Exciting new Australian rockers Ashes of Autumn offer up a deliciously high-octane hard rock sound that blends powerful vocals with explosive melodies, which they describe as being “dynamic, accessible and organic.”
The Perth collective formed out of a previous band of Mat Kenworthy (guitar) and John ‘Ferret’ Geraghty (drums), who were on the lookout for a “killer rock singer.” A mutual friend introduced them to Melanie Flynn, who absolutely delivered the brand of vocals they were seeking. They realised they were on to something after their first jam with Melanie and soon added another guitarist in Bryn Haythornthwaite before rebranding the band.
Ashes of Autumn performed their first gig in January 2020 just before releasing debut single Let Go. The lineup was completed by Jeremy Thomson (bass and vocals) as they set about creating music that matched the dynamics and energy of their live show.
On the sound they’ve honed since, Ferret tells us: “Organic rock that relies on our own instruments rather than production and studio tricks. Our music reflects the dynamics of our live show. Expect to hear plenty of melodies, harmonies and an evolving hard rock sound of big guitars and solid bass lines.”
Our latest offering of this is their powerful but moody fourth single Minor Issues. It begins with a looping guitar lick and light drums that continue under Melanie’s engaging opening vocals. That leads into a big chorus led by Melanie’s catchy vocals “Hey you, I know what you’re thinking, It’s over, Come on over, Nothing’s left to lose.”
A second chorus feeds into more powerful vocals that drop back into light guitars and drums. Stabs of guitar come in and lead into a big final blast of the chorus.
On the track, Ferret says: “Minor Issues is a bit different to our usual up-tempo tracks. We spent a lot of time in the studio producing this one which shows a change in direction from previous releases and a different side of the band.” Give it a listen here:
As Ferret alludes to their previous singles are a little feistier, including their lively debut single Let’s Go. Then there’s hugely energetic second release Supernova, which opens up with a fun driving riff then drops into chugging palm-muted guitars under Melanie’s vocals. It builds up to a chorus led by Melanie’s powerful vocals “Turn me up, Get me off, Take your shot, I’m a supernova” and heavy guitar chords, then stabbing chords feed straight back into another chorus.
But a personal favourite is Burn, which track opens with a funky riff that continues in answer to Melanie’s feisty opening vocals. That feeds into a chorus “When we kick it off, Set it off, Light the fuse, Watch that whole world burn, Watch it burn.” The twisting riff returns and drops into another verse, which features a cool noodling bassline, and a second chorus, which gives way to a flying guitar solo before a final chorus. Give it a listen here:
Intriguingly, Ashes of Autumn tell us their musical influences are massively contrasting. As Ferret explains: “We are a five-piece band that doesn’t share a single musical influence! We have such a diverse background of bands that influence us individually, however we don’t really sound like any of them which is kind of cool. Ashes is a blend of those personal influences and the result is the sound you hear today.”
And on what inspires their music, Ferret adds: “Our music gels on our individual influences with how the listener may perceive and react to the sound we create. Lyrically, our songs reflect human experiences whether it is personal to the band or what we see in society but we don’t necessarily write about specific topics. In fact, the majority of our songs are deliberately written in a way that people can interpret them how they need to in that moment.”
Ashes of Autumn got in touch with us after we featured fellow Aussie band RedHook, who they’d just been on tour with. Ferret told us: “The RedHook tour was awesome. They are amazing musicians and just such great humans, and man do they put on a show! I’ve never witnessed a gig that goes from a wall of death to an all-out pillow fight! They are definitely a band the entire world will know all about in the future and we learnt so much just from watching them on stage.
“We are in a pretty unique situation on a world scale. We have been the least impacted by Covid and have been able to continue gigging (in large) with crowd restrictions in place. The rest of Oz hasn’t been so lucky and we’ve had lots of our eastern states friends having to cancel show after rescheduled show. The national and international touring is only just starting to open back up, which is lucky for us as we got to go ahead with the RedHook support.”
And on the Australian scene in general, Ferret added: “Australian music has a long history of rock and metal, it is ingrained in our culture. Currently ,the indie rock scene is bigger than the hard rock scene but there are bands making big waves locally. Even with little commercial radio support people still get out and support live rock.”
There’s plenty more to come from Ashes of Autumn, with more new music in the pipeline and a studio session booked in over the next couple of months to record their next batch of releases. They’ll also be releasing their first video, which is currently in the final stages of editing, very soon.
And Ferret adds: “We create for our own enjoyment but always try to think like our audience. We would love people to hit us up on social media and interact, let us know what they think about our sound and how we’re doing.”