The new Between You and Me album, Armageddon, isn’t just “another fucking pandemic record” – Kerrang!

Everything was cut off so quickly – we started dropping like flies. »Having passed the first part of 2020 on tour in North America, Australian pop-punks Between You & I found myself stranded in Canada when the COVID-19 the pandemic has struck. Forced to give up the recording sessions they had reserved for their second album, the five musicians had to implement a military-type operation in order to return to Melbourne before the borders closed. It’s a memory that, for leader Jake Wilson, causes a lot of anxiety.

I am sorry for the animation that I am about to become, ”begins the singer – whose memory of the events is both jovial and restless. The states of the United States were starting to shut down, so we ditched the tour we were on in the hopes of not getting stuck somewhere random, and headed to Canada. At first we would relax in our Airbnb and write at the last minute for check-in, but then COVID overwhelmed in Canada and our manager was like, We have to take you home, because soon you may not be able to enter the country. Twins [guitarist and drummer Chris and Jamey Bowerman] I took flights, our tour manager took a flight and I found myself thinking, I guess the record will have to wait a bit! ‘ It was a crazy time in my life that is going to be very hard to forget. “

Between you & Me – the group supplemented by guitarist Jai Gibson and bassist James Karagiozis – began to gain attention outside their native Australia with the release of 2018 first album Everything is temporary. A young and angsty pop-punk album in the vein of Neck Deep and State Champs, it proved to be a solid foundation from which the band – spurred on by the modest success of the anthem single Dakota – was able to launch their careers. .

A well-received young girl UK support tour WSTR follow-up, with Between you & I made a strong impression on many who saw them, including this writer, who witnessed Jake’s ladder and then rushed from the balcony of the Deaf Institute in Manchester into the crowd below, much to the horror of site security. The group was bold, brash and confident, but Jake knew they could do more and better.

They were pop-punk songs written by a pop-punk band, ”he says of Everything Is Temporary. They were solid tracks, that’s all we were really looking for, and there’s nothing wrong with existing in this pop-punk world – as anyone in the industry will tell you, it comes back. since the last time. 30 years (Laughs) – but for our next album, I was really into the idea that, stylistically, we would just do what we wanted and not give a damn.

We released a single called Supervillain earlier this year and some of our fans were like, What is this garbage? ‘ But I agree with that; in my mind either we grow and take this band forward or we just keep writing songs like Dakota forever and I end up 40 years old singing over a fucking friend’s boyfriend. I am very attached to the idea of ​​writing what I want to write.

With this unshakeable conviction to push between you & Beyond their pop-punk roots as motivation, the band were finally able to record their second album Armageddon – released in November. 19 via Hopeless – once they returned to Australia after the debacle in Canada. In light of recent five-piece experiences and those of the world at large, you’d be forgiven for expecting an album with such an apocalyptic title to be a rumination of how everything feels right now, but a tirade. about the pandemic is very much not what is on offer here. Armageddon is a bright and euphoric portion of modern rock that spans Between You & Me’s staple pop-punk sound, which packs a punch when it needs to be, but isn’t afraid to jump into smooth, shiny power-pop. The new single Butterflies is a fine example of the latter, as Jake gleefully sings about how he got together with his girlfriend. On the other hand, the opening track Pleased To Meet You and the closest one to the Armageddon album ends the record with a more serious message of self-awareness and responsibility.

It’s taking a look at ourselves and all the shitty things we do as humans, ”Jake says of the more meditative themes of Armageddon. Is to put that thing over there and say, Let’s stop fucking doing this. ‘ The Go To Hell track is a good example of this, where I talk about how so many people pretend to care about things on social media for a second in order to get brownie points, before they forget everything almost instantly. There are a lot of different layers and themes in Armageddon, but it retains the sense of fun and energy that we’ve always had.

Armed with their best work to date and a smart leader in Jake who exudes unwavering confidence and faith in the band’s ability to become a true force in alternative music, the future of Entre vous. & Me it looks promising. The continued effects of the pandemic and Australia’s strict lockdown rules are still holding them back somewhat – the group couldn’t star in the Butterflies video or even take part in a photoshoot together – and while Jake is, as he says, fucking livid “that between you & I was not able to perform the visual representation of Armageddon that he initially envisioned, he is nonetheless excited about the new music his band is ready to show to the world, and convinced that his message, whatever the current circumstances may be. , will show through.

It’s not another fucking pandemic record or something that’s trying to get clicks, ”he concludes. We had something real to say with Armageddon, and while that message may not seem so subtle now, it is still true. I have no doubts that people will understand and appreciate what we have tried to do. In the end, that’s all you can hope for.

Between you & Me Armageddon’s album released in November 19 via Desperate.

Posted on September 30, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

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