Sydney band The Desert Sea have released their new single, featuring a lyrical monologue written and performed by frontman and lead guitar Ashton Tremain, who reflects on an increasingly digital life in the work-sleep-repeat rat-race.
“It's a cry for something more, something real,” Tremain said.
“It’s a longing to re-awaken the senses, to reconnect with your fellow human and shoot some colour into the grey.”
The band, which includes Will Tremain on drums/backing and Andy West on bass, lists Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix Experience, and QOTSA as influences, and will appeal to fans of The Raconteurs, The Arctic Monkeys, Royal Blood, and Soundgarden.
They have embarked on multiple tours, with a reputation for high-energy live performances.
Their new single, How to Bleed, is a new sound for the trio, where the blues element usual for this band is harder to hear, with a heavy-bass groove following a classic-rock introduction.
It’s a new and developed sound for the trio, with a modern approach and heavy rock vibe throughout.
“The lyrical content is probably just a reflection of my feelings at the time but not in a doom and gloom kind of way, but in more of a thought process that there are a lot of cool things happening around us – with people we know, musicians and bands we work with,” Tremain continued.
“There are splashes of creative flair and moments of brilliance they just lay a little dormant and begging for that spark to get them flying.
“There’s a desire to reignite that within yourself and then in others as well but ultimately How To Bleed is about questioning your ability to do so.”
Having released two EPs and touring extensively across Australia, including supports with some great Aussie acts like COG, Sticky Fingers, The Fumes, Ash Grunwald, and Jebediah, The Desert Sea came into late 2017 ready for a break from the road, hungry to write and record some new material.
Recorded and produced by the band’s fill-in drummer, the single recently premiered on triple j, and the band have announced a seven-date tour announced, including Narooma.
How To Bleed was described as a positive campaign message from one artist to another, which encouraged creatives to strive to do more with their life and not let a fear of failing stop creativity.
The single precedes the release of the band’s upcoming EP, due out in early 2019.
The Desert Sea will play at the Narooma Quarterdeck on Sunday, November 11.