Today, Australia-based band Dear Seattle have announced details of their highly anticipated sophomore album, SOMEDAY, out June 17th via Domestic La La. Inspired by bands of the ’60s and ’70s who debuted new music live, instead of the release of a traditional music video, the band revealed their new single “Feel The Weight” to fans via a special performance streaming on their YouTube channel. Sitting somewhere between alternative, indie, and pop-punk, the track serves as a middle finger to Dear Seattle’s collective tendency for self-sabotage. Punchy and memorable, “Feel The Weight” embodies the roller coaster-like journey each band member has endured in recognizing their tendencies to internalize pressures, criticisms and negative thoughts before actively choosing to flush them out.
The band states:
“This song is a reminder that we can always use a brain cleanse. You can see a lot of joy in this world, and it’s much easier to see when you clean the lens you’re looking through.”
Breaking onto the scene in 2017, Dear Seattle – Brae Fisher (vocals), Lachlan Simpson (guitar), Jeremy Baker (bass) and Josh McKay (drums) – have asserted themselves as one of Australia’s most exciting young rock acts. On their forthcoming album, Someday, Fisher explores the roots and tensions behind his unhealthy thought patterns and anxious tendencies as he desperately pursues personal change. Traveling in a more nuanced, subtle, and mature sonic path than previously heard from the band, Someday offers a deep listen rich with emotional insights and self-teaching. Recorded with renowned Australian music producer/sound engineer, Scott Horscroft (Silverchair, Dune Rats, Middle Kids), every track on the record hits as uplifting and anthemic. Tracks “Way Out” and “In My Head”, previously released as stand-alone singles, showcase the band’s penchant for writing infectious hooks that invoke a relatable sentiment. This follows suit across the eleven songs on the album, as Dear Seattle has a knack for taking something personal and bringing it to the masses.
Speaking on the bittersweet sentiment behind Someday’s title and lyrics, Brae shares: “It’s aspirational and has this feeling of hope for being better someday,” he says of the album name. “But at the same time, it shines a light on how myself and the band have often caught ourselves living too much in the future “someday” and not enough in the present.”
He adds: “The process of wading through your own struggles and crap is also bittersweet because you need to go through some really heavy stuff, but when you push through that you come out more aware, responsible and accountable for your habits and tendencies and ultimately feeling lighter and better on the other side.”
To the overly self-critical and analytical parts of us all, Someday is Dear Seattle’s message of understanding and reassurance. It’s sent with the hope that connecting with its lyrics might just make the trek easier for someone else.