Australian power-core band A Breach Of Silence gets set to release their highly anticipated third studio album, Secrets, out worldwide on February 24th 2017. Essentially Pop had the chance to chat with bassist/vocalist Blair Layt last year about the expectations and goals of their latest album release, Secrets, which you can check out here. Blair relays some great commentary about the album making process and all the people involved to help make it happen. With the release of the new album the band has also planned Australian tour dates which eventually will be followed by tour dates in the United States.
Secrets was produced by well known metal producer Fredrik Nordstrom (Bring Me The Horizon, Arch Enemy, In Flames) and was mixed by Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman in Sweden. A Breach Of Silence’s last studio album, The Darkest Road, debuted on the iTunes metal chart in Australia at #1 and #20 on AIRA’s 100% Independent chart as well as being dubbed Best of 2014 by dozens of music blogs and media publications so it is no wonder that we have been looking forward to hearing the new material on Secrets.
A Breach Of Silence has released two music videos so far pertaining to their new album release of Secrets with the first one being released in November called ‘Falling Away’. “We did this clip because there is a huge value gap for artists and labels in the music industry right now and it needs to be fixed” states guitarist Mat Cosgrove. “Best-case scenario, a 12-song album needs to be streamed about 125 times (1,500 total streams) on a subscription-based plan to equal the sale of an album. Our label is fully transparent with us, we see every transaction pertaining to our catalog and we get paid. The problem is that the revenue generated by free, advertising-based business models is fractions of that received from subscription models. If musicians aren’t fairly compensated for their music, then they eventually stop being musicians and are forced to choose other professions that are more profitable.”
Vocalist Rhys Flannery continues, “A subscription on Spotify (for example) is available for LESS than the cost of a six pack of beer, and that gets me unlimited music from all my favorite bands! We recognize that people don’t want to buy CDs or even download albums anymore, and that’s fine – people should consume music the way they want. All we’re asking of people is to subscribe to whatever service they prefer, because free streaming simply cannot sustain music creators OR the streaming services over the long-haul.”
The second video was released last month for a single on the new album about depression called ‘Broken’. “Broken was written about depression, what it feels like at your lowest” states guitarist Mat Cosgrove. “While we were writing this album, our bassist Blair broke up with his girlfriend and it really tore him apart.” Bassist Blair Layt continues, “it reflects a time in my life when I was the most depressed I’ve ever been. I just broke off an emotionally abusive relationship and my thick skin had been worn thin over its duration. I was suicidal, depressed and defeated. For a short time, I turned to drugs to numb the pain. I shut people out, and I almost forgot what it was like to be happy. Luckily, through the amazing support of friends and family, I managed to pull myself together, and take steps to better my state of mind, and return to the positive place I like to revel in. Looking back now, this song is a reminder for me of how far I’ve come since then. I hope that any of our fans feel those vibes when listening, and hopefully they may learn through my experience… that no matter how low you are, life can always get better if you allow it to… even if you think it can’t.”
With the release of the new album, Secrets, A Breach Of Silence has planned an Australian tour coming up next month as well as some unannounced tour dates in the United States in the near future.
A BREACH OF SILENCE tour dates
March 25 – Brisbane @ The Brightside
April 1 – Melbourne @ Bang!
April 2 – Melbourne @ Wrangler Studio
April 14 – Sydney @ The Bald Faced Stag
April 15 – Central Coast @ Born to Rock Studios
April 16 – Wollongong @ Rad Bar
April 21 – Rockhampton @ Flamingos On Quay
April 22 – Mackay @ McGuires CBD Hotel North America dates coming soon…
Living in San Diego, Brandon is our US correspondent. He has been a musician, recording artist, and songwriter for 15+ years and enjoys anything related to music.
Brandon currently makes music in his home recording studio with the band Puzzled Eyes. When he is not making and recording music, he enjoys creative writing and listening to new undiscovered music. Brandon brings a great non-European perspective to EP, and has recently started doing interviews. You can find him and Puzzled Eyes on Facebook. Puzzled Eyes is also on YouTube.
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