Energetic, angsty pop-punk in all its finery is coming your way with the launch of Perth punks Nautical Mile‘s debut album tomorrow (25 October).
Latest single Shattered, released at the end of last month, lures you into an expectation of poppiness that is soon forgotten by a big blast of punky chords and edgier vocals. It bursts into a catchy chorus of “What you don’t know doesn’t hurt you, But the truth is that you chose to pretend to try to make things last, Now I see you through the looking glass, They say that ignorance is bliss, But I know that we rushed in to this, Years spent staring at the hourglass, Say goodbye, I’ll leave them in the past.”
A second chorus feeds into more intense vocals over a mini guitar solo, the pace drops out, before building up to a final blast of the chorus. Check this lively, catchy track out in the video below:
For a taste of the heavier side of the band, we also took a listen to Marionette, which was released earlier this year. Distant vocals open up then drop into a blast of punky chords and driving drums, then big rolling drums support an opening verse of edgy vocals “I saw the signs, how you put me in line, Moulding my life stealing what was mine, You lost control so you sent me away, Buried the issue and brushed it away/” It picks up in intensity as the vocals continue “Your image of me, so goddamn relentless, Always right, so goddamn defensive, Don’t even know how you sleep at night, The flame of guilt burns you up inside.”
And that flows straight into a shoutalong chorus of “You know that I know something, You left leaving me with nothing, Your narcissistic tendencies You’re always fucking using me.” Big punky guitars and rolling drums follow in this upbeat, angsty track. Give it a listen in the video below:
We had a chat with the band to find out more ahead of the release of their debut album on Friday (25 October).
GR: Who are Nautical Mile?
NM: “We’re a pop-punk band from Perth, Western Australia, comprising of Brodi (vocals), Caleb (drums/percussion), Nick (bass) and Dan (guitar/vocals). We were all relative strangers before the band started; Caleb’s brother and Brodi had been to school together but, otherwise, we hadn’t met.
“The band first got together via a Facebook post in mid-2015, and we’ve been releasing music since 2016. The last couple of years have probably been our biggest, with several singles and tours over the past 18 months, and our debut album The Only Way Is Through is out tomorrow (25 October).”
GR: You just released Shattered. What should people be expecting from the song?
NM: “Shattered was the last song that we wrote for the album but it immediately stood out to us as being probably the most overall representation of our sound. We wanted to musically capture Nautical Mile in a single song and this was the result.
“Lyrically, the song is about looking back on the end of a relationship, or even a period of your life, with a sort of wistful nostalgia; while you might be glad it’s over, there are always good times and lessons to look back on. It fits with the album’s theme of overcoming adversity and learning from experiences; using potentially bad experiences and channeling them to improve yourself as a person.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
NM: “One of our all-time favourite quotes from a review that we’ve received is ‘…something like if A Day To Remember and Neck Deep fornicated in Australia, they’d be the offspring the two bands would have conceived.’ We like to think that’s a pretty good assessment. We try to write catchy music with big choruses that still has the heavy elements we all love.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
NM: “We write a lot about personal experiences, especially for The Only Way Is Through. All members of the band have experienced issues spanning from family breakdown, depression, addiction and suicide, whether it be their own issues or issues of those who are close to them. A lot of the themes on the album are about these personal struggles that we’ve all faced over the years, and channeling the lessons we’ve learned from those into our music.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
NM: “A Day To Remember and Neck Deep are definitely huge influences for all of us, but we each bring a pretty diverse range of tastes to the band. I don’t think any pop-punk band can say they’re not influenced by Blink-182 in some way, and we like to draw inspiration from newer pop-punk bands like State Champs and WSTR.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019 and into 2020?
The Only Way Is Through is released worldwide on October 25th 2019, and we’re heading out on an Australian tour in support of the album at the end of November. After that we’ll more than likely be heading back into the studio to continue writing, and we wouldn’t rule out the chances of some new music very soon. We’re making plans for next year’s touring so keep an eye out for some announcements over the next few months.
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
“Our debut full-length The Only Way Is Through is released worldwide tomorrow. This album is for anyone who has been through dark times, pushed through and come out a stronger, more resilient person, and we can’t wait to share it with everyone. We are incredibly grateful to anyone who has come to a show, listened to our music and supported us to this point, and there’s a lot more still to come.”
You can see the band on the road across Australia next month, more info on all their upcoming gigs is here.