Billy Talent to make Amends.
Canadian pop-punk powerhouse Billy Talent have set their sights on Australia as the first stop of their latest world tour, announcing three east coast tour dates.
Having neglected Australia with their ‘III’ tour, the four boys will be rocking through Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in August to make amends.
Riding on a wave of anticipation for their upcoming fourth studio album with the recent release of the first single off the album ‘Viking Death March’, big things are expected of the Toronto four.
With rumours flying that the Billy Talent album trilogy may have ended in favour for a new path, perhaps fully equipped with more creative titles, the Billy Talent faithful have been closely following the latest single’s release for confirmation.
Starting out in Ontario the better part of two decades ago, Billy Talent have developed a sound that separates them from the usual pop-punk offerings. With political motivations and observations featuring in their songs, as well as supporting and highlighting various causes, Billy Talent are more than just four guys dabbling punk with pop.
Catchy bass grooves supplied by Joe Gallane underpin the majority of their songs, creating anthems sung by their dedicated fans at their live shows. Their stage presence is renowned for being fuelled by their live energy and crowd-pleasing shows.
If ‘Viking Death March’ is anything to go by Billy Talent’s next album could top the efforts of Billy Talent I, II and III.
‘Viking Death March’ features aggressive chorus hooks and a not so subtle political edge, with backing vocals reminiscent of I and II. Front man Ben Kowalewicz has brought his A game for this track, singing and shouting with a determination and force. Ian D’ Sa’s guitar work is prevalent and fast paced but does not compete for the limelight with Kowalewicz’s vocals and works cohesively with drummer Aaron Solowoniuk’s beats.
Definitely not your three-chord song, ‘Viking Death March’ bodes well for the future of Billy Talent.
‘Viking Death March’ is available for download now at iTunes.
Billy Talent play Brisbane on August 9th at the Hi Fi, followed by Sydney’s UNSW Roundhouse on August 10th and finishing up at Melbourne’s Billboard on August 12th.
Tickets are on sale now from the venue websites.