13 Aug BLOOM Sign With Greyscale Records. Announce New EP
Like a proud parent I am elated to announce that Sydney melodic hardcore band Bloom have signed with Greyscale Records. Back in the OG Backbone days when we were just starting out, we highlighted Bloom as a clear standout in Australia’s heavy music scene. 2018s Past Tense EP was an excellent release with 2019s Cold and 2020s The Service proving the band were ones to watch out for. Seeing the band live at Invasion Fest 2020 exceeded all my expectations and as they say, the rest is history.
Today the band is also announcing the upcoming release of their EP ‘In Passing’ which will be coming out on October 9th with pre-orders available HERE, and the next taste of which will premiere Tuesday the 18th of August at 9am.
Vocalist Jono Hawkey expresses the joint wave of euphoria currently experienced by the band. “Relief more than anything else. We’ve poured a lot of time, energy and money into this release, and with how this year has panned out, we weren’t sure when it would see the light of day. We are all beyond excited to finally be able to release new music, and can’t wait to get back into the studio to do it again. We are extremely proud of what we’ve made and are so thankful we’ve been given the opportunity to work with Greyscale, and be a part of a roster alongside some of our favourite acts.”
For their upcoming EP, rather than shying away from things that may be uncomfortable, Hawkey dove deep into one of the most formative experiences of his life, and shares his personal journey of grief and acceptance. “The EP is written around the passing of my grandfather midway through last year. We have written something we hope will encapsulate some of the feelings you go through when you lose a family member. I did not have the closest relationship with my extended family and spent more time with him while he was sick than I can remember at any point in my life. Sonically, we hope the EP is a bit of an emotional journey – with songs like Daylight, and the title track In Passing being songs that channel a lot of anger, and songs like The Boat and The Stream and June, which are much sadder and more melancholic. in Passing, as a whole, is the discovery that the impact of grief is long lasting, and you can grieve the pain of others arguably more than death itself. It is the acceptance of death and the importance of reflection.”
Check out this article I wrote 6 months ago expressing my appreciation for Bloom here.