix of power and passion. It’s no wonder they’re headlining the stage.” – Bigsound 2013, themusic.com.au
Hailing from a city in which indie popsters make all the rules, Aerials are breaking the mold to carve a place all of their own. The reputation of these three Brisbane natives has built fast on the back of a live show that is a blistering reminder that rock is still alive in this country. Receiving nods from Unearthed, RAGE and Channel V, the band have also supported acts including Lifehouse (US), Dead Letter Circus, The Getaway Plan, Calling All Cars, Closure in Moscow and The Red Paintings.
Aerials unleashed their sophomore EP ‘Restless’ on 1 September 2015. With Forrester Savell (Dead Letter Circus, Karnivool) returning to the desk, the title-track is a seductively sinister story packaged as a blinding-bright assault to the dancefloor, which has received reviews from Triple J presenters including Dom Alessio. The David Lynch inspired clip delves into an underground world of fetish, obsession and surrealism.
The year started with a run of shows to capacity crowds supporting the first single ‘Burn Burn Burn’, which was followed up with a tour supporting Jericco on their ‘Machine Made The Animal’ tour. The ‘Restless EP’ release was supported by an East Coast headline tour in October fulfilling their promises of sweat, strobes and riffs to their steadily increasing fan base across the country.
In their first year as a band, Aerials headlined three east coast tours in support of their singles ‘Silhouettes’, ‘Black & Blue’ and ‘Patient Parades’. All three tracks received rotation on Triple J Unearthed radio and extensive spins on community radio stations around the country. Holding strong to the DIY motto, the accompanying music videos were hands-on affairs which resulted in experimentation with projectors in fast cars, destruction of countless items of furniture and a couple of brushes with law enforcement.
The debut EP dropped in 2013, supported by a massive run of 15 sweaty shows all the way from Cairns to Adelaide. With Forrester Savell (Karnivool/Dead Letter Circus) manning the desk, lead single ‘Firefights’ is a rock anthem in rave territory, which earned them a Highly Commended Award from Queensland Music and a headline slot at Bigsound.
2014 was a break from the road, but a breakthrough as a band, following a week together in the wilderness to pen new material. A contradiction to the environment, the new EP is a collection of chaotic but cohesive pop with synthesized riffery and crunching beats, laced with the soaring and commanding croons of vocalist, Jackson Walkden-Brown. The track ‘Symptoms’ received another Highly Commended Award from Queensland Music in the Rock category.
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