Sydney Rock band Amalgam are back after a two year break, and are heading straight into the studio to record their debut EP “Better Days”. Ready for their next adventure, the band were more than willing to give me an update on where Amalgam’s headed, what fans should expect from their first recording, and their upcoming gig to raise money for the Australian Red Cross.
Q: Tell us a little bit about Amalgam? How did the band meet and form?
Adam: Tim and I met in 2001 and discovered we had the same music tastes; we were in and out of bands around Campbelltown when we started PMD with our then bass player – also named Tim – in 2006. He then introduced us to Justin in 2007 and we started writing songs together, changed our name to Amalgam in 2008 and started gigging. Had a bit of a bass-less faze before Nathan came along but once we found this guy it just felt right.
Tim: We came up with two songs that first day with the other Tim that seemed pretty promising at the time but looking back now they are pretty funny. We searched for a singer for a year and Justin walked in being all cool, and not long after that we were four very nervous dudes up on a stage. It all came together fairly quick.
Justin: (laughs) There were a few cool songs to begin with but nothing I’d sing today. After I joined in we played a few small gigs, then had to search for a bassist after our original bass player went MIA. Eventually we found Nathan and became a family.
Q: You’re in the midst of recording your debut EP “Better Days”. What can fans expect from your first recording venture?
Adam: Umm loud guitars, banging drums, punchy bass and searing vocals.
Nathan: Music that people can dance to, well hopefully! And World domination! Victory is mine!
Tim: Something that doesn’t sound like a home recording. Hoping to hear big drums and huge bass with very little guitar if I’m lucky haha. I’m hoping anyone that hears a song off “Better Days” will relate to a sound or a lyric, that’s the best we can hope for. Maybe because we have a CD now we might a get a fan or two (laughs).
Justin: a $10 CD that we enjoyed recording
Q: You’ve listed quite a range of music from Grunge to Hardcore Metal as influencing Amalgam’s direction. How would you guys describe Amalgam’s sound?
Justin: Sex Rock (laughs)
Nathan: Pop Rock, Punk Rock, Rock, Grunge, Metal
Tim: Elegant mess (laughs). I think Amalgam has a bit of everything in it. In this band everyone is into a variety of different music which shows in the songs.
Adam: raw alternative guitar driven Rock
Q: Justin, you’re setting up a pretty big charity gig on December 16th at Valve Bar & Venue called Rockin’ For Xmas. It looks like there’s a pretty big line up of bands. Could you tell us a bit more about the event?
Justin: Well man basically the event is a charity gig as you said, and it came about because we were discussing playing a few gigs after having a two year hiatus and I thought to myself, we should do a charity gig and raise some money to help those in need at Christmas time, so I asked a couple of friends bands: The Damned Humans, The Chase, and Stellar Addiction (who unfortunately can’t play anymore), to join in and have a fun day of music and beers for a good cause. Then a few more bands wanted to join in and what was originally going to be a small gig has turned into ten bands, all mixed genres, doing their thing for the Australian Red Cross.
Rockin’ For Xmas is set to rock the Valve Bar & Venue in Tempe on December 16th from midday onwards. Tickets on sale through Justin Nichol via the Rockin’ For Xmas Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/events/235403149919274/
Amalgam are in the midst of recording their debut EP “Better Days”, but while you’re waiting you can check them out on their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/AmalgamBand