Brisbane’s hardcore outfit HEADWRECK are back and demanding attention with their latest offering ‘Good Grief’. This sophomore single also welcomes a fourth member into the mix, Callen Batson on bass guitar, who also fronts Brisbane band Days Like These. Today, we have teamed up with the band to give you their top 5 tracks that helped them through the challenging times of the COVID-19 quarantine.
Headwreck is Connor Hickman (vocals), Jamo Benadie (guitar) Sam Conroy (drums) and newest member Callen Batson (bass). The trio are excited to officially welcome Batson to the team after having been a part of the band behind the scenes for some time prior. Headwreck is the result of four local musicians and friends pooling their brutal talents and their collective experience from previous established bands together to start fresh, and on a massive high note to boot.
Callen: My Favourite Fish by Gus Dapperton
I discovered Gus Dapperton through BENEE’s song Supalonely and checked out his album. I loved it immediately, but this song in particular really jumped out at me.
Sam: Wavelength by Stand Atlantic
The first time I heard Wavelength was on Triple J. I first listened to it a few times and I’m enjoying it more and more with each listen. It’s just such a catchy song that I can’t stop listening to it at the moment.
Connor: Bury Me Alive by Oliver Tree
I first saw Oliver Tree earlier this year at a festival with Callen and since then I haven’t stopped listening to him. The mix between 90’s rap beats, to singalongs in the choruses really makes this track stand out to me.
Jamo: Forever by The Amity Affliciton
This songs been out since February and I’ve really been smashing it throughout our isolation. It’s a really well written song with a great chorus. I think it’s a standout track on their new album!
Group choice: Erase Me by Make The Suffer
We chose this song as our group choice purely because of how many times we have mentioned to each other how good it is. The song came out pretty much exactly as we were put into isolation so we’ve all had a really good chance to appreciate the fast intro, the huge choruses and of course that awesome slow bridge. This single (along with the album) is one of the favourite releases of the year by far!
HEADWRECK’s ‘Good Grief’ sees the band return to form to further establish their hardcore sound.
The track was produced, mixed and mastered by resident Headwreck guitarist Jamo Benadie and narrates hitting low points in life and reflecting on feelings of bitterness, heartbreak, betrayal and grief. Vocalist Connor Hickman explains “we are always told that there is light at the end of the tunnel, but this song ultimately focuses on the fact that sometimes it feels like there really isn’t.”
‘Good Grief’ comes complete with an accompanying music video shot by Brisbane cinematographer Andrew Vaughan. The video ties the theme of the track together with its visual counterpart – Hickman says, “our protagonist is chased by an entity, who is forcing upon her items that are distressing – just as some situations can force upon us distressing feelings.”
The band went above and beyond to capture the darkness and the mess that one experiences inside their head when facing inner demons, “The video shoot was not supposed to get nearly as messy as it did,” tells Hickman. “Everyone was so into the shoot but towards the five hour mark Emily (protagonist) and Harrison (entity) were covered in sludge, sharp fake glass and God knows what. Neither of them talked to me for a couple days after, and I don’t really blame them for it!”
Headwreck is Connor Hickman (vocals), Jamo Benadie (guitar) Sam Conroy (drums) and newest member Callen Batson (bass). The trio are excited to officially welcome Batson to the team after having been a part of the band behind the scenes for some time prior.
Headwreck is the result of four local musicians and friends pooling their brutal talents and their collective experience from previous established bands together to start fresh, and on a massive high note to boot.
Headwreck debuted in late 2019 with ‘As Is’ ft. Luke Harriss of She Cries Wolf. ‘As Is’ premiered at HEAVY Mag, who dubbed the track a “hardcore, kick-arse, take no prisoners song”. ‘Good Grief’ kicks things up a notch and is available now to stream and purchase at all good online outlets and streaming platforms!