Photo Credit: Joel Adams

Australia’s progressive music specialists Wild Thing Records are proud to welcome Melbourne three piece, Growth, to their label roster. The band plan to release a trilogy of albums, through Wild Thing Records, that explore the very human aspects of connection, trauma, despair, and the fragility of hope. Growth began as a reflective space for brothers Tristan (guitars/bass/artwork) and Nelson Barnes (drums) who were united after returning to Australia after a decade apart pursuing music overseas. Tristan returned to come to terms with his personal demons and after receiving a mental health diagnosis that hit with closure and terror all at once, he became a recluse. Isolated and debilitated, he expressed his pain through writing. Meanwhile, vocalist Luke Frizon (ex Jack The Stripper) had withdrawn from life to enter a period of recovery after reaching rock bottom, seeking to reconnect with himself and make meaning of hopelessness, trauma and loss.

A chance meeting on a mutual first outing from respective isolation sparked a discussion about the empathic aspects of music and quickly led to a partnership and Growth was formed.

The result is ‘The Smothering Arms Of Mercy’, a claustrophobic narrative of total spiritual collapse written while in psychiatric care and thrown over nine suffocating acts. 

The first single taken from first album is Something Follows. 

Luke Frizon delves deep in to the songs meaning;
“There’s a crucial moment in this album I wanted to get across here. Our figure in this has realised they are losing in a pursuit they don’t understand-some force seeks to devour them. When in a state of despair, we find ourselves snared by the ideas it brings forward-punitive, brutal, painful. Quietly enraged by that pain, awash in the injustice of it all-the most awful outcome is when we fuse that rage with that suffering. The force lurking around the corner in this case is the end. Now, that’s not where you want to be. Something Follows shows us what our figure will be faced with when forced to reach that decision either to collapse, or make one last push to break through.”

The album marks the first part of a trilogy aimed at going beyond expressing emotion – illustrating pathways of recovery while acknowledging the most dread-filled aspects of it. 

Trauma shapes us into grotesque forms, but we can reshape ourselves better. We need the right tools, space, and kindness. Our monsters are horrific, but they are familiar.  Recovery and all its implications, however, are often alien. Recovery appears brutal, extreme, terrifying. And that is why we must tilt towards it.

Recorded in Melbourne, produced and engineered by Growth. Drums engineered by Troy 
McCosker (Ne Obliviscaris) and mixed/mastered by Fredrik Nordström (Opeth, 
The Haunted
) in Gothenburg, Sweden, ‘SAOM‘ highlights the extremity of grief and asks the listener to reflect on their relationship with loss and vulnerability. 

Watch the album trailer here.

Growth represents the flourishing of life even amidst total wreckage. Connection in all its forms, and our constant strive to communicate in a raw manner.  Bare to the world. Visceral and honest. Pain can be the source of your renewal. Learn to greet it as a friend. 

‘The Smothering Arms of Mercy’ will be released on December 4 via Wild Thing Records
Pre orders are available now HERE.

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With thanks to Maric Media

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