We don’t recall writing about too many bands that have three guitarists but, when one lavishes in such a luxury, it’s only right to expect something pretty darn heavy. And Australian metal-meets-punk-meets-hardcore newcomers DIEFM do not disappoint on this expectation.
The six-piece of Daniel Caulfield (vocals), Daniel ‘Whitey’ Whitehead, Jack Roughley and Ben Nitschke (guitars), Nathan Miles (bass) and Christopher Stroh (drums) have honed a hard-hitting, angsty yet high-energy punky sound.
They released latest track Quite Like Me at the end of last month, which gives us a good taste for what the band are all about. And it’s not exactly cheery. It dives straight into fast-paced punky vocals, then drops into more drawn-out vocals “Sometimes I feel alone in my mind, These days I feel alone all the time” over booming guitars and doomy drums.
It suddenly picks up with cries of “Here we are with no place to call home,” then drops back into the drawn-out vocals again, this time with more atmospheric instrumentals in support. That feeds into cleaner vocals “Here we are with no place to call home, And that’s quite like me,” which bring the track to a big melodic, yet heavy ending. Check it out in the video below:
The previous single prior to this was This Rage A Saviour, which was released in December, ended a three-year wait for new material but was well worth the wait. It opens up with heavy drums and a darting guitar riff then Daniel’s screamed vocals, which continue as heavier and more atmospheric guitars come in. Check it out here:
We chatted to frontman Daniel to find out more about this intriguing new band. Read on below…
Who are DIEFM and what’s the backstory?
DC: “We are very proud to be from border towns of New South Wales and Victoria, called Albury and Wodonga. It’s a bit of a long story but me and Whitey had been playing in bands forever along with Nathan, we released a few tracks and played a handful of shows with our old guitarist and bassists. Whitey moved to the other side of the country, it didn’t work out and in the meantime I recruited two other guitarists, then whitey moved back home… Sooo now we have 3 guitarists but it’s the best fit and sound we have ever had.”
GR: You just released Quite Like Me. What should people be expecting from the song?
DC: “We are so excited to release this track. People should hopefully expect something that sounds different in the metal hardcore world, we didn’t want to sound like a cookie-cutter BMTH ripoff or a heavy verse singing chorus band with keys in the background, because a) we aren’t amazing at any of those things and b) it’s all been done before.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
DC: “We definitely love our punk and hardcore bands – heavy, fast, loud and catchy. With some defenite influences from bands like Comeback Kid and Cancer Bats vocally.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
DC: “I write lyrics about my life experiences, I want people to know they are accepted and loved and no matter how bad things get, there is always a way back and a community to belong to, for us this is our community and our hope.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
DC: “Alexisonfire, Deftones, Every Time I Die and Comeback Kid are up there with our biggest musical influences, but recently I’ve been loving Trophy Eyes and Northlane too.”
GR: What have you got coming up as we move into 2020?
DC: “We are planning a film clip release to go along with the track, as well as another single and an EP release before the end of 2020. There will be an Australian east coast tour to go along with that as well so it should be full-on for us in the next 12 months.”