The Aussie heavy metal rockers The Amity Affliction will be heading back to their home base soon with gigs across Australia, and a trip to Melbourne to round the gigs out. Guitarist Dan Brown sat down for a chat recently and gave an insight into the bands’ current mood and plans for the rest of 2019 and beyond.
Australia is at the end of the current touring cycle for the band, and it is strange according to Brown that they’ve waited a while to do shows on home turf.
“It is weird making Australia wait. We’re at home now and it feels like I’ve been back for months. Lately, we’ve just been writing and working on a heavier sound. Some tracks anyway,” he says. “There are always a lot of changes with us and we’re always learning what works best.”
The group’s latest album ‘Misery’ released last year has been doing well and the philosophy it seems is to be true to yourself as a band.
“We try to play to our strengths. Some bands want to do everything musically.”
For this Aussie run of shows, the band have asked the fans what they want to hear, going right back to their first tunes in the early 2000s. “The setlist will be decided by the fans basically. And the stage show will be bigger and better than what we do elsewhere.
“It’s always fun for us to play on a big stage. With some things we do they are home runs, and other times we strikeout. But we experiment with both writing and on stage.”
They are currently working on new tunes too, which is a process that never really stops.
“We’re writing at the moment. We’re growing and always changing. We have a good system with our writing. Everyone knows exactly what they’re doing and that means we can all just get on with our roles. Joel writes all of the lyrics. That’s all he has to do really. And he does it well. Ahren does all the music. We have pressure but it’s a good pressure to write some good tunes.”
Over the next few months around Christmas and into the new year the band will continue to write songs and prepare for a future album, as well as head to the US and Japan for more touring dates. “We’re always writing, and trying to spend time with family as well especially over the new year.”
The Amity Affliction play at Melbourne Arena, Melbourne on September 16. You can still find tickets here.
Written by Chris Michaels