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Melbourne alternative rockers ABURDEN share introspective, emotive new track “Believe Me”

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Melbourne alternative rockers, ABURDEN, may have been dormant since 2019 but this year they return at their strongest. Today they share their second single of the year, the introspective new track, “Believe Me”.

Collaborating with Ash Daws and Evan Lee of The Loud Noise Estate, “Believe Me” looks inward and is about feeling confused about who you are or where you’re going after a path well-travelled arrives at a crossroad, and the future begins to feels uncertain.

“Believe Me is about having everything in your life exactly as you want it, then in a blink of an eye everything changes, leading you to question whether you ever really knew who you were or what you wanted in the first place,” explains the band.

Delving deeper into self-evaluative thought, Aburden lyrically ponder: “Are we defined by the mistakes we make or if they are simply a part of us growing.”

Aburden announced their hiatus in 2019 to prioritise their mental health and wellbeing.

This year the band return with a fresh new lineup and a clearer vision for their future. “Believe Me” is the second to release this year after “Endgame” in May but was the first song to be written after the new lineup was finalised.

As they stand, Aburden is Mason Forster (vocals/keys), Harry Mackley (vocals/guitar), Matt McKinnon (drums), Jordan Guiliani (bass) and Ben Dordevic (guitar). Forster came up with the lyrical narrative and worked closely with new addition Mackley to solidify the melodic content for the sung vocals and rhythmic flow of the spoken word.


Since their introduction into the Australian alternative music scene in 2015, Melbourne’s Aburden have done everything they can to carve out their own niche. With a sound that’s been described as “sombre and vulnerable, angst-laden, searching and melodic”, Aburden continue on their journey with new tracks “Believe Me” and “Endgame” featuring the quintet’s established emotive spoken word, with anthemic and heartfelt chorus’.

Aburden returned to the stage earlier this year in June for the first time in years, headlining Stay Gold Melbourne with support from Bloom, Parkwood and Loose End. Shortly after they headlined their successful single launch show the band headlined emo nights AM//PM in Melbourne supported by Waxflower and Loose End and Panic! At The Metro in Sydney with Closure and Alera.

The band have impressively collected over 3.2 million streams on Spotify alone and have over 16,000 dedicated monthly listeners six months after their last release. On top of this the band have featured on triple j on rotation and have had six songs added to Spotify’s Homegrown + Heavy as well as adds to Crash Course and Local Noise.

“Believe Me” is available now and streaming everywhere.


Believe me when I say that I don’t even know
What it’s like to be me.

Is this the way that our story ends?
I didn’t intend to break your heart my friend.
I can’t pretend like I didn’t see this coming in the end.
I lost myself trying to be the best me.
And this is my apology to you, my family.
I’m sorry I constantly let you down.
It’s always been one of the biggest regrets to me.

Believe me when I say that I don’t even know
What it’s like to be me.
Tell me you believe me. This isn’t what I wanted.
Tell me that we’ll make it.

There’s a place in my mind where trees don’t grow
And the grass isn’t green and this where it gets hard to understand me
Believe me when I say that I never wanted to end up like this.
I must have lost sight at sea.
The abyss. The French kiss. What a way to end it.
Just another counterfeit for a relationship that I thought was it.
How could I let myself get like this?

Believe me when I say that I don’t even know
What it’s like to be me.
Tell me you believe me. This isn’t what I wanted.
Tell me that we’ll make it.

But I’m trying to be the best me to a lesser degree
And that’s why she fled across the sea.
She took the key to my heart. My counterpart.

As I held her heart, watched it fall apart.
By all means I’ll break mine in my dreams.

Help me see your light surround me
‘Cause I can’t feel your arms around me
But I’d rather be lost at sea than be left here with a broken family tree
Because of me.

Believe me when I say that I
Don’t even know what it’s like to be alive.

Karol Kamiński

DIY rock music enthusiast and web-zine publisher from Warsaw, Poland. Supporting DIY ethics, local artists and promoting hardcore punk, rock, post rock and alternative music of all kinds via IDIOTEQ online channels.
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