“It takes a certain sense of vision to write a truly great old-school beat-you-up hardcore song, and the members of the Sydney band SPEED have that vision.” – Stereogum
“One of Australia’s most volatile and exciting hardcore exports.” – Rock Sound
“A great summation of their gleefully nasty, infectiously rambunctious sound — a slightly sped-up take on Madball-style NYHC with the metallic punch of bands like Terror and Trapped Under Ice.” – Revolver
Today, Australian hardcore band Speed have shared their new single “Move.” The track hits hard out the gate, accentuated by Jem’s tough as nails vocal delivery and a powerful mix of guitars. “Move” reaches an insane breaking point at 1:45, as the band basically entices the listener to mosh. The song follows “Not That Nice” as the second taste of their upcoming EP, Gang Called Speed, out June 24th on Flatspot Records and Last Ride Records. Recorded with Elliott Gallart at Chameleon Studios, the six songs on the EP are centered around recognizing who you are in this world, taking ownership of that identity and not letting anyone tell you otherwise.
Speaking on the track, vocalist Jem expands:
“MOVE is about seeking yourself in life and embracing that journey unapologetically. It’s about accepting the diversity in human experiences and challenging yourself to grow with the people around you, no matter how different we may be. Cus really.. that is the essence of what makes this world beautiful. 8 billion people on this rock… not everyone’s gonna walk the same path, paint the same story or share the same vision. Keep breaking molds and chasing the clearest version of yourself that you aspire to. Those standing still and casting stones will just get left behind…”
With a mission in mind, Speed are setting out to put Australian hardcore on the map. Composed of vocalist Jem, bassist Aaron, guitarist Josh and Dennis and drummer Kane , Speed showcase a tough exterior, but amplify their sense of identity and community in everything they do. Drawing influence from old school acts like Biohazard and Merauder just as much as bands like Trapped Under Ice, the band are putting forth pit-ready music that make it surprising they’ve only been able to play a handful of shows since their formation. That won’t last for long though as they have more performances planned, including their first trip to North America with an appearance at Sound and Fury in Los Angeles, alongside labelmates Scowl, Zulu, and more. Leading the pack of hardcore out of Australia, the band has seen huge support from Rolling Stone, Vans, and Triple J, and international press from outlets like Stereogum, Revolver, and The Fader. With a new EP on the way, Speed are positioned to make 2022 their biggest year yet.
Gang Called Speed Tracklist:
1. Not That Nice
2. Another Toy
4. Big Bite
5. Every Man For Themself
6. Know Your FoeUpcoming Shows:
June 12 @ The Factory Theatre – Sydney, Australia
July 30 & 31 @ Sound and Fury Festival – Los Angeles, CA