Some Heard Trouble are an exciting new hardcore outfit from Melbourne. With a fresh sound and approach that pushes the musical boundaries for the genre, these boys definitely stand out out within the saturated scene. After the release of a few singles, the band were on the cusp of launching their debut EP before the corona virus hit. While it’s a frustrating time to promote a release, Some Heard Trouble are choosing to be positive and making the most of things. We caught up with the band to discuss their inception, their new single The High Horse and what it’s like releasing new music during a global pandemic.
What’s been going on in the world of Some Heard Trouble?
Not a lot at the moment man, with everything that’s going on it’s a bit hard to keep in touch like we normally would. Don’t get me wrong, we’re all still busy writing in isolation and working out where to go next, but as far as just being able to hang out, jam and write together, it’s obviously not possible.
Jarrad, our guitarist and sometimes singer, had his birthday the other day and his wife Steph actually organised an ‘isolation party’ for us where we all hung out in an online chat room, eating snacks and drinking Dr. Pepper. That was the first real good chat I’ve personally had with the guys for a bit, but we’re still hard at work behind the scenes. Jarrad and I are still writing, Cameron is still working at his craft and he lives with Josh, so they’re likely bouncing ideas off of each other.
How did Some Heard Trouble come into existence?
What some obviously won’t know is that three of us were in another band prior to Some Heard Trouble. Cam and Jarrad are from New South Wales originally, and they moved their band Evacuate the Fallen down here and I joined for the last little run they organised before parting ways.
After that, we were kind of left wanting more so Cam and I just started kicking around some ideas and I tried my hand at writing a few songs that, while not indicative of our current sound, gave us a good platform to launch off and build from once Jarrad moved back from England, where he’d been living for a couple of years.
After he returned, he took over as the primary songwriter, which suited me as he’s leagues better than I am, and as a group, we’ve managed to forge a sound without falling into a comfort zone at all. I think it’d be noticed that none of our songs really sound the same, so we’re not really afraid to mix it up and try new things.
You’ve just released a new single ‘The High Horse‘ which shows a big evolutionary step forward as far as your sound. Tell us about the song and the meaning behind it conceptually?
‘The High Horse’ was the last song that came together on the EP, if I’m remembering right. We had the bones of it for a long time, it just took us a while to get it all together and have it fall into place. A lot of the parts were sort of born from a weird afternoon writing session Jarrad and I had last year where we decided on the dirty bass verse, the real metalcore sounding lead in the intro and pretty much where the lyrical content might go. As the chorus might suggest, ‘The High Horse’ began as a climate change protest song of sorts, something that poked at the inaction of our government bodies and so on. But we recorded this back in November, just think about the things that have happened since then.
The catastrophic bushfires that really ravaged Australia, the world’s now in isolation as a result of a dreadful pandemic with no sight in end and Trump just seems like he’s trying to steer this bad boy with his knees, so while it was about one thing at the start, we feel as though it’s a song for ‘the times’ and applies to a lot of the bad shit going on in the world.
Who were your biggest musical influences when writing the track?
I don’t know if we had a set influence in mind when writing ‘The High Horse’, we recorded in two blocks and it was in the later block so I guess a lot of what we’d learned prior to it with The Loud Noise Estate kind of helped us drive its direction.
Our first two tracks recorded wound up with a real raw Underoath feel, they’re super scrappy and a lot of fun to play and though I think ‘The High Horse’ is a bit downtempo on those and feels a bit heavier at times, it certainly draws on that same idea. When we wrote the little metalcore lead that opens the track, which Cameron hated at first I’ll add, we’d been listening to a lot of ‘Anti-Social’ by While She Sleeps.
You guys have released a single per year since 2018. Is there an EP or full length on the horizon?
It has been slow going for us in our first couple of years, though we’re happy to say that there is, in fact, an EP on the horizon. We haven’t exactly communicated it as such, because with the virus we’re still searching for a plan of release, but ‘The High Horse’ is the first single from our ‘Scorpion’ EP.
It’s only four songs, but we’re super proud of how they all turned out and like I say, we’ve been sitting on them for so long now, we’d really just love for people to hear them already. The work we did with Ash and Evan at The Loud Noise Estate was so rewarding, those guys really pushed us and pushed the songs in a direction that we’re so happy with.
The song we’d consider the ‘lead single’ on the EP is the title track ‘Scorpion’ and there’s a guest spot from a good friend of ours Georgia, who fronts the band Everleigh, and she absolutely killed it, so that’s another reason we can’t wait to get the whole thing out, so people can hear how great she is on it. I wish I could give you an indication of when, because we still have a plan we’d love to implement to give each song the release we feel they deserve. But if the virus drags out as we think it might, then it might be soon.
Who are five Aussie locals we should be listening to?
This is tough, there are so many great bands out there. I’m inclined to shout out the guys and girls we’ve been lucky to play with so far. I mentioned Everleigh earlier, there’s also the great dudes in Father Deer Hands who became my absolute favourite local band when we watched them on our Sydney and Newcastle weekender last year.
PSTCRDS are also good friends of ours, who were also part of that weekender, and I’m so happy to see their EP doing so well at the moment. I’ll also shout out Jupiter the Giant because they’ve been so kind to us of late, plus Nick has always been happy to help us out when I’m travelling. There’s also Without Belief, Ralph Brown’s project post-Hara Kiri that’s making waves.
But really, there’s so much fantastic talent in this country. All I can say is that people should go out when it’s possible again, pay $10 and see four or five bands. You’ll be surprised at the bands you’ll vibe with.
How hard has it been for you guys not being able to play shows?
The impact of not being able to play has obviously been tough for the boys, though our greater challenge comes as a result of ‘Scorpion’ being effectively delayed. We’d finally gotten our shit together, put a plan in place and then the world shuts down.
Of course, there are bigger problems people face, so we’re not too down, but we’re certainly exploring our options. We definitely can’t wait to get back and play with our friends though and launch this EP properly.
What’s been your favourite SHT show to date?
Though I can’t speak for the other guys, my favourite show was probably the Sydney show we played last year. Scarburrow, unfortunately, had to withdraw from the show because Lauren had fallen ill and somehow, against all the odds, we found ourselves suddenly headlining the show. Now, it wasn’t the best show we’ve ever played, it was scrappy and a bit of a fucking mess but it was absolutely the most fun. It was a decent room, there were actually a lot of people there, but pressing to the front were all of the members of Father Deer Hands, Everleigh and PSTCRDS.
There are a lot of great photos from the night that our friend Amy took, she does photography outside of her work in The Beautiful Monument and Liberties, and it’s a big part of why we love all of those guys. We do a cover of ‘Mr. Brightside’ by The Killers and there’s a great shot of all of the singers leaning in on Cam for a sing-along and it fills my heart every time I see it. They’ve all been super supportive of us from the start.
Do you think once shows are able to be run again attendance will be extremely high or do you see the economic effects and breaking out of isolation a harder obstacle to overcome than we think?
I hope there aren’t a lot of obstacles that keep people from jumping back into seeing and playing live music. It’s been such a hard time for everyone already, I expect people will be chomping at the bit to get back out there, though there’s bound to be a degree of trepidation about it all.
Until the virus is locked down for good, I can see caution remaining in people that perhaps prevents them from smashing their bodies together in a pit. In my experience, people have been respecting social distancing so far and I don’t see why those measures would keep us from getting back out there when this is said and done.
Can you imagine some of the line-ups on shows when we’re out of the woods? There’s bound to be some super bills. At the end of the day, don’t go to the shows if you can’t justify it financially, though if you’ve been fortunate like I have to be working through this pandemic, there are a lot of bands and, more importantly, venues that are going need your support at the other end of this.
Any parting words before we let you go?
Just stay safe out there, we’re in a tough time right now but there’s light at the end of the tunnel and as soon as we’re there, there’ll be plenty of live bands that would love your help regaining a sense of normalcy.
Check out the excellent new single ‘The High Horse’ below and give the boys a follow on FACEBOOK to stay updated!