Artwork: Marcus Wynwood
Tasmania-based alt-rock artist Marcus Wynwood has today released his latest EP ‘Killerbites’, following the release of lead single ‘Simulation’ last week.
Mixing elements of post-punk, indie rock and power-pop, Marcus has created a blissfully chaotic, powerful and incredibly catchy set of tracks on Killerbites. The guitar work on the EP is immediately impressive, filling up every nook and cranny with fuzzy, dynamic riffage that is as equally jaw-dropping as it is melodic. Wynwood’s vocal delivery takes many forms throughout the EP, with manic, in-your-face tone on ‘Simulation’, or the classic rock sensibilities found on tracks like ‘Another Coffee’.
Thematically ‘Killerbites’ covers a wide range of feelings and emotions Wynwood has felt over the last few years; such as the existential sense of uncertainty found on ‘Simulation’, the burning desire to start over regardless of what’s thrown at you delivered on ‘Don’t Give Up’, or the feeling of wanting to recapture that long-gone teenage angst described on ‘Another Coffee’.
“Killerbites is a collection of songs that cover a range of emotions I’ve experienced over the last few years. The “killer” are the feels, and the “bites” are the songs. The EP aims to explore themes we’ve all experienced in our lives; thoughts we’ve all had or feelings we’ve all felt – all through my own lens. Some of the songs have been around for a couple of years, and some are only weeks old, but they all explore ideas ranging from self-doubt and helplessness; to resilience and strength; to searching for meaning and having optimism for the future. I hope you enjoy these Killerbites, and you find your own meaning in them – I hope they mean something to you as they do me.”
The EP was almost completely the work of Marcus, who impressively played all instruments on the EP and tracked the EP at his home studio in Penguin, Lutruwita TAS.
“Most of the songs started out as ideas played on my acoustic guitar and recorded as Voice Memos on my phone. I always keep my phone handy just in case. The next step was to sift through these ideas and find any good bits. I really enjoy the song writing process and recording and producing. The EP was recorded in my home studio in Penguin, lutruwita (Tasmania), and I played all the instruments. The tracks were recorded over about a year, mixed by me, and then mastered by the amazing Samuel K Sproull (The Getaway Plan, Bodyjar).”
Marcus has a myriad of accomplishments to his name from throughout his career. He played lead guitar and was the co-songwriter of legendary punk band Captives, who played some huge shows in their time with the likes of Shihad, The Damned, COG, Tumbleweed, 28 Days and The Sweet. They’ve also had festival slots at Falls Festival, Party In The Paddock and The Envol et Macadam Festival (Quebec, Canada), and were lucky enough to win the Triple J Unearthed NIDA music video competition back in 2018.
As a solo artist he has received plenty of attention, playing alongside Ian Moss and Fanny Lumsden, and seeing media support from Hysteria Mag, The Music, The Partae and many more. On the radio side of things, Marcus has previously had a premiere through Triple M’s Hard and Heavy program, and has seen plenty of spins on Community Radio across the country.
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PRAISE FOR MARCUS WYNWOOD
“The EP is a collection of six songs featuring honest and artful songwriting, incredible guitars and precision production. These tunes have a ferocity and tautness, which skillfully convey all the feelings of growing and maturing, with passionate melodies and blistering guitars.”
THE AU REVIEW on ‘KILLERBITES’
“It’s layered vocal delivery, absolutely epic guitar work and fast paced vibe showcase Wynwood’s talent as a top shelf songwriter.”
“Drenched in fiery vocals and razor sharp guitars, Simulation finds Wynward at his most cathartically aggressive, delivering an existential manifesto on quarrels of modern life.”
“The songwriting is just so good, he’s turning into quite the songwriter.”
“Certified Banger! One helluva heavy-hitter.”