Resist Records has today released ‘March Of Dissolution‘, the new album from Reactions.

March Of Dissolution‘ is a scathing review of the world in its current state. Corporate greed, racism, morality and mental illness are all tackled on the release, set to a backdrop of pounding drums, powerful riffs and Lachy Pitcher’s impassioned vocal delivery.

The album was engineered by Pitcher, mixed and mastered by Shane Edwards at Karma Studios.

To find out all about it, the band answered our On The Record questions this week.

Take a read below while streaming the album, and remind yourself further down of their upcoming tour to launch the album which begins in a couple of weeks time.

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ON THE RECORD INTERVIEW
Tell us about the release title.
‘March of Dissolution’ started with the song, in continuing fashion with our last release ‘Soul Witness,’ we kept a title track which somewhat sums up how we feel as a band at the current time. We had thought about naming it something else that isn’t a song title but we couldn’t find anything to summarise as the album explores many different subjects. The meaning of the song itself is dealing with what it’s like to live a life slightly against the grain, and to be judged for doing something like for example; starting a metal band, maybe not going down a traditional education/occupation path, doing what you feel will keep you sane etc. And the ‘Dissolution’ comes from how people perceive these life paths as failures but we will continue to live the life we feel is right and keep marching on for our own sanity.

Tell us about the artwork.
The idea and execution was all Liam our drummers idea. He had the idea of a grave with flowers and a cross and that’s exactly what he did, but we had the initial fear that it wouldn’t turn out how we imagined and were ready to scrap it, but our friend Rene took some photos which captured almost exactly what we had in our heads. Liam with a bit of help from Nathan our guitarist and Lachy (singer) dug the hole up at Liam’s landlords property and it was certainly a strange sensation digging a grave but we are glad we stuck with our instinct and did it ourselves cause we were surprised how well it turned out.

What format/s will it be released on and how will it be packaged?
The record is available on Vinyl (2 colourways), and a standard Jewel CD, as well as all the obvious digital platforms (Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music etc) and is available at some independent records stores as well as JB Hifi, Sanity etc.

Who will it be released through, and when?
Resist Records, June 30!

Tell us about the studio and why you chose to record there?
We recorded everything at Lachy (singer)’s studio because we knew we would send off to Shane to mix/master as per Soul Witness

Tell us about the producer / engineer and why you chose to record with them?
Basically the easiest option was to do it the same way we did Soul Witness, Lachy runs a small studio in Adelaide (Depict Studios) and we could take our time and get everything right before sending off for mixing with Shane Edwards at Karma Studios in Thailand, who mixed everything at his end and added his tones. We chose him previously because of his work with Phantoms/Relentless/Northlane that we liked the sound of.

Did you go into the writing process with a clear direction in mind?
No particular direction we just knew we didn’t want to write the exact same record so we did know that we were going to be experimenting a lot with different/new sounds for us.

Were you listening to anything in particular during the writing / recording process that influenced the songs at all?
Personally, I (Lachy) was listening to a lot of the bands that got me into heavy music (Metallica, Sum 41, The Vines, The Beatles, The Eagles) lots of different influences which probably led to a lot more melodic elements as opposed to a straight hardcore record.

Were there any albums you were referencing in the studio to aim for a certain type of sound production wise?
Not really to be honest as said before we chose Shane for his previous work with other bands and now us, and we knew he would hold the sonics to a certain commercial standard that is really translatable on lots of different systems so he was the obvious choice.

How long did you spend in the studio recording?
We did it over about a month/month and a half period.

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Tell us a little about the recording process the band used?
Lachy got really sick when recording vocals so we had to delay our mixing process twice which obviously prolonged it, probably would’ve been more like 3 weeks had we been running to plan, but we take our time with it because we can and that is a big positive of doing it how we do. We track everything here and send off for Shane to reamp and process, and put through his very expensive analog gear that can give us tones that are much harder to achieve here.

Was this any different to previous processes you have used?
This was virtually the same as our last album although Lachy was more involved with Shane this time spending a full day over Skype going through various elements of the mixing/mastering process.

Any guests involved? if so, who.. and what did they do?
Our friends Ben Juett and Pete Abordi did vocals on Heavy Chains and Colourblind. Liam and Nathan (in the band) also do some back up vocals on the album.

When it comes to naming the tracks, is there any particular approach or process to it all?
No particular process but I am an advocate for naming the song after something in the song most of the time. I think pretty much every song name on the album is said in the song somewhere, I don’t really get the urge to come up with song content and then name it something unrelated I guess.

Any particular equipment outside your usual live gear used in the process?
Pretty much same gear but we did add a lot of elements like Orchestration, Piano, Choir, Cinematic Percussion and other random samples.

Any memorable studio moments?
Hmm, one bad moment was Liam cracking his cymbal through the 2nd song and we only had 2 days booked for drums so he luckily had a new cymbal at home that he could use but was hoping to sell it. Also dealing with guitar tuning that’s another bad one haha, as well as Lachy getting sick that was bad too, so essentially not the greatest of times but the best and probably major ‘good’ part was getting the final mixes back haha.

Any additional tracks recorded that didn’t make the cut but may see the light of day sometime?
No, we aren’t really the type of band that writes a whole discography of songs and cuts material, we try to cut things straight away if we don’t think they’re good enough, so we have a fresh palette now and have started toying around with future ideas but nothing in stone what so ever.

What track/s are you most looking forward to playing live?
Wrong Direction and Complacency are both quite a new style for us we are very keen to see how we go live with them, and March of Dissolution has been really fun at practice.

How would you compare the final product to previous releases?
I would say it’s a step up in some ways, in terms of maturity of songwriting, we have tried to add other elements outside of hardcore and metal into our band, and a few songs on this album are in a style we have wanted to do for years but didn’t think we had the technical ability, and the addition of our guitarist Nathan definitely helped keep our standards high. It is definitely not the same record and whether you’ve just discovered us or have heard everything we’ve done I don’t believe one could accuse us of duplicating their debut album like a lot of bands have done.

Anything else you want to say or about the release?
Pick it up on June 30!

Purchase the album now on LP / CD via Resist Records [Here] or digitally on iTunes [Here], or Bandcamp [Here].

TOUR DATES

REACTIONS
With guests SLEEP TALK and ILL NATURED
JULY
14th – Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood [18+] @ Lairapalooza 2017
15th – Phoenix Youth Centre, Footscray [AA] @ Lairapalooza 2017
22nd – Uni Bar, Adelaide [Lic/AA] w/ Ambleside, Sleep Talk, Overlord.
25th – The Basement, Canberra [18+] w/ Autumn.
26th – RAD, Wollongong [AA] w/ Easy Life.
27th – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle [18+] w/ Staunch.
28th – Crowbar, Brisbane [18+] w/ Vitals & Deathbed.
29th – Phoenix Arts Theatre, Brisbane [AA] w/ Endless & Vaela.
30th – The Red Rattler, Marrickville [Lic/AA] w/ Honest Crooks & Easy Life
—> Tickets available now.
—> For more information, visit [Here].

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