It always comes as a breath of fresh air when I find good, heavy, local music to listen to. There is something about Wildheart’s concept single ’Above/Below’ that is slightly intoxicating. Easy listening that makes you want to head-butt a hipster.
Being a filmmaker, I’ll start with dissecting the music video. The first thing I noticed is the quality of the beautifully constructed shots. This brilliant cinematography is sharp, with a dreamy quality that is both pleasurable and exciting to watch. It was a bold choice placing a single hanging lightbulb at the centre with the band outwards facing, and it definitely paid off. The contrast of wearing white for ‘Above’ and black for ‘Below’ set the stage for the narrative, but this is where the problem lies.
Opinions are like arseholes, everybody has one, and this is mine. The storyline that was coupled with this song[s] didn’t make sense to me. Throughout both songs we are introduced to a couple of characters who are wandering the desolate woods, standing on a seaside cliff and climbing the Glasshouse mountains with a shovel and a broken watch. The shovel is used to bury what I can only guess is a book, and the watch is thrown into a body of water, which I can only guess is a metaphor for digging yourself deeper and being lost in time... But then again I’m not very quick off the mark when it comes to metaphors, and it’s safe to say that I understood the narrative about as much as men understand women - exactly fucking zero. It’s not all doom and gloom though, at least you get some very beautiful images to watch while you listen to some excellent music.
On the music side of things, I would have to say that you will be quite impressed, that is unless you are deaf, or have a terrible taste in music, or both. The vocalist Axel Best’s voice sounds quite similar at times to the guy from Hideaway (another Australian band that you should all definitely check out), with charismatic screams that are sure to send a shiver up your spine. The melodies mixed with eccentric drumming at a flavour to the sound that is different from other bands, which is a sure sign of good things to come. Let’s face it, no one wants to listen to ten different bands that all sound the same... that’s why we have pop music.
I’m writing this from an outsider’s perspective, having never heard of them nor seen them live, but from what I am told, they know how to make a crowd move. The main thing that sticks out for this band is that they have reached across the media spectrum, with a number of music videos, which speaks volumes of the band’s maturity. I’d predict that this band is going places, and I’m sure the 1200 people on their Facebook page agree.
My advice: Do yourself a favour and check Wildheart out. After watching and listening to this concept single I know that I’m definitely keen to hear more of them.