Drawing inspiration from 90s alt emo punk and newer bands like BRAND NEW, CITIZEN, or BASEMENT, Austrian band SYMMETRY have recently crafted their own take on the nostalgic mood and delivered their first EP called „Cope”, carried by well-thought lyrics and subtle shadings. We have teamed up with the four-piece to give you an exlcusive insight into the record and their music scene. Scroll down to launch the player, learn more about the tracks and the band’s closest neighbourhood.
Hailing from Tyrol, embedded in the snowy mountains of Austria, SYMMETRY is a young four-piece founded in late 2014. Consisting of main singer and rhythm guitar player Matthias Kreidl, lead guitar player Mario Troppmair, drummer Markus Zimmermann and on bass guitar Franz Oberlechner they are now releasing their first EP entitled Cope.
Cope as a six-song EP is about the process of letting go and finding peace with yourself. “Everything started in early 2016 when my uncle died due consequence of cancer”, says Mario Troppmair main songwriter of SYMMETRY. “I saw my aunt dealing with this immense emotional pain of being left behind with her two boys. As a teenager, this would have never affected me the way it did in the past year and to get along, I had to put my thoughts and feelings on paper. This was really important for me because in general, I find it hard to talk openly about my feelings.”
“Musically we drew inspiration from a lot of bands like the 90’s Emo movement and newer bands like BRAND NEW, BALANCE AND COMPOSURE, CITIZEN and BASEMENT”, states co-songwriter and drummer Markus Zimmermann. “In the first few months of existence, it was a real self-discovery for the four of us because everyone had a different musical background”. Cope is the product of finding together, working things out as a unit and expanding our boundaries.
Songwriter Mario Troppmair explains the meaning and ideas behind every track on the EP:
Autumn Wind: I started writing this song in an approach of circumscribing the feeling of being left behind in a metaphorical way. The main question is: “Was the love I gave ever enough, or could I’ve done more”. Every goodbye could be the last, always keep that in mind. Cherish the time you spend with people that care about you.
Black & White: I wanted to display depression with the theme of being colorblind and not being able to appreciate the good things that happen around us. Whenever you find yourself down in a hole, the colors slightly start to fade and turn into black and white.
Cope: Is a very personal song about the death of a beloved person. The feeling of being trapped in a cage with no way out and the pain you expire every time you get reminded of this special someone made me write this song.
Cardinals: After losing the person that means the world to you, the house you shared becomes this solitary place, you want to leave every second you have to spend there. How easy would it be if we could just spread our wings and leave everything behind?
Intent: This song is about the end of a long-lasting relationship and the feelings of helplessness, hope, anger and desperation wrestling inside of someone.
45: The last song on the EP is about a day in February 2016 where I saw my uncle for the last time. It deals with myself questioning a greater power because of all the sorrow I experienced over the last year as a result of cancer.
The band commented on their local scene:
Austria and specially our homestate Tyrol is very small. We all come frome villages with populations less than 3000 people, so it’s very hard to find other passionate guys to make music with or venues to play gigs. In spite of these circumstances there are a hand full of people that stay connected and help each other out to keep the scene alive. It’s not unusual, that most of us played toghether in othter bands and started new projects. Mostly we meet at our major city Innsbruck to do some gigs or just set up some DIY basement shows. Every concert becomes some kind of family reunion and the scene is continuously growing because we all share the same spirit about making music and support of other bands and friends.